Margareta Wahlstrom, UN head for Disaster Risk Reduction (English, French, Spanish)

Andrew Maskrey, Leading author of the Global Assessment Report On Disaster Risk Reduction (English, Spanish)


Dominique Burgeon, Strategic Objective Coordinator for Resilience and Senior Focal Person for UNISDR, (English, French)

Mr. Mbuli Charles Boliko, Director, FAO Liaison Office in Japan, (English, French)

Stephan Baas, Natural Hazards Main Area of Work Delivery Manager, UNISDR Focal Person and Technical Officer, Natural Resource and Climate Change Division (English, German)


Tadateru Konoé, President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Languages: Japanese, English, Areas of Expertise: disaster risk reduction, resilience, integrated community development, nuclear preparedness

Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Languages: English, French, German, Areas of Expertise: integrated community development, community based health and disaster risk reduction, resilience, climate change adaptation and mitigation

Sr Fernando Cardenas, President, Colombian Red Cross, Languages: English; Spanish, Areas of Expertise: community based disaster preparedness and risk reduction, public awareness and education on disaster risk reduction

Gwendolyn Pang, Secretary General, Philippine Red Cross, Languages: English, Areas of Expertise: disaster preparedness and risk reduction, urban risk, climate change adaptation, early warning systems and early action, international disaster response law guidelines  

Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa, Secretary General, Namibia Red Cross Society, Languages: English, Areas of Expertise: community based first aid and health care, hygiene awareness and promotion, community risk reduction,   international disaster response law guidelines  

Maarten Van Aalst, Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Languages: English, Dutch, Areas of expertise: climate risk management, climate science and policy, disaster risk management and development planning


Keiko Kamioka, Director of ILO Office for Japan. kamioka@ilo.org (English, Japanese)

Chris Donnges, Sr.Specialist on Employment Intensive Investments. Fields of expertise – employment-intensive investment. donnges@ilo.org (Dutch, English)

Shukuko Koyama Socio-economic Reintegration Specialist. Fields of expertise – Post-crisis recovery and reconstruction. koyama@ilo.org (Japanese, English)

Donato Kinger-Passigli,Fields of expertise – Crisis response. kiniger@ilo.org (Italian, French, English)

Elisa Selva, Fields of expertise – crisis response. Crisis Unit. selva@ilo.org


Michele Klein Salomon, Director of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Secretariat, Migration governance and policy, Law

Louis Hoffmann, Head of the Transition and Recovery Division Transition and Recovery

Brian Kelly, Regional Technical Specialist, Department of Operations and Emergencies operations, Recovery

Lorenzo Guadagno, DRR, Resilience and Livelihood Expert, Disaster Risk Reduction and human mobility, Environment

(Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German)


Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS (English, French)


Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, will be attending Sendai and available to speak on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, gender empowerment in DRR, the link between HFA2 and climate change, and the Post-2015 development agenda (SDGs).

Jo Scheuer, Director/Chief of Profession, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDP. Expertise includes climate/disaster governance, preparedness, resilient recovery and risk-informed development (English, French, German)

Kamal Kishore, Programme Advisor, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.  Expertise includes climate/disaster governance, preparedness, resilient recovery and risk-informed development (English, Hindi)

Jan Kellett, Partnerships Advisor, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction . Expertise includes financing for preparedness, DRR and recovery; institutional and legal mechanisms for DRR (English, French)

Angelika Planitz, Climate and Disaster Governance Advisor. Expertise in governance for DRR, including legal, policy and institutional arrangements; mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (English, German)

Krishna Vatsa, Disaster Recovery Advisor. Expertise in sustainable, resilient recovery processes (build back better), risk identification and early warning (English, Hindi)


Marisol Estrella, Disaster risk management, Coastal management                          (English) Marisol.Estrella@unep.org

Karen Sudmeier, landslides, (English, French, German) Karen.Sudmeier@gmail.com

Muralee Thummarukudy, Post-disaster recovery, industrial-related emergencies, (English) Muralee.Thummarukudy@unep.org

Fabrice Renaud, Coastal Hazards, (English, French,German) reanaud@ehs.unu.edu

Rachika Murti, Forestry (English) radhika.murti@iucn.org

Naoya Furuta, Biodiversity and forests, (English, Japanese) Naoya.Furuta@iucn.org


Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP – (English)

Shun-ichi Murata, Deputy Executive Secretary- (English/Japanese)

Shamika Sirimanne, Director, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (English)

Kiliparti Ramakrishna, Director, ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (English)

Rikke Munk Hansen, Chief of Economic and Environment Statistics Section, Statistics Division (English)

Puji Pujiono, Regional Adviser on Disaster Risk Reduction, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (English/Indonesian)

Nobuko Kajiura, Economic Affairs Officer, Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (English/Japanese)


Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director (English)

Ugochi Daniels, Chief, Humanitarian and Fragile Context Branch (English)

Joes Ferraris, UNFPA Representative, Indonesia (English, Spanish)

Klaus Beck, UNFPA Representative, Philippines (English, Danish)

Remi Sogunro, UNFPA Representative, Liberia (English)


Steven Corliss, Director of Division of Programme Support and Management, UNHCR HQ, Vulnerability of refugees and other displaced persons to natural hazards (English)

Elena Correa, Senior Social Development Specialist – Relocation of persons at high risk of disaster, especially from Latin American perspective (English)

Sanjula Weerasinghe, Georgetown University: Institute for the Study of International Migration – Overall policy development on Planned relocation (English)


Rashid M. Khalikov, Director, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – Geneva, Expertise: Emergency response; diplomat (Russian and English)

Oliver Lacey-Hall, Regional Director OCHA Asia Pacific Regional Office, Expertise: Emergency response; government capacity building (English)

Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Chief, World Humanitarian Summit secretariat, Expertise: disaster management and health (English, bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia)

Masaki Watabe, Head, Kobe Office, OCHA, Expertise: international humanitarian affairs and disaster relief (Japanese and English)


Traveling from UNW HQ in NY: Blerta Aliko (ENG/RUS) and Mitushi Das(ENG/Hindi)

Traveling from UNW Bangkok and FIJI ROAP: Masumi Watase (ENG/Japanese) and Cecilia Aipira (ENG/Swahili)

UNW Bangladesh Office: Dilruba Haider (ENG/Bangla)

UNW Vietnam Office:Thuyanh Tran (ENG/Vietnamese)


Dr Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director General, Polio and Emergencies, World Health Organization (English) – public health

Dr Richard Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, World Health Organization (English) – public health, disaster management.

Alex Ross, Director, WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan(English, French) – public health, health systems, urban health emergency management, vulnerable populations, Japanese experiences

Dr Ciro Ugarte, Director, Disaster Preparedness and Relief, PAHO (Spanish, English) – public health, safe hospitals, disaster risk management

Dr Qudsia Huda, Regional Advisor, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (English, Bangla) – public health, disaster risk management, safe hospitals

Mr Jonathan Abrahams, Disaster Risk Management Focal Point, WHO (English) – public health, disaster risk management, safe hospitals


Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General (English, French)

Xu Tang, Director, Weather and DRR Services; meteorology and early warning (Chinese,English) 

About 50 heads of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) (a variety of languages and expertise)


Rachel Kyte

Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Areas of Expertise: climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance, and disaster risk and resilience

Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez ,Senior Director for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank

Areas of Expertise: sustainable development, Latin America and the Caribbean

Languages: English, Spanish

Francis Ghesquiere, Manager, GFDRR

disaster risk management, risk management, financial protection

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative, Japan, the World Bank Group

Areas of Expertise: international finance and development, disaster risk management

Languages: Japanese, English