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Plenary Session: National Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction: Sendai and Beyond

Dr. P. K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister: Chair

Dr. P.K. Mishra, at present Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India, has, as a former member of the Indian Administrative Service, varied work experience (holding senior positions) in field organizations as well as at the policy-making levels of the government. He headed a Task Force of the Union Home Ministry, during 2012-13, to review the Disaster Management Act, 2005.  At present he is heading a committee constituted by the Union Agriculture Ministry to review the working of crop insurance schemes. He was earlier a member of the committee of the Reserve Bank of India to review the Priority Sector Lending Policy. He is also on the International Advisory Group of the World Bank to prepare a Disaster Recovery Framework at the global level. As Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture during 2006-08 Dr. Mishra was actively involved in path-breaking national initiatives such as the National Agriculture Development Programme (RKVY) and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM). He also worked as Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority during 2006. He functioned during 2001-2004 as Chief Executive Officer of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) created after the Kutch earthquake of 26 January 2001.  He played a crucial role in shaping the GSDMA into a vibrant, dynamic and innovative organization, which received a number of prestigious international awards – including those of the United Nations, and the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and management (CAPAM) - for outstanding work in disaster recovery and management. He published a book entitled
The Kutch Earthquake 2001:  Recollections, Lessons and Insights in 2005.  He has written a book entitled Agricultural Risk Insurance and Income published from UK in 1996.  He has edited a book on Agricultural Insurance for the Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo.  He has published a number of papers in national and international journals, and has been invited to many international conferences as resource person and to present papers. He has a Ph.D in Economics/Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. He comppleted M.A. degree in Development Economics at the University of Sussex in 1990, when his academic performance was rated outstanding by the university. He did his M.A. in Economics with a first class at the Delhi School of Economics in 1972.

Shri. Kamal Kishore, Member, National Development Management Authority:Co-chair

Chair: Outcomes of the Pre-events of Second Meeting of NPDRR

Panelist: Setting-up of targets- National Perspective (Technical Session V)

Mr. Kamal Kishore has worked on disaster risk reduction and recovery issues for over 22 years at the local, national, regional and global levels. Prior to joining the National Disaster Management Authority, he worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for nearly 13 years in New Delhi, Geneva and New York. At UNDP headquarters he led global advocacy campaigns to address disaster risk reduction concerns in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda. As programme advisor, he also led the development of disaster and climate risk management related elements of the UNDP Strategic Plan (2014-17).
Previously, as UNDP's regional advisor for South and South-West Asia, he supported more than 10 countries on a range of public policy and institutional development issues, while also advising them on the use of appropriate risk reduction tools and methodologies. Kamal Kishore has supported post-disaster recovery through strategic advice, needs assessments, programme development, and coordination after major disasters in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Prior to UNDP, he served at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre as Director of Information and Research, and Manager of the Extreme Climate Events Programme covering Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. This was preceded by intensive field experience with The Action Research Unit for Development (TARU) in India where work on post-disaster reconstruction and resettlement after two major disasters – the Uttarkashi and the Latur earthquakes in 1991 and 1993–allowed him to apply his professional skills as an architect.
Kamal Kishore has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Land and Housing Development from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. (Source

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Dr. V. Thiruppugazh, 



A presentation on Road Map for the meeting:

----covering Sendai Priority Areas, Government of India’s initiative in Disaster Risk Reduction, Prime Minister’s 10 point agenda on DRR, and highlights of the broad themes to be covered during the subsequent Technical Sessions.

Panelist: Outcomes of Pre-events organized by NDMA

Dr. V. Thiruppugazh is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the rank of Joint Secretary to Government of India. After joining the Civil Service in 1991, he served in various district assignments before he was posted as Joint Chief Executive Officer of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA). In addition to his contribution in Gujarat earthquake reconstruction and disaster management intiatives in Gujarat as Joint CEO, Additional CEO and CEO of GSDMA, he also held several senior positions in Government of Gujarat. He also worked as Senior Advisor, National Reconstruction Authority Nepal on deputation. Currently he is working as Advisor, Policy and Planning in the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi. He received his PhD in disaster management from the Australian National University.

Outcomes of the Pre-events of Second Meeting of NPDRR

Shri Bipin Mallick, Additional Secretary (DM), MHA Co-chair

Shri Bipin Bihari Mallick was born in Odisha on 20th February, 1960. He joined the Indian Defence Account Service (IDAS) in 1983 and IAS Maharashtra cadre in 1986. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science & International Relations and an M.Phil. Degree in Defence & Strategic Studies.
So far, he has held 23 assignments, covering a wide arena of governance activities. Among the several disaster-related field experiences, the Koyna earthquake in Satara district, floods in Gadchiroli and Odisha Super Cyclone of 1999 deserve special mention. During the Uttarakhand cloudburst and flood disaster in 2013, he coordinated the rescue activities on behalf of Maharashtra State, including airlifting of stranded pilgrims. Presently, he is serving as Addl Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs dealing with Disaster Management, International Cooperation, Freedom Fighters and Resettlement and Judicial matters. He is also the ex-officio convenor of the NPDRR.

Prof. Santosh Kumar,

Executive Director,


Panelist:  Outcomes of Pre-events organized by NIDM

Prof Santosh Kumar, a Disaster Risk Reduction, Policy Planning and Capacity Development expert with 25 years of experience in different positions in the development Planning and DRR Sector. A PhD. In Economics, he studied Gender & Development in IDS, Sussex, UK and got profcessional training in Disaster Risk Management. Backed with International experienced hand in designing, planning and implementing mitigation and long-term disaster recovery plan and projects. He brings with him rate combination of exposure variation from grass root to national to reqional level in all aspects spanning DRR with special expertise in Post-Disaster Loss Assessment, recovery and inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, Strengthening and building sustainable institutions are his passion. His insight of bringing development into disaster risk reduction has also allowed new thinking in the framework. At the international level, he has constantly engaged himself in global dialogue for shift in International Policies. His contributions since 1195, at the global level for drafting hygo framework of action, successive Asian Ministerial conferences, international recovery platforms, world reconstruction forums, global platform for DRR and other international events organized by UN, World Bank and other international organizations.

Prof. Santosh Kumar

Technical Session I:  Understanding Disaster Risk

 Dr. Shailesh Naik, Ex-Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences - chair

Dr. Shailesh Nayak is 'Distinguished Scientist' in the Ministry of Earth Sciences and President, 36th International Geological Congress. He obtained his PhD degree in Geology from the M.S University of Baroda in 1980. He was the Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, during August 2008-2015, and provided leadership for programs related to earth system sciences. He set up the state-of-the-art tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean in 2007 and provided tsunami advisories to the Indian Ocean rim countries. He has pioneered the development of algorithms and methodologies for the application of remote sensing to the coastal and marine environment, and generated the baseline database of the Indian coast, and developed services for fishery and ocean state forecast. This coastal database has formed basis of the managing the coasts in India. He is Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad, Fellow of the International Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and Elected Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He was conferred the prestigious ISC Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Award 2012 as well as Bhaskara Award for 2009, for his outstanding contributions in remote sensing and GIS. He has published about 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Shri. R.K. Bhandari, Member Advisory Group, NDMA

Co- Chair

Dr R. K. Bhandari is currently the Chairman of the Forum on Disaster Mitigation of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a Member of the Advisory Committee of NDMA.  A Ph.D in Engineering from the Imperial College, London , he is the first Indian recipient of the coveted Varnes Medal-the highest  International Award given at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris for his seminal contributions in the field of landslide research and practice. He was associated with the drafting of the NDMA Guidelines on Earthquakes and Landslides, and was earlier a member of the High Powered Committee on Disasters of the Government of India.

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Mr. Aromar Revi,


Indian Institute for Human Settlements


Topic: Multi-Hazard Risk Vulnerability Assessment

Aromar Revi is the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi. He is an international practitioner, consultant, researcher and educator with over 33 years of interdisciplinary experience in public policy and governance, political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability and human settlements.
He is co-chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and of its Urban Thematic group where he led a successful global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for the UN. He is also a Fellow of the India China Institute at the New School University.
He is one of South Asia’s most experienced risk and disaster management professionals having led teams to plan & execute rehabilitation programmes for 10 major earthquake, cyclone and flood events affecting over 5 million people and has been on the Advisory Board of UNISDR' Scientific & Technical Advisory Group & its bi-annual Global Assessment of Risk, since 2008.
Aromar has led over 100 major research, consulting & implementation assignments in India and abroad; has published 60 peer reviewed publications and books; lectured and taught at over 35 of the world’s leading Universities and think tanks across 6 continents; helped structure, design & review development investments of over $ 8 billion; worked on 3 of the world’s 10 largest cities; and across all of India’s 29 states and in multiple international projects in half a dozen countries.

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Dr. Anant Maringanti, Director, Urban Labs

Speaker: Social Aspects of Risk

Dr. Anant Maringanti is the director of Hyderabad Urban Lab, a multi disciplinary urban research institution based in Hyderabad, India. A geographer with a PhD from University of Minnesota, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the National University of Singapore, University of Hyderabad and the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad. His research and teaching interests centre around innovative approaches to urban resilience particularly in the realms of housing, sanitation, jobs and mobility. He is widely published in international academic journals on these subjects. As an evolving experiment in urban research, design and pedagogy, Hyderabad Urban Lab collaborates with media professionals, planners, technologists, academic researchers and legal professionals to develop innovative solutions. Institutionally, its mandate is to create safe spaces to explore and develop responses to the challenges of contemporary cities. 


Mr. D.D. Sharma,

Special Secretary (Revenue), Government of Himachal Pradesh


Topic: Risk Assessment of Himachal Pradesh

A competent & result oriented Government/ Public Administrator, very senior manager with more than 18 years of association with Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services and 8 years of association with Indian Administration Services, along with the strong leadership in Himalayan State of Himachal Pradesh. Presently working in the capacity of Special Secretary (Disaster Management) to the government of Himachal Pradesh in Himalayan State of Himachal Pradesh and involved in:
Disaster Risk Reduction, Psychosocial Care & Interventions in Mountains– Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Grievance redress of affected families due to natural calamities, Environment and Climate Induced Displacement and Resettlement issues.
Training and Capacity Building in Psychosocial Care & Interventions and Disaster Risk Reduction related Statutory Compliances and Documentation
Supervisory Function –Project Management & implementation - Conducting survey for Psychosocial Care & Interventions and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Currently also involved as Special Secretary (Revenue- Disaster Management and Finance) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh.
 State Nodal Officer- Disaster Risk Reduction with United Nations Development Program (UNDP India) supported National Project on “Enhancing Institutional and Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change.”
Participated in various State/National level negotiations related to the Law and Policy Making on Psychosocial Care & Interventions and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Possess good network in the following departments:
Disaster Management and Psychosocial Care & Interventions, Public Health, Forest, Finance, Fisheries, Tribal Development, Tourism – Education, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Health, - Food & Civil Supplies.
Experience in Government administration, finance, project, planning, coordination & programme implementation, evaluation, monitoring related to the Psychosocial Care & Interventions and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Extensive experience in visioning, monitoring, execution, implementation, framing of policies, creation & documentation of new ideas, plans, projects on Disaster Risk Reduction and Psychosocial Interventions.
Effective communicator & leader with proficiency in managing people.
Expertise in senior management position in Disaster Management and initiated Psychosocial Care & Interventions in Flash floods of 2012, 2013 & 2014 and Emergency Management.

Shri. Tikender Singh,                  

Dy. Mayor, Shimla

Panelist: Risk Atlas-A user’s Perspective

Built the students movement in the Himalayas on the issues of education for all. The thrust was laid on quality education for the marginalized sections especially the Dalits and the girl child. Became the President of the students Union. After that worked as a youth activist in the region in the capacity of the general secretary of DYFI in Himachal Pradesh.  It became the larget youth organisation of the country with over 15 million membership.   The peasantry drew the attention especially the   tribals and  he led strong peasant movements under the   banner of Himachal Kisan Sabha  on the major issues of   remunerative prices, protecting the agriculture from the menace of wild animals and for alternative paradigm in agriculture.
Land happens to be a major issue in the hills. Despite the fact that there are land laws to protect this land for the indigenous and tribal people, large scale land was purchased  by land sharks of different regions . Tikender took the task head on and exposed such deals thus risking his life. There were several writ petitions filed in the court of law, some of whom have been decided against these land sharks. Presently he is the directly elected deputy Mayor of Shimla city. The city has been able to create a vision with the development plan that speaks about inclusive growth, greater planned  social infrastructure  and in making not just the city but the citizens resikient. Environment and ecology happens to be the major area of concern and it is because of this reason that the forest cover is being enhanced in the city with people’s participation. A model for democratic decentralisation is being developed by strengthening the ward sabhas and empowering the ward committees.
Tikender was also a member of the national task force in the country to review the 74th constitutional which speaks about decentralised governance. Apart from this, Tikender has represented the city and the country on many international events. To name a few: was part of the delegation to South Africa for an Urban LED (low emission development) strategies event; was a member of the delegation to China to have a fellowship on urbanisation for one month; was part of the team to represent the city in world congress of resilient cities in Seoul; was part of the delegation to represent city in the world cities resilient congress in Bonn Germany; was part of the delegation for COP 21 and speaker for cities in France on climate change talks; Represented the city on a training programme in Singapore NTU university; Spoke at the BRICS conference in Moscow; Was a speaker in the UN Habitat III conference in Quito; had a fellowship from the city of Leipzig on urban mobility and represented the city in Leon in France on the climate change conference

Technical Session II:   Strengthening  Disaster Risk Governance to Manage Disaster Risk

Mr. R. K. Jain, Member, National Disaster Management Authority -


 Shri. R.K. Jain obtained Master’s Degree in Commerce securing first position in the University of Delhi.  Thereafter, he completed “Master of Philosophy” in Commerce with specialization in Accounting and Finance from University of Delhi.  He did MBA from International Centre for Public Enterprises, Slovenia, Europe.  Professionally, he is an Associate Member of the Institute of the Cost Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Shri. Jain joined Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1981.  He has held various senior positions in Government of Himachal Pradesh including Commissioner Industries, Chairman of H.P. State Electricity Board.  He has also served Central Government in various capacities as Director, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Director (Vigilance), Department of Personnel & Training, Joint Secretary (Ports), Ministry of Shipping and Managing Director, Indian Ports Association, a society formed by the Major Ports of India, Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Additional Secretary & Director General (CGHS), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.  Sh. Jain joined NDMA as Secretary on 04.10.2014 and presently, working as Member, National Disaster Management Authority.

Shri V. K. Pipersenia, Chief Secretary,  Assam (Co-chair)

Born on 5th August 1957 at Konch, district Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Vinod Kumar Pipersenia joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1980 in the AssamMeghalaya Cadre after completion his Post Graduation studies in English from Allahabad University. Shri Pipersenia's first assignment was as Assistant Commissioner, Dhubri. During the early phase of his career, .he served in various positions in the Government of Assam like Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Nalbari, Deputy Commissioner, Nalbari, Joint Secretary, Health Department and Secretary, Revenue Department. Shri Pipersenia has also worked in the Government of India in various Ministries such Home Affairs, Industry, Human Resource Development etc. He has also functioned as Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Human Resource Development as well as the Financial Commissioner, Employees' State Insurance Corporation under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. In the recent past, Shri Pipersenia headed the Revenue & Disaster Management Department and Cooperation Departments as the Principal secretary and then Agriculture, Irrigation, Public Works Department and Panchayat & Rural Development as Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production commissioner. A strong believer in team work, institution building, innovation, infusion of technology and human resource development, he spearheaded the ISO certification of ESIC hospitals. During his tenure in the Revenue & Disaster Management Department, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority took shape and earned national appreciation. During his tenure in Revenue & Disaster Management Department, the majority of the districts underwent transition from manual process to computerised processes and the mission mode implementation of Computerisation of Registration Project won the National e-Governance Award in 2013 while in the Cooperative sector, the first cooperative university in the country(])e. Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-operative Management at Sivasagar came into being. Shri Pipersenia is married with .two sons based in Switzerland and USA respectively.

Dr. Vyas Ji

Vice chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority

Panelist: Strengthening of State and district level institutions

Currently serving as Vice Chairman of Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), Shri Vyas ji has served in Civil Services for more than 36 years. He has been an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1982 batch in Bihar Cadre. Prior to his selection in IAS, he also joined Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1980 batch.
Shri Vyas Ji has done MBA, M. Phil., LL.B. and P. G. Diploma in Public Administration and his interest areas include literature, current affairs, social and economic issues. He has held responsibilities at many key positions in Government of Bihar and Government of India in social, regulatory and economic sectors. He has many distinctions of new initiatives and reforms to his credit during his service period including the development of a DRR Roadmap in the State of Bihar, on the lines of Sendai Framework of DRR, making Bihar the first State to follow the footprints of Sendai framework.
Shri Vyas Ji has keen interest and worked in Labour, Education, Health, Transport, Mines, Competition, Land Reforms and Disaster Management sectors in the State and Central Governments.
He is an occasional writer and has two books penned, one is a book on education of the children and another is a fiction. Both books were published by reputed publisher and got excellent reviews in literary magazines and newspapers.
He has widely travelled across the world, including USA, UK, Italy, Russia, China including Hongkong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Nepal, Thailand and Australia etc.

Ms. Sushma Iyengar, Member, advisory Committee, NDMA & Founder Kutch Nav Nirman Abhyan

Panelist: Building Local

Capacities and role of Civil Society Organisations

Ms. Sushma Iyengar is Member of Advisory Committee of NDMA, Vice President of PRADHAN. She did her Masters in Literature from MS University, Baroda and a three year Masters’ programme in the USA at Cornell University. She worked to set up the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan which is the first network for grass root women’s organization in Gujarat in June 1989. She initiated and led the Kutch Nav Nirman Abhyan- commonly known as Abhiyan. She founded the ODR collaborative with seven other civil society partners and UNDP as a national resource group for building capacities of the state governments to undertake sustainable, people-led reconstruction & rehabilitation, post disaster.   She is founder and President of KHAMIR,  Advisor, Indian Programme Committee, Paul Hamlyn Foundation,. UK, Founder Member, Owner Driven Development and Reconstruction Collaborative., Adjunct Profession, centre for Heritage Management, Ahmadabad University, Governing Board Member, BRLF. She is recipient of ‘Gondhia Award for Social Work’ for 1996, recognition by Indians for Collective Action, California as Social Activist for the ear, Nominated by ‘India Today’ as one fo the 30 women influencers in the country, nominated as one of the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year, Public Service and selected as one of the Indian Heroes of the year by CNN. Apart from that she  has co-authored chapter with Prof. Jennifer Duyne “from a culture of housing to a philosophy of reconstruction’ in the book ‘Building Back Better’. She authored a book ‘Picture This ! Painting the Women’s Movement’s by rural artist. She led Curator for the National Exhibition on Pastoralism- ‘Living Lightly- Journeys with Pastoralists’ launched in New Delhi at IGNCA.

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Prof. Ravi Sinha, IIT, Mumbai

Panelist: Compliance of techno-legal regime

Prof. Ravi Sinha is the Dean of Alumni & Corporate Relations and Professor of Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay. He completed his B.Tech from IIT Bombay, Masters from Vanderbilt University, USA, and doctorate from Northwestern University, USA. He has been a faculty member at IIT Bombay since 1992. Prof Sinha’s work is in the area of Structural Engineering specializing in Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Risk Management. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank on urban disaster risk management. He has also chaired or served in several government panels. Prof. Sinha is a member of Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority and was the Honorary Advisor to Government of Maharashtra on earthquake risk management. He is a member of Bureau of Indian Standards committees responsible for standards dealing with earthquake safety and tall structures. He is also a consultant for a number of companies in India and abroad.

Technical Session III: Investing in Disaster Risk Resilience

 Shri N. S. Vishwanathan, Deputy Governor, RBI


Shri N.S. Vishwanathan, a career Central Banker, joined the Reserve Bank of India in 1981.  His areas of expertise include Regulation and Supervision of Banks, Non-Banking Finance Companies and Cooperative banks; Currency management; Foreign Exchange and Human Resources Management.  He had a three-year secondment to Central Bank of Mauritius as Director, Supervision.  He has also been the head of Chennai Regional office of the Reserve Bank.  Shri Vishwanathan was Reserve Bank nominee on the Board of Directors of three public sector banks at different points in time.  He was also CVO and Head of Internal Audit Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI).  He has been associated with various committees, working Groups, and task forces.  He represented RBI in various international Committees – Member of the Policy Development Group, BIS, Basel, Member of Macro Prudential Policy Group BIS, Basel and Executive Committee Member of the International Cooperative and Credit Regulators’ Network.
Born on June 27, 1958, Shri Vishwanathan holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Bangalore University.


Prof. C.V.R.  Murty, Director, IIT, Jodhpur


Professor C. V. R. Murty received B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) from IIT Madras, and Ph.D. degree in Earthquake Engineering from Caltech, USA. He worked in IIT Delhi (1992-93) and IIT Kanpur (1993-2010), and is serving at IIT Madras since 2010. He was associated with IIT Madras during 2008-09 to help start IIT Hyderabad – establishing primary campus, basic academic systems, and academic programs, and since 11 September 2013 associated with IIT Jodhpur – developing permanent campus and systems & processes. Currently, he is steering a specialists group to master plan, design and construct a state-of-the-art Permanent Campus for IIT Jodhpur.
Professor Murty’s primary research & development interests are related to earthquake safety of built environment in India. He is working in the area of nonlinear behavior of buildings and buildings, towards developing displacement based seismic design procedures. He has been Member/Team Leader of Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Teams to study 11 damaging earthquakes in India since 1993. He works closely with National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, to prepare policy, guidelines and implementation strategies. He has been associated with major revisions of the Indian seismic codes on design & construction of buildings and bridges, as Member of Bureau of Indian Standards code committees. He has authored/co-authored four books on earthquake resistant design and construction; two of them received the 2005 ICI Best Construction Technique Paper Award, and the 2016 ACCE Nagadi Best Publication Award. He was the Editor-in-Chief, World Housing Encyclopedia, USA. He was decorated with the Distinguished Teacher Award by IIT Kanpur, and with the Best Teacher Award by IIT Hyderabad. He is a Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and Fellow, Institution of Engineers (India). Currently, he is a Member of the Advisory Committee of NDMA.

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Dr. Ila Patnaik,   Professor, NIPF &P


Panelist: Financing arrangements

for DRR (banks, insurance and micro-financing institutions)

Dr Ila Patnaik serves as a professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. Prior to this, she was the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India. Other former positions include Non-Resident Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and regular columnist at the Indian Express. She holds a BA (Economics) from Delhi University, an MA   (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a Ph.D.(Economics) from the University of Surrey. Her research interests include international macroeconomics, finance and emerging economy business cycles. Her research on these topics has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of International Money and Finance, the World Bank Economic Review, International Finance, and in collected volumes. Dr Patnaik served on various working groups and task forces of the Ministry of Finance, such as those on taxation of financial products, and those to create agencies, including the independent Public Debt Management Agency, the Resolution Corporation, the Financial Redress Agency and the Financial Data Management Centre.

Ms. Alpa Sheth, Managing Director of VMS Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

Panelist: Planning Urban  Infrastructure

Ms Alpa Sheth is Managing Director of VMS Consultants Pvt. Ltd and Partner, Vakil Mehta Sheth Consulting Engineers, Mumbai since over 20 years.
Alpa Sheth has been Seismic Advisor, Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority and has been in various advisory roles to the Gujarat Government since 2001 Bhuj earthquake until 2015. She has lead numerous Earthquake Risk Reduction, and Urban Disaster- Safe Habitat Projects. She has also served as Disaster Management Consultant to Maharashtra under Urban earthquake Vulnerability Reduction (UEVR) Program from 2005 to 2008. She has been on numerous World Bank Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Teams including the Great West Japan Earthquake (Tohoh\ku Earthquake 2011), Great Sumatra Earthquake (2004)amongst others.
Alpa Sheth is Member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Committee for Earthquake Codes (CED 39), BIS Committee for Special Structures (CED 38) and Cyclone Resistant Structures Sectional Committee. (CED 57). She is Chairperson and Principal Author for BIS SubComittee for Drafting of Tall Buildings Code for India for (BIS) Special Structures Sectional Committee CED 38.
Ms. Sheth Chairs the Academic Council at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai. She is Member, Research Council of CBRI, Roorkee (Central Building Research Institute), and is on Board of Governors of the Maharashtra government’s Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) -Heritage Conservation Society. She is Founding Trustee of Structural Engineering Forum of India and Children’s Liver Foundation, India. Alpa Sheth holds a Master of Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley. March 2017

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Shri. Binoy Acharay, Founder,  UNNATI

Panelist: Role of Panchayats in local risk reduction

Binoy Acharyais the Founder Director of UNNATI – Organisation for Development Education, established in 1990. As a social development practitioner and researcher he has been working in the areas of social inclusion, decentralised governance and social accountability and disaster risk reduction. Over the past thirty years, he has been associated with grass-roots initiatives, networks and government forums on various development issues. He plays consultative role to a wide range of government and non-governmental institutions. He holds an M. Phil degree in Social Sciences from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is currently based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and works primarily in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Some of his recent associations are:
  • Support to the preparation and revision of National Disaster Management Plan by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • Developing institutional framework and operating mechanism for social audit of MGNREGA for the Department of Rural Development Department, Govt. of Gujarat which is being implemented across the state.
  • Review of pro-active disclosure for Information Commissioner, Govt. of Gujarat.
  • Core group member of Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborate which works on post disaster reconstruction in association with government and civil society organisations.
  • Technical support on promotion of participation and social accountability to Asian Disaster Response and Recovery Network (ADRRN).
  • He also works with various civil society organizations on capacity building in the area of stakeholder participation, gender mainstreaming, participatory research and organizational development.

Technical Session IV:    Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response and to Build back Better in Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

General Marwah, Member, National Disaster Management Authority    


LT GEN N.C. MARWAH, in his career spanning over 40 years has held various coveted command & Staff appointments, with vast operational experience of handling insurgency / terrorism in the Eastern Theatre and J&K. He was Commander-in-Chief of the Tri-Service Andaman & Nicobar Command,besides two tenures as Deputy and Additional Director General in Military Operations Directorate. During his service career, he was intimately involved in planning and overseeing execution of rescue and relief operations during Satluj Flash Floods (2005), Earthquake in J&K (2005), Brahmaputra Floods (2007) and Kosi Floods (2008). He was also involved in coordinating provision of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) for Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. While at Andamans, he steered an International Seminar on HADR, attended by Navies of 12 littorals of the Region. He has extensively travelled on overseas commitments and participated in strategic level discussions and seminars related to HADR and crisis management. The General Officer superannuated as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and based on his vast experience of handling  various crisis and natural calamities, he was selected and appointed Member of National Disaster Management Authority in December 2014

Shri. Aurobindo Behera, IAS (Retd.)


DR. AUROBINDO BEHERA, Indian Administrative Service (Retd.) During his 33 years in the Indian Administrative Service, worked in the field as well as at senior and top management levels.  Was involved in implementing programmes and projects in the field as well as in formulation of policies and programmers for the economic and social development in the state of Odisha with special focus on Human Development, Infrastructure Development, Management of Disasters and Natural Resource Management. During 2013 Acted as Chairman, Drafting Committee for the formulation of Odisha State Youth Policy. During 2014 prepared the revised Odisha Relief Code for Government of Odisha.

Dr. M. Mohapatra,

Additional Director General, India Meteorological Department

Panelist:  Preparedness (Early Warning System)

Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Scientist-G is the Additional Director General of Meteorology of India Meteorological Department looking after weather services. He is also the Head of WMO recognised Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre for Tropical Cyclones, located at IMD, New Delhi. With a Ph. D in Physics and his 23 years of experience in weather forecasting, he has made significant contribution in modernization and improvement of early warning services of IMD, especially the cyclone warning services over the north Indian Ocean and south Asian region. He is the author of more than 60 research papers published in peer reviewed national and international journals. He edited 3 books and four Journals. He has received a number of recognitions including 25th Biennial Mausam Award and Young Scientist Award of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and Achievers Award from IMD for his research and service contributions in the field of atmospheric sciences. Known as cyclone man of India, he has brought laurels to the country with effective early warning of cyclone, Phailin and Hudhud which crossed Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast in October 2013 and 2014 respectively and recently the cyclone Vardah, which crossed coast near Chennai during December 2016. He is the member of a few international committees including WMO committee on tropical cyclones, WMO committee on ‘Climate change and tropical cyclones, WMO Executive Council Panel of Experts for Polar and High Mountain Observation, Research and Services (ECPHORS). He is currently the Vice-President of Indian Meteorological Society.

Shri Nilesh M. Desai, Outstanding Scientist/Deputy Director-SNAA

Mr. Prakash Mishra Director General, Civil Defence

Panelist: Strengthening of Response System :Civil Defence, Home Guards, Fire Services, Evacuation Planning & Training of Volunteers

Important postings in the State: ASP City, Cuttack, May 1980 to May 1981, Additional SP, Koraput, May 1981 to June 1983, SP, Mayurbhanj, June 1983 to June 1984, SP, Rourkela, June 1984 to June 1985. AIG, State Police Headquarters, June 1985 to September, 1988, SP, Security, September 1988 to December 1990. DIG, Security to CM, Orissa and DIG, Bhubaneswar Range, June 1996 to June 1998. DIG, Crime Branch, June 1998 to February 1999, Director, Sports and Youth Services, May 1999 to April 2000, IG, Administration, July 2000 to October 2001. CMD, Police Housing Corporation from 2006 to 2009 with additional charge of Additional DG, Headquarters from 2007 to 2008. DG cum Director Intelligence from July 2009 to June 2010. DGP Orissa from July 2012 to July 2014.
Postings under Government of India: SP, CBI, SIC II, New Delhi, SP, CBI, Bhubaneswar, DIG, CBI, Hyderabad with additional charge of DIG, Chennai  - Period in CBI from January 1990 to May 1996. IG, RPF, South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, from October 2001 to October 2003 and Joint Director, National Police Academy from October 2003 to August 2005.Addl DG and Special DG NIA, DG NDRF, Secretary, Internal Security, MHA and finally as DG CRPF till superannuation on 29.2.2016.
Investigative Experience: As SP CBI, SIC II was in charge of investigation of terrorist crimes in Jammu and Kashmir. Supervised investigation of important cases like killing of Station Director of Doordarshan, Srinagar, killing of Air Force personnel at Srinagar and kidnapping of Ms Rubaiya Sayeed. Actively participated in preparation of documents and compilation of evidence for issue of notice against Amanulla Khan of the JKLF. Recorded confessionary statements of arrested terrorists as per provisions of the TADA. Supervised investigation of bank scam cases as DIG, CBI, Hyderabad. Important cases were the Fairgrowth group of cases of Bangalore and the Goldstar case of Hyderabad. As DIG, Crime Branch supervised investigation of the case relating to the killing of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons. Released 51 innocent persons arrested by the local police and directed investigation towards the actual offenders. In NIA was supervising investigation of the Delhi High Court blast case of 2011 and important terrorist cases of the North East.
Intelligence Work: Was in charge of Intelligence and Operations of Orissa Police for one year. Coordinated intelligence operation with the SIB resulted in the arrest of Subhasree Panda, wife of Sabyasachi Panda. Surveillance operation was successfully carried out leading to arrest of Gananath Patra, the main advisor of the ChasiMulia Adivasi Sangh. Intelligence based operations led to arrest and neutralising of top functionaries of the CMAS. After a long time the activities of the CMAS could be totally reduced in Narayanpatna Block of Koraput. Due to regular operations and motivation through select operatives, large number of surrenders of cadres could be effected. Coordinated operations with the Andhra Pradesh Grey Hounds and also through independent operations by the SOG, quite a few important cadres could be neutralised. All this resulted in a substantial reduction in Naxal related violence during the period. This has been reflected in the White Paper published by the State Government. As DGP Orissa, pursued the anti naxal operations which led to substantial reduction in naxal activities. Orissa Police achieved spectacular results including surrender of NachikaLinga of the Chasi Mulia Sangh and later the apprehension of Sabyasachi Panda. As DG CRPF coordinated anti naxal operations in all the affected states. 2015 was the best performing year for the CRPF where the CRPF casualities were substantially reduced to only 5 and the number of successful engagements went up substantially. Chattisgarh witnessed a turn around. Excellent results were achieved in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Other achievements: Co-authored a book “Ethical Issues in Policing in India” which has been published by the National Police Academy.

Mr. R.K. Pachnanda Director General,

National Disaster Management Authority

Panelist: Strengthening of response system :NDRF, SDRF, Civil Defence, Home Guards, Fire Services, Evacuation planning & mock drills and India Disaster Resource Network.-

Mr. R.K. Pachnanda presently serving as Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India’s specialized force for responding to natural disasters and CBRN emergencies. He is an IPS officer of the 1983 Batch.
Shri Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda graduated in Economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi in the 1st Division and is a Gold Medalist in the L.L.B. from Punjab University, Chandigarh.He very ably handled militancy in North Bengal from 1986-89.  In the year 1989, he joined the Special Protection Group and earned special commendations from the Prime Minister of India, Minister of State for Personnel & Pensions, Cabinet Secretary and Director, SPG for his outstanding work in SPG.  He was SP, CBI from 1990 to 1997.  He was DCP South Division of Kolkata.  As DIG, he was the only Police Officer to command the Republic Day Parade in Kolkata in 2002 which was always commanded by a Brigadier of the Army.  He was later posted as DIG Operations in BSF, IG (HQ) and IG (Training) BSF.  He represented the India in the Counter Terrorism Programme on Civil Military Response to Terrorism at Monterey, US and also attended a seminar on ‘Suicide Terrorism’ in Tel Aviv. In 2014, he took over the charge of Additional Director General, Airport Sector/CISF and initiated a series of innovative measures giving new impetus and directions to the aviation security to enhance and fine tune the operational efficiency and professionalism of the Force.
Shri Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda is recipient of Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of Republic Day 1999 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2007.  He was awarded DG’s Commendations Roll in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and DG’s Commendation Disc thrice in 2014.  He was awarded the IPS Association ‘Sword of Honour’, several trophies in SPG, was ranked India Junior No. 3 in Squash and has won several trophies in shooting.

Shri Krishna S. Vatsa, UNDP

Krishna S. Vatsa is at present working as Recovery Advisor, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UNDP in New York. He joined UNDP in 2007 as Early Recovery Coordinator in the Philippines. He subsequently served as the Regional Disaster Reduction Advisor, South & South-West Asia in New Delhi from 2008 to 2014. 
Krishna Vatsa has worked in the area of post-disaster recovery and disaster risk management since 1995. As a career civil servant, he joined the Maharashtra Emergency Earthquake Rehabilitation Programme in the state of Maharashtra, India in 1995, and implemented a large-scale earthquake recovery programme during the next four years. He has also served as Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra, Relief and Rehabilitation from 2003 to 2006, and then as Secretary, Rural Development & Local-Self Department from 2006 to 2007. Krishna Vatsa has extensively consulted for several national and international organizations in the area of disaster risk management and recovery.

Technical Session V:  Sendai Framework for DRR: Monitoring

Prof. Ramesh Chandra, Member, NITI Aayog -


Prof. Ramesh Chand is currently Member of NITI Aayog in the rank and status of Union Minister of State. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He is Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. Prof. Chand has 33 years of experience in research and teaching in the field of agricultural economics and policy. He has been involved in policy formulation for agriculture sector for the last 15 years. Prior to joining NITI Aayog, he was Director National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi.
In addition, Prof. Ramesh Chand is also Member of:
  • Board of Trustees (BOT) of CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Mexico.
  • The Policy Advisory Council (PAC) of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra, Australia.
  • World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Food Security and Agriculture.

In the past, Prof. Ramesh Chand has worked in senior academic positions as ICAR National Professor; Professor and Head, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University; and Professor at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Prof. Chand has been Visiting Professor at University of Wollongong, NSW Australia and at Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba Shi, Japan. He has also been Consultant with international organizations such as FAO, UNDP, ESCAP, UNCTAD, Commonwealth and World Bank. 
Prof. Chand has chaired important committees on Food and Agricultural Policy set up by various Ministries, of Government of India. He has served as India’s nodal officer for agriculture for SAARC for 7 years and represented India in meetings of G20, UNESCAP.
Prof. Chand has authored seven books and published more than 100 research papers in reputed national and international journals in the areas of agriculture - production, growth, development policy, farmers’ issues, markets and trade. 
Prof. Chand has been presented Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1984) and Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award (2006) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was President-Elect, 2016 of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Mumbai, India.

Dr.  T.C.A. Anant, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation


Dr. T.C.A Anant is currently Chief Statistician of India & Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation. Prior to this, Dr.  Anant has worked as Professor to Delhi University for 12 years and Reader for 11 years. He also served as Member Secretary, Indian Council of Social Research (2006-2009), an autonomous body under Ministry of Human Resource Development.  He has completed his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1985. He also obtained Master’s degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University in 1980.
As Chief Statistician, Dr. Anant has chaired the Working Group of Regional Coordination of Statistical Training for ESCAP, the 19th International Conference of Labour  and was co-chair of the Friends of the Chair Group on “Border Member of International Expert” under the United Nations Statistical Commission. He was also a member of International Expert Advisory Group on the data revolution set up by the UN Secretary General
Earlier, Dr. Anant was a founding member of the Centre for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics. He has served a number of Expert committees of various Ministries and agencies of Government of India. He has served in the academic council and boards of a number of Universities. He has been Consultant to International Organisations. He has also been Joint Managing Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Economics.
He has published various papers/books in the field of Labour, Industry and Economic theory.

Dr.   D.N. Sharma, Member, NDMA

Panelist :

Monitoring of CBRN Mainstreaming

Dr. Sharma Joined BARC as Scientific Officer in July 1971 after successfully completing 14th batch of BARC training school. He is a recognised M.Sc./PhD guide at University of Mumbai and a number of candidates have completed their M.Sc. and Ph.D. under his able guidance.
During his tenure at BARC, contributed significantly in developing and nurturing all facets of radiological safety and in building pertinent monitoring and analytical techniques and systems for responding to a radiological or nuclear emergency / disaster in the public domain. Apart from a variety of monitoring systems under various situations, developed the widely and internationally acclaimed system "Aerial Gamma Spectrometer System" which forms the backbone of radiation/nuclear emergency/disaster preparedness of different response agencies at national level.
He is instrumental in persuading the GOI in deploying indigenously developed radiation monitors such as portal, limb and vehicle monitors, etc., at airports, seaports and border crossings of the country to help prevent illicit trafficking and unauthorized movement of Special Nuclear Materials [SNM] and radioactive materials. Another significant contribution towards environmental radiological safety is development and deployment of Indian Environment Radiation Monitoring Network [IERMON] across the country. This system serves as an important input provider in decision making during a radiation emergency/disaster.  
Dr. Sharma has been involved in safety review of both existing and upcoming DAE/ BARC projects and plants as Member of BARC Safety Council and Member of Safety Review Committee of Operating Plants [SARCOP] of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board [AERB]. As a member of RASSC, Radiation Safety Standards Committee, of IAEA contributed very significantly in review and finalization of International BSS (Basic Safety Standards)-2011 and reviewed a no of Safety fundamentals, Requirements, and Guides pertinent to Radiological Safety. From 1998 to 2013.
Initiated and played a pivotal role in design, development and commissioning of national level network of 22 Emergency Response Centres [ERC] in the country to provide effective response to radiation emergencies in a coordinated manner. Organised and conducted many training programmes for capacity build up at national level for National Disaster Response Force [NDRF], defence personnel and police force.
He has also served as member of Crisis Management Committees both at BARC and DAE level and is also a member of the MoEF committee constituted by GOI for environmental clearance to DAE facilities.
After serving BARC in various capacities he took charge as Director, Health, Safety and Environment Group – BARC in February 2013 and served the DAE in this capacity before joining NDMA in January 2015.
Dr. Sharma has contributed to the field of health and safety aspects of ionizing radiation through technical and scientific research papers [about 200 in number] in journals, international and national conferences.
He is a recipient of Indian Nuclear Society's Outstanding Service Award for 'Nuclear Fuel Technologies, including Radiation Safety and Environmental Protection' in the year 2011. (source:


Sri. P.K. Mohapatra,

Principal Secretary, Disaster Management and Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Government of Odisha


Setting up of Targets- Perspective of the states

Sri. P.K. Mohapatra, IAS, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), 1988 batch is presently working as Principal Secretary, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Department; Principal Secretary, Disaster Management and Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Government of Odisha. He   obtained his Degree in MSc.Tech. from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India and subsequently  completed “Master in Business Administration” from Australia and also completed certified course on Urban Solid Waste Management from Singapore. He has worked in Government of India and in various positions in Government of Odisha as Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) , Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Principal Secretary & Secretary in the departments of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare,  Rural Development, Health and Family Welfare, Information Technology, Science and Technology etc .
As Collector and District Magistrate, Puri, he handled Super Cyclone, 1999 which had caused the greatest damage to the State with human causality of about 10,000 for which he got commendation from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the outstanding work in Super Cyclone.  Subsequently, he played a crucial role in shaping the SRC office and OSDMA into vibrant, dynamic and innovative organizations, which received a number of prestigious international awards – including those of the United Nations for outstanding work in disaster recovery and management of Cyclone Phailin in 2013 i.e Mission Zero Casualty.  As SRC, he steered the implementation of Mission –Zero Casualty to success and worldwide recognition for Odisha in the field of Disaster Preparedness.
Sri. Mohapatra received Special Jury Award at India Today Conclave, 2014 for effective handling of cyclone Phailin presented by Honourable Union Minister, Sri. Jayram Ramesh.

Shri Satya Gopal, Central Relief Commissioner, Government of Tamil Nadu


(Topic: National Disaster Database- Need and Challenges)

         Dr. K. Satyagopal, IAS, Principal Secretary/ Commissioner of Revenue Administration & State Relief Commissioner, Tamil Nadu was born on 07/09/1959 and joined service in 1987.  He has completed his education with MSc., PhD (Zoology), PGDES (Envl. Studies), MA (Public Admn. Maxwell School, USA) and GCEDM (Sunny ESF, USA).  He has the knowledge of  Telugu, Tamil, English and Hindi languages.
        Dr. K. Satyagopal started his career as Sub-Collector, Hosur Division, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu.  He served as 1st Collector & District Magistrate, Theni District, Tamil Nadu, Additional Secretary & Special Secretary (Finance) to Government of Tamil Nadu for 6 years, 1st Director General of National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Hyderabad for 5 years, Principal Secretary to Government, Special Programme Implementation Department, Chennai for 1 ½ years and Presently working as Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Revenue Administration & State Relief Commissioner, Chennai, Tamil Nadu