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General Chair (DAY 1)



Freelance Announcer

Born in Hyogo Prefecture, she began her career as an announcer at NHK Nara and Okayama Broadcasting stations before becoming a freelance announcer in 2014. She worked for two years as an anchor for news and economic programs at Sun Television in her hometown of Kobe. He experienced the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake when he was in the fifth grade of elementary school. He still vividly remembers the impact of the huge tremors and the broken city. He produced a documentary program, "Memories of the Earthquake: My Classmate Who Lost Four Family Members," following his classmates at the time.


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Khalid M. Mosalam


Director, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) Professor, University of California, Berkeley



Lalith Maddegedara

Associate Professor, Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo


Toshihiko HIROAKI


Senior Chief Engineer, NEC Corporation


Satoru OISHI

Professor of Research Center for Urban Safety and Security, Kobe University

Oishi was Born in Shizuoka, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, Kyoto University, and he received a Doctor of Engineering Degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. He also has a license as a weather forecaster. From 1993 to 2000, Assistant professor in Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University; from 2000-2009, Associate Professor in Yamanashi University; From 2009 to present, Professor in Kobe University; from 2017 to present Team Leader of RIKEN. His research theme is “Study on multimodal disaster risk using vulnerability index.”



JAXA Venture Tenchijin Inc. Lead Data Scientist


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Future Disaster Prevention Conference DAY1 Division Meeting


Atsushi IZUKA


Professor of Research Center for Urban Safety and Security, Kobe University

His specialty is geomechanics, and he has been conducting research to theoretically explain and predict the mechanical response of the ground. However, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, his focus has shifted from geotechnical engineering to how to protect people's living space from natural disasters. Currently, he is focusing on the social implementation of the simulation technology of the whole city using the advanced ICT technology and its application to disaster prevention and mitigation.



General Chair (DAY2)



Newscaster, Suntelevision Inc.

Born in Sumoto City, Hyogo Prefecture. Former announcer for Aomori Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. Current Sun TV news anchor.Experienced an earthquake in Sumoto City when she was 10 years old (partially damaged), and her parents' house was completely destroyed by Typhoon No. 23 in 2004. At Aomori Asahi Broadcasting, she covered the Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake.She joined Sun TV in 2015, working as a reporter and director before becoming a news anchor, covering the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and disaster management. He is a disaster prevention specialist.





Professor, Graduate School of Civil Engineering, Kobe University

Graduated from Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University in 1999, completed Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kobe University in 2004, and obtained a Doctorate of Engineering. She specializes in lifeline earthquake engineering. She has experience in surveying earthquake damage in Japan and abroad. She is a member of the Council for the Promotion of National Resilience, Cabinet Office.




Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Division of Future Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Epidemiology


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Nagaharu MITSUTA

Chairman of the Board of Directors

After graduating from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Economics in 1967, he joined the Japan Development Bank (now the Development Bank of Japan). Mainly engaged in urban and rural development projects, and assumed his current position in 2015.



Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology and Medical Innovation Department of Pediatrics, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine

Masanori Miyanishi is a professor at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine. He is also a physician-scientist, with a clinical specialty in OBGYn, and received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Kyoto University. He is also a founding member of the KOBE Connecting Children Project and Birth2.0.




Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Shinto University

He provides a bridge between clinical care and society with a focusing on Infectious Disease Treatment. He is working cross-sectionally with the Department of Infectious Diseases, the Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, and the Department of Infection Control at Kobe University Hospital. He is also involved in off-campus activities such as serving as an external member of the Kobe City Infectious Disease Surveillance Council and as a member of the Ethics Committee of a company in the Medical Industry City.

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Future Disaster Reduction Conference DAY 2 Moderator



Specially Appointed Lecturer, MIRAI Alliance, Kobe University

After presiding over Kaoru Ojiro Architectural Laboratory, he assumed his current position. Doctor of Engineering. First-class registered architect. Specializes in architectural design, urban development, architectural history, and urban history. He has planned and managed the interdisciplinary research project "MIRAI BOSAI," which is a fusion of arts and sciences, and the public-private-academic collaboration project "Creating the landscape of Kobe, a city of sea and mountains," which links local history to future city planning, making use of his comprehensive historical studies and his ability to cross cultural and technical aspects of architectural design to bring the whole together. The company is also involved in the "Kobe: A City of the Sea and Mountains" project.

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