Key Partners
APRU 2023 Multi-Hazards Workshop

Within the disaster risk reduction (DRR) community, ‘Localization’ is not a new concept or terminology. Despite such a long-term discussion and initiatives of localization, what has been missed, and what could we contribute to changing the situation and improving disaster risk management capacity at the local level? Unless the voices of local practitioners are reflected and incorporated into a DRR strategy and heard as resources, the efforts could not be sustainable and never contribute to building their resilience to disasters.

This workshop has four critical focuses: Emergency response, All-hazards approach, Early warning/risk communication, and Inclusive DRR that urgently require further efforts for localization. Each session will invite experts and practitioners in their respective fields and discuss the challenges and the contributions made by various sectors and potential collaboration among them to improve the situation. Participants will have the opportunity to experience crisis communications training, and share ideas on continuing this conversation.

Date & Time
21-23 February 2023

Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA


  • To share the experiences and research under each topic as well as address the challenges to implement localization.
  • To discuss what we could do to support the DRR localization in Asia and the Pacific, and how we could assist the initiatives.
  • To come up with suggestions and recommendations to the region on what is necessary to strengthen localization and how we could contribute to it as a university network and we should work together.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi system, UH Mānoa is one of 115 R1: Research Universities, and among only a handful of land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institutions. It is a global leader in earth and environmental sciences, with specialties in sustainability, climate, food systems and health.  UH Mānoa is actively involved in disaster resilience efforts around the world. Complementing the study of disaster science, researchers explore the social and human perspectives of disaster risk reduction and resilience.

APRU Multi-Hazards Program & IRIDeS at Tohoku University

APRU and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University launched the APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards (MH) Program in April 2013 to mark the second anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The MH program builds upon the strengths of APRU Multi-Hazards Symposia over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacify Ring of Fire. IRIDeS provides secretariat services and overall program coordination as the regional program hub to the MH Program. 


Tokio Marine Group (lead sponsor)

Tokio Marine Group is a global insurance group that continuously works to solve various social issues through business activities and raise the group’s corporate value for all our stakeholders, including future generations. Since origins of the group lie in natural disaster-prone Japan, with expertise in natural disaster protection and mitigation, Tokio Marine group designated ‘Disaster resilience’ and ‘Climate action’ as priority issues to realize a sustainable society where everyone can live safely and securely. 

Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM)

CFE-DM builds crisis response capacity in U.S. and partner militaries, enhances coordination and collaboration with civilian and foreign partners, and strengthens those relationships to save lives and alleviate human suffering before, during, and after humanitarian crises. 

University Representative
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Dr. Michelle Ibanez (1st Panel session lead)
DMHA Program Specialist, Applied Research & Information Sharing, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance
Ms. Helene Skaardal
Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination & Access), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Ms. Deahne Turnbull
Director of International and Domestic Engagement Australian Civil-Military Centre, Department of Defense
Dr. Lina Gong
Research Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Mr. Ganesh Navaratnam
Asia Pacific Regional Civil-Military Relations Coordinator, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Prof. Takako Izumi (Co-organizer, 2nd Panel session lead & Co-lead of the Discussion)
IRIDeS/ Graduate School of International Cultural Studies of Tohoku University and Director of APRU Multi-Hazards Program

Dr. Takako Izumi is an associate professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Japan since 2013. She also serves as Program Director of the Multi Hazards Program under the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), which comprises 55 universities and academic institutes in the Pacific Rim. Her research interests include international and regional frameworks/strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR), international humanitarian assistance, and DRR initiatives at the local and community levels.

Prior to joining academia, she has more than 15-year experience as a practitioner in humanitarian assistance, disaster response, recovery, risk reduction as well as various development issues with an international NGO and UN agencies such as UN Habitat, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), UN Office for the Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias (UNORC), and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (Current UNDRR).

She has been appointed as a member of the UNDRR’s Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG) since May 2015. She holds Ph.D. in Global Environmental Study from Kyoto University, Japan.

Prof. Rajib Shaw
Professor at Graduate School of Media and Governance & Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

Prof Rajib Shaw is a professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University, Japan. He is co-founder of a Delhi-based social entrepreneur startup, Resilience Innovation Knowledge Academy (RIKA), and chair of the United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) for disaster risk reduction. He was IPCC CLA for the Asia Chapter of Working Group 2. His specialization is disaster risk governance, urban resilience, climate change adaptation and emerging technologies in disaster and climate change. He is the recipient of the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award (PBSA) of 2021 in the Education Sector from the President of India. He also received United Nations Sasakawa Award for disaster risk reduction as a lifetime achievement and for his contribution to global disaster resilience initiatives.

Mr. Charles M. Ham
Senior Specialist, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center & University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Charles Ham works with National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii as a senior specialist for INVEST DM project in supporting disaster management human capital development. His 27-year humanitarian and development experience includes working with communities in the Asia Pacific (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Japan, PNG, Fiji) as well as Albania, Ukraine, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Germany, Haiti, and others. As a consultant, some of his partners include HOPE worldwide, Ford Foundation, Citi Foundation, Microsoft, Apple, and various UN agencies; also serves as a member in the Global Health Cluster led by WHO. Besides disaster risk management, Charles also brings experience in public health, education, non-profit management and capacity building. His past works include teacher training development, university capacity building, community-based preparedness & readiness, pandemic preparedness & response, psychosocial interventions, community-based malaria and tuberculosis programs, housing and education recovery, network and partnership development, and more. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University, Master of Public Health from University of Massachusetts, and is currently on a doctoral study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa focusing on equity and resilience planning in small islands.     

Dr. Ailsa Holloway
Senior Lecturer, Disaster Risk Management and Development, School of Public Health and Disciplinary Studies, Auckland University of Technology

Ailsa Holloway is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. She has extensive programme management, disaster risk-related and public health experience in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Since 1998, she has introduced disaster risk-related post-graduate programmes in Africa, provided technical support to South Africa’s disaster management legislative reform process and helped to coordinate the African university consortium, Periperi U. Ailsa has served as a member of the Global Science and Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction, and has a doctorate in public health from UCLA.

Dr. Akhilesh Surjan
Associate Professor/ Research & Theme Leader - Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management Studies Program, Charles Darwin University

Dr. Akhilesh Surjan is the research and theme leader of ‘Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management Studies Program’ at the Charles Darwin University. He is proactively engaged with the issues of disaster-environment-climate risk reduction and global change and sustainability in the context of human settlements.  Dr. Surjan has served as a Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and also as Contributing Author of the United Nation’s Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. In addition to associating with esteemed universities, Dr Surjan has also successfully worked with the United Nations and government and non-government organizations in the Asia-Pacific. Dr Surjan is Section Editor of Progress in Disaster Science (Elsevier) and Series Editor of book series Disaster Resilience and Green Growth (Springer). He also served as Editor of Sustainability Science (Springer) from 2013 to 2019.  Previously, Dr Surjan worked with the United Nations University (Tokyo) and Kyoto University (Japan), where his contributions were directed toward postgraduate teaching and research, capacity building and productively collaborating and networking with multi-tiered stakeholders. 

Mr. Daisuke Kato
Research Officer, The Tokio Marine Research Institute

Daisuke Kato has advanced in his career from a sales role at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. to a research officer at The Tokio Marine Research Institute in 2018.

As a research officer, he focuses on estimating future changes in extreme river discharges associated with global warming. Kato also serves as a visiting researcher at the Typhoon Science and Technology Research Center at Yokohama National University, and is actively involved in industry-academia collaboration projects. Additionally, he holds certification as a weather forecaster.

Dr. Erin Hughey (3rd Panel session lead)
Director of Global Operations, Pacific Disaster Center
Ms. Gayle Otten-Moncur
Deputy Director of Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency and Operations Lead for Hurricane Dorian Response
Mr. Waymine Towai
Executive Director of Palau National Emergency Management Office
Dr. David McEntire
Department of Emergency Services/ Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University

Dr. David A. McEntire is a professor teaching Emergency Management, Homeland Security and National Security courses in the Emergency Services and Criminal Justice Departments at Utah Valley University.

Dr. McEntire attended the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. While pursuing his degree, he worked for the International and Emergency Services Departments at the American Red Cross in Colorado.  His dissertation explored disasters in developing countries and critically examined existing disaster policy recommendations in the mid-1990s.

Prior to his arrival at UVU, Dr. McEntire was a professor at the nations first degree program in Emergency Management – the Emergency Administration and Planning Program (EADP) at the University of North Texas.  During his tenure at UNT he served as the Coordinator for the undergraduate and PhD programs, as the Associate Dean in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and as the Director of Summer Session for the university.  He has also served as an adjunct for Jacksonville State University and California State University Long Beach.

Dr. McEntire’s academic interests include emergency management theory, international disasters, community preparedness, response coordination, and vulnerability reduction. He has received several grants—funded by the Natural Hazards Center, the National Science Foundation, and other sources—that allowed him to conduct research in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Texas, New York, California, Haiti and Utah.

Dr. McEntire is the author or editor of several books including Disaster Response and Recovery (Wiley), Introduction to Homeland Security (Wiley), Disciplines, Disasters and Emergency Management (Charles C. Thomas), and Comparative Emergency Management (FEMA).  He has published more than 115 articles and his research has appeared in multiple encyclopedias, Public Administration Review, the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Disasters, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Sustainable Communities Review, International Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Towson Journal of International Affairs, Journal of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, and the Journal of International and Public Affairs. His articles in Disaster Prevention and Management received Highly Commended and Outstanding Paper awards.

Ms. Lydia Morikawa (4th Panel session co-lead)
Associate Director for Course Development and Delivery, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Lydia Morikawa is currently the Associate Director for Course Development and Delivery at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and has helped to build NDPTC’s reputation as a high-quality training provider through outreach and delivery for almost a decade. Lydia oversees an exceptional team of over 100 coordinators, support staff, instructors, and subject matter experts. During her tenure with NDPTC, the Center has provided training to more than 46,000 emergency managers, first responders, government administrators, and community volunteers across the United States and its territories. Having worked as an emergency manager herself, she believes that broad access to relevant, timely, and quality training is the key to successful emergency management operations. While working as the Anti-Terrorism Planner for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Lydia jointly created processes in federal grant management and environmental historical preservation included as National Best Practices in the Department of Homeland Security’s Lessons Learned Information Sharing portal. Lydia attended Whittier Law School and Loyola Marymount University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Suwan Shen (4th Panel session co-lead)
Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dr. Suwan Shen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii Manoa. For the past decade, her research focuses on the interaction between critical infrastructure systems and the changing environment, with an emphasis on climate change vulnerability and adaptation.  Using transportation and land use models, spatial analysis, and environmental projections and simulations, she investigates the vulnerability of critical infrastructures and adaptation options to climate change, and explores the factors influencing local vulnerability and adaptive capacity. Her research has been supported by NOAA, Hawaii Sea Grant, and U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Research Centers, State of Hawaii Office of Planning and Sustainable Development, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, etc.

Dr. David Lallemant
Assistant Professor at Asian School of the Environment & Earth Observatory of Singapore, National University of Singapore
Prof. Ilan Noy
Te Āwhionukurangi - Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington
Ms. Tafaimamao L. Tua-Tupuola
State Director, University Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities, American Samoa Community College
Prof. Denise Konan (Co-organizer & Co-lead of the Discussion)
Dean of College of Social Sciences and Professor of Department of Economics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Ms. Sherrie White (Session lead of the Newsroom Simulation)
Director of Digital Studios, College of Social Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dr. Ana Lucía Hill-Mayoral
DRR's Government Consultant & Professor at Escuela Nacional de Proteccion Civil Campus Chiapas

With more than 20 years of political experience in Mexico and Central America, Ana Lucia was chosen Rising Star of Politics 2002 by the prestigious magazine Campaigns & Elections, being the first Latin-American woman receiving this distinction.  In June of 2003, Paul E. Patton, Governor of the State of Kentucky, offered Ana Lucia the highest distinction in the State naming her Honorary Kentucky Colonel (HKC). The distinction was made by her contribution to strengthening the Latin-American community. In November 2017, Ana Lucia was recognized by the Claustro Iberoamericano with a Doctorate Honoris Causa in recognition of her professional development, human quality, leadership and contribution to the growth of our country.

Originally from Mexico, Ana Lucia earned a Master´s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University (GSPM-GWU) and a Degree in Social Sciences from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Ana Lucia is a Doctoral Candidate (2005) in Crisis, Disasters and Risks Management from the George Washington University (IDCRM-GWU). Currently, Ana Lucia is studying a second PhD on Innovation and Social Responsibility at Universidad Anahuac.  

From January 2020 till February 2021, Ana Lucia was the head of Civil Protection of the State of Puebla. Mexico. During the COVID-19 Emergency, she has been responsible of defining the Continuity of Government and Business Continuity policy & strategy, working closely with the private sector to define which business are critical/essential. In February 2021, Governor Miguel Barbosa appointed her Secretary of Interior, position she held until his death last December.

From April 2007 to December 2012, Ana Lucia was Director General of Civil Protection at the Secretary of the Interior in Mexico (Federal Government). She was Mexico´s Focal Point to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) and in the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). Ana Lucia was also the focal point for UNESCO´s Intergovernmental Coordination Group of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. Ana Lucia is a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Group (UNDAC). As a Crisis Management and Business Continuity Consultant and an International Speaker, Ana Lucia has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic System (SELA).

Ana Lucia has been a professor of International Negotiation and Conflicts Resolution and Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable development at Tec de Monterrey and a national and international lecturer at various forums, such as the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at GWU, the World Bank´s World Reconstruction Conference and the Inter-American Development Bank. She has also been a professor of Risk Prevention and Emergency Response at Universidad Anahuac, International Disaster Management at Escuela Nacional de Protección Civil Campus Chiapas and Business Continuity and Continuity of Government at the Public Administration at Mexico City´s Escuela de Administración Pública.

Ana Lucia promotes the Initiative Yo soy Protección Civil a risk reduction, disaster preparedness and emergency response effort in support of local communities looking to build resilience and continuity capacities. Yo soy Protección Civil is an initiative that stresses the need of building strategic alliances between public, private and social sectors. 

In 2015, Ana Lucia decided to enter the world of Stand-Up Comedy with the intention of using it as a tool to improve her public speaking presentations (classes, courses, conferences, interviews, participation in radio and TV). Today, Ana Lucia understands the potential that Stand-Up Comedy has in order to send a clear and structured message, convinced that comedy with a cause can change patterns of behaviour in society.

In January 2023, Ana Lucia went back at teaching Disaster Risk Reduction at Escuela Nacional de Peoteccion Civil Campus Chiapas.


For more information about the workshop, please contact Tina Lin at [email protected].

Program Schedule
21 February
22 February
23 February
09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 11:00

Panel Session I- Humanitarian Assistance 

How can the international community support local response capacity building?

Given the current localization narrative at the core of discussions on disaster response, expanding the knowledge base becomes urgent both in terms of 1) national dynamics, and 2) in the case of international support for local communities in the preparatory and reconstruction phases of disaster management. This is particularly true considering worldwide pandemics and the sudden impact of COVID-19 in early 2020, in which some local communities in the Asia-Pacific were forced to deal with natural disasters mostly in isolation and largely in the absence of international support on the ground. Some examples include relief efforts for Cyclone Harold in 2020 and the recent Tonga volcano eruption in early 2022.

Session Lead: Dr. Michelle Ibanez, DMHA Program Specialist, Applied Research & Information Sharing, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance

11:30 - 13:00

Panel Session II- All Hazards Approach 

All Hazards Approach

“The COVID-19 experience showed that the current disaster risk reduction strategy is not sufficient and has to be scaled up to tackle multiple-hazard risks. An all-hazards approach considers the commonalities in all disasters that allow for generalized preparedness and planning. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction also requires “to develop and apply methodologies and models to assess disaster risks, vulnerabilities and exposure to all hazards”. This session aims to discuss how local people need to prepare for future multiple risks and what kind of measures and approaches are necessary to respond effectively to compound hazards.

Session Lead: Prof. Takako Izumi, IRIDeS/ Graduate School of International Cultural Studies of Tohoku University and Director of APRU Multi-Hazards Program

14:30 - 16:00

Panel Session III- Early Warning Risk Communication

Building a Safer World through Effective Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems

The Asia Pacific is acknowledged to be the most disaster-prone region of the world.  The need for effective multi-hazard early warning systems has been made more urgent by the impacts of climate change and COVID-19. The panel will explore the evolution of multi-hazard early-warning systems, with a focus on connecting the science with operational applications. Using the Sendai Framework Target G. as a guide, the panel will explore the complex interrelationship between the physical characteristics of each hazard, incorporation of indigenous knowledge, disaster risk communication, and the application of necessary technology for the effective implementation of multi-hazard early warning systems.

Session Lead: Dr. Erin Hughey, Director of Global Operations, Pacific Disaster Center

09:00 - 10:30

Panel Session IV- Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

Growing, Greening and Cultivating Inclusivity in Disaster Risk Reduction

Highlighting research and development activities to support training and education and capacity-building, this session will examine barriers and opportunities for fostering greater inclusivity in hazards risk assessment and risk reduction.  In addition to addressing access and functional needs, attention to gender and social equity along with increased investment in green infrastructure and nature-based solutions provide pathways for resilience and sustainability.

Session Lead: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

11:00 - 12:00


Way Forward & White Paper Development

Discussion on the next steps and key considerations for the development of the white paper as key outputs from this workshop.

Session Co-Leads: 

Prof. Denise Konan, Dean of College of Social Sciences and Professor of Department of Economics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Prof. Takako Izumi, IRIDeS/ Graduate School of International Cultural Studies of Tohoku University and Director of APRU Multi-Hazards Program 

13:30 - 15:30

Newsroom Simulation

“Disaster: Live”

College of Social Science (CSS) Digital Studios offers a 2-hour crisis media training simulation with experts in the field.  Skills for looking professional on camera, formulating concise “sound bites” and producing media-friendly graphics will be covered in this session hosted by CSS staff and professionals from the community. 

Session Lead: Ms. Sherrie White, Director of Digital Studios, College of Social Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

09:00 - 16:00

Field Trip

Location: Ford Island  & Walking tour of Waikiki