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The APRU Multi-Hazards Webinar Series: A new approach for disaster risk management after COVID-19

September 30 - October 28


The experience of the COVID 19 pandemic reminded us that disaster risks are not only natural, but also include different types of disasters such as biological, chemical, industrial etc. It is crucial to understand these various types of hazard risks and take proper preparedness measures to ensure effective response efforts. This webinar series consists of three sessions: 1) Understanding and addressing different types of hazard risks, 2) Strengthening disaster management strategies through multi-stakeholder partnerships, and 3) Developing innovative tools and approaches for disaster preparedness and response.

The webinar series is organized by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program, University of Indonesia, and CBRNe-Natech Asian Disaster Risk Initiative (CnADRI).


First session: Understanding and addressing different types of hazard risks

Date: September 30
Time: 8 am (Vienna)/ 9 am (Helsinki)/ 1 pm (Jakarta)/ 2 pm (Hong Kong)/ 3 pm (Sendai)/ 4 pm (Sydney)
Duration: 2 hours

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction emphasizes the importance and needs for strengthening technical and scientific capacity to capitalize on and consolidate existing knowledge of all hazards under priority action 1: Understanding disaster risk. This session invites speakers specializing in biological, chemical, and nuclear hazards to learn about each disaster risk and how we could prepare for and enhance the current disaster risk reduction efforts and strategies taking into consideration an all-hazards approach. See a flyer here for more details.


Second session: Strengthening disaster management strategies through multi-stakeholder partnerships

Date: October 14
Time: tbc

Registration open soon.

Disaster risk reduction efforts require strong collaborations and partnerships among various stakeholders at different levels. Further involvement of a broader range of experts is necessary as more disaster risk types need to be addressed. This session invites speakers from international and regional organizations, government and academia in Asia to discuss their role in adopting the all hazards approach.     


Third session: Developing innovative tools and approaches for disaster preparedness and response (tentative)

Date: October 28
Time: tbc

Registration open soon.

A number of innovative tools and approaches in the fields of natural and social sciences, engineering, medicine, etc. have been developed to contribute to reducing disaster risks. In this session, experts from different sectors will share innovative products and approaches to solve and overcome issues and challenges related to risk identification and understanding, assessment, communication, etc.


Session IUnderstanding and addressing different types of hazard risks
Moderator: Dr. Takako Izumi

Takako Izumi is an associate professor at Tohoku University’s International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), working on global frameworks and strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR). She is concurrently serving as director of the APRU Multi-Hazards (MH) Program that aims at addressing the threat of frequent natural disasters in the Pacific Rim. Before joining Tohoku University, she spent more than15 years working in the fields of DRR, response, recovery, and development with MERCY Malaysia, UN Habitat, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), UN Office of the Recovery Coordinator for Ache and Nias (UNORC), and UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). In 2015, she was appointed to the UNDRR Asia and Pacific Science, Technology, Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG) to support the efforts of governments and stakeholders in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR. She holds Ph.D. in Global Environmental Study from Kyoto University, Japan.
Speaker: Prof Fatma Lestari

Fatma Lestari is a professor and director of Disaster Risk Reduction Center (DRRC) at Universitas Indonesia. She is also a lecturer at Occupational Health & Safety Department, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia. Her research areas include disaster health impact, hospital readiness and resilience, emergency/disaster management, and biorisk management. She also conducted researches in Occupational Health and Security within oil & gas, mining, manufacturer industries.
She is a member of the Indonesian National Independent Team for Safety in Oil & Gas, and investigated major accidents and conducting safety audits within oil & gas industries. She is also a member of the Indonesia National Occupational Health & Safety Council, and involved in the award assessment team at the Mining Directorate Indonesia.
She holds PhD in Safety Science from UNSW, Sydney Australia, and Master & Bachelor Degree in Chemistry.
Speaker: Mr Martin Krottmayer

Martin Krottmayer is currently a Sr. Officer at the IFRC secretariat focusing on preparedness to emerging risks like nuclear or chemical hazards as well as the global focal point for IFRC on Civil protection relations. As part of the COVID operation he is supporting Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in reviewing / developing Business Continuity plans and adjust their contingency plans to the new challenging environment.
He is with the Red Cross movement since 2005 where he started his assignments as Head of Delegation with a mission in Timor Leste and Indonesia, followed by 2,5 years in Sudan and 4 years in the Red Cross EU office in Brussels.
Prior to the Red Cross, he worked in several positions in the foreign affairs and financial sector where he structured global investment projects as well as due diligence operations and risk mitigation operations.
Speaker: Mr Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is the Principal Advisor of JKG Consulting. It is a Security, Emergency Management and Counter-Terrorism training and consulting company based in Sydney, Australia.
He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 13.5 and was a gunnery rating, specializing in above water warfare. He also qualified in Demolition and was a Navy Ships Diver. He completed the then Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense Course (NBCD).
After leaving the Defense Force, he served in the Australian Federal Police for 7 years ( in a counter-terrorism capacity). He also served in the Bomb Response Unit during this time. He was trained in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense during this time. Addition training in CBRN was also provided by the Australian Army for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Jeff has provided Counterterrorism and Emergency Management consulting (and training) to clients in Australia, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific Region for over a decade. This includes risk and threat assessments.
Speaker: Mr Andrin Raj

Andrin Raj is the Chairperson of the CBRNe-Natech Asian Disaster Risk Initiative (CnADRI) established in 2020 after the 3rd APRU Multi-Hazards campus safety workshop held at Tohoko University, Sendai. He is also the Southeast Asian Regional Director of the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals-Centre for Security Studies based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as the Director of the Nordic Counter Terrorism Network, a specialist think tank cum training centre based in Finland.
He has more than 25 years’ career in national security. His responsibilities and experiences include briefing governments and security agencies on non-traditional threats pertaining to CBRNe-Natech. He has been also serving as a lecturer and a visiting and senior fellow for the School of Strategic and Global Studies at University of Indonesia, the Observatory on Security and CBRNe Defence in Italy, and the Maritime Security Centre of Excellence in Turkey. He is a former Asean scholar at the Japan Institute for International Affairs in Tokyo where he researched Japan’s security in the Southeast Asia Region.
Session IIStrengthening disaster management strategies through multi-stakeholder partnerships
Speakers tbc
Session IIIDeveloping innovative tools and approaches for disaster preparedness and response (tentative)
Speakers tbc