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Board of Trustees

Dr. Fouad Bendimerad 
Chairman

Dr. Bendimerad has served as consultant and advisor on risk management to several international organizations and corporations, including the World Bank, and United Nations organizations, as well as governments and corporations worldwide. He also served as Principal Scientist to RMS, an acknowledged leader in the development of risk assessment models for the global insurance and reinsurance industry. He is also a former faculty member of the School of Engineering at Stanford University and in charge of the university’s seismic reduction program, which received the ATC-ENR award for being one of the ten top seismic projects in the country. Dr. Bendimerad earned his masters and doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering from the same university, and has written numerous articles and papers on disaster risk assessment and management.

 

 Dr. Friedemann Wenzel 
Vice Chair for International Relations

Friedemann Wenzel is a professor at Karlsruhe University in Germany  and head of its Geophysical Institute and Center for Disaster Mangement and Risk Reduction Technology. He is a founding member of EMI and has served on its Board ever since. He is a member of several professional societies (EERI, AGU, SSA), of the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities, and of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction, of which he served as chairman of its Scientific Board between 2000 and 2004. His scientific interests include earthquake physics, engineering seismology, geological hazards, and risk mitigation in megacities.

 

Dr. Amaryllis Torres
Vice Chair for Organizational Development

Dr. Torres is the former Dean of the College of Social Work and Community Development and an affiliate professor of Women and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has written several books and scholarly articles on women and development, gender mainstreaming, human resources, child labor, community development, and Filipino social psychology, among others. In 2000, she was  awarded by the Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines for her Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Studies in the country. Alongside her academic and administrative posts, Dr. Torres is involved in several local and international research and development projects, as well as in social movements that are working towards women empowerment, rural development, education and third world development, in general. She received her doctoral, masteral, and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

 

Dr. Renan Ma. T. Tanhueco
Vice Chair for Program Development

Dr. Tanhueco is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at De La Salle University in the Philippines. He is a recognized expert in integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in local development planning and decision-making processes, as well as risk-sensitive land use planning. Dr. Tanhueco holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Nagoya University and received his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

 

Atty. Violeta Somera-Seva
General Secretary

Atty. Seva is a Legal and Institutional Expert in Disaster Risk Management (DRM), having analyzed the legal and institutional arrangements for DRM in local governments  in the Philippines, Jordan, India, and Bangladesh. She was responsible for establishing EMI’s linkages with associations and networks of local authorities such as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements (CITYNET), the World Association of Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) for the promotion of disaster risk reduction in cities worldwide. She is actively involved with the activities of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Steering Committee and UNISDR Urban Planning Advisory Group.

 

Dr. Renato Solidum
Member

Dr. Solidum is currently Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Affairs at the Philippine Department of Science and Technology, and concurrently the Director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), a post he has held since 2003. He received the 2010 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award for raising the bar of disaster risk reduction and initiating a nationwide mapping program that generated new information on tsunami-prone areas, useful for local governments in risk-sensitive development planning and disaster preparedness. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geological Science from the University of Illinois and completed his PhD in Earth Science at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego. He is a recognized expert in Geochemistry, Marine Geology, Volcano and Earthquake Geology, Geologic Hazards Assessment and Awareness, and Earth Science Education.

 

Atty. Jejomar C. Binay
Member

Atty. Jejomar C. Binay is the former Vice-President of the Philippines, former Mayor of Makati City, and former Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority.

As former Mayor of Makati City,  he established the Makati Command, Control and Communication (C3) Center, which responds to emergency calls within the city and dispatches emergency response teams from the Makati Rescue, Makati Police, Makati Fire Department and Department of Public Safety, as part of his administration’s commitment to disaster risk management.

As Mayor, Atty. Binay was also actively involved with numerous local and international organizations, as Vice-President for Membership of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) -Asia Pacific Region and a lifetime honorary member of its World Executive Committee, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Network for Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements (CITYNET), and as Chairman of the Finance Sub-Committee of the World Scout Organization. He also placed 4th in the 2006 World Mayor Award, the only Philippine local chief executive to have earned such a distinction so far

As former Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority, he was also a member of the Executive Committee of METROPOLIS, the world association of major metropolises.  Atty. Binay  was also a senior executive fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  

 

 Engr. Farouk Tebbal 
Member

Mr. Tebbal held various positions for the Algerian Government in urban development and planning, including senior positions in the government as General Secretary and Minister of Housing and Urban Development. As director of the National Construction Control Agency he supervised the planning and reconstruction process of the city of Alsnam after the 1980 earthquake. He joined UN HABITAT in 2001, and was in charge of the management of the Global Campaign for Secure Tenure that was launched in over 12 countries. He was also a member of the UN Millenium Task Force on Slums. Seconded to the Cities Alliance, a global coalition of cities and their development partners based in Washington DC, he was in charge of the Slum Upgrading portfolio, covering around 50 cities worldwide. He retired recently from the UN system and is currently the lead consultant on urban projects in the MENA region for the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ). Mr. Tebbal earned his Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

 

Dr. Hussein S. Lidasan
Member

Dr. Lidasan has been involved in various urban and regional/development planning projects in the Philippines, and in transport planning and logistics in the ASEAN region. He is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning, and former Director and current Research and Extension Fellow of the National Center for Transportation Studies at the same university.  He is also President of the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP). Dr. Lidasan earned his masters degree in Environmental Sciences and doctorate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. 

 

Dr. Richard V. Sliuzas
Member

Dr. Sliuzas is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management  at the University of Twente, Netherlands. His research interests are focused on the use of geo-spatial technologies in planning for sustainable urban development, one aspect of which is the relationship between spatial planning and disasters. He graduated with a Diploma in Technology in Planning from the South Australia Institute of Technology, and earned his MSc in Urban Surveys and Human Settlement Analysis from the University of Twente, and his PhD from the Faculty of Geographical Sciences at the University of Utrecht.

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