2021 APRU Multi-Hazards Webinar Series: Health, Climate Change and Innovation in Disaster Risk Reduction

The APRU Multi-Hazards Program continues discussions with experts and researchers on future disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies to tackle various challenges that we will face in the future. To understand a comprehensive spectrum of DRR, the webinar will introduce future risks from different perspectives including health, climate change, and various hazards.


This session invites speakers from academia, the private sector, and an UN agency to share their experiences and knowledge especially on COVID-19 and other hazards.


This lecture series is led by the APRU Multi-Hazards Program in partnership with Tohoku University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tonkin+Taylor, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


Date & Time
For Americas: October 11 at 7 pm (PDT)/ 9 pm (Mexico City)
For Asia & the Pacific: October 12 at 9 am (Bangkok)/ 10 am (Hong Kong)/ 11 am (Tokyo)/ 3 pm (Auckland)


90 minutes



  • Download a flyer here.
  • Download the presentation slides here.
  • View the recording here.


More Information
For further inquiries, contact Dr. Takako Izumi and Ms Sayaka Kobayashi at IRIDeS, Tohoku University, via [email protected].

Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan

Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan serves as Professor and Assistant Dean at Faculty of Medicine, and Professor at JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), the Centre for Global Health (CGH), and the Centre of Excellence (ICoE-CCOUC) of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). Professor Chan is also Co-chairperson of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management (H-EDRM) Research Network, Co-Chair of World Health Organization COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science working group, a member of the Asia Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and a member of World Meteorological Organization SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Task Team. She concurrently serves as Visiting Professor (Public Health Medicine) at Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine and Fellow at FXB Center, Harvard University. She has also been appointed CEO of the GX Foundation in 2019. Her research interests include disaster and humanitarian medicine, climate change and health, global and planetary health, Human Health Security and Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM), remote rural health, implementation and translational science, ethnic minority health, injury and violence epidemiology, and primary care. Professor Chan also had extensive experience as a frontline emergency relief practitioner in the mid-1990s, which spanned across 20 countries.

Dr Bapon Fakhruddin

Dr Bapon Fakhruddin is an eminent hydro-meteorologist and disaster risk assessor with 19 years’ global experience in water resources and climate resilience projects. His key areas of expertise are hazards forecasting, climate and multi-hazard risk assessments and coastal community resilience.


His most high profile work is evidenced in the development of multi-hazard warning systems – including a tsunami warning system developed for Indian Ocean countries following the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. He has since designed and helped to implement climate change and disaster risk projects for more than 25 countries across Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fakhruddin has played a pivotal role in the design and implementation of multi-hazard early warning systems for floods, cyclones and tsunami, crucial to saving lives and livelihoods, while reducing property damage.


Dr Fakhruddin is currently working as a Technical Director- disaster risk and climate resilience in Tonkin + Taylor International in New Zealand and a mentor and supervisor for postgraduate study in disaster risk management in University of Auckland (UoA). He is a Steering Group of the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF) of UNDRR. Co-Chair for the Disaster Loss DATA and Risk Interpretation and Applications (RIA) Working Group of IRDR of ISC/UNDRR. He is Co-Chair CODATA task group FAIR Data for Disaster Risk Research and Programme Board Member of GEO.

Capabilities: climate and hydrological risk assessment, design and implementation of hazard early warning system and emergency communication, climate change adaptation, training and capacity building and integrated water resources management

[Contact details] +64 9362 1764, [email protected], tonkintaylor.co.nz

Mr Sanny Ramos Jegillos

Mr Sanny Ramos Jegillos is a Senior Adviser/ Team Leader of Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery for Building Resilience, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.


Prior to assuming the Senior Adviser and Team Leader post at the Bangkok Regional Hub in 2014, Sanny Jegillos was the Regional Disaster Reduction Adviser and Practice Coordinator for UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Thailand since 2012. From 2005-2011, he was the Programme Coordinator of the Regional Programme on Capacity Development for Tsunami affected countries. Mr. Jegillos has more than 30 years of progressive professional experience in risk reduction and recovery in the Asian region with advanced expertise in local and community based disaster risk management. He has developed and conducted international training courses, managed and coordinated regional projects and lead in innovation application and partnership with the private sector. He also provides technical and policy advisory services to UNDP Country Offices and International Non-Government Agencies in strategic and programme planning and capacity development in disaster risk management and recovery. He has extensive work experience in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

Dr. Takako Izumi

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.