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2014 Disaster Risk Reduction Public Lecture:
Regional Readiness

19th June 2014 3:30 – 6:00pm, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 07

The event evaluates the Asiews_subsysa Pacific Region’s aptitude to effectively detect/monitor, unambiguously decide, reliably relay/disseminate, and appropriately respond to all-hazards but with a key focus on tsunamis. The Media and Public will be invited to exchange knowledge with the experts.

Please email info@lirneasia.net to register.

Keynote Speaker Panellists

Dr. Stuart WeinsteinDeputy DirectorPacific Tsunami Warning CenterUSA

Dr. Stuart Weinstein
Deputy Director
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
USA

Mr. Koichi KatagiriDirectorGlobal ICT StrategyMinistry of Internal Affairs and CommunicationsJapan

Mr. Koichi Katagiri
Director
Global ICT Strategy
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Japan

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya
Director/Group Chief Executive
Dialog Axiata PLC

Dr. Vinya AriyaratneGeneral SecretarySarvodaya Shramadana MovementSri Lanka

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne
General Secretary
Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
Sri Lanka

Speaker Topics
Advances in Tsunami Warning Systems Since the Great Sumatra Earthquake of 2004 “Disaster Management and ICT in Japan” Robustness of the Axiata telecommunication networks and the potential in next generation networks Are the communities preparedness to respond appropriately

 

Program

Time details
15:30 – 16:00 Registration
16:00 – 16:10 Welcome from LIRNEasia and speaker introductions, Prof. Rohan Samarajiva
16:10 – 16:50 Main lecture – Advances in Tsunami Warning Systems Since the Great Sumatra Earthquake of 2004 (Dr. Stuart Weinstein, USA)
16:50 – 17:00 Panel talk – Japan’s Tsunami Warning System (Mr. Koichi Katagiri, Japan)
17:00 – 17:10 Panel talk – Telecommunications in support of National/Regional Emergency Communication (Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Sri Lanka)
17:10 – 17:20 Panel talk – Last-Mile community aptitude to be informed and respond (Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, Sri Lanka)
17:20 – 17:40 DISCUSSION (Moderator: Prof. Rohan Samarajiva)
17:40 – 18:00 Reception with Tea/Coffee

Speaker Short Biographies

Dr. Stuart WeinsteinAssistant DirectorPacific Tsunami Warning CenterUSA

Dr. Stuart Weinstein
Assistant Director
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
USA

Stuart Weinstein, PhD – Stuart Weinstein is the Deputy Director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Ewa Beach Hawaii, USA. He has held this position since 2005, and has been with the the PTWC since 1998. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the warning center and conducts tsunami training with the International Tsunami Information Center based in Hawaii. Stuart was born and raised in New York.  He received his B.S. in Geophysics and Geology from Binghamton University ( New York) in 1983 and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from Northwestern University (Illinois) in 1986.  Stuart received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the Johns Hopkins  University (Baltimore) for his dissertation on thermal  convection in planetary mantles. He continued in this area of research with a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth Sciences grant at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)  in 1991 and at the University of Hawaii as the SOEST Young Investigator in 1993. Yearning for his native homeland of NY Stuart moved back to NY in 1996  where he worked for  Bloomberg L.P. writing software to analyze Mortgage Backed Securities.

Mr. Koichi KatagiriDirectorGlobal ICT StrategyMinistry of Internal Affairs and CommunicationsJapan

Mr. Koichi Katagiri
Director
Global ICT Strategy
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Japan

Koichi Katagiri – recently, in 2013, resumed the responsibilities of Director Global ICT Strategy, an arm of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Mr. Katagiri was in charge of the vital ICT infrastructure recovery that were damaged by the Great 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. He led the post Tohoku disaster impact studies which advocated the importance of more effective and broader use of ICT for disaster management. He also stressed the significance of improving the information flows beyond what was there in 2011. This work was carried out while he was the Director of the Safety and Reliability Office (2008) and the Director of the Broadband Network divisions belonging to the Telecommunications Bureau of the same Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. He served overseas as the First Secretary (Attache) in the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia (1999). Mr. Katagiri graduated from the Georgetown University, USA, with a Master of Arts in Public Policy (MPP).

Dr. Hansa Wijayasuriya
CEO Dialog Axiata and COO Axiata Group PLC
Malaysia

Hans Wijayasuriya, PhD – is currently the Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC and also functions as the Chief Executive of Axiata Digital Services – the group wide Digital Services Business of the Axiata Group.Axiata is Asia’s second largest telecommunications group with principal and affiliate operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, India and Singapore.Dialog Axiata PLC, a subsidiary of the Axiata Group is one of the largest market capitalized companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange and operates Sri Lanka’s leading mobile phone network. Dialog is also a leading provider of Fixed Line, Broadband, Digital Television and International Telecommunication Services.Dr. Wijayasuriya graduated from the University of Cambridge UK in 1989. He subsequently obtained his PhD in Digital Mobile Communications from the University of Bristol UK in 1994. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology UK, Dr. Wijayasuriya also holds an MBA from the University of Warwick UK.Dr. Wijayasuriya has published widely on the subject of digital mobile communications, including research papers in publications of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) USA, Royal Society and the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) UK. He has also presented papers at several International conferences on digital mobile communications.Dr. Wijayasuriya is a past Chairman of GSM Asia Pacific – the regional interest group of the GSM Association representing 22 Asia Pacific member countries, and serves on the Board of the TM Forum. He is also a recipient of the CIMA-Janashakthi Business Leader of the Year Award, and in 2008, was named the ‘Sri Lankan of the Year’ by Sri Lanka’s premier business journal the LMD.

Dr. Vinya AriyaratneGeneral SecretarySarvodaya Shramadana MovementSri Lanka

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne
General Secretary
Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
Sri Lanka

Vinya Ariyaratne, MPH, MSc – is the General Secretary of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement which is Sri Lanka’s largest non-governmental grass roots development organization with an extensive volunteer base. Dr.Ariyaratne holds a Doctorate in Medicine from De La Salle University Philippines and a Doctorate in Community Medicine from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo, while he has also obtained M.Sc. in Community Medicine from the University of Colombo and a Masters in Public Health (International Health) from the Johns Hopkins University, USA, Ariyaratne has been a Visiting Fellow of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK. He also served as a Lecturer in Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and was the President of College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka in 2012. Dr.Ariyaratne has been extensively involved in health and development programmes related to disaster affected communities in Sri Lanka including those affected by the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. After the Tsunami disaster in 2004, Dr.Ariyaratne was responsible for the overall coordination of the Sarvodaya’s emergency response and later the entire reconstruction programme which is one of the largest Tsunami recovery programmes in the country with a portfolio of projects worth over 15 million US dollars. In recognition of his dedication to humanitarian causes and peace initiatives, in February 2007, Dr.Ariyaratne was awarded the Degree of Civil Law (DCL) honoris causa by the University of Durham, U.K. In March 2012 Dr.Ariyaratne was attached to the Heller School for Social Policy and Management of the Brandeis University U.S.A. as a Visiting Senior Lecturer and Feldman Engaged Scholar and currently holds an appointment as a Visiting Adjunct Lecturer.

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