Saidur Rahman
Director, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre[Profile]

Founder of Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre (BDPC), Saidur Rahman is the only Bangladeshi to have received the Certificate of Distinction under the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction from ISDR in 2002. Graduated from Australia Counter Disaster College, majoring in Disasters Services Administration, Muhammad Saidur Rahman organized and conducted large scale disaster relief and recovery activities from 1972 to 1991. With the belief that having risk reduction strategies in place is more effective than reacting to disasters after they occur, he is promoting the fundamental research on disaster risk reduction measures. Saidur Rahman is the author of numerous books including the "Disaster Management Handbook for Bangladesh", which is widely used in the country. He also represents all the national NGOs of Bangladesh at the Local Consultative Group- Disaster Emergency Response, the highest forum of the Government of Bangladesh and Development Partners for Disaster Management.

Jackie F. Steele
Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo[Profile]
Jackie Steele is Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. Her research focuses on comparative citizenship, democratic institutions, electoral systems design, and the representation of women, social diversity, and minority people throughout formal political processes and civil society movements. After experiencing 3.11 in Sendai with a new baby, over the past three years she has organized multi-stakeholder events in Canada and Japan in support of a critical public policy dialogue on Tohoku reconstruction and the integration of gender and diversity into disaster risk reduction strategies. Applying insights on gender-balanced decision-making and the role of women’s representation to resilience-building DRR policy, and as a collaborator of the Japan Women’s Network for DRR, Steele has worked to expand the international dialogue on gender towards a holistic feminist approach to ‘diversity’ that might enrich the language to be adopted at the 2015 WCDRR.
Naseem Shaikh
Facilitator, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, India / Co-faciitator, Asian Region, Huairou Commission[Profile]

Naseem Shaikh has two decades of experience promoting grassroots women's leadership in sustainable resilient development. She began working with women in Osmanabad district, Maharashtra soon after the 1993 earthquake, then applied lessons learned to post-earthquake reconstruction after the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. She has organized grassroots women's learning exchanges, trainings, evaluations and dialogues with decision makers. In addition to her work in India, she has facilitated grassroots missions to Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, to build grassroots women's leadership, expertise and scale up grassroots-led resilience practices in a range of sectors including sustainable agriculture, livelihoods, health, water and sanitation and disaster resilience.

Harjeet Singh
International Manager, Resilience and Climate Change for ActionAid / Board, GNDR / CAN International[Profile]

Harjeet Singh is the International Manager, Resilience and Climate Change for ActionAid. He is based in New Delhi, India and supports countries across the globe on the programming and policy advocacy work related to disasters and climate change. Prior to this, he coordinated emergency response work in Asia and American regions. He served the board of Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) for 3 years and currently co-chairs - Adaptation and Loss & Damage group of Climate Action Network (CAN) International.

Marcus Oxley
Executive Director, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)[Profile]

Marcus has 25 years of international experience in disaster risk management gained within the civil society sector where he has held responsibilities for supporting, facilitating and implementing a range of disaster risk management activities across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Manu Gupta
Chairperson, Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)[Profile]

Manu Gupta is the co-founder and executive director of SEEDS, a non-profit organisation working in risk reduction and post-disaster response and recovery in Asia. Manu holds a Doctorate degree in community based disaster management, and currently serves as the Chair of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, an active network of national NGOs from over 18 countries in Asia. He is part of the Steering Committee of the Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction. He is the Global Steering Committee member for UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient campaign. Lately, Manu has been strongly advocating for community voices forming the basis for greater accountability through partnerships between governments and civil society.

Mariam Jemila Zahari
Program Officer, Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)[Profile]
Mariam Jemila Zahari currently works for the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) Secretariat. She became part of the Secretariat in 2012 and since then has been responsible for supporting the coordination of the Network’s membership of 51 NGOs; its disaster response and risk reduction programmes and advocacy initiatives; and its strategic partnerships – predominantly in the Asia-Pacific region including in Myanmar, Afghanistan and the Philippines. Mariam’s work has been strongly focused on strengthening the capacities of local and national Asia-Pacific civil society organisations (CSOs) and enhancing their engagement with the formal humanitarian system. She has an educational background in Political Science and French from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Mihir Joshi
Coordinator, Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)[Profile]
Mihir Joshi has been a ADRRN coordinator for the past four years and has been working in humanitarian sector for the past 12 years. He is an Earthquake Engineer by training and has been involved in various community based reconstruction programs after emergencies in India and other Asian countries. He is working on various advocacy issues of building resilience at the local level. Mihir works closely with various UN organisations and INGOs for various capacity building and advocacy programs. He has been working on networking and partnership issues at the regional level and involved in developing various campaigns for ADRRN to enhance capacities of national and local CSOs from the Asia-Pacific region. He has also contributed various articles to the global assessment report and Asian disaster assessment report on issues related to accountability in disaster risk reduction and response.
Raphael Obonyo
External Advisor of UNISDR’s Africa Youth Affairs / UN Habitat’s Youth Advisory Board[Profile]
Raphael Obonyo is a youth advocate at national, regional and international levels. He is the external advisor, UNISDR’s Africa Youth Affairs, UN Habitat’s Youth Advisory Board, and Africa's representative in the World Bank's Global Coordination Board on Youth and Anti-Corruption. He is the co-founder and a member of the Advisory council of the Youth Congress, a premier youth- led organization in Kenya. He has extensive knowledge and experience in public policy, international development, political economy, governance and human rights. In 2013, the Global Diplomatic Forum named Mr. Obonyo as one of the Global Young Diplomats. He is 2014 Crans Montana’s New Leader of Tomorrow. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University. He is a Ford Foundation Fellow.
Rahmadhani Sulaiman
Secretary for Aceh Tsunami Museum Taskforce, Ache Culture Tourism Office[Profile]
Rahmadhani was an AusAid (Australian Agency for International Development) Postgraduate student (Masters in Business) specializing in tourism management. He is active in many tourism-related activities in Aceh and overseas. He has also been in various seminars/ workshops/ trainings in Aceh, Indonesia and overseas, as a guest speaker and participant. He has a strong conviction that the Ache Tsunami Museum should be a medium for educating and preserving precious stories and lessons learnt from the Aceh experiences. He is committed to disseminate these real life stories to the larger society, and believes this can lead to quicker recovery from the disaster.
Lalit Thapa
Program Officer ; SHAPLANEER Kathmandu Office[Profile]
Lalit Thapa has been working as a Programme Officer in Shapla Neer (SN) since 2008. Before joining Shaplaneer, he worked for a couple of Nepal NGOs. He has Masters’ Degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His experience of working for DRR started even before joining ShaplaNeer. He has been representing ShaplaNeer Nepal in the Association of International Non Government Organization in Nepal (AIN)- Task Group on Disaster Management and Climate Change (TGDMCC) since 2009. He is one of the board members of the Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal (DPNet) since January 2015.
Lalumbe Makuya
Founder and Project Director of Naledi Foundation/ South Africa[Profile]
Lalumbe Makuya is the Founder and Project Director of an NPO called Naledi Foundation. The organization works with under-performing learners in isolated rural schools, to motivate them to strive beyond their current circumstance. She was awarded a SET Africa award in 2014 from Makerere University in Uganda for her contribution towards improving education in South Africa. After the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she was recognized as a Wagner International Associate. With the efforts to keep children in school beyond floods, she joined the Africa Resilient Youth after completing her training on Disaster Risk Reduction with UNISDR and Peace Boat.
Lisa Orloff
Founder and Executive Director, World Cares Center[Profile]

Lisa Orloff is an entrepreneur, thought leader, and author. Orloff founded World Cares Center, an NGO she spearheaded post 9-11-2001 and authored Managing Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters: A Field Manual (CRC press, 2011) providing spontaneous volunteer management solutions based on her field experience. Sitting on several boards and committees and as Adjunct Professor at Pratt University, Orloff contributes to a broader approach to inclusive disaster risk reduction and response. Orloff is considered a subject matter expert advising local and international organizations and governments, and has responded to numerous disasters.

Representative Director, Japan Association for Refugees(JAR)[Profile]

Born in Tokyo in 1976. After graduating from the Department of International Relations and Law, Faculty of Law, Sophia University, and after working for a few years, Ishikawa Eri first joined the Japan Association for Refugees in 2011 as a general staff. She was involved in activities related to policy recommendations and research in and outside of Japan. Her interest in refugee problems grew after knowing about incidents like the Rwanda civil wars, and became more involved in the organization as a volunteer. She switched to her current role in the organization in January 2008. She has collaboratively written several books on protection of refugees. She is also a mother of two.

Former Director of Nihon Television Training School/ Former Announcer at Nippon Television Network (NTV)[Profile]
Ishikawa Makiko has taken on various roles in the Japanese television industry, including host of variety shows, newscaster, sports commentator for events such as the Yokohama International Women’s Marathon. She is also renowned for being one of the few to succeed in interviewing women refugees in Afghanistan. After becoming the manager of Nippon Television Network's (NTV) Broadcasting Department, she was appointed as the Director for NTV Events and Director for NTV training school. She has since then developed and trained many announcers, newscasters and sports commentators.
Secretary-General, Miyagi Cooperative Reconstruction Center / Chief Coordinator, Chuetsu Center for Promotion of Disaster Prevention and Safety[Profile]
Ishizuka Naoki entered the Chuetsu Centre for Promotion of Disaster Prevention and Safety in 2008. He was involved in the development of supporting coordinators for mountainous regions and disaster recovery after the Chuetsu Earthquake that occurred in Niigata Prefecture in 2004. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, he was transferred to the Miyagi Collaborative Recovery Centre in 2012, where he was in charge of the training of coordinators for regional recovery from Great East Japan Earthquake. He took on his current appointment in April 2014.
Co-director, Children & Youth Forum / Student, Tohoku University[Profile]

Isobe Ryota is a graduate student of urban planning and architecture at Tohoku University, majoring in Earthquake Disaster Prevention Studies. He was on the Express Train back to Sendai when the Great East Japan Disaster struck. Since then, he has been involved as a researcher of Michinoku Disaster Record Archive Project by Tohoku University, and a architecture ground staff with International NGO Habitat for Humanity, and in other fields related to Disaster Prevention and Recovery. At the 3rd UN WCDRR, he is managing the International Children and Youth Forum as a co-director of the Japan Office.

INAGAKI Fumihiko
Director, Chuetsu Promotion for Disaster Prevention and Safety Design Center[Profile]
Fumihiko Inagaki established the Residents Conference Committee for Chuetsu Recovery and became the Secretary-General in May 2005. He is currently involved in the training of support staff for community recovery, serving as the director of Chuetsu Promotion for Disaster Prevention and Safety Design Centre. He is also engaged in the establishment of the National Committee for Network of Community Support that connects the village support staff and local regional economic development teams. He is in charge of human resource development of recovery support staff as part of the policy to recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake, especially targeting at ageing population and urban-rural migration in mountainous regions and the countryside. He is currently the director of Nagaoka Resident Cooperation Centre.
Staff, Kiko Network[Profile]
Esashika Yumiko is a member of Kiko Network's Tokyo office, which strives to realize a sustainable society through policy recommendations and human resources development that focus on climate change. Thus far, in addition to holding climate change workshops and conducting research that aims to unite communities, universities and local governments, she has also engaged in the construction of Japan’s latest domestic coal-fired power plant fleet. Prior to moving to Tokyo, she spent her college days in Sendai where she worked in an environmental NGO that helps raise awareness on many important issues such as energy conservation.
Staff, Kiko NetworkPresident, Institute for Studies in Happiness Economy and Society/ Professor, Tokyo City University[Profile]

Through lecturing on and writing about environmental issues - as well as working in business consultancy and participating in cross-sectorial workshops - Edahiro Junko aims to contribute to creating a resilient and happy world. She hopes to create change through the sharing of information and engaging in dialogue. She currently manages an institute that researches and discusses the possibilities for new societal systems based on creating happiness and spiritual wealth, rather than on financial growth. Working alongside a group of specialists from around the world, Junko is a member of the International Working Group for New Development Paradigm which helps to advance studies in order to realize King of Bhutan’s royal decree of “prosperity and happiness” One of her latest publications is "Steady-State Economy Is Possible. Her major translation works include: "An Inconvenient Truth".

Section Head of Livelihood Support, Niigata Kashiwazaki Social Welfare Council[Profile]

From the Care Manager for the Home Care Support Service Centre, Mamiko Otsuka became the person in charge for the Regional Welfare Department from 2001. Between 2004 and 2007, she experienced a total of 5 disasters including floods, earthquakes and heavy snow. From 2009, she was transferred to the newly established livelihood support department to support the people affected by the Chuetsu Earthquake who were living in the Public Housing. She was placed in charge of helping the needy to become economically independent, support young adults and providing support for their daily needs. Her work places emphasis on “creating face to face networks”, and her personal goal is to create a website where people can meet new friends.

Deputy Director, Office for Global Issues and Development Partnership, Operations Strategy Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)[Profile]
Okada Miku entered Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2005, the official agency involved in providing governmental development aid to developing countries around the world. In charge of bringing trainees from developing countries to Japan for training programs including medical insurance and various industrial fields. Miku Okada was overall responsible for the management of medical insurance programs for Afghanistan. She was then sent to Zambia in Southern Africa for 3 years, where she was in charge of fields related to water hygiene and decentralization of power. Currently, she is responsible for coordination with international organizations and foreign countries regarding the world development goals and problems.
Motoyoshi Kizuna Tsunagaritai[Profile]

Having experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake, Onodera Akemi’s autistic second son lost his smile and transformed from a mild-mannered to a violent boy. Knowing that there are many similar cases of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities suffering in the region, she decided to create a sanctuary, where they can relax in peace. In January 2013, she founded “Motoyoshi Kizuna Tsunagaritai” with her parents.

KANO Junichi
Chairperson,Iwate Fukko collaboration Center / Representative Director; @Ria NPO Support Center[Profile]

Born in Kamaishi City in 1965. Kano Junichi used to own a sweets shop in Kamaishi while engaging in community activities, until 2004 where he established a NPO support centre. Thereafter, he had been involved in a wide variety of activities until his office was destroyed by the Great East Japan Disaster in 2011. He restarted his NPO activities soon after to contribute to the recovery of the disaster victims. He is currently the Director of @Ria NPO Support Center, which was collaboratively established with intermediary support organizations in Iwate Prefecture.

GODA Shigehiro
Administration Director; PEACE BOAT Disaster Relief Volunteer Center[Profile]

After participating in NGO Peace Boat’s Global Voyage as a student, Goda Shigehiro became a staff member of Peace Boat, responsible for peace education and international cooperation programs onboard while sailing to more than 60 countries. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, he established Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center and was involved as a coordinator in disaster-affected areas in Tohoku and the Philippines. At the WCDRR, he is the person in charge of the coordination of civil society organizations in Sendai as part of JCC2015.

KOSAKA Junichiro
Senior Liaison Associate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan[Profile]

Kosaka Junichiro is the Senior Liaison Associate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan since 2006, specialized in donor relations, resource mobilisation and partnership building. He studied international institution and EU law at International Christian University, and researched on the policy making process of EU and the rights of non-citizens in London School of Economics. He joined the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team and Japan Platform between March and May 2011 for information gathering and dissemination in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

SASAKI Tsutomu
Survivor Storyteller of Great Hanshin- Awaji Earthquake / Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution[Profile]
Immediately after the disaster, Tsutomu Sasaki was in charge of the elementary school in Nagata ward, Kobe city where fires had broken out for 3 days. He worked hard to create heart-to-heart harmonious relations among volunteers, evacuees, school staff, parents, children, for 4 years after the disaster. During the Great East Japan Earthquake, he frequently went to the disaster-affected areas to help out. He believes that the brave actions by the elementary and junior high students brought hope to the people and emphasizes that regular evacuation drills in schools contributed to saving lives during the disaster.
Specially Appointed Associated Professor at the Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo[Profile]

Sadaike Yuki is a Specially Appointed Associated Professor at the Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo. She obtained her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Science, Hokkaido University, majoring in disaster sociology, regional sociology and education on disaster risk reduction. Born in Kenbuchicho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido, she experienced the Hokkaido Nansei-Oki Earthquake in Okushiri island, which inspired her to research disaster recovery and regional disaster risk reduction. She has organized and implemented disaster-related activities all over Hokkaido, and has also contributed her knowledge on disaster recovery in Tohoku after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

SATO Shigehisa
Survivor Storyteller of Great East Japan Earthquake / Ishinomaki Future Support Association[Profile]

Sato Shigehisa was the vice principal of Minato-Daini Elementary School of Ishinomaki, which was situated next to the river and sea. During the disaster, he guided the children and local residents to evacuate to higher grounds. When his school later became a temporary evacuation centre, he was responsible for its overall management. Before the disaster, Minato-Daini Elementary School, like every other elementary school, had evacuation drills for disasters. However, just when they were thinking of ways to safely evacuate people with physical disabilities, the disaster occurred. Shigehisa Sato retired from the elementary school in March 2012. He became a staff member of his current organization in July 2013, and is now a storyteller, sharing his experiences with foreign visitors.

Field Manager of Kesennuma Office, Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA)[Profile]
Shiratori Kota volunteered and worked in an intermediary support organization during the Hanshin-Awaji Great Earthquake in 1995. Since 2005, he has been involved in emergency relief operations as a program officer in SVA at the time of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh (2007), Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008), Sumatra Earthquake (2009) and Pakistan flood disaster (2010) etc. He is currently the overall in charge of relief projects in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture for people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Chief; Oshima Social Welfare Council Vice-Director of Oshima Social Welfare Council Volunteer Center[Profile]
Suzuki Yusuke entered Oshima Social Welfare Council of Oshima-cho, Tokyo in 1998. He is responsible for the formulation of plans and budgets for companies and coordination of home-based social welfare services. He participated in and was part of the management of disaster relief volunteer activities by the Social Welfare Council during the landslide disaster caused by Typhoon 26 (Typhoon Wipha) on 16 October 2013. He is currently involved mainly in the livelihood support of disaster victims.
Advisor on Disaster Risk Reduction and Response, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)[Profile]
Tajima Makoto played a vital role during the first boom of NGO establishment in Japan in the early 80s and built the foundation for one of the major Japanese NGOs, Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC). He worked overseas for 15 years with NGOs and as an expert/ advisor for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia. He was also the Chief Coordinator of Task Force for Disaster Response, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) during the Great East Japan Earthquake. His academic background is in natural resources management (BS, University of Michigan) and agroforestry (MSc, University of Hawaii).
Representative of Japan Women's Network For Disaster Risk Reduction / Former Mayor of Chiba Prefecture[Profile]
Domoto Akiko has received numerous honorary awards as a journalist, including the Japanese Newspaper Association Award, Broadcasting Culture Foundation Award, Communal Broadcasting Award. She was an Upper House Member of the National Diet 1989 ~ 2001 and was involved in the council and planning of various laws, such as the Basic Environment Law, Convention on Biological Diversity, NPO Law, Access to Government Information Act and Long-Term Care Insurance Act etc. She participated in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (also known as Rio Summit) in 1992, and became the Prefectural Governor of Chiba Prefecture in 2001 for 8 years. She is currently the Representative of the Network for Gender Equality and Disaster Recovery, advocating for the correction of laws and conventions regarding disasters from the perspective of gender equality.
NOZAKI Ryuichi
Secretary General and Director of Kobe City Development Research Institute / Director of Hyogo NPO NGO Conference (HYOGON)[Profile]
Ryuichi Nozaki was involved in the support of the rebuilding of disaster-affected markets and mansions in the recovery phase of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. Thereafter, he continued his city development support work in Hyogo Prefecture together under the residents’ initiative. During the Great East Japan Earthquake, he played the role of adviser for urban planning and disaster migration in more than 10 areas in the middle of Kesennuma City. He has received several honorary awards for his contribution to the city development and architecture in Hyogo Prefecture. He has also written several books on civil society and disaster recovery.
Project Staff of Kesennuma Office;Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA)[Profile]
Hatakeyama Yumiko was born in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Her motto is 'Community is the most important tool for disaster prevention'. The community center in her hometown was washed away by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. After that, she was the person in charge of PR for rebuilding the community center program through community participation. In 2012, she became a local staff of Japan Lutheran Emergency Relief (JLER) and after 2014, she started working as SVA staff and is in charge of children support program 'Atsumare Hamawarasu! (Let's gather, beach kids!).
FUJIMA Chihiro
Staff ;ishimomaki Future Support Association[Profile]
Fujima Chihiro started working as a volunteer in Ishinomaki in May 2011. Thereafter, after visiting Ishinomaki several times on weekends, she was told by the current organization to think of ways to increase the population traveling to and interacting with Ishinomaki and its community. In October 2011, she moved to Ishinomaki, and is involved in various programs ranging from preserving memories and telling stories of the disaster, and implementation and planning of study trips.
President; Sendai- Miyagi NPO Center / Chairperson; Miyagi Cooperative Reconstruction Center[Profile]
After working in advertisement planning and production, as an editor and copywriter, Benimura Akiko joined a NPO Study Group in 1995. She later established Sendai Miyagi NPO Center where she became the administrative director, board of directors, secretary general and eventually executive director in March 2011. She is currently the director of Miyagi Collaborative Recovery Center established within the above center on 18 March 2011, doing recovery work at disaster-affected areas.
Vice-Chair, Environmental Partnership Council[Profile]
Hoshino Tomoko has served as an NGO activity coordinator for WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development), 2008 G8 Summit, CBD COP10 and Rio+20. She actively promotes ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and disseminates information on biodiversity. She is also involved with several environmental NGOs working in areas including biodiversity, youth, and agriculture. She is currently a board member of Africa Japan Forum (AJF), JANIC.
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation Research & Advocacy Group[Profile]
Horiuchi Aoi has been a member of the Research and Proposal Group of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) since 2012. He is involved in the coordination between the NGO Conferences and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the advocacies of the Millennium Development Goals. He is also the Secretary General of the Japan CSO Coalition 2015 Committee in preparation for the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in March 2015 in Sendai.
Journalist / President; 8bitNews[Profile]

Born in 1977, Hori Jun entered NHK Broadcasting Corporation in 2001 as a reporter of News Watch 9, mainly in charge of accidents and disaster reporting. He worked as a newscaster of Economic News Biz Sport in 2010. He then became a visiting researcher at University of California, Los Angeles from 2012 onward. Hori Jun was rewarded with the Special Award at the Kyoto International Documentary Film Festival for his film production “Metamorphosis” that covers the nuclear meltdown incidents in the US and Japan. He became a freelancer in 2013, and took up the presenter role in a morning program of TOKYOMX TV station from 2014. He now manages 8bitNews, a user- generated news site, and is a guest professor at Shukutoku University.

Administration Director; Glocal Employment, Support and AID Institute[Profile]

Born in Miyake Island of Tokyo, Miyashita Kana twice experienced volcano eruptions. The resulting lava flow from the eruption in 1983 destroyed her home, and she had to evacuate and live in temporary housing. She was forced to evacuate for 4 years and 5 months again in 2000 when the volcano erupted. During her life as an evacuee, she started working in a resident organization, where they supported the evacuee community living in evacuation centers. When the evacuation warning was cleared for the island in 2005, she established the Miyakejima Network. In 2010, she founded Glocal Employment, Support and AID Institute.

Director ; Rera, Support for Human Mobility[Profile]
After graduating from university, Murashima Hiroko worked as an instructor at a children’s hall, and agricultural and fishing industries. She entered Ishinomaki in April 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake, as part of a Hokkaido NPO, helping disaster-affected victims with transportation to hospitals, bathing and shopping. One year later, after her NPO ended its project in Ishinomaki, she stayed on, creating a local NPO in Ishinomaki to continue her activities. She hopes to make Rera a new form of asset deeply rooted in Ishinomaki after the Great East Japan Disaster.
Co-Director and Editor, Gay Japan News(ILGA member) / Iwate Rainbow Network and Empowerment Iwate[Profile]
Born and based in Iwate, Yamashita Azusa is the Co-Director of Gay Japan News. She founded Iwate Rainbow Network in March 2011. She served as one of the Mediators for National Women’s Network for Great East Japan Disaster and Co-Secretary General of ILGA. Currently carrying out Iwate Nijiiro DRR Project with the fund from Mioko Fujieda Foundation for Gender Equality.
YAMADA Akiyoshi
Executive Director, Center for Independent Living[Profile]
Born in 1942 and graduated from School of Law, Chuo University. Yamada Akiyoshi injured his spine when he was 15 and became paralyzed. In 1968, he established an organization to improve the lives of severely physically disabled people, where he became the first president of the organization. His organization has been involved in various forms of social welfare activities. In 1990, he started AJU with the vision that social welfare should be enjoyable and fun. After the Tokai storm disaster in 2000, he became involved in disaster response strategies for the physically disabled by the physically disabled. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, he was responsible for delivering relief supplies to evacuation shelters.
President ; PEACE BOAT Disaster Relief Volunteer Center[Profile]
Yamamoto Takashi has been responsible for the planning of international exchange programs in over 100 countries around the world, as NGO Peace Boat’s representative. Having experienced the destruction of the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in his hometown in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, he has participated in numerous disaster relief activities, both locally and overseas, including Niigata (Japan), Turkey, Taiwan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He established Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center, focusing on both disaster relief activities, as well as the training of disaster relief volunteers. Yamamoto is a member of the Cabinet Office's Disaster Prevention Volunteer Activities Committee.
Vice Chief Director;Life Supporters[Profile]
After having worked in the private sector, for the Ministry of Labour and for the Morioka City Office, Yoshida Naomi became an NPO staff member in 2011, where he was involved in the livelihood support of disaster- affected people. He later became part of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) where he worked overseas for 4 years. He also worked for 2 years in the Second Committee of Consumerism in the Cabinet Office. He is currently working as a probation officer.