International Center for Collaborative Research on Disaster Risk Reduction

International Center for Collaborative Research on Disaster Risk Reduction


Advisory Committee Members

The Advisory Committee members include five top experts from the field of disaster management within and outside China.

In Alphabetical Order of Last Names:


Prof. Dina D’Ayala, is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of Civil Engineering Section in University College London. She is a structural engineering with a humanities background and her research focus is the protection of architectural heritage and urban settlements from the natural hazard. Previously at the University of Bath, she headed the Earthquake and Conservation Engineering Research group for 15 years. Research milestones include the development of a numerical procedure to determine the seismic vulnerability of masonry dwelling (FaMIVE) with the application from Turkey to Nepal, to Iran and Italy, the design and development of two patented dissipative strengthening prototypes, to retrofit architectural heritage and limit damage from seismic shocks. Moreover, she has been a consultant to the WB,  IDA, UNDP and UNESCO on projects of heritage conservation and hazard protection in the Middle East, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iraq, Nepal etc.



Dr. Ramesh Guragain, is Deputy Executive Director of National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET). His research interests are masonry structure, seismic vulnerability assessment of buildings and infrastructures earthquake risk assessment, retrofitting of rural buildings, fragility functions development. As a life member of NSET-Nepal and Nepal Engineers Association, Dr. Guragain has extensive working experience in risk management. Also, Dr. Guragain is experienced in local and international projects in risk management,    especially in the region of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan and Iran.  



Prof. Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain, is Pro-Vice Chancellor, Founder & Director of Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka. Prof. Mokaddem is a leading Disaster Management Expert and Environment Specialist of Bangladesh with extensive experience of conducting research on environmental and disaster management. He has worked on many significant projects in natural disasters and flood management. In addition, Prof. Mokaddem is also a Sociologist, Demographer, Community Development Specialist and Anthropologist of the country.



Prof. Bing Li, the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of ICCR-DRR, is the Director of Natural Hazards Research Centre (NHRC) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He has broad expertise in reinforced concrete and precast concrete structures, particularly on seismic and blast-resistant design. On top of research and teaching, Prof. Li has been heavily involved in social work regarding practicalizing his research; he has conducted numerous projects involving infrastructure retrofitting across Asia ranging (India, China, Philippines, Nepal Indonesia etc.). He believes in such work as they represent actual implementation of technologies towards improving people’s lives around the world. Prof. Li is also an Associate Editor for American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering since 2006, which is considered the premier journal in its field.



Prof. Ning Li, is Deputy Dean of Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, Beijing Normal University. She holds a Ph.D. degree in environmental biology from the Tottori University of Japan. Prof. Li specializes in weather dynamics and climate disaster, meteorological environmental science, disaster loss assessment and risk management. Her research interests are in modeling climate change and disaster loss assessment. Prof. Li has coordinated several projects, including National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) "Global change and environmental risk's evolution process modeling", National Natural Science Foundation of China and international cooperation projects, and worked in over 100 research publications.