Prof Satoru Nishikawa

Professor, Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Nagoya University


Prof. Satoru Nishikawa joined Japanese Government service in 1982 and has held various positions in the Japanese Government, UN, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and International Organizations. In 1992, he was appointed Senior Disaster Relief Coordination Officer at UN-DHA where he coordinated international assistance to numerous disaster-stricken countries. He was appointed the Executive Director of Asian Disaster Reduction Center in 2001. After resuming Japanese government service in 2004, held senior positions in the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. In the aftermath of 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, he coordinated the Japanese Government technical assistance to the affected countries. He was also the on-site coordinator for the Niigata-Chuetsu Earthquake. He hosted and coordinated the 2005 UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction. He proposed the Japanese BCP guideline. He initiated the long-term regional recovery planning for Tohoku after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.