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Prof. Dr. Svetlana Brzev

Dr. Svetlana Brzev has over 30 years of international academic and consulting experience related to seismic analysis, design, and rehabilitation of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India, and was previously a faculty at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada. Dr. Brzev is an active member of several professional organizations, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Masonry Society. Dr. Brzev is a past Vice-President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. She is a member of the Technical Committee responsible for developing Canadian masonry design code CSA S304. She has published more than 100 papers and has co-authored three books related to design of masonry and reinforced concrete structures. She was a member of the Canadian team that performed reconnaissance after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake on behalf of the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Brzev holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil/Structural Engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and a Ph.D. degree in Earthquake Engineering from the Department of Earthquake Engineering, University of Roorkee, India.

Prof. Dr. Bijay Anand Misra

B. Misra is Professor Emeritus, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for 30 years, retired as Head of Urban Planning and since 1995 is professor emeritus visiting faculty.

Academic - M.Tech & Ph.D. education in India, MIT (USA) and the UN. Professional experience, over 45 years.

Prof. Misra is a consultant on Integrated Development, Urban Management and Disaster Risk Management. His most recent assignment is Principal International Adviser, World Bank on Urban Development, Govt. of Nepal, July 2015 to Feb.2016.

Internationally Prof. Misra has worked as adviser and consultant to UNDP, UNCHS, UNDESA and the World Bank. He has been visiting full time professor to Kyoto University, Japan (2007-2008), International Research Center (Nichibunken) for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan (1995 & 2003) and Nagoya University, Japan (1989-90). He worked as short time invited lecturer to Beijing Normal University, Beijing (2014) and Nagoya Institute of Technology (2014), Japan. He worked as Senior Adviser and Coordinator on the international Consortium on GCOE Asian Mega cities Human Security Engineering project on disaster risk mitigation, Mumbai (2009-13) supported by the Government of Japan.

In India, he has worked as team leader in several national projects on urban management, smart cities and disaster risk governance for MOUD, Govt. of India, Delhi Development Authority, Municipal governments and for private sector corporate companies, namely, Mott Macdonald PVT. Ltd., Louis Berger Group, Integrated Development Division and Lee Associates (South Asia).

Dr. Ramesh Guragain

Dr. Ramesh Guragain, working as a Deputy Executive Director at National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) has a PhD on Earthquake Engineering from The University of Tokyo. He joined NSET in 1999 and is working in the field of earthquake risk management since then. The countries of working experience are mainly Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Afghanistan and shortly in other countries in south/south-east Asia. Earthquake risk assessment of buildings, infrastructures and urban/rural settlements in Nepal and the south Asian region is one of the major program areas that Ramesh is leading from NSET in recent years. Seismic vulnerability assessment of public school buildings in Kathmandu Valley; 20 major hospitals in Nepal; more than 100 office and private residences in Nepal; water supply system of Kathmandu valley; selected public and private buildings in Bhutan; development of fragility functions for non-engineered buildings in Bangladesh; earthquake risk assessment of five different cities in Nepal; three cities in Pakistan, and nine cities in Bangladesh are some of the major activities related to this area that NSET implemented in his leadership. He has also lead a team of professionals at NSET for development of several training curricula and provided trainings to different target audiences.

Dr. Guragain has published more than 30 scientific papers related to earthquake risk reduction in international journals and conferences. Currently, he is working as the Program Director for “Baliyo Ghar” Program funded by USAID.

Ajaya Dixit

Ajaya Dixit received his higher education at Regional Engineering College Rourkela, India (1977) and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (1981). He has worked as an analyst of water resources and environment themes in Nepal and South Asia. After graduation in 1977 he started his career as an assistant engineer in Nepal mid western region for about a year. He then joined Nepal’s Institute of Engineering as a lecturer of water resource engineering. His dedication and initiatives were responsible for establishing Nepal’s first hydraulics laboratory. He was involved in providing professional services in designing of community based drinking water and irrigation systems, project audit and environmental impact assessment. He also provided professional service as a trainer in US Peace Corps for a decade. In 1987, he began publishing and editing the interdisciplinary journal Water Nepal. He also served as chairman of the board of directors of Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH), a Nepali NGO that has helped develop drinking water supply, sanitation and hygiene services to about 1.5 million people.

He has directed regional research that examined climate changes impacts on flood, drought and food system adaptation in South Asia. His current research focus is exploring the approaches to develop strategies for resilience building against climate change vulnerabilities at sub national scale. Ajaya Dixit coordinated and edited the Nepal’s first national disaster report published in 2010. He has written extensively on DRR, water resources, trans-boundary, flood management, environment and developmental issues. His book Basic Water Science attempts synthesizing natural and social sciences of water use and management. As Executive Director of Institute of Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal, Ajaya Dixit currently directs and manages the Think Tank Grant from IDRC and engaged in studying the role systems play in building societal resilience and using the knowledge generated to engage the policy making domain.

Prof. Dr. Bozidar Stojadinovic

Dr. Božidar Stojadinović is the Chair of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich. Before coming to ETH, he was a Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His main research is in the probabilistic performance-based seismic resilience evaluation and design of civil structures and infrastructure systems. In this area, he specializes in performance-based fragility evaluation of buildings, bridges, civil infrastructure systems and nuclear facility structures. In his second research area, he is using the performance-based design principles to develop and apply new response modification techniques, such as rocking and seismic isolation, for seismic protection of civil infrastructure assets. His third research area is focused on the development of new experimental testing methods, such as the coupled thermo-mechanical hybrid simulation method, for evaluation of the response of civil structures to dynamic excitation and fire using hybrid models that combine physical and numerical substructures. At ETH, he teaches courses in Structural Dynamics and Seismic Design.

Prof. Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh

Prof. Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh's research focuses primarily in the area of application of probabilistic methodologies in the field of earthquake engineering and risk assessment/reduction. For the past five years, he has worked on the seismic fragility assessment of nuclear structures and probabilistic design of nuclear piping components.

Max Didier

Max Didier holds a MSc degree in Civil Engineering from ETH Zurich, with focuses on Construction Management and Structural Engineering. He was awarded by the ETH with the Willi Studer Price and the ETH medal for his Master Thesis on the seismic resilience of electric power supply systems. During his studies he followed a semester at UC Berkeley and participated in projects focusing on community impact, e.g. the impact of different urban scenarios in Colombia. In 2014, Max Didier started his doctorate on the topic of “Seismic Resilience of Communities and of their Civil Infrastructure Systems” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bozidar Stojadinovic. He is also part of the Swiss project “Supply of electricity for 2050: hydropower and geo-energies”, doing research on seismic vulnerability of the Swiss built environment.