Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank
Ayaz Parvez is a Senior Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist within the Africa Region DRM Team of the World Bank’s Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience (GSURR) since 2015. Ayaz is a seasoned practitioner in the conduct of post-disaster and post-crisis needs assessments, and also in the design and implementation of disaster and crisis recovery projects. Ayaz is currently leading the Bank’s two drought and flood recovery projects in Malawi, and a post-crisis recovery project in Nigeria. He is also currently preparing a new Bank project on drought recovery in Somalia. Previously, Ayaz worked with the Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) in its Resilient Recovery Team. He brings in many years of specialist operational experience from post-disaster recovery operations of the World Bank from various regions. Ayaz led GFDRR’s global flagship initiatives on disaster recovery, including a Global Guide for Developing Disaster Recovery Frameworks, and the report on “Resilient Recovery: An Imperative for Sustainable Development”. Both products were launched at the Sendai WCDRR in March 2015. Ayaz Parvez also routinely conducted trainings in post-disaster need assessment and recovery planning. Ayaz has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.
Nicholas K.W. Jones
Data Scientist, World Bank
Nicholas Jones is a Data Scientist in the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), where he focuses on climate-resilient development. Nick joined the World Bank in 2011. In his last posting as World Bank liaison to the UN in New York, he helped to develop and launch two regional initiatives to build resilience in the Sahel and Horn of Africa. He has also worked extensively on climate change issues, including building a global coalition around carbon pricing and strengthening responses to the challenges faced by the Small Island States. Nick works on developing and implementing programs to build resilience to climate change, including in the Small Island States Resilience Initiative. Before joining the World Bank, he was head of South and Southeast Asia analysis at the research firm Oxford Analytica. He studied history and public policy at Cambridge University and the University of London.
Consultant, World Bank
Takahiro Yabe is a Data Science Consultant for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and Transport Global Practice at The World Bank, working on big mobility data analytics for urban development, disaster risk management, and transportation modeling. His research interests including urban disaster resilience modeling, geospatial big data analytics, and geospatial-AI, and using these techniques for urban policy applications.