Federica is Senior Urban and DRM Specialist with the World Bank. She has been coordinating the DRM and Climate Change Adaptation Program at urban level at WBI since 2011 and led the Learning from Mega Disasters program. She is now working mainly in the South Asia region on DRM and urban resilience. She is responsible for the Afghanistan DRM portfolio and is leading operations in Odisha State, India. She is part of the team leading the Nepal Recovery project after the earthquake in April, 2015.
Margaret Arnold is a Senior Social Development Specialist with the World Bank specializing in the social resilience, the social dimensions of climate and disaster risk management, and community-based and gender-sensitive approaches to risk management. She leads work on resilience and pro-poor adaptation for the Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience and serves as GFDRR’s Coordinator for Inclusive Community Resilience. Margaret has been with the World Bank since 1995, and has worked on urban development and post-conflict reconstruction in addition to disaster and climate risk management. She was part of a two-person team that established the World Bank's first unit focused on natural hazard risk management in 1998 (the Disaster Management Facility), and is credited with facilitating the Bank's recognition of disaster risk reduction as a development priority. She is one of the founders of the ProVention Consortium and served as Head of its Secretariat from 2007-2009.
Mikio Ishiwatari is Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank, and has been engaged in the projects of flood risk management (FRM) and disaster risk management (DRM) in East Asia and Pacific Region since 2013. He joined the World Bank as Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist in 2011, and worked as the focal point for the “Learning from Megadisaster” project in Tokyo. Before moving to the World Bank, Mr. Ishiwatari was Senior Advisor on Disaster Management and Water Resources Management at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Also, he worked at various positions of DRM and water resources management at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, Japan for 17 years. He formulated and supervised national projects of FRM and highways in Iwami District as Director for Hamada River and Road Office, and was responsible for research and technology development in DRM and water resource management as Senior Deputy Director for River Technology and Information. He worked as Urban Development Specialist at the Asian Development Bank.
Rasha Rayes is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist specialized in capacity building, Knowledge management, social media, conflict resolution and crisis management. Her career has traversed the public, private, and NGO spaces, both internationally and domestically. She has worked across sectors in program management, project design, project implementation, training and mentorship. She worked with the World Bank since 2010, co-coordinating the e-learning and training activities on DRM.