Learning from Megadisasters

This bite-sized learning course introduces the main features of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, presents the main strengths and weakness registered after a very detailed analysis undertaken in the past 3 years and disseminates the most important lessons learned, all with the intent of sharing Japan’s knowledge on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and post-disaster reconstruction with ... view more


Pilot - The Megadisasters Project with Federica Ranghieri

Federica Ranghieri discusses Japan's response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and what countries can learn.


Busting Myths on Disaster Recovery with Margaret Arnold

This video explores myths about disaster recovery, and describes approaches to community-led and socially inclusive recovery.


Balancing Structural and Non Structural Measures with Mikio Ishiwatari

Structural measures have limitations. Balancing structural and nonstructural measures is crucial in managing disaster risks.


Inclusive Recovery with Mikio Ishiwatari

The cross-sectoral approach to recovery covers a wide range of sectors and organizations to respond to needs of affected people.


Crisis Management in the Era of Social Media with Rasha Rayes

This video explores the use of social media as a tool for collecting and distributing information during crises.

About the Presenters

Federica Ranghieri

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

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

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

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.