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Rohit Jigyasu

President of International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP)

Rohit Jigyasu is heritage conservation and risk management professional from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair Professor at the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He is the president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) and ICOMOS-India. He is also senior advisor at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) based in Bangalore, India.

After undertaking his post-graduate degree in Architectural Conservation from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, Rohit obtained a doctoral degree from NTNU, Norway. His Doctoral thesis was titled “Reducing Disaster Vulnerability through Local Knowledge and Capacity- the Case of Earthquake Prone Rural Communities in India and Nepal”.

Rohit has also been teaching as visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad. As UNESCO Chair Professor in Japan, he is the scientific coordinator International Programme on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. Rohit has also been consultant to several national and international organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Disaster Management, Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), UNESCO, UNISDR, UNDP, ICCROM, Aga Khan Planning and Building Services and the Getty Conservation Institute for conducting research and training on Cultural Heritage Risk Management. He has been working for UNESCO and other international organizations like World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) for undertaking post-earthquake assessments in Gujarat, Kashmir, Indonesia and Bhutan. He also brings with him the practical experience of working on disaster risk management plans in the World Heritage sites of Khajuraho Hampi, Konarak, Red Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Jantar Mantar and Ajanta & Ellora in India. Rohit has contributed to various national and international conferences and meetings in India and abroad and has several publications to his credit.

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