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Kazuko Ishigaki

Risk Knowledge Economist

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Expertise: Economics of Disasters; DRR planning and policy; Spatial planning/regional development policy

Ms. Kazuko Ishigaki is a risk knowledge economist of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). She leads the technical development of a new monitoring system for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the economic analysis to facilitate risk-sensitive public investment across countries. She has drafted “Progress and Challenges in Disaster Risk Reduction” based on her comprehensive and comparative analysis of HFA country reports (UNISDR, 2014). She recently launched “UNISDR Working Paper Series on Public Investment and Financing Strategy for DRR”.

Prior to her current position, she served 12 years at the Japanese Government (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Cabinet Office for Disaster Risk Management) and engaged in disaster risk management planning, national territorial/spatial planning, and a wide array of regional development policies. She also served three years as economist/policy analyst at the OECD and drafted several publications including “Regional Development Policies in OECD Countries” (OECD, 2010). She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Master’s degree in Economics at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

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