In this episode of Using Big Data to Predict Natural Disasters, C.K. Koshy talks to Dr. Bapon (SHM) Fakhruddin about theoretical framework for Disaster Management, methods adopted in the past for floods and droughts. They also discuss data challenges in the past and today, technology, data sharing and creating awareness among organizations.
C.K. Koshy retired from The Indian Administrative Service in 2005 in the rank of Additional Chief Secretary after a long and illustrious career spanning thirty-seven years in the higher echelons of the Government of Gujarat and the Govt. of India. He was the Secretary to the Govt of Gujarat of such crucial departments as Revenue, Industries and Finance as well as Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam. He was Financial Advisor to the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of India, under the Prime Minister and Executive Director of the Nuclear Power Corporation.
He was Relief Commissioner during the period 1985-87 when Gujarat faced unprecedented drought for three years in succession. He was Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue Department and had coordinated Relief efforts post the earthquake in 2001.
Since his retirement Mr. Koshy has been deeply involved in higher education. He has taught courses in Governance and Public Policy to postgraduate students at the CEPT University and was also associated with the Centre for Heritage Management at Ahmedabad University as Chief Executive. He has been an advisor to several urban research projects and programs including developing an Inventory of Public Lands in Ahmedabad and a World Bank funded project on managing urban heritage in three major cities of India.
In his role as the Advisor to CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), he has been instrumental in forging important collaborations with State and Local Governments, developing training material and administering training programs tailored to different levels of public officials.
Dr. Bapon (SHM) Fakhruddin is a hydrologist by training, and has 17 years working experience in water engineering, climate, and disaster risk management. His key areas of expertise are hydrological modeling, early warning system, emergency communication, climate-proofing infrastructure and disaster risk reduction. He graduated in civil engineering and have a Master's in Water Engineering and Management. He has a PGD from the United Nations University, Canada and PhD in Water Engineering. He also studied Mathematical Modeling and GIS. Dr. Bapon is a certified Instructor of ICS from United States Forest Service (USFS).
He has hands on working experiences in implementing climate and disaster risk management projects more than 25 countries ( i.e. Barbados, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, China, Fiji, Dominica, Granada, India, Iran, Indonesia, Myanmar, Maldives, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Nepal, Nauru, Niue, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, St Lucia, Thailand, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, USA, Vietnam, Vanuatu.) to support national hydro-meteorological and disaster management agencies.
He has working experience with many international organizations (i.e. UCAR, NOAA, USDA/FS, IFRC, ADPC, WMO, UNDP- GEF, etc) and Universities (UNU, AIT, Kings College, City University NY, East West Center, etc).
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