ICHARM -- The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management


ICHARM Team Leader Katsuhito Miyake awarded the 2009 JSCE Continuing International Contribution Award

Katsuhito Miyake, team leader of the Disaster Risk Management Research Team of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), will be awarded the 2009 Continuing International Contribution Award by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) for his longtime contribution to global water issues.

Miyake started his career at the Ministry of Construction (MOC) in 1985. In 1991, he assumed a secretary post at the Embassy of Japan in Iran. After three years, he came back to Japan and assumed several managing positions including the Deputy Director of the River Development Division of the MOC River Bureau and the Director of the MOC Hii and Kando Rivers Comprehensive Development Work Office. In 2001, He was back to an international office and worked for three years as a professional officer for the World Meteorological Organization/Global Water Partnership Associated Programme on Flood Management. In 2004, he was assigned to the director of the First Research Department of the Japan Water Resources Environment Technology Center. He was concurrently selected as the chair of the Working Group on Hydrology of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee and served in that position for four years until 2008.

Miyake joined ICHARM in July 2007 as a chief researcher for special assignment and led the planning and coordination of issues in water-related disasters for the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit and the 5th World Water Forum. He has been the team leader of the ICHARM Disaster Risk Management Research Team since April 2009 and is currently involved in several joint projects with the Asian Development Bank, as well as some other international projects.

The awarding ceremony will be held on 28 May at the 96th JSCE Regular Meeting.