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


New staff joined ICHARM

last update : Aug. 18, 2007

Research and Training Advisor

He, a native of Sri Lanka, has been teaching in the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong for over 25 years before joining ICHARM. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. He has been a member of the Engineering Panel of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee, and recently been a Member of the International Panel to evaluate UNESCO's contribution to World Water Assessment Programme.

Katsuhito MIYAKE
Chief Researcher

He was born in Okayama, Japan. After entering public service, He has experienced several international activities such as working at World Meteorological Organization and engagement in Typhoon Committee Hydrological Component. With these background, he is willing to contribute to the purpose of ICHARM - disaster risk reduction of the people.

Yoganath ADIKARI
Research Specialist

He, born and raised in Bhutanese Shangrilla, went to university in the Philippines under USAID programme.. He finished doctoral degree specializing in erosion control in March 2001 from Hokkaido University. He has been working on erosion and vegetation connection in volcanically devastated areas and land-use, while under JSPS programme at Hokkaido University and later at Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. His present interests are water-related disasters and risk management, glacier lake outburst floods, desertification, land-use and geoecology.


It has been 8 years since she moved back to Tsukuba where she was born. She has worked as a secretary in a medical lab in Tsukuba University for 6 and half years and one and half years in Building Research Institute.

Research Specialist

He is from Tehran, Iran. He was awarded the doctoral degree on Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) by the center of excellence at the University of Yamanashi, Japan. He has several publications and presentations on distributed hydrological modeling, prediction in ungauged basin and water hazard and risk management. Ali has working experience in water resources management area and lecturing on this subject.

Research Specialist

He, an Indonesian genuine, was awarded the Doctoral Degree in 2000 from Kagoshima University in the field of Coastal Engineering. Since joining Coastal Dynamic Research Center of Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, Indonesia in 1990, he has been involved in many coastal erosion countermeasure activities, design of river mouth stabilization, as well as design of sea port basin. H e also pays special attention on the design and construction of rubble mound breakwater. He has been involved in tsunami related hazard investigation since 1992. Under JICA grant scheme, in 2001 he started to investigate the role of mangrove forest in reducing tsunami wave height over the beach and collect data for tsunami risk analysis.