Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers








Ronald A Harris

Dr. Ron Harris is a Professor of Geological Sciences at BYU who specializes in active tectonics and associated geophysical hazards. He was born and raised in Oregon, USA. He received his BSc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon, a MSc. in Geophysics from the Geophysical Institute of Alaska, and a Ph.D in Geodynamics from University College London in the U.K. Ron has worked for oil, mining, and environmental companies, for the US Geological Survey, and with the governments of several developing countries threatened by natural hazards. Dr. Harris’ research integrates many sub-disciplines including neotectonics, structural geology, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics and numerical modeling. The common thread of his research and community outreach is the human impact of active geological processes. Dr. Harris has taught at universities in the U.S., Great Britain, Oman, Taiwan and Indonesia. He has been invited to make over 150 presentations, has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, written 2 books and garnered several research grants and awards. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of Dr. Harris’ career is his success in connecting advances in geological hazards research with societal needs. He is the founder of the non-profit organization “In Harm’s Way” that identifies areas of the world most vulnerable to natural disasters, and helps community-based organizations in these areas communicate risk and implement effective disaster risk-reduction strategies that have saved
thousands of lives.





Sulfikar Amir

Sulfikar Amir is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and a faculty member in Sociology Programme at the School of Social Sciences NTU. His research interests primarily focus on examining institutional, political, and epistemological dimensions of scientific knowledge and technological systems. He has conducted research on technological nationalism, development and globalisation, nuclear politics, risk and disaster, design studies, city and infrastructure, and resilience. Sulfikar Amir is the author of “The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology and Authoritarian Politics” (Routledge, 2012). His ongoing project examines hidden vulnerability leading to nuclear meltdown in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He has developed a framework of sociotechnical resilience to assess the capacity of sociotechnical systems for responding to disruption and crisis. Aside from being a scholar, Sulfikar Amir is a documentary filmmaker. He has directed and produced three documentary films, all focusing on nuclear issues. The latest one is “Healing Fukushima”, which chronicles the role and experiences of medical experts in Fukushima in dealing with radiation hazard in the aftermath of nuclear disaster. Sulfikar Amir completed a PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He holds a Master of Science in Design (Industrial Design) from Arizona State University, and a Master of Science in Development Studies from Institut Teknologi Bandung.




Naoto Tada

Dr Tada is the JICA Expert on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction for BNPB dispatched from MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan). He received a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2014; a Master degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2001; and a Bachelor degree in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1999. He joined MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan) in 2001; he is the Deputy Director, Research and Planning Division, Disaster Management Bureau, Cabinet Office in years 2015-2017; Deputy Director, River Planning Division, Water and Disaster Management Bureau, MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan), 2011-2015.








Rama Raditya

Raditya Maulana Rusdi or Rama inspired to make Qlue from his experience in dealing with the complexity of the local government bureaucracy in serving its citizens. Rama developed Qlue to encourage government and decision makers to be more communicative, transparent, and inclusive to respond to the citizen and customer feedbacks, and they to be able to monitor of each report progress. Qlue helps the government and decision makers to identify, analyze, and provide effective solutions based on data and technology. In addition to that, government could also made good and effective decision.

These breakthroughs made Qlue win prestigious world awards such as the Best Mobility Project Award from the Global Smart Cities Contest by the World Smart City Organization (2018) and the Best M-Government Service Award from the World Government Summit in Dubai (2019). Before founding Qlue in 2016, Rama demonstrated history of working in Information Technology and financial service industry. He started his career as a consultant and advisor in the IT and Financial services such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Ernst & Young (EY). Rama holds a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in the field of Management Information System and Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc) in the field of Computer and Information Systems from Strayer University. Rama went to high school at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, where he studied discipline and strategic thinking. Currently Rama focuses on accelerating various sophisticated technology development to provide smart city solutions for decision makers as in line with his vision to make the world we live in better. In addition, Rama like to spend his time in practicing Brazilian Ju-Jitsu martial arts and culinary.


Fadjar Ibnu Thufail

Dr. Fadjar Ibnu Thufail is a senior researcher at Regional Territory Research Center of Indonesia Science Institute since 1992. He obtained a PhD degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison USA, a Master from Rutgers University USA, and Bachelor degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia.

   Dwikorita Karnawati

Prof. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D, or  Rita as she is called, has been appointed as the Head of Indonesia Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), since November 2017, after her completion in serving as the President of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), a prominent university with 55,000 students in Indonesia. She has an extensive professional experiences and academic backgrounds as the Professor in Environmental Geology and Disaster Mitigation at UGM. She is very active in promoting and developing the National Multi Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS), and very well-respected as the one of the key expert leaders in developing Presidential Decree for the Indonesia MHEWS. Obtaining the Ph.D Degree in Earth Sciences from Leeds University, UK in 1996, she continued her research on Hydrometeorological Disaster Prediction in the Post-Doctoral Program at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. She received series of research grants from the World Bank, as well as from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the British Council, which then very important to support the process of developing the Multi Hazard Early Warning System, especially related to hydrometeorology disaster, earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, with respect to life survivability and environmental protection. In her recent position as the Head of the Agency, she actively drives the innovation on Early Warning Technology and Impact-based Forecasting Systems for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, powered by the Big Data, Artificial Intelligent (AI), and Internet of Things (IOT), which also connected to Social Media, Mobile Aps and You Tube. Receiving an extensive recognition from national and local counterparts as well as from various international organizations for her work, she also has been invited to deliver keynote speeches and lectures in conferences, meetings, and events in various universities and institutions in USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, China, and Africa, to share her best practices of her experiences in Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning System.




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