Dr., Senior Advisor, JICA
Dr Hitoshi BABA has over 30 years of extensive national and international experience in technical and administrative management in disaster and water resource areas in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) of the Government of Japan, and in technical cooperation with developing countries to strengthen national capacity for disaster risk reduction, emergency response and reconstruction.
Since 2010, he is based in Tokyo as Senior Advisor to JICA conducting innovative projects and technical assistances as a specialist of Flood control, Hydrological Modeling and Disaster risk Management.
At the same time, in the United States and Australia, Dr Baba researched for disaster relief and emergency management, and introduced the first workshop on Incident Command System (ICS) in Japan and utilizing the concept of ICS he made great contributions to the capacity building of individuals and regions related to crisis management, such as planning and developing the coordination framework of a wide area business continuity management, naming as the ‘Area BCM’, at the time of a large-scale disaster foremost in the world.
Dr BABA has an academic background of hydrology and river engineering. He has Ph.D. in Environment and Resource Engineering and MSc. in Forest Science. He is a swift-water rescue technical instructor qualified by RESCUE 3 JAPAN, He speaks Japanese and English.