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Mihir Bhatt

Head IDMI

Mihir R. Bhatt is director of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI). He works on reducing risk-related action and learning: Experience Learning Series on Learning and Risk Mitigation; Southasiadisasters.net; Afat Nivaran (Gujarati Newsletter) and Vipada Nivaran (Hindi Newsletter). He has published widely on issues of vulnerability and disasters, and has been part of key evaluations of disaster response in Asia. He is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative since 2007 and was a member of the panel that selects the Humanitarian Coordinators for the United Nations. He advises Climate Development Knowledge Network’s work on climate compatible development in nine states of India with focus on urban resilience, green finance, and renewable energy at subnational level. He is recently invited to join independent panel of INGO Accountability Charter to review accountability of international civil society.

He chairs Duryog Nivaran, a South Asian network on alternative thinking on disaster risk reduction. He has recently published "The Interplay of Women, Work and Disasters: Missing Women's View" and "Gender, disasters and development: opportunities for South-South cooperation" in a book titled Women and Disasters in South Asia: Survival, Security and Development; and "Using Disaster Insurance to Build Urban Resilience: Lessons from Micro-enterprise" in a book titled Urban Disaster Resilience: New Dimensions from International Practice in the Built Environment.