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CDRI’s Infrastructure Resilience Academic Exchange (IRAX) program will fostering a new generation of industry-ready professionals. This session directly aligns with IRAX objectives: exploring challenges and promoting collaboration between academia and industry to develop innovative DRI curricula and capacity building programs.


  • Dr. Satoru Nishikawa, JICA Senior Advisor/Professor, IRIDeS, Tohoku University
  • Mr. Barjor Mehta, President, CEPT University
  •  Ms. Susan Wisialko, CEO, Global Infrastructure Finance
  •  Dr. Eugenie L. Birch, Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research; Chair, Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mr. John Dora, Director, Climate Sense
  • Mr. Arun Sahdeo, Program Management Specialist (Disaster Risk Management), USAID
  • Ms. Ranjini Mukherjee, Director - Research, Knowledge Management & Capacity Development, CDRI (Moderator)


Professor Satoru NISHIKAWA

JICA/Tohoku University

Mr. Barjor Mehta


Ms Susan Wisialko

Chief Investment Officer

Professor Eugenie Birch


Prof. John Dora

Technical Expert

Ms Ranjini Mukherjee

Director – Research, Knowledge Management and Capacity Development

Mr Arun Sahdeo

Program Management Specialist (DRM)