Dr. Bijan Khazai is currently a senior research scientist at Karlsruhe University’s Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM).He holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked on developing GIS-based landslide hazard assessment models in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before moving to Germany, Dr. Khazai was a post-doctoral research fellow at Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He has been involved in the socioeconomic assessment of recovery and reconstruction processes working in the field following disasters in Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and New Orleans. Dr. Khazai’s research interests are social vulnerability analysis, megacity and urban risk, and information technology for post-disaster recovery planning. As a project specialist for Earthquake and Megacities Initiative (EMI), he has also worked in a number of applied projects in Istanbul, Amman and Metro Manila and Mumbai.