Guillermo Franco Senior Vice President, Head of Catastrophe Risk Research - EMEA Guy Carpenter Design and coordination of Guy Carpenter's Model Suitability Analysis (MSA)SM; management of research collaborations with partners in Academia; development of analytics products and services. Manager & Principal Engineer, Decision Analytics AIR Worldwide Risk consulting. earthquake risk assessment; damage analysis; structural vulnerability; risk modeling; Latin America insurance/reinsurance market. Earthquake risk modeling; parametric cat bond securitizations; earthquake vulnerability research; portfolio optimization; client & staff training on earthquake science and engineering; sampling variability reduction processes; field damage surveys. Manager of the EuroMediterranean earthquake model, client and employee instruction on earthquake science and engineering. Research Fellow The Earth Institute at Columbia University Research on earthquake structural vulnerability, catastrophe risk mitigation, and disaster recovery policy. Extensive damage survey and vulnerability assessments conducted in eastern Turkey after the Agri earthquakes. Coastal impact and recovery policy analysis in Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean tsunami. Development of depth-damage relationships in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Railroad infrastructure risk assessment in the Bolivian Pantanal. LNG infrastructure risk assessment in East Timor. Alpa Sheth Alpa Sheth is a structural engineer. She is a senior partner of VAKIL MEHTA SHETH and Managing Director VMS Consultant Pvt. Ltd, a firm in structural engineering consultancy. She has been advising various high level government authorties on seismic safety issues and conducted studies of various earthquake events in India, to suggest disaster mitigation measures. She currently act as Seismic Advisor/Consultant to Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) . She has won many national awards among which Best Residential Property Award(2007) from CNBC Awaaz Crisil RE Award and the “Outstanding Concrete Structures Award” (1999-2000) from the Indian Concrete Institute . She has been actively involved in various social support projects and is Co-founder of “Structural Engineering Forum of India SEFI” (www.sefindia.org) involving more than 12,200 engineers across India. She earned her MS from the University of California Berkeley. Alpa is a nature enthusiast and is a very avid birder. Michelle Meyer Michelle Meyer received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University (CSU) and is working as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. She has been a research assistant at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at CSU. Michelle’s dissertation research focused on the interrelation of individual and community resilience and social vulnerability in hurricane-prone communities. Michelle's research interests include disaster resilience and mitigation, climate change displacement, environmental sociology and community sustainability, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. Michelle has worked on various research projects including disaster risk perception, organizational energy conservation, volunteer training program evaluation, evaluation of disaster response plans for individuals with disabilities, and environmental attitudes and behaviors. Her teaching interests include research methods and statistics, sociology of disaster, environmental sociology, social stratification, and community sociology. She earned her BA from Murray State University in Murray, KY in Sociology and her MA from CSU in Sociology. Jae Chung Jaeeun Chung is Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst in GFDRR’s Central Results Team (CRT) and the Gender Focal Point of GFDRR. She focuses on the World Reconstruction Report, Track III Results operationalization and gender-related disaster issues. Prior to GFDRR, she has worked at European Union Delegation in Seoul, Korea and has assisted research in psychology and neuroscience. A native of South Korea, she has an MA in Public Policy at Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Michigan.