Workshop on Science for Managing Disaster Risks

Workshop on Science for Managing Disaster Risks

9 March 2016,

PJ Hilton, Petaling Jaya


The workshop involves scientists and financial entities in particular insurers, reinsurers and risk assessors from various sectors. The objective is to understand scientific needs and priorities of financial entities for managing disaster risks and identify barriers that limit the penetration of disaster risk insurance in Malaysia.

The workshop discussion will focus on questions such as: What science information are you using now for managing risk of disasters? How effective are these? What do you need in addition? Participants from the private sector are encouraged to highlight good practices in current insurance models that should be scaled-up as well as strategies to promote risk insurance for current and future climate.

The discussion will be documented and disseminated to a wider audience to facilitate the development of science-based products and services for decision-making in a changing climate with emphasis on urban areas. The workshop inputs will also be forwarded to the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) and the Office of the Science Advisor to the Honourable Prime Minister for further consideration.



08:30     Registration

SESSION I: Opening and Keynote

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sarah Aziz, SEADPRI-Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

09:00     Opening Remarks

YBhg. Dato’ Zaitun Ab Samad

Director General, National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA)

09:15     Keynote Address

YBhg. Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid

Science Advisor to the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia

10:00     Coffee Break

SESSION II: Panel Presentations & Discussion

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Joy Jacqueline Pereira, SEADPRI-Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

10:30     Viewpoints – Science and Market Needs for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Professor Lord Julian Hunt
    MCSC, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Johnny Chan
    City University of Hong Kong
  • Ahmad Azlan Mohammad Yasir
    CoRE Expert Systems Sdn. Bhd.
  • Arpah Abu Bakar
    Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Lim Tong Kang,
    Malaysian Association of Risk and Insurance Management (MARIM)

11:30     Discussion – Priorities and Way Forward to Harness Science for Disaster Risk Insurance

12:45     Closing Remarks

YBhg. Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman

CEO, Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)

13:00     Lunch and End of Workshop