Haruko Nakamatsu, Team Assistant, DRM Hub, Tokyo, GFDRR. Ms Nakamatsu, a Japanese national, has extensive experiences in planning, coordinating, and organizing conferences and sports events at a number of organizations, including: a national university, International Friendship Association, a cycling association and a travel agency. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Nakamatsu was an administrative assistant and a corporate secretary to a variety of corporations. Her commitment and hard work in sales support have been recognized by the CEO of her previous employer.
Shoko Takemoto is a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist. Prior to joining GFDRR, Shoko spent more than five years worked on climate and disaster resilient development in the Pacific and West Africa with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Her areas of specialization include environmental policy and planning, climate change adaptation, disaster resilient design, and integrated water resource management. Shoko is a Japanese national. She holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College.
Guillermo A. Siercke, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, is a member of the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries. Prior to joining GFDRR, Guillermo worked with the South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean teams on lending operations and technical assistance in disaster risk financing, and on modernization of hydromet services. He is a core member of the Hydromet, Climate Services, and Resilience Community of Practice. A Honduran national, Guillermo holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Georgetown University.
Jared Mercadante is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist. He is GFDRR’s focal point for trust fund activities in South Asia and also serves as coordinator for program development and activities in GFDRR's engagement in Resilient Infrastructure. Previously, he provided technical support to country teams on post-disaster recovery planning and ex-ante preparedness, and on the integration of Contingent Emergency Response Components into World Bank investment operations. Before joining GFDRR in 2013, Jared worked for 10 years on urban, housing and reconstruction, and inclusive community-driven development projects in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. A United States national, Jared holds a Master in Urban Development Planning from University College of London, U.K., and a Masters and Bachelors in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology, USA.
is a Program Officer, supporting teams working on integrated urban flood risk management, safer schools, resilient rails and transport programs, and knowledge management. Previously, Sayaka worked with local governments in the Asia Pacific Region on city-to-city cooperation projects in the urban setting to improve resiliency of cities. Previously, she also taught sustainable architecture and urban planning as a visiting professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Toluca, Mexico. In that role, she collaborated with the local government and communities on projects in tourism, city branding and green roofs.