Crisis Management - Panel 2/2

The Great East Japan Earthquake and its aftermath have proven once again the importance of crisis management. What should be done to prepare for future emergency situations? This session promises to be an engaging discussion among world-renowned experts with a wealth of experience in responding to terrorism and natural disasters.

G1 Global Conference 2011: Breakout Panel Session I-C – Crisis Management 2/2

< Panelists >
James T. Bartis
Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Andrew R. Morral
Director, RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Satoru Nishikawa
Director of Land and Real Property Market Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

< Moderator >
Kotaro Tamura
Invited Fellow, RAND Corporation, Ex-Senator and Former Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Office


James T. Bartis is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Bartis has more than 25 years of experience in policy analyses and technical assessments in energy and national security. His recent energy research topics include analyses of the international petroleum supply chain, assessments of alternative fuels for military and civilian applications, development prospects for coal-to-liquids and oil shale, energy and national security, Qatar's natural gas-to-diesel plants, Japan's energy policies, planning methods for long-range energy research and development, critical mining technologies, and national response options during international energy emergencies. Bartis joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1978 shortly after it was established. He served in the Office of Fossil Energy, where he directed program planning and technology assessments covering the coal, oil, oil shale, and gas research and development programs. He also worked in DOE's main policy office, where he directed the Divisions of Fossil Energy and Environment. During the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations, he was a member of the Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters, which served the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative. Before joining RAND, Bartis was vice president of Science Applications International Corporation and vice president and cofounder of Eos Technologies. Bartis received his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrew Morral is Director of the RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center and a Senior Behavioral Scientist. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, NYC) in 1992, and joined RAND in 1997. From 2004 to 2007 he served as Director of RAND's Safety and Justice Program. As Director of the Homeland Security and Defense Center, Dr. Morral manages projects on emergency preparedness, terrorism risk management, domestic intelligence, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, threat assessment, and radicalization. Dr. Morral's areas of expertise include modeling, simulation, and performance measurement. He has developed influential simulation methods for establishing robust estimates of the distribution of U.S. urban area's terrorism risk, innovative modeling techniques for examining drug use epidemiology, and survey response accuracy, and he developed causal modeling software that is now in wide distribution. As a program evaluator, Dr. Morral has led large national and multisite evaluations. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed reports in leading scientific and policy journals. His recent publications include studies on the deterrence effects of counterterrorism security systems, border control performance measurement, terrorism risk estimation, and police use of force. Dr Morral has recently served on the Scientific Advisory Council for the DHS Center of Excellence at USC called CREATE, and on the National Occupational Research Agenda Council led by NIOSH.

Joined Japanese Government service in 1982. In 1988, appointed visiting research scholar at MIT. In 1992, took the position of Senior Disaster Relief Coordination Officer at UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs where he coordinated international assistance to numerous disaster stricken countries. In 2001, appointed as the Executive Director of Asian Disaster Reduction Center. After resuming government service in 2004, held positions in the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Coordinated response to the 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu Earthquake. At the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in December 2004, coordinated the Japanese Government technical assistance to the affected countries. Hosted and coordinated the 2005 UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction where the Hyogo Framework for Action was adopted. Proposed the Japanese BCP guideline in 2005. Presently, Director for Land and Real Property Market Division. Academic board member of the Institute of Social Safety Science. Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk.


Mr. Kotaro Tamura has been a Senator (2002-2010) in the Japanese Diet and, while in government, held positions as the Deputy Minister of Fiscal and Economic Policymaking and Financial Affairs (2006-2007) and as the Chairman of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (2008-2009).

Though he has taken a break from politics, Mr. Tamura is known as an advocate and principal initiator to set up Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) for Japan. Before entering politics, he was an Investment banker and CEO of Newspaper Company. He is the owner of the largest custom-made business suits supplier, F-one.

Mr. Tamura earned his Bachelor’s degree at Waseda University, his MBA from Keio University, his Law degree from Duke Law School and Masters in Economics from Yale and Fletcher. He completed advanced management studies at Oxford. He is currently appointed as an invited Fellow at RAND Corporation. In addition to his duty in RAND, he is appointed as teaching fellow at Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore where he is already appointed as an Honorary Associate. Mr. Tamura was Senior Fellow at Yale and Harvard and is a Senior Advisor to the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.