Dr Fakhruddin is an eminent hydro-meteorologist and disaster risk assessor with 20 years’ global experience in hydro-meteorology and climate resilience projects. His key areas of expertise are hazards forecasting, climate and multi-hazard risk assessments and coastal community resilience.
His most high profile work is evidenced in the development of multi-hazard warning systems - including a tsunami warning system developed for Indian Ocean countries following the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. He has since designed and helped to implement climate change and disaster risk projects for more than 30 countries across Asia, Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific. Dr Fakhruddin has played a pivotal role in the design and implementation of multi-hazard early warning systems for floods, cyclones and tsunami, crucial to saving lives and livelihoods, while reducing property damage.
Dr Fakhruddin is currently working as a Technical Director- disaster risk and climate resilience in Tonkin + Taylor International in New Zealand and a mentor and supervisor for postgraduate study in disaster risk management in University of Auckland (UoA). He is a Steering Group of the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF) of UNDRR. Co-Chair for the Disaster Loss DATA and Risk Interpretation and Applications (RIA) Working Group of IRDR of ISC/UNDRR. He is Co-Chair CODATA task group FAIR Data for Disaster Risk Research and Programme Board Member of GEO.
Capabilities: climate and hydrological risk assessment, design and implementation of hazard early warning system and emergency communication, climate change adaptation, training and capacity building and integrated water resources management