Yosuke Okita is TIEMS Director Membership and Chapters.
Dr. Okita has significant experience working in international disaster and emergency management, including some international emergency missions as a member of the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) team, which is deployed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team.
As a JDR team member, he was deployed to the Algeria Earthquake (2003; rescue team), the Indonesia Tsunami (2004; medical team), the Pakistan Earthquake (2005; medical team), and the Christchurch Earthquake (2011; rescue team). As a UNDAC member, he participated in the missions for the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011), Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and the Nepal Earthquake (2015). In the Nepal response, he was one of the first-arriving international assistance team members, and he served as the RDC (Reception Departure Centre) Manager, which was established at the Kathmandu airport.
He received LL.B. from Kyoto University, M.A. in International Relations/Master of Diplomacy from The Australian National University, and PhD in Media and Governance from Keio University in Japan. His PhD thesis is titled “Effects of the classification system in international search and rescue”. He published many academic articles on international urban search and rescue, disaster prevention and recovery, and disaster diplomacy in English and Japanese.