About Me

Mr. Fakhruddin is a hydrologist by training, and has 13 years of experience specializing in hydrology, disaster and climate risk management. His recent work involves generation and application of medium and long range ensembles probabilistic forecasting techniques for the Region using numerical weather and climate modelling (WRF, ECMWF, APCC, etc) and demonstration of location specific early warning system for coastal hazards (i.e. cyclone, storm surge). His key areas of expertise are hydrological modeling, early warning and dissemination system design, emergency communication, incident command system, climate change adaptation and integrated water resources management. Fakhruddin graduated in civil engineering and has Master in Water Engineering and Management from AIT, Thailand. He has a PGD in Integrated Water Resource Management from United Nations University, Canada and ongoing PhD in Water Engineering and Management. He is a certified Instructor of ICS from United States Forest Service (USFS).

Fakhruddin has working experiences in climate risk management and disaster management field more than 15 countries ( i.e. Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Iran, Indonesia, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Samoa, Sirree Leon, Thailand, USA, Uganda, Vietnam, etc).

Fakhruddin currently working as a System Developer for Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) of World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Before joining WMO, he also worked for University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), USA, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Sri Lanka, US Forest Service (USFS), OXFAM-Hong Kong, AECOM International, USA, CEGIS and FFWC of BWDB, Bangladesh.

Detail Resume

Professional activities
• Since July 2013: Independent Consultant, Coastal Inundation Forecasting, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Switzerland
• September 2013: Climate Resilience and Infrastructure Specialist, USAID ADAPT Asia-Pacific
• July-August 2013: Independent Consultant, Global – Support for African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC), USAID/Tetra Tech ARD, USA
• May 2012- June 2013: Technical Advisor, UCAR – University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Bolder, USA
• May 2010-July 2013: Team Leader- Hydrology, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning Service (RIMES) for Asia and Africa, Bangkok, Thailand
• Sep 2007- May 2010: Senior Technical Specialist, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Bangkok, Thailand
• Nov 2005- Aug 2007: Technical Specialist, USAID Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (US IOTWS) Program, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
• Jun 2002-Oct 2005: Hydrologist, Center for Environment and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Bangladesh
Present position
Independent Consultant-WMO
Main references

WMO funded ‘Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP)’- System designed and guidance for developing coastal inundation forecasting model integrating cyclone, storm surge, wave and hydrodynamic models for Bangladesh, Fiji and Domenic Republic. July 2013- to dates.

EU-7 supported project “RISC-KIT” to develop a case study in Bangladesh on coastal inundation modeling. Feb 2014 – to date

DRDM-UNDP funded ‘Establishment of an Early Warning and Disaster Management System in Seychelles’ – Designed an end-to-end multi-hazard early warning system and command center operations. Developed and tested warning dissemination and notification procedures from national to local levels in Seychelles –Sep 2007- Feb 2008.

USAID funded ‘African and Latin American Resilience to Change (ARCC) Program’- Conducting assessment for opportunities to improve the efficiency and sustainability of groundwater and climate change in West Africa. July 2013.

UN ESCAP funded ‘Reducing risks of tsunami, storm surges, large waves and other natural hazards in low elevation coastal zones, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand’ – Designed and developed emergency operation center (EOC), trained local governments on emergency management and cyclone early warning system. 2011-2012.

RIMES funded ‘Climate Risk Management for Infrastructure’- Designed and developed training modules on climate change predictions and impact on urban infrastructure, engineering assessment. 2012- to dates

USAID funded ” SHOUHARDO-I/II” program of CARE Bangladesh- Developed medium and long range ensembles probabilistic flood forecasting technology for community level applications. May 2008- to May 2013.

USAID funded ” Nobo Jiban” program of Save the Children. Enhanced cyclone risk management in Bangladesh, established volunteers for local level rainfall observation, developed storm surge model for local inundations. Sep 2011- to dates.

UNDP supported ‘Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project” (CRM-TASP), Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste – Developed country assessment report on CRM, provided training on climate risk management and designed projects proposal for countries CRM. Sep 2010-Nov 2011.

USAID funded ‘Lesson learned and good practice assessment for USAID OFDA on hydro-meteorological hazards’- conducted survey and assessment on good practices on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in Asia. Sep 2012- May 2013.

USAID funded ‘Climate Forecast Applications’ in Philippines and Indonesia- developed interpretation methods of seasonal climate forecasts for agriculture risk management and trained farmers groups on climate risk management.

DANIDA funded ‘Enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in Bhutan’- Developed flood forecasting model for Wangchu river basin, trained NHMS staffs on flood risk management. 2008-2009.

USAID funded ‘US Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Project’ Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and India- Designed concept of operations for tsunami warning center operations; established and trained DMO staffs on incident command system for emergency response; developed tsunami alert notification system; conducted policy and institutional assessment for early warning and disaster management. Nov 2005-Sep 2007.

UNESCAP funded ‘End-to-end early warning of tsunamis and other natural hazards for disaster preparedness and mitigation in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia: Phase 1’, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka –designed and tested through full scale simulation exercises of standard operation procedures for warning dissemination and response. Trained local governments on emergency response management. Sep 2007-Sep 2009.

UNDP funded ‘Comprehensive Disaster Management Program’ in Bangladesh (CDMP)’- Trained national and local governments on Incident Command System for disaster management and conducted communication mapping and planning at community levels to support disaster management information network. 2008-2009.

UN ISDR funded ‘Enabling Environment for Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Thailand’ – Conducted assessment of institutional and policy map for DRR and CCA, linkages between DRR and CCA for enabling environment and identified good practice in South Asia. 2009-2010.

IFRC funded ‘Community based early warning and national disaster management project’ in Sri Lanka. Conducted evaluation of projects achievements and future recommendations for Sri Lankan Red Cross. Nov 2011- Feb 2012.

DANIDA funded ‘Support to Strengthening National Capacity for Flood Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change Project’- Developed flood forecasting model and flood inundation scenarios using 1d and 2d MIKE series modelling. 2009-2010.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded ‘Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for BRAC’s Emergency Response’ in Bangladesh’- Developed and tested standard operation procedures and conducted full scale simulation exercises for multiple hazards and developed M&E framework for SOP. 2010-2012.

ADPC funded ‘Regional Training on End-to-End Early Warning System’- designed and trained participants on early warning system. 2009.

RIMES funded ‘Regional Training on Climate Risk Management’- designed and trained participants on climate risk management. 2011.

ITU funded ‘Emergency Telecommunication System, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives’– Conducted assessment on emergency telecommunication for disaster management. 2005.

UNDP funded ‘Sustainable Environmental Management Programme (SEMP)’- Developed models to access impacts of sea level rise on land use suitability and adaptation options in coastal zones of Bangladesh. 2004.

UNDP funded ‘National Adaptation Program for Action (NAPA), Bangladesh’ – Conducted assessment for water, coastal areas, natural disaster and health. 2004.

CARE funded ‘Cyclone Shelter Management System, Bangladesh’ – Conducted survey to collect database on cyclone shelter information and data analysis for assessment. 2003-2004.

USAID funded ‘Community Based Flood Information System (CFIS)’, Bangladesh – Analysed hydrological data and hydrological model development. Conducted field survey and community capacity building. 2003-2004.

EKN funded ‘Analytical Framework for IWRM, Bangladesh – designed analytical framework for water resources management. 2002.


Science Committee Member, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), ICSU (2013-2016)

May 2013: AGU Bakner Award for outstanding paper on ensembles flood forecasting application at the community level.

Jan 2013: Young Scientist Fellowship of APEC Climate Center (APCC), Korea for generation of seasonal flood outlooks.

October 11: Best Poster Award ” Decision Support System for Flood Risk Management” at World Climate Research Program (WCRP), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Denver, USA

Sep 10 to May 12: Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) & Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) Scholarship to pursue M.Sc. Engineering Study at AIT, Thailand.

Aug 05 to Nov’06: United Nations University Scholarship for the PGD program at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Oct 2004: Best Paper Award ” Analytical Framework for Water Resources Management” by Water, Engineering and Development Center (WEDC)

• 2014, Fakhruddin, S.H.M. and Yanin Chivakidakarn. A More Comprehensive Instrument to Assess Institutional Capacity: A Case Study for Early Warning and Disaster Management in Thailand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
• 2014, Fakhruddin, S.H.M. Medium Range Flood Forecasting for Community Application. Reducing Disaster: Early Warning Systems for Climate Change. Springer
• 2013, Fakhruddin, S.H.M. Using science for disaster risk reduction: report of the ISDR scientific and technical advisory group, 2013
• 2013, Babel, M.S., Fakhruddin, S.H.M., and A. Kawasaki. A Decision Support Framework for Flood Risk Assessment: An Application to the Brahmaputra River in Bangladesh. Floods: From Risk to Opportunity. IAHS Publication no. 357-2013
• 2013, Fakhruddin, S.H.M. and Scira Menoni. Coping with Coastal Risk and Vulnerabilities in Bangladesh. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (In-Press)
• 2013, Fakhruddin, S.H.M., Akiyuki Kawasaki, Mukand S. Babel, Development of Medium Range Ensembles Flood Forecasts for Community Level Applications: Case Study in Kaijuri Union, Bangladesh, Springer ( In press)
• 2011, Fakhruddin, S.H.M., “Long Lead Flood Forecast Application to Benefit Society: Experiences of 2007-08 Bangladesh Floods”, -Acuqa Alta, TuTech Publishers/TuTech Verlag Hamburg, Germany
• 2011, Michael H. Glantz, Gregory Pierce, Fakhruddin S.H.M., Fernando Briones, “Resilient Adaptation: Adjusting to Climate Changes as if the Future Matters -Illustrations from the Asia-Pacific”- Cambridge UP volume
• 2007, Fakhruddin S.H.M., and Kelman, I. “Tsunamis”, pp. 146-150 in M.H. Glantz (ed.), Heads Up! Early Warning Systems for Climate, Water and Weather, Tsinghua University Press, Beijing and Climate Affairs LLC, Boulder, Colorado, USA
• 2006, Fakhruddin S.H.M., “Gender, Water and Sanitation- Case Studies On Best Practices”, Published under United Nations, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Headquarters, USA (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/osagi/pdf/GenderWaterSanitation/English%20full.pdf)

Editor/ Editorial Board Member/ Book Review
• 2011, Reviewer, ” Developments in Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management for the Braided Brahmaputra in India and Bangladesh” Natural Hazard, Springer Journal
• 2009, World Disaster Report 2009: Early warning and early action: an essential partnership to prevent disasters, published by the IFRC
• 2008- “Tsunami Relief and Preparedness in the Indian Ocean”, The Global Leaflet, News From International Programs of the Forest Service, No. 7, February 2008: Disaster
• 2007,- “Concept of Operation for Tsunami Warning Center Guidebook”, US Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Program

• 26-30 April 2013, Terrestrial Water Cycle OBservation and Modelling from Space, China Academy of Science, Beijing, China
• 09-20 November 2012, United Nations University, Japan: Dynamic Climate Downscaling method and flood impacts
• 14- 18 May 2007, UNESCO, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy: Physics of Tsunami, Hazard Assessment: Methods and Disaster Risk Management
• April 2007, Wild land Fire Training Center, McClellan, CA, USA, Advance Incident Command Course (ICS-420)
• September 2006, River Flow 2006, Lisbon, Portugal Master Classes on Fluvial Hydraulics


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