is a civil engineer who is chief of
UNESCOS Unit for Disaster Reduction.
a distinguished American geophysicist
and seismologist, is a former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
(1981-1993). He is a principal of the Washington Advisory Group LLC, a company
of high-level consulting experts in scientific and technical matters. Notable
among his published works is Understanding the Earth (1994, with Raymond
WALTER W. HAYS,
an American engineering seismologist,
directs various research application activities in the Climate/Hazards team of
the Geological Division of the United States Geological Survey.
of Turkey, is chairman of the
Department of Earthquake Engineering at Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake
Research Institute, BogaziUniversity (Istanbul), where he also teaches.
of Jamaica, is a researcher in the
Department of Geography and Geology at the University of the West Indies
Mona Campus and a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee for the
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.
of Italy, is professor of
seismology and applied geophysics at the University of Calabria and advises the
Italian government on land and space-based methods for reducing natural risks.
an Indian epidemiologist, is a
professor in the Department of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine of the
Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).
a German geophysicist and
natural-hazards expert, is a senior manager with the Munich Reinsurance Company.
is a Franco-American journalist
specializing in environmental questions.
a French journalist and expert on
Asia, recently published a book about former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto entitled Benazir, Ienvers du voile (Benazir, the Other
Side of the Veil, Deno Paris, 1997).
of France, teaches political and
religious anthropology at the Universities of Paris I and VII. His most recent
publications include Les religions dans le monde (World
Religions, Flammarion, Paris, 1995) and Js et Bouddha
(Jesus and Buddha, Albin Michel, Paris, 1996).
a Colombian writer, founded Mujer de
America (Woman of America) magazine and is the author of many
works of fiction, including La calle ajena. (The Street of