Dr. Karl Kim
Executive Director National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Karl Kim is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Director of the graduate program in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. He studies transportation, cities, and resilience. He served as the Chief Academic Officer (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) overseeing tenure and promotion, strategic planning, international programs and program review for the Manoa campus. He is Executive Director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (ndptc.hawaii.edu), authorized by the U.S. Congress to develop and deliver FEMA certified training courses for underserved, at-risk communities on natural hazards, mitigation and urban planning. The Center has trained more than 47,000 first responders, emergency managers and leaders in 350 communities across the world.  Dr. Kim has served as the Chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (ndpc.us).  He has published many papers on disaster management, transportation, and urban planning.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Elsevier) and is editing a 10-volume series on disaster risk reduction and resilience (Routledge). He was educated at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a Fulbright Scholar to Korea and the Russian Far East. He has also led research and training programs in Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-hTk6YAy-8&feature=youtu.be