Oscar A. Ishizawa is a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice at the World Bank. His work is focused on disaster risk finance and disaster risk management policy development projects as well as co-leading the work on building disaster risk analytical tools and knowledge to inform operational engagements, including understanding the causal relationship between disasters and poverty. He is leading projects in the LAC and AFR region. Oscar has over 10 years of experience in the development of disaster risk assessment and modeling and has been working for more than eight years as a specialist in the area of disaster risk management. Previous to joining the Bank, he worked as a consultant for the Peruvian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He was a also post-doctoral researcher with the Computational Seismology team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a group associated with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. Oscar holds a Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics and Earthquake Engineering from the Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP), a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6).