Yohannes Yemane Kesete
Disaster Risk Management Specialist
Yohannes is a civil engineer, with over 12 years of professional and research experience, specializing in infrastructure and transportation systems engineering. He currently leads infrastructure rehabilitation, risk reduction and housing reconstruction programs, and manages technical assistance support in the areas of infrastructure resilience and optimizing investment resource allocation, in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Prior to this, Yohannes worked in the South Asia region in design and implementation of investment lending projects, development policy loans and technical assistance programs. Before joining the World Bank, Yohannes worked as a Catastrophe Risk Modeler/Engineer with AIR-Worldwide, as a Structural Engineer with the Ministry of Public works of Eritrea, and as a part-time lecturer with Eri-British International Institute. Yohannes holds a Ph.D. in Civil Infrastructure Systems, and M.Sc. and M.Eng. degrees in Civil Infrastructure Systems Engineering and Transportation Systems Engineering, respectively, from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. He also holds a M.Sc. in Transportation Engineering from Florida International University and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Asmara, Eritrea. Yohannes’ research focus centers on managing natural disaster risks through insurance. He has published his work on homeowner-insurer interactions and the complementary roles of adaptation and insurance in various academic journals including Risk Analysis, Natural Hazards, and Risk and Uncertainty.