Yuka Makino, Senior Natural Resources Management and Disaster Risk Management Officer, has over 22 years operational experience in managing and developing programs in geohazard risk management, natural resources management, land management, disaster risk management, and climate change adaptation. She has extensive experience in East Asia, South Asia, and Africa and has held field postings in Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Japan. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2001, Dr. Makino was a UNDP Program Officer in Cambodia, and a JICA expert on community-based disaster management in Nepal. Dr. Makino has an undergraduate degree from International Christian University in Japan, and a Masters and PhD in terrestrial ecosystem management from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. In addition to her professional experience in South Asia, she spent 14 years of her youth in the Garhwal Himalayas in India and is fluent in Hindi.