All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), DirectorMihir R. Bhatt studied and practiced architecture and city planning in Ahmedabad and Delhi, India, and later Cambridge and Washington DC, USA. On returning to from Massachusetts Institute of Technology he initiated All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI). He received Russell E. Train Institutional Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund, USA; Eisenhower Fellowship, USA; and Ashoka International Fellowship, USA. AIDMI works in 35 cities and 49 districts in India focusing on making schools safer from disaster: local planning for disaster risk reduction; and piloting insurance coverage for the poor.

He is advising Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) on vulnerability reduction, renewable energy, urban resilience and climate smart disaster risk management. He was one of the lead co-authors of chapter 9 of the IPCC SREX Report, “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” and is often invited to review large national disaster and climate risk reduction programmes.

Mihir Bhatt is promoting and strengthening the closer integration between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation through programme development, monitoring, evaluation, review, accountability and donor dialogues. He is building synergies for Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management (CSDRM) partnerships at the sub-national level in India which focus on the poor men and women. He has worked with IFIs, UN system, donors, private sectors, a government task force and a wide range of local authorities and organisations on CSDRM, innovations in risk finance, autonomous adaptations, loss and damage, migration and displacement, safer infrastructure services and ways of making the poor central to urban and sub-national processes of resilience building with co-creations of knowledge and capability buildings.

He chairs Duryog Nivaran a South Asia Network, Sri Lanka, and is on the panel of Accountability Now, Berlin.