Department of Sustainable Development



Juan Carlos Villagrán


Juan Carlos Villagran holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in experimental condensed matter physics from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Pre and a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

Since 1993, he began supporting the Guatemalan Disaster Management Agency (CONRED) as a scientific advisor, and later became a regional consultant in Central America for the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), US-

AID; NGOs such as Acción Contra el Hambre (ACH), Plan Internacional, as well as the Central American Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention (CEPREDENAC).

Efforts have included early warning for different types of hazards, risk assessment, disaster preparedness, and disaster management.

His broad knowledge of early warning has allowed UNU-EHS to contribute significantly in projects to strengthen capacities in early warning and disaster-risk management in the Indian Ocean, particularly in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

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