Duminda Perera is a water resource professional with ten years’ experience in research and technical assistance with a primary focus area on water-related disasters. He is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and holds Master and Doctoral degrees in Urban and Environmental Engineering from the Kyushu University, Japan. Dr Perera’s expertise covers numerical modeling for flood hazards, flood forecasting, basin-scale climate change impact assessments, integrated flood management and capacity development. Before joining UNU-INWEH, he worked for many years in Japan as a research specialist at the UNESCO International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) and as an adjunct lecturer at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. His past experience includes work on water-related disaster projects, such as Kalu River Basin, Sri Lanka – on a system for advanced flood forecasting, early warning, and data sharing; Lower Mekong Basin – on climate change impact assessments for flood disasters; basin-scale study on environmental pollution using numerical modelling and observation; an Integrated Flood Analysis System in Malaysia’s Dungun River basin; and flood disaster assessment for the lower West Rapti River basin in Nepal.