Anshu Sharma is a disaster risk reduction and response specialist with over twenty years of experience focused on community based approaches. Trained as an urban planner at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, he did his doctoral research on disaster education at Kyoto University. He co-founded the civil society organisation SEEDS, which has been working across Asia towards building disaster and climate resilience in vulnerable communities, and has been responding to disasters with shelter and school reconstruction programmes. He has worked with various UN agencies, INGOs and universities as an adviser/consultant and volunteers with local community based organisations towards their capacity building. His primary interest areas include participatory planning and behavior change communications.