Atsushi Koresawa is the Director for UN-Habitat regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Fukuoka, Japan since June 2017. Before joining UN-Habitat, Mr. Koresawa served at various ministries and agencies of the Japanese government since 1988, his recent responsibilities including the Director for Management and Coordination at the Chubu Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Director forSearch and Rescue Operations and International Cooperation at the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Director for Research at the Real Estate Transaction Improvement Organization. He also has served at several international organization including UN-Habitat (Nairobi) (1991 - 1994), the OECD (Paris) (1997 - 2000) and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (Kobe) (2009 - 2012). Mr. Koresawa earned master degree in environmental (social development) engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has been engaged in national, regional and urban development, land and real estate management and disaster management both in Japan and internationally. In these fields, he has been practicing policy making and planning, project formulation and implementation, capacity building and undertaking policy studies. His recent publications include: "Towards a New Role for Spatial Planning (OECD)", "Planning for An Ageing Society: Challenges for Territorial Development Policies (OECD)", "Government's Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake (Journal of Disaster Research)" and "Strengthening the Asian System for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR, Risk Returns)".