Dr Yuki Matsuoka is the Head of the UNISDR Office in Japan, and has been since 2009. She joined the UNISDR Headquarters (Geneva) in 2004 as a programme officer. Prior to joining UNISDR, her career field included the overseas division of a private company, the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand, and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan) in Geneva. She was engaged in the coordination process of the Second UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction (January 2005, in Kobe) including the process to develop the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015. Since April 2005, she served as Special Assistant to the Director at the UNISDR Headquarters, after which she became the Head of the UNISDR Office in Japan (in 2009). She was engaged in the overall coordination of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March, 2015, in Sendai.
In cooperation with stakeholders around the world, including many partners/relevant organizations in Japan, Dr Matsuoka, as the Head of the UNISDR Office in Japan, has been working on promoting the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the international guidelines for disaster risk reduction adopted in the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. She holds a PhD in Global Environmental Studies.