Director, RIMES Program Unit
As the Director, A.R Subbiah, has operational responsibility for the RIMES Regional Early Warning Centre. He provides strategic direction and leadership for translation of policies, established by the RIMES council, into programs.
With 25 years of experience assisting countries in developing multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary mechanisms to manage natural hazards, Subbiah held senior positions with the Government of India and was involved in policy formulation and implementation of development and disaster risk reduction programs till the late 1990's. Subsequently, Subbiah held the post of Director, Climate Risk Management and Team Leader for Early Warning Systems at Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre and evolved and implemented a multi-country Climate Risk Management program and regional multi-hazard project that eventually transformed into RIMES as an inter-governmental and international institution in 2009. Subbiah holds a Master Degree in Agricultural Entomology from Madurai University, India. He is trained in Climate Risk Management (East-West Centre, USA), Disaster Risk Management (Sweden), and Disaster Management (ADPC, Bangkok).