Professor Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany is the professor of earthquake engineering and risk management at International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES),Associate member of Iran Academy of Science, Affiliate faculty of Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience at Virginia Tech (USA), Risk Management Advisor to the Iran Minister of Energy,and Chairman of SP Insurance Risk Management Institute. He has been the founder of the IIEESin Iran in 1989 and was its president until December 2006. He is the author of more than 260 papers, 3 books and 50 research reports in the field of random vibration, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard and risk analysis, risk management, urban resilience, and risk reduction policy development. He is Editor of Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (JSEE); co-Editor of IDRiM Journal, and member of Editorial Board of many other journals. He is one of the main founder and now President of Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association (IEEA) and a pioneer in Risk mitigation activities in Iran. He has served as member of Iran’s Natural disaster Prevention and Management Headquarter, Iran’s Risk Reduction Comm., Iran Scientific Research Council, National Building Code Council, etc. He is also member of many scientific associations such as: EERI, ASCE, IASBEI, GEM, EMME, etc.; and was ex-Director of Int. Assoc. of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE),ex-member of UNISDR Science and Technical commission, ex-chairman of Earthquake Strong Ground Motion, Hazard and Risk Commission of IASPEI, etc.