Visiting the University of Philippines in Manila I met Jolanta and Artessa for a breakfast meeting at a hotel lounge in Manila’s high-rise business district. They were the World Bank officials from D.C. — Artessa is a Filipino structural engineer who speaks with keen articulation and sense of strategic direction. I knew Jolanta from the Istanbul seismic risk-reduction project. It was considered to be one of the most successful programs organized by the World Bank and we had a small, but key, role in the project.

Thai Hotel Association: Seismic Risk Komsarn, Elizabeth and I arrived at the office of PRE-BUILT in the humid Bangkok afternoon. PRE-BUILT is one of the premier developers slush contractors in Bangkok. They have built dozens of high rise condominium and office buildings in this expanding South East Asian city of 8 million people. Viroj, a principal of PRE-BUILT met us with his engineers and architects in the air conditioned office. We were ready to talk about how we could make it better.

July 4, 2013 Thailand – The “Safety Talk for the Hotel Industry” was held at the Asia Hotel. Many hotel owners were in attendance to understand the risks to the community they service and their investment. The event was organized and sponsored by the Association of Natural Disaster Prevention Industry (ANDPI).