Yasuhiro SOSHINO Ph.D.

Director, International Medical Relief Department & Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital

Dr. SOSHNO is the director for the international medical relief department at Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital, which is the hub hospital for global disaster response of the Japanese Red Cross Society. He is a member of the Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). After the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake in India, he was deployed to more than 10 global disaster response missions as a team leader and a coordinator.
He has been leading various projects on humanitarian technologies for disaster management. In particular, he is focusing on supporting the self-help efforts of the disaster affected people by using mobile technologies. His five inventions for motivating the people toward their evacuation have been patented in Japan. He invented the evacuation support system using the MaaS technology which was also patented in 2019.
He specializes in creating collaboration between humanitarian organizations, academia and the private sector. He made a great contribution to create and manufacture the mobile flush toilets which were installed in various parts of Japan. Currently, he has been leading the ambulance drone project, which is the combined services of telemedicine and drag delivery by drones, in collaboration with various stakeholders. In addition, he has been managing the hydrogen ambulance project which is the world's first project with Toyota Motor Corp. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Management and Planning from the graduate school of Kumamoto University.