Global Lead for Data-Driven Digital Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank
Parmesh Shah is the Global Lead for Data-Driven Digital Agriculture at the World Bank. He provides leadership to the Bank’s work in these areas and supports the development of global knowledge and learning in these areas to offer solutions to clients and other development partners. His current areas of interest are economic and social organizations and networks of the poor, making markets and public services work for the poor, social entrepreneurship, digital and data-based innovations in agriculture and rural development, promotion of on-farm and off-farm jobs, and public-private and people partnerships for rural poverty reduction. He is currently involved in developing a regional program on scaling up digital agriculture in the Africa region, involving setting up ecosystems for entrepreneurship and incubation. He holds a D Phil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B Tech degree in Agricultural Engineering from Pantnagar in India.
Ms. Youngki Hwang
Director, International Agriculture Cooperation Department, Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS)
Ms. Youngki Hwang is an international development professional with experiences over 15 years in EPIS (Korea Agency of Education, Promotion, and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries). She started her career in ICT and public relations in agriculture. From 2012, she had been a manager in the International Trade & Cooperation Team. Since 2018, she has been in charge of EPIS’ ODA projects in developing countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, along with the project - "Improving Productivity through Smart Greenhouses in the Philippines and Producing High-quality Tomatoes."
Dr. Jeonghwan Park
External Specialist, Department of Global ICT Consulting Team, National Information Society Agency
Dr. Jeonghwan Park majored in Data Science and has a wealth of experience in developing and supplying various artificial intelligence solutions and services based on extensive expertise and experience in big data related to agriculture and food. In particular, he has long served as an advisory committee member for various policies of the Korean government related to Smart Farming and has led many global agricultural projects. The recent global AgTech project target countries are Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and UAE. He has developed ICT convergence solutions for 29 types of crops over the past 17 years and has accumulated a track record of providing services to 1,200 Agricultural companies and agricultural management entities. In particular, he is focused on commercializing urban agricultural business models (CityFarm) in response to climate change. Prior to the experience, he also served as an adjunct professor at Chungju National University and Kwangwoon University.
Mr. Sanghun Lee
External Specialist, Department of Global ICT Consulting Team, National Information Society Agency (NIA)
Mr. Sanghun Lee is an agricultural ICT specialist focusing on smart farming with experience of over 16 years in EPIS (Korea government Agency of Education, Promotion, and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) and 2 years in Agro Solution Korea. He currently consults for smart farms and ODA projects in Asia and Africa. He planned and promoted smart farm projects for ASEAN countries through the KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) for the first time in Korea in 2017. Currently, as a consultant specialized in smart agriculture and ICT of NIA, he has conducted many feasibility studies on the application of smart farms in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
Ms. Jeehye Kim
Senior Digital Agriculture Specialist, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, World Bank
Ms. Jeehye Kim is a Senior Digital Agriculture Specialist at the World Bank where she leads and carries out World Bank missions to client countries in the Africa region. Her work includes advising WB’s clients to use digitally-enabled approaches to increase their agricultural projects’ success in sustainable and scalable ways. Applications include mobile-enabled agriculture extension services, mobile money, e-vouchers for agricultural inputs, market price and weather information systems, as well as applications to help smallholder farmers’ access to markets and services. She also builds relationships with industry leaders, executives, development partners, and stakeholders to advance disruptive and digital agricultural technology initiatives, in support of World Bank projects in client countries. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Jeehye worked in both the public and the private sector in Korea and the U.K., respectively. In the private sector, she built expertise in consulting for the high-tech and telecom sectors, as well as electronic commerce and e-government. Jeehye holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Glasgow.
Ms. Eun Joo Yi
Senior Environmental Specialist, ENB SAR unit, World Bank
Ms. Eun Joo Yi was formerly a program manager of the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund - an innovative, implementation-focused trust fund devoted to supporting World Bank staff and clients to design, plan, and implement green growth initiatives, strategies, and investments. The trust fund’s focus on operational expertise worked to improve economic and resource efficiency, build greater resilience to extreme weather and natural disasters, and increase competitiveness. Prior to joining the World Bank, Eun Joo consulted for the IFC Advisory Services (WBG) on resource efficiency and clean energy. Before moving to Washington DC, she lived in Norway and Russia working on projects related to international science & technology diplomacy, climate, energy, and the environment. Her broad global experience ranges from a Norwegian engineering firm, ISTC working with the US EPA and State Department, and Pfizer Inc. She is a US national and received her undergraduate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her graduate degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.