Maitreyi Bordia Das
Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice, World Bank Group
Maitreyi B. Das is Practice Manager in the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice. Based in Washington, DC, she works on a set of issues that have to do with reducing inequality and exclusion. Das has worked in areas related to both human development and infrastructure at the World Bank. Of these, social protection, social development, health, urban development, and water and sanitation stand out. Das has led, and been part of, several research and policy initiatives. She was the lead author of the 2013 report, “Inclusion Matters: The Foundation for Shared Prosperity”; the 2015 publication, “Scaling the Heights: Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development in Himachal Pradesh”; and most recently, “The Rising Tide: A New Look at Water and Gender.” Das started her career as a lecturer at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, has been a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies, and worked as adviser to the United Nations Development Programme. She has a PhD in sociology (demography) from the University of Maryland. Before joining the World Bank, Maitreyi was in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
Senior Economic Advisor, Water Global Practice
World Bank Group
Richard Damania is a Senior Economic Advisor in the World Bank’s Water Practice. He has held several positions in the World Bank including as the Lead Economist in the Africa Region’s Sustainable Development Department with oversight for analytical work on infrastructure, environmental and social issues in Africa. He has also served as Lead Economist in South Asia and Latin America and Caribbean Regions of the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide. He has published extensively with over 100 papers that span matters ranging from Natural Resources, Water, Infrastructure Economics, Climate Change and the Economics of Regulation. He has held numerous advisory positions with governments and in international organizations and serves on the Editorial Board of several prestigious academic journals.
Hyuck Jin Kwon
Director General for the Urban Policy Bureau
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of Korea
Hyuck Jin Kwon is the Director General for the Urban Policy Bureau. Kwon worked for the Office of the President (2017–19) as a senior official responsible for housing and railway policy. His earlier careers inside the ministry include the Director of Railway Policy Division (2016–17), Director of Housing Policy Division (2014–16), Director of General Policy Planning Division (2013–14), Director of Housing Construction and Supply Division (2012–2013), and Director of Overseas Construction Division. Kwon received an MBA degree in real estate from the University of Wisconsin (2003). From Yonsei University of Korea, he received a master’s degree (1996) and bachelor’s degree (1993), both in economics.
Dr. Jong-Sung Hwang
Master Planner, Busan EDC National Pilot Smart City Pilot Project, Lead Researcher, National Information Society Agency
Jong-Sung Hwang is a lead researcher at the National Information Society Agency, leading research on smart city and future government. He also serves as the Master Planner of Busan National Smart City Pilot Project. From 2014 to 2017 Hwang was a member of Korea’s Gov3.0 Committee, which designs and coordinates government innovation initiatives at a vice-ministerial level. Hwang also worked as a Chief Information Officer of the Seoul metropolitan government from 2011 to 2013 and as Secretary General of the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO). As a CIO of Seoul, he launched the Smart Seoul 2015 initiatives in 2011 and has made Seoul the best model case for the smart city recommended by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He was awarded the Order of Civil Merit, Camellia Medal, by the Korean government in 2016. Hwang holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in political science from Yonsei University in Korea.
Hyoung Gun Wang
Senior Economist, World Bank Group
Hyoung Gun Wang is a Senior Economist in the South Asia Urban Unit of the World Bank based in DC, USA. He is currently the co-TTL of Afghanistan urban lending projects. He is also the Task Team Leader of various knowledge products of urban and regional development analytical work and smart cities. He is leading the Smart Cities Knowledge Silo Breaker (community of practice) of GSURR at the World Bank. His research interests and work programs are Urbanization and urban/regional development, Smart cities and e-government, Incremental and affordable housing, GIS and spatial analysis, and Economic impacts of infrastructure investment. His work programs have spanned a range of developing countries including Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Korea, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, Russia, Rep. of Congo, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen. He worked as an Economist at the Bank of Korea (the Central Bank of Korea). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University.
Lead Economist, Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group
Judy Baker is a Lead Economist in the Global Practice for Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience at the World Bank focusing on issues of urban development in East Asia. She has worked extensively across regions in the World Bank on analytical work and lending operations, particularly in Latin America, East Asia and South Asia. This work has covered topics related to urbanization and its impacts, urban poverty and low income communities, service delivery, policies and programs for upgrading informal settlements, climate change, and impact evaluation. She has published five books, as well as produced over 30 country and regional reports and papers. She has also taught as a guest lecturer in a number of universities both in the U.S. and abroad.
Global Lead, Territorial Development; Global Co-Lead, Transport Economics and Policy, World Bank Group
Somik V. Lall is the Global Lead for Territorial Development and Global Co-Lead for Transport Economics and Policy. Somik is a recognized expert on development policy related to urban and territorial competitiveness, agglomeration and clusters, and infrastructure with over 22 years’ global experience. He has led the MENA region flagship on development of lagging areas. Previously, he was a core member of the team that wrote the World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography; a senior economic counselor to the Indian prime minister’s National Transport Development Policy Committee; and the lead author of the Bank’s flagship report on urbanization Planning, Connecting, and Financing Cities.
Hoon Sahib Soh
Special Representative, World Bank Group Korea Office
Mr. Hoon Sahib Soh is the Special Representative of the World Bank Group (WBG) Korea office. The WBG Korea office encompasses the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Mr. Soh’s priorities are to oversee the expansion of the Korea office and strengthen the partnership between WBG and Korean public and private stakeholders, to leverage and disseminate Korea’s development experience. The office expansion will result in a work program covering energy, environment, urban development, fragile and conflict states, financial sector, and knowledge management. Prior to the Korea office, Mr. Soh was at the World Bank’s Beijing office, as the Program Leader responsible for supervising the economic policy-related work on China and Mongolia. He covered the World Bank’s programs in macroeconomic policies, private sector development, innovation and technology policies, financial sector, governance and institutions, and poverty reduction. His responsibilities included providing technical and operational support to World Bank teams and conducting major economic policy dialogue with the authorities. He led two major reports, the China Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD), which analyzed China’s challenges in attaining sustainable growth and shared prosperity; and Innovative China: New Drivers of Growth flagship report, a joint report with the government focused on identifying the key drivers of China’s transition to productivity and innovation-led growth. Before moving to the Beijing office, Mr. Soh was based in the Washington DC headquarter of the World Bank. He worked in Latin America, Africa, and East Asia and the Pacific regional departments and also the corporate policy department of the World Bank. In the regional departments, he worked as the country economist of several countries, and lastly as the adviser to the Vice President of East Asia and Pacific. In the corporate policy department, he was responsible for policy issues concerning development policy loans and country strategies. Mr. Soh joined the World Bank in 2000 as a Young Professional after receiving a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1996. Before joining the World Bank, he worked in Korea at the POSCO Research Center (POSRI) and the Arthur D. Little consulting firm.
Senior Manager for FIFs and Partner Relations in the DFI, World Bank Group
Cecile Fruman is Senior Manager for Financial Intermediary Funds (FIFs) and Partner Relations in the Development Finance Vice-Presidency (DFi). In this capacity, she oversees a portfolio of FIFs that disburse in the order of $6 billion a year in grants for key global development priorities to multiple implementation agencies. She also coordinates the World Bank’s strategic engagement with development partners. Previously, Cecile was Director in the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness (T&C) Global Practice, a joint practice of IFC and World Bank. Cecile has dedicated her career to international development with a focus on private-sector solutions. She was a manager in the World Bank Group Investment Climate Department for several years, leading new business in the areas of climate change, infrastructure, PPPs, health and education, e-Government solutions, and competition. She has deep experience in strategy development, knowledge management, results measurement, portfolio management and donor relations. Cecile served as a Manager of the World Bank Change Team in 2013 where she led the design and establishment of the World Bank Group’s global practices and cross-cutting solution areas. A French national, Cecile started her career in microfinance and SME development, spending four years in Mali managing a rural microfinance institution and several years working on a World Bank global research program (Sustainable Banking with the Poor). She has also worked on higher education, community-driven development, and poverty reduction programs. Cecile holds an MBA from ESCP Europe, one of France’s top business schools, and furthered her studies at Osaka University in Japan.
Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management,
World Bank Group
Ming Zhang is Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management in the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. His responsibilities include the oversight of the delivery and monitoring of the entire lending and analytical programs in these two sectors in the region. Before Latin America, from December 2010 to 2016, he was Sector Manager for Urban and Water in South Asia. Ming has 20 years’ experience with the World Bank, covering urban development, infrastructure, local government and decentralization. He has worked on South Asia, Latin America, where he was Lead Urban Specialist, and East Asia, where he was Infrastructure Sector Coordinator for the Philippines based in Manila. His publications include Growth and Competitiveness of Brazilian Cities, and Meeting Infrastructure Challenges in the Philippines. Ming received his Master's Degree in Economics and PhD in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lisa Da Silva
Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
Lisa Da Silva is IFC’s Global Cities Lead. She is responsible for identifying and formulating IFC’s response to emerging trends affecting cities and developing the tools and knowledge needed for staff to support city clients. In addition to managing key relationships across the World Bank Group and external partners, Lisa was key in establishing IFC’s Cities business in Africa. Prior to her work with cities, Lisa was instrumental in the development of IFC’s Blended Finance unit and its climate business in Latin America.