Korea Innovation 2020: Smart Water Management

"Learn about the Digital Twin Tsunami Simulation for Korea's National Smart City Pilot Project - Busan Eco-Delta Smart City"

Water utilities across the world have similar objectives. The ultimate goal for water utilities is to provide services that are reliable, safe, and inclusive. However, they face different challenges based on their local contexts and their level of ... view more


Opening Remarks by Hyoung Gun Wang, Senior Economist, World Bank and Maria Angelica Sotomayor Araujo, Practice Manager, World Bank 


Part 1: An Introduction into Korea's National Smart City Pilot Project - Busan Eco Delta City by Dr. Doshik (Edward) Yang, Director of The Centre for Future City, K-Water (Korea Water Resources Corporation)


Part 2: Integrated Energy Management, Cooperative-Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and Digital Twin Tsunami Simulation for  Korea's National Smart City Pilot Project - Busan Eco Delta Smart City by Dr. Doshik (Edward) Yang, Director of The Centre for Future City, K-Water


An Introduction to The Utility of the Future (UoF) - a tool to help utilities incorporate innovation, market orientation, resilience and inclusion for planning and implementation of project activities by Camilo Lombana Cordoba, Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, WB


Q & A: How are smart cities getting innovative about collecting Big Data from IoT or sensor technologies for water management? Which entity is going to take over the maintenance of the Smart Water system? What is the arrangement between the public entity and the private sector?


Closing Remarks by Hyuckjin Kwon, Director General for the Urban Policy Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT) and Maitreyi Das, Practice Manager, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice, World Bank

About the Presenters

Maria Angelica Sotomayor Araujo

Practice Manager, Water Global Practice, World Bank 

Ms.  Maria Angelica Sotomayor is a Practice Manager for Africa Region with the World Bank Water Global Practice. Ms. Sotomayor joined the Bank in 1996 and since then she has had a number of managerial and leadership positions including Practice Manager for the Water Global Programs Unit overseeing the Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP); Lead Economist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice for the Africa Urban and Disaster Risk Management Unit. In this role, she co-lead the urban resilience agenda, managed the CityStrength Diagnostic Tool and co-chaired the Integrated Urban Water Management knowledge initiative; she served as a Sector Leader for Sustainable Development in Haiti and the Caribbean Country Management Units, and was a co-chair for the Rural Water and Sanitation Thematic Group.  She has 25 years of experience in development policy dialogue and in the design, appraisal, and implementation of investment projects in water and sanitation and urban infrastructure in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Central Asia.

Doshik (Edward) Yang

Director of the Centre for Future City (Architect, Urban Designer, Town Planner)

Korea Water Resources Corporation

Doshik Yang is the Director of K-Water (Korea Water Resources Corporation). Yang joined K-water in 2013 and is responsible for master planning for Busan Eco Delta City, which covers 11 million square meters and has a population of 75,100 people. Yang was recently appointed as K-Water’s internal Master Planner for the National Smart City District in Busan Eco Delta City in 2018. He gives professional consultations on urban development and waterfront regeneration for central and local governments. Yang is planning the Saemanguem waterfront development project (6.6 square kilometers) as a master planner for the central government since 2017. Yang has been trained and has practiced as an architect, urban designer, and town planner. He received a Bachelor of Architecture in Korea (1997), a Master’s degree in architectural design (1999), and Ph.D. in urban planning at The Bartlett School, University College London (UCL) in 2006. He was a teaching fellow at The Bartlett, UCL, and an adjunct professor at KAIST in Korea for many years.

Camilo Lombana Cordoba

Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

World Bank Group

Camilo Lombana Cordoba is a Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist with the World Bank who focuses on water sector reform and utility strengthening and turnaround. Camilo has worked in the water sector for more than 15 years and has relevant experience in policymaking; water sector regulation; and, utility operations. Camilo has worked with the Bank for over 7 years and is currently responsible for the implementation of water projects in the Africa region and other programs supported by the Water GP, like the Utility of the Future initiative. Before joining the World Bank Camilo worked for the water utility of Bogota and the Vice Ministry of Water and Sanitation in Colombia. Camilo holds a BSc in civil engineering and Master’s degrees in Water Resources Management; Economic Regulation of Public Utilities; and Public Policy and Management. The latter obtained in South Korea.


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 the Yonsei University of Korea, he received a Master’s degree (1996) and Bachelor’s degree (1993), both in economics.

Maitreyi Bordia Das

Practice Manager

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). 

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.