Narae Choi is a Senior Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank. She is leading the Global Smart City Partnership Program (GSCP) and the advisory services and analytics on Inclusive Cities at the Global Practice for Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land (GPURL). She joined the World Bank in 2013 as a Young Professional and has worked on the national community empowerment program of Indonesia, based in Jakarta, and has led urban operations in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya, as well as a number of analytical work in Africa. She holds a PhD (DPhil) in International Development from the University of Oxford, specialized in development-induced displacement and resettlement, slum upgrading and affordable housing.
Haley Sookyung Yeo
Haley Sookyung Yeo is a lead consultant at the Global Smart City Partnership Program (GSCP) of the World Bank based in Washington, D.C. At the GSCP, she is responsible for planning and organizing knowledge sharing sessions and providing technical and operational support to the World Bank project teams. Since 2019, she has been in close liaison with various global experts in smart cities, private and public entities, governments, and over 60 World Bank teams. She holds a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and is a licensed attorney and counselor at law in the state of New York.
Dina Ranarifidy is a Senior Urban Specialist in the Africa urban, land and resilience GP. Her work spans the areas of urban upgrading, local governance, and decentralization in the two Congos, Gabon and Ghana where she is a task team leader for investment programs. She also contributed to the GP’s analytical works and contributed and led urbanization reviews in the Democratic Republic of Congo Urbanization, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and Guinea. A Malagasy national, Dina Ranarifidy is a graduate from La Sorbonne University and Sciences Po Paris. She was a Fulbright Humphrey scholar at Cornell University.
Asmita Tiwari is a Senior Urban and Disaster Risk Management Specialist in the South Asia Region. She has successfully led many projects and technical assistance programs across countries in Sub Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia regions, including urban resilience projects and regional multi-country interventions. With a PhD in Public Administration and Policy, Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and Bachelors in Architecture, she brings in unique expertise and broad experience in bridging the fields of urban development, disaster risk management, and climate change adaptation. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked with the UNICEF on managing regional drought mitigation program, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program, and private engineering and urban development consulting firms in the United States and India.
Dong Kyu Kwak
Dong Kyu Kwak is a Land Administration Specialist with the GP URL based in Washington D.C. He has more than 17 years of professional experience in cadastral surveying and mapping, geospatial analysis and IT development from over 11 countries. Since joining the Bank in 2016, he has worked on operations in Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Indonesia and Pakistan. Before joining the World Bank, he was a licensed cadastral surveyor and international project manager at the Korea Land and Geospatial Informatix Corporation. He currently works on land and geospatial sectors in the EAP and SAR regions.
Oleg Petrov has been with the World Bank since 1996 driving knowledge sharing, digital transformation and data-driven economy development working with over 40 countries. More recently Oleg coordinated World Bank’s Digital CASA investment projects in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Smart City and AI project in Kazakhstan; Digital Economy advisory engagements in Russia and global knowledge sharing activities of the World Bank's Digital Development team, including the High-level Experts, Leaders, and Practitioners (HELP) for Transformation, Smart Nations, Digital Economy and Open Data Communities. Oleg holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and Diplomas from the Plekhanov Russian Economics University and Moscow International University.
Adriana Diaz is IFC Associate Operations officer, Upstream in the Infrastructure department for the LAC Region. She has over 12 years of work experience focused on sustainable urban development, climate business, and municipal infrastructure finance across Latin America and the Caribbean. She has experience working with subnational governments and the private sector to provide accurate inputs and creative solutions for potential investment projects mainly in transport and energy efficiency. She is an architect with a master’s degree in Urban Planning, Habitat, and International Cooperation from Université Grenoble 2 – Pierre Mendes France. She is currently leading the technical assistance – funded by IBRD - to design the Smart City Master's Plan for the City of Medellin (Colombia).