Abhas Jha is Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (South Asia Region) within the Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice for the World Bank. He works on cities, technology, climate risk and resilience and public policy. Abhas leads a global team working on infrastructure lending, technical assistance, and advisory services within the World Bank. He has been with the World Bank since 2001, working on policy reform and development finance in a variety of countries including China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, PNG and Peru. He was for 12 years a member of the Indian Administrative Service (the national senior civil service of India) in the Government of India (in the Federal Ministry of Finance and earlier in the state of Bihar).
John Song is a global visionary business architect focusing on global transformation through sustainable, smart, green and strategic transformation of economies, business ecosystems and enterprises. With experience over 32 years in industrial visioning, strategic enterprise management, integrative business-technology architecture design and implementation, enterprise ICT systems implementation, and global collaboration and project management, he worked and served for global enterprises and institutions, including IBM, Business Consulting Services, TELUS, Samsung, Hyundai, Fujitsu Consulting, Green Climate Fund(GCF) and various enterprises over vast landscape of industries and international fields. He currently leads global programs for smart green innovation at Global Research and Development Business Center(GRC) of Seoul National University as Deputy Director.
He architected and is actively implementing the Framework of Breakthroughs(Sense, Structure, Stream, Scalability and Speed) and 4 Holistic Dimensions of Transformation(Inspiration, Innovation, Integration and Implementation) through dynamic collaboration and strategic engagement with global institutes and business leaders.
Victor Mulas is a Senior Urban Specialist and the Team Lead for the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) of the World Bank. He previously worked in the Markets and Technology Unit at the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice. He joined the Bank in 2010 and has been since involved in numerous operations and technical assistance initiatives at the intersection of technology, innovation, start-ups, and cities, across regions. Victor has also led Bank-wide programs to mainstream innovation and technologies in operations, including the Innovation Acceleration Program from the Innovation Labs Unit and, most recently, the Disruptive Technologies for Development (DT4D) Program. Before joining the World Bank Group, Victor worked in global consulting and legal firms, advising governments and multinational companies on technology regulatory strategy. He holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Mikko Rusama is the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at the City of Helsinki and Chairman of the Board at Forum Virium Helsinki, the City’s innovation company. Helsinki’s vision is to be the world’s most functional city that makes the best use of digitalisation. Mikko is heading Helsinki’s digital transformation. His task is to advance utilisation of digitalisation in the City organisation, produce digital reforms essential to the implementation of the City Strategy and manage the related processes of change. Mikko has more than 20 years versatile experience within the development of digital services and products, mainly in the media, games and public sectors. Earlier he held the position of CDO at Finland’s national broadcasting company Yle. In addition to Yle, Mikko has worked for companies such as Sanoma, Sulake, European Game and Entertainment Technology and Codetoys. Mikko has MSc in Computer Science and MBA from the Henley Business School.
Carlos Cardillo brings a range of experience to his role as director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Center for Applied Research. As a professional with a history of directing teams, he has served as research director in startup companies and for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Cardillo also served as VP for R&D in a research institution and as CFO in a startup medical company in New York. Dr. Cardillo has developed, implemented and successfully executed large research programs sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and the US Department of Defense, including projects with Special Operations Command and the Office of Naval Research. Additional research managing experience includes industrial research programs in mining operations, semiconductor manufacturing and drug development. Among several programs lead by the Nevada Center for Applied Research, Dr. Cardillo is the Program Manager for the Intelligent Mobility Initiative in Nevada.
Junseok Hwang is professor of Information Science and Technology at Technology Management, Economics and Policy Program(TEMEP), and Director of Global R&DB Center, International Technology Professional Program (ITPP), and Transdisciplinary Graduate Program in Smart City Global Convergence (SCGC) in Seoul National University. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He received his Ph. D. in Information Science and Telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master's degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado.
Prof. Hwang has educated and advised more than 200 post graduate government officials, public researchers, academic and industry leaders from about 50 countries as global leaders of ICT innovation and smart city development. Along with the world-wide network of Technology Management, Economics and Policy Program(TEMEP), International Technology Professional Program (ITPP) and Smart City Global Convergence Program (SCGC), he hosts annual International Symposia on Green, Smart, Development and Vision (GSDV) to exhibit transdisciplinary ICT innovation research and practices as a part of global knowledge sharing and collaboration. Currently, he is leading the national funded BK21 program, Smart City Global Convergence (SCGC) Program in SNU as a program director with the dedicated mission of educating international technology specialists and smart city experts from around the globe.