EO4SD-Urban consortium partner,
Senior Project Manager,
GAF AG Germany
Sharon Gomez is a Senior Expert in Remote Sensing/GIS at GAF AG with over 25 years of experience in using Earth Observation (EO) for natural resources management in the framework of development co-operation. Her work has focused on especially supporting African countries using EO for environmental and land use policy implementation at national and regional levels.
Jon Kher Kaw
Senior Urban Development Specialist
Jon Kher Kaw is a Senior Urban Development Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice based in Washington D.C. He also leads the Urbanscapes Group at the World Bank, a cross-sector community-of-practice focused on urban planning and design. He brings with him over 15 years of expertise in public policy, urban planning, and real estate. Since joining the World Bank, Jon Kher has worked on various urban sector activities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was also the primary author of the spatial planning and connectivity chapter in the Regional Urbanization Flagship for South Asia. Prior to his current role at the World Bank, Jon Kher held various key positions at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the national urban planning agency of Singapore from 2005 to 2013. There, he led the planning, design and implementation of key growth districts, as well as policy recommendations for national-level planning, land allocation and real estate market intervention. Jon Kher also worked in the private sector in Singapore and London, and was the co-founder of an urban planning think tank in New York. He holds a Master in Design Studies (Housing and Urbanization) from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
Scientific Director, SIRS, France
Christophe Sannier is currently the Scientific Director at SIRS since 2016 and has worked at SIRS since 2007. Prior to that, he was a lecturer at Cranfield University for 10 years after completing his Ph.D. on the applications of Satellite imagery for strategic monitoring of crop yields and conditions of rangeland vegetation in Southern Africa. He was also visiting fellow of Cranfield University and has been involved in a large number of research and consultancy projects in relation to the EU Copernicus programme and with the European Space Agency (ESA).
Senior Urban Specialist
Xueman Wang is the coordinator of Cities and Climate Change of the World Bank. She leads World Bank’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) as well as the work on the design of the International Energy Efficiency Facility to promote green bonds. She was a team leader for the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness – a global program for supporting countries to prepare and implement carbon pricing schemes such as emissions trading and carbon tax. She has played a critical role in helping China develop a national carbon market and was part of the core team that set up the largest carbon fund in the world in 2007. She was one of the lead authors for the World Bank flagship report 2010 World Development Report –“Development and Climate Change.” Prior to joining the World Bank, she was with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada, working on biosafety, and trade and environment. Before that, she worked at the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, where she was responsible for climate negotiations and the compliance regime. Prior to the UN, she worked with the Chinese government on a range of issues including China Agenda 21, climate change and desertification. She was a member of the Climate Change Council of the Global Agenda of the World Economic Forum (2012 to 2014). She earned Master of Laws degrees at Wuhan University (Wuhan, China) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, 2000.
EO4SD-Urban consortium partner,
Caribou Space, UK
Niamh Berry is an experienced researcher and monitoring and evaluation professional with over 12 years of experience. She has established monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems at both the programme and organization level, and has led more than 50 evaluations using experimental and non-experimental designs. Her work focuses on establishing systems to measure and understand the impact of various types of digital advancements on people, organizations and economies, over a range of sectors, including urban development, disaster resilience, health, agriculture, and finance.