Prof. Aijun Ding is the assistant president of Nanjing University and the Dean of School of Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing University, ISI Highly Cited Researcher. His team has led field measurements, data analysis, and modelling of air pollution and its interactions with planetary boundary layer, weather and climate. He has coordinated several field experiments based on ground-based, aircraft and tethered-airship platforms. As one of the founders of the Station for Observing Regional Processes of the Earth System (SORPES), he has been leading the measurement program on interactions between air pollution, PBL and weather/climate since 2011. He has been coordinating two of the largest field campaigns in the Chinese gigacity area funded by Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Public health physician with extensive work experience across the globe in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Following initial clinical practice, has worked as a frontline public health practitioner, strategist, advocate and leader in various settings. Led local public health authorities in the UK over a 10-year period as a Director of Public Health before joining WHO as a Health Systems and Policy Specialist for the Pacific sub-region leading on supporting the small island developing states of the Pacific to develop resilient health systems, widen coverage to affordable healthcare, and protect their population from public health emergencies and the impact of climate change. Recently moved to lead the WHO specialized office for Environment and Health for the Western Pacific WHO Region based in Seoul, RoK.
Dr. Yuba is a Senior Researcher at Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP). She is working for the Hybrid Air Quality Monitoring Network (HAQMN) project in Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) and supporting for ADB TA9608 to expand the air quality monitoring network. She works to manage the installation of LCS in Vietnam and analyze the air quality in Hanoi and Hoa Binh cities. She is also responsible for the monitoring and QA/QC management of the wet and dry deposition in Japan. She has 8 years of experience working on air quality issues in East Asia.
Akshat is a State Coordinator for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development’s India Program and consultant for the Government of Punjab, where his job entails exploring avenues to garner funds for the restoration of environment under the Department of Science,Technology and Environment. For the past few years, he has been working on shaping climate change and environmental policies for various States in India, notably authoring the Climate Action Chapter in Punjab’s 2047 Vision Document and developing a Comprehensive Action Plan on Managing Plastic Waste for Uttarakhand. Currently, he’s working with IGSD where he focuses on developing SLCP policy and showcasing pilot solutions for future scaling. Akshat is also a founder of a new-age sustainability startup (Sustainology360’) which focuses on compliance and consultancy needs to industrial/private clients, and he teaches a course on Sustainable Businesses at Chandigarh University.
Anna Song works in the Methane/Industry team at Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC) based in South Korea. Prior to SFOC, she was Senior Strategist (Govt and Policy) at the Sunrise Project in the Energy Transformation team. Anna has worked extensively in the government/public sector as a policy analyst in Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Economic Development and Environment; she served as an advisor to the Department Secretary and the Governor in the subnational state of Victoria, Australia. She holds degrees in Bachelor of Arts Honours (Politics) and Master of Public and International Law from The University of Melbourne.
Dr. Anobha Gurung is the Director of Nepal at the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA). Dr. Gurung provides leadership, strategic direction, technical expertise, and operational direction for all of CCA’s programmatic work in Nepal. She also leads the clean cooking component for the Energy Access Explorer, an interactive geospatial data platform that provides spatial data and tools needed to inform strategies for a robust clean cooking transition in Nepal and Kenya. Before joining CCA, she worked for organizations like the World Health Organization and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, where she participated in various activities and research related to air pollution and health. She has over fifteen years of experience investigating exposure to air pollution and its associated human health burden in low-income countries with the goal of improving policies and actions to promote health. Dr. Gurung holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from Yale School of the Environment.
Archana Walia leads the implementation of India Program and related projects of Clean Air Asia in India. Archana has over 25 years of extensive work experience, of which 15 years has been in progressive leadership roles of country director, deputy office director, senior advisor and team lead. Archana’s experience spreads over sectors ranging from climate change, clean energy, energy efficiency and urban development. Archana holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Delhi, New Delhi.
Director of the Climate Finance Center under the Ministry of natural resources, ecology and technical supervision of the Kyrgyz Republic. He occupied such positions as: deputy-minister of natural resources, ecology and technical supervision; head of the department for monitoring and analysis of reforms of the President Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic. Azamat Temirkulov received his Bachelor's and Master's degree with honors in 2002 from the l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). In 2013, he defended his doctoral dissertation at the Hamburg Universität (Germany).
Bert Fabian is the Coordinator of the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET). EANET is an intergovernmental initiative established in 2001 to create a common understanding on the state of acid deposition problems in East Asia, provide useful inputs for decision making at various levels, and promote cooperation among countries. Bert joined UNEP as a Programme Officer in 2013 in Nairobi, and led UNEP’s Sustainable Mobility Unit activities in Asia Pacific, supporting more than 15 countries in developing policies on transport, air pollution and climate change. Prior to joining UNEP, he was the Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia, a non-stock non-profit regional organization that promotes better air quality in cities. He has also worked for the Asian Development Bank on various transport and air quality projects. Bert has published and contributed to several books and studies on transport, air pollution and climate change, like the Urban Air Pollution in Asian Cities: Status, Challenges and Management (2006) and the Transport and Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Forecasts, Options Analysis, and Evaluation (2009). Bert has a master’s degree on Urban and Regional Planning major in Transportation, and a B.S. Biology degree from the University of the Philippines.
She is Senior Atmospheric Environment at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has successfully led projects that have helped transform the brick industries of Nepal and Pakistan into cleaner, more energy-efficient, and socially responsible enterprises that continue to remain viable, profitable businesses, thereby ensuring their sustainability.
Earlier she managed the Atmospheric Brown Cloud project in Nepal. She was also involved in the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia in various capacities. Over the course of her career, she has provided the regional governments– its various ministries and implementing departments – strategic inputs on environmental issues. She has been published in noted international and national journals and has a number of proceedings and op-ed articles to her credit.
Bidya holds two master’s degrees in engineering – one in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India and the other in Environmental Science and Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.
Dr. Lohani is a member of the Advisory Council on Sustainability of Ingersoll Rand and was the former Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development and a member of the ADB’s Management Team. Before joining ADB, he worked for the Government of Nepal and was the Division Chairman of the Environmental Engineering Program at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok.
Bjarne is the Executive Director of Clean Air Asia. Bjarne has a broad international experience, particularly in environmental issues and sustainable development, with a proven track record of achieving meaningful impact through strategic leadership, resource mobilization and team building at all levels. He has taken CAA through continuous growth both regionally as well as in China and India including broadening the work of Clean Air Asia to include the Air, Climate and Public Health nexus. Bjarne holds a MSc in Environmental Studies from Strathclyde University, Scotland.
Craig Jamieson originally trained in horticulture and has a master’s degree in International Rural Development with ‘Distinction’. He has worked in business management, consultancy and also scientific research, specializing in sustainable biomass. His work has taken him across Africa and Asia developing bioenergy solutions that enhance rather than compete with food production. His clients included the UK Government, UN FAO, World Agroforestry and the International Rice Research Institute. In 2016 with support from the UK Government, Craig established an industrial pilot plant making clean fuel from waste rice straw. Straw Innovations Ltd was born and he is now taking it to first commercial scale in the Philippines.
Dr. David R. Boyd is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment (2018-2024) and a professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He has written ten books and 150+ reports and articles on environmental law and policy, human rights, and constitutional law. His books include The Rights of Nature (ECW Press, 2017), The Optimistic Environmentalist (ECW Press, 2015), The Right to a Healthy Environment (UBC Press, 2012) and The Environmental Rights Revolution (UBC Press, 2011).
UN Special Rapporteur Associate Professor at University of British Columbia (Virtual)
I am a dedicated Project Manager at the Tbilisi Transport and Urban Development Agency, where I have honed my skills in urban development and project management. With a strong background in collaboration and delivering successful outcomes, I have had the privilege of working on various projects in partnership with GIZ. These experiences have equipped me with a keen understanding of international development practices and methodologies.
Currently, I am leading the charge as a Project Manager for the ADB-funded Superblocks project. This initiative is a testament to my commitment to sustainable urban development, aiming to transform urban spaces into vibrant, eco-friendly areas. As I continue to drive this project to success, my role as a Project Manager on ADB-funded projects for the agency underscores my ambition to further contribute to the growth and prosperity of Tbilisi through innovative, well-executed projects. I am passionate about making cities more livable and sustainable, and I look forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead in my career.
Dang oversees program development and strategic planning for Clean Air Asia’s impact initiatives on transport, energy, and urban air quality. She worked for government, private, and non-profit organizations in the early years of her professional career, with more than 10 years of training and experience on environmental pollution chemistry and management. She has led projects focusing on capacity building of governments for air quality management through policy guidance and direct technical assistance on air quality monitoring, emissions inventory and modeling, health impact assessment, air quality communication, and development of clean air action plans. Dang is a licensed chemist, holding a bachelor’s degree and masters units in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines.
Dina Azhgaliyeva's research focuses on energy policy, particularly renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage. Dina has published articles on these topics in journals such as Energy Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Environmental Management, Energy Policy, and Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. She is currently a guest editor for the Applied Energy special issue “Integration of Renewable Energy in Energy Systems, Perspectives on Investment, Technology, and Policy.”
She earned her PhD and MSc in economics from the University of Essex (United Kingdom). She also holds an internationally recognized teaching qualification from the Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a qualification in research career management from the Staff Educational and Development Association.
Eloise Scotford is the Dean of the Faculty of Laws and co-Director of the Centre for Law and Environment, University College London. Professor Scotford is a leading scholar on the legal treatment of environmental principles, air quality law, climate change governance, waste law, and legislative processes as they relate to the environment. She has conducted funded research investigating air quality governance in England, and advised the UK government on law reform for better air quality. Professor Scotford is co-author of the two UNEP publications on air quality: the recently launched Guide on Ambient Air Quality Legislation and Regulating Air Quality: The first global assessment of air pollution legislation.
Dr Enkhtsetseg Shinee coordinates the work on air quality and health at the WHO Asia-Pacific Centre for Environment and Health in the Western Pacific Region, based in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Enkhtsetseg is a public health specialist, holding a PhD in Environmental hygiene and a Masters degree in Health administration. She started her professional work with the research institution, then served for the Government (health ministry) coordinating the development and implementation of the national strategies and programmes on public health and environmental health, including air quality, climate change and waste management. Enkhtsetseg joined WHO in 2006, has experience of working at country and regional levels. Currently, she oversees the work on supporting countries in adopting WHO Air Quality Guidelines in the national standards and regulations, improving their enforcement, and advancing research and partnership on air quality and health.
Ms Erni Pelita Fitratunnisa holds a post graduate degree in Planning Management and Public Policy from the University of Indonesia. She has developed her public servant career at the Jakarta Environment Agency and currently serves as the Head of Pollution and Environmental Damage Control Division since March 2023. In her position she is responsible to oversee the air quality, waste management and water pollution control management in Jakarta. Prior to her current position she was the Head of the Environmental Management Division of Jakarta Environment Agency since 2017.
As Air Quality and Climate Change Science Lead, Ever leads in keeping track of regional trends and developments relevant to air quality and climate change, including identification of emerging new areas of focus for Clean Air Asia’s impact initiatives. She leads a team of specialists and researchers in helping governments achieve air quality improvement and emission reduction targets through science-based policy and decision making that are institutionalized through Clean Air and Climate Action Plans.
Everlyn has degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines and trained with the World Meteorological Organization Global Atmosphere Watch and the European Research Course on Atmospheres.
Fadhil works at WRI Indonesia as an Air Quality Research Analyst. He is involved in the Clean Air Catalyst (CAC) Project, which was initiated by WRI collaborating with six additional partners. He is responsible for research or science-related activities for addressing air quality issue as well as delivering climate co-benefits. The research consists of source apportionment study, emission inventory development, personal exposure, and root-cause analysis of air pollution. He handles large-AQ data set both from CAC and partners instrument measurement.
Freda Fung has extensive experience in promoting clean transport policies in China and the US. She conducts policy analysis and organizes capacity building programs for supporting research organizations, government agencies and civil society in advancing clean and climate-friendly transport. Serving as a consultant for ClimateWorks Foundation, Freda's current work focuses on promoting policies for mitigating climate and public health impacts of shipping in major maritime nations in Asia.
Previously Freda was a lead consultant for Natural Resources Defence Council's Asia Clean Ports project , a Senior Policy Analyst and the China country lead of the International Council on Clean Transportation, and an Automotive Analyst with Environmental Defense Fund in the US. In these positions, her research and outreach efforts supported the strengthening of national standards for controlling air and climate impacts of vehicels in the US and China, and mitigating health impacts of vessels in China. Freda holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University and a Masters degree in Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Lu leads the development, management and fund raising of China Program and related projects of Clean Air Asia in China. She holds BA in International Law, MA and PhD in Environmental Law from the Wuhan University, China and conducted her PhD research in the University of Leuven, Belgium. She is specialized in policy and regulation analysis of environmental issues, and has worked as project manager and coordinator with UNEP in Thailand and leading environmental consulting firms in China.
Fu Qingyan, deputy director of Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences, has long been engaged in atmospheric environment and pollution source emission monitoring, air heavy pollution early warning and prevention, environmental monitoring information construction, PM2.5 source apportionment, industrial zone characteristic pollutants monitoring and alarm tracing, etc. She has been selected as Shanghai leading talents, national environmental protection professional and technical leading talents, and ecological environment monitoring top five talents. She has presided over more than 30 key environmental research projects in Shanghai and served as the chief scientist and project leader of a number of national, provincial and ministerial major environmental protection projects.
Glynda, alongside the Executive Director, leads the Clean Air Asia team, sets the organization’s strategic direction, and undertakes resource mobilization. Glynda is a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in air quality management. She was a member of the legal team which assisted the Philippine Government in drafting the Clean Air Act of 1999 Implementing Rules and Regulations. She led the implementation of the Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles program which resulted in national policies and roadmaps for cleaner fuels and vehicles notably the Vietnam and Philippine regulations mandating Euro 4 vehicle emission and fuel standards, and Pakistan’s roadmap for cleaner fuels and vehicles. Glynda holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Francisco (joint program); and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Guofeng Shen now is an Assistant Professor at Peking University. His research interests and experiences are in sustainable household energy and environment, largely focusing on fates, impacts and controls of hazardous pollutants produced from indoor solid fuel use that is an important indicator of sustainable development. As the principal investigator, Dr. Shen has received funding from the National Natural Science Foundation (NSF), United Nation Foundations, etc., He has published > 150 peer-reviewed research papers in international journals including Nature Energy, Nature Communication, Nature Human Behaviors, PNAS, Environmental Science & Technology, Environment International, etc., with the citation >6000 and H index of 46. He serves as the proposal reviewer for many science funding agencies, and manuscript reviewer for many highest-ranked journals, including Nature, Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Communication, Lancet Planetary Health, ES&T, EHP, etc. He was awarded ES&T Super Review Award (2020), Excellence in Review Award (2019), and ES&T Letters Excellence in Review Award (2018).
Ms. Heather Adair-Rohani leads the work on energy and health at the World Health Organization Headquarters. She has led the establishment of the Health and Energy Platform of Action, and the High-level Coalition on Health and Energy. Ms. Adair-Rohani co-led the coordination and development of the WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: household fuel combustion and is currently overseeing the work to support countries in the implementation of these Guidelines through the Clean Household Energy Solutions Toolkit. She also actively participates and represents WHO at various global initiatives focused on health, air pollution and energy like UN Energy, Sustainable Energy for All, Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, and the Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescent Health.
Huihui is responsible for the management and implementation of the transport program in China and supports the implementation of the transport program of Clean Air Asia in other Asian countries. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies with a Master’s degree in International Relations focusing on Energy, Resources, and Environment. She also holds a B.A. in International Politics from Tianjin Foreign Studies University.
Husni Mubarok, Husni, is a senior program associate in Climateworks foundation based in Jakarta, Indonesia, focusing on the Global Energy Transition Initiative program, a program which is fully funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and jointly implemented by Climateworks Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program is aiming to fast track the transition from coal to clean energy with clean air initiative as part of the initiative in supporting the overall goals.
Husni is leading the initiative program in Indonesia that includes leading the clean air initiative and supporting works in other Southeast Asia countries. In the past, he has been working with leading organizations such as UNDP Indonesia and GIZ Indonesia especially in the fields of solar and wind energy.
Mr.Ittipol Pawarmart currently serves as Head of Automotive Emission Laboratory, Air Quality and Noise Management Division, Pollution Control Department (PCD) in Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. He has been at the PCD since 1996 as Environmentalist. In his current capacity, Mr.Ittipol is responsible for regulating of emission standards in Thailand, technical advisory for technical information to manage and control automotive air pollution, environmental issues in the automotive air pollution control and management, both at the national and international levels. Since 2009, he has served as a Thailand representative of the Asian Co-benefits Partnership to working and sharing information on co-benefits measures and policies and projects in Asia. His areas of expertise include environmental impact assessment, emission standards, emission testing, inspection program for in-used vehicles, emission inventory, source apportionment, climate change issues especially on PM2.5 National Action Plan and NDC action plan in transport sector and environmentally sustainable transport. Mr.Ittipol holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand.
Jay Turner is a Professor of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, the James McKelvey Professor of Engineering Education, Vice Dean for Education, and inaugural Head of the Engineering Education Division with the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He served for six years on the US EPA’s Science Advisory Board, and is an Associate in Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University. His research addresses air quality characterization with emphasis on field measurements, lab analysis and data analysis to support air quality management and exposure studies. Current work addresses air pollutant exposures and neurodegenerative disease, neighborhood-scale greening (vegetation) impacts on air quality and cardiovascular health, mobile platform measurements to quantify pollutant spatial variability, low-cost air quality and noise sensor evaluations and network deployments, environmental noise monitoring and apportionment to sources, human samples (blood, nails, hair) as biomarkers for environmental exposures, and children’s exposures to air pollution.
Dr. Jingnan HU is the director of Atmospheric Environment Institute at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES). He has long been engaged in the research of regional air pollution prevention and control, and vehicle emission control. He has presided over a number of national research projects and achieved innovative research outcomes in the field of atmospheric environment, providing scientific and technological supports for winning the "Blue Sky Protection Campaign" in China. He won the "National Youth Science and Technology Award" in 2019, and "National Leading Professionals of Eco-environmental Protection" in 2021.
Jo Green is an Associate Director with over 25 years’ experience in the environmental field specialising in air quality, emissions and climate change. She is an expert on air quality issues with extensive experience devising, running and appraising ambient air quality monitoring programs and networks; data interpretation and reporting; air quality policy development; local air quality management; and understanding emissions sources. At an international level she has managed projects for national, regional and local Governments, multi-lateral banks, MLED-USAID, and private industry. Her recent experience includes technical air quality projects for the European Commission feeding into the update of the European Ambient Air Quality Directives and some of Ricardo’s larger international projects including a $2 million Technical Assistance project for the Asian Development Bank which has been providing technical assistance to seven cities to tackle their air pollution issues.
Jundy Tigley Del Socorro is currently serving 23 years in the government service at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB). He is currently holding the position of Chief, Air Quality Management Section (AQMS) as Supervising Environmental Management Specialists (SEMS).
Engineer at Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences, and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering at East China University of Science and Technology. His focuses on the development and compilation of high-resolution emission inventories for various atmospheric pollution sources, high-resolution emission inventory of reactive volatile organic compounds from anthropogenic sources in Yangtze River Delta region, as well as a national scale emission inventory of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. In the context of integrated ecological and sustainable initiatives in the Yangtze River Delta, he also engages in extensive research focused on investigating the causes and origins of air pollution as well as emission reduction potential of air pollutants and carbon.
Kathleen is the Coordinator of the Thematic Hubs of the Urban Living Lab Center (ULLC), a UN-Habitat Collaborating Center, at Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI). In this role, she works closely with a diverse range of stakeholders, including partner universities, NGOs, think tanks, Living Lab cities, and young professionals across both public and private sectors. Her collaborative efforts are focused on capacity building for the transformation of urban mobility, energy, and resource sectors. Prior to this, Kathleen led Sustainable Transport at Clean Air Asia, where her focus was on active mobility, cleaner, energy-efficient vehicles, and electric mobility.
Kayla McCauley is an atmospheric scientist in the EPA’s Office of Air Quality and Planning Standards working at the intersection of climate and air quality. Engaging on initiatives both in the U.S. and internationally, her work includes leading U.S. emissions reporting for the UN Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution, strengthening air quality capacity building efforts, and focusing on multi-pollutant approaches to air quality management.
Dr. Maria Neira is since 2005, Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to WHO, she was Vice Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs in Spain, President of the Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency and she obtained extensive field experience in Africa as a Public Health Adviser.
Dr Mark Broomfield is an air quality specialist with over 30 years’ experience. He is retained as an air quality expert by Asian Development Bank and leads strategic air quality policy and technical reviews in the UK and around the world. He is an experienced expert witness on air quality and health issues. He contributes to seminars and conferences on air quality, health and waste-related topics, and is the author of popular science book "Every breath you take: a user's guide to the atmosphere," published in 2019.
Mr. Kasman is Director of the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs. In this role he manages EPA’s relationships and technical assistance with other countries around the world. Previously, Mark served as EPA’s Senior Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Europe Programs.
Mr. Kasman has over thirty years of environmental experience working in the federal government and international organizations. On loan from EPA in 2003–2005, Mark served as the Environment Management Specialist for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila. During that time, he developed the first Core Environment Program for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) and launched the GMS Environment Operations Center.
Mark’s aim as Executive Director is to ensure that C40 Cities is equally focused on science-based climate action and political leadership for climate justice. C40 has grown dramatically in scope and ambition under Mark’s tenure and its 300 staff now support nearly 100 of the world’s leading cities, representing around 700 million residents. Prior to joining C40 Cities, Mark was a director at pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup; and previous to that role he was a senior adviser to the Mayor of London. Outside of work he can usually be found either up a mountain or proclaiming the discovery of a great new band.
Martina has over 25 years of experience in Environmental Policy and Programme Management, with a particular focus on energy, buildings, transport and sustainable cities, as well as partnership building. At the UN Environment Programme, she has served in different functions out of Paris and Nairobi, including in the Executive Office, heading UNEP’s work Transport, Bioenergy, Energy Policy, UNEP's work on on Cities and the Secretariat of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, and now heading the Secretariat of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
Before joining UNEP, Martina worked on Trade and Environment and Economic Instruments in the Area of Environmental Protection with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the European Commission and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development. She is a fully qualified lawyer specialised in environmental law.
Matthew Baird has over 32 years of experience in environmental and planning law in the Asia-Pacific Region. He was admitted to the Australian Bar in 1991 and practised for 25 years in environmental and planning law.
Matthew has consulted to the Asian Development Bank, UNEP, UNDP, IFC, WWF, PACT, and Vermont Law School, providing capacity building and training on programs on environmental law and advocacy in Asia and the Pacific since 2010. He has worked on environmental law and governance issues, including EIA, hydropower, water governance issues and public participation in ASEAN since 2010. He was member of the Technical Working Group for the drafting of the Cambodian Environment and Natural Resources Code which was approved by the National Assembly in 2023.
From September 2016 to September 2020, he was a Visiting Scholar of the Myanmar Environmental Governance Program of Vermont Law School. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business and a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Southern Queensland is on EIA in ASEAN. He was appointed a Teaching Fellow of the College of Law (Australia) in 2021 and leads the ESG Law and Practice Group.
Mel Eden is a civil engineer and transport researcher based in the Philippines. He works as a data analyst at the Asian Transport Outlook (ATO) project, an initiative between the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank aimed at expanding the knowledge base of transport in the Asia and Pacific region. His main responsibilities involve playing a key role in the development of the ATO National Database, crafting knowledge products, and conducting policy analyses for 51 countries within the Asia-Pacific region.
Senior Engineer at the Chengdu Academy of Environmental Sciences, is responsible for the operation and management of the Chengdu Key Laboratory for Atmospheric Research. She has long been dedicated to studying atmospheric monitoring and air pollution formation mechanism. she also focuses on developing strategies to prevent and control air pollution, specifically in the catering fume pollution，where she is contributing to the development of local emission standard for cooking fume in Chengdu. Dr. Feng Miao has published over 30 academic papers, applied for 1 invention patent, and holds 3 software copyrights in the academic field. Dr. Feng Miao has actively participated in several national and provincial science and technology projects.
Michael Johnson, PhD: Dr. Johnson is the Technical Director of Berkeley Air Monitoring Group. He works primarily on field-based assessments of household energy projects, including studies on stove performance and usage, indoor air quality, personal exposure, and health impacts. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including articles on exposure to household air pollution, climate-forcing and health-damaging pollutant emissions, stove performance testing, and others. Dr. Johnson is leading the exposure monitoring effort for the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial and co-authored the WHO Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Household Fuel Combustion (WHO 2014). He is also heavily involved in developing international standards for cookstoves, focusing on developing performance targets. He is also a technical lead for the Clean Cooking and Climate Consortium, which is developing emission reduction methods for countries to use under the Paris Agreement. Dr. Johnson has a Ph.D. in Environmental Health, Science, & Policy from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in Physics from Colorado College.
Myron Alcanzare is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, with a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering, focusing on alternative fuels and renewable energy. He is a senior transport researcher at Clean Air Asia, working on the sustainable transport programme. He has co-authored various publications on renewable energy systems and provided technical assistance to governments for policy development of electric vehicle adoption and vehicle emission standards, notably the Philippine Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry and Cambodia Clean Fuels and Vehicles. He has also provided electric vehicle cost of ownership analyses to various city halls in the Philippines to support their budget and procurement planning. Currently, he is working towards policy development of adopting soot-free vehicles.
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), has over 35 years working experience in research, education, consultancy, and capacity building. She is internationally recognized for her work on air pollution and climate in Asia and has been recognized in the top 2% globally most cited scientists in the field of “Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences”.
Her research covers a wide range of air quality management topics; climate and air quality interaction with co-benefit assessment; industrial environmental management; and monitoring and control of organic pollutants. Her research has a significant impact on environmental policy and public health in the region and has been credited with international awards and recognition.
Professor Kim Oanh has worked closely with government agencies and international organizations to provide science-based recommendations to improve air quality. She is a member of the science panel of the Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership (APCAP), past member (2015-2018) of the Scientific Steering Committee of IGAC, founding member and co-chair of the IGAC Monsoon Asia and Oceania Networking Group (2016-2019); vice-chair of WMO-UNEP “Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone”, 2011; WHO expert in the Guideline Development Group for the update of Global Air Quality Guidelines, 2021; leading author of UNEP “Atmospheric Pollution in the Asia Pacific: Science-Based Solutions”, 2019.
She was a Fogarty Research scholar on her sabbaticals at the University of Washington in Seattle and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2004), and a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany (2012),
Ninan Biju Oommen is the Senior Port & Maritime Transport Specialist at The World Bank Transport Practice based in Singapore, engaged in the preparation and supervision of projects, sharing of knowledge and experience and technical assistance for maritime infrastructure development across Asia.
Prior to joining The World Bank, Ninan was the CEO of a short-sea container ship owner and operated services in consortium with global container shipping lines, from Singapore hub port to the gateway ports in South & Southeast Asia.
In his previous role based in Dubai-UAE, Ninan operated container feeder services for Transworld (now DP World Limited), in the West Asia Arabian Gulf & South Asia region. Ninan is a postgraduate in Business Administration from Madras Christian College, India and holds a master’s degree in Maritime Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Olivia Brinks is an environmental protection specialist working to advance household energy and clean cooking goals at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). She brings several years of experience in outreach and communications to her role on the household energy team. Before joining EPA, Olivia supported conservation and clean cooking projects in Latin America. She is currently working toward a Master's degree in Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment.
Dr. Patrick Büker is a planning officer in the sectoral department of GIZ Germany. He has been working in the field of environmental protection and climate change mitigation for more than 25 years. His specific interests and areas of expertise include air quality management, environmental impact assessments, mitigation of greenhouse gases – including short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – and Just Transition concepts. He has worked extensively on these topics in developing countries and emerging economies. Currently, he is overseeing GIZ’s air pollution and SLCP portfolio, with a strong focus on Southeast Asia. Before joining the GIZ in 2018, he worked for 15 years as a senior researcher for the Stockholm Environment Institute at its office at the University of York.
Precious oversees the implementation of a strategic plan for our work with cities with appropriate prioritization of work and services Clean Air Asia should offer, including ensuring internal programmatic alignment and ways to improve external integration of city work with national and regional work. Precious has a degree in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Raphael C. De Leon is a Supervising Environmental Management Specialist at the Provincial Government of Bataan, Philippines, where he is currently the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Provincial Government – Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO). He is also an environmental planner. He obtained his Master of Science in Urban Environmental Management from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand, under the HM Queen’s scholarship. He is also a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (cum laude) from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
Coordinator, Health and the Environment (HAE), Division of Healthy Environments and Populations, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Following her Masters in Environmental Epidemiology and Policy from the London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she started working in the area of Climate Change at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working on the Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Human Health (cCASHh) project, focusing on both the observed impacts of extreme weather events in Europe as well as the impacts of climate change on salmonella and campylobacter infections.
She started working at the World Health Organization in 2003 and has held several positions in various duty stations, including Geneva, El Paso Texas, Washington DC, Haiti, Barbados, Brazzaville and Panama.
She has recently covered a range of topics including early warning systems for heatwaves, droughts, and climate sensitive diseases, the initiative on promoting an environmentally responsible and resilient health sector, sustainable procurement, air pollution, health care waste management, and supporting countries of the Region in the area of Climate Change and Health. She co-developed the technical notes on environmental public Health for COVID-19 response, and has a lot of experience in emergency preparedness and response.
She is currently based in Manila coordinating the regional team on Health and Environment issues.
Dr. Sarath Guttikunda is a chemical engineer, atmospheric scientist, TED fellow, founder of Urban Emissions (India) and also serves as an adjunct faculty at IIT-Delhi’s TRIP center. His main research interest is air quality analysis and finding ways to bridge the gap between science and policy, which is the core objective of their team's air pollution knowledge assessments (APnA) city program. He was a member of India's AQI formulation committee (2014) and WHO's air quality guidelines development group (2016-2020). He is the recipient of AGU’s International Award (2022) given annually in recognition of furthering the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of society in developing nations. Link: https://www.urbanemissions.info
Sandeep is a co-founder at VNV Advisory Services, a social enterprise working with communities & climate change in Asia and East Africa. He heads VNV’s ownership on over 120 projects on low carbon social development projects such as sustainable agriculture, social forestry, coastal resilience, clean cooking, clean air, drinking water, rural energy access and waste management. Sandeep’s work encompasses over 6 million rural households across 14+ countries in the region & over 100+ NGOs and implementation partners: currently working on over 5 million hectares of natural ecosystems through climate finance for rejuvenation, restoration, conservation of biodiversity ecosystems and climate smart agriculture for small holders with a big focus on the Himalayan countries, sub Saharan Africa and the Mekong basin regions.
Sean Maguire is Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Clean Air Fund. He builds global partnerships to speed up the transition to clean air everywhere. His focus is on driving concerted international action on air pollution, establishing and working towards international targets for clean air, and increasing the flow of international funding towards clean air projects.
He has led policy, advocacy, campaigns and communications work across the climate, development and humanitarian sectors. He began his career in journalism, spending many years working in eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Shane is a mechanical engineer, with 8 years of experience in the marine industry developing competence in the areas of technical assessment, decarbonisation R&D and project management. Shane started in the industry by training with the UK Royal Navy, and has since specialised ashore as a marine surveyor in a leading Classification Society, working on novel newbuilding projects for what was at the time the world’s largest heavy lift offshore vessel and one of the first ever dual-fuel installations. Of his time spent working across multiple continents, Shane also worked as an accredited ship surveyor in the busy port of Singapore, ranging from port state compliance issues, emergency repairs, and deep retrofit projects.
As a co-author of numerous publications discussing the feasibility and uptake of zero-emission fuels for shipping since 2017, Shane has been involved in developing bespoke strategies and technological solutions for the entire shipping value chain, and most recently, in the development, facilitation and management of a Green Shipping Corridor anchored in Singapore. He worked closely with key international stakeholders to implement green shipping solutions as well as sculpt studies to develop fuel assurance capabilities and consider lifecycle implications of the industry as a whole.
Shane is a frequent presenter on projects at international conferences and has represented his former company on advisory panels and sustainable shipping initiatives. Shane graduated
Dr. Mukesh Sharma, a Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India, is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He was a member of WHO advisory group on air pollution and UN Sustainable Development Goals. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Indore, master’s degree from IIT Kanpur and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Kyoto University, Japan. His areas of research: air quality monitoring, modelling and management, exposure assessment. He has published/presented over 140 papers in journals, book chapters and conferences. His significant contributions include adviser to WHO, International Council for Clean Transport, Clean Air Asia, UNEP and the World Bank and national agencies Central and State Pollution Control Boards, Ministry of Environment, and Department of Science and Technology, India.
Dr. Sirirat has been an Environmentalist at the Air Quality and Noise Management Division, Pollution Control Department for 15 years. She coordinates relevant organizations to mitigate transboundary haze pollution and air quality in Thailand.
Dr. Sirirat has researched the management of vegetation fires in the north of Thailand and neighboring countries by using an air quality model to simulate scenarios for potential fire controls to find the optimal pollution reduction targets from selected areas and a study on health impacts and socio-economic losses caused by open burning. She also coordinated the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and relevant organizations to generate measures for air quality and climate change in Thailand.
In a part of mitigating transboundary haze pollution in ASEAN, especially in the Mekong Sub-region. She has joined the relevant meeting to drive all the Mekong countries to agree to extend the Chiang Rai 2017 Plan of Action to 2030. She is part of a team to develop a Joint plan of action among Thailand-Lao PDR- Myanmar to tackle transboundary in this area. To solve transboundary haze pollution, she also focuses on the capacity building program on air quality management in the Mekong Sub-Region.
Sourangsu Chowdhury is an atmospheric scientist researching air pollution, heat stress and human health. He is currently employed as a senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo. Prior to joining CICERO Sourangsu worked at the Department of Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. He focuses on modeling air pollutants and heat using chemistry-climate models and satellite retrievals and assessing their effects on human health with a focus on identifying viable interventions to avoid these effects.
Toru joined ADB in 2004 as one of the original members of ADB’s climate and clean energy team. He was ADB's focal staff for UNFCCC COPs and other global fora, established and led the Carbon Market Program, and authored ADB’s first climate change action plan. He also led ADB's work to promote clean energy and climate change technologies through venture capital funds and helped launch various other initiatives focused on the nexus of climate change, environment, energy, andtransport. In 2011 he was seconded to the UNFCCC Secretariat to help design the Climate Technology Centre and Network and the Green Climate Fund.
He joined ADB's Southeast Asia Department in 2014 where he served as the country energy sector focal for Indonesia and the Philippines and team leader for multiple projects exceeding $2 billion in financing with significant contribution to climate and environment solutions. He was appointed as Energy Director for Southeast Asia in 2020 overseeing policy dialogue, technical assistance, investment programs and projects, and regional cooperation efforts across ASEAN developing member countries (DMC) and Timor-Leste. He was the director in charge of the Energy Transition Mechanism, which is now one of ADB’s flagship climate mitigation initiatives. He was also heavily involved in the formation of the Just Energy Transition Partnership for Indonesia.
Prior to ADB, he was Asian Business Manager and Policy Analyst at Trexler Climate and Energy Services Inc., and Research Associate at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in the United States.
Toru is a national of Japan and holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Energy Policy from the Biden School of Public Policy at the University of Delaware, United States and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University, Japan.
Valentina Ricca is Associate Legal officer in UNEP Law Division, Montevideo Coordination and Delivery Unit, which provides technical support and capacity-building activities for Member States on environmental law. Valentina supports climate change, air quality and waste management activities carried out by the Unit, providing legal and project management support, advice in legislative processes, legal drafting and research. Prior to this, Valentina supported UN-Habitat’s normative and governance work and country technical projects on thematic issues such urban governance and public participation. Her areas of expertise include environmental and climate law and governance and human rights.
Dr. Warren Evans is ADB’s Climate Envoy, Office of the President (OPR) effective 18 September 2022. His priority focus is on scaling-up and accelerating ADB investments in climate actions, reinforcing capacity development for climate change operations, and strengthening ADB’s external climate partnerships.
Warren has over 40 years of sustainable development and climate change experience from multilateral development banks, private organizations, and other international organizations. He first joined ADB in March 1988 and during the 15-year tenure, he undertook progressing roles from Environmental Specialist to Director of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Division. From 2003 to 2013, he worked at World Bank as Environment Director and Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development. During this period, he led the establishment of the Climate Investment Funds and supported the Senior Management on a range of issues such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, and institutional operations. He served as Senior Advisor Consultant from 2013 to 2017 where he provided advisory service on a variety of strategic issues on sustainable development and climate change. He returned to ADB as Special Project Facilitator in September 2017. He also significantly contributed to ADB’s efforts in promoting climate initiatives through his support in the preparation of Climate COP 26.
Watchalawalee Kumboonreung (Dream). She is an environmental lawyer working on the air pollution PM2.5 Case in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the Omkoi Coal mining case to revoke the unlawful EIA report. She has an academic journal paper about the Climate Litigation in Thailand and being the columnist on the Rule of Law website, where she has written about environmental and human rights issues in Thailand. She is passionate about environmental and climate justice and believes that little things from little people could change this country to be equality.
Mr. Yu KAMEI born in Aichi prefecture. Graduated from Kyoto University with a Bachelor of Engineering. He joined Ministry of the Environment, Japan in 2007. Since then, he worked on climate change measures, waste management, fishery resources conservation, environment impact assessment, radioactive materials countermeasures and water pollution control etc. in Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan. In 2020, he was seconded to Nasushiobara City as Deputy Mayor till 2023. Since July 2023, he is Director, International Cooperation Office, Environment Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
Dr. Shiqiu ZHANG is a Professor of Environmental Economics at Peking University. She has been teaching and conducting studies on environmental economics, environmental policy and governance. She is currently a Senior expert member of UNEP Technology and Economic Assessment Panel for implementing Montreal Protocol, Board member of Clean Air Asia. She served also as president of Asian Association on Environment and Resource Economics (AAERE) (2017-2019).
Prof. Tong Zhu is a Professor at the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a counselor of the State Council, and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Higher Education Committee for Environmental Science and Engineering under the Ministry of Education and is a member of the Evaluation Group for Environmental Science and Engineering of the State Council Academic Degrees Committee. He has previously co-chaired the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Research Program (IGAC) and currently leads the expert group of the National Natural Science Foundation's major research program on "The Causes and Mechanisms to Address China's Composite Air Pollution." He is also the Vice Chairman of the International Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution and a director of the American Geophysical Union. He has been committed to pioneering scientific research in atmospheric chemistry, human exposure, and health. He has published 360 papers in journals such as Science, PNAS, JAMA, and The Lancet, and has been recognized as a highly cited scholar in the field of environment in both China and globally for many years.
Vivek provides leadership and guidance to Shakti’s Climate Insight function, which includes Research and Advisory, Knowledge Management, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. He also leads two other programs—the Cities and Climate Action Programme, and Critical Raw Materials Programme. Vivek has expertise working on policies related to low-carbon growth, electrification of transportation and sustainable mobility, clean air, city climate action, transit-oriented development. Prior to joining Shakti in December 2017, Vivek worked at C40 Climate Leadership Group as City Director (Jaipur) and OSD to Jaipur Smart Cities Limited, visiting faculty and researcher at CEPT University, and has also worked with WRI-EMBARQ and Agenda for Bangalore Infrastructure Development (ABIDe). He has a master’s degree in Urban and Transport Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.
Dr. Wei Wan joined Clean Air Asia in 2012 and is now the China Program Director. She is responsible for the development and management of programs in China and coordination of China components of related Asian regional programs. She has served as a key project member for several international organizations, including the UN Environment Programme, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank.
She holds a PD degree in Environmental Science from the Peking University. Dr. Wan has participated in academic consortiums for interdisciplinary studies, including the AiR Pollution - Climate Change - Health Effects Nexus working group within the Global Atmosphere Watch Programme of the World Meteorological Organization, the Monsoon Asia Integrated Study for Sustainability-Future Earth, and the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics etc.
Dr. Wan has led in the development of a series of thematic reports on China’s progress in air quality management. She has also published research papers in high-profile journals and contributed to several popular science articles as a planner and editor.
Xu Xiangchao, Director of the Research Office of the Beijing Municipal Ecology and Environment Bureau(BEE). He previously served as the Deputy Director of the Air Division and the Chief of the Comprehensive Law Enforcement of BEE. For many years, he has been engaged in regulatory enforcement, formulation and implementation of measures for the prevention and control of air pollution in Beijing, emergency response to severe air pollution, industrial pollution prevention and control, pollution reduction in the energy sector, and dust pollution control, etc.
Anouj leads the full range of work in the planning, implementation, and supervision of Thailand Resident Mission's vision, goals, strategies, and work plan in support of overall ADB goals in the context of its engagement with an upper-middle income country.
He is the former head of the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance (ACGF) facility, a pioneering regional facility under the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, aimed at green recovery in the region with 13 partners and $2 billion in financing support. Prior to his current role, he established and managed the Innovation Hub for Southeast Asia Regional Department of ADB, focusing on green and innovative finance. He has also previously led one of ADB’s pioneering PPP (public-private partnership) initiatives in India.
Prior to joining ADB, he was an investment banker and chartered accountant at JP Morgan Chase and PWC in London.
Azka Ghaida is the Air Quality and Climate Research Analyst I at WRI Indonesia. Her main role is to analyze air quality and climate data, provide analysis, and engage with climate stakeholders in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. She also contributes to identifying ways to help mitigate climate change and reduce pollution sources based on scientific data. She works with government institutions, researchers, academicians, the private sector, and the community. Azka is also involved in the Southeast Asian Air Quality Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP brings together professionals, government officials, and stakeholders from Southeast Asian countries to share knowledge, experiences, and challenges related to air quality.
Weihao Zhang is the China Air Quality Program Manager. Weihao is responsible for the management and implementation of air quality program in China and supports the implementation of air quality and climate change program of Clean Air Asia in other Asian countries. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology.
Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana has been affiliated with the Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University as a Senior Specialist in air pollution since 2017. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Thailand Environment Institute, a member of the Senate’s Sub-commission on Environment, the Co-chair of the Advisory Group of Asian Co-benefit Partnership (ACP). He recently serves as the Director of the Hub of Talents on Air Pollution and Climate for the National Research Council of Thailand.
Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana served in the Royal Thai Government more than 30 years. He was the Director General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) for 5 years (2007-2011) in charge of the management of air quality, water quality, solid waste, hazardous waste, and chemicals and environmental law enforcement. He also served as the Coordinator of the Secretariate of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) between 2012-2015 and a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Clean Air and Climate Coalition.
Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana was the first recipient of Honorary Degree from USEPA’s Air Pollution Training Institute. He was also awarded an Asian Air Quality Management Champion from the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities for his efforts to institutionalize air quality management in Thailand and for acting as a role model for air quality management practitioners in cities and countries across Asia. In 2015, he was awarded the EANET Award of Recognition for his long term involvement and contribution to the EANET from the start of the EANET. He also received the 2016 Kong Ha Award for Excellence in Air Quality Management from Clean Air Asia (CAA) as a scientist and practitioner who has worked tirelessly for the past 39 years to improve air quality in Thailand and throughout Asia. In 2019, he received a Role Model on Health Promotion and Environmental Health Award: Expert/Specialist Category from Ministry of Public Health.
Kong Sophal holds the Position of Deputy Director General of the General Department of Land Transport under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia since 2016.
Sophal graduated as a mechanical engineer from a University in Hungary in 1992 and has held various positions within the Ministry of Publics Works and Transport since 1993. His previous job titles include Computer Added Designed (CAD) Specialist for bridge design and
construction, Chief of Road Environment and Traffic Transportation at the Public Works Research Center, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, and before taking the current position, he was a Deputy Director General of the General Department of Planning and Administration, he has also engaged with the GMS and ASEAN Transport Sector collaboration for almost ten years.
Zhaosheng Zhang, doctor of Engineering, is the associate professor of Beijing Institute of Technology, was selected as a famous teacher of ideological and political teaching by the Ministry of Education.
Prof. Zhang’s major research interests include studies on big data analysis of new energy vehicles. He has mainly undertaken 12 national, provincial and ministerial-level projects such as the National Key Research and Development Program Project and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. At present, Prof. Zhang is the author or co-author of 46 academic papers, in addition, his 28 patents have been authorized and 4 monographs published. He has won 7 provincial and ministerial awards, including the first prize of the Ministry of Education's Science and Technology Progress Award and the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Progress Award.
Dr. Jay Slowik is a senior scientist in the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland. His research focuses on the atmospheric sources and processes governing air pollution, including the development of novel instrumentation for organic aerosol analysis, aerosol and gas source apportionment, and laboratory investigations of the emissions and aging of real-world sources. Prior to joining PSI, he received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Boston College (2006) and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto on the composition and cloud nucleating ability of organic aerosols. Dr. Slowik is a recipient of the Schmauss Award from the Gesellschaft für Aersolforschung e.V. (GAeF).
Dr. Xue is a Research Professor from school of the public health, Peking University Health Science Center. He leads a team focusing on air pollution and climate change, their exposure and health impact assessments. Findings from his team contribute to understanding burden of diseases attributable to PM2.5, O3, and wildfire, among the vulnerable subpopulations, particularly, pregnant women and children. The recent works are delivered by high-quality journals, including Lancet Planetary Health, National Science Review, Nature Communications, Science Advances, and eLife. Their scientific investigations aim to maximize health benefits from environmental policies, as well as to minimize the environmental health inequality.
Ye Wu, Professor of School of Environment of Tsinghua University, Vice president of Graduate School of Tsinghua University, ChangJiang Distinguished Professor of Ministry of Education. Prof.Wu also works as the Vice director of Beijing Laboratory of Environmental Frontier Technologies and Chinese member of the Technology Collaboration Programme of Advanced Motor Fuels of International Energy Agency. Prof.Wu has a long history working on environmental issues of road transportation. His research includes characterization and control of vehicle emissions, energy-environment system analysis of new energy and alternative fuel vehicles, integrated control program of transportation pollution. He has been responsible for or participated in the formulation of more than 10 standards and technical guidelines and developed localized vehicle emission model and integrated emission control decision-making system. These continued efforts provided significant technical support in the perspective of both national and regional transformation to low-carbon transportation system and air quality improvement. Prof.Wu has published 5 academic monographs and more than 150 academic papers, and has been authorized more than 20 software copyrights and patents. His work was awarded two Second Prizes of National Scientific and Technological Progress and one First Prize of Natural Science of the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Shaojun Zhang has a B.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University. He is currently appointed as an associate professor at the School of Environment of Tsinghua University. He has more than 10 years of experience in transportation research and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. He has reached more than 5600 citations and an H-index of 41. His expertise focuses on transportation system emissions, including real-world vehicle emissions monitoring, high-resolution modeling of traffic emissions and air quality impacts, environmental impact assessment for electric vehicles and other emerging transportation systems, and aviation emissions and air quality impacts.
Tan Qinwen, Ph.D., professor-level senior engineer, works at Chengdu Academy of Environmental Sciences, mainly engaged in research in the field of atmospheric environment, and has rich research experience in air quality prediction and forecasting, industrial and mobile source pollution prevention and control technology and policy.
HUANG Cheng, doctor degree, senior engineer, awarded as Young top talents by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in China. Now he is the vice director of Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center. He is mainly engaged in the research of regional and urban air pollutant emission and control, and has led and participated in more than 10 national and provincial research projects. The support technology system for joint prevention and control of air pollution in the Yangtze River Delta region constructed by him has made important contributions to the improvement of regional air quality. In recent years, he has led and participated in more than 10 national- and provincial-level research projects, published more than 100 papers in top journals, and won 8 science and technology awards in provincial- and ministerial-level.
Professor Zifa Wang is the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry (LAPC) of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS. His main research areas include atmospheric pollutant transport and deposition, development of chemical transport models, and the theory and methods of air quality forecasting. He has developed China's own full-scale (global-regional-urban) Nested Air Quality Prediction Modeling System (NAQPMS) and co-developed a new atmospheric chemistry data assimilation system. These efforts supported the establishment of a national, regional, provincial, and city-level air quality ensemble model prediction and warning system, which is crucial in the improvement of air quality, especially in maintaining a clear sky during major national events. He co-initiated and led the third and fourth phases of the Model Inter-Comparison Study - Asia Phase III/IV (MICS-Asia III/IV). He is the principal or co-author of 400+ SCI papers with 19000+ citations with a H-index of 69. He is one of the Highly Cited Scientists (Earth Science) by Clarivate Analytics in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Moreover, He has been honored with prestigious awards including the Collective Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Outstanding Scientific and Technological Achievement (Outstanding Contributor, 2011), the National Science and Technology Progress Award (Second Prize, 2017), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Award for Promoting Development through Science and Technology (2022).
Mr. Tatsuya Yanase is working as an Environment and Climate Change Specialist for ADB and the fund manager of the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism, which aims to provide financial incentives for the adoption of advanced low-carbon technologies in ADB projects; and to facilitate the diffusion of leading low-carbon technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure. He has worked with the MOEJ since 2006 where he has held a number of positions, including municipal waste management, and promoting and managing the final waste disposal site project in Fukushima, Deputy Director for Air Environment Division and International Cooperation and Sustainable Infrastructure Office.
Syaharani (Rani) is an environmental lawyer and legal researcher at ICEL. She specializes in environmental governance, climate and energy advocacy and has been involved in drafting climate regulation and policy recommendations and working in initiatives that bring forth climate change into the realms of good environmental and energy governance. Her research also covers the current development of climate law, pioneering research on climate and just transition litigation. Beyond policy reform, Rani also focuses on climate legal capacity building by leading one of ICEL’s premier knowledge portal, I-LEAD, that houses Indonesia’s first environmental case law database as well as environmental law training. Rani has been involved in designing and implementing climate law training for judges, public interest lawyers, and legal academics.
Mr. CAI Jun, Director of Project Coordination and Supervision Division, Department of Atmospheric Environment, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China.
Mr. CAI is mainly engaged in atmospheric environmental management and ultra-low emission retrofitting in key industries such as iron and steel, coking and cement. He has been involved in the air pollution control policy development, such as “Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan”, “Three-Year Action Plan on defending the blue sky”, “Action plan for the elimination of heavily polluted weather”, etc.
Yoko has over 25 years of professional experience working on biodiversity and natural resources management. Prior to joining ADB, she directed the GEF Small Grants Programme as its Global Manager at UNDP in New York. With a budget of over US$1 billion, she strategically managed a global team of 200+ staff, covering 127 countries with 27000 community-led projects on global environmental issues. From 2004-2017, she worked at the Global Environment Facility and held key positions, including Head of Asia Program, Coordinator on Gender and Social Inclusion, and Program Manager on Biodiversity. While at the World Bank, Yoko also served at the Rwanda Country Office and managed its environment portfolio. Prior to that, she worked at the World Wildlife Fund as its Conservation Director in Mongolia and later as a Senior Advisor on Multilateral Relations in Washington DC. She started her development career at JICA in Tokyo, and later at UNDP as Environment Program Officer at Nepal and Mongolia Offices.
Yoko is a Japanese national and holds a master’s degree in international development with a focus on environment management from the American University in Washington DC. During undergraduate, she studied environmental studies and development economics at Aoyama Gakuin University and University of Oregon.
Pawan G. Patil, PhD, Senior Economist, Environment, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice, World Bank is a development banker, Harvard, Oxford, and London School of Economics trained economist, and eco-social entrepreneur. Over 25 years at the World Bank, he’s led pioneering analytic work and investment operations along the poverty-environment nexus in almost all regions of the developing world. His work has been featured in dozens of peer reviewed journals and newspapers, including The Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Huffington Post, Journal of Coastal and Ocean Economics and Nature. He is the recipient of dozens of innovation awards for pioneering approaches to improve millions of lives for good
Karma is the Principal Environment Specialist responsible for managing the Asia Clean Blue Skies Program, ADB’s corporate program on air quality management. She also supports ADB’s work on green infrastructure. She has assessed and managed environment safeguards for infrastructure projects in the transport, urban, agriculture and energy sector for over 19 years. This included over 45 transport projects in the South Asia region. Some of these projects involved highly sensitive ecological issues and gave her the opportunity to initiate innovative (smart/green) solutions in selected road and railway projects such as the Bangladesh: Chittagong – Cox’s Bazar Rail Project. She led the production of two ADB publications on climate proofing transport infrastructure and green infrastructure design for transport projects.
Prior to joining ADB Karma worked for World Wildlife Fund Bhutan and as a freelance consultant in Bhutan and South Asia. Karma is from Bhutan. She has a BSc from Sherubtse College, Bhutan and a Master’s degree in Environment Management from the School of Forestry and Environment Studies, Yale University, US.
1998-2003: Eng. Enviromental Management, HCMC University of Technology
2004-2006: MSc. Urban Environmental Management, Wageningen University
2007-2017: Working for Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (Deputy Director Environmental Protection Fund since 2012)
2017-now: Vice Head of Ho Chi Minh CIty Environmental Protection Agency (HEPA).
Ngo N. N. Thanh is Vice Head at HCMC Environmental Protection Agency. She is responsible for environmental communication and pollution control in Ho Chi Minh City. She is currently assigned by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to implement some strategic plans and action plans of Ho Chi Minh City, which include: HCMC Environmental Pollution Mitigation Program (2020-2030), Air Quality Management (2023-2025, 2025-2030); Environmental education and conmunication program; HCMC Environmental Award; Assessments of environmental permit applications; Annually environmental inspection; Environmental protection for the Rural Development Program…
Mr J. S. Kamyotra is an Environment Expert . He has been the Member Secretary of Central Pollution Control Board, INDIA’s premier Environment decision making body, for 5 years
Mr. Kamyotra has over 40 years experience working in policy formulation, development of environmental standards, establishment of real time monitoring networks in the areas of air quality, water and noise pollution.
Mr. Kamyotra has been a member of various National Policy Planning Committees and various environmental committees constituted by the Honorable Supreme Court of INDIA and the National Green Tribunal. He has a number of publications to his credit He has been the country’s representative in various international conferences and committees focusing on sustainable development in developing countries particulary ASEAN and the SAARC region. He is a member the OECD Committee on Standards Development and Facilitator for Male Declaration. He has travelled widely both in India and abroad, coordinating various European and Canadian bilateral programmes and projects to assess the mitigative technologies available that can be successfully imbibed in developing countries, such as India.
Member Expert Appraisal Committee Industry II, constituted by Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change , Government of India under provision of Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended for clearance of industrial projects at the National level , i.e. Refineries, OII exploration, sugar industries , distilleries, chemicals etc
Team Leader with the Data Qualification Services Consultant (DQSC) to Central Pollution Control Board on the project related to Real Time Water Quality Monitoring Stations established on River Ganga.
Technical Expert (Air Pollution & Administrative Matters) to Punjab State Pollution Control Board and other Organisations .
Piotr is the Co-Founder of Nafas, Indonesia's largest end to end air quality platform focused on making healthy air accessible and affordable. Nafas has combined outdoor air quality data, indoor air quality monitoring and filtration into one fully automated ecosystem to help Indonesian offices, schools, hotels and residences make sure that they have healthy air.
Before Nafas, Piotr was the Chief Marketing Officer at GO-JEK, Indonesia's largest ride-sharing, food-delivery and digital payments platform.
Qiang Zhang is professor at Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from Tsinghua University in 2006. From 2006-2009, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoc. His research interests include development of global and regional emission database, emission mitigation from global infrastructure, regional air pollution and health impact, and co-benefits of air pollution control and GHG mitigation. The emission datasets he developed have been widely used in scientific community. He serves as Science Steering Committee member of GEIA and ScenarioMIP, and co-editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.
Pallavi Pant is Head of Global Health at the Health Effects Institute. She has extensive experience in research and public engagement on air pollution, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Her research has focused on urban air quality, including source apportionment and exposure monitoring and assessment. She holds a Master’s in environmental sciences from TERI School of Advanced Studies, India, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Satomi Sakaguchi is a Transport Specialist under the Railway/Logistics, Transport Sector Group of the Asian Development Bank. She has 10 years of experience in planning and managing transport infrastructure projects such as railways, metros and roads, in the Philippines, Bangladesh and India at ADB and Japan International Cooperation Agency.
She holds an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a B.A in International Relations from International Christian University, Tokyo.
Lingzhi Jin is currently a Senior Researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation. She has years of experience in leading and managing projects supporting the improvement of electric vehicle strategies, energy efficiency and environmental performance of vehicles, and climate impacts of transport policies in North America, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe.
Ms. Jin holds an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University with a focus on Atmosphere and Energy, and a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences with a minor in Finance from Nanjing University (China).
Christian Vollmar is an International Sales Manager of MAHA Maschinenbau Haldenwang GmbH & Co., KG. He is responsible for sales and service networks across Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania, among others. His expertise are in the areas of Key-Account-Management of OEM customers from the automotive industry, monitoring projects such as the setup of testing centers for periodic vehicle inspection, direct sales management of capital goods, and supervision of a sales team with personnel responsibility.
Alvin Mejia is the current Director of Analysis and Impact, Mobility Hub, Urban Living Lab Center at the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI). With over ten years of professional experience, Mejia specializes in energy, sustainable transport, and climate change. He is involved in sustainable transport in developing countries, climate protection and co-benefit analysis for transport initiatives, strategies for sustainable urban development, and other related projects.
He previously worked as a Senior Researcher at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and earned his Master’s degree in Transportation Management from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts in Environmental Management from Miriam College.
Joachim Bergerhoff is the Team Leader of the Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions (SMMR) Project at GFA Consulting Group GmbH. He is an expert in projects involving smart, innovative, and sustainable public transport, freight distribution, urban logistics, non- and low-motorized transport, and renewable energy. He holds a license/master’s degree in Political Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles.
Jagan Shah is a Distinguished Fellow of The Infravision Foundation and a Resident Senior Fellow at Artha Global. He is an architect and urbanist with extensive expertise in urban policy and practice. As the Former Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), he co-conceived and expanded the impact of the Smart Cities Mission, and guided the preparation of the Master Plan for Delhi 2024. As an architect, he led the revitalization of the walled city of Jaipur which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage City.
Shah has been a Trustee of the international NGO Clean Air Asia since 2016 and worked as a Former Consultant for The World Bank in New Delhi.
Enrique “Miko” Cosep plays a key role in the development, implementation and review of Clean Air Asia projects. Miko is a licensed chemist, holding a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines and a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology. His previous work experiences revolved around environmental pollution studies, such as particulate matter research, ESG-based industry performance evaluation, pesticide and wastewater laboratory analysis, and healthcare waste management.
Fatima Yasmin is the Vice-President for Sectors and Themes of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She assumed the position on 1 September 2023.
Ms. Yasmin is responsible for management of the Sectors Group and the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department under ADB’s new operating model.
Ms. Yasmin was the Senior Secretary at the Finance Division of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Finance. She has more than 32 years of broad development experience, including in macroeconomic management, public sector and fiscal policy reform, and trade and poverty reduction in government and international organizations.
ADB’s sector and thematic expertise are consolidated in the two groups under Ms. Yasmin to deliver integrated solutions to clients in accordance with country programs and strengthen ADB’s position as a leader in development knowledge in the region. The sector and thematic groups will launch and lead innovative initiatives to tackle the region’s key development challenges, with a focus on climate change.
Ms. Yasmin holds a master in development economics from Australian National University and a Master of Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, in Bangladesh. She also received a Fellowship in Public Policy and Human Rights under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States.
Bruno Carrasco leads ADB-wide knowledge, innovation, policies, and strategies in all thematic areas. He also oversees the administration of trust funds and global funding initiatives and provides advice to management on strategic, operations, and policy matters. He has over 26 years of experience at ADB. He has also worked for the United Nations Development Program and was on leave from 2000 to 2003 working at the European Central Bank. He holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Essex.
Manoj Sharma is the Director of the Water and Urban Development Sector Office of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), assuming the role on 1 July 2023. He is responsible for supervising the processing and administration of loans and technical assistance to foster livable cities, water security, and climate resilience across the developing member countries of South Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Sharma has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, and is a CFA Charter holder.
He has worked in ADB for over 12 years in different capacities including Chief of the Urban Sector Group under the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department from 2018 to 2023. Before joining ADB, he worked in the Government of India as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). W
ith a career of 32 years, Mr. Sharma has gained extensive experience in the areas of urban development, economic corridors, and livable cities working in many integrated projects and programs within ADB and the Government of India. His leadership has been instrumental in guiding multi-sector teams in the conceptualization and execution of complex and transformational projects, programs, and policies across ADB’s member countries.
Mr. Srinivas Sampath is currently leading the newly created Emerging Business Areas team within the Water and Urban Development Sector Office of Asian Development Bank. He is an infrastructure and investment banking executive with over 29 years of experience in structuring and developing infrastructure assets and delivering public-private partnership transactions. He has extensive transaction experience in the Transport, Energy, Social and Municipal Infrastructure sectors. He started ADB’s PPP transaction advisory business in 2011, and later became one of the founding members of the Office of Public-Private Partnership in 2014. Srinivas has worked with public and private sector clients in over 40 countries in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Asia-Pacific. He obtained his PhD in Economics from UCL in the UK, and he also holds two Masters’ degrees in Urban Planning and Geography.
With more than 15 years of experience in energy efficiency, climate resilience, and decarbonisation, Ashu leads the technical development efforts for LEED for Cities and Communities certification and lends client solutions support to APAC and MENA region. Ashu has supported more than 50 cities and communities across the globe in their journey towards zero emissions, and resource efficiency. Education, and outreach in quality of life, greenhouse gas emissions inventorying, and energy efficiency at different levels in a city are integral to her work.
Previously, she had worked in the field of green buildings, research, and academia, where she focused on mandating the compliance of Energy Conservation Building Code in the state of Rajasthan, and conceptualized BIPV integrated shading devices under a U.S.– India joint project.
Vidyut Mohan is the co-founder and CEO of Takachar, a social enterprise enabling farmers to prevent open burning of their waste farm residues and earn extra income by converting the residues into value-added chemicals like activated carbon on-site. Passionate about energy access and supporting rural livelihoods, Vidyut became interested in biomass-based energy/chemical development due to its untapped potential and close association with farmers. After initial exploration and research for his master’s thesis at TU Delft, he returned to India to work with village communities in the Himalayas to convert pine needle waste into a marketable charcoal-based product. This work led him to discover a way to dramatically scale farm residue utilization through technology, as well as to support farm-based livelihoods—which led to the formation of Takachar. In the past he worked with Simpa Networks, where he developed Pay-as-you-go solar home systems for rural households in India. Vidyut is an Echoing Green Fellow, UNEP Young Champion of the Earth awradee and Breakthrough Energy Fellow. Takachar received the Earthshot Prize in 2021 for the 'Clean our Air' category and the Milestone award in the X-Prize for carbon removal.
Dr Vasoontara Sbirakos Yiengprugsawan is a Senior Universal Health Coverage Specialist (Service Delivery) within the ADB Health Practice Team, Human and Social Development Office, Sectors Group. Her current focus is on health systems strengthening especially on primary health care and management of chronic non-communicable diseases including mental health. Prior to ADB, she held various senior health research positions in Australia, a World Health Organization’s Fellowship with the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and in policy with a UN Migration Agency in Geneva. Dr Yiengprugsawan was awarded a PhD in Epidemiology, Economics and Population Health from the Australian National University, and an MA in International Development from Syracuse University USA.
Dr. Leonor Tarrasón is research director for environmental solutions at NILU. She has 30 years of experience in shaping environmental policies in Europe and a PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Oslo, Norway. She has contributed to the development and implementation of various tools and participatory processes to provide information and knowledge to the science-policy interface both in a Norwegian, European and international context. Among other things, she has contributed to the design of the EU's current air quality regulations and the new revision of the zero emissions policy and has previously supported the design of the Gothenburg Protocol under the UN Convention on Long-Range Air Pollution. She currently works strategically with the European Commission (DG-ENV and DG-DEFIS) to promote the usefulness of research for policy makers, innovation financers, industry and business, specifically through user intelligence processes in the Copernicus programme. Tarrasón is a board member of a number of professional networks (FAIRMODE; GEIA) where her role is to strengthen their work for policy design. She is currently a member of the scientific committee for the European Environment Agency (EEA) where she actively participates in the preparation of strategic reports for policy-making under the EU's Foresight. She was chosen as a member of the EU's Mission Assembly for climate-neutral and smart cities and is member of the board of Clen Air Asia.
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT 2015 − Current
International Cooperation Specialist, Climate and Air Quality Policy Bureau
- Organized international meetings, workshops, capacity building programs, and events including:
- Korea-OECD Joint Workshop on Climate-Air Quality Modeling & Policy Scenario Research (2023);
- Korea-China -Japan Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution (2015, 2018, 2021, 2023);
- Korea-Japan Bilateral PM2.5 Cooperation Meeting (2015-2019, 2022); and
- Korea-UNEP Joint Project on Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Clean Air (2022)
- Participated as the Korean delegation to intergovernmental meetings in climate agenda including UNFCCC, UNEA, and UN General Assembly.
- Participated in decision-making processes in formulating governance, policies, countermeasures, national strategies related to climate and air quality issues
- Collected and analyzed scientific evidence and numeric data and conducted cases studies and evaluated lessons-learnt from practices of other countries to support policy decision-making
- Played a liaison role between the Korean government and international organizations, academia, industries, and other stakeholders in the field of environment
- Prepared and responded to intergovernmental meeting agenda and drafted, reviewed and finalized legal documentation (MOU, agreement, letters, policy reports, etc.)
- Designed, planned, and implemented the financial portfolio for international cooperation projects of the Bureau
Bauhaus-University, Weimar, Germany Sep 2010 – Sep 2012
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in European Urban Studies
Specialized in Climate Change and Sustainable Urban Development
KOREA UNIVERSITY, Seoul, Korea Mar 2007 – Feb 2010
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering
- Sojung You (2012) “Plan for Green Urban Infrastructure by Climate Change : Consideration of green infrastructure of Seoul through rethinking Cheonggye stream restoration project” (Master’s thesis)
- United Nations Environment Programme (2023) “Achieving clean air for blue skies in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi" (Reviewer)
- Minister of Foreign Affairs Award (2021)
- Certificate of International Visitor’s Leadership Program, U.S., State Department (12 May – 3 June 2018)
- Minister of Environment Award (2017)
- Certificate of Korea University-Macquarie University Translating & Interpreting Program (2018)
- French (Intermediate, Total 180 hrs), Institute de Catholique Paris, France (Feb – June 2014)
- French (Intermediate, one full semester) Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France (1st Semester, 2014 – 2015)
- High computer software application literacy (Microsoft word, excel, and power point)
- Skilled in organizing and operating online meeting platforms (Zoom, Teams, Webex, etc.)
Susann leads ADB’s knowledge management and innovation plan. She developed ADB’s first futures and foresight program and she has designed ADB’s first technology innovation challenge. Before this role, Susann co-led the preparation of ADB’s new Operational Plan for Health. She also managed several ADB trust funds, which piloted innovative health sector interventions for regional health security and pandemic preparedness. Susann launched the first ADB health bond, developed a digital health flagship program and championed health impact assessment across sectors. Susann also led the ADB-UNDP-ESCAP partnership during the preparation of the SDGs. She joined ADB in 2009 as Social Development Specialist in Central and West Asia, where she worked on social development issues across all sectors.
Susann, a German national, holds a Medical Doctor degree and a PhD in medical science from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and a Master of Public Health and Policy from the University of the Philippines. She has been trained in transplant and general surgery, and emergency medicine in Germany and the US (Baylor College, Duke University, University of Washington and University of Heidelberg) and is board certified in emergency medicine. She also attended a fellowship program in dermatology and tropical medicine in the Philippines and joined post-graduate courses in adult medical education and didactics, which she applied to support the reform of Germany’s medical curriculum at the University of Heidelberg. She has worked in public and private sector before joining ADB, where she led transformation projects, and she served as Adjunct Professor at LKY School of Public Policy in Singapore from 2016-2018. The World Health Organization invited Susann to their external technical advisory group for innovation and digital health in 2019 for a term of two years. She is trained in futures strategic thinking and foresight techniques, and in change and knowledge management.
Lin Lu, a national of the People’s Republic of China, holds a Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, from Drexel University and Temple University, USA, respectively. She also holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Thermal Energy Engineering from Northeastern University and University of Science and Technology of Beijing, respectively, in the People’s Republic of China.
Lin Lu has more than 20 years of professional experience, including 12 years in ADB. She joined ADB as an Energy Specialist and has held increasingly responsible positions. Prior to joining ADB, she worked as a Business Development Manager with HollySys Asia Pacific in Singapore/Philippines; was an Electrical Engineer in MDCI Automation; and was a System Engineer in Scientific Products & Systems in the United States.
Lin Lu was the team leader for the first and the largest air quality improvement program in ADB: Air Quality Improvement in the Greater Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei Region. She has extensive experience in thermal power, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green transport, clean heating and cooling, and air quality improvement. She has led policy dialogues and has provided technical advice on energy development to governments.
Alu is the Department of Finance’s spokesperson and Undersecretary handling the Climate Finance Policy Group, Information Management Service, and Political & Legislative Liaison Group.
She is currently the permanent representative of the Chair to the People’s Survival Fund and Head of its Secretariat. Alu is also the Alternate Board Member of the Green Climate Fund Board. She is likewise the Sherpa and representative of the Philippines to the Coalition of the Finance Ministers for Climate Action (CFMCA) and Vulnerable 20(V20) Group of Finance Ministers.
Prior to joining the economic team, Alu served as chief legal counsel and policy head in the Office of Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and the Office of Senate President Juan Miguel F. Zubiri. She co-wrote and closely supervised the passage of landmark measures, including the Revised Corporation Code, Bangsamoro Organic Law, concurrence to the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, and amendments to the Public Service Act and Retail Trade Liberalization Law.
While Alu began her career as a corporate law associate at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos, one of the Philippines’ leading firms specializing in corporate law and special projects, she has spent most of her career in government service. She also served as spokesperson of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and permanent representative to the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Presidential Cabinet Cluster, and convenor in a number of solid waste, urban renewal, traffic and international relations programs. Alu was likewise a member of the Boards of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and served as board secretary of the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
She is a professor of Political Law Review, Constitutional Law I, and Comparative Environmental Law at the Ateneo Law School.
Alu graduated from the Ateneo Law School and obtained her Master of Laws in Energy and Environment from Tulane Law School as a Harry F. Stiles awardee. She is a member of the Philippine and New York State Bar associations.
Dana Pillai is the Executive Director of the SCS Global Registry, a climate registry with an emphasis on climate mitigation efforts with the potential for large scale reductions in radiative forcing. His first project is the reduction of black carbon emissions from brick kilns in Asia.
Before taking this position, Mr. Pillai was the head of R&D at Delos, where he led the creation of the WELL Building Standard. He was also Executive Director of the Well Living Lab, exploring the relationship between building operations with occupant health. Earlier, he was at the Earth Institute where he worked on the implementation of Millennium Development Goals in 10 African countries. He has a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, the University of Moratuwa; and a Chartered Engineer. He obtained the BSc Engineering Degree from University of Moratuwa and PhD from University of Cambridge. He served as the Director General of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority from 2011 to 2015. He has served several national level committees; and involved with development of policies, regulations and action plans related to Energy, Industry and Transport sectors, particularly Environment Management and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change Mitigation and has been involved with several national level interventions including development of Policy & Strategy on Sustainable Development, National Environment Action Plan, Nationally Determined Contributions, Emission Standards for Vehicles and Stationary Sources. Presently, he is involved with the Revising Stationary Sources Emission Standards, Implementation of Vehicle Emission Testing Programme, and development of Climate-Smart Green Growth Strategy for Sri Lanka.
Dr. K. S. Jayachandran, is working as Special Secretary (Environment & Forests) in Govt. of NCT of Delhi as well as Member Secretary of Delhi Pollution Control Committee in India.
He is a member of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) 2006 batch and holds a doctorate degree in Post Harvest technology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and a PG Diploma in Environmental Law from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru.
He has earlier served as Deputy Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, he managed the e Courts Project, which has been consistently amongst the top three Mission Mode projects of the country in terms of number of electronic transactions.
Also, he has served the Directorate of Forest Education, Government of India at Eastern Forest Rangers College, Kurseong near Darjeeling West Bengal and the Central Academy for State Forest Service (CASFOS), Dehradun building capacities of forestry professionals and other stakeholders in managing forests, reforesting, devising livelihood enhancement strategies, mobilizing communities and building institutions for natural resource management.
Tanmay Tathagat is Director of the organisation Environmental Design Solutions [EDS]. He has a background of architecture and engineering. Over the last 30 years, he has worked on issues of climate change mitigation and sustainable development, building energy efficiency, indoor air quality, green buildings, and standards and labeling in Asia, Africa and the US.
Tanmay leads the EDS team of multidisciplinary professionals working on projects that embody sustainable solutions for the built environment, designing buildings and communities, which are contextual, climate responsive, and focus on comfort and well-being of the occupants, while ensuring the least possible environmental footprint.
Tanmay’s work ranges from global and national scale for developing and implementing policies such as the Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC), Energy Efficiency Labeling program, Green Finance and Mortgages, to integrated building design, construction, and operation. He has supported leading global firms on their journey towards sustainability, setting the benchmark for low environmental impact. Tanmay is a part of the several initiatives on decarbonization at the global and national levels.
Jasmine Bourne is Economic and Climate Counsellor at the British Embassy Manila. Her previous positions include working for the British High Commission New Delhi, working as a Private Secretary for the Chief Operating Officer for the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, and roles in Multilateral and Economic Development policy and programmes.
Dr Bhupesh Adhikary works at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as Senior Air Quality Specialist and currently is also serving as the interim action area coordinator for one of the six ICIMOD action areas - Stimulating Action for Clean Air. Academically, he has earned a BA in Economics from the College of Wooster, USA and a B.S.E., MS, PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa, USA.
Bhupesh is primarily working on the science and mitigation aspects of air pollution in the Hindukush Himalaya (HKH) region using air quality models, in-situ, and satellite based observations, with a focus on building capability of ICIMOD regional member country partners and lobbying for evidence based policy making in the region. Recently, Bhupesh also contributed to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC Working Group I (WGI) chapter on Short lived Climate Forcers as a Lead Author and the author of the WG I Technical Summary report. Prior to ICIMOD, he worked for the EvK2CNR Committee, Italy as their resident scientific coordinator in Nepal. Bhupesh also worked at Kathmandu University as an assistant professor for several years teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
DAMAYANTI RATUNANDA ST. MEngSc. is a deputy director for complaints, compliance and administrative sanction, Director General of Law Enforcement for Environment and Forestry at Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia. She is responsible to coordinating environmental inspectors to increase compliannce level in all over Indonesia. Since 2015, she works as a program manager and has initiated programs focusing on the development of DG Law enforcement. Having 30 years of experience on environmental sector, her work focus on environmental financing, inspection, investigation, planning, and bilateral cooperation. She received her bachelor degree from Bandung Institute of Technology majoring in environmental engineer and masters degree form Melbourne University.
Zhao Jianzhi is the Deputy Director of the Department of Atmospheric Ecology at the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Ecology and Environment. He holds a PhD degree Environmental Engineering. His primary responsibility revolves around the prevention and control of various forms of pollution in Shanghai, encompassing air pollution, as well as addressing issues related to noise, light, and fossil energy pollution. He plays a crucial role in developing and implementing policies, regulations, and strategies to address the adverse environmental impacts associated with these areas. Specifically for air quality management, he coordinates the development and implementation of Shanghai action plans for cleaner air. In addition, he fosters initiatives and collaborations aimed at preventing and mitigating air pollution across a wide spectrum of sectors, encompassing energy, industry, transportation, construction, agriculture, and daily activities.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Nguyet Anh is the Deputy Director of Northern Center for Environmental Monitoring (NCEM) of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). She has a Bachelor’s degree on Environmental Science from University of Science, an Engineering degree on Information Technology from Le Quy Don Technical University, and a Master’s degree on Climate Change, from Hanoi National University. She has 25 years of experience in the field of environmental management. She specializes in environmental monitoring, data management, especially air quality. Mrs. Anh has directed and conducted many studies, projects and programmes on monitoring and assessing environmental quality, as well as air quality management and forecasting. She also published several international papers on emission inventory, source apportionment and air pollution, and is a member of environmental monitoring and clean air networks for Asia and Pacific regions.
Graduate of BS Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University - Manila.
Has been with the DENR - EMB since 2016.
Currently assigned as Engineer II of the Air Quality Management Section and serves as the Sampling Assessment Team (SAT) secretariat. He handles concerns regarding stationary sources, planning, and policy formulation concerns of the Section
Mayor Joy Belmonte is the first elected woman Mayor of Quezon City, the largest city in Metro Manila. She previously served as the vice mayor from 2010 to 2019. In her last two terms, the Quezon City Council was regarded as the most outstanding local legislative body in the Philippines. Upon her assumption to office as mayor in 2019, she advocated for the protection of women, children and the LGBTQIA+, climate action and inclusive economic empowerment, among others. To date, the city government has garnered more than 200 local and international awards and recognitions, including the highly-coveted three consecutive unmodified opinions from the Commission on Audit. She has been chosen as the regional winner of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award from the Civil Service Commission - National Capital Region. Recently, she received back to back recognition for her unwavering commitment to environment sustainability. She was bestowed with the Resilience Champion by the National Resilience Council for her programs for the environment and disaster resilience. Meanwhile, the United Nations Environment Programme named her as one of the Champions of the Earth, the highest recognition given by the UN to individuals and organizations that pursue environmental programs and initiatives. She espouses servant leadership, good and participatory governance, and data-driven decision making. She is one of the lead convenors of the Mayors for Good Governance.
Dr. Tran Dai Nghia is the head of the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Economic Studies, the head Climate Change and REDD+ research group at IPSARD, a member of the NDC and NAP taskforce and also also the head of technical advisory group to the COP 26 implementation taskforce and an advisor for the sustainable, responsible and transparent trasformation of food system and agricultural carbon market within MARD; leading the process of development of MRV tools and GHG inventory guidelines for AFOLU sector.
Marcus, a German national, joined GCF as Senior Urban Sector Specialist
Marcus has more than 15+ years of experience in urban development, gained in local, national and international organizations. He is joining us from the African Development Bank (AfDB), where he was working in the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department as the coordinator of the Bank’s Urban and Municipal Development Fund. Prior experiences include working at UN-Habitat in the cities and climate change team; working at the German Development Agency -GIZ- as an advisor for sustainable urban development in Guatemala and Malawi. He started his career as a Junior Program Manager at United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
Education: Marcus holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Berlin. He speaks German, English, Spanish and a little French.
Amelia Murphy is the Deputy Director of the India Program at IGSD. In addition to her role at IGSD, Amelia is a Board Director at the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), and co-chairs the joint IGSD-CEDHA youth initiative, Fast Action on Climate to Ensure Intergenerational Justice. Amelia has been working to advance environmental and climate justice through fast mitigation solutions at the subnational, national, and international level for over 6 years in various roles at IGSD, CHRE, and in local government in the US.
Manjyot is responsible for driving and delivering the Hub’s methane mitigation strategy and projects across high impact sectors and geographies in Asia that bring direct socio-economic benefits to countries and communities. Formely, Manjyot worked at various international organizations and think-tanks including the World Wildlife Fund-US, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). At the WWF, she co-launched and managed one of the largest multi-stakeholder climate coalitions, called the “Alliances for Climate Action,” across Asia and Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Americas with over 6000 subnational and local governments, private sector, academia, and civil society organizations committed to 1.5c aligned climate targets that support national governments in the delivery of the Paris Agreement.
Manjyot is also a member of the Expert Peer Review Group of the UN Race to Zero Campaign and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.
She received her BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; a MS in Sustainability from the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from American University, Washington, DC.
Patrick Aquino has a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Ateneo de Manila University, a Juris Doctor from Far Eastern University, and an M.S. in Business Administration and Management. He is currently the director of the Energy Utilization and Management Bureau for the Department of Energy Philippines, with over 10 years of experience in the energy sector. He was assigned in 2017 as head of the Energy Policy and Planning Bureau, where he urged for the implementation of the Energy Investment Coordinating Council and the Energy Resiliency Policy. He was also assigned to facilitate the implementation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Act, which ensures a secure, sufficient, and stable energy supply for Filipinos.
Aditya Mahalana is a graduate of Universitaet Leipzig in Germany with an M.S. in Sustainable Development, focusing on sustainable urban and regional planning. He is a Senior Researcher of the International Council for Clean Transportation with more than 15 years of experience in the field of urban sustainability, climate change mitigation, and transport and energy. He co-authored various research publications for the transport sector, including Vietnam fuel efficiency, ASEAN soot-free vehicles, and emission standards and fuel quality. His expertise in air pollution includes familiarity with emission inventory databases, air pollution modeling tools, and GHG impact analyses of policy interventions. Currently, he is the co-cluster coordinator for the EV Batteries and Cost Parity cluster of the ICCT.
Yudi Prabangkara studied in Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) with a degree in Geology Engineering. He also went to MINES ParisTech where he completed his graduate studies. He is now the director for Supporting Industry for Infrastracture Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investement Affairs in Indonesia. With over 30 years of experience in the industry and with his vast knowledge on mineral resource technology and energy policy, he has developed and implemented policies regarding Indonesia’s mining and energy sectors.
Bhushan Tuladhar is the Chief of Party for USAID Clean Air led by FHI 360. He has a Masters’ degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and has worked for various government and non-government organizations for 30 years, mainly on urban environmental issues such as air pollution, solid waste management, sanitation and climate change in the US, Nepal and South Asia.
Before joining FHI 360, Bhushan served as the CEO and as a Board member of Sajha Yatayat, a public transport cooperative in Nepal, where he initiated the process of introducing electric buses, digitization and fleet management.
Prior to that from 2011 to 2017, he served as the Chief Technical Advisor South Asia for UN-Habitat where he led projects on water and sanitation and air quality management. He has also led national NGOs such as Clean Energy Nepal and Environment and Public Health Organization as Executive Director and Chairperson.
Shuji Kimura has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo and an M.S. in Transport Economics from University of California, Irvine. He has 25 years of experience in transport policy and planning, particularly for the public sector. Prior to working for the Asian Development Bank, Mr. Kimura worked for Japan’s Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. He is currently a project officer in ADB and has administered ADB’s transport projects. He is implementing the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, which includes electric bus deployment that is co-financed with the Green Climate Fund.
Sri Kumar Tadimalla is a member of the World Bank’s Transport Global Practice. He is currently serving as a Senior Transport Specialist in the Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Transport Team, supporting the transport program across Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Over the past two-and-a-half decades, Sri contributed to several key policies and strategic plans and programs across multiple transport sub-sectors including highways, rural roads, urban transport, civil aviation and ports. He prepared and implemented several complex lending projects, and analytical and capacity building activities.
Sri’s passion lies in improving the level and quality of infrastructure services through harnessing private sector efficiencies. He introduced and successfully implemented an innovative contracting structure – Hybrid/Modified Annuity Model – that has been widely replicated in India, in the highway sector and beyond. Sri is currently interested in helping the governments achieve a rapid, impactful, and sustainable transformation in urban mobility, with particular focus on achieving reliable, affordable, safe and climate-friendly public transport.
Dr. Akarin Suwannarat has an M.S. in Energy Engineering and Management from Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and a Ph.D. in Electrical Power Engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark. Currently appointed as the Executive Vice President of Energy Absolute, Dr. Akarin has developed business strategies for EV, ESS, energy trading platforms, and renewable power projects. He has also led the operation and maintenance activities for solar PV and wind power plants. Dr. Akarin has worked on several projects that have led to improvements, specifically in the development, construction, and O&M phases for thermal and renewable power projects.
Dr. Mikiko Kainuma is a senior research advisor of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), an Honorary Research Fellow of National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and a Secretary General of Leveraging a Carbon Neutral Society Strategic Research Network (LCS-RNet). Since 1990, she has developed the Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM), which assesses policy options for stabilizing the global climate, particularly in the Asian-Pacific region with researchers at NIES, Kyoto University and several institutes in Asia. Dr. Kainuma is one of the co-founders of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC). She contributed to the IPCC as a LA in AR4, AR5 and SR1.5. She is a CLA of UNEP Global Environment Outlook 6. She received the Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award (1994), Remarkable Contribution to Science and Technology 2010: NISTEP (2010), Academic Award by the Society of Environmental Science, Japan (2011) and Lifetime Achievement Award from IAMC (2022).
Dr. Hatakeyama is the Director General of Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP), which is the Network Center of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET). He was a Research Scientist at National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan from 1979 to 2007 and was Professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology from 2007 to 2016. In both the places he engaged in research on atmospheric chemistry. In the early stages he conducted experiments on atmospheric chemical reactions by use of a large smog chamber, but in the later stages he mainly focused on observations of air pollutants. Particularly, air pollution transported long-range from East Asia was his main target. He carried out observations of gaseous pollutants and analyses of chemical composition of aerosols by aerial and ground-based observations. After retiring from university, he has been engaged in work that provides an overview of air pollution in Japan and East Asia, as well as work that supervises research funds related to environmental research in Japan.
Ms. Erdenetuya Darinchuluun is the Director’s Advisor for Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Marshal Islands, Pakistan, Philippines and Timor-Leste at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Prior to joining the ADB, she was an Advisor for ODA Policy and Acting Division Director under the Development Financing Department of the Ministry of Finance. She has about 15+ years of experience in developing policy and project management, particularly in critical minerals.
Specialization is in Manufacturing Engineering and has been active in Production Processes. The past 33 years has been devoted to the Automotive Industry, from Car Radio Speakers, Air conditioning, Seatbelts and electric-Vehicle Assembly.
Other businesses involves on Systems design and Installation of Electric Solar Panels for roof top installations, Motorcycle Dealerships, and Distributorship of Dong Feng vehicles in the Philippines.
Currently is the President of Philippine Parts Maker Association (PPMA), whose objective is to promote local Parts manufacturing thru the localization activities of Car Assemblers and market our products to foreign countries.
Have been involved in the different Government projects under the Motor Vehicle Development Program and has been a delegate to several International APEC Forums. Likewise in the areas of Electric Vehicles, where he is the President of Philippine Electric Vehicle Inc., assembler of electric-Jeep and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines.
Joy Amor Bailey is an Urban Climate Change Resilience Specialist with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) - administered Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) which supports cities in eight countries by improving urban planning, designing climate-resilient infrastructure, and investing in projects and people. She is involved in a diverse range of projects including those on water supply and sanitation, flood forecasting, and early warning systems, coastal management, air quality improvement, e-mobility, post-disaster reconstruction, microfinance, disaster risk financing, and community-led projects. Prior to joining UCCRTF, Joy has worked in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific regions on climate change adaptation and mitigation, project preparation and implementation, stakeholders’ engagement, capacity development, and environmental and social safeguards.
Her previous assignments included those funded through ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), Clean Air Asia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, European Commission, Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), and the German International Cooperation (GIZ).
Joy is a chartered urban planner, and in 2008 earned her MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Raden Bonnyswara, the Deputy Director for Sea Transportation at the Ministry of National Development Planning, is a distinguished professional with a Master's degree in Logistic Information Technology from Pusan National University, South Korea (2012), and a background in Transportation Management from Trisakti School (2002). With extensive experience, including roles as Senior Planner and Project Manager for key initiatives, Dr. Bonnyswara is a dynamic leader shaping the future of marine transportation and infrastructure development.
Mr. Sung Ho Jung, the Head of the Carbon Neutral Business Department, a seasoned professional with a strong academic foundation. Mr. Jung holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, earned in 2010 from Korea Maritime&Ocean University, where he also completed his Master's (2000) and obtained his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering (2006). With a distinguished career, Mr. Jung has served as a Naval Facility Officer from 1996 to 2002, worked with the Korea Environment Corporation from 2002 to 2004, and has been a key contributor to the Busan Port Authority since 2004. His expertise and leadership play a pivotal role in shaping carbon-neutral initiatives within the business department.
Ms. Mayuree Deeroop, is an Environmental Technical Officer at the Port Authority of Thailand. With a focus on environmental stewardship, Ms. Deeroop is instrumental in developing and implementing strategies, goals, and key performance indicators for state enterprise planning. Her role involves championing green processes and standards, offering technical expertise to enhance environmental performance efficiency, and fostering a culture of sustainability and environmental consciousness within the organization. Ms. Deeroop is a dedicated advocate for responsible environmental practices at the forefront of the Port Authority's initiatives.
Mr. Niño Paolo M. Biscocho, is the Division Manager of the Safety and Environmental Management Division within the Port Operations and Services Department at the Philippine Ports Authority. With a distinguished career spanning various safety roles, Mr. Biscocho has been at the forefront of safety management since 2015. Holding a Master of Business Administration from the Philippine Women’s University and a Master of Public Administration from the Philippine Christian University, Mr. Biscocho brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to his current role, driving safety and environmental initiatives at the Philippine Ports Authority.
Mr Rituraj Misra is a Civil Servant currently working as Deputy Secretary, Ports Division in Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. He is looking after thr country's major ports and one international port (Chabahar, Iran). He is also an acting Board member of India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone in Iran.
He has completed B Tech and Mtech in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has also done Master’s in Public Administration from National University of Singapore as full bright scholar.
Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur is a senior research analyst at MIMA – national government policy research institute to look into matters relating to Malaysia’s interests at sea, and to serve as a national focal point for research in the maritime sector.
Specialises in ‘green’ maritime practices, among others. Previously headed the Environment Division at MIMA, before moving on to focusing on the multiple research opportunities in the Straits of Malacca, as a vital sea-lane of communication with strategic maritime interests.
Completed MSc in Marine Science, Policy and Law from the University of Southampton UK, BSc (Hons.) Marine Biology from University Malaysia Terengganu, and Diploma in Multilateral Environmental Agreements from the University of Eastern Finland.
Dr. Leila Niamir is a research scholar at the Energy, Climate, and Environment Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. She is a computational economist working on energy and climate change mitigation. Her research focus is on behavioral and lifestyle changes, equitable urban development, and wellbeing.
Shinichiro Fujimori is a professor at Kyoto University, Department of Environmental Engineering. He is also a visiting researcher at NIES and in Energy program at IIASA. Dr. Fujimori’s main fields of scientific interest include integrated assessment modeling in climate change mitigation as well as its impact and adaptation. Furthermore, his model representation covers broader sense of global social/environmental issues and their assessments such as poverty, food security, and biodiversity. Ultimately, his research aims to inform national and global environmental policies. Dr. Fujimori is involved in development of AIM (Asian-Pacific Integrated Model) and the future emissions, energy, economy and land-use scenarios are widely used by the climate research community. He is listed as highly cited researchers in 2019, 2020 and 2021 by Clarivate for top 1% researchers in the research field and the top of Japanese researchers in Reuter’s Hot list of most influential climate scientists. Dr. Fujimori received his doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the Kyoto University (Japan), graduate school of Engineering in 2009, following the completion of an MSc and BSc in the same institution.
Zbigniew Klimont is a Research Group Leader of the Pollution Management group in the Energy, Climate and Environment program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He is also the head of the Centre for Integrated Assessment Modeleling (CIAM) under the UNECE LRTAP Convention. He has a degree in environmental engineering and has been working on the development and assessment of regional and global emissions of various air pollutants and the mid-term scenarios. Zbigniew leads the development of GAINS modules to estimate emissions and control costs of reducing emissions of several pollutants. IIASA’s integrated assessment framework GAINS (Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies) explores the synergies and trade-offs between the control of local and regional air pollution and the mitigation of global greenhouse gas emissions. GAINS has been also used in assessment of short-lived climate forces (SLCF) mitigation potential and contribution to development of air pollution storylines for the Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP) used in the IPCC work and beyond. Zbigniew has authored and co-authored over a 140 peer reviewed papers, was a contributing author to the IPCC WGI AR5, a lead author of the IPPC WGI AR6 and a contributing author to WGIII, and was appointed as a member of Editorial Board of the IPCC Emission Factor Database for 4 years (2021-2024).
Dr. Satoshi Kojima is Programme Director of Kansai Research Centre and Principal Researcher at Climate Change and Energy Unit at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). He joined IGES in 2005 and has conducted various quantitative policy impact assessments using computable general equilibrium models and he has led research projects on sustainable development policy including sustainable resource policies and carbon pricing policies with a focus on carbon taxes. From 2019 to 2022 he lead the 1.5°C Lifestyle Project, which was implemented in six countries including India and Japan. Dr. Kojima studied environmental economics at the University of York in UK and received a Ph.D. in 2005. Before he studied in UK he worked as a development consultant, engaged in water and environment related ODA projects in several countries including Indonesia and Honduras, after obtaining Master of Engineering from University of Tokyo in 1994.
Ms. Andrea Villaroman currenty heads the Quezon City Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department. A graduate of Environmental Planning from Miriam College, she has more than 20 years of experience in the field of environmental management and sustainability. Ms. Villaroman spearheads the implementation of the priority actions outlined in the Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan. Her role also includes directly overseeing the City's commitments to C40 Cities and other international organizations advocating for climate justice.
Dan Hooke works in climate impacts research at IIASA, in Austria. He has a professional background data visualization and science communication and holds an MSc in Climate Change from UCL.
Eric Zusman is a senior policy researcher/area leader at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies in Hayama, Japan. Dr. Zusman holds a bachelors degree in Mandarin Chinese from Rutgers University, a dual Masters Degree in public policy and Asian studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. For much of the past two decades he has conducted research on environmental issues in Asia. This has included working with China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission, the Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Science, Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum as well as Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. He has published books and articles on water scarcity, air pollution regulation, environmental law, multilevel governance, sustainability transitions, low carbon development and the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a lead author for the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Chapter 17).
Currently, he is working on CITIIS-Program in the NIUA. Prior to joining NIUA, he has worked in the Directorate of Green India Mission, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). He has also worked on World Bank, ADB, GIZ, AFD, National and State funded projects in India related to water resource, infrastructure, waste management, agriculture, monitoring & evaluation and climate change. He published several research articles and policies on Modelling of Environment, Climate and Air pollution.
After more than fifteen years' experience in the field of energy, environment and health at various sectors ranging from consulting firm to UNDP, JICA, and international NGOs in developing countries in Asia and Caribbean regions, Ms. Hayashi joined IGES in 2020 as a programme manager, strongly involved in the development of integrated solid waste management in Asia by incorporating local capacity and context with the focus on circular economy and resource efficiency.
Yan Jianlai is an expert with rich experience in the automotive industry. He is the former director of the Parts Department of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers and editor-in-chief of the "Automobile News." Currently, he is the Secretary-General for Specified Affairs of the China Association of Automotive Engineering, the deputy secretary-general of the Intelligent Manufacturing Consortium of the China Association for Science and Technology, the chairman of the China Automotive Vocational Education Group, and the executive director of the Organizing Committee of the China University Student Formula One Car Competition.
Dr.Jose Bienvenido Manuel M. Biona is currently the Executive Director of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines and a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering of De La Salle University. He is also the founding and current Executive Director of the Enrique Razon Jr. Logistics Institute of the same university. He is also member of the board of various clean transport start-ups. He has spearheaded various aspects of sustainable mobility and e-Mobility initiatives ranging from program and policy development, technology and standards development, and partnership and capacity building in various countries supporting programs of national governments and international organizations including World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, USIAD, GIZ, Clean Asia and GGGI among others. More specifically, he has been extensively involved in providing support for the crafting of the EVIDA and CREVI, a member of the Technical Committee on Electric Vehicles or TC 89 of DTI-BPS and is also currently leading the team supporting the crafting of the e-mobility regulatory framework for Laos including the vehicle type approval and certification and annual electric vehicle inspection system.