English MC at 12th Asia Smart City Conference

I am honored to be the English MC of the Asia Smart Cities Conference again this year. The main theme for this year is “Asian Cities together towards Zero Carbon”.

This year’s conference was held in a hybrid format. Participants from all over Asia gathered at Pacifico Yokohama. UN agencies such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank, government officials and city officials from Asian countries had sessions on SDGs, Sustanable Development Goals.

At the first session of “City Management for Achieving Carbon Neutrality“, I shared views with
-Satoshi Ishii
Director, Strategy and Partnership, Water and Urban Development, Asian Development Bank
-Joy Blessilda Sinay
Capacity Building and Training Economist, Asian Development Bank Institute
-Giorgio Ebanoidze
Project Officer, Tbilisi Development Fund
-Zairil Khir Johari
Penang State Executive Councilor for Infrastructure, Transport and Digital (CIC project city)
-Joseph Michael Espina
Civil Engineer Environmental Planner, City Planning and Development Coordinator,Cebu, Philippines
-Yuya Shibuya
Associate Professor, Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo
-Yoshiyuki Yamamoto
Environmental Energy Division, Environmental Planning Bureau,City of Yokohama

The second session was “Designing Livable and Thriving Cities” and I was there with
-Christopher Pablo
Senior Urban Specialist and TDLC Team Lead, World Bank – Tokyo Development Learning Center
-Anna Wellenstein
Senior Urban Specialist and TDCL Team Lead, World Bank
-Megha Mukim
Senior Economist, World Bank
-Mark Roberts
Lead Urban Economist, World Bank
-Ming Zhang (the picture above is with him)
Practice Manager for Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land in the East Asia and Pacific region, World Bank
-Benjamin Magalong
Mayor, City of Baguio
-Beng Hong Socheat Khemro
Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction, Cambodia
-Helmy Budiman
Head of the Development and Planning Agency, City of Makassar
-Toru Hashimoto
Director General of International Affairs Bureau, City of Yokohama

Their stories were very interesting and I wrote many notes from that.

Tomoko Kurabayashi
Tomoko Kurabayashi

Tomoko is a news and sports anchor and reporter, with 15 years of experience in television and radio journalism. Also, she is a communication specialist at international organizations. She is a graduate of Essex University in England and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. In her spare time, Tomoko enjoys volunteering and travelling.


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