The CITYNET Secretariat manages the programs and institutional activities of the network. With the support and engagement of members, the Secretariat promotes the CITYNET mission of increasing connections and building capacity across cities in the Asia-Pacific.
After over two decades of success and growth in Yokohama, Japan, 2013 marks the CITYNET Secretariat’s relocation to Seoul, South Korea. With this move comes new partnerships, innovative urban collaboration and an even greater network of knowledge and best practices.
Even with a new location, the mission remains the same. The CITYNET Secretariat pledges to work side-by-side with over 130 members and partners throughout the Asia Pacific region. With each member city and organization, we will continue to highlight and share successes while tackling challenges standing in the way of urban development.
As the Asia-Pacific region grows in economic, environmental, and technological importance, CITYNET is propelling cities toward the goal of urban sustainability, resilience and inclusivity.
Vijay Jagannathan – Secretary General
Vijay Jagannathan comes from the World Bank where he was Sector Manager for infrastructure in the East Asia and Pacific region. He was responsible for an annual lending program of about $5 billion in the urban, water, transport and energy sectors. Vijay has been also associated with the APEC-led green growth and green finance initiatives. He has worked in the infrastructure, environment and urban development sectors in his twenty four years in the Bank. Prior to that he spent 10 years in Indian Administrative Service. Vijay is an economist by training, with a PhD from Boston University. His dissertation on the informal markets for the poor was published by Oxford University Press in 1987 and recognized as one of the “Outstanding Academic Books of the Year” by the American Library Association. He has published extensively on water, urban development, agricultural development and environmental issues. Vijay currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, and has been a consultant with the Green Climate Fund. He is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group for Urban Issues, and is working closely with the New Climate Economy initiative. He is advising the China Council for International Cooperation on Climate and Development (CCICED) in its Special Policy Study on “Good City Models under the Concept of Ecological Civilization.” Vijay was elected as Secretary General of CITYNET at the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress. He can be reached at vijay(at)citynet-ap.org.
Sang Bum Kim – Deputy Secretary General
Dr. Sang Bum Kim worked for the Seoul Metropolitan Government for 30 years and became the city’s vice mayor until his retirement. He was also the president of Seoul Institute, a think-tank of urban solutions for Seoul. Dr. Kim’s expertise includes transportation and regional industry development having been deeply involved in most of Seoul’s major transportation projects like the subway line construction, bus reform, and pedestrianization. Since then, Seoul public transportation system has been one of the most efficient in the world. In 2000, he had participated in the Digital Media City (DMC) project, which is a high-tech media industrial park, comprising 450 media and entertainment and creating 36,000 jobs. He also worked on the Magok Project, which would be the largest research and development park in Korea.
In CityNet, Dr. Kim helps develop several international training programs for its members. Currently, he is a visiting professor/ senior researcher at the University of Seoul where he teaches urban economics and urban solutions. You may contact Dr. Sang Bum Kim at 57sbkim(at)uos.ac.kr.
Aisa Tobing – Deputy Secretary General
Aisa Tobing is a City Planner and Senior Advisor to the Governor of Jakarta. She serves as the Chairman of the Climate Change Task Force for Jakarta and as an Expert Staff for Urban and Environmental Management. Aisa has worked for Jakarta Capital City Government since 1977. During this time, she was appointed to lead several agencies within the administration, including serving as the Director of the International Cooperation Bureau, the Director of Information Technology and Communications Management Office, as well as Head of the Environmental Management Division. Aisa received her Bachelor’s degree in City Planning from Bandung Institute of Technology and her Masters from University of Pennsylvania. A strong supporter of sustainable urban development, Aisa Tobing currently serves as a Deputy Secretary General of CITYNET.
Kang, Pil Young – Assistant Secretary General
Kang, Pil Young serves as Assistant Secretary General at CityNet while heading the International Cooperation Bureau of Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) as Director General. Mr. Kang studied Public Administration at Seoul National University. He has devoted for SMG almost 25 years and has since accompanied the city of Seoul on its way to becoming a major force in East Asia. As Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Kang oversees the management and operation of the CityNet Secretariat and its projects and programs. Simultaneously, as General Director of the International Relations Bureau of SMG, he works closely with both CityNet and SMG to facilitate the relationship between Seoul and CityNet member cities.
Youngmin Chang – Director of Programs
Youngmin Chang is the Director of Programs and develops overall programs at CityNet along with the institutional strategy to engage businesses, community groups, and multilateral institutions as strategic partners in identifying practical solutions for sustainable cities. Before she joined CityNet, she had worked for ten years as the Associate Director of a non-profit organization, International Action, in Washington, D.C., which she co-founded and serves as a board member. She was honored to be selected as one of the 40 Under 40 professionals on urban land use by the Urban Land Institute in 2014. She sits on Cities Development Initiative for Asia Stakeholders Forum Expert Group and has led CityNet to be elected to be an Operation Committee Member of Development Alliance Korea. She received her Master’s in International Relations from the University of Virginia. She can be reached at ychang(at)citynet-ap.org.
Myungseon Kim – Director of Operations
Myungseon Kim has been working for the Seoul Metropolitan Government(SMG) since beginning of 1993 and recently dispatched to CityNet as Director of Operations as of January 2018. She has extensive administrative experiences in various fields of SMG, the Human Resources Division, the Budget Division, Monitoring and Evaluation Division and so forth. She brings her experiences in administration and supports to CityNet, where he is in charge of the management, accounting, finance and human resources of the Seoul Secretariat. Ms. Kim can be reached at dir.operations(at)citynet-ap.org.
Stephani Widorini – Senior Program Officer
Stephani’s background is in media and journalism. Prior to joining Citynet she worked with the BBC to produce and present news and current affairs for radio and online as well as distribute them to other various outlets within the BBC Global News. She covered a variety of issues from socio-politics to business and feature stories. She graduated with BA in International Relations from Airlangga University in Surabaya and completed her master in Transnational Communications and Global Media at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She can be reached at media(at)citynet-ap.org.
Jaeyoo Hyeon – Program Officer
At age 21, Jaeyoo moved to Lampang, Thailand to teach multimedia science at a local University as a KOICA overseas volunteer and received her MBA in finance and strategy management at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on a KOICA WFK scholarship. In Korea, she had assisted in organizing capacity building workshops and conferences such as the 2013 CityNet Seoul Congress and the Metropolis International Training Institute Opening forum. With a background in IT, media and international program management, she brings her talents to CityNet following previous positions with KOICA, M.net television network, and Metropolis International Training Institute. At CityNet she manages website, publication and capacity building programs. She is a doctoral student of sustainable management at the Inha University. She can be reached at communication(at)citynet-ap.org.
Felix Kalkowsky – Program Officer
Felix has a background in urban planning and climate change. Previously, as climate change mitigation manager in Germany, he worked together with various entrepreneurs from the private and public sectors to implement strategies for climate change mitigation at the municipal level. Felix lectured on “Concepts of Sustainable Urban Development” to undergraduate students. He worked for local governments, universities, on EU-funded projects and for organizations including the United Nations. Felix graduated with BSc and MSc in Urban Planning at the HafenCity University of Hamburg, Germany. He can be reached at programs1(at)citynet-ap.org.
Jaime Paulo Mora – Program Officer
Prior to working in Citynet, Jaime Paulo Mora spent ten years working in a national local government association based in Manila, Philippines. He held various supervisory positions in both regular and foreign-assisted programs and projects that focused on urban development. Some of these include public procurement, disaster risk and resilience, local health development and localizing Millennium Development Goals/ Sustainable Development Goals. He graduated with a journalism degree at the University of Santo Tomas. Mr. Mora has a professional background in development communications, public advocacy, local governance, and urban sociology. In the Citynet, among other tasks, he manages the Citynet Services Program and provides membership services to Philippines and Fiji Citynet members. He can be reached at programs2(at)citynet-ap.org.
Jae Hyun Park– Program Officer
Jae Hyun has a background in International Relations and Comparative Political Science. Prior to joining CityNet he worked with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Myanmar, where he worked together with local partners to improve healthcare quality and access in a conflict sensitive region. Jae Hyun graduated with a Hon. BA in International Relations at the University of Toronto, and received an MSc. in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, developing research expertise in East Asian issues, political economy and internal conflicts. At CityNet Jae Hyun manages the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project and connecting CityNet with partners at an international level to develop new projects for CityNet. Jae Hyun can be reached at jaehyun(at)citynet-ap.org
Lee, Juhyun – Operations Officer
Lee, Juhyun is in charge of personnel of the Secretariat and membership management of CityNet. Before she joined CityNet, she has worked at Seoul Metropolitan Government for 9 years. She studied Communication at Dongguk University. She can be reached at operations1(at)citynet-ap.org.
Kyongjung Na – Financial Specialist
Kyongjung Na works to manage accounting and financial tasks as part of the Operations team. She has worked at Japanese cosmetic company in the oversea-sales department in Tokyo from 2011 to 2012. She also served as an accountant at Shima Seiki Korea. She specilaizes in Japanese and Accounting. Ms. Na can be reached at accounting(at)citynet-ap.org.
Wason Lee Huynh – Program Consultant
Wason is experienced in both Private and Public sector, from the Global Green Growth Institute expanding membership and initiating programs in LDC countries in the Country Planning and Implementation Division to Business Strategy and Development for a Fintech Start-up Venture and expanding the business of e-commerce mobile applications at SKPlanet. Wason’s primary focus at CityNet will be managing the 2017 CityNet Congress and supporting the development of new projects and programs. He can be reached at citynetcongress2017(at)citynet-ap.org.