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Smart Urban Development Conference

October 26, 2017



Data Informed Approaches for Competitive, Livable and Sustainable Cities

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    Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented pace. Cities generate 80% of global GDP and are key to job creation and the pursuit of shared prosperity. Yet one billion city residents live in slums today, and by 2030 one billion new migrants will arrive in cities. Cities are the engines of economic growth, and in the past three decades, there have been dramatic shifts in demographic structure within cities adding challenges to cities in planning developments and service provisioning. Many cities in middle to lower income countries are still in need of core infrastructure including clean and adequate water supply, electric supply, sanitation facilities, efficient urban public transport, affordable housing for the poor. Could the strengthening of ICT connectivity and utilization of big data accelerate and improve the quality of urban services through innovation, enhanced efficiencies and enabling citizens to adopt local policies and implementation? This conference seeks to further the dialogue on the practical how-to of utilizing smart solutions and data in efficient and effective urban development globally. The conference will engage a variety of stakeholders from development organizations, the private sector, public sector and academia.

    Opening Keynotes

    Opening remarks on the opportunities, challenges and impact of Smart Urban Planning globally will be presented by speakers.


    • Daniel Levine, Senior Officer of TDLC Program, World Bank Group


    • Masato Miyazaki, Special Representative for Japan, World Bank Group
    • Takashi Matsuo, Representative for Japan, Asian Development Bank
    • Kazuko Ishigaki, Director, International Planning for Construction Industry, policy Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT)

    Session 1: Smart Mobility

    One of the toughest environmental and social challenges of our time is managing the mobility of people and goods. The transport sector has the potential to improve the lives and livelihoods of billions of people—their health, their environment, their quality of life—and stabilize climate change. Developing countries, which still face a large transport infrastructure gap, have the opportunity to leap frog car-dependent transport and adopt multimodal strategies that reduce pollution, energy consumption and congestion, while increasing road safety and boosting economic growth. But they must make the right choices now because today’s transport investments will determine the mobility patterns, access and the greenhouse gas emissions of tomorrow. Smart Mobility will play a critical role in the data informed development of urban areas through such modalities as Transit-oriented Development (ToD).


    • Daniel Levine, Senior Officer of TDLC Program, World Bank Group


    • Ki-Joon Kim, Principal Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank
    • Benjamin Butcher, Manager, Global SI Service Business Development Division, Global Business Unit, NEC Corporation
    • Yoshihisa Hagino, R&D General Manager / Head of Transportation Consulting Unit, Navitime Japan Co., Ltd.
    • Satoshi Kubota, General Manager, Nippon Signal Co., Ltd.

    Session 2: Smart and Efficient Buildings

    What is the cost of energy and water inefficient real assets (real estate and infrastructure) in cities? How can we get stakeholders to see the value of sustainable real assets? Should we be thinking more about asset and enterprise value creation through such initiatives, rather than just cost savings in order to gain industry action? Should we be looking beyond the building envelope into urban sustainability at a broader level? And how can we be addressing things at scale in both the both public and private realms? (case studies from Airport, Train station, City buildings, etc.)


    • Stuart Kay, Chief Sustainability Officer, GreenPlace Assets


    • Ronald Ping Hei Wu, Private Sector Specialist, World Bank Group
    • Benoit Rulleau, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Kansai Airports
    • James Brew, Senior Sustainability Architect, Nikken Sekkei
    • Masaya Tachibana, Senior Engineer, Shimizu Corporation

    Session 3: Smart Service Provision

    This session will cover two major service provisions, water and solid waste management. On the water side, today most AMI water systems collect consumption data, but there is an opportunity to use these networks for a variety of other applications. We will review opportunities to measure and report data for all components of the water cycle including ground water, surface water, wastewater, storm water, pre-treatment, water quality and reclamation. A discussion on how analytics can solve water quality, hydraulics, planning, and sustainability issues will also be facilitated. On the SWM side, while open dumping is still prevalent in many countries, well organized municipal waste handling with efficient and scientific systems can aim cities to increase social, environmental and economic aspects of their operations. IoT related solutions are beginning to develop in the field of waste management; from collection, transport and treatment.


    • Yuko Okazawa, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group


    • Kremena Ionkova, Senior Urban Development Specialist, World Bank Group
    • Chee Anne Rono, Team Leader Promoting Smart Systems TA, Asian Development Bank 
    • Takashi Ueno, Chief Engineer, WBC Center, METAWATER
    • Taisuke Watanabe, General Manager, International Consulting Department, EX Research Institute
    • Pierre Flamand, Manager, International Affairs, Japan Sanitation Consortium

    Session 4: Smart Procurement

    Economic efficiency is a critical factor in the quest for smart urban development. This session will explore how and why cities are applying innovative procurement approaches.


    • Koichi Omori, Senior Communications Officer, World Bank Group


    • Kofi Awanyo, Lead Procurement Officer, World Bank Group
    • Hiroshi Esaki, Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
    • Takao Ikegami, Business Information Advisor, World Bank Group

    Session 5: Capstone - Smart Urban Planning

    IoT and other technologies are generating massive volumes of data, both structured and unstructured. How are cities and their stakeholders utilizing these data points for data informed urban planning and management? How is this data being managed and shared beyond individual sector silos? How is this data being utilized to improve the service provisioning to citizens? What impact will all of this data have?


    • Megha Mukim, Senior Urban Economist, World Bank Group


    • Dr. Sameer Sharma, Additional Secretary (Smart Cities), Government of India.
    • Barjor E. Mehta, Lead Urban Specialist, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank Group
    • Gil-Hong Kim, Senior Director concurrently Chief Sector Officer, Advisory Service Cluster, Asian Development Bank
    • Toshiyuki Iwama, Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency
    • Alfonso Vegara, President, Fundacion Metropoli

    Closing Session:

    • Daniel Levine, Senior Officer of TDLC Program, World Bank Grou


    • 8:30- Registration
    • 09:00-09:30 Welcome and Opening Keynotes
    • 09:30-10:40: Session 1: Smart Mobility
    • 10:40-11:05: Networking Coffee Break, sponsored by ADBi
    • 11:05-12:15: Session 2: Smart and Efficient Buildings
    • 12:15-13:25: Networking Lunch, sponsored by ADBi
    • 13:25-14:35: Session 3: Smart Service Provision
    • 14:35-15:35: Session 4: Smart Procurement
    • 15:35-16:00: Networking Coffee Break, sponsored by ADBi
    • 16:00-17:20: Session 5: Capstone – Smart Urban Planning
    • 17:20-17:30: Closing Session


    Each session panel discussion will be led by a moderator. Moderators may use up to five slides or a short video to frame the session; objective, key discussion points and what the session aims to address. The moderator will then present the panelist with specific questions for them to address (questions should be semi-targeted to panelists based on their expertise/ unique value, with a degree of flexibility). Following each response from panelist the moderator may call all on a different panelist to express a different view or to bring additional context to the previous question. Each speaker is expected to contribute their own unique viewpoint/ dimension and add value to the overall discussion through his/her intervention. Within 20 minutes of the closing of the session the moderator will open the panel to questions from the floor. After collecting a few questions from the audience, the moderator will rephrase and pose the questions to panel. This process will follow as many rounds as time allows. Panelist will not be making any presentations or speeches, only the moderator can utilize powerpoint to emphasize aspects of a particular question, provide context or to direct the conversation in a particular way. Seating will be Davos style without lectern, podium, etc.


  • DATE: October 26, 2017
  • Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Yokohama, Japan
  • Language: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • CONTACT: Tokyo Development Learning Center TEL:03-3597-1333