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Yosuke Aragane
Vice President, IOWN Development Office, NTT

Dr. Yosuke Aragane is leading the research and development for IOWN technologies in NTT laboratories. He is also an Alternate Director of IOWN Global Forum. He contributed to establishing the forum in January 2020 and is contributing to its operations. In 1997, Dr. Aragane joined NTT and had been researching in the fields of human factors and cyber security. He was also a core member of NTT-CERT, the representative CSIRT of NTT Group. Since 2016, he has been responsible for managing NTT R&D as a director of NTT R&D Planning Dept, NTT Holdings. 
​​Junyoung Choi
Director of Data Science, Seoul Institute of Technology (SIT)

Junyoung Choi, is the director of data science at the Seoul Institute of Technology(SIT). He had participated in the various national projects and researches on spatial policy support systems of housing and urban development for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Republic of Korea and Korea Land and Housing corporation (LH) for 15 years. He is currently leading the researches such as “Development of Spatio-Temporal Epidemic Simulation Model using telecommunication big data (2020)”, “Development of the extended reality-based robot city design for testing the urban robotics (2021)” and “A Study on the Changes and Responses to the Digital Transformation City (2021)” at the Institute
Shi Denian​
Vice Chief Engineer of China Academy of Information and Communication Technology(CAICT).

Shi Denian, is the Vice Chief Engineer of China Academy of Information and Communication Technology(CAICT). He also serves as Vice Chairman of TC11 of China Communication Standardization Association (CCSA). During 2001-2008 study period, he has attended the ITU SG12 conference as a Chinese expert. At present, he is mainly engaged in the research of industrial Internet, mobile Internet, Internet of vehicles, and Peak Carbon dioxide emission and Carbon Neutrality.
​​​​​ Gabriela Prata Dias
Director of the Copenhagen Center for Energy Efficiency

Gabriela Prata Dias is Director of the Copenhagen Center for Energy Efficiency and Head of Strategy for Business Models and Markets of the UNEP-DTU Association. Previously, she was at ADENE - the Portuguese Energy Agency, where she was Coordinator Director. She has a master's degree in energy and environmental economics and policy, as well as extensive experience in energy efficiency, including with the Energy Charter in Brussels, in the private sector and as a researcher.

​​​ Bilel Jamoussi
Chief of ITU-T Study Groups, International Telecommunication Union

Tunisian born, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. Since 2010, he has been leading the bureau’s standards making activities into a new era characterized by rapid convergence and the need for increased collaboration with vertical sectors and partnership between developed and developing countries. Prior to 2010, Jamoussi worked for a Telecommunication equipment and solutions provider for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions and was granted 22 US patents in diverse areas including packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.
Naomi Koshi 
Partner of Miura & Partners and former Mayor of Otsu, Japan”

From 2002 to 2011, Naomi practiced corporate law at Nishimura & Asahi in Tokyo and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. In 2012, she was elected mayor of Otsu City as the youngest female mayor in Japan and served for eight years. She embraced new technologies and moved forward with a smart city initiative that includes the utilization of AI bully detection systems and the use of self-driving cars and Mobility as​ a Service (“MaaS”). She is admitted to practice law in Japan, New York and California and is now a partner at Miura & Partners. She focuses her legal practice on smart city projects and public private partnership. She serves as an outside director of V-Cube, Inc and Softbank Corp, and as an executive advisor for Smart City Institute Japan. She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was named an OECD Champion Mayor for Inclusive Growth. She holds multiple degrees from Hokkaido University, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and studied as a Visiting Fellow at Columbia Business School. She recently published her book, “Public Private Partnership and Smart City.”​
​​Stamatis Kotouzas
Senior Land Administration Specialist,  World Bank

Stamatis Kotouzas is a Senior Land Administration Specialist at the World Bank based in Seoul. Stamatis leads technical assistance and investment operations in the intersections of land administration and sustainable development (urban development and management, natural resources, and agriculture). Among else, his professional interests lie in the applications of digital and disruptive technologies for land tenure formalization, land and property valuation and smart cities. Stamatis currently works with national and sub-national governments in the East Asia and Pacific region on the smart and green cities and property valuation agendas. 

Sanghun Lee
Chief Director General, Central Radio Management Service, Ministry of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea

Throughout his 25 years of a career dedicated to ICT development, Mr. Lee has worked in the fields of international cooperation, cyber security, green ICT, and public relations. Although Mr. Lee has mostly worked in government ministries, he also worked in the Presidential Secretariat and the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PCFIR). He has two Master’s degrees in Political Scie​​nce from the University of Strasbourg, France and Economics from the University of Sogang, respectively.
​Katja Schafer
Inter-Regional Advisor (a.i.), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

As an Architect and Urban Development Practitioner, Katja Schäfer has more than twenty years of professional experience in teaching, research, analytical and advisory services and programme administration in the fields of housing, urban development and management, institutional development and capacity building. She has worked at global, regional, national and local levels, ranging from development to fragile and (post) conflict environments, emergency support, disaster mitigation and urban recovery. Her wide expertise is in innovative, participatory and responsive solutions to urbanization challenges through socially and culturally acceptable, economic viable and environmentally sustainable interventions that take into consideration physical, legislative and financial aspects.
She has been working with UN-Habitat for more than 15 years, in field, regional and headquarter functions. For the past 2.5 years, she has been technically supporting member states and local governments in the Eastern European and Central Asian Region to mainstream urbanization into their development agendas as an Inter-regional Advisor. Moreover, she has been leading Subprogramme 1 of UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan 2020 - 2023 focusing on reduced poverty and spatial inequality in urban and rural communities as well as two of UN-Habitat’s global flagship programmes focusing on inclusive and vibrant neighborhoods and communities as well as people-centred smart cities. In this context since January 2021, Katja Schäfer has been leading the United Nations Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities (UNITAC Hamburg) ad interim.
Qi Shuguang
Chairman, ITU-T SG5RG-AP 

She graduated from Beijing university of posts and telecommunications in 2007 and holds a master's degree in computer science. She has been working in the field of ICT environment and infrastructure for more than 10 years. Currently she is the Vice Chief Engineer of China Telecommunication Technology Labs in China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT) and professor in Engineering. Her focuses include fundamental research, prospective study and standardization work in ICT environment and infrastructure. She is also Vice Chairman / Acting Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 5; Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Asia pacific regional group; and also, Chairman of Working Group 1 / Technical Committee 4 (Power and environment for ICT) in China Communication Standardization Association (CCSA). She has developed over 10 Recommendations as a chief editor at the ITU, including Recommendation ITU-T L.1210, ITU-T L.1380 and ITU-T L.1381 series Recommendation on smart energy. She is also an active participant of the domestic standardization activities in China and has been involved in developing more than 20 Chinese standards including National standards, industrial standard and regional standards. She received the first prize scientific reward from China Institute of Communications in 2013, first prize scientific reward from CCSA in 2017, and second prize scientific reward from CCSA.
​​ Serge Stinckwich
Head of Research, United Nations University Institute in Macau

Dr Serge Stinckwich is the Head of Research at the United Nations University Institute in Macau. Prior to joining the Institute, he was an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Caen Normandie (France) and researcher in the UMMISCO international joint research unit of IRD (French Research Institute on Sustainable Development) and Sorbonne University. His research interests are domain-specific languages and tools that e​ase the tasks of non-computer experts to model, simulate and analyze complex systems. He has applied his work to Epidemiology, Environmental Monitoring and Disaster Management. The United Nations University Institute in Macau is a UN global think tank on Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). UNU Macau conducts UN policy-relevant research and generates solutions, addressing key issues expressed in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through high-impact innovations and frontier technologies. Through its research, UNU Macau encourages data-driven and evidence-based actions and policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.​
Raf Tuts
Director, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat

Raf Tuts is the Director of the Global Solutions Division at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is overseeing both the Urban Practices Branch as well as the Programme Development Branch. He joined the United Nations in 1995. Earlier assignments with UN-Habitat included his role as Director of Programmes overseeing UN-Habitat’s overall thematic work and field operations, Coordinator of the Urban Planning and Design Branch, focusing on promoting compact, integrated and connected cities that are inclusive and resilient to climate change. He also served as Acting Coordinator of the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, Chief of the Training and Capacity Branch and Manager of the Localising Agenda 21 Programme, working on strategic and action planning in secondary cities in Kenya, Morocco, Vietnam and Cuba. He co-edited Urban Trialogues, reflecting on visioning, action planning and co-production of urban space as a resource for sustainable development. He coordinated the publication International Migrants and the City, co-directed Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure and supervised the guidebook on Urban Patterns for a Green Economy. He led UN-Habitat’s engagement in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals, including the advocacy for SDG11 on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Before joining UN-Habitat, he worked at the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning at the University of Leuven and the Housing Research and Development Unit at the University of Nairobi. In 1985, he obtained a Masters of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2016, he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at his alma mater university. He received the World Bank Vice-President Team Award in 2011 for global partnership building on Cities and Climate Change. He also received ISOCARP’s 50th Anniversary Award in 2015, in recognition of UN-Habitat’s urban planning work.
Xiao Wang
Programme Officer, UNEP DTU Partnership

Xiao fuses a background in Development and International Relations with expertise in digital energy policy analysis and partnership building. She takes the lead in the development of a flagship project on Green ICT and Energy Efficient Datacentres at the UNEP DTU Partnership. Her hands-on experience in engaging Fortune 500 companies in digital infrastructure projects in the developing countries and the emerging markets lends her a unique insight into effectively brokering public-private partnerships and sustainable investment of smart energy implementation for the UN SDGs and the Paris Agreement.  Xiao is a Chinese national. Before working at UNEP DTU Partnership, she has held positions at WWF as policy analyst for Danish International Development Agency's energy planning project in Vietnam and at Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Attaché to the UN Climate Conference.

Zhao Shizhuo
Director, International Standardization Department, CCSA

Mr. Shizhuo Zhao, Senior Engineer, graduated from Beijing university of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). He took positions in succession as engineer, senior engineer in China Academy of Telecommunications Research and Project Manager in Technology Department in China Communications Standards Association (CCSA). Now, he is the Director in International Standardization Department in CCSA.