CitiVerse: Envisioning Inclusive, Sustainable, and People-Centered Cities


Session 167

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 14:30–15:30 (UTC+02:00) Physical (on-site) and Virtual (remote) participation Room C, CICG, Ground Floor Interactive Session

The CitiVerse represents a revolutionary approach to urban development, envisioning a network of interconnected virtual worlds that harmonize with and enhance their physical counterparts. Far beyond mere technological advancement, the CitiVerse holds the promise of fostering inclusive, sustainable cities.

Join us for a session co-hosted by ITU and WeGo exploring the transformative potential of the CitiVerse. Discover how this innovative concept can reshape urban development, fostering inclusive, sustainable, and participatory cities. From reimagining smart city initiatives to empowering communities through technology, we'll discuss the key pillars of a people-centered CitiVerse. 

Join us as we delve into the critical components of building people-centered CitiVerses, exploring the critical work of the Focus Group on metaverse highlighting key deliverables, case studies, economic impacts, and the future frontiers of urban innovation in the digital era. Together, let's harness the transformative power of the CitiVerse to create more livable, sustainable, and equitable cities for all.

Dr. Bilel Jamoussi
Dr. Bilel Jamoussi Deputy Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau ITU

Tunisian born, Dr Bilel Jamoussi is Deputy Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU 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.​

Ms. Jung-Sook Park
Ms. Jung-Sook Park Secretary General World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO)

Jung-Sook Park has been the Secretary General of World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) since 2021. She has initiated human-centered smart city development initiatives by launching programs such as the WeGO Smart Cities Champions – a hybrid youth program, to develop global young changers to be a part of the transformation towards smart and sustainable cities, Seoul Smart City Prize – aims to provide innovative solutions to reduce the digital gap between cities and citizens and address various urban challenges while emphasizing the inclusion of underprivileged groups in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s DX-era, encouraging the development of smart city models and projects, and Smart City Index Report in partnership with IMD from 2023.
Jung-Sook Park has dedicated her career in the field of international cooperation. She served as the Korean Representative of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) from 2009 to 2018, and she worked as a high-profile broadcaster as the host of morning news shows for major TV networks in Korea from 1994 to 2004, as well as starring in “Jewel in the Palace,” one of the highest-rated TV dramas in the world. Her background is in education and research in public diplomacy as a professor at Kookmin University and Kyung Hee University and an adjunct professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
Jung-Sook Park is a graduate of Seoul Women’s University (BA), MIA at Columbia University SIPA (US), MPA at Yonsei University’s School of Public Administration (KR). She was a visiting scholar and studied in a doctoral program at Keio University (JP).

Mr. Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh
Mr. Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh Mayor Dhaka South City Corporation

He was elected on 1st February 2020 as Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation. He introduced 5-point program focusing on 1. heritage conservation and restoration; 2. access to efficient public transport; 3. establishing a climate change resilient and environmental friendly green city; 4. corruption free institutional development and well-functioning good governance; and 5. economic and infrastructure development leading to making Dhaka a livable and sustainable city. He attended WCS 2022 and C40 summit 2022. 

Earlier he was a Member of Parliament and was elected for three consecutive terms from Dhaka-10 constituency.

He was awarded Seoul Smart City Prize 2023 in Leadership category for contributing significantly to Dhaka’s advancement and the well-being of residents during World Cities Summit Mayors Forum 2023 from the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO). Under his leadership, Dhaka South City Corporation has received UN-HABITAT SDG Silver Certificate for the SDG Cities Global Initiative champions the acceleration of the global sustainable development goals at the local level with an emphasis on leaving no-one and no-place behind.

Ms. Kamelia Kemileva
Ms. Kamelia Kemileva Co-Director, Programmes and Administration Global Cities Hub, Geneva, Switzerland Moderator

Kamelia, holding an MBA, has in-depth experience in executive administration of non-profit organisations. She is also a lawyer, specialized in Swiss law relevant to international organisations and international public law, including expertise on the United Nations.

She has also a direct experience of intergovernmental multilateral negotiation and diplomacy.

Before joining the Global Cities Hub, Kamelia was Executive Manager at the Geneva Academy. Before this she worked as Special Assistant to the President of the UN Human Rights Council for three years. She was also a Visiting Programme Director at Wilton Park, a forum which challenges existing ideas, generates new ones, and is expertly facilitated. Previously to that, she worked at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Before moving to the public sector, Kamelia worked for two years in the private sector in a Geneva-based private bank as a compliance officer. She’s a part-time Senior Consultant in AxLR supports companies, international organizations and governments, both local and national in their professional projects through consultancy, coaching and skills training.

Ms. Cristina Bueti
Ms. Cristina Bueti Counsellor International Telecommunication Union

Cristina Bueti is the ITU Focal Point on Smart Sustainable Cities. She is also the Counsellor of ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)” and the Counsellor of the Focus Group on metaverse at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She also serves as TSB/ITU focal point for Latin America. Cristina Bueti graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Law and International Cooperation and Development of the University of Florence, where she completed postgraduate studies in International Cooperation and Telecommunications Law in Europe. She ​also holds a specialization in Environmental Law with a special focus on Telecommunications. In 2003, Ms. Bueti built on her academic credentials by completing a specialized course in peace keeping and international cooperation with special focus on telecommunications at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, before joining the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2004. As part of the International Women’s Day 2016, she was named as one of the twenty Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment. She has authored over 40 reports on telecommunication issues. A native Italian speaker, Cristina is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Dr. Anna Matamala
Dr. Anna Matamala Full Professor Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Anna Matamala (BA in Translation, PhD in Applied Linguistics) is a Full Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Leader of Transmedia Catalonia research group, Anna has participated and led many funded projects on audiovisual translation and media accessibility. She is currently leading the Spanish project and taking part in the European project ATHENA. She is also the director of the AccessCat Network, which supports 15 research groups working on accessibility to information and communication in Catalonia. Anna has published extensively in international impact journals and is actively involved in standardisation work at ITU, ISO, UNE, and CEN/CENELEC/ETSI. Her research interests are audiovisual translation and media accessibility. She has been working on accessibility in immersive media and virtual worlds, contributing to the work of the Focus Group on Metaverse at ITU. More information:

Dr. Sung Jin Park
Dr. Sung Jin Park【R】 Smart City Expert LGU+ Remote Panellist

Dr. Sungjin Park is a smart city industry expert with a twenty-year career, marked by impactful research and projects. Currently, she serves at LGU+, where she spearheads service innovations and project implementations for the Sejong and Busan National Pilot Smart City projects, key components of South Korea's K-smart city initiative. Dr. Park's professional journey began at the Incheon Institute as a city planner. She then advanced her expertise by earning a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy in the United States. Following her studies, Dr. Park spent eight years at Samsung SDS as a smart city consultant, specializing in a wide range of smart city consulting projects. In 2021, she joined the LG smart city team, continuing to drive notable business developments. Dr. Park is also an active speaker, sharing her expertise and insights at various conferences dedicated to smart cities. In addition, she authored "Seoul: Tale of a Smart City," a book that explores the intricacies and innovations in urban development of Seoul. 

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