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50/60/70 NZ and North Asia in 2022: Our cities and the climate crisis

April 6, 2022

Experts from across the North Asia region and New Zealand will join us to compare how our cities are confronting the climate crisis.

About this event

Our speakers:

Matthew Blaikie, Chief Sustainability Officer, Auckland Council

Matthew is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Auckland Council and leads a team responsible for strategic thinking, analysis and advice on sustainability and climate change, including the development and delivery of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. He provides strategic advice and direction on climate change, advising the Mayor, elected members and executive leadership team. Matthew provides advice and influence across the organisation to ensure that processes, programmes and decision-making support and enable a just transition to a low carbon, resilient future.

Denise Yoon, Director of the Policy Department, Korean Federation for Environment Movement (KFEM)

Denise K.H. Yoon has worked as a civil activist and researcher in the area of Sustainable Development for the past 20 years. Particularly, she has expertized in the participatory governance of the SD governance system at local and national level. She has led a civil society movement to legislate the multi-stakeholder engagement mechanism in the decision-making process for the SDG implementation at local and national level, and successfully had an outcome of the enactment of the Basic Law of Sustainable Development. Since March this year, she newly joined the Korea Federation of Environmental Movement(KFEM-FoE Korea) as a policy director in order to mainstream environment in the SDG governance in Korea.

Dr Ping Jiang, Associate Professor, Fudan Tyndall Centre

Dr Ping Jiang is an Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering and the Director Assistant of Fudan Tyndall Centre. His research interests focus on low carbon sustainability, covering climate change, environmental management, energy-saving technologies and social behaviour, management system and people behaviour change in building low carbon communities, and environmentally sustainable development with a co-benefits approach. Dr Ping Jiang has completed 15 research projects and published 47 papers in his research area.

Kaori Ito, Mayor, Kurashiki City

Mayor Kaori Ito, City of Kurashiki, Japan, an area with over 5,000 households, has been dealing with the onset of heavy rainfall. Mayor Ito shares her expertise in the process of recovery of Kurashiki city. The success of the city’s recovery can be attributed to Mayor Ito’s driving force behind various local-level initiatives.

Our Moderator:

Charlie Gao, Director, North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence

Charlie Gao is the Director at North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (North Asia CAPE). In this role, Charlie leads the North Asia CAPE team and work with colleagues in the broader Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) organisation. Prior to joining North Asia CAPE, Charlie was the managing partner of a New Zealand-owned, China-focused investment & advisory firm. He led advisory mandates for companies such as Zespri, Weta Workshop, Les Mills International, and Fonterra, and managed assets on behalf of the development finance banks of Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

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