Forum Agenda

Building Innovative & Climate Smart Cities

Tuesday, May 31

All Day



Venue: Hotel Aryaduta Jakarta

Welcoming Remarks

  • Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society (New York)
  • Richard Drobnick, Director, USC Marshall School of Business, International Business Education and Research MBA Program (Los Angeles)
  • Jatna Supriatna, Chair, Research Center for Climate Change, University of Indonesia

Panel Discussion among Indonesian Regional Mayors


  • Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society (New York)

Discussion Leaders:

  • H.E. Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment & Environment, Republic of Indonesia
  • Ridwan Kamil, Mayor of Bandung
  • Prof. Rachmat Witoelar, President's Special Envoy for Climate Change, Republic of Indonesia
  • Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, Mayor of Banda Aceh


Wednesday, June 1

Venue: Ruang Pola, Balai Kota (Jakarta City Hall)

8:00am Registration and Coffee


  • N. Bruce Pickering, Global Programs Vice President, Northern California Center Executive Director, Asia Society


  • Prof. Dr. Muhamad Anis, Rector, Universitas Indonesia 

9:15am OPENING PANEL: Building a Vibrant, Innovative and Climate Smart Jakarta

The opening panel will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the rapidly changing urban landscape of Jakarta. 


  • Jatna Supriatna, Chairman, University of Indonesia, Research Center for Climate Change

Discussion Leaders:

  • Komara Djaya Ph.D, Head of Graduate Program in Urban Studies, Universitas Indonesia
  • Penny Low, Founder and President, Social Innovation Park Ltd
  • Drs. Suyoto M.Si, Mayor of Bojonegoro, Indonesia
  • Prof. Ing Jo Santoso, Researcher, Urban Lab at the Graduate Program in Urban Planning, Tarumanegara University

10:00am PLENARY PANEL: The Health and Resilience of Pacific Cities

The Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the world's largest megacities, which are major drivers of economic growth. But in many of these cities, greenhouse gas emissions are growing rapidly and there is acute vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather events. Meeting basic human needs-including clean air and water, food security, affordable and adequate housing, and sufficient green space-are challenges.

How are public health goals becoming a catalyst for more sustainable cities in the Asia Pacific region? What are some of the best practices in the Asia Pacific region? How different sectors can work together to come up with the best solutions?


  • Josh Sawislak, Global Director of Resilience, AECOM

>Discussion Leaders:

  • Dr. Budi Haryanto, Chairman, Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia 
  • Dr. Thomas Tang, Director of Sustainability, AECOM Asia Pacific
  • Dr. Irvan Pulungan, Country Manager, ICLEI Indonesia

10:45am Coffee Break

11:15am PLENARY PANEL: Reigning in the Rain - Sustainable Water Solutions for Southeast Asian Cities

Southeast Asian cities face a raft of water challenges. While overall regional rainfall is abundant, many cities struggle to provide a safe and predictable water supply to rapidly growing populations and expanding commercial needs. Meanwhile flooding risks amplify alongside infrastructure stresses and the major deluges that are increasing with the warming climate. Reliable systems are needed to take advantage of Southeast Asia’s water conditions to provide clean water throughout the seasons and manage excess water when the torrents arrive. This is no easy task, and approaches will vary country to country, city to city, and district to district. 

There is still much we can learn from each other however, and this panel will explore the specific sustainable water constraints faced by a selection of Southeast Asian cities and how they were overcome. These experiences seek to provide water management insights that are adaptable to unique circumstances across the region. 


  • Jackson Ewing, Director of Asian Sustainability, Asia Society Policy Institute

Discussion Leaders:

  • Benny D Setianto, Faculty of Law and Communication. Soegijapranata Catholic University
  • David Spector, Principal Environmental Scientist, Planner, and Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith 
  • Irma Setiono, Water and Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank

12:05pm Lunch

1:15pm Keynote Speech

  • Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design

1:35pm PLENARY PANEL: Low Carbon Urban Mobility

Jakarta, like so many other Asian Pacific cities, is facing serious transportation challenges. Highly inefficient, overburdened traffic infrastructures create a multitude of effects on the environment, affecting mobility, livability and economic vitality. For a city to thrive and grow, a proper transportation infrastructure - such as the proposed construction of the MRT and LRT projects in Jakarta – is critical. But these mass transit systems also come with their own sets of problems.

What other options are there for low carbon transportation other than developing a public rail system? How do cities further promote multi-modal transportation planning? Are more private alternatives, like ride sharing/carpooling, as done in some countries like the United States, a possibility?


  • Tian Feng, District Architect, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) 

Discussion Leaders:

  • Danang Parikesit, Director, Indonesian Transportation Community 
  • Dr. Wenhui Shan, Founder, UrbanDATA
  • Scott Dunn, Director of Strategic Development, AECOM Indonesia 
  • Dr. Aisa Tobing, Climate Change Task Force, Government of Jakarta

2:25pm INTERACTIVE DIALOGUES: Jigsaw City: Deconstructing the Newness of the Asian City

As Asia’s cities expand and populations urbanize, the design, planning and engineering of new towns have taken on a more important role than ever. This session will examine some of the best practices that are emerging from Asian new towns and how best to drive livability by focusing on densification of urban cores with transit-oriented developments, accommodate rapidly rising population waves, connect to existing infrastructure framework, while preserving green space, avoiding sprawl and renewing old centers. This panel will address questions in the context of urban design, city planning, implementation strategies and transformations of new towns.


  • Scott Dunn, Director of Strategic Development, AECOM Indonesia

Discussion Leaders:

  • Sean Chiao, President, AECOM Asia Pacific
  • Budiarsa Sastrawinata, Managing Director, Ciputra Group

3:15pm Coffee Break

3:50pm PLENARY PANEL: New Approaches and Funding Mechanisms for Sustainable Infrastructure Development

Rapid globalization, urban migration and economic development have placed enormous pressure on Asian cities over the past several decades, stressing urban infrastructure. In an attempt to ease these pressures, cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong have advocated growth management approaches  focusing especially on urban infrastructure sustainability. Meanwhile, governments around the globe are also experimenting with creative methods to finance and implement new projects. Often in the form of incentive programs or regional competitions. This session will explore how cities can cultivate smart growth by using new approaches and creative finance strategies.

This panel will look at a range of possible solutions from across the Pacific Rim.How are leaders planning to balance high performance, cost-effectiveness,resource-efficiency and environmentally-friendliness in their proposed urban  development solutions? How can Public-Private Partnerships and other new  financing mechanism play a key role during such a process? 


  • Dr. Sonny Mumbunan, Research Scientist, Research Centre for Climate Change, University of Indonesia

Discussion Leaders:

  • Bernardus Djonoputro, Head of IAP, Indonesian Association of Urban Regional Planner
  • Jiangyan Wang, Executive Director, China Sustainable Transportation Centre
  • Dicky Edwin, Head, Indonesia Joint Crediting Mechanism Secretariat
  • Dr. J.W. Saputro, Executive Director, Indonesia Science Fund

4:40pm Closing Remarks

5:00pm Reception and Harvard Student Project Exhibition


Thursday, June 2

Venue: Balai Agung, Balai Kota (Jakarta City Hall)

8:00am Registration and Coffee


  • N. Bruce Pickering, Global Programs Vice President, Northern California Executive Director, Asia Society

9:00am PLENARY PANEL: Arts and Culture for a Livable City

Creativity and culture plays a crucial role in urban planning. The arts and public shared space are critical components of a healthy city, but all too often are sidelined as secondary concerns. Yet when looking at the most successful urban planning examples it is part of the planning from the very beginning. '"Creative Place Making" and concepts around community, culture and creative common space is not new to Indonesia. In Jakarta, and other cities across the country, the role of community empowerment has been part of the cultural landscape. This session will explore in how the creative space are crucial to successful urban development, and will examine the importance of local communities in defining urban culture. By looking at case study examples, session speakers will explore the opportunities and challenges of integrating local cultures into urban planning in the innovative cities of tomorrow. 


  • Rachel Cooper, Director for Global Performing Arts and Special Cultural Initiatives, Asia Society 

Discussion Leaders:

  • Rita Padawangi, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Evi Mariani, Journalist, The Jakarta Post 
  • Hilmar Farid, Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Government of Indonesia

10:00am PLENARY PANEL: Smart Solutions for Urban Challenges

Smart cities promise myriad things: optimizing urban resources, enhancing government efficiency, improving people’s quality of life. In China alone, hundreds of "smart" projects have been proposed for cities, while India has designated some 100 metropolitan areas as part of its Smart Cities Mission. Yet as societies collect ever-more data, the threat of hacking or abuse of personal data pose important challenges to governments and corporations alike. In Asia, countries with experiences as distinct as Singapore, India, China, Korea and Taiwan are all seeking to develop "smart city" concepts to tackle urban management and integrate technology into the life of citizens. Diverse projects by public and private entities span sustainability, transportation, security, waste management, public participation and more.

This panel explores how technology entrepreneurs and companies can work with municipal and national governments to improve or re-imagine current practices for smart technologies and consider how public-private partnerships can yield smarter, more livable, urban environments into the future.


  • Kevin Hsu, Lecturer, Stanford University

Discussion Leaders:

  • Jong Gun Lee, United Nations Pulse Lab, Jakarta 
  • Deevya Desai, Regional Policy & Research Manager, Grab Taxi
  • Dr. Andy Simarmata, Senior Lecturer, Urban Studies Graduate Program, University of Indonesia


11:15am INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE: Innovative Cities

Innovative solutions can turn urban challenges into opportunities. Singapore provides a unique example, where the lack of water resources has pushed the city to adopt a set of innovative water policies and technologies to secure its water supply, turning Singapore into a “global hydrohub” for water technologies.

In what other ways can cities in the Asia Pacific region use creative policies and technologies to their advantage? How can innovative ideas be transformed from being new and novel to lasting and sustainable?


  • N. Bruce Pickering, Global Programs Vice President, Northern California Center Executive Director, Asia Society 

Discussion Leaders:

  • Patrick Condon, Chair of Urban Design Program, University of British Columbia
  • Michael W. Mehaffy, Consultant, researcher, educator and author in urban development innovations
  • Dr. Supachai Tantikom, Chief Resilience Officer, 100 Resilient Cities - Bangkok 


  • Richard Drobnick, Director, International Business Education and Research MBA Program (Los Angeles), USC Marshall School of Business
  • Jatna Supriatna, Chair, Research Center for Climate Chance, University of Indonesia

12:30pm Forum Closing Lunch

1:30pm Forum Adjourns



Uwe Brandes, Georgetown University

Paul Bunje, X-Prize Foundation

Sean Chiao, AECOM

Richard Drobnick, University of Southern California

N. Bruce Pickering, Asia Society

Jatna Supriatna, University of Indonesia


Takdir Abimanyu, University of Indonesia

Hilda J. Blanco, University of Southern California

Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, Bases Conversion and Development Authority

Deland Chan, Stanford University

Patrick Condon, University of British Columbia

Bharat Dahiya, Chulalongkorn University

Komara Djaja, University of Indonesia

Jackson Ewing, Asia Society

Tian Feng, Bay Area Rapid Transit

Jeffrey Heller, Heller Manus Architects

John Fitzgerald, Urban Land Institute

Sujata Govada, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Budi Haryanto, University of Indonesia

Jingmin Huang, Asian Development Bank

Aidan Hughes, ARUP

Jonathan Karp, Asia Society

Kevin Hsu, Stanford University

Lai Choo Malone-Lee, National University of Singapore

Jiang Lin, Energy Foundation

Hendricus Andy Simarmata, University of Indonesia

Ismayadi Syamsudin, City Parks (Jakarta)

Alexander Zehnder, Nanyang Technological University