Mr Kim will kick off with the "Opening Plenary: Asia's Growth Prospects in Clean Energy". As co-Chair of the Steering Committee of Energy for the All Partnership Initiative, he is tasked to look into providing energy access to 100 million people in Asia and the Pacific by 2015.
Mr Gil-Hong Kim is the Director for the Sustainable Infrastructure Division of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department. His portfolio of initiatives includes clean energy and energy efficiency, sustainable transport, water supply and sanitation, urban development, and public-private partnerships.
He has 25 years of experience in development economics, regional economic cooperation, country economic analysis, country operational strategy and programming, and infrastructure planning and development.
Mr Kim has been working for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since 1996. As Country Economist and Country Team Leader, he has worked for country strategy and programming for Laos PDR, Vietnam and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) programmes for about eight years in the Southeast Asia Department. In the Strategy and Policy Department, he has led initiatives for mainstreaming Managing for Development Results (MfDR) in ADB operations for about three years. Before his appointment as Director of RSID, he was the Country Director of ADB's Laos Resident Mission for about two years.
The South Korean national has a PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in the US.