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Seminar Sponsored by NEC

The Role of Innovation in Sustainable Urban Public Transport

Sunday, 7 May 2017, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm, Annex Hall F201-202


Anne DowlingSenior Consultant in Sustainable Urban Public Transport

Transportation is essential in the construction of an equitable, efficient, sustainable and ever-changing world. Anne Dowling’s great passion is enabling communities to enhance public transport though the use of technology. She applies her dual passions for technology and public transport to enhancing the quality of both, in communities around the world. Holding an executive master’s degree in technology management and innovation from New York University, with over fifteen years of experience in transportation, Ms. Dowling brings a holistic approach to the diverse international transportation projects she has consulted on. Her current interests lie in the optimization of multi-modal transportation integration for a connected community.

Shumpei FujiiHead of Transportation Business Unit, NEC India Pvt. Ltd.

Shumpei Fujii is a business development specialist who joined NEC Corporation in 2008, engaging with the India ICT industry. In 2012, he initiated the promotion of NEC’s e-payment solutions for the retail and banking segment and launched the service with India's largest cinema chain. Subsequently, he engaged in intelligent transit solutions for the India bus rapid transit segment beginning in 2014. Mr. Fujii has contributed to establishing NEC as a leading bus transit solution provider by implementing transit solutions in four cities since 2015.

Amy S.P. LeungDeputy Director General and Chief Thematic Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

Amy S. P. Leung is deputy director general concurrently chief thematic officer of ADB’s Thematic Advisory Service Cluster under the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, covering climate change and disaster risk management, gender equity, governance, social development, agriculture, rural development and food security, NGO and civil society, and ICT for development. Prior to her current position, she was deputy director general of ADB’s East Asia Department, covering ADB’s operation in the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. She was former director of ADB's Southeast Asia Urban Development and Water Division and of the East Asia Urban and Social Sectors Division, where she was in charge of loan and grant portfolio for urban development, water supply and sanitation, education, health, and social protection. Ms. Leung has over 20 years of experience in managing multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary projects in Asia and North America. She is as an urban planner with expertise in urban development, water resources management, project design and monitoring, and public-private partnerships.

Daniel A. LevineSenior Officer, Tokyo Development Learning Center (TLDC) Program, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

Daniel Levine is the senior officer of the Tokyo Development Learning Center program within the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank Group. In his position he manages the Tokyo-based operations and staff of the program. He has over 12 years of experience with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation covering finance and private sector development, knowledge and portfolio management, jobs and growth, and most recently infrastructure and urban development. As a Wolcott Fellow, Mr. Levine obtained an MBA from the George Washington University and additionally holds a BS in political science from Arizona State University.


Shinya Kukita Chief Engineer, NEC Corporation

Shinya Kukita received his BE degree in electrical engineering from Tokyo University in 1981. After he joined NEC Corporation in 1981, he engaged in the development of various optical transport systems and network management systems, as well as in the product planning of various components of the next generation network (NGN). Currently he is responsible for establishing the business and technical strategies for the international market on cloud computing, software defined networking, big data, internet of things (IoT), and smart cities. He is a regular speaker in various international conferences.

Seminar Summary

Sustainable public transport plays an important role in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). As Asia’s urban population continues to grow, the volume of motor vehicles increases, which results in a corresponding increase in pollution levels, traffic congestion, and vehicular accidents. Innovation is needed to address these issues.

Ms. Anne Dowling, senior consultant, explained the reasons why people choose to use private instead of public transport. People are more inclined to use private transport in cases where public transport is inefficient and uncomfortable. She stressed that government policy and innovation should be aligned to avoid this situation.

Mr. Daniel A. Levine from the World Bank Group shared TDLC’s experience in applying Japan’s expertise to specific project-level engagements in developing countries to maximize development impact. He emphasized the Government of Japan and World Bank’s “quality infrastructure investment structure.”

Mr. Shumpei Fuji of NEC India, explained that India’s bus rapid transit systems (BRTs) are running in seven cities which gives citizens viable options for public transport. Mr. Fuji stressed that the reality is not that simple and there are many challenges from the users’ perspectives, such as efficiency, comfort and safety. NEC India is supporting these challenges through ICT solutions, resulting in schedule optimization, user enhancement, and fare collection increase, among others.

Ms. Amy S.P. Leung from ADB shared ADB’s “Sustainable Transport Initiative” intended to encourage shift toward more sustainable types of transport from 2010 to 2020. She also mentioned that ADB works with governments to assess and review the urban master plan, considering that urban transport projects could only be sustainable if they are integrated with urban planning which includes transit-oriented development, land value capture, and greenways, among other initiatives.

After the presentations, the seminar panel discussed the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of public transport (BRT, LRT or MRT), noting that the best option must consider the constraints and priorities identified in the urban master plan.