Asami Okahashi works as an Urban Development Specialist at UNDP's Regional Hub in Bangkok, Thailand. She engages in urban issues in the Asia Pacific region, actively seeking partnerships with the private sector to achieve the goal of sustainable cities and communities through Smart Cities and Public Private Partnership (PPP). She previously worked at the UNDP in New York, monitoring programme operations covering delivery, financial capacity and risk.
Prior to joining UNDP, Asami worked in the private sector for six years where she held numerous roles in the urban design and project management of Smart Cities, financial infrastructure, and ICT projects in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
She holds an MSc in Urban Economic Development with a special focus on PPP from the University College London, UK.