UCLG ASPAC Secretariat is located in the Jakarta City Hall, demonstrating close working relations and invaluable partnership with the hosting city. The Secretariat provides crucial support to UCLG ASPAC President, Co-Presidents and other governing bodies in the exercise of their leadership and duties, including through coordination and organization of annual statutory meetings and preparation of substantive documents. Furthermore, the Secretariat is tasked to translate UCLG ASPAC’s visions and strategic guidance into concrete impacts on the ground. In doing so, the Secretariat works with its members and partners in Asia-Pacific to advocate for the prominence and interests of cities and local governments; foster exchanges of knowledge, promote peer-to-peer collaboration; implement policy advocacy activities, and strengthen members’ capabilities and expertise through capacity enhancement projects.


The Secretariat operates under the leadership of UCLG ASPAC Secretary General, supported by a team of 37 members, both core and project staffs, who are responsible for a broad-range of UCLG ASPAC’s work and activities throughout Asia-Pacific region. The Secretariat’s team has significantly expanded in the past five years, as resulted by the dynamism of local governments and their significance in implementing the global development agendas, stronger demand for local-level international cooperation, as well as growing need for technical and knowledge support.

Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi
Secretary General

Dr. Bernadia is the first woman Secretary General of UCLG’s regional section. She has been working in urban development and related fields for more than 15 years. Beginning her career at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and afterward CITYNET in Yokohama, Dr. Bernadia is also a visiting professor at several universities in Japan and has written various papers. In 2015, she was appointed as a member of the Advisory Group on Gender Issues (AGGI) of UNHABITAT. Her interests focus strategic urban planning, climate change, disaster management, water management, women empowerment, and local governance. Dr. Bernadia received her PhD in urban engineering from the University of Tokyo, and two master degrees in Atmospheric Physic from Nagoya University, Japan and in Public Policy from National University of Singapore.

As the Secretary General, Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi is the chief executive officer of UCLG Asia-Pacific Section. She directs the daily activities of the Section and carries out the decisions of the Regional General Assembly, the Regional Council and the Executive Bureau. The Secretary General manages the Secretariat’s activities, programs and finances of the Section under the guidance of the Presidency and reports to the Executive Bureau.

Aldrin Chandra Rusdiyanto
Executive Assistant to Secretary General

Emeritus Mayor Peter Woods OAM


Lenny Trisnandari
HR, Admin, and IT Manager

Friska Yanti Veronika
Regional Administrative Assistant

Noviandri Tri Yotighana
Database and Administration Assistant

Bintang Oematan
Finance and Grant Officer

Erika Melva Manurung
Finance Officer

Giovanni Liebe Andrew Latuheru
Finance and Accounting Assistant


Media and Communication Coordinator

Isabella Hutasoit
Member Service Coordinator

Betharia Raja Guk Guk
Member Services Assistant

Sabeena Gul
Sub-Office Desk Coordinator
(based in Islamabad)

Ramona Lissa Villegas
Institutional Governance Coordinator


Helmi Abidin
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)/Resilience Coordinator

Hesti Prihatiningyas
Program Administrative Officer

Aniessa Delima Sari
Project Manager – LOCALISE SDGs Project

Hendra Susila Adi
Training Coordinator – LOCALISE SDGs Project

Sitti Aminah Syahidah
Knowledge Management Officer – LOCALISE SDGs Project

Vidya Kartika
Field Officer – LOCALISE SDGs Project

Asih Budiati
Regional Project Manager – Climate Resilience Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project

Putra Dwitama
Project Coordinator – Climate Resilience Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project

Maria Serenade Sinurat

Knowledge Management and Communication Officer – Climate Resilience Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project

Satish Jung Shahi
Communication, Outreach and Knowledge Management Officer – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Project
(Based in Kathmandu)

Ali Imran
Team Leader – LEAD for Localisation of SDGs in Pakistan Project
(Based in Islamabad)

Jahanzeb Javed
Finance Administration Manager – LEAD for Localisation of SDGs in Pakistan Project
(Based in Islamabad)

Adil Raza
Admin and Logistics Officer – LEAD for Localisation of SDGs in Pakistan Project
(Based in Islamabad)

Dini Laraswati
Technical Coordinator – International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia Project

Vicaria Leiwakabessy
Project Administrator – International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia Project

Maizura Ismail
Strategic and Capacity Development Manager
(Based in Kuala Lumpur)


Im Changsoo
Secondee – Seoul Metropolitan Government

Dohui, Hong
Secondee – Daegu