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
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.
Bureau of The Secretary General
Communications & Member Services Division
Strategic & Programme Division
Mr. Hizbullah Arief
Regional Knowledge Management Communication Officer
Satish Jung Shahi
Communication, Outreach and Knowledge Management Officer – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Project (Based in Kathmandu)