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CDIA is pleased to announce that Ms. Eva Ringhof has been appointed as the new Program Coordinator starting September 2017. She will co-manage CDIA on behalf of the German Government in cooperation with Mr. Joris van Etten of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Ms. Ringhof joined CDIA in 2013 as its Social Urban Development Specialist. As such, she guided CDIA’s city interventions on governance aspects and inclusive development in urban infrastructure investments. From 2014 to 2016, she further led CDIA’s city interventions and coordinated with national partner organizations on integrated infrastructure development as Country Manager for Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Before joining CDIA, Ms. Ringhof worked in environmental consulting, and regional and economic development in countries such as Colombia, Germany, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. She holds a Master of Science degree in Spatial and Environmental Planning, as well as a postgraduate degree in International Cooperation.
Through her active involvement in cooperation and networking activities, Ms. Ringhof has not only enabled more partnership opportunities for CDIA, but also promoted the organization as a source of knowledge and expertise on infrastructure project development and funding. According to Ms. Ringhof, “Addressing the needs of cities’ residents, including the most vulnerable groups, must be at the heart of every urban development initiative.”
Ms. Ringhof’s appointment as the new Program Coordinator came at an opportune time as CDIA sets out to pursue key innovations to better serve the needs of Asian cities, and increase the impact of its work to the urban population. Her in-depth knowledge and experience of CDIA will help her lead the team, particularly in capacity building and outreach initiatives, which are geared towards increasing the capability of Asian cities to prepare bankable infrastructure investment projects.
“I would like to take this opportunity to strengthen cooperation with and among our partners by leaving a solid base for the transition phase of CDIA after 10 years of supporting medium-sized cities in Asia,” said Ms. Ringhof on her new assignment.