Solid waste challenges in the Pacific must be addressed at the island, regional, and ocean level.
Ms. Jingmin Huang, a national of the People's Republic of China (PRC), holds a Doctorate degree in water science from the Oxford University, and two bachelor’s degrees in industrial economics and environment engineering from Tianjin University, PRC. She has thirty-year experience including 13 years with ADB in the fields of urban planning, water, wastewater and solid waste management and project development. Prior to joining ADB, she was a fellow at St Hugh’s college in Oxford University, UK and lectured at the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University. Previously, she worked for 10 years on urban planning and urban infrastructure projects development and implementation in the PRC.
She joined ADB in 2008 as an urban development specialist in the East Asia Department, and held progressively positions in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) and South Asia Department. She led the processing and implementation of many innovative urban loans and technical assistances in several ADB member countries. She was also responsible for ADB urban initiatives including ADB's sanitation and wastewater management revolution, the green city initiative, the smart city initiative and the solid waste management. She was appointed as Director of Urban Development and Water Division in the Pacific Department of ADB in 2019. She supports the team to focus on sustainable urban and water service delivery in Pacific Island Countries by working closely with governments and development partners on technical, safeguards, financial management, and procurement issues. Through collaborations with other Pacific Divisions and SDCC, she engages the team in moving forward with several initiatives in Pacific including the Healthy Oceans agenda. She also plays a major role in developing knowledge products and best practices in the sector both within and outside ADB.
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Pacific island nations have been among the top performers worldwide in controlling COVID-19. A greater emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene practices will help continue that success.