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Jon Kher Kaw

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Senior Urban Development Specialist
Jon Kher Kaw (@jonkherkaw) is a Senior Urban Development Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice based in Washington D.C. He also leads the Urbanscapes Group at the World Bank, a cross-sector community-of-practice focused on urban planning and design. He brings with him over 15 years of expertise in public policy, urban planning, and real estate. Since joining the World Bank, Jon Kher has worked on various urban sector activities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was also the primary author of the spatial planning and connectivity chapter in the Regional Urbanization Flagship for South Asia. Prior to his current role at the World Bank, Jon Kher held various key positions at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the national urban planning agency of Singapore from 2005 to 2013. There, he led the planning, design and implementation of key growth districts, as well as policy recommendations for national-level planning, land allocation and real estate market intervention. Jon Kher also worked in the private sector in Singapore and London, and was co-founder of an urban planning think tank in New York. He holds a Master in Design Studies (Housing and Urbanization) from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.