Experts Meeting on Assessing and Determining the Needs of Developing Countries - Biographies of resource persons
H.E. Mr. Emmanuel de Guzman

Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” M. de Guzman was appointed commissioner of the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) in September 2015. He is an international expert on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA), a public health specialist, and an economist, with more than 30 years of experience in public policy and civil society, including more than 20 years of professional work in the fields of DRR, CCA, and humanitarian action at national and international levels. Manny has worked in the Philippine Government under four administrations. He was director at the Department of National Defense and deputy administrator at the Office for Civil Defense-National Disaster Coordinating Council, 1998-2001. He was advisor on contingency planning at the National Security Council, 1997-1998. He was head executive assistant and national program manager at the Department of Health, 1986- 1997. Outside the government, Manny advised national and local government agencies and international and regional organizations, including the United Nations system, on sustainable development, health emergency preparedness and crisis management, multihazard early warning and early action, gender mainstreaming, public-private partnership, and policy leadership and advocacy on DRR-CCA. As an international advisor on DRR-CCA, Manny had carried out work in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Viet Nam. He was senior regional expert on disaster risk management of the ASEAN Secretariat in 2006 and 2013. He also served as senior advisor on disaster risk reduction of the World Meteorological Organization and the UNISDR (now UNDRR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and promoted high-level policy advocacy and action, and multistakeholder partnership on DRR-CCA in 2007-2015. As climate change secretary, Manny has led the negotiations by the Philippines on the Paris Climate Change Agreement since COP21 of 2015.


Mr. Woochung Um

Mr. Woochong Um is Director General concurrently Chief Compliance Officer of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) – formerly the Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD) in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He assumed office in 1 June 2018. He leads ADB-wide knowledge management and innovation in various thematic and sector operation areas. He is responsible for developing sector and thematic policies, strategies, frameworks and operational plans, and developing new business ideas. He looks after ADB’s compliance with environment and social safeguards. He oversees the administration of single/multi-donor trust funds, project co-financing, and global funding initiatives and management of ADB-wide co-financing data. He is also a Professor of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Yonsei University. He has master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Boston College.


Mr. Jong Hun Lee

Mr. Jong Hun Lee is the Director of the Green Climate Policy Division of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He is specialized in financial management of government budget, as well as international climate change and climate finance issues. His previous positions at the Ministry of Economy and Finance include: Finance Renovation Bureau (2007); Budget Office (2008); Public Policy Bureau (2009); Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (2012); Economic Policy Bureau (2016) and Development Finance Bureau (2018).



Mr. Mattias Frumerie

Mr. Mattias Frumerie works on climate finance and climate diplomacy at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including climate mainstreaming in development cooperation and external relations. Sweden provides some 5 billion Swedish krona annually for climate action. Mr Frumerie represents Sweden on the Steering Committee of the NDC Partnership and is a member of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance. As an SCF member, mr Frumerie co-facilitates the preparation of the report COP24 requested the SCF to present in 2020 on the determination of the needs of developing countries related to implementing the Convention and the Paris Agreement. Previous positions include deputy head of the MFA Budget and Planning Department, Head of EU Policy, Head of EU Single Market, Head of Strategic Communications, EU advisor to the Prime Minister and postings at the Swedish Embassy in Budapest and the Swedish EU mission in Brussels.

Mr. Yolando Velasco

Mr. Yolando Velasco is presently managing the Climate Finance Sub-Programme of the secretariat of the United Nations Climate Change Convention based in Bonn, Germany. He has 25 years of experience in national and international climate policy development, managing climate-related projects and the intergovernmental process on climate finance. He has been with the United Nations Climate Change secretariat since 2000 leading the work on technology transfer, capacity-building, national communications of developing countries and climate finance. Before joining the secretariat, Yolando served as a member of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Convention (1992-2000) and actively negotiated on issues related to technology transfer, national communications and financial mechanism. As Country Manager of the International Institute for Energy Conservation from 1997–2000, he implemented the Green Buildings and Sustainable Energy Programmes in the Philippines.

Mr. David Kaluba