Paul Procee works as the Lead Urban Specialist at the World Bank office in China. An environmental engineer with more than 15 years of experience in urban environmental and infrastructure management, he joined the World Bank in 1999 and has been working on a wide range of projects related to urban infrastructure, water supply, sanitation, solid waste, transport and disaster risk management. He started working at the World Bank Institute and moved tot he Latin American Region in 2006. In 2010 he joined the Urban Rural Integration team in the World Bank China office in Beijing, where he manages a variety of urban infrastructure projects and coordinates the disaster risk management activities of the Bank in China. Among others, he prepared a policy note on integrated flood risk management for the Chinese government, and he currently manages the Wenchuan Earthquake Recovery Project and a number of urban infrastructure and flood control projects. He is also preparing a publication on climate risk management and adaptation.
Paul Procee will present the key findings of a joint urbanization report published jointly by the World Bank and the State Council’s Development Research Center, which came out on March 25, 2014 — just one week after Chinese leaders unveiled China’s 2014-2020 urbanization plan. This joint publication was prepared over a period of 14 months, with interim reports continually shared with China’s top policymakers as input to government discussions on urbanization, providing a critical foundation for the formulation of policies on China’s new model of urbanization.