Ms. Ying Gao, UN-HABITAT, Thailand

Ms. Ying Gao is the Habitat Partners Coordinator for UN-Habitat's Bangkok Office, in Thailand. Specialized in urban and regional planning andinternational development, she is focal point for UN-Habitat initiatives to strengthen strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships in the region, including an emerging group of projects targeting engagement with urban youth and innovative approaches for sustainable urban development. She coordinated major initiatives such as the first Asia-Pacific Urban Youth Assembly during APUF-6 (APUFY) in 2015, in collaboration with Indonesia government, ADB and youth-led organizations, as well as Block by Block, a partnership between UN-Habitat and Mojang AB for citizen engagement in public space design using a popular independent video game.