Climate Resilient and
Inclusive Cities Project

Arie Setiawan

Project Manager at UCLG ASPAC

Arie Setiawan is the Project Manager at UCLG ASPAC. He holds a master's degree in Urban Architectural Design and is certified in Advanced Business English Communication, GESI Development, Availability PPP Model, Project Cycle Management for Project Design Matrix (PDM) formulation and Strategic Communications.


Arie Setiawan received a masters (2008) in urban architectural design from the Trisakti University and a bachelors degree (2000) in architectural science from the Borobudur University, both in Jakarta. A fully rounded academic, Arie is also an expert in strategy and policies.

Arie’s responsibility as the project manager for the Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) at the UCLG ASPAC (2021) is to ensure the high impact of sustainable integrated urban development, good governance and climate adaption/ mitigation through long-lasting partnership, and tools such as sustainable action plans, early warning tools, air quality and waste management in consultation with the international experts’ panels. This five-year project (2019-2024) aims to propose a long-lasting and unique cooperation through triangular cooperation between cities and research centres in Europe, South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand), piloting in 10 cities across Indonesia, embodying three pillars as the targeted outcomes of the activities that can be implemented effectively and efficiently. His duties include: (1) manage and coordinate project’s activities, from substantive, administrative and financial points of views, apply strategic planning and systemic coordination of the project; (2) the direction and leadership in advocating project objectives and in ensuring all interested members and parties are well informed about the projects’ activities and goals; (3) identify any support and advice required for the management, plans and control of the project; (4) ensure professional relationships with members, relevant national and international partner agencies; (5) establish and maintain relationships and act as the key focal point with donor agencies to ensure that all programming, financial and administrative matters related to the project are transparently, expediently and efficiently managed.

Formerly, as the Program Manager for the Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Programs (2020), the World Vision International (2019-2020), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT – The Commonwealth of Australia) (2015-2019), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (2008-2015), he advised the project economics ensuring the high impact of sustainable physical and social infrastructure, and economic development programs embodying the vision, mission and promises of these different agencies for their Official Development Assistance (ODA) agenda for the maximum benefits to Indonesia under approximately over US$600 million portfolio for various program/ projects. Instances of accomplishment in earlier program delivery and interventions in the thematic areas of sustainability and/or climate change, transit, mobilities, NMT and multimodal systems (e.g. bus, rail, light rail, walking and cycling, segregated lanes, green transport and pedestrian travel, feasibility study and blueprints); smart cities, urban development and land use (e.g. demographic, energy, environmental and digital transition; Transit Oriented Development (TOD); Intellegent Transport System (ITS), urban renewal & design) as well as improved preparedness, coping & response capacities to disasters where technical advice and deep engagements were delivered include: (1) Construction and Engineering Service for Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project (I); (2) JABODETABEK Urban Transportation Policy Integration (JUTPI); (3) Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for JABODETABEK Project; (4) The Study on JABODETABEK Public Transportation Policy Implementation Strategy; (5) TransJakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Improvement Program; (6) Non-BRT Public Transport Revitalisation Program – Reform of Bus Services in Jakarta; (7) Integrated Urban Road Safety Project (IURSP); (8) Urban Mobility and Public Transport Planning in Secondary Cities Scoping; (9) Developing an Urban Mobility Management System in DKI Jakarta; (10) Study on the Economic Benefits of GESI in Infrastructure Sector; (11) Aceh Reconstruction Project (post tsunami rehabilitation); (12) Urgent Disaster Reduction Project for Mt. Merapi/ K. Progo River Basin, Phase-I and II; (13) Reconstruction of Schools Considering Quake-Resistant and Community Based Disaster Reduction; (14) The Project for Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation of Water Resources Management Facilities and Safe School Reconstruction in Devastated Areas of Earthquake in Offshore of Padang City in West Sumatera Province. With over the past 14 years of hands-on managing experience in international development, plus another nine years experience in related fields, he has no ‘handicap’ working with development agencies, business or NGO sectors, and the Indonesian central and local governments’ interlocutors responsible for the program priority areas to enable and enhance the implementation of the program and ensure continued buy-in, including other donors.

A self-described “urban mobility and low-carbon technology education enthusiast”, Arie consults with UCLG-ASPAC as the project manager for CRIC. By joining the UCLG ASPAC, Arie is eager to work with the CRIC project and all 10 piloted cities altogether to address the issue of climate change-related emission reduction, the city’s resiliency to climate change and their inclusiveness for gender equality and social inclusion. This can be done by processing experiences challenges due to a number of factors, including varying levels of understanding at the city level; varying capacity of international and national partners to assist the project; the importance of public consultation; the evolving rigour of assessments in impacts; emerging issues in climate change and inclusiveness; environmental enforcement; and political influences to offer legislative frameworks on the process.

Arie married Gina Ismal in 2003, and they had one son, Rayhan Aghno, whom at his 3rd grade at one of the public junior high school (SMPN) in South Jakarta.


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