Hung Vo provides technical support to USAID’s urban programs and strategies. His work has focused on strengthening local institutions through a range of multidisciplinary projects on local revenue generation, infrastructure financing, and urban health. Currently, Mr. Vo is drafting new guidance that will highlight how focused and intentional urban programming can help USAID partner countries achieve self-reliance. He is broadly interested in topics related to cities, including climate adaptation, smart cities, municipal finance, and land use and spatial planning.
Mr. Vo holds a Bachelor of Science in urban planning from Cornell University and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Mr. Vo has extensive knowledge of urbanization in Asia.
Mr. Vo has worked in policy advisory and research roles with the United Nations, first as a youth advisor on cities leading up to Habitat III, and later as a Fellow helping author the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) flagship report on the state of the global environment. While at Harvard University, he worked at the Harvard Social Agency Lab on research projects ranging from post-disaster housing interventions to urban sprawl in emerging economies. Prior to his position at USAID, Mr. Vo worked at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and authored two case studies exploring how city leaders negotiate, which will be used to teach mid-level professionals and city leaders about negotiations at Harvard University.