Authors & Interviewees 2017-10-17T15:12:10+00:00

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Ruediger Ahrend

Ruediger Ahrend

Head of Urban Policy, Public Governance & Territorial Development at OECD
Dr Rüdiger Ahrend is Head of the Urban Programme in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. In this capacity, he has been supervising numerous urban projects, for example on metropolitan development and governance, urban productivity, land use, and housing. He is the main author of “The Metropolitan Century: Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences”. Before he started working at OECD in 2002, Ahrend worked as a researcher and independent consultant. He holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, as well as degrees in Social Sciences and Mathematics from the University of Göttingen, Paris-IX Dauphine, and the Sorbonne.
Ruediger Ahrend
Safiqul Alam

Safiqul Alam

Managing director at Geomark
Safiqul Alam is the managing director and CEO at the software and planning company Geomark Limited. He holds an M.Phil in Urban Geography from Dhaka University.
Safiqul Alam
Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

Founding Chair at Kofi Annan Foundation
Kofi Annan, the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and was the Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006. With the Foundation, Kofi Annan seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.
Kofi Annan

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Jasmin Atwaa

Jasmin Atwaa

Consultant at GIZ CoMun
Jasmin Atwaa is a consultant in the regional programme "Strengthening municipal development and democracy" of GIZ. As part of this programme, she coordinates the activities of the Marseille Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and organizes events in France, Germany, and the Maghreb.
Jasmin Atwaa

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    Franziska Schreiber & Kai Fischer

    Franziska Schreiber & Kai Fischer

    Project Managers at adelphi
    Franziska Schreiber works for adelphi as a project manager in the area of urban transformation. Her work engages with international urban negotiation processes as well as with different aspects of urban governance, sustainable urban development and the interface of urban planning and social cohesion. She is the author of various studies, political analyses and develops dialogue formats for current political processes.

    Kai Fischer works for adelphi has a project manager in the area of urban transformation. He has engaged with questions of global urbanization, urban governance and urban climate protection in various studies and reports.
    Franziska Schreiber & Kai Fischer

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    Howaida Barakat

    Howaida Barakat

    Howaida Barakat is Advisor of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in Egypt. Her work focuses on informal settlements and sustainable housing, among other topics.
    Howaida Barakat
    Uwe Becker

    Uwe Becker

    Uwe Becker manages the GIZ-implemented project 'Resource Efficiency and Secondary Raw Materials Management as a Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation' in India. This project is supported by Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) within the scope of its International Climate Initiative (IKI). Mr Becker is also a member of the GIZ Working Group on Sustainable Industrial Areas (SIA). With its global outreach, SIA focuses on issues concerning the sustainable development of industrial and urban areas.
    Uwe Becker

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      Christoph Beier

      Christoph Beier

      Vice-Chair of the Management Board at GIZ
      Dr Christoph Beier was appointed to the Management Board of former Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in 2010 and has been Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board since 2011. From 2000 he held various leading management positions within GTZ and initially headed the Planning and Development Department and then different Regional Departments. Before, Christoph Beier advised the Ministry of the Interior in Indonesia on decentralization on behalf of GTZ and worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at Ruhr-University Bochum as well as for a business promotion agency and for the Ministry of Economics in Saarland.
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      Roger Behrens

      Roger Behrens

      Associate Professor at University of Cape Town
      Roger Behrens is an Associate Professor in the University of Cape Town’s Department of Civil Engineering. He is Director of the Centre for Transport Studies, and of the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport. He graduated with a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning from UCT in 1991, and with a PhD degree in 2002.
      Roger Behrens

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      Daphne Besen

      Daphne Besen

      Head of International Relations at Duque de Caxias City Hall
      Daphne Besen holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Social Science. She worked at the International Relations Department of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall for 3 years and is currently working as Head of International Relations at the Duque de Caxias City Hall.
      Daphne Besen

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      John Bongat

      John Bongat

      Mayor at Naga City
      John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines.
      John Bongat
      Stephanie Buechler

      Stephanie Buechler

      Stephanie Buechler, Research Scientist, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona.Dr. Buechler has conducted research on gendered livelihoods linked to urban and peri-urban agriculture in semi-arid Tucson, Arizona, USA; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India and near Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico.
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        Jovana Carapic

        Jovana Carapic

        Associate Researcher at Small Arms Survey
        Jovana Carapic holds a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her dissertation aimed to unpack the state–armed group relationship. Since completing her doctorate, Jovana has been working for the Small Arms Survey where she is an active member of the ‘Weapons and Markets’ cluster and Gender Focal Point of the Small Arms Survey. She also holds an MA in Political Science and a BSc. in Psychology and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.
        Jovana Carapic

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          Shivani Chaudhry

          Shivani Chaudhry

          Executive Director at Housing and Land Rights Network
          Shivani Chaudhry has been working with the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) in New Delhi, India, since 2004. Before that, she worked with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. She was a member of the Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development's Task Force on Land Reforms, and contributed to the draft national land reform policy.
          Shivani Chaudhry
          Marty Chen

          Marty Chen

          International Coordinator at WIEGO
          Marty Chen is the International Coordinator of WIEGO, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Affiliated Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are employment, gender, and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy. Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had two decades of resident experience in Bangladesh working with BRAC (now the world's largest non-governmental organization) and in India, where she served as field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh.
          Marty Chen

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          Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

          Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

          International Partnership at CDIA
          CDIA is an international partnership initiative established by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Germany in 2007. It receives additional core funding support from the governments of Austria, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as the Shanghai Municipal Government. Aside from working with at least 117 cities, from 2007 until 2016, CDIA has also completed 109 Pre-Feasibility Studies; and directly linked 52 projects to finance. In total, CDIA’s urban development measures have an estimated investment value of USD 6.0 billion.
          Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

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          William Cobbett

          William Cobbett

          Director at Cities Alliance
          William Cobbett is Director of the Cities Alliance. He joined the Cities Alliance in 2001 from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi. Before that, William Cobbett was National Coordinator of the Department of Local and Regional Government, and Housing in South Africa and Director of Housing for Cape Town.
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          Marco Dall'Orso

          Marco Dall'Orso

          Managing Director at Arexpo SpA
          Marco Dall’Orso is Managing Director for real estate development and asset management at Arexpo SpA, the public sector company in charge of the urban regeneration of the 1 million sqm former Expo Milan 2015 site. Before joining Arexpo SpA, he held senior executive positions with leading real estate development and asset management organisations internationally.He is a cross-cultural market strategist offering Board-level governance experience and a unique combination of strategic thinking and ability to effectively execute and negotiate in multiple-stakeholder environments. Dall’Orso holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Genoa, a Master of Science from Imperial College in London and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne. He has over 25 years of combined experience in commercial real estate, infrastructure and environmental projects.He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
          Marco Dall'Orso

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          Ani Dasgupta

          Ani Dasgupta

          Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Prior to joining WRI, Ani served at the Director of Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank, where he provided leadership and direction for the Bank’s role in offering knowledge services for development. Ani holds a Masters Degree in City Planning and a Masters Degree in Architecture, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His PhD work, at the planning school at MIT, focused on services for urban poor.
          Ani Dasgupta
          Christopher Dekki

          Christopher Dekki

          Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer at Communitas Coalition
          Christopher Dekki is the former Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer of the Communitas Coalition. He now works with UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development in stakeholder engagement, especially around the review of the SDGs. For many years, he has been active in the UN policy advocacy work of youth organizations like the International Movement of Catholic Students, as well as the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. He is also an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph's College in New York City.
          Christopher Dekki
          Dana de la Fontaine

          Dana de la Fontaine

          Advisor at GIZ
          Dana de la Fontaine works with the Good Financial Governance Program at GIZ Mozambique. Her focus lies on decentralization and local government development. In the context of the cooperation between GIZ and Cities Alliance, her main objective is to support the national dialogue between national and local governments as well as actors of civil society, aiming at the development of a national urban agenda. De la Fontaine is a political scientist and holds a PhD in International Relations.
          Dana de la Fontaine
          Sonia Dias

          Sonia Dias

          Solid Waste Specialist at WIEGO
          A sociologist by training, Sonia refers to herself as a “garbologist” and specializes in solid waste management. Sonia has been active in the field in Brazil since 1985 with a focus on promoting the integration of social inclusion aspects into the technical planning of waste collection and recycling. Through graduate and master’s studies, she has delved deeply into the role of participation in solid waste management in Brazil and the role of the local governments in strengthening waste pickers' organizations in Belo Horizonte City.
          Sonia Dias
          Eva Dick

          Eva Dick

          Eva Dick is a senior researcher at the Department of Environmental Policy and Natural Resources at DIE working on urban development, urban/regional governance, urban informality and migration, among other topics.
          Eva Dick
          Felix Dodds

          Felix Dodds

          Senior Fellow at Global Research Institute
          Felix Dodds is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, USA, and also an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, Boston, USA. From 1992 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.

          Felix has edited or written fourteen books on sustainable development and UN-related issues. His latest book is ‘Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A Transformational Agenda for an Insecure World’ which he co-wrote with Ambassador Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch. He is also an International Ambassador for the City of Bonn and co-director of the Nexus Conference 2014 and 2018 on water, Energy, Food and Climate Change.
          Felix Dodds

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          Katrin Eisenbeiß

          Katrin Eisenbeiß

          Katrin Eisenbeiß is a Policy Advisor at GIZ and part of the Sector Project "Sustainable Development of Metropolitan Regions". Her current focus of work is on integrated urban development, resource management and city region food systems. Before joining GIZ, she worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) in Stuttgart for the research project "Morgenstadt – City Insights" at the interface of mobility and governance. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Regional and Urban Research with a focus on international development cooperation and transport planning at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
          Katrin Eisenbeiß

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          Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse

          Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse

          Project Manager & Technical Director at GIZ
          Ruth Erlbeck has worked for the GIZ in Ethiopia, Mongolia and South America. She currently works as a project manager of the regional "Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus Project".

          Ralph Trosse has a background in civil engineering and architecture. He has worked in many development projects in Benin, El Salvador and Nicaragua among others. He currently works as a technical director of the "Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus Project" in Bangkok.
          Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse

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          Kathrin Faltermeier

          Kathrin Faltermeier

          Junior Consultant at GIZ CoMun
          Kathrin Faltermeier has been working as junior consultant for GIZ's programme CoMun since 2015. She is based at the CoMun office in Tunis and focuses on citizen participation in Tunisian municipalities.
          Kathrin Faltermeier

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          Ana Falú

          Ana Falú

          Director of INVIHAB Research on Housing and Habitat Institute at University of Córdoba
          Ana Falú, Architect, Professor and Researcher, is the Director of INVIHAB Research on Housing and Habitat Institute and Director of the Master Course on Housing Management and Development at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She is also the co-founder of the Women and Habitat Network and the network’s Focal Point in Argentina, and coordinates the UNI UN Habitat Gender Hub. Between 2002 and 2009, Ana Falú was Head of UNIFEM (today UN Women), first for the Andean Countries and later for Brazil and the South Cone countries. She studied at the National University of Tucuman in Argentina and completed her doctoral studies at Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.
          Ana Falú
          Gero Fischer

          Gero Fischer

          Editor at Vorwärts Verlag
          Gero Fischer works as editor at Vorwärts publishing house. He focuses on municipal and local politics, among other topics.
          Gero Fischer

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          Alessandro Galimberti

          Alessandro Galimberti

          Worldwide Focal Person for Improved Cook Stoves at AVSI Foundation
          Alessandro Galimberti is a Senior Social and Economic Development Specialist with a masters degree in Economics. He spent the first part of his professional career as Marketing and Commercial Director in different international companies. During the last ten years, he has worked in Africa as Country Director and Team Leader for the AVSI Foundation, a leading NGO in the sector of slum upgrading, education and renewable energies. For AVSI, he has supervised the strategy design, the startup and management of ICSs production and distribution activities in different countries such as Mozambique, Uganda and the Republic of the Congo.
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            Ebru Gencer

            Ebru Gencer

            Executive Director at CUDRR+R
            Ebru Gencer is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, an independent research organisation based in New York City. She is an urban planner specialized in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Dr Gencer is also the Co-Chair of the Urban Planning Advisory Group to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, New York.
            Ebru Gencer
            Michael Glotz-Richter

            Michael Glotz-Richter

            Senior Project Manager at City of Bremen
            Michael Glotz-Richter is Senior Project Manager of “Sustainable Mobility” at the City of Bremen, Germany. As such, he is responsible for several innovation projects in the field of sustainable mobility. He also reviewed the European RTD projects “Citymobil” and “Citymobil2” on autonomous vehicles. As a trained urban planner (SRL), he has a special interest in the interaction between built environment, human behaviour and technical/technological development.
            Michael Glotz-Richter

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              Alexis Gueu

              Alexis Gueu

              Alexis Gueu is a social entrepreneur, consultant in public speaking, cyber-activist and writer from Cote d’Ivoire. He founded the Cote d’Ivoire Young Leaders Association and is its chairman.
              Alexis Gueu

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              Sabine Hammer

              Sabine Hammer

              Sabine Hammer, journalist and freelance correspondent, is specialised on municipal development cooperation, sustainability and conflict management. The German Federal President awarded her the First Media Prize on Development Policy of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She is Special Advisor to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. José Ramos-Horta.
              Sabine Hammer

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              G.P. Hari

              Additional General Manager (Urban Transport) at Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.
              Mr. Hari represents Kochi Metro Rail Ltd., a joint venture company of Govt. of India and the provincial Govt. of Kerala. He is working since inception of the company and presently designated as Additional General Manager-Urban Transport.He is a mechanical engineer with railway engineering and public transportation background, served in the mainline railway projects, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. and in the Automotive testing & validation infrastructure project, prior to joining Kochi Metro Rail Ltd in 2012.
              Joséphine Hébert

              Joséphine Hébert

              Graduated from Sciences Po in Paris, Joséphine Hébert a French-Brazilian young professional working internationally on urban governance. After more than one year working in Mozambique with UN-Habitat and GIZ's Good Financial Governance Program, she will now move to Egypt to work there on urban sustainable development.
              Joséphine Hébert

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              Jean François Habeau

              Jean François Habeau

              Executive Director at FMDV
              Jean-François Habeau is Executive Director of FMDV, the International Alliance of Local Governments dedicated to promoting and developing solutions to finance urban development and local economic development.
              Jean François Habeau
              Claudia Hermes

              Claudia Hermes

              Coordinator for GIZ at Cities Development in Asia
              Claudia Hermes has worked for several years for a number of German corporations and for the German Bundestag before starting a job at the GIZ ten years ago. Since then she has worked for the GIZ in various locations in East-and West-Africa, among others as the country director of Mauritania. Since 2016 she is the director of Cities Development in Asia (CDIA), a common project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
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              Peter Herrle

              Peter Herrle

              Professor Emeritus for International Urbanism at Habitat Unit
              Dr. Peter Herrle is Professor Emeritus for International Urbanism. Until 2012 he was director of the Habitat Unit at Technische Universität Berlin. His research focus is on urban informality, urban governance, housing and mega-urban regions. He is Advisory Professor at the Tongji University Shanghai and a consultant to bilateral and international development agencies. He is founding editor of the ‘Habitat International Series’ at LIT-Publishers and co-editor of ‘Megacities and Global Change’ series at Steiner Publishers.
              Peter Herrle
              Sara Hoeflich de Duque

              Sara Hoeflich de Duque

              Programme Manager at UCLG
              Sara Hoeflich works for UCLG, United Cities and Local Governments, the voice and network of cities and regions. She is in charge of the UCLG portfolio on decentralized cooperation and city to city learning (director cooperation). She started working at United Cities and Local Government in 2006, after almost 10 years joining German Development Cooperation in Indonesia and Colombia -in the field of urban planning and management - and after being active in several German urban design projects and engaging in development NGO.
              Sara Hoeflich de Duque

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              Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major

              Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major

              Secretary General & Senior Advisor at Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
              Cornie Huizenga is the Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the largest multi-stakeholder partnership working on sustainable transport. The SLoCaT Partnership plays a lead role in the integration of sustainable, low-carbon transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change, especially the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

              Mark Major is a Senior Advisor to the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). His focus is on the global sustainable development processes and the developing “action agendas” resulting from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Habitat III. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Transport Science (Ministry of Transport) in Beijing. Previously, he was the Team Leader for Sustainable Urban Mobility for the European Commission.
              Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major

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              Alexander Jachnow

              Alexander Jachnow

              Head of Department for Urban Strategies and Planning at Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
              Alexander Jachnow is the Head of USP (Urban Strategies and Planning) at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
              His research and teaching focus on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization processes in the Global South. He represented the IHS and its academic networks in the preparations of the New Urban Agenda and at the HABITAT conference in Quito.
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                Lennard Kehl

                Lennard Kehl

                Lennard Kehl is currently working as an Development Advisor for the Urban Development Unit of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana. Before that, he worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the Unit for Monitoring and Evaluation + Wastewater Management Programme in Vietnam and for the DAAD Expert Network for Urban Future in Southeast Asia.
                Lennard Kehl
                KfW Development Bank

                KfW Development Bank

                Development Bank at KfW
                KfW Development Bank implements the financial cooperation between Germany and developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Caucasus on behalf of the German Federal Government. KfW focuses on reducing poverty, supporting economic development and climate and environmental protection, and promoting health care and education.
                KfW Development Bank
                Hanna Klein

                Hanna Klein

                MA Candidate at FLACSO Ecuador
                Hanna Klein holds a BA in Social Science of the Leibniz University of Hannover. Currently, she is finalising an MA in Sociology at FLACSO Ecuador, specialising in topics on development, migration and urban studies, among others.
                Hanna Klein
                Chris Kost

                Chris Kost

                Chris Kost leads ITDP’s initiatives in Kenya, Uganda, and other African countries. Prior to setting up the ITDP Africa office, Chris was involved in projects in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Jharkhand, covering areas such as bus rapid transit, street design, parking management, and transit-oriented development. Chris was involved in a number of TOD projects, including the Local Area Plan for Ahmedabad’s Central Business District, an updated TOD policy for BRT corridors in Pimpri Chinchwad, TOD planning efforts for Chennai’s metro and suburban rail networks, and TOD elements in Nashik’s new Development Plan. In Cape Town, Accra, and Johannesburg, he assessed the impacts of proposed BRT systems on greenhouse gas emissions. Chris received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental policy from the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University.
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                  Daniela Kostadinova

                  Daniela Kostadinova

                  Daniela Kostadinova has been a project manager with the “Municipal Economic Development in Eastern Serbia” project since its onset in 2008. She has provided technical assistance to partner municipalities in various fields, thereby promoting economic development and good governance. In 2012, she took over the project’s monitoring and evaluation responsibilities, including the gender equality component. Daniela Kostadinova would like to thank Natasa Ristic, who was actively involved in drafting this article.
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                  Petra Kuenkel

                  Petra Kuenkel

                  Executive Director at Collective Leadership Institute
                  Petra Kuenkel is an author and leading strategic advisor to pioneering international multi-stakeholder initiatives that tackle common goods and sustainability issues. As a Member of the Club of Rome and the Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, she promotes the scaling-up of collaboration skills for change agents from the private sector, public sector and civil society. She is a pioneering thinker on re-inventing leadership as a collective competence. Petra Kuenkel is the author of the ground-breaking publication “The Art of Leading Collectively” (Chelsea Green, US, 2016).
                  Petra Kuenkel
                  Isabel Küppers

                  Isabel Küppers

                  Isabel Küppers took up her new post as technical advisor for the project “Supporting local authorities in the management of migration” in Morocco in May, 2015. Between 2012 and 2015, Ms. Küppers worked as a technical advisor for decentralization projects at GIZ in Burkina Faso and Benin, focusing on citizen participation and anti-corruption mechanisms at the local level. Prior to working at GIZ, Ms. Küppers worked for the Refugee Council in Berlin for two years on a voluntary basis. She graduated with a degree in political science and romance studies from Free University Berlin, and holds a certificate in sustainable development from Kaiserslautern University.
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                  Marie-Alexandra Kurth

                  Marie-Alexandra Kurth

                  Senior Urban Specialist at Cities Alliance
                  Alexandra Kurth joined Cities Alliance in March 2014 and works as a Senior Urban Specialist in the Programme Unit. She is the most recent in a long line of GIZ staff that have been very successfully seconded to the Cities Alliance Secretariat. She is the Task Manager for the Ghana Country Programme and the focal point for the Habitat III Joint Work Programme. She also provides support to the Latin America and Caribbean Region and the Resilience Joint Work Programme.
                  Marie-Alexandra Kurth
                  Peter Kurz

                  Peter Kurz

                  Dr. Peter Kurz has been the Mayor of Mannheim, Germany since 2007. In the run up to Habitat III, Mannheim hosted an Urban Thinkers Campus on “Urban Citizenship in a Nomadic World”. Dr. Kurz is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Parliament of Mayors and represents Europe on its Steering Committee. He has a background in law, having served as a judge at the administrative court in Karlsruhe for several years.
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                  Dan Lewis

                  Dan Lewis

                  Chief of Urban Risk Reduction Unit at UN Habitat
                  Dan Lewis is the Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit, UN-Habitat. He has worked for UN-Habitat since 1997 based in Somalia, Kosovo and Nairobi, and has managed the global portfolio of disaster and conflict related work of the Agency since 2002. As a civil engineer and private consultant, he has worked in urban reconstruction and housing programmes in South Africa and Chile as well as with First Nations communities in his home region on Vancouver Island, Canada since 1987. He is currently leading the UN-Habitat global Urban Resilience Programme designing new standards for measuring and monitoring the resilience of cities. The City Resilience Profiling Programme, and its associated projects and team, are based in the Risk Reduction Unit’s programme office in Barcelona, Spain.
                  Dan Lewis

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                  Astrid Ley

                  Astrid Ley

                  Professor for International Urbanism at University of Stuttgart
                  Astrid Ley is course director of the international master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD). Her expertise and publication record include topics related to the urbanisation in the Global South, housing processes, and the role of local governance and civil society.
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                    Alexandra Linden

                    Alexandra Linden

                    Senior urban and regional development expert at GIZ
                    Alexandra Linden currently supports the decentralisation reform and regional development process in Ukraine on behalf of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ GmbH) in cooperation with the European Union.
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                      Todd Litman

                      Todd Litman

                      Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
                      Todd Litman
                      Max Lohmann

                      Max Lohmann

                      Policy Advisor at GIZ
                      Max Lohmann is a Policy Advisor at GIZ and part of the sector project on urban development. He focusses on international policy processes, including the Habitat III preparatory process. Before joining GIZ he was an analyst for the UNOPS Partnerships Office in Washington, D.C. He obtained his Master’s Degree in International Relations and Economics with a focus on Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
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                      Mieke Lopes Cardozo

                      Mieke Lopes Cardozo

                      Assistant Professor at University of Amsterdam
                      Mieke Lopes Cardozo is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam in International Development Studies. Her research and academic teaching is focused on the role of education in relation to social justice and peacebuilding. She co-directed the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding (2014-2016), is a member of the Advisory Committee of Experts for a UN mandated study on Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, and co-chair of Conflict, Education and Emergencies SIG.
                      Mieke Lopes Cardozo

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                        Rosario Loayza

                        Rosario Loayza

                        Director at EnDev Mozambique
                        Rosario Loayza is an architect with a Masters degree in anthropology. She has work experience in South America and Africa. Since 2007, she has been working in the EnDev programme where she is responsible for the overall activities of the programme and for advising and supporting the government and implementing partners.
                        Rosario Loayza

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                          Markus Maier

                          Markus Maier

                          Markus Maier is a Development Advisor at the Local Governance Reform Programme based in Ramallah. He works on the institutionalisation process of Social Accountability in Palestine. Before joining GIZ, he worked at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on the development of training courses for diplomats from developing countries. He holds a MSc. in International Conflict and Cooperation from the University of Stirling and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.
                          Markus Maier
                          Luis Marinheiro

                          Luis Marinheiro

                          Chair of Working Group on Landfill at ISWA
                          Luis Marinheiro has worked in both the public and private sectors of the waste management for well over 15 years. He holds an Environmental Engineering Degree from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and a Biological Engineering MSc from the University of Minho, Portugal. Since 2014 he is Chair of the Working Group on Landfill at the ISWA.
                          Luis Marinheiro

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                            Franz Marré

                            Franz Marré

                            Head of Division (Water; Urban Development; Mobility) at German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
                            Born 1956 in Bogotá, Colombia, Franz Marré joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 1989 after having studied Law in Bonn. Since 2014 he is head of the division responsible for Water, Urban Development and Transport which also includes Waste Management and cross-sectoral issues (the “Nexus”). Before, he headed the BMZ Infrastructure Division.

                            Prior positions in the BMZ included the Southeast Asia section (a.o. coordination of the German Post-Tsunamireconstruction assistance in the Indian Ocean), the Organisation division, the Latin America desk (desk officer for Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) and private sector cooperation.

                            He was posted in Washington, D.C. at the Interamerican Development Bank in 1991-1992 and served as Development Counsellor at the German Embassy in Pretoria from 1994 to 1998.

                            Franz Marré is married and has three children.
                            Franz Marré

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                            Francesca Medda

                            Francesca Medda

                            Francesca Romana Medda is Professor of Applied Economics and Finance at the University College London (UCL) and Director of the UCL QASER (Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economics Research) Laboratory. She serves as economic adviser to the UK Ministry of Environment and Agriculture and the Ministry of Finance. She is Vice-President of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. Her research focuses on project finance, innovative financial mechanisms and risk evaluation in different infrastructure sectors such as: transport industry, energy innovation and new technologies, urban investments (smart cities), supply chain provision and optimisation, and efficiency. Her work is published in leading academic and practitioner journals. She has worked and works actively with the private and public sector including The European Investment Bank, The World Bank, UNESCO, UN-Habitat, WILLIS Re, HALCROW, and UITP.
                            Francesca Medda

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                            Guenter Meinert

                            Guenter Meinert

                            Guenter Meinert has extensive work experience in decentralization, local governance and urban development in developing countries. He is Programme Manager atheadquarter, advising the German Ministry of Cooperation on its urban development policies. In 2008, he was appointed honorary professor for urban management at the Berlin Institute of Technology. He began his professional career as researcher at the University of Kaiserslautern. From 2007 until 2011 he was seconded as a Senior Urban Specialist to the Secretariat of the "Cities Alliance – Cities without Slums", a global program hosted by the World Bank.
                            Guenter Meinert
                            Mathias Merforth

                            Mathias Merforth

                            Transport Policy Advisor at GIZ Transport & Mobility
                            Mathias Merforth is a transport economist and has been working for GIZ Transport & Mobility since 2013. Specifically, he is involved in the capacity building program “Sustainable Urban Transport Project (GIZ-SUTP)”, the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). In his work, he focuses on urban mobility planning, integrated transport systems and financing sustainable transport. He is the co-author and manager of various studies and publications of SUTP and GPSM, and supports dialogue formats for international cooperation in mobility & logistics.
                            Mathias Merforth
                            Paula Meth

                            Paula Meth

                            Paula Meth is a Reader in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at the University of Sheffield. She works on gender, violence and housing in the global South, including South Africa and India.
                            Paula Meth
                            Diana Mitlin

                            Diana Mitlin

                            Diana Mitlin is Managing Director of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester and also holds an appointment at the International Institute for Environment and Development. Her work focuses on urban poverty and inequality including urban poverty reduction programmes and the contribution of collective action by low-income and otherwise disadvantaged groups. For the last 20 years, Diana has worked closely with Shack/Slum Dwellers International and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. She has recently co-authored (with David Satterthwaite): Urban Poverty in the Global South: Scale and Nature and Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South.
                            Diana Mitlin
                            Rose Molokoane

                            Rose Molokoane

                            Rose Molokoane is National Chairperson of the South African Homeless People's Federation, their national savings coordinator, and Deputy President of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI).
                            Rose Molokoane

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                            Joost Monks

                            Joost Monks

                            Executive Director at NORRAG
                            Joost Monks is Executive Director of NORRAG and in charge of the organisation's overall management, development and partnerships. He also serves as secretary of the International Accreditation Council for Development Studies (IAC) of the European Association of Development Institutes (EADI). Previously he served as project director for the Rector of the University of Geneva and worked as strategy consultant in a wide range of national and international public and non-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute and obtained his PhD in political economics from the University of Geneva.
                            Joost Monks

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                              José Morales

                              José Morales

                              Former National Director at Ministry of Urban Development and Housing
                              José Morales is the former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MDUVI), Ecuador.
                              José Morales
                              Aris Moro

                              Aris Moro

                              Aris Moro serves as a Project Officer for the Cities Finance Facility at C40. Previously, Moro worked at C40 as a research assistant to the Executive Director and as a content coordinator for the C40 Cities Awards at COP21 in Paris. Prior to joining C40, Moro worked for Carbon Analytics, an environmental accounting start-up, and for ABC Trust, an Anglo-Brazilian NGO helping children in vulnerable urban environments.
                              Moro holds a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from LSE and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York and the University of California, San Diego.
                              Aris Moro
                              Michael Müller

                              Michael Müller

                              Governing Mayor at City of Berlin, Germany
                              Michael Müller has been Governing Mayor of Berlin since 11 December 2014. He joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany in 1981 and was elected a Member of the Berlin House of Representatives in 1996, a capacity in which he has been serving ever since. From 2001 to 2011, he chaired the SPD parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives. In 2004, Michael Müller became chair of the SPD in the federal state of Berlin, a post that he held until 2012 and to which he was re-elected in 2016. In 2011, he was appointed Senator for Urban Development and the Environment.

                              Michael Müller attended a specialized upper secondary school for business and administration and completed a business apprenticeship in 1986. From 1986 to 2011, he worked as a self-employed printer. He is married and has two children.
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                              Timo Munzinger

                              Timo Munzinger

                              Policy Officer at Association of German Cities
                              Dr. Timo Munzinger is policy officer at the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag, DST). He focuses on integrated and sustainable urban development, urban planning, regional development, architecture and building culture. Before working for the DST, he was a project manager at STEG Stadtentwicklung GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. He holds an MBA in Architecture Management and a doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart.
                              Timo Munzinger
                              Fernando Murillo

                              Fernando Murillo

                              Senior Urban Development Specialist at World Bank
                              Dr. Fernando Murillo’s work spans urban planning, housing, slum upgrading and infrastructure with governments and UN agencies with a focus on displaced communities and refugees. He worked with UN Habitat, UNDP, UNRWA and UNHCR in the Palestinian territories, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Zambia and Rwanda, carrying out urban and regional planning, shelter strategies and social housing using friendly technologies. He is the author of the background paper for the IOM World Migration Report 2015 “Migration and Urbanization Path: Reshaping the Human Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean”. As research program director at the University of Buenos Aires he developed multiple participatory territorial planning tools applied in several Latin American countries to help local governments and communities to work out an integrated and inclusive urbanisation strategy with a focus on progressive human rights.
                              Fernando Murillo
                              Naomi Mwaura

                              Naomi Mwaura

                              Naomi Mwaura is the ITDP Communications Associate. She has over four years of experience in the public transport industry focusing on prevention of sexual harassment and violence. She is the founding director of Flone Initiative, an organisation that trains public transport operators in customer service, prevention of sexual violence, and professional development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honors) from United States International University, Kenya, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration, also from United States International University.
                              Naomi Mwaura

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                                Sarah Nandudu

                                Sarah Nandudu

                                Sarah Nandudu is Vice Chairperson of the National Slum Dweller Federation of Uganda and a Board Member of Slum Dwellers International.
                                Sarah Nandudu

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                                  Shipra Narang Suri

                                  Shipra Narang Suri

                                  Dr. Shipra Narang Suri is an urban planner with a Ph.D. in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York, UK. She is a Vice-President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), responsible in particular for technical cooperation and projects. She is also co-Chair of the World Urban Campaign, and Vice-President of the General Assembly of Partners.
                                  Shipra Narang Suri
                                  Veronika Neumeier

                                  Veronika Neumeier

                                  Veronika Neumeier is an Urban Geographer and joined Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), a common project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as an intern to support its work on Pre-Feasibility Studies for integrated urban development. Prior to this, she worked at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in the field of ecosystem services.
                                  Veronika Neumeier

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                                    Jane Njagi

                                    Jane Njagi

                                    Jane Njagi is the Technical Manager of Nithi Water and Sanitation Company Ltd (NIWASCO). She joined NIWASCO in 2011. She oversees and coordinates the implementation of the Upscaling Basic Sanitation for the Urban Poor (UBSUP) programme in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Water and Sanitation at Kenyatta University Nairobi.
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                                    Matthias Nohn

                                    Matthias Nohn

                                    Executive Director at Rapid Urbanism
                                    Matt Nohn is an urban economist and development planner with over 15 years of professional experience in more than 20 countries, including assignments with GIZ, The World Bank, UN-Habitat, the Gates Foundation and multiple universities, think tanks and grass-roots movements. His work addresses the land, housing, transportation and employment conundrum with focus on domestic resource mobilization and incremental, labor-intensive development. A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, he holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Dipl.-Ing. Architecture and Urban Planning from TU Darmstadt and is the promoter of Rapid Urbanism: a progressive school of thought for designing policy responses to rapid urbanization challenges.
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                                    Isaac Ashai Odamtten

                                    Isaac Ashai Odamtten

                                    Isaac Ashai Odamtten is Mayor of Tema Metropolitan Assembly and President of National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).
                                    Isaac Ashai Odamtten

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                                      Claudio Orrego

                                      Claudio Orrego

                                      Claudio Orrego is Mayor of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago de Chile since 2014. He graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile, with a law degree and holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
                                      Claudio Orrego
                                      Judith Owigar

                                      Judith Owigar

                                      ICT advisor at UN Habitat
                                      Judith Owigar is an ICT Advisor at UN Habitat, Urban Basic Services Branch. She is a cofounder of AkiraChix, an organisation that seeks to increase the number of African women who use technology to create solutions. She is also the founder of JuaKali, an online micro-jobs platform that links young people to short-term jobs in Kenya’s informal sector. She holds a Masters in Applied Computing from the University of Nairobi.
                                      Judith Owigar

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                                      Janice Perlman

                                      Janice Perlman

                                      Founder and CEO at Mega Cities Project
                                      Perlman is the President and CEO of the Mega-Cities Project, which she founded in 1988. She is an award-winning author and speaker who has mobilized collaborative partnerships among business, government, non-profits, grassroots groups, and academia to address global and local urban issues in the worldwide. She has consulted for small organizations and large international institutions including the World Bank, USAID, UNDP, UNFPA, IADB and the Slum Task Force of the Millennium Development Goals.
                                      Janice Perlman
                                      Edgar Pieterse

                                      Edgar Pieterse

                                      Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town, where he is also the founding director the African Centre for Cities. He has recently co-authored (with Susan Parnell, David Simon, AbdouMaliq Simone): Urbanisation Imperatives for Africa: Transcending Policy Inertia.
                                      Edgar Pieterse

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                                      Analyn Rubenecia

                                      Analyn Rubenecia

                                      An Rubenecia is the Communications Specialist of the GIZ Project Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA). As such she is responsible for facilitating CDIA’s external communications, networking and public relations efforts to help fulfill CDIA’s mandate of strengthening the capacities of Asian cities to prepare infrastructure investment projects for sustainable and equitable urban development.
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                                        David Satterthwaite

                                        David Satterthwaite

                                        David Satterthwaite is a senior fellow at IIED and visiting professor at the Development Planning Unit, University College London. Two recent books co-authored with Diana Mitlin were Urban Poverty in the Global South; Scale and Nature (2012) and Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South (2013). Both were published by Routledge.
                                        He was a co-ordinating lead author of the chapter on urban adaptation in the Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he is currently working with other IPCC authors on a book on how cities can combine development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
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                                        Liselotte Schebek

                                        Liselotte Schebek

                                        Head of Department at TU Darmstadt
                                        Professor Liselotte Schebek heads the Department of Material Flow Management and Resource Economy at the TU Darmstadt. Professor Schebek is also Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies (IWKS).
                                        Liselotte Schebek

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                                          Imme Scheit

                                          Imme Scheit

                                          Project manager at GIZ CoMun
                                          Imme Scheit has been working for GIZ since 2012 andmanages the regional programme “Sharing of Knowledge between municipalities in the Maghreb and Germany” (CoMun) at the GIZ office in Eschborn.
                                          Imme Scheit
                                          Christopher Scott

                                          Christopher Scott

                                          Chris Scott, director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Professor, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona. Dr. Scott has studied water policy issues for irrigation in urban and rural locations in many parts of India and Nepal, South and Central America, Mexico and Southwest U.S.
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                                            Sarah Schneider & Lisa Lebershausen

                                            Sarah Schneider & Lisa Lebershausen

                                            Sarah Schneider started her career with GIZ in 2012 with an internship on disaster risk management in cities, then spent 2.5 years with the multi-donor programme Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) based in Manila, and recently transferred to Berlin to support the C40 Cities Finance Facility.

                                            Lisa Lebershausen holds an M.A. in International Development Studies and completed the trainee program with GIZ in India where she worked on urban environmental management and climate change issues. In Colombia, she supported a foundation focusing on sustainable urbanisation. Since March 2015, she is a GIZ Advisor for cities and climate change to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
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                                            Michael Slingsby

                                            Michael Slingsby

                                            Michael Slingsby has been working in Asia for forty years with DFID, UN-Habitat and UNDP on projects that build partnerships between local government and urban poor communities to improve city and community level infrastructure and support social and economic development programmes. He has long term working experience in Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh. He retired from UN-Habitat as their Country Representative in Afghanistan. He subsequently worked as a consultant at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India and for the past four years he has been working as an adviser to the Urban Planning Division at the Yangon City Development Committee on capacity building, participatory urban development and urban poverty reduction.
                                            Michael Slingsby
                                            Terence Smith

                                            Terence Smith

                                            Programme Manager at GIZ South Africa
                                            Terence Smith is the team leader of the Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP). He has been active in the field of urban and municipal governance in South Africa since 2003, working as a researcher, freelance consultant, civil society governance network coordinator and, since 2008, as an advisor with GIZ.
                                            Terence Smith

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                                              Ashok-Alexander Sridharan

                                              Ashok-Alexander Sridharan

                                              Mayor at City of Bonn
                                              Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, born in 1965, married, three children, became Mayor of Bonn in October 2015. He graduated from law school in Bonn in 1995 and has pursued his career in local government administration. As Mayor of Bonn, Mr. Sridharan has set his path to expand networks and to strengthen Bonn as a nationally and internationally successful location and platform for global sustainability. He is deeply committed to Bonn’s role as Germany’s United Nations City and host to a great number of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Mayor Sridharan promotes the city as a business location, a hub for science and education and a place of culture and music. Mayor Sridharan feels personally committed to the goal of UN Bonn to shape a sustainable future and to the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. He actively supports the work of national and international city networks, advocating the important role of local governments, stimulating local action, and fostering city-to-city cooperation. Since December 2015, he is a member of the Global Executive Committee of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and was elected First Vice President in October 2016.
                                              Ashok-Alexander Sridharan

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                                              Sophia Sünder

                                              Sophia Sünder

                                              Sophia Sünder is an advisor to the GIZ sector project Sustainable Mobility and the TRANSfer project especially in the field of communications. She holds a masters degree in European Studies from King’s College London. Previously, she has focused on communication, public relations, project management and cooperation with international partners, while working for the United Nations in Geneva, the German Embassy in Bulgaria, the German Ministry for Infrastructure of Rhineland-Palatinate or the German television channel ZDF.
                                              Sophia Sünder

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                                                Cecilia Tacoli

                                                Cecilia Tacoli

                                                Dr Cecilia Tacoli is a Principal Researcher at the Institute for Environment and Development. Her work explores how the relations between rural and urban areas, people and enterprises are transformed by urbanisation processes. She has written and edited several publications on this topic, including The Earthscan Reader in Rural-Urban Linkages, and has researched the links between migration, environmental change and urbanisation with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is especially interested in how these transform gender relations, and their impact on urban and rural food consumption and insecurity. She has served as lead/contributing author in the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.
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                                                Jiao Tang

                                                Jiao Tang

                                                Head of Technical Cooperation at ISWA
                                                Jiao Tang joined the ISWA in 2013. She has a BA in Accounting and Japanese Studies from the University of Sydney and an MSc in Environmental Technologies and International Relations from the Vienna University of Technology.
                                                Jiao Tang

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                                                  Marlehn Thieme

                                                  Marlehn Thieme

                                                  Marlehn Thieme has been a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church (EKD) in Germany since 2003. Having joined the German Council for Sustainable Development in 2004, she held the position of deputy chairwoman from 2010 to 2012 before becoming chairperson in 2012. She was reelected in 2013 and 2016. A trained lawyer, she was employed at the Deutsche Bank AG from 1986 to the end of 2013 as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and as a member of its Supervisory Board. Marlehn Thieme chairs the Supervisory Board of the Bank für Kirche und Diakonie (KD Bank) and also the Television Council that oversees ZDF, a German public television broadcaster. Ms Thieme is a member of the High-Tech Forum which serves the German Government as a key advisory group on innovation policy. She is also a member of the National Platform Education for Sustainable Development.
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                                                  Titus James Twesige

                                                  Titus James Twesige

                                                  Country Director at AMICAALL Uganda
                                                  Titus James Twesige is the Country Director of the Alliance of Mayors’ Initiative on Health and HIV/AIDS in Africa, Uganda Chapter. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology of Makerere University and a Master's in Business Administration from the Uganda Management Institute. He has over fifteen years’ working experience in senior positions with humanitarian/non-profit organisations in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Titus is specialised in programme and project management and policy engagement relating to matters of environment protection, health and development, and HIV/AIDS.
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                                                  Maximilian Vogt

                                                  Maximilian Vogt

                                                  Advisor at GIZ South Africa
                                                  Maximilian Vogt works as an advisor for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in South Africa since 2015. His focus lies on youth violence prevention.
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                                                    Armin Wagner

                                                    Armin Wagner

                                                    Senior Transport Policy Advisor at GIZ
                                                    Armin Wagner is Senior Transport Policy Advisor with more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating projects in the field of sustainable transport. His areas of specialisation are sustainable urban mobility, financing of infrastructure and international fuel prices. As part of the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) team, he is responsible for policy development and project management. Since 2013, Armin has headed GIZ’s sector project “Sustainable Mobility". He has gained firsthand experience by working in Ukraine, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Syria.
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                                                    Patrick Wakely

                                                    Patrick Wakely

                                                    Professor Emeritus of Urban Development at University of London
                                                    Patrick Wakely is Professor Emeritus of Urban Development at the University of London and former Director of the Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London from 1989-2003. An architect by training, he has 40 years of experience of research, consultancy and teaching in housing, planning and urban development on which he has worked in over 20 developing countries. He has held full-time academic appointments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United Kingdom. His recent work has been concerned with the development and impact of participatory approaches to the production of low-income group housing and slum upgrading and the local level delivery of services and the management of infrastructure in cities. He co-authored the European Commission Urban Development Policy for Development Co-operation (1999), led the drafting group for the UK DFID strategy paper ‘Meeting the Challenge of Poverty in Urban Areas’ (2001) and co-ordinated the studies for the United Nations Global Report on Human Settlements 2003 ‘The Challenge of Slums’. Recent books have included ‘Making Planning Work: A Guide to Approaches and Skills’ (with C. Hague, J.Crespin, C.Jasco, 2006) and ‘Communities and Communication: Building Urban Partnerships’ (with E.Riley, 2005). He was a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Human Settlements Research Network 2001-2005.
                                                    Patrick Wakely
                                                    Esther Wegner

                                                    Esther Wegner

                                                    Advisor at GIZ South Africa
                                                    Esther Wegner works as an advisor for the Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP) at GIZ South Africa. She focuses on community safety aspects in urban governance and inclusive violence prevention mechanisms in cities. She also supports the South African Cities Network (SACN) in coordinating the Urban Safety Reference Group, which is a platform for structured collaborative learning, exchange and advocacy on urban safety issues among city practitioners and national government stakeholders in South Arica.
                                                    Esther Wegner

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                                                      Margo Weimers

                                                      Margo Weimers

                                                      Specialist project manager at City of Johannesburg Public Safety department
                                                      Margo Weimers is a qualified town and regional planner with 16 years’ experience in the private and local government sectors. Her experience is based mainly within the fields of housing; strategic spatial urban planning; and planning policy and legislation. She is currently working as a specialist project manager at the City of Johannesburg Public Safety department focussing on the linkages and implications of service delivery, urban management, and planning issues on urban safety in the city of Johannesburg.
                                                      Margo Weimers

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                                                        Edmundo Werna

                                                        Edmundo Werna

                                                        Edmundo Werna worked for over 35 years on different aspects of urban development with particular attention to municipal management, livelihoods and housing. He started his career in the 1980s in field activities such as territorial planning and upgrading of low-income settlements, moving on to policy advice and academic research. Werna joined the UN in 1998 and is currently with the ILO (International Labour Office). He has a PhD degree in urban development from the University of London (UK).
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                                                        Jorge Wolpert

                                                        Jorge Wolpert

                                                        Dr Jorge Wolpert is Director General of Mexico's National Housing Commission (CONAVI). At the time of the interview, he worked as Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing at the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial & Urban Development (SEDATU). He studied Architecture and Renewable Energies and holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
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                                                        Lorena Zárate

                                                        Lorena Zárate

                                                        In 2000, Lorena Zárate started collaborating with Fomento Solidario de la Vivienda (FOSOVI) and other members of the Mexico Habitat Coalition (CHM), the former HIC-GS team and the Urban Popular Movement in the organisation of the first World Assembly of Inhabitants. Between 2003 and 2011, she was the coordinator of the Latin American Regional Office of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and was later elected as president of HIC (2011). Lorena Zárate studied History at the National University of La Plata, Argentina.
                                                        Lorena Zárate
                                                        Monika Zimmermann

                                                        Monika Zimmermann

                                                        Monika Zimmermann has been Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI since January 2013 and works at the ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. Among her responsibilities is the supervision of ICLEI’s global EcoMobility Team.
                                                        Monika Zimmermann

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