Authors & Interviewees 2017-06-22T10:54:43+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

 

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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      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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        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.
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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

         

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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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        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

         

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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).
        Claudia Hermes

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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.
        Alexander Jachnow

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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

          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.

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            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.
              Daniela Kostadinova

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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.
              Isabel Küppers

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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

               

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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.
              Astrid Ley

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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.
                Alexandra Linden

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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).
                  Max Lohmann

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                  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.
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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

                     

                    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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                    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.
                    Michael Müller

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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.
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                    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.
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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.
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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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                          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).
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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.
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                            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.
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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.
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                                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.
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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.
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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.
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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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                                      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.
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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