Authors & Interviewees2018-08-08T10:25:09+00:00

AUTHORS & INTERVIEWEES:    A – G | H – N | O – T | U – Z

A


Sylvanus Adzornu

Sylvanus Adzornu

Director for Urban Development at Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana
Sylvanus K. Adzornu is the Director for Urban Development at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana. He has experience and excessive knowledge on urban development and the local government system. He contributed to the formulation of the National Urban Agenda, the Ghana National Urban Policy and Action Plan, and the establishment of the Ghana Urban Forum. Mr Adzornu served as one of the experts in the preparation of the New Urban Agenda.

He has also led Ghana’s participation in global and continental urban conferences, contributing specifically to the drafting of the New Urban Agenda and the African Urban Agenda through UN-Habitat and the World Urban Forum in Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia.

He is passionate about urban development and about promoting investment in the infrastructure and the financial autonomy of local authorities as a means of ensuring the development of cities.
He holds a BSc in Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Urban Development Finance from IHS, Rotterdam, and a master's degree in Organisational Development. He has over 24 years of experience in planning and urban development and is currently coordinating the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Programme (GUMPP) and Ghana's Urban Agenda.
Sylvanus Adzornu

Latest posts by Sylvanus Adzornu (see all)

Nathaly Agurto

Nathaly Agurto

Technical Advisor at GIZ Peru
Nathaly Agurto is a technical advisor in the “Sustainable Transport” projects implemented by GIZ Peru. As such, she contributes to the monitoring and the implementation of the communication strategy and the gender perspective of the projects. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication for Development from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
Nathaly Agurto

Latest posts by Nathaly Agurto (see all)

    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
    Graham Alabaster

    Graham Alabaster

    Chief of Sanitation and Waste Management at UN-Habitat
    Dr. Graham Alabaster is the Chief of Sanitation and Waste Management at the Urban Basic Services Branch of UN-Habitat. He has over 25 years experience in the water sanitation and solid waste management working in over 30 countries. He has a special interest in urban systems and is experienced in provision of services to low income urban populations.
    Graham Alabaster
    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
    Maria Jose Amilibia

    Maria Jose Amilibia

    Technical Officer at Master Global Urban Health at University of Freiburg
    María José Amilibia, Physician, Gynecologist, and Master of Science in Global Urban Health, is a technical officer at the Master's program of Global Urban Health at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany. She studied at the National University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and completed her graduate studies at the University of Freiburg. Her Master's thesis was on Dengue vector prevention and control in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
    Maria Jose Amilibia

    Latest posts by Maria Jose Amilibia (see all)

    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

    Latest posts by Kofi Annan (see all)

    Urvashi Aneja

    Urvashi Aneja

    Founding Director at Tandem Research
    Urvashi Aneja is Founding Director of Tandem Research, a multi-disciplinary research collective that generates policy insights at the interface of technology, society, and sustainability. She is also Associate Fellow at Chatham House. Urvashi lives and works out of Goa, India.
    Urvashi Aneja
    Casimiro António

    Casimiro António

    Deputy Chief Party at USAID Coastal City Adaptation & Environment Management
    Casimiro António is a disaster risk reduction and environment expert with nearly 12 years of risk reduction and adaptation experience, including 4 years of implementing a USAID-funded costal city adaptation project in Mozambique. His expertise includes institutional capacity building; adaptation and resilience knowledge product and tools management; trainings and project management. He has also worked as national coordination director with the Government Disaster Management Agency, and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management Officer with the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) in Mozambique. Mr. António holds a Master’s degree in disaster risk reduction and management from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Lund University (Sweden) and a post-graduate diploma in environmental impact assessment and management from the High Institute for Technology and Communication (ISUTC), Mozambique.
    Casimiro António

    Latest posts by Casimiro António (see all)

      Brian App

      Brian App

      Director – East and Southern Africa at Chemonics International
      Brian App is an international natural resource management specialist with over 15 years of experience working in the environmental sector. Mr. App works with Chemonics International where he currently serves as the home office director for the USAID Combatting Wildlife Crime in Southern Africa and Mozambique Costal Cities Adaptation programs. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of party for the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (2011-2015) to build resiliency and improve management in the Okavango river basin. He holds a B.S. in management science from the School of Business at the State University of New York and an M.S. in international natural resource management from the School of Forestry at the University of Montana, USA.
      Brian App

      Latest posts by Brian App (see all)

        Mario Arauz

        Mario Arauz

        Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities at Guadalajara City Council, Mexico
        Mario Arauz is the Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities of the Guadalajara City Council, Mexico. He is a specialist for digital media and an activist for governmental transparency. He has many years of experience in the field of data mining and big data.
        Mario Arauz
        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

        Latest posts by Jasmin Atwaa (see all)

          Jelena Auracher

          Jelena Auracher

          Jelena Auracher is focusing on accessible urban development issues in connection with the New Urban Agenda and is specialized in accessible mobility. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science.

          bezev is a German NGO which advocates the rights of Persons with Disabilities in development cooperation contexts.
          Jelena Auracher
          Shadnaz Azizi

          Shadnaz Azizi

          Local Pathways Fellow at SDSN Youth
          Dr. Shadnaz Azizi is an urban thinker, deeply interested in management during change. She is a local pathways fellow at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). She was a consultant to UN Habitat’s National Urban Campaign in Tehran, having contributed to the release of the book “The City Iranians Need”. Shadnaz is currently involved in the project “Hashti Tehran” while serving as the Lead Environmental Specialist in Negin Shahr Ayandeh Consulting Engineer Co.
          Shadnaz Azizi

          Latest posts by Shadnaz Azizi (see all)

          B


          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
          Maria Olanda Bata

          Maria Olanda Bata

          Chief of Party at USAID Coastal City Adaptation Project
          Maria Olanda Bata is a food security, early warning and disaster risk reduction specialist with more than 15 years experience working in the development sector with governmental, academic, and international organisations from Mozambique, southern Africa, and the United States. Ms. Bata currently serves as the Chief of Party for USAID’s Coastal Cities Adaptation Program in Mozambique (CCAP), heading activities to increase understanding of urban adaptation issues and the application of management options for urban adaptation. Prior to CCAP, she served as Country Representative and National Technical Manager for USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network project where she successfully managed several projects on livelihoods, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. She holds a MSc in Agriculture Education and Communication from the University of Florida, USA.
          Maria Olanda Bata

          Latest posts by Maria Olanda Bata (see all)

            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

            Latest posts by Uwe Becker (see all)

              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

              Latest posts by Roger Behrens (see all)

              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.
              Christoph Beier

              Latest posts by Christoph Beier (see all)

              Lou del Bello

              Lou del Bello

              Lou Del Bello is a climate journalist who specialises in science and development issues. She is a COP veteran and has been following the work of the UN climate framework for more than five years.
              Lou del Bello
              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

              Latest posts by Daphne Besen (see all)

              Sharmila Bhagat

              Sharmila Bhagat

              Sharmila Bhagat has been working in the education and social sector for the last thirty years. She has conceptualised and designed pedagogical interventions for marginalised children, young people, and communities. She is a trainer in the areas of children's rights, pedagogy, and gender. She has facilitated collaborative research projects with reputed international universities and has given presentations at various fora such as UNCRC DGD 2016 on ‘Play and Urban Environments’ and at the International seminar on ‘Theorising Child Particpation’. As a Fullbright scholar, she has worked on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and homelessness in United States.
              Sharmila Bhagat

              Latest posts by Sharmila Bhagat (see all)

              Eugénie L. Birch

              Eugénie L. Birch

              Professor of Urban Research at University of Pennsylvania
              Eugénie L. Birch is founding Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, co-editor of Penn Press’s The City in the 21st Century series and co-editor of the SSRN Urban ejournal. Ms. Birch’s recent publications include: Slums: How the Informal Real Estate Markets Work (2016), Global Urbanization (2011), Women’s Health and the World’s Cities (2011), all of which were co-edited with Susan Wachter and others. She has served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission and on the jury to select the designers for the World Trade Center site. She is currently President of the General Assembly of Partners. Ms. Birch, who lives in New York City, holds a Ph.D. and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
              Eugénie L. Birch
              Steven Bland

              Steven Bland

              Urban Planning and Climate Change Consultant at UN-Habitat
              Steven is a specialist in climate change, urban development, and sustainable energy. Prior to joining UN-Habitat, he spent four years working with local governments in South Africa to drive forward collaborative low-carbon energy transitions. Steven completed a work-based Master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development in 2010 and graduated with a first-class Geography degree from Cambridge University in 2009. In his spare time, he directs Eco MoJo, a small communications agency, which profiles positive stories of change towards sustainability. He cycles everywhere he can.
              Steven Bland

              Latest posts by Steven Bland (see all)

              John Bongat

              John Bongat

              Mayor at Naga City
              John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines.
              John Bongat
              Somsook Boonyabancha

              Somsook Boonyabancha

              Somsook Boonyabancha is currently the Chairperson of Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, a regional network of communities, NGOs and professionals in Asia. She is former Director of the Community Organizations Development Institute, which managed a national community development fund and carried out a city community upgrading program on national scale in Thailand. An architect by training, she holds an honorary PhD in Architecture from Khonkhaen University. She also received special training on Housing and Urbanisation from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Denmark. Her whole life, she has been involved in collective housing and community development processes in which members of poor communities themselves are the key drivers.
              Somsook Boonyabancha

              Latest posts by Somsook Boonyabancha (see all)

              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.
              Stephanie Buechler

              Latest posts by Stephanie Buechler (see all)

                Vera Bukachi

                Vera Bukachi

                Senior Research Coordinator at Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)
                Vera Bukachi is Senior Research Coordinator and leading project manager in the field of flood resilience at the Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), a non-profit design and community development organisation. She predominately works with communities living in Nairobi’s largest slum Kibera, who are affected by flooding events. Prior to joining KDI, Vera Bukachi worked as a consultant at ARUP, where she provided technical expertise in the field of water and sanitation. She has a background in environmental engineering.
                Vera Bukachi
                Himanshu Burte

                Himanshu Burte

                Himanshu Burte, architect and urbanist, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His book Space for Engagement: The Indian Artplace and a Habitational Approach to Architecture (Seagull Books, 2008) proposed a new conceptual framework for architecture, centred on the act of dwelling. He researches infrastructure, architecture, urban space, policy, and practice through concerns about lived experience, spatial justice, structural violence, and sustainability. He is co-editor (with Amita Bhide) of the forthcoming Urban Parallax: Policy and the City in Contemporary India (Yoda Press, 2018).
                Himanshu Burte

                Latest posts by Himanshu Burte (see all)

                  C


                  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

                  Latest posts by Jovana Carapic (see all)

                    Shivani Chaudhry

                    Shivani Chaudhry

                    Executive Director at Housing and Land Rights Network
                    Shivani Chaudry has been working with Housing and Land Rights Network in New Delhi, India, since 2004. Before that, she worked with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington, D.C., USA. She was a member of the Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development's Task Force on Land Reforms. She has been involved with developing tools and standards to monitor housing and land rights, and writes and speaks on these issues regularly.
                    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

                    Latest posts by Marty Chen (see all)

                    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)

                    Latest posts by Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) (see all)

                    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.
                    William Cobbett

                    Latest posts by William Cobbett (see all)

                    D


                    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

                    Latest posts by Marco Dall'Orso (see all)

                    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

                    Stakeholder Engagement Consultant at United Nations ESCAP
                    Christopher Dekki is a stakeholder engagement consultant for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, supporting countries undergoing their Voluntary National Reviews. He has also worked for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, coordinating national SDGs workshops, and supporting the HLPF. As the former Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer of the Communitas Coalition, Chris has worked closely with many stakeholders to bridge policy gaps within sustainable development processes. He was also deeply engaged in advocacy in Habitat III. Finally, Chris is an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph's College in New York.
                    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 specialises 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 her graduate studies and PhD 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' organisations in Belo Horizonte City. She is WIEGO´s waste specialist at the Urban Policies Programme.
                    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 co-director of the 2018 Nexus Conference and author of a new book, Power to the People, co-author of Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals, and co-editor of The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus.
                    Felix Dodds
                    Felix Döhler

                    Felix Döhler

                    Policy Advisor, Urban Development at Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
                    Felix Döhler is an Urban Policy Advisor with GIZ’s Global and Sector Programmes Department in Bonn. He supports the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), specialising in urban climate change issues. Apart from this, he is affiliated with the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA).

                    Felix’s previous occupations include five years as a freelance consultant, researcher, and facilitator as well as four years as a GTZ programme manager in China.
                    Felix Döhler

                    E


                    Juliana Echeverri

                    Juliana Echeverri

                    Juliana Echeverri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology. She is especially interested in how the relationship between nature and human beings is constructed. Working in sustainable environmental projects for GIZ since 2016, she is currently involved in a conservation project for biodiversity in protected areas, building local authority capacities in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. In the past, she worked with the Ministry of the Environment, National Natural Parks, the National Research Institute of Biodiversity of Colombia and other national and international organizations. Among the different projects aiming to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban planning and land-use was the biodiversity proposal for the city of Medellín.
                    Juliana Echeverri

                    Latest posts by Juliana Echeverri (see all)

                      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
                      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

                      Latest posts by Ruth Erlbeck & Ralph Trosse (see all)

                      F


                      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

                      Latest posts by Kathrin Faltermeier (see all)

                      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

                      Latest posts by Gero Fischer (see all)

                      G


                      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.
                      Alessandro Galimberti

                      Latest posts by Alessandro Galimberti (see all)

                        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

                        Latest posts by Michael Glotz-Richter (see all)

                          Ronaldo Golez

                          Ronaldo Golez

                          Ronaldo “Onal” Golez is the mayor of Dumangas, Philippines. He already served as the city’s mayor from 2007 to 2013 and was re-elected in 2016. He launched several initiatives to build climate resilience in his city. Under mayor Golez, Dumangas signed the campaign "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" and entered a municipal climate partnership with the city of Herdecke in Germany. Before entering politics, he was an artist.
                          Ronaldo Golez
                          Verena Goranko

                          Verena Goranko

                          Policy Advisor at GIZ
                          Verena Goranko advises the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on the topic of sustainable development of metropolitan regions. Her focus is on urban and metropolitan governance in the field of development cooperation. Within her work she deals with key questions of institutional arrangements, inter-municipal cooperation and managing rural-urban linkages in order to create inclusive, livable and sustainable urban areas. Verena holds a Masters’ degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Malmö University, Sweden.
                          Verena Goranko

                          Latest posts by Verena Goranko (see all)

                            Limota Goroso Giwa

                            Limota Goroso Giwa

                            Dr. Limota Goroso Giwa is a prolific writer, grassroots women leader, and community organiser. Presently, she is the convener of The City we Need and the Urban Thinkers Project in Nigeria. The Urban Thinkers project is an initiative of the UN Habitat World Urban Campaign.

                            Dr. Gorosa Giwa has written several books and articles in local and international journals, and has received several local and international awards, namely the Rear Germ Award in 2003 by UNIFEM, the ASHOKA Award for social entrepreneurship in 2001. She was also among the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
                            Limota Goroso Giwa

                            Latest posts by Limota Goroso Giwa (see all)

                            Anja Graner

                            Anja Graner

                            Anja Graner holds a BA in Landscape Architecture from the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Switzerland. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in the Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design Program at Stuttgart University. Anja has a strong interest in urban life and the interactions between built environment, people and their quality of life.
                            Anja Graner

                            Latest posts by Anja Graner (see all)

                            Julie Greenwalt

                            Julie Greenwalt

                            Urban Environment Specialist at Cities Alliance
                            Julie Greenwalt is responsible for the Cities Alliance portfolio on climate change, environment and resilient cities, including the Joint Work Programme on Resilient Cities, and is one of the Organizing Committee co-chairs for the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference. She holds an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations, Spanish and Philosophy from Tulane University.
                            Julie Greenwalt
                            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
                            Ulrich Gunka

                            Ulrich Gunka

                            Ulrich Gunka works as freelance journalist and photographer. One of his main commissioning parties is the climate municipality of Saerbeck, Germany. Since 2013, he is continuously following the local development of the town.
                            Ulrich Gunka

                            H


                            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
                            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

                            Latest posts by Sabine Hammer (see all)

                            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

                            Latest posts by Joséphine Hébert (see all)

                            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

                            Latest posts by Claudia Hermes (see all)

                            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
                            Ralitsa Hiteva

                            Ralitsa Hiteva

                            Dr. Ralitsa Hiteva is a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. She is a geographer and a member of the Sussex Energy Group and the Infrastructure group at SPRU. Her research in the past 5 years has been focused on nexus interactions between resources, infrastructure sectors, and governance.
                            Ralitsa Hiteva
                            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

                            Latest posts by Sara Hoeflich de Duque (see all)

                            Rene Peter Hohmann

                            Rene Peter Hohmann

                            Senior Urban Specialist at Cities Alliance
                            Dr. Rene Peter Hohmann works as a Senior Urban Specialist at the Cities Alliance (CA) Secretariat, hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). He is managing a Joint Work Programme on Promoting Equitable Economic Growth in Cities, chaired by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Between 2004-2013, he worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the fields of decentralisation and urban governance. Based on his own field research, Policy Press published his book analysing and comparing the impact of national urban initiatives for deprived urban areas in England and Germany in 2013. He holds a PhD in Geography from King’s College London as well as a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Humboldt University Berlin.
                            Rene Peter Hohmann
                            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

                            Latest posts by Cornie Huizenga & Mark Major (see all)

                            J


                            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

                            Latest posts by Alexander Jachnow (see all)

                              Ravi Jayaweera

                              Ravi Jayaweera

                              Advisor at GIZ
                              Ravi is an urban geographer and currently supports the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the field of sustainable development of metropolitan regions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from Goethe University Frankfurt and has been studying in Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Berlin.
                              Ravi Jayaweera

                              Latest posts by Ravi Jayaweera (see all)

                                JIRAMA

                                JIRAMA

                                Electric utility and water services company at JIRAMA
                                JIRAMA (Jiro sy rano malagasy) is Madagascar’s national state-owned electric utility and water services company. Playing a predominant role in the electricity and water sectors, JIRAMA has an important part in the economic and social development of the country. The company provides almost exclusively public water and power services for the whole island and a population of 13 million. Headquartered in Antananarivo, it serves 334.000 clients for electricity in 114 localities and 65 water distribution centres.
                                JIRAMA
                                Yang Jun

                                Yang Jun

                                Mayor at Suzhou, Anhui Province
                                Yang Jun was the Deputy Mayor of the Huaibei Municipal People’s Government from 2007 to 2014. Afterwards, he worked as Board Chairman of Wanbei Coal Electricity Group Co., Ltd until he became Mayor of the Suzhou Municipal People’s Government in 2016. He has a degree in Mining Engineering from Fuxin Mining Institute, and holds a PhD in Management Science and Engineering from China University of Mining and Technology.
                                Yang Jun

                                Latest posts by Yang Jun (see all)

                                  K


                                  Farah Kabir

                                  Farah Kabir

                                  Country Director at ActionAid Bangladesh
                                  Farah Kabir has been working with ActionAid Bangladesh as Country Director since June 2007. More than 21 years of experience in the field of development and research have made Farah Kabir a renowned human rights figure at home and abroad with an uncompromising voice against human rights violations. As Country Director, she has taken up new initiatives such as women-led emergency and humanitarian response, and the first ever Water Museum in South Asia located in Kuakata. She represents civil society at high levels both internationally and nationally, for instance for the CSO dialogue at the UN, the Sendai Framework, and the High-Level Political Forum.
                                  Farah Kabir
                                  Lalitha Kamath

                                  Lalitha Kamath

                                  Lalitha is an urbanist and Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her first book, Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban Governance (Routledge Cities and the Urban Imperative Series, 2013, co-edited with K. Coelho and M. Vijayabaskar) focused on a critical exploration of emerging discourses and practices of "citizen participation" in urban governance reforms in India. More recent work has focused on the violence of becoming urban in the global south ("The Violence of Worlding Producing Space in Neoliberal Durban, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro,” Economic and Political Weekly 2017, co-authored with Himanshu Burte).
                                  Lalitha Kamath

                                  Latest posts by Lalitha Kamath (see all)

                                    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
                                    Prabha Khosla

                                    Prabha Khosla

                                    Prabha Khosla holds a master’s degree in urban planning and has over 15 years of experience working in cities with women, communities, local governments, public utilities and other urban stakeholders. Her work has been focused on urban sustainability, gender equality and pro-poor planning and governance, water and sanitation, participatory and environmentally sensitive planning, gender mainstreaming, development of training materials on urban and gender issues, and capacity development of elected officials, municipal staff, and civil society partners on sustainability, gender, governance, and water and sanitation.
                                    Prabha Khosla

                                    Latest posts by Prabha Khosla (see all)

                                    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.
                                    Chris Kost

                                    Latest posts by Chris Kost (see all)

                                      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

                                      Latest posts by Daniela Kostadinova (see all)

                                      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

                                      Latest posts by Isabel Küppers (see all)

                                      Mathew Kurian

                                      Mathew Kurian

                                      Dr. Mathew Kurian heads the Capacity Development and Governance (CDG) Unit at United Nations University (UNU-FLORES) in Dresden, Germany. Mathew has previously held faculty positions at University College London (UCL), UK and UNESCO-IHE, Delft besides working with The World Bank and the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) in Sri Lanka, Laos and Ethiopia.
                                      Mathew Kurian

                                      Latest posts by Mathew Kurian (see all)

                                      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.
                                      Peter Kurz
                                      Kaj Fischer

                                      Kaj Fischer

                                      Project Manager at adelphi
                                      Kaj Fischer works as a Project Manager in the field of urban transformation, focusing on urban governance and local climate action. In his work, he develops strategies to advance this policy field and designs concepts and instruments for multi-stakeholder dialogues.
                                      Kaj Fischer

                                      Latest posts by Kaj Fischer (see all)

                                        L


                                        Stephen Leahy

                                        Stephen Leahy

                                        Stephen Leahy is an award-winning author and environmental journalist based in Canada who writes for National Geographic, The Guardian, Vice Motherboard, Al Jazeera, Mo Magazine (Brussels), TerraGreen (India), China Dialogue, Ecologist, Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) and more. He is a co-winner of the United Nations Global Prize For Climate Change And Environment Reporting. His critically-acclaimed book, “Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products” received a national award as the Best General Audience Science Book.
                                        Stephen Leahy
                                        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

                                        Latest posts by Dan Lewis (see all)

                                        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

                                        Latest posts by Astrid Ley (see all)

                                          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

                                          Latest posts by Alexandra Linden (see all)

                                            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

                                            Latest posts by Max Lohmann (see all)

                                            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

                                            Latest posts by Mieke Lopes Cardozo (see all)

                                              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

                                              Latest posts by Rosario Loayza (see all)

                                                M


                                                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
                                                Sneha Mandhan

                                                Sneha Mandhan

                                                Sneha Mandhan is an urban planner, urban designer and architect who has worked on several urban planning, environmental planning, and urban design projects in the US and India. She is a graduate of the Master in City Planning program at MIT, where she received the Flora Crockett Stephenson Writing Prize for her thesis on 'Designing Indian Streets as Social Public Spaces – Contextual design and planning in Bangalore'. Her research focuses on the integration of physical form with social and cultural forces within cities, disaster resilient planning, community engagement, and spatial planning pedagogy.
                                                Sneha Mandhan
                                                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

                                                Latest posts by Luis Marinheiro (see all)

                                                  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
                                                  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

                                                  Latest posts by Francesca Medda (see all)

                                                  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
                                                  Maria Mejia

                                                  Maria Mejia

                                                  Maria Meija holds a double major / Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics and a minor in urban studies. She is currently studying Global Change Ecology (MSc.) at the University of Bayreuth (Germany). In the beginning of 2018, she completed an internship with GIZ and the Asian Development Bank in Manila (Philippines), assisting with the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA). In the past, she worked for the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Research Institute of Biodiversity in Colombia. As part of her work for the Institute of Biodiversity, she edited the book "Urban Nature: Platform of Experiences" (2016), a thrilling project reporting on urban biodiversity in Colombia. Maria Meija is keen to learn more about networking initiatives among cities, especially in high biodiverse and urbanising regions.
                                                  Maria Mejia

                                                  Latest posts by Maria Mejia (see all)

                                                    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
                                                    Dirk Messner

                                                    Dirk Messner

                                                    Co-Chair at WBGU
                                                    Dirk Messner is Co-Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and director of the German Development Institute (DIE). He is one of the lead authors of the report Humanity on the move: The transformative power of cities.
                                                    Dirk Messner

                                                    Latest posts by Dirk Messner (see all)

                                                      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
                                                      Laids Mias-Cea

                                                      Laids Mias-Cea

                                                      Maria Adelaida “Laids” Mias-Cea is the Regional Coordinator of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) Asia Pacific. She has worked on urban development issues over the last fifteen years specialising in capacity development in the areas of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and settlement planning.
                                                      Laids Mias-Cea
                                                      Frank Mischo

                                                      Frank Mischo

                                                      Advocacy Manager at Kindernothilfe e.V.
                                                      Frank Mischo is a political scientist. As Kindernothilfe’s Advocacy Manager, he coordinates all advocacy for children’s rights. He is also part of the coordination team for Kindernothilfe’s “Safe Cities for Children” campaign, and leads its advocacy and organizes its workshops for children, youth and adults.
                                                      Frank Mischo

                                                      Latest posts by Frank Mischo (see all)

                                                      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

                                                      Latest posts by Rose Molokoane (see all)

                                                      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

                                                      Latest posts by Joost Monks (see all)

                                                        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

                                                        Latest posts by Michael Müller (see all)

                                                        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
                                                        Mary Mwangi

                                                        Mary Mwangi

                                                        Program Manager at Flone Initiative
                                                        Mary Mwangi holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Technology with a specialty in Public Relations and Marketing. She has over 5 years’ experience in community mobilisation, gender mainstreaming, prevention of sexual harassment, and project management. Mary has been working with Flone Initiative since 2014 as a Communications Officer and Program Specialist, currently spearheading the implementation of all of Flone’s programs.
                                                        Mary Mwangi

                                                        Latest posts by Mary Mwangi (see all)

                                                        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

                                                        Latest posts by Naomi Mwaura (see all)

                                                          N


                                                          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

                                                          Latest posts by Sarah Nandudu (see all)

                                                            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

                                                            Latest posts by Veronika Neumeier (see all)

                                                              Babette Never

                                                              Babette Never

                                                              Research group leader at German Development Institute
                                                              Babette Never is the leader of the research group "Transforming carbon consumption patterns of the new middle classes" at the German Development Institute in Bonn, Germany. She has a research background in energy efficiency policy, behavioral economics and green industrial policy. She holds a PhD in political science from the university of Hamburg and works from an interdisicplinary perspective on sustainable production and consumption.
                                                              Babette Never
                                                              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.
                                                              Jane Njagi

                                                              Latest posts by Jane Njagi (see all)

                                                              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.
                                                              Matthias Nohn

                                                              O


                                                              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

                                                              Latest posts by Isaac Ashai Odamtten (see all)

                                                                Sadiq Okoh

                                                                Sadiq Okoh

                                                                CEO at Carbon Free Network Africa
                                                                Augustine I. Sadiq Okoh is the CEO of the Carbon Free Network Africa and also the Executive Director (Africa) of Worldwide Sustainable and Ecological Solutions (WSES) Wigan, UK. He has published three books that address global change governance challenges in Africa. The latest and concluding part of the trilogy is 'Pathways to a Green Economy in post-Paris Africa' (available at http://www.greeneconomicsinstitutetrust.org/books/pathways-green-economy-post-paris-africa/). He is a member of the Green Economics Institute, a think-tank on greening the economy based in Oxford.
                                                                Sadiq Okoh
                                                                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

                                                                Latest posts by Judith Owigar (see all)

                                                                P


                                                                Carlos Pardo

                                                                Carlos Pardo

                                                                Executive Director at Despacio
                                                                Carlos Felipe Pardo is a Colombian psychologist with a MSc in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics. He focuses on urban development, mobility, lighting and climate change projects in cities of the developing world. He has participated in technical consultancies in more than 30 cities in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and has coordinated and delivered more than 70 training courses on urban development, climate change, bus rapid systems, non-motorized transport, travel demand management and sustainable transport.
                                                                Carlos Pardo
                                                                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

                                                                Latest posts by Edgar Pieterse (see all)

                                                                Benno Pilardeaux

                                                                Benno Pilardeaux

                                                                Head of media and public relations at WBGU
                                                                Benno Pilardeaux is head of media and public relations of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). He is one of the co-authors of the report "Humanity on the move: The transformative power of cities".
                                                                Benno Pilardeaux

                                                                Latest posts by Benno Pilardeaux (see all)

                                                                  Laura von Puttkamer

                                                                  Laura von Puttkamer

                                                                  Project manager at cdmXberlin and Blogger at parCitypatory.org
                                                                  Laura von Puttkamer holds a Master‘s degree in Urban Development and Planning from the University of Manchester. She now lives in Mexico City, working on her project cdmXberlin and blogging at parCitypatory.org.
                                                                  Laura von Puttkamer

                                                                  Latest posts by Laura von Puttkamer (see all)

                                                                  R


                                                                  Ines Raimundo

                                                                  Ines Raimundo

                                                                  Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at Eduardo Mondlane University
                                                                  Inês Macamo Raimundo holds a PhD in Forced Migration and Master in Human Geography (focus on internal migration) by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a Licenciatura (Bhonors) in Geography by Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique). Raimundo has taught at Eduardo Mondlane University for 25 years where she trained several undergraduate and postgraduate students in Human Geography, Geography of Population, Geography of Migration, Environment and Population and Development. She is Associate Professor and Senior Researcher of Eduardo Mondlane University. Prof. Raimundo is Representative for Southern Africa of Commonwealth Geographical Bureau (CGB) and member of International Council for Sciences (ICSU) and Regional Committee for Africa (RCA). She is a partner of Hungry Cities Partnership which is funded by SSHRC-IDRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada & International Partnership for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS).
                                                                  Ines Raimundo

                                                                  Latest posts by Ines Raimundo (see all)

                                                                  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.
                                                                  Analyn Rubenecia

                                                                  Latest posts by Analyn Rubenecia (see all)

                                                                    S


                                                                    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.
                                                                    David Satterthwaite
                                                                    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

                                                                    Latest posts by Liselotte Schebek (see all)

                                                                      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
                                                                      Stella Schroeder

                                                                      Stella Schroeder

                                                                      Consultant at GIZ Peru
                                                                      Stella Schroeder is a consultant working for the "Good Governance" programme of GIZ Peru. She advises local and regional municipalities on administrative processes, urban development, and public participation. She is also a university lecturer of urban planning and urban development at the University of Piura, Peru. Stella Schroeder holds an M.Sc. in Urban Planning from HafenCity University Hamburg.
                                                                      Stella Schroeder

                                                                      Latest posts by Stella Schroeder (see all)

                                                                        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.
                                                                        Christopher Scott

                                                                        Latest posts by Christopher Scott (see all)

                                                                          Gregory Scruggs

                                                                          Gregory Scruggs

                                                                          Correspondent at Thomson Reuters Foundation
                                                                          Gregory Scruggs writes about cities and culture. He was formerly a senior correspondent with Citiscope, where he covered the global debate leading up to the United Nations Habitat III Summit, for which a won a United Nations Correspondents Association Award in 2017. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
                                                                          Gregory Scruggs

                                                                          Latest posts by Gregory Scruggs (see all)

                                                                          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).
                                                                          Sarah Schneider & Lisa Lebershausen

                                                                          Latest posts by Sarah Schneider & Lisa Lebershausen (see all)

                                                                          Franziska Schreiber

                                                                          Franziska Schreiber

                                                                          Project Manager at adelphi
                                                                          Franziska Schreiber works at adelphi as a Project Manager in the field of urban transformation. In her work, she primarily focuses on international negotiations processes relevant to cities, and also works on aspects of urban governance, sustainable urban development, and the intersection of city planning and social cohesion. She is the author of various studies, policy papers and recommendations, and is developing diverse dialogue formats for current political processes.
                                                                          Franziska Schreiber

                                                                          Latest posts by Franziska Schreiber (see all)

                                                                            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

                                                                            Latest posts by Terence Smith (see all)

                                                                              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

                                                                              Latest posts by Ashok-Alexander Sridharan (see all)

                                                                              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

                                                                              Latest posts by Sophia Sünder (see all)

                                                                                T


                                                                                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.
                                                                                Cecilia Tacoli

                                                                                Latest posts by Cecilia Tacoli (see all)

                                                                                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

                                                                                Latest posts by Jiao Tang (see all)

                                                                                  Natalya Tarnavchyk-Chuhuievets

                                                                                  Natalya Tarnavchyk-Chuhuievets

                                                                                  Natalya Tarnavchyk has been working for GIZ Ukraine since May 2014. She has also worked for the project “Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv”, coordinating the communication and PR activities and co-organizing events such as the European Heritage Days and the Urban Workshop in Lviv. Since January 2018 she has been supporting the communication and PR activities of the GIZ's projects on good governance in Kyjiv, Ukraine.
                                                                                  Natalya Tarnavchyk-Chuhuievets

                                                                                  Latest posts by Natalya Tarnavchyk-Chuhuievets (see all)

                                                                                  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.
                                                                                  Marlehn Thieme
                                                                                  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.
                                                                                  Titus James Twesige

                                                                                  V


                                                                                  María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz

                                                                                  María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz

                                                                                  Vice-President and Minister for Urban Development at Ecuador
                                                                                  María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz, psychologist and politician from Ecuador, is currently Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Vice-President of the country. With more than a decade of experience, she has held various public positions, among them Assemblywoman of the province of Guayas and vice-president of the Permanent Specialized Commission on the Right to Health. Moreover, she formed part of the Parliamentary Group for Women’s Rights and was in charge of the Parliamentary Group for Guaranteeing the Rights of Children and Adolescents.
                                                                                  María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz

                                                                                  Latest posts by María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz (see all)

                                                                                    Kalpana Viswanath

                                                                                    Kalpana Viswanath

                                                                                    Co-founder at Safetipin
                                                                                    Kalpana Viswanath is a researcher who has been working on issues of urban and women’s safety for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community and women's safety. She has worked as a consultant with UN Women and UN-Habitat on issues of gender and urban safety and spearheaded the Safe Delhi for Women initiative led by Jagori in Delhi, India. Kalpana Viswanath is also a board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC). She has provided technical support to safe city for women programmes in several Asian countries.
                                                                                    Kalpana Viswanath
                                                                                    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.
                                                                                    Maximilian Vogt

                                                                                    Latest posts by Maximilian Vogt (see all)

                                                                                      Michael Vollmann

                                                                                      Michael Vollmann

                                                                                      CEO nebenan.de Foundation / Co-Founder at nebenan.de
                                                                                      In 2015, Michael Vollmann co-founded nebenan.de, Europe's largest network for neighbourly community and solidarity. Since 2017, he also directs the nebenan.de Foundation which is a non-profit organisation supporting outstanding neighbourhood initiatives through the German Neighbourhood Award (www.nachbarschaftspreis.de) and initiating thousands of neighbourhood parties around the Eurpean Neighbours Day in Germany (via www.TagDerNachbarn.de). Martin is currently working on giving municipal and non-profit organizations access to their neighbours through nebenan.de.
                                                                                      Michael Vollmann

                                                                                      W


                                                                                      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.
                                                                                      Armin Wagner
                                                                                      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

                                                                                      Latest posts by Esther Wegner (see all)

                                                                                        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

                                                                                        Latest posts by Margo Weimers (see all)

                                                                                          Richard Weller

                                                                                          Richard Weller

                                                                                          Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology at The University of Pennsylvania. Weller sits on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in Washington and is the founder and Creative Director of the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture LA+. In 2017 he was voted by ‘Design Intelligence’ as one of North America’s most admired teachers. Weller’s Design Research and Writing can be found at http://richardweller.net/design-research/.
                                                                                          Richard Weller

                                                                                          Latest posts by Richard Weller (see all)

                                                                                          Edmundo Werna

                                                                                          Edmundo Werna

                                                                                          Edmundo Werna has 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 been the focal point of this UN agency for the New Urban Agenda throughout the process leading to Habitat III and the subsequent deliberations after the summit. He holds a PhD in urban development from University College London (UK).
                                                                                          Edmundo Werna
                                                                                          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.
                                                                                          Jorge Wolpert

                                                                                          Y


                                                                                          Mei Yi

                                                                                          Mei Yi

                                                                                          Mayor at Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province
                                                                                          Mei Yi has served as mayor in the Jingdezhen Municipal Government of the province of Jiangxi since June 2016. Previously, she worked as vice secretary of the CPC Jingdezhen Municipal Committee and as president of the Party School of CPC Jingdezhen’s Municipal Committee. She studied management and business administration at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, receiving a master's degree in 2006.
                                                                                          Mei Yi

                                                                                          Latest posts by Mei Yi (see all)

                                                                                            Chenzi Yiyang

                                                                                            Chenzi Yiyang

                                                                                            Project Coordinator for China at Cities Development Initiative For Asia
                                                                                            Ms. Chenzi Yiyang is CDIA’s Project Coordinator for China. As such, she coordinates and manages all capacity development activities in China in close cooperation with CDIA’s Senior Project Development Specialist in China, and other CDIA team members.

                                                                                            Prior to CDIA, she has worked for four years as an urban policy research analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Beijing and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, covering topics such as land use efficiency, non-motorized transport, and financing green urban infrastructure, among others. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Sciences Po Paris and a bachelor’s degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China.
                                                                                            Chenzi Yiyang

                                                                                            Latest posts by Chenzi Yiyang (see all)

                                                                                               

                                                                                              Z


                                                                                              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

                                                                                              Latest posts by Monika Zimmermann (see all)