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01 JUNe 2016



    DR Christine Auclair


    Project Leader, World Urban Campaign UN-Habitat

    Christine Auclair is the project leader of the World Urban Campaign (WUC) at UN-Habitat. She has 25 years of experience in human settlements issues, urban policy analysis, monitoring, advocacy and partnerships. She joined the United Nations in 1994 in the Global Urban Indicators Programme and the ­Global Urban Observatory. As Chief of UN-Habitat Private Sector Unit, she has helped profiling the private sector in UN-Habitat. Since 2012, she coordinates the WUC to advocate on the positive role of cities and promote policies and practices for sustainable urbanisation. She is Architect (DPLG – diplômé par le gouvernement,

    France) and holds a doctorate in Urbanism and Planning from the French Institute of Urbanism in Paris.



    Dr Joan Clos


    Executive Director of UN HABITAT

    Dr Joan Clos is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the United Nations. He has held this office since October 2010. He is also currently serving as the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Born in Barcelona, Mr. Clos is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy.


    He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.





    Teresa Coady


    Architect, Canada

    Teresa Coady is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Fellow. She is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Built Climate Initiative and sits on the Canadian team of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE). Ms. Coady pioneered the Integrated Design Process at Globe 1998, and acted as advisor to the City of Vancouver 2020 Action Plan, the British Columbia Energy Code and the Canadian Model National

    Energy Code for Buildings. She is the former CEO of BCA-B+H and COO of Kasian. Ms. Coady is currently completing her first book: “Conscious Construction”.



    William (Billy) Cobbett


    Director, Cities Alliance

    William (Billy) Cobbett is Director of Cities Alliance. He initiated a series of corporate and strategic reforms for the Cities Alliance, including relocating the ­Secretariat from Washington D.C. to Brussels, which culminated with the ­inaugural meeting of the Cities Alliance Assembly in April 2016. Born in South Africa, Mr. Cobbett was the overall coordinator of Planact, an urban NGO ­providing policy and technical support to civic organisations and trade unions.


    He moved to African National Congress (ANC) headquarters in 1992, serving on the National Housing Forum and, prior to the historic 1994 election, the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). In the Government of National Unity under President Nelson Mandela, Mr. Cobbett was appointed Director General of the National Department of Housing under Minister Joe Slovo. He has a History degree from Middlesex University, London.



    dr melinda crane



    Dr Melinda Crane has given speeches and moderated events and discussions for a wide range of international organizations and firms. She is chief political correspondent at DW TV and also hosts the DW talk show “Quadriga”. In 2014 she was awarded the Steuben-Schurz Media Award for her service to transatlantic understanding. Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. Her journalistic experience includes work for the “New York Times Magazine”, ”The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine”, “The Boston Globe”, the “Christian Science Monitor” and German newspapers and magazines. Areas of expertise include: transatlantic politics; energy, climate and environment; transport and communication; development, globalization, finance and trade; science and medicine (including pharma); migration, integration and urbanization; women, youth and education; new media and the internet.



    Dr Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez


    Senior Director for the Social Urban,
    Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank

    Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez is the Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. Previously, he was Director for ­Sustainable Development of the Latin America and Caribbean Region (2011–2014), managed the Sustainable Development Unit for China and Mongolia (2007–2011) and the global trust-funded programmes ESMAP and WSP in energy and water and sanitation, respectively (2004-2008). Mr. Ijjasz has a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in civil and environmental engineering with a specialization in hydrology and water resources. He has been a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and Tsinghua University.



    Dr Tom Kirschbaum


    Founder ally app

    Tom Kirschbaum is founder and COO of ally, an app and platform for data-

    driven public transport in over 100 cities worldwide. He is responsible for Sales, Business Development and Operations. Tom started his career in banking and switched to being an entrepreneur in 2009, with the establishment of a corporate governance consultancy. In parallel, he founded an eBike distribution startup for municipalities and companies. In 2011, he was co-founder of Waymate, a multi-modal routing platform for flight, train and bus. Tom is also member of the ­management board and spokesman for Future Mobility in the Federal Association of German Startups. He holds a Ph.D. in corporate law from Bonn and the London

    School of Economics and Politics.




    Charles Landry


    Speaker, Author, Innovator

    Charles Landry  works with cities around the world to help them make the most of their potential. He is widely acclaimed as speaker, author, innovator, and facilitates complex urban change projects. An international authority on using imagination in creating self-sustaining urban change, Mr. Landry helps shift how we harness possibilities in reinventing our cities. His Creative City concept has become a global movement and his book The Art of City Making was recently voted the second best book on cities ever written by the planning website:  http://www.planetizen.com/node/66462 Other books cover the digitised city, the senses of the city and interculturalism.



    Hilmar von Lojewski


    Head of Department for Urban development, construction, Living and Traffic, Association of German Cities

    Since 2012, Hilmar von Lojewski has held the position of Senior Council

    Officer for Urban Development, Construction, Housing and Transport with the Association of Cities in North Rhine Westphalia and at national level with the Association of German Cities. He studied land-use planning and city/regional planning in Dortmund and Ankara and graduated in 1988. He worked as a trainee city planner in Frankfurt am Main until 1991 and then as a freelance planner in Dortmund. Up to 1994 he worked as a planning advisor for GTZ in Kathmandu, Nepal. He went on to lead Dresden’s City Planning Department until 2000. In Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment he was responsible for the “Urban Construction and Projects” and “Ministerial Building Affairs” departments. Between 2007 and 2010, he worked on a German development cooperation programme entitled “Sustainable Urban Development in Syria.”



    Rose Molokoane


    Deputy President, Slum Dwellers International

    Rose Molokoane is a Coordinator of the South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP) and she is on the Management Committee of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI). Ms. Molokoane is a resident and member of the Oukasie savings scheme in a slum settlement outside Pretoria, South Africa. A veteran of the Anti-Apartheid struggle, she is one of the most internationally recognised grassroots activists involved in land tenure and housing issues. FEDUP has helped more than 150,000 squatters, the vast majority of whom are women, to pool their savings. This has won them sufficient standing to negotiate with government for a progressive housing policy that has already produced 15,000 new homes and secured more than 1,000 hectares of government land for development.


    Ms. Molokoane has initiated federations of savings schemes throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She was awarded the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor in 2005 for her struggle to bring land and homes to the poor.





    Mayor of Tema and President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (video)

    The Mayor of Tema, Hon. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, was educated at the Ada Training College, where he received a 3-year Advanced Certificate. He then obtained a B.Com. at the University of Cape Coast and a MBA in Accounting at the University of Ghana. He also obtained a Certificate in Project Management at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

    His previous occupations include teaching at the Damango Kurabasu JSS, serving as Deputy Municipal Accountant/Bursar at the Tema Municipal Education Office, and managing at the International Commercial Bank in Accra.

     Under his mandate, the Port City of Tema signed a Sister Cities Partnership agreement with the City of Columbia in Maryland, USA. Other partnerships with Norfolk, Virginia and Greenwich, UK have received adequate boost in recent times.


    Hon Odamtten is aiming to brand Tema as a premier port city in The Center of the World.


     The Tema Metropolitan Assembly has been adjudged the best performing Metropolitan Assembly in Ghana in 2015 by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD). All 216 Assemblies in Ghana were assessed on all five key thematic areas including Health, Sanitation, Commercial Infrastructure, Education and Road Infrastructure.




    Sheela Patel


    Founding Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resources Centers

    Sheela Patel is the Founding Director of the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC). SPARC is an NGO that has been working since 1984 to support community organisations of the urban poor in their efforts to access secure housing and basic amenities and seek their right to the city. Smt. Patel is widely recognised – nationally and internationally – for seeking urgent attention to the issues of urban poverty, housing and infrastructure onto the radar of governments, bilateral and international agencies, foundations and other organ­isations. She has contributed as an author to many articles on the work that the Alliance does; for instance she has written about participatory learning approaches, waiting for tomorrow in environment and urbanisation, women´s health etc. In 2000, she received the United Nations Habitat Award, 2006 she was selected for an award called Outstanding Contribution towards Mumbai Vision 2015 by the Observer Research Foundation. In 2009 she received the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. And in 2011 she was conferred with the prestigious award of Padmashree.



    Aromar Revi


    Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

    Aromar Revi is the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and

    an international practitioner, researcher and educator with over 30 years of ­interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, human settlements, public policy, governance and technology. He co-chairs the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and its Urban Thematic Group from where he led a successful global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for the UN. Mr. Revi has led over 100 major research, consulting and implementation assignments worldwide; structured and designed development investments of eight billion dollars and worked on three of the world’s ten largest cities.


    Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs


    Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

    Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, ­Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and ­Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


    He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Sachs is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.



    sandra Schilen


    Strategic Director, Huairou Commission

    Sandra (Sandy) Schilen is the Strategic Director of the Huairou Commission and Global Facilitator of GROOTS International (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood), a global network of grassroots women’s organizations. A community organizer with advanced degrees in political economy, Sandy’s life and work reflect the rare capacity to bridge the divide between grassroots realities and global policies, between academic and activist, between North and South, and between values and practice. Through her work with the National Congress of Neighborhood Women (NCNW), a U.S. network of grassroots ­women’s groups from poor communities, and with GROOTS International, Sandy has three decades of experience in enabling grassroots women’s groups to replicate and mainstream their community development approaches and ­governance interventions through peer-to-peer learning exchanges and local, national, regional and global advocacy. She has facilitated GROOTS members to access local and national governments, multilateral institutions, donors, researchers, policymakers, and mainstream NGOs, in order to challenge and change their institutional cultures, policies and perspectives.



    Werner Spec


    Lord mayor of Ludwigsburg

    Werner Spec, Diplom-Verwaltungswirt (FH) (German university degree in public administration), lord mayor of Ludwigsburg (93 000 inhabitants) since 2003. Prior to this he was city treasurer and director of public utilities and city-owned enterprises  in Sigmaringen (until 1992) and Ulm (until 1996), then financial mayor (1996 – 1998) and later lord mayor (1999 – 2003) of Calw. His main responsibilities/activities: the entire framework of sustainable city development, generation-fair financing, economic development, culture, as well as the energy and housing industries.


    Dr Bernadia  Irawati  Tjandradewi


    Secretary General of  UCLG – ASPAC (video)

    Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi  is the Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC (United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific). She has been active in urban development and related fields for more than 15 years. Prior to UCLG ASPAC,

    she was working for CityNet and JICA (Japan International Cooperation

    Agency). She has been dealing with cities and local governments from various countries, and has also been representing institutions at the international ­level. She has a Masters in Atmospheric Physics from Nagoya University, Japan, a second Masters in Public Policy from National University of Singapore, and

    a Ph.D. in urban engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Besides global and urban environmental issues, her current interests range from strategic urban planning, climate change, disaster management, women empowerment and international cooperation to water management and local governance.


    Ms. Tjandradewi is also a visiting professor in Japan, has published extensively and has been a speaker in more than 100 international events.



    Frédéric Vallier


    Secretary-General of the Council of European Munici­palities and Regions (CEMR)

    Frédéric Vallier has been Secretary-General of the Council of European Munici­palities and Regions (CEMR) since 2010. Expert in European and international affairs, he has over 25 years of experience working with local and regional governments. As Secretary-General of CEMR, Vallier campaigns for the full ­recognition of local and regional governments as strategic partners of the ­European governance and calls for a Europe closer to its citizens and their first levels of democracy. Mr. Vallier represents European local and regional authori­ties within the global task force for the 2030 development agenda and climate change negotiations. He leads the representation of L&RGs associations in the European and Global Agenda negotiations. He holds an Executive Masters in public management from Sciences Po Paris. Mr. Vallier held a mandate as Deputy Mayor between 1995 and 2001 in France, his home country, in charge of citizenship, communication and twinning. Since 2012, he is member of the board of the European Movement International and was elected Vice-President in 2014.




02 JUNE 2016



    Dr Christoph Beier  


    Vice-Chair, GIZ Management Board

    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. He holds a number of honorary posts, for example as a member of the Board of Trustees of National Urban Planning Policy, of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) as well as the Board of the Bertelsmann Transformation Management Index by the Bertelsmann Foundation. Dr Christoph Beier studied geography, politics, ethnology and agriculture at the Technical University of Munich. His doctoral thesis on Decentralisation in Indonesia earned him the Ruth Massenberg prize for the University’s best dissertation at Ruhr-University Bochum in 1995.




  • Dr Eugénie L. Birch


    President, General Assembly of Partners

    Eugénie L. Birch is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research at

    the University of Pennsylvania. She is also 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 chair of UN-­Habitat’s World Urban Campaign and 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.



    Daniela Chacón 


    Vice-Mayor of Quito, Ecuador

    Daniela Chacón, studied law in the University Of San Francisco Of Quito with

    a postgraduate degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University. She currently serves as Deputy Mayor of the Metropolitan District

    of Quito, where she was appointed unanimously by the Metropolitan Council;

    she is the second woman and the youngest person to ever hold this position. She works towards programmes that lead to full revitalization of public spaces and neighborhoods from a participatory approach to ensure the sustainability of municipal interventions. Her main initiative is to fight against sexual harassment in transportation and public spaces and all forms of gender violence. Therefore, Daniela is an active spokesperson for equity and gender parity.


    Purnomo Ahmad Chandra 


    Minister Counsellor (Economic, Environment and

    Development Affairs

    Mr. Chandra is a senior diplomat currently served as the permanent representative of Indonesia for the UN. His experience covers a wide range of multilateral issues particularly on legal, environment, agriculture and development affairs. He was Chair of FAO’s Committee of Constitution and Legal Matters, member of IFAD’s Evaluation Committee, vice Chair of the Second Committee of UNGA 70th Session, member UN Habitat III Bureau and Committee on South-South Cooperation.


    Emmanuelle Cosse  


    Minister of Housing and sustainable Habitat, France

    Emmanuelle Cosse has been French Minister of Housing and Sustainable Homes since February 2016. She gained an advanced diploma in public commercial law in 1997 and worked for five years as a lecturer in fundamental rights and freedoms at the Faculty of Law at the former Université Paris XII Val de Marne.


    In 2002 she moved into journalism.


    Seven years on, she joined the Europe Écologie electoral coalition and was voted into office in Île-de-France in the 2010 regional elections. Cosse became Vice President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France, where she was responsible for housing, building, urban renewal and land use issues.

    In 2013, Emmanuelle Cosse was elected National Secretary of the Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV) political party. Two years later she became President of the EELV group in the Regional Council of Île-de-France, but left the post following her appointment as Minister of Housing and Sustainable Homes.



  • Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta


    Director, World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

    Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustain­able Cities. Ani guides WRI Sustainable Cities in developing environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable solutions to improve people’s quality of life in developing cities. He oversees a team of global experts in sustainable transport, urban development, building efficiency, low-carbon energy, water risk and governance. Previously with the World Bank, Ani was most recently Director of Knowledge and Learning, providing leadership and direction for the Bank’s role in offering knowledge services for development. Dedicated to international development, Ani has extensive operational work on community based development, urban environment, disaster management, solid waste management, water supply and sanitation.



    Dr Friedrich Kitschelt


    State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

    Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt was appointed State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in January 2014. From 2010 to 2013, he was head of the Directorate-General for Africa and Latin America; Global and Sectoral Affairs and before that head of the Directorate for Asia and South-­Eastern Europe. Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt held various positions at the BMZ, including Director for Asia, Commissioner for Afghanistan and Commissioner for Europe. Dr. Kitschelt also spent some time working at the Federal Chancellery, where he headed the division for North-South relations and human rights policy of the German government. Friedrich Kitschelt spent more than 12 years working abroad, in countries such as Jamaica, India, Kenya and Belgium. During this period in his career, he worked for several years for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH and was head of the development policy division at the German Embassy in Nairobi as well as at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union.


    Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt trained as a journalist and read sociology, economics and law at the Albertus Magnus University of Cologne and the University of Bielefeld. After completing his degree in 1983, he was awarded a Ph.D. in sociology by the University of Bielefeld in 1985.



    Prof. Danny Leipziger


    Professor, George Washington University, USA

    Danny Leipziger is Professor of International Business at the George Washington University and Managing Director at Growth Dialogue, a network dedicated to examining the issues of sustainable and shared economic growth. He is former Vice-President of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (2004 to 2009) at the World Bank. Over the course of his 28-year career at the World Bank, he has held management positions in the East Asia and Latin America regions as well as in the World Bank Institute. Prior he served in senior positions in the U.S. Government, including on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State. Mr. Leipziger was Vice Chair of the Commission on Growth and Development, and has published in the areas of development and finance. His recent monograph, “Restarting Global Economic Growth” (with M. Spence, R. Kanbur, and J. Manyika) is the result of a Bellagio 2015 Conference, organised by the Growth Dialogue and the Rockefeller Foundation.


  • Dr Eva Lohse


    President, German Association of Cities

    Eva Lohse studied law at ­Heidelberg University, the University of Geneva and the University of Freiburg. Following her first state law examination in 1982, she completed her legal training in the district of Zweibrücken Higher Regional Court and studied at the ­German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. After completing her second state law examination in 1985, Dr. Lohse worked as an administrative lawyer with the Bad Dürkheim district authority, the Ministry of the Interior of the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Rheinpfalz police headquarters in Ludwigshafen. She received her doctorate in law in 1995. From 1996 to 2001 she was lecturer in administrative, labour and social law at the ­Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences in Mannheim. Since 2002, Dr. Lohse has been Mayor of the City of Ludwigshafen am Rhein. In addition, since 2006 she has been Chair of the Rhine-Neckar Regional Association, since 2012 Vice-President of the German Savings Banks Association, from 2013 to 2015 Vice-President and since 2015 President of the Association of German Cities.

  • Prof. Edgar Pieterse


    Director, African Center for Cities

    Professor Edgar Pieterse is Founding Director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town and occupies the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. His research and teaching gravitates around urban

    development politics, everyday culture, publics, responsive design and adaptive governance systems. He is Consulting Editor for “Cityscapes”, an international ­biannual magazine on urbanism in the global South. His most recent co-edited books are: “African Cities Reader III: Land, Property & Value” (2015), “Africa’s Urban Revolution” (2014). He is providing policy advice to: UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments), OECD, UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance in the run-up to Habitat III. Lastly, he is Co-Curator of the African Urbanisation component of the International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam, 2016, focused on the Next Economy.



    Michael O'Neill


    Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP

    Michael O’Neill (United Kingdom) joined UNDP in February 2014 as UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of External Relations and Advocacy. Prior to this appointment Mr. O’Neill worked for the UK government, most recently as Chairman of the Prime Minister's Gulf Strategy Group. Mr. O'Neill has served as UK Ambassador to Qatar (2012-13); Head of Mission, Helmand Province, Afghanistan (2010-2012); UK Special Representative for Sudan (2007-2010); Counsellor, UK Representation to the European Union, Brussels (2006-2007) & UK Mission to the United Nations, New York (2002-2006); First Secretary, Politico-Military, Washington DC (1998-2002) & Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1994-1998); Second Secretary, Defence, UK Delegation to NATO (1991-1994); and at the Ministry of Defence (1988-1991). Mr O'Neill holds an MA in Classics & Modern History from Brasenose College, Oxford, and an MSc in Western European Politics from the London School of Economics.

  • Dr Luis Antonio Revilla


    Mayor of La Paz, Bolivia

    Luis Antonio Revilla Herrero is a Bolivian national and a lawyer committed

    to defending human rights. He was President of the City Council of La Paz between 2005 and 2010 and in 2006 was elected Vice-President of the Bolivian Federation of Municipal Associations (FAM). In that position he participated in discussions and formulated proposals for the Constituent Assembly that amended the Constitution of the Bolivia Plurinational State. Mr. Revilla was ­Mayor of La Paz between 2010 and 2015 and re-elected with 60 per cent of the votes in 2015. His management has been characterised by the implementation of the urban infrastructure Programme “Barrios y Comunidades de Verdad”, a new Municipal Transport Bus System and many educational and cultural citizens programmes. In 2013, he launched the first long term Municipal Development Plan toward 2040.


  • Prof. Dr Dr h.c.  Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber


    Co Chair WBGU; Director Potsdam Institute for Climat Impact Research, Germany

    Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Potsdam; External Professor at the

    Santa Fe Institute. Heisenberg Scholarship (1989); Extensive research activities abroad, e.g., University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz; Professor (1989) and later Director at the Center for Marine Environmental Research

    (ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg; Chair of the Global Change Advisory Group for the 6th EU Research Framework Programme of the EU; Leadership and review activities for numerous international programmes. 2001-05 research Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Norwich (UK). Since 2005 he is member of the National Academy of Sciences. WBGU Member since 1992, 1994–1996 Vice Chair, 1996-2000 Chair, 2004–2008 Vice Chair again, since 2009 Chair.


  • Clare Short


    Chair of the Policy Advisory Board, Cities Alliance

    Clare Short was Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood from 1983 to 2010 and Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to 2003. DFID was a new Ministry created to promote policies for sustainable development and the elimination of poverty. Ms. Short has also been Opposition Spokesperson on Environment Protection, Social Security and Employment. She is now active in various organisations working on slum upgrading in the developing world, transparency in oil, gas and mining, African-led humanitarian action, destitute asylum-seekers in Birmingham, trade justice for the developing world and for a just settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In 2011 she was elected Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).



    Prof. Klaus Töpfer  


    Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

    Professor Klaus Töpfer was the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) based in Potsdam. He is also the former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi. He graduated from Münster in 1964 with a degree in Economics.


    He was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development as well as a member of the German Bundestag. He has received numerous awards and honours including the Federal Cross of Merit, the German Sustainability Award for his lifetime achievement in the field of sustainability. He has been inducted in the “Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame”.


    STeve Weir 


    Vice president Global Program Development and Support,

    Habitat for Humanity

    Steve Weir is responsible for global programmes in over 80 countries. ­Areas of responsibility include Urban Programs, Sustainable Design and Energy ­Efficiency; Housing Finance and Market Development; and Disaster Resilience. Mr. Weir started the HFH Sri Lanka country program in 1993 before becoming Vice ­President for HFHI operations in Asia-Pacific where as a part of that work he oversaw the 2004 Asia Tsunami reconstruction project in four countries impacting 125,000 individuals. Early in his career, Mr. Weir spent 16 years in private practice as a licensed Architect, working with a San Francisco-based architectural and real estate development firm, on projects throughout the Pacific Rim.