Agenda > Speakers

  • Dr. Joan Clos

    Executive Director - 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 General Assembly. He has held this office since October 2010. Born in Barcelona on … Continue reading

  • Angel Gurría

    Secretary General - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    Mr. Angel Gurría serves as the Secretary-General of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Mr. Gurría has agreed to open membership talks with Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia and to strengthen links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, … Continue reading

  • Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira

    United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat

    Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of the Republic of Rwanda is the Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General providing critical leadership to promote sustainable cities and human settlements globally.  Previously, Dr. Kacyira held various government positions including … Continue reading

  • Right Honourable Clare Short

    Chair of the Cities Alliance Management Board

    Right Honourable Clare Short is the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of State for International Development. She was a Member of Parliament for more than 20 years until May 2010. In April 2016, she was elected Chair of the Cities Alliance … Continue reading

  • Minister Soledad Núñez

    Paraguay Minister for Housing and Habitat

    A social entrepreneur whose work has focused on addressing urban poverty, Soledad Núñez was named Paraguay’s Minister of Housing and Habitat in October 2014 by President Horacio Cartes. The youngest person ever appointed a Cabinet-level minister in Paraguay, Minister Núñez … Continue reading

  • Paulina Saball

    Ministra de Vivienda y Urbanismo de Chile

    Social assistant form Pontificia Universidad Católica, between 2010 and 2014, she was the head  of the program “Servicio Pais” at the National Fundation for Poverty Eradication. During the first government of the President Bachelet, she acted as a Deputy Secretary … Continue reading

  • Mr. Jean Claude MBWENTCHOU

    Minister for Housing and Urban Development - Cameroon

    Born on March 9 1956 in Douala, Cameroon, Jean Claude MBWENTCHOU, engineer specialized in Civil engineering and holder of a Masters degree in urban development. Since 2005, he was the National Coordinator of the Urban Governance Program (UGP), focal point … Continue reading

  • Ing. Klára Dostálová

    Deputy Minister for Regional Development - Czech Republic

    Klára Dostálová is a graduate student of University of Economics in Prague. After her studies, she worked as an accountant and for four years as a credit specialist at Czech savings Bank. Since 2002, she was a banquet manager at … Continue reading

  • Shlomo Angel

    Keynote Speaker, Urban Expert Session

    Shlomo (Solly) Angel is a Professor of City Planning at the Marron Institute. He leads the NYU Urban Expansion based at the Marron Institute and the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. Angel is an expert on urban development policy, having advised the … Continue reading

  • Sue Parnell

    Keynote Speaker

    Professor, African Centre for Cities and Visiting Professor, LSE Cities Susan Parnell is an urban geographer at the University of Cape Town. She was a founding member of the African Centre for Cities. Recent books include: A Routledge Handbook of … Continue reading

  • Rudiger Ahrend

    Head - Urban Programme in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development

    Dr Rudiger 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, … Continue reading

  • Remy Sietchiping

    Leader - Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at UN-Habitat

    Remy Sietchiping leads the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at UN-Habitat. He oversees the development of strategic programmes of the UN-Habitat including National Urban Policy, urban rural linkages, metropolitan development and the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. Prior … Continue reading

  • Tadashi Matsumoto

    Senior Policy Analyst - sustainable urban development at OECD

    Tadashi Matsumoto leads OECD’s sustainable urban development and green growth work. He is currently in charge of the Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia project, which aims to explore effective policy and governance strategies in rapidly urbanising Asian cities. Tadashi … Continue reading

  • Markku Markkula

    Session moderator, Mayors and Ministers

    Markku Markkula was elected President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in February 2015 for a two and a half year term of office. Since joining the CoR in 2010 he has held several influential positions such as … Continue reading

  • Dr. Susanne Lottermoser

    Deputy Director-General for “Building Policy and Urban Development” at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

    Dr. Susanne Lottermoser is Deputy Director-General for “Building Policy and Urban Development” at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Prior to her current appointment, she has held several positions in the Ministry. From … Continue reading

  • Luis Eduardo Bresciani Lecannelier

    President - National Urban Development Council of Chile

    Luis Eduardo Bresciani Lecannelier is the President of the National Urban Development Council of Chile, a presidential advisory committee on the implementation of Chilean national urban policies.  Bresciani’s prior appointments include the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the … Continue reading

  • Patrick Braouezec

    President of Plaine Commune (Paris metropolitan area)

    Born in Paris in 1950, Mr Patrick Braouezec is, since 2004, the President of the urban community of Plaine Commune (Paris metropolitan area), Co-President of the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights and member of the Saint-Denis’ … Continue reading

  • Okubal Peter James Ejokuo

    GGGI Uganda Representative

    Okubal Peter James Ejokuo is GGGI Uganda’s Representative. He has been instrumental in supporting the government of Uganda is its pursuit to transition to a green Economy. In partnership with relevant Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies; Private Sector; civil society … Continue reading