WE HELP YOU MAKE CITIES SUSTAINABLE

Our mission is to support you to change your city for the better. That’s why we love to inspire, challenge, and connect you with the world’s most impressive urban change-makers. We do this through Europe’s largest events for urban sustainability, taking place in different cities and virtually, and through our global community of more than 50,000 CityChangers and 200+ organisations.

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URBAN FUTURE. Enabler of Sustainable Cities.

OUR ‘WHY’:

SUSTAINABLE CITIES

“Cities need to become more sustainable in order to help solve our environmental problems. Together we need to do anything we can to speed up urban transformation.”


Gerald Babel-Sutter, passionate change-maker, co-founder and CEO of Urban Future

OUR HISTORY:

ACTION IN OUR DNA

Born out of a local urban mobility workshop in Graz, Austria, Urban Future has become the largest event for urban change-makers in Europe within just a few years. We started out as a small group of doers wanting to improve our city. You see, it has always been in our DNA to gather for action. It has simply changed shape – from a workshop in Graz to a global community of 50,000 urban change-makers.

OUR HOW:

IMPACT BOOST

The Urban Future Live Events have given us first-hand experience of “how” changing cities is done by practitioners. With that knowledge we can help speed up the transition process. We talk about the HOW – without the “hot air” – providing an impact boost for sustainability experts to act now!

“We didn’t plan for this, it just grew. It had to! People expect
cities to be sustainable and they needed us to show them how.”

Gerald Babel-Sutter

co-founder and CEO of Urban Future

DO WE SHARE THE SAME VISION?

RAISON D’ETRE

THE PAIN POINT WE IDENTIFIED

HOW TO DRIVE CHANGE

10,000s of passionate experts who would like to transform their cities don’t act. There is a thirst for actionable know-how. An information vacuum on how to drive change. We saw this problem eight years ago.

Today our community of 50,000 urban change-makers strive to create better cities. And by better we mean sustainable, just, social, and green.

It is the heroes in our cities, passionate about making cities better, who drive positive change. We know it’s a tough job. You need actionable know-how, inspiration, a network, and the right skills to transform your city for the future.

Together we formulate answers to burning questions. We provide impactful solutions, learn from each other, and share knowledge on how to convince others, change structures and behaviours, and focus on the right issues.

Together we work for transformation on the ground in cities all over the world.

MEET THE TEAM

NICE TO MEET YOU! WE ARE THE FACES BEHIND URBAN FUTURE

Favourite city? Of course Graz! It has so many beautiful little streets, quiet green places and yes, there’s always something going on. It has just the perfect size to live in.

LISA Babel-Seifter

Speaker Service Assistant

Favourite city? Although there are a lot of cities that I really like – Copenhagen, Madrid, Stockholm… I love Vienna the most: historic buildings, green spaces and the Viennese charme! 😉

CORNELIA Forsthuber

Young Leaders & Volunteers Coordinator | Partnership Manager

Favourite city? For a blend of the truly ancient and dazzlingly modern, you can’t beat charming Kyoto. Green space and tranquillity are woven into it’s very fabric.

KARL Dickinson

Editor

Favourite city? London! I’ve been there several times and it’s great to see the changes over the past 25 years. I enjoy strolling through the different districts.

ELKE Babel-Sutter

Corporate Services | Expo Manager

Favourite city? It’s car-free, surrounded and traversed by water and the most beautiful place to get lost. Your guess.

MATHIS Hampel

Programme Director

Favorite city? Change it to citIES, and we’re getting there: Cape Town, Melbourne, and New York are my favorites (so far)! It’s the proximity to the ocean that gets me… The unique energy at each of these places only makes them better – and gives me the travel bug.

JACQUELINE Maier

Programme Assistant

Favourite city? When you are with your loved ones, it almost doesn’t matter which city you are in. Personally, I love compact cities with lots of green spaces, open-minded citizens and water.

GERALD Babel-Sutter

CEO | Programme Development | Strategic Partnerships

Favourite city? Timișoara, also known as the Garden City due to its many public parks, gardens and green areas. Titled the European Capital of Culture in 2023, it embodies what truly brings a city to life: nature and culture.

ANDREEA Ciocan

Media Designer

THOMAS Pucher

Partner & Co-Founder

Favourite city? Any city that – regardless of actual size – manages to combine a village-like atmosphere with metropolis-level ambitions. Graz, Hamburg, Dublin, Chicago…

ANNA Holzer

Online Marketing

Favourite city? Kuala Lumpur for being such a melting pot, Tbilisi for surprising me and Paris for bringing romance to life. If they manage to do Champs-Élysées car free, even better.

ELIN Wibell

Head of Marketing

Favourite city? Hong Kong! It’s a fascinating urban case, where building density reserves nature, instead of destroying it.

JOSEPHINE Yilan Liu

Partner & Co-Founder

Favourite city? Lisbon. Sunny weather, friendly people, colourful streets, delicious food and overall relaxed atmosphere – it doesn’t get much better than this!

METKA Novak

Journalist

For me – the city that never sleeps New York! You just sense the energy out there as soon as you leave the airport.

LISA Sparwasser

Business Development

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