Gerald Babel-Sutter

Gerald Babel-Sutter is a passionate ‘change-maker’. The founder and CEO of the UFGC is responsible for the entire programme as well as establishing a partner network which today consists of more than 100 organisations. Through his long-standing domestic and international networking efforts with mayors, city planners and urban decision-makers, he possesses comprehensive insights into the … Continued

Timo Hämäläinen

Timo Hämäläinen is a geographer who is part independent consultant in urban policy, part guerrilla planner and thought leader in contemporary urbanism. In his work, Timo engages in research & analysis, strategic policy development and advocacy projects to help cities and the public sector to tackle urban themes ranging from public participation to smart mobility … Continued

Greg Clark

Prof Greg Clark CBE is an Urbanist, Author, Chairperson, and advocate for city leaders and urban investors and has worked with 300 cities worldwide. He is Chair of the Connected Places Catapult and the Cities Commission for Climate Investment. He is a member of the Board of TfL and chairs its Land and Property Committee. … Continued

Rajendra Singh

Rajendra Singh is known as the “Waterman of India” and has won the Stockholm Water Prize, the „Nobel Prize for water”. The non-governmental organisation Tarun Bharat in Rajasthan has been instrumental in providing clean and fresh water to villagers using johad, an ancient rainwater storage method. Rajendra Singh contributed substantially in bringing back water to over 1,000 villages … Continued

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts

Karl-Filip is the director of citiesofpeople, an urban activist, a recovering bureaucrat and today an independent expert on strategies for people-centered future cities. He has worked for the City of Ghent for 18 years. As Ghent’s Chief Strategy Officer he introduced a new and integrated way of long term thinking and planning and strategic intelligence … Continued

Maria Vassilakou

Maria Vassilakou was the first green vice mayor of Vienna and city councillor for urban development, traffic, climate protection, energy planning, and citizen participation. She strongly advocates sustainable urban development and gentle mobility. During her 10 years as vice mayor, Maria successfully implemented a vast transformation agenda. Now, Vienna has one of the most affordable … Continued

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer chairs the Policy and Strategic Priorities Committee of the City of Vancouver and has led the City of Vancouver’s award-winning efforts to be the Greenest City in the world by 2020. She was instrumental in Vancouver becoming the first major city in North America to commit to 100% Renewable Energy and has won … Continued

Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr

Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation and coordinating public and private-sector efforts to make Dubai a benchmark for smart cities around the world. With more than 20 years of experience in ICT development in the public sector, … Continued

Ellen de Vibe

Ellen de Vibe is the former Chief Town Planner at the Agency for Planning and Building Services in Oslo. With the Fjord City redevelopment project, where brown field sites have been turned into a multifunctional city fabric with a harbor promenade and 13 commons, she has strongly influenced the cityscape of Oslo. Now she has … Continued

Jennifer Keesmaat

Jennifer Keesmaat is an urban planner named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Macleans, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada. She spent half a decade as Toronto’s Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her forward thinking and collaborative … Continued