Trude Rauken

As Deputy Director of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), Trude Rauken concentrates on the transformation of urban systems in order to reach carbon neutrality, as well as on the necessity to rethink urban leadership to eventually achieve this goal. Prior to that, she worked as a special adviser for the City of Oslo, where … Continued

Erling Fossen

Erling Fossen has been CEO of Oslo Metropolitan Area, an association owned by some of Norway’s largest real estate developers, since the beginning in 2012. As a postmodern urbanist, he engages deeply in public participation, moving away from the modern planning regime where planners knew it all, and participation meant that citizens should vote in … Continued

Anna Lisa Boni

Anna Lisa Boni has been secretary general of EUROCITIES since June 2014. She has 25 years of professional experience in EU public affairs in the field of local and regional government and has successfully worked for a stronger recognition of cities’ challenges within the European agenda. Her aim is to act in a way that … Continued

Johan Verlinde

Johan Verlinde works for the City of Rotterdam as the program manager of the Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Plan. The goal of the plan is to take the next step in preparing the city for climate hazards like heavy rainfall, heat and drought. This is done in close collaboration with citizens, private sector, social housing corporations, … Continued

Lisbeth Hammer Krog

Lisbeth Hammer Krog is the Mayor of Bærum Kommune and a leading figure advocating progress and renewal within Norwegian local politics. Having broad experience from the public and private sector, including the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, she has led a municipality experiencing complicated challenges in the fields of transportation and urban development. … Continued

Lene Conradi

Lene Conradi is the Mayor of Asker Kommune, a position she has held since 2007. She is the head of the joint executive council in charge of the ongoing merger between the municipalities Røyken, Hurum, and Asker. The new, larger Asker municipality will “go live” January 1st, 2020. In this process, the municipal planning is … Continued

Anita Krohn Traaseth

Anita Krohn Traaseth is the former CEO of Innovation Norway, the government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of enterprises and industries. Anita has received several awards, including Best Female Leader in the ICT Industry in Norway 2012, and was, among others, named in “On the Radar of Emerging Thinkers globally #Thinkers50” in 2018. … Continued

Katharina Bramslev

As CEO of Grønn Byggallianse, Katharina works closely with the building sector to develop sustainable buildings and cities, focusing on net zero carbon emissions including embodied energy, circular economy, and quality of life cities. Katharina is excited about the fast-growing focus on sustainability from the finance sector as she believes that it will be the … Continued

Maarit Kahila

Maarit Kahila believes that sharing best-practice knowledge is the best way to create change – so she co-founded Maptionnaire, a company that enables urban planners, policy makers, and other built environment experts to design better living environments together with people. Maarit and her team help experts on how collaboration, communication, and engagement between different stakeholders … Continued

Heinrich Strößenreuther

Heinrich Strößenreuther builds and scales nationwide movements that are effective in bringing about political change on the ground. Why? Because he understands our democracies as an invitation to work on the ground, where the big lobbies are small and the distance to elected politicians shrinks to neighbourhood distance. One of the many NGOs he has … Continued