Ute Margarete Meyer

Ute Margarete Meyer has, inside and outside of academia, established an innovative practice at the interface of research, planning, and urban activism. By launching the urbanes.land think-and-do tank, Ute works on perspectives for semi-urban/rural territories, peripheral zones in polycentric urban structures, and metropolitan fringes. Her team combines different methods into an integrated approach: spatial and … Continued

Santa Meyer-Nandi

Santa Meyer-Nandi is an award-winning advocate for environmental and societal change. She pecialises in equipping change agents with the necessary mindset and skillset to drive progress and navigate uncertainty, crisis, and resistance in our ever-evolving world. With a wealth of experience, Santa has successfully trained thousands of public servants and managers in the private sector … Continued

James Hooton

James Hooton is Managing Director of the Green Finance Institute Europe, an independent, commercially focused organisation and subsidiary of the Green Finance Institute UK. He oversees European strategy and leads government and private sector relations. In a career that spans more than 20 years in financial services across Asia, Europe, and the UK, James’s experience … Continued

Joost Helms

Joost Helms is always looking for opportunities to make ecosystems work in an innovative way, to solve societal challenges, and deliver social as well as economic value. He understands the differences in motives, interests, and processes of the different partners involved with the triple helix collaboration of governments, knowledge institutions, and the private sector. As … Continued

Rufus Grantham

Rufus Grantham spent more than 20+ years in finance and as an entrepreneur before pivoted his career to focus exclusively on the sustainability transition. He is now the Global Head of Retrofit and Built Environment not-for-profit sustainable finance advisory firm Bankers without Boundaries (BwB). Here he advises foundations, corporates, NGOs, and local and national government … Continued

Juan Carlos Escudero-Achiaga

Juan Carlos Escudero-Achiaga is Head of the Mobility and Data Science Area of the Environmental Studies Centre of the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council (CEA), where he was formally also Director. The CEA is a council body in charge of promoting the sustainable development of the municipality. Here, Juan has been responsible for implementing and promoting innovative … Continued

Laura Maria Diaz Ospina

Laura Maria Diaz Ospina works at BABLE as a graphic designer, researcher, and facilitator in the field of smart cities and urban strategies. She contributes to a diverse range of projects with her expertise in visual design and strategy. Also, Laura has collaborated with the Klima community platform as a visual designer to help their … Continued

Paul Depla

Paul Depla is mayor of Breda in the Netherlands and is committed to making the city of Breda a green, hospitable city that thinks beyond its borders. Thanks to Paul, Breda is a city which acts upon the idea that cooperation with inhabitants is important; people think in possibilities and seek creative solutions. As chairman … Continued

Jenny Atmanagara

Jenny Atmanagara is project manager for smart cities & regions, urban development, and sustainable construction at Baden-Württemberg International. This is that German state’s agency for the internationalisation of science and economy. Additionally, she is responsible for the implementation of sustainability and the WIN-Charta at BW_i. With more than twenty years of experience working in practice … Continued

Vladimir Svet

Vladimir Svet is the Deputy Mayor of Tallinn and coordinates the activities of the Tallinn Urban Environment and Public Works Department and the Tallinn Municipal Police Department. His key priority is to provide the city’s residents with an inclusive and comfortable city space, which he aims to achieve through the development of parks, green areas, … Continued