What You'll Learn

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The world’s first virtual city festival crosses countries and time zones to explore the best of urban life, to learn from our cities, explore them, shape them, share them, fight for them. Come be challenged and inspired. Come explore the design, culture and economies of cities today, their sustainability and the well-being and inclusivity of our communities.
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THU, OCT. 22
Welcome to WRLDCTY
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Welcoming remarks and overview of how to explore WRLDCTY from your own home and immerse yourself in unique insights from city leaders, top urban thinkers, and virtual experiences spanning music, culture, art and food from cities across the globe as we make history together in the world’s largest virtual city event. 

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Rising to the Challenge: Global Mayors Talk Public Health
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

From COVID to the ever-evolving health impacts of natural disasters, mayors across the world have been tasked with managing an unprecedented number of overlapping public health crises in 2020. How do you create a nimble public health strategy capable of effectively, efficiently targeting public health crises as they arise? How do you anticipate and prepare for possible surprises? How can city hall leverage partnerships to maximize resources and impact, and keep all city residents safe and healthy? In this session, mayors across the world share their experiences and public health recommendations for 2020 and the years ahead.

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The 15-Minute City
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Developed by Professor Carlos Moreno at the Sorbonne in Paris, the concept of “la ville du quart d’heure” is one in which residents can fulfill their typical daily needs for goods, services and recreation within a 15-minute reach on foot or by bike. But how do cities make the transition and can this concept be applied on a global scale? This panel moderated by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat will bring together leading urban designers from the U.S., Europe and Asia to explore how such an approach to more localized urban design could transform cities around the world in the years to come.

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Unlocking the Greatest Challenges for our Cities
city stage, New York

Former New York Deputy Mayor and current Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff played an instrumental role in leading the recovery and transformation of New York City after 9/11. In this session, Dan shares lessons learned from past crises that cities can apply today along with new actions and policies required to not only foster the recovery of global cities in the current crisis, but emerge greater than ever in the future.

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Innovation in Urban Tourism
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

No sector has been more impacted by the crisis than travel and tourism. In this session moderated by former Microsoft Partner Scott Erickson, the leader of Welcome City Lab, the world’s largest incubator dedicated to travel and tourism, the director of tourism for Tel Aviv Global and former head of strategy for Wonderful Copenhagen will come together and shares insights on innovation in urban tourism and what travel might look like in the future.

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City of Trust: A Conversation with Happy City Author Charles Montgomery
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Nothing matters more to human flourishing than social trust. High-trust cities are happier. They are wealthier. And they are more likely to bounce back from natural disasters. But trust in governments, institutions and leaders has been under attack across much of the world. Rebuilding trust at all levels is crucial if we want to meet the pressing challenges of this age–including pandemic recovery. In experiments from Denver to Dubai, Happy City author Charles Montgomery and his team have demonstrated how urban design and policy can influence our relationships with neighbors, strangers and our governments. In conversation with Former Chief Creative Officer for Mexico City and founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Montgomery will explore the surprising power of trust in cities. They will explore pragmatic ideas for designers, decision makers and city-builders who want to renew their communities by deepening the bonds of trust that keep all of us strong.

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Unlock an Acclaimed Chef's Best-Kept Secrets
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SANTA MONICA – Susan Feniger takes you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of her award-winning restaurant Socalo and share her best recipes and secrets with you for a gastronomical journey.

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Walkability: The Best Motivation, Means and Measure for Making Sustainable Cities
city stage, New York

In his bestselling books on urban design, Jeff Speck explains why and how a sharp focus on a comprehensive framework of “deep walkability” provides a clear path to saving our cities and the planet. In this visually compelling harangue, Jeff shares the four key reasons to fight for walkability and the four key ways to achieve it.

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Housing in an Age of Unprecedented Demand
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

A much-needed discussion exploring possible future and outcomes about the issue of affordability in the world’s most coveted cities. As major urban centers experience a population boom and with it, skyrocketing rents and a dire lack of affordable housing, citizens need answers and blueprints for resolution. This panel endeavors to offer some vital first steps for cities around the world.

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The Future of the Experience Economy
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Much has changed since B. Joseph Pine II first identified and wrote about the Experience Economy in the 1990s. With 2020 bringing both the third release of his seminal book The Experience Economy—with a new preview on Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money—and the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the global economy, it’s the perfect time to catch up with Joe to understand what all this means for today and into the future… including what lies beyond today’s Experience Economy.

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Learn the Secret of Tampa's Cigar Makers
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TAMPA BAY – Take a trip to the historic Latin Quarter of Tampa Bay. Experience how one small neighborhood became the Cigar Capital of the World! Along the way, pay a visit to The Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida, and learn how to build the original Cuban Sandwich. Then, get a personal lesson on hand-rolled cigar making from the oldest family-owned cigar factory, J.C. Newman Cigar Company.

Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis
city stage, Toronto

If our planet is going to survive the climate crisis, we need to act rapidly. We cannot wait for national governments to agree on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep the average temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees. C40’s David Miller, the former mayor of Toronto, argues that cities are taking action on climate change because they can—and because they must. Using data from his upcoming book, he makes a clear-eyed and compelling case that, if replicated at pace and scale, the actions of leading global cities point the way to creating a more sustainable planet.

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Closing the Gap
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, an economic downturn and ongoing racial unrest, Living Cities is engaging cities from across the U.S. who are committed to imagining what an anti-racist society might look like in a new initiative, the Closing the Gaps Network. Over the next decade, cities in the Closing The Gaps Network will reckon with the role local government has played and continues to play in creating inequities and to chart a new path forward. Within the network, an inaugural Year of Reckoning cohort of cities are making a profound commitment to racial equity at all levels. In this session, panelists from these cities will share strategies for building income and creating wealth for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities from recent efforts related to job creation, the power of procurement, and homeownership.

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Design for Distancing
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The pandemic has forced cities to reconsider how we value, utilize and share public spaces. In this panel, Design Core Detroit CEO Olga Stella leads a conversation in sharing and discussing examples of ways cities have used design to modify the public realm to respond to the pandemic crisis.

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Savor Cape Town’s Wines from Township to Terroir
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CAPE TOWN – Escape to one of the planet’s premier growing regions—Cape Town, South Africa!—in this high-end sensory immersion. Discover exclusive recipes from Cape Town’s renowned chefs and wine pairing principles from the city’s sommeliers in an exclusive journey into the Cape Town terroir that’s coveted by wine and food lovers all over the world.

These Are the World’s Best Cities
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What makes a city a desirable place to live, visit or do business? What are the best cities now? In this session, Best Cities Founder Chris Fair shares research on the factors that shape the perception and performance of cities and unveils the Wordls’ Best Cities rankings for 2021.

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Experiential Urbanism: The Future of Placemaking
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Today, in a COVID-19 reality, cities are empty but regions are full, capturing a hunger for open, rural spaces. In order to win back visitor and citizen trust and spending, cities need to give people something to do to fill hotel beds and restaurants again. Join Moment Factory’s Head of Strategy & Innovation Amahl Hazelton and Resonance Consultancy President Chris Fair to discover how experiential urbanism holds the key to rebuilding urban travel by tapping into the global shift from consumption to transformation—a shift from observer to participant for citizens and visitors alike.

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A Luminous Experience in the Heart of the Notre Dame Basilica
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MONTREAL – Allow yourself to be transported through light and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica. An immersive and epic show by Moment Factory that stirs the soul with the universal power of multimedia.

The Future of Third Places
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Social spaces apart from our homes and work play a key role in anchoring community life and facilitating social interactions and collaboration. But social distancing has limited our access to these places, whether they be cafes, churches or social clubs. Will life return to normal when the pandemic passes or will these places take on new roles if more people live and work remotely? This panel of leading urban designers will share their thoughts on how architecture, social ergonomics and technology-based experiences might shape the future of third places in our cities.

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Discover Pan-Latin Cuisine with Chef Ivy Stark
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NEW YORK – If there is an Iron Throne for one of the most thoughtful chefs in New York City, Ivy Stark has a claim to it. After perfecting her craft at Dos Caminos and Rosa Mexicano, she has joined Time Out Market New York—a cuisine, cocktail and cultural destination curated by the editors of Time Out. In this session, Ivy will walk you through some of her new inventive recipes utilizing whole, unprocessed foods that you can experience in the Market or, now, at home.

The Future of Fashion in a Post-COVID World
city stage, New York

Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at FIT, checks in with Eugene Rabkin, of StyleZeigeist.com and NYTimes fashion Director Vanessa Friedman, about fashion’s world cities. How did globalization transform the fashion system? Which cities are most important—and why? How do Paris and New York compare? And what will the future of fashion be like, post-pandemic?

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The Richmond Journey in a Social Justice Context
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Richmond, Virginia, is rooted and rising. Even before Confederate statues started coming down, the community began telling its story to the world through BLK RVA. The program shines a spotlight on Black-owned businesses to increase tourism, engage regional residents, and support businesses by showcasing spaces that highlight the Black experience in the Richmond region. Join panelists for a discussion about the evolution of our community, Black entrepreneurship, and the importance of BLM and how it’s changing Richmond’s narrative.

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Phygital: Digitizing the Cultural Experience
city stage, New York

Phygital experiences are transforming the cultural and retail landscape. In a wide-ranging conversation, we’ll explore how Time Out and their partners use phygital to connect the online and offline worlds to create closer and human customer experiences.

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Seed an Urban Farm with Brooklyn Grange
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NEW YORK – Discover all there is to know about urban farming from Brooklyn Grange Co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias. Anastasia walks you through Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop soil farmland and leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the U.S. She shares her tips on urban farming and answers any questions you may have live.

“After” Tourism - What’s Next for Travel?
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

After years of record-breaking growth in visitor arrivals, some cities were struggling with so-called “overtourism”—too many visitors in parts of the city at the same time. With the pandemic putting virtually all corporate travel, meetings and events on pause, cities are rethinking what travel to urban destinations might look like after the pandemic. Will corporate travel bounce back? Will meetings and events return? This session with the CEOs of Tourism Toronto, Singapore Tourism Board and Los Angeles Tourism will discuss their perspective on what the future might hold for travel to cities in the years to come.

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Chicago Year of Music: Peter Cottontale and Bomba Con Buya
city stage, Chicago

The Year of Chicago Music, featuring Peter Cottontale and Bomba Con Buya: Discover Chicago’s up and coming musicians with unique performances at WRLDCTY.

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Building Cities of Wellness
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Wellness is emerging as a dominant consumer lifestyle value, but not well incorporated into the design, operation and governance of cities. In this session, Global Wellness Institute Senior Research Fellows Ophelia Yeung and Katherine Johnson lead a discussion with experts on how to build a city of wellness, using policies and public-private partnerships to create an environment that enables and supports healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

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Work Smart, Live Smart, Play Smart: The Path of Digital Transformation
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HONG KONG – Depicting the digital tech entrepreneurship culture in Hong Kong, we zoom into Cyberport, the city’s digital tech hub, and visit the start-up community focusing on three main technology areas of FinTech, Smart Living, and Digital Entertainment and Esports. Discover how Cyberport’s innovative thinking and state-of-the-art infrastructure is supporting startups to adapt to challenges and transform the digital economy.

The Next Great Migration
city stage, Singapore

As the unprecedented global COVID-19 lockdown eventually ends, hundreds of millions of people will reevaluate where they live. Many will move in search of health-conscious “green zones,” places less vulnerable to climate change, locations amenable to remote work, or simply look for more affordable or tolerant cities and towns. Where will this next great migration drive humanity? Which places will be the winners and losers?

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HKSTP: Where Innovation Meets the Future
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HONG KONG – Discover the nature of Hong Kong’s dynamic and vibrant Innovation & Technology ecosystem, where expertise, pioneering spirits, and ambition pave the way to solve real-world problems. An introduction to the city’s largest R&D flagship and the driving force at the heart of the ecosystem—the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). A journey into the people, culture and success of Asia’s thriving technological community.

Hong Kong’s Unique Role as Asia’s Financial Powerhouse
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Hong Kong’s role as a global financial center has been called into question due to social unrest in 2019 and ongoing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China. But, a close look shows there is no other place in Asia that connects the dots as much as Hong Kong does for fundraising, wealth management, insurance, banking, fintech, globalization of the RMB and deal-making. Hong Kong remains the unique financial services connecting point between China and the world, and vice versa. Join this esteemed panel to explore how the market will develop in a more polarized world and what the threats and opportunities are for Hong Kong’s role as a global financial center.

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Party the Planet with Exclusive DJ Sets
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GLOBAL CITIES – Selina, the global hospitality group for digital nomads, takes over our experience stage live from the world’s best cities for a series of DJ sets.

Coping with COVID: Hard Lessons, Best Practices
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

As one of the world’ most densely populated cities, Hong Kong has introduced strict measures to curb the spread of COVID-19—but has so far avoided the total lockdown seen in other major economies. It’s a constant, three-way tussle between protecting public health, minimizing economic fallout and managing public acceptance. What are the health lessons learned? How do you keep public transport running smoothly and safely? How does a global hospitality brand cope across cultures and continents?

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Enhancing City Values Through Art
city stage, Hong Kong

Art is no longer confined to high-end galleries or wealthy collectors. Creative elements are increasingly weaved into daily life, enriching the urban living experience for residents and visitors. Where once museums reigned supreme, now art-meets-retail malls are emerging as creative hotspots, while gallery owners have always adapted and evolved to changing tastes and habits. How far will it go? Why do people crave art? Can art survive in a money-making world?

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FRI, OCT. 23
Exploring Generation 6 Cities: Are We Fit for our Future?
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

As global cities tackle new challenges to human and economic resilience, this session explores the enduring significance of cities to the health and wealth of nations. Featuring the future focused ‘Mission Fit Scorecard’ developed by Australian city-shapers Urbis, panellists will debate the relative mission fitness of host cities London, New York, Toronto, Singapore and Sydney – discussing the bold decisions that need to be made today, to underpin their continuing competitiveness and liveability. A specific focus of this panel session will be the changing landscape of economic competition and the significance of a strong innovation ecology.

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Achieving Liveability With High Density
city stage, Singapore

This keynote explores how Singapore adopts an integrated approach towards master-planning and urban governance, balancing high density with high liveability and sustainability outcomes. This is a rare look into the lauded Singapore model of urban innovation and efficiency.

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Welcome to the Traderhood™
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The workforce is changing: the days of old-school “big shed” industrial park—surrounded by barbed wire fences that only operate Monday to Friday with no amenity or public transport—are over. Andrew Hoyne likes to refer to “District 21s,” new industrial hubs which add value to the surrounding community. They are designed for human scale that, in turn, gives people permission to enter and walk around. District 21s pays attention to the fine grain, food and beverage and human experiences, creating a unique and compelling destination with a magnetic drawcard seven days a week. These solutions become meaningful destinations and as a result drive higher rental income and increase the asset value of the site itself.

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Embedding Placemaking into Policies
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Placemaking has become vital in highlighting the importance of places, people, and public life in fostering strong communities and creating vibrancy. Now as cities are grappling with the evolving challenges of the pandemic and many people have been kept out of public spaces, there is an urgent need to embed placemaking into policies in order to build community resiliency that can withstand or even thrive in challenging times.

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A City is a Startup
city stage, Singapore

Cities, like startups, need to understand their audience and continually iterate and adapt to stay relevant and competitive. This approach to assessing and considering societal impact for a new venture can be applied in the context of the design of new systems and urban solutions, to consider their potential impact.

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All Cities Are Post-Traumatic Cities
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The velocity at which cities evolve often risks the endemic cultural and built environment values—especially in emerging cities. What does it mean to have a city that amplifies history and tradition and embraces progress and the future? And what must cities do to retain the inclusivity that attracted residents in the first place? Join Dori Nguyen, managing partner of Utopia, builders of urban innovation ecosystem for emerging cities, as her panel explores these challenges facing emerging, fast-growing cities.

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Tiptoe into Choreography with the Hong Kong Ballet
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HONG KONG – Hong Kong Ballet teamed up with UK-based award-winning choreographer Corey Baker to produce this one-of-kind performance, taking audiences from serene marshlands on the outskirts of the city to a green oasis atop skyscrapers in the heart of the city, all in Hong Kong. The music was composed by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist FKJ, creating a truly memorable performance.

How to Go Wild in Singapore
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The pursuit of open, green spaces for respite and recreation in cities has picked up speed with our global fight against the pandemic. But the planet’s most innovative cities are going a step further, to realize the potential of rewilding the concrete jungle and reaping benefits to resilience as a result. Join a panel of green and public space experts, in conversation with Sarah Ichioka, an urbanist, curator, writer and head of Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural, and social-impact organizations and initiatives, to explore Singapore’s plans and potentials to invite more nature back into its tropical “City in a Garden”.

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Cities, Universities and the Co-Creation of Sustainabilities
city stage, Singapore

Cities are magnets—for talent, innovation and ideas. Despite challenges—of pollution, overcrowding, unemployment, inequality and more—people still flock to cities, drawn by their dynamism and hopes of social mobility. Some cities stand out as worthy of particular attention. Singapore counts among them. Is its success sustainable? What are its existential challenges? What roles do universities play in the co-creation of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cities?

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Going Dutch: Translating Dutch Cycling Ideas to a Global Context
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Transport planners and advocates have long admired the Netherlands’ impressive cycling infrastructure and culture, and frequently visit to marvel at its bustling bike lanes and traffic-calmed streets. But coming from more sprawling, car-dominated environments, it’s difficult to imagine replicating their incredible success, where the average resident now pedals nearly 1,000 km per year. Discover the key principles that were developed by the Dutch over the past five decades, draw out concrete lessons for cities looking to follow their lead, and learn how some of these ideas are already being implemented, as these regions face a crisis forcing them to re-evaluate how they allocate space on their curbs and streets.

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The Future of the Office
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Even before the pandemic, the future of the office was uncertain. Now, even co-working spaces remain empty as many work from home and stay on Slack. Has the office changed forever? What does the future of working together look like, and what will this mean for city planners, builders, business owners and residents in the years to come?

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The DNA of Cities: How Cities Evolve and Recover
city stage, London

Greg Clark discusses how individual cities, and waves of cities, have evolved, demonstrating their role in innovation, sustainability, and social progress in order to recover from shocks and seize opportunities. He assesses how far we can ‘de-code’ and ‘re-code’ cities and argues that our current task is not so much to promote the agendas of single cities, but rather to reposition and re-purpose the urbanization process as a whole.

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Shifting Scales: A New Lens for Cities
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

COVID-19 has upended our lives on a global scale and undermined the very premise of urban life. The pandemic has brought to the fore conversations around density and our urban way of living. Suddenly, our neighborhoods, our streets, our homes took on a new dimension. Reunited by BETC PLACES, a panel of leading Paris experts comes together to discuss how cities are shifting scales, from the super-local approach (the 15-minute city) to the large metropolitan models such as the Greater Paris case.

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Get the Beat with Anna Bjurstam's Meditation Drumming
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STOCKHOLM – Wellness pioneer Anna Bjurstam provides a meditation drumming session from her hometown of Stockholm.

Cities for the People of Tomorrow
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

In this thought-provoking session with renowned urban planner Jan Gehl and architect Bjarke Ingels, urban futurist and Recoded City author Thomas Ermacora brings together Copenhagen’s leading urban thought-leaders to share insights and lessons learned in city building during the pandemic. They’ll discuss what the people of tomorrow will want and need from cities, the urban utopias we should be dreaming of, and how to create them in both developed and developing cities around the world.

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The Creative Bureaucracy
city stage, London

Public bureaucracies across the globe face a converging, escalating crisis. The rise of civic movements is a reflection of this and they are demanding more say in how decisions are made. In this session, Charles Landry, a renowned author and facilitator of complex urban change projects, discusses how governments can get creative in responding to the current crisis and help create a fairer, more equal world buttressed by an incentives and regulatory regime to match.

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Restarting Startups & the Innovation Economy
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

While the true nature of the impact of COVID-19 on the early-stage startup market has yet to be illustrated fully, early data suggests a 40% reduction in seed investment in Q2, 2020. While early-stage startups may struggle for their first check, companies at later stages of growth have been on a tear, with no slowdown in sight. Given these conflicting signals around fundraising, and the new realities of remote work, how should entrepreneurs be thinking about go-to-market, building an organizational culture, and runway? What is the role of the public sector in helping entrepreneurs grow, scale, and create jobs? Where are founders seeing opportunity, and how has the process of raising capital changed?

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Wander Through West Kowloon's Art and Culture
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HONG KONG – Introducing the world’s biggest cultural district project: West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). Find out what’s on and what’s coming soon with a behind-the-scenes look at this prime 40-hectare site on Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour. The WKCD will house treasures of the Forbidden City, world-class collections of visual culture, Chinese opera, musical extravaganzas and open-air festivals. Don’t miss this sneak peek at a visionary project that is set to change the face of the Asian arts and culture sector.

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The Butcher, Baker & Candlestick Maker
city stage, London

Local merchants and boutiques are the anchors of high-streets and commercial districts. But with the shut-down and turbo-charged shift by consumers to shopping online, what does the future hold for retail in our towns and cities? This panel will discuss the changing face of the retail landscape and key issues and opportunities in helping high streets to recover in a post-pandemic world.

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Music is the Main Ingredient
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

How does music influence the dishes served at the world’s most memorable restaurants? Listen in on a revealing chat among the acclaimed chefs from LASA and Empress Market about the excruciating work of making the right playlist and how music can level up the diner’s experience.

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Namaste your Day with Manhattan Beach's Justin Randolph
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LOS ANGELES – Join seasoned yoga teacher and Reiki Master Justin Randolph for an any-level yoga class from his Manhattan Beach Studio.

All Change? Cultural in a New Context
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The most recent chapter of globalization, driven by 30 years of deregulation and relentless advances in technology, has tended to homogenize the world’s cities. As cities compete in open economies for mobile capital, knowledge workers and high-end tourists they have sought to attract these assets and resources by standing out as brands with distinctive identities. Culture and art have been vital in that fight, but are they resilient enough to find a meaningful and relevant role in the evolving political economy of cities?

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Future Innovation Cities
city stage, London

Athens, Florence, Hangzhou, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo – these are just some of the world’s most innovative cities of the past and present: hot-beds of invention and progressive urban design in their time. Who will lead by 2050? Which will be seen as the world’s most innovative cities for the 21st century and why? Dr. Tim Jones, co-founder of Future Agenda, shares some suggestions.

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Building the City
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The popularity of cities has been a boon for development in cities around the world, making them both more prosperous and vibrant. But after months of social distancing, will we return to dense urban work and living spaces after the pandemic or seek out new spaces and experiences? In this session moderated by Centre for Cities Chief Executive Andrew Carter with leading real estate developers, we discuss how they are adapting buildings today, and where and what they are planning to build tomorrow.

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Explore Portugal through its Cuisine with Marlene Vieira
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LISBON – Time Out Market Lisboa’s Chef Marlene Viera has roots in the north of Portugal, a strong grasp of traditional cuisine and a flair for reinventing Portuguese food. Sharpening her knives at upmarket restaurants, she makes rustic dishes elegant, to the delight of both people raised on local dishes and those having their first taste of Iberian cooking. In this tutorial she makes her favorite date night dish: cockle and rice.

Brush Up on Tulsa's Century-Long Fight Against Racism
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TULSA, OK – Tulsa, Oklahoma’s rich history, unknown to many, is filled with both triumph and tragedy. Be sure to catch the emotional story of Tulsa’s Race Massacre, culminating with its centennial commemoration in 2021, and how the city is now rising on an international stage with a thriving cultural scene. Now more than ever before, Tulsa’s story is being told and inspiring cities all over the world in the global conversation on racism.

This is Not the End of Cities
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

While the COVID-19 pandemic and recent racial justice protests across the globe have challenged our cities, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create more equitable, inclusive communities for the future. Steven Pedigo, Resonance VP and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, sits down with world-renowned urbanist Richard Florida for 1-1 discussion on how he views the future.

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Innovation in the Age of COVID-19
city stage, Toronto

In the age of COVID-19, Toronto, like so many cities, has been finding new ways to deliver services while keeping residents safe. The speed and scope of response to the pandemic required unprecedented agility and coordination with business. Hear Toronto Mayor John Tory speak with Siri Agrell about Toronto’s new and innovative programs that have helped residents and businesses when they need it the most.

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Understanding Equity in Mobility
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

As cities around the world strive to expand mobility networks for “All Ages and Abilities,” the challenge is to ensure that these facilities actually meet the needs of everyone regardless of age, gender, race and ability. How can cities truly create equitable streets, where are they succeeding, and where is there still room to learn? Assembling a range of voices with different backgrounds from the planning, design and policy community, this panel seeks to broaden your understanding by speaking directly to the people most impacted by a lack of equitable mobility planning. It is only by learning from each other that we can begin to understand and create streets that are for everyone.

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Scaling Up for Climate Action
city stage, Toronto

Meeting the sustainability challenge in cities takes innovation and scale. Entrepreneurial companies with agility can generate the new ideas and technologies, and then need to partner with large energy utilities with the resources and operational capacity to execute at scale. And in the middle are the innovation and commercialization hubs, such as Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District. This keynote panel explores how a new smart grid-modelling technology from Opus One Solutions is helping Bracebridge Generation transform one Ontario town into one of Canada’s first net-zero smart communities. Innovations and partnerships like this are at the heart of the newest “Mission from MaRS: Climate Action” campaign to assemble the innovation ecosystem around a bold carbon reduction goal and remove barriers to scaling tech solutions.

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Buenos Aires’ Neighborhood 31: Building a more inclusive community
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Neighborhood 31 in Buenos Aires is one of the most economically challenged communities in the world. However, the Buenos Aires’ Integracion Project looks to change that by fully including Neighborhood 31 in the future of the city. Steven Pedigo, Resonance VP and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, sits down with City of Buenos Aires Secretary for Social and Urban Integration Diego Fernadez for a discussion on the future of building more equitable communities in the global south.

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Sharpen your Cityscape Shot
experience stage

Improve your travel stories. Discover how to take the perfect cityscape shot with tips and tricks to shooting urban landscapes on your phone, with Toronto as the subject and the inspiration.

Community Minded Entrepreneurship
city stage, Toronto

Building a community-focused ecosystem of entrepreneurship can unleash the potential of new civic minded creators and innovators. Join us for a discussion with some of Toronto’s pioneers who are responsible for leading the development of new pathways that break down traditional barriers, and propel individuals toward success.

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The Shifting Mobility Market: From 0 to 60
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The mobility industry is changing fast. New mobility providers, services and sectors are cropping up daily. Automotive OEMs are making huge investments in electric mobility, and prompted by COVID-19, are offering new ways to engage with customers. Ride-hail companies are offering transportation planning to government customers. Micro mobility companies may be on the verge of profitability. Yet, city governments—key cogs in implementing new mobility options at scale—are far behind as they grapple with an unprecedented public health crisis, record rates of unemployment and civil unrest. In a time of extreme urban innovation, how can cities and mobility companies meet consumer demand for more sustainable, efficient and seamless transportation? How likely are AVs going to be a part of the equation? What are some of the most promising paths forward and can they be replicated?

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See Graffiti as Art
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Explore Toronto’s street art from the perspective of a local graffiti artist. Learn about the evolution of the art form, the lexicon, and the cultural significance found in these living canvasses.

Toronto’s Sonic Landscape
city stage, Toronto

Toronto’s long-flourishing Urban and Hip Hop music scene continues to dominate the mainstream sonic landscape. Toronto is uniquely positioned to offer up a coalition of creators who are introducing new sounds and textures, and crossing over the traditional boundaries often found in hip hop. We sit down with a few of them to explore the landscape that makes up the sound of Toronto.

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Building a Greener Future
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gases (GHG) on the planet with the construction and operation of them accounting for 40% of the world’s GHG emissions. As one of the world’s greenest cities, Vancouver is leading the way in green building design and construction. In this session, Vancouver City Manager Sadhu Johnston will lead a discussion with a panel of experts on the lessons learned in building one of the world’s most liveable and sustainable cities and the key principles and practices that can be adopted by cities around the world to build a greener future.

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Braving the Epidemic: Innovation in the New Normal
city stage, Hong Kong

In face of the unprecedented impact to our everyday lives caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, digital technology continues to play an essential role in helping us acclimatize to the “new normal” that has abruptly redefined our daily operations. Moreover, digital technology has emerged as a key economic driver all around the globe and digital transformation is now critical to the survival of most industries big and small. Amid these difficult times, Hong Kong’s technology start-ups of Cyberport community are stepping up to make full use of their strengths to develop various solutions and services to meet the needs of the public, enterprises and the government in the city, kickstarting the “Braving the Epidemic” campaign. From distance learning to work from home, medical and healthcare, household and workplace improvement, to insurance and relief funds, these digital solutions are here to stay and could show us a glimpse of what is to come for Hong Kong and the world.

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Demystify the Mystic with Austin's Be Where How?
experience stage

Using nature visuals, astrophotography, meditative soundscapes, and guided voiceover, “An Experience of Being Awareness” is a visual meditation experience through layers of thought patterns.

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Libraries as a Cornerstone of City Building
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Walk into the great public libraries built recently in forward-looking cities around the globe and you’ll find places that are, in structure and outlook, open-minded, adaptable and inclusive. This panel of city builders, moderated by Canadian Urban Institute President Mary Rowe, will discuss the changing role libraries play not only as a place for knowledge and learning, but in fostering community and building the city from within.

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The “Decade of Sports” in Los Angeles and It’s Impact on the Economy
city stage, Los Angeles

Kathy Schloessman, CEO of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, will be speaking with business leaders in the sporting industry about the coming decade of major sporting events in Los Angeles

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Creating and Branding Transformational Urban Destinations for the Post-COVID Traveler
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Cities fighting for recovery, visitors and investment don’t just need to pivot their branding. They need to undergo a transformation as urban destinations for the post-pandemic traveler. Join this hands-on discussion outlining actual methods, practices and tools destinations and DMOs need to adopt to contribute to designing and building a post-COVID, transformative destination committed to regenerative thinking and resilience.

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Inspire Your Inner Hitmaker with Songwriter Mélat
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AUSTIN – When it comes to creating art, Mélat is a firm believer that there is no “set in stone” way of creating it. However, there are basic tools and practices that can be used to help forge your own unique style of writing and creating. Join her in this interactive class where Mélat guides you through song writing, from the ideation phase all the way to something you can jam, love, and keep with you forever.

Creating “Cultural Equity” in the City of Angels
city stage, Los Angeles

Juan Devis, PBS Newscaster, will be leading a discussion around how Los Angeles is taking a leadership role in creating accessibility and opportunity within the cultural community.

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Cities at Night
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Explore how design, architecture, and policies play a role in defining the identity and culture of urban spaces after dark. With night activities and flexible working hours increasingly redefining urban experience, today’s cities are alive 24 hours. Nighttime planning addresses complex conditions making places more welcoming, heterogeneous and inclusive from dusk to dawn, while influencing the way citizens use, move, and enjoy the city.

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The Secret Powers of City Ravines
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Award-winning Guatemala-based Architecture firm Taler ACA shares learnings from their initiative Barranco Invertido, which transformed Ravines in Guatemala City as a territorial assets to filter water, clean the air, guarantee access to public and recreational spaces, provide urban connectivity and become active territories for other forms of development. In the current context, the ravine-city presents an opportunity to propose alternatives for transformation from the perspective of sustainability post-COVID-19 towards the new normal. This work has been awarded first prize at the Biennale Spazio Pubblico Roma 2017 and was featured in the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam’s Main Exhibition.

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Chicago Year of Music: Los Pleneros de Don Segundo
city stage, Chicago

The Year of Chicago Music, featuring Los Pleneros de Don Segundo: Discover Chicago’s up and coming musicians with unique performances at WRLDCTY.

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Be Mesmerized by the Power of Dim Sum
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HONG KONG – Four personalities find inspiration in and through dim sum, be it redefining the way it’s made (Nicolas Elalouf, Man Ho Café); bringing traditional Chinese medicine into the fold (Larry Tang, Sohofama); crafting tricks (Louis Yan), or learning the craft to burn the midnight wick (Xavier tsang, BeCandle).

City Branding with Design: Snapshots of Hong Kong
city stage, Hong Kong

Cities in the world are receiving fundamental changes due to widespread lockdowns and limitations in travel. As a city that never sleeps, how has Hong Kong coped with the new normal and strived for resilience via creativity and design? This panel discussion is brought to you by Hong Kong Design Centre, where the speakers will share the latest snapshots from Hong Kong, a city which not only manages to maintain its vibrancy but also continues to explore its most unique charisma with Design. A cross-disciplinary discussion about why experiential design, placemaking, creative business models, design thinking and growth mindset are essential for value creation, identity building and city branding.

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Climate Change Solutions Start With Gen Y
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

The impact of climate change is being felt all around the world amidst the fear that humanity is losing the fight against it. While Gen X is worried about what it will mean for future generations, we have inspiring examples from Gen Y of those who that are trying to find solutions. The Anant Fellowship for Climate Action selects 20 ‘climate action solutionaries’ who are using innovative approaches to mitigate climate change. The panel will stimulate a discussion about unique ideas for mitigating climate change from Gen Y.

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Party the Planet with Exclusive DJ Sets - Part 2
experience stage, Global Cities

Selina, the global hospitality group for digital nomads, takes over our experience stage live from the world’s best cities for a series of DJ sets. Scionis will be playing a hybrid experimental live set from the astonishing landscape of Armenia’s Azat Reservoir. Azat in Armenian means “free”. The width of the lake and the height of the mountains has an atmosphere of freedom. Open the horizons of your mind and immerse yourself in what you do.

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Slums of Mumbai, Paths to the Future
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

For more than 100 years, slums have been essential for the functioning and growth of Indian cities. By housing workers and small-scale industries, they have embodied human enterprise, innovation and resilience that has inspired and humbled Danny Boyle, Ed Glaeser and many others. How have slum dwellers come together to improve outcomes even as governments and planners have faltered? How can these settlements that house over 100 million people integrate with and even instruct India’s drive for sustainable urbanization? How can the co-dependent informal and formal city not just co-exist, but co-thrive?

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Embark on a Restorative Journey in Hong Kong's Great Outdoors
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HONG KONG – Immerse yourself in the astonishing natural splendours of the city and uncover its lush greenery, ravishing peaks, and endless blue seas with gong bath master Martha Collard (Red Doors Studio) and the acclaimed Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Don’t miss a sensational audio-visual virtual experience that combines the restorative benefits of a meditative gong sound bath and the invigorating sound therapy properties of classical music with the unparalleled sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s great and unexpected outdoors.

Digital City Economies
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

More than 80% of the world’s economic activity occurs in cities. Despite the impact of COVID-19, the city economy will continue to evolve and digital technologies are driving transformative impacts for consumers, businesses, public agencies and community groups. Smart Cities Leader Mark Thomas leads an international panel looking at the quality of life benefits, productivity gains and economic growth that is coming from improved payment systems’ access, higher transaction security and robust digital infrastructure.

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Party the Planet with Exclusive DJ Sets - Part 3
experience stage, Global Cities

Selina, the global hospitality group for digital nomads, takes over our experience stage live from the world’s best cities for a series of DJ sets.

Making Hunger Passe: What do enterprises have to do with filling tummies?
city stage, Singapore

A snapshot into Nichol’s journey in food, from battling eating disorders since 5 to her mission towards a hunger-free city by 2025. What can businesses and people do to make changes and be part of the pivot? Take a listen to how Nichol plans to remove the rumble from everyone’s tummies.

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The Less-Is-More Future of Hospitality
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

As the global pandemic has disrupted the whole fabric of human physical connection, the hospitality industry is divided over what’s next. Will we just bounce back into our patterns of excess, or is there a collective realization afoot around creating authentic and purposeful experiences that will have profound effects on hotel innovation and new expectations. Join Tulsi Grover, Studio Leader at Hassell, as he leads a distinguished panel in divining what hospitality means today and tomorrow.

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Food Security Lessons for the Planet
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

As supply chain disruptions become commonplace, citizens all over the world find themselves often asking about what’s grown locally and what’s imported. What they find is often disconcerting: a few days’ supply and little contingency planning. But Singapore is different and offers a blueprint for the planet. Join Chintan Raveshia, Arup Cities Leader in Singapore, and a panel of food security experts to explore the city’s emergent urban food manufacturing, focus on the circular economy and resulting food science and tech sector and investment.

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Stillness in the Heart of the City
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KUALA LUMPUR – Discover unexpected bliss and serendipity amidst Malaysia’s bustling capital city, Kuala Lumpur.

Design Better
city stage, Singapore

With our world in an accelerated mode of transformation, cities need to reform the way we define our environment and how we live together. Exponential change is outpacing our ability to respond and a fundamental shift needs to occur to redefine how we think about design. To create better cities we often look at the physical objects, to create positive and negative space to define our private and public areas. Today’s architectural education and practice lacks the focus on human outcomes. To design better we must change design and define the ultimate focus away from object creation to new ways to think, feel and do.

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The Conscious Design Behind Liveable and Loveable Cities
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Citymaking continues to evolve as an artform—beyond functional, and towards a curated, intentional experience for urban dwellers. Can cities of the future be designed with dimensions such as the happiness of city inhabitants,and the loveability of the built environment in mind? Join this lively discussion to find out.

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How Can Nightlife Reinvent Itself
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Nightlife is going through its most turbulent times. The industry has no choice but to adapt to a new normal and reinvent itself. Leading figures from around the world will share their real-world perspectives in discussing what the future of nightlife looks like and what it needs to do to survive.

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Bigger is Better
city stage, London

Chris Boardman is a former British racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and broke the world hour record three times. As Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Chris is leading an ambitious 1.5 billion-pound, 10-year program to create the very first city region in the U.K. to have a fully joined-up cycling and walking network; the most comprehensive in Britain covering 1,800 miles. In this conversation, Chris shares some of the key lessons learned in building the plan and why it’s important to aim big in order to create a vision that people can feel proud of if you want to create meaningful change in your city.

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Stop Everything with a Global Meditation Journey
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SINGAPORE – In a world that never stops, where external noise rages on and internal voices are amplified, what better way to carry on than to create a space for us all to simply sit and rest in moments of stillness and silence? Across global cities, social meditation spaces beckon. Get inspired on making use of public and private spaces for practicing mindfulness and fostering good mental health. Wherever you may be watching WRLDCTY on Oct. 24, we invite you to join us for a global Big Sit, streamed from Singapore.

Rising Cities
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

As cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia continue to grow, city leaders are experimenting with ways to foster greater sustainability, opportunity and economic growth. What are some of the innovative models coming out of rising cities? What are some of the challenges of leapfrogging? What can developed cities learn from those on the rise?

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The New Urban Condition
city stage, London

Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and author of The Global City Saskia Sassen shares decades of research on cities exploring new ways to think about the city and how new generations are transforming the essence of cities.

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Shaping the Future of Remote Working
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The pandemic is accelerating a trend that has shaped the lifestyle of millions of millennials: the art of remote working for digital nomads. Time Out CEO and Selina Founder and CEO Rafi Museli discusss how the current opportunity is shaping the future of work.

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Tea Time with A Music Traveler
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BARCELONA – Victor Kiswell, one of the minds behind Radiooooo.com will present 5 of his best cities through a choice of soundtracks discovered in travels: Mumbai (India), Istanbul (Turkey), Barranquilla (Colombia), Beyrouth (Lebanon) and Barcelone (Spain). We’ll dive deep into Victor’s record collection and will get an introduction to Barcelona’s streets. Ready to start this journey through a record collector’s music & mind?

The New Landscape of Art & Entertainment
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Artists, entrepreneurs and performers in art and entertainment are immediately adapting to a new environment in the cities in which they live and beyond. The limitations and restrictions on the ability to create, perform and play in venues have driven them towards new avenues to create, deliver and install content, while continuing to have meaningful impacts on society. Will these changes forever evolve the relationship between artists and performers and their fans and audiences? And how will cities be impacted by so many of these changes? Join us as our panelists discuss the new landscape of art and entertainment.

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A Taste of Hong Kong to Take Home
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HONG KONG – Dive into the world-renowned flavours of Hong Kong in a series of immersive cooking experiences! Join Michelin-starred chefs Shane Osborn (Arcane) and Mak Kwai-pui (Tim Ho Wan) as they guide you through the best of the city’s East-meets-West culinary history. With step-by-step guides to creating your own taste of Hong Kong to take home, follow along as the chefs shine a spotlight on how to create stunning Hong Kong-inspired dishes with the humblest of all ingredients: the egg. And for that perfect 5 o’clock feeling, reward yourself by shaking up a simple but special tea cocktail or two with celebrated mixologist Victoria Chow (The Woods).

Towards a More Inclusive Economy
city stage, New York

Over the past decade, so-called Superstar Cities like New York have led the growth of the global economy, but their gains were not evenly distributed. While GDP per capita grew significantly, so too did income inequality. With the pandemic laying bare the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, New York City Economic Development Corporation Chief Economist Fred Olayele and Center for an Urban Future Policy Director Eli Dvorkin discuss the actions we can take to not only rebuild the city’s economy, but make it more inclusive in the recovery.

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A New Recipe for Restaurants
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

In coronatime, many restaurants have pivoted to takeout/delivery and temporary outdoor dining to survive in the short term. What should the industry do in the long term to become more sustainable and resilient? Vaughn Tan, author of The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food, facilitates a discussion with Super 8 Restaurants’ Ben Chapman and Mike Harrison, Rethink Food’s Matt Jozwiak, and Alinea/Tock’s Nick Kokonas on how the restaurant industry can change its business models to become more ethical and sustainable for suppliers and customers, and thus more resilient to uncertain business conditions.

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Open Space for Everyone
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

Open space has never been in more demand than it is right now as citizens seek refuge in parks and open spaces in our cities. But how do we share that space and are their learnings we can apply to the design of parks and green spaces to make them more inclusive and accessible to all in the future? This panel will discuss the role open space plays in the wellbeing of the city and how we might improve access to it for everyone in the city.

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Up your Insta Travel Game with Pia Riverola
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MEXICO CITY – Travel photographer Pia Riverola hosts a live, interactive travel photography masterclass where she shares her tips and techniques through a virtual photo exhibition of her best work in Japan and Mexico.

Poetry and Tea
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MONTREAL – Words that denounce, rhythms that soothe, and images that dare. Teatime has never been so infused with raw emotion as when twelve good friends of Phi take up the challenge of showing themselves in a new light. How? By reciting their favorite poem, allowing us, at the same time, to discover poetic voices.

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From Exponential Risk to Designing Utopia
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

A conversation between risk and resilience expert Robert Muggah, designer Dror Benshetrit and city futurist Thomas Ermacora to discuss and debate how to deal with the current and potential future pandemics through an urban design lens. They’ll also examine how we utilize deep resilience thinking in order to maximize the efficiency of new infrastructure investments while looking beyond to see how we can design a regenerative future that will align mankind and cities with nature.

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Changing Content Consumption in an Era of COVID-19
city stage, Los Angeles

James Holleran, Principle of the Reach Agency, we be speaking to executives in the content creation, distribution, agency, and acting arenas about shifting consumption of media and content.

How to be a Superhero in Your City
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

In cities around the world, hundreds of men and women are right now donning masks and colorful costumes to perform public services as “real-life superheroes.” Some attempt to fight crime, others help the homeless, but all are trying to improve their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has created more need for such help than ever before. Join Peter Nowak, veteran journalist and author of “The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes and the Fall of Everything Else,” and a panel of costumed crusaders as they discuss how regular citizens can get involved with saving their city.

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Body by Broadway
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NEW YORK – Dharon Jones, who plays Riff in West Side Story on the Great White Way takes you through his warm-up routine that is perfect for professional dancers and those who only hit the floor at weddings alike. Stretch and get your blood flowing as the performer brings you through his pre-show warm-up and then flaunts his favorite moves. Since Broadway is on pause until June 2021, Jones, a Brooklyn-native went down to the Time Out Market on the Brooklyn waterfront to do his workout in front of some of the most picturesque parts of NYC—talk about body art.

Get Spin-Savvy with DJ Masha
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LOS ANGELES – Learn the art of DJing with LA based touring DJ Masha. She’ll break down the basics of using CDJs- the current industry standard, how to mix two songs, where to look for new music and give an overview of her experience in the electronic music industry.

What is the Future of the City Theater?
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

It is no accident that New York City is one of the world’s great theater centers—a diverse melting pot whose rhythms inform its art. But the global pandemic and George Floyd’s murder has shed a light of systemic racism in this country, including the theater and its future. Join director Saheem Ali and managing director Florie Seery for a conversation on how these world events are impacting theater in New York and around the world.

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Chicago Year of Music: Peter Cottontale and Anam Mór
city stage, Chicago

The Year of Chicago Music, featuring Peter Cottontale and Anam Mór: Discover Chicago’s up and coming musicians with unique performances at WRLDCTY.

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Make the World a Better Place
world stage (PRO PASS ONLY)

COVID-19 has laid bare issues of inequality and racial disparity in our society, but it’s also created opportunities to foster stronger social connections and social innovation in our local communities. How do we leverage this social capital and what role can we each play to create more equitable and inclusive communities as we recover? In this session with Burning Man Project Director of Civic Activation Christopher Breedlove and Chi Nguyen, the former Director of Social Innovation Canada, we’ll discuss ideas and actions we can take both individually and collectively to help people and our planet realize its full potential.

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Opera in the Air with Burlesque Star Marcy Richardson
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NEW YORK – An exclusive musical and acrobatic performance with a behind the scenes look of Bushwick, one of Brooklyn’s most avant-garde neighborhoods for street art and burlesque. Hear her story and experience the thrill of marrying aerial arts, acrobatic pole, and live classical singing in a performance by burlesque star and NYC nightlife staple Marcy Richardson.

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Greg Clark

Global Head, Future Cities & New industries, HSBC Group

Greg Clark is an urbanist who has worked with more than 300 cities over a 30-year career. He is Global Head, Future Cities and New Industries, at HSBC, Chairman of The Business of Cities, a research group based at UCL STEaPP, a Global Fellow at Brookings Institution and at the Urban Land Institute, and Chairman of the Investment and Programmes Committees at Transport for London. Greg provides thought leadership on the evolution of the metropolitan century, supports leaders in more than 100 cities worldwide on strategy/positioning and advises global firms on the investment/enterprise opportunities of an urbanizing world. He is the author of 10 books and more than 100 reports, a City Expert on BBC World Service’s series My Perfect City and a monthly columnist for RICS, The Planet of Cities.

Dan Doctoroff

CEO, Sidewalk Labs

Dan Doctoroff is Chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, a visionary project funded by Google parent company Alphabet to help make cities become more efficient, responsive, resilient and greener. Dan was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg L.P., the leading provider of news and information to the global financial community, until December 2014. Prior to joining Bloomberg L.P., Dan served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Dr Maria Mok

Museum Director, Hong Kong Museum of Art

Joining the Hong Kong Museum of Art more than 24 years ago, Dr. Mok has extensive experience in museum work, heading different departments, including China Trade Paintings, Chinese Antiquities, Modern and Hong Kong Art, Education and Extension Services, and has curated and led a vast number of exhibitions and programs. Dr. Mok also has an extensive collection of published works with particular interest in the artistic interaction of global trade that includes Images of the Canton Factories 1760-1822: Reading History in Art (HKU Press: 2015) co-authored with Paul A. Van Dyke. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Studies, a Master’s degree in Chinese Historical Studies on Guangdong decorative arts of the Qing dynasty, a Doctoral degree on China trade painting, and a graduate diploma in Museum Studies.

Charles Landry

Author

Charles Landry is an international authority on the future of cities and the creative use of culture in urban revitalization. His book, The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators, became a movement to rethink the planning, development and management of cities. He has chaired multiple urban innovation juries including The European Capital of Innovation Award – iCapital, New Innovations in the Creative Economy (N.I.C.E.) and Actors for Urban Change. He is a fellow of The Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.

Saskia Sassen

Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Saskia is the Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. She is a sociologist and economist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. Saskia coined the term global city and has studied the impact of globalization on economic restructuring and how the movements of labor and capital influence urban life. She also studied the influence of communication technology on governance.

Fred Olayele

Chief Economist, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Dr. Fred Olayele’s diverse career spans banking, government, international development, management consulting and academia. As Chief Economist and Head of the Economic Research & Policy Group with New York City Economic Development Corporation, he oversees economic research and policy initiatives aimed at making New York City the global model for inclusive growth and innovation. A Research Professor, he has consulted widely and advised many public and private organizations in Canada, United States, and Africa, including startups, multinational corporations, and international development agencies.

Dr. Henrietta Tsui-Leung

Founder & CEO of Galerie Ora-Ora; Co-founder & President Emeritus of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association

A pioneer and unifier of the Hong Kong art gallery scene, Dr. Tsui-Leung co-founded the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association in 2012. She established Galerie Ora-Ora in 2006 and has successfully launched the international careers of many contemporary artists, building major exhibition opportunities at international museums and art fairs. Dr. Tsui-Leung has had a decisive impact on the evolution of contemporary ink art, bringing artists of diverse vision, concept and media to new audiences around the world. As a prolific female cultural entrepreneur, she plays an active role in the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Hong Kong. She has been awarded with the Top 100 Chinese Women Entrepreneurs honor and Collector of the Year by Xinhuanet in China.

Laura Cha

Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.

Laura is a non-official member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council, chairman of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, and an independent non-executive director of HSBC Holdings and Unilever. She was formerly Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, being the first person outside mainland China to join the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China at vice-ministerial rank. The Hong Kong Government has awarded her Gold and Silver Bauhinia Stars for public service.

David Miller

Director, International Diplomacy, C40

David Miller is a leading voice in seeking out and promoting climate change solutions. His roles have included Mayor of Canada’s largest city, Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada. He is currently the Director, International Diplomacy at the C40 Climate Leadership Group. C40 is the leading global network of cities committed to addressing climate change in order to improve the health of our people, our cities, and our planet. The organization connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing more than 650 million people and one-quarter of the global economy.

Jeff Speck

Urban Planner

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created a new initiative, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent 10 years as director of town planning at the leading new urbanist firm, DPZ & Co. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates LLC, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive. He is a co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and his book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, was the best-selling planning/design book of 2013.

Valerie Steele

Chief Curator, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has personally organized more than 25 exhibitions since 1997. Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with a rare ability to communicate with general audiences. She is author or co-author of more than two dozen books, including Paris Fashion: A Cultural History, Women of Fashion, Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power, and Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT.

Jeremy Salmon

Director, Broadway Malyan

Jeremy is a passionate design professional with more than 20 years architectural experience at Broadway Malyan. Starting his career in London, he was responsible for the Madrid studio for a number of years before relocating to China to manage the new Shanghai office in 2007. During his career Jeremy has worked across the globe on a great variety of project types and scales. He has a particular expertise in retail and mixed-use and led work on the Lefo Mall and SunArt Plaza, both in China. He has also worked on major master planning and landscaping projects such as Nanjing New Town, China and Las Cuatro Torres – Madrid’s new financial district. Most recently Jeremy is leading a growing UK-based team exploring global retail opportunities while also overseeing a number of major projects for Broadway Malyan’s international clients.

Parag Khanna

Founder & Managing Partner, FutureMap

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data- and scenario-based strategic advisory firm. Parag’s newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Chris Boardman

Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester

Chris Boardman is a former British racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and broke the world hour record three times. As Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Chris is leading a 1.5 billion-pound, 10-year program to ensure the people who live, work and play in the City Region have a viable and attractive alternative to using cars.

Sumindi Peiris

Chief Marketing Officer, Time Out Group

Time Out Group is a global media and leisure business that inspires and enables people to explore and enjoy the best of the city. As Chief Marketing Officer for Time Out, Sumindi leads strategy and all marketing activity across the Group’s two business divisions, Time Out Media and Time Out Market.

Tim Kobe

Founder & CEO, Eight Inc.

Tim Kobe is a design leader, author and founder of the globally recognized strategic and experience design firm Eight Inc. For over 30 years in design and a leader in Innovation and Branded Experience, Eight Inc. has worked with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank. His 11 studios and 200+ strategic designers and business creatives connect across 7 time zones and 3 continents. Kobe is a frequent keynote speaker on topics surrounding design, innovation, technology and business valuation. He has been featured and recognized for his work in prominent publications like Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, The Economist, Dezeen and Fast Company. His upcoming book, Return on Experience, published by ORO Editions will be released in 2020.

Chris Fair

President, Resonance & Founder, BestCities.org

Chris holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future and has married his tourism, real estate and economic development expertise with futures methodologies to help a wide variety of clients envision and create development strategies, plans and brands that shape the future of places around the world. As President of Resonance Consultancy, Chris leads a team that has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, and branding projects for developers and destinations in more than 70 countries. He is also the founder of BestCities.org, a ranking that analyzes and measures cities based on a unique benchmarking model that blends core statistics with millions of consumer ratings and reviews. The result is a measure of relative “place equity”—attractiveness for talent, investment and tourism—for cities around the world.

Richard Florida

Author, Thought-Leader & Urbanist

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists. He is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and a Distinguished Fellow at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate. He is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class and his most recent book, The New Urban Crisis. He is co-founder of CityLab, the leading publication devoted to cities and urbanism.

Joe Pine

Co-Founder, Strategic Horizons LLP

B. Joseph Pine II is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial startups alike. He is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. In 2020 Mr. Pine and his partner James H. Gilmore re-released in hardcover The Experience Economy: Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money featuring an all-new Preview to their best-selling 1999 book The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage. The book demonstrates how goods and services are no longer enough; what companies must offer today are experiences—memorable events that engage each customer in an inherently personal way. It further shows that in today’s Experience Economy companies now compete against the world for the time, attention, and money of individual customers.

Shin-pei Tsay

Director of Policy for Cities and Transportation, Uber

Shin-pei Tsay is Director of Policy for Cities and Transportation in Uber’s Central Policy team. Shin-pei comes from a diverse background, with a focus on transforming the built environment so that it is more accessible, equitable, and sustainable around the globe. In her current role at Uber, she leads a team of issues experts that contribute to creating a sustainable, multi-modal urban future. Prior to joining Uber’s team, she founded Make Public, a social impact analysis firm that specializes in the public realm. Shin-pei was also the deputy executive director of TransitCenter, a national foundation focused on improving urban transportation.

Charles Montgomery

Founding Principal, Happy City

Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist and leader of transformative experiments, research and interventions for wellbeing in cities. His acclaimed book, Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, examines the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. Collaborating with partners ranging from the Guggenheim Museum to local governments around the world, Charles and his team have created experiments and design methods that help participants nurture happy, healthy and inclusive cities.

Clement Kwok

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

Clement Kwok, Chevalier de la Légion ďHonneur, was appointed Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of HSH in 2002. Previously, he was involved in the privatization of MTR as the group’s finance Director. He is currently an Honorary Advisor of the Financial Reporting Council, a Fellow of The Hong Kong Management Association, a Council Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council, and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Faculty of Business and Economics of The University of Hong Kong. Over his long career in Hong Kong, he has served on the Stock Exchange Listing Committee, the Takeovers and Mergers Panel, the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal, the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee and the Harbourfront Commission, as well as the Interpretations Committee of the International Accounting Standards Board in London. In January 2015, the French Government bestowed the distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur on Mr Kwok.

Bjarke Ingels

Founder, BIG

Bjarke Ingels founded BIG—Bjarke Ingels Group—in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Bjarke defines architecture as the art and science of making sure our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives. Through careful analysis of various parameters from local culture and climate, ever-changing patterns of contemporary life, to the ebbs and flows of the global economy, Bjarke believes in the idea of information driven-design as the driving force for his design process. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2016, Bjarke has designed and completed award-winning buildings globally.

Dr. Jacob Kam

CEO, MTR Corporation Limited

As the CEO, Dr Kam is responsible for all performances of the Company and its group companies both in and outside Hong Kong. He is also the chairman of the Regional and Suburban Railways Division of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), a member of Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency Governing Council, a member of the board of directors of The Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the General Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and a council member of The Hong Kong Management Association.

Jennifer Keesmaat

CEO, The Keesmaat Group & former Toronto Chief City Planner

Jennifer Keesmat is passionate about creating places where people flourish, and was named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada. In 2018, Jennifer founded The Keesmaat Group, a creative group of senior-level urbanists who work with future-oriented cities, regions, companies and organizations to advance solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time: a global housing affordability crisis, the need for mobility in our cities that forgoes dependence on fossil fuels, and smarter, quicker adaptations to a changing climate.

Jan Gehl

Founder, Gehl Architects

Jan Gehl is an architect, professor and consultant on urban design who has focused his career on improving the quality of urban life by reorienting the design of the city towards the people in the cities: public life, pedestrians, and cyclists. His books include the by-now classics Life Between Buildings and Cities for People (the latter has been published in more than 40 languages). Major City improvement projects with Gehl Architects include Copenhagen, Melbourne, Sydney, London, New York and Moscow.

Diego Fernandez

Secretary of Social & Urban Integration, City of Buenos Aires

Diego is passionate about transformations. He graduated from the Argentine Business University (UADE) with a degree in Business Administration & Accounting and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Systemic Innovation Management at the Buenos Aires Technological Institute (ITBA). In 2009 he co-created G25, a non-profit organization to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors. In 2010 Diego joined the Buenos Aires City Ministry of Education and since 2015 he oversees a highly ambitious project: integrating Barrio 31, one of the most well-known informal settlements in Buenos Aires, into the social and urban fabric of the city.

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

Mayor of San Juan City

Hon. Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto is the Mayor of San Juan City and previously worked as an advisor for the San Juan City Major and for the President of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. Cruz is a member of the Political Education Institute of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) and was elected National President of the PPD Women Organization. In 2005 the Governor of Puerto Rico named her a member of the San Juan Reorganization Commission. Cruz was also part of the PPD Government Platform Program Committee and in 2008 was elected Representative by Accumulation. In 2012 Cruz was elected Mayor of San Juan City.

Dror Benshetrit

Founder and Principal, Studio Dror

Founder of Studio Dror and SuperNature Labs, Dror is a designer, thinker, inventor, and futurist whose ingenuity informs a striking range of affecting, unconventional work. Dror has an award winning 20+ year career in product design, interiors, architecture, master planning and city planning. His eponymous NY studio collaborated with top tier companies and developers around the world, envisioning, researching and developing systems to connect people with nature through the built environment. Dror aims to foster authentic connections and improve people’s well being with these designs. Some of Dror’s major works include a novel structural support system named Quadror, the masterplan of Galataport in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Cappellini Peacock chair. Additionally, his first built architectural project, Nurai Island, broke the record for the most expensive residential units sold in the UAE per sq. ft.; units sold out in 72 hours, with sales totaling 976MM.

Dr Edmund Lee

Executive Director, Hong Kong Design Centre

Edmund has led the design public mission for 10 years, promoting good design and wider adoption of design thinking for people-centric innovation. He is a Companion of Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. Edmund serves on the boards and advisory committees of PMQ, Harbourfront Commission, Urban Renewal Authority and Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Apart from a PhD and MBA, he has acquired a broad base of knowledge in design (eg. RCA, ID IIT, TUDelft), Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design & Technology (MIT Media Lab), Blockchain Strategy (Oxford Saïd Business School) and Non-Profit Management (Harvard Business School).

Paul Hanegraaf

Creative Navigator, Milligan Limited

As an experienced business leader, Paul is currently director, shareholder, and creative and strategy guide for Milligan Limited, an innovative boutique commercial property development team based in London and Barcelona. He was founder and board member of a large multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary international consultancy design business, sits as an Advisory Director to a Patrizia Private Equity Fund and has been a founding partner of numerous new business ventures. His experience is wide-ranging, covering planning, development and design of retail, entertainment, corporate, hospitality and institutional projects.

Olga Stella

Executive Director, Design Core Detroit

Olga Stella leads Design Core Detroit, an organization that works to position Detroit as a global source of creative talent by supporting the growth of Detroit’s design-driven businesses and their market opportunities In this role, she is applying her experience in economic development, public policy and coalition-building to Design Core’s work which ranges from business education, advocacy, storytelling, and activating Detroit’s designation as the only UNESCO City of Design in the United States. Olga helped facilitate over $200 million in investment in the city of Detroit through her work at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, where she played multiple roles, including Chief Operating Officer. Her political experience includes serving as an Assistant to the Mayor for Economic Development to Mayor Dennis Archer, and as Chief of Staff to former State Representative Steve Tobocman.

Robert Muggah

Co-founder, SecDev Group & Igarape Institute

Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security, migration and new technologies. In 2011 he co-founded the Igarapé Institute – a think and do tank working on data-driven safety and justice across Latin America and Africa, where he is currently the director of research. In 2010 he also co-founded the SecDev Foundation and Group – organizations devoted to cybersecurity and the digital economy. He consults with governments, the UN, World Bank and firms ranging from Google to McKinsey. He is known for designing award-winning interactive data visualizations that track the global arms trade, homicidal violence, fragile cities, and climate change. Robert has published seven books and hundreds of policy and peer-reviewed articles. He is also a member of several international networks, including the World Economic Forum´s Council on Cities and Urbanization (fellow), Global Parliament of Mayors (co-chair), Know Violence in Childhood (co-chair), the Transnational Organized Crime Initiative (fellow), the RESOLVE network (board of directors) and others.

Dr. Au King-lun

Executive Director, Financial Services Development Council

Dr Au, Executive Director of Financial Services Development Council, was named CEO of the Year in Hong Kong by Asia Asset Management in 2012 and 2014. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by the HKSAR Government in 2008 for his valuable contributions to the securities and asset management industry. He was also the Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) from 2006 to 2008 and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association in 2004/2005. He is currently serving as a Council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Public Accountants and an Index Advisory Committee member of China Securities Index Co., among other public services.

Gabriella Gomez-Mont

Former Chief Creative Officer, Mexico City

As former Chief Creative Officer of Mexico City, Gabriella founded and directed Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the award-winning experimental and creative office of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab was created to tackle urban challenges, creating novel transdisciplinary methodologies and participatory practices, exploring ways to find common ground in a gargantuan, diverse (and often divided) city. Hence the Lab’s projects were multiple, and often paradigmatic – such as crowdsourcing the Mexico City Constitution. She is a Yale World Fellow, MIT Director’s Fellow, a GeorgeTown University Global Cities Initiative Visiting Fellow and TED Senior Fellow. Gabriella is also part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation, as well as NACTO’s Streets for Kids, The XXII Triennale of Milan, C40´s Knowledge Hub, Harvard`s Mexican Cities Initiative, Canada’s MaRS Lab, amongst others. She was also named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine in 2018. She is now working with several cities and in the process of launching Experimentalista: a novel type of creative studio specialized in cities, public imagination and system change.

Valerie Wong

General Manager, Asset Management at GuocoLand Singapore

Valerie has more than 20 years of experience in asset management, most recently in the leasing and marketing of GuocoLand’s investment commercial properties, 20 Collyer Quay and Guoco Tower. She is currently deeply involved in the product development as well as the leasing and communications strategy for Guoco Midtown, GuocoLand’s new flagship integrated mixed-use development in the Bugis-Beach Road precinct. Prior to joining GuocoLand in 2014, Valerie was Senior Vice President at Pontiac Land Group (PLG), where she managed a comprehensive portfolio of Grade A projects, spanning from office and medical towers, luxury residential investment and development properties.

Sam Chandan

Dean, NYU's Schack Institute of Real Estate

Sam Chandan, PhD is the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development & Investment and dean of the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate; Adjunct Associate Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Founder of Chandan Economics; Economist Laureate of the Real Estate Lenders Association; and host of the Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM, airing in special editions.

Thomas Ermacora

Futurist, Architect & Author of Recoded City

Thomas Ermacora is a city futurist and impact investor working to leverage the tools of the fourth industrial revolution and novel urban strategies to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems with a focus on climate adaptation and community wellbeing. He has pioneered a number of impact projects and experiments looking to redefine the way cities and neighborhoods self-organize through participatory processes. He is also the author of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures. Ermacora has consulted and worked with and advised a wide range of cities and organizations including the G7 on AI, the Xprize, the Clinton Global Initiative (helping launch Cities Rise for urban mental health), the World Economic Forum where he sits in the future of human rights council, the European Commission on Blockchain for Good, and the L.A. Cleantech Incubator.

Micah Kotch

Managing Director, URBAN-X by MINI

Micah Kotch serves as Managing Director of URBAN-X by MINI and Urban Us. Before joining URBAN-X, Micah served as Director of NY Prize, and Strategic Advisor for Innovation at NYSERDA. At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Micah served as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he launched NYC’s first sponsored tech incubator and the Urban Future Lab, helping startups address mobility, climate, energy and resiliency opportunities. He is a core national faculty member for the National Science Foundation’s i-CORPS program which commercializes federally funded research. A Brooklyn native, he is a proud board member for Green City Force, an AmeriCorps program that engages young adults from low-income communities in national service.

Chintan Raveshia

Arup Cities Leader, Singapore

Chintan is a trained architect and urban designer and leads the City Design team in Arup Singapore. With over 16 years experience masterplanning precincts and mixed-use developments, strategizing smart cities, regenerating urban landscapes, and designing transit-oriented developments, Chintan has worked on some of the most iconic projects globally. His journey has brought him to Singapore where he helped to develop a vision for Singapore’s Smart Urban Habitat Masterplan, paving the future for the next generation of public housing in Singapore. He is currently working on planning for Indonesia’s New capital city, active mobility, TOD and tourism-focused masterplan and development projects in South East Asia including Singapore.

Ophelia Yeung

Senior Research Fellow, Global Wellness Institute

Ophelia Yeung has more than 20 years of experience leading research and consulting assignments for business, government, universities and nonprofit organizations around the world. Her recent work has focused on the wellness industry. Under the auspices of the Global Wellness Institute, Ms. Yeung has created new frameworks for defining the size and scope of the global wellness industry and its many sectors. She co-authored numerous Global Wellness Institute studies, including “Future of Wellness at Work 2016,” “Build Well to Live Well 2018,” “Global Wellness Economy Monitor 2018,” and “Move to be Well: The Global Economy of Physical Activity 2019.”

Andre Brumfield

Principal, Global Leader | Cities + Urban Design, Gensler

As Principal and Global Director of Cities + Urban Design in Gensler’s Chicago office, Andre is focused on and committed to revitalizing and repositioning urban environments to shape equitable, accessible communities through urban design, master planning and architecture. His extensive experience ranges from city-wide master planning and high-density, urban-infill to emerging urban district redevelopment, mixed income housing, and neighborhood and community revitalization. Andre’s visionary, yet realistic revitalization plans have been successfully implemented in economically challenged areas throughout the world.

Patrick Dubeck

Head of Regeneration, Greater London Authority

Patrick joined the GLA in 2013 and has since led a variety of investment programmes spanning business support and employability, digital infrastructure, public realm and a range of civic infrastructure projects. Patrick leads the Regeneration team within the Regeneration & Economic Development Unit, overseeing programmes which work with a range of partners to maximise the social, economic, cultural and environmental impact of place focussed investment. The team is responsible for promoting high quality design in the built environment through a combination of policy, programmes and advocacy.

Sadhu Johnston

City Manager, Vancouver

Sadhu is responsible for management of the City, supports Council in making Vancouver an even more vibrant and sustainable community, and oversees the over one billion dollar annual budget and over 7,000 employees. Prior to serving in this role, Sadhu served for seven years as the deputy city manager, where he helped to oversee the development and implementation of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan. Sadhu is a founder and was co-chair (2009-2015) of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), a network of over 120 municipal staff focused on greening their cities, representing over 50 million urban dwellers in North America. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Sadhu served as Mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief environmental officer where he was responsible for the oversight of City of Chicago environmental initiatives.

Mary Rowe

President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

An impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the U.S. for over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies. Mary was deeply engaged in the self-organizing initiatives that emerged in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing support to two dozen initiatives that focused on various forms of resilience. She also supported, in her role at MAS NYC, community engagement efforts during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and Rebuild by Design. Subsequently, Mary has led local, national and international urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, including the initial development of Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to strengthen elements of the urban fabric that create social cohesion and community resilience, including libraries, community centres, parks and other ‘third places’.

Chip Conley

Airbnb Strategic Advisor for Hospitality & Leadership Modern Elder Academy Founder

New York Times bestselling author Chip Conley is the boutique hotel entrepreneur who helped Airbnb’s founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand. Chip is the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered at a beautiful oceanfront campus in Mexico.

Keith Tan

Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board

Keith Tan was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) since October 2018. Prior to that, Keith served as the Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Defence for four years, where he strengthened the Ministry’s strategic communications and public engagement efforts, and Singapore’s international defence partnerships. He was also previously the Senior Director of the Public Service Division’s PS21 Office from 2013-14 and the Director of the Foreign Economic Policy Division in the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 2010-13, where he led Singapore’s free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union and worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2017, Keith was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his outstanding efficiency, competence and industry.

Maria Vassilakou

Former Vice Mayor, City of Vienna

Maria Vassilakou served as Vienna’s Vice Mayor responsible for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation from November 2010 to July 2019. She is an experienced urban leader, devoted to open, inclusive and green cities, with a passion for urban transformation processes leading to sustainable change. Maria Vassilakou envisages cities as open, green, affordable, family friendly and diverse places for life. In her 9 years serving as Vice Mayor she implemented successfully a vast transformation agenda comprising numerous innovative projects, contributing substantially to Viennas Nr1 position in all major international livability rankings within the last decade. Maria Vassilakou now works worldwide as a strategist and global advisor on urban transformation: She shares her experience and know-how from the world’s most livable city Vienna with cities, NGOs, organizations and corporations developing strategies, agendas and solutions, organizing transition management and capacity building for livable, sustainable and inclusive cities.

Tony Moore

Executive Director, Gathering Place

As a hospitality park executive with more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Tony has served in a leadership capacity for some of the most respected entertainment brands, including Universal Studios, SeaWorld Parks and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Tony is now serving as the Executive Director for Gathering Place, a one-of-a-kind, world-class, $465-million urban park located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since opening in September, 2018. Gathering Place has been named USA Today’s “Best New Attraction of 2019,” Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places to Visit” and has been honored with the Urban Land Institute’s “Global Award for Excellence.” Tony’s goal for the park is that it continues to grow as an inclusive space that unites all Tulsans regardless of age, culture or socio-economics. A place that not only engages, educates and excites; but likewise a place that helps to make Tulsa a more vibrant place to live, work and play.

Yael Froman-Ideses

Director of Tourism, Tel Aviv Global & Tourism

Tel Aviv Global & Tourism is a municipal company managed directly under the Office of the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Its primary efforts are directed toward making the city more accessible to the world and facilitating its quantum leap in the global arena, achieved in cooperation with municipal, national and private partners. Yael Froman-Ideses manages the Tourism department, which is responsible for: managing Tel Aviv’s International Convention Bureau; hotel development; initiate, establish and operate new tourist attractions; operate TIC and tours around the city; tourism experience; community tourism; etc.

Lindsay Clinton

Executive Vice-President, NYC Economic Development Corporation

Lindsay is an economic development expert with 12+ years of international and domestic experience in a range of advisory, research, and start-up roles. She is based in New York and is the Executive Vice President of Industry and Innovation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. She oversees EDC’s portfolio of industry programs and in the wake of Covid-19, pivoted to run a 40-person “sourcing team” across departments to locally manufacture personal protective equipment for NYC’s healthcare workers.Previously, Lindsay worked with the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group, a leading impact investing firm focused on catalyzing entrepreneurship in Asia and Africa.

Rafi Museli

CEO Selina

Rafi Museli, co-founder & CEO of Selina, a nomadic lifestyle brand that accommodates the needs of a new generation of travelers and digital nomads. Following his 12 years of military service in one of Israel’s most elite army units, Rafi joined his business partner, Daniel Rudasevski, to launch Dekel, their Panama-based development company where they immersed themselves in cultural- and community-building for over a decade, redeveloping struggling neighborhoods into vibrant communities. Based on key learnings from their work with Dekel, they launched Selina and have carried forward the concept of converting distressed assets into community-based and economically viable hospitality properties. Over the past five years, Selina has expanded to 80+ properties in 20 countries and has recently raised $100 million in a Series C financing round, bringing the company’s total funding to $225 million to date.

Norliza Hashim

Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia

Norliza Hashim is the Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia, a Centre of Excellence for Urban Well-being and Sustainability of Malaysia, under the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia. A registered town planner, her works include providing services to more than 12 nations and she has also served as a consultant to UN-Habitat in its Urban and Housing Rehabilitation Programs.

Rachel MacCleery

Senior Vice President, Building Healthy Places

Rachel MacCleery is Senior Vice President at the Urban Land Institute, where she leads the organization’s Building Healthy Places Initiative and other programs. Rachel is spearheading ULI’s efforts to leverage the power of its global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. Building Healthy Places works to cultivate champions for health among the ULI membership, inform development practices which promote health equity, and shape cities and regions for health and social equity. Focus areas include building strategies to mitigate the spread of infectious disease, design and programming strategies that increase opportunities for physical activity, social engagement, and access to healthy food, parks, and nature. Rachel has extensive knowledge of land use, sustainability, social equity, and infrastructure policy and practice issues.

Sarah Ichioka

Founding Director of Desire Lines

Sarah Ichioka is an urbanist, curator and writer. She currently leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural, and social-impact organizations and initiatives. In previous roles, she has explored the intersections of cities, society and ecology within leading international institutions of culture, policy and research. Sarah’s outlook is glocal, interdisciplinary and future-facing. She has been recognized as a World Cities Summit Young Leader, one of the Global Public Interest Design 100, a British Council / Clore Duffield Cultural Leadership International Fellow, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Signe Jungersted

CEO and Founding Partner of Group NAO

Signe is CEO and Founding Partner of Group NAO, an international innovation company that charges ideas and strategies to transform urban communities and economies with tourism and the broader visitor economy as a key resource. Signe has been at the forefront of Copenhagen’s transformation in approaching tourism development as former Director of Development with Wonderful Copenhagen. She was lead designer and author of the destination’s 2020-strategy, which declared the end of tourism and set a new course towards people-based growth and localhood for everyone. Signe has led innovative initiatives charging the Chinese market, co-creating visitor experiences with cultural institutions, partnering with startups and taking a deep dive into locals’ perception of tourism.

Amahl Hazelton

Head of Strategy & Development – Cities, Moment Factory

Amahl Hazelton joined Moment Factory in 2009, and now heads Strategy and Development for the multimedia studio’s ‘Cities’ division. A graduate of McGill University’s School of Urban Planning with a specialization in Place Branding & Competitive Identity, Amahl has led the development of groundbreaking media architecture installations that celebrate local, regional and national identity from LAX and Changi airports, to iconic civil infrastructure such as the Interactive Illumination of Montreal’s monumental Jacques Cartier Bridge, which earned the Smart Cities Grand Prize at SXSW 2018.

Martha Collard

Founder, Catalyst for Emotional Wellbeing

After 30 years as an independent management consultant Martha founded Red Doors Studio with little more than a passion to bring transformative tools to the public and a belief that the world would be a better place if everyone had a good rest. Since then the studio has grown into a center of excellence for quality product, performance, and training. She was founding Chairman of the Yoga Society of Hong Kong, founded Namaskar magazine and is currently the Asia Representative of The Labyrinth Society.

Laurent Queige

Managing Director, Welcome City Lab

Laurent was chief of staff to the Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of tourism from 2001 to 2013. Created by Paris&Co with the support of the City of Paris, Welcome City Lab is a program to stimulate innovation in the tourist sector, including the world’s first incubator dedicated to this sector. As Managing Director, Laurent’s objective is to position Paris as a leading destination in terms of innovation in tourism.

James Rayner

Director, Broadway Malyan

With more than 20 years of worldwide experience in the design and urban-planning of complex developments, James leads Broadway Malyan’s Urbanism & Master Planning team. A chartered urban planner and landscape designer, James’ passion and knowledge lay in developing successful urban planning and urban design strategies and concepts for major projects, with a particular emphasis on the delivery of long-lasting value, and sustainable, liveable and integrated cities and communities. James has led award-winning projects, such as North Yas New Town in Abu Dhabi, East Village in Calgary, Canada, and Luanda City, Angola, a strategic, forward-thinking comprehensive city plan for Africa’s fourth largest city.

Lucinda Hartley

Co-Founder, Neighbourlytics

Urban designer-turned-entrepreneur, Lucinda Hartley uses big data to measure the quality of life and wellbeing of neighborhoods. She is a co-founder of Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform which has created data for more than 500 neighbourhoods in over 10 countries and is influencing some of the world’s most significant urban development decisions. Lucinda was recently named as one of 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and one of Melbourne’s Top 100 most influential people by The Age.

Adrian Ellis

Founder, AEA Consulting & Chair, Global Cultural Districts Network

Adrian is the founder of AEA Consulting (1990) and has worked in senior management and as a board member in both museums and the performing arts, and as a strategy consultant to leading clients in the cultural, public, and business sectors around the world. A life-long jazz fanatic, Adrian served as Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center from 2007 to 2012. He writes extensively on cultural policy and strategy and is the Chair of the Global Cultural Districts Network (gcdn.net)

Steven Pedigo

University of Texas LBJ Urban Lab Director

Steven Pedigo is an expert in economic and urban development, city strategy and management, and placemaking. Steven has advised and collaborated with more than 50 cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative, and inclusive communities. Steven is a professor of practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the director of the LBJ Urban Lab. He is also the director of research and advising for the Creative Class Group, in addition to being the vice president for strategy at Resonance Consultancy and a senior advisor for Bridge Economic Development.

Richard Cutting-Miller

Executive Vice-President, Resonance

A 25-year travel industry veteran, Richard was Executive Vice President for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and played a principal role in shaping and directing the organization, policy agenda, research program, communications and membership services for the organization. During his 16-year tenure with WTTC, Richard traveled worldwide, consulting and speaking on the topic of travel and tourism economics, policy and advocacy, and produced more than 100 strategy and policy projects for regions such as the Caribbean, the Mercosur and APEC, and countries as diverse as China, Montenegro, Qatar, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Namibia and South Africa. As Executive Vice-President at Resonance, he has led complex tourism consulting projects including master plans for the cities such as Los Angeles, Vancouver, Portland and many others.

Helen Arvanitakis

Director, London Design District

Helen Arvanitakis has a 15+ year career as a manager, strategist and business-development specialist in the design sector. Having both worked as independent consultant and spent a decade at the forefront of Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, Helen has cultivated particular expertise in the areas of people, process and productivity, and now helps businesses improve efficiency and profitability while getting the best from their creative teams. As Director of the Design District, she is masterminding the creation of a visionary new working community for London’s creative industries.

Chris Bruntlett

Marketing and Communication Manager, Dutch Cycling Embassy

Chris Bruntlett is Marketing and Communication Manager at the Dutch Cycling Embassy, a public-private partnership that represents the best knowledge, experience and experts from the Netherlands. As a long-time campaigner in Vancouver, he fell in love with Dutch bike culture in 2016, inspiring him to co-author the book, Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality. Chris uses his knowledge and passion to share practical lessons for global cities wishing to follow their footsteps, and become better places to live, work, and—of course—cycle.

Melissa Bruntlett

International Communications Specialist, Mobycon

Melissa Bruntlett is the International Communications Specialist at Mobycon, a Dutch-North American Consultancy. She is also the co-author of Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality. Melissa focuses on urban mobility and sustainable cities, and believes it is imperative to build cities that work for every citizen, using her experience as a writer, marketer, and media producer to share the human perspective of multi-modal transport to a mainstream audience.

Andrew King

Chief Design Officer, Lemay

Andrew King is Chief Design Officer at Lemay and co-leads LemayLab, the firm’s research and innovation incubator. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Professor in Practice at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University, he is a recognized leader in Canadian design practice and education. Responsible for the firm’s design leadership and relevant national strategic initiatives, he has evolved a critically recognized practice model that converges speculative small practice, large firm design leadership and academic research.

Stephen Smyth

CEO of COORD

Stephen is Coord’s co-founder and CEO. An engineer by training, Stephen has more than 15 years experience at early-stage and established companies such as Prosper, Amplify and Reuters. He started his career in mobility at BMW in Munich, writing software for crash and robotics simulations. When not at work, he enjoys taking his bike for a spin in Central Park and exploring New York City with his kids.

Dionne Griffith

Consultant, Group of Humans

Dionne is a business development, marketing and communications specialist based in London. Over the past 25 years she has worked with some of the most respected names in international architecture, design, technology and contemporary art including United Visual Artists, Adjaye Associates, IDEO, Pentagram and Wolff Olins. Her roles have varied from strategic marketing and PR consultancy and implementation to client relationship development. She has also acted as a curator, editor and commissioner of content for books, special projects, exhibitions and workshops. Dionne has a Masters from the University of London Institute of Paris and a BA in English Literature and History of Art from the University of Leeds.

Peter Hyland

Regional Director, Cistri

Peter Hyland is one of the Asia-Pacific’s most respected urban land-use strategists. He has led large multidisciplinary teams on projects including inner city renewal and new city developments, major port and airport master plans, and resort and shopping center developments. Peter’s experience spans Australia, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. He is passionate about helping cities and projects achieve great economic outcomes to underpin the development of vibrant and successful places that benefit developers, users and residents. His ability to marry economic and planning considerations has made him a trusted advisor to major Australian private and public companies and all levels of government.

Scott Erickson

VP Marketing Strategy, Resonance

A global marketing leader, Scott has worked across startup and established organizations to craft marketing and brand initiatives that drive awareness, engagement and advocacy. Scott was a Partner and General Manager at Microsoft where he launched the world’s first holographic computer, reimagined the future of entertainment on Xbox and created worldwide advertising for Nokia. As Vice President, Marketing Strategy, at Resonance, Scott leads the destination marketing practice and works alongside DMOs, economic development and regional marketing teams to craft integrated and sustainable promotion strategies.

Jake Haupert

Co-Founder & Chairman of Board, Transformational Travel Council

Jake is a thought leader shaping and shepherding transformational travel and the emerging transformation economy into mainstream tourism and the global marketplace. Transformational travel has the power to incite change by breaking down walls within us and between us. Jake is on a mission to transform travelers, tourism, and humanity and invites you to join him. With the power of one, in the power of choice and how that will bring forth a more conscious way of being, heal the biosphere, and evolve our shared civilization. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, NPR, Skift, Shape, Vox.com, USAToday, and Seattle Met among other trade and consumer publications and podcasts.

Christopher Darnell

Chief Executive Officer, Former Microsoft Cloud & XBox

Christopher is a global executive with significant board of director experience across four continents. He has developed, executed and led entrepreneurial initiatives for startups and high-growth businesses, from within large corporations to newly founded companies. Industries include energy, media and entertainment, real estate and technology. He has overseen the investment of more than US $1.5 billion in emerging markets, start-up and high-growth businesses. He started his career at Southern Company in finance, where he worked for 10 years. Later, he worked for Microsoft also for 10 years, where he was on the leadership teams that launched Microsoft Cloud and Xbox’s entertainment platform, among others. Following Microsoft, he founded his own start-up, which he exited in 2017. Building new businesses from the ground up is his lifelong passion, from being a DJ in his youth to the path that led him to his current role at The Human Baton.

Mirik Milan

Former Night Mayor of Amsterdam

Since 2012, Mirik has played an instrumental role in the reshaping of Amsterdam’s nightlife scene into one of the most vibrant and economically robust in the world. In 2018 and 2019, Mirik gave more than 25 international talks to city governments and planners, advising them on how to better deal with their Night Time Economy. In 2018 he became a partner in The Creative Footprint—a global civic initiative that measures and indexes creative space.

Yun Hye Hwang

Associate Professor at National University of Singapore

Yun Hye Hwang is an Associate Professor, an accredited landscape architect, and a landscape researcher with expertise in socio-ecological design and management strategies of urban green spaces that respond to emerging demands of high-density cities. She focuses on transferring knowledge of urban ecology from academia to practice through active interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations. Her works and research have been recognized by publishing in multiple journals and international awards.

Adam Burke

President & CEO, Los Angeles Tourism

A seasoned travel and tourism executive with more than 25 years of industry experience, Adam joined Los Angeles Tourism as Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He was named President & CEO in July 2020. Prior to Los Angeles Tourism, Burke served as Senior Vice President of Customer Loyalty for Hilton Worldwide with global management responsibility for the award-winning Honors customer loyalty program. At Hilton, he also oversaw a network of more than 90 strategic partnerships in the travel, financial services and retail sectors. During his 17-year tenure with Hilton, he held management positions in a variety of functional areas including strategic planning, international marketing, leisure & multi-brand marketing, sales integration, business development, CRM and enterprise technology.

Jia-Ping Lee

Founder, Tempatico

Jia Ping heads an urban and culture change startup called Tempatico which looks into the regeneration of urban, corporate and cultural places. She is actively driving the placemaking agenda in ASEAN and is a startup Board member of Placemakingx, a global network of leaders who together accelerate placemaking as a way to create healthy, inclusive, and beloved communities.

Scott Beck

President & CEO, Tourism Toronto

Scott Beck is the President & CEO of Tourism Toronto. Prior to joining Destination Toronto, Scott was the President/CEO of Visit Salt Lake. A proven leader in the destination sales and marketing industry, Beck served on the Executive Committee of Destinations International for six years and served as the organization’s International Board Chair from 2014 – 2015. He also served on the Foundation Board of the Green Meetings Industry Council. True to his roots, Scott is still an active skier, biker and outdoor enthusiast.

Tita Larasati

Chairman of Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF), Deputy of Strategic Partnership of Indonesia Creative Cities Network (ICCN)

Tita Larasati co-founded—and currently chairs—Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF), a hub organization for creative communities in Bandung, that has been creating prototypes of urban solutions by applying the methods of design thinking and urban acupuncture.

Kate Thompson

President & CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Kate joined CMLC in January 2013 to lead the delivery of the master plan vision for the revitalization of East Village in downtown Calgary. In January 2020, after seven years as Vice President of Development, Kate stepped into her new role as President & CEO. Today, under Kate’s leadership, CMLC is overseeing the development of the BMO Convention Centre Expansion, Event Centre, and critical infrastructure projects in east Victoria Park, delivering on the vision for Calgary’s Culture & Entertainment District.
Kate’s exceptional leadership and foresight have been instrumental in the success of many of Calgary’s major infrastructure and development projects over the past six years, including the city’s new Central Library, selected as one of the world’s Greatest Places in 2019 by TIME magazine.

Hamdan Abdul Majeed

Managing Director, Think City

Hamdan Abdul Majeed is Managing Director of Think City, an urban regeneration outfit providing policy thinking, implementation, and urban solutions for Malaysian cities. Principally funded by Yayasan Hasanah, a foundation of Khazanah Nasional, Think City is focused on rejuvenating the historical cores of George Town, Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur, and Johor Bahru.

Dori Nguyen

Managing Partner, Utopia

Dori Nguyen is Managing Partner of Utopia, an urban innovation group for emerging cities. She drives and co-curates strategy, process and innovation alongside local and global teams in Kathmandu and across Asia. She draws on her anthropological, planning and design experience to intentionally and steadily work towards vibrant, inclusive and equitable cities.

Andrew Carter

Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Andrew became Chief Executive of the Centre in April 2017. Before that he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research with overall responsibility for the Centre’s research and policy program. Andrew has 20+ years of experience working on urban economic policy issues for public and private development agencies, consultants and research institutes. He has also spent time in the U.S. as part of the Churchill Foundation’s Fellowship Program, reviewing urban economic development policy and practice in American cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and Chicago. He is a regular media contributor and chairs and speaks at conferences across the U.K. and Europe on a wide range of urban and economic issues.

Tulsi Grover

Studio Leader at Hassell

Tulsi focuses his interior design specialization on lifestyle-driven projects; hospitality, F&B, and premium residential properties spanning Asia, Africa and Australia. Based in Singapore, he contributes to business strategy and design direction within Hassell and leads the design, strategic planning and client relationships, overseeing prominent projects across the region. His interest lies in evidence-based design and its merger with technology, innovation and passive design strategies to create experientially empowered projects.

Jonathan Smith

Associate Partner, Lake|Flato

Jonathan Smith joined Lake|Flato in 2005 with a background in large scale, mixed-use developments and multifamily residential projects. He has managed projects of varying scales, from the 1221 Broadway mixed-use development in San Antonio, TX, to an adobe bunkhouse in Marfa, TX. An active member in the local community, Jonathan was a founding board member of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater San Antonio and was the AIA San Antonio President in 2011. His projects include the mixed-use development St. Vincent in Austin, Sylvan|Thirty in Dallas, TX, and the new Austin Central Library.

Maria Warner Wong

Design Director & Co-Founder of WOW Architects / Warner Wong Design

Maria Warner Wong is a Singapore-based architect, interior and landscape designer, and is the co-founder of WOW Architects and Warner Wong Design. WOW is a Singapore-based multidisciplinary architecture, interior and landscape design studio with projects in Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. Maria leads a team of design professionals dedicated to creating spaces of extraordinary sensory experience rooted in cultural memory and place.

Stephen Luk

Regional Vice President, Design Services, Hyatt Hotels ASPAC

Stephen leads Hyatt Hotels’ Greater China Design Services team to support the ever-expanding Hyatt development in the region. His Design Services team is responsible for guiding the design, planning and direction across each of the 19 brands. Stephen has been focusing on Greater China’s hospitality design development since 2011. He has also spent 13 years practicing in both Hospitality Architecture and Interior Design in New York City. He obtained his Masters degree from Columbia University in New York and Bachelor degree from the University of Melbourne.

Hans Schwarz

Co-director and partner at Taller ACÁ ­– Architecture, City & Activism

Hans Schwarz Bassila is a Guatemalan architect with a Masters degree in collective housing. His interests expand from housing and the public realm to new models of participation and construction of citizenship through architecture.

Jorge Villatoro

Co-Director and Partner at Taller ACÁ ­– Architecture, City & Activism

Jorge Villatoro is a Guatemalan architect with experience in projects with focus in urban, social and cultural development. He has contributed in both public and private sector as well as a researcher for urban studies.

Darin Bresnitz

Co-Author of Snacky Tunes: Music is the Main Ingredient: Chefs and Their Music

Since 2001, Darin Bresnitz has worked in culinary media, focusing on the people in the industry, their stories and the incredible food and drinks they provide. He has developed and directed numerous cooking shows, like IFC’s “Dinner With The Band,” always striving to create a fresh approach to the format. In 2016, he joined Tastemade, where he currently works as the Director of Original Series, creating series like Cooking with Pride and In The Shadow Of. Since 2009, he has co-hosted and co-produced Heritage Radio Network’s “Snacky” Tunes, interviewing over a thousand chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders, musicians, artists and other culinary cohorts. He lives in L.A. with his family.

Greg Bresnitz

Co-Author of Snacky Tunes: Music is the Main Ingredient: Chefs and Their Music

After producing IFC’s “Dinner With The Band,” Greg began a career in hospitality. Working for international brands such as Ace Hotel and Selina, Greg built award-winning cultural programs and launched performance venues, as well as led business development and property conceptualization. For more than a decade, Greg has also collaborated with his twin brother Darin and best friend Khoung to host and produce Heritage Radio Network’s “Snacky Tunes.” Together, they have interviewed 1,000+ chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders, musicians, artists, and other culinary leaders. Greg lives in New York with his family.

Jeremy James Berry

CEO of Global Perspective Speakers & Events

Jeremy leads Global Perspective Speakers & Events, an international public speakers bureau and event management firm. He is also co-founder of SpkerBox Media Inc., a podcast production company and network focusing on amplifying the voices of the world’s most influential thinkers.

Andrew Hoyne

Principal, Hoyne

Andrew is the Principal of place brand and property marketing agency Hoyne. Over the last decade Hoyne have evolved to a core focus on place and property, and today they work with major international asset owners, developers and local councils to create recognisable landmarks and destinations; from residential towers and master planned communities to commercial developments, new mixed-use precincts, and even cities. Andrew’s passion for the power of place has led him to produce The Place Economy, a series of resource books on the social and economic benefits of effective placemaking from around the world.

Peter Nowak

Journalist and Author, The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes: and the Fall of Everything Else

Peter Nowak is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Boston Globe and Sydney Morning Herald, and he is a former staff reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Post and New Zealand Herald. He is an avid traveler and an accomplished speaker. He lives in Toronto with his wife, two cats and dog.

Rock N Roll

Superhero and Founder of the Superheroines Initiative and Heroes 101 Radio

Rock N Roll is an author, musician, certified medical technician and founder of the Superheroines Initiative and Heroes 101 Radio. A survivor of domestic violence, Rock N Roll tries to keep her community safer by teaching free self-defense seminars for at-risk groups. She’s picked up used needles, coordinated homeless outreach and provided safety patrols since 2011. Rock N Roll has been profiled in People, Vanity Fair, movies and books. 

NightBug

Superhero and Co-founder of the Superheroines Initiative

NightBug is a self-defense instructor, musician and, along with his wife Rock N Roll, co-founder of the California branch of the Superheroines Initiative, an international grassroots group of community activists. NightBug and Rock N Roll also own an award-winning dessert shop. NightBug’s love of Spider-Man and his ideals never really went away.

The Grim

Superhero and Army Veteran

The Grim is a nuclear submarine veteran who, for the past nine years, has spent most weekends with his Xtreme Justice League teammates trying to peacefully resolve potentially hostile situations in downtown San Diego. For him, costumed activism is the most direct route to being a good neighbor and a way to prevent the police from becoming involved in situations. 

T-Minus

Producer

Toronto’s T-Minus has produced records for some of the biggest names in music including Drake, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few. Garnering more than 20 awards and nominations (Grammys, Platinum certifications, multiple BMI’s Producer of the Year accolades), he’s one of the world’s most sought after producers.

Kiana 'rookz' Eastmond

CEO, Sandbox Studios

Kiana ‘rookz’ Eastmond has worked with some of Toronto’s most recognized artists including Drake, Raekwon, Kardinal Offishall, Vivian Scott Chew and many others. She is committed to developing the infrastructure in Canada that allows for the successful growth of Urban artists, which she helps to deliver as CEO of Sandbox Studios.

Kardinal Offishall

Rapper and Producer

Toronto-born Kardinal Offishall is a Canadian rapper and producer often credited as Canada’s “hip hop ambassador.” A four-time MMVA and Juno Award winner with multiple ASCAP and Socan awards, Offishall is regarded as one of the country’s best hip hop producers, known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall-influenced work.

Haviah Mighty

Rapper

Canadian rapper Haviah Mighty was named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019 and one of CBC Music’s “New Faces of Canadian Hip Hop.” Haviah rose to prominence as a member of the hip hop group The Sorority. Her debut album, 13th Floor, won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2019.

Erin Lee

Founder and Mindfulness Coach, Mindful Moments Singapore

Erin conducts mindfulness training for corporate clients and organizations in both English and Chinese, and is also an experienced polytechnic lecturer. She is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher as recognized by the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Mindfulness. Erin has completed the UCSD School of Medicine’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Intensive as well as Advanced Teacher Training Intensive for MBSR and MBCT Teachers in California. She holds a Master of Science in Studies in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen, U.K. She is also a Professional Certified Stress Management Consultant as recognized by the Institute of Motivational Living.

Anupam Yog

Urbanist

Anupam is a pragmatic urbanist with experience across public, private and social sectors. He is an advocate for healthy cities and is currently researching the connection between mental health and the built environment to develop a Conscious Cities Index. Based in Singapore, Anupam is an active practitioner of mindfulness meditation.

Joaquim Boadas

General Secretary, International Nightlife Association

Joaquim Boadas de Quintana is a Spanish lawyer specialized in nightlife matters. He also manages the International Nightlife Association and the Spanish Nightlife Association (Spain Nightlife) as General Secretary. Joaquim is a professional speaker on nightlife matters worldwide and has participated in numerous conferences regarding nightlife around the world such as in Italy, Berlin, Switzerland, Netherlands, the U.S., India and Colombia.

Eugene Rabkin

Founder and Editor of StyleZeitgeist

Eugene Rabkin is the founder and editor of StyleZeitgeist magazine, an independent fashion and culture publication. He has contributed articles to the Business of Fashion, 032c, Highsnobiety, Vogue Russia and GQ Style Russia. He has taught critical reading and writing at the Parsons New School for Design. Eugene was born in the USSR and lives and works in New York City.

Professor Lily Kong

President, Singapore Management University

Professor Kong is an award-winning researcher and teacher and has received five international fellowship awards. She is widely known for her research on urban transformations, and social and cultural change in Asia. In 2020, Professor Kong was conferred the Singapore Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) award.

Nichol Ng

Co-founder, The Food Bank Singapore

Nichol Ng co-founded The Food Bank Singapore (FBSG) in 2012. The organization aims to end food insecurity in Singapore. FBSG collects and re-distributes excess food to more than 360 non-profit organizations, reaching out to more than 300,000 underprivileged people. Nichol is also the CEO of the X-Inc group of companies

Mayor John Tory

Mayor of Toronto

Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his life giving back to the city he loves, through his tireless work in public, private sector and philanthropic roles. Elected as the 65th Mayor of Toronto in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, John Tory is making the city more liveable, affordable and functional. Under his leadership, Toronto has attracted jobs and investment and emerged as an undisputed centre of innovation and opportunity on the world stage.

Ahmed Ismail

Founder, HXOUSE

Founder and Head of Operations at HXOUSE, Ahmed Ismail’s culmination of experiences has laid the groundwork in driving HXOUSE to one day become a global platform for the next generation of creatives. Ahmed is also a well-known fundraiser and philanthropist dedicated to helping alleviate the challenges of underserved communities globally.

Julie Pears

Head of Development, Ellandi

Julie has over 30 years’ experience in retail-led mixed use development. Her strength and passion lie with town centre regeneration projects and all aspects of future placemaking. Julie has an outstanding track record of advising major institutions and local authorities and at Ellandi works on the repurposing of shopping centre portfolios and in the identification and implementation of town centre regeneration opportunities.

Prof. Benjamin Cowling

Professor and Division Head Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Hong Kong University

Professor Cowling is the head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, and co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. He is Editor-in-Chief of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, and an Associate Editor of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Brian T. Mullis

Destination Management, Development and Marketing Specialist

From April 2018 – 2020, Brian was the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), in which time the country became globally recognized as a leading sustainable destination. Prior to leading the GTA, he founded and led Sustainable Travel International for 14 years. He is also co-founder of the Community Tourism Collective and Tourism Technical Advisor to the Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá. Leading initiatives and delivering innovative solutions within governmental agencies and multinationals and for MSMEs and community leaders in 70+ countries has given Brian a unique ability to foster multi-stakeholder collaboration, bridge communication divides, and generate tangible results at scale.

Be Where How

Wellness Collective

Be Where How? is a small collective of content curators. They write, make films, record music, design art and now, discuss. Their backgrounds are all creative and their interests all overlap in mystic philosophy. Mysticism is not “magic” — it means an internal search for hidden truths, a remembering of reality, an undoing of the false to make way for the True.”

Cheri Hessami

Urbanist, Happy City

Cheri Hessami applies psychology, neuroscience and public health knowledge to create happy, healthy, inclusive urban spaces. During her time with Happy City, Cheri has used deep engagement techniques to help marginalized youth shape their community in Rotterdam, and to ensure that seldom-heard groups inform public space plans in Vancouver. She has embedded in communities to help them co-create a placemaking master plan for Superior, Colorado. And she has co-led pioneering studies on tactical urbanism projects, unearthing the remarkable effect that public plaza designs can have on feelings of safety and belonging. Cheri has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Cognitive Science from McGill University.

Paty Rios

Senior Housing Expert, Happy City

Paty Rios is a global leader in promoting social wellbeing in built environments. She uses tools from architecture, urban design, ethnography and engagement to improve the design of parks, public spaces and housing around the world. Paty leads Happy Homes, an interdisciplinary research-action initiative to boost sociability and equity through the design of multi-unit housing. Happy Homes has been used to transform housing designs for dense cities from Canada to India. Paty’s experience on design thinking, bottom-up engagement strategies and social labs fuel her unique, inclusive engagement approaches. She has invented a new method for testing the wellbeing effects of large urban parks in Mexico City, and a new participatory engagement model for the School of Policy at the University of British Columbia. She is the Senior Housing Expert at Happy City.

Katherine Johnston

Senior Research Fellow, Global Wellness Institute

Katherine Johnston is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Wellness Institute (GWI). Since 2008, she has conducted pioneering research on the global wellness economy, work that has become the leading resource for wellness sector data and insights among media, industry, and government. Previously as a Senior Economist at SRI International, Ms. Johnston led dozens of studies on economic competitiveness, industry cluster and workforce development, economic development program evaluation, and economic impact analysis/modeling—both across the United States and in countries around the world.

Daisann McLane

Veteran Writer, Contributor for National Geographic and The New York Times

Daisann McLane is a journalist and entrepreneur born in New York City. She was the New York Times’ travel section columnist for six years, and a National Geographic editor-at-large for 12. She has reported about culture, cuisine, politics and travel from more than 45 countries, and her special focus is Hong Kong, where she has spent most of the last 20 years. In 2009 McLane created Little Adventures in Hong Kong (LAHK), a concierge and consulting service targeted at food-focused world travelers, expats, and culinary pros. The company was recognized in National Geographic Traveler’s “Top 50 tours of a Lifetime” and in The Guardian’s “Top 20 Food Tours 2019”. A sister company, Local Intelligence HK, offers consulting services to corporate clients. McLane is a frequent speaker and panelist for a variety of seminars and events including TedX Hong Kong, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong, the Smithsonian Institution, and National Geographic.

Chad Valencia

Co-owner and Executive Chef of Lasa LA

Chad Valencia has spent over the last decade in professional kitchens. It wasn’t until working at Corrina Weibel’s Canele that he cut his teeth and learned how to truly cook seasonally. He then spent time cooking at Brett Emerson’s seasonal Spanish neighborhood restaurant, Contigo, in San Francisco. He then returned home to Los Angeles and started the LASA Restaurant Project while cooking at Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl. Since then, Chad along with his brother Chase and their team has taken the project from a backyard dinner to a brick and mortar restaurant in Los Angeles, creating Filipino-inspired cuisine.

Chase Valencia

Co-owner and General Manager of Lasa LA

Chase Valencia has been in the restaurant industry for over a decade. He has worked every position in front of the house, starting as a busser and making his way into management. His experience began at a neighborhood eatery called Owen’s Bistro, where he first learned the value of food & hospitality. He then furthered his career by working at Wolfgang Puck Catering, where he was a Catering Sales & Operations Manager, Food & Beverage Controller, and Restaurant Manager for WPC accounts at LA Live, Sony Pictures Studios and Beats by Dre Headquarters. He worked for Silver Lake neighborhood favorites, Sqirl and Forage, while simultaneously developing the LASA concept until 2015.

Elaine Yan Ling Ng

Founder, The Fabrick Lab

Elaine Yan Ling Ng, nicknamed the ‘techno fairy’ by Elle Decor, is the founder of The Fabrick Lab, which brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations. A British Chinese materialologist, Ng graduated from Central Saint Martins in London where she earned her MA Design in Textile Futures with distinction. She is a TED Fellow and has been globally recognized, by multiple design awards, including The Emerging Talent Award by Design Anthology, GGEF’s Eco Innovator Award, Swarovski’s Designer of the Future Award and Tatler’s Gen T Award. In 2020, Ng has been appointed by Nature Squared as their Chief Material Innovator. Ng has worked with Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing and is on the top 50 brightest connectors, creative visionaries, influential innovators and disruptive talents in Hong Kong.

Sarah Mui

Co-Founder and Design Director of One Bite Design Studio

Sarah is a Co-Founder and Design Director of One Bite Design Studio and One Bite Social. She received a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Architecture from University College London in the UK. She is a registered architect in Hong Kong. At One Bite, her most recent design project includes Siu Hei Playground in Tuen Mun, Design District Hong Kong – Creative Placemaking (Wanchai) campaign, City Dress Up: Seats Together public furniture design project in Happy Valley, and the Hong Kong-Macau Visual Arts Biennale. Sarah and her team have been demonstrating how social design can be applied through a series of social creative experiments, including the Project House and WonderFOLD (eco-mask holder) projects. Since 2019, an online knowledge-sharing platform GUTS has been founded to bring in international insights in promoting better urban space for the public.

Jonathan Cummings

President, Greater China, Landor & FITCH Group

Jonathan Cummings is President, Greater China, of the Landor & FITCH Group, and Chairman of FITCH Hong Kong. Since Jonathan founded the business in the city in 2009, FITCH Hong Kong has grown to be a leader in the region for connected retail experiences, delivering renowned concepts for brands including Singtel, BMW, Maxis and M&M’s. FITCH HK have also developed a proprietary technology platform, MXP, for connected experiences at a mall-level that has been adopted by Swire, K11 and Sun Hung Kai amongst others for their flagship developments.

Andrew Weir

Senior Partner, Hong Kong, Vice Chairman, KPMG China, KPMG Global Chair, Asset Management

Andrew is the Regional Senior Partner of KPMG in Hong Kong and Vice Chairman of KPMG China and Global Chairman of Asset Management and Real Estate of KPMG International. He has over 25 years’ experience servicing listed companies, public bodies, investment funds and MNCs in Hong Kong, China, Asia and internationally. He has a keen interest in corporate governance, board leadership and business in the community and leads the quarterly KPMG Independent Non-Executive Directors Forum. Andrew chairs the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and sits on the advisory panels of the Securities Institute, Hong Kong Investor Relations Association and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

Justin Randolph

Owner of YogaLoft

Justin Randolph is a sought-after innovator of wellness, a seasoned yoga teacher, and a Reiki Master. Justin has taught for Google, World Spine Organization, Prison Yoga Project, and leads global wellness retreats annually. Prior to living in Los Angeles, Justin was a full-time yoga teacher and an actor in NYC for 13 years. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband Greg, two dogs and kitten.

Marcy Richardson

Artist and Aerialist

Described by Theater Mania as a performer who is “worth the price of admission alone” (Nutcracker Rouge-Company XIV), soprano Marcy Richardson has brought the craft of marrying aerial arts and acrobatic pole with live classical singing to opera and entertainment companies worldwide. She has performed with the opulent baroque burlesque troupe Company XIV, her “home company,” full-time for the past 5 years in Brooklyn. She also regularly stars in the Bartschland Follies with Susanne Bartsch at the Mckittrick Hotel, and at the high-end all-live music and burlesque supper club Duane Park. She was the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award winner (the Canadian equivalent of a Tony) for Best Female Performance in an opera for her portrayal of Amour in Gluck’s Orphée with Against the Grain Theater and Opera Columbus. She recently appeared as Star in the movie “Hustlers.”

Susan Feninger

American chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and radio and TV personality

Iconic culinarian, author, and entrepreneur Susan Feniger may be best known for her Modern Mexican concept, Border Grill restaurants, trucks, and catering, which she runs with her business partner of more than 35 years, Mary Sue Milliken. Feniger and Milliken brought their innovative approaches to The Food Network with nearly 400 episodes of the “Too Hot Tamales” and “Tamales World Tour” series. They also were the original co-hosts of the popular food-centric radio show, KCRW’s “Good Food,” in L.A. Susan has co-authored six cookbooks, including Susan Feniger’s Street Food and competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” in 2010. In 2018, Feniger and Milliken were named the recipients of the fourth annual Julia Child Award from The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, and were the first women to be honored by the award.

Michael Koh

Executive Fellow, Centre for Liveable Cities

Michael Koh is Executive Fellow of the Centre for Liveable Cities. He is involved in research, organization of the World Cities Summit and Mayors Forum, capability development and international advisory projects. Michael has previously served as CEO of the National Heritage Board and National Art Gallery, and Director of Urban Planning and Design at the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC

Principal, Peter Rose + Partners

Peter Rose is a recognized leader in the architectural design profession. Since beginning his practice in 1978, he has received numerous awards for residential, institutional, and urban design projects. The scale of his work has varied from large urban design projects, such as the Old Port of Montreal Waterfront Master Plan to private residential commissions. In addition to his professional practice, Peter has maintained a long-term involvement in architectural education.

Peter D. Cummings

Executive Chairman & CEO, The Platform

Peter has been active in real estate development and management since 1975. He is the founder of RAM, a leader in real estate investment, management and development, based in Palm Beach County and active throughout the Southeast. In 2015, Peter stepped down as chairman of RAM to create The Platform and dedicated the next chapter of his career to helping rebuild Detroit through creating new housing and retail developments.

Anna Minton

Journalist

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London (UEL). Between 2011-2014 Anna was the Royal Commission’s Fellow in the Built Environment and in 2013 joined the University of East London (UEL) as Reader in Architecture where she is Programme Leader of the MRes programme, ‘Reading the Neoliberal City’. Her books include Ground Control (2009) and ‘Big Capital: Who is London for?’ on the housing crisis (2017). Anna is a regular contributor to The Guardian, and a frequent broadcaster and conference speaker. She is a member of the editorial collective of the journal CITY and Chair of Trustees of Lambeth & Southwark MIND.

Fanny Shin

Strategist, BETC PLACES

A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, Fanny is passionate about trends and cities. As a strategist for BETC and BETC PLACES, she is working for several institutions and companies linked to Greater Paris, urbanism, culture and sports. Prior to joining BETC, Fanny served as trend researcher for Pernod Ricard’s innovation department and prospective agency NellyRodi.

Lauren Sorkin

Executive Director, Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN)

Lauren oversees global efforts to strengthen cities in the face of the complex and interconnected challenges they face. Leading teams in London, Mexico City, New York, and Singapore in collaboration with Chief Resilience Officers in more than 40 countries, she drove the co-design process to launch GRCN as an independent city-led network organization.

Annalie Riches

Founding Director, Mikhail Riches Architects

Annalie Riches established Mikhail Riches Architects to improve the quality of housing and neighborhoods in the UK. Her focus is on the delivery of projects that change the perceptions of the places they touch, making enjoyable new places, as well as great homes. Annalie contributes across all the scales of architectural practice; she is recognised for her masterplanning and strategic abilities, as well as her in-depth knowledge of housing. Projects include Goldsmith Street housing development which was the RIBA Stirling Prize Winner 2019 and Velocity, the winning entry to the 2018 Infrastructure Commission Competition for providing 200,000 new homes between Oxford and Cambridge.

Pierre-Emmanuel Becherand

Director of Design & Art Department, Société du Grand Paris

Pierre-Emmanuel Becherand is director of design and art department for the Société du Grand Paris, leading architects, designers and artists for the construction of 68 new stations of the Grand Paris Express network (125 miles of fully automatic new metro lines). In 2017, he created the Foundation of the Grand Paris Express, chaired by Rémi Babinet, aimed at financing art with private money. He now directs the entire program of artistic commissions in stations and cultural actions on the construction sites of the new metro.

Pauline Marchetti

Architect, Founding Partner of Ferrier Marchetti Studio

Pauline Marchetti is a qualified architect. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. She is a founding partner of Ferrier Marchetti Studio and a Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She develops a humanist approach to architecture, propounding design and research methods that are based on the sensory dimension of space—volume, materiality, light, and ambiance. Pauline Marchetti started to collaborate with her partner Jacques Ferrier in 2008 when they designed the French Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo. Since then, they have developed a significant portfolio that combines research and architecture.

Derek Gagne

Associate Principal, EDSA

Fueled by his global project experiences and personal travels, Derek is inspired by the understanding and application of movement, space and context. He strives to blend the intrinsic qualities of a site with essential design elements to form a narrative that elevates the user experience. Prioritizing functionality and craftsmanship, his diverse portfolio represents destination treasures that serve as nodes for social, cultural and ecological enrichment. His ability to discover and articulate robust, invigorating design concepts is showcased in his mastery of extending patterns, textures and forms into a cohesive continuum. Derek is a registered Landscape Architect and graduate of the University of Guelph. He is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Urban Land Institute and United States Green Building Council.

Anastasia Cole Plakias

Co-Founder, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm and City Growers

A passionate and outspoken crusader for urban agriculture, Anastasia spent several years working in the food and beverage industry before her desire to make a more meaningful contribution to the food system led her to co-found Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in 2010. She wears many hats for the business, all centered on creating strong and meaningful connections between the farm and the communities it serves. In 2011, Anastasia co-founded the farm’s non-profit sister organization, City Growers, and served as a board member for the next eight years. She has spoken to audiences internationally about topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to greener cities, and published a book about the business, titled The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught us About Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business. A born-and-raised New Yorker, Anastasia is dedicated to making the city that raised her a greener and more sustainable place to live.

Pia Riverola

Photographer

Pia Riverola was born and raised in Barcelona, and currently resides between Los Angeles and Mexico City. With an acute eye for detail and color, she creates captivating imagery across the genres of fashion, still life, landscape, and architectural photography.

Masha

DJ

Serbian-born, Los Angeles-based, Masha moves the dancefloor into a blissful journey across moods and grooves. DJ, producer and promoter, Masha started the house music party “Dig Deeper LA” to showcase the vast spectrum of quality music hiding obscurely in forgotten crates. She champions independent radio with residencies on both NTS (monthly) and dublab (weekly). Masha frequently plays warehouses, lofts, and stages: from major festivals like Coachella, FYF, and Secret Project, to underground cult favorites like Sunset Campout, Hot Mass, Rhonda, Boiler Room, and her own Dusk Camp.

Mélat

Songwriter

Mélat tells stories of love in all its facets – whether romantic or platonic, beginning or ending —because love is, in her eyes, the only truth. Born and bred in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas, Mélat has played the largest festivals in her hometown including SXSW and Austin City Limits. Having opened for artists of the likes of The Internet, Thundercat, Aluna George, she recently moved on to complete her first solo tour in early 2020. Mélat also represented the USA by opening for Aloe Blacc at the British Science Museum in London for Blacc’s film premiere of America’s Musical Journey. She wrote “Open Arms,” a song dedicated to UNHCR’s World Refugee Day celebration and performed at their commemorative event at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Tim Jones

Cofounder, Future Agenda

Tim is a cofounder of the leading open foresight platform, Future Agenda, focused on sharing informed views of the next decade. Over the past 20 years he has worked with thousands of experts across government, business, research and society debating perspectives on the shifts that will most impact the world we live in. Addressing a wide range of issues from data and health to transport, many of the topics explored are urban centric: the future of cities has been a core area of activity. Tim also leads research on what drives sustained innovation – in companies, countries and cities.

Alan Lo

Co-founder of Duddell’s

Alan Lo is co-founder of Michelin starred Duddell’s in Hong Kong. He has many years of hospitality project experience, having worked for project management and development teams at a number of international hotel groups. He is active in promoting design and art in the region, having served on a number of government committees and NGOs including Design Trust which he is Co-founder and former chairman, Para Site, Serpentine Galleries Asian Council, Tate Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He holds an AB in architecture from Princeton University.

Ellie Cosgrave

Director, University College London Urban Innovation and Policy Laboratory.

Ellie is Associate Professor of Urban Innovation and Policy at University College London and an experienced researcher, educator and advisor to city authorities on innovation policy globally. Dr Cosgrave’s research explores transformative approaches to policy making and governance of cities and is driven by the three intersecting themes of rapid urbanisation, technological innovation, and human wellbeing and social justice. Dr Cosgrave is also an outspoken advocate and campaigner for increasing the quality of women’s health services and is a BBC broadcaster, presenting the Tomorrow’s World Podcast and the BBC World Service series “My Perfect City”.

Joanna Frank

President & CEO, Center for Active Design

Joanna Frank is the Founding President & CEO of the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she advances design and development practices to foster healthy and engaged communities. CfAD is the operator of Fitwel, a unique certification system originally developed by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Fitwel has translated the global public health evidence base into practical design and operational strategies for buildings and communities to optimize health. Prior to launching CfAD, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York during the Bloomberg Administration, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Ms. Frank’s career started in real estate development as a partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for mixed-use residential projects that prioritized sustainable design. Ms. Frank is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Affordable/Workforce Housing Council and the National Council of State Housing Agencies’ Advisory Group on Financing Healthier Affordable Housing, as well as an active partner in ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative.

Lanying Zhang

Honorary Secretary General, Slow Food Greater China

As the honorary Secretary General for Slow Food China, Lanying is actively promoting the Slow Food concept and encouraging people to practice Slow Life. She has held various positions both in international and national social organizations including Leaders Quest Foundation and Liang Shuming Rural Reconstruction Center. Now she is leading a research and educational organization called Sources for Action, which is an outgrowth of the rural reconstruction movement in China. Centering on the educational innovation of sustainable living and the action research of ecological community experiment, she is building a more resilient international localized youth community by developing a series of action learning programs of ecological wisdom and cultural inheritance. Her own field of interests include participation for better governance, rural education for individual development and collectivism to achieve the sustainable development goals so that the poor and marginalized people can be out of poverty and inequality.

Vanessa Friedman

Fashion Director, New York Times

Vanessa Friedman was named the fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times in March 2014. In this role she leads global fashion coverage for both The New York Times and International New York Times. Before joining the paper, Ms. Friedman was the inaugural fashion editor of the Financial Times, beginning in 2003. Along with editing the Style pages and the Luxury360 vertical, she wrote a weekly column for the Saturday FT and created the FT’s annual Business of Luxury conference. Previously, she was the fashion features director for InStyle UK, from 2000 to 2002. Before that she worked as a Fashion Correspondent for the FT, as an Arts Contributor at The Economist and was the European Editor at American Elle. In addition she contributed regularly to Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly. She is the author of “Emilio Pucci” (Taschen) as well as an honorary professor at Glasgow-Caledonian University. She was the recipient of the 2012 Front Page Award for fashion writing, as well as the 2013 Fashion Monitor Journalist of the Year award. Ms. Friedman received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University

Elizabeth Reynoso

Director of Public Sector Innovation, Living Cities

Elizabeth works on the development of public sector strategies to foster promising public practices and accelerate the uptake of innovation across the country. Prior to joining Living Cities in July 2015, she served as the first Food Policy Director for Newark, NJ under then-Mayor Cory Booker. She then continued to serve the city as the Acting Sustainability Director in the Baraka administration. With a background in social justice, economic development, and farming, she developed policies and programs to increase food security for residents. Before joining the City of Newark, Elizabeth managed a $7.3 million Department of Labor Pathways Out of Poverty grant for Goodwill Industries International to provide green jobs training in the solar, construction, and energy-efficiency industries to low-income individuals in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Phoenix, and Washington DC.

Victor Kiswell

Vinyl Bazaar

Victor is a modern explorer devoted to finding new sounds of “whole world music”, exploring diverse genres as jazz, oriental groove, Caribbean, afro and latin. His hunt for rarities is chronicled on Vinyl Bazaar, a documentary series that sees him traveling to unexplored locations around the world, as well as through his contributions to the musical time machine Radiooooo.com. Victor recently moved to Barcelona where he opened a conceptual record store, inviting guests to look into his collection with a personalized approach.

Renée Schoonbeek

Senior Associate Vice-President, CallisonRTKL

Renée leads CallisonRTKL’s Planning and Urban Design studio in New York. She has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors in master planning, economic and community development. Prior to joining CallisonRTKL, she served as Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects of the Hudson Square Business Improvement District. She spearheaded a $27 million streetscape master plan conceived as a public-private partnership to implement pedestrian safety improvements, create temporary public spaces, construct green infrastructure and renovate a public park. After graduating with her master’s degree in Urban Geography from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Renée worked on large-scale, multi-faceted new developments throughout the Amsterdam metropolitan area. She moved to New York in 2007, where she has acted as liaison for community stakeholders, property owners, commercial tenants, business owners and city officials and agencies. Renée serves on the Board of Directors of the Fine Arts Federation of New York on behalf of the American Planning Association.

Rick Gregory

Vice-President, Henson Developments

Rick Gregory is a senior executive with over 35 years experience in the planning and execution of large complex construction projects. Both private and public sector, his portfolio spans major civil, institutional, resort, hotel, office, retail and residential projects as well as energy and transportation. During a 10-year period while stationed overseas, he was the project manager responsible for the design and construction of what has become Dubai’s iconic landmark, the Burj al Arab. Upon returning to Canada he joined Intrawest as its Senior VP of Construction overseeing the design and construction of its trademark world-class pedestrian-based village development projects globally. Rick has pioneered ground breaking prefabrication and modular construction methods on a number of his projects. Rick is currently leading Henson’s team on a landmark 60-storey passive house tower in Downtown Vancouver as well as on a 9-acre residential development project in West Vancouver.

Emily Chan Tan

CNBC Asia Correspondent

Emily covers breaking business and financial stories from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan markets for CNBC’s Squawk Box Asia, Street Signs Asia and Capital Connection. Emily joined CNBC in 2007. As the lead Hong Kong market reporter, she covered major developments in the stock market including the Stock and Bond Connects, listing reforms and major IPOs including China Tower, Xiaomi and Meituan Dianping. Over the years, she has also covered major news events such as the Taiwanese Presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement in 2014 and the impact of severe weather events such as super typhoons Mangkhut and Hato.

Rosanna Herries

ArtPower HK and Director, Head of Sinclair Arts

Rosanna is a specialist in cultural communications who passionately believes not only that art and culture are important foundations of any city, but also in its capacity to open doors, expand horizons, teach new viewpoints and enable expression. Over a decade’s worth of experience across three continents has given Rosanna a global perspective and an expansive network, and enabled her to drive projects that have made a significant contribution to Hong Kong’s cultural infrastructure and community, successfully building the city’s profile as an international arts hub. Career highlights include leading corporate campaigns, and bringing her flexible and creative strategies into play for world-renowned exhibitions and institutional collaborations. Most recently, and in response to COVID-19, Rosanna has worked together with leading advocates of the arts in Hong Kong to launch ART Power HK. As a member of the Working Group, she has taken an active role in empowering and amplifying the work of artists and arts organisations through creating a digital platform that both unites the local arts and culture sector, and harnesses the power of the arts to bring communities together.

Christy Davis

Executive Director Lien Centre for Social Innovation (LCSI) Singapore Management University

Christy Davis is a champion for changemaking and social innovation, and has more than 25 years of experience across the private, public and social sectors. LCSI offers research and programs that translate into partnership-driven action for creative solutions and positive social change.

Vincent Clarizio

Industrial Designer, Signature Design Communication

Vincent Clarizio is an industrial designer specialized in the field of urban solutions. Working as a creative director in a multidisciplinary team, he firmly believes that the citizen should be at the heart of any inclusive design strategy. Designing everything from urban training equipment to bridges, he understands that every choice and decision affects the urban fabric. Winners of the Grand Prix du Design in 2020, 2019, and 2012 for their street furniture and outdoor training equipment, Vincent and his team have recently been cited by the Agenda Montréalais 2030 as one of the leading examples of quality and exemplarity in design and architecture. To him, no design is successful if it’s not sustainable. It must also be useful and adapted to people’s needs. With the help of his team, they design intuitive, inclusive, and durable spaces that aim to not only help people find their way, but to learn more about their environment, move around, and enjoy spaces that are harmonious, attractive, and accessible.

Enjoli Moon

Chair BLK RVA and Founder of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival

Enjoli Moon is the founder and creative director of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, a festival dedicated to showcasing the cinematic works of people of color from around the world. She is also the Assistant Curator of Film & Special Programs at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU where she is dedicated to using film as a catalyst for conversation and authentic connection. Through Afrikana and the ICA she looks forward to helping grow the footprint of Black indie cinema in Richmond and making the city a premier platform for elevating, celebrating, and further validating stories of the marginalized and underrepresented. She is a member of the Public Awareness Committee at The Valentine and serves as chair of the Richmond Region Tourism BLK RVA initiative.

Kelli Lemon

Owner of Urban Hang Suite and Founder of Richmond Black Restaurant Experience

Kelli Lemon is a social entrepreneur and consultant who is passionate about changing how people live in and experience Richmond, Virginia. Through her social café Urban Hang Suite Kelli, she connects people through food, sports, arts and education. She is also the host of the podcast “Coffee with Strangers.” She also helps Virginia residents get a little richer while supporting public schools K-12 as the daytime weekend Draw Show Host for the Virginia Lottery. Kelli also hosts various social events including The Richmond Jazz Festival and After Hours at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and has assisted in creating unique urban events in RVA, including HeART & Soul Brew Fest, Virginia (Richmond) Black Restaurant Experience, and Ready 2 Give Charity Events. Kelli got her Bachelor of Science degree from UVA and Master’s in Education from VCU.

Benjamin Von Wong

Photographer

Benjamin’s work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek’s 11 content branded masterminds. He is also the host of the Impact Everywhere Podcast.

Dalton Higgins

PR Strategist and Author

Higgins is a leading Toronto-based publicist whose active roster includes clients that have won a wide range of Awards and accolades including: Grammy Awards (USA), BET Awards (USA), Mercury Prize (UK), Victoires de la Musique/French Grammys (France), Emmy Awards (USA), Juno Awards (Canada), in addition to Grammy Award (USA), Grammis/Swedish Grammy’s (Sweden) and Polaris Prize (Canada) nominees. His best-selling book Far From Over: The Music and Life of Drake—carried in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum collection in Cleveland—sheds light on the cultural conditions in Toronto and the United States that helped create the Drake phenomenon.

Siri Agrell

Strategist

Siri Agrell is a sought-after strategist, advisor and public thinker, with unparalleled experience in urban leadership. She has worked as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Mayor John Tory and Deputy Director of Communications to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. She was Executive Director of OneEleven, one of Canada’s premier technology incubators, and began her career as a journalist, working as Urban Affairs reporter for The Globe and Mail.

Michael Blatter

CEO & Founder, Mirrorball

Michael Blatter is a marketing innovator and pioneer. As the founder of two breakthrough agencies—Mirrorball and KBA Marketing—Blatter has had a distinct mission: to design human experiences that stimulate people’s emotions to create deep, meaningful memories. Over the past 25 years, Michael Blatter has retained prestigious clients such as Perrier, the NBA, L’Oréal, Mountain Dew, TD Bank, Harley-Davidson, Bayer, and Jack Daniel’s.

Nina Alexander-Hurst

Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing and Partnerships, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton (Former)

Nina Alexander-Hurst is a lifestyle, content marketing, customer experience, and strategic partnerships expert who turns creative ideas into tangible action. Most recently, Nina was Senior Director of Global Brand Marketing at Hilton, where she managed brand partnerships and content marketing for Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio including Waldorf Astoria and Conrad Hotels and Resorts. In this role, she conceived, structured, and implemented a global partnership with Aston Martin which generated significant press, influencer engagement, and incremental revenue. She also revamped the luxury brand magazines and email marketing channels to increase content efficiency and user engagement.

Sofia Song

Cities Lead, Gensler

Sofia leads cities research at Gensler’s Research Institute where she leads a cross-disciplinary team that includes designers, architects, planners, economists and technologists, to generate new insights and knowledge that extend beyond a single building to communities, neighborhoods, and cities. She positions Gensler as a cities thought leader to influence change at the city scale. Sofia also represents Gensler as a Strategy Officer at the World Economic Forum where she works closely with others from globally recognized organizations to explore how industries can catalyze change in order to solve the biggest global challenges facing us today. She was formerly the head of research at various proptech/real estate companies such as StreetEasy.com, Compass, and Douglas Elliman. With a background in economics and urban planning, Sofia began her career in transit planning in Los Angeles, community planning in Pasadena, and in public space planning in New York City.

Ivy Stark

Executive Chef, Dos Caminos

As Executive Chef at Dos Caminos, Ivy Stark offers diners a wealth of experience gained at some of the country’s top restaurants, as well as such acclaimed dining destinations as the New York fine dining institution, The Sign of the Dove and the cutting-edge, market-driven cuisine of Cena.

Richa Menke

Director, Strategic Design, BCG Digital Ventures

Richa Menke is a human-centered design leader passionate about driving better business outcomes through better human outcomes. Richa is a Director of Strategic Design at BCG’s corporate venturing arm – Digital Ventures – which was founded on a belief that corporations will own the next horizon of innovation. Richa has over 16 years experience in the space of innovation, both R&D and innovation consulting.

Stacie Chan

Global Product Partnerships Manager, Google Asia-Pacific

Stacie Chan leads Search Partnerships at Google for the Asia-Pacific region, partnering with innovative companies and brands to launch locally relevant products. Previously, Stacie worked at Google HQ on the Google News team, supporting news publishers globally. Before joining Google, she was a journalist in San Francisco, and an actress in Los Angeles.

Eli Dvorkin

Editorial & Policy Director, Center for an Urban Future

Eli Dvorkin is the Editorial & Policy Director of the Center for an Urban Future, where he oversees the development of all publications and advances CUF’s research and recommendations on the critical policy challenges facing the city and state. Eli is the author of numerous CUF reports and commentaries, including Plugging In: Building NYC’s Tech Education & Training Ecosystem—the first major study of New York City’s skills-building infrastructure for tech careers. His work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Gotham Gazette, and on WNYC.

Julio Bruno

CEO, Time Out Group

Julio Bruno joined Time Out Group in October 2015 as Executive Chairman and was appointed Group CEO in June 2016, where he took the company public on London’s AIM. Julio has a successful international executive career, spanning several countries and companies in sectors such as travel, technology, media and e-commerce. He previously was TripAdvisor’s Global Vice President of Sales (B2B) based in New York, Travelport’s Vice President for Canada, Latin America & the Caribbean and Cendant Corporation’s Managing Director (President) of Continental Europe & South America. Prior to this, Julio held senior international positions at Regus plc, Energizer and Diageo plc. He is involved with the start-up community as an investor and board adviser in several companies globally. Julio holds a master’s degree in International Business from the University of London, a BSc in Business and Economics from SUNY (State University of New York), and a postgraduate certificate on leadership from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. In July 2019, Julio was awarded the Order of Civil Merit of Spain – Officer’s Cross, which recognizes the extraordinary service by Spanish and foreign citizens for the benefit of Spain.

Chang Huai-Yan

Director, Salad Dressing

Chang Huai-yan is the founder of Salad Dressing. The studio recognizes the flux of humanity in this Post-Anthropocene transition, and is inspired by current culture and the technology of digital, genomic and outer space ventures. By “seeing” beyond physical senses through machines, the studio focuses on changes in bioethics.

Liang Jim Lim

Group Director, National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board

Mr Lim Liang Jim is the Group Director of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), National Parks Board. Jim leads a team of 30 officers who are responsible for biodiversity conservation in Singapore, and administers the Nature Conservation Masterplan, a comprehensive action plan built around four priority areas: conservation of key habitats; enhancement of habitats and species recovery; applied research; and community stewardship. NBC’s strategy is to help Singapore move beyond a City in a Garden, to be a biophilic city—that is, a city that looks beyond merely greening, but looks at how its citizens can co-exist and live with nature, and play a part to be stewards and custodians of our wildlife and nature.

Paul Teng

Senior Adviser (Agrifood) A*STAR/BMRC, Singapore

Paul Teng specializes in food security, agritechnology innovations and sustainable bio-entrepreneurship. He has held leadership positions in international centers (IRRI, Worldfish Centre) and U.S. universities and is a Fellow of several scientific bodies. Paul’s private sector experience includes Monsanto and Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd.. He has started and divested three agrienterprises.

Rahul Srivastava

Co-Director, Urbz

Rahul Srivastava, along with Matias Echanove and Geeta Mehta co-founded urbz.net in 2009. He has developed a methodology with Matias that combines anthropology and urban planning termed as Urbanology. It engages communities as an intrinsic component of participatory planning and action. Rahul has studied Social Anthropology at St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, JNU, New Delhi and Cambridge (U.K). He is based in Goa, India, and works on urban projects in Mumbai, Kochi, Geneva and Bogota.

Manas Rath

Advisor, BORDA

At BORDA, Manas focuses on integrated solutions to make Indian towns more liveable, inclusive, sustainable and happy. He has worked extensively with social startups and NGOs and is helping set up a $100-million water, sanitation and waste management-focused urban impact investment fund. He is co-founder of the Blue Water Company and is a graduate of MIT and the Sloan School of Management.

Vandana Dhaul

Head of Accelerator Operations, GROW AgriFood Tech Accelerator

Vandana leads Accelerator Operations at GROW, Singapore’s first global AgriFood Tech Accelerator. She works with startups, corporates, researchers, and investors to accelerate the development of cutting-edge agri food technologies, products, and business models. She speaks from her experience and knowledge as a successful banker-turned-entrepreneur and thrives on guiding and mentoring startup founders to implement innovative, practical and outcome-driven strategies. Her work at GROW also involves building capabilities to support growth in the Singapore and ASEAN agri-food ecosystem. Vandana is a qualified CFA and has most recently completed a strategy program at INSEAD.

Tanzil Shafique

Assoc. AIA, M.Arch

Tanzil Shafique is a Ph.D. Fellow and Adjunct Faculty at the Melbourne School of Design and a Research Associate at the Informal Urbanism Research Hub (InfUr-). He co-founded Open Studio, a think tank on architecture and urbanism. Previously he taught at University of Arkansas and holds an M.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Prof. Amita Bhide

Dean of School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Amia Bhide is the Dean of the School of Habitat Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, or TISS, in Mumbai. Her research and teaching has focused on alleviating urban poverty, sanitation in slums, affordable housing, and urban governance, within the broader context of urbanization, empowerment of urban local bodies, community participation, and gender perspectives.

Pratima Joshi

Executive Director, Shelter Associates

Pratima Joshi co-founded Shelter Associates in 1994 to transform the lives of the urban poor through Sanitation & Housing initiatives using a data-driven, community centric and multi-stakeholder governance model. An Ashoka fellow and recipient of Aga Khan scholarship, Pratima is the only Indian to receive ‘Google Earth Hero Award’.

Hemang Vellore

Climate Solutionary

Hemang is a 14-year-old unschooled young achiever and climate solutionary. He is also a robotics enthusiast, curious astronomer, an ethical hacker, a PHF fellow and a black belt in karate. He is pursuing a diploma in Digital Fabrication from Fab Academy, Center of Bits and Atoms, MIT Boston at FABLAB 0.

Elliot Connor

Founder and CEO, Human Nature Projects and Sydney Naturalists

Elliot is a 17-year-old recent high school graduate who is a Founder and CEO of the charities Human Nature Projects and Sydney Naturalists. He is also the ambassador of organizations like Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization, and HundrED.org. He is the recipient of many reputed awards like the Young Landcare Leader Award 2019.

Chou Mei

Group Director, Conservation & Design, Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

Mei is the Group Director for Conservation and Urban Design at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore’s land use planning and conservation authority and is a registered architect with the Board of Architects. Since she joined URA in 2000, she has played a multi-faceted role, integrating land use planning, urban design, conservation and place management. She currently oversees the planning and urban design of the City Centre, including key areas like Orchard Road, Singapore River and Marina Bay. Her role also focuses on the conservation and celebration of Singapore’s built heritage, as well as partnering the community to enliven public spaces and create car-lite, people friendly precincts through place making.

Huda Shaka

Associate Director, Arup

Huda holds a Bachelor of Science (High Distinction) in Chemistry and Public Health from the American University of Beirut, a Masters of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters of Science in International Planning from the Bartlett, University College London. She is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a member of the International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP). She is a Board Member of the Emirates Green Building Council and a Board Member of the global non-profit organization The Nature of Cities.

James Tuma

Group Director Design, Urbis

James is an accomplished strategist, urban thinker and advocate for sustainable cities. His background in design combined with his ability to develop strategies for change, and to prioritise those quickly, enables them to come to life with pace and passion. Working internationally with both government and the private sector for more than 20 years, James has advised on the creation of new towns and communities, global innovation hubs, strategic infrastructure, major events, tourism precincts and significant higher education campuses. All of his projects are met with a unique perspective and combination of a creative mind coupled with data driven decision making.

Kate Meyrick

Director, Urbis, Future State

Kate is a passionate urbanist and placemaker with more than 25 years of international experience working throughout Australia, as well as Asia, Europe and the United States. She is globally respected for her expertise in visioning and positioning city scale precincts, working sensitively with stakeholders and the community to co-create powerful new futures for well-loved places. She has been influential in shaping thinking about the global competitiveness of Australian Cities, their future identity and quality of life. A regular speaker, panellist and conference moderator; Kate is recognised as a thought leader in relation to city-shaping, transport integrated precincts, knowledge and innovation precincts and talent attraction.

Keziah Quek

Ecosystem Lead, Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange

Keziah is the Ecosystem Lead at the Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange, connecting cutting edge technology, business model opportunities and startup solutions to corporate industry challenges. She has driven innovation initiatives in multiple sectors, including Telecommunications, Sustainability, Rail & Transportation and Pharmaceuticals. A partner to corporates in applied innovation, she works to design and develop innovation discovery days, proof of concepts, and innovation roadmaps.

Dr. Renu Khosla

Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence

Dr. Renu Khosla is Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE). She seeks to unthink, reimagine slum and inclusive urban development using participatory processes for community collective and local actions. She has incubated, innovative and de-engineered solutions that are designed to level up the services i.e.- taps and toilets at home. Her approach is slum development is ecosystem based and ecological, where people are seen as partners in building urban resilience. CURE has curated a governance tool, URBGOV that spatializes and analyzes people’s information for city planning and for policy influence. Her projects have been awarded. She was also recently recognized by SBM on the International Women’s Day for her work in sanitation and promoting equality.

Margaret Sullivan

Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio

Margaret Sullivan is a national thought leader in assisting public libraries envision their preferred future. Margaret leads Margaret Sullivan Studio, a full-service strategy and design firm, collaborating with innovative library systems internationally. Since the firm’s founding in 2014, MSS has become the industry leader in re-envisioning the 21st century library for diverse and complex contemporary communities, with a focus on social justice and racial equity. Margaret has assisted over thirty public library systems, including New York Public Library, DC Public Library, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Richland Library, New Haven Free Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library, Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library and Memphis Public Library define their version of what a 21st century library can be through strategic planning, facilities master planning, visioning, programming, and interior design. Prior to establishing her own firm, Margaret worked for prestigious architecture firms including H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture as Director of Interior Design. In 2017, Margaret was named one of Interior Design Magazine’s Rising Stars.

Lilly Shoup

Interim Executive Director, Urban Movement Labs

Lilly takes a partnership-led approach to sustainable transportation. With a background in transportation policy and planning that spans private, private, and nonprofit sectors, Lilly founded Shoup Strategies to create space for creativity and collaboration. Lilly currently serves as interim Executive Director of Urban Movement Labs accelerating the deployment of public-private solutions to solve urban mobility challenges and reconnect communities throughout Los Angeles. She is also advising the State of California on integrated transit payments and trip planning. Previously she led transportation policy, partnerships, and community engagement teams at Lyft and served in the Office of Policy at the US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC where she managed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and related livability initiatives. Lilly has authored numerous national publications on the topic of national infrastructure policy; has been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg, and CityLab; and is a regular speaker at conferences and events on the topic of sustainable mobility and innovation.

Marlene Vieira

Chef & Author, Avenue (former)

With long experience in upmarket restaurants, and as an author, Chef Marlene has been redefining Portuguese cuisine, from the Chef Cook of the Year to restaurants such as Manifesto and Avenue in Lisbon. Marlene Vieira early awakened to the kitchen at the age of 12, while her father was doing meat deliveries at a restaurant, and since then has been an advocate for women in a male dominated industry.

Dr James Andrade

SVP, Head Learning & Innovation Capitaland

Dr. James Andrade is Senior Vice President and Head of Learning & Innovation, for CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. He is responsible for leading the initiative in constructing and overseeing the flagship senior executive learning center specializing in developing the next generation of Singapore and pan-regional leaders- Catapult. Prior to this role James held the position of Vice President, Research & Development for Mondelēz International Asia Pacific. During his 30 years as an executive in multinational companies James has held a variety of management positions including R&D, Marketing, consumer insights and strategy. Prior to his career in the food industry, Dr. Andrade maintained a research role with the Department of Defense- working for both the Navy and Army laboratories.

Claudette McGowan

Global Executive Officer for Cyber Security, TD

Claudette McGowan is a global information technology leader with more than 20 years of success leading digital transformations, optimizing infrastructure and designing new approaches that improve service experiences. In 2020, she joined TD Bank as Global Executive Officer for Cyber Security. Claudette is the founder of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo.

Dr Sandhya Sriram

CEO, Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd.

Dr. Sandhya Sriram is the CEO and co-founder of Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Sandhya is a stem cell scientist with more than 10 years of experience working with muscle, adipose, cells and stem cells. She is the founder of two companies, Biotech In Asia and SciGlo. Sandhya has been featured on Forbes Women in Tech for her entrepreneurial ventures, is a TEDx speaker and an author for Nature Biotechnology blog. Currently, Sandhya and Dr. Ka Yi Ling, her co-founder and CTO of Shiok Meats, are working on cell-based meat (seafood), based out of Singapore.

Dr. Urmi Sengupta

Director of Education (PGT programs)

Dr. Urmi Sengupta has an interdisciplinary background in architecture, planning and urban design. Urmi’s research interest lies at the intersection of urban theory, practice and urban transformation, especially those that seek to address poverty and inequalities in space and converting them into critical assets for human development. Her recent research has focused on the politics of public space, post-disaster reconstruction, aesthetics, equity and social justice. She is currently affiliated with Queen’s University Belfast.

Grant Warner

Director of Innovation, Howard University

Grant Warner is the Director of Innovation for the College of Engineering & Architecture on Howard University’s campus. In that role, he deploys campus-wide programming in innovation for students, faculty, and post docs. Dr. Warner serves as an instructor in the nation’s largest deep technology accelerator, the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program, which focuses on lab-to-market innovations across NSF’s portfolio. He directs the Howard University – Hampton University I-Corps Site which focuses on commercializing university research from HBCUs, in particular. He also is an instructor for the National Institute of Health (NIH) I-Corps program which accelerates the growth of select NIH SBIR Phase I companies in devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics. He is the co-founder of ConnectYard, a social analytics platform integrated into leading learning management systems and e-learning platforms. Additionally, Dr. Warner is working with the Marathon Foundation to establish a seed fund for underrepresented entrepreneurs in the DMV area.

Stijn Debaillie

Managing Director, Designregio Kortrijk

Stijn Debaillie has been strengthening the Designregio Kortrijk team since 2012, first as project manager, and since 2014 as managing director. He works with the city and region within a unique broad partnership of Voka Chamber of Commerce West Flanders, the City of Kortrijk, Intercommunale Leiedal, Howest University College and Biennale Interieur. In the years that he has been active at Designregio Kortrijk, he has been able to professionalize the project operation of the organization hands-on. He stands between his team and partners. His positivism and appearance motivate. And its management, planning and agility allow Designregio Kortrijk to achieve top performances. He was, together with his team and partners, a driving force for joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as City of Design in 2017. This brings a lot of opportunities for the city and region, also at international level, of which he will make full use of. Since 2018 Stijn is also part of the coordinating team of the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design worldwide.

Chan Hui Min

Director, DP Architects

Hui Min Chan is a director and board member of DP Architects. Trained as an architect, Hui Min’s career spans multiple disciplines to include architecture, urban planning and new media design. Her broad design experience formed the foundation for a passion in technology innovation and advocacy of sustainable design practices. She is a founder of DP Urban and has worked on major urban transformation projects in Singapore, China, Turkey and Qatar.

Dr Jonathan Reichental

CEO of Human Future & Author of Smart Cities for Dummies

Dr Jonathan Reichental is a multiple-award-winning technology and business leader whose career has spanned both the private and public sectors. He’s been a senior software engineering manager, a director of technology innovation, and has served as chief information officer at both O’Reilly Media and the City of Palo Alto, California. He also creates online education for LinkedIn Learning and recently published Smart Cities for Dummies. He can be reached on Twitter: @reichental.

Marine Sanchez

Passive House Specialist, RDH Building Science

Being part of Canada’s highly experienced Passive House professionals circle, Marine supports RDH’s Passive House consulting services throughout Canada. She is one of the few Building Certifiers in North-America and joined RDH’s specialist team to focus on large-scale mixed-use projects. Her current efforts are on institutional projects, leading large Passive House student housing buildings for both the University of Victoria and University of Toronto. She concentrates on the site delivery of high-performance net-zero ready buildings, having led repeatedly site teams unfamiliar with the standard towards certification. The rest of her time is split between supporting cities like the City of Toronto implement their Zero-Emissions Buildings Framework and teaching in the high-performance building community since 2013.

Kirsten Wilkins

Managing Director, Open Streets Cape Town

Kirsten is an Urban Designer and Experience Architect with over 15 years of experience in forwarding social justice in spaces of mobility and spatial design through the work as founder of ContestedSpaces. In her recent appointment as Managing Director of Open Streets Cape Town, she is tasked with pairing the imperative of overcoming spatial and social divisions with reimagining South Africa’s streets as public space for gathering and connection. Through her work, she is researching practical tools to bring together constructs of social cohesion, conflict resolution and placemaking in response to post-apartheid spatial planning legacy in the context of a dissipating neoliberal democracy.

Helen Brennek

Director of Sustainability, MGA | Michael Green Architecture

As the Director of Sustainability at MGA | Michael Green Architecture, Helen is responsible for high level strategic direction as well as day-to-day team support. She revels in embracing the messiness and interconnectedness of our built, natural, and human systems and leveraging those connections to create places that serve both people and planet. Skilled in the use of a variety of tools including LEED, WELL, and whole building life cycle assessment, Helen works with the MGA team to maintain industry-leading knowledge on embodied carbon in construction, and to advance the opportunities presented by sustainably sourced mass timber. Helen is a Professional Engineer who holds a Master’s degree in Engineering in Clean Energy from the University of British Columbia, where her studies were focused on sustainable building science and energy efficiency. In her spare time, you can find her chasing her twin boys around Vancouver’s incredible backyard.

Katherine Howard

Planner, City of Vancouver

Katherine is an Australian parks, recreation and environmental planner and strategist . She has an eye for causing transformational change and a commitment to creating thriving places. Katherine has recently created a new vision for the future of parks and recreation for the City of Vancouver’s Board of Parks and Recreation. The plan includes a world first; a tool for more equitable decision making, embedded in organizational culture and systems.

Christy Castillo Butcher

Senior Vice President of Programming SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park

Christy Castillo Butcher is responsible for developing the programming strategy as well as securing events year-round throughout the entire 300-acre development. This includes SoFi Stadium, American Airlines Plaza, the performance venue and all other event spaces across the site. A Los Angeles-native and entertainment industry veteran, Castillo Butcher previously served as the Senior Vice President of Booking & Events for STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater. She played a critical role in booking and managing some of STAPLES’ most successful events, including the 2000 Democratic National Convention, multiple GRAMMY Awards, multiple X Games competitions, NHL and NBA All Star Games, and more than 250 sold-out concerts.

Ari Segal

CEO, Immortals Gaming Club

Ari Segal is the CEO of Immortals Gaming Club (IGC), an esports and competitive gaming company with operations in Los Angeles and Brazil. Segal previously served as COO for the Arizona Coyotes (NHL) where he led the club to its highest ever revenue. He was Special Assistant to the CEO of the Anaheim Ducks (NHL) and led the launch of the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, as the Gulls’ first President of Business Operations. The club received the AHL President’s Award for Business Excellence following its inaugural season. Segal previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Lehman Brothers. He earned a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia and J.D. and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission and Arctos Sports Partners and is a member of the IOC’s Esports Liaison Group. In 2020, Segal was named to the Sports Business Journal’s annual “Forty Under 40” list.

Kristin Sakoda

Director, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture

Kristin Sakoda is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, with a mission of advancing arts, culture, and creativity throughout the largest county in the U.S. The Department of Arts and Culture provides grants and technical assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations; runs the largest arts internship program in the nation; coordinates countywide public-private arts education initiatives; increases access to creative career pathways; commissions civic artwork; supports free community programs; leads the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative; and advances cross-sector cultural strategies to address civic issues. Appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Ms. Sakoda previously served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She has led the organization during its historic transition into the County’s first Department of Arts and Culture and the adoption of a first-of-its-kind Countywide Cultural Policy for the region. Ms. Sakoda is an arts executive, attorney, and performing artist with more than 25 years in the field and previously served as a key strategist for arts and culture at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law with honors in Entertainment Law and B.A. from Stanford University specializing in Race and Ethnicity and Feminist Studies. She is a Board member elect of Grantmakers in the Arts, the national association of public and private arts funders in the U.S.

Leslie A. Ito

Executive Director, Armory Center for the Arts

Leslie A. Ito is highly regarded as one of the most skillful, entrepreneurial arts executives in the Los Angeles region with over 20 years of proven leadership and fundraising expertise to her credit. Ito’s reputation for cultural “bridge-building” and advocacy underscores her deep commitment to arts equity and access for all people. She is currently the Executive Director of the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Prior to this position, she was the President & CEO of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the U.S. She has also held the position of Program Director for Arts and Health at the California Community Foundation, and Director of Grant Programs at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She has served as Executive Director of Visual Communications, the nation’s premiere Asian American media arts organization, and as Program Associate in the Media, Arts Culture Division at the Ford Foundation in New York. Ms. Ito served on the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts, TELIC Arts Exchange in Los Angeles’ Chinatown and Films By Youth Inside (FYI Films), inspiring incarcerated youth through filmmaking. She is also a co-founder of the LA Asian American and Pacific Islander Giving Circle. In 2016, Ito was awarded the prestigious Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation and in 2021 she will join the foundation’s Board of Trustees. A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Ito received an M.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Leslie lives with her husband and two children in South Pasadena.

Jason Foster

Chief Administrator for Destination Crenshaw

In this role, Jason’s main responsibilities are to oversee the administration and operations of the nonprofit, manage the organization’s finances and reporting, communicate with and support the Board of Directors, and serve as the organization’s point of contact for public agencies,vendors, and key community partners. Prior to Destination Crenshaw, Jason served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at River LA and worked with community partners, corporate representatives, and LACounty residents to create collaborations with Verizon/RYOT, Lucky Brand Jeans, and others. He also served in civic engagement, digital communications, and administrative roles while at River LA.Before moving to Los Angeles, Jason worked as a Community Organizer & ProjectManager for Impacct Brooklyn (previously Pratt Area Community Council) in Brooklyn,New York. At Impacct, Jason managed two multi-unit affordable housing projects through construction and received a New York State Proclamation from State SenatorEric Adams for his work in the Nostrand Avenue community for his role as a CommunityOrganizer & Advocate.Jason holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance from Howard University inWashington D.C., as well as a Master of Business Administration from the MetropolitanCollege of New York. Jason is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha FraternityIncorporated, Beta Chapter, and is happily married with two young children.

Danielle Brazell

General Manager City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Danielle Brazell is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (CA), reporting directly to the Mayor and leading a full time staff of 85 and a part-time staff of 200. Ms. Brazell works with the progressive arts agency’s: Assistant General Manager; Director of Marketing, Development, and Design Strategy; and its Public Art Division, Grants Administration Division, Community Arts Division, Performing Arts Program, and General Administration and Support Program directors to oversee a $125 million portfolio of facilities, capital improvement projects, grants, educational initiatives, and programming providing arts and cultural services in neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Prior to being appointed to this position in the summer of 2014, Ms. Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization working to foster a healthy environment in which arts and culture may thrive and be accessible to all in the region. During her tenure, she transitioned the organization from an ad-hoc steering committee comprised of local executive arts leadership, to a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Ms. Brazell’s additional professional experience also includes working as the Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and as the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She serves as a board member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.

Anna Pollock

Founder, Conscious.Travel

Anna Pollock, Founder of Conscious.Travel, has 45 years’ experience in tourism as an independent consultant, strategist, international speaker and change agent. Past clients include the Canadian Tourism Commission, PATA, European Travel Commission, Tourism British Columbia, the Australian Tourism Export Council, Tourism Tasmania, Innovation Norway, Visit Flanders, Rotterdam Partners and departments of industry, conservation and tourism in New Zealand. Recipient of The Visionary of the Year Award from the Canadian tourism industry, Anna has undertaken seminal work in many aspects of tourism notably in education, sustainability and technology. During the 1990s Anna established herself as a thought leader on the strategic implications of the Internet; created the first internet-based tourism strategy for Scotland and co-developed one of the first multi-purpose destination management systems. She has been working with Visit Flanders for the past two years supporting their Travel to Tomorrow program and helping shift their goal from volume growth to destination flourishing and now is part of the core Tourism Futures Task Force set up by the New Zealand Government to re-imagine the future of tourism.

David Ingles

Anchor and Head of Markets Coverage (Asia), Bloomberg TV

David Ingles is an anchor for Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio. He co-anchors “Bloomberg Markets: China Open” weekdays and concurrently also oversees markets and charts content for the Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ingles was with CCTV News in Shanghai where he covered the Chinese financial markets and the country’s major economic reforms from the start of this decade. Before moving to the media industry, he spent several years in banking and financial services. Ingles earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the Ateneo de Manila University, and an MBA Degree in Finance from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He is fluent in English, Tagalog and Mandarin.

Sharon Landes-Fischer

Acting CEO, Tel Aviv Global & Tourism

Sharon Landes-Fischer is acting CEO of Tel Aviv Global & Tourism, a municipal company, directed toward making the city more accessible to the world and facilitating its quantum leap in the global arena, achieved in cooperation with municipal, national and private partners. The company focuses on three main pillars needed for global economic growth: Economic Development, Brand Marketing & Communications and Tourism. Sharon’s position includes formulating the company’s global strategy and leading the Tel Aviv brand to new heights. Prior to this position, Sharon held the positions of Deputy CEO and Head of Smart Tourism, and built the city’s strategy and support systems for the travel-tech industry.
Sharon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Management and Marketing. A beach volley-ball enthusiast and the City’s volley-ball champion, she lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and two children.

Mark Mak

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Roborn

Mark Mak held an MBA degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also held a Master of Philosophy degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Mark is a robot enthusiast since his childhood. He invented the Motion Control Humanoid Robot “ME” and its algorithm. In 2017, he founded Roborn Dynamics Ltd with his business partner, Eden Lu. In 2018, Mark led the team in establishing strategic partnership with ZTE and China Mobile, and further turned “ME” to a 5G compliance motion control humanoid robot, which is the first 5G motion control robot in China. Currently Mark is the Co-Founder and Director of Roborn Group and Roborn Technology Limited responsible for tech and strategies. Mark has extensive experience in robotic and engineering.

Gary Wong

Head of Growth, BowTie Life Insurance

Gary is the Head of Growth at Bowtie Life Insurance. At Bowtie, Gary focuses on improving customer funnels through qualitative and quantitative studies. Having been with Bowtie since day one 2.5 years ago, Gary has gone through stages from ideation to launch, and from adding revenue mix to achieving +30% MoM growth. Prior to Bowtie, Gary was a software engineer in SF, an enterprise salesperson with a fintech unicorn, and a stock trader at an investment bank.

Viola Lam

CEO & Founder of Find Solution AI Ltd

Viola is a serial entrepreneur, former educator, a mother of two, energetic, futuristic, enthusiastic in tech & devoted to education, bootstrapped over 1 million USD to start Find Solution AI Ltd since 2016. Find Solution AI is an award-winning company that received over 24 awards in the last 3 years. Find Solution has developed 4LIttleTrees – patented AI motivation model which motivates people to learn better based on their learning behaviours & learning efficiency. In 2018, FS raised over 5 million USD for Series A. In 2020, FS has commercialized 4LittleTrees to 34 schools in Hong Kong. FS successfully collaborates with Global Exam Practise like TOEFL and Japan Maths Exam & aims for South-East Asia markets expansion for online exam practise.

Peter Yan King-shun

CEO of Hong Kong Cyberport

As the CEO of Cyberport, Mr Yan leads the digital technology flagship of the Hong Kong Government to develop innovation and technology as a new economic driver of Hong Kong through talent cultivation and industry development. Mr Yan has led the growth of Cyberport’s community by more than 50% in the past few years to over 1,550 start-ups and technology companies, while establishing various initiatives to engage stakeholders in the region including venture capitalists, global technology giants and leading industry MNCs. Mr Yan is a pioneer and an accomplished professional with over three decades of experience in the I&T industry. He has been active in public services and sits on a variety of committees, boards and councils of prominent organisations in the I&T sector, including the Smart City Consortium Steering Committee, the Institute of Big Data Governance, the Hong Kong University’s Versitech Limited, the GS1 Internet of Things Industry Advisory Council, and the Hong Kong Computer Society advisory group, and the Financial Services Development Council’s Human Capital Committee Member and Talent Strategy Workgroup, among others. He was conferred the Chinese University of Hong Kong Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree of 2020.

Aman Gupta

MPP Candidate, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Anant Fellow for Climate Action and Climate Reality Leader

Aman is an MPP student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and a Young India Fellow. He has worked at the intersection of climate philanthropy and public policy with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation in India, wherein he provided tactical and operational support to its Climate Policy Program. He is also a Climate Reality Leader, and has been actively spearheading Climate Reality – Chicago Chapter’s campaigns at the city and state levels.

Avril Rae

Fintech Advisor

A future thinker with over 20 years IT experience gained in Network Engineering, Service, Business Development and Strategy within the Financial Services Ecosystem. She enjoys sharing insights on emerging technology, innovation and digital transformation. She is an advocate and mentor for women in technology and acts as an Ambassador to Moxie Future, a female community to empower and educate females on sustainable investing. Avril is currently acting as Vice Chair for the British Chamber’s Innovation and Technology Committee and was a founding member of the Fintech Association Hong Kong.

Carolyn Chin-Parry

Digital Innovation Leader, PwC Singapore

Carolyn Chin-Parry is the current Women of the Year from the Women in IT Asia Awards. She is the Digital Innovation Leader at PwC Singapore and also leads PwC’s Asia Pacific Digital Upskilling Initiative for 84,000 employees in this region. Carolyn is an active contributor of PwC Singapore’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and provides pro bono digital upskilling for charities, NGOs and social enterprises. She is a Board Director for a charity, the Digital Industry Vice Chair for the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and sits on the Advisory Boards for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Shes Loves Data (non-profit) and EGN. Carolyn is a former Chief Digital Officer and has led some of the largest transformation projects in Asia Pacific for multiple industries. She has been previously featured by The Economist, CIO Magazine, Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft, IBM, Nomura, GovTech, SGInnovate and many more. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys time with her young family and actively researches on technology to help under-represented communities.

Mark Thomas

Managing Director and Founder, the Serviceworks Group

Mark is one of the Top 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders and he received the Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution towards building Smart Cities from the World Sustainability Congress. He founded Asia/Pacific smart cities’ services business the Serviceworks Group. His expertise is in new mobility, city digitisation strategies, blockchain utilisation and citizen engagement. He is a regular speaker, media commentator and thought-leader on these issues. He is also a director of the Smart Cities Asia Advisory Board, the ASEAN NZ Business Council, and the Committee for Auckland. He Chairs the Auckland Night Shelter Trust and was an elected member of Australasia’s largest local authority, and the world’s 3rd most liveable city Auckland in New Zealand, for six years.

Anam Mór

Music Group

Anam Mór is a Chicago based traditional Irish supergroup led by master percussionist Jackie Moran and featuring Laurence Nugent on flutes and whistles, Brendan Bulger on fiddle, and Jesse Langen on guitar.

Bomba con Buya

Music Ensemble

Bomba con Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba. Developed during the 18th century among the island’s African descendants, bomba is Puerto Rico’s oldest surviving music and dance form. Buya means ‘good spirit’ in Taino, and the group strives to embody this idea. Bomba con Buya released Buya Live in 2015 and Southern Sessions in 2019. The group will be joined by two pioneers of the form in Chicago: Tito Rodríguez (AfriCaribe) and Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Grupo Yubá, SRBCC).

Peter CottonTale

Musician

Peter Cottontale was first known as Peter Wilkins, a Chicago area musician who specialized in keyboards but played a variety of instruments and also produced. He worked with Chance the Rapper, in particular producing parts of his 2012 mixtape 10 Day. Chance and Wilkins would continue collaborating with the formation of the Social Experiment, a live band with Wilkins on keyboards that often backed up the rapper. In addition to his appearances on Chance-related material, Wilkins added his talents to various tracks by other high-profile artists, including production on Vic Mensa’s 2013 mixtape INNANETAPE, vocals on Skrillex’s 2014 opus Recess, and composition for parts of SZA’s critically-acclaimed 2017 album Ctrl.

Los Pleneros de Don Segundo

Music Group

Named in honor of Don Segundo Ruiz Belvis, Los Pleneros de Don Segundo performed for the first time in 2016 when Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center was invited to prepare a musical surprise for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’s 2016 Raíces Gala. The group celebrates plena, a traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music born in the late part of the 19th century in the southern part of the island. This popular music genre has been used both as a way of celebration and as a tool to protest against the local and federal government for critical issues affecting one of the world’s oldest colonies.

Ankita Chachra

Knowledge for Policy Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation

Ankita joined the Bernard Van Leer Foundation as the Knowledge for Policy Director to extract, curate, and disseminate knowledge to scale-up early childhood and Urban95 initiatives. She hopes this work will help create cities that provide sustainable and equitable access to all children and their caregivers while giving them opportunities to achieve their full potential to contribute back to society. Before joining the Foundation, Ankita worked at NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), where she addressed street and public space challenges. Her work focused on design implementation and building capacity to develop-and-apply strategies for creating safe and healthy cities. She found her passion for prioritizing the needs of children and caregivers in urban environments while leading the Streets for Kids programme, that published the guide on Designing Streets for Kids. She was also part of the core team that developed the Global Street Design Guide – the first-ever worldwide guideline for designing city streets – and led road safety projects under Bloomberg’s Initiative for Global Road Safety, primarily in Latin American and Asian cities.

David Adams

Founder, Global Cities

David is an economic development, soft power and international relations specialist with experience in strategy development and implementation for global cities including London, Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu and Mumbai. Regular clients include cultural organisations and governments such as the Greater London Authority, Corporation of London, Salford Council, Manchester Council, Climate-KIC, OECD, British Council, Transport for London, and Crossrail. He has particular expertise in soft power, tourism and brand positioning. He lectures at the University of Southern California on “Brand Management: Perceptions, Power and Persuasion”, he is an associate with the British Foreign Policy Group, and associate with BOP consultancy where his focus is on the development of the World Cities Cultural Forum. He is co-author of a British Council Report on the Soft Power of Cities, BPFG report ‘Manchester: Soft Power Entrepreneur’ and WCCF report on soft power in Chinese cities.

Janell Henry

Curator, Writer, Producer

Janell Henry is an Ojibwe curator, writer and producer from Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation (MB.) Henry’s professional practice challenges the Indigenous/Canadian dichotomy while working from within both realities. After moving to Winnipeg permanently from her home community ten years ago for education, Janell pursued media production and creative communications. Since, she has worked on many projects with organizations such as Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival, Red Road Lodge, National Screen Institute and Winnipeg Trails Association.

Keith Benjamin

Director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation, City of Charleston

As the Director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation for the city of Charleston, South Carolina, Keith Benjamin oversees all transportation maintenance, planning and partnerships at the local, county and state level. He is also the city’s representative on the CARTA Transit Board, Charleston Aviation Authority and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments’ Policy Committee. Previously he served in the Office of Policy Development, Strategic Planning and Performance as well as led the Office of Public Liaison at the US Department of Transportation. Prior to his Federal service, Keith was Community Partnership Manager for the Voices for Healthy Kids Community Consortium with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Nicole Flatow

Managing Editor, CityLab

Nicole Flatow is the Managing Editor of CityLab, Bloomberg’s sister site on urban ideas and policy. She leads the site’s editorial operation, as it documents the development, promise, and struggles of the world’s cities. She was previously enterprise editor in The Guardian’s New York office, where she oversaw its original coverage on a range of the newspaper’s priority areas in the U.S. Before that, she was a senior editor at ThinkProgress. Nicole has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and worked in housing law and legal policy before returning to journalism. She has a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Binghamton University.

Raoul Teekamp

Project Leader, City of Amsterdam

As a Project Leader in Urban Mobility for the City of Amsterdam, Raoul works on a wide range of essential urban mobility challenges, including Smart Cycling Futures, taxis in the city, and urban freight.

Marion Waller

Advisor to the Mayor of Paris

Marion Waller works as an advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on architecture, patrimony and urban landscape. She is an urbanist and an environmental philosopher. She has published her first book in 2016, called “Natural Artefacts” (Artefacts naturels, Editions de l’Eclat) about ecological restoration and the ways of re-inhabiting nature. She has led the competition “Reinventing Paris” which transformed underused sites in Paris and has presented it in a TedX conference. She is passionate about ecological urban planning and feminism.

Tom Lloyd

Co-founder, Pearson Lloyd

Tom is co-founder of the design studio Pearson Lloyd. He trained in Furniture Design at Nottingham, before completing an MA in Industrial Design at the RCA in 1993. Tom founded PearsonLloyd with Luke Pearson in 1997. Based in East London, the studio works with manufacturers, brands and public bodies to identify and build products, spaces and services that respond to the challenges of the day and enhance our experience of the world.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Program Director, KCRW Berlin

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is KCRW Berlin’s Program Director, reporter and show host. She is a veteran American journalist with German roots who comes to us from NPR, where she spent 13 years as a correspondent, heading the network’s international bureaus in Kabul, Cairo and more recently, Berlin. She’s won numerous awards for her radio work, including a Peabody and Gracie. She also received the ICFJ 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award for her coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Prior to her radio career, Sarhaddi Nelson spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter and was part of the Newsday team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800.

Paul Tam

Executive Director, Performing Arts of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Mr Tam leads the Performing Arts Division to deliver world-class programmes and performing arts venues and facilities in the West Kowloon Cultural District. He is responsible for steering the strategic planning and sustainable development of these venues and oversees their business direction, artistic development, venue operations, technical and production, facilities planning and delivery. Mr Tam joined WKCDA in March 2020.

Mr Tam is a seasoned arts executive with over 20 years of experience in performing arts management. Prior to joining WKCDA, Mr Tam was the Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet, where he oversaw its strategic development, institutional advancement, brand-building, education and community outreach and international touring. He was previously the Director of Marketing of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr Tam is a former Chairman and currently a Board Member of the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association and a Governor of the Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion.

Suhanya Raffel

Museum Director, M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Ms Suhanya Raffel leads and oversees all of M+’s activities, including collections building, exhibitions, research, programming, institutional collaborations, and operations. She joined the WKCDA in November 2016 as Executive Director, M+. She was appointed Museum Director, M+, in January 2019.

Previously, Ms Raffel was Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Before that she worked at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions, including Acting Director and Deputy Director of Curatorial. At the Queensland Art Gallery, she was instrumental in building the contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2002–2012). Ms Raffel is currently a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka, and a member of the Board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).

Dr Louis Ng Chi-Wa

Museum Director, Hong Kong Palace Museum of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Dr Ng was appointed Museum Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum in August 2019. He is responsible for developing the museum’s strategic vision, exhibitions and programming, and managing its collections, operations, and educational and audience-building strategies.

Dr Ng is a seasoned museum professional, historian and arts administrator with over 30 years of experience in museum planning and management. Prior to joining WKCDA, Dr Ng was Deputy Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSAR Government, where he oversaw the department’s culture-related institutions, such as museums, performance arts venues, visual arts centres and libraries.

Amit Prothi

Regional Director, Asia Pacific Resilient Cities Network

Amit Prothi is Regional Director (Asia Pacific) at the Resilient Cities Network, a grantee of the Rockefeller Foundation, that collaborates with nearly 100 global cities to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic challenges. In a career spanning nearly 25 years, and across 12 countries, Amit has worked for clients including The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and numerous government and private sector entities. Recently, as part of the 100 Resilient Cities program, he was responsible for managing the preparation of resilience strategies across several Asian cities including Seoul and Chennai. He is trained in regional planning, landscape architecture and architecture from universities including MIT, UMass Amherst (USA) and SPA (India). Amit is currently based in Singapore.

Juan Devis

Executive Producer, Chief Creative Officer of KCETAs

Juan Devis is responsible for the oversight of all production and editorial output from long-form episodes to short-form digital series.His role in developing strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses ensures a new slate of content for both KCET and PBS SoCal in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. Devis develops creative strategies that define KCET, Link and PBS Socal’s editorial and artistic vision.With the foresight of expanding programming onto the emerging digital web platform, Devis has spearheaded the public media company’s multi-platform transformation with the creation of award-winning content that includes the Emmy award-winning Artbound, the James Beard nominated TheMigrant Kitchen, City Rising, Broken Bread, Tending the Wild, among others.For more than a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. Devis was appointed to serve as a member of the California Arts Council from 2018-2020and was a trustee of the California Historical Societyfrom 2018-2019. He has won numerous awards for his film, TV, and interactive work including Emmys, Webbys, National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, and more.

Shauna McCabe

Executive Director at the Art Gallery of Guelph

Former Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada (TMC), McCabe brings a depth of art museum management and academic expertise to the Art Gallery of Guelph, with more than 15 years experience as an arts administrator, as well as professor and Canada Research Chair at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Kathryn Schloessman

President & CEO, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission

Kathryn Schloessman is President & CEO of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC), a non-profit organization officially designated by Los Angeles Tourism to attract, secure and support high-profile sports and entertainment events in Los Angeles.
Schloessman leads LASEC’s strategic efforts to bring major events to Los Angeles and partners with the City and the region’s iconic venues to host a successful experience, ensuring their desire for a future return. She is also responsible for overseeing and managing the organization’s day-to-day operations.

Under Schloessman’s leadership, LASEC has been awarded, and has begun plans for the hosting of, several high-profile sporting events including the 2021 MLS All-Star Game, 2022 Super Bowl, 2022 MLB All-Star Game, 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship, 123rd U.S. Open Championship and continues to support the Local Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The LASEC team is now working to guarantee Los Angeles as one of the 2026 FIFA Men’s World CupTM host cities.

Prior to joining LASEC, Schloessman was a 13-year veteran of CB Commercial (now CBRE), the largest commercial real estate company in the United States. As managing officer of CB Commercial’s Downtown Los Angeles office, she was responsible for business development, operations and management of the Los Angeles region’s office professionals and oversaw CB Commercial’s community relations efforts. Schloessman also served as marketing director for CB Commercial’s Western Division and has more than 10 years of experience as lead broker for major lease transactions in the Downtown Los Angeles market.

Schloessman is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Schloessman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Tim Hasid

Director of Placemaking, Resonance

Design thinking is his mindset. As Director of Placemaking at Resonance, Tim brings an analyst’s rigor, a mapmaker’s precision and a placemaker’s passion to his work, contributing to recommendations on strategic planning, urban design, placemaking and livability. His future thinking and data analysis make places from Tulsa to Vancouver more attractive for living, tourism and investment.

Tim is a poly-cultural lover of urban lifestyles, a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development from the University of Bordeaux, Tim also has a BSc in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Cardiff Engineering School.

Leon Hoogsteen

Product Development and Public Relations, Landelijk Fietsplatform

Working in Product Development and Public Relations for Landelijk Fietsplatform, Leon is responsible for online communication, with a focus on the growth and prosperity of bicycle tourism in the Netherlands.

Eveline de Jong

Mobility Consultant, Mobycon

As a Mobility Consultant for Mobycon, Eveline works on various consultancy and research assignments for municipalities, provinces and central government in the field of infrastructure and parking.

Christos Carras

Executive Director, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens

Christos Carras has worked in the cultural sector for the past two decades, initially as the Project Manager of the EU-funded MediMuses network, before becoming the General Manager of the B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music. In 2009 he joined the Onassis Cultural Centre as Executive Director. He is responsible for the music program and other interdisciplinary projects, developing European networks and the overall coordination of the Centre.

Florie Seery

Associate Dean and Managing Director of Yale School of Drama/ Yale Repertory Theatre

Florie spent 15 years as general manager of Manhattan Theatre Club, producing new plays on and off Broadway. She worked at Disney Theatrical Productions and Stuart Thompson Productions. She is a trustee of the Camphill Foundation and graduate of Smith College.

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu

Lord Mayor of Dublin

Councillor Hazel Chu was elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin. She is a member of Dublin City Council and is also chairperson of the Green Party, and formerly spokesperson on Enterprise. She was the first Irish-born person of Chinese descent elected to political office in the Republic of Ireland, and is the 9th woman to hold the office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Monty Hoffman

Founder & Chairman, Hoffman & Associates

Monty Hoffman formed Hoffman & Associates in 1993 with a single townhouse conversion and has since then transformed the company into a market leader of real estate development in the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. With more than 30 years of experience, Hoffman actively leads the company’s business development and market strategy, as well as the design initiatives for every Hoffman project. Hoffman has been recognized in Washington’s SmartCEO’s Future 50 list, Multifamily Executive’s Developer of the Year and the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100. He is a founding board member of the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, which provides educational and apprenticeship opportunities for District students interested in design, engineering, and construction. He served on the DC Public Schools Engineering Advisory Board and is a current board member of the Federal City Council and Southwest Business Improvement District.

Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford

OBE, Director of V&A East

Dr Casely-Hayford joined the V&A as Director of V&A East in March 2020. He is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture, having presented a number of series for Sky, BBC radio and television and other channels. Formerly Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, (Britain’s major Art’s funder) and Ex-Director of the Institute of International Contemporary Art, he has offered leadership to both large and medium scale organizations including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He has served on the boards of many cultural institutions, including the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Gus has lectured widely on culture, including periods at Sotheby’s Institute, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, City University, University of Westminster and SOAS. He has advised national and international bodies on heritage and culture including the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils. In 2005 he deployed these leadership, curatorial, fundraising, communications skills to organize the biggest celebration of Africa Britain has ever hosted when more than 150 organizations put on over 1000 exhibitions and events. Gus gained a PhD from SOAS and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship. He is a Cultural Fellow of King’s College London.

Ruchie Kothari

Architect and Sustainability Consultant

Ruchie has 10+ years of experience as a sustainability practitioner within the construction industry. She has worked on projects addressing high performance buildings, green infrastructure and urban sustainability in India and the US. Working on projects for public, private and social stakeholders has helped her develop a collaborative and comprehensive approach towards sustainable development. She led the pan-India Building Energy Modeling and Advisory Project (BEMAP) under the Indo-Swiss Fairconditioning Programme from 2016-2018. She promoted climate change mitigation by integrating low-carbon and energy efficient design and technology within the building construction industry through this long-term capacity-building program. She is currently a sustainability educator at B.D.Somani International School, Mumbai. Her courses are grounded in real-world issues that are investigated through problem based learning. Ruchie holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and a Masters of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She is a WEF Global Shaper, an Anant Fellow for Climate Action and a Climate Reality Leader. More information here: https://futureofconstruction.org/solution/capacity-building-for-sustainable-cooling/

Saheem Ali

Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the Public Theater in New York City

Saheem is an American theater director who immigrated to the U.S. from Kenya. He currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the Public Theater in New York City. He has worked at Woolly Mammoth Theater, Signature Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Soho Rep, The National Black Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theater Festival and Detroit Public Theater.

Alice Covatta

Architect and Researcher

Alice is an Italian architect and researcher, lives and works between Europe and Japan. Achieved degree with honour at IUAV University of Venice and PhD with highest distinction in Architecture and Urban Design from University of Udine. In 2016, she was awarded with the Japan Foundation Fellowship, then she was researcher at Keio University in Tokyo, at co+labo, Keio University,. Alice has merged research with design working as architect in international companies (Andrea Caputo, KKAA, Albert Abut Architecture) then in 2017 she co-founded CoPE Office, that won the Europan14 for the urban development of Neu-Ulm in Germany, today is an ongoing project.

Anthony Kiendl

CEO and Director at Vancouver Art Gallery

Anthony Kiendl is an arts administrator, award-winning curator, writer, and educator with more than 25 years of experience in the art world. Before directing the Vancouver Art Gallery, he has worked in leadership roles at galleries across Western Canada, including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, and the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina. He was also director of visual arts at the Banff Centre.

Laura Laker

Journalist

Laura Laker is a journalist specialising in cycling and walking, and a member of the University of Westminster’s Active Travel Academy.

Maya Levi

Mother Student of Nutrition and Dietetics, Den Haag University

Maya was born and raised in Israel. In 2003, during her BSc studies, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Nevertheless, she graduated, and continued studying for an MSc in Immunology Cell Biology (Tel-Aviv University). After meeting her husband, she moved to the Netherlands in 2007 and worked as a scientific researcher. After suffering from severe health issues, Maya decided to make a career change. She is currently studying to become a dietitian/nutritionist at The Hague University for Applied Sciences. Maya has two children (10, 8) and lives a very active life. Being able to move around independently is crucial for her! She does not have a driver’s license and uses a scoot-mobile, crutches, hand bike and a wheelchair alternatively.

Madhav Pai

Executive Director, WRI India Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Madhav Pai is the Executive Director of WRI India Ross Center. He spearheads a large urbanization policy research and prototyping support program that informs key areas of India’s urban growth story. For the last two decades, Madhav has led, designed, and implemented urban programs and projects, across continents, in over a dozen countries.

Madhav is a systems thinker and combines his academic training in engineering and transport planning, with his acumen to find systemic solutions to complex and wicked urban problems. India’s urbanization challenges are the key research focus of Madhav’s exploration. He joined WRI India in 2008 and has pioneered several new, and innovative methods to overcome barriers to implementation of environmentally and financially sustainable infrastructure.

Numra Siddqui

Head Chef and Founder of Empress Market

Numra is the head chef and founder of Empress Market. Her cooking is a unique blend of her modern culinary training and traditional South Asian food heritage.

Numra has trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine and has featured as a guest chef in kitchens across the world.
Her food is a fresh perspective on her South Asian roots, drawing on her grandmother’s recipes, an inheritance of Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

Empress Market is Numra’s way to stay connected with where she’s come as she hone’s her unique voice as a contemporary chef.
Numra has independently grown Empress Market from a cottage business to various commercial restaurant residencies and private catering, with a growing female centred team. She also hosts events and themed supper clubs centred around her love for food and storytelling.

Peaches

Musician and Performance Artist

If you want something done right, do it yourself? Peaches, a Toronto-based musician and performance artist, has been transforming her thoughts into songs since the 1990s. In the past few decades, she has also lent her powerful voice to some of the biggest names in music, often punk, from Iggy Pop to Pink. Flamboyant, unleashed, with no inhibitions, and allergic to prejudice, Peaches tackles the day’s controversies with aplomb. With Vaginoplasty, a pop song she recites as an inflammatory poem, she glorifies the bounty of the female body while condemning the scourge of the teen obsession with appearances.

Jessica Brillhart

Immersive Director, Writer, and Theorist

A field of flowers where mammals and computers live together harmoniously in a cybernetic meadow? Like American poet Richard Brautigan, who dreamed of an astonishing future where all would be watched over by “machines of loving grace,” virtual reality theorist Jessica Brillhart is among those who fervently desire this coexistence with machines. A cybernetic ecology holds no fears for Jessica, a former filmmaker on the Google VR team who sees all of life in 3D and set the cosmos dancing to the sounds of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. An MIT-acclaimed pioneer revealing her most intriguing poem? Irresistible!

Pierre Kwenders

Singer and Songwriter

“Short, familiar poems, simple and elegant” was how his work was characterized when Congolese author Bolamba published his poetry collection Esanzo, Chants pour mon pays in 1955. In an Africa struggling to throw off the colonial yoke, it took courage to give voice to its culture. Pierre Kwenders, who transcends borders with his compositions in five languages, understands this. In 2015, he won ADISQ’s Music Video of the Year for Mardi gras, dubbed the perfect example of “quasi-experimental pop, testing the improbable – what’s never been done before” by Inrocks. The “never-before been done” – like Bolamba, you might say.

Narcy

Rapper, Activist, Actor, and Producer

He sees hip-hop as a bridge between East and West, an art that can bring about social change. That’s why rapper, activist, actor, and producer Narcy—born Yassin Alsalman—teaches hip-hop at Concordia University. This musical insomniac has worked with Dave Chappelle and Spike Lee, has been nominated for a Juno award for his video R.E.D. for A Tribe Called Red, and has done voice-over work for Assassin’s Creed: Origins. The poem he chose was by his spiritual master, Rumi, the Persian Sufi poet who wrote about insomnia and alienation, in the 13th century!

Casey Spooner

Visual Artist

Casey Spooner is both half of the electroclash duo Fischerspooner and a visual artist who became the face of gay culture. Newly Parisian, he advocates a nude philosophy (“I want muscles made of joy,” he says), but demonstrates a passion for mind-blowing fashion on his wildly couture Instagram thread. He had to wait nine years for the release of his third album, produced by Michael Stipe, formerly of R.E.M. Troubled by love, a problematic word that he has long detested, and jumping with both feet into contradiction, Spooner recites a sonnet about love by the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Miles Greenberg

Artist and Model

Miles Greenberg is a Montreal artist and model based in Paris who lends his body to performance art, videos, and photography. Greenberg knows this poem inside out since he used it as the inspiration for one of his works. Far from seeing these lines of free verse by Shinji Moon as a gruesome incantation, he embraced the call to throw himself out the window to create an intimate space where spectators and readers could come and curl up with him.

Vilma Jurkute

Director of Alserkal

Vilma has dedicated her career to developing creative industries across New York, Chicago, London and Dubai. She joined Alserkal in 2012 and, in her time with the organization, she has been instrumental in its evolution and responsible for overseeing Alserkal Avenue’s physical expansion of US$20 million in 2015. Vilma has also been the driving force behind Alserkal’s non-profit activities in the arts, which were formalized under Alserkal Arts Foundation in 2019, affirming the organization’s commitment to artistic production, scholarship and research. Vilma serves on the advisory boards of the Global Cultural Districts Network and the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation. She holds an Executive MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, UK. Her dissertation explores the role of cultural districts in shaping a sense of belonging in young adults, basing it on a case study of Alserkal Avenue,
Dubai, thereby connecting the two disciplines of culture and sustainable urban development.

Vaughn Tan

Strategy Consultant, Author, and Professor

Vaughn specializes in designing organizations that survive and profit from uncertainty. He’s the author of The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food, which uses stories from cutting-edge cuisine to explain how to use uncertainty to build innovative organizations that are resilient to unpredictable change. Vaughn has spent over a decade working in the food industry including time spent with the internationally renowned innovation teams at the Fat Duck, Noma, the Cooking Lab, and ThinkFoodGroup. He is currently a strategy professor at University College London’s School of Management. Previously, he worked at Google and the Anderson Ranch Art Foundation.

Sheryce Hearns

Deputy Director, Equity and Inclusion Unit, Mayor's Office of Economic Development Boston

Sheryce Hearns is Deputy Director at the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development City of Boston, previously Equity Strategy Manager, with more than 15 years of experience as a civil servant for the City of Boston.

Olivia Zepeda

Mayor Chief of Staff, City of El Paso

Olivia is Chief of Staff for the Mayor of El Paso, Dee Margo, and previously campaign manager for Dee Margo, Candidate for State Representative, District 78. Zepeda was also Chief of Staff for the Texas House of Representatives in Austin, and former Development Officer at the Texas Tech University. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing, and an MBA in International Business, from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Monika Bik

Director, MSc DipArch (Pol), Broadway Malyan Ltd

Monika studied Architecture at Kracow Polytechnic and graduated specialising in Urban Design and Masterplanning and in her role at the firm she leads multi-disciplinary teams of architects, urban designers and planners in the design and delivery of large-scale international master plans and strategic frameworks.Monika has worked on schemes ranging in scale from 50 to 2,000 hectares exposing her to the complex issues of urban design in a variety of cultural and environmental contexts.

During her time at Broadway Malyan Monika has worked on some of the largest master planning projects in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North & South America, including East Village in Calgary, Canada, Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq and new city quarters in Brazil, Abu Dhabi and Jordan. She was invited to join the Broadway Malyan Ltd board as a Director in 2014.

Kurt Culbertson

Chairman & CEO, Design Workshop

Throughout his forty-year career, Kurt has been a recognized thought leader in the landscape architecture, land planning, and urban design disciplines. Kurt is a leader in the field of evidence-based design and is dedicated to the measurement and heightened performance of landscapes spanning environmental, social, and economic factors. A profuse and influential writer, Kurt has published articles that span the profession, including community engagement, practice-based research, landscape history, and urban ecology. In recent years, he has turned his attention to issues of environmental equity, elevating the discourse and championing the creation of ASLA’s Environmental Justice Professional Practice Network.

Ashita Mishra

Academic Associate, Anant National University

Ashita Mishra is Academic Associate at the Anant National University, India’s first Design University preparing and empowering Solutionaries who design, build and implement equitable and sustainable solutions for India and the world. Previously, Ashita designed education programs at Teach For India, and led the Atal Incubation Centre in Bhopal.

Ariel Palitz

Senior Executive Director NYC Office of Nightlife Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment

Ariel Palitz has been the official night Mayor of NYC since 2018. Ariel is a former nightclub owner, promoter, and community board member. From 2004 to 2014, Palitz owned and operated Sutra, a nightclub in the East Village that hosted legendary DJs and musicians. From 2007 to 2014, Palitz served on Community Board 3 as a member of the State Liquor Authority and Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Committee. She has been involved with the NY Hospitality Alliance and the Lower East Side Girls Club. Most recently, Palitz founded Venue Advisors L.L.C., a full service hospitality and small business consulting company. Palitz, 47, was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of the University of Hartford. She currently resides in the East Village.

Mayor Joy Belmonte

Mayor, Quezon City

Ma. Josefina Belmonte is the 11 th Mayor of Quezon City since June 30, 2019. Recently, she was chosen as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Mayors of the Philippines by the Gawad Filipino Awards. Aside from being the Local Chief Executive of Quezon City, she is currently the Executive Vice President of The League of Cities of the Philippines. Prior to this, she served as the Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the 18 th to 20 th Quezon City Councils from 2010 to 2019 where she was awarded with various recognitions from international and local organizations such as Most Outstanding Vice Mayor by the Gawad Sulo ng Bayan, two-time Most Outstanding City Council in the Philippines under her leadership, and the Mothers’ Heart Heritage Award as Outstanding Woman in Local Legislation and Service to Women and Children by the Women’s Federation for World Peace, among others.

Katherine O’Donnell

Executive Vice President at Richmond Region Tourism

As Executive Vice President at Richmond Region Tourism, Katherine O’Donnell oversees the Sales & Services and Community Relations departments at the organization as well as the Richmond Region Tourism Foundation. She serves as a primary voice of the travel and tourism industry in the Richmond Region, demonstrating its value to our economy and quality of life. In her previous role as VP of Community Relations, Katherine led the organization’s LGBT marketing program, Out RVA, which garnered national media attention and for which she was named one of Style Weekly’s 2015 Top 40 Under 40.

Christopher Breedlove

Director of Civic Activation, Burning Man Project

Christopher Breedlove is an American designer, community builder and experiential producer. Christopher currently works as the Director of Civic Activation for the Burning Man Project where he oversees the Burners Without Borders (BWB), Regional Network, Global Granting and Civic Arts programs in San Francisco, California. Christopher believes in the people’s inherent capacity to solve their own problems, and that social transformation is within reach for all communities– we can achieve these aims by leveraging as much creativity and cooperation as possible amongst diverse stakeholders.

Chi Nguyen

Social Impact & Strategic Advisor

Chi has spent the past twenty years in the social change sector, and consults and advises on how these movements can build stronger bridges to disrupt systems of harm. She has also worked for some incredible do-gooding organizations including Social Innovation Canada, White Ribbon Canada, United Way Toronto, CBC and MASS LBP. She is an active member of the BMW Responsible Leaders network and the Global Diplomacy Lab. Her previous volunteer commitments included the boards of the Canadian Women’s Health Network, Story Planet, Jane’s Walk, Toronto Women’s City Alliance and St. Stephen’s Community House. She holds an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and loves her most important job as mom to Sam and Ellis.

Dharon Jones

Dancer and Singer

Dharon E. Jones is a Brooklyn native making his Broadway debut in West Side Story. Theater: first site-specific Little Shop of Horrors. Television: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Film: Champions, Saturday Church. Student at Ithaca College.

Andrea Brown

National Head of Project Management & Building Consultancy at Knight Frank

Andrea is the Partner, National Head of Project Management & Building Consultancy & Head of Sydney Office at Knight Frank Australia. Andrea brings 20 years of experience of working in Australia and the UK to the role. As a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor Andrea has a strong background in building defects (specialising in rectification projects associated with aluminium composite panels), making good and technical advisory associated with real estate legal frameworks. Andrea also has a keen interest in technical consultancy relating to occupier prelease representation predominantly associated with industrial assets and as well as strategic data centre advice services.

Julie Wagner

President, Global Institute on Innovation Districts

Julie Wagner is president of the newly established The Global Institute on Innovation Districts, a global-reaching not for profit organization. Julie is an expert on urban innovation geographies, described as innovation districts, which sit at the intersection of economy- shaping, place-making, and network-building. At The Global Institute, she recently co- authored “The Evolution of Innovation Districts: The New Geography of Global Innovation,” expanding on the findings of the original paper on innovation districts published with The Brookings Institution. She is also president of Urban Insight, a boutique consulting practice that each year works with only select projects determined to be of particular promise in shaping cities.

Kat Hanna

Masterplan Strategist, Lendlease

An experienced urbanist and researcher, Kat has worked in London politics, planning, and policy for almost a decade. Her interests include urban economies, transport, and the relationship between technology and the built environment. Kat has authored a number of reports and articles on urban development in London and regularly appears as a commentator on urban affairs across a range of publications, media, and events. Kat joined Lendlease in April 2019 as masterplan strategist for the 60 acre Euston over-site development. Her role focuses on developing the masterplan vision and ensuring both the plan and the project itself respond to trends and innovations in urban development, transport and technology.

Nicolas Négoce

Multimedia Journalist

Nicolas Négoce is a multimedia journalist based in London with 17 years of experience. He has been working with various international medias such as VoxAfrica, TV5, CGTN Africa, BBCWorld Service. Originally from Guadeloupe, he is a specialist of Africa where he spent eight years traveling and working in sixteen countries.

Anna Coren

CNN Anchor/International Correspondent

Anna Coren is an award-winning international correspondent for CNN International, based at the network’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. She joined CNN in 2008 as an anchor and has made the transition to roving international correspondent. In 2013, she was recognized for her outstanding work at the Asian Television Awards, winning “Best News Story” for her exclusive report “Afghanistan Taliban Firefight” where she came under enemy fire in Nejrab alongside U.S. special forces. This follows wins in both 2011 and 2012 at the Asian Television Awards where she won “Best News Presenter/Anchor.”

Ariel Sim

Design Practice Lead & Director of Design Anthropology MaRS Discovery District

Ariel Sim, Design Practice Lead at the MaRS Discovery District, applies consumer design techniques for the adoption of sustainable products and services. She coaches emerging designers and empowers them to create and engage consumers with ethical technology. Ariel started her career as an anthropologist co-designing environmentally sustainable homes and schools, and later moved into consumer design for digital technologies.

Brian Smith

Director of Performance & Innovation, City of Minneapolis

Brian brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors to the City of Minneapolis Innovation Team. His background includes work in nonprofit management, county government, for-profit business development, policy consultation, fundraising, lobbying and reform efforts in juvenile justice, human services, health, transportation and education. Before joining the City, Brian was owner and president of the Institute on Culture and Policy, a policy consulting firm dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities through systems change and community engagement. While maintaining his leadership role with the Institute on Culture and Policy, Brian also served as the State of Minnesota’s coordinator for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative for four years.

Elaine Fancy

Photographer

Elaine Fancy is a freelance photographer in Toronto, specializing in the lifestyle, commercial and product photography industry. Photography is her calling and her profession. She is committed to perfection and invests time and effort to represent it in every picture she shoots.

Elicser Elliott

Aerosol artist

Elicser Elliott is a Toronto-based aerosol artist whose creations adorn the cultural landscape here and abroad. As an integral part of downtown Toronto’s street art community for over a decade, he has been recognized for his artistry and praised by both street and fine art collectors all over the world. His work has been featured in a multitude of publications, hung in prestigious galleries like the Art Gallery of Ontario, and for a number of years, he had his own installation in the Royal Ontario Museum.

Joshua Wong

Founder and CEO, Opus One Solutions

Joshua is the Founder and CEO of Opus One Solutions, a leading software engineering and solutions company empowering the electricity grid to transform into a platform model for a digitalized, decentralized and decarbonized energy economy. His thought leadership and industry insights has enabled utility transformation in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Areas of focus include integrated distribution planning (IDP), distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS), microgrid management, and transactive energy systems.

Matthew Jozwiak

Founder & CEO, Rethink Food

Matt is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He spent the first part of his career working in the kitchens of renowned, Michelin-starred restaurants such as Auberge de L’ile Barbe, Noma and Eleven Madison Park. This experience, and his time working with various food-related nonprofits, opened his eyes to the issues of food waste and food insecurity in America. In 2017, he founded Rethink Food to address these problems in NYC and is now leading the team in national expansion efforts to end food insecurity across the country. To date, Rethink Food has invested $10 million into independent restaurants, providing economic revitalization to neighborhoods and over 2 million meals for those facing food insecurity.

Michael Harrison

Chef and Head of Sustainability, Super 8 Restaurants

Michael is a career chef with twelve years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has a special interest in produce, sourcing and sustainable practice that has always guided his career and heavily influenced his cooking style. After working in some of the world’s best and most influential restaurants (The French Laundry, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Attica, Fish Butchery) he returned to London to work for Super 8 Restaurants (Brat, Kiln, Smoking Goat) as Senior Sous Chef, Head of Sourcing and Supply Chain and Head of Sustainability for the group. Michael is also a trained fishmonger and loves more than anything to work with fish.

Nick Kokonas

Founder & CEO, Tock, Inc. and Co-Owner, The Alinea Group

Nick brings domain expertise and 20+ years of founders level entrepreneurial experiences across several industries. Nick spent a decade as a founding partner in a proprietary derivatives trading firm specializing in equity, currency, and yield-curve options and futures. Pricing and market discovery is in his DNA. Nick Co-owns the Alinea Group of restaurants which he co-founded in 2004: Michelin 3-star Alinea, and four other award winning restaurants and bars which have won 12 James Beard Awards, Best Restaurants in the US awards, and many others. In 2014 he founded Tock, Inc., a cloud based reservation system which now serves over 5,000 restaurants and wineries in 28 countries.

Nora Rahimian

Creative Consultant and Founder, #CultureFix

With over 10 years of experience in the music business, Nora helps artists and entrepreneurs from around the world achieve success without giving up their financial freedom, creative control, or personal integrity. Her work focuses on placing power back in the hands of those who are creating art and culture, making sure that those people are well taken care, and teaching them how to use their platforms for social change. She’s been named a Trailblazer by VoyageLA, was recognized as one of iStandard’s Women Who Run The Music Industry, and is a UN Alliance of Civilizations Fellow.

Vince Kulchycki

Chief Operating Officer, Lakeland Holding Ltd.

Over the past decade Vince’s leadership of the operations team at Lakeland has realized many accomplishments including; expanding the waterpower generation capacity 700%; Creation of a fibre optic and communications division which provides the fastest internet available in Canada; Power distribution system automation and merging operations departments. Vince has participated on various working groups with the Electricity Distributors Association, Cornerstone Hydro-Electric Concepts, advisory groups for Hydro One and currently sits on the board of directors for the Ontario Waterpower Association.

Tracey G. Wiley

Director of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Currently serving in the role as Agency Director, Wiley was appointed by Virginia’s 72nd Governor Terence R. McAuliffe to lead the newly formed agency in August of 2014. Wiley’s charged with the reorganization of the agency and elevating the Governor’s initiative to advance procurement opportunities and the utilization of Small, Women and Minority (SWaM) Owned Businesses in the Commonwealth during his administration. Wiley, reappointed in January of 2018 by the 73rd Governor, Ralph Northam continues to build the agency with new talent and new programs statewide that benefit the work of SWaM businesses. Her nearly 20 years of experience in minority business development and supplier diversity is an asset to state government, and a catalyst for a new platform in economic development.

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