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October 26, 2021. 9AM - 7PM
The Times Center.

242 W 41st St. New York, NY 10036

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Come hear the world’s best ideas about cities in one of the best cities in the world. It’ll be an action-packed day that’ll give you the inspiration and the connections to Change our Cities for Good!

Your in-person ticket gives you access to the full-day event at The Times Center on Oct. 26, including:

Game-changing panel conversations and keynotes.

Cocktail reception and networking with the world’s urban visionaries and innovators.

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Your WRLDCTY Day in New York

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Visions of a Post-Pandemic City
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

In the wake of the pandemic, its lesson has been to demonstrate that any ‘new normal’ must emphasize a new way of understanding our communities—new considerations of urban space, of needs, of opportunities. Join the architect of the Domino Sugar Factory, Sunnyside and other NYC innovations in a conversation about the possibile.

The Next Urban Agenda
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

The pandemic has upended career priorities and made us reconsider where we live. Fascinating new data is showing surprising choices in regional migrations, and revealing where people want to spend their work lives. Join three leaders and make sense of the numbers we’ll live by in the future.

Building the New New York
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

What’s the new value proposition for developers and communities in New York? What neighborhoods and districts—from Harlem to Queens—are the new destinations for capital? Follow the money in this in-depth discussion on how we’re using and investing in space beyond traditional core office areas.

Networking Break
Public Art for the 21st Century
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

BREAKFAST turns mechanical engineering and playful, emotional aesthetics into gallery-worthy kinetic and interactive installations. From real-time climate change to directional signage to engaging reflections of passers-by, their work points the way forward to new thinking about public art.

Power to the Public
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

Hear the Obama-administration officials discuss the revolution that is public-interest technology—a user-centered approach in design and data that makes the delivery of government services more effective and efficient in the digital age. Problem-solving transformed; inspiration guaranteed!

Clean Transport on a Roll
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

“Meet me at the intersection of energy resilience, urban mobility, and net-zero buildings,” says one of our speakers. Join us to learn how we’ll move around New York next, make clean transportation accessible to all, and wonder about the death of transit and the birth of the biking city.

Build Better to Build Community
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

2020 was the loneliest year of an era when more of us live alone than ever. See how thinking of city-building, rather than individual tower buildings, opens up new ways of community-building—and how strategic sculpting and shaping of architectural elements can create future forms of togetherness.

May The Force Be With You
new york stage (IN-PERSON)

The Green City Force, made up of young adults from frontline communities, may be NYC’s best hope to build a green city rooted in social, economic and environmental justice. Hear how they’re transforming their own lives, leading community transition, and promoting a regenerative, inclusive economy.

WRLDCTY Cocktail and Change for Good Drinks

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Founder & Creative Director, PAU Studio

Vishaan Chakrabarti is an architect and professor. He is the founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism. In 2018 he was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Chakrabarti served under Mayor Bloomberg as the director of planning for Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11.

Jeanne Gang

Founder, Studio Gang

Jeanne Gang is an American architect and the founder and leader of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Gang was first widely recognized for the Aqua Tower, the second tallest woman-designed building in the world.

Andrew Carter

Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Andrew Carter is the Chief Executive of Centre for Cities. Before that, he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research. Andrew has over 20 years of experience working on urban economic policy issues for public and private development agencies, consultants and research institutes.

Michelle Peacock

Head of Global Policy, Waymo

Michelle Mallory Peacock is Global Head of Public Policy for Waymo. Her career has centred on growing government relations programs for large, small, established and startup companies in financial services, high tech and transportation.

Brent Toderian

Owner, Toderian Urbanworks

Brent Toderian is an internationally respected practitioner and thought leader with over 28 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning, urban design, transportation and change management. He has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies, and best-practice developers around the world.

Chris Fair

CEO, Resonance

A futurist, facilitator and strategist, Chris holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future and has married his tourism, economic development, real estate and marketing expertise with futures methodologies to create development strategies that shape the future of places around the world.

Micah Kotch

Managing Director, URBAN-X

Micha Kotch serves as Managing Director of URBAN-X by MINI and Urban Us. URBAN-X is the accelerator for startups reimagining city life. Before joining URBAN-X, Micah served as Director of NY Prize and Strategic Advisor for Innovation at NYSERDA.

Cyra Levenson

Head of Education and Public Engagement Department, Guggenheim

As head of the Guggenheim’s Education and Public Engagement Department, Cyra Levenson leads the museum’s efforts to reach a broad audience through programming, content development, partnerships and community engagement. Levenson has a role in partnering across the foundation’s international network.

Richard Florida

Urbanist & Author

Richard Florida is a researcher, professor and a Distinguished Fellow at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate. He is an author of several global bestsellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis. He is co-founder of CityLab, the leading publication devoted to cities and urbanism.

Sam Chandan

Silverstein Chair & Academic Dean

Sam Chandan, Ph.D. is the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. Prior to NYU, he was the Laurence and Susan Hirsch Adjunct Associate Professor at the Wharton School and a doctoral scholar at the Princeton University Department of Economics.

Charles Landry

Urbanist & Author

Charles Landry is an author, speaker and international adviser on the future of cities best known for popularising the Creative City concept. His book The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators became a movement to rethink the planning, development and management of cities.

Roger Wade

Founder & CEO, BoxPark

Roger Wade is the Founder and CEO of BoxPark. BoxPark includes the World’s 1st Pop Up Mall, Boxpark Shoreditch, Boxpark Croydon, their 1st Food and Drink only development, and Boxpark Wembley, a FanPark for Wembley Stadium, featuring 20+ streetfood outlets, 3 bars and over 300+ events a year.

Tom Scerbo

Senior Vice President & Metro New York Executive, AECOM

As a champion of design excellence, resiliency, and the integration of advanced digital solutions, Tom is responsible for strategic growth and profitability in the Transportation, Water and Wastewater, Program and Project Management, and Buildings + Places groups in New York and New Jersey.

Barney Steel

Founder & Director, Marshmallow Laser Feast

Barnaby Churchill Steel is a visual artist and co-founder of ‘Marshmallow Laser Feast’ (MLF) whose work bridges experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, forging artistry, science and technology to sculpt the malleable texture of perception.

Jed Kolko

Chief Economist, Indeed

Jed Kolko is Chief Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab. Previously he was Chief Economist and VP of Analytics at Trulia, the online real estate marketplace. He has also led research teams at the Public Policy Institute of California and at Forrester Research.

Olga Stella

Executive Director, Design Core Detroit

Olga Stella has almost 20 years of experience in economic development, public policy and coalition-building in Detroit. Her career has spanned working alongside residents in Detroit neighborhoods to helping to facilitate over $200 million in investment in the city.

Evan Meyer

CEO, Beautify Earth

Evan is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for artfully revitalizing urban settings, civic service, and building thoughtful organizations, communities, and cultures. Evan is the Founder of, a tech platform that speed tracks the urban beautification process through art.



Andrew Zolty is an artist and co-founder of BREAKFAST, a new media artist collective focused on creating forward-looking software-and-hardware-driven artworks that connect viewers to far-away places through interactive experiences and tell powerful stories about our rapidly changing world.

Beatrice Galilee

Author & Executive Director, The World Around

Beatrice Galilee is a New York-based curator and critic of international architecture and design. She is the co-founder and executive director of The World Around, conference & platform for cultural discourse. She is the author of the critically acclaimed publication Radical Architecture of the Future.

Adrian Ellis

Founder, AEA Consulting

Adrian Ellis is the founding director of AEA Consulting and co-founder/director of the Global Cultural Districts Network, a collaborative network for people and organizations responsible for planning, leading and operating cultural districts around the world.

Julian Agyeman

Author & Professor, Tufts University

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World, Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability, and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities.

Usman Haque

Founder, Umbrellium

Usman Haque is the founding partner of Umbrellium (formerly Haque Design) and the founder of Thingful, a search engine for the Internet of Things. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, and dozens of mass-participation initiatives throughout the world.

Andrew King

Chief Design Officer, Lemay

Andrew King is a recognized leader in Canadian design practice, education and excellence. Responsible for the firm’s design leadership, he has evolved a critically recognized practice model that converges speculative practice, creative thinking and academic research.

Laura Crescimano

Principal, SITELAB urban studio

Laura Crescimano is the Co-Founder and Principal of SITELAB. SITELAB operates at the intersection of analysis and inspiration, with projects ranging from strategic planning and programming to urban design and design interventions.

Deborah Cullinan

CEO, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) CEO Deborah Cullinan is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the pivotal role artists and arts organizations play in shaping our social landscape. During her tenure at YBCA, she has launched several bold new programs, engagement strategies, and civic coalitions.

Gerardo Interiano

VP of Government Relations & Public Affairs, Aurora

Gerardo Interiano is Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Aurora, the company building self-driving technology to deliver the benefits of the future of transportation safely and quickly. He has more than fifteen years of advocacy, campaign, and legislative experience.

Nolan Marshall

President and CEO, DVBIA

Nolan Marshall is the CEO of Downton Vancouver Business Association. Nolan joins DVBIA from New Orleans, where he served as the Chief Engagement and Solutions Officer of the New Orleans Business Alliance. Marshall turned his attention to public policy and advocacy in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina.

Peter Murray, OBE

Curator-in-Chief, NLA

Peter Murray is Curator-in-Chief of New London Architecture (NLA). He trained as an architect but has spent most of his career writing about and commenting on architecture rather than practising it.

Bob Rennie

President, TATEAmericas

Bob Rennie is the founder and executive director of rennie group. Bob is currently the President of the Board of Trustees at the Tate Americas Foundation, sits on the Board of Trustees and the School at the Art Institute of Chicago and is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee awards.

Gianfranco Iannuzzi

Founder, Immersive Art Factory

Gianfranco Iannuzzi is a digital artist, born in Venice. He lives between Venice and Paris. Art director of immersive art exhibitions, his job consists to reuse and “recycle” abandoned spaces, through art and digital projection.

Chris Gourlay

CEO and Founder, SpaceHive

Chris Gourlay is the founder and CEO of Spacehive, Chris led the design and growth of the world’s first crowdfunding platform for projects that improve the civic environment. Chris has been featured in Sky News, BBC’s Today programme, WIRED, The New Scientist, and The Guardian.

Ethan Kent

Executive Director, PlacemakingX

Ethan Kent Co-founded PlacemakingX to network, amplify, and accelerate placemaking leadership and impact globally. Ethan has been integral to the development of placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, social equity, design, digital space, and innovation.

Tara Dawson McGuinness

Author & Founder, New Practice Lab

Tara Dawson McGuinness was tapped by President Obama to run the organizing healthcare effort for millions of Americans. She served as a senior adviser in the White House Office of Management. She is the author (with Hana Schank) of Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology.

Hana Schank

Author & Director of Strategy, New America

Hana Schank is the Director of Strategy for Public Interest Technology at New America. Schank is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and the author (with Tara Dawson McGuinness) of Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology.

Imogen Clark

Cofounder, Make Space for Girls

Imogen Clark, Co-Founder of Make Space for Girls, worked as a lawyer before concentrating on activities in the community sector. She believes in challenging the “hard to see” discrimination that arises when decisions are based on viewing life through the lens of the dominant groups in society.

Susannah Walker

Cofounder, Make Space for Girls

Susannah Walker, co-founder of Make Space for Girls is an author and former tv producer. Make Space for Girls campaigns for facilities and public spaces for teenage girls.

Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon

CEO, Polis Institute

Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon is President and Chief Data Officer at Polis Institute. Widely recognized for her contributions, Dr. Maroon is a recipient of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award and has been a National Science Foundation Fellow.

Michael Green

Principal, Michael Green Architects

Michael Green is an award-winning architect, speaker, and author known for using design to create meaningful, sustainable built environments that benefit both people and the planet. Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

James Jones

Hoop Dancer, TikTok Influencer

JAMES JONES AKA Notorious Cree is a men’s fancy Powwow dancer and among the top 3 world hoop dancers who play the flute and hand drum. He blends traditional, modern and contemporary arts mixed with comedy to showcase a high-energy performance that he shares with his over 3 million Tik Tok followers.

Christopher Cabaldon

Former Mayor, West Sacramento

Christopher Cabaldon served as mayor of West Sacramento for over two decades, making him the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. He has been a featured speaker at the World Urban Forum, the New Cities Summit, the Innovation Growth Lab, and the Global Parliament of Mayors.

Jonny Klokk

Partner, Mad Arkitekter

Jonny Klokk is a partner at the Norwegian architecture company, Mad Arkitekter. He has extensive experience with complex buildings projects and urbanism of different scales. He has played an active role in the development of the Woho-project, as the responsible partner for the architects.

Derek Gagne

Principal, EDSA

Derek B. Gagne is a Principal at EDSA. Fueled by his global awareness and personal travels, Derek is inspired by the understanding and application of movement, space, and context. Derek manages the day-to-day operations of the New York studio.

Dan Hill

Director of Strategic Design, Vinnova

Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency. He has previously held design leadership roles at Arup Digital Studio, Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica, Sitra, and the BBC.

Rimma Boshernitsan

CEO, Dialogue

Rimma Boshernitsan is the Founder and CEO of DIALOGUE, a multi-disciplinary strategy advisory working at the intersection of people, technology, and society. Prior to DIALOGUE, Rimma was a strategic advisor to CEOs of businesses and Fortune 500 companies (Apple, Aesop, Lyft, Kraft Foods, and Chevron)

Alexandra Hagen

CEO, White Arkitekter

Alexandra Hagen is the CEO of White Arkitekter. An accomplished architect with long experience within the practice; she has held several roles, including director of White International. For the past seven years she has been managing director of White’s 90-person Malmö office.

Dr. Sandhya Sriram

CEO, Shiok Meats

Dr. Sandhya Sriram is the CEO and co-founder of Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd., Singapore, the first cell-based seafood & meat company in Southeast Asia and the first cell-based Crustacean company globally. Shiok Meats has raised USD 20 Million in funding since its inception in 2018.

Jodie Lesh

Chief Transformation Office, Kaiser Permanente

Jodie Lesh leads Kaiser Permanente’s Office of Transformation. Jodie operates as a cross-functional orchestrator of complex, disruptive initiatives in support of the organization’s Shared Agenda, with the goal of creating more healthy years for members.

Yemie Sonuga

Broadway Performer and Actor

Yemie Sonuga is a Nigerian, Canadian, and American singer, actor, model, and writer. Her worldwide stage performances have included Disney’s The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, The Original Cast and World Premiere of Ghost the Musical *Broadway Album, and The International Tour of Fame the Musical.

Sheryl Kaller

Broadway Director, Drama League Council

Sheryl Kaller is a Tony-nominated theatre director and sits on the New York Drama League Council. Some of her Broadway credits include Mothers and Sons and Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. She also recently directed the world premieres of Billy Porter’s play WHILE I YET LIVE at Primary Stages.

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks

Director, The Drama League of New York

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks (he/him+) is an award-winning director, writer, producer and Artistic Director of The Drama League of New York. He has directed over sixty theatrical, film, and television projects across the globe and is the author of twenty-two plays, screenplays, and television projects.

Jana Perkovic

Editor, Space10

Jana Perković is an editor at SPACE10, Copenhagen-based research and design lab on a mission to create a better everyday life for people and the planet.

Abby Chen

Head of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Abby Chen is the Head of Contemporary Art and Senior Associate Curator at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Chen has overseen numerous exhibitions and installations that highlight the intersectionalities of race, sexuality, gender, nation, migration, and technology in both the USA and Asia.

Shina Novalinga

Throat Singer, TikTok Influencer

Shina Novalinga is a 22-year-old Inuk creator based in Montreal, Canada. By day, Shina studies business management, but on TikTok, she shares her Indigenous culture (and style) with over 2 million followers.

Eric Willet

Director of Research, CBRE

Eric Willet is CBRE’s Director of Research and Thought Leadership for the Pacific Southwest Division. He oversees delivery of insights spanning all property sectors. His innovative research describes the region’s evolving commercial real estate landscape informing CBRE’s client-oriented solutions.

Jeroen Beekmans

Managing Partner, Pop Up City

Jeroen Beekmans is co-founder and managing partner of PUC, a creative agency for spatial development headquartered in Amsterdam. PUC works for governments on integrated strategic spatial challenges. On, the agency conducts public research on global trends and their impact on space.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Journalist, KCRW Berlin

Special correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin. Her reports can be heard on NPR’s award-winning programs and read at She won the ICFJ 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award for her work in Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Andrea Curtis

Executive Director, Vancouver Mural Fest

As Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Vancouver Mural Festival. VMF hosts two major annual festivals: the Vancouver Mural Festival, and VMF Winter Arts, which attract hundreds of thousands annually. She was recently recognized as one of Canada’s 250 Must-Know Event Professionals (BizBash April 2021)

Niara Sterling

DJ, Event Producer, and Host

Niara Sterling is a multifaceted artist who is known as a DJ and Music Supervisor. Originally from Springfield, Virginia, she began her music career in 2016.

Lutz Leichsenring

Executive board member, Berlin Clubcommission.

Lutz Leichsenring is the co-founder of VibeLab, and one of the world’s leading authorities on protecting the nighttime economy, -community and -culture. Since 2009, Lutz has been the spokesman and executive board member for the Berlin Clubcommission.

Marcus Westbury

Founder, ReNew Australia

Marcus Westbury is a consultant, strategist, and writer working with cities, companies, communities and government at the intersection of cities, culture, place and creativity. Marcus founded the multi-award-winning Renew Newcastle and is the author of Creating Cities (Niche Press, 2015).

Georgia Gould

Chair of London Councils

Georgia Gould was elected a Councillor for Kentish Town ward for Camden Council in 2010. She became a Leader in 2017. Under her leadership, the Council held the country’s first Climate Emergency Citizens Assembly in 2019 to inform the response to our climate and ecological emergency.

Nella Brodett

Director of Investment & Partnerships, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII)

Nella Brodett is the Director of Investment & Partnerships at Amii. After earning her Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, Nella began her career in the Toronto tech sector working with startups, the provincial government, health technology commercialization and AI.

Chris Michael

Series Editor, The Guardian

Chris Michael is an international news and series editor for The Guardian, and host of the Reverberate podcast.

Zrinka Bralo

CEO, Migrants Organise

Zrinka Bralo is Chief Executive of Migrants Organise – a community organising platform for migrants and refugees acting for justice. Zrinka is a refugee from Sarajevo (Bosnia), where she was a journalist working with leading war correspondents during the siege in the 90’s.

Erin Kearns

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Erin M. Kearns is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice & the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology and Education (NCITE) Center of Excellence at the University of Nebraska. Her work has been featured on CNN, The Economist, the Washington Post, and Vox.

Gary Pooni

President, Pooni Group

Gary Pooni is the President of the Pooni Group, a Vancouver-based technical urban planning and communications company with over 30 years of experience navigating real estate development approvals.

Franca Brodett

Associate Director, Advancement at Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Franca Brodett is the Associate Director of Advancement for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is also an entrepreneur, owner of Emerge Career Consulting.

Janice Solomon

Executive Director, Toronto Entertainment District

Janice Soloman is the Executive Director at The Toronto Downtown West BIA (formally Toronto Entertainment District) is North America’s most diversified entertainment, culture and sports destination. Established in 2008, it’s mandate is to promote, improve, and preserve this dynamic area of Toronto.

Tonya Gayle

Executive Director, Green City Force

Tonya Gayle is Executive Director of Green City Force (GCF) where she created and led GCF’s development team from July 2014 to September 2020. She is a board member of The Corps Network focused on national service, and Environmental Advocates of NY focused on environmental justice.

Olufemi Babalola

CEO, Gracefield Island

Olufemi Babalola is the Chief Executive Officer at Gracefield Island, a new city development that plans and establishes appropriate corporate structure and network of consortia to initiate and deliver a new island city on the Lagos Lagoon, Lekki Central, Nigeria

Clare Inkster

Global Strategic Planner, William Grant & Sons

Clare Inkster is the Global Strategic Partner for William Grant & Sons. She is an accomplished marketing professional and workplace wellbeing specialist with a fascination for human behaviour, neuroscience and change.

Kristine Schmidt

Former VP, Capital Children Organization in Billund

Kristine Schmidt was formerly responsible for City Brand Capital of Children (Billund, Denmark). She has driven the place brand towards a dual bottom line of global reach and social impact. Kristine built a partnership from zero to 18 organizations committed to developing Billund as the Capital of Children.

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