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More than 300 of the most outstanding and inspiring CityChangers have shared their ideas and projects at #UFGC19
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As the Mayor of Tirana since 2015, Erion Veliaj has focused on the implementation of child-friendly policies aimed at transforming Tirana into a long-term sustainable city. <br><br>
As part of his vision of giving the city back to its citizens, his administration completely renovated the city’s central square, which was awarded the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2018, and created the Orbital Forest; a two-million tree belt that will serve as a pivotal element in addressing the environmental concerns of the city by 2030.
Raymond Johansen is the Governing Mayor of the City of Oslo and has previously been Secretary General of the Labour Party, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Vice Mayor for Transport and Environment in the City of Oslo. He is also responsible for the introduction of climate budgets and Oslo’s Climate Strategy.
To make Oslo a zero-emissions city, he promotes a close cooperation with the community, private sector, and civil society and advocates that all growth in transport is to be covered by public transport, walking or bicycling.
Leader at Nature and Youth - Young Friends of the Earth Norway | Oslo | Norway
Gina Gylver has been the leader at Nature and Youth – Young Friends of the Earth. Since she was 12 years old, Gina has been fighting to make her city Oslo a greener city in several ways: she demonstrated, met politicians, held speeches at conferences, wrote in the papers and participated in a documentary-series on Norwegian television. Currently, Gina is focusing on youth involvement in political processes and Norwegian climate-politics.
Gina’s passion for the climate isn’t just a personal matter. It is important for her not only to fight for her own future, but for global climate justice. She points out that climate change doesn’t care neither about borders nor about justice, and that our actions have serious consequences all over the world.
CEO of Grønn Byggallianse (Norwegian Green Building Council) | Oslo | Norway
As CEO of Grønn Byggallianse, Katharina works closely with the building sector to develop sustainable buildings and cities, focusing on net zero carbon emissions including embodied energy, circular economy, and quality of life cities.
Katharina is excited about the fast-growing focus on sustainability from the finance sector as she believes that it will be the most important change maker in the green shift („money talks“). She wants to inspire decision makers to work more sustainably by showing them that this is technically possible, profitable, and fun!
Anita Krohn Traaseth is the former CEO of Innovation Norway, the government's most important instrument for innovation and development of enterprises and industries. Anita has received several awards, including Best Female Leader in the ICT Industry in Norway 2012, and was, among others, named in “On the Radar of Emerging Thinkers globally #Thinkers50” in 2018
She is also author of "Good Enough for the ‘Bastards’: Courage, Vulnerability and Credibility. Confessions of a Female Leader", donating parts of the book’s income to the #HearMyVoice initiative.
Hanna Maria van Zijp is Urban Planner at LINK arkitektur. Some of the most exciting projects she has worked with are ones that involve developing the everyday city. Hanna is very passionate about developing new strategies for inclusive urban mobility on both land and water in sustainable city regions.
<br><br>Hanna Maria van Zijp is Urban Planner at LINK arkitektur. Some of the most exciting projects she has worked with are ones that involve developing the everyday city. Hanna is very passionate about developing new strategies for inclusive urban mobility on both land and water in sustainable city regions.
Currently, Hanna is focusing on the correlation between walkability and public spaces in the urban and social fabric. She is very excited about working on the co-creation project #NordicPlacemaking, which aims to develop a placemaking toolbox for Nordic cities, all day, all year.
Currently, Hanna is focusing on the correlation between walkability and public spaces in the urban and social fabric. She is very excited about working on the co-creation project #NordicPlacemaking, which aims to develop a placemaking toolbox for Nordic cities, all day, all year.
Urban Designer & TV Host, Colville-Andersen Studio | Copenhagen | Denmark
For more than a decade, Mikael Colville-Andersen has evangelized about urban change and worked with over 100 cities to help modernise their transport by designing their bicycle infrastructure, his own city being the model for his work.
In his TV series ‘The Life-Sized City,’ Mikael explores cities around the world and curates all the amazing things happening in this Age of Urbanism. He is also currently focusing on urban democracy and citizen engagement in international projects using Desire Lines and pop-up urban spaces to highlight the importance of urban change.
Lene Conradi is the Mayor of Asker Kommune, a position she has held since 2007. She is the head of the joint executive council in charge of the ongoing merger between the municipalities Røyken, Hurum, and Asker. The new, larger Asker municipality will "go live" January 1st, 2020. In this process, the municipal planning is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The sustainability goals serve as a constructive framework for holistic and cross-sectoral planning – as well as an ethical framework for the kind of society we want to live in”, says Mayor Conradi.
Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment | Oslo | Norway
Ola Elvestuen was appointed Minister of Climate and Environment in January 2018. Prior to that, he was city councillor for Environment and Transportation in Oslo and headed the City Development Committee. He has since 2013 chaired the parliamentary Committee on Energy and Environment.
His main priorities include enhancing Norway’s leading role in preserving the world’s rainforests through the Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative as well as mobilizing other countries and local communities to work towards the Paris Agreement emission goals.
Lisbeth Hammer Krog is the Mayor of Bærum Kommune and a leading figure advocating progress and renewal within Norwegian local politics. Having broad experience from the public and private sector, including the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, she has led a municipality experiencing complicated challenges in the fields of transportation and urban development.
She has consistently promoted the importance of new technology in the fields of climate, environment, and welfare issues. Hear her views on the transition into a low-carbon society in Norway.
Co-director of Climate at the Barr Foundation | Boston | USA
Mary Skelton Roberts is co-director of the climate program at the Barr Foundation. She is focusing on transportation and land use, two critical levers for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. <br><br>
Mary is also responsible for advancing a transportation and smart growth portfolio of grant making. Her aim is to modernize our transit systems and to help communities transform themselves into more walkable and connected places where all residents have attractive alternatives to driving and spend far less time and money traveling by car.
Creative Strategist & Co-Founder of Humankind | Rotterdam | Netherlands
Jorn Wemmenhove is creative strategist and co-founder of Humankind, where he advises cities on how to accelerate the transition to an inclusive, sustainable society by imagining the city of tomorrow and already showing it today. <br><br>
Jorn is passionately curious about urbanism, psychoanalysis, social work, and urban happiness. His passion lies in finding creative ways to tackle complex social problems. At the age of 20, he co-founded El Desafío Foundation, a non-profit that promotes youth development and local democracy in Rosario, Argentina.
Lior Steinberg is an urban planner and co-founder of Humankind, a multidisciplinary collective accelerating the transition towards urban happiness for all. He helps cities to look beyond functionality and to plan urban spaces that make people smile. <br><br>
All the projects Lior participates in have one thing in common: they create people-oriented cities. Being a Jane Jacobs’ enthusiast and a fan of great public spaces, he is keen on making cities better with an emphasis on local, innovative interventions and on including residents in urban planning.
Director of City Planning at Transport for London | UK
Alex Williams is the director of city planning at Transport for London. He is responsible for developing and delivering the Mayor’s transport strategy for the city, providing transport advice on land use planning applications and managing the relationship with London Boroughs. <br><br>
Alex' responsibilities further include managing the spatial planning team and the delivery planning team as well as managing the strategic analysis function. Alex works on developing new infrastructure projects to unlock growth such as tube extensions and new river crossings.
Founder and Creative Director of UAP | Brisbane | Australia
Daniel Tobin is co-founder and creative director of UAP, which creates public art programs that humanise our cities by embedding creativity in the hearts and minds of its populace. He has worked with many renowned artists and architects to deliver programs that activate our public spaces, nurture our communities and build sustainable cities. <br><br>
Daniel’s experience within the arts, architecture, and design industry has seen him win major commissions as well as collaborate on significant international projects that have improved the creative fabric of cities.
Founder & Chairman of Nordic Ocean Watch | Oslo | Norway
Simen Knudsen is the Founder & Chairman of Nordic Ocean Watch. With Nordic Ocean Watch they want to increase the energy in society for taking care of the oceans. NOW is a volunteer organisation and works mainly on a grassroots level and on a consumer level.
Simen and his team are constantly experimenting with new initiatives, and new partnerships, to take care of the ocean. They want to give the ocean a voice, create ocean ambassadors and activate people to take action in their everyday lives. In Æra Strategic Innovation, where Simen is the Director Of Sustainability, they are also working a lot with ocean and plastic and have done two cross-sectorial innovation projects on both preventative solutions and more efficient cleanup solutions. His passion is to enjoy nature and to create solutions, also he gets fuelled by challenging existing mindsets.
Founder and Behavioral Design Director at KRUKOW | Hellerup | Denmark
Sille Krukow is an expert for behavioural design, dedicated to developing, testing and facilitating methodologies and processes that empower businesses to drive better decision making amongst consumers, employees, and organizations. <br> <br>
She is convinced that behaviour is the engine to drive global change and that we, by applying behavioural science and design thinking, can make short- and long-term improvements easily. Sille was speaking at events such as The OECD Summit, Neuromarketing World Forum and TEDx and hosts her own TV show on applied behavioral science.
Behaviour Change Strategist at Scaling4good | Berlin | Germany
Majka Baur is a behaviour change strategist and social entrepreneur, who believes that the root of global change lies in individual change. <br><br>
Together with scaling4good, she wrote the book “A Changemakers Guide to Designing for Behaviour Change”. Learning to design solutions supporting people to voluntarily experience new behaviours, change habits, and gradually develop new beliefs is an essential leverage point for Changemakers. Maijka is also the former CEO of of WeAct, a Swiss social business engaging employees for sustainability with team challenges.
CEO of the Appalachian Mountain Club | Boston | USA
John Judge is CEO of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization in the U.S. providing high quality outdoor recreation programs and leadership training. <br><br>
With more than 20 years of civic leadership experience, John leads AMC in enacting its community of 325,000 people in outdoor recreation and conservation stewardship. He also created the OutdoorCity framework as a next-generation strategy to engage urban citizens and embolden cities in nature.
Managing Director Urban Innovation Vienna | Vienna | Austria
As its managing director, Eugen Antalovsky has been responsible for the content-based new direction of Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH. He has vast experience in the fields of urban and site development, integration and social inclusion, democracy and participation, and city tourism. <br><br>
Eugen works internationally as a senior expert and advisor, for example for the European Commission’s European Spatial Planning Observatory Network or the Regional Planning Association for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state region.
Global Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries | London | UK
Greg Clark is the chairman of The Business of Cities, a strategy firm that provides intelligence, analysis, and insight on cities, regions, and business development worldwide. He has global level experience in city leadership, urban investment and regeneration, city policies, and metropolitan planning. <br><br>
Greg works with global organisations on the metropolitan century, with city leaders on strategic developments, and with global firms and investors on business, investment, and development in an urbanising world.
Justyna Król is an expert in social innovation and urban development and the founder and CEO of Urban Workshop (Black Elephant), a Polish social enterprise specialising in sustainable urban development and future studies for cities. Its flagship project <em>Miasta2050 (Cities 2050)</em> won Justyna the Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Community Special Award 2018. <br><br>
Justyna is also a speaker and a writer. She is currently working on a book exploring trends and processes that will affect our cities by 2050.
President of Fundación Instituto Ciudad and former Mayor of Santiago | Chile
Carolina Tohá is the founding member and president of the Fundación Instituto Ciudad (City Institute Foundation), a civil society organization dedicated to the promotion of urban policies centred on people and emphasizing equality and sustainability. <br><br>
During her term as the Mayor of Santiago, she led a series of urban and social reforms that earned the municipality national and international awards and recognitions. She was also co-president of the Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport for the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Head of Strategic Planning and Sustainable Mobility | City of Stuttgart | Germany
Michael Münter is head of strategic planning and sustainable mobility for the City of Stuttgart, responsible for coordinating all city-wide strategies related to mobility and air pollution. <br><br>
Making sustainable urban mobility happen is one of his main priorities, for which he has been actively promoting and highlighting innovative urban infrastructure projects. Michael has thus played an important role in getting more bicycles, walkers, sharing modes, cargo-bikes, electric cars, and other ‘new urban mobility movers’ to the streets of Stuttgart.
Founder & Chair of 8 80 Cities, Chair of World Urban Parks, President of Gil Penalosa & Associates | Toronto | Canada
Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the successful Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. <br><br>
He is passionate about cities for all people and advises decision makers on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus lies on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places as well as on sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and new use of cars.
Sustainability Coordinator for Innsbrucker Immobilien (IIG) | Innsbruck | Austria
As sustainability coordinator for the real estate company of the City of Innsbruck, Elisabeth Meze is responsible for initiating and developing ideas and measures to make the city more resilient. <br><br>
Her focus lies on citizen participation in various contexts, including urban gardening and neighbourhood projects, as well as on the intergenerational and intercultural development of parks and common rooms. Elisabeth also leads the EU project SINFONIA, which concentrates on high energy efficient refurbishment of schools and tenant homes.
Head of the Department of European and International Affairs | City of Utrecht | Netherlands
Hans Sakkers is a sociologist and futurologist working for the municipality of Utrecht as head of the department of European and International Affairs. One of his main responsibilities is the cooperation in international networks as well as with other European cities. <br><br>
Hans is also in charge of developing EU funded projects in the field of urban and social innovation. His recent projects dealt with ways to translate international frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights, into local action and reality.
As the director of the Climate Agency in Oslo, Heidi Sørensen is responsible for the implementation of the city’s ambitious climate targets, its climate and energy strategy, as well as for climate governance in the city.
Heidi is currently working on transitioning Oslo from a city mainly built for cars towards a zero-emission city built for people. As a born environmentalist, she wants her city to be a change maker for a greener future and to serve as a pilot and laboratory for sustainable solutions, promoting low-carbon materials and green mobility.
Head of construction fields in "aspern Die Seestadt" Vienna & inventor of "HoHo Wien" | Vienna | Austria
As managing director and co-founder of cetus Baudevelopment GmbH, Caroline Palfy takes the lead of designing the world's first 24-storey high-rise building in partial timber construction, the ‘HoHo’ tower. She gained vast experience in architecture, real estate and construction management before specializing in the sustainable development of construction projects. <br><br>"I am a CityChanger, because the project HoHo Vienna lays the basis of its construction back into the "hands of nature" and trusts in the naturally good qualities of wood", Caroline says.
Gerald Babel-Sutter is a passionate ‘change-maker’. The founder and CEO of the UFGC is responsible for the entire programme as well as establishing a partner network which today consists of more than 100 organisations.
Through his long-standing domestic and international networking efforts with mayors, city planners and urban decision-makers, he possesses comprehensive insights into the development of international metropolises. But most importantly he simply loves to make change happen.
Research Director, Climate Finance at CICERO | Oslo | Norway
Leading the climate finance work at CICERO, Christa Clapp is working to improve information on climate risk for financial decisions.
She has 20 years of experience in climate policy and economic analysis and manages CICERO’s collaborative work on climate risk with influential institutional investors.
She is also a co-founder of CICERO Shades of Green, a global leader in rating green bonds, many of which support city or municipal climate.
Lecturer in Marine Ecology at the University of Plymouth | Plymouth | UK
Louise’s passion is the conservation and preservation of marine life and ecosystems. It is her priority to raise awareness about eco-engineering but in an ethical way, that it is not utilised to gain consent on harmful development.
Her research encompasses community dynamics and global climate change in both natural and artificial environments. She focuses on disentangling the impacts of climate change from regional and local scale factors such as extreme weather events and urbanisation.
She has developed novel ecological engineering techniques for habitat enhancement and conservation of biodiversity in the built environment.
Founding Principal of Street Plans | New York | USA
Mike Lydon is an author, advocate, and founding Principal of Street Plans. He works with diverse constituencies of people to catalyze opportunities for street and public space transformation.
He is currently working with the City of Honolulu, Hawaii to develop a Tactical Urbanism programme, an approach to community engagement and project delivery that he helped pioneer.
His main passion these days is ensuring his Brooklyn neighbourhood is a safe, engaging, and exciting place for his 18-month old son.<br>
Vice Mayor for Urban Development | City of Oslo | Norway
Hanna E. Marcussen who represents the Norwegian Green Party is Vice Mayor for Urban Development of the City of Oslo.
She is in charge of urban development, city planning, building regulations and development projects, including architectural and historical heritage, urban regeneration as well as City’s real estate holdings. Hanna is one of the city's main drivers of change towards a greener Oslo. She's the one in charge of Oslo's car-free city-centre initiative.
From 2014 to 2015, she was the manager of Bergfald Environmental Advisors. Hanna is a qualified archaeologist from the University of Oslo.
Founder & Director of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS | Vancouver | Canada
Brent Toderian is the founder of TUW, an award-winning consultancy providing services in advanced urbanism, city planning, and urban design. He assists cities, agencies, and progressive developers in creative and responsible city-building around the world.
Brent is a top national and global thought-leader on cities and an acclaimed, award-winning practitioner with over 27 years of experience, among those six years of significant achievement as Vancouver Canada’s Chief Planner during which he earned his reputation as a hands-on visionary and CityChanger.
Project Director of Bjørvika Utvikling & Manager of Bjørvikaforeningen | Oslo | Norway
Anne Beate Hovind commissions and produces art in public spaces. Currently she is putting her energy and expertise in city planning of Oslo producing two internationally known art works Future Library by Scottish artist Katie Paterson and Losæter/FlatbreadSociety by the art collective Futurefarmers.
Over the past 20 years, she has worked at the interface of art, culture and business where she has gained a vast amount of experience in realizing complex and original projects. included developing public services, building a hospital, city planning, placemaking and passenger orientated development for airports.
Anne Beate is a passionate urban developer who believes in transforming the city from the heart.
As CEO of Finance Norway, Idar Kreutzer handed over the financial sector’s Roadmap for Green Competitiveness on behalf of the entire Norwegian financial sector in June 2018.
In June 2015, he was appointed member of The Norwegian Commission for Green Competitiveness by the Prime Minister of Norway. Idar has also been a member of The Minister of Climate and Environment’s Climate Policy Council and a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), co-chairing its Vision 2050.
Urban Blogger | Urban Finland | Helsinki (Finland)
Timo Hämäläinen is a geographer who is part independent consultant in urban policy, part guerrilla planner and thought leader in contemporary urbanism. In his work, Timo engages in research & analysis, strategic policy development and advocacy projects to help cities and the public sector tackle urban themes ranging from public participation to smart mobility and urban planning.
Timo's blog 'From Rurban to Urban' has been chosen among the 'best city blogs around the world' by the Guardian and his DIY planning & architecture collective created an alternative city-wide masterplan to promote smarter planning in Helsinki.
Håkon Iversen is co-founder of SoCentral, a Nordic incubator for social innovation that provides a space to experiment and collaborate on solutions to social challenges - instead of just talking about it.
Håkon has had a leading position in Pådriv, a democratic experiment to increase the speed and quality of sustainable urban development. He has vast experience in sustainable urban water management and promotes smart city initiatives where technology is used as a key driver towards environmental, social, and economical sustainability.
Project Director of Bjørvika Utvikling & Manager of Bjørvikaforeningen | Oslo | Norway
As Copenhagen’s Executive Climate Program Director, Jørgen Abildgaard is implementing one of the most ambitious city climate action plans: He pursues the ambitious goal of making Copenhagen the first carbon neutral capital in the world by 2025.
With initiatives in the field of energy production, transport and existing buildings as well as through exploring the possibilities of peak load capacities and Carbon Capture, Copenhagen is now 42% below the level of CO2 compared to the base year 2005.
You don’t have to be a big city to make a change and take action towards a sustainable future: As Mayor of Eid municipality, Alfred Bjørlo wants to demonstrate that a fossil-free future is also possible for small towns in rural areas.
Eid municipality has built a unique system for delivering clean energy from cold seawater (Fjordvarme), focuses on the divestment from fossil fuel investments and includes the whole local society in the process of moving towards a fossil-free future – as one of nine front-runners among Norwegian local municipalities.
CEO & Co-founder of Mapita Oy | Helsinki | Finland
Maarit Kahila is CEO and co-founder of Maptionnaire. Maptionnaire is a tool that helps create map-based surveys to get ideas and insights from residents - and thus encourages public participation.
Maarit is passionate about making the interaction between residents and experts smoother and thereby supports the creation of more livable and lovable cities. Her tool is helping cities to change their way of interacting with residents in a more inclusive way by making the community engagement process easier and more efficient.
Kjetil Kristensen is an associated partner at SoCentral, a collaborative incubator that brings together municipalities, government agencies, entrepreneurs and companies who want to develop new solutions to complex challenges.
Kjetil currently leads the work package New Ways of Citizen Participation in the research project New Water Ways, where he explores and designs Urban Living Lab approaches for sustainable local stormwater solutions in Hovinbyen in Oslo. He’s passionate about collaborative innovation and how to engage, connect and empower citizens and other urban stakeholders for a better, more sustainable future.
Even Lauritzsen is CEO of Lohne & Lauritzsen AS, a construction company that focuses on sustainable inner-city rehabilitation projects in Oslo. They have successfully built 100+ projects in Oslo, particularly along the waterfront.
As sustainability is one of the company's core values, they are not only minimizing their customers' carbon footprint and waste handling but are also “cleaning up their own act” – for example by converting all company internal transportation from diesel-based to 100% green (human muscle & electricity).
General Coordinator of the Mission Structure 2030 – Sustainable Development of Guimarães | Portugal
Isabel Loureiro is General Coordinator of the Mission Structure 2030 - a joint venture of Guimarães City Hall and the University of Minho in the city of Guimarães, Portugal.
MS 2030 focusses on a transformation process towards a low carbon society of “Eco citizens”. Through political consensus, intense research, educating, advising and mobilizing citizens and companies and also properly monitoring and communicating the progress, MS 2030 accelerates the wheel of change for sustainability in Guimarães.
Architect, Partner & Senior Advisor at White Arkitekter | Stockholm | Sweden
Monica von Schmalensee is architect and senior partner at White Arkitekter as well as a strategic advisor for the Swedish government as Deputy National Architect and President at the Council of Sustainable Cities.
Monica believes in human-centered design and that architecture and planning can change the quality of life in many ways. The vision is to contribute to the development of cities where people can live climate-friendly, healthy and safe.
Co-chair of the UNEP International Resource Panel | Ljubljana | Slovenia
Janez Potočnik is the co-chair of the UNEP International Resource Panel. Prior to that, he worked as head of the negotiating team for the accession of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU, director of the government office for European Affairs, Minister without portfolio responsible for European Affairs as well as EU-commissioner.
In September 2013 he received the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth Award for the effort to promote resource efficiency and reduce food waste in European Union. Amongst other fields, he’s an expert in eco-economic decoupling, circular economy, and environmental impacts.
Chief Innovation Officer at Gehl | Copenhagen | Denmark
As Chief Innovation Officer at Gehl, Jeff Risom works at the intersection of all the things we share in cities – from parks and streets to food systems – and the way we experience them.
It is his mission to transform the way cities are shaped by making public life an intentional driver for design, policy, and governance. The current focus lies on the launch of a CoLab: an ecosystem of private businesses, local government, and community members collaboratively prototyping solutions for today’s toughest challenges that no single organization can tackle alone.
Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research | Oslo | Norway
Isabels obsession is water in the city. As a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research, she wants to make Oslo more climate proof by using rainwater for more than just letting it run down the drains.
Together with her partners in the research project NEW WATER WAYS she investigates how Nordic cities currently manage their stormwater, how citizens can be engaged in designing multi-purpose stormwater solutions and how a transition to a more water-sensitive city can be achieved.
Nancy Shoiry is CEO of SHDM, a non-profit para-municipal corporation that serves as the city of Montréals real estate corporation. She has been and is a key player in the city’s efforts to sustain social and economic development through responsible real estate with a social impact - contributing to the future of the city.
Prior to this position, Nancy was director of land development for the city of Montreal. For more than 30 years now, Nancy’s main focus has been to cross some of the practicalities of the planning, designing, financing and bringing to fruition of innovative projects in such a competitive and complex environment.
Head of Competence at Norwegian Green Building Council | Oslo | Norway
Anne Solgaard is Head of Competence at the Norwegian Green Building Council. She’s an experienced leader, circular developer and proponent for the regenerative economy.
Her background as an international urban nomad has given her a real taste for cities as cradles of newness for sustainability, lifestyles, and system change: where people live and meet, miracles can happen. Anne’s expertise is in building bridges between differing perspectives to optimize the latent potential for sustainability.
Senior consulant at Municipality of Copenhagen | Denmark
Betina Bergman Madsen is chief procurement officer in the municipality of Copenhagen and a specialist in the procurement of sustainable and organic food for the municipality’s 900 kitchens. Since 2001, Copenhagen has had the goal to serve 90% organic food in all public caterings within the city – by 2016, the majority of the municipal kitchens reached or even outreached that goal.
Betina strives to continually improve the steady supply of seasonal and high-quality ingredients into the public systems and also to actively enforce the municipality’s ambition to ensure that tenders include SME’s, circular economy and Social Economic Enterprises.
Stein Stoknes is one of the founders and program director at Futurebuilt – a 10-year innovation program aimed at fueling the shift towards low carbon and people-centered cities and architecture. With FutureBuilt, Stein has initiated more than 50 pilot-projects in the Oslo region, to showcase that zero carbon and high quality is within reach.
His current focus lies on the realization of plus energy buildings and neighborhoods, taking the buzz word circular economy down earth through practical concepts and built examples. One of the upcoming projects is Nydalen Vy: a mixed-used development combining low tech solutions with high energy and climate performance.
Birgit is program director at FutureBuilt in Oslo. In that role, she’s working with facilitating climate-friendly architecture and urban development in the Oslo region. She’s currently focusing on getting new pilots included in the FutureBuilt program – for instance pilots on circular material use.
One of the most exciting projects is the transformation of a whole square to a sustainable neighborhood: the realization of a huge area with 700 dwellings and the completion of the 3 new cultural buildings in Oslo, all FutureBuilt pilots. Birgit’s passionate about new innovative solutions and showing that it’s possible to realize buildings and city areas with a very low carbon footprint.
As Vice Mayor for Finance, Robert Steen is in charge of Oslo’s Climate Budget. By counting carbon dioxide the same way as counting money, the city of Oslo aims to halve carbon emissions in a timespan of four years. City strategic planning, statistics, and populations forecasting are other areas of his responsibility.
Steen is currently focusing on how to make Oslo’s procurements as green as possible. Before entering politics, Steen held several senior positions in the Schibsted Media Group and led the international efforts of Schibsted Classified Media in both Europe and Asia.
Director of Innovation at Future Proof Assets in Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Sacha Stolp is the Director of Innovation for the Future Proof Assets Program of the City of Amsterdam. In that position, it is her task to prepare the existing city and assignment to the consequences of climate change, energy, and raw material transition and the on-going development of a smart city.
As CityChanger she developed: “Mediator of Innovation”, a process role to help regular projects in adapting, addressing and accepting uncertainty and innovation in their assignment. Sacha is a highly experienced practitioner who has been involved in a large number of innovation projects, such as smart roof, RESILIO, City sports, and the construction site of the future.
General Manager of Planning & Economic Development at the City of Hamilton | Canada
Jason Thorne is a professional planner who leads the Planning and Economic Development Department at the City of Hamilton, Canada. He has worked on large regional planning initiatives like the Growth Plan and Metrolinx’s Big Move, on municipal scale land use and sustainability plans, as well as on rural development plans in West Africa and squatter housing upgrades in South America.
He oversees a team of 800 staff members, working across multiple portfolios including planning, building, development engineering, transportation planning, parking, arts, culture, and economic development. Best known historically as Canada’s industrial powerhouse, Jason and his team have helped to guide an urban renaissance in Hamilton that has gained national and international attention.
Executive Director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group | London | UK
Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group since December 2013, during which time the organization has grown from 63 to 94 of world's greatest cities. Mark is proud to head a fast-growing team of 200 staff members in supporting bold, collaborative mayors to demonstrate that tackling climate change will deliver economically stronger and more equitable cities.
Prior to joining C40, Mark was Director at pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup, and before that was a senior adviser to the Mayor of London. He believes that work should be fun, but that there is always time for music, narrowboats, and places you can get to by bicycle.
Director of Cultural Heritage at the City of Oslo | Norway
Janne is Director of Cultural Heritage at the city of Oslo. The Cultural Heritage Office is councillor to the public and the decision-makers in building and planning procedures and in preservation and development of cultural heritage in Oslo. Janne deals with city development on an everyday basis through change management.
It is her goal to achieve revitalization of the historic city centre without selling out the cultural heritage values – and to preserve cultural heritage during increasing hub densification.
Marketing Manager for builidings and households at Enova SF | Trondheim | Norway
Anna is marketing manager for buildings and households at Enova SF in Trondheim. Enova invests in projects that bring us closer to the low carbon society. Some of the most exciting projects theye have subsidized are ones that involve climate friendly city planning, building, and mobility.
Anna is particularly thrilled about the more than 200 million kroner they have invested in 8 large scale demonstration projects for the future energy system in Norway. She’s passionate about her work which enables acceleration of climate and energy technology and innovation.
Project Manager at Circle Economy | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Joke is a project manager at Circle Economy in Amsterdam. The social enterprise accelerates the transition to circularity through on the ground, action-focused, development of practical and scalable solutions and international campaigns, communications, and engagement. Joke works on consulting projects to support city stakeholders on their transition to a circular economy.
In close collaboration with the city of Amsterdam, she’s evaluating their circular economy policy and advises on future action perspective. Her passion lies in circular urban development as it both brings together and impacts people, space and data.
Area Manager for Nordics & Baltics at DNV GL | Oslo | Norway
Erik is the area manager for Nordics & Baltics at DNV GL – Energy in Oslo. He has always been engaged in finding low emission solutions. In his role in DNV GL he has worked on several projects to find opportunities for fossil free or electrified (renewable) energy use – both for transport and building sites.
His focus is on renewable energy and efficient energy systems. He has been working with energy and environmental issues throughout his whole career and appreciates working in DNV GL with the aim to safeguard life, property and the environment.
Senior Advisor for construction products and sustainability | Oslo | Norway
Henning works as senior advisor for construction products and sustainability at Skanska Norway. In his opinion, impact is everything. Building on the experience from digging into the painstaking details that make up the complete lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects, Henning is now advising on how to reduce the environmental impact as well as creating value.
Both at a framework and project level, locally in Oslo, nationwide and internationally. The construction industry is an essential player in a sustainable future, and we are now seeing a rapid transformation to make the necessary changes. The potential is huge!
Managing Director at Green City Watch | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Nadine appeared on several jury-selected shortlists of sustainability pioneers and was chosen as a top digital talent under 26 by The Next Web. She explores and implements innovative ways to improve urban ecosystems with emerging ‘smart city’ technologies. She is known for her work on ‘circular cities’ at Metabolic, where she maps urban metabolisms and develops circular economy interventions.
More recently, she co-founded Green City Watch, a global, award-winning geospatial AI tool for the development of urban forests. Last year, she launched the world’s first intensive summer course on ‘circular cities’, and serves as its Academic Director for the upcoming 2019 edition.
Founder and Executive Director at Circular Change | Ljubljana | Slovenia
Ladeja Godina Košir is the founder and Executive Director of Circular Change. She was a finalist of The Circular Leadership Award 2018 (Davos WEF), recognised as the regional "engine of circular economy transition". She is the co-author of the first Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia. A transdisciplinary approach and holistic view are what Ladeja is implementing as an entrepreneur, marketing-communications professional, speaker, moderator, lecturer, mentor and passionate connector.
She is empowering a new narrative and circular culture, bridging creative industries and the circular economy. Ladeja is an active member of SDBP, AmCham and Managers Association, and chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform in Brussels.
Thomas Berman co-created SoCentral, a Nordic incubator for social innovation that provides a space to collaborate on solutions to social challenges - instead of just talking about it.
As a parent and a city lover, Thomas is dedicated to do his part in creating a more sustainable society, currently focusing on how to increase the speed of this transformation. He is passionate about partnerships built on trust that make real progress, creating examples that can inspire others, and about cities as key for reaching local and global climate and sustainable goals.
Head of Communications at the Norwegian District Heating Association | Oslo | Norway
Trygve is Head of Communications at the Norwegian District Heating Association in Oslo. He’s constantly working towards zero emission solutions for urban areas through energy flexible solutions in Norway. Currently, he’s the coordinator for a group of organizations developing a tool for fossil free and emission-free building sites and always on the hunt for innovative district energy solutions.
Originally a journalist, Trygve is dedicated to make complicated issues understandable and promote emission-free sustainable living.
Hubert is CEO and founder of Cree – an Austrian-based start-up which is revolutionizing the construction world with their unique timber-hybrid modular construction system. Cree’s expertise is a seamless continuation of the 130 years of experience in the construction industry gained by the parent company, the Rhomberg Group, that Hubert is also managing director of.
Cree buildings are constructed virtually before they are actually built. They can be up to 100 meters high and at the same time low in cost, emissions and waste. Thanks to their evolutionary planning process, Cree buildings produce up to 90% less CO2 and need up to 50% fewer materials than conventionally constructed buildings.
Communications & Strategy Director at BYCS | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
A transformative 5.000 mile cycle journey moved Adam into journalism and then into social change communications in London. Having worked on a number of high-profile, national campaigns around cycling, it was a natural step to move to Amsterdam in 2016. Here he works as a communications and strategy director at BYCS.
BYCS works internationally to accelerate the adoption of cycling in cities with breakthrough ideas, like their Bicycle Mayor network. They do this because cycling is more than an accessible, clean mobility solution but it also improves mental and physical health, builds stronger communities, improves the environment and stimulates a more sustainable economy. They have a mission called 50by30: 50% of all city trips by bike by 2030.
Julia works as Project Director at TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association) in London. She’s interested in the way that the design and management of cities affects people’s wellbeing. Her focus is on improving urban green infrastructure – the networks of green spaces, street trees, green roofs, green walls and other features – that create multiple benefits for people and society.
As part of the PERFECT project, she’s working to improve policies for green infrastructure and to raise awareness of the economic benefits of greening urban areas.
Co-founder of Energiesprong | Amsterdam | Netherlands
Ron van Erck is co-founder of Energiesprong, which creates volume markets for a new building industry that delivers desirable, affordable, high-quality, and zero-energy retrofit solutions. Its aim is to lead the construction sector into an innovation process and to transform building stock and existing homes into lovely places to live.
Ron is also head of international market development, responsible for scaling Energiesprong internationally. He is passionate about engineering radical solutions that provide an answer to the climate challenge.
Research Director of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CISCO) | Oslo | Norway
Hege Westskog is the research director of the CICERO Center for Climate Research. Her main focus lies on the design of policy instruments at the local level, centered on climate adaption strategies and mitigation policies.
Hege has been working on the design of both traditional economic instruments like emission trading and non-economic instruments like information to change individual behaviors. She is currently leading projects on the sharing economy and on “urban environmental agreements as a tool for sustainable spatial and transport planning”.
Sustainability Strategist at Stockholm Royal Seaport | Sweden
Christina works as sustainability strategist for the city of Stockholm. She’s currently working at the Stockholm Royal Seaport, the largest urban development area in Sweden and one of Europe’s largest urban development projects with sustainability ambitions: a former brownfield area is converted into a vibrant and attractive city district with at least 25.000 residents and 35.000 workers by 2030.
The ambitious sustainability requirements include 100% low energy houses and local production of renewable energy, 100% green roofs, 100% connection to an automated waste system, reversed traffic hierarchy and an innovative green structure in public open space for stormwater management.
Chief Sustainability Director at Veidekke ASA | Oslo | Norway
Hege Schøyen Dillner is Chief Sustainability Director at Veidekke ASA. She has a solid background in change management and experience in leadership positions, working internationally across 32 countries. Together with the Norwegian Green Building Council, Hege currently focuses to work along the value chain to make the whole industry become more sustainable.
Veidekke ASA recently got listed at CDPs A List. Hege has a strong belief that one needs to take action and wants to contribute to a sustainable future for both the city and the people living in it.
Tine Hegli is senior architect at Snøhetta and professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). In her position at Snøhetta, she has been instrumental in the design process of multiple pilot projects, setting new standards for the building industry in regard to radically lowering emissions. The projects show that we can be part of the solution to the green shift, rather than part of the problem.
She’s currently focusing on distributing these findings into the academic sphere teaching at AHO, as well as starting up new pilot project initiatives at Snøhetta in collaboration with research environments. The most inspiring project to follow at the moment is Nydalen Vy – a test bed for implementation of strategies for natural climatization in a mixed-use facility.
Sustainability Manager at Øyafestivalen | Oslo | Norway
Ingrid Kleiva Møller is the sustainability manager for Øyafestivalen – several times named the most sustainable festival in Europe. Ingrid works with greening the festival and its visitors with renewable energy, a plastic-free food service, green transportation and a responsible approach to handle waste.
She thinks festivals are perfect places to pilot new sustainable solutions before they can be implemented city- or nationwide – with for example reusable cups replacing single-use plastics, fossil-free construction sites, and an all-over circular approach.
President & CEO of the World Resources Institute | Washington DC | USA
Andrew Steer is president and CEO of the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. WRI’s more than 500 experts work with leaders to address six urgent global challenges at the intersection of economic development and the natural environment: food, forests, water, climate, energy, and cities.
Their analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while improving quality of life. They collaborate with local and national decision-makers to implement projects that overcome the challenges of urbanization and make cities that are better for people and the planet.
Head of Communications & Digitalization at the municipality of Halden | Norway
Jon Martin Vik is Head of Communications & Digitalization at the municipality of Halden, where changes are made at the intersection between culture, communication, and technology. The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goal) are incorporated into all of their projects.
Martin is currently working on creating mobility solutions that can be copied worldwide based on sharing EV-cars and electrical bikes between citizens and municipalities. He likes thinking big and believes in making a difference.
Director of Policy & Projects at Polis | Brussels | Belgium
Ivo Cré is director of Polis, a network of 76 cities and regions working on transport innovation. With Polis, he’s changing cities by bringing new ideas, but also by transferring knowledge from one city to another. He’s currently focusing on parking, access regulations, and how these match with new forms of space use in cities.
Ivo is very excited about ReVEAL, an EU research project looking at Urban Vehicle Access Regulations 2.0, including kerb space management. His passion: He likes it when a plan comes together.
Professor at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Trondheim | Norway
Inger Andresen is a professor in Integrated Energy Design and teaches within the international MSc Program Sustainable Architecture at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). Inger was a leader of the research on pilot and demonstration buildings within the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings.
She is currently heavily involved in the research centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities, where she’s leading the work on pilot projects and living labs. Her main research interest is to develop effective energy solutions that are integral parts of the building design and that support the realization of sustainable buildings and good architecture.
Ruth Astrid Sæter works as a moderator based in the city of Oslo. Doing that, she helps CityChangers get their place and time in the limelight so that they can present and share their good ideas and solutions for the rest of us to be inspired and enlightened.
Though she might not dare to call herself a CityChanger yet, she believes that we can all contribute to promoting sustainable and liveable cities.
Secretary General at EUROCITIES | Brussels | Belgium
Anna Lisa Boni has been secretary general of EUROCITIES since June 2014. She has 25 years of professional experience in EU public affairs in the field of local and regional government and has successfully worked for a stronger recognition of cities' challenges within the European agenda.
Her aim is to act in a way that best serves European cities as key players in the European project and centres for generating renewal and growth. Anna Lisa has a Masters degree from the University of Bologna in political science, and from the University of Leuven in European studies.
Managing Director at TreFokus - Wood Focus Norway | Oslo | Norway
Aasmund Bunkholt is Managing Director at Wood Focus Norway, a company providing information on the usage of wood for both professional actors in building and planning as well as consumers. They’re working to increase the use of wood in Norway in areas where wood material is a good and correct alternative.
Aasmund is engaged in sustainable urban development in several cities in Norway and in the Pådriv-network. As a chairman of the network, he’s focusing on social sustainability and looking forward to the transformation of certain areas in Hovinbyen/Oslo.
European Director at World Green Building Council | London | UK
James Drinkwater leads the work of World Green Business Council’s Europe Regional Network, a community of over 20 national Green Building Councils, 9 regional partners, and over 4.500 members from across the buildings sector – and is a regular adviser to the EU and UN on sustainable built environment issues.
He has spearheaded ground-breaking initiatives that have seen major banks agree an EU-wide definition for ‘green mortgages’, over 2,000 organizations come together to establish ambitious building renovation strategies across over half of Europe and is now taking on the challenge of mainstreaming life cycle assessment and circular construction.
CEO at the Department for Culture and Sports Facilities | Oslo | Norway
Eli Grimsby is the CEO of the Municipal Undertaking of Culture and Sports Facilities at the city of Oslo. Being the CEO of a major construction client in the public sector gives her the opportunity to influence standards and practices in the industry to the better and contribute to climate and urban development in Oslo. It is a position that engages and inspires Eli to take action.
Her company was the first to introduce the fossil free construction site (together with great suppliers and partners). Her focus now is towards energy-efficient management and maintenance of their properties, and the use of environmentally friendly materials. The most important thing for Eli is that her work is meaningful.
Programme Director at Programme for Innovative Procurement Norway | Oslo | Norway
Per Harbø is Programme Director at the Programme for Innovative Procurements in Oslo. He has led the work on public-private innovation and innovative procurements for the last decade and through close to 250 innovation processes. He supports public buyers to solve their current challenges by being strategic, but also a bit more bold about their approach to public procurement.
Per is currently focusing more and more of his attention on looking at the larger societal challenges where public buyers can join forces. The process he is most excited about at the moment is the Zero-Emission Construction Sites (ZemCons) process where he gathered 9 significant public buyers from Norway – state, regional and local levels – and managed to accelerate innovations we can see the results of today.
Senior Research Fellow at Fridtjof Nansen Institute | Oslo | Norway
Gørild Heggelund is Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo. She has researched China's environmental, energy and climate change policy for three decades. During her time as Senior Climate Change Advisor at UNDP China (2009-2014), she was an international expert in the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).
Her current research concerns China’s potential leadership role in energy and climate post-Paris; China’s development of ETS as a GHG mitigating policy tool, and the role of cities in addressing climate change in China. Gørild is very excited about the current research project which is focusing on cities in China implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
CEO of the London Waste and Recycling Board | London | UK
Wayne is the Chief Executive Officer of the London Waste and Recycling Board, where he is responsible for helping London’s boroughs to increase recycling rates and helping to accelerate the development of the circular economy in London. He has been working for LWARB since 2008.
Prior to this, he was the Head of Waste Policy at the Greater London Authority. Wayne has over 20 years of experience in the waste and resource management industry.
Specialist Advisor on Circular Procurement at Rijkswaterstaat | Shipton on Stour | UK
Mervyn Jones is a specialist & adviser on circular procurement at Rijkswaterstaat, which is responsible for the design, construction, management, and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands.
He has 18 years of experience in closing product and material loops within the public and private sector and a recent focus on encouraging the purchasing power of public procurement to deliver circular economy benefits. In doing so, his main priority is to only work on projects that create tangible, measurable circular outcomes.
Policy & Project Manager - Sustainable Cities at Euroheat & Power | Brussels | Belgium
Sofia Lettenbichler works at Euroheat & Power, the international network for district energy, at the research & innovation department DHC+ Technology Platform. She coordinates the workstreams on sustainable smart cities and represents the city network CELSIUS in Brussels.
Combining her passion for policy, sustainability, and innovation, she supports cities in their move towards a smart energy system.
Senior Director at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce | Glasgow | UK
Alison McRae is a network and partnerships entrepreneur with over 20 years of economic development, communications, and innovation experience. As Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, she is responsible for the strategic partnerships portfolio.
She is currently facilitating a movement for change around circular economy principles in the urban economy; working across her extensive networks of key stakeholders and senior influencers in Glasgow. In partnership with Circle Economy in the Netherlands, Zero Waste Scotland, Glasgow City Council and other city stakeholders, the Chamber acts as facilitator and connector, engaging businesses in the city to look at ways to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realize financial savings.
Birgitte Molstad is Environmental Director at OBOS, one of the largest developers in Norway. Birgitte works hard to make new developments and existing buildings more sustainable – focusing on energy usage, CO2, materials, and mobility.
She believes that the building sector plays an important role in solving climate change – in collaboration across sectors to finding the right and innovative solutions.
Sustainable Construction Manager at Heidelbergcement | Heidelberg | Germany
Manuela Ojan is a Sustainable Construction Manager at Heidelbergcement in Heidelberg, where she is trying to suggest solutions for durable and resilient cities, on a concrete basis. She’s excited for the application of digitalization in the design of the cities of tomorrow.
Manuela is curious about the new frontiers of environmental and climate protection, technology developments and progressive awareness raising at a societal and individual level.
President of the Winter Cycling Federation | Oulu | Finland
As shown in his picture, Timo Perälä is the President of the Winter Cycling Federation. Timo says he’s beyond being nice to the leaders and decision makers - no more talk, we need actions for healthier and more sustainable cities! He’s currently focusing on kicking politicians’ asses to get them to lead by example.
His project BikeBusters just got piloted in Oulu Region with great results. His next goal is to scale BikeBusters worldwide. He’s passionate about enabling human-sized cities and making people in them healthier - both mentally and physically.
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is Founding Partner at Snøhetta in Oslo. Snøhetta’s focus spans from recycled plastic products to parks and large-scale buildings and masterplans.
As part of the Powerhouse group, Kjetil & Snøhetta are currently involved in structures becoming emission free over a period of 30-40 years including equivalents in embodied energy of all building materials and transport, and equivalents in reuse/recycling of the structure. One of the most exciting upcoming projects is a subsea restaurant called Under: It’s both a restaurant and a research institute focusing on fish behaviour.
Head of Sustainable Finance at Nordea | Stockholm | Sweden
Sasja Beslik is Head of Sustainable Finance at Nordea and one of Sweden’s foremost experts on finance and sustainability.
He has more than 15 years of experience in advising and working with multinational companies on investment issues in Africa, Asia and former Soviet Union countries and was awarded The Order of the Seraphim by H.R.H King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in 2013 for extraordinary efforts in the field of finance and sustainability.
Chief Development Officer at Aspelin Ramm | Oslo | Norway
Maren Bjerkeng is Chief Development Officer at Aspelin Ramm, a property developer in Oslo. Maren is an advocate for sustainable urban development in the role as architect/developer. Her focus lies on large scale urban strategies for Oslo and how to implement these in a wide range of projects.
Some of the most fascinating upcoming projects are Landbrukskvartalet, Myntgata, and Parkveien, including their potential impact as key projects in the city development.
Magne Aanstad Bjertnæs works as a team leader at Sweco in Lillehammer. He is considered to be one of Norway’s top league specialist on wooden constructions. Magne has worked on the design of bridges, buildings, and constructions, with special emphasis on wood in constructions since 2005. Magne is currently working on the world's tallest timber building, the Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal.
He has won the Nordic Wood Award for his work with large wood projects such as the 14-story building Treet i Bergen, and he was involved in the two last expansions on Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Magne is a graduate engineer from NTNU.
Sustainability Consultant at City of Rotterdam | The Netherlands
Marloes Gout works as a Sustainability Consultant at the Municipality of Rotterdam. She’s part of the Rotterdam Rooftop team and gives stakeholders integral advice on how to create and attain the most value on their rooftops. At the time of writing, Rotterdam counts 579.000m2 multifunctional roofs, of which 360.000m2 are green roofs and 168.000m2 are ‘yellow’ roofs; roofs covered with solar panels.
She looks forward to the build of the multifunctional roofs in the LIFE@Urban Roofs project and sees her main task as a civil servant to help see the importance of green. By combining different functions on roofs, unused black spaces are transformed into multifunctional valuable spaces which create a livable urban environment.
Deputy Editor-in-chief at DETAIL | Munich | Germany
Jakob Schoof is the deputy editor-in-chief at DETAIL in Munich. During his 10 years at DETAIL, he focused mainly on sustainable architecture and has been responsible for the DETAIL green issues devoted to sustainability topics.
His main passion is the combination of aesthetics and sustainability (building-wise): Jakob is rooting for buildings that are both sustainable, energy efficient, and aesthetically pleasing – something that in his opinion is still all too rare.
Founder of of terrain: integral designs LandLab at Graz University of Technology | Austria
Klaus Klaas Loenhart is a multidisciplinarian and considers urban agglomerations to be a living biome. As founder of terrain.cloud, terrain: integral designs, and Professor at the ia&l Institute for Architecture and Landscape and Landlab TU Graz, he and his teams are developing and designing nature-inspired decarbonization and urban climate strategies as well as impact-focused design solutions for reconnecting urban society with our living environment through design- innovation.
His systemic and passionate mission for an integral and eco-based societal practice was initiated during his multidisciplinary studies at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rainer Strauch is CTO at Cree by Rhomberg in Dornbirn. He’s a popular speaker at international conferences on sustainable buildings and talks on how timber-hybrid makes the breakthrough, as Cree Principles take hold in large-scale projects utilizing prefabricated repeatable components.
Rainer is a construction engineer from Germany and has worked with several companies in the fields of building design and construction management. In 2009, he joined the Rhomberg LifeCycle Tower (LCT) research and development team, which was then established as Cree by Rhomberg. Rainer Strauch is a certified Passive House Designer and an accredited DGNB Auditor.
Government & Cities Programme Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation | Cowes | UK
Ashima Sukhdev leads the Governments & Cities Programme at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, engaging and supporting national, regional, and city governments to address these challenges, helping them to transition to a circular economy. Currently, she’s working on developing circular economy implementation projects between city governments and the private sector, spinning up collaborations with city-network organizations, and developing research and tools that are useful for city governments interested in the circular economy.
Ashima’s previous work at the Foundation has spanned across the Business and Insights & Analysis teams and includes a secondment to the World Economic Forum to support the development of their circular economy initiative.
Director of Cities4Forests & Natural Infrastructure Initiative at WRI - World Resources Institute | Portland | USA
Todd Gartner is the Director of the Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure Initiative. In that role, he is privileged to assist over 50 global cities with their desire to incorporate forests and green infrastructure into their water management approaches, disaster risk mitigation strategies, and climate agenda.
He loves the challenge of being a CityChanger to help city leadership purse innovative financing approaches to realize conservation and sustainable development priorities.
Founding Partner of URBAN FUTURE Global Conference & URBAN FUTURE Project | Vienna | Austria
Josephine is a founding partner of the URBAN FUTURE global conference and the URBAN FUTURE projects - the project development arm that finances and realizes next-generation pilot projects.
She focuses on connecting and leveraging knowledge, resources, and capital, in order to realize innovative urban solutions that help solving pressing social and environmental issues and creating positive social impact at and positive social cycles.
Executive Director at Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation | Finland
Tiina Kähö is the Executive Director of the Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation. She drives the systemic change to a climate neutral Helsinki together with businesses and cities within energy, mobility, circular economy, the building sector, and consumer solutions: Tina’s task is to develop and orchestrate concrete, scalable actions that provide urban citizens the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their quality of life.
Tiina is very excited about her ambitious goal in creating a “Closed plastic circle” in the Helsinki region. This change process seeks locally created business solutions for global plastic challenges, which can be scaled up globally.
Igor Kos is a consultant at the WCYCLE Institute in Maribor. His long-time passion is Circular Economy: He works with the specific goal of further developing the Circular Economy business model for the City of Maribor. Igor was also involved in the preparation of the Strategy for the transition to Circular Economy for the City of Maribor, which was approved by the City Council in June 2018.
As a member of the IWM (WCYCLE Institute of Maribor), he has been a part of a consortium that prepared the Roadmap for Transition to Circular Economy of Slovenia. He is also a member of the EU Agenda – Partnership for Circular Economy and actively promotes Circular Economy at international conferences.
Head of Smart Cities & Innovation at Innovation Norway | Oslo | Norway
Gaute Hagerup is the head of Smart Cities and Communities at Innovation Norway. IN is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Gaute is one of the key initiative takers for the current Norwegian smart city network and has also been instrumental in establishing a strong Nordic collaboration platform in the Nordic smart city ecosystem.
He is currently working with export programs and initiatives for Norwegian growth companies, related to sustainable and green solutions. Collaboration is the key to solving today’s challenges, and Gaute’s main driving force is to be a part of breaking down the silos – Between sectors, departments, people and nations.
Managing Director Circular at the City of Rotterdam | Netherlands
David Berg is Managing Director Circular for the City of Rotterdam. One of the leading subjects in Rotterdam is to reduce, re-use and recycle waste as much as possible to make Rotterdam 100% circular. These kinds of challenges need another way of thinking and foremost a positive approach in the organization as well as in the city.
"As a manager I inspire my colleagues to combine knowledge and talent, so we turn ideas into action and ultimately realize a Circular Rotterdam. To reach that goal we have to grow from intention to impact!” says David.
Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs at the City of Copenhagen | Denmark
Ninna Hedeager Olsen is the Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs at the City of Copenhagen. She passionately works towards a city that’s more liveable and better equipped to tackle the issues of tomorrow – focusing on urban mobility. Currently, she’s working on new ways to motivate people to make a change in how they transport themselves in the city (e.g. road-pricing or “superbikepaths” that work like motorways).
Her passion in one word: Copenhagen. Acknowledging that the city is already famous for its green policies and biking, Ninna says that they cannot be complacent and must keep working towards their goal of getting the cars out of the inner city, making room for bikes and peaceful areas with nature.
Cities Project Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation | Isle of Wight | UK
Miranda leads the Cities Project at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. She has always been passionate about what government and policy can do, and what factors can cause great change. In policy, she has worked at the national government and on an EU level, and in the last decade, she has grown particularly interested in the potential at a city level. London has been her main home, though other cities she’s lived, schooled, and worked in include Dusseldorf, Paris, and Brussels.
Recently, Miranda has led the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular economy in cities research project exploring urban circular economy opportunities in three major urban priority areas – buildings, mobility, and products. The work has looked at the economic, social, and environmental benefits of a system change from linear to circular economy practices for cities.
Daniel Kjørberg Siraj is the CEO of OBOS, Norway’s biggest homebuilder. As a significant player in urban development in several cities and an industry leader in many aspects, they have a special responsibility to take a leading position also when it comes to sustainability. That’s why priority #1 is the decreasing of their climate footprint: OBOS is building Oslo’s first large apartment building as a plus house.
OBOS’ sustainability agenda is defined broadly and encompasses both environmental and climate issues, investing in socially and culturally sustainable neighborhoods and solving affordability in the housing market. Daniel realizes that in order for there to be a future society, it has to be sustainable. That’s why he personally thrives when working with change, whether it’s internally or changing our cities.
Head of Domestic Land Transport at DB Schenker | Oslo | Norway
Lars Sveen is the Head of Domestic Land transport at DB Schenker. Since starting with an electric bicycle for deliveries in Bergen one year ago, Lars has an enormous passion and interest in finding the most efficient and sustainable solution for last mile deliveries.
DB Schenker has undertaken massive efforts to push 0-emission deliveries in city centers, realizing that urban mass concentration entails that cities are consuming most of the world`s energy. They will deliver all shipments with 0-emission vehicles and bicycles to all major Norwegian cities during 2020. DB Schenker is also starting up with a cross-docking terminal in the city center of Oslo, which enables them to achieve our 0-emission goal for 80 % of all deliveries, already in May 2019 in Oslo.
Liv Eva Wiedswang is Special Advisor at Bærum Kommune. Her focus is on customer orientation and business development. Liv Eva says she’s a city changer because the projects she’s involved in enable citizens in Bærum towards a more sustainable lifestyle. The approach is to facilitate social innovation to take place by creating win-win situations.
She engages in target groups like soccer teams and creates arenas where suppliers can introduce innovative and climate-friendly solutions. She’s currently focusing on a communication project where they recognize people as agents of change, rather than objects to be changed. Liv Eva is a practitioner with a passion for people and daily life.
Head of Legal and Public Procurement Department at Omsorgsbygg | Oslo | Norway
Jon Søland is the Head of legal and public procurement department at the municipality of Oslo. He’s convinced that cooperating with the market is one of the main sources for a public procurer for innovation and sustainability. Thorough market-dialogue they have made huge progress regarding emission free construction sites.
Now Jon is hoping to do the same with recycling and reuse of building materials, and they will soon get a 30-ton electric digger as a result of cooperation with the market. He wants to prove that the regulations of procurement are not an obstacle, but an important tool, and that sustainability is a great motivation to reach innovation.
Head of Department Electrical Energy Storage at Fraunhofer ISE | Freiburg | Germany
Matthias Vetter is the head of the Electrical Energy Storage Department at Fraunhofer ISE. Matthias is working in applied research and development, including demonstration projects, and has a passion for demonstrating operational reliability of new technologies within field projects.
Some of his projects that have contributed to the topic of sustainable cities are the Smart Green Tower in Freiburg, smart districts with high solar shares and battery storage, smart sector coupling with a light-rail system, smart integration of battery-based charging infrastructure for e-mobility or the electrification of ferries.
Øystein Berge is Senior Consultant at COWI in Oslo. His job is designing the cities of the future: He analyses how we will travel in the future, how we should plan urban space, what impact new technology will play, how mobility will change, and how we can increase productivity in our cities.
Øystein is the project manager of a project called The Oslo Study: It models/simulates the Oslo urban area transport system under future scenarios of mobility, where we’ve looked at the potential gains and pitfalls of future mobility and their political impacts. The study will be made public in April/May 2019. As the father of two wonderful twins aged 7 years, he wants to be part of making their future world a better place.
Director of Programme and Business Development at Circle Economy | Amsterdam | Netherlands)
Annerieke Douma is the director of programme and business development at Circle Economy, leading the Cities Team that has supported and guided many cities and regions on their circular journey.
Annerieke sees the circular economy as one of the major solutions to address climate change whilst allowing global economies to gain social, economic, and ecological prosperity. Her team works towards making CE measurable and trackable, understanding which policy interventions support it, and ensuring that more global cities join the mission to become circular.
CEO of moovel Group (becomes REACH NOW) | Stuttgart | Germany
Daniela Gerd tom Markotten is the CEO of moovel Group GmbH (becomes REACH NOW) that follows the vision to create a world without traffic jams.
Daniela and her team are closely working together with cities to successfully integrate them in their multimodal platform and to facilitate the use of public transport.The main focuses at the moment is the mobility budget which provides companies with a budget for their employees that can be used for commuting so they won´t need their private car anymore.
Jan Christian Vestre is the CEO of the Norwegian family-owned company Vestre, one of Europe's most successful manufacturers of urban furniture. He has a Master’s degree in law studies from the University of Oslo and has previously worked as a political adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry and in the Norwegian Parliament.
Jan Christian believes that designers, city planners, and manufacturers must contribute to achieving the UN’s 17 sustainability goals and that today’s most important task is to create arenas for everyday democracy.
Master Planning Architect at the City of Lahti | Finland
Johanna Palomäki is the master planning architect in the city planning department of Lahti. She has done groundbreaking work at the city of Lahti, developing a continuous strategic planning process which utilizes interactive and digital planning methods. Her special interest lies in holistic planning, where citizens‘ health and well-being are a product of the quality of people’s everyday environments and mobility.
Currently, Johanna and her team are creating a city information model (CIM) of the strategic future goals of the five city centres of Espoo. Johanna believes that with place-based knowledge stored in and shared via a CIM, they can make a positive change in the city environment, and influence people to make wise everyday choices.
Christian Ringnes is the CEO of Eiendomsspar AS. Christian focuses on beautifying and making Oslo a nicer city for residents and visitors. <br><br>
Christian has changed the city through the Ekebergparken, which is a large park, with woods, established paths and art. He and his team are currently working on several projects, like Urtegata 9, which consists of three buildings. The new buildings, Veksthuset and Drivhuset, are planned as environmental buildings with BREEAM-Excellent certification and energy class A.
Scott Francisco is the Co-founder of Cities4Forests global network, co-founder of the Wood at Work community of practice and is the Founder and Director of the Pilot Projects Design Collective, a design strategy firm based in Montreal and New York City.
Scott is a hands-on designer, strategist and educator who helps people, organizations and governments envision new futures and re-design their infrastructure and culture systems. He works in the fields of urbanism, architecture, systems thinking, organizational and community development, environment and sustainability. Scott´s vision is for each of the world's 1000 biggest cities to have a suite of creative, charismatic and culturally specific programs that reach far beyond their boundaries to restore forests and other natural ecosystems around the world.
Sector Counsellor | Sustainable City Development | The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark | Royal Danish Embassy | Beijing
Per Boesgaard is the Sector Counsellor (Sustainable City Development) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Royal Danish Embassy) in Beijing.
Per bridges the cooperation between the cities of Beijing and Copenhagen within Sustainable City Development. His main tasks include to build up relations and networks among the Core Partners in the cities, lead the plans for execution of concrete results such as CPH Sponge solution in Beijing, using wastewater as a resource, reducing energy consumption in buildings and the Green City (Pocket Parks, Cycle Lanes etc.). His passion is to reach for cities made for well-being, nature, safety, or just, liveable cities.
Head of Sustainable Development | Aalborg Municipality | Aalborg
Michael Damm is Head of Sustainable Development, is in charge of driving the green transition of Aalborg Municipality. This means detecting synergies between departments and organizations in order to develop green and sustainable projects.
Michael established the Center for Transition and the Network for Sustainable Business Development. The first is aimed at pushing the green agenda through co-creational partnerships between the municipality and private citizens, housing associations, the university, schools, kindergartens and NGOs. The second is aimed at local companies and SMEs and the purpose is to assist the companies in creating Sustainable Business Models. The main focus of his work is currently on Circular Economy and efforts being made to create the circular region of North Denmark.
Erling Fossen has been the CEO of Oslo Metropolitan Area, an association owned by some of Norway's largest real estate developers, since the beginning in 2012.
Oslo Metropolitan Area´s main focus for the years to come is to increase participation in planning processes, energy-positive buildings (powerhouses) and putting upcycling in the heart of transformation projects. Erling and his team will create and further develop arenas both abroad and at home which support the association’s purpose to the greatest possible extent.
Frode Hvattum is the chief of strategy for Ruter, a public transport administration company. He is passionate about sustainability and wants to be part of an ecosystem that steers the development of mobility to the better for society.
He is responsible for the environment at Ruter and for the program that led to the ambition and plans for fossil-free public transportation in 2020, and ambition for 100% electric transportation in 2028. He is currently working on operationalizing Ruter´s sustainability strategy, enabling Ruter to steer towards several sustainability goals.
Program Manager Commercial Pilots | Volvo Construction Equipment | Eskilstuna | Sweden
Frode Hvattum is the chief of strategy for Ruter, a public transport administration company. He is passionate about sustainability and wants to be part of an ecosystem that steers the development of mobility to the better for society.
He is responsible for the environment at Ruter and for the program that led to the ambition and plans for fossil-free public transportation in 2020, and ambition for 100% electric transportation in 2028. He is currently working on operationalizing Ruter´s sustainability strategy, enabling Ruter to steer towards several sustainability goals.
Deputy Secretary General | ACR+ Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management | Brussels | Belgium
Philippe Micheaux Naudet is Deputy Secretary General of ACR+, responsible in particular for projects supervision and proposals.
Philippe is also in charge of the global circular economy capacity-building and strategic processes (European Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform, Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy, etc.). Furthermore, as Senior Project Manager, he is in charge of several projects linked to circular economy, waste prevention and recycling (the Circular Europe Network, CIRCTER, INTHERWASTE and URBANREC) as well as circular public procurement (CircPro2).
Boris Palmer was elected in 2006 from the citizens of the university town of Tübingen as their mayor.
Boris decided to make local climate protection the top priority of his term in office. His ambitious aim is to reduce the per capita emission in Tübingen by 25 per cent until 2022 compared to the value in 2014. In the spring of 2009, Palmer published his first book, ´Eine Stadt macht blau – das Tübinger Klimaschutzmodell´, on Tübingen’s climate protection model. Tübingen was rewarded the European Energy Award in Gold.
Bernt Reitan Jenssen is Chief Executive Officer of Ruter AS, the public transport authority of Oslo and Akershus, a position he has held since the company’s inception in 2008.
Bernt holds a seat in the Norwegian government’s Expert Committee on Technology and Future Transport Infrastructure. He is also a member of the governing Council of Mobility and Technology, led by the Minister of Transport and Communications. Bernt leads the national strategy group Transport21, whose mandate is to recommend key areas for research and development and advise the government on how to meet the transportation challenges of the future.
Harald Vaagaasar Nikolaisen is Director General at Statsbygg, the Norwegian government's key advisor in construction and property affairs, building commissioner, property manager and property developer.
Harald and his team are currently focusing on the Citylife, smart use of energy, fossil-free construction areas. His aim is to build efficient and flexible buildings for the state with small climate footprint contributes to sustainable city development. Upcoming projects of Statsbygg are the governmental quarters in the centre in Oslo and the Lifscienceproject we are building for the University of Oslo.
Cristina Gamboa is the CEO of the World Green Building Council. She’s a passionate advocate for green buildings and cities as one of the most effective solutions to climate change, and as a means to deliver on social justice and other environmental goals, such as stopping biodiversity loss. She previously worked as the CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and also has expertise in the fields of economic research, journalism, and international affairs.
Thanks to her active, committed, and participatory leadership and thorough knowledge of sustainable development, the Colombia GBC met significant milestones that enabled sustainability in construction to become mainstream.
Acting Director of the Department for walking and cycling | Agency for City Environment (The City of Oslo) | Oslo | Norway
Liv Jorun Andenes is the Acting Director of the Department for walking and cycling at the Agency for City Environment (The City of Oslo). The Agency for City Environment is responsible for the city of Oslo’s bicycle strategy, which includes everything from building and maintaining bike paths and bike parking to making bike campaigns, pilot projects, private-public partnerships etc. and for implementing the city’s upcoming walking strategy.
Liv and her team are currently focusing on making the city centre more bicycle friendly and implementing the enacted bikeway grid masterplan. They are also working on replacing 1. generation bicycle infrastructure with high-standard infrastructure. Additionally, they focus on mobility management and soft measures, such as wayfinding, campaigns etc. Her passion as a city changer revolves around sustainable mobility and especially active mobility and sees enormous untapped potential when it comes to cycling in Oslo.
Lawyer | Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (Public Procurement Advisory Unit) | Helsinki | Finland
Päivi Kynkäänniemi is a lawyer at the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (Public Procurement Advisory Unit).
Päivi is helping cities, municipalities and other public parties to be better at procuring and creating a better world. She is also involved in Keino projects, which finds innovative and sustainable procurement solutions. Päivi loves using her customer service skills together with helping their customers with new innovative solutions to procurement.
Research Director | CICERO (Center for International Climate Reseach) | Oslo | Norway
Glen Peters has been at the CICERO, the Center for International Climate Research in Oslo for over ten years and is now a Research Director.
Glen performs research on the causes of recent changes in carbon dioxide emission trends at the global and country level, and how these changes link to future emission pathways consistent with global climate objectives. He is particularly interested in how emission scenarios are created, interpreted, and used, and how this relates to ongoing policy discussions.
Debuty Mayor for Environment, Construction And Sports | City of Essen | Germany
Simone Raskob has been deputy mayor for the environment, construction and sports since 2005.
Simone is responsible for the real estate sector, public transport, environment, roads and traffic, the water management, green infrastructures as well as for the sports facilities. She is, among others, Chairwoman of the Environmental Committee of the German Association of Cities and Towns NRW and a member of the Board of Climate Alliance. Under her leadership, the city of Essen has won the title of European Union "European Green Capital" for 2017.
Eugene Quinn co-founded the culture group space and place in 2012, which is a non-profit group, who plays with the city, build social capital and send out new political messages.
Eugene´s projects include #HowtobeAustrian for Oe1 radio, Magdas Social Dinners (refugees dine with locals), Vienna (& Munich) Ugly tours, Jungerer Seestadt (children show adults around Aspern), the Austrian Citizenship Test as a comedy pub quiz and the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations. space and place’s work has featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, Die Zeit and on Russian TV. Through watching the films of Federico Fellini, and teaching spatial planning at the Vienna Technical University, Eugene developed the theory he is best known for: street capital. This is a measure of how much theatre and joy we find on some city streets, and the reverse – how dull and cold so many other streets are, because they lack people and interactions and a sense of play.
Researcher/Professor | Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)/ University of Life Science | Oslo | Norway
Gro Sandkjær Hanssen is a researcher/professor at the Oslo Metropolitan University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
Gro studies urban democratic planning and governance practices, and contribute to the discussion about how to increase our institutional (democratic) capacity to ensure a more sustainable urban development. My specialities are the planning system.
Nicolas Ziesel is the Co-Founder of KOZ architectes and tries to open their regular commissions to grassroots activation.
Nicolas has been organising a Community Supported Agriculture group for 15 years, and he prefers building with wood. In his upcoming project, Nicolas tries to turn the Eiffel Tower site into a vibrant community space, which describes his passion to bring people, plants and animals together.
Coordinator of the Research and Innovation Projects Department | EMT Madrid | Madrid | Spain
Sergio Fernández Balaguer is the Coordinator of the Research and Innovation Projects Department at EMT Madrid, bringing innovation at the core of the development of urban transport initiatives.
The main priority of Sergio and his team is MaaS, as their approach is based on the public sector initiative. Sergio sincerely believes that urban mobility plays a key role in making our cities better and more sustainable, and one of the main priorities for him would be to help to change the car ownership paradigm in this new era of shared mobility.
Vice President Mobility Services | Ruter AS | Oslo | Norway
Endre Angelvik is Vice President in Mobility Services of Ruter AS and is working to create a more sustainable system for the freedom of movement.
Endre is creating new mobility services, promoting, sharing and reducing single car journeys. He is most excited about autonomous fleet trials, living without car trials and is a technology optimist, trying to help create a more sustainable tomorrow.
Head of Ecosystem eMobility Daimler Buses | Daimler Buses EvoBus GmbH | Stuttgart | Germany
Olivier Reppert is CEO of SHARE NOW, a Joint Venture from BMW Group and Daimler AG, and since 2016 CEO of car2go Group. He has gained comprehensive experience in the areas of sales, marketing and communications through his work at Daimler AG since 1998.
Olivier was appointed a Member of the Board for Global Business Management of Daimler AG, with responsibility for regional strategy in China, India and Russia. At the end of 2010 he joined the sales division at smart as Head of Department and in 2013 took over as Head of Sales for smart Germany. Since November 2014, the father of three children has been Head of Brand and Product Management at smart as well as a member of the smart management team.
Panu Pasanen is the CEO of One Click LCA in Helsinki. He’s helping cities, companies, and governments to decarbonize the built environment. Currently, Panu is working on enabling effective carbon reductions in less developed countries.
He’s most excited about the upcoming Finnish building materials carbon regulation, to which he has also contributed. Panu is passionate about making lower carbon choices easier and is always on the lookout to find ways of facilitating that.
General Manager, Electrification | Airbus | Toulouse | France
Glenn Llewellyn is General Manager, Electrification at Airbus. He is responsible for all company-wide hybrid and electric-propulsion research focused on bringing zero-emission flight to reality.
Electrification and electric-propulsion technologies are disrupting the aeronautics industry, enabling aircraft manufacturers like Airbus to rethink overall air vehicle design. Glenn leads Airbus teams working on electric-propulsion-powered flight demonstrators and eVTOL demonstrators, including Vahana, CityAirbus, and E-Fan X.
Deputy Regional Director | ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability | Freiburg | Germany
Mark Hidson is the Deputy Regional Director of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre.
Mark worked for 20 years for local, regional and national governments and been at the forefront of policy and strategy development on sustainability issues such as procurement, climate change, and transport. He is currently focusing on ICLEI’s Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network. Mark thinks public procurement can be a catalyzer for growth, jobs, and innovation, furthermore it can provide access to markets for SMEs, gain the trust of citizens in public authorities and democracy, sustainability, and social cohesion. It is a key mechanism to address greenhouse gas emissions, local air and water quality, the use of hazardous substances and raw material usage.
Strategist Combined Mobility | ÅF | Stockholm | Sweden
Karolina Pamp Sandgreen is the Strategist Combined Mobility of ÅF in Stockholm, Sweden, where she utilizes their strong capabilities within urban development and digitalization to help clients implement and increase usage of sustainable modes of transport.
Karolina has initiated and project managed several Mobility as a Service (MaaS) ventures in Stockholm and is currently focusing on the central issue of how public transportation can be at the core of the future mobility landscape. She is passionately interested in human behavior and thinks that successful innovation is often user-driven.
Research Professor | Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research (Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)) | Oslo | Norway
Hege Hofstad is a research professor at the Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research at the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). She has been engaged in sustainability issues for several years, the last years with a specific urban approach. Hege is a researcher – she sees her role mainly in developing and disseminating knowledge of drivers and barriers to sustainability and engaging in discussions and collaboration with other stakeholders.
Her main focus currently is on key elements in transformational leadership and leadership mechanisms to ensure co-creation. Hege’s main approach is to contribute to identifying promising sustainability pathways and elements that push us in the right direction.
Senior Manager Smart Cities | moovel Group GmbH (becomes REACH NOW) | Berlin | Germany
Lukas Foljanty is the Senior Manager Smart Cities at REACH NOW (moovel Group GmbH) and is working in close collaboration with governmental and business partners to develop, plan and roll-out innovative demand-responsive mobility services.
With his extensive experience in transportation planning and strategy consulting, Lukas helps cities introduce new mobility solutions that support the cities’ transportation policy goals and prepare them for a future with shared autonomous services.
Head of Asia-Pacific of Airbus Urban Air Mobility | Airbus | Toulouse | France
Derek Cheng is the Head of Asia-Pacific at Airbus Urban Air Mobility. He is responsible for leading all business development activities and forging partnerships for the deployment of urban air mobility (UAM) solutions in cities across the Asia-Pacific region.
Derek is actively engaging with cities in the Asia-Pacific region to unlock the possibilities UAM can offer. In 2019, he was instrumental in developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)—the first of its kind in Asia—between Airbus and the Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau to accelerate the promotion and development of UAM solutions in Shenzhen, China. Airbus Urban Air Mobility aims to continue to work collaboratively with cities, authorities, and regulators to make UAM a reality.
Manager Solution Consulting + Industry Management CEP | Daimler AG – Mercedes-Benz Vans | Stuttgart | Germany
Steffen Raiber is the Manager Solution Consulting and Industry Management CEP of Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz Vans) in Stuttgart.
Steffen analyzes how last mile delivery in cities will look like in the future and what role the “classic” van plays in it and Co-Creates with the last mile industry to develop new solutions which increase efficiency and improve the (end-)customer experience.
Grete Aspelund is the president of Sweco Norway, a senior manager with a broad experience from leading knowledge-intensive organizations. In order to solve the challenges that businesses, cities and communities are facing, she is a firm believer that a new type of leadership is required.
Grete is an analytical and creative leader, eager to look at issues from different angles. With a Major in Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo and a Master of Management from BI Norwegian School of Management in addition to various top leadership studies from INSEAD and IMD, she represents diversity in an industry where the typical senior manager is a male engineer. She sees this as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
Head of Urban Mobility Team at Daimler Mobility Services | Stuttgart | Germany
Daniel Deparis is the Head of Urban Mobility of Daimler Mobility Services in Stuttgart, Germany.
Daniel is building inside the Daimler Mobility Services a new Entity called Urban Mobility Team with the purpose to join forces with big Cities and enhance smart mobility. He is married and father of 2 daughters. He is passionate about leadership and new ways of working and thinking.
Chief Researcher Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility | Institute of Transport Economics | Oslo | Norway
Aud Tennøy is the Chief Researcher Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility at the Institute of Transport Economics in Oslo, Norway, producing research and knowledge enabling cities to change.
Aud is currently focusing on making cities more walkable and livable, to reduce transport demand and road traffic volumes, making cities more climate-friendly, attractive, livable, just and healthy and her upcoming projects address the transformation of Oslo City Centre (positive) and increasing urban road capacity in Oslo (negative).
Energy Systems Engineer | Spectral | Amsterdam | Netherlands
Florijn De Graaf is the Energy Systems Engineer of Spectral and is involved in the design of highly integrated heat & power smart-grids for various upcoming and existing area developments in and around Amsterdam.
Florijn and his company are working hard to develop the next generation of smart energy infrastructure. These state-of-the-art energy systems will help to improve the sustainability, resilience and efficiency of the built environment. His dream is to create a modern self-sufficient neighbourhood, the 'Smarthood', in which all resource flows (heat, power, water, biomass) are circularly connected.
Pandora Batra is the Senior Engagement Officer of CDP in London and works with over 620 cities around the world supporting them to monitor and manage their environmental impact. CDPs large network of both cities and companies allows it to pioneer exciting new collaborative projects such as the London Business Climate Leaders Initiative. This pilot project brings together cities and companies leading on climate action to translate global commitments on reducing emissions into concrete local actions.
Pandora´s passion for the work stems from the knowledge that you cannot manage what you don’t measure. CDP is the world largest environmental reporting platform helping cities, companies, and investors to evaluate their impact and take the next step towards a more sustainable future.
Professor | Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) | Trondheim | Norway
Helge Brattebø is a professor of Industrial Ecology and work-package leader and coordinator of life cycle assessment (LCA) research at the ZEN research centre at NTNU/SINTEF (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).
Helge´s aim is to change the way cities and buildings are designed, by research on modelling the buildings-energy-emissions nexus relevant to urban development projects. He has been involved in the recent EU-IEE funded EPISCOPE project. He appreciates very much being part of research on different aspects of urban sustainability, and his passion and main competence is on what drives and makes possible improvements in the urban metabolism related to life cycle resource use and environmental impact efficiency.
Karl-Filip is the director of citiesofpeople, an urban activist, a recovering bureaucrat and today an independent expert on strategies for people-centered future cities.
He has worked for the City of Ghent for 18 years. As Ghent’s Chief Strategy Officer he introduced a new and integrated way of long term thinking and planning and strategic intelligence on the city level, including new forms of citizen engagement and sustainable place-based urban renewal.
Based on his experience, he developed a concept for future cities – cities of people – that places people at the core of an evolution towards a warm city and society and is working with cities and urban stakeholders to implement this concept.
Head of Mobility Strategy & Services | MHP – a Porsche company | Ludwigsburg | Germany
Marcus Willand is the Head of Mobility Strategy & Services of MHP, a Porsche company in Ludwigsburg.
Marcus helps his clients to anticipate and leverage the evolution of mobility and his focus areas are new mobility-concepts in cities, platform-based mobility-as-a-service as well as the digitalization of transport chains. Prior to that, he held responsibility for automotive clients, later on in SAP Consulting’s managing board for the entire public sector in Germany. Doing that Marcus helped his clients digitalizing their companies and developing new business models.
Chief Sustainability Officer | Sweco | Stockholm | Sweden
Andreas Gyllenhammar is the chief sustainability officer at Sweco in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2007, when climate change rose to the top of the global agenda, Andreas became one of the more prominent communicators of the causes and effects of climate change.
Andreas has developed services in a broad sustainability context, especially strategies for Sustainable Cities. Andreas has been part of delegations to the sustainability summits Rio+20, Cop21 Paris, Cop23 Bonn, Cop24 Katowice, and as a member of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Erik Aasheim is the CEO of the communication agency Primus Production. He has vast experience as a journalist, program host and author and received the Prix Radio-award in the category “Best live broadcast” in 2004.
Erik has for three years been working as Senior Communications Advisor for two different Ministers of Climate and Environment in Norway and was present at the historic UN climate negotiations in Paris in December 2015. He was also correspondent in Paris and director of communications for the EAT Foundation.
Prof., Dr. Harald Justnes is Chief Scientist at SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, Department of Architecture, Building materials and Structures. He is also Adjunct Professor in “Cement and Concrete Chemistry” at Institute of Materials Technology, Section for Inorganic Chemistry, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
His field of interest covers the chemistry of cement, concrete, admixtures and additives (including polymers) from production, through reactivity, to durability.
City Architect | City of Trondheim | Trondheim | Norway
Maria Meland Christensen is the City Architect of the City of Trondheim.
Maria is also an urban planner, and part of her work is to identify and prioritize places where they invest in new or improved infrastructure for green mobility. This includes short cuts for walking, improved sidewalks, bicycle routes, bus stop infrastructure and new bridges.
Sture Portvik is the project leader and manager for Electro mobility of the City of Oslo. His job is to secure a green shift in transport. Especially in creating the infrastructure needed for a shift towards electric vehicles for both personal and commercial use.
Sture´s current projects include building charging infrastructures, incl. curbside chargers, quick charging stations, Green mobility houses, inductive charging for taxis, high-performance chargers, electrification of all commercial vehicles like freight, craft and service and taxis, as well as all public transportation and the World’s first large scale system for wireless/inductive charging of Taxis.
Lord Mayor | City of Copenhagen | Copenhagen | Denmark
Frank Jensen is the Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen, where more than half of the citizens commute by bike and 99% of the houses are heated with clean district heating. Jensen's investments in green, sustainable solutions have made Copenhagen more green, clean, liveable and prosperous.
Through the cooperation with mayors and cities from all over the world, Jensens believe has strengthened, that cities have a crucial role to play in the efforts to secure liveable and sustainable cities. He is excited to host the C40 Mayors Summit this October in Copenhagen.
Reaserch Director | Urban Environment and Industry Department | NILU | Oslo | Norway
Britt Ann Kåstad Høiskar is Research Director, Urban Environment and Industry Department at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU). The last few years she has been working with Air Quality Assessments for Oslo and other cities in Norway.
It is important to Britt that her work contributes to the development of sustainable cities that offer their citizens a good quality of life. Currently, she is involved in citizens science projects where they engage school children in air quality issues and allow them to build their own air quality sensors/samplers.
Colour Design & Colour Planner for City Development | Dagny Fargestudio AS | Oslo | Norway
Dagny Thurmann-Moe is Colour Designer & Colour Planner for City Development at Dagny Fargestudio AS. Her work focuses on colours and materials and how they affect our surroundings. The projects Dagny is working on range from planning single buildings to newly developed areas and districts.
Dagnys aim is to develop cities that are human-oriented and esthetical. With her work, she strengthens the local identity and creates warm and inviting atmospheres.
Executive Vice President Property Management | Entra ASA | Oslo | Norway
Sonja Horn is the Executive Vice President of Property Management at Entra ASA. Entra ASA has put environmental leadership forward as one of three strategic pillars. Taking climate action within their sector is also an important measure in supporting Norway’s response to UNs sustainable development goals. Entra is committed to driving change in their industry through collaboration, innovation and sharing.
Sonja and her team accomplished remarkable achievements such as the Powerhouse Kjørbo, which is a refurbished office building, which over its lifetime will produce more energy than it consumes or the new build of an office building as the "Powerhouse Brattørkaia Trondheim"
Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Green Areas and Agriculture of the City of Milan | Milan | Italy
Pierfrancesco Maran is the Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Green Areas and Agriculture of the City of Milan. Since his appointment in 2016, he has been working to make Milan a more sustainable city through the regeneration of seven abandoned railway stations as well as the development of green and rural areas within the city.
During his term in office as Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Environment, Subways, Public Water and Energy he created Area C, a Congestion Charge area in the historical centre of Milan and developed a car-sharing system, now including 6 operators and almost 3000 cars.
Associate Research Scholar | Princeton University | Princeton | USA
Paul Gauthier is an Associate Research Scholar in Plant Physiology, Horticulture and Ecosystem Modeling at Princeton University.
For the past two years, Paul`s work has focused on studying the sustainability and feasibility of producing food in cities using Vertical Farming. His current work aims to study the adaptability of crop species to hydroponics and vertical set-up in the context of increasing yield and feeding a growing population. Placing food production in the context of countries’ energy independence and sovereignty helps in understanding the upcoming challenges. Paul´s priorities are to give decision-makers sustainable options to feed the growing urban population with diverse and nutrient-rich fresh food by 2050.
Strategic Innovation Senior Manager | Airbus | Marseille | France
Vassilis Agouridas is Strategic Innovation Senior Manager at Airbus. He is responsible for managing, on behalf of Airbus, the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative of the European Innovation Partnerships on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), supported by the European Commission. This initiative focuses on exploring the potential to bring UAM solutions to cities across Europe.
To make UAM a reality, public adoption and acceptance will be key. Today, Vassilis is actively engaging with cities and regions across Europe interested in launching practical UAM demonstration projects. By actively inviting citizens and other stakeholders to become co-creators of future mobility solutions, Airbus Urban Air Mobility aims to shape the next era of urban mobility in a sustainable and socially engaging manner.
Sam Chase is one of seven elected Councilors to the only directly elected regional government in the United States. He’s worked hard to advance policies that provide greater Portland Oregon with an exceptional quality of life through such avenues as open space and environmental protections, place-making land use planning, and innovative transportation options.
His greatest area of focus is on the responsibility to ensure that everyone in the region has the opportunity to participate in the quality of life and resilient economy created by Metro’s innovative approaches. His biggest accomplishments are championing the recently voter-approved $650 million affordable housing initiative, as well as a new regional program to cut fares for low-income transit riders by as much as 78%.
Lab Coordinator of aspern.mobil LAB | Vienna | Austria
Christoph Kirchberger is the Lab Coordinator of aspern.mobil LAB in the urban development area aspern Seestadt in Vienna. He has a background in urban and regional planning with a focus on participatory methods and action research.
Christoph is a research assistant at Vienna University of Technology in the research unit mobility and transportation planning since 2015. His focus lies in the structural setup and participatory methods of urban mobility labs. He is curious about how innovative mobility solutions are influencing mobility behaviour in cities and how this transformative process can be accompanied by urban mobility labs.
CEO of Wien 3420 aspern development | Vienna | Austria
Gerhard Schuster is the CEO of Wien 3420 aspern development. He has worked in real estate for more than 30 years.
His ambition in aspern Seestadt – the urban lab of Smart City Wien - is to use his expertise in order to help build a city that changes the way we plan cities in the future. He invites and supports game-changers from different realms, brings them together with those who already live, work or invest in aspern, thus creating new, prolific networks and initiatives.
Director City Integration and Infrastructure Development at Airbus Urban Air Mobility | Toulouse | France
Vincent Loubière is the Director of City Integration & Infrastructure Development at Airbus Urban Mobility. He is responsible for harmonizing air and ground transport to create a seamless, door-to-door, networked, and connected system that can serve the development needs of urban contexts worldwide.
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is bringing an entirely new dimension to the way we live and move. Approaching mobility as a subsystem of the urban system at regional scale holds the potential to radically redefine human settlements into polycentric, distributed, and cohesive urban localities. Today, Vincent—an aerospace and civil engineer, and urbanist—is actively collaborating with architects, city planners, urbanists, and engineers to develop UAM infrastructure solutions that will seamlessly integrate into a city’s existing transportation network. Airbus Urban Mobility aims to continue to work collaboratively with cities, authorities, and regulators to co-design intelligent, sustainable, and liveable cities.
Principal Staff Member of Transport Construction at Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission | Shanghai | China
Guanghua Song is the Principal Staff Member of Transport Construction at Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission.
From 2008 to 2010, he worked in the Science and Technology Commission of the Shanghai Construction Commission and was mainly responsible for the consultation and review of engineering projects on road, and rail transit. Since 2010, he has worked in the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission and been mainly responsible for the construction and management of urban rail transit. During the period, he was responsible for projects related to Metro Line 5, Line 8 Phase 3, Line 10 Phase 2, Line 11 and Line 12, Line 13 Phase 2 and Phase 3, Line 14, Line 15, Line 17, and Line 18.
CEO at Smart City Agency Berlin | Berlin | Germany
Heinrich Strößenreuther is the CEO of Smart-City-Agency Berlin (Agentur für clevere Städte).
Heinrich´s work has changed cities policies on mobility towards cycling. He had enforced Germany´s first Mobility Law, passed in Berlin. Furthermore, he has triggered a Germany wide movement of local referendums on Cycling Bills: More than 15 cities (Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and many more) have taken up. Despite many trainings on becoming professional cycling activists, Heinrich likes to start a fierce campaign on CO2-taxes.
Director of Strategic Planning for Sustainable Urban Development at the City of Madrid | Madrid | Spain
Silvia Villacañas is the Director of Strategic Planning for Sustainable Urban Development at the City of Madrid.
She is fully convinced about the need for an integrated urban regeneration of the city by the implementation of a Strategic Plan focused on the most vulnerable areas of the city. She is in charge of the development of this plan (Plan Madre: Madrid Regeneration Plan) in the city of Madrid, that includes different actions in the fields of urban planning, urban renewal, public space, mobility and environment. Silvia and her team are very excited about the first outcomings of these plans with a great impact on the city. The priority of her work is to increase the quality of life of the population of the city, to reduce the social and economic inequality, providing more innovative projects, with neighborhood participation and addressing environmental challenges.
As the new Mayor of the City of Stockholm, Anna König Jerlmyr is dedicated to improve the living conditions of her citizens of all ages. After many years as vice mayor for social affairs and opposition vice mayor, she is very familiar with both, the challenges Stockholm faces and the enormous potential and opportunities of the City.
In 2018 Anna König Jerlmyr got elected as new president of EUROCITIES. moreover, she is Co-leader of C40 Low-carbon District Network and representative in the OECD Inclusive Growth in Cities Initiative.
Scott Cain is the Founder and CEO of RunFriendly. Akin to “Airbnb for showers”, RunFriendly matches demand among cyclists, runners and those on-the-go in cities with under-used showers. With a simple subscription model, RunFriendly helps more people to move actively whatever the weather looks like.
Scott has a passion for active mobility, and how we design cities for more healthy people and places. His work centres on how we can blend people-centric urban design with innovations in governance, finance, novel technologies and business models in ways that enable inclusive and equitable access to services, ahead of ownership, in cities.
Director of Sustainability | City of Vancouver | Canada
Doug Smith is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Vancouver. His portfolio includes the Greenest City Action Plan, the Renewable City Strategy, the Green Operations Plan and the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
In his 27 years at the City of Vancouver Doug has managed many areas including Structures, Greenways, Equipment Services and Emergency Management. This broad municipal experience allows him to support Vancouver’s sustainability goals across a variety of Vancouver’s priority programs.
Lecturer for Urban & Regional Planning at Makerere University | Kampala | Uganda
Amanda Ngabirano is a Lecturer for Urban & Regional Planning at Makerere University in Uganda. She is a liberated woman, who doesn’t look at a car as a symbol of status, but slavery. In cities like Kampala, her passion and mission are to support and push for activities/projects ensuring a balanced provision of safe and smart mobility options.
Amanda is currently supporting Kampala’s city leadership in the form of advancing the Active mobility plants they have, whose construction works have commenced. Her main goal is to see cities reclaim public spaces, share road space equally and meaningfully.
Group Leader Trafic at Sweco Norway | Oslo | Norway
Sara Polle is the Group Leader for Trafic at Sweco in Oslo. Their projects result in sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to clean water.
Throughout her career as city planner and mobility expert, she has always been fascinated by how our public space is being used. Sara is excited to work on solutions where the physical characteristics of the environment invite to human behaviour which is safe and stimulate to micro-mobility.
Mayor for Energy and Environment at the City of Aalborg | Denmark
Since 2014 Lasse P. N. Olsen is the Mayor for Environment and Energy at the City of Aalborg. He is passionate about leading the municipality’s transition towards a sustainable future.
Among other things, the Municipality of Aalborg is currently putting a lot of focus on the transition towards a circular economy in partnership with local companies and local university.
Dagur B. Eggertsson is the Mayor of the City of Reykjavik. Reykjavik has become denser, more walkable and greener as a result of the Cities planning. Dagur sees his primary responsibility as a Mayor, to provide and develop affordable housing. Besides housing, his other focus points in politics are good transportation, fighting the climate change, equality and public health.
Currently, a new BRT system connecting the municipalities in the Reykjavík area is Dagurs main project. Dagur believes in reform, and therefore he is a CityChanger.
Director for Urban Planning, Development and Construction at the City of Graz | Austria
Bertram Werle is the Director for Urban Planning, Development and Construction at the City of Graz.
Bertram and his team are trying to turn Graz into a Smart City which follows an energy-efficient, resource-conserving and low-emission strategic approach. Graz has an increasing population with limited building area. Due to these challenges, their strategy is to focus on sustainable development and to foster gentle mobility. Their main priority is to transform Graz into a modern medium-sized city in terms of high quality of living and sustainability.
Managing Director of insam societal innovations | Drammen | Norway
Lars Wang is the Managing Director of insam societal innovations in Drammen. Lars has worked as a strategic consultant since 1995 with complex urban development projects. He has extensive experience as a strategy- and process consultant also having an international certification (CMC) as a management consultant.
Lars has been responsible for several projects where the interaction between the public sector, business, research/education and value-based organisations (penta helix) has been decisive. He has also been a partner in the development of university programs (master of management) and the facilitation of program implementation. As the managing director of insam as Lars is presently developing an integrated and innovative approach for a transition to more sustainable development including the low carbon economy.
Programme Manager Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Plan at the City of Rotterdam | The Netherlands
Johan Verlinde works for the City of Rotterdam as the program manager of the Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Plan. The goal of the plan is to take the next step in preparing the city for climate hazards like heavy rainfall, heat and drought. This is done in close collaboration with citizens, private sector, social housing corporations, water boards and more.
Besides climate adaptive measures in the public space, where space is scarce, climate proofing the private space will become more and more important. He also works with various different international cooperation’s to share and gain knowledge on climate adaptation.
Project Manager at Brussels Environment Department | Belgium
Patrick Van Den Abeele is the Project Manager at Brussels Environment Department, that coordinates the regional Circular Economy programme „ Be Circular“. This programme radically innovates in terms of multistakeholder governance approach towards the building and the implementation of a transition strategy.
Patrick and his team focus on creating bridges and transition platforms to provide a structured open dialogue between innovation pioneers and institutional players and currently focusing on supporting economic activities transition towards sustainable and place-based business models. For Patrick, the most exciting challenge is in breaking down barriers and creating bridges between the key players.
Ketil Stoknes is Researcher and Project Leader at Lindum AS. They developed the first working circular system that converts food waste into fuel and new food. The waste digests to biogas, and vegetables grow on the CO2 and digester residue in a closed environment. With this circular system, the region around Tønsberg can now be part of a local cycle, where the people hand in their waste and get organic vegetables back. This gives them a whole new motivation for recycling.
Currently, they are focusing on improving the system further, making it even as productive and robust as conventional greenhouse production, all the time keeping it natural, fossil- and chemical free.
Journalist for topos - the international review for landscape architecture, urban design & urban development | Munich | Germany
Anja Koller is a journalist for topos - the international review for landscape architecture, urban design & urban development.
Anja deals with issues that range from sustainable urban development to smart city living or urban resilience in the context of climate change. She and her colleagues always strive to make extraordinary people-centric urban development projects visible and give people a voice who shape cities into livable spaces. They strive to motivate their readers to think out of the box and get inspired to develop and design urban realms all over the world to the better.
US Director at ITDP - Institute of Transportation & Development Policy | New York City | USA
Michael Kodransky is the US Director at ITDP - Institute for Transportation & Development Policy.
Michael leads all ITDP programmatic activities in the United States. In the next decade, he wants to break down the virtuous cycle of car use ingrained in US society. Current policies and infrastructure investments keep drivers captive to their circumstances while limiting world-class mobility for everyone. Michael has worked to improve economic and social conditions for people in cities around the world, partnering with multiple levels of government in dozens of cities and countries, local and international NGOs, research centers, foundations and development banks to accelerate the implementation of sustainable transport. He is known for strategic visioning and successfully bringing together programs that span diverse teams, stakeholders, geographic areas, and time zones.
He is also the creator of the MOBILIZE—a transport leadership platform that convenes innovative doers and thinkers from across the globe—and until recently chaired the Sustainable Transport Award committee.
Development Director at Mustad Eiendom | Oslo | Norway
Øyvind Arntsen is the Development Director at Mustad Eiendom, which is dedicated to sustainability and long term solutions.
Øyvind has changed his city through the developing master plan for „Lilleakerbyen“, a new city structure at Lilleaker, Oslo west. He is currently focusing on upcycling projects, circular economy and main energy supply.
Peter Austin is the Planning Advisor at the City of Oslo and he has worked in urban and regional planning for 35 years, with a particular focus on learning and exchange between cities and countries.
Peter is recently coordinating the work for a regional plan and initiating EU-funded projects and is currently working on international collaboration within urban development for Oslo and implementation of regional plan objectives. Peter Austin is strongly motivated towards achieving more sustainable cities for coming generations, where priorities are given by Oslo’s elected representatives.
Minna Arve is the Mayor of the City of Turku. As Mayor, she has highlighted sustainable growth, urban inclusion, the prevention of social exclusion, and new pathways of industrial and business policies. Turku has already taken successful Climate actions over the last ten years and reduced GHG emissions by one third from the level of 1990 and will halve them by 2021. The current climate plan of the City of Turku is a tangible roadmap towards carbon neutrality by 2029.
Minna has combined climate Action, social Inclusion and smart digitalisation in her City. She points out that the involvement of all stakeholders and the citizen's commitment is the foundation for a sustainable city and a top priority to any successful climate strategy.
Head of Early Markets at MaaS Global | Helsinki | Finland
Jonna Pöllanen is the Head of Early Markets at MaaS (Mobility as a Service) Global. He has been part of the MaaS revolution for the past 6 years, which is set to change how we travel in the future. They see ahead a world where people move around seamlessly, using the most efficient transportation modes available. Fewer people will have the need for a car of their own, leading to less congestion and pollution.
As the Head of Early Markets, Jonna is responsible for breaking the market barriers and finding the best markets for “Whim”, MaaS Globals transportation App. Jonna believes that technology is not the answer, it is just an enabler. The change in user behaviour and working in an open ecosystem is the way forward.
Head of Stavanger Smart City at the City of Stavanger | Norway
Gunnar Crawford is the Head of Stavangar Smart City. He has extensive hands-on experience with innovation and development within the fields of ageing in place (welfare technology) and smart home technology since 2011.
Leading the smart city, Gunnar is primarily preoccupied with creating business opportunities with the public sector as a demanding customer - while solving wicked problems like climate reduction. He is a truly open data advocate, seeking new ways to treat city challenges by providing better decision support.
Director of Marketing and Strategy Sales at Holding Graz | Austria
Bernd Stockinger is the Director of Marketing and Strategy Sales at Holding Graz.
Bernd is responsible for the citizens and customer in Graz. Development and innovation are his motivation since he is discovering new products and needs for the citizens. He is focussing on digital projects, digital services, 5G network and New Business Models (autonomous driving).
President of KS - Norwegian Association of Local & Regional Authorities | Oslo | Norway
Gunn Marit Helgesen is the President of KS - Norwegian Association of Local & Regional Authorities.
Gunn Marit has significant international involvement and believes that it is important to learn from each other, and local solutions can often be the solution for both national and international challenges. Confidence in democracy, freedom of expression and human rights form the foundation of policymaking in many areas.
Charles Landry is the Founder of Comedia and the Inventor of the Creative City concept. Its aim is to rethink how the city making works.
Charles is currently developing a creative bureaucracy movement, whose aim is to trigger a movement of bureaucrats who demand more from their work environments. His latest book is "The Civic City in a Nomadic World".
Head of Solution Consulting Smart Cities at Daimler AG | Stuttgart | Germany
Armin Scheu is the Head of Solution Consulting Smart Cities at Daimler AG.
Cities face increasing environmental pressures and infrastructure needs and growing demands from residents to deliver a better quality of life. Therefore city governments seek to improve their ‘livability’ in cities with mobility being an important cornerstone. The demand for mobility will double in the next 30 years. To satisfy urban citizen’s mobility needs (time-efficient, affordable and convenient) we will need a variety of integrated on-demand eco-friendly transport services. But cities often face an ancient public transport system with certain limitations.
Daimler´s main goal is to leverage the existing infrastructure and combine it with proven new mobility services in order to increase efficiency and handle the rising demand for mobility. Daimler´s ride-hailing engagement with Via, pooling people in fewer vehicles with an intelligent algorithm, is one of their initiatives to supplement public transport systems. Therefore they seek for long-term innovative partnerships with cities and strive to combine our mutual strengths.
Managing Director of Oslo Region Alliance | Oslo | Norway
Øyvind Såtvedt is the Managing Director of Oslo Region Alliance, who believes in the power of cities as communities to improve life and nature.
Øyvind and his team are currently focussing on how to build a sustainable and competitive city region on the global stage. They re very excited about The European Green Capital in Oslo 2019, where the whole Greater Oslo Region is included. His passion is about getting people across geographical and professional boundaries to come together behind a common cause for the greater good.
Deputy Director, Trade and Markets Division at the FAO | Rome | Italy
Josef Schmidhuber is the Deputy Director, Trade and Markets Division at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), which is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active healthy lives.
Josef thinks that there is a growing recognition for urban agriculture, which can make an important contribution to better diets at lower resource footprints, enhanced micro-climates (ambient cooling) and even reduced import dependencies.
Global Government Transport Leader at EY | Melbourne | Australia
Tony Canavan is the Global Government Transport Leader at EY, overseeing the work EY undertakes in the government sector on transport across the world.
Tony joined EY from the Victorian Government in Australia where he had significant leadership roles in strategic transport planning, transport project delivery, commercial developments, value capture, public-private partnerships, and public infrastructure generally. Tony is a thought leader in the future of mobility and what smart cities really mean for citizens and decision-makers. More recently, Tony has been a leading advisor for governments on the need for radical new policies as the new era of mobility dawns.
Deputy Head of Institute for Highway Engineering & Transport Planning at Graz University of Technology | Austria
Michael Cik is the Deputy Head of Institute for Highway Engineering & Transport Planning at Graz University of Technology.
Michael was significantly involved in the past years in all data-driven mobility research projects at Graz University of Technology as a project leader. 2016 he co-founded the company Invenium Data Insights GmbH. Invenium is a high-tech spin-off from Graz University of Technology, Know-Center GmbH and A1 Telekom Austria Group and is the leading provider of movement analysis based on cellphone data. Michaels passion is a better data-driven understanding of the demand of people in the mobility sector and based on this knowledge to create a sustainable offer for the future.
Head of Strategy and Business Development at Enova | Oslo | Norway
Petter Hersleth is the Head of Strategy and Business Development at Enova.
Petter works every day to make energy efficient and zero-emission technologies available in the transport sector, the energy system, the industry and in buildings. Enova has supported projects all over Norway to introduce low- or zero-emission vehicles, buses, excavators, trucks, cruise ships and ferries, and to demonstrate plus-energy buildings and new technologies like autonomous ships. Petter is very excited about all the activity in the maritime sector with the development of new zero-emission technologies and other enabling technologies, like autonomy.
CEO of DOGA - Design & Architecture Norway | Oslo | Norway
Tor Inge Hjemdal is an architect, currently CEO at Design and Architecture Norway DOGA. Previously founding partner at CONDITIONS, architectural manager at NAL.
Tor Inge has experience as a project manager of large scale projects and is a winner of international architectural competitions. He has experience from curating, moderating, lecturing, teaching and being a critique nationally and internationally and has received several grants and scholarships. In both 2010 and 2012, he was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale.
Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at the University of Arizona | Tuscon, AZ | USA
Joel Cuello is the Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at the University of Arizona. His technical expertise in both engineering and biology provides the platform for engineering designs in various agricultural and biological systems with an emphasis on optimizing biological and agricultural productivities while fostering resource sustainability and environmental protection.
Prof. Cuello has designed, constructed and implemented varied types of engineered agricultural or biological systems, including those applied in bioregenerative space life support, vertical farming, plant tissue culture, micropropagation, industrial mass production of algae and plant cell and microbial cultures for production of biomass, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, etc. He is the Principal Inventor of the patented algae photobioreactor series — the Accordion photobioreactors — and is the creator of the Minimally Structured, Modular and Prefabricated Vertical Farm design (the Vertical Greenbox® Solution) that is considered an archetypal design for Vertical Farming 2.0.
Senior Regional Planner at Verband Region Stuttgart | Germany
Christoph Hemberger is Senior Regional Planner at Verband Region Stuttgart. He oversees the Verband Region Stuttgart`s policy to promote the strategic development of sites for affordable housing and industrial uses. Furthermore, he manages a project on the issue of climate change adaptation within the Stuttgart Region, to prepare cities for heat waves and flooding.
One of Christoph’s upcoming projects of major importance will be designing a programme for a comprehensive (regional) advisory service that aims at integrated spatial development of cities, considering issues like demographics, affordable housing, accessibility, public transportation, climate change and quality of open spaces and their interdependencies.
Marius Gjerset Technology Manager for ZERO in Oslo. He has a broad experience, knowledge and overview for zero-emission solutions. Marius works with emission-free maritime solutions, buses and public transport, environmental requirements in public procurement, as well as fossil-free plastics and materials.
Previously, Marius has worked extensively on CO2 capture and storage, emissions from the offshore sector and with renewable energy in ZERO. Marius Gjerset is a civil engineer within Energy and Environment from NTNU.
Global Future Cities Co-leader and Future Cities Technology Leader at EY | Milan | Italy
Gianluca Di Pasquale is EY Global Future Cities Co-Leader and Future Cities Technology Leader. He has 20 years of work experience at the intersection of business and technology and focuses on the strategic management of innovation. Gianluca is a passionate leader seeking to inspire leading cities and companies in various industries to establish new business models enabled by the Internet economy and mitigate climate change through sustainable energy production and consumption.
Gianluca holds several international patents, some of which have re-established the principles of operation and the economic models of modern communication networks. He is a social entrepreneur of the NGO “Engineering Without Borders”, a spin-off of University Polytechnics which has become a benchmark in its sector according to the United Nation independent report, with hundreds of projects around the world.
Vice Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air and Energy Transition at the City of Rotterdam | Netherlands
As Vice Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air and Energy Transition of the City of Rotterdam, Arno Bonte is committed to a sustainable and energy-efficient city. He is working towards an economy that runs on clean energy, arranging other ways of heating and cooking and creating more wind and solar energy.
With the energy transition, Rotterdam ‘s ambitions are high. Nationally, CO2 emissions need to be reduced by 49% by 2030, and in 2050 Rotterdam needs to be climate neutral. To reach this, far-reaching and radical measures are needed, as Rotterdam is still largely dependent on fossil fuels.
Head of Section Sustainable Procurement at the City of Oslo | Norway
As the Head of Section Sustainable Procurement at the City of Oslo, Espen Nicolaysen focuses on reaching Oslo’s climate goals. His main responsibility is to influence and facilitate that the City of Oslo’s sustainability goals are implemented in all of the city’s procurements processes. Espen uses every opportunity to drive his city towards a more sustainable future.
Currently, Espen is working on zero-emission construction sites and zero emission transportation and deliveries to the city of Oslo. He is excited about the development and implementation of mutual requirements for zero-emission construction sites in all the municipality’s procurements.
Head of Technology & Business Support at Entra | Oslo | Norway
Trond Simonsen is the Head of technology and business support at Entra. Through collaboration, innovation and sharing, Entra is committed to driving change in its industry. One of their successful projects was refurbishing an existing office building into a “Powerhouse”, which over its lifetime will produce more energy than it consumes.
Trond feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work for a company which is fully engaged in taking climate actions and bringing its industry towards a climate neutral future. He has seen that working with a 360-degree approach towards sustainability, as a team together with partners, suppliers and competitors, gives results and drives change in his industry.
As a manager for ÅF Lighting, Morten Jensen strives to make a change to the better in our cities even in the dark hours. He works with lighting solutions where sustainability always is the #1 focus point. Morten focuses on how light can make all places available for everybody. Especially when it comes to safety and security, as well as universal design.
Morten is passionate about creating safe and happy places, where people like to spend their time even during dark hours. A new light concept from ÅF Lightings called Liquid Light priors the well-being and Joy as well as cutting the power consumption.
Jens Ulltveit-Moe is Founder and CEO of Umeo and is Chairman of CICERO and Norway203040. As Chairman of Norway203040, his mission is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and support the government in delivering on its national climate commitment in 2030. Jens believes in the business sectors ability to drive change. His main passion and main priorities today are to engage the leaders in the business sector as well as youth and the future generations in creating an industrial solution for a low carbon society.
Jens is currently engaged in building and financing the new The Climate House at the Natural History Museum in Oslo. This will be an arena for communicating research on climate and the environment, primarily targeted to a young audience.
Head of Department of ITI Management & Metropolitan Cooperation at the City of Brno | Czech Republic
Petr Šašinka is the Head of Department of ITI Management & Metropolitan Cooperation at the City of Brno. He is Expert on strategic metropolitan planning of the Czech Republic. For more than 8 years Petr has been trying to change the mindset of the people about the development of the City of Brno. He aims to transfer from development within administrative boundaries into „metropolitan thinking “.
Petrs passion is the historical context in regional development which shows the inter-municipal cooperation is based on a unique historical memory. “If you do not understand history properly, you are not able to change anything in the future.”
Manager at the Unit for Research, Innovation, and a Circular Economy at the City of Toronto | Canada
Meaghan Davis is the Acting Manager for the City of Toronto’s Unit for Research, Innovation, and a Circular Economy (UFRICE). By striving toward an aspirational goal of zero waste and being Ontario's first municipality with a circular economy, Meaghan is working with her team to effect positive change for Toronto. One of her most exciting and rewarding projects to date is Toronto's first project to generate renewable natural gas (RNG) from Green Bin organic waste. This project will enable the City of Toronto to create a closed-loop approach where organics-collection-trucks can be powered by the waste product they collect.
Currently, Meaghan focuses on ramping up Toronto’s effort to pilot circular economy principles in procurements. She is leveraging the City's purchasing power to try and shift the way people think about waste, how products and packaging are designed, and how waste is managed to maximise resource recovery.
Head of Urban Development at ÅF | Stockholm | Sweden
As Head of Urban development, Helena Paulsson heads up ÅF’s Future Cities initiative. She has many years’ experience of contributing to the sustainability of cities and urban areas as a landscape architect and urban developer. With a focus on utilising the cross-disciplinary capabilities of ÅF within energy, infrastructure, logistics and urban design, she is excited about the opportunities provided by digitalisation and innovation to tackle worldwide challenges.
Helena’s main passion and priority is liveability - creating attractive cities and places where everyone feels welcome and included.
Gerben van Straaten is the CEO of World of Walas and helps cities to draft sustainable policies, to bring urban innovations to cities, and to do large scale projects where he and his team grow social-economic background for local use.
Gerben is currently focusing on a series of international urban projects on 4 continents that starts with their Phoenix West project in partnership with the city of Dortmund and many innovators, a large scale and complete urban area development, the first one of a series of large endeavours they are undertaking. Gerben believes that humans caused changes to go so fast that we constantly have to innovate to heal what they destruct and to innovate does not help anymore. Collaboration with many is the key to success.
CEO of Seven Steps to Heaven | Eindhoven | Netherlands
Gertjan Meeuws is the CEO of Seven Steps to Heaven. With decades of experience collecting horticultural data, consulting on best practices, and running successful indoor farms, Seven Steps to Heaven have been involved in the evolution of indoor farming from an early stage
Gertjan is excited about a number of indoor farming projects in remote areas and about some relevant opportunities in the field of botanical medicines. He is happy to say that indoor farming is becoming more and more economically feasible for many applications, and at the same time, there is still so much to be discovered at the crossing of biology and technology.
As the Director of business development at Veidekke Eiendom, Audun Blegen implemented new practices for his company like considering standardisation, use of sustainable materials and eco-friendly mobility solutions.
Currently, Audun in focusing on green capital solutions both for his business and for his customers. He is excited about his new office in Bergen, which will be sustainable in all relevant aspects.
Head of Unit for Sustainable Mobility at the City of Gothenburg | Sweden
Iréne Stewart Claesson is the Head of Unit for Sustainable Mobility at the City of Gothenburg. Her mission is to work for sustainable mobility for citizens, visitors and businesses. One of Irénes most successful projects is the creation of consolidation centres for last mile city distribution of goods with small electric vehicles.
Irénes present focus is to create service solutions that make seamless combined travel possible, in close collaboration with public transportation and others. Her passion is to help people to understand their driving forces and priorities better and to develop more attractive services that can compete with cars.
As CEO of Holding Graz, Wolfgang Malik is responsible for leading the development and execution of a new Urban Mobility strategy. Graz needs to implement effective alternatives, including alternative fuels, to conventional means of transport and give way to the transition to a more responsible and less polluting mobility.
Wolfgang’s main transport and mobility-related challenge for the urban agglomeration Graz and its surrounding regions is to find solutions for the daily commuter flow to Graz. To achieve that aim he tries to create a transport system that meets individual needs for a rapid, efficient, safe and cost-effective movement of people and goods.
Communication & Dissemination Officer at ANCI - Italian Association of Cities and Municipalities | Rome | Italy
Simone d'Antonio is a journalist based in Rome and he works at the Italian Association of Cities and Municipalities (ANCI). He oversees the communication and dissemination activities of the National URBACT Point for Italy and contributes to the work of the ANCI's Studies and Research Department. Along the years he coordinated the communication of many EU co-funded projects involving Italian and European cities.
Simone's articles and reportages on urban topics appeared, among the others, on The Guardian, Reuters, The Atlantic, Citylab, Citiscope, Place, Il Sole 24 Ore and La Repubblica. Simone is also part of the Solutions Journalism Network and actively contributes to the Urban Journalism Academy programme, launched by UN-Habitat to promote innovative storytelling on cities.
As Product Manager at ZAPTEC, Filip Nag focuses on creating excellent user experiences for his current and future products. His aim is that it shouldn't be a hassle to convert over to a sustainable lifestyle, and it should be a joy for his customers to charge their electric vehicle at home every day. Filip has already been responsible for providing large scale charging solutions for electric vehicles to hundreds of housing cooperatives all around Norway.
Filip is excited about bringing his charging solutions out to every new electric vehicle owner around the world. His passion is in performance. Only by creating new technology at new speeds, it will be possible to achieve the future of tomorrow in our lifetime.
Elise Sofie Rasmussen is Architect at the municipality of Bærum. She works on reducing the square meter usage in buildings, to create more energy efficient architecture. Less square meters built, equals lower material usage, less transport, less square meters to sustain etc. Currently, she focuses on creating safe and sustainable architecture for all users; the people working, learning and/ or living in these buildings.
Elise's passion lately, when it comes to design and sustainability, has been timber architecture. In Norway, more and more striking timer buildings, which are both user-friendly and sustainable, are being planned and completed.
CEO of the National Capital Commission | Ottawa | Canada
Tobi Nussbaum is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission, a federal crown corporation that plans Canada’s national capital region. His professional experience has included work as a senior public servant, diplomat, lawyer and politician.
In 2014, Tobi was elected as a city councillor in the City of Ottawa, a role in which he championed sustainable land-use planning and transportation, transparency and accountability, as well as ambitious city building. An active contributor to urban issues as a writer and speaker.
Advisor on Energy Transition at the European Commission, DG Energy | Brussels | Belgium
Eero Ailio is the Advisor on Energy Transition at the European Commission, DG Energy in Brussels.
Eero`s mission is to raise the citie´s role in driving forward the clean energy transition. This means using opportunities from the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislation, the Global and Regional Covenants of Mayors and other bottom-up initiatives. He is excited about upgrading Covenant Europe for climate neutrality and developing synergies with the corporate sector.
Vice Mayor of Environment & Climate at the City of Stockholm | Sweden
Katarina Luhr is the Vice Mayor of the City of Stockholm. She entered the Stockholm City Council in 2010 representing the Green party. Currently, Katarina is a member of the political board of the Covenant of Mayors in Europe, representing EUROCITIES.
Climate, biodiversity, air quality and water are Katarina Luhr’s main priorities, and she is dedicated to continue striving towards a greener and more environmentally friendly city with a high quality of life.
Director of CICERO - Center for International Climate Research | Oslo | Norway
Kristin Halvorsen is Director of CICERO - Center for International Climate Research. She is leading an international climate research institute which is contributing to research and knowledge for climate-friendly cities.
During her term as Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2009, she changed the taxes what contributed to a high increase in the sale of electric cars.
Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport at the City of Oslo | Norway
Arild Hermstad is the Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport in the City of Oslo. He is also the national spokesperson for the Green Party in Norway.
Formerly, Arild led the Norwegian environmental organization «The Future in our Hands» for 15 years. Under his leadership, the organization became by far the largest among the environmental organizations in Norway.
Director of CNCA - Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance | San Francisco | USA
Johanna Partin is Director of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance—a collaboration of global cities committed to reducing greenhouse gases by at least 80% by 2050 or sooner—at the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). Previously, Johanna served as North America Regional Director for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Senior Policy Advisor on Environment to San Francisco Mayors Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee.
Johanna has 25 years' experience in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, microfinance, sustainable development and gender equity, and has worked in 15 different countries around the world.
Co-founder of Cities4Forests | New York City | USA
Sarah Jane Wilson is the Co-founder of the initiative Cities4Forests, a network of cities committed to improving forests in and out of their boundaries. As an expert in tropical forest ecology and rural livelihoods, Sarah brings pressing global environmental and social issues to the attention of cities with cultural and innovative power. She aims to make these cities develop solutions to protect the environments and communities that support them.
Sarah is especially excited about the potential to bring people from the city to the forest ecosystems - virtually and in person - on which they depend via shared water, air and climate. Her main passion is to help cities make robust, proactive decisions regarding forests. As a researcher, Sarah is also passionate about understanding tropical forest recovery and developing strategies to restore forests that work for both people and nature.
Sustainability Advisor at the Procurement Department at the City of Oslo | Norway
As the Sustainability Advisor at the Procurement Department at the City of Oslo, Geir Rossebø is developing environmental criteria and requirements for the procurements of goods and services in the municipality. He has developed new standard criteria and guidelines on how to include requirements for zero-emission transport in tender documents.
Currently, Geir is working on how to use minimum criteria for zero emission vehicles in tenders. He believes it is important to have a system approach and investigate the environmental impacts in advance, to know where to put the right effort.
Consultant, Partner & Chairman of civitas | Oslo | Norway
Eivind Selvig is Consultant, Partner & Chairman of civitas. Over the past 25 years, he has developed climate strategies and action plans for the Norwegian state and several Norwegian counties, municipalities, towns and private companies. Eivind also led the work with the Norwegian standard method for greenhouse gas calculations for buildings (NS 3720).
Currently, Eivind is working on a proposal for how to implement carbon limits for building materials in the Norwegian building regulation! He is excited about the upcoming strategic work on how towns and municipalities can transfer to the low and zero-emission society.
Special Advisor at Akershus County Council | Oslo | Norway
Liv Maren Bjørnstad is Special adviser at Akershus Country Council. Liv is passionate about the connection between land use and transport planning. She has worked on several projects on this topic within the low carbon umbrella of Interreg, such as SMART-MR. They aim to find solutions and help local and regional authorities improve transport policies.
Liv is excited about implementing the SMART-MR project in Akershus. She knows that to achieve low-carbon communities, it is important to maintain liveability and quality in our urban spaces and reduce the need for motorised personal transport.
Transport Analyst at the City of Stockholm | Sweden
Anne Bastian is a Transport Analyst at the City of Stockholm and investigates the effects of current and potential vehicle access policies in Stockholm. She also advises the city’s climate action planning.
Anne sees her role in enabling evidence-based policy decisions and priorities. After completing a PhD in Transport System, she joined the City of Stockholm to do just that.
Secretary General of METREX - Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas | London | UK
Henk Bouwman is Secretary General of METREX, the Network for European Metropolitan Regions and Areas, with 47 member city-regions from all over Europe. Since his appointment in 2016, he has been building out the network and is developing a research sub-network focussing on Metropolitan issues.
Henk established in 1998 his own urbanism practice UiP urban producers that specialise in designing long-term urban change in Places of Connection: where Urban Change meets Infrastructural Interventions. Over the years he has specialised in how cities can maximise socio-economic benefit from rail infrastructure.
Viviana Rubbo is an architect, urban researcher and Co-founder of Urban Reports. Urban Reports is an international collective that uses photography as a tool to explore contemporary landscapes and raise awareness around the present and urgent spatial and social dynamics.
Currently, Viviana is based in Rotterdam, where she cooperates with INTI – the International New Town Institute). Previously she has worked worldwide with the International Urban Development Association (INTA) and at the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP). Her interest is to keep challenging the complex urban and territorial development.
Manager for International, European and Interregional Affairs at perspective.brussels | Belgium
Alfredo Corbalan is Manager for International, European and Interregional Affairs at perspective.brussels. In the last 15 years, he has involved Brussel in different European projects related to territorial development and metropolitan cooperation.
Alfredo aims to always bring a broader perspective to city challenges and connect local and global agendas. He is passionate about cities, Europe and the future of our Planet. Alfredo thinks that working on urban issues and international affairs is an exciting task because it involves all aspects of life and the need to bridge the gap between local reality and global challenges.
Environmental Advisor at Undervisningsbygg | Oslo | Norway
As Environment Adviser at Undervisningsbygg, Bodil Motzke is genuinely interested in the environment and is worried about the climate changes. She wants to make a difference in how we develop and build schools and make sure to act according to the climate targets of Oslo.
Bodil is excited about a new project in the FutureBuilt programme where they will reuse old bricks and granite for a new school building. Reused building materials, emission-free building sites and solar energy are topics that caught her interest in the past years.
Franc Weerwind is the Mayor of the City of Almere, a new town with a pioneering spirit and the second largest city in the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam. Franc focuses on urban solutions by using his city as a metropolitan living lab for challenges like energy and Co2 emissions. Smart and affordable housing, health, smart grids and mobility are areas of his interest in which projects, ideas and new business models are being deployed.
Together with bio-based innovations, recycling of materials and creating a circular economy Franc aims to make his region smart and sustainable. In 2022 the City of Almere will organize an international horticulture exhibition, the Floriade.
CEO & Founder of Lendager Group | Copenhagen | Denmark
Anders Lendager is architect, CEO and founder of Lendager Group. He has been immersed in the development and promotion of the concept of sustainability in practice and as an external consultant, keynote speaker and lecturer at larger events and conferences on environmental matters and resources.
Anders is recognized as a sustainability pioneer, who is known for pushing the boundaries to make Danish and international construction and design more sustainable. Anders is extending frontiers in projects that he is immersing himself in by exploring the myriad of possibilities in sustainable construction and strategic sustainable development.
Anders has mastered the art of rethinking the foundation for how we go about construction projects and for how to generate new methods for upcycling of materials. His pioneering spirit is strong when it comes to creating a sustainable tomorrow, where waste is an architectonic resource and where the built environment incentivizes a circular economy.
Executive Member for Environment, Planning & Transport at Manchester City Council | UK
Angeliki Stogia is the Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport at the City of Manchester. She holds the responsibility for delivering on Manchester’s commitment to be zero carbon by 2038.
Next to that, Angeliki also oversees the delivery of projects to encourage higher levels of cycle use and a Clean Air Plan for the city. Her interest is to deliver the best service for the people in Manchester and to make Manchester a cleaner, greener, healthier, sustainable and inclusive city.
Vice-Ministre of Environment at the Government of Peru & Founder of Ciudad Saludable | Lima | Peru
Albina Ruiz-Ríos is the Vice-Ministre of Environment at the Government of Peru and Founder of Ciudad Saludable. For more than 30 years she has been devotedly working on initiative and projects transforming garbage challenges into powerful opportunities. Albina recognized the value of reusable and recyclable solid waste and how waste pickers create their own job by collecting the waste of others.
Albina is leading Peru towards a “Peru Limpio” (Clean Peru.) She is with her whole heart committed to her work and really drives change in her city and country. Today there are no more garbage piles in the city and the citizen are aware of recycling.
Christine Sagen Helgø is the Mayor of the City of Stavanger, Norway's fourth largest City. She strives to let Stavanger be a clear and progressive city that is taking climate actions. Yet she has advocated aggressive emission targets of an 80% cut by 2030.
Currently, Christiane is focusing on a new comprehensive green transport package fort Stavanger and its region. She is pushing for new technological solutions in her City that will help cut emissions dramatically. Her vision is to run her City greener and smarter.
Executive Committee Member responsible for Ecological Transition & Resilience, Montreal’s Space for Life and Urban Agriculture at the City of Montreal | Canada
As a Committee Member at Montreal’s Space for Life and Urban Agriculture, Laurence Lavigne Lalonde is responsible for Ecological Transition & Resilience. Her duty is to orchestrate drastic changes to municipal by-laws and practices to make Montréal greener, more innovative and more resilient.
Before entering politics, Laurence worked in project management in France, Laos and Peru for Oxfam and the French Red Cross. She has since taken on many responsibilities on various committees, including Vice President of the Montréal Urban Agglomeration’s Standing Committee on Finance and Administration and Vice President of its Standing Committee on Economic and Urban Development and Housing.
Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Urban Green Structure, Environment, Climate & Energy at the City of Lisbon and EGC2020 Coordinator | Portugal
Sofia Cordeiro is a Senior Advisor to the Environment Deputy Mayor’s Office of the City of Lisbon. She works on strategic policies for efficiency in water and energy management, coordinating the work of the Municipality with the local districts and major stakeholders and promoting projects for citizen engagement with the city’s sustainability targets.
Sofia aims to close the urban water cycle in Lisbon and replace non-potable uses with recycled water. She recognizes her responsibility in leaving future generations with a city that can sustainably grow. To achieve that, Sofia follows the fact, that especially as a Southern European city, it is necessary to use water wisely.
Project Manager - Oslo European Green Capital 2019 at the City of Oslo | Norway
Anita Lindahl Trosdahl is the Project Manager for Oslo Green Capital 2019 at the City of Oslo. In her career, she has continuously worked to improve Oslo’s international connectivity with the aim to inspire positive change in city services by international exchange, projects and dialogue.
Anita is currently managing Oslo’s European Green Capital year. In this year her aim is to mobilise citizens, NGO’S and the business community to contribute even more to ensure long term sustainability. She is really excited about the push from young people demanding climate action now.
Vice-President of the Greater Paris Metropolis | France
Valérie Mayer-Blimont is Vice President of the Greater Paris Metropolis. As special adviser to the President Patrick Ollier, Valérie is in charge of the project “Inventing the Greater Paris Metropolis”.
Valérie Mayer-Blimont is also Vice-President of the Atelier Parisien d'Urbanisme, which studies and analyses the urban and societal evolutions of the metropolitan area and of the Metropolitan Forum of Greater Paris, which brings together all the Francilian communities. As such, she contributed alongside the City of Paris and the Association des Maires d'Ile de France to the White Paper on “Mobility towards 2030”.
Mohamed Ridouani is the Mayor of the City of Leuven. Previously he was responsible for Education, Sustainability, Economy and Urban Development at his City. Mohamed aims to turn Leuven into one of the most caring, green and prosperous cities in Europe. He works towards this goal together with the citizens, knowledge institutions, companies and organizations.
Mohamed is the inspirer of Leuven 2030, in which more than 500 companies, organizations and citizens are united to turn Leuven into a sustainable and CO2-neutral city by the year 2030. For that cooperation, Leuven received the European Green Leaf Award 2018 from the European Commission.
Development Manager at Forum Virium | Helsinki | Finland
Kaisa Spilling works as a development manager at Forum Virium Helsinki. She is accelerating digital innovation and design thinking in urban planning, smart living, mobility, and wellbeing. Kaisa is responsible for the developing urban lab offering in Forum Virium Helsinki and has been working on new sustainable services for a smarter everyday together with the Smart Kalasatama Innovation platform for the past 4 years.
Her expertise lies in open innovation, co-creation, and business design. She has a strong background in marketing communications and branding.
Interreg Europe Lead Partner at Bærum Municipality | Norway
Arthur Wøhni is the Interreg Europe Lead Partner at Bærum Municipality.
Arthur and his team are building a zero-emission city on the former airport of Fornebu. Arthur focuses on building with more density near future metro station making support for green travelling and livable communities.
Senior Scientist at NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research | Oslo | Norway
As Senior Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Hai-Ying Liu is working in fields that contribute to the cities sustainable development. She dedicated her research work to environmental impacts and sustainability.
Hai-Ying is currently focusing on urban sustainability, nature-based solutions, citizens observatories and improving health and wellbeing in cities.
MGI Director and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company | Shanghai | China
Jonathan is the director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey's Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey's work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world.
Jonathan is co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative—a joint venture of Columbia University, Tsinghua University, and McKinsey—that aims to develop and implement solutions to China's urbanization challenges. He has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, energy and sustainability, e-commerce, and the economic impact of the Internet, as well as on productivity growth and economic development in China and Asia.
Partner, Danish Government and Public Sector Leader at EY | Copenhagen | Denmark
As Partner at EY, Jonas Groes is responsible for the public and governmental sector at EY Denmark and for major clients such as the Municipality of Copenhagen, The Danish Regions, the Danish Business Authority and the Ministry of Finance. EY is shaping the future of Danish cities by aiding the Danish public and governmental sector in their digital transformation with progressive technologies within intelligent automation e.g. robotic process automation, machine learning and data analytics.
Jonas is excited about his upcoming digital projects with various cities on how EY can better support them in terms of accessibility. Across Denmark, there is a great focus on optimizing accessibility and mobility by using smart solutions. Jonas is very passionate about helping the Danish public and government sector to be sustainable and future-proof by leveraging new technologies and innovations.
Team Leader of Urban Environment Policy at European Commission, DG Environment | Brussels | Belgium
Benjamin Caspar is currently the Team Leader of Urban Environment Policy at the European Commission. Before this, he worked on developing sustainable food and food waste reduction policy.
Ben joined the European Commission in 2012 to work on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. He then moved on to work on the environmental labelling of products, including running the European Ecolabel scheme for four years.
Susanne Lützenkirchen is Air Quality Adviser for the City of Oslo. She is working with monitory and modelling air quality and measures to improve it. Currently, Susanne is working on a project where she explores the possibility of using microsensors to monitor air quality.
Susanne is passionate about improving the health conditions in her City. She finds the work for better health very motivating.
Lars Jacob Engelson is the Deputy CEO of Norled, the fourth biggest express-boat operator globally. In 2019 Norled turned the major crossing in Oslo green, by new battery technology. The new technology can contribute to solve congestion-problems in many cities in a fast, flexible and environmental-friendly manner.
An upcoming project of Norled will be to solve longer distance crossings by Hydrogen. This might become the first Hydrogen-ferry in the world.
Head of Environment & CSR at SAS - Scandinavian Airlines | Stockholm | Sweden
Lars is the head of Environment and CSR at SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) in Stockholm.
SAS has worked intensively for decades on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. SAS short term target is to reduce the absolute climate-impact carbon emissions by 25% in 2030 compared to 2005.
Rigmor Helene Hansen is the CEO of Undervisningsbygg Oslo KF, whose task it is to develop, build, operate and manage school buildings in Oslo.
Rigmor works on a new pilot project in the FutureBuilt program, where they have tested circular solutions by reusing building materials. In another refurbishing project, we look at how to save energy in discarded batteries from electric vehicles. Despite new exciting projects, Rigmor thinks that the most important work they do is to operate all their schools in an energy efficient way and keep a healthy environment for the students.
Kristina B. Holmblad is a senior landscape architect at SWECO, with experience from a wide range of projects in urban settings - from residential areas to urban plazas and street design.
Kristina has over 15 years of experience and has a master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture from Norway and California. Kristina has also studied sociology, social psychology and photography. Her interest in peoples´ behavior combined with the aim to design a sustainable city for the future, gives her a broad view of the topic on how to create a secure and lively city with focus on peoples’ daily life.
Marte works as a project leader at Multiconsult in Oslo. She has led a project of great importance to the Oslo based transport agency Ruter, which aimed to identify the key economical, cultural, and physical components in creating a sustainable and efficient public transport system for the future that is based on driverless vehicles. Marte is currently working on a project that will test these key components in practice.
Marte is driven by the fear of climate change and the opportunities in creating a sustainable society. Her insight into the opportunities of using technology to make transportation radically more sustainable brought her to this field.
Projects Manager at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce | UK
Cheryl McCulloch is the Circular Glasgow project manager at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, leading on business engagement to facilitate change and accelerate the transition to a circular economy in the city. Utilizing innovative tools, communications and events, Cheryl works with businesses to facilitate the adoption of circular economy principles.
Working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Circle Economy, she is currently coordinating an SME focused approach to encourage innovative new business models.
BREEAM AP/Environmental Consultant at Veidekke | Oslo | Norway
Nils Ivar Nilsen is an experienced environmental consultant with more than 20 years of practice, working at Veidekke. Today, Nils works mostly as BREEAM Accredited Professional, where he achieved a “BREEAM Outstanding” certificate for the design at Horten VGS.
Nils is BREEAM AP for the 3 new buildings at Oksenøya Senter, Fornebu which will be “BREEAM Excellent”, Futurebuildt and NZEB.
Ilona Raugze is the director of ESPON EGTC in Luxembourg. ESPON is producing and communicating territorial evidence to help cities and regions understand their development potential and perspectives in the European perspective and support the design of future oriented territorial development policies and strategies.
The main priority of ESPON at the moment is to stimulate the shift towards a more collaborative and functional approach in public policies at all scales helping stakeholders to introduce new planning, shared governance and joint investment practices at the scale of functional geographies (functional urban, cross-border, transnational etc.).
Horizon 2020 Coordinator & Project Developer at the City of Oslo | Norway
Tiina is the city of Oslo’s Horizon 2020 Coordinator and Project Developer. She bridges the gaps between the city, researchers and businesses. Her top priority is to help the city realize the potential in international innovation projects (and Horizon 2020 projects in particular!) and how these projects can make cities even better places to live in the future.
Tiina has long and varied experience from international organizations, start-ups, research institutes and not-for-profits on topics such as climate change politics, energy service innovation, renewables, civic tech, open data and citizen engagement.
Group Manager ICT & Security at Sweco Norway | Bergen | Norway
Christian Sevaldsen has more than 20 years of experience within security and safety, from most fields of industries, such as buildings, transportation, road, landscape, health, or critical infrastructure. He is currently engaged as a group leader within Sweco, who’s key competence is within security. He also functions as a security advisor in various projects.
His main strength is his holistic approach and his ability to identify how measures can influence different stakeholders, different components, interactions, and the relationship to the whole, and if it meets the given criteria. Christian is passionate about the need for a good collaboration and early involvement between the involved parties to make secure and safe design.
Head of Department for Energy & Climate at the City of Hamburg | Germany
Anselm Sprandel is the head of department for Energy and Climate in the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Previously, he held various leading positions in the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration. From 2015 to 2019 he was head of the Central Coordination Unit for Refugees.
His main task is managing the energy transition and the implementation of a challenging climate plan in Hamburg. Currently, he’s focusing on the remunicipalisation and then decarbonisation of the Hamburg district heating system. He is excited about innovative technological projects to foster energy transition, concerning for example the use of hydrogen, geothermal energy or industrial heat. In general, he is passionate about a public service that is leading in solving societal problems.
Iwan Thompson is a landscape architect and founding partner of Lala Tøyen. He believes in cities planned and built for humans in all ages and positions. Iwan’s main responsibility is to talk about and focus on the debate towards the human and aesthetic perspective of city planning and building of city space.
Currently, Iwan is working on strategy plans for an increased urban life and car reduction in city planning. He is excited about continuing to work on the planning infrastructure for cyclist together with urban nature in Oslo.
Managing Director at the Metropolitan Research Institute | Budapest | Hungary
Ivan Tosics is an “urban explorer”, eager to find interesting examples and good practices of cities to innovate urban development, for the sake of public interest and keeping the balance between social, environmental and economic interests. He was leading the project, as an outside consultant, on the Strategic Development Concept for Budapest which was approved in 2003. Until 2010, he was intensively involved in the strategic thinking about Budapest.
Currently, Ivan is one of the Programme Experts of the URBACT programme, dealing with exchange projects between innovative cities of EU countries.
Architect & Partner at Kraaijvanger | Rotterdam | Netherlands
"As an architect and partner at Kraaijvanger, Vincent van der Meulen is passionate about designing good buildings and public interiors to facilitate a better future for the people of Rotterdam. He likes to create and inspire the right conditions to keep the city and its people vital.
Vincent is currently working on the Southern area of Rotterdam, where the focus lies on sustainable buildings, green promenades, smartgrids and sustainable mobility hubs. For him, designing buildings and cities is ultimately always about creating a culture of cohesive, circular communities. "
Jacob’s current mission is building beneficial relationships between sustainable businesses, social- and cultural entrepreneurs and the City of Copenhagen.
With a broad environmental background Jacob specialises in unorthodox partnerships and development across professional boundaries in order to involve art and culture in setting the environmental and social agenda of tomorrow.
David Sim is Creative Director at Gehl. For more than ten years David has been focusing on Masterplanning Frameworks and urban design, collaborating with other professionals in the planning and building process, applying Jan Gehl’s theories to large-scale projects.
David is also renowned as an inspiring educator and lecturer, and has taught at architecture and design schools all over the world.
Member of the Board of Directors at Flussbad Berlin | Germany
In everything he does, Jan Edler is driven by potential, not problems. Under the label realities:united he has been realizing projects between architecture and art for twenty years. One of those projects, the Flussbad Berlin, was once considered as a charming utopia – today it is being made reality as an official urban development project of the city of Berlin.
What´s up next? Jan is passionately working on an artistic project, which will accompany the energy transition in Germany and the shutdown of the large thermal power stations until 2038.
For 15 years Marco Buemi has passionately worked with sustainable development and social inclusion issues for the Swedish and Italian governments and the EU.
In his current project for the City of Turin, he focuses on identifying urban and territorial requalification interventions and works towards achieving social inclusion of disadvantage groups. In his opinion, this challenging task will be becoming increasingly urgent in the upcoming years and deserves broader attention.
Maria Vassilakou was the first green vice mayor of Vienna and city councillor for urban development, traffic, climate protection, energy planning and citizen participation.
She strongly advocates sustainable urban development and gentle mobility. Maria supports the expansion of public transportation in accordance with her motto: ""Residents of Vienna should no longer have to rely on their own cars”; Vienna has one of the most affordable pricing policies for public transportation amongst all European cities.
Andreas Trisko is head of the department for Urban Development and Planning of the City of Vienna, where he leads an innovative team of eighty. He is specialized in the field of large-scale urban development projects and steered urban change processes in Vienna’s largest district.
Next to being responsible for Vienna’s overall strategies for urban planning and mobility, his focus lies on transferring these policies into the day to day practice and implementing game-changing projects.
During his 12 years as the mayor of Ghent, Daniël Termont, transformed the city into a participative, attractive and sustainable city, that serves as a great example for many other cities in Europe.
As a retired mayor and former president of Eurocities, he now focuses on helping other cities to become more sustainable. Daniël is sure that cities can learn a lot from each other, even though they all have a different DNA.
Assistant Professor & Research Director at Copenhagen Business School | Frederiksberg | Denmark
As a business economist, Dr. Luise Noring specializes in urban governance and finance, including socio-economic impact analyses, urban business models and finance mechanisms for implementation of both large-scale urban regeneration and smaller neighborhood interventions. She has several years of experience identifying and implementing models for self-governing and self-financing cities and teaches as an assistant professor at Copenhagen Business School.
Since 2016, Luise’s company, City Facilitators, has provided specialist advice and guidance on urban growth, business development and urban finance mechanisms.
Fernando Medina has been Mayor of Lisbon since 2015. Amongst his core topics are urban mobility and citizen engagement: He advocates investments in the city’s public transportation and aims to reduce cars in Lisbon’s city center. This goes hand in hand with intensifying Lisbon’s bus network and creating an extensive bike infrastructure.
Apart from that, Lisbon increased its green spaces by 20% in little more than a decade and has a biodiversity strategy as part of its climate strategy. In the center of attention are the citizens themselves: Medina wants to engage every citizen and work together personally and professionally to tackle climate change successfully.
Margaret writes and talks about unconventional, inspirational, inclusive methods of leadership. Her motto: "Let's not play the game, let's change it."
Her new book Beyond Measure is aimed at everyone who wants a better place to work. It looks at the accumulation of small, everyday thoughts and habits that generate and sustain culture: ways of speaking, listening, arguing, thinking, seeing. These aren't multimillion dollar, multi-year programs; these are small steps that anyone can take at any time, the small steps that mark the beginning of big change.
Paul Depla has been Mayor of Breda – ninth largest city of the Netherlands – since May 2015. Breda was recently awarded with the Access City Award and has togetherness and diversity in its DNA.
Together with more than 2000 citizens of Breda, Depla initiated the co-creation of the city’s vision: giving an identity to the city that the citizens can identify with and defining bold ambitions for the future. Breda aims to be the first European city to be located in a park environment, a city where people can come together, and a city on axes: Breda plans to reach Paris, Berlin, London and Copenhagen within 45 minutes by 2030.
Water Expert, President of the Portuguese Water Resources Association | Lisbon | Portugal
Susana's life turns around the water issue. She has worked in research and policy for integrated water management and territorial planning for the last 25 years for universities in Portugal and Australia.
Susana is sharing her knowledge in various functions, currently she is President of the Portuguese Water Resources Association, President of the Portuguese Governing Member of IWA and she is an appointed member of the Water Governance Initiative Group (WGI) in OECD.
Recently she also started a project that includes visiting schools and kindergartens to raise awareness for the issue of saving water among the next generation.
Co-Founder of El Desafío Foundation | Rosario | Argentina
Mario Raimondi is co-founder of El Desafío Foundation, situated in Rosario, Argentina. El Desafío focuses on youth development and citizen participation through art, urban planning, social innovation, sports and creativity. Mario has been changing cities for the better for more than 15 years now.
A highlight of his work is the Ciudades Felices festival, taking place annually in El Rosario: It connects citizens, organizations, students, professionals and governments to create Happy Cities for everyone. 2019, the Jóvenes Líderes Programme (a partner programme of the Urban Future Young Leaders Programme) took place during Ciudades Felices for the first time.
Professor of Sociology & Director of Research at Colorado State University | Fort Collins | USA
Jeni Cross is Professor of Sociology and Director of Research at the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University. As a scientist, she studies the processes of change and collaborates with schools and community agencies on a variety of community-based participatory research projects centred on sustainability and community development. While her current project focuses on regenerative development, Jeni is already excited about an upcoming project that deals with the role of social networks in accelerating the adoption of sustainable farming practices.
Jeni firmly believes that social science tools can help us solve complex problems, expand our capabilities as well as create and accelerate meaningful change.
Johanna Schäfer is founder and CEO of BonnLAB which is a city lab for the citizens of Bonn, Germany. BonnLAB is multifunctional - it is a public living room, an office for urban development & participation, a coworking space, a social innovation point, an event location and the headquarter of the NGO PROJECTSbonn. The organizations and initiatives which have been founded by PROJECTSbonn or meet at BonnLAB make grassroots projects and #SDGs2030 actions with and for sustainable and smart citizens.
Johanna is a social entrepreneur, a local activist, a convener and she studied architecture at the anthroposophically Alanus university for arts and society.
Michael Shank is passionate about cities because of their close proximity to its people. In his position as communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Michael helps cities to communicate and campaign effectively across their constituencies and inspire behaviour change and sustainable consumption. As chairman of the Brandon Planning Commission and Energy Committee he has further been able to ground his international work locally and prioritize sustainability in his hometown.
Michael firmly believes that by effectively mobilizing the community and with the necessary political will, cities can undergo game-changing transformations.
Jennifer is what you would call an inspirational urban leader!
She is an urban planner named one of the “most powerful” and “most influential” people in Canada. Jennifer spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her forward thinking and collaborative approach to city-building.
In 2018, she founded The Keesmaat Group, a senior-level urbanists crew who work with future-oriented cities, regions, companies, and organizations to advance solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including the urgent need for more efficient and less costly systems of movement and the global housing affordability crisis. Jennifer is convinced that tackling these issues does not always require big spending; however, “they do require a clear-eyed vision of the future we are seeking to create as a country”.
That vision is why we are true fans of her and you will be too, soon.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation at the University of Bergen | Norway
Siddharth Sareen is convinced that by getting our cities right we can accelerate the energy transformation that is so urgently needed. As a human geographer and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bergen, his research tries to explain how cities govern energy infrastructure and focuses on questions of social and environmental equity and justice.
Over the past years, Siddharth has worked in several countries and established an international, interdisciplinary research profile. He currently leads a project on solar uptake in Portugal and supports a project on smart grid development in Norway.
Vice President at The Keesmaat Group | Toronto | Canada
For more than 15 years, Alex Mather has played a central role in the development of strategies and the implementation of projects that focus on integrating 21st century city building with the evolving economic landscape. Experienced in delivering impactful, tailored communications strategies, he is passionate about helping organizations, political parties, and movements create progressive change.
Alex has been working closely with Jennifer Keesmaat towards a more sustainable Toronto; first, as Communications Director on her mayoral campaign and since June 2019 as Vice President of The Keesmaat Group, a team of senior-level urbanists who support future-oriented cities, regions, companies and organizations in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Building Physicist and Sustainability Engineer at ABT | Delft | The Netherlands
As a building physicist at ABT, Annebeth is dedicated to creating buildings that are not only comfortable, but also sustainable and further increase the liveability of a city. She is particularly excited about the numerous high-rise projects appearing in different Dutch city centres at the moment, as they bring both, challenges and opportunities for sustainability and urban resilience. Currently, Annebeth focuses on the new terminal for Schiphol Amsterdam Airport and a multinational headquarter in The Hague.
In order to create healthier, safer and more resilient cities, Annebeth certainly knows about the benefits of a multidisciplinary team: “The challenges we face are too big for a single engineer, but together we can change our way of living to one that is truly sustainable”.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Simply Rational Ltd. | Berlin | Germany
Niklas Keller helps people to make better decision. How? Through augmented intelligence, smart design of decision environments and training in core decision competences. As cognitive scientist and organisational psychologist, his research focuses on the development of simple and robust decision aids for use in situations characterized by time pressure, stress and high stake (military, police, emergency medical services).
Niklas is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Simply Rational, a consulting and training company specialised in predictive analytics, behavioural science, and organizational change, as well as guest researcher at the Charité University Hospital Berlin of the Charité Working Group on Data Science in Peri-Operative Care.
Director of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance | San Francisco | USA
Johanna Partin is Director of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance — a collaboration of global cities committed to reducing greenhouse gases by at least 80% by 2050 or sooner — at the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). Previously, Johanna served as North America Regional Director for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Senior Policy Advisor on Environment to San Francisco Mayors Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee.
Johanna has 25 years’ experience in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, microfinance, sustainable development and gender equity, and has worked in 15 different countries around the world.
Deputy Director of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance | Oslo | Norway
As Deputy Director of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), Trude Rauken concentrates on the transformation of urban systems in order to reach carbon neutrality, as well as on the necessity to rethink urban leadership to eventually achieve this goal. Prior to that, she worked as a special adviser for the City of Oslo, where she mainly focused on the implementation of the city’s climate action plan.
Trude is convinced that “in the end, the world is local”, which is why she is so passionate about supporting public administrations in reaching the 1.5-degree target. Her prior aim is to help climate vanguard cities in their fight to cut emissions while at the same time ensuring an improved quality of life for all people.
Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal | Barcelona | Spain
Cities are the future; but in order for cities to become healthier places for people to live in, it is necessary to recognize the link between urban and transport planning, and health. As Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen does not only recognize, but provide scientific evidence for this link. He was further able to develop different models that help cities to actually quantify the health impacts urban and transport policies have on their residents.
Mark truly believes that a healthy city is also a sustainable and liveable city, which is why changes in land use and transportation patterns, as well as the greening of cities is so urgently needed.
Global Advisor on Housing, Author, Scientist & Award-Winning Urban Strategist | Paris | France
Dr Orna Rosenfeld is known as a dynamic and effective advocate for affordable housing, particularly for the advancement of housing sector knowledge, investment and policy. In her position as an independent advisor, Orna has provided research and counsel to an extensive number of international organisations and banks, governments and selected cities, and thereby contributed to the provision of affordable housing in 56 countries in Europe, North America and Central Asia.
She is passionate about inclusive growth and believes in strengthening equality of opportunity, reducing territorial inequalities and promoting urban diversity and inclusion for all.
Gil Friend is a systems ecologist, serial social entrepreneur, and widely considered one of the grandfathers of the sustainable business movement. For five years, Gil served as Chief Sustainability Officer of the city of Palo Alto, California, where he led the development of one of the most aggressive climate action plans of any North American city.
Gil is currently focusing on the linked challenges of how to rapidly expand the reach and scale of his work, how to finance the future we want, and how to eliminate or transcend the market-distorting subsidies and externalities that stand in our way.