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Cohort of Young Leaders 2020 .

Covid-19 Update for the YLP 2020!

Due to Covid-19 and UFGC20 not taking place, our batch of 2020 Young Leaders is automatically offered a spot for the Young Leaders Programme at 2021. We will open applications for additional Young Leaders by the end of 2020. Sign up for our Young-Leaders-Newsletter group on the bottom of this page to stay tuned for 2021 & follow us on our Social Media Channels. For any specific questions, contact programme coordinator Cornelia at cornelia@urban-future.org

Curious to get to know the Young Leaders 2020?

Here we go!

The Young Leaders 2020 come from 45 cities in 31 countries and are passionate about a huge variety of topics, including urban mobility, livable districts, tactical urbanism, water, youth empowerment, policy, and many more.
Take a look and read what their #1 actions as mayors of their cities would be:
Miguel González Vaz

Project Assistant at EUROCITIES | Brussels | Belgium
Maral Koohestanian

Researcher at Fraunhofer IAO / Global Shapers | Stuttgart | Germany
Shweta Gandhi

Architect at Sharjah Museums Authority  | Sharjah | United Arab Emirates
David Klepej

Junior Researcher at Biotechnical Faculty at University of Ljubljana | Ljubljana | Slovenia
Mariana Marmelada

Architecture Master Student at the University of Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal
Seble Samuel

East Africa Communications and Knowledge Management Officer at CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Addis Ababa | Ethiopia
Lauren Ieiden

Urban Planner at Troy Planning + Design | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Marthe van Gils

Researcher / Designer at Veldacademie | Rotterdam | The Netherlands
Yasmina Youssef

Part-Timer Assistant Lecturer at Arab Academy for Science and Technology | Alexandria | Egypt
Martha Marisa Wanat

Managing Director of BICICLI Corporate Cycling Solutions | Berlin | Germany
Afua Wilcox

Architect and PhD Candidate at TU Delft & AAC | Johannesburg | South Africa
Brittany Quale

Associate II at EnviroIssues | Portland | United States
Martinho Augusto

Geographer at GIPP | Porto | Portugal
José Roberto Lagunes Trejo

Supervisor Community Development at Fundación Hogares | Mexico City | Mexico
Marina Klanjčić

Junior Data Science Researcher at ISI Foundation | Zagreb/Turin | Croatia/Italy
Mounir Kabbara

Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers | Dubai | United Arab Emirates
Ellen Ryan

Graduate Planner at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Victorian State Government) | Geelong | Australia
Ivan Tamayo Ramos

Founder of Tierradura | Culiacán | México
Liza Farr

Graduate Student at MIT | Cambridge | United States
Darryle Ulama

Graduate Researcher at MIT | Cambridge | United States
Lauren Craik

Research Assistant at MIT | Cambridge | United States
Lina Oliveira

Architect at Campo Grande City Hall | Campo Grande | Brazil
Justine Tytgat

Business Consultant at Möbius Business Redesign | Ghent | Belgium
Mathis Dippon

Project Manager at Act.Now | Vienna | Austria
Kristen Zupancic

Trend & Innovation Analyst at The Class of 2020 | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Narjis Zehra

Playground Researcher at Habib University | Karachi | Pakistan
Jaffer Muljiani

Sustainability Consultant at BDP | London | United Kingdom
Deanna Han

Negative Emissions Consultant at Applied Negative Emissions Centre | Toronto | Canada
Bárbara Montalva

Youth Cultural Manager at Centro Cultural da Juventude | São Paulo | Brazil
Ekaterina Solovova

Founder of Elderberry Café | Budapest | Hungary
Jop Spoelstra

Innovation Program Manager at Technolution | Rotterdam | The Netherlands
Jessica Watts

Engineer at Arup | Sydney | Australia
Ruben Morgan

Graduate Researcher Assistant at MIT | Cambridge | United States
Trevelyan Wing

Centre Researcher at Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, University of Cambridge | Cambridge | United Kingdom
Olga Mnishko

Project Producer at Open Urban Lab (OUL) | Saint Petersburg | Russia
Gianella Chinchilla

Policy Associate at Gladstein, Neandross, and Associates (GNA) | Los Angeles | United States
Rotem Carmi

Creative Urban Producer at Hareshet (The Network) | Be'er Sheva | Israel
Ana-Maria Enache

Event Administrator at Emerson SRL | Cluj-Napoca | Romania
Ellie Murtagh

Climate Resilience Coordinator at Sniffer | Edinburgh | Scotland
Ana Leite

Project Manager at InvestPorto | Porto | Portugal
Agustina Apud

Architect at Udelar | Montevideo | Uruguay
John Moody

Graduate Research Assistant at MIT | Cambridge | United States
Yuval Carny

Big Data Analyst | Tel Aviv | Israel
Mhlengi Ngcobo

Marketing Director at Corpula Group | Durban | South Africa
Sofia Barbeiro

Business Developer at Phenix Portugal | Lisbon | Portugal
Lydia Oehlwein

Urban Designer at Cityfoerster Architecture + Urbanism | Hannover | Germany
Andrew Amos

Urban Designer at ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects | Melbourne | Australia
Peter Kraus

Member of Parliament at the City of Vienna | Vienna | Austria

About the programme .

The Young Leaders Programme is a special programme track of the URBAN FUTURE global conference, taking place annually during the conference days. It is directed at passionate urban changemakers of 30 years or younger that want to change the future of our cities for the better. Up to 50 Young Leaders are chosen to be part of it after running through an online application process.

During the conference, Young Leaders have access to all “regular” conference sessions and workshops – plus exclusive programme and networking options specifically tailored to their needs. The aim of the programme is to get ambitious young CityChangers involved into the discussion about how our cities of the future should and will look like. We’re creating exclusive programme options for you that will push you, inspire you, provide you with a head full of new perspectives, and a strong network to follow whatever career path you have chosen for yourself.

This means that on top of all conference sessions, formats such as the following await you:

Mumble in the Jungle

Mumble in the Jungle

These are discussions in small groups of 6-8 attendees. In very “honest” and personal sessions, community-, business-, and city leaders share very private experiences (eg. of being a politician) and you can bug them with your questions. In these sessions, there’s a strong focus on personal experiences, skills, motivation and how to deal with frustrations along the way.

Skill Workshops

Skill Workshops

During these sessions, we’re connecting you with renowned experts from all over the world – on the topics of leadership, communication or presentation skills, for example. These workshops are focused on fostering skills and knowledge crucial to young leaders, paving their way and getting them involved.

Braincycling Sessions

Braincycling Sessions

This is where you can get together with your fellow Young Leaders and discuss your own projects – to broaden your horizon and channel different approaches and perspectives on topics that are essential to your vision of changing cities for the better.

Networking Options

Networking Options

We’re giving you exclusive networking options at the conference – for example at the official VIP and speakers’ reception, and will make sure that you get enough presence during the conference days: we want all conference participants to know who you are and get to know you! This is your chance to get connected to almost 3.000 CityChangers!

Meet the Young Leaders Alumnis .

47 Young Leaders from all around the world were chosen to join the first edition of the Young Leaders Programme happening during UFGC19 in Oslo.



came from 32 cities in 17 countries

were 51% female and 49% male

engaged in topics like water, energy, built environment & architecture,
urban food, behavioral change, raising awareness, mobility or new work

founded a network for young urban CityChangers:
The Future Urban Leaders Network


Curious to know more? Here’s our Young Leaders Alumnis Gallery, featuring all 47 programme participants including their names, cities, topics, quotes and LinkedIn profiles so you can get in touch with them:

Jamie Wylie

Masters student in Environmental Management and Policy. Lund University | Lund | Sweden

Project Officer, Fuenlabrada City Hall | Fuenlabrada |Spain
Helen Hepher

Urban Designer and Planner, David Lock Associates | Milton Keynes / London | United Kingdom
Ignacio Foyatier

Architect, Edilizia DC | Rosario | Argentina
Alexander Yacine

Scrum Master, Lecos GmbH | Leipzig | Germany
Martha Andrea Lund

Landscape architect, Rambøll | Oslo | Norway
Aroosha Zahid

Assistant Urban Designer, De Zwarte Hond | Groningen | Netherlands
Natalia Makovetskaya

Director of participatory planning department, Strelka KB | Moscow | Russia
Alessio Sevarin

Founder and CEO, UP-Ride OG | Graz | Austria
Matteo De Vos

Ecosystems Campaigner, Greenpeace Belgium | Brussels | Belgium
Valentin Kranz

Student Research Assistant, WZB Berlin Social Science Center | Berlin | Germany
Isabell Eberlein

Board Member, Changing Cities e.V. | Berlin | Germany
Ole Erik Lunder

Student, Norwegian University of Life Science & Climate pilot, Oslo Municipality | Oslo | Norway
Ján Slimák

Department of Strategy and Projects Officer, City of Bratislava | Bratislava | Slovakia
Olav Soldal

Student, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) | Ås | Norway
Tarek El Azzouzi

European Development Coordinator, Futureproofed | Leuven | Belgium
Kelly	Delaney

Masters Student, Lund University | Lund | Sweden
Fruzsina Nagy

Intern, Metabolic | Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Vanessa Mueggler

Director of New Initiatives, GI Quo Vadis | Montreal | Canada
Matt Stewart

Founder, Yarra Pools, Melbourne & MetaDada Festival, Berlin | Berlin | Germany
Jean Paul Brice Affana

Founder and Coordinator, Vital Actions for Sustainable Development (AVD) | Yaoundé | Cameroon & Bonn | Germany
Eva Paola Campos Cantu

Student, Uis | Stavanger | Norway
Nour Ghadanfar

Master of City Planning Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge | United States
Emilie Hernes Vereide

MSc Student / Climate pilot, Klimaetaten | Oslo | Norway
Collin Wagenmakers

Data Science Student / Videographer Wagenmakers Media | Eindhoven | The Netherlands
Siddharth Sareen

Postdoctoral research fellow, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, University of Bergen | Bergen | Norway
Pietro Rosso

Building Engineer and Architect | Calice Ligure (SV) | Italy
Håkon Aarseth

Product Manager, NAF | Oslo | Norway
Anastasia Wraa

BREEAM coordinator (Sustainability manager), AF Gruppen | Oslo | Norway
Saara Ilvessalo

Chair for the Urban Environment Committee, City of Turku | Turku | Finland
Fabian Lohmar

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Zentrum für Logistik und Verkehr | Essen | Germany
Eva de Bruijn

City Council Member & Social Designer, GroenLinks Eindhoven | Eindhoven | The Netherlands
Hauk Are Fjeld

Climate pilot, The city of Oslo, Filmproducer, Haukeblikk Film & Student, University of Oslo | Oslo | Norway
Antonella Amesberger

Architect, ATP Wien Planungs GmbH | Vienna | Austria
Stian Backe

PhD Candidate | Trondheim | Norway
Marius Ronde

Group manager, ÅF Engineering | Lillestrøm | Norway
Diana Marcela	Diaz Castro

Consultant, Steer | London | United Kingdom
Cynthia Zurita Véliz

Student/Consultant, Universidade de Lisboa | Lisbon | Portugal
Jonathan Naraine

Architect & Food system designer, The Foodprint Lab | Gothenburg | Sweden
Daniel Borup Jakobsen

Councillor, Aalborg Municipality & Group Marketing Manager, CompanYoung Group | Aalborg | Denmark
Samantha Suppiah

Sustainability Specialist, White Arkitekter | Stockholm | Sweden
Luisina Perassi

Architect, Humankind & El Desafío Foundation | Rosario | Argentina
Ludwig Pannach

Senior Consultant, MHP - A Porsche Company | Berlin | Deutschland
Lisa Gassler

Marketing Manager, Venuzle GmbH | Graz | Austria
Jenny Ueland

Civil Architect, Nordic - Office of Architecture | Oslo | Norway
Amanda Lona

Urban planner, Hvaler kommune | Skjærhalden | Norway