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  • Jie Tang: Vice Mayor, Shenzhen Municipal Government of China

    Jie Tang: Vice Mayor, Shenzhen Municipal Government of China

    Jie Tang is the Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal Government of China since 2009. As the leader in charge of the work of Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission, he leads the team responsible for designing and implementing Shenzhen Emissions Trading Pilot Scheme. He is the strong advocate of Shenzhen Emissions Trading Scheme and the key person who helps Shenzhen become one of the seven ETS pilots in China.Under his leadership, Shenzhen ETS pilot has made significant progress and achieved great [...]

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  • Richard M. Daley: Executive Chairman, Tur Partners LLC

    Richard M. Daley: Executive Chairman, Tur Partners LLC

    The longest-serving mayor in Chicago’s history, Richard M. Daley has earned an international reputation as a leading innovator in urban development, fiscal policy and government stewardship. As mayor, Mr. Daley enhanced Chicago’s quality of life, improved the public school system and infrastructure, strengthened the economy, reduced crime, improved transportation and made Chicago one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. Mr. Daley transformed the Chicago economy by bringing cutting-edge businesses to the city. During his 22-year tenure as [...]

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  • Isabel Dedring: Deputy Mayor of London

    Isabel Dedring: Deputy Mayor of London

    Isabel Dedring is Deputy Mayor for Transport. Before her appointment, she was the Mayor’s Environment Advisor. A qualified lawyer, she has worked across both public and private sectors including at Transport for London as Director of the Commissioner’s Policy Unit and at McKinsey and Company, where she spent four years working with clients in regulated industries including telecoms and transport.

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  • Donald B. Marron: Chairman, Lightyear Capital

    Donald B. Marron: Chairman, Lightyear Capital

    As a lifelong resident of the world’s leading city, an entrepreneur and international business leader, and an active director of several institutions critical to New York City’s civic infrastructure, Donald B. Marron’s passion for critical and innovative thinking about the pivotal role cities play in our global society is perfectly matched to NYU’s Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment’s mission. As Chairman of the Advisory Board, Mr. Marron will support and inspire the Institute to stimulate new ideas [...]

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  • Jung Hee Song: Senior Executive Vice President, KT

    Jung Hee Song: Senior Executive Vice President, KT

    Jung Hee Song, a senior executive vice president at Platform & Innovation Group, is an engineer who has opened up the first generation of engineering industries for women. Ms. Song graduated from Seoul National University in 1981 majoring in Electronics Engineering and obtained Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. Since then, she has been involved in politics, government, and academia while devoting her effort to improving development of the IT industries in Korea. [...]

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  • Richard Barkham: Group Research Director, Grosvenor Group

    Richard Barkham: Group Research Director, Grosvenor Group

    Richard Barkham is Grosvenor Group Research Director. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Grosvenor Fund Management. Richard’s expertise is in global macro economics and real estate strategy. He has worked for Grosvenor for twelve years. His first post (2000-2005) was Research Director for Grosvenor Britain & Ireland where he played a major role in providing research support for Grosvenor’s award winning retail development programme. As Group Research Director (2006-2011), Richard was responsible for risk analysis, long range forecasts and [...]

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  • Kasim Reed: Mayor of Atlanta, GA

    Kasim Reed: Mayor of Atlanta, GA

    Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since then, he has hired more than 700 police officers, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times and sanitation operations. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension [...]

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  • Bjarke Ingels: Founding Architect, BIG

    Bjarke Ingels: Founding Architect, BIG

    Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI [...]

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  • Jill Lerner: Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

    Jill Lerner: Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

    Jill Lerner is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, one of the worlds most respected and innovative architectural design firms. Operating as one firm with offices in New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Abu Dhabi, KPF is led by 23 Principals and 19 Directors. The firm’s more than 600 staff members come from 43 different countries, speak more than 30 languages, and include over 80 LEED accredited professionals. KPF’s diverse portfolio, which features over 70 projects certified [...]

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  • Janette Sadik-Khan: Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation

    Janette Sadik-Khan: Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation

    Janette Sadik-Khan has served as the Commissioner of NYCDOT since 2007. Internationally recognized for her expertise in transportation issues, public policy development and innovative finance, Sadik-Khan has implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout NYC, and ensure a state of good repair on the city’s roads, sidewalks and bridges. Sadik-Khan has overseen a series of innovative projects, including creating more pedestrian space in Times Square and along Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square, the planning [...]

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  • Michael Davidson: Managing Director, Global Real Estate, JP Morgan Chase

    Michael Davidson: Managing Director, Global Real Estate, JP Morgan Chase

    Michael Davidson is a Managing Director and Head of the New York Region & Global Corporate & Investment Bank Real Estate Portfolio at JP Morgan Chase and Co., encompassing 15MM square feet (sf) across 500 Locations in 54 Countries, with a $1.7 Billion Annual Operating Plan; Davidson joined JP Morgan in November 2010. Davidson led the Line of Business integration, strategy and overall leadership engagement for JP Morgan’s acquisition, development and occupancy of 25 Bank Street in London, involving the [...]

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  • Soumitra Dutta: Dean, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University

    Soumitra Dutta: Dean, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University

    Soumitra Dutta became the eleventh dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University on July 1, 2012. He previously served as the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology and founder and academic director of the eLab at INSEAD, a top-ranked graduate business school in Fontainebleau, France. Previous roles Dutta has held during his 22-year tenure at INSEAD include dean of external relations; dean of executive education; and dean of technology and e-learning. He [...]

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  • Eleni Reed: Chief Greening Officer, General Services Administration

    Eleni Reed: Chief Greening Officer, General Services Administration

    Eleni Reed serves as Chief Greening Officer at the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service (PBS). Eleni works with PBS business lines and regions to integrate sustainability practices in all aspects of real estate operations to increase the environmental performance of GSA’s portfolio in support of the agency’s sustainability plan. She also leads the agency’s Green Proving Ground (GPG), a program that utilizes GSA’s real estate portfolio to test and evaluate innovative building technologies and practices. The GPG program [...]

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  • Jonathan Rose: President, Rose Companies

    Jonathan Rose: President, Rose Companies

    Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider. The firm has successfully completed $1.5 billion of work. In 2005, the firm launched the nation’s first green transit oriented acquisition and redevelopment fund. The company’s mission is to repair the fabric of [...]

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  • Steven Koonin: Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress

    Steven Koonin: Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress

    Steven E. Koonin was appointed as the founding Director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress in April 2012. That consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems in the “living laboratory” of New York City. He previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy’s second Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Science from May 19, 2009 through November 18, 2011. As Under Secretary for Science, Dr. [...]

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  • Fred Dust: Partner, IDEO

    Fred Dust: Partner, IDEO

    As a Partner at IDEO, Fred Dust works with leaders and change agents to unlock the potential of innovation networks in business, government, and society. During his tenure, Fred has taken Nike executives shopping, helped to guide the realization of a future-focused education center at Stanford University, and collaborated with patients and staff to build innovative service models for the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. He’s also collaborated with the American Red Cross to redesign its donation experience and the [...]

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  • Simon Farbrother: City Manager, Edmonton and Incoming President, ICMA

    Simon Farbrother: City Manager, Edmonton and Incoming President, ICMA

    Simon Farbrother has served as Edmonton’s City Manager since January 2010, leading the civic administration through a time of tremendous growth and transformation in the city. This fall, Simon will begin his term as President of the International City/County Managers Association. He has been named one of the province’s 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture magazine and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Simon has worked in [...]

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  • Philip Enquist: Partner, Skidmore Owings & Merrill

    Philip Enquist: Partner, Skidmore Owings & Merrill

    Philip Enquist is leader of the global city design practice of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group. Phil and his studios have improved the quality and efficiency of city living on five continents by creating location-unique strategic designs that integrate nature and urban density within a framework of future-focused public infrastructure. The scale of Phil’s design perspective continues to expand from innovating sustainable urban forms that enhance city living with walkable, transit-enabled [...]

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  • Joy Bailey Bryant: Principal Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources

    Joy Bailey Bryant: Principal Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources

    Joy Bailey Bryant is Principal Consultant for Cultural Planning at Lord Cultural Resources. With a network of offices in Toronto, New York, Paris, Beijing, and Mumbai, Lord Cultural Resources has grown to become the largest cultural planning firm in the world having completed over 2,000 cultural planning and management projects in 51 countries and on 6 continents.
 
 A cultural planning specialist, certified interpretive planner, and outreach facilitator, Joy works with city officials, institutional leaders, and developers, in global municipalities [...]

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  • Stephen Engblom: Senior Vice President, AECOM

    Stephen Engblom: Senior Vice President, AECOM

    Stephen Engblom, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, is a Senior Vice President with AECOM and leads the company’s Design + Planning and Economics practice line in the Americas. An accomplished urban designer with a global portfolio, he has over 20 years of experience in City Building. Stephen works with cities, corporations, institutions and developers on planning, design and implementation strategies for a wide range of urban projects. Engblom is currently splitting his time between Brazil and United States working with some [...]

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  • Jeffrey Lehman: Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai

    Jeffrey Lehman: Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai

    Jeffrey S. Lehman is vice chancellor and professor of law at NYU Shanghai. He has previously been founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, president of Cornell University, dean of the University of Michigan Law School, a tenured professor of law and public policy at the University of Michigan, a practicing lawyer in Washington, D.C., a law clerk to Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a law clerk to Chief Judge Frank [...]

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  • Pierre-Gerlier Forest: President & CEO, The Trudeau Foundation

    Pierre-Gerlier Forest: President & CEO, The Trudeau Foundation

    Prior to joining the Trudeau Foundation, Pierre-Gerlier Forest was an Assistant Deputy Minister with Health Canada, the Canadian federal Ministry of Health, where he was first appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Chair (2003) before becoming Chief Scientist (2004-2006). Well known for his work in the areas of health policy and the governance of health care organizations, PG Forest also held the position of Director of Research, Commission of the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow Commission). He spent most [...]

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  • Susan Crawford: Fellow, Roosevelt Institute

    Susan Crawford: Fellow, Roosevelt Institute

    Susan Crawford is a Professor at Cardozo Law School and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She recently authored Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age (Yale) and regularly contributes to Bloomberg View and Wired. Crawford is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation. Crawford has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and the University of [...]

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  • Florence Hudson: Energy and Environment Executive, IBM

    Florence Hudson: Energy and Environment Executive, IBM

    Florence Hudson is an executive in IBM Corporate Strategy where she leads the development of business and technical strategies for energy & the environment, smarter planet, smarter buildings and cities, advanced water management, Watson, analytics, cloud computing, growth markets, financing, hardware, software and services. Ms. Hudson has lectured widely regarding Smarter Planet and energy & the environment, including a TED talk at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2012, Advanced Energy Conferences, Princeton, Columbia and Harvard Universities, China, India, [...]

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  • Peter Miscovich: Managing Director, Corporate Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle

    Peter Miscovich: Managing Director, Corporate Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle

    Peter Miscovich is Managing Director, Corporate Solutions, at Jones Lang LaSalle focused upon corporate strategy. A leading workplace industry expert with more than 20 years of experience, Peter Miscovich develops integrated corporate strategies involving emerging technologies, workplace innovation and sustainable urbanization solutions for global Fortune 500 companies. Miscovich previously served as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and he is recognized as an industry thought leader by the Conference Board, CoreNet Global, the Urban Land Institute and the BROOKINGS Institute. His client [...]

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  • Tim Duggan: Landscape Architect, Make it Right Foundation, New Orleans

    Tim Duggan: Landscape Architect, Make it Right Foundation, New Orleans

    Tim Duggan, ASLA, is a community planner and landscape architect currently developing new initiatives for Make It Right. Over the last three years, he has helped design and execute affordable LEED Platinum Landscapes and worked extensively with local community organizations, government and corporate partners on numerous projects from regenerative residential garden designs to city-wide infrastructure. His architecture career began with BNIM Architects focusing on community planning initiatives and sustainable urban designs. Tim is an expert in innovative storm water management [...]

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  • Jennifer Keesmaat: Chief Planner, City of Toronto

    Jennifer Keesmaat: Chief Planner, City of Toronto

    As the newly engaged Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, OPPI, the Design Exchange, + EDRA for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities. Her planning practice is characterized by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGO’s and residents associations. Jennifer is the founder of Project [...]

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  • Ronald Bogle: President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation

    Ronald Bogle: President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation

    In 2002, Ron Bogle was named the seventh president/CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based American Architectural Foundation (AAF). With the appointment, Bogle brought to the position a career-long commitment to public service and his lifelong passion for community development, civic engagement, education, art and architecture. Bogle continues to be an innovative leader. His professional interests include the impact of local community design choices and processes on community development, urban neighborhood revitalization, civic engagement, quality of life and governance systems in educational [...]

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  • John Sexton: President, New York University

    John Sexton: President, New York University

    John Sexton, the fifteenth President of New York University, also is the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and NYU Law School’s Dean Emeritus, having served as Dean for 14 years. He joined the Law School’s faculty in 1981, was named the School’s Dean in 1988, and was designated the University’s President in 2001. President Sexton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a past member of the [...]

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  • Sly James: Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri

    Sly James: Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri

    Sly James was elected mayor of Kansas City on March 22, 2011, and sworn in on May 1, 2011. Born and raised in Kansas City, Mayor James attended Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City, graduating in 1969. He went on to serve as a military police officer for four years and received an honorable discharge in 1975. When his service ended, Mayor James returned home to Kansas City and graduated cum laude from Rockhurst College before earning his law [...]

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  • Barry Johnson: Principal, 32 Advisors

    Barry Johnson: Principal, 32 Advisors

    Barry Johnson is a Principal of 32 Advisors and heads the Inbound Investment (FDI) practice, which provides aspiring and existing inbound investors with the specialized FDI insights, actionable advice and strategic relationships. Until November 2012, Mr. Johnson served in the Obama Administration in several White House-appointed, senior advisory roles including founding Executive Director of SelectUSA, a program created by the President to promote and facilitate inbound investment in the United States across all stages of the investment life cycles: pre-investment, [...]

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  • Amanda Burden: Commissioner, NYC Department of City Planning

    Amanda Burden: Commissioner, NYC Department of City Planning

    Amanda is an urban planner and civic activist appointed in 2002 as NYC Planning Commissioner and Chair of the NYC Planning Commission. She has spearheaded Mayor Bloomberg’s economic development initiatives with comprehensive urban design master plans designed to catalyze commercial and residential development throughout the city. Dedicated to design excellence, she has raised the bar for quality in public and private development, demonstrating that good design is good economic development and is essential to the long term health and sustainability [...]

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  • Rick Antonson: CEO, Tourism Vancouver

    Rick Antonson: CEO, Tourism Vancouver

    Rick Antonson has served as board chair of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) based in Washington, D.C., and vice chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) based in Bangkok, Thailand and as an Ambassador for the 2010 Olympic Winter & Paralympic Games held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. He is president of Pacific Coast Public Television. Such volunteer roles are anchored around Rick’s responsibilities as President, CEO of Tourism Vancouver, a 1,000 member organization whose vision is to [...]

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  • Jeff Friedman: Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Philadelphia

    Jeff Friedman: Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Philadelphia

    Currently, Jeff Friedman is the Co-Director of the recently launched Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, an in-house civic idea incubator that pilots experimental projects in the civic space. Previously, Jeff was the Manager of Civic Innovation & Participation in the Mayor’s Office. Jeff has led various initiatives to make City government (and urban governance generally) more open, participatory, transparent, entrepreneurial and innovative. He co-founded the OpenAccessPhilly, a government-initiated movement of people working at the intersection of civic participation, technology, [...]

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  • Sir Richard Leese: Leader (Mayor), Manchester City Council

    Sir Richard Leese: Leader (Mayor), Manchester City Council

    Sir Richard Leese (CBE) was born, brought up and went to school in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After graduating from the University of Warwick, worked as a teacher in Coventry and as an exchange teacher in the USA before moving to Manchester to take up a post as a youth worker. Employed variously in youth work, community work, and education research 1979-1988. Elected to the City Council in 1984. Deputy Leader from 1990 to 1996 having previously Chaired the Education Committee (1986-90) [...]

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  • Fred Wilson: Managing partner, Union Square Ventures

    Fred Wilson: Managing partner, Union Square Ventures

    Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.

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  • Bob Rennie: Founder, Rennie Marketing Systems

    Bob Rennie: Founder, Rennie Marketing Systems

    For over 35 years, Rennie Marketing Systems has been at the forefront of marketing new developments and advising developers and the industry at large in the city of Vancouver and beyond. Rennie Marketing Systems is one of the leading condominium sales and marketing firms in North America. Founded by Bob Rennie, creator of the team’s approach and success, Rennie Marketing Systems is recognized for envisioning and growing Vancouver’s condominium market-one of the most sophisticated markets in the world-and is often [...]

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  • Deborah Marton, SVP, New York Restoration Project

    Deborah Marton, SVP, New York Restoration Project

    Deborah Marton has dedicated her career to the development of public space in New York City, with a specific focus on the integration of natural systems and the built environment. Deborah joined NYRP in 2011, bringing her extensive experience moving complex municipal projects from conception to actionable conclusions. Prior to joining NYRP, Deborah served as executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space. Under her leadership the organization gained national visibility and quadrupled in size. High-profile projects completed during [...]

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  • Cathleen McGuigan: Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

    Cathleen McGuigan: Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

    Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for more than a century. McGuigan, who is the second woman to serve as editor in chief, was named to the post in 2011. Under her leadership, Record won the 2012 Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence, as well as being named to the Media Power 50 list in B to B Magazine. She also serves as editorial director of GreenSource, an [...]

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  • Dr. Anthony Townsend: Senior Research Fellow, NYU

    Dr. Anthony Townsend: Senior Research Fellow, NYU

    Dr. Anthony Townsend is an urban planner and forecaster whose writing, public speaking, activism and consulting focus on urbanization, ubiquitous computing and technology-led innovation and economic development. He holds posts as Senior Research Fellow at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation, and Research Director at the Institute for the Future, an independent research organization based in California’s Silicon Valley. Anthony was co-founder of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the community broadband movement, and was named one of Planetizen’s “Leading Thinkers [...]

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  • Tom Wright: Executive Director, Regional Plan Association

    Tom Wright: Executive Director, Regional Plan Association

    Tom Wright is the Executive Director of Regional Plan Association, a non-profit think-tank that compiles long range plans for the NY-NJ-CT metropolitan region. Mr. Wright oversees the day-to-day operations of RPA and coordinates activities with the Board of Directors. He has managed many of the organization’s key initiatives and products, including the Transit Leadership Summit (2012 & 2013), the Draft Vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New [...]

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  • Herman Wagter: Former CEO, Amsterdam CityNet

    Herman Wagter: Former CEO, Amsterdam CityNet

    Herman Wagter is a program manager specialized in developing and managing large multi-stakeholder initiatives. He managed the Amsterdam FttH-programma Citynet from its inception in 2002 until the moment Reggefiber and KPN acquired a majority stake in the operating company (GNA), and has been active both as industry analyst (Diffraction Analysis) and consultant for FttH projects since then. His experience as managing director of operating companies of listed multinationals (Randstad, Stork) supports him in balancing the business demands with the public [...]

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  • Bruce Katz: Vice President, Brookings Institution

    Bruce Katz: Vice President, Brookings Institution

    Bruce Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which aims to provide decision makers in the public, corporate and civic sectors with policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitans areas. Bruce regularly advises federal, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas in topics critical to the next economy, including fostering innovation, taking advantage of the clean [...]

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  • Julio Montaner: Director, Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS

    Julio Montaner: Director, Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS

    Dr. Montaner is a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at UBC. He also holds the endowed Chair in AIDS Research. He is the Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Past-President of the International AIDS Society. He played a key role in establishing the efficacy of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and since then has established the role of HAART with financial support of the BC Ministry of Health Services, an [...]

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  • Andrew Blum: Journalist and Author, TUBES

    Andrew Blum: Journalist and Author, TUBES

    Andrew Blum is the author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the global Internet. Blum’s writings about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel have appeared in numerous publications, including Metropolis, where he is a contributing editor, Wired, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Popular Science. Tubes has been published globally and translated into nine languages. Blum [...]

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  • Seth Pinsky: President, NYC Economic Development Corporation

    Seth Pinsky: President, NYC Economic Development Corporation

    Seth W. Pinsky was appointed President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008, seven months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in one of the most significant economic downturns in generations. Since then, Seth has responded to the crisis by re-evaluating the agency’s strategy, seeking to position the City as the global center for innovation in the 21st Century. During his tenure, Seth has also helped to negotiate the City’s involvement [...]

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  • Gabriella Gomez-Mont: Director, City Laboratory of Mexico City

    Gabriella Gomez-Mont: Director, City Laboratory of Mexico City

    With one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the whole world as playground, Gabriella directs “Laboratorio para la Ciudad*, Mexico City`s new creative think-tank and experimental space: a place to reflect about all things city, and ponder social scripts and urban futures for the largestmegalopolis on the American continent: from the speculative (even outlandish) to the practical. This project came about through a personal invitation by Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera–Mexico City`s newly elected and liberal Mayor–to incorporate “Laboratorio [...]

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  • Ruthbea Clarke: Research Director, Smart Cities, IDC

    Ruthbea Clarke: Research Director, Smart Cities, IDC

    Ruthbea Yesner Clarke is the research director responsible for managing the global Smart Cities Strategies program at IDC. In this program, Ms. Clarke discusses strategies and execution of relevant Smart City technologies and services implementations with a focus on intelligent transportation systems, intelligent public safety and innovations in mobility and social business in local government. She also contributes to consulting engagements and custom research requests to support state and local governments’ Smart City strategies and IT vendors’ Smart City solution [...]

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  • Emma Stewart: Head of Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk

    Emma Stewart: Head of Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk

    Emma Stewart, Ph.D., is Head of Sustainability Solutions at Autodesk, where she leads the design software company’s efforts to make sustainable design easy, insightful, and cost-effective for its millions of engineering and design customers. In 2009, Emma founded Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings. In 2008, she founded its Sustainable Operations program, which was named best-in-class by the Carbon Disclosure Project. She co-developed Autodesk’s [...]

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  • Jaana Remes: Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute

    Jaana Remes: Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute

    Dr. Jaana Remes is a principal for the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’sbusiness and economics research arm, based in San Francisco. Since 2003, Dr. Remes has led MGI’s research on productivity, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent research sheds light on the changing global manufacturing landscape through case studies of diverse industries and draws implications for North American companies and policy makers. Other recent work looks at the rising urban consuming class and shifting economic power of cities across the [...]

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  • James von Klemperer: Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

    James von Klemperer: Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

    James von Klemperer is Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates where he has worked since 1983. He has been responsible for a wide range of program types and scales of projects, from a house to a city. In his work, he follows projects through the full process of design, from conception to completion. In the United States, Mr. von Klemperer is currently leading the design of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a tall building next to Grand Central Station in New [...]

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  • Paul Romer: Director, Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment

    Paul Romer: Director, Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment

    Paul Romer, an economist and policy entrepreneur, is a University Professor at NYU and interim director of the Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment. He is also the founding director of the Urbanization Project at the Stern School of Business. The Urbanization Project conducts applied research on the many ways in which policymakers in the developing world can use the rapid growth of cities to create economic opportunity and undertake systemic social reform. Before coming to NYU, Paul [...]

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  • Molly Thorkelson: COO, Adafruit Industries

    Molly Thorkelson: COO, Adafruit Industries

    Molly Rae Thorkelson is the current Chief Operating Officer at Adafruit Industries. After earning her B.A. in architecture from Columbia University, she worked as a construction manager in Manhattan with Ryan Associates and Greenlight Construction and as an architectural designer in South America with FAR Architects. In 2009 she completed a Fulbright on contemporary architectural practice in Santiago de Chile. Her essay on the design of contemporary cemeteries and crematoriums appears in Modern Architecture: A Comparative Critique, published by Rizzoli [...]

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  • Kevin Thibault: Vice President, Parsons Transportation Group

    Kevin Thibault: Vice President, Parsons Transportation Group

    Kevin Thibault, PE, is a vice president with Parsons Transportation Group and serves as business development manager for state transportation programs and toll services for the United States. With more than 28 years of professional engineering experience in the public and private sectors, Kevin has a wealth of expertise as a consultant and a customer. He has strong experience working with elected officials and presenting concepts, and he works closely with customers to develop strategies for new toll implementation and [...]

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  • Paul Katz: Managing Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

    Paul Katz: Managing Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

    Kohn Pedersen Fox Managing Principal Paul Katz has played a crucial role in the firm’s development into a global leader in architectural practice. Since joining KPF in 1984, Mr. Katz has overseen some of the most exciting and innovative projects undertaken by any firm in the world. He leads KPF’s staff of over 550 people from six offices located around the world. Mr. Katz has focused on architectural issues of urban density and the important role of high rise structures [...]

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  • Nancy Kete: Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation

    Nancy Kete: Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation

    Nancy Kete joined the Rockefeller Foundation in January 2012. As Managing Director, Dr. Kete leads the foundation’s global work on resilience including developing strategies and practice for infusing resilience thinking throughout the foundation’s work. During her 25 year career in government, civil society, and private sector, Dr. Kete brought technical, institutional, and managerial leadership to bear on a number of major environment and societal challenges. She has been a diplomat, a climate change negotiator, a social entrepreneur, and a highly [...]

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  • Theodore Iacobuzio: Vice President, Global Insights, MasterCard

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