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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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  • 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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  • 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

    Theodore Iacobuzio: Vice President, Global Insights, MasterCard

    Theodore Iacobuzio is vice president in charge of Global Insights, MasterCard’s interdisciplinary thought leadership organization. He and his team use market research, industry knowledge and rigorous quantitative analysis better to understand consumer behavior and market dynamics—and how insights into those factors can strengthen the business performance of MasterCard customers around the world as they look 12 to 36 months ahead. Under his direction, MasterCard has published groundbreaking work on payments profitability, the credit/debit dynamic in U.S. payment cards, global debit […]

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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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