Nicolás García

Governor of Cundinamarca (Colombia). Lawyer with advanced studies in International Public Law from the University Panthéon – Assas of Paris and specialization in Government and Public Policy from the University of Los Andes. Among his main achievements is the creation and implementation of the Cundinamarca Marketing Agency and the Kuna Mya product store, a project […]

Josep Canals-Molina

Secretary General of MedCities since June 2019.He is an ecologist with long-standing expertise on urban and environmental issues. Graduated in biology (Universitat de Barcelona), he holds a Postgraduate degree in Landscape Management and Territorial Protection (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and a Master’s degree in Territorial and Urban Studies (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya+Universitat Pompeu Fabra). Elected […]

Giuseppe Grezzi

Deputy Mayor for Sustainable Mobility and Public Space and President of EMT. Air, Noise Pollution and Beaches. In 7 years of management, the Mobility Department has received numerous state and international recognitions and awards. EMT was awarded the prize for the best urban transport company of the year 2018. In March 2019, Valencia was awarded […]

Sozvin Salih

Architect-planner and policy advisor with 10 years of experience in both academia and international development, collaborating closely with local governments and international organisations for building inclusive, resilient, and sustainable urban futures. As part of UN-Habitat City Resilience Global Programme (CRGP) since 2017, she has been extensively engaged in capacity building, strategies, and mechanisms for the […]

Ana Romero Càlix

Environmental Sciences Bachelor by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and MBA of the Water Cycle Management by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Founder of the first Spanish Association of environmental professionals. Worked as advisor and consultant of environmental management until 2004 when entered the public administration. Currently, Head of the Climate emergency and Environmental Education Department […]

Dennis M. Leach

Director of the Division of Transportation for the Department of Environmental Services in Arlington, Virginia and has worked for Arlington since 2004. He oversees a broad range of programs and services including transportation planning, design, construction and operations of Arlington’s multimodal transportation infrastructure and services.  This scope includes one of the nation’s largest transportation demand […]

Carles Conill Verges

Sustainable Mobility Director of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB). Graduated as Civil engineer by the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, and has an MBA by the business school of Barcelona ESADE. He is currently in charge of sustainable mobility services, including bicycle promotion, e-mobility services and the fight against air pollution, mainly the Barcelona LEZ project. […]

Henk Bouwman

Secretary General of METREX, the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas, with 52-member city-regions from across Europe. Since his appointment in 2016, he has been building the network and developing a research subnet focused on metropolitan issues. He graduated as an architect and urban planner in Delft, the Netherlands, and has since specialized in […]

Rashid Seedat

Executive Director of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO). The GCRO is a partnership between the Gauteng Provincial Government, organised local government in Gauteng, Wits University and the University of Johannesburg aimed at conducting independent research on all social, economic, environmental and governance dimensions of the city-region. He previously headed the Gauteng Planning Commission in the […]

Tom Rye

Professor of Transport Policy at Molde University College, Norway, and a Senior Researcher in the Mobility Group at the Urban Planning Institute of Slovenia. His research interests include comparative transport policy evaluation, transport governance, sustainable urban mobility planning, and parking management. In his spare time he enjoys ski touring and playing the ukulele, although not […]

Aytor Naranjo

Graduated in Business and MSc in Water & Environmental Management, Aytor is truly passionate about climate action and a self-convinced bicycle commuter and mountain bike rider. Currently, he is Director of Business at Lobelia Earth, an applied climate science company specialized in physical climate risks, ecosystems monitoring and air quality combining ground and satellite observations, […]

Lalia Carbonell

Currently working as a Program Officer at Oficina d’Oportunitats (External Relations Office) of the Mataró City Council, she previously coordinated a project on Affordable Housing funded by the Urban Innovative Actions at the same City Council. Before starting at the local level, she worked for 10 years at the Foreign Affairs Department of the Catalan […]

Cynthia Echave

Project Coordinator – Senior Researcher Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association. She is an architect & urban planner specialized in urban ecology. She possesses a Doctorate degree in Energy and Environment from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She was responsible of the Urbanism and Public Space Unit at the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona for 15 years. Her […]

José James de Rehemtula Nicol´s

Councilor for Mobility, Transport and Traffic in the Municipality of Maputo (Mozambique). He has also worked as Councilor for Territorial Planning, Environment and Urbanization and since 2005 he has been part of the Maputo Municipal Council. With 20 years of experience, he has a degree in Civil Engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and a […]

Demetra McBride

Bureau Chief, Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management (Arlington County, Virginia) has spent 17 years innovating climate and resiliency programming. In California, McBride carved out new, innovative, independent roles for local governments in the energy sector including creation of Regional Energy Networks, proliferation of Community Choice Aggregation, and early adoption of clean transportation systems. Her […]

Ana Chubinidze

Founder and CEO of AdalanAI, consulting firm and SaaS platform on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance and Policy. Founder and director of non-profit organization AI Governance International. She is also an invited founding editorial board member of Springer Nature’s AI and Ethics journal. Her academic background is in social sciences; non-academic interests in Data Science and […]

Gabriel Lanfranchi

Architect from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), a master’s in urban economics from the Torcuato Di Tella University (UTDT) and a SPURS Fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He currently works as an architect and urban planner at Urbaplan, Switzerland, and is a research fellow at the University of Geneva. He is […]

Slavich Marco

Technologist at Area Science Park, a public national research institution and scientific-technological park located in Trieste (Italy). He has been involved in several European projects, like Horizon 2020 Noemix aimed at the electrification of public authorities’ fleets. Also in Interreg Med URBAN TRANSPORTS in which he dealt with mentoring activities and contributed to the editing […]

Carlota Rosés Montesinos

Is currently working in the International Relations and Cooperation department of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), drawing on her over 10 years international experience to help the AMB achieve its objectives in the international sphere. She specialises in international relations, and in particular the European Union and metropolitan governance. Previously, she worked for 6 years […]

Raf Tuts

Director of the Global Solutions Division of UN-Habitat, based at its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. He is overseeing UN-Habitat’s global initiatives, covering various dimensions of sustainable urbanization. He is also Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director. He coordinated the formulation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 and led an agency-wide study about city […]

Josep Maria Pascual Esteve

PhD in Sociology from the University of Barcelona. PhD in History from the University of Girona. Master’s Degree in Political Analysis from the UOC. Degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is director of Urban Quality Strategies, president of the Citizenship and Good Governance Foundation, founding member and coordinator of the movement […]

Yaser Abunnasr

Dr. Abunnasr is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management (LDEM), Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is Department Head, Associate Dean and Program Director of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He is trained as […]

Kat Eshel

Deputy Director of Climate and Environmental Planning at City of Boston. Works to advance the City of Boston’s climate action plan, including climate adaptation, greenhouse gas mitigation and zero waste efforts, and environmental initiatives related to air pollution, noise, and wetlands protection. She collaborates across teams and departments and partners with stakeholders in all segments […]

Alice Abreu

Physician and Master in Public Health from Eduardo Mondlane University.  Since 2019, she has been serving as Councilor for Health and Social Action in the Municipality of Maputo (Mozambique), where she coordinates the activities of three Municipal Directorates: Health, Social Action and, Morgues and Cemeteries. Assistant emergency coordinator in the Municipality of Maputo. From 2015 to […]

Daniel Wrzoszczyk

Political scientist. Since 2008 involved in implementation of the territorial approach co-financed from EU funds. Co-designer of  territorial partnerships in the area of the city of Krakow (Poland). Long-term president of the Local Action Group supporting the development of rural areas. Director in Krakow Metropolis Association. Responsible for creating the conditions for the partnership and […]

Corina Basnou

PhD in Biology and Master in Phytocenology. She is a researcher at CREAF, a public research center specialized in biodiversity, terrestrial ecosystems and climate change. Her main field of study is nature-based solutions (NBS) in cities, with special interest in citizen science and urban green planning, to achieve biodiverse and healthy cities. At CREAF he […]

María del Pilar Tellez

Lawyer, Magister in Urban and Metropolitan Studies, Specialist in Urban Strategic Thinking, international expert in territorial development with emphasis on metropolitan and regional management and public policies. With 20 years of experience in the Colombian government sector, she supporting the development of normative and regulatory frameworks and leading public policy and planning strategies and projects. […]

Joan Caba

Senior urban planner at Urban Planning department of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB). Caba is a Catalan Architect and Urban Planner. Since 2015, he works at Urban Planning department of the AMB where he has collaborated in several projects and research identifying which are the metropolitan role of mobility infrastructure and the industrial states. Currently, […]

Ramon M. Torra i Xicoy

He graduated as an architect from the ETSAB in 1980. He has been a municipal architect and Territorial D.S. in the City Council of Granollers (1982-1992), and Technical D.S. of the Association of Municipalities of the AMB until 2008. He is currently Manager of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB), administration responsible for the drafting […]

Rosa Suriñach

Rosa has over 15 years of experience with local governments and international organisations, leading global advocacy initiatives and project-campaigns for sustainable and resilient cities. She took part in the elaboration of the New Urban Agenda, leading outreach initiatives within the Habitat III Secretariat. As part of UN-Habitat, She has coordinated projects in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, […]

Isabel Parra

Imagining how we can create inclusive, resilient and sustainable places has been Isabel’s focus for the past 12 years. She has collaborated with governments, international organisations and private companies to create strategies that foster participation stimulate conversations and generate a sense of togetherness. Now with the City Resilience Global programme of UN-Habitat, Isabel continues to […]

Lia Brum

Research & Policy Officer at Metropolis, Lia is a versatile and multilingual professional with 15 years of experience in international nonprofits. She is an energetic and detail-oriented team player with critical thinking, strategic vision, and flexibility to liaise with diverse stakeholders. Her array of skills encompasses project management, content editing, event organization, and public speaking. […]

Silvia Llorente

Research & Policy Officer at Metropolis, in charge of the gender mainstreaming strategy of this global network of major cities and metropolitan areas. Silvia holds a Master’s degree in gender policies and international cooperation projects and culture of peace from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has developed her professional career in the field of […]

Geoff Bickford

Geoff Bickford is the founding director and lead consultant at Lively, a human-centred research, facilitation and design consultancy. Before founding Lively, he worked for seven years at the South African Cities Network where he led transport, municipal finance and built environment programmes. He holds over 10 years’ experience in the South African and African transport […]

Silva Magaia

University professor with more than 30 years of experience, he has been involved in the design, management and supervision of civil engineering, urban planning, environmental and infrastructure development projects. Throughout his career, he has served in a wide range of positions, such as: Dean of Faculty at the Eduardo Mondlane University; Member of the Board […]

Ana Valéria Ribeiro Borges

Civil engineer and master in Transport Engineering from COPPE/UFRJ. She has been working in the public segment for over 20 years on urban and regional transport planning and operations areas, and on regulation of basic sanitation services. She currently is Manager-Superintendent of Executive Superintendence of Urban Mobility in Belém (SEMOB), member of State Traffic Council […]

Hélène Dromain

In 2020 was elected Deputy Vice-president of the Metropolis of Lyon (local authority regrouping 59 cities), where she is in charge of international cooperation, European business and tourism. She represents seven cities in the western part of the agglomeration. Environmental activist for 20 years and member of the Green Party since 2009. She is committed […]

Oriol Estela

Economist and geographer. He is a practitioner of local economic development since 1994, first as an independent consultant for local Administration and, since 2005, serving at the Barcelona Provincial Council, where he became Head of Economic Development Strategies (2012-2016). He currently is the General Coordinator of the Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Barcelona. He also coordinates […]

Rafael Forero

Engineer, with a master’s degree in Development, and a specialization in State, Public Policies and Development. Expert in project management. International researcher and consultant. He works in sustainable development, governance, urban and territorial policy, and metropolitan management at a global level. In 2010, he joined UN-Habitat, where he has held various positions and participated in […]

Claudia López

Mayor of Bogotá. She began her term on January 1, 2020 for a four-year term. She was elected with 1,108,000 votes, the highest total count of any mayor in the city’s history. She became the city’s first woman mayor in Bogotá’s history. López has focused on environmental, social equity and anti-corruption programs. She was a […]

Yolanda Bichara

Architect, with a master’s degree in Business Administration and Management, specialization in Land Management and Policies and postgraduate studies in Environmental Studies. She has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector, mainly in the areas of management, territorial planning, urban design and design and architectural supervision of construction projects. She has also […]

Meehwa CHO

Graduate in Architectural Engineering from Hanyang University in Seoul and from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB, UPC), and master’s degree in Analysis of Urban Morphologies and Urban Project (MBArch-ETSAB, UPC). She is currently a teacher and researcher in the Department of Urban and Spatial Planning (DUOT) and PhD student of Urban Planning at […]

Diana Rodríguez

Secretary for Women’s Affairs of Bogotá. Master’s degree and PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University, and a lawyer and economist from the University of Los Andes. She has dedicated her life to the study and defense of human rights. As Deputy Director and Researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society […]

Paul Lecroart

Senior Urbanist of the Planning Agency for the Paris Metropolitan Region, and advisor for metropolitan & city governments on strategic planning and large transformative projects. Currently leading the Metropolitan Avenues programme on highway transformation in the Grand Paris, drawing on experience from New York, Seoul and other cities. He chairs the METREX “From Roads to […]

Nuno F. da Cruz

Nuno F. da Cruz is assistant professorial research fellow at LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science. His work on urban and metropolitan governance is multidisciplinary in nature and global in reach, engaging with a wide range of public policy issues. He has vast experience in leading and coordinating international research projects on […]

Lluís Torrens i Mèlich

Economist and Master in Economic Analysis. Director of Social Innovation of the Area of Social Rights; Global Justice, Feminisms and LGTBI of the Barcelona City Council. He is an associate lecturer at several universities. He is specialist in applied economics, and has published several studies on the Spanish and Catalan economy. In 2005 he was […]

Antonella Contin

Research associate at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at University of Politecnico di Milano, coordinator of MSLab – Measure and Scale of the Contemporary City, and scientific and full responsible of International Workshop and Seminar[CBN1] . Her research deals with the Metropolitan Architecture Project, the new sustainable model of urban growth, the smart sensitive […]

Paula Soto

MA and PhD in Anthropological Sciences from UAM-Iztapalapa. She currently works as a professor and researcher in the Department of Sociology of the Division of Social Sciences and Humanities at UAM-Iztapalapa. She is a member of the National System of Researchers. Her main research topics are women’s daily mobility, fear and sexual violence in public […]

Elisenda Alamany

Graduate in Catalan Philology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), specialised in linguistic and cultural diversity management from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and in Public-Private Collaboration and Public Management from the School of Business Administration and Management (ESADE). Right now, she is a councillor of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and councillor […]

Toni Codina

Degree in Philosophy and studies in Political Science and Business Management. Since 2018 he is director and co-founder of iSocial Foundation for innovation in social action. He is also co-director of the Postgraduate in Public Management of Local Social Services, of the Associació Catalana de Municipis; evaluator of the Center for the Integration of Medicine […]

Cristina Colom

Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona, Master in European Affairs from the University of Exeter and Postgraduate degree in Community Management and Social Media from the IL3-UB. She has developed her career in the fields of corporate communication, marketing, brand and reputation, media and crisis management. He currently leads Digital Future Society, an […]

Clelia Colombo

Sociologist and PhD in Public Policy and Social Transformation from the UAB. She has been a lecturer and researcher at several universities and research centres, including the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) of the UAB. She has worked in several public administrations, in the […]

Elena Costas

PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona and Master’s degree from the University College of London. She is a founding partner of KSNET (Knowledge Sharing Network), professor of economics at ESADE, columnist for the newspaper Ara and editor of Politikon. Her field of specialisation is public policy evaluation, specifically in the areas of inequality, […]

Giancarlo Cotella

Master in Architecture and PhD. in Spatial Planning and Local Development from the Politecnico di Torino, where he is associate professor at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST). His research mainly focuses on European territorial governance, in particular on the mutual influence occurring between European spatial planning and the spatial […]

Agustín Fernández de Losada

Senior researcher and director of the Global Cities programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). He holds a degree in Law and a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He also holds a diploma in Public Management from ESADE and has developed part of his studies at the […]

Ricard Gomà

Professor of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Director of the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona and researcher at the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP-UAB). He holds a PhD in Political Science and Administration (Autonomous University of Barcelona 1992), a Master’s degree in Public Policy (University of […]

David Gómez

Post-doctorate in Development Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), PhD in Public Administration from New York University (NYU), MA in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a degree in Politics and Public Administration from El Colegio de México (Colmex). He is currently executive director of Transversal Think-Tank, as well […]

Vicente Guallart

Architect. He works in the development of projects of ecological cities and buildings all over the world with his company Guallart Architects. He was chief architect of the city of Barcelona (2011-15) leading major transformations in the city. He is founder of the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (2001) where he is currently working […]

Alexander Heichlinger

Founder & CEO, GovInsight; Co-Founder & Chair of the European CSPF Group created by the Centre for Public Administration Research (KDZ). Member of the Executive Board of the Austrian Barcelona Community (ABC) as well as a founding member of Future Minds, an informal group of innovative thinkers and doers. He is an expert in the […]

Oriol Illa

Director of International and Cooperation at the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) since 2016. He holds a degree in Political Science and Administration from the UAB, a Master’s Degree in Financial and Accounting Management from the UPF, a Master’s Degree in Urban Policies from the UAB and a Diploma in Senior Management from the School of […]

Ernest Maragall

Graduate in Economics. He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/European Free Alliance group (2014-2016) and a Member of the Catalan Parliament in the VII, VIII, IX and XII legislatures (2003-2004, 2006, 2010-2012 and 2018). Until 2003, he carried out most of his political activity in Barcelona City Council, first as […]

Marc Martí

Degree in Sociology from the University of Barcelona (2000) and PhD in public policy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2010). He has specialised in analysing local policies, especially in the field of urban planning and participation, and in the study of urban governance. He currently collaborates as a lecturer in the Master of City […]

Oriol Nel·lo

Specialist in urban studies and land use planning, he has published a number of books and scientific articles on these topics. Trained at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (PhD in Geography) and at Johns Hopkins University (MA in International Affairs), he has been director of the Institute of Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona (1988-1999), Member of […]

Maria Peix

PhD from the University of Barcelona. Specialist, with a long career, in international cooperation, assessment, citizen participation and gender. She has worked in Africa, the Mediterranean and America. Currently, she is coordinating the Cooperation Service of the AMB, where she works in metropolitan governance, public space, mobility, and waste and water management, to contribute and […]

Maria Sisternas

Architect by the ETSAB-UPC and Master in Urban Design and Social Sciences by the London School of Economics. Between 2012 and 2015, she was project manager for Urban Habitat at Barcelona City Council. Head of Mediaurban, the Urban Content Agency of the Mediapro Group. She currently drafts architectural projects for social housing, participates in the […]

Xavier Tiana

Head of the International Relations Service of the AMB. He is an expert in EU funding for local governments (Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and Next Generation EU), internationalisation of cities, community policies, management of transnational networks, lobbying, metropolitan governance and policies, Euro-Mediterranean relations and decentralised cooperation. Postgraduate degree in Local Administration from the University of […]

Mariona Tomàs

Associate Professor Sierra Húnter of Political Science and member of the Research Group in Local Studies (GREL) at the University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on metropolitan governance, urban policies and local government. His latest research project deals with citizen participation in the metropolitan area of Barcelona and he is currently leading a comparative project […]

Ivan Tosics

Analyst of multi-level governance conflicts. Since his involvement in Eurocities (1998-2011) and URBACT (2008-onwards, as one of the Programme Experts) he is an enthusiastic believer in integrated and sustainable development, in which cities have to play a key role, both as local governments and as the natural leaders of functional urban areas and metropolitan territories.

Paolo Veneri

Deputy Head of the Economic Analysis, Data and Statistics Division of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, where he leads the work on sub-national statistics and the OECD Geospatial Analysis Laboratory. He holds a PhD in economics, and has published numerous articles in academic journals in the field of urban economics and […]

Cecilia Vaca

Master in Cities from the London School of Economics. Master in Social Policies for Sustainable Development from the University of Bologna. Degree in International Relations from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador. She is currently a strategic advisor to the Bernard van Leer Foundation where she was Executive Director and Director of Programmes from May […]