- Visiting Fellow, LSE Cities and LSE Kuwait Programme
Sharifa Alshalfan is an architect and a researcher who is currently a Visiting Fellow with the LSE Kuwait Programme, based in the Middle East Centre at London School of Economics, and LSE Cities. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and an MSc in City Design and Social Science from London School of Economics. Her research interests include land-use policies and urban governance with a focus on housing in the GCC states, mainly Kuwait. She has worked as an architect at Zaha Hadid Architects in London and at AGi Architects in Kuwait. She also consults with AGi Architects on urban issues and has taught at the School of Architecture in Kuwait University.
- Visiting Associate, LSE Cities
- Director Education and Society and Executive Board Member, British Council
Jo Beall is Director Education and Society and a member of the Executive Board of the British Council. A graduate of the London School of Economics, her past roles include Professor of Development Studies at the LSE and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Town. She is a specialist in international development, international higher education and she has undertaken extensive research on cities in fragile and conflict situations. Her remit at the British Council is global and her academic research has taken her to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with extensive periods of research in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. She has written numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics including governance and civil society, inclusive development, and cities and fragile states. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University.
- Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
- Visiting Professor, University College London
Greg Clark is a global advisor for cities, major businesses, and investors. He works with leadership teams in global cities, global firms, global institutions, and at global gatherings. From 2008 to 2016 he was chairman of the International Advisory Board of the New York Regional Plan, Oslo Regional Strategy, Salvador, Vienna, and Sao Paulo Strategic Plans and he was International Advisor on the Metropolitan Strategic Plans of Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Gauteng/Johannesburg, Western Cape, Toronto, Glasgow, Mumbai, Turin and Auckland. He is a Board Member of The Board of Transport for London and chairs its Major Programmes Committee. He is author of 10 books on city & regional development, and has advised 20 National Governments on National Policies for cities and regions.
- Visiting Fellow, LSE Cities
- Lecturer in Fiction and Writing, University of Sheffield
Honor Gavin currently lectures in fiction and writing at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of two books: Midland: A Novel Out of Time (Penned in the Margins, 2014), which explores the twentieth-century transformations of the city of Birmingham, UK, and which was shortlisted for the 2015 Gordon Burn Prize; and a critical monograph, Literature and Film, Dispositioned: Thought, Location, World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Previously, she was a Fellow of the ICI Berlin for Cultural Inquiry and completed her PhD within the multidisciplinary doctoral programme of the London Consortium at Birkbeck. At LSE Cities and in partnership with Theatrum Mundi, she will be developing ‘(Un)common Building’, which deploys a collective and cross-disciplinary practice of speculative fiction to explore the production of urban memory and its effect on contemporary spatial politics.
- Visiting Professor, LSE Cities
- Professor of Urban Geography, University of Cape Town
- Co-founder, African Centre for Cities
Susan Parnell is Professor of Urban Geography and co-founder of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. She has held previous academic positions at Wits University and the School of Oriental and African Studies as well as visiting research fellowships from Oxford, Durham and the British Academy. She was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at UCL and Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair, University of London. Recent co-edited books include Climate at a City Scale, A Routledge Handbook of Cities of the Global South and Africa’s Urban Revolution.
- Senior Visiting Fellow, LSE Cities
- Co-founder, Second Home
- Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Art
Rohan Silva is the co-founder of Second Home, a social enterprise that uses radical architecture to support innovation and entrepreneurship in cities around the world. He was previously Senior Policy Adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, where he worked across all areas of policy, but was particularly passionate about enterprise, innovation and technology. He was responsible for developing key policies to improve the environment for enterprise in the UK, such as the Entrepreneur Visa, Entrepreneur Relief, angel investment tax breaks, and the Government’s Open Data agenda. In addition, he created the British Government’s Tech City initiative, which supports the growth of the technology cluster in East London, and also instigated the Government’s Life Science Strategy in 2011, as well as the follow-up strategy in 2012 focused on genomics and bioinformatics. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’.