Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation 2009-2012
Andrew Altman was recently the founding Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in London where he was responsible for leading the preparation of the post-games transformation of the 500-acre London 2012 Olympic Park - the largest regeneration project in the United Kingdom and Europe - into a new international growth centre. Prior to becoming Chief Executive for the Olympic Park, Andy Altman was the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning, and Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia.
Founder, Kiwanja and Co-chair, Mobile Web for Social Development Group
Ken Banks, Founder of kiwanja.net, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change. His early research resulted in the development of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning text message system today powering thousands of social change projects around the world. Ken has won numerous international awards for his work, and writes and speaks widely about technology and innovation.
Rainer Becker is Chief Operating Officer of car2go GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG. Before joining car2go in 2009, he worked for several divisions within Daimler. He is currently responsible for product and fleet management, optimization and standardization of car2go’s operative processes and for developing car2go’s business beyond the current European and North American focus.
Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, University of Brighton
Frauke Behrendt is Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and leads the 'Smart e-bikes' research project that aims to understand how people engage with electrically-assisted cycling and the issues for policy, design/product development and research that could lead to a higher uptake of e-bikes in the UK. The project is trialling a fleet of 35 e-bikes in Brighton and has developed a monitoring toolkit - using mobile media, GPS and sensors for monitoring usage and giving feedback to riders.
Professor of Urban Studies and Director, LSE Cities
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme. He is Global Distinguished Professor at New York University and a member of the UK government’s independent Airports Commission. From 2006-10 he was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics.
CEO Infrastructure & Cities Sector and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG
Roland Busch is responsible for executive management of the Siemens infrastructure & Cities Sector globally. He also has executive oversight of the Asia-Pacific region for Siemens AG. Roland Busch joined Siemens AG in 1994, starting in the Corporate Research and Development Department and moving through various positions developing expertise in the areas of automotive, transportation and internal processes and management.
Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
Craig Calhoun is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He was previously University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester.
Carl Cederschiöld is Mayor Emeritus and High Representative of the Mayor of Stockholm. Carl is also a Member of the Royal Commission on the Future Local Self Governance in Sweden, Chief Negotiator for the government regarding infrastructure in the region of Stockholm, Member of the Board of Dalkia AB, Sweden. In addition, he is Senior Advisor to the City of Stockholm, and otherwise working as a free consultant.
Head of Strategic Marketing and Intelligence, Ericsson
Patrik Cerwall is Head of Strategic Marketing & Intelligence at Business Unit Networks, Ericsson. He joined Ericsson in 1995 and has held various positions within system design and product management for GSM, GPRS and EDGE. Since 2006, Cerwall has been working with sales strategies and strategic marketing within Business Unit Networks. Cerwall has a Master of Science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He also holds ten patents in the field of mobile communication systems.
Greg Clark is an international mentor and advocate on City and Metropolitan Management, Investment, Development, Strategic Planning, and Governance. He works with public and private leadership of cities, regions, and districts. He is an expert peer reviewer on urban and regional development issues for the World Bank, OECD, ULI and Brookings Institution.
Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Joan Clos is the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat. Joan is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona during the years 1997-2006. He was also the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain between 2006-2008 and prior to joining the United Nations, he served as Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.
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.
Julio D Dávila is Director of the Development Planning Unit, University College London (UCL). His recent research is on the role of local government in progressive social and political transformation and the governance dimensions of urban and peri-urban infrastructure, especially public transport and water & sanitation. His most recent book is Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellín and Soacha, Colombia (2012).
Chief Globalisation Officer and Executive Vice President for the Industry Solutions Group, Cisco
Wim Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997. His most recent role was to globally lead Cisco Services. As Chief Globalisation Officer and Executive Vice President, Mr. Elfrink heads three of Cisco’s global initiatives: Cisco’s Industry Solutions and Emerging Countries initiatives, and the company’s globalisation strategy.
Deputy Mayor, London 2000-2008, London Assembly Member and Chair, Planning Committee
Nicky Gavron has been an elected politician since 1986. Nicky has been at the forefront of developing integrated land-use, transport and environmental policy. London’s first Deputy Mayor 2000-2008, she led for the Mayor on the London Plan and on climate change. Initiatives included establishing the London Climate Change Agency and the C40. Re-elected as a London-wide Assembly Member in 2008 and 2012, she chairs the Planning Committee. She continues her international work with cities, and is chief project advisor to Economics of Green Cities Programme.
Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge and Emeritus Professor, LSE
Anthony Giddens is a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge and Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics. He was Director of the LSE from 1997 to 2003. His many books include The Constitution of Society, Modernity and Self-Identity, Beyond Left and Right, The Third Way and Europe in the Global Age. His most recent major work is The Politics of Climate Change. His books have been translated into more than forty languages.
Simon Giles is Accenture's global lead for Intelligent Cities Strategy and is currently advising cities, government and developers on economic development, citizen centred design and digital masterplanning. He runs a global advisory team, based in London, that works with interdisciplinary teams of architects, engineers and digital designers to develop new development strategies for existing and new build cities. Simon also leads the advisory group for the World Economic Forum on Low Carbon Finance and Future Urban Development.
Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He is Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.
Adam Greenfield, founder and managing director of Urbanscale, is a passionate advocate for the human-centered design of technological systems. Between 2008 and 2010, he was Nokia’s head of design direction for service and user interface design; earlier in the decade, he had worked as lead information architect for the Tokyo office of Internet consultancy Razorfish. He is the author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing (2006), Urban computing and its discontents (2007, with Mark Shepard) and the forthcoming The city is here for you to use.
Maarten Hajer has been Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency since 2008, employing a staff of around 250 people. Maarten Hajer is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam since 1998. The Dutch Cabinet appointed him as Director of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL – Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in 2008. He continues his professorship part time.
Dan Hill is CEO of Fabrica, a communications research centre and transdisciplinary studio based in Treviso, Italy, and part of the Benetton Group. A designer and urbanist, he has previously held leadership positions at Sitra (the Finnish Innovation Fund), Arup, Monocle, and the BBC, and writes for cityofsound.com.
Tom Hulme is Design Director at IDEO in London, where he uses the innovation and design process to develop new business opportunities. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tom has first-hand experience in building successful enterprises and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He was recently listed in WIRED UK’s top 100 “digital power brokers” and in the Evening Standard’s London’s 1000 most influential people. Tom is a member of the advisory board of the Tech City Investment Organisation of the UK government, supporting the start-up community in East London.
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 Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award.
Co-Chairman, Management Board and Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank
Anshu Jain has been Co-Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank since June 2012. He has been a member of the Management Board since 2009 and the Group Executive Committee since 2002. He was previously head of the Corporate & Investment Bank, globally responsible for Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Finance, Sales and Trading, and Global Transaction Banking business.
Director, Thematic Knowledge and Learning, World Bank Institute
Abha Joshi-Ghani is the Director for Thematic Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank Institute. Until recently she headed the World Bank’s Global Urban Development and Local Government where she oversaw the World Bank's work on Urban Policy and Strategy and Knowledge and Learning. She is also the Head of the Global Urbanization Knowledge Platform, a multi- partner initiative of the World Bank. She led the World Bank's Urban Strategy in 2010.
Tessa Jowell has been MP since 1992 and served as a Minister throughout the Labour Government. Tessa is credited with bringing the government behind London’s bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She became Olympics Minister in 2005 and served on the Olympic Board. This year Tessa was made a Dame for her political and charitable services.
Vice President, The Brookings Institution and Founding Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Programme
Bruce J. 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. Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
Ayesha Khanna is Managing Partner at Urban Intel, which provides strategic, technology and financial advisory services for smart and sustainable cities. She is also Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on human-technology co-evolution, geotechnology and innovation, and a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.
Michael Kimmelman is architecture critic of The New York Times, a 2012 Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale, and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Michael has written on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development and social responsibility. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is the author of several books and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.
Kent Larson is Director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Laboratory, with research focused on transformable urban housing, mobility-on-demand, responsive technology, and living lab experiments. Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by the New York Times Review of Books.
Journalist, Fast Company and Visiting Scholar, New York University
Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company and an author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next (2011). He is a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and an affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).
Mark Major is an architect and lighting designer and a founding partner of the award-winning practice Speirs + Major. He has a special interest in public lighting and is an advocate for sustainable lighting development. He was the Lighting Design Advisor to the Olympic Delivery Authority for London 2012 and is on the Mayor of London’s Special Assistance Team panel for the Outer London Fund. He was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012.
Judith Mayhew Jonas is Chairman of London&Partners, London's economic development company and Chairman of The New West End Company, the BID for the West End. A former political Leader of the City of London she was also Deputy Chairman of the LDA and chaired The Royal Opera House. She has been a board member of many cultural and educational institutions in London and is currently chairing the redevelopment of the Imperial War Museum.
James Miller is Lead Consultant at Experian Data & Analytics. He has worked in the fields of market planning, consumer insight, and spatial analysis for 14 years. He helps organisations understand the impact of people and places on business performance, and how to identify new opportunities, enter new markets, and manage risks to their operations. Previously, he led the market insight team at Dixons Retail, and worked in international retail research for global property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield.
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, a leading centre for social innovation. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos.
Wolfgang Nowak is Managing Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Society, the International Forum of Deutsche Bank. He has held various senior positions in Germany’s state and federal governments, France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and UNESCO. A former State Secretary, Wolfgang was Director-General for Political Analysis and Planning at the German Federal Chancellery from 1999 to 2002.
Director, Sustainability and Resource Productivity, McKinsey&Company
Jeremy Oppenheim leads McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. Drawing on deep expertise in renewables, energy efficiency, and environmental finance, he advises private, public, and social sector clients globally.
Enrique Peñalosa is a Colombian politician and urban strategy consultant whose proposals have influenced policies in numerous cities throughout the world. As Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, he turned the city into a model of improvements in quality of life, mobility and equity. He is currently President of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York.
Director, African Centre for Cities and Advisor, LSE Cities
Edgar Pieterse is holder of the NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town. Recent book publications include: Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities (in press), African Cities Reader II: Mobilities & Fixtures, City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development, Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town region. Edgar is Executive Editor of a new urban magazine, Cityscapes.
Physicist and Philosopher, Munich Center for Technology in Society, TU Munich
Wolfgang Pietsch is a physicist and philosopher working at the Munich Center for Technology in Society of Technische Universität München. As a Poiesis Fellow of the Institute for Public Knowledge (New York University) he is researching the social impact of modern information infrastructure. Otherwise, his main academic interest concerns the foundations and history of the scientific method, more recently in particular with respect to the engineering sciences.
Director, MIT Senseable City Lab and Founder, carlorattiassociati
Carlo Ratti, an architect and engineer by training, practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Carlo holds several patents, has co-authored over 200 publications, and serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management. He is the program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and a curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin and Expo2015.
Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Ove Arup Fellow with the LSE Cities Programme. He leads LSE Cities’ research on the environment and climate change and recently coordinated the ‘Cities’ and ‘Buildings’ chapter of UNEP’s ‘Green Economy Report’. As researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and design over the last 10 years.
Architect and Chairman, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Richard Rogers is Chair of international architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Awarded 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, RIBA Gold Medalist (1985), Légion d’Honneur (1986), Knighted (1991), Life Peerage (1996), Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (2008). Richard was Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism to the Mayors of London, Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Sassen’s recent books include Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages and A Sociology of Globalization. Her books are translated into over 20 languages. Sassen serves on several editorial boards, is an advisor to international bodies, and writes regularly for international news media, including OpenDemocracy and The Huffington Post. She is currently working on Ungoverned Territories, under contract with Harvard University Press.
Deborah Saunt runs the London-based architectural studio DSDHA with David Hills, and in 2010 was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Their work blurs the boundaries between architecture, landscape, art and urbanism, and ranges from a landmark building for 2012's Olympic Village, improvements to the public realm surrounding The Albert Memorial and The Royal Albert Hall and a new studio for artist/author Edmund de Waal. Deborah also leads the studio's urban research, regularly writes and broadcasts on architecture, and has taught widely including at EPFL (Lausanne), University of Cambridge, AA, RCA and currently London Metropolitan University.
Professor of Sociology, LSE and University Professor of the Humanities, New York University
Richard Sennett is Chair of the advisory board for LSE Cities, Professor of Sociology at the LSE and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. Sennett has served as a consultant on urban policy to the Labour party, was past President of the American Council on Work and the former Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. His work focuses on the intersection of cities, labour, and culture. His most recent book is titled Together: the rituals, pleasures, and politics of Cooperation.
Rohan Silva is Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. Rohan works across all areas of policy, but is particularly passionate about technology and innovation. He has been responsible for developing key policies to improve the environment for enterprise in the UK, including the new tax breaks for angel investment, the overhaul of the Intellectual Property System, and the creation of the Tech City initiative.
Erik Spiekermann is an information architect, type designer and author. He founded MetaDesign in 1979 and FontShop in 1989. Today Eric is CEO at Edenspiekermann based in Amsterdam, Berlin and San Francisco. He is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts Bremen, Honorary Doctor at the Pasadena Art Center, RSA Honorary Royal Designer for Industry, and holds the Federal German Design Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London. He was the founding editor of Blueprint magazine (1983–1996), editor of Domus (2000–04) and the Architecture Critic of The Observer (1998–2006). Before joining the Design Museum in 2006, Deyan was dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Kingston University, and visiting professor at the Royal College of Art. Deyan has published widely on design and architecture, including The Language of Things, published by Penguin in October 2008.
Professor and Coordinator, Sustainable Development Programme, University of Stellenbosch
Mark Swilling is Professor and Coordinator of the programme of Sustainable Development at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University. He leads the project of the Centre for the Transdisciplinary Study of Sustainability and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute. He is a member of the International Resource Panel and Coordinator of the Cities Working Group of this Panel. He is co-author with Eve Annecke of Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World published by UN University Press.
Director, British Government at LSE and Director, LSE London
Tony Travers is Director of British Government @LSE and of LSE London. He is also a Visiting Professor in the LSE’s Government Department and an Advisor to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee and to the Ad Hoc Committee Scrutinising the Draft Audit Bill. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He has published books and articles about London and public finance.
Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
John Urry is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. He was educated in economics and sociology at Cambridge and has published over 40 books. These include Mobilities (2007), After the Car (2009), Climate Change and Society (2011), Mobile Methods (2011), Societies beyond Oil (2013). He was part of the UK Foresight Programme on Intelligent Infrastructure Systems and contributed to the Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Electric Vehicles (2010).
Antoni Vives i Tomàs is a Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat, an area that includes urbanism, town planning, housing, infrastructures, environment and urban services and ICT. He is also Vice President of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and Councillor for the City District of Les Corts. He was General Secretary for the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1999-2003), and subsequently Director of the Ramon Trias Fargas Foundation (2003-2007). Vives serves as Senior Advisor for the Prince of Asturias Professorship of Spanish Studies at the London School of Economics.
Judy Wajcman is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). She is a Research Associate of the Oxford Internet Institute, and has been President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Her books include: The Social Shaping of Technology, The Politics of Working Life, TechnoFeminism and the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies.
Chairman, China Vanke Co. and Executive Manager, China Real Estate Association
Wang Shi is the Chairman and Founder of China Vanke Co., Ltd., China’s largest residential developer. He is the co-founder of China Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology and Chairman of China Entrepreneurs Forum. Wang Shi sits on the board of World Wildlife Fund US and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability.
Minister of State for Universities and Science, UK
David Willetts MP is Minister for Universities and Science. He has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. He has worked at HM Treasury, the Number 10 Policy Unit, and served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government. He is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His book The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – And How They Can Give It Back was published last year.
CEO and Executive Director, Federal City Council of Washington, DC
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council. Before his election as Mayor, Tony was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. He currently serves as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a Senior Consultant to the firm McKenna Long and Aldridge with an emphasis on municipal restructuring.
Founder, Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture, Dean, School of Architecture, Princeton University
Alejandro Zaera-Polo is an accomplished contemporary architect and founder of London and Barcelona-based Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architects. His work has consistently merged the practice of architecture with theoretical practice, providing a strong intellectual rigour to the discourse on architecture through a sharp capacity to identify social and political trends and creatively extrapolate them. He is currently the Dean of the School of Architecture in Princeton University.
Senior Visiting Fellow, The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE
Dimitri Zenghelis is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and Associate Fellow at Chatham House. He is also Senior Economic Advisor to Cisco's long term innovation group. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was one of the authors of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown.