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, Altman was the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning, and Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia.
Associate Professor, Architect, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Jørgen Eskemose Andersen is Architect/ Planner and Associate Professor and Head of Department of Human Settlements at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen. Eskemose Andersen has many years of experience working in Denmark and several African countries (Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Mali, South Africa and Mozambique). His field of expertise is within informal urbanisation in Sub-Saharan African cities focusing on infrastructure provision, land tenure systems and transformation of the built form in peri-urban informal settlements.
Per Ankersjö is Vice Mayor for Urban Environment of the City of Stockholm. His assignments include Chair of the Environment and Health Committee; Chair of the Urban Environment Advisory board; and Group Leader of Centerpartiet (Centre Party) in the City Council. He was Program Director at SBS Radio Sweden AB until 2006. He has an Economics and Urban and Regional Planning, from Stockholm University.
Celso Athayde is President of Favela Holding, a group of companies whose objective is the development of favelas and its residents through the promotion of new business opportunities, entrepreneurship and employment training. Athayde has co-authored several books and produced and directed films and documentaries about Brazil. He is also the founder of CUFA – Central Union of Favelas, an NGO that works with youth in marginalised communities and now runs centres in more than 300 cities.
Jõao Pedro Backheuser is the co-founder of BLAC - Backheuser e Leonídio Arquitetura e Cidade, and CEO of the Projects Laboratory Studio X – Rio, at Columbia University. He is currently developing the Velodrome for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the residential project Porto Vida for the port region of Rio de Janeiro. From 2010-11 he was on the Board of the Institute of Architects, Rio de Janeiro Chapter. He currently teaches specialisation classes in Project Management at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas and at the Fundação COPPEAD.
Chairman, CEO and Co-founder, McCormack Baron Salazar
Richard D Baron is co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of McCormack Baron Salazar, which redevelops neighborhoods in inner-city areas across the United States. Baron was the co-founder and co-chairman of the Vashon Education Compact, a partnership of the St. Louis Public Schools and major corporations, and is the founder and developer of the Center of Creative Arts in University City, Missouri as well as the founder of the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Maria Silvia Bastos Marques is the President of Rio’s Municipal Olympic Company, responsible for coordinating the execution of all projects and activities in the city related to the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bastos Marques previously worked for the Treasury Department; the National Bank for Economic and Social Development and as Treasury Secretary for the City of Rio de Janeiro. In the past she taught in the Department of Economics at Pontificia Catholic University in Rio and was a researcher for the Brazilian Institute of Economics at Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
Regina Bienenstein is Professor in the Graduate Programme of Architecture and Urban Planning at Fluminense Federal University. Bienenstein has a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo. Her research focuses on the following topics: urban planning, social housing development, urban redesign, and integration of informal settlements.
Sophie Body-Gendrot is an Emeritus Professor in Political Science at the University of Paris- Sorbonne, a researcher at the National Centre of Scientific Research in Paris and an expert adviser for the Council of Europe and the European Commission. From 2008-11 she was the President of the European Society of Criminology and for 15 years she held a lecturing position at Sciences Po. She has published more than 25 books, including most recently The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology (2013) and Globalization, Fear and Insecurity (2012).
Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg has been CEO of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH since 2003. He has held executive positions at Healey & Baker, Tishman Speyer and B&L Immobilien AG and worked on Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Potsdamer Platz redevelopment projects. He is the author of “Social mix and encounter capacity. A pragmatic social model for a new downtown: the example of HafenCity Hamburg” in Mixed communities. Gentrification by stealth? by The Policy Press (2012). He has obtained degrees in geography and biology.
Director, New York City Department of City Planning
Amanda M Burden has been Commissioner of the New York City Department of City Planning since 2002. From 1983 until 1990, she was responsible for the planning and design of Battery Park City. She has received numerous design awards, including the Design Patron Award of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Urban Land Institute’s J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development and the American Architectural Foundation Keystone Award.
Professor of Urban Studies, Director, LSE Cities, LSE
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Head of the Department of Sociology and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme. He is also a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and an adviser to the Olympic Legacy Park Company. Burdett is also a member of the UK Government’s Airports Commission and represents No 10 Downing Street on the Steering Committee for the £50m Old Street innovation hub in London.
Sérgio Cabral is the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro. After more than 20 years as a state representative, Cabral was elected to the Senate of Rio de Janeiro in 2002. In the Senate, he chaired the Committee for the Elderly and was rapporteur of the National Elderly Statute. He became the Governor in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.
Chief of Staff, Mayor’s office, City of Rio de Janeiro
Pedro Paulo Carvalho Teixeira is the Chief of Staff of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro. He previously worked as a congressman during which he authored numerous laws including the Secrecy of Personal Data Act. In the past he also held the positions of Secretary of the Environment and Secretary of the Board for the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro.
Associate Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rachel Coutinho Marques da Silva is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and permanent faculty member in the Graduate Programme in Urban Planning. In addition to being a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development she also coordinates the Laboratory of Urbanism and Environment and the Reference Centre on Urban Projects, Vulnerability and Environmental Conflicts, both at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism.
Fernando de Mello Franco is Secretary of Urban Development at the City of São Paulo. He is an architect and a founding partner at MMBB Arquitetos, and former curator of URBEM, Instituto de Urbanismo e Estudos para a Metrópole. He has a PhD degree from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo.
Director, Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, and former General Manager of the Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU)
Alejandro Echeverri is an architect and planner from Medellín, Colombia; cofounder and director of URBAM, the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University; and formerly the Director of Urban Projects at the Municipality of Medellín, 2005-2008. He earned the National Architectural Award in 1996, the National Urban Planning Award in 2008, the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2009, the 10 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design from Harvard, among others.
Founder and Chairman Advisory Council, Transparency International, Berlin
Peter Eigen founded Transparency International (TI) in 1993 and remains Chair of the Advisory Council. He has worked in economic development and governance for several decades, including as a World Bank Director of Programmes in Africa and Latin America. Eigen taught law and political science at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Freie Universität Berlin, where he continues to teach. In 2013, he was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit of the German Government in recognition of his efforts to combat corruption at the global level.
Alex Ellis is the British Ambassador to Brazil. Prior to this, he was Director for Strategy at the Foreign Office London from 2011-13. Previously he had spent time as Adviser to the President of the European Commission on energy, climate change, competition, development, trade and strategy and worked on the negotiations to establish the Euro as UK Representative to the EU. He was the British Ambassador to Portugal from 2007-10.
Adviser on Urban Affairs to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
Washington Fajardo is President of the Rio World Heritage Institute and Special Adviser on Urban Affairs to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro. As adviser to the Mayor he is in charge of the planning and management of historical districts - especially the downtown area and the Porto Maravilha redevelopment. An architect and urban planner by training, Fajardo founded the Rio Centre for Design and has won national and international awards for architectural projects across Brazil.
CEO, The Port Region Urban Development Company of Rio de Janeiro (CDURP)
Alberto Gomes Silva has become the CEO of The Port Region Urban Development Company of Rio de Janeiro (CDURP), in December 2012. He created the Porto Maravilha Cidadão and Porto Maravilha Cultural programmes whilst working as an adviser to CDURP in 2010-2012. He has directed the NGO ActionAid in Mozambique; and has taught sociology at the Law School at Universidade Cândido Mendes and geography at the State Schools of Rio de Janeiro for eight years.
Senior Urban Fellow, LSE Cities and Urbanscale, New York
Adam Greenfield, managing director of New York City-based Urbanscale, is Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities. He is the author of Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing (2006), Urban Computing and its Discontents (with Mark Shepard, 2007), and Against the Smart City (2013).
Alejandro Gutiérrez is currently Executive Director of CREO Antofagasta, an initiative to develop and implement an urban plan for Antofagasta, the mining capital of Chile. Between 2002 and 2012 he was Associate Director at Arup Planning Europe. He has been a speaker and invited lecturer at the London School of Economics and Oxford University among many others, and is the co-author of “Urbanisation in China: Designing the world first eco city in Dongtan” in Cut Carbon–Grow Profits: Business Strategies for Managing Climate Change and Sustainability.
Marcelo Haddad is Executive Director of the Investment Promotion Agency of Rio de Janeiro, responsible for attracting and facilitating inward investment to the city. Previously he was Project Director of the Secretary of Economic Development, focusing on the revitalisation of Rio’s port area. Before that, he was General Manager at Tyco International’s subsidiary ADT Electronic Security Brazil and Senior Executive HSBC, Citibank and PepsiCo.
Uli Hellweg has been Managing Director of the International Building Exhibition (IBA Hamburg GmbH). An architect and urban planner by training, he previously worked as Coordinator at the IBA Berlin GmbH, and Planning Coordinator at S.T.E.R.N. GmbH on urban renewal for the neighborhood of Moabit in Berlin. In the past he also held positions as Head of Department of Planning and Building for the City of Kassel as well as Managing Director of Wasserstadt GmbH, Berlin and Managing Director of agora s.à.r.l., Luxembourg.
Professor of Drama and Performance, Queen Mary, University of London
Paul Heritage is a Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary University, London and Founding Director of People’s Palace Projects in the UK and Brazil. Paul is a co-founder of the Theatre in Prisons Centre in England and has spent 15 years directing theatre projects on human rights in the prison system across 12 Brazilian states. In 2004 he was made a Knight of the Order of Rio Branco by the Brazilian government.
Vice-President, Institutional Relations, Brazilian Institute of Architects - Rio de Janeiro (IAB-RJ)
Fabiana Izaga is an architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Vice President of the Institute of Architects of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Together with with Sergio Magalhaes and Andre Pinto, she published Mobility, Housing and Scale - a call to action for the National Confederation of Industry in 2012.
Sandra Jovchelovitch is Professor of Social Psychology at the LSE. Her research interests focus on the social psychology of public spheres, social representations and social development. She has previously worked as a clinical and social psychologist and was visiting professor in France, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, and Portugal. She is the author of Knowledge in Context: Representations, Community and Culture (Routledge, 2007). Her new book is Underground Sociabilities: Identity, Culture and Resistance in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (with J Priego-Hernandez).
Dame Tessa Jowell has been an MP since 1992 and served as a Minister throughout the Labour government. Jowell 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. In 2012, she was made a Dame for her political and charitable services.
Coordinator, PAC II Programme, State of Rio de Janeiro
Ruth Jurberg is an architect and urbanist who has worked on a variety of on social housing projects over the past 25 years. For the last five years she has been involved in consulting activities leading to the development of various projects in the areas of planning, housing, and environment. Since 2007, the has been coordinating the technical social work in the communities of Complexo do Alemão, Manguinhos, Rocinha, Pavão- Pavãozinho and Cantagalo. In 2009 and 2011 she received the Best Practices Award from Caixa Econômica Federal.
Michael Kimmelman is architecture critic of The New York Times. He 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.
President, Institute Pereira Passos (IPP), Secretary of Finance, City of Rio de Janeiro, 2009–2012
Eduarda La Rocque is president of Pereira Passos Institute of the City Hall of the Rio de Janeiro (IPP), an agency whose mission is to generate information and knowledge to support the planning and formulation of public policies and coordinating the municipality. Previously, she has advised to the board Directors of BNDES (The Brazilian Development Bank), and also acted as the bank BBM’s partner and founder of technology company RiskControl. In January 2009, she became the Secretary of Finances at the City of Rio de Janeiro.
Associate Director, Masterplanning & Urban Design Leader, Arup, São Paulo
Pablo Lazo is an architect and urban designer at Arup. He is currently working on the masterplan for the regeneration of the waterfront in Santos, Brazil and the masterplan for Guadalajara Digital Creative City together with Carlo Ratti. He has been Visiting Professor at the Architecture Association, University of East London, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and Universidad de la República in Uruguay. He has published extensively on resilient urbanism and city-port revitalisation.
Professor of International Urban Studies, HafenCity University Hamburg
Dieter Läpple is Professor Emeritus of International Urban Studies at the HafenCity University in Hamburg and Non- resident Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution in Washington. He is Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Sustainability and Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg.
Thomas Matussek is Managing Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Society. From 2009- 11, he was Germany’s Ambassador to India in New Delhi, before joining Deutsche Bank in November 2011. Previously, he was Germany’s Ambassador in London and represented Germany as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York City. He has also held positions as Deputy Ambassador in Washington, D.C. and Director General of Political Affairs at the Federal Foreign Office, with responsibilities for the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator based in London. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow. He has been the design critic of The Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the design consultant to Domus. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank. His book Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture will be published by Verso in spring 2014.
Author, Maximum City, and Associate Professor of Journalism, New York University
Suketu Mehta is the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. He has won the Whiting Writers’ Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic. Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University.
Julia Michaels is a journalist and writer who spent the last three years writing about the transformation of the city of Rio de Janeiro -- formal and informal -- in her bilingual RioRealblog. Originally from Boston, she has lived and worked in Brazil for over 30 years, including ten years as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. She has just published a memoir and will publish the bilingual coffee-table book Arpoador: Homenagem/Tribute later this year.
Director, International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, 2010-2012, Universidade de São Paulo
Paula Miraglia is a consultant with extensive expertise in urban violence, youth, crime prevention and criminal justice. Paula was previously the Director General of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, based in Canada, and the Executive Director of the Brazilian office of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders. She has published widely in academic journals and books, and contributes regularly to newspapers, magazines and television channels. She holds a doctorate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of São Paulo.
Sociologist, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Michel Misse is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a faculty member of the Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Program. He is also the Director of the Research Center on Citizenship, Conflict and Urban Violence. His research focusses on urban sociology, deviant behavior, drugs, criminality and urban violence. His most recent publication is Crime and Violence in Contemporary Brazil: studies in the sociology of crime and urban violence.
Joaquim Monteiro is in charge of the newly created Branding Department of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, tasked with positioning Rio ́s positive attributes among cariocas and visitors. Since joining the City Hall team in 2010 he has worked for the Municipal Conservation Department and the Municipal Transportation Department, coordinating the construction of the Rio Operations Centre as well as preparing the city to host the World Cup and the Olympics Games. He previously worked for ABC Group, the largest communications company in Latin America.
Founding Partner, ASTOC Architects and Planners, Cologne
Markus Neppl is an Associate at ASTOC Architects and Planners in Cologne. In 1989 he won the Schinkel Prize as a member of the student planning group Artecta. In 1990 he founded ASTOC Architects and Planners with Kees Christiaanse, Peter Berner and Oliver Hall. He has taught at polytechnics and universities in Bochum, Cologne, and Kaiserslautern and is currently teaching at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Architecture from 2008 to 2012.
Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington DC
Henk Ovink is Senior Adviser for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Before joining the Task Force in early 2013, Ovink was Director General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs and Director of National Spatial Planning for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands. He was co-curator of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam Making City 2012 and curator for the ANCB Berlin programme Design and Politics, the next phase.
Associate Professor in Economics, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Valéria Lúcia Pero is Associate Professor at the Institute of Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also works with the Institute for the Study of Work and Society (IETS). She has published widely in the area of social economy, development issues, inequality, labour markets, social mobility and urban informality.
Enrique Peñalosa is a Colombian politician and urban strategy consultant whose proposals have influenced policies in cities around 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, University of Cape Town
Edgar Pieterse is Professor at and director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town and presently a Fellow at STIAS (until December 2013). His most recent co-edited books are: Africa’s Urban Revolution (Zed, 2014) and Rogue Urbanism: Emergent Africa Cities (Janana, 2013). Edgar is also co-founding editor of an international magazine on cities: Cityscapes; a Portuguese version will be launched in April 2014. He is a member of the Advisory Board of LSE Cities.
Professor of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Denise Pinheiro Machado is a professor in the Department of Urbanism and Environment and in the Graduate Programme in Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at UFRJ, where she has been teaching since 1991. She is also a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. Her primary research interests are urban renewal in central metropolitan areas, productive activities and structuring of space, and impacts of transportation systems on urban structure.
Wagner Rebehy is currently Director and Chief Architect at WRA Associated Architects and the Brazilian branch office of U-TT Urban Think Tank. Through these organizations he has developed and coordinated architecture urbanism and design projects at diverse scales. Prior to graduating with an architecture degree from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo, Rebehy worked in the private sector as a business manager and entrepreneur.
María Olivia Recart is Vice President External Affairs at BHP Billiton Copper. From 2006-10 she was the Undersecretary of Finance for the Chilean Government. In the past she has been Research Manager for the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Concepción, and Head of Entrepreneurial Projects, Innovation Area Manager and Development Manager at the non-profit organisation Fundación Chile.
Ruy Rezende is an architect and urban planner. His architecture firm, Ruy Rezende Architects, has been focusing on sustainable design since the late 1990s. RRA built the first LEED Core & Shell certified building in Latin America and second outside the U.S. for Petrobras University and received the first certificate of environmental quality AQUA assigned to a Brazilian public space, for their work on Madureira Park in Rio de Janeiro.
Pedro Rivera is partner of RUA Architects, one of the 25 most outstanding young offices in Brazil, according to AU Magazine. He is also director of Studio-X Rio, of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, a centre devoted to thinking future of cities. He was a professor at PUC-Rio from 2010 to 2012 and has been visiting lecturer at Princeton and ETH Zurich. His works were exhibited at the São Paulo International Biennale of Architecture (2000) and the Ibero-American Biennial in Chile (2003).
Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities
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 a researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and design over the last 10 years.
Director, Institutional Development and Technical Cooperation, National Housing Secretary, Ministry of Cities
Júnia Santa Rosa is currently the Director of the Department of Institutional Development and Technical Cooperation, and Deputy National Secretary of Housing for Brazil (2003-Present). She was previously Adviser of the Department of Urbanisation of Precarious Settlements at the National Housing Department of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities. She has taught in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Itaúna, Minas Gerais (1991-96) and in the Architecture and Urbanism programme at FUMEC, Belo Horizonte (2000-01).
Deputy Director, Research, IPPUR, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Soraya Silveira Simões is an anthropologist and Associate Professor and Coordinator of Research at the Institute for Research and Urban and Regional Planning of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is also Associate Researcher at the Laboratory of Metropolitan Ethnography –LeMetro at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences, UFRJ. Publications include Favelas Cariocas: Yesterday and Today (2012) and Prostitution and Other Forms of Love (2013).
Anthropologist, film-writer and commentator, Rio de Janeiro
Luiz Eduardo Soares is a writer and public servant. Throughout his career he has combined literature and theatre with teaching, scholarly works and public management. He was National Secretary of Public Safety and Coordinator of Security, Justice and Citizenship of the State of Rio de Janeiro. He has written more than 20 books and his book Everything or Nothing is currently being adapted for the stage. He has taught at renowned universities in Brazil and the United States, including University of Campinas, Harvard and Columbia.
Rahul Srivastava is the Co-Director of the Institute of Urbanology in India, which he runs with Matias Echanove. He also works as a journalist and as a consultant for architectural firms, government agencies, civic groups, art initiatives and academic centres. He is a Founding Partner of URBZ, teaches at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, and serves as Academic Adviser to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore.
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, Sudjic was Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Kingston University and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art. Sudjic has published widely on design and architecture. His most recent book, Shiro Kuramata, was published by Phaidon in June 2013.
Professor, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Fernanda Sánchez is Associate Professor at the Urbanism and Architecture School of the Fluminense Federal University, and Researcher at the Globalisation and Metropolis Laboratory. She is an Honorary Scholar of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development and Assistant Editor of the Brazilian Review of Regional and Urban Studies (RBEUR). She has published several books, including The Performance City: Politics, Planning and City Marketing, The Reinvention of Cities for a Global Market and The Games Must Go On: Sports Megaevents and Cities.
Executive Director, IETS - Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade
Manuel Thedim is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Work and Society (IETS) in Rio de Janeiro. From 1997-2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Labour for the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro and Executive Secretary of the Municipal Labour Commission. He has a degree in economics from the Pontifícia Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.
Carolina Tohá is Mayor of Santiago de Chile. She served as Secretary General of the Government of President Ricardo Lagos during 2000-2001; and as Minister Secretary General during Michelle Bachelet’s presidency. She has been Leader of the Party for Democracy (PPD); academic advisor and consultant on governance. She has a law degree from the University of Chile and a political science degree from University of Milan.
Silvio Torres is Housing Secretary of the State of São Paulo and vice-president of the National Forum of Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development. He has been mayor of São José do Rio Pardo in 1983 and was elected state congressman in 1991 and federal representative in 1995. He served as the president of CEPAM (State of São Paulo’s Centre of Studies and Research on Municipal Administration); and president of the Instituto Teotônio Vilela. He created and coordinated the Permanent Supervisory Sub-Commission to monitor investments for the 2014 World Cup as the president of the Congressional Commission of Financial Supervision and Control
Tony Travers is Director of LSE London. He is also Professor in the LSE’s Government Department and Adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and a board member of the New Local Government Network. His key research interests include public finance, local/regional government and London government. He has published books and articles about London and public finance.
Savvas Verdis is Senior Research Fellow at LSE Cities and an urban infrastructure economist at Siemens. He consults city and national governments on the financing and evaluation stages of infrastructure investments and teaches a course on major project assessment methods at LSE Cities. He was previously founder and CEO of Rankdesk, a web based valuation service for real estate investors.
Chief of Staff, Municipal Housing Department, City of Rio de Janeiro
Antônio Augusto Veríssimo is the Head of the Municipal Housing Department of Rio de Janeiro. He previously held positions as Deputy Secretary of Municipal Housing and Executive Secretary of Land Affairs. In the Municipality of Niterói he served as Deputy Coordinator of Urban Planning and Land Regularisation. Veríssimo is also Associate Professor at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and a visiting professor at the Brazilian Institute of Municipal Administration and at Universidade da Cidade in Rio.
Antoni Vives i Tomàs is Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat at City of Barcelona with a portfolio that includes urbanism, town planning, housing, infrastructures, environment and urban services and ICT. 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). He has a degree in Business Science, and has won the Joan Fuster Essay Prize, the Prat de la RIBA award for journalistic articles and the Creixells Award 2010.
Adam G Williams has been working with AECOM since 2006. Based between Melbourne and Rio, he is currently leading a multi-disciplinary team on the design and development of the Rio2016 Olympic and Legacy Park Masterplans. Before that, Williams was AECOM’s Project Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Legacy Masterplans. He has previously held a number of significant positions internationally, including as senior policy adviser in the Victorian State Government (Australia), the World Association of Major Metropolises in Barcelona, and the Solomon Islands Government.
Mayor of Washington DC, 1999-2007; CEO and Executive Director, Federal City Council of Washington DC
Anthony 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, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995-98, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. He has taught public finance and urban leadership as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, while coordinating programs for the Municipal Innovation Program at the Ash Centre.
Paul Zimmerman is an elected District Councillor in Hong Kong, and CEO of Designing Hong Kong, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting liveable density. Designing Hong Kong focuses on themes including walkability, public space, heritage, marine uses, biodiversity and conservation and is a member of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign. Originally from the Netherlands, Zimmerman holds advanced degrees in both economics and transport policy and planning.
Jailson de Souza e Silva is Associate Professor at the Federal Fluminense University and founder of the Favela Observatory in Rio de Janeiro. He was Secretary of Education for Nova Iguaçu and Executive Secretary of the State Department of Social Welfare and Human Rights of Rio de Janeiro. He has taught and published widely on urban policy, with a special focus on social equity, favelas, violence, education and drug trafficking.