Chief Executive Officer and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute
Reuben Abraham is CEO and Senior Fellow at the IDFC Institute, which focuses on the political, economic and spatial causes and consequences of rapid growth in India and other emerging markets. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at New York University, and an independent director at the Soros Economic Development Fund.
Shankar Aggarwal is Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. During his 35 years of service, he has held important positions in the state government of Uttar Pradesh, dealing with housing and urban development, information technology, finance, energy, transport and defence.
Chair, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
Isher Ahluwalia is an Indian economist. She is Chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and chaired the Indian government’s high-level committee on urban infrastructure and services. Ahluwalia is a recipient of a PhD from MIT, an M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics and a B.A. from the University of Calcutta. Her research has focused on urban development, industrial development, macro-economic reform, and social sector development issues in India.
Andrew Altman is Senior Visiting Fellow at LSE Cities. He was the founding Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in London. Altman was formerly the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning, and Director of Planning in Washington, D.C.
Director, Government Innovation Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies
James Anderson leads the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ government innovation portfolio. His work includes the Mayors Challenge, the Innovation Delivery programme and Cities of Service, among others. He also led the foundation’s efforts to launch the nation’s first social impact bond. Previously, Anderson served as communications director to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall.
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003, he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), alongside Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan. He is the author of numerous articles and three books, including Poor Economics (www.pooreconomics.com), which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.
Mukulika Banerjee is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at LSE and the first Director of the LSE South Asia Centre from June 2015. She is the author of Why India Votes (2014), The Pathan Unarmed (2000), co-author of The Sari (2003) and (ed) Muslim Portraits (2008).
Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Amita Baviskar is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her work explores the themes of resource rights, subaltern resistance and cultural identity. Recent research focuses on the cultural politics of the environment and development, especially bourgeois environmentalism and spatial restructuring in the context of economic liberalisation in Delhi. She is the author of In the Belly of the River and has edited numerous essay collections, including Waterlines: The Penguin Book of River Writings.
Jo Beall is Director, Education and Society, at the British Council. She was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Beall was formerly Professor of Development Studies in the LSE’s International Development Department. During her academic career, Beall has published numerous books and academic articles in the areas of gender and social policy, urban governance and development, cities and conflict and state fragility.
Solomon Benjamin is Associate Professor at the Humanities and Social Science Department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, with an interest in urban land, politics, and economy. He is engaged in research on Indian and Chinese urbanism around the concept of Occupancy Urbanism. Benjamin has a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation
Michael Berkowitz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in August 2013 to lead 100 Resilient Cities. Previously, he worked at Deutsche Bank, most recently as the deputy global head of Operational Risk Management. Before that, he was Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management.
Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches critical urban theory, urban political economy and sociospatial theory and works closely with architects, landscape architects, planners and cartographers to develop new approaches to understanding, representing and influencing contemporary urban transformations. He previously taught Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at NYU for over a decade.
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies, and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission.
President and Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
Craig Calhoun is Director and President of LSE. Before joining LSE, he was President of the Social Science Research Council, and taught at the University of North Carolina, Columbia, and NYU where he was most recently University Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge. Among his books on politics and social movements are Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China and The Roots of Radicalism.
José Castillo is a practicing architect in Mexico City and a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is the principal, along with Saidee Springall, of Arquitectura 911, an independent practice based in Mexico City. Their work includes award-winning social housing projects, cultural facilities, infrastructure and large-scale master plans, and they are winners of the 2014 Audi Urban Futures Award.
Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, UK Government
Greg Clark is Minister for Universities, Science and Cities for the UK Government. He has been the Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells since 2005, and was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury in September 2012.
Joan Clos is Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. Prior to this he served two terms as Mayor of Barcelona (1997-2006); the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain (2006-2008); and as the Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan before joining the UN.
Professor of International Affairs, The New School
Michael Cohen is Professor of International Affairs at The New School University in New York. From 1972 to 1999, he worked on urban policy at the World Bank. He is the author of many books, most recently, Argentina’s Economic Growth and Recovery: The Economy in a Time of Default (2012), and The Global Economic Crisis in Latin America: Impacts and Responses (2012).
Charles Correa is an architect and urban planner whose work ranges from the Mahatma Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya at the Sabarmati Ashram to the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Center at MIT to, most recently, the Chamapalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. In 1985 he was appointed Chairman of India’s first National Commission on Urbanisation. Correa has received several awards, including the Gold Medals of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the UIA, and the Præmium Imperiale of Japan.
Darryl D’Monte was Resident Editor of the Times of India and the Indian Express in Mumbai. He writes for several newspapers and websites and has published a number of books. For the past three decades, he has devoted himself to networking environmental journalists in India and throughout the world. He is the Chairperson of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India (FEJI) and a Trustee of the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre, which in 2007 shared the first Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. In 2009, he was awarded the first Green Globe Media Award at the Delhi Summit on Sustainable Development.
Sheila Dikshit was Chief Minister of the Government of Delhi from 1998 to 2013. She is known for championing the cause of women, and represented India at the UN Commission on Status of Women from 1984 to 1989.
Babatunde Raji Fashola has been Governor of Lagos State since 2007, having been re-elected in 2011. Fashola was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 1988. In August 2004, he was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Nigeria’s highest legal distinction.
Gerald Frug is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His specialty is local government law. He has published dozens of articles on the topic and is the author, among other works, of Local Government Law (6th edition 2014) and City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls (1999).
Mohammed-Bagher Ghalibaf is serving his third term as the Mayor of Tehran and was the runner-up in Iran’s most recent presidential elections. He earned a Ph.D. in political geography from Tarbiat Modares University in 2005 and is a professor at the University of Tehran.
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 Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. 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.
Pravin Gordhan is South Africa’s Minister Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, which is responsible for the relationship between national, provincial and local government and the country’s traditional leaders. Gordhan served as Minister of Finance between 2009 and 2014 and he chaired the Convention for a Democratic South Africa prior to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. He also chaired the parliamentary committee that in 1996 implemented the new Constitution and established post-Apartheid local government structures.
Adam Greenfield is Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities, and Director of Urbanscale, a New York City-based practice dedicated to “design for networked cities and citizens.” He is the author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing, Urban computing and its discontents (with Mark Shepard) and Against the smart city, the last of which constitutes the first part of a forthcoming book entitled The City is Here For You to Use.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Alfred Herrhausen Society and Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank
Anshu Jain has been Co-Chairperson 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. He is Chair of the Alfred Herrhausen Society.
Secretary for Industrial Policy, India and Chairman, Delhi- Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation
Amitabh Kant is Secretary for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India. He is also Chairman of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) & National Productivity Council. He is the author of Branding India – An Incredible Story and has been a key driver of the Incredible India and God’s Own Country campaigns.
Vijai Kapoor is a former Lieutenant Governor of Delhi (1998-2004). His term saw the commencement of the construction of the Delhi Metro, building road flyovers, preparing a new Master Plan of Delhi, privatising electricity distribution and setting up a new university.
Meenakshi Lekhi is Member of Parliament of the Lok Sabha, New Delhi. She is the Presiding Officer of New Delhi Municipal Council and has been nominated as a member of the Press Council of India. She serves as the National Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). She is the ex officio Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and has also been a member of the Special Committee for the National Commission for Women and Chairperson of the Special Task Force on Women’s Empowerment.
Ashwin Mahesh is a technologist and public policy researcher who studies the way cities are growing in India, and the implications for managing them. He co-founded and leads the social technology lab, Mapunity, which works to apply technology to tackle developmental challenges. Mahesh is also the editor of India Together, the national public affairs and development magazine, which he co-founded in 1998. He is an Ashoka Fellow for social entrepreneurship, and has been a faculty member and researcher at the Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Harsh Mander is a writer, social worker, scholar and teacher. He is Director, Centre for Equity Studies and Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case, and a founding member of the National Campaign for the People’s Right to Information. His books include Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives, Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre, Fractured Freedom: Chronicles from India’s Margins and The Ripped Chest: Public Policy and Poor in India. He writes columns for the Hindu, Hindustan Times, and Mint, and contributes to several scholarly journals.
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.
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Research
Partha Mukhopadhyay is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. Prior to this, he was part of the founding team at Infrastructure Development Finance Company. He has also worked for EXIM Bank of India and the World Bank. He has been on the faculty at IIM, Ahmedabad, XLRI, Jamshedpur and at School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. He has a PhD in Economics from New York University and an MA and M Phil from the Delhi School of Economics.
Arun Nanda serves as the Chairman of Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited, Mahindra Consulting Engineers and Mahindra World City Developers. Mr. Nanda is on the boards of several subsidiaries and associate companies in the Mahindra Group and has over 40 years of experience in finance, industries and infrastructure.
Narinder Nayar is the Chairman of Bombay First. Nayar is the Founder of Concast Limited – supplier of high-tech equipment for the steel industry in India. Actively involved with professional bodies, he has catalysed growth as the founding member of the Indo-Canadian Business Council in India and now its Governing Board Membe. He was formerly President, Council of EU Chamber of Commerce in India and a member of its governing board.
Senior Advisor, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
Henk Ovink is Principal of ‘Rebuild by Design’ and Senior Advisor to the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Previously, he was Director General for Spatial Planning and Water Affairs for the Netherlands.
Madhav Pai is India Director for the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities. He continues to be director for EMBARQ India, a program he co-founded seven years ago. He has published extensively since his return to India including papers on auto-rickshaws, motorcycle safety, informal public transport, reorganising city bus systems, bus rapid transit and long term externalities of urban transport systems. Pai has over 15 years of experience leading, designing and managing urban transport programs and projects in India, Asia and United states.
Arvind Panagariya, a Ph.D. from Princeton, is Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He has been the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and authored or edited fifteen books and published scientific articles in a number of economics journals. The President of India honoured him with Padma Bhushan in 2012.
Tikender Singh Panwar is the deputy mayor of Shimla and a commoner. Elected in 2012, he is affiliated with the Communist Party (Marxist). Apart from his active role in politics he has taken part in discussions about sustainable urbanisation for the UN ECOSOC, and the topic of resilient cities for ICLEI.
Susan Parnell is an urban geographer at the University of Cape Town. She was a founding member of the African Centre for Cities and is on its Executive Board. Recent books include: A Routledge Handbook of Cities of the South (with Sophie Oldfield) and Africa’s Urban Revolution (with Edgar Pieterse).
Enrique Peñalosa is an international urban strategy consultant and a Colombian political leader. As Mayor of Bogota, Peñalosa initiated improvements in equity, sustainable mobility and quality of life. He is President of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York.
Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design since 2003. The focus of his current work is on green economy strategies in cities which includes co-directing the cities programme of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Ananya Roy is Professor of City & Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty & Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent books on global urbanism are Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global and the forthcoming Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South.
Dunu Roy is Director of the Hazards Center in New Delhi. He is a chemical engineer by training, social scientist by compulsion, and political ecologist by choice. Roy has worked for over 40 years on the delicate border between environment and development. Spanning rural and urban scenarios, his work has covered land and water management, secure settlements, safe work conditions, environmental planning, leadership training and pollution control.
Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment
Anumita Roychowdhury is the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India. She is in charge of the sustainable cities programme, and has helped to build the Right to Clean Air campaign at the Centre, a policy advocacy programme on clean air, public health and sustainable mobility.
Sanjeev Sanyal is Deutsche Bank’s Global Strategist and one of the world’s leading financial sector economists. A Rhodes Scholar and Eisenhower Fellow, he was named Young Global Leader 2010 by the World Economic Forum. He is a writer and columnist, and has won the International Indian Achiever’s Award 2014 for Literature.
Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and co-chairs its Committee on Global Thought. Her most recent book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014). She has received multiple honours, most recently the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.
Wolfgang Schmidt is the State Secretary of Hamburg. Plenipotentiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federation, the European Union and for Foreign Affairs. President of the Conference of Ministers for European Affairs of the German Federal States. Former Vice-President of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY).
Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at New York University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Recent work explores positive aspects of labour in The Craftsman and in Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. The third volume in this trilogy, Making and Dwelling, is forthcoming.
Professor of Geography and Urbanization, Yale University
Karen Seto is Associate Dean of Research at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is an expert in urban remote sensing, forecasting urban growth, the environmental impacts of urbanisation and urban climate change mitigation. She was a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.
Jagan Shah is Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi. He was formerly the Director of Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon, and taught at the School of Planning & Architecture from 1998 till 2006. Shah is also a founding member of the Modern Asian Architecture Network.
KC Sivaramakrishnan is Chairman of the Centre for Policy Research. After retiring from the Indian Administrative Services in 1992, he joined the World Bank as Senior Advisor, Urban Management. He is a member of the National Technical Advisory Group for the JNNURM and the author of Revisioning Indian Cities: The Urban Renewal Mission and the recent Governance of Megacities: Fractured Thinking, Fragmented Set-up.
Sanjay Sridhar is the C40 Regional Director for South and West Asia. He is responsible for facilitating cities in the region to participate in the exchange of best practices to reduce the sources and their impact on climate change. Sanjay has more than 16 years of work experience in three continents (North America, Europe and Asia) in areas of architecture, urban development and planning, sustainable design and public policy. Prior to joining C40, Sridhar was with the World Resources Institute (WRI) as the Director of Urban Development for India.
Geetam Tiwari is MoUD Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Department of Civil Engineering, and Coordinator of Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She obtained a B. Arch degree from the University of Roorkee and a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy and Ph.D. in Transport Planning and Policy, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.
Ireena Vittal is an independent director on the boards of some of India’s best-known companies. She was previously a partner at McKinsey & Co., where she worked for over 15 years, and co-authored the McKinsey Global Institute’s report ‘‘India’s Urban Awakening: Building Inclusive Cities, Sustaining Economic Growth.” She is now working on urban issues in India.
Executive Director, Regional Plan Association, New York
Thomas K. Wright is Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association, America’s oldest independent urban research and advocacy organisation dedicated to promoting the liveability and sustainability of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. He has steered initiatives including the Fourth Regional Plan (ongoing), the Draft Vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006), and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan (1996).
Austin Zeiderman is Assistant Professor of Urban Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He specialises in the cultural and political dimensions of cities in Latin America. Zeiderman is particularly interested in urban politics and governance, security and risk, rights and citizenship, and urban infrastructures and environments.
Councillor for Urban Development, German Association of Cities
Hilmar von Lojewski is an urban planner (TU Dortmund, METU Ankara). In 2012, he became the councillor for urban development of the German Association of Cities, which represents the interests of an urban population of more than 51 million in Germany. Since the early 1990s, he has been working for the cities of Dresden and Berlin as an urban planner. He has also taken up planning and advisory tasks for sustainable urban development in Nepal and Syria.