MAY 14-16, 2012
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THE SUMMIT


THINKING AHEAD, BUILDING TOGETHER

For the first time in our history, we are a world of cities -- and this is just the beginning. By 2050, the global urban population will reach 7 billion people, double the number living in cities today.

We are only just starting to grasp the significance of this phenomenon. What is certain is that the scale and pace of global urbanization is unprecedented and its impact will be felt in all spheres of human life. This urban world comes with complex new environmental, economic and social challenges. It also represents a unique opportunity to build more sustainable, vibrant, innovative, and equitable communities, particularly in rapidly-urbanizing regions of the world.

The Summit, organized by the New Cities Foundation, aims to place the city at the heart of the global discussion. This invitation-only event is new in both content and form. It will mix high-level conversations featuring some of the most recognized global urban thought leaders and decision makers -- mayors, CEOs and business leaders, academics, architects, technologists, media leaders and entrepreneurs -- with innovative demos and interactive thematic workshops. Workshop topics include: mobility, the creative and connected city, the just city, water, greener buildings, infrastructure finance, and regional sessions. China, India and Latin America are a particular focus area. The Summit will also highlight the modern urban utopias and experimental cities that are a rich urban laboratory for future cities.

The theme of the Summit, Thinking Ahead, Building Together, reflects our belief that understanding and contributing to our common urban future will require audacity, analysis and, above all, partnership. The Foundation, working closely with a rich and diverse ecosystem of members and partners, would like participants at the Summit to be inspired and equipped to make positive change.

Our best chance to build a better world is to build better cities together.

May 14th

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Registration opens on May 13th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

07:30 – 09:15 am
Coffee, Croissants, and Registration

09:15 – 09:45 am
Opening remarks by John Rossant, Chairman of the New Cities Foundation, with a special welcome by Patrick Devedjian, President of the Council of the Hauts-de-Seine

09:50 – 11:00 am
Opening Plenary - Defining Urbanites: how we became a city species and why it matters

11:00 – 11:45 am
Networking break

11:45 – 01:00 pm
Breakout Sessions


  • Governing the Metropolis: new forms of governance for 21st century cities

  • The Annotated City: digital storytelling in the urban age

  • Citywalla: a look at urban India


01:00 – 02:30 pm
Lunch

02:30 – 03:30 pm
Plenary Session - Portrait of an Urban World: facts, figures, and the future

03:30 – 03:45 pm
Global Cities Investment Monitor. New Trends and Criteria

03:45 – 04:00 pm
Festival of Ideas for the New City

04:00 – 04:45 pm
Networking break

04:45 – 06:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Interactive Session: navigating the meta-city

  • Securing Investments for the Urban Century: how do we pay for the urban boom?

  • Ciudades Latinas: urban Latin America


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May 15th

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08:00 – 09:00 am
Coffee and Croissants

09:00 – 10:00 am
Plenary Session - Hard and Software City

10:00 – 10:15 am
Urban Innovations: Waze

10:30 – 11:15 am
Networking break

11:15 – 12:30 pm
Breakout Sessions


  • The Just City

  • Greener Districts

  • City Dwellers on the Move: the future of urban transportation and mobility


12:30 – 02:00 pm
Lunch and from 01:30 to 02:00 pm, AppMyCity! finalists present their apps to our jury

02:00 – 02:15 pm
A Glimps into Future Cities

02:15 – 03:30 pm
Plenary Session - A Closer Look at Urban China: towards the urban billion

03:30 – 04:00 pm
Networking break

04:00 – 05:00 pm
Plenary Session - Modern Urban Utopias: a conversation with the builders of four bold new cities

05:00 – 05:15 pm
Special Moment by VHILS

07:30 – 10:30 pm
Gala Dinner at the Grand Palais during the Monumenta exhibit
Hosted by the New Cities Foundation with a welcome speech by Betrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris. Invitation only


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May 16th

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08:00 – 09:00 am
Coffee and Croissants

09:00 – 10:00 am
Plenary Session - Partnering for Better Cities

10:00 – 10:15 am
Urban Innovations: Ciudad Saludable

10:15 – 10:30 am
Urban Innovations: Isla Urbana

10:30 – 11:00 am
Networking break

11:00 – 12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions


  • HydroCity: urban water

  • A City Shops: the future of urban retail in the digital age

  • Greater Paris: reinventing the City of Light


12:00 – 01:00 pm
Call to action

01:00 – 02:00 pm
Farewell lunch

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SPEAKERS


Jorge Luiz Numa Abrahão

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Hugh Aldridge

Mariana Alegre Escorza

Vivek Badrinath

Stephen Baker

Stephen Barrett

Jacob Bennett

Johan Björkstén

Diane Brady

Gianluca Brugnoli

Ricky Burdett

Jay Carson

Antonio Celia

Robin Chase

Bharati Chaturvedi

Chen Xiaohui

Greg Clark

Victor d'Allant

Jean-Charles Decaux

Bertrand Delanoë

Paul Delaoutre

Patrick Devedjian

Youenn Dupuis

Jean-Yves Durance

Mark Dytham

Di-Ann Eisnor

Wim Elfrink

Pablo Farias

Clara Gaymard

Stephen Goldsmith

Ulysse Gosset

Thomas Green

Ajit Gulabchand

Charlie Hale

Edwin Heathcote

Janaina Herrera

Alan G. Hinchman

Ron Huldai

Masato Ito

Annat Jain

Leila Chirayath Janah

Lady Barbara Judge

Parag Khanna

Manjeet Kripalani

Patrick Le Galès

Nathalie Leboucher

James S. Lee

Mathieu Lefevre

Li Dongming

Daniel Libeskind

Luciana Lima

Enrique Lomnitz

Pierre Mansat

George McCarthy

Rob McIntosh

Anil Menon

Gérard Mestrallet

Jean-Louis Missika

Filip Mitrovic

Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla

Alessandra Orofino

Joe Peach

Lisa Phillips

Jean Pistre

Pamela Puchalski

Richard Quest

Nimish Radia

Carlo Ratti

V Ravichandar

Kasim Reed

John Rice

Gregor Robertson

John Rossant

Henry Saint Bris

Khalifa Ababacar Sall

Saskia Sassen

Christian Sautter

Pierre Simon

Hans Tijl

Robert Vassoyan

Hans Vestberg

Vhils

Geoffrey West

Tony Williams

Jonathan Woetzel

Karen Wong

Scot Wrighton

Xiao Jincheng

Xie Cheng Xiang

Yuan Yue

Susan Zielinski

SPEAKERS AND PARTICIPANTS


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Jorge Luiz Numa Abrahão

President

Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility


Engineer; Entrepreneur, President of Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility; Member of the Global Compact Board; Board Member of Sociotec Engineer; Member of World Social Forum’s International Council;  Member of the Network Nossa São Paulo; Former member of the Presidential Board of Food and Nutritional Safety (Consea), Former General Coordinator of Fórum Empresarial de Apoio ao Município (Business Forum for City Support) – How companies and cities’ administration may work in partnerships for local development.
Former Coordinator of PNBE - National Thought of Entrepreneurial Basis
Former member of the National Coordination of the Brazilian Association of Entrepreneurs for Citizenship (Cives)

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Managing Director and CEO

King Abdullah Economic City


Since 2008 Fahd Al-Rasheed has been the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), a publicly listed Saudi company. As the CEO of KAEC, Al-Rasheed is responsible for overseeing all aspects of KAEC’s development including the construction and commercialization of residential communities, retail and commercial space, hospitality and leisure offerings, health and education facilities, as well as a mega port and industrial zone.

Prior to his appointment as the CEO of KAEC, Al-Rasheed held the post of Deputy Governor and CFO of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) from 2005 until 2008. In his role as Deputy Governor of SAGIA, Al-Rasheed led the establishment of the Economic Cities Agency (ECA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Kingdom’s Economic City initiative - the ECA was later spun off by Royal Decree to become an independent Government authority (“Economic City Authority”).

Prior to his role as Deputy Governor, Al-Rasheed held the position of SAGIA’s CFO, where he was responsible for leading many initiatives to enhance SAGIA’s operational efficiency and the competitiveness of the Kingdom’s investment climate. Prior to joining SAGIA, Al-Rasheed worked for Saudi Aramco’s Finance Division where he led initiatives in several areas including investments, corporate finance, and cash management.

Al Rasheed also holds membership and is involved in several global as well as community-based organizations and boards. He is on the Board of the Ports Development Company and Saudi Arabian Airlines-Catering Company, and also sits on the Board of the Jeddah Chapter of the Young President Organization (YPO). He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Real Estate and was honored in 2011 by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Al-Rasheed received an MBA from the Stanford Business School in 2005 and a BS in Business Administration, with concentrations in Finance and International Business, from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, Al-Rasheed is candidate to graduate from the Advanced Real Estate Development Program at Harvard University.

Hugh Aldridge

Director of Development

University of California, Berkeley, CITRIS


Hugh is Director of Development at the University of California's Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society (CITRIS). Hugh leads the Center's strategic engagement with corporate sponsors and manages research initiatives related to water and cities.
From 2008 – 2010, Hugh was Director of Business Relations at the University of Manchester and from 2006 – 2008 was Director of the Research & Enterprise Partnership between Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities. In both roles Hugh worked closely with government leaders at national, regional and local levels and with senior corporate executives.
From 2000 to 2006 Hugh was based at the University of Cambridge, as Director of Corporate Liaison and as a Director at the Cambridge-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institute (CMI). For 4 years, from 1996 to 2000, Hugh worked for Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. Based in Bristol, UK and in Palo Alto, California, Hugh developed and managed the Laboratories’ key strategic relationships with major universities around the world.
Hugh has a Bachelors degree in Biology (Birmingham, UK), a PhD in Zoology (Bristol, UK) and was a NATO Research Fellow at Carleton and York Universities from 1984 to 1987. From 1987 to 1992 Hugh worked for Research Councils UK before becoming the research manager at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School.

Mariana Alegre Escorza

General Coordinator

Lima Cómo Vamos


Born in Lima, Perú in 1981

With Law studies she has a Master in Human Rights for Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Author of the thesis: “We all are pedestrians. A human rights approach for the urban mobility treatment in Metropolitan Lima” with outstanding grade (the highest grade).

She worked in Transparencia, a civil association dedicated to strengthening democracy, political parties, and election monitoring. In this period, she gained experience in working with local and regional governments. Later, she was chief manager of “Rímac Renace”, an urban renewal project, with social inclusion, citizen’s participation and civic culture, promoted by PNUD.

Nowadays she is the General Coordinator of the citizen observatory Lima Cómo Vamos (Lima how is going?) (www.limacomovamos.org). At the observatory, is responsible for the publication of two annual reports that monitor the quality of life of the inhabitants of the city, measuring perception and governance indicators. She hosts a radio programme with the same name: "Lima Cómo Vamos", which airs on one of the most important radios in the country.

As she specializes in urban phenomenon and sustainable mobility, she has published numerous articles and participated as guest speaker at several national and international forums and conferences.

Vivek Badrinath

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

Orange Business Services


Vivek Badrinath, heads Orange Business Services, the Enterprise Division of the France Telecom Group, since April 2010.

Prior to his current role, Vivek held a number of other senior management roles within the France Telecom Group including Executive Vice President for Networks, Carriers, Platforms and Infrastructure. In this role he was responsible for developing the technical policies for France Telecom Group’s IT and Networks, as well as supporting the implementation of its integrated product portfolio and leading the convergence of its network and information systems.

Vivek also spent two years within the company’s Mobile division as Chief Technology Officer for Orange and then, with an expanded remit, as its EVP of Products, Technology and Innovation.

Prior to joining Orange in 2004, Vivek Badrinath spent four years with the consumer electronics firm Thomson. As CEO of its Indian subsidiary, he was responsible for manufacturing and sales, as well as managing the relationship with key customers in the broadcast area.

Vivek Badrinath originally joined the France Telecom Group in 1996, just as France was opening up its telecommunications market to competition. He gained extensive experience in interconnect issues and network planning and design.

Stephen Baker

Author

The Numerati


Stephen Baker, is author most recently of Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything (2011). It's the "biography" of IBM's Jeopardy computer, Watson. His previous book, The Numerati (2008), detailed the emergence of the data economy. It has been translated into 20 languages. For more than a decade, Baker covered technology for BusinessWeek, first from Paris and later New York. At BusinessWeek, he wrote extensively on wireless communications, blogging, social networks and cloud computing. Earlier in his career, he worked as a correspondent in Pittsburgh, Caracas, El Paso and Mexico City. His first novel, The Boost, will be published next year by Tor Books, a division of MacMillan Publishers Ltd

Stephen Barrett

Associated Partner

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners


Stephen joined Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in 1993 and has been an Associate since 2004. Stephen has been the project leader for the RSHP-led multi-disciplinary team with the Urban Age (London School of Economics) and Arup participating in the international consultancy on the future of metropolitan Paris - "Le Grand Pari(s)" - and is currently the project leader for the new Bercy Charenton Masterplan (Paris 12ème). Stephen was project architect for the Bordeaux Law Courts project, France, Terminal 4 Barajas Satellite, Madrid, and the new Control Tower at Heathrow Airport. Stephen also spent two years seconded to the RSHP Madrid office as project architect for the LEED Platinum-certified Campus Palmas Altas in Seville. He is a qualified BREEAM International Assessor and managed the environmental footprint audit of the practice's own activities in 2008. Stephen has been a visiting critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London and EPFL, Lausanne.

Jacob Bennett

Deputy City Manager

Skolkovo


Jacob brings over 15 years of construction and real estate experience. Since 2011, in his position as Skolkovo Deputy City Manager, has overseen the planning of Skolkovo City. Prior to Skolkovo he headed the Marbleton Real Estate Private Equity Fund which focused on investments in Russia.  Jacob also worked for nine years at Intel Corporation. At Intel, Jacob co-managed the organization responsible for development (US$800 million per annum) of the firm’s facilities in Europe, India, Middle East, and Russia. His responsibilities consisted of managing and driving standardization of critical processes in areas such construction and supplier management, project delivery and compensation strategies and contract administration.
               
Jacob’s representative project experience includes construction of a US$1.4 billion microprocessor factory in Israel and US$800 million factory in Ireland. His team also enabled Intel's US$150 million real estate and facility investment program in general office buildings and high performance data centers in 5 cities across Russia and the development of the company’s R&D centers in Bangalore, India.
               
Jacob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University and Masters of Science in Management for Boston University.

Johan Björkstén

Chairman

MSL China


Johan has spent more than 20 years in China, is fluent in Chinese and has worked for eight years as a radio and TV host. Throughout his media career he has built a strong network with key Chinese media and has deep expertise in creatively engaging with Chinese audiences.
In 1994, he founded Eastwei Relations, which grew to China’s leading local strategic PR consultancy. In 2010 the agency joined MSLGROUP to become MSL China, serving a number of Fortune-500 clients including P&G, IKEA, SONY, Puma, Volvo Cars, ABSOLUT and Singapore Tourism Board.
Johan has authored several books including PR, Chinese Style, co-authored Catching Up Fast: PR and Marketing in a Web 2.0 China and How to Manage a Successful Business in China.
Johan is one of the most respected Swedish businessmen in China; one of the founders of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China; an Advisory Board Member at East Capital, one of Europe’s largest fund managers focusing on Eastern Europe, Russia and China.
Johan is fluent in Chinese, English and his native Swedish, freely reads German, French and Russian. He has a Master's degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Diane Brady

Senior Editor and Content Chief

Bloomberg Businessweek


As Senior Editor and Content Chief, Diane Brady has led corporate and management coverage since June 2008. Previously, she was a senior writer and bureau chief, winning numerous industry awards for her stories. Before that, she worked at The Wall Street Journal in Asia, Canada's Maclean's and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.

She's a frequent guest on CNN, NPR, CNBC and numerous other broadcast outlets, and is on the board of the Overseas Press Club. She's a graduate of University of Toronto, and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and the University of Nairobi. Her book, Fraternity (Spiegel & Grau), goes on sale in early 2012.

Gianluca Brugnoli

Creative Director

Frog


Gianluca Brugnoli is a Creative Director at frog in Milan. Bringing more than 15 years’ experience, the architect and PhD in Industrial Design has been focusing on interaction design and user experience strategy, specialized in digital services. He is mostly involved in the untangling of complex systems and processes, seen as frameworks and platforms enabling different user experiences and behaviors.

At frog, Gianluca has covered projects in e-banking and financial services, e-commerce, web community and social networks, as well as television interfaces, large corporate intranets, and CRM and ERP interfaces. Recent client work includes Vogue Italia and Vanity Fair in the lifestyle sector, and major banks in the international financial sector. In addition to his role at frog, since 1996, Gianluca has been a professor and researcher at the INDACO Department of Politecnico di Milano, where he explores the connections (and disconnections) between design and business.

Ricky Burdett

Professor of Urban Studies, director of LSE Cities and Urban Age

London School of Economics and Political Science


Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme. He is a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and now advises the Olympic Legacy Park Company. He was architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006.

In addition to leading innovative research on global cities, Burdett has curated numerous exhibitions including ‘Global Cities’ at Tate Modern, was Director of the 2006 Architecture Biennale in Venice and chairman of the Jury for the 2007 Mies van der Rohe Prize. He is architectural adviser to the cities of Genova and Parma, and a member of the Milan Expo 2015 steering committee. He is a Council member of the Royal College of Art and sits on the Mayor of London’s Promote London Board.

He is co-editor of ‘Living in the Endless City’ and a regular contributor to journals, books and media programmes on contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Jay Carson

CEO

C40 Cities


Jay Carson serves as the Executive Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Senior Advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this capacity, Carson has overseen the integration of C40 and Clinton Climate Initiative Cities program to develop a premiere climate change organization committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will address climate change globally through a network of more than 40 cities.
Prior to joining C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Carson was Chief Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaigrosa where he led a successful overhaul of the city’s economic development and job creation efforts.
A seasoned political strategist, Carson worked in government and politics for over 15 years for elected officials including Senator Charles Schumer, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, Governor Howard Dean and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as serving as Director of Communications for President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during the creation of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Carson was recently named as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Ones to Watch.”
Born in Macon, GA, Carson received his BA from Columbia University in New York City. He lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Board of Directors of Film LA and is a Senior Fellow at UCLA. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

Antonio Celia

CEO

Promigas


Promigas’ CEO since 1992, a Colombian organization in the energy and natural gas sector with more than 40 years of experience and a holding comprised of 13 companies and an inclusive business -Brilla-benefiting with credits approximately more than 650.000 people at the BOP. Leader of the widespread use of natural gas as preferred fuel. Today, approximately 25 million Colombians, most of them which belong to very low income levels, have been impacted positively with access to this utility.

Has been involved with several organizations such as the most important national association of entrepreneurs -ANDI-, where he served as president of the board for two years, the think tanks Fedesarrollo and Fundesarrollo, consultative board of the Banco de la República and served for several years as board member of the peace investment fund Fondo de Inversiones para la Paz -FIP-. Actually, he is president of the board of Naturgas, the Natural Gas Association in Colombia, chairman of several natural gas companies and others in different economic sectors in this country, and recently appointed by the President Juan Manuel Santos as board member of the Colombian National Adaptation Fund and Calamity Fund- Colombia Humanitaria.

Renowned advocate for promoting sustainable development for his city, Caribbean region and the country from the private sector and a true believer that entrepreneurs not only have a commitment with their shareholders but with the society as a whole. Has served as president of the city of Barranquilla’s Chamber of Commerce, played an active role in the privatization of the water utility in Barranquilla and is Vice-President of the board of the Universidad del Norte, the most influential educational institution in the Colombian Caribbean region. Quality education is his social focus for considering it an essential tool for diminishing poverty and providing for social equity. Founder of the Promigas Foundation, which benefits, in average, 600 schools, 2.300 teachers and 300.000 students where Promigas operates; Co-founder and chairman of “Empresarios por la Educación”; member of The Business Council of the Americas -CEAL- and the board of directors of Endeavor Colombia and chairman of the board of Shakira´s “Pies Descalzos” foundation. Mr. Celia has actively engaged in several local cultural initiatives as founder sponsor of the MAMB (Museum of Modern Art of Barranquilla), Museo del Caribe, El Carnaval de las Artes, all of which aim to preserve, rescue and promote local art and culture and Fundación La Cueva, a foundation created with the mission of rescuing the memory of the Barranquilla Group, whose most notorious member was the Colombian Noble Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez.

Engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, with Executive Education at Universidad de los Andes, MIT and Wharton business schools.

Awarded as “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Colombia (Premios Portafolio-2009); Social Leader (Revista Semana-2011); PODER ABC Awards-2010).

Robin Chase

Founder and CEO

Buzzcar


Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. Buzzcar.com empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. Robin is also founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

She is on the Board of the World Resources Institute, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, and the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board. She also served on the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, th Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.

Bharati Chaturvedi

Founder

Chintan


Bharati Chaturvedi works in India on the cross-cutting issues of the urban space, environment and consumption. Some of her key work is in partnership with the urban poor, particularly the informal recycling sector, to advocate for inclusive, equitable policies.
Bharati is the founder of an India based non-profit, Chintan, which means another way of thinking. Chintan converts waste into social wealth with a focus on urban areas. This work includes creating and facilitating green jobs in the waste sector, research and advocacy for better urban policies, organizing the informal sector for self-representation and eliminating child labour from recycling. In all this, Chintan works in partnerships with a range of other organizations, from private companies to the government. Chintan was recently awarded the US Secretary of State’s Award for Innovation for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
Bharati has also worked extensively on Solid Waste issues. She has been part of several national and global projects, such as the UNHABITAT’s 2010 report on Solid Waste in the Worlds Cities, the European Union’s ISSOWAMA project and various studies by the GIZ.
Bharati is on various government committees for policy making. She writes a column for the Hindustan Times and occasionally blogs with the Huffington Post. She has a Masters degree in History from Delhi University and a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She is the editor of ‘Finding Delhi : Loss and Renewal in the Megacity,’ published by Penguin India (October 2010). Bharati is the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Johns Hopkins Alumni “Knowledge for the World Award”. She has previously received the LEAD fellowship and is a fellow at the Synergos Institute, New York.

Chen Xiaohui

Vice chief planner

Jiangsu Institute of Urban Plan and Design


Deputy chief planner of Jiangsu Urban Plan and Design Institute, secretary-general of The Urban Planning Society of Jiangsu Province and eco-urban planning committee of the Urban Planning Society of China. She is in charge of major urban and regional planning projects and provided technical assistance to local and provincial governments in Jiangsu Province, a rich and populous eastern China coastal province. She has spearheaded provincial research project on integrated urban-rural planning, local costal industrial cluster planning, planning towards a tomorrow of an aging population, etc. At her position, Chen is an active facilitator of communication between the U.S. and China, the U.K. and China in urban planning, and herself has participated an one-year special programme on urban and regional studies in MIT and worked as consultant on World Bank project.She has three books published by China Architecture and Building Press: “The Rural Restructuring in the process of Urban and Rural Integrated Development”, “Municipal administrator training book: The Town Planning”, and “Metropolitan Area Planning”.

Greg Clark

Minister of State for Decentralisation and Cities

United Kingdom


On 13 May 2010 Greg Clark MP was appointed Minister of State at Communities and Local Government.

On 19th July 2011 he was appointed as Minister for Cities, in addition to his responsibilities as Minister for Decentralisation, becoming a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as the Department for Communities and Local Government in this new capacity.

Greg Clark was born in Middlesbrough and studied Economics at Cambridge University before being awarded his PhD at the London School of Economics.

He was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for three successive Leaders; William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard, before being elected to Parliament in 2005.

He was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. Shadow Minister for Teesside since 2006, Greg Clark has also authored the book, Total Politics, looking at the decentralisation of political power.

On 9 June 2010 Greg Clark was appointed to the Privy Council.

Victor d'Allant

Chief Executive Officer

dallant.networks


Victor d'Allant @dallant is CEO of dallant.networks http://dallant.net, a communications group building and managing leading networks for global impact. Clients include the Ford and Skoll foundations

Victor has previously served as CEO/Managing Director in both the private sector and the non-profit space, and has consulted for the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, Newsweek, Bloomberg and Wired.

Victor started his career as a photojournalist and his photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. The video blog he produced for Social Edge, the Skoll Foundation's online community, received an Honoree Mention at the Webby Awards (Webbies).

He has been invited to present on "Social Media & Social Change" at Berkeley, Stanford, NYU, China Europe International Business School (Shanghai), Skoll World Forum (Oxford), Ashoka (Dakar).

Victor holds an MA in social anthropology from the Sorbonne and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Jean-Charles Decaux

Co-Chief Executive Officer

JCDecaux SA


Jean-Charles Decaux, 42, joined (8 July 1969) in 1989 the family firm to develop out of home media in the countries in southern Europe.

In 1991, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of JCDecaux Spain. In 1994, he became Executive Vice-President, responsible for developing business activities in Southern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, and Asia.

When the JCDecaux Group acquired Avenir in 1999, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Avenir, of JCDecaux Airport and JCDecaux Artvertising.

Jean-Charles Decaux and Jean-François Decaux, Co-Chief Executive Officers. Since 2000, they alternate as Chairman of the Executive Board for periods of one year.

Bertrand Delanoë

Mayor

City of Paris


Bertrand DELANOË was elected Mayor of Paris in March 2001 and re-elected for a second mandate in March 2008. He is the President of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) and Honorary President of United Cities and Local Governments.

In addition to an unwavering commitment to social justice and sustainable development, innovation has been a guiding principle in the Mayor’s approach to policy-making. In the area of public transport, for example, innovation has successfully diversified the transport offer and reduced pollution, notably via the new tramway, the self-service bicycle scheme Vélib’, and most recently Autolib’, an electric car rental scheme allowing Parisians and visitors to rent vehicles 24/7 from more than 1,000 stations in the Ile-de-France region.

Elsewhere, innovative urban planning and architecture have been harnessed to find new solutions to familiar problems. Paris has gained over 110 000 inhabitants during Bertrand Delanoë’s mandate, thereby reversing a longstanding population exodus. Today, with over 2.2 million inhabitants living in an area of 105km², Paris is very densely populated. To meet the new challenges associated with this density, development schemes are underway in 10% of the city’s territory. The emerging new districts and urban regeneration projects are characterised by the creation of new green spaces, the diversification of functional usage, the strengthening of ties with communities neighbouring Paris, and the promotion of bold architectural projects respecting rigorous environmental standards.

Paul Delaoutre

Chairman and CEO

BHV and Galeries Lafayette Department Stores


Paul Delaoutre is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BHV and Galeries Lafayette Department stores since April 2005. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Galeries Lafayette Department Stores. Before joining the Galeries Lafayette we was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of La Redoute from 1999 to 2003. Amongst other jobs he was Vice President of Mars incorporated for Southern Europe from 1996 to 1999 and Brand Manager of Procter & Gamble from 1978 to 1981.
Mr. Delaoutre graduated from the ESSEC Business School.

Patrick Devedjian

Chairman

Hauts-de-Seine General Council; Member of the Parliament


Patrick Devedjian is the Chairman of the Hauts-de-Seine General Council, and a Member of French Parliament. He is also the President of the board of Defacto since 2010

Youenn Dupuis

Responsable de la Mission Grand Paris

RATP


Youenn Dupuis is Head of the Grand Paris team of the RATP and a member of the « Corps des Mines ». Before joining the RATP Mr Dupuis was associated to the Private Office of the State Minister of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea (2007-2010). From 2005 to 2007 he was working at the French State Shareholding Agency. He was a member of the Regional Directorate of Industry, Research and Environment (Pays de la Loire) from 2001 to 2005. Youenn has spent 1 year at the European Bank for Reconstruction (EBRD) in London, at Renault and at the French Ministry of Labour.

Mr Depuis holds Master's degree in engineering - training programme of the "Corps des Mines" from the École nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris; a Master Degree in Economics from the Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne University and a Master's Degree in engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique.

Youenn is 36 years old, married and has 1 child.

Jean-Yves Durance

Vice President

Paris Chamber of Commerce



Born in 1942, Jean-Yves Durance has been graduated in maths and sciences (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris) and post graduated in economy and management (Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris).


For 36 years, he has been a banker in Crédit Lyonnais, most of the time involved in International and Corporate activities. He left in 2001, when he was one of the very top executives in charge of the French commercial banking activities, and then became the CEO of the French subsidiary of Marsh McLennan, the world leader in insurance brokerage.

He retired in 2006. Today he is concentrating in positions of senior adviser and non executive director for a selected group of French and US companies and, as an elected member, of Vice President of Paris Chamber of Commerce.

He is also the chairman of the “Association of La Defense Users” (AUDE) and member of the boards of Compagnie Daher, Banque Privée Quilvest.

Mark Dytham

Director, Klein Dytham Architecture

Founder, PechaKucha


Mark Dytham is director of Klein Dytham architecture (KDa) based in Tokyo. KDa is a multi-disciplinary design practice active in the design of architecture, interiors, and public spaces, installations and events. Working with clients such a Selfridges, Vertu, Uniqlo, Shiseido, Tsutaya and Sony redefining the retail experience is a key element of KDa's work.

Mark is also founder of PechaKucha, a simple presentation format (20 images x 20 slides) for the creative industries which has taken the world by storm, with over 100 PechaKucha Night events taking place each month in over 500 cities globally, and is described as one of the largest physical social networks in the world.

Di-Ann Eisnor

Vice President of Partnerships & Platform

Waze


Di-Ann Eisnor, VP of Partnerships & Platform, runs US operations and is crafting the cartography of “live mapping” for the crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic start-up, Waze. Diann is also founder and chairman of Platial, and founded Eisnor Interactive which was bought by Omnicom back in 2001. Di-Ann is a neogeography pioneer and serial entrepreneur employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers. Diann has spoken at BigThink, SXSW, TEDxSiliconValley, LeWeb, GeoLoco, SocioLoco, MWC, Signal, AppNation, State of the Map, Web 2.0, Where 2.0, MIT, Columbia University, Stanford University, and others.

Wim Elfrink

Executive Vice President, Emerging Solutions; Chief Globalisation Officer

Cisco


Wim Elfrink is Cisco’s Chief Globalisation Officer and Executive Vice President for the Emerging Solutions Group. In this role, he heads three global functions: Cisco’s Emerging Solutions and Emerging Countries initiatives and the company’s globalisation strategy. Elfrink reports directly to Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and is an officer of the company.

As Cisco’s first Chief Globalisation Officer, Elfrink leads Cisco’s efforts to become the world’s most globally relevant company, by incubating new business models and partner ecosystems, growing in strategic markets, and transforming global operations. The globalisation strategy is designed to help Cisco deliver a greater spectrum of solutions, business models, and partners for its customers worldwide. His responsibilities also include coleadership of Cisco’s market adjacency strategy with John Chambers. The adjacencies function, now operating as the Emerging Countries Council, positioned Cisco’s entry into new emerging markets and emerging solutions with a special focus on Brazil, Russia, China, India, and Mexico.

In his 14 years at Cisco, Elfrink has established a reputation as an entrepreneur, known for incubating businesses that flourish under his leadership. In 2007, he moved to India with his family to establish Cisco’s Globalisation Centre East in Bangalore. Over four years, he has made it an innovation hub that now has more than 7,000 employees, a smart campus built sustainably, and an organization focused on developing and delivering marketmaking solutions that are scaled globally.

In 2011, the Emerging Solutions Group (ESG) was formed as a direct result of the innovation success born out of the globalisation centre, with Elfrink as the leader. ESG is focused on identifying market-making opportunities and the creation of new industries, including Smart+Connected Communities, Virtual Healthcare, and Physical Safety and Security among others.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Elfrink played a key role in the build up and success of Cisco’s services business. Starting with key roles in European Services, in 2002, he was appointed head of Global Services, which grew from $3.3 billion when he assumed leadership to more than $7.6 billion in 2010.

During his time based in India, Elfrink chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Steering Committee on Intelligent Urbanization, which in May 2010 recommended a Framework for Sustainable Urbanization for India. In December 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore’s 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured.

Pablo Farias

Vice President of Economic Opportunity and Assets program

Ford Foundation


Pablo Farías has served as vice president of the foundation's Economic Opportunity and Assets program since 2003. He oversees worldwide grant making focused on expanding opportunities and providing fair and equitable ways for all people to earn a decent living and build economic resources. Pablo is also in charge of the foundation's regional programming in China, Indonesia, and India and Sri Lanka.

His portfolio also supports advancing a vision of smart, regional development that builds strong and equitable communities, and contributing to sustainable development by promoting greater access and rights to natural resources among the rural poor.

Pablo joined the Ford Foundation in 1998 and served as representative for Mexico and Central America until being named vice president. Previously, he was the founding director general of the College of the Southern Border in Chiapas, Mexico, a research institute focused on the challenges of poverty alleviation, sustainable development in tropical rural areas and population dynamics in Mexico's southern border region. He also served on the board of Mexico's National Council on Science and Technology and the national advisory councils on sustainable development and social development.

He began his career working on community health concerns among Latino immigrants in the East Cambridge and Jamaica Plain areas of Boston. He later worked in social medicine and mental health in the refugee camps along the Mexico-Guatemala border and helped establish the Comitan Center for Health Research, an organization focused on reproductive health, community mental health and local development in rural areas.

A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Pablo studied medicine at the University of Monterrey and trained in psychiatry and medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Hospital. He was also a Dupont-Warren research fellow and lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Clara Gaymard

City initiative Leader

GE


Having been appointed City initiative Leader since August 2010, Clara Gaymard has confirmed both her noteworthy work as GE International Vice-President for Government Strategy and Sales & as GE France National Executive, successfully implementing the accuracy of her strategic vision about government relations and public sector procurements. Before this appointment Clara had been the executive of North-West Europe Region since October 2008.
Alongside this new position Clara Gaymard is still covering her CEO role for GE in France. Since she has been managing GE in France, Clara has succeeded in triggering a better consistent strategy for the different businesses, has dramatically boosted the sales and has favored a comprehensive visibility for the company among decision makers, influencers, and towards public opinion.
Prior to joining GE, Clara Gaymard achieved an outstanding career within the French administration. After she completed her ENA degree, Clara joined the State Audit Office as an auditor, then as a counsellor. From 1991 to 2003, she held several positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, had been focusing on SME investment and economic development as a deputy director.
In 2006, her appointment as Ambassador, President of Invest In France Agency (AFII) was a conclusive crossroads. Heading the Agency, Clara Gaymard was been bringing to a more accurate and actual focus into the issues of innovation and private-public collaboration to favour the economic prosperity.
Having reached the personal goals she expected as a public server, Clara Gaymard seized the opportunity to implement the vision she drew up. Far from disrupting with her previous position, she pursued her public-private crossed vocation as the National Executive of GE in France, then as GE International Vice-President for Government Strategy and Sales.

Stephen Goldsmith

Paul Professor of Government; Director of the Innovations in American Government Program

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government


Mayor Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He previously served two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, America's 12th largest city, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition and privatization. As mayor, he reduced government spending, cut the city's bureaucracy, held the line on taxes, eliminated counterproductive regulations, and invested over $1 billion in infrastructure. His transformation of downtown Indianapolis has been held up as a national model.

As mayor he conducted more than 80 public-private competitions, which resulted in savings of more than $400 million. The Wall Street Journal has called Mayor Goldsmith a "pioneering privatizer of city services."

Mayor Goldsmith has previously served as the Deputy Mayor for Operations of New York City, Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to President Bush in his 2000 presidential campaign. He is the author of many books on cities and is frequently published in such papers as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His recent books include Governing by Network and The Power of Social Innovation. He currently directs an initiative at Harvard concentrating on the use of analytics to transform government.

Ulysse Gosset

Foreign Affairs Commentator

BFM TV


Ulysse Gosset, is the foreign affairs commentator of BFM TV, the leading french news channel. He is a professional TV journalist with extensive experience covering world affairs: the fall of the Soviet Union, Bill Clinton’s Presidency, 9/11 and America under attack, George W. Bush at the White House, the 2008/2009 world financial crisis and the role of the G 20 Summits. He is also interviewer for Politique Internationale, Paris, France, the main french foreign policy review.

Ulysse Gosset just launched The Pariser, thepariser.fr, a French on line magazine.

Born in 1954 in Paris, France, married, three children.

Ulysse Gosset, a former Director at France Télévisions Group, was COO and member of the board of France 24, in charge of News and Programming and former Director of the channel project for France Télévisions, has been anchor and executive producer of the show “The Talk of Paris”, on France 24, the first French International News Channel. Every Friday, “The Talk of Paris” invites world leaders and opinion makers. The last guests were amongst others: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf; Brazilian President Lula da Silva; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Israeli President Shimon Peres; Ukrainian President Viktor Youshchenko; former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmud Ahmadinejad; President of Gabon Omar Bongo Ondimba; former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; IOC Chairman Jacques Rogge; CEO of Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn, IMF GD Christine Lagarde.

Ulysse Gosset was Editor in charge of national news at France 3 Televisions, France Télévisions Group, in Paris, prior to working with the International News Channel, France 24.

Ulysse Gosset began his career in public broadcasting where he covered international news, politics and culture at Radios France Inter, France Info and France Culture between 1977 and 1993. In 1986 Gosset was named permanent envoy to Moscow for private network TF1 French Television and spent the next seven years covering the reforms of Mikael Gorbachev, the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Boris Yeltsin: In 1993 Gosset was named head correspondent and bureau chief of TF1 in the United States where he covered the Clinton years and the arrival of George Bush to power. He also reported for French cable network LCI (La Chaine Info), in partnership with TF1.

Thomas Green

Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Finance Group

Cit



Tom Green has been with Citi since 1998 and is a Managing Director in the Municipal Securities Division. As the head of Citi’s Infrastructure Finance Group, he is responsible for Citi’s financing work on transportation projects, municipal asset securitizations, U.S. convention center, hotel and sports stadium projects and public-private and public-public “P3” infrastructure project partnership financings. His recent work includes the June 2011 securitization of parking revenues from 97 privately-operated, publicly-owned transit parking facilities to obtain more than $300 million in near-term budget relief for Boston’s urban transit agency known as MBTA and service as lead banker on the December 2011 refinancing of the State of Michigan’s entire $3.2 billion unemployment trust find liability to the federal government, a transaction that is saving Michigan private sector employers nearly $10 million a month. Overall, his work has included more than $40 billion of senior book-running transactions. Mr. Green also has government experience, including six years serving as the First Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts during the mid-1990s, where he served as the top legal deputy to the Attorney General. Mr. Green received the National Association of Attorneys General “President’s Distinguished Service Award” in 1998 for his leadership role in the states’ litigation and settlement with the tobacco industry. He has a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, respectively.

Ajit Gulabchand

Chairman & Managing Director

Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd.


Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) Ltd. has, over the past 25 years, transformed the company from a construction major into a business group of global scale, developing and building responsible infrastructure through next practices. Over the years, HCC has constructed over 25% of India's hydro-power and over 50% of India's nuclear power generation capacities, over 3,300 lane km of expressways and highways, more than 204 km of complex tunneling - and over 324 bridges.

The HCC Group, with a group turnover of US $ 1.6 billion, comprises of HCC Ltd, HCC Infrastructure Co. Ltd, HCC Real Estate Ltd, Lavasa Corporation Ltd and Steiner AG in Switzerland. As Chairman - Lavasa Corporation Ltd, Mr. Gulabchand is the visionary behind the concept of free India's planned Hill City, Lavasa, which today is seen as a blueprint for the many future cities India will need as it responds to massive rural-to-urban migration.

A regular participant at the World Economic Forum (WEF) for almost two decades, Mr. Gulabchand was the first Asian to Chair the Governor's Steering Board of the Engineering & Construction Community at the WEF in Davos, 2011. He was also Co-Chair of the WEF's India Economic Summit, 2010. He is the only Indian business leader to participate on panels at the United Nation's Annual Summit on Climate Change, as well on the United Nation's Global Compact Summit.

A practitioner of sustainable infrastructure development, Mr. Gulabchand has been the first Indian signatory to endorse the United Nations CEO Water Mandate which mobilizes businesses globally towards water sustainability. He is an Executive Committee member of TERI's (The Energy and Resources Institute) - Business Council for Sustainable Development. Mr. Gulabchand is also the President of the International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractors' Associations (IFAWPCA).

Charlie Hale

Public Policy and Government Affairs Lead, Maps and Research

Google


Charlie Hale works on the Public Policy team at Google, leading government relations for Google Maps, Earth and other research teams, including the self-driving car project. Prior to Google, Charlie worked for the State Department in Washington DC and Egypt. He is a co-founder of the Global Health Corps, a nonprofit operating in East Africa and the United States. He also sits on the board of Envaya, a technology nonprofit for civil society organizations in developing countries.

Edwin Heathcote

Architect and Design Critic

Financial Times


Edwin Heathcote is an architect, writer and designer living and working in London. He is the Architecture and Design Critic of The Financial Times, a regular contributor to a number of journals and the author of around a dozen books on architecture. In 2001 he founded the hardware manufacturer ize. He is a contributing editor of Icon Magazine and a trustee of architectural education charity Open City. He is also the chairman of the judges for the FT CitiIngenuity Awards.

Janaina Herrera

Advisor

New Cities Foundation


Janaina Herrera is a former French diplomat who launched with a group of likeminded New Generation Consulting (NGC) a consulting firm based in Lebanon, focusing on Sustainable Development and Public Diplomacy in the Middle East and South America.

Through NGC, she seeks to promote a different vision of International Relations and Sustainable Development, integrating environment, socio-economic issues and non-governmental actors as key dimensions of global diplomacy.

Janaina joined NCF team as advisor in 2011. She is currently managing the NCF Task Force on mobile health in Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro. Her key focuses are:
• animating a rich eco system of public and corporate partners,
• making sure that the latest technologies are being used in the most efficient and socially beneficial way,
• and designing a replicable model of mobile healthcare in urban centers.

In parallel, she is developing with the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy and Conectas, a Human Rights Brazilian NGO, a new initiative seeking to create a dialogue between pro-democracy actors of the Middle East and South America.

Janaina is an alumnus of Sciences Po (Masters of Political Science, 2002) and ENA (the French National School of Administration, 2009).

She is Franco-Chilean and currently resides in Lebanon.

Alan G. Hinchman

Global Marketing Director - Infrastructure

GE Intelligent Platform


Alan started his career with CH2M Hill as Electrical Engineer before joining GE Automation Services in Charlotte, NC as an Application Engineer in 2000 where was focused on the municipal water, chemical, and process industries. In 2005, he became Vice President of Operational Consulting for major US based system integration company Maverick Technologies. While at Maverick, he crafted the Utility Optimization practice and worked with many Fortune 500 businesses and major Universities on reducing energy and water consumption. Alan rejoined GE in 2007 as a Global Industry Manager. The municipal water industry has always been a passion for Alan, and this role allowed him to spend time helping utilities of all sizes around the world provide better services for their customers. As an expert is water distribution information technologies, Alan has been a frequent speaker at industry events. In 2011 he was promoted to Global Marketing Director – Infrastructure. In this role Alan leads the team for the strategic marketing of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Energy, Oil & Gas, Water offerings.

Ron Huldai

Mayor

City of Tel Aviv


Ron Huldai has been the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo for the past 13 years, currently serving his third consecutive five-year term.

Huldai’s vision for Tel Aviv-Yafo is to further solidify the city as the epicenter of pluralism and tolerance, higher education, commerce, scientific achievement, quality of life and the focal point of Israeli art and culture. The city's cultural and architectural heritage received international recognition in 2003 when UNESCO proclaimed its historic zone a World Cultural Heritage Site. To further the city's international positioning, Huldai launched Tel Aviv Global City - a strategic plan aimed at elevating the city's global financial, cultural and academic appeal.

The accomplishments of Huldai’s administration have had a demonstrable impact on the city; most significantly, Mayor Huldai has eliminated the municipal deficit and has streamlined the city's workforce. In light of this economic turn-around, Standard and Poor’s has affirmed the city the coveted AAA rating.

He has also worked tirelessly to create a balance between the national draw to the city’s cultural attractions and improving local residents’ quality of life. Much emphasis has been placed on returning the public sphere to the residents, with creation of over 100 kilometers of bike trails, 14 kilometers of beachfront boardwalk and renovation of many of the city’s historical assets. During Huldai’s tenure, the city’s population has increased by over 10% following four decades of negative growth, and its population of young people doubled.

Tel Aviv-Yafo is the cultural center of Israel and Mayor Huldai has made it a priority to upgrade facilities. Twenty mega projects were carried out over the course of a decade, in preparation for the city’s centennial anniversary in 2009. Requiring an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars, these projects include: the New Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Habima National Theater and the Tel Aviv Cinemateque, among many others.


Ron Huldai was born in 1944 and raised in Kibbutz Hulda. He joined the Israeli Air Force in 1963, served as a combat pilot and commander for 26 years, and retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

After his military service, Huldai followed in the footsteps of his parents, who were educators, and became principal of the renowned Herzlyia Gymnasium. During his tenure he transformed a much-deteriorated institution into a pedagogical showcase of educational and organizational excellence.


Mayor Ron Huldai is married to Yael, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Masato Ito

Deputy General Manager, Head of Sustainable Property Promotion Team; Real Estate Advisory Department

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Ltd.


After graduating from the Law Department of Waseda University, Tokyo, Mr. Ito joined The Sumitomo Trust and Banking Co., Ltd. in 1983.

He began his real estate career in the Bank as a licensed real estate appraiser, engaging in real estate trust services, as well as national property research, among others.

Since 2002, he has been the leader of the Appraisal Team and engaged in evaluation for real estate securitisation.

Through his work, he became interested in the valuation of sustainable real estate.

In 2005, an article entitled " A note on environmental value added for real estate" that he entered for selection to commemorate the tenth founding anniversary of the Tokyo Association of Real Estate Appraisers won the top award.

While engaged in the management of sustainable real estate promotion, he is conducting research on the additional value of sustainable real estate.

In March 2007, he launched a "Trust 60 Study Group" to promote environmental value added for sustainable real estate.

In August 2007, he launched "The Added Value Working Group" in the research and study committee of the Japan Association of Real Estate Appraisal, in order to further develop the evaluation of sustainable real estate.

He is also a member of the UNEP Finance Initiative Property Working Group (UNEP FI PWG) and an organizer of CASBEE Property Appraisal Working Group.

Annat Jain

Founder and Managing Partner

Acropolis Capital Group


ANNAT JAIN is the founder and Managing Partner of Acropolis Capital Group, an India-focused Special Situation Investment and Development Firm headquartered in New Delhi. Acropolis Capital Group invests its balance sheet capital to seed and develop high-value, high-growth transactions in Infrastructure and Real Estate; at advanced stages, Acropolis invites global strategic and financial partners to participate.

Mr Jain has more than 15 years of investment and development experience in India and the United States. Prior to founding Acropolis, Mr Jain founded and led the South Asian investment and asset management operations of NY based Avenue Capital Group. Avenue Capital Group is one of the leading investment firms in the US, with assets of more than $13 billion under management. Mr Jain created and managed the office of senior investment professionals in New Delhi. Apart from his role as Country Manager and Managing Director for South Asia, Mr Jain worked as a regional resource for Avenue’s investments across Asia.

Prior to joining Avenue Asia, Mr Jain founded Payard Partners, an Indian investment advisory firm that partnered with Lehman Brothers and other global institutional investors to purchase distressed loans in India. Prior to this, he worked in direct investments and the development of Energy and Telecom businesses in India for Enron International.

Mr Jain received a Masters of Public Administration (International Finance) from Columbia University in New York, and a Masters and Bachelors of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. He has a deep interest in Indian history and politics, and is the father of two delightful toddlers.

Leila Chirayath Janah

Founder

Samasource


Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, an award-winning social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. She serves on the boards of OneLeap and TechSoup Global and as an advisor to mobile shopping app RevelTouch.

Prior to Samasource, Janah was a a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase R&D spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let’s Goin Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo.

Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship and technology, and her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, and The New Scientist.

She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco.

Lady Barbara Judge

Chairman

Pension Protection Fund


Lady Judge was appointed Chairman of the Pension Protection Fund in April 2010, with the appointment taking effect in July. It is for an initial period of three years.

Lady Judge has held senior executive and advisory appointments in law, finance, industry, public service, the arts and academic life in the UK, US and Asia.

After gaining academic honours in law in the United States, she specialised in corporate and financial transactions as a partner in a major US law firm. In 1980 Lady Judge was appointed by the President as the youngest-ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission and initiated reforms to open the US capital markets to overseas investors and facilitate Americans investing in foreign securities.

She moved to Hong Kong in 1983 as the first woman main board executive director of a London merchant bank, Samuel Montagu & Co. She then held a series of senior positions in banking in the US and UK. She was head of the International Private Banking Group of Bankers Trust and a non-executive director of United Asset Management Inc, a US-based fund of asset management companies. From 1994 to 2009 she was deputy chairman of Friends Provident plc, one of Britain’s largest insurers and pension providers.

Prior to her PPF appointment, she served as Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority from 2004 to 2010, overseeing the development and sale of its commercial arm, UKAEA Ltd, part of a major restructuring of the UK nuclear industry. During this time she also served on the Board of Directors for the UK Government’s Energy Group and was a non-executive director of the then Department for Constitutional Affairs. From 2004 to 2007 she was Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council, the UK regulatory authority for accounting and corporate governance, and from 2007-2009 she was a public member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants.

Among many voluntary commitments she has been Chairman of the Governing Body of the SOAS, University of London. She is currently a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, as well as Chairman of The Energy Institute (University College, London) and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.
In June 2010 she was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the nuclear and financial services industries.

Parag Khanna

Senior Fellow

New America Foundation


Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveler, and author. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute. He is author of Hybrid Reality: Preparing for the Age of Human-Technology Co-Evolution (2012), the international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008) and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011).

In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and one of fifteen individuals featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” Parag is widely published and quoted in media around the world such as the New York Times, TIME, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, and appears regularly on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, PBS, and NPR.

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Manjeet Kripalani

Executive Director

Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations


Manjeet Kripalani is the executive director of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, a Mumbai-based foreign policy think tank which she co-founded in 2009.
She is the Former India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine. During her extensive career in journalism (BusinessWeek, Worth and Forbes magazines), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards. Manjeet  was also the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, which inspired her to found Gateway House.
Her political career spans being the deputy press secretary to Steve Forbes during his first run in 1995-96 as Republican candidate for US President, to being press secretary for the Lok Sabha campaign for independent candidate Meera Sanyal in 2008. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bombay University and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She sits on the board of the International Centre for Journalists, the Overseas Press Club, and the Indian Liberal Group, which are all non-profit organizations.

Patrick Le Galès

Director of Research

Centre d'Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po


Patrick Le Galès, CNRS Director of Research at Sciences Po’s Centre d’Etudes Européennes and professor at Sciences Po has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Political Science section of the British Academy. He is the first French to be elected as member of the Political Science section. Founded in 1902, the British Academy is the humanities/social sciences counterpart of the Royal Society (which is devoted to the “hard” sciences). The election of Patrick Le Galès will cement the international recognition of his work.

A graduate of Sciences Po, Nuffield College Oxford and the Université de Paris X Nanterre, Patrick Le Galès is a political scientist and sociologist. He was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 1996, the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research in 2002 by the International Social Science Council and the 2007 Prize for Excellence in Social Science Research by the Fondation Mattei Dogan/Association Française de Science Politique.

His comparative research centres mainly on questions of governance, public action, the restructuration of the state (especially in Great Britain), and the detransformation of cities, European regions and large cities worldwide. At Sciences Po he has created and co-directed the Master in Regional and Urban Strategies, the double Master between Sciences Po and the London School of Economics "Urban policy" and "Governing the large metropolis" as well as the Master of Public Affairs. He is co-director of two of Sciences Po’s priority research programs, "Cities are back in town" and "Réseau Etat Recomposé.”

Nathalie Leboucher

Senior Vice President - Smart Cities

France Telecom - Orange


Nathalie Leboucher has been appointed in September 2011 to lead Orange’s strategic program “Smart Cities” under the sponsorship of Vivek Badrinath, Executive Vice President of France Telecom - Orange and CEO of Orange Business Services. Prior to joining Orange, Nathalie was founder and president of Kapsch TrafficCom France. The Kapsch TrafficCom group is specialist for the development, implementation and operation of electronic tolling and smart traffic telematics solutions. Prior to that, she was Vice President Development and Partnerships of Paris Rhin Rhône Highways. Leboucher, 45, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE and HEC.

James S. Lee

Architect

iContinuum Group


James S. Lee, an architect, LEED specialist, and founder of iContinuum Group, has been involved in numerous large-scale sustainable developments around the world:
• Mr. Lee spearheaded the sustainable design team for the project Xihu Tiandi in Hangzhou, China, a 500,000 square-foot mixed-use development that won a LEED Platinum designation.
• Mr. Lee was part of the design team for New Songdo City in Seoul, South Korea, one of the world’s first “smart eco-cities”.
• In 2009, the Whitman Strategy Group, an environmental consulting firm founded by Christie Todd-Whitman, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appointed Mr. Lee Principal China Consultant for the Meixi Lake eco-city project in Changsha, Hunan.

• In 2010, Mr. Lee led a 70-person team in an invited competition to design a 65-square kilometer, zero-energy city in Saudi Arabia.
In China, Mr. Lee’s Transit Synergized Development (TSD) model, with an innovative district energy management concept, won a prestigious research grant in 2012 by the Urban China Initiative, which is jointly launched by the McKinsey Company, Tsinghua University and Columbia University.
Mr. Lee is a graduate of Harvard University with a Master Degree in Architecture, and Columbia University with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering.
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Mathieu Lefevre

Executive Director

New Cities Foundation


Mathieu Lefevre is the Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation. Mathieu oversees the day to day operations of the Foundation and leads its development. Previously, Mathieu worked for the World Bank in the area of governance and as a political officer for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, serving in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Mathieu is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics. He is a citizen of France and the United States and has published articles in The Economist magazine, the Foundation for Strategic Research, the French Almanac of International Relations and the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Li Dongming

General Manager

China Development Bank Capital, Urban Fund


China Development Bank (CDB) is the major national financial institute engages into nationwide and overseas infrastructure investment, China Development Bank Capital is a subsidy of CDB.
CDBC is experimenting to use its investment to guide urban spatial development and improve the local Chinese government’s planning practice. Detailed policies in this initiative include:
(1) Integrated planned local development: CDBC cooperated with local government on integrated local spatial development, normally 5-8 sqkm and in some cases also 10 sqkm. Currently it has around 30 this kind of projects mainly concentrated along the eastern costal line. CDBC experimented middle-term development integrated predicting and planning (including economy planning, industrial planning, environmental planning, landscape planning, etc.) through cross-sector partnership.
(2) In these pilot projects, CDBC implement two planning principle: smart city planning and green city planning, each backed up by a special fund, smart city fund and green city planning fund respectively. CDBC aims to use its capital strength to promote these two planning principles.

Daniel Libeskind

Architect and Designer


Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch. M.A. BDA AIA, is an international architect and designer. His practice extends worldwide from museums and concert halls to convention centers, universities, hotels, shopping centers, and residential projects.

Born in Łód´z, Poland in 1946, Libeskind was a virtuoso musician at a young age before giving up music to become an architect. He has received numerous awards and designed world-renowned projects including: the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Denver Art Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Military History Museum in Dresden, and the masterplan for Grand Zero among others.

Daniel Libeskind’s commitment to expanding the scope of architecture reflects his profound interest and involvement in philosophy, art, literature and music. Fundamental to Libeskind’s philosophy is the notion that building are crafted with the perceptible human energy, and that they address the greater cultural context in which they are built. Daniel teaches and lectures at universities across the world.

He resides in New York City with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.

Luciana Lima

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Ciudades Saludables


Luciana Lima is the Director of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships of the Healthy City Group (Ciudad Saludable).
 
She holds a Master Degree in International Affairs with honours from Columbia University in the United States. After gaining academic honours, she joined Citibank in New York and held positions at the Private Banking Latam unit. Prior that she worked for consulting firms and American banks worldwide.
 
She moved to Switzerland in 2007 and held senior positions at the UBS AG in Zurich within the Latin America Group until January 2012. Luciana is based in Zurich and has joined the Healthy City Group responsible for expanding its worldwide-awarded social model internationally.
 
Luciana also holds a Master in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil and currently works towards the completion of her PhD degree at the University of St Galen in Switzerland.
 
Among other activities Luciana has also worked as an architect for many years in the filed of the development of Brazilian cities before switching her career towards a more business oriented path.
 
Luciana is a triathlete and she is particularly sensitive to the theme of growing population, poverty reduction and the future of the new generations in urban cities.

Enrique Lomnitz

Co-Founder and Director

Isla Urbana


Enrique Lomnitz was born in 1983 in Mexico City. During the economic crisis in the late 80’s his family migrated to the United States where they lived first in New York and then Chicago. Initially interested in a career in fine arts, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Once there, an interest in sustainability and a desire to do work with direct impact led him to pursue a degree in industrial design. His senior project led him to low-income neighborhoods around Mexico City where a preliminary demographic study indicated that a shortage of water was one of the most serious issues affecting these communities.

From that realization began an effort to design accessible solutions to the problem, resulting in a joint theses with a Mexican American fellow student proposing a modular approach to rainwater harvesting that could alleviate the water shortages in a sustainable way. In mid 2009, Enrique moved back to Mexico City, founding the Isla Urbana project, renting a room in a working class neighborhood on the city outskirts where he began installing rainwater-harvesting systems with his neighbors. He was soon joined by like minded engineers, urbanists and sociologists and began working with the International Renewable Resources Institute, a small Mexican NGO, dedicated to developing appropriate technologies for the sustainable use of renewable resources, especially in low income communities. Together, they formed a hybrid NGO/business platform and, through collaborations with diverse local government agencies, foundations, NGO’s, companies and communities have been working to develop rainwater harvesting as a viable, large scale and decentralized solution to the water crisis.

Since 2009, Isla Urbana has installed over 900 rainwater-harvesting systems and is working on models of implementation, research, and is developing technologies to allow large scale adoption of rainwater harvesting in Mexico.

Pierre Mansat

Deputy Mayor for Paris Metropole

City of Paris


Pierre Mansat, born in 1954 at Senlis, is Deputy Mayor of Paris, responsible for « Paris Métropole » and the relationship with the Ile de France local authorities. Elected at the Paris Council since 1995, he has been appointed deputy to Mayor Bertrand Delanoë since 2001.
Since 1999, the creation of « Paris-Métropole Ouverte », a network that brings together elected officials from Paris and its suburbs, architects and urban planners, academics and researchers, experts and citizens, has given rise to a reflection on the necessity of a balanced and sustainable development in Paris through new forms of cooperation with what used to be named its « periphery ».
In March 2001, His mission is aimed at creating the conditions for a political dialogue between the various local authorities that make up the Paris urban area (communes, departments, conurbation committees and the Ile de France Regional Authority). The objective is also to launch common projects and a new governance for the Paris metropolis. In this respect, Pierre Mansat is the initiator of the Metropolitan Conference, that became « Paris Métropole » in June 2009. It has become a major political forum that deals with all the issues related to Greater Paris.
Apart from the links between Paris and the metropolitan area, the question of the relationship between the City and globalization is debated. The metropolitan approach extends beyond the scope of cooperation and calls into question the efficiency and relevance of public action in such a wide range of fields as culture, economy, urban planning, tourism…
Pierre Mansat is also :
• Chairman of the City of Paris Architecture, Planning and Environmental Council [CAUE].
• Trustee of the Ile de France Transport Authority (STIF)
• Vice chairman of the Paris Area Sanitation Authority [SIAAP]
• Vice chairman of the Paris Planning Agency [APUR]
• Vice chairman of the Seine river Interdepartmental Institution in charge of dams.
• Vice chairman of the Paris Convention and Tourist Office.
• Trustee of the Public Institution for the Development of La Défense (EPAD)
• Trustee of the Atelier International du Grand Paris
http://www.pierremansat.com/

George McCarthy

Director of Metropolitan Opportunity

Ford Foundation


George ("Mac") McCarthy directs the foundation's Metropolitan Opportunity work. His team focuses on providing low-income people in the United States better access to jobs and other opportunities by supporting regional planning efforts, transportation investments and housing development policies that alleviate poverty and reduce its concentration within metropolitan areas.

Before becoming director in 2008, Mac administered a Ford Foundation program that focused on using homeownership to build assets for low-income families and their communities. That work centered on improving housing and housing finance markets to increase the chances that low-income homeowners could succeed in building wealth.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in 2000, he was a senior research associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked as professor of economics at Bard College; resident scholar at the Jerome Levy Economics Institute; visiting scholar and member of the High Table at King's College of Cambridge University; visiting scholar at the University of Naples, Italy; and research associate at the Centre for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mac earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in economics from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Montana.

Rob McIntosh

Creative Director

Frog


Creative Director Rob McIntosh is based in frog’s Munich studio. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in the brand- and design-driven landscape, he has held senior creative roles for global brands including Apple, BMW, J. Crew, and L’Oreal/Lancome.

As a reputed brand creative and design strategist, Rob enjoys the creation of coherent and user-centric brand experiences. He leads both tactical and strategic efforts in steering design standards for digital lifestyle eco-systems. Most recent work includes projects for clients in the telecommunications industry, working on next-generation immersive communication models, explorations on the future of TV, as well as work in the automotive space. Prior to joining frog, Rob was a Lead Brand Consultant at BMW Group Designworks USA, Creative Director at L’Oreal, as well as holding senior roles at Razorfish.

Anil Menon

President Globalization and Smart+Connected Communities

Cisco Systems inc.


Dr. Anil Menon joined Cisco Systems inc., as President, Globalization and Smart+Connected Communities in March 2009. In this role, Anil co-leads Cisco’s globalization efforts and also Cisco’s global engagements around Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). S+CC is a key globalization priority for Cisco and is focused on working with cities and rural communities around the world to use the network as the platform for driving economic, social and environmental sustainability. In this role, Anil leads a cross-Cisco team focused on services-led solutions in safety and security, real estate, energy, and transportation, and is responsible for driving new business models, solutions and a global ecosystem to go after this significant opportunity.

Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was with IBM Corporation from 2002-2009 holding several key senior global roles with the most recent as Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM Growth Markets and immediately prior to that as Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Strategy for IBM Systems and Technology Group with responsibility for marketing and strategy across the $25 billion business unit. For the period 2005-2008, he was appointed by the CEO to IBM’s Strategy Team. The Strategy Team is made of key senior leaders appointed on a rotational basis by the CEO to assist him to set and drive IBM strategic priorities. Anil was a member of IBM’s Integration and Values Team (formerly called the Senior Leadership Team). In 2004, he represented IBM on the U.S. Council of Competitiveness's National Innovation Initiative that outlined and defined "Innovation for the 21st Century."

Prior to joining IBM, Anil was a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty of Emory University (1995-2002) and was department head of the marketing faculty at Emory University’s Roberto C. Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, USA. Along with his academic appointments, he has had extensive links with global businesses throughout his career. He was appointed by Sony Corporation as Sony Fellow in Business Strategy, 1994-1996. Starting with his doctoral dissertation in 1988, Anil had a long relationship with the Strategic Planning, an international business think tank which originated at the Harvard Business School, where he also served on its Executive Committee for the Strategy Council from 1994-1996.

In 1999, Anil was awarded the American Marketing Association’s prestigious Paul Root/MSI Award (formerly the Alpha Kappa Psi Award) for academic research that had the greatest impact in the practice of Marketing. And, in 2007, the Academy of Marketing Science awarded Anil the 2007 Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award for innovations in marketing practice.

Anil is a member of the Board of Directors for The Center for Customer Insights at Yale University's School of Management, a trustee of the Marketing Science Institute, Cambridge, MA, and on the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. He is also a member of Citibank India’s Advisory Board of Directors.

Gérard Mestrallet

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

GDF Suez


Gérard Mestrallet was born in Paris on April 1, 1949. He is graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole de l’Aviation Civile, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Toulouse) and trained as a senior civil servant at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

Gérard Mestrallet was civil administrator in the Treasury and Advisor on Industrial Affairs to Finance Minister Jacques Delors.

In 1984 he went on to become Advisor to the Chairman of Compagnie de Suez. In 1986 he was then appointed Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Industrial Affairs.

In 1991, Gérard Mestrallet became Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique, position which he held until 1995.

In July 1995, Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de Suez.

Gérard Mestrallet was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux until May 4, 2001, when he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ.

In July 2008, Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ.

Jean-Louis Missika

Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Innovation, Research, and Higher Education

City of Paris


Jean-Louis Missika has been successively Adviser to the President of the French public broadcaster Antenne 2 (1979-1984), Research Director at the Prospective Research Department of the INA (National Institute of radio and television) (1985-1986), Editor of the journal Médiaspouvoirs (1986-1988), Head of the Prime Minister Information Service (1988-1991), Director at the General Management of the Groupe de la Cité (1991-1993), Executive Vice-president and Managing Director of the SOFRES Media Department (1993-1995), Managing director of pollster BVA (1995-1998) and Vice-président of ILIAD (2007-2008).

In August 1998, Jean-Louis Missika created JLM Conseil, a consulting firm focused on three complementary activities : strategic consulting for media clients, socio-political studies, and corporate communication strategy. JLM Conseil has been part of the Altedia Group since April 2001. Altedia is a leading French consulting group specialising in corporate communication, corporate reengineering and human resources.

Jean-Louis Missika has been teaching Media Sociology since 1984 at the Post-Graduate Political Science Department of the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques.

Filip Mitrovic

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

City of Pancevo


Filip Mitrovic is deputy mayor for economic development in Pancevo. He is in charge of creating economic ordinance initiatives and promotion of investment opportunities in the municipality. He is the chairman both of the Local Employment Committee and the Mayorís Economic Policy Board. 
Initiated smart city projects for Pancevo, making them one of municipalityís most noticeable features. 
Before accepting the position in the local government in 2008, he cooperated with local NGOís on projects focusing on sustainable development. He started his career as a financial analyst, and later associate at Citadel Financial Advisory, Belgrade, working on M&A for privatizations in Serbia. Mr Mitrovic received his BA and MA in Economics from the University of Belgrade, and currently working on his PhD in Behavioral Economics.

Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla

Head of Future Affairs

Volkswagen Group Research


Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla studied Biology at the University of Hanover, focusing on models and simulations of ecologic systems.
In 1992 he joined Volkswagen where he introduced a sustainable environmental management system. During the EXPO 2000 in Hanover Mr. Müller-Pietralla was responsible for the stage management of the permanent pavilion Rainforest House and the Autostadt.
Since 2002, Mr. Müller-Pietralla has been the head of the Volkswagen Group Research department Future Affairs. Here, he and his team focus on deducting future mobility and vehicle concepts by analyzing future trends. In addition to his work at Volkswagen, Mr. Mueller-Pietralla has been giving lectures at the Free University of Berlin since October 2010.

Alessandra Orofino

Co-founder, Executive Director

Meu Rio


Alessandra Orofino's mission is to make cities more inclusive, participatory, and innovative. She has been pursuing this goal in many different ways. As a co-founder and Executive Director of Meu Rio, she is contributing to the development of tools for civic engagement and participation in Rio de Janeiro. As a strategist at Purpose, she is actively expanding the company's international reach and ability to catalyze social movements by seeding Purpose’s first overseas office, in her native Brazil. More recently, she has become a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, helping shape their pioneering program in design for social innovation.

She has previously worked at a corporate social responsibility consultancy that provides strategic advice to major Brazilian corporations, and in women’s rights advocacy and research in Brazil and India.

Alessandra holds a degree in Economics and Human Rights from Columbia University.

Joe Peach

Founder

This Big City


Joe Peach is the founder of This Big City - an award winning social media movement encouraging discussion about sustainable cities. This Big City publishes articles on its English and Chinese language blogs, shares short-form ideas on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, and co-hosts #citytalk - a monthly tweetchat about cities.
When not absorbed by the world of social media, Joe keeps busy as a Technology Strategy Consultant at IBM, undertaking projects in both the private and public sector and working with IBM's clients to manage the business implications of their technical solution.
In addition to the day job, Joe has worked on IBM's Smarter Planet social media portfolio, taking part in a recent webinar on 'the social media enabled city' and relaunching the organisation's Smarter Planet, Smarter Cities and Social Business Tumblr blogs.

Lisa Phillips

Founding Director

Festival of Ideas for the New City


Lisa Phillips has been Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art since 1999. As Director, she initiated and realized the design and construction of the New Museum's first dedicated, freestanding building, located on the Bowery on the Lower East Side, designed by the leading architects, SANAA. She also co-founded the Festival of Ideas for the New City and co-curated exhibitions of Carroll Dunham, Paul McCarthy and John Waters at the New Museum. Prior to joining the New Museum, she was a Curator at the Whitney Museum for two decades, where she organized landmark thematic exhibitions including: The American Century: 1950--2000; Beat Culture and the New America: 1950 - 1965;  Image World: Art and Media Culture; High Styles: Twentieth - Century American Design; and The Third Dimension: Sculpture of the New York School; six Biennial exhibitions, and solo exhibitions on the work of artists Richard Prince, Frederick Kiesler, Terry Winters, and Cindy Sherman.
 
Ms. Phillips has authored over 20 publications, has contributed essays to other major museum catalogues nationally and internationally, and has written articles for several journals and magazines. She lectures on contemporary art throughout the world, and has served as a visiting critic at Yale University. She has been named a top New Yorker by New York Magazine and Time Out New York, and was also named as one of the top 100 businesswomen of the year by Crain's Magazine.

Jean Pistre

Architect

Valode & Pistre


Winner of the “Programme Architecture Nouvelle” in 1975, Jean Pistre founded the architectural practice Valode and Pistre with Denis Valode in 1978.
They were then given the responsibility for the rehabilitation of the Entrepôt Lainé at Bordeaux. The project was completed in successive phases over a 10-year period; a Multi-purpose space, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Media Center. It provided an occasion to investigate the preservation of the historical aspects of a building by adding contemporary elements. This work won Valode and Pistre the silver medal from the Académie d’Architecture in 1988 (restoration).
In 1978, Valode and Pistre won the Industrial Conceptual Competition organized by the French National Agency for the Amelioration of Working Conditions. This competition occasioned a theoretical study on architecture and the work place environment, which would be later expanded upon in a series of projects - factories, company headquarters and laboratories.
Over the past 20 years Valode et Pistre have continued to develop their thoughts and design research for significant building programs of urban dimension and have achieved distinction within the European architectural community for the quality of their work.

Pamela Puchalski

Advisor, Global cities Initiative

The Brookings Institution


Pamela Puchalski is an urban development expert and advisor on architecture and strategic planning projects. She is senior consultant at Bennett Midland in New York City and Advisor to Brookings Institution’s Global Cities Initiative. Before joining Bennett Midland, Pamela directed special projects for the London School of Economics’ Urban Age program. Earlier in her career, Pamela established the American Institute of Architect’s Center for Architecture in New York City. Pamela has consulted on numerous competitions, awards, films and exhibitions focused on cities and contemporary architecture, including the documentary film Urbanized and the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. She is assistant editor of The Endless City, cited as best innovation and design book by Business Week, and is a contributor to various publications including the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. Pamela sits on the board of Gateway House, the Indian Council of Global Relations. Pamela holds a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University in addition to degrees in Economics and Literature (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Maryland.

Richard Quest

International Business Correspondent

CNN


Richard Quest is CNN's foremost international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business; the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. He is one of the most instantly recognisable members of the CNN team and in April 2011 was central to CNN’s coverage of the British Royal Wedding.
Quest Means Business destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television. CEOs and politicians make a point of appearing on Quest Means Business to justify results. Guests include; David Cameron; Christine Legarde IMF boss; Petr Nečas Czech PM; Jamie Dimon JP Morgan Chase; Robert Zoellick fmr President of World Bank; Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission President; Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford; Former European Central Bank president, Jean Claude Trichet; Bill Marriott, of Marriott; Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG); Goh Choon Phong, CEO Singapore Airlines and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO Dreamworks Inc.
Quest’s dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business broadcasting. He has regularly reported from G20 meetings and attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland each year. Quest has covered every major stock market and financial crisis since Black Monday in 1987 and has reported from key financial centres globally including Wall Street, London, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
In addition Quest is the established airline and aviation correspondent at CNN. He currently presents the monthly CNN Business Traveller show, the definitive authority on making the most of doing business on the road - moving from A to B on company time. As a business travel specialist, Quest has become a voice of authority on subjects like the launch of the Airbus A380.
In 2011, Quest began fronting the monthly Future Cities strand, which examines how the urban landscape is adapting to meet the challenges of a sustainable future. He also co-presents the monthly Market Place Europe show, which puts the spotlight on one of the world's most influential and interconnected continents as Europe faces up to the economic challenges and opportunities of the next 10 years.
His coverage of breaking news, which has spanned two decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from the death of Yasser Arafat, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 crash to the death of Michael Jackson. Quest is more than just business; there are few journalists who have had guests as varied, from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama to actress Joan Collins to founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Heffner.
Prior to joining CNN he worked at the BBC, where he was the North America business correspondent, based on Wall Street for 12 years.
Quest is British, holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University, and was called to the Bar. April 2012

Nimish Radia

Director of Research

Ericsson


Nimish Radia, Ph.D., has over 17 years of experience in the IT, mobile, telecom, and finance industry with a strong combination of technology expertise and business acumen. He has proven leadership in transforming technology into multi-million dollar profitable vertical and horizontal solutions spanning Service and Web oriented architecture, Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs) for next generation communication and collaboration services, Identity/Context-Aware Services, Mobile Computing, Targeted Advertising/Content, and Cloud/Virtualization computing.

Dr. Radia is currently Director of Research leading Ericsson's research and innovation efforts in Silicon valley for next generation Services and Software in areas such as social computing and contextual network aware user-centered solutions for megacity challenges including healthcare, public safety, media, and Smart Grid. Before joining Ericsson, he was Advanced Technology Executive at Sun for US Communications, Media, and Entertainment (CME) Sales. In this role, he led cross company virtual R&D team accountable for creating revenue generating architectures, technologies, and solutions using Open Stack (LAMP, OpenID/Liberty, Open Social, etc.) software and solution provider ecosystem for mobile broadband networks. He also led engagements at CxO and technologist levels with major CME leaders and partners. Prior to Sun, Nimish was senior member of IBM Research and Advanced Software Technology Group driving R&D projects with customers globally. Nimish has been recognized several times for his technology and sales achievements. He holds 8 patents and 15+ invention disclosures and industry publications.

Carlo Ratti

Director

MIT Senseable City Lab


An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 200 publications. As well as being a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, he has written for the BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.

In June 2007 the Italian Minister of Culture named Carlo as a member of the Italian Design Council - an advisory board to the Italian Government that includes 25 leaders of design in Italy. He was also named 2009 Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government, included in Esquire Magazine’s ‘2008 Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames&Hudson’s selection of ’60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. In 2010 Blueprint Magazine selected him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ in 2011 and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’.

Carlo was recently a presenter at TED 2011 and is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management. He is also a program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and a curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin.

For further information on Carlo’s projects, visit www.carloratti.com and senseable.mit.edu

V Ravichandar

Co-Founder

City Connect Foundations in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune


Ravichandar is Chairman of Feedback Consulting, a leading research and consulting firm in India that has been part of over US$ 6 bn investments in India.

Currently, Ravichandar is actively involved in evangelizing the idea of Corporates and Civil Society coming together to work with Government on a City Connect platform (supported by CII, a leading pan India industry association) to improve the quality of life in their city. The platform is operational in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. The idea is to extend it to over 20 cities in the next three years. Ravichandar is the head of the Urbanization panel for CII India@75.

Ravichandar has been active on urban issues in India on a pro bono basis. He was a key member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF), a public-private partnership from 2000-04. Ravichandar along with three others was involved in evangelizing the setting up of the US$ 12 bn Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JN-NURM) fund by the Union Government for 63 cities in India.

Ravichandar has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad with over 32 years industry experience.

Kasim Reed

Mayor

City of Atlanta


Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since taking office, Mayor Reed has hired more than 525 police officers, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times and sanitation operations. He has increased the city’s reserves from $7.4 million to more than $94 million dollars. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability.

Mayor Reed is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Chairman of the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He is a member of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2007, Leadership Georgia Class of 2000 and Leadership Atlanta Class of 1998. He served as a Board Member of both the National Black Arts Festival and Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

Mayor Reed has received numerous accolades since taking office. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington D.C. honored him in spring 2012 with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, saying he “heralds a new and creative approach to leadership.” Governing Magazine named Mayor Reed as one of the top state and local government officials of the year in November 2011.

Mayor Reed's civic leadership and service also have been nationally recognized on programs such as Meet the Press, The Charlie Rose Show, John King U.S.A. and Andrea Mitchell Reports. He has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and Black Enterprise. Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist, called Reed “inspiring” and labeled him as “one of the best of this new breed of leaders.”

Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1998 and served two terms. From 2002 to 2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He is a former partner of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm.

Mayor Reed grew up in the Cascade community of Southwest Atlanta, where he attended Utoy Springs Elementary School and Westwood High School (now Westlake High School). He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and an honorary Doctor of Laws. As an undergraduate member of Howard University's Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program that has contributed more than $10 million to the school’s endowment since its inception. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University's youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees.

John Rice

Vice Chairman; President & CEO of Global Growth and Operations

GE


John G. Rice, 55, is vice chairman of GE and president & CEO of GE Global Growth and Operations. In November 2010, the GE Board of Directors named Rice to lead the company's global operations based in Hong Kong.

Immediately prior to his current position, Rice served as vice chairman of GE and president & CEO of GE Technology Infrastructure, and from 2005-2007 as vice chairman of GE's industrial and infrastructure businesses.

Rice began his General Electric career in 1978 as a member of the Financial Management Program, moving to the GE Corporate Audit Staff in 1981. Following various operating assignments in GE's Appliance business starting in 1984, he became vice president of the Corporate Audit Staff in 1994.

In 1995 Rice relocated to Singapore as president of GE's Plastics business for Asia/Pacific. In 1997 he was appointed president & CEO of GE Transportation Systems in Erie, Pennsylvania. Rice became president and CEO of GE Energy in November of 2000 and served in this capacity through June of 2005.

Rice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees there. Rice is also a trustee of Emory University, and serves on several boards including the International Advisory Board of King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, and the Board of the CDC Foundation. He is a past chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Cammie reside in Hong Kong.

Gregor Robertson

Mayor

City of Vancouver


Gregor Robertson was elected Mayor of Vancouver in November 2008.

In November 2011, Gregor Robertson was re-elected to continue building upon the accomplishments of his first three years in office—working to end street homelessness, addressing housing affordability, improving public transit, and making Vancouver the greenest city in the world.

Mayor Robertson is also a national advocate for urban issues as Chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, focusing on public infrastructure, housing and transit.

Mayor Robertson spearheaded the creation of the city’s first comprehensive Economic Action Strategy, and is committed to growing a sustainable and thriving economy in Vancouver focused on high-growth sectors like digital media, clean technology and renewable energy.

Building on the successful legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which has generated over $350 million in economic impact and created more than 3000 new jobs in the Metro Vancouver region, Mayor Robertson has established Vancouver internationally as the Green Capital—a City where going green is good for business.

He has also overseen the creation and implementation of the award-winning Greenest City 2020 Action Plan that aims to make Vancouver an environmental leader in everything from energy efficiency and waste reduction to clean air and local food.

Under Mayor Robertson’s leadership, Vancouver continues to rank as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with one of the most competitive environments for attracting new jobs and investment. The City of Vancouver has also been named the Most Innovative Organization in the province by BC Business Magazine for its open data initiative.

Prior to entering politics, Gregor was a successful entrepreneur who co-founded Happy Planet, a Vancouver-based socially responsible company that produces organic juices and promotes health and nutrition.

John Rossant

Chairman

New Cities Foundation


John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of the New Cities Foundation. John Rossant is also Executive Chairman of Geneva-based PublicisLive, the global events management company providing production services for some of the world’s most prestigious international conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. John Rossant has also been instrumental in launching the Monaco Media Forum, the major European conference on new and emerging media, and the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which is the leading global platform for the discussion of emerging media in emerging markets. Most recently, John Rossant and PublicisLive organized the e-G8 Forum on the Internet at the request of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Rossant holds advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the American University in Cairo. He began a distinguished journalistic career reporting on energy and Middle Eastern politics and in the mid-1980’s served as Paris Correspondent for BusinessWeek Magazine of the United States. From 1989 until 1999, he served as Rome Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent for BusinessWeek, winning numerous prizes, including the Overseas Press Club Award and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Award for Distinguished Reporting. In 1999, John Rossant became the Europe Editor of BusinessWeek, and helped guide the magazine’s overall editorial policy and international expansion strategy. He was also in charge of editorial joint ventures in France, Poland, and the Middle East.

Rossant is a board member of the following institutions: The Tocqueville Foundation of the Institut de France, Humanity in Action, and the Dean’s International Council of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies.

Henry Saint Bris

Senior Vice President of Strategy

Suez Environnement


Henry Saint Bris is currently Senior Vice President Strategy of Suez Environnement, and member of the Strategic Committee.

Saint Bris joined the Suez Group in 1996 and has held positions of increasing responsibility since he joined the organization, serving as Vice President of Strategy and Development at Sita, the waste management arm of the group, and, as of 2003, posted in the US as Senior Vice President of SUEZ Environnement North America, managing water and waste assets across the US and Canada. Since 2009, he has taken over responsibility of Strategy and Marketing at corporate headquarters.

Prior to joining Suez, Saint Bris spent seven years with Ernst & Young where he was a founder of the E&Y Environment Group in France and a Senior Manager for the Strategy Consulting Group. Saint Bris also spent 2 years with Aerospatiale/EADS in India where he gained marketing and sales experience.

He holds a diploma from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (economy and finance) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Université Paris IX Dauphine. Saint Bris also holds a post graduate degree in Environment Management and Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

He is a co-author of the Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility (Dunod), and currently acts as chairman of the US based Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF).

Khalifa Ababacar Sall

Mayor

City of Dakar


Khalifa Ababacar Sall was elected Mayor of the city of Dakar in 2009. His political career includes the positions of member of the Parliament and National Secretary for the socialist Youths. He is a former Minister to the government of president Abdou Diouf, and acted as Consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations on the issues linked with elections and parliament empowerment; a subject he also studied for the African Union. The Mayor values a participatory and transparent governance for the city of Dakar.

Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair

The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University


Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Among older books is The Global City Princeton University Press 1991/2001). Her books are translated into over 20 languages.

She is the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, ranging from multiple doctor honoris causa to named lectures and being selected as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2011 by Foreign Policy Magazine.

The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

Christian Sautter

Former Minister; Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Employment, Economic Development, and International Attractiveness

City of Paris


Aged 71, he is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique (1960), National School of Statistics and Economic Administration (1965) and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (1966).

He has been Minister of Economy, Finances and Industry (November 1999 – March 2000) in Lionel JOSPIN’s government ; Deputy Minister in charge of Budget (June 1997- November 1999); Prefect of Paris and the Ile-de-France region (1991-1993) ; Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidency of the Republic when François MITTERRAND was Head of State (1982-1985 and 1988-1990).

He had previously been director of the CEPII (Center for prospective studies and international Information that worked with the National Planning Commission) and responsible for several units at INSEE (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Surveys) – (service of planning studies, division in charge of studying companies).

Pierre Simon

Chairman

Greater Paris Investment Agency


Pierre Simon is Chairman of the Greater Paris Investment Agency since 2010.

He is also Chairman and CEO of Aravis- Paris Conseil since 2002, Member of the Supervisory Board of Caisse des Depots et Consignations CDC since 2004, member of the Board and Chairman of the Auditing Committee OSEO and Senior Advisor of Magellan Consulting and of Acxior. He was also member of the European Economic and Social Council (2002- 2005) and Vice Chairman of the Finance section of the French Economic and Social Council.

From 2004 to 2010 he was elected Chairman of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Regional Chamber of Commerce Paris Region and also became Chairman of Eurochambers on 2005.

In 1997, he became Managing Director of the French banking and financial association. Named “Mr Euro”, he coordinated the change over to Euro for financial institutions and companies.

From 1994 to 1999, he joined the Company Bancaire (Paribas group) as Member of the management committee then advisor of the board.

He previously served as General Secretary of Paribas Bank (1986-1987) before becoming the Chairman of Credit du Nord Bank (belonging to the Paribas group). He took part in the major restructuring programme undergone by the bank in 1993 and 1994.

Pierre Simon served the Société Lyonnaise de Banque as Senior Banking Executive. He participated actively to the development of this important regional bank and became Deputy Managing Director from 1984 to 1986, while chairing the French visa card organisation.

He started his career as Supply Officer in the French Navy (1959-1966),

Pierre Simon has a PHD in Law and a degree from the Institute of Political Science in Lyon. He is married with 4 children.

Pierre Simon is Officer of the Legion of Honour and Commander in the Ordre National du Mérite.

Hans Tijl

CEO of Physical Planning Department

City of Amsterdam


Hans Tijl is the CEO of the Physical Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam.
The Department (Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening, or DRO) is one of the City of Amsterdam’s centralized services. Its core function is the organization and design of an attractive and spatially coherent city. The DRO gives Amsterdam the metropolis the space, providing solutions for spatial assignments on every scale, both within and beyond the municipal boundaries. We work closely with district councils, other municipal services, neighbouring municipalities and other external parties. The DRO is alert, interconnected and multifaceted.
As CEO of DRO Hans Tijl is responsible for a score of projects. On of these is the overall vision and direction of the city's broadband program, with projects like Citynet, the roll out of FttH to all homes and businesses and the broadband services program Futureweb.
As per 2010 DRO has taken over the responsibility for the City’sambitious Climate and Energy program, aiming at drastic reductions of CO2 emissions and sustainable energy use. Activities involve traffic management, the roll out of the district heating network to reuse waste heat as well decreasing energy use in homes and buildings. Substitution of ‘carbon heavy’ activities for lean alternatives like teleworking in Smart Work Centers or at home helps to reach the city’s targets.

Hans Tijl is deeply involved in realizing the many opportunities of ICT and broadband offer to sustainable economic and social development towards a carbon neutral Amsterdam.
Tijl (Nieuwe Tonge, 1961) received his doctoral degrees in political sciences as well as public administration, both cum laude, from the University of Amsterdam.

Robert Vassoyan

General Manager

Cisco France


Robert Vassoyan joined the worldwide leader in network solutions in 2007 as Sales Director in charge of the French Small & Medium Businesses market and member of the Board of Directors. In 2008, he was promoted Managing Director for the Enterprise market (Major Accounts).

Appointed General Manager of Cisco France in August 2011, his mission consists of leveraging and expanding the growth of Cisco in France, and strengthening the company’s foothold within the social and economic landscape of the country.

After his graduation from French business school ESSEC, Robert Vassoyan started his career at Renault in 1990. He then joined Compaq France where he held various positions including Marketing Director and Sales Director for the SMB market. In 2002, he became Director of the Servers division for HP France before moving on to an international role as Head of Alliances for HP EMEA.

Hans Vestberg

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ericsson


Born in 1965, Bachelor in Business Administration, University of Uppsala.
Board Member: Ericsson and Thernlunds
Chairman: ST-Ericsson and Swedish handboll association

Hans Vestberg has been with Ericsson since 1988 and has held various positions around the world. Before becoming President and CEO, he was Chief Financial Officer and Head of Group Function Finance (since October 2007). Previous positions include Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, as well as Vice President and Head of Market Unit Mexico and Head of Finance and Control in USA, Brazil and Chile.

Vhils

Artist


Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1987
Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal and London, England
In his works, Vhils uses various processes and tools, such as engraving with acid or bleach on hood or any other materials that he finds in the street: old papers, worn out posters, wood panels, brick walls, etc. He also uses hammers, chisels, jackhammers in order to sculpt his stencil on the wall. His creations go through a phase of destruction. Creating a new stencil technique, Vhils makes huge light and dark portrait, in order to improve neglected neighborhoods and to emphasize the fickleness of our urban environment. The faces or the letters are dug in the walls with a jackhammer, or made from layered posters. Vhils has been made famous quite early with the exhibition Cans Art in London in 2008 where he was one of the 39 artists to be invited by Banksy.

Geoffrey West

Distinguished Professor, Former President

Santa Fe Institute


Geoffrey West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles, their interactions and cosmological implications. West served as SFI President from July 2005 through July 2009. Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute as a Distinguished Professor in 2003, he was the leader, and founder, of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he is one of only approximately ten Senior Fellows.

His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena evolved into a highly productive collaboration on the origin of universal scaling laws that pervade biology from the molecular genomic scale up through mitochondria and cells to whole organisms and ecosystems. This led to the development of realistic quantitative models for the structural and functional design of organisms based on underlying universal principles. This work, begun at the Institute, has received much attention in both the scientific and popular press, and provides a framework for quantitative understanding of problems ranging from fundamental issues in biology (such as cell size, growth, metabolic rate, DNA nucleotide substitution rates, and the structure and dynamics of ecosystems) to questions at the forefront of medical research (such as aging, sleep, and cancer). Among his current interests is the extension of these ideas to understand quantitatively the structure and dynamics of social organizations, such as cities and corporations, including the relationships between economies of scale, growth, innovation and wealth creation and their implications for long-term survivability and sustainability.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was one of their Centenary Speakers in 2003. He has been a lecturer in many popular and distinguished scientist series worldwide, as well as at the World Economic Forum. Among recent honors he was a co-receiver of the Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America, the Weldon Memorial Prize (2005), Oxford University and the Glenn Award for research on Aging. In 2006 he was named one of Time magazine's"100 Most Influential People in the World" and his work selected as one of the breakthrough ideas of 2007 by the Harvard Business Review. He is the author of several books, a visiting Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London, and an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University.

West received his BA from Cambridge University in 1961 and his doctorate from Stanford University in 1966, where he returned in 1970 to become a member of the faculty. West is married to Jacqueline West, a psychologist in private practice; they have two children: Joshua, a geologist at Oxford University and an Olympic silver-medalist, and Devorah, a political scientist at the Brookings Institute.

Tony Williams

Lecturer in Public Management

Ash Center for Democracy and Innovation and Government


Tony Williams is a Lecturer in Public Management and a faculty member at the Ash Center for Democracy and Innovation and Government. He is also the Executive Director of the Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board. Tony served as the fourth mayor of the District of Columbia, from 1999 to 2007. During his two terms, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington, restoring the finances of our nation's capital and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent chief financial officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In addition to his work on company boards, Tony devotes his attention to issues of education and the environment, including the boards of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He holds a BA from Yale and an MPP from the Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, as well as a number of awards and honorary degrees, including Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 1997. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former President of the National League of Cities.

Jonathan Woetzel

Director

McKinsey & Company


Dr. Jonathan Woetzel is a Director with McKinsey & Company based in Shanghai. Dr. Woetzel currently leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative globally, convening our work with urban authorities in over 40 geographies worldwide. In his 27 years with the Firm, 26 of which in China, Jonathan has advised clients in a range of industries – including energy, materials, technology and industrial – helping transform local companies into global leaders, and developing policy recommendations for government.
Dr. Woetzel is active in urban development for a globally. He co-chairs the Firm’s Urban China Initiative with Columbia University and Tsinghua University, a not-for-profit thinktank on urban issues. He leads our service to the Government of China and has led McKinsey’s Asia Energy and Materials practice, the McKinsey Global Institute in Asia, and its Corporate Finance practice in China. He established McKinsey’s China practice in the 1990s including managing its Shanghai location.
Dr. Woetzel has written three books on China including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2004) and co-authored with Jimmy Hexter Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2008). He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California, where his work focused on China’s political economy. He is a lecturer at Beijing University’s Guanghua School of Management and at the China Europe International Business School.
Dr. Woetzel, a U.S. citizen, is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German. He lives in Shanghai, is married and has two children.

Karen Wong

Founding Co-Director

Festival of Ideas for the New City


Karen Wong founded Hobbamock Design, a Boston-based graphic design firm committed to non-profits and social causes. In the new millennium, she sold her firm, and moved to London to become Managing Director of Adjaye/Associates a young architectural practice that grew from 5 to 35 people during her six-year tenure. She returned stateside in summer of 2006 to become the Director of External Affairs for the New Museum in NYC. She was promoted to Associate Director in 2010 and to Deputy Director in 2012. She co-founded the Festival of Ideas for the New City, a downtown initiative involving 200 cultural and civic organizations that attracted 70,000 people to the Bowery neighborhood from May 4-8, 2011.

Ms. Wong sits on the Board of Directors at Storefront for Art and Architecture and APEX, a nonprofit providing educational support to underserved Asian youth. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.

Scot Wrighton

City Manager

Lavasa


Scot Wrighton is the city manager of the new planned city of Lavasa, located in the state of Maharashtra, developed in the western Ghat montain. Lavasa city's master plan is based on the principles of New Urbanism and is developed by the design consultant HOK, USA. Lavasa is the first city to use a 3D-enabled Geographic information System (GIS). Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), a group that delivers world-class engineering and construction services, is Lavasa's developer.
Scot Wrighton served for more than 6 years on the faculty of the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. He assisted city, county, nonprofit association and quasi-governmental boards on several topics related to management, organization, and leadership.

He also served local governments in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri for 22 years. He also published different articles mainly focused on local
government issues.

Scot Wrighton holds a bachelor degree in History& political science from Sterling College, a masters degree in History from the Universityof Hawaii, and a masters degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. He has been a member of the International City-Country Management Association (ICMA). He also served has reviewer for the Government Finance Officers Association's local government budget awards. He presented different programs on numerous local government topics during international meetings and conference for the ICMA, public work, county elected officials, information technology managers, finance officials, and regulatory code officers in many countries across the world.

Xiao Jincheng

Deputy Head, Land Economy and Regional Research Bureau

National Development and Reform Commission


Xiao’s institute is the in-house think tank of The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). NDRC is China’s macroeconomic management agency in State Council and has broad administrative and planning control over the Chinese economy. XIAO received academic training in infrastructural economy in 1980s and later became an expert on regional investment and governing regional development. He is also the deputy secretary-general of Chinese Academy of Regional Economy.

Xie Cheng Xiang

Deputy Mayor

City of Huangshi


XIE Chengxiang is deputy mayor of Huangshi Municipal Government, Hubei Province. Huangshi means “Yellow Stone” in Chinese, and is a mining city since over one thousand years. Huangshi is a riverside city of 200 million inhabitants along the Yangtze River. Natural resource and convenient transportation attracted heavy industries to Huangshi, and it host China’s earliest industrial unite, the steel, cement and coal production in the second half of 19th of Manchu Dynasty, and once become an old industrial base after 1949. Now, facing fast urbanization and rural influx, Huangshi is confronted by challenges like cleaning up urban brownfield land and developing tertiary industrial in a middle-size inner land city. Deputy mayor Xie is a mining expert and formerly served as vice director of Central Geological Exploration Fund of Ministry of Land and Resource in 2009-2011.

Yuan Yue

CEO and Chairman

Horizon Research Consultancy Group


Yuan’s Horizon Research Consultancy Group is China’s biggest independent pooling firm. Yuan has his PhD of Sociology from Peking University and MBA from Harvard. For nearly two decades, Yuan has followed Chinese urbanization trends and pheromone with analyzing independently-collected data sets. He has spearheaded three research projects on Chinese urbanization on Chinese urban floating population and marginalized social groups (1994-2000), Chinese urban investment environment evaluation (1994-9), and Chinese urban labor force evolution (1992-6), sponsored by the World Bank and in joint effort with Professor Calla Weimer from Hawaii University.

Susan Zielinski

Managing Director

SMART; University of Michigan


Susan Zielinski is Managing Director of SMART at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (um-smart.org/blog). SMART is a multi-disciplinary, university-wide project of UMTRI and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. SMART takes a systems approach to addressing the emerging challenges and opportunities of integrated and sustainable transportation in a rapidly urbanizing world, undertaking implementation-focused research, Living Labs (in India, South Africa, Europe, Brazil, and the U.S.), education, and global learning exchange on a range of issues related to the future of transportation. Before joining SMART, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Before 2004, while at the City of Toronto she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Toronto-based “link tank” developed to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation and New Mobility industry development. She worked for over 15 years in the Planning Department at the City of Toronto, developing and leading transportation and livability policies and initiatives, including co-chairing the city’s official anti-smog strategy. She has advised on a wide range of local, national, and international initiatives.

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峰会


领军 思考, 共同 创造

“这次新城市峰会是一次围绕‘创新’的对话,城市发展的利益相关者将就如何改善当今城市生活质量、营建更好的未来进行重要的交流、探讨和磋商。我代表巴黎热烈欢迎这次极具重要意义的‘新城市峰会’。”
——巴黎市长德拉诺埃(Bertrand Delanoë) 致“新城市峰会”

有史以来首次,人类进入城市时代,现在仅是这个时代的开始:经过数百年的缓慢城市化进程,目前全球70亿人口的一半已经生活在城市里;而2050年,世界城市人口将达到70亿,等于把今天地球上的每个农村居民都搬进城市。当今,全球范围内城市化的规模之大、节奏之快史无前例,将影响到人类活动的所有层面。

城市化是21世纪的决定性特征,目前这股历史洪流才刚刚开始。21世纪的超高速城市化一方面意味着严峻的社会、经济、环境挑战,一方面孕育着独一无二的历史机遇:建立更平等、更具生命力、创新能力和可持续发展潜力的未来都市生活的良机。只有完美结合未来眼光和严谨分析的大胆行动者,才能把握这次创造未来的良机。而共同创造更好的城市是我们可以造福未来子孙的唯一机会。

2012年5月14-16日,新城市基金会在拉德方斯国际会议中心主办新城市峰会,将把城市放在全球人类讨论日程的核心。峰会采用邀约出席制,内容高端全面、形式新颖互动,全程提供中、法、英三种语言的翻译和服务。三日会期之中,将有主题报告、联席讨论、小组工作室、重点案例组分析等多种形式的会议活动,穿插以别出心裁的联谊活动和尊贵的巴黎大皇宫晚宴。届时,全球城市化各个领域最知名的领军人和决策者,学者、市长、企业首席执行官、建筑师、艺术家、金融家,地产商,慈善家等将济济一堂,围绕城市创新的关键领域:智能交通、水治理、绿色建筑、创新城市、互联城市、贫富差距、基础设施融资、零售消费等,展开重要磋商和探讨,而高速城市化的中国尤其是聚焦点。

新城市峰会的主题“领军思考,共同创造”,也是新城市基金会的根本信仰。理解、参与创造未来城市,您须要大胆行动和严谨分析,同样需要会晤全球城市化精英、交流磋商、建立新型的合作伙伴关系。新城市峰会,将是您先人一步、建立全球合作网的良机。新城市基金会期待与您相约巴黎之春、一起激荡灵感、共创未来城市。

作为主办方,新城市基金会邀请您联系我们(联系方式见下),更多了解此次峰会。我们更期待您拨冗巴黎,亲自见证、参与加这次全球城市化领域全面的、历史性的精英大会。新城市基金会的会员方式多样,您作为企业主、研究机构负责人、或政府决策者,如有意了解会员制度。也请联系我们。


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Le Sommet

Thinking Ahead, Building Together

Les 7 milliards d’urbains feront du 21e siècle le siècle des villes. En 2050, la population urbaine aura doublé – et ce n’est que le début.

Nous commençons à peine à saisir l’ampleur de ce phénomène. L’échelle et la vitesse de l’urbanisation mondiale sont sans précédent, et elles auront un impact sur l’ensemble des sphères de la vie humaine. Un monde urbain, c’est un ensemble de défis environnementaux, économiques et sociaux. Mais il représente surtout un ensemble d’opportunités uniques de bâtir des communautés plus durables, dynamiques, innovantes et équitables, en particulier dans les régions du monde à urbanisation rapide.

Organisé par la New Cities Foundation, le New Cites Summit 2012 a pour objectif de mettre la ville au cœur de l’agenda global. Sur invitation seulement, cet événement sera innovant dans sa forme et dans son contenu. Des discussions de haut niveau entre experts des questions urbaines et décideurs de renom – maires, PDG, universitaires, architectes, médias, et entrepreneurs – ainsi que des présentations de projets novateurs et des ateliers thématiques et interactifs rythmeront les échanges pendant les trois jours du sommet. Les ateliers aborderont des sujets variés, de la mobilité à la ville créative, mais aussi the Just City, l’eau, les technologies vertes et le bâtiment, ou encore le financement des infrastructures urbaines. Des sessions régionales seront dédiées à la Chine, l’Inde et l’Amérique Latine, et le sommet mettra en avant certaines utopies urbaines contemporaines – des laboratoires urbains riches en enseignements pour les villes de demain.

Thinking ahead, building together. Le thème choisi pour la première édition du New Cities Summit est le reflet de notre profonde conviction : l’avenir urbain requiert de l’audace, de l’analyse, et des partenariats. Avec un riche écosystème de membres et partenaires, la New Cities Foundation souhaite que le New Cities Summit 2012 soit pour ses participants une source d’inspiration, et apporte les éléments nécessaires à un changement constructif.

Notre unique chance de construire un monde meilleur est de bâtir de meilleures villes.