Global Urban Development
Barcelona, Beijing, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Porto Alegre, Prague, Rehoboth, San Francisco Bay Area, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, DC


Board of Directors


Chairman: Marc Weiss, CEO, Global Urban Development, Washington, DC

Vice Chair: Nicky Gavron, Assembly Member, Greater London Authority, London, UK

Vice Chair: Jane Katz, Director of International Affairs and Programs, Habitat for Humanity International, Washington, DC

Vice Chair: Jaime Lerner, Chairman, Jaime Lerner Associated Architects, and President, Jaime Lerner Institute, Curitiba, Brazil

Secretary-Treasurer: Nancy Sedmak-Weiss, President, Metropolitan Economic Strategy LLC, Rehoboth, DE

President: James Nixon, Chairman, Sustainable Systems, Oakland, CA

Vice President: Elaine Yamashita Rodriguez, Vice President, Global Urban Development, New York, NY


Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rosa Alegria, Co-Chair, The Millennium Project, Brazil Node, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Jobeda Ali, CEO, Three Sisters Care, London, UK

Nefise Bazoglu, Senior Fellow, Global Urban Development, Istanbul, Turkey

Lucelena Betancur, Director, Foundation Habitat Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

Iman Bibars, Vice President, Ashoka Global, and Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World, Cairo, Egypt

Edward Blakely, Professor of Urban Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Claire Blanchard, Scaling Up Nutrition, Civil Society Network Manager, Save the Children, Birmingham, UK

Cid Blanco Jr., Technical Advisor for Brazil, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lawrence Bloom, Secretary General, Be Earth Foundation, and Chairman, Be Energy, London, UK

Cezar Busatto, Secretary for Political Coordination and Local Governance, and Chief Resilience Officer, City of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates, Berkeley, CA

Thais Corral, Director, Network for Human Development (REDEH), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Executive Director, Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, Iowa City, IA

Malika Djebli, Local Coordinator, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Government of Morocco and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Marrakech, Morocco

Alain Durand-Lasserve, Senior Research Fellow, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France

Marlene Fernandes, Senior Fellow, Global Urban Development; and former International Advisor, Brazilian Institute for Municipal Administration (IBAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rachel Fleishman, Director, Climate Change Business Forum, Hong Kong, China

Neil Fraser, Principal, Urban Inc., Johannesburg, South Africa

Luigi Fusco Girard, Professor and Director, Department of Conservation of Cultural and Environmental Heritage, University of Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

Emilio Haddad, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hazel Henderson, President, Ethical Markets Media (US and Brazil), St. Augustine, FL

Julie Childers Henry, President, The Pulse Team, Sarasota, FL

Elliot Hoffman, CEO, REV, San Francisco, CA

Kenneth Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences and Director, Herbert Lehman Center for American History, Columbia University, New York, NY

Bianca Jagger, President, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, London, UK

Paola Jiron, Director, Institute of Housing, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Wilfried Kreisel, Global Health and Environment Consultant, St. Genis-Pouilly, France

Vinay Lall, Director General, Society for Development Studies, New Delhi, India

Claudia Laub, President, El Agora, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Keith Laughlin, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC

Vivian Lin, Director, Health Sector Development, World Health Organization (WHO), Metro Manila, Philippines

Rodrigo Loures, Chairman and CEO, Nutrimental, Curitiba, Brazil

Stella Madrid, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Officer, Denver Housing Authority, Denver, CO

Tony Manwaring, Executive Director, External Affairs, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, London, UK

Patricia McCarney, Professor and Director, Global Cities Institute and Global City Indicators Facility, Munk Center for International Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Jiang Mingjun, Director General, International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization, Beijing, China

Henrik Nolmark, Director, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, Stockholm, Sweden

Mary Jane Ortega, Vice President, Global Executive Committee, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Metro Manila, Philippines; and Special Advisor, CITYNET, Seoul, South Korea

Neal Peirce, Chairman, Citistates Group, and Editor-in-Chief, Citiscope, Washington, DC

Janice Perlman, President, Mega-Cities Project, New York, NY

Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

Tom Roper, Project Director, Small Island States Energy Initiative, Climate Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Donovan Rypkema, President, Heritage Strategies International, Washington, DC

Wandia Seaforth, former Chief, Best Practices and Local Leadership Program, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya

Nola-Kate Seymoar, former President and CEO, Sustainable Cities International, Vancouver, Canada

Asad Shah, Senior Fellow and Director, Global Think Tank Network, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Miquel Sodupe, Director, Urban Consortium for Development of the Barcelona Metropolitan Region, Barcelona, Spain

Ludek Sykora, Vice Dean for Foreign Relations and Geography Section, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Kaarin Taipale, Board Member, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, Helsinki, Finland

Patrick Wakely, Emeritus Professor of Urban Development, University of London, former Director  of the Development Planning Unit, University College London, London, UK

Emiel Wegelin, Director, UrbAct, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Michael Wegener, Partner, Spiekermann and Wegener Urban and Regional Research, Dortmund, Germany

Carol Willis, Director, Skyscraper Museum, New York, NY

Mark Willis, Executive Director and Resident Research Fellow, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University, New York, NY

David Wilmoth, President, Learning Cities International, Sydney, Australia

Nicholas You, Chairman, Urban Infrastructure Initiative Assurance Group, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Nairobi, Kenya

Belinda Yuen, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew Center for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Robert Zdenek, Director, National Neighbors Silver, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington, DC



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