Global Urban Development
Barcelona, Beijing, Curitiba, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Panama City, Porto Alegre, Prague,

 Rehoboth, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, DC


Board of Directors

(as of September 5, 2018)


Chairman: Marc Weiss, CEO, Global Urban Development, Washington, DC; International Visiting Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and Coordinator, Porto Alegre Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISPOA), Porto Alegre, Brazil

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, and Deputy Coordinator, Porto Alegre Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISPOA), Porto Alegre, Brazil

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

Vice President: Elaine Yamashita Rodriguez, Senior Fellow, Global Urban Development, Los Angeles, CA


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, Chair and 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., Project Director, Quanta Jaime Lerner Consortia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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, Head, Regional Advocacy and Sustainability Communications, BASF, 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, Associate Professor and Director, Institute of Housing, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, 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, Division of Health Systems, World Health Organization (WHO), Western Pacific Region, 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, Strategic Partner, Re:Cap, London, UK

Patricia McCarney, Professor of Political Science and Director, Global Cities Institute and Global City Indicators Facility, University of Toronto, and President & CEO, World Council on City Data (WCCD), Toronto, Canada

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

Mary Jane Ortega, Lecturer, Ateneo School of Government, Metro Manila, Philippines, and Special Advisor, CITYNET, Seoul, South Korea

Neal Peirce, Chairman, Citistates Group, Washington, DC

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

Shelley Poticha, Managing Director, Healthy People and Thriving Communities Program, 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

Nola-Kate Seymoar, Chair, Vancouver City Planning Commission, Vancouver, Canada

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

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

Ludek Sykora, Vice Dean for Foreign Relations and Geography Section, and Professor of Social Geography and Regional Development, 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, and Professor of Spatial Planning, Technical University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

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

Mark Willis, Senior Policy 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, Director, Global Programs and Projects, Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation, Guangzhou, China

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

Robert Zdenek, Principal Investigator, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA



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