David Gómez-Álvarez
Visiting scholar at MIT and Executive Director of Transversal Think Tank
He is currently visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds a PhD in Public Administration from New York University (NYU) and a MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE). He has been consultant for UNDP, UN Habitat and the World Bank. He is author of the book Education in Federalism: Decentralization of Educational Policy in Mexico, and editor of Institutional Capacities of Local Governments in Mexico, among other publications. He has hold high level positions in the public sector and has actively participated in civil society organizations and civic initiatives in his country. He is Executive President of Transversal Think Tank. 
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Eduardo López-Moreno
Director of research and capacity development UN-Habitat
Is the Director of Research and Capacity Development at UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. He has over 25 years of academic and professional experience in housing and urban development policies, institutional analysis, global monitoring, and equity and urban poverty issues. His qualifications include a Ph.D. in urban geography, and a master degree in Urban Sociology from the University of Paris III- Sorbonne in France. He has an extensive number of publications: five books on topics related to social housing, land policies, equity and urban development. Dr. López Moreno is the Task Manager and principal author of UN-Habitat State of the World’s Cities Report.
Robin Rajack
Robin Rajack
Lead specialist for housing and urban development at the IDB
Is currently Lead Specialist for housing and urban development at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Washington DC. Earlier he spent more than a decade at the World Bank headquarters working on land, housing and urban development through a variety of operations, research and technical assistance programs in multiple world regions. He is a former founding director and full time manager at the Land Settlement Agency in the Government of Trinidad y Tobago where he helped to design and implement policy, legislation and programs to address informal settlement between 1997 and 2003. He holds a Doctorate and Master in Land Economics from the University of Cambridge.

About the authors

Abhay Pere

Abhay Pethe

He is a senior academic who currently holds the Dr. Vibhooti Shukla Chair Professorship in the Centre for Urban Economics & Regional Development in the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai. Apart from being involved in extensive teaching and research activities he has been a member of various expert committees of Indian Government at Central, State and Local Levels. He has also worked as a consultant to private, governmental and multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP-UNCHS amongst others.


Alfonso Iracheta

Alfonso Iracheta

Program of Urban and Environmental Studies Coordinator at the Colegio Mexiquense A. C He holds a Master in Regional Planning from the University of Edimburgh and a Ph.D. in Geography and Regional Studies from the University of Varsovia. He is currently Director of the Interdisciplinary Program of Urban and Environmental Studies at the Colegio Mexiquense A.C, National Coordinator of the Mexican Network of Cities towards Sustainability, and Coordinator of the Permanent Committee of the National Congress of Urban Land. He is a level II researcher of the National System of Researchers, mainly focused on issues such as national and international metropolitan development, land, and urban and environmental development. He was previously President of the Colegio Mexiquense A.C and Founding Coordinator of the UN-Habitat office in Mexico.



Andres Luque

Andres Luque-Ayala

He is lecturer in the Department of Geography at Durham University. His research revolves around three interrelated topics and their implications for cities, particularly in the Global South: the development of a critical geography of energy; a socio-technical examination of ‘smart’ forms of urbanization and the coupling of digital and material infrastructures as a new security apparatus in the city; and a critical evaluation of urban responses to climate change and the disruption of the relationship between climate mitigation and adaptation in cities. Andrés has over 12 years of practitioner experience in the interface between urban infrastructures and environmental issues. Currently Andrés coordinates the ESRC funded International Network on Comparative Urban Low Carbon Transitions(INCUT), a global network of researchers examining how cities around the world are responding to climate change. He is also a co-investigator in the RCUK-CONFAP International Network (UK-Brazil) Augmented urbanity and smart technologies.


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Brian Roberts

Emeritus Professor and an international urban management expert, Brian holds qualifications in land surveying, urban and regional planning, urban design and business management as well as a PhD in urban and regional economic development. Brian has held senior positions with the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, Queensland state government, two academic institutions and within the consulting industry. Brian has held responsibility for the management of large and complex multi-discipline projects, the overseeing of national and regional institutional reform programs,national and international urban management policy, higher education and training, and ministerial advice in several countries. Brian has co-authored more than 100 publications and conference papers including 10 books with contributions to the UN Habitat World Cities Development Report in 2011 and 2015.


Bruce Katz

Bruce J. Katz

 He is the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, where he focuses on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization. Katz assumed this cross-institution role in January 2016 after 20 years as the vice president and codirector of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which he founded in 1996. He is also co-author ofThe Metropolitan Revolution(Brookings Press, 2013), which argues that cities have become the vanguard of policy innovation and problem- solving in the United States and the world.

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Cynthia Goytia

Professor Cynthia Goytia is Head of the MSc. in Urban Economics at Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she also chairs the Urban Policy and Housing Research Center (CIPUV), a leading research institution in Latin America specialized in urban policies.

She holds a M.Sc. in Urban Economics and a Ph.D from the London School of Economics and Political Science in UK. She lectures at University of Cambridge, LSE and the Institute of Housing Studies and is David Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at Harvard University 2016-2017.  She is a senior consultant to Argentina´s and Latin American governments, the World Bank, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank and CAF (Banca de Desarrollo de America Latina), and fellow to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, from USA.

Dr. Goytia develops a relevant body of academic research focused on the evaluation of the causal impacts of urban policies published in specialized publications and books, some of them recently released in Chinese. She is interested in the rigorous assessment of effects to urban policies, which besides its territorial effects have significant economic and social consequences. Her research includes innovative tools, such as big data analytics, and a persistent aim to develop interactive web tools to increase the public's understanding of research results, which could improve and contributes to more informed governments' policy decisions.


DAvid Sims

David Sims

He specializes in aspects of urban development, economics, and housing in countries of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Since 1971 he has worked for a wide range of multilateral and bilateral development agencies as well as host countries. Half of his experience has been in Egypt, and he has written extensively about Greater Cairo’s development and, in particular, the growing dominance of informal settlements. His books include Understanding Cairo: The logic of a city out of control (Cairo: AUC Press, 2012.) He was educated at Yale and Harvard universities. For four decades he has been based in Cairo.


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Debbie Gonzalez Canada

Debbie is a knowledge broker and editor from Argentina. She holds a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a double major in Communication and Education from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). She specializes in multi-stakeholder participation in socio-environmental issues, and she has done research in science communication, institutional analysis and metropolitan planning for food security. She is currently a consultant at CIPPEC’s Cities Program, where she has worked for CIPPEC / BID-FOMIN Collaborative Economy Project, as well as other initiatives for smart, resilient and inclusive cities in Argentina. She has acted as Assistant Editor for Steering the Metropolis, and in the past she worked for SOS Children’s Village, Idealist.org, Austral Education Group, Matador Network and CISV.



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Debolina Kundu

She is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, India and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of development studies. She has been a doctoral fellow with the ICSSR and has a Ph.D degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on municipal finance and governance. She has worked as a consultant with LSE, IIDS, UNDP, UNESCAP, KfW Germany, GIZ, Urban Institute, Washington etc. on issues of urban development, governance and exclusion. She is currently editing a book on “Developing National Urban Policies: Ways Forward to Green and Smart Cities with UN Habitat. She is the editor of the journal Environment and Urbanisation, Asia (SAGE) and has a large number of articles published in books and journals.




Dorothee Lang

She graduated from history and political science. After some time as a journalist,she worked in press and public relations for various local councils. She heads the Policy and PR division of the Verband Region Stuttgart.


Efren Osorio

Efrén Osorio Lara

He has a B.A. in International Relations from ITESO University and M.A. in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) in Berlin. He studied Development and Civic Organizations’ Professionalization from INDESOL; and Project Management, Protocol and Public Relations from ITESO University. As a public servant, he served as Electoral District Adviser during local elections, Adviser to the President of the General Council of the Electoral Institute and Citizen Participation of Jalisco and Head of Sister Cities and International Affairs of the Municipal Government of Zapopan. He also has several publications related to transparency, public policies, globalization and democracy. He served as an officer in the UN-Habitat office in Colombia. Currently he is National Consultant and Projects Coordinator of the UN-Habitat Programme Office in Jalisco.



Eugenie L. Birch

Eugenie L. Birch

Co- Director of Penn Institute for Urban Research and President of the General Assembly of Partners of the World Urban Campaign Eugénie L. Birch is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, Chair of the Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning, and Co-Director of Penn IUR. She has been active in the field of city planning’s professional organizations and in academia in the United States and abroad. In 2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and made an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She has been a member of the Planning Accreditation Board, serving as its chair from 2004 to 2006. She has been President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; President, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; and Co- editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. She was recently appointed President of the General Assembly of Partners for Habitat III of the World Urban Campaign.




Femi Olokesusi

He has a Doctorate degree in Geography from the University of Ibadan,Oyo State, Nigeria with specialisation in Environmental Planning and Management. A fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planning, he retired as a Research Professor from the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) in Ibadan, Nigeria where he worked between 1985 and early 2016. At NISER he was Director of Physical Development Department for about 6 years and among other professional and administrative duties, and also acted as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Institute from December, 2010 to August, 2011. A 1994/95 Fulbright African Senior Scholar, he has conducted several studies either as a team leader or principal researcher/consultant for many national and international agencies. Some of such works include Evaluation of UNDP’s 6th Nigerian Country programme on Environment and Energy, Review of 2006 UNDP Annual Programme in 2006. He served as a resource person to draft Nigeria Vision 20:2020 and the National Infrastructure Master Plan. He participated in Urban Planning Consultancies such as preparation of the Abeokuta Master Plan in 1987 and as consultant to the UN-Habitat in 2014/2015 on the preparation of City Structure Plans for Lokoja and Dekina in Nigeria. He is currently a member of the Independent Advisory Group of the World Bank-assisted Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project and a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the College of Social and Management Sciences, Afe Babalola University, AdoEkiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.

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Francisca Rojas

Francisca is an urban development and housing specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Her areas of expertise include sustainable urban development, metropolitan urban governance, and the role of ICTs in urban management, transparency, and accountability. Previously she was research director and Post-doctoral Fellow with the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was also a researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab. In the public sector, Rojas has been an urban planner with the Washington D.C. Office of Planning and an advisor to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development in Chile. Francisca has a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from MIT, a Master’s Degree in city planning from MIT, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She is currently based in the IDB Argentina country office and lives in Buenos Aires.


Gabriel Eidelman

Gabriel Eidelman

He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. His research and teaching focus on cities and urban governance in North America.His work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and the journal Politics & Policy. He has been recognized as a Clarence N. Stone Scholar and Norton Long Young Scholar by the American Political Science Association, and was awarded the 2013 Vincent Lemieux Prize for best PhD thesis in Canada by the Canadian Political Science Association.



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Gabriel Lanfranchi

He is an Architect and urban planner by training from Argentina. He holds a master’s degree in urban economics from Torcuato Di Tella University and a MIT SPURS fellowship. Currently he is the Director of the Cities Programme at CIPPEC and a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, Grupo Edisur and AySA . At MIT he founded the MIT Metro Lab, an initiative that promotes metropolitan governance awareness and helps governments to create better tools for city management. He was the director of the Metropolitan Office that coordinated the Strategic Guidelines Plan for the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Region. He also led suburban poverty alleviation development projects at Fundacion Pro Vivienda Social and worked on the Verona Mobility Plan and the Green Plan for Barcelona.



Greg Clark

Greg Clark

He is an international cities expert and advisor to several global cities including London, Sao Paulo, Singapore, New York, and Hong Kong. His portfolio includes work as Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute (Europe), Chief Advisor and Chairman of the OECD’s Forum on Local Development and Investment, Lead Advisor on the World Bank Urbanisation Knowledge Forum, a Global Fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington, Associate of LSE Cities, Chairman of British BIDs and a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School. He is author of more than 10 books and major reports on city development. From 1989 to 2004 he held a number of key roles in organisations leading London’s development agenda. He is presently researching and writing The Honor Chapman Report on London’s Competitiveness 1992 to 2022.



Harriet Bulkeley’s

She is Professor in Department of Geography at Durham University. Her research is concerned with environmental governance and focused on three key themes: theorizing and explaining the processes and practices of governing the environment; the urban politics of climate change and sustainability; in the political geographies of environmental governance, in particular emerging (transnational) political spaces on the boundaries of public/private authority through which climate change is being governed. She currently holds an ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship, Urban Transitions: climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical systems, through which she is developing this work. She is author of a rrecnet eport commissioned by the World Bank on Cities and Climate Change: The role of institutions, governance and urban planning. Harriet leads the Leverhulme international network Transnational Climate Governance and through her Philip Leverhulme Prize is examining the politics of climate change emerging beyond the nation-state in the UK.Harriet is an Editor of Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy and Domain Editor of ‘Policy and Governance’ for Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change.


Huascar Eguino

Huascar Eguino

Economist, he specializes in the preparation and evaluation of urban development and municipal management . Holds a Masters in Local and Regional Development (ISS - Holland ) and has graduate studies in urban development and municipal finance (MIT , Harvard, University of Pennsylvania ) . He has extensive experience in designing and implementing integrated urban development projects , having worked in most of the countries of Latin America. From 2010 to early 2013 , he worked at the IDB in Brazil as coordinator of urban development. Before joining the IDB he worked as head of public investment policies and municipal financing the Ministry of Finance in Bolivia. He was also consultant to organizations such as UN-Habitat and USAID , university lecturer and contributor to several research centers dedicated to local development issues.


Jeroen Klink

Jeroen Klink

Dutch Economist. PhD in urban planning from the University of São Paulo. Professor of Urban Economics and Planning at the Universidade Federal do ABC, Greater São Paulo. Previous experience includes secretary for economic development in the city of Santo Andre (Greater São Paulo) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (Rotterdam), among others. He has provided (inter)national consultancy services and published extensively in areas related with economic restructuring, planning and governance in urban-metropolitan areas.


Joan Subiats

Joan Subirats

Professor of Government and Public Administration at the Autonomous University of Barcelona Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the University of Barcelona and professor of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Prince of Asturias Chair in Georgetown University, academic year 2002-2003. Founder and Director of the Institute of Government and Public Policy at the UAB. Additionally, he is Director of the PhD Program, at the same institute. His research focuses mainly in the field of governance, public administration, social exclusion, democratic innovation, civil society, multilevel government, and public policy analysis.


Jonathan Couturier

Jonathan Couturier

He is a Research Fellow at The Business of Cities in London. He specialises in urban data, benchmarking and metropolitan governance, and has co-autho- red work for the Urban Land Institute and Overseas Development Institute. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London.


Joo Hun Lee

Joo Hun Lee

He is Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Seoul. Before joining UOS in 2010, Professor Lee served as Associate Research Fellow at Seoul Institute, Senior Researcher at Graduate School of Governance, SKKU. He received his BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration from Yonsei University. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. Professor Lee’s current research interests focus on governance theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on metropolitan and local governance. His publication includes the topics of metropolitan governance, intergovernmental relations, and public service delivery.



Jorge Ivan Gonzalez

Jorge Ivan Gonzalez

Professor, Faculty of Economics, National University of Colombia. He was CINEP researcher, consultant to the United Nations Study on Human Development and Social Mission; and Director of CID, Director of Finance, Director of the Master in Economics , Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Economics of the National University of Colombia . Professor of macroeconomics, tax theory, state theory and fiscal policy, and public finance spending . With a long and distinguished career as a researcher and consultant on social policy and public finance, he is currently working on aspects related to different dimensions of urban spatial segregation and urban social indicators.



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Karina Blanco Ochoa

She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), in Guadalajara, Mexico and she is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Development Studies in the London School of Economics and Political Science, in the United Kingdom. She has broad experience working in different governmental departments at local and regional levels. Before joining LSE, she worked at the Under-Secretariat of Planning and Evaluation of Jalisco State Government, where she coordinated Guadalajara’s metropolitan agenda along with technical cooperation with international organizations such as the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). She also has had international experience including being a member of the Mexican Delegation to the G20 Youth Summit, Youth- 20 Summit, held in Turkey in 2015; an internship at the Permanent Mexican Delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and an academic exchange at the Political Science Faculty at the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona (UAB) in Barcelona.


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Marco Kamiya

He is a national of Japan and Peru, works globally on urban economy and municipal finance implementing policy studies and field projects for local governments. Based in UN Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Marco has been senior expert on urban economy, public policies and competitiveness at CAF Development Bank of Latin America in Caracas; senior Japan Trust Fund consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, IADB, in Washington DC and director of development projects at PADECO Co., Ltd., in Tokyo. Marco studied economics and international development in Lima, Boston and Tokyo, and speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese and Japanese. He works extensively in Asia, Africa and Latin America.



Martin Horak

Martin Horak

He is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Local Government Program at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto (2002). Horak’s research focuses on urban policy processes. He is particularly interested in the comparative dynamics of policy formation and implemen- tation under conditions of multilevel governance. His books includeGoverning the Post- Communist City: Institutions and Democratic Development in Prague(2008);Sites of Governance: Multilevel Governance and Policy-Making in Canada’s Cities (2012, co-edi- ted with Robert Young); and Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Post-Industrial City (2015, with multiple co-authors). He has also published numerous journal articles on Canadian and comparative urban politics and governance.


Mats Andersson

He specializes in urban, metropolitan, and city-regional development. Between 1994 and 2007 he was municipal finance and urban management specialist at the World Bank, and was their Country Coordinator in China for urban development 2000-2003. Since 2008 his main clients have been the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), GIZ and USAid with assignments in Asia, Eastern Europe, and East Africa. He has published on metropolitan governance and finance, and worked on the subject in China, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and East Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank he was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bank of Montreal, and own consulting firm in Canada, with numerous assignments in Latin America. He is a Swedish national residing in San Francisco; holds MBA degrees from Sweden and USA; and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC).



Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Director, Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs from New School, and Professor of International Affairs at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy He holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the University of Chicago and is an urban and development policy specialist. He worked at the World Bank from 1972 to 1999 and was responsible for much of the bank’s urban policy deve- lopment during that period. He has worked in 55 countries and was heavily involved in the World Bank’s work on infrastructure, environment, and sustainable development. He also has advised governments, NGOs, and academic institutions around the world such as UN-Habitat in the preparation of the Global Report on Human Settlements (2005-2012). He is currently the director of The New School’s Observatory on Latin America, Director of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, and professor of International Affairs at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.


MOhamed Nada

Mohamed Nada

He has over seventeen years of professional experience in participatory governance, socio-economic research, organizational capacity building, and youth and women’s empowerment. Worked in Egypt and abroad and interacted with international/local NGOs, and multinational corporations. His field of interest includes strategic and participative planning, governance and accountability approaches, social justice, human rights, and civil society strengthening. He is currently the Program Manager and Advisor on Decentralization for the Urban Policies, Governance, and Legislation Program which is implemented by the UN-Habitat in Egypt. Mohamed is also a member of a number of professional/academic associations and has written publication on numerous occasions. He has been also awarded several academic and professional awards at both the national and international levels.


Nicolas J.A. Buchoud

Nicolas is the president and co-founder of the Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development, a not for profit awarded think tank established in Paris in 2011.A former Senior advisor to the President of Paris Ile de France region (12 million inhab.) and deputy chief of staff of a city Mayor in the Paris region, he is an active civil society leader and a trusted metropolitan entrepreneur.

The co-inventor of the Metropolitan Compact framework (2017), he has released The Smart Cities We Need Manifest in 2016 and edited over 100 reports, articles, books and papers on local and global urban innovation and change in the past decade. Nicolas is the co-owner of Renaissance Urbaine, a strategic advisory consultancy est. in 2006 and specialized in complex urban ecosystems from Vancouver to Vladivostok. In addition, Nicolas is a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL), and he is an expert at the Siberian Institute for Future and the director of the Center for urban research and regional development (CUR) at the federal research Tomsk State University.

He holds a MSc degree in XVIIth Century Chinese History (Paris La Sorbonne), a MSc degree in urban and regional planning (Sciences Po Paris) and he is a graduate from Sciences Po Paris in Public administration. Nicolas J.A. Buchoud has been elected in 2017 as Co-Chair of the U.N. General Assembly of Partners (GAP) Professionals constituent group and as a member of GAP Executive Committee.




Patricia McCarney

Patricia Mc Carney

President of World Council on City Data She holds a Ph.D. in International Development and Planning from M.I.T. She has served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development at the University of Toronto and is currently a Professor of Political Science and Director of the new Global Cities Institute. Director and CEO of World Council on City Data (WCCD) and Director of the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) – a program initiated by the World Bank, and supported by the Ontario Government, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - and positioned to be the definitive and authoritative compilation of validated, self- reported, comparative worldwide urban data. GCIF tracks progress on 115 indicators across more than 250 cities worldwide. She has also worked in a number of international agencies including the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, the World Bank in Washington, and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi.


Paul Smoke

Paul Smoke

Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs, teaches courses on public finance, development planning, governance and development assistance in developing countries. His research and policy interests include urban and regional development and the political economy of fiscal reform and public sector decentralization. He previously taught in the International Development Program and chaired the Master in City Planning Program at MIT, and he worked as a resident policy advisor with the Harvard Institute for International Development in Kenya and Indonesia. Smoke is an Affiliated Scholar with the Center on International Development and Governance at the Urban Institute (Washington, DC) and a Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (London).



Pedro Ortiz

Pedro Ortiz

He is currently a Senior Urban Planner at the World Bank, Washington DC. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Council of Architects of Madrid and Director of the Institute for Urban Renewal, a joint venture between the public and private sectors in Madrid. He was also the founder and Director of the Masters program of Town Planning of the University King Juan Carlos of Madrid. Ortiz was a Partner of the Planning Consultancy firm of Arop&As where he served as an advisor to the Regional Governments of Navarra and Murcia in Spain as well as many others around the world, in addition to several engineering and development companies including Intevia, SA, Institute of Transport Engineering and Roads, the Centro Superior de Arquitectura, Camuñas Foundation. He is a former elected Mayor for Madrid’s Central District (Distrito de Salamanca) (1989-1991). He is also a member of the Madrid’s City Council (1987- 1995) where he was responsible for Urban Prospective (1993-1995) and for Culture (1991-1993). He served as Director of the “Strategic Plan for Madrid” (1991-1994). He was also Director General for Town and Regional Planning for the Government of Madrid Region and the author of the “Regional Development Plan of Madrid of 1996” and the “Land Planning Law of 1997.


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Peter Ward

Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Liverpool. He held senior teaching positions at the Universities of London and Cambridge before moving in 1991 to The University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He was the Director of the Mexican Center of the Institute of Latin American Studies at UT Austin from 1992 to 1996 and 2000-05. In 2000 he was appointed C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US- Mexico Relations. From 2002-2007 he was Editor in Chief of the Latin American Research Review Journal. Among his recent publications is Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas: Strategies for Equitable and Integrated Development (U. of Notre Dame Press, 2012, with Peter Spink and Robert Wilson).



Purshottoma S. Reddy

He has been in academia since 1980. He was part of a Student Fellowship at the former School of Public Policy of the University of Birmingham in the UK where he studied and researched local government systems and comparative local government. He is a local government specialist and is currently the Project Director of the Working Group on Local Governance and Development of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA). He also serves on the Board of Management representing the African Region and on an IASIA – United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Taskforce for Effective Public Administration at the Local Level for the Achievement of the MDGs. He is also an Alternate Associate Board member of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). Professor Reddy is also editor/co-editor of seven books focusing on local governance and development. Currently he serves on the editorial/advisory committee of five journals in South Africa, India and Australia/United Kingdom. He is a rated researcher and currently serves on the Economics, Management, Administration and Accountancy Specialist Committee of the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa.



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He is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning. He specializes in urban transport in rapidly motorizing and urbanizing countries with special attention on trans- port and land development. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and recent Chair of the Committee on Developing Countries of the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academy of Science. He has published over 100 papers on urban transportation in rapidly motorizing and urbanizing cities. His recent book, co-edited with Harry T. Dimitriou, is Urban Transport in Developing Countries: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (Edward Elgar Press, UK, 2011, Google Books 2012). He has been consultant on transport in many countries, including Indonesia, Colombia, Chile. Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Venezuela, Mexico, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. He has been visiting professor at the University of Paris XII, the University of the Andes (Bogotá), University of California at Berkeley, the Catholic University of Chile, the National University of Colombia at Medellín. He was visiting staff for over a year each at the Ministry of Transport of France and the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism of Chile and for six months at the World Bank.



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Richard Stren

He is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, with a doctorate in political science from the University of California (Berkeley). He is currently Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute in Toronto. His areas of specialization are cities (particularly in Africa and the Americas) and local government. He has served as Chair of the HS-Net Committee of UN- Habitat, and he has worked as consultant to many international agencies, including Cities Alliance, the World Bank, CIDA, and USAID. He is the author or editor of 18 books, and numerous scholarly articles on subjects relating to cities and urban governance. Among his recent articles are “Cities and Politics in the Developing World: Why Decentralization Matters” (2012), and “Urban Service Delivery in Africa and the Role of International Assistance” (2014).



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Robert Liberty

Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator, has been working for more than thirty years to promote livable and sustainable cities and regions. He has worked in many roles and at all levels of government to promote livable and sustainable cities and regions. Mr. Liberty was Staff Attorney and then Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the implementation, defense and improvement of Oregon’s comprehensive land use planning program. Mr. Liberty has worked as a land use hearings officer, a planning consultant and a speaker on planning topics in the U.S. and other countries. He served as Senior Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, assisting him with federal policy issues concerning livable communities. In 2004 he was elected to the Metro Council, the metropolitan government in the Portland, Oregon region and was re-elected in 2008. On the Metro Council he chaired and co-chaired committees considering rail transit investments, regional housing policy and other matters.
Roberti Eibenschutz

Roberto Eibenschutz

Director on Metropolitan Studies at the Autonomous Metropolitan University He holds a bachelor and a masters degree in Urbanism from UNAM, and specialized in Urban Studies in Holand, and Rural Development in Egipt. Professor and Senior Researcher at the Autonomous Metropolitan University- Xochimilco. Aditionally, he is member of the Research Program in Metropolitan Studies and professor of the Graduate Architecture Program in urbanism at UNAM.


Rudiger Anrend

Rudiger Ahrend

He is the head of regional economics and governance in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In this capacity, he is currently supervising numerous projects related to metropolitan development, including a study on the impact of urban policies on economic productivity. At the OECD, where he started as an official in 2002, Dr. Ahrend worked first as a senior economist in the organization’s Economic Department. Prior to joining OECD, he worked as a researcher and independent consultant. In addition to his work on OECD countries, he has extensively worked on Russia and other emerging economies, and has published widely, both in academic journals and newspapers. Dr. Ahrend holds degrees in social sciences and mathematics from the University of Göttingen and the Sorbonne in France, and a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.
Sahil Gandhi

Sahil Gandhi

He is Assistant Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. His research interests are in the areas of urbanisation in India, land and housing markets, and metropolitan governance. His research has been published as chapters in edited books, and peer reviewed journals. He has worked on projects with government agencies and think tanks. He has a PhD in Economics from University of Mumbai.
Samuel Danjuma

Samuel Danjuma Wapwera

Director in Mexico for the Program LEAD He holds a degree in Architecture from UNAM, a Masters in Urban Geography from Durham University, and a Ph.D. in Social Geography at London School of Economics and Political Science. He has previously served as Senior Research at the Geography Institute from UNAM, Director of the Social Development Studies Center, and Coordinator of the Graduate Program of Colegio Mexiquense. He is currently the Director of the Program Lead in Mexico.



Thomas K Wright

Thomas K. Wright

He is president of Regional Plan Association,an independent urban planning think tank focused on improving the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Building on RPA’s 90-year history of advancing innovative policy prescriptions to solve difficult problems, Tom guides the organization’s work on government reform, transportation modernization, environmental challenges and the need to offer opportunity to all the region’s residents. As a leading thinker on urban and regional policy, Tom is a frequent speaker, lecturer and commentator on economic growth and development, roads and transit, good governance and other public policy issues. He has steered many key RPA initiatives, including the historic Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; the campaign to create a mixed-use district at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards; the protection of the New Jersey Highlands; and a vision for the revitalization for the City of Newark. Tom played a key role in the creation of A Region at Risk, RPA’s influential third plan for the metropolitan region published in 1996, and he is guiding the organization’s development of a fourth regional plan.
Thomas Kiwit

Thomas Kiwitt

He has an engineering diploma in environmental and spatial planning and is the Director of the Planning Department of the Verband Region Stuttgart (Stuttgart Regional Association). He is on the Managing Committee of the Network of European Metropolitan Regions (Metrex) and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart.​
Tim Moonen

Tim Moonen

He is the Director of Intelligence at The Business of Cities Ltd, an advisory firm based in London. Tim specialises in the governance, leadership and comparative performance of cities. Project clients and content partners include the Brookings Institution, Future Cities Catapult, OECD LEED and the Oslo Region. He also manages the bi-annual review of over 200 city benchmarks and indexes, in partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle. Tim has a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Bristol. He also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the Universidad Europea de Madrid.


Tommaso Vitale

Tommaso Vitale

He is an "Associate Professor" of Sociology at Sciences Po and Scientific Director of theMaster in "Governing the Large Metropolis "at the Urban School. His main research themes are within the fields of urban and political sociology. He has published books and articles on the conflicts andurban changes on spatial segregation, planning social services, as well as in the elite and local governance of industrial restructuring. He is co-editor of the journal Peer Review & Partecipazione e Conflitto. The Open Journal ofSociopolitical Studies.He was a visiting scholar at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (Bloomington, Indiana University) where he is an associate member. He also co-directs comparative research ANR Margin (with O. & C. Legros Bergeon) and he is member of the research network Urba Rom.
Vaidhei Tandel

Vaidehi Tandel

She is Senior Associate at IDFC Institute, Mumbai. She has published co-authored papers in peer reviewed journals and has co-authored a chapter in an edited book on the Indian Economy. She has worked on projects commissioned by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, World Bank, Ministry of Urban Development, NITI Aayog Government of India, and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. She has a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai.


Yan Tang

Yan Tang

She is an associate professor in the Urban Design and Planning Department, School of Architecture, at Tsinghua University, China. Her research, practice, and teaching span the intersection between architectural design and urban planning, and focus on large-scale urban design projects, spatial strategies for metropolitan regions, regional governance, and creative city development. She holds a Ph.D. in engineering in urban planning and design from Tsinghua University, China. At MIT, she will undertake research on urban governance and urban design strategies for responding to climate change.