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Global Urban Development

Barcelona, Beijing, Berkeley, Curitiba, Dover, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Panama City, Porto Alegre,

Poznan, Prague, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, DC

Board of Directors

(as of January 1, 2024)

Chairman: Marc Weiss, CEO, Global Urban Development; Robert S. Cornish Chair and Visiting Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA

Vice Chair: Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group; and UAE Coordinator, Global Urban Development, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Vice Chair: Banning Garrett, Senior Fellow, Global Urban Development; and Senior Fellow, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, Santa Fe, NM

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

Vice Chair: Jane Katz, Washington Coordinator, Global Urban Development; and Steering Committee Member, UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign, Washington, DC

President: Robert Zdenek, Interim Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative, San Luis Obispo, CA

Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Legal Officer: Nancy Sedmak-Weiss, President, Metropolitan Economic Strategy LLC, Berkeley, CA


Claudio Acioly, International Housing and Urban Development Consultant, and Visiting Professor, IHS-Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands 

Saeed Al Abbar, CEO, AESG, and former Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

Roberto Alvarez, Executive Director, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, Washington, DC

Jose Barria, Coordinator, Panama City Sustainable Innovation Zone (ACTA), and Director of Sustainability, Pentagrama Design Studio, Panama City, Panama

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

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

Claire Blanchard, Global Advocacy and Political Strategy Lead, Blue Nature Alliance, Pew Charitable Trusts, New York, NY

Cid Blanco Jr., Social Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Consultant, National Confederation of Municipalities, Brasilia, Brazil

Peter Calthorpe, Urban Design & Planning Principal, HDR, Berkeley, CA

Marcus Coester, CEO, Aerom, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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

Angela Danilevicz, Professor and Chair, Department of Production and Transportation Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; and Coordinator, Porto Alegre Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISPOA), Porto Alegre, Brazil

Istefani de Paula, Professor, Department of Production and Transportation Engineering, Federal Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, 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

Fabian Domingues, Professor, Department of Economics, and Coordinator, Center for Studies and Research in Urban Economics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; and Coordinator, Porto Alegre Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISPOA), Porto Alegre, Brazil

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

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

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

Elliot Hoffman, Co-Founder and CEO, REV+ALL, 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, President, National Council of Territorial Development (CNDT), Government of Chile; and Associate Professor,  Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

C. S. Kiang, Chairman, Sustainable Development Technology Foundation, Beijing, China

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

Vivian Lin, Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Public Health Practice, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Rodrigo Loures, President, Nutrimental, Curitiba, Brazil

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

Tony Manwaring, Strategic Partner, Re:Cap, London, UK

Rosangela Viegas Maraschin, Innovation Manager, Inova RS, Secretary of Innovation, Science, and Technology (SICT), Rio Grande do Sul State Government, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Walker Massa, Founder and CEO, Capsula Hub, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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

Luis Felipe Nascimento, Professor, School of Management, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; and Coordinator, Porto Alegre Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISPOA), Porto Alegre, Brazil

James Nixon, Chairman, Sustainable Systems, and Director of Business Development, REV+ALL, Oakland, CA

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

Tarson Nunez, Political Science Researcher, Department of Economics and Statistics, Secretariat of Planning, Rio Grande do Sul State Government, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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

Dominika Pazder, Professor of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology, and Coordinator, Poznan Sustainable Innovation Zone (EDIT Poznan), Poznan, Poland

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

Luiz Carlos Pinto da Silva Filho, Innovation Secretary, Porto Alegre City Government; Professor, School of Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Coordinator, Pacto Alegre; Porto Alegre, Brazil

Shelley Poticha, Managing Director, Healthy People and Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

Helenice Reis, Coordinator, Santo Angelo Sustainable Innovation Zone (ZISSAN), Santo Angelo, Brazil

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

Rafael Roesler, Professor of Pharmacology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; and Technical-Scientific Director, Rio Grande do Sul Research Support Foundation (FAPERGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil

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

Phillip Singerman, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation; and Senior Advisor, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Bethesda, MD

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 Emeritus 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, Executive Director, 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


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