In alphabetical order
Bloomberg Foundation, New York
James Anderson leads the Government Innovation programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies. The programs help city leaders solve their most vexing challenges through innovation, data and evidence, and collaboration. More than 250 cities worldwide are currently supported through grants, technical expertise, and educational and networking programs. Before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, James served as communications director to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. During that time, he was chief architect of NYC Service, the City’s high impact citizen service strategy. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the commissioner of the City’s homeless services agency, and as communications director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture
Charles Bessard is a co-leader of the masters program Urbanism and Societal Change.
Professor, University of South Australia
Anthony Elliott is Dean of External Engagement at the University of South Australia, where he also holds the posts of Director of the Hawke EU Centre and Research Professor of Sociology. In 2016, Anthony was awarded an Australian Research Council Major Grant for research on robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of employment. He is a prominent social theorist, sociologist and public intellectual, and the author and editor of some 40 books, which have been translated or are forthcoming in a dozen languages.
Director, Integrated City Planning, Arup
Alejandro Gutiérrez recently re-joined Arup as a Director of the Integrated City Planning Team at Arup in London. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of CREO Antofagasta, a public-private initiative to develop and implement a strategic urban plan for the Antofagasta, the mining capital of Chile, and Executive President of Construye 2025, a government led public-private initiative to improve environmental sustainability and productivity across the construction industry in Chile. He is an expert on sustainability and urban development and his strengths include integrated design and leadership; understanding of clients drivers and stakeholder engagement, management of large teams of professionals to develop complex projects on time and on budget; strong commercial awareness and experience; and strong international network of companies, institutions and individuals. He has been speaker and invited lecturer at a number of institutions including London School of Economics, Said Business School – Oxford University, Architectural Association-UK, Royal Institute of British Architects, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, Imperial College London.
Associate Director, Arup, London
Dan Hill is an Associate Director at Arup, the global design and engineering firm. He is Head of Arup Digital Studio, a multidisciplinary strategic design, service design and interaction design team. Dan is uniquely positioned at the intersection of design, urbanism and technology, and recognized globally as a key thinker, leader and practitioner in this field. His previous leadership positions have produced innovative, influential teams and projects, ranging across built environment (Arup, Future Cities Catapult), education and research (Fabrica), government (Sitra), and media (BBC iPlayer, Monocle), each one transformed positively via new digital technology and a holistic approach to design. In addition to this Dan is an adjunct professor at RMIT University (Melbourne) and a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture (London).
Architect, London, United Kingdom
Indy Johar is a co-founder of the Project00.cc and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. On behalf of 00, Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation. Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Working Group and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission. Indy has taught & lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; Architectural Association, University College London, Princeton. Indy has written for many national and international publications on the future of design, systems change and social investment.
Organisational Psychologist, co-founder of biggerWe
Lärke Johns a co-founder of biggerWe, a corporate partner who helps organizations connect, collaborate and create shared value. She is an experienced organizational psychologist with a profound background in public governance and systemic development. Lärke has previously served under the Swedish government as head of the Swedish Council for Strategic HR Development (Krus) and chair of the National Committee for Shoreline Protection and Management.
Research Director, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy ETLA
Mika Maliranta is a Finnish economist. From 2009 onwards, he has worked as Research Director at The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) and as part-time professor at the School of Business and Economics at the University of Jyväskylä. Mika has researched economic growth, pruductivity, employee mobility, innovation and competition, among other subjects. In the media he has become known as an advocate for creative destruction.
Architect SAR/MSA, PhD, Professor of Architectural Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, and Head of Research in Practice at Älvstranden Utveckling AB
Fredrik Nilsson has taught and lectured at several schools for architecture and design in the Nordic countries, and was Senior Professor at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels, 2007-2009. He has a background as partner at White Arkitekter AB, where he worked 2000-2017 and was Head of Research and Development 2007-2014. Fredrik’s research profile is directed to contemporary architecture, architectural theory, methodology and practice, with a special interest in the epistemology of architecture and the interaction between conceptual thinking, theory and practical design work. He is currently director of the strong research environment in architectural theories and methods “Architecture in the Making: Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice” funded by the Swedish research council Formas 2011-2017. Fredrik has been engaged as opponent and external evaluator of PhD and senior research internationally. He is author and editor of several books and frequently publishes articles, architectural criticism and reviews of books.
Professor, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture
Professor Deane Simpson is an architect, urbanist and educator teaching and researching at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Copenhagen, where he is Associate Professor and co-leader with Charles Bessard of the masters program Urbanism and Societal Change. His research addresses contemporary forms of socio-spatial transformation at the intersection of demographic change and processes of modernization, globalization, neo-liberalization and welfare state transformation.
Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki
As the Deputy Mayor leading Real Estate and City Planning, Anni Sinnemäki deals with zoning and other topics related to land use planning as well as real estate, construction monitoring, politics of accommodation and apartment matters.
Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Finnish Architecture
Marco Steinberg is the founder of Snowcone and Haystack, a Helsinki-based strategic design practice focused on helping governments and leaders innovate. Previously Marco was an Associate Professor at the Harvard Design School and founder and Director of Strategic Design at the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Finnish Architecture and sits on the board of Design Driven Cities. He is author on numerous books on design & innovation.
Professor, University of Helsinki
Mari Vaattovaara is Doctor of Philosophy and professor of Urban Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Geography in the University of Helsinki.
Co-Head Climate Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Dimitri Zenghelis ia a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. He was recently Senior Economic Advisor to Cisco’s long-term innovation group. Previously, Dimitri headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was one of the authors of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown. Before working on climate change, he was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury.