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PhD, University of South Australia
Professor 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, Professor Elliott was awarded an Australian Research Council Major Grant for research on robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of employment. Professor Elliott is a prominent social theorist, sociologist and public intellectual. He is 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.
Co-Head Climate Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Dimitri Zenghelis headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was senior economist on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the Chancellor of the time, Gordon Brown. Before working on climate change, Zenghelis was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury.
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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.
Director, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Juulia Kauste is Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture. She has a background in urban sociology and art history with a special interest in issues pertaining to contemporary architecture and multicultural spaces. Prior to her engagement at the Museum (2010–) Kauste was based in New York for a 20-year period serving as Executive Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute (1997–2010) and teaching at Parsons New School.
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. Maliranta 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.
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.
Snowcone and Haystack
Marco Steinberg is the founder of Snowcone and Haystack, a Helsinki-based strategic design practice focused on helping governments and leaders innovate. Previously Steinberg 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.
PhD, 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.
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