EVENTS // Global Cities Summit

Osama Albar
Holy City of Makkah
Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Ahmed Hussain Alkhlaqi
Office of the Mayor, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Executive Director, Makkah Urban Observatory
Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia
Adulrahman Alsultan
Director, Research & Studies
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fernando Alvarez de Celis
Director General of Planning
Planning Secretariat
Ministry of Urban Development
City of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ron Baker
Distinguished Engineer
Chief Architect for Smarter Cities & Operations
Austin, USA
Carl Bodimeade
Senior Vice-President, Hatch Mott MacDonald
Chair, Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure
Niagara Falls, Canada
Gillian Booth
Clinician Scientist, St. Michael’s Hospital
Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Alan Broadbent
Chairman & Founder, Maytree
Chairman, Avana Capital Corporation
Toronto, Canada
George Baird
Professor Emeritus & Former Dean, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute
University of Toronto
Founding Principal, Baird Sampson Neuert
Toronto, Canada
Brock Carlton
Chief Executive Officer,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Ottawa, Canada
Lucy Casacia
Vice President, Low and Medium Voltage Division
City Manager, GTHA and
2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Program Manager
Siemens Canada Limited
Oakville, Canada
Shanfeng Dong
Chairman, Bluepath City Consulting Co. Ltd.
Beijing, China
Art Eggleton
Senator, Canada
Chair, Global City Indicators Facility
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Mohamed El Sioufi
Coordinator, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, UN-HABITAT
Coordinator, Global Housing Strategy
Chalmers 150th Jubilee Visiting Professor
Chair, Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing international competition
Nairobi, Kenya
Isao Endo
Secretary, ISO/TC 268/SC 1 "Smart community infrastructures"
Mizuho Information & Research Institute
Chiyoda-ku, Japan
Mila Freire
Senior Advisor, The World Bank
Professional Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
Bethesda, USA
Vicente Guallart
Chief Architect
Barcelona City Council
Barcelona, Spain
Maarten Hajer
Director, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Professor, Public Policy, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Robert Hardt
President & CEO
Siemens Canada Limited
Oakville, Canada
Jose Luis Hernandez
Project Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability, CSA Group
International Secretary, ISO/TC268/WG2 City Indicators
Mississauga, Canada
Dan Hoornweg
Associate Professor & Jeffrey Boyce Research Chair, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Chief Safety and Risk Officer, Government of Ontario
Toronto, Canada
Abdul Husaini
General Manager
Niger State Geographic Information Systems
Minna, Nigeria
Ari Jaakola
Statistics and Information Services, Urban Facts
City of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
Michael Jansen
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cityzenith
Founder, Satellier
Menlo Park, USA
Zhou Jun
Division Director
Shanghai Municipal Commission of City Development and Transport
Shanghai Municipal People’s Government
Shanghai, China
Norm Kelly
Deputy Mayor & Councillor
City of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Chris Kennedy
Professor, Civil Engineering
Director, Cities & Engineering Management, University of Toronto
President-elect, International Society for Industrial Ecology
Toronto, Canada
Akram Khraisat
Amman Urban Observatory
Greater Amman Municipality
Amman, Jordan
Michinaga Kohno
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michi Creative City Designers Inc.
Tokyo, Japan
Andrew Laing
Global Practice Leader, Strategy Plus practice
New York City, USA
Jacques Lair
Chairman, Technical Committees ISO/TC 59/SC 17 & ISO/TC 268
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Paris, France
Calvin Lantz
Partner, Municipal and Public-Private Partnership/Infrastructure Group
Stikeman Elliot LLP
Toronto, Canada
Bernard Leservoisier
Secretary, ISO TC268 & TC268 WG1 Management Systems
AFNOR Group - AFNOR Standardization
Paris, France
Matthew Lynch
Project Director, Urban Infrastructure Initiative
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Mary Ma
ISO TC268 WG1 Expert; IEC Smart City SEG1 Expert
VP, iSoftStone Group
Engineer, Digital City Engineering Research Center of MoHURD
Consultant of National Smart City Industrial Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance
Beijing, China
Gora Mboup
Chief, Global Urban Observatory, UN-HABITAT
Author “Streets as Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity”
Nairobi, Kenya
Patricia McCarney
Professor, Political Science
Director, Global City Indicators Facility
Director, Global Cities Institute
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Anne McIlroy
Principal, Brook McIlroy
Toronto, Canada
Tinashe Mushayanyama
Director, Strategic Information & Research
City of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
Helen Ng
ISO TC268 WG2 City Indicators Expert
Program Coordinator, Global City Indicators Facility
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Joe Pennachetti
City Manager
City of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Martin Powell
Head of Urban Development, Global Centre of Competence for Cities
Siemens AG
London, United Kingdom
Mary Luz Pinzon Romero
Deputy of Sectoral Analysis
Secretariat of Finance
City of Bogotá
Bogotá, Colombia
Irene del Rosario
City Councilor
Sanggunian Panlungsod Member
City of San Jose del Monte
San Jose del Monte, Philippines
Helen Santiago Fink
Senior Programme Officer, Buildings and Cities
Acting Head, Built Environment Unit
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/DTIE)
Paris, France
Saskia Sassen
Professor, Sociology
Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought
Columbia University
New York City, USA
Doug Sauders
International Affairs Columnist & Author
The Globe and Mail
Toronto, Canada
Violeta Seva
Senior Advisor to the Mayor
City of Makati
Makati, Philippines
Roger Sherman
Co-Director, cityLAB
Adjunct Professor, UCLA
Principal, Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design
Los Angeles, USA
Richard Sommer
Dean, Professor of Architecture & Urbanism
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Andrew Storey
Vice President, Consumer Insights & Analytics
Toronto, Canada
Richard Stren
Emeritus Professor, Political Science & Public Policy
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Riadh Tappuni
Development and Design International
Toronto, Canada; Beirut, Lebanon
Dr. Nguyen Van Thanh
Chairman of Haiphong City People's Council
City Party Secretary
Haiphong, Vietnam
Nico Tillie
Landscape Architect & European Union Liaison, City of Rotterdam
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Delft University of Technology
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Noah Toly
Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations
Director, Urban Studies Program
Wheaton College
Wheaton, USA
Niels van Duinen
Director of Business Development Global Lighting Systems
Business Group Professional Lighting Solutions
Philips Lighting
Burlington (MA), USA
Harry Verhaar
Head, Global Public & Government Affairs
Philips Lighting
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Dave Welsh
Senior Standards Program Manager, Corporate Standards
Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, USA
Michael Williams
General Manager, Economic Development and Culture
City of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
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Andrew Laing

Global Practice Leader, Strategy Plus practice AECOM New York City, USA