Meet the Speakers and Program Committee


Re-imagining Equality, Living Within Limits
Julian Agyeman

Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, USA

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

He is the author or editor of 11 books, including Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press, 2005), Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press, 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books, 2013), Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (Routledge, 2014),Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press, 2015) and Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (MIT Press, 2017).

He is Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. He is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books and Co-Editor of the Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series.

Sustainable Consumption in Cities and One-Planet Lifestyles
Jennie Moore

Director, Institute Sustainability, British Columbia Institute Of Technology, Canada

Dr. Jennie Moore is a visionary sustainability leader. Prior to joining BCIT she was Metro Vancouver’s first Air Quality Planner in charge of climate action, first demand side management planner, and an inspiration for the Sustainable Region Initiative. As founding coordinator of Vancouver’s Ecocity Network, she helped bridge civil society and local government leadership on urban ecology. Her work helped initiate municipal greenhouse gas reporting, advancement of green buildings, community energy planning, and eco-industrial networking that has positioned the Vancouver region as a sustainability leader. Her research supports the Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, Lighter Footprint goal. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and regularly contributes to Ecocity Insights, part of the Ecocities Emerging newsletter. Her work has received numerous awards including an Environmental Citizenship Award from the Canadian Federal Minister of Environment. Jennie is a senior associate with One Earth and a core advisor and lead researcher for development of the International Ecocity Standards. She is also the creator of the ecoCity Footprint tool that helps cities and citizens identify pathways to sustainable consumption and lifestyles.

Prospects for Cities in the Age of Anthropocene
William E. Rees

Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia, former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. William Rees is a population ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. His research focuses on the biophysical requirements for sustainability and the implications of global ecological trends. He has developed a special interest in modern cities as ‘dissipative structures’ and particularly vulnerable components of the total human ecosystem, and in the socio-cognitive barriers to sound environmental policy. Best known as the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis’, Prof Rees has authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers and numerous popular articles on (un)sustainability. Rees’ academic work has been widely recognized: he was elected Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 2006 and has since received a Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, an Honorary Doctorate from Laval, the international Boulding Prize and Herman Daly Awards in Ecological Economics, and a Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Mathis Wackernagel).

Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals using the Ecocity Framework and Standards
Kirstin Miller

Executive Director, Ecocity Builders, USA.

Kirstin Miller is Executive Director of nonprofit Ecocity Builders, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA where she leads the organization’s program development, global initiatives and activities. She works locally and internationally to help cities access ecocity knowledge, specializing in integrating city-based experiences from a diverse range of perspectives and with a focus on strong citizen engagement. Kirstin leads the development of the organization’s “toolbox” of strategies and initiatives, including the Ecocity Framework and Standards, the EcoCompass curriculum, Urbinsight, and Urban Metabolic Information Systems for cities. She is an international speaker and presenter on ecocity design, technology, and citizen participation. Kirstin serves on the Steering Committee of the Ecocity World Summit conference series, the Technical Committee of the Guangzhou Urban Awards and is a jurist of the Katerva Awards.

Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature
Richard Register

Founder of the International Ecocity Conference Series, and the NGOs, Ecocity Builders, 1991 and Ecocity World, 2018.

He is author of Ecocity Berkeley — Building Cities for a Health Future, 1987; Ecocities – Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature, 2006; World Rescue – an Economics Built on what We Build, 2016; and forty years of Richard’s drawings: Ecocities Illustrated, 2016.

Richard is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (based in India) and International Consultant, Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Eco-Cities Planning and Construction Center, Beijing.

He has spoken in 36 countries and is happy to relate that in China the National Government has instituted a program of building “eco-cities” adopting the term “Eco-city” from his book, Ecocities, as translated into Chinese.

Register has participated in two design charrettes with British Columbia Institute of Technology for applying ecocity principles and features to their Burnaby Campus.

Program Committee

Sahar Attia
Cairo University, Egypt

Dr. Sahar Attia, is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. She has been the Head of the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University 2013-2017. She has more than 35 years of extensive experience in academia and practice. Aside of her teaching and research work at Cairo University, Dr. Sahar is the managing director for the Associated Consultants, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm where she practices and studies her assignments contextually in order to design sustainable solutions, with a special focus on sustainable cities. She coordinated several national projects with Egyptian authorities as well as international partners. She is a board member of Ecocity Builders NGO-USA. She is chairing the steering committee for the Universities Network Initiative- UN Habitat (UNI),and a member in the Standing committee of the World Urban Campaign. She has been the Co-chair of the Research and Academia Constituent group in the General Assembly of Partners for Habitat III(GAP) 2014-2017.

Her research interests include participatory approaches in Urban Development, Urban Regeneration, sustainable urbanism, and Upgrading the Informal Areas. She is the Co-Editor of; “Dynamics And Resilience Of Informal Areas: International Perspectives” published by Springer, 2016. Her most recent publication is a co-edition :New Cities and Community Extensions in Egypt and the Middle East, published by Springer 2018.

Richard Smith
Wayne State University, USA

Dr. Richard Smith an Associate Professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work in Detroit, Michigan USA. He publishes on aspects of sustainable and socially just cities. He currently serves as a core advisor for the International Ecocity Standards and serves on the Focus:HOPE Hope Village Steering Committee. He has earned scholarly awards from the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare; Journal of Gerontological Social Work; Urban Affairs Association; the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration; the Society for Social Work and Research; and the Council on Social Work Education/SAGE Publishing. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, Western Michigan University, and the University of Michigan. As a practitioner, he served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; served in the U.S. Peace Corps – Mongolia training English teachers; managed the Spring English Language Center; and consulted for UNICEF and the World Bank/UNDP.

Theresa Williamson
Catalytic Communities, Brazil

Theresa Williamson is founder and executive director of Catalytic Communities (CatComm), an empowerment, communications, think tank, and advocacy NGO working since 2000 in support of Rio’s favelas. In addition to fostering peer-to-peer networking, strategic training and media support on behalf of community organizers, the organization has become known for advocating a community-controlled asset-based development approach to informal settlements. Theresa is an outspoken, respected advocate for the recognition of favelas’ heritage status and their residents’ right to be fully served as equal citizens. She has published several book chapters, four opinion pieces in The New York Times, and has been cited in dozens of publications, with appearances on The Today Show, Vice, and HBO. Dr. Williamson received the 2012 NAHRO John D. Lange International Award for her contributions to the international housing debate and 2005 Gill-Chin Lim Award for Best Dissertation on International Planning. She is editor-in-chief of RioOnWatch.

Aparajithan Narasimhan
AN Design – Habitat Studio, India

Designer of India’s largest platinum rated green home community. Architect with more than 16 years of multi-national experience, and delivered projects worth $1.6 billion.

Adel Abdel-Kader
Trend Green Knowledge, Canada

Dr. Adel Farid Abdel-Kader is an executive advisor on environment and sustainable development, and a founder and board director of Trend Green Knowledge Inc, in Canada. He is the former Regional Coordinator for Early Warning and Assessment (currently science division), West Asia, United Nation Environment. His focus is in the creation, analysis, and use of environmental knowledge in decision making, policy, and sustainability advice. His current top priorities are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change. He contributed to key global policy documents such as the Global Environment Outlook Series. He also led, coordinated, and brain-mastered key policy documents for the Arab region. He is an environment thought leader, materializing visions into realities. He has been active in the global environmental movement and is interested in environment social innovation. He is a staunch supporter of using the digital world and is always looking for trending ideas and innovations to bring to the environmental field.

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