Anna Naupa   Anna Naupa is a Pacific policy and development specialist. She has worked at both national and regional levels in the Pacific and is an experienced policy-influencer, analyst and partnership broker. She has previously worked as a senior adviser at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Anna currently works for UN-ESCAP’s Pacific Office supporting Pacific island countries’ implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, and guiding strategic partnerships between the Pacific and Asian institutions. Anna is from Vanuatu and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and the East West Center.

Anna Naupa

Anna Naupa is a Pacific policy and development specialist. She has worked at both national and regional levels in the Pacific and is an experienced policy-influencer, analyst and partnership broker. She has previously worked as a senior adviser at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Anna currently works for UN-ESCAP’s Pacific Office supporting Pacific island countries’ implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, and guiding strategic partnerships between the Pacific and Asian institutions. Anna is from Vanuatu and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and the East West Center.

  Dr Anshu Sharma   Dr Anshu Sharma is an environment and disaster management specialist with over twenty years of experience focused on community based approaches. Trained as an urban planner at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, he did his doctoral research in global environmental studies at Kyoto University, Japan. He co-founded the civil society organisation SEEDS, which works across Asia towards building disaster and climate resilience in vulnerable communities. Anshu has experience working with various UN agencies, the World Bank, government organisations and INGOs.

Dr Anshu Sharma

Dr Anshu Sharma is an environment and disaster management specialist with over twenty years of experience focused on community based approaches. Trained as an urban planner at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, he did his doctoral research in global environmental studies at Kyoto University, Japan. He co-founded the civil society organisation SEEDS, which works across Asia towards building disaster and climate resilience in vulnerable communities. Anshu has experience working with various UN agencies, the World Bank, government organisations and INGOs.

  Professor Barbara Norman   Professor Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) at the University of Canberra. Professor Norman is Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council, an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia. She also has a substantial professional background having worked at all levels of government and runs her own practice.

Professor Barbara Norman

Professor Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) at the University of Canberra. Professor Norman is Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council, an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia. She also has a substantial professional background having worked at all levels of government and runs her own practice.

 
 
  Dr David Dodman   Dr David Dodman is the Director of the Human Settlements Group at the UK’s International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Development Planning Unit, University College London. He has worked on urban development and urban climate change resilience for the past 10 years, and was recently appointed Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment chapter on ‘cities, settlements and key infrastructure’. David has worked with southern civil society organizations, local and national governments, and international organizations in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Dr David Dodman

Dr David Dodman is the Director of the Human Settlements Group at the UK’s International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Development Planning Unit, University College London. He has worked on urban development and urban climate change resilience for the past 10 years, and was recently appointed Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment chapter on ‘cities, settlements and key infrastructure’. David has worked with southern civil society organizations, local and national governments, and international organizations in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

  Professor Esther Charlesworth   Professor Esther Charlesworth is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne where she leads the Humanitarian Architecture Research Bureau (HARB) in rebuilding and protecting vulnerable communities displaced by conflict or naturally-triggered disasters. Esther has worked in the public and private sectors of architecture and urban design in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Boston and Beirut since graduating with a Masters in Architecture and Urban from Harvard University in 1995. She is the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (AWF) and has published widely on the theme of social responsibility and architecture

Professor Esther Charlesworth

Professor Esther Charlesworth is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne where she leads the Humanitarian Architecture Research Bureau (HARB) in rebuilding and protecting vulnerable communities displaced by conflict or naturally-triggered disasters. Esther has worked in the public and private sectors of architecture and urban design in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Boston and Beirut since graduating with a Masters in Architecture and Urban from Harvard University in 1995. She is the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (AWF) and has published widely on the theme of social responsibility and architecture

  Professor Helen Lochhead   Professor Helen Lochhead, Dean of the Built Environment Faculty, UNSW, is an architect, urban and landscape designer. Prior to her appointment as Dean she held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney, and was most recently deputy NSW Government Architect. Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works. A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York, Helen’s career has combined professional practice and teaching both in Australia and the United States, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and also as visiting academic at Harvard, MIT and Columbia Universities.

Professor Helen Lochhead

Professor Helen Lochhead, Dean of the Built Environment Faculty, UNSW, is an architect, urban and landscape designer. Prior to her appointment as Dean she held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney, and was most recently deputy NSW Government Architect. Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works. A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York, Helen’s career has combined professional practice and teaching both in Australia and the United States, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and also as visiting academic at Harvard, MIT and Columbia Universities.

 
 
  Dr Jemilah Mahmood   Dr Jemilah Mahmood is a Malaysian doctor. Since January 2016, she has served as Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Before joining the IFRC, Jemilah was the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations in New York and was previously the Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA in 2011. From 1999-2009, she was the President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia), a medical charity which she founded in June 1999. In 2008, she was one of 16 members appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund.

Dr Jemilah Mahmood

Dr Jemilah Mahmood is a Malaysian doctor. Since January 2016, she has served as Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Before joining the IFRC, Jemilah was the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations in New York and was previously the Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA in 2011. From 1999-2009, she was the President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia), a medical charity which she founded in June 1999. In 2008, she was one of 16 members appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund.

  Jo da Silva OBE   Jo da Silva OBE, is the founder and leader of Arup International Development which works exclusively with organisations committed to improving human development outcomes. Jo has been at Arup for over 25 years. Her career has included designing buildings and infrastructure that improve the quality of life, with working in post-disaster situations helping to relieve suffering and reduce vulnerability. Her reflections on the role of engineers in disaster risk reduction were the subject of the 9th Brunel Lecture: Shifting Agendas – from response to resilience. In 2017 Jo was the recipient of the Institute of Structural Engineers’ Gold Medal.

Jo da Silva OBE

Jo da Silva OBE, is the founder and leader of Arup International Development which works exclusively with organisations committed to improving human development outcomes. Jo has been at Arup for over 25 years. Her career has included designing buildings and infrastructure that improve the quality of life, with working in post-disaster situations helping to relieve suffering and reduce vulnerability. Her reflections on the role of engineers in disaster risk reduction were the subject of the 9th Brunel Lecture: Shifting Agendas – from response to resilience. In 2017 Jo was the recipient of the Institute of Structural Engineers’ Gold Medal.

  Associate Professor Meg Keen   Associate Professor Meg Keen is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University.  She leads the Urbanisation in the Pacific research program and manages the Department of Pacific Affairs research program on security, stability and resilience.  Prior to re-joining the university Meg was a senior analyst with the Office of National Assessments working on Oceania. Her recent research has dealt with urban development and urban livelihoods in the Pacific, regional security, and ocean governance.

Associate Professor Meg Keen

Associate Professor Meg Keen is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University.

She leads the Urbanisation in the Pacific research program and manages the Department of Pacific Affairs research program on security, stability and resilience.

Prior to re-joining the university Meg was a senior analyst with the Office of National Assessments working on Oceania. Her recent research has dealt with urban development and urban livelihoods in the Pacific, regional security, and ocean governance.

 
 
  Dr Michael Lindfield   Dr Michael Lindfield is an economist/ financial analyst with over thirty years’ experience in international sustainable urban development policy formulation and in designing the institutional and financial mechanisms to implement urban development and infrastructure policy and programs. He currently is engaged by a number of international agencies providing advice on urban issues focusing on urban finance and urban climate-related investments. Until 2013 he was Chair of the Urban Community of Practice at ADB and founded the Cities Development Initiative for Asia, a project development facility. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands on the topic of Infrastructure Project Risk Assessment.

Dr Michael Lindfield

Dr Michael Lindfield is an economist/ financial analyst with over thirty years’ experience in international sustainable urban development policy formulation and in designing the institutional and financial mechanisms to implement urban development and infrastructure policy and programs. He currently is engaged by a number of international agencies providing advice on urban issues focusing on urban finance and urban climate-related investments. Until 2013 he was Chair of the Urban Community of Practice at ADB and founded the Cities Development Initiative for Asia, a project development facility. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands on the topic of Infrastructure Project Risk Assessment.

  Associate Professor Paul Jones   Associate Professor Paul Jones is Program Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. Paul’s research and teaching interests are in informal urbanism, with a focus on understanding processes of form and structure in informal settlements in Asia-Pacific. Paul has been involved in UNESCAP and UN-Habitat presentations and Expert Group preparatory meetings for Habitat 3 in 2016 and the World Urban Forum in early 2018.

Associate Professor Paul Jones

Associate Professor Paul Jones is Program Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. Paul’s research and teaching interests are in informal urbanism, with a focus on understanding processes of form and structure in informal settlements in Asia-Pacific. Paul has been involved in UNESCAP and UN-Habitat presentations and Expert Group preparatory meetings for Habitat 3 in 2016 and the World Urban Forum in early 2018.

  Dr Ronak B. Patel   Ronak B. Patel, MD MPH is the director of the urbanization and resilience program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Patel’s work focuses on the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid urbanization for the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. His research focuses on exposing and disaggregating cumulative risks and developing tools and interventions to protect against the threats that cities and their populations face.

Dr Ronak B. Patel

Ronak B. Patel, MD MPH is the director of the urbanization and resilience program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Patel’s work focuses on the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid urbanization for the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. His research focuses on exposing and disaggregating cumulative risks and developing tools and interventions to protect against the threats that cities and their populations face.


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