Regional, rural and urban development

Who's who - 3rd Urban Roundtable, Paris, 25 May 2010



Angel Gurría


















Born on May 8th, 1950, in Tampico, Mexico, Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.

As OECD Secretary-General, since June 2006, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a ‘hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernization and reform. Under his leadership, OECD has agreed to open membership talks with Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia and to strengthen links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, with a view to possible membership.

Mr. Gurría is an active participant in various international not-for-profit bodies, including the Population Council, based in New York, and the Center for Global Development based in Washington. He chaired the International Task Force on Financing Water for All and continues to be deeply involved in water issues. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Governors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, based in Canada, and was the first recipient of the Globalist of the Year Award of the Canadian International Council to honour his efforts as a global citizen to promote trans-nationalism, inclusiveness, and a global consciousness.

Mr. Gurría holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM (Mexico), and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom). He speaks: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and some German. 





Aart de Geus
Deputy Secretary-General






















As Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Aart de Geus is responsible for the OECD agenda in the area’s of Employment, Labor, Social Affairs, (including Pensions, Health and Migration), Education, Public Governance and Territorial Development. He also oversees the coordination of the horizontal project on Making Reforms Happen, the OECD activities on Gender and Diversity Issues, the preparation of Ministerial Council Meetings.

Mr. de Geus, a Dutch national, was Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands from 2002 until 2007. As Minister, Mr. de Geus introduced major reforms in the Dutch social security system, notably by turning it into an activating system where citizens, employers and local authorities take their own responsibilities. During the four years of his tenure, he concluded major national agreements with social partners on wages, reforms of social security and tax-facilities for early retirement. He chaired the OECD Social Policy Ministerial Meeting in 2005 and has served in various functions at local, national and international level.

From 1998 until 2002, Mr. de Geus was a partner in Boer & Croon, an Amsterdam-based company for strategy and management, where he worked in the fields of governments, health care, pensions and human resource development.
Mr. de Geus served as vice-chairman of the executive board of the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions from 1993 to 1998, where he focused on social security, health care, pensions, labor market policy, income policy and education. He had been member of the Trade Union’s executive board since 1988. Prior to that, Mr. de Geus worked as a lawyer in the industry sector of the Christian Trade Union.

Mr. de Geus has a law degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and post-graduate studies in labor law from Nijmegen University. Mr. de Geus is married and has three children. Mr de Geus took up his duties on 5 March 2007.





David Miller
Mayor of Toronto
Chair of C40 Cities -
Climate Leadership Group












Combating climate change remains a top priority for Mayor David Miller. In  October 2009 and the City of Toronto released The Power to Live Green,  step-by-step guide to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent based on 1990 levels. This built on the wide-ranging 2007 Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, that includes over 100 actions to reduce the city’s carbon footprint .

Under Mayor Miller’s leadership, the City of Toronto has allocated $4 Billion to climate change related projects and programs. Major initiatives to meet the City’s 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions include  Mayor’s Tower Renewal a project that is creating jobs, promoting local food production and revitalizing communities through energy efficiency improvements on over 1000 high-rise residential buildings; adding new light rail to Toronto’s transit system making it the largest transit expansion in North America;  and,  Live Green Toronto that places community workers in neighbourhoods  to identify, raise funds for and work with residents to implement innovative new programs across all Toronto.

David Miller became the chair of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in June 2008. In 2006, Vanity Fair magazine recognized Mayor Miller as one of the 5 leading green mayors in North America.

In November 2003, Torontonians chose David Miller as their new mayor and in November, 2006 he was re-elected for a second four-year term. His mandate is to make Toronto a city of prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all residents.

Mayor Miller received a degree in economics from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.



Lionel Jospin
Prime Minister of France
(1997 - 2002)   
Member of Club of Madrid
















Mr. Jospin began his Political career soon after receiving his degree from the Ecole Nationale d´Administration. From 1965 to 1970, he served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Ministry’s Directorate of Economic Affairs. From 1973 to 1981, he served the French Socialist Party, and held the positions of National Secretary with Responsibility for Training, National Secretary with Responsibility for Third World Affairs and National Secretary with Responsibility for International Relations and Coordination.

Between 1977 and 1983, Jospin served as the Paris Councilor and National Assembly Deputy for the 18° arrondissement. In 1981, he became First Secretary of the Socialist Party and served until 1988. He served again as First Secretary from 1995 to 1997. Jospin was a Member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 1988. He has also served many years with the Haute-Garonne, from 1986 to 1993 as National Assembly Deputy, from 1998 to 2002 as a Member of the General Council, and since 1997 as a National Assembly Deputy.

From 1988 to 1992, he was Minister of State and Minister of National Education, Youth and Sport. From 1992 to 1998 he served as Regional Councilor for Midy-Pyrénées and was appointed Minister plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, where he served until 2002.

Jospin was elected Prime Minister of France in 1997 and served until 2002. Under his tenure, the country saw a sustained period of growth and a large decrease in unemployment, thanks in part to his introduction of a 35-hour working week and measures to boost youth employment. He also championed other popular social causes such as the Civil Solidarity Pact, legalized union for gay couples and a law on parity to promote the equal representation of women in politics.




Dr. Fauzi Bowo
Governor of the Province of DKI Jakarta













Dr. Bowo is the first elected Governor of Jakarta Capital City, a Metropolitan City with around 10 million inhabitants.

As an Architect, he graduated from technical Faculty at the University of Braunschweig, Germany, and got his doctoral degree in engineering majoring in City and Regional Planning from Universiteit Kaiserlautern, Germany. Dr. Fauzi Bowo started his career as a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, and he has been working in the public sector as a civil servant for Jakarta Capital City Government since 1977.

Before being promoted as Vice Governor from 2002 – 2007, he held various positions in the administration, including being the Head of the Jakarta Protocol Bureau and the Head of the Jakarta Tourism Department, and the Regional Secretary (Chief  Executive Officer) of Jakarta where he got himself  involved with many International Organization and Networking.

Under his governance, Jakarta is more committed to be an active member of many International Organizations, and has always been playing a significant role in cooperation and partnerships with other local governments as well as with International Organizations such as UCLG and Metropolis, C40, ANMC 21, CITYNET, and  several Mayors and Governors Forum.  He is also the President of the Indonesia Association of Provincial Government.

One of his major strategies is to improve the collaboration and networking with Local and International Organizations to share and get the best experiences and practices such contributions and initiatives on green growth.




Bow Tan Mah
Minister for National









As Minister for National Development since 1999, Mr Bow Tan Mah plays a important role in guiding Singapore's physical development through sustainable land use planning and urban development.  Prior to this appointment, he held various Cabinet portfolios in the Singapore Government, including stints in the ministries for Communications and Information, and the Environment.

Before entering politics as a Member of Parliament in 1988, Mr Mah had also served in leadership positions in the Singapore Bus Services, Singapore News and Publications Ltd, and Singapore Press Holdings. Mr Mah graduated with First Class Honours in Industrial Engineering in 1971 and later received his Master of Engineering degree in Operations Research. 

Ola Alterå's background includes studies in Engineering Physics at Chalmers University of Technology.

As Secretary General for the Centre Party, Mr. Alterå initiated a reform process in terms of politics and organisation.

Mr. Alterå then moved on to a position as the Managing Director of the Swedish District Heating Association in order to put into practice one of his core interests, Renewable Energy.

As of 2006, he holds the position as State Secretary with responsibility for Energy, State Ownership Policy, Primary Industries and Sustainable Development.



Frank Jensen
Lord Mayor of Copenhagen




Frank Jensen was born on 28 May, 1961 in Nordjylland and holds a degree in economics. In 1987 he was elected to Folketinget (the Danish Parliament) and soon acquired several important posts. From 1994 to 2001 he was Minister of Research and after that Minister of Justice. In 2008 he left the Folketing to take up a business career. In 2010 he returned to politics as Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen. Frank Jensen is married to Jane Frimand Pedersen.










Alain Juppé
Mayor of Bordeaux






Alain Juppé is Mayor of Bordeaux. After his secondary studies at the lycée Victor-Duruy in Montde- Marsan (Landes), Mayor Juppé attended the École Normale Supérieure (an elite higher education institution (graduate school) for advanced undergraduate and graduate studies). He went on to the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Institute for Political Science) in Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He was Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997. In 2007 he was nominated State Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development. He was elected Mayor of Bordeaux in 1995. He went on to become President of the Urban Community in Bordeaux. In 2006 he was
again elected Mayor of Bordeaux, and re-elected in 2008.






Fumiko Hayashi
Mayor of Yokohama


Born in 1946, Mayor Hayashi has held positions as President of BMW Tokyo,  Corp., Chairperson & CEO of The Daiei, Inc., and President of Tokyo Nissan  Auto Sales Co., Ltd. Recognized through selection on lists such as the Wall  Street Journal's "50 Women to Watch" in 2004, Forbes Magazine's "The World's  100 Most Powerful Women" in 2005, and Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful  Women in Business: International" in 2008, Mayor Hayashi has been attracting  increasing global attention. She assumed the post of Mayor of the City of  Yokohama in August 2009.








Gaspar Carlos Zarrías Arévalo
Secretary of State for Territorial Co-operation










Born on April 30th, 1955, Mr Gaspar Carlos Zarrías Arévalo has a Law degree from the Complutense University (Madrid), and has worked as a criminal and labour lawyer. He has been a member of the Regional Executive Committee of the Socialist Federation of Madrid and the Organisational Secretary of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) in Andalusia. Since 1994, he has been the General Secretary of the PSOE in Jaén and a member of the Federal Committee of this political party. Actually he is in charge of the Secretariat for Institutional Relations and Regional Policy in the PSOE Federal Executive Committee. Mr. Zarrías Arévalo was a town councillor in Cazalilla (Jaén) in 1995, Senator in the 3rd Parliament session (1986-1989), President of the Board of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Nature Park (1989-2000). Also, he was General Director for Local Administration, Secretary of Industry, Trade and Tourism (1995-1996), Secretary of the Presidency of the Andalusian Government (1988-1990/1996-2009), and First Vice-President of the Andalusian Government (2008-2009). As Secretary of the Presidency, he was in charge of the Government of Andalusia’s foreign affairs and European relations (he was the head of the regional government’s office in Brussels), and of the area of cooperation development. Finally, he has been a member of the Andalusian Parliament from 1982 to 2009. In April 2009 he was appointed as Secretary of State for Territorial Cooperation in the Third Vice Prime Ministry of the Spanish Government and Ministry for Territorial Policy.





Bastian Fischer
Vice President and General Manager
Oracle Tax & Utilities Global Business Unit






Bastian is a recognized industry leader with an extensive experience in the Utility industry, in IT technology, customer management and smart grid & smart home area. A regular speaker on the theme of Utility industry innovation, he is an active contributor to a variety of customer thought leadership initiatives and industry press articles on international level.

Before joining Oracle, Bastian Fischer held several leadership roles focusing on the Utility Industry transformation in USA, APAC and Europe. With his wealth of international experience and a profound understanding of IT as an enabler of change and innovation, he is currently leading the Oracle Utilities team in EMEA, setting the focus on strategic projects and smart grid initiatives as well as providing direction to the largest utility customers.

Bastian leads the Oracle Executive Customer Advisory Board for Utilities, setting the roadmap to enabling utilities in the roll-out of smart grid projects, embracing industry breakthrough innovations and adopting new and innovative business processes.

Bastian was educated in Germany and holds degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from Universities in Stuttgart and Saarbrucken.





Casam Uteem
President of Mauritius
(1992-1997,  1997-2002)
The Shared Societies
Project co-chair
Member of Club of Madrid








Mr Uteem was nominated to his first formal leadership position in politics in 1969 when he was elected at the Municipal Elections to serve as Councillor of the City of Port Louis. He remained in this position for several years and became the city’s Lord Mayor in 1986.

In 1976 Cassam Uteem was elected Member of the Mauritian Parliament and was successively re-elected in 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1991. From 1982-1983 he served as Minister of Employment, Social Security and National Solidarity, and in 1990-91 he also held the title of Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Industrial Technology. During his time as Opposition Member of Parliament he occupied the post of 'Opposition Whip' and Chairman of the 'Public Accounts Committee'.

In July 1992 Mr Uteem was elected President of the Republic of Mauritius, and was re-elected in 1997 for a second 5-year term. He resigned from this post in February 2002. Cassam Uteem is also very active in the field of international public policy. He is currently a Board Member of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Sweden, a Member of the Haut Counseil de la Francophonie as well as the international jury for the UNESCO Prize of Education for Peace, and a Founder-Member of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF).






Kim Campbell
Former Prime Minister of Canada (1993)
Member of Club of Madrid



















Ms. Campbell served as Member and Chair of the Vancouver School Board from 1980 to 1984 and as Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1986 to 1988. In 1988, Campbell was elected to the Canadian House of Commons.

In January of 1989 Campbell was appointed Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development. In February of 1990 she was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Then in January of 1993, she was appointed Minister of National Defense and Minister of Veterans´ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defense portfolios and the first woman to be Defense Minister of a NATO country.

On June 13th, 1993 she was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and sworn in as Canada’s first female Prime Minister on June 25th, 1993. With the defeat of her government she resigned as Prime Minister on November 4th 1993. During her government Campbell participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit and the United Nations General Assembly.

After her tenure as Prime Minister, Campbell was the Canadian Consul-General in Los Angeles from 1996-2000 and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) from 1999-2003. The Council’s membership consists of women who hold or have held the office of President or Prime Minister in their own country.

Campbell was Acting President of the Club of Madrid from its founding in 2002 to 2003. She then served as Vice President until January of 2004, when she was named Secretary General.

In October of 2005, Ms. Campbell finished her two-year term as the president of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement.






Ola Alterå
State Secretary
Ministry of Enterprise
Energy and Communications




Ola Alterå's background includes studies in Engineering Physics at Chalmers University of Technology.

As Secretary General for the Centre Party, Mr. Alterå initiated a reform process in terms of politics and organisation.

Mr. Alterå then moved on to a position as the Managing Director of the Swedish District Heating Association in order to put into practice one of his core interests, Renewable Energy.

As of 2006, he holds the position as State Secretary with responsibility for Energy, State Ownership Policy, Primary Industries and Sustainable Development.











Esko Aho
Former Prime Minister
of Finland (1991-1995)
Executive Vice President
of Nokia
Member of Club of Madrid









Mr. Aho began his political career started as the Chairman of the Youth Organization of the Centre Party from 1974 until 1979. A year later he became the Political Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has been a member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council (1983-1989) as well as of the Finnish Delegation to the Council of Europe (1989-1991).
Mr Aho served as a Member of the Eduskunta (Finnish Parliament) for twenty years beginning in 1983. He was the Chairman of the Centre Party from 1990 until 2002, and was elected Prime Minister of Finland in 1991. As the youngest Prime Minister in Finland’s history, at the age of 36, Mr. Aho responded to his country’s recession by implementing strong economic reforms and bringing Finland into the European Union.
After leaving office he has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Chair of the Grand Committee of the Parliament of Finland (1999-2000, 2001-2003). Esko Aho became a Fellow of the Institute of Politics (IOP), at Harvard University, from 2000 until 2001.  As an IOP Fellow, Mr. Aho led a weekly study group on the European Union and its political and economic implications for global relations.








Makoto Taketoshi
Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism




Mr. Makoto Taketoshi was born in 1949 and is Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. He was appointed to this position in July, 2007. Prior to this position, he served in a number of important posts at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Construction, including Deputy Vice-Minister of Minister’s Secretariat, Director-General of Policy Bureau, Director-General of City and Regional Development Bureau.

Mr. Taketoshi's professional experiences cover urban / regional / national planning, public investment policies, public procurement reforms, construction industry policies and national / local government relations. He has been active internationally and was engaged in an OECD project 'The Ad Hoc Group on Urban Problems' as Japanese representative for three years from its establishment in 1980.  In 1972 he graduated from Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and entered Ministry of Construction. He holds M. Phil. in Economics from the Oxford University.





Pekka Sauri
Deputy Mayor of Helsinki









Pekka Sauri was born in Helsinki in 1954. He has graduated from the University of Helsinki as Licentiate of Philosophy (applied psychology) in 1980 and as Doctor of Philosophy from Brunel University, London, in 1990. The City Council appointed Dr Sauri Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki with responsibility for public works and environmental affairs in 2003. Before assuming his present position, he has worked as e.g. editor-in-chief, radio journalist, mental health consultant, therapy counsellor and visiting lecturer. Dr Sauri has held a great variety of national and international positions of trust. Among others, he has been Party Secretary (1990-1991) and Party Chairman (1991-1993) of the Green League of Finland, as well as Chairman of the European Federation of Green Parties (1994-1997). Within the  government of the City of Helsinki, Mr Sauri has been Deputy Chairman of the Health Committee (1985-1993), Member of the City Council (1993-2003), Deputy Chairman of the City Board (1995-2001) and Chairman of the City Council (2001-2003).







Daniel Ács
State Secretary for
Regional Development 
Slovak Republic



Daniel Ács was born in Nitra on 7th November 1969.  He studied automated management systems at the University of Agriculture.  He has various pedagogical experience both in the Slovak republic and abroad.

He has been appointed as an expert to a number o international and national projects including as the with World Bank and the European Commission.  He has worked as a researcher on regional development.  Mr Ács has held the role of advisor at he US Embassy in Bratislava and in Vienna.

Project manager for the pre-accession fund PHARE and also on the preparation for Structural Funds at the Representation of European Commission in Bratislava, he is now State State Secreatary for Regional Development.






Sandrine Salerno
Mayor of Geneva















Mrs Sandrine Salerno is Deputy Mayor of the City of Geneva. According to the customary Swiss regulations concerning the yearly alternance of mandates, she will become Mayor as of June 1, 2010. Besides being the Head of the Department of Finance and Housing, she is also in charge of the City of Geneva’s policies regarding sustainable development, diversity, equality and economic development. In addition, Mrs Salerno is responsible for the Human Resources and Procurement policies, and she represents the City’s government within the diplomatic and international circles in Geneva.

Born in 1971 to a French mother and an Italian father, she is the mother of two children. Elected to the executive body of the City of Geneva as a representative of the Socialist Party, she holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Geneva.

Before being elected to the executive body of the City of Geneva, Sandrine Salerno worked as the Deputy Chief of the Europe–Third World Centre (CETIM), in the Human Rights Programme (1995-1997), a Coordinator at the Swiss-Immigrants Contact Centre (1997-2001), a researcher at the University of Geneva (2001-2006) and then as the Deputy Head in the unit of University Affairs at the Department of Education of the Canton of Geneva (2006-2007).

Mrs Salerno’s political career began when she became a member of the Town Council for the City of Geneva (1999-2007), where, among many other commitments, she was a member of the Financial Commission. At the same time, she was also Chairwoman of the City section of the Socialist Party in Geneva. It is in June 2007 that she was elected to the City’s executive Council.





Susan Osborne
Mayor of Boulder
United States












Ms. Osborne is currently the mayor of Boulder, CO and a member of the Boulder City Council.  She has a special interest in energy as it relates to climate change, in affordable housing and local and regional land use planning.

She was director of long range planning, energy and environment director, Community Development Block Grant assistant director and director, and neighborhood and historic preservation planner for the city of Boulder from 1977 until she retired in 1999.

After retiring, she taught at the University of Colorado.  Courses included History of City Planning, Housing Policy and Programs, Energy and Design, Behavior and Environment and several graduate and undergraduate studio classes.  During this time, she completed coursework and dissertation research for a doctorate in planning.  Her research interest is related to new town planning and the making of memorable public places.

Also during the post-retirement, pre-council years, she served 5 years on Boulder’s Parks Board and was president of Historic Boulder.

She is married to an attorney, has two grown children – one in Portland OR and one in Hawaii, and has two grandchildren, 8 and 11.





Abdeslem El Misbahi
State Secretary for Habitat and Urban Development






Mr Abdeslem El Misbahi was nominated State Secretary to the Minister for the Habitat and Urban Development, responsible for Territorial Development, by His Majesty the King of Morocco on 15th October 2007.  Since 1979 Mr El Misbahi has been a research professor at various Legal Science, Economic and Social faculties in Morocco and is a founding member of the National Centre of Expertise on Cultural Patrimony of the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fès. He is also a instructing professor on the National Initiative for Human Development (l’Initiative Nationale pour le Développement Humain , INDH).  Mr El Misbahi has co-ordinated and published numerous studies on urban management, regionalisation, social and united economy as well as on human development.  He is the author of various works and has participated at innumerable conferences on national territorial development, urbanisation, the environment, the charter and community action.  He is a member of the Executive office of the Moroccan league of Human Rights. He is an ex-local councillor for urbanisation and remains an active associate member.






Jarosław Kochaniak
Deputy Mayor of Warsaw








Born in Warsaw in March 1967. In 1992 he graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Automation (currently, the Faculty of Production Engineering) of the Warsaw University of Technology, where he obtained the degree of Master of Science in Industry Organisation and Management. In 1996 he earned an MBA from the Fisher Graduate School of International Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, CA in the United States.  He started his professional career in 1991 as a manager at Central Europe Trust. Afterwards he worked e.g. at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, at Salomon Smith Barney in London as vice-president, JPMorgan Chase as senior country officer for Poland. He also held the positions of executive vice-president of Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej S.A. and a member of the management board of Bank Współpracy Europejskiej S.A. Until December 2007 he was the director of the Ownership Supervision Department in the City of Warsaw. Currently, he is the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw responsible for the coordination of the creation of plans and development strategies for the Capital City of Warsaw, the acquisition of extra-budgetary resources for their realisation, ownership supervision investor relations, UE funds and environmental protection.




Juan Carlos Romero-Hicks
Director General, National Council of Science and Technology









Mr. Romero-Hicks was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, on December 10, 1955. In 1977 he obtained a B.A. Degree in Industrial Relations at the University of Guanajuato. He has a Master Degree in Social Sciences and a MBA from the Southern Oregon State College. He was appointed President of the University of Guanajuato and, during his tenure the foremost educational institution of the state earned its right to self-government. After this position, he was elected Governor of the Mexican State of Guanajuato. Professor Romero has accepted a significant number of appointments to many institutions such as: the Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES) ; the Organización Universitaria Interamericana (OUI) ; Unión de Universidades de América Latina (UDUAL) ; the Comisión Estatal para la Planeación de la Educación Superior (COEPES) ; among others. President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa appointed Mr. Juan Carlos Romero-Hicks as Director General of the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, an office he has held since December 13th, 2006.        









Petr Osvald
Deputy Minister for Regional and Cohesion Policy, Ministry for Regional Development Czech Republic







PETR OSVALD was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia in 1966.  He is the Deputy Minister for Regional and Cohesion Policy at the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic; he was appointed last year.
From 2002 till now he has been a member the City Assembly (City of Pilsen) with responsibility for EU affairs.
From 2004 he has been a member of the Committee of the Regions (Brussels).  For the last two years, he served as the 1st Vice President of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion of the Committee of the Regions. He is also a member of the Bureau of the Committee of the Regions.
He has been involved in the City and EU problematic on various positions in the Czech Association of Towns and Communities and the municipal level for ten years.













Manuel Salgado
Deputy Mayor of








Manuel Salgado was born in Lisbon on 1944 and obtained a degree in architecture at ESBAL in 1968. From 1972 to 1983 he managed the Urban Issues Department and was the technical director at a public project company in Lisbon. In 1984 he became manager of Risco , Projectistas e Consultores de Design, SA. (Project Managers and Design Consultants, Inc.) He is Guest Professor of Final Project Design on the Architecture course at Lisbon’s Instituto Superior Técnico. He has participated in many conferences and seminars in Urban Planning in the USA, France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Portugal and has published a number of studies and articles in professional Country and Urban Planning journals. More recently he worked on the New Maritime Terminal of Ponta Delgada and the Horta Port, in Azores; Funchal Multipurpose Pavilion, in Madeira, and the Romanina Urban Project and Bastia Detailed Plan, in Italy. In August 2007 he left the Risco Office
after been elected to the Municipality of Lisbon, taking over the job of Councilor for Urban and Strategic Planning. On 29 April 2009 he was appointed as Vice-Mayor of Lisbon’s Municipality.







Ilmar Reepalu
Mayor of Malmo




Ilmar REEPALU was born 1943 in Estonia. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Chalmers University and a Supplementary Degree in Architecture from the Royal University College of Fine Arts. From 1970-1985 he worked as architect in Gothenburg specialising in sustainable city planning. From 1985-1995 he was Vice Mayor of Malmö. Since 1994 he is Chairman of the City Executive Board and Lord Mayor. From 1999-2007 he was President of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, and since 2007 he is its Vice President. He also is member of the Policy Committee of the Council for European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) since 2001. He is a member of the EU Committee of Regions since 2007 and the chairman of its Commission for Climate, Environment and Energy (ENVE).





Shlomo Bohbot
Mayor of Ma’alot-Tarshiha
Chairman of the Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI)




During the 34 years of his service, Mr. Shlomo Bohbot brought the city into a course of demographic, social, communical and economic development, and led a policy of cooperation, comradeship and affection between the new immigrants from North Africa and the former Soviet Union, Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians. The city of Ma’alot-Tarshiha is a model of coexistence and undestanding, and the Mayor was awarded for these outstanding initiatives.

In 1992 he was elected as member of the 13th Knesset, on behalf of the Labor Party. His parlimentarian activity was diverse, and he submitted many law-proposals in social and economic issues.

In 2008 he was elected as the Chairman of the Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI) and since then he is leading ULAI towards great achievements for the local authorities in the fields of social affairs, education, city diplomacy and international affairs, in cooperation with the National Government.






Anne Hidalgo
First Deputy Mayor of Paris




First Deputy Mayor Hidalgo has been responsible for urban planning and architecture since March 2008. She was elected for the first time in March 2001 in the 15th district of Paris. A graduate in labour and trade unions law, Anne Hidalgo has been working as a labour inspector and Departmental Director of labour. She has been recruited in several ministerial teams as a technical advisor to Martine Aubry, Nicole Péry and Marylise Lebranchu. She was also the spokesperson for Lionel Jospin in 2002 for educational issues, and national secretary of the Socialist Party from 2003 to 2008, in charge of culture and the media. Since 2004, Anne Hidalgo has also been a member of the Ile de France regional assembly and is the president of the CRIPS (Regional Center for Information and Prevention of AIDS).








Stephane Quéré
SVP at GDF Suez
Co-Chair of Urban Infrastructure
Iniative of WBCSD




Stéphane Quéré has been the Senior Vice President of Sustainable Urbanisation for GDF SUEZ since 1 July 2009. He has dedicated a large portion of his career to the GDF SUEZ Group where he has previously held the following positions: Financial Controller for Lyonnaise des Eaux, Chief
Financial Officer, then General Manager for the TV channel “Paris Première” (a communication subsidiary of the SUEZ Group), and in 2005 Senior Vice President in charge of Sustainable Development for SUEZ. Stéphane Quéré is Co-Chair of the Urban Infrastructure Initiative, launched in 2010 by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Quéré is also a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Council to the OECD (BIAC).











Mr. Simon Brooks
Vice President
European Investment Bank






Simon Brooks has been a Vice President of the European Investment Bank since July 2006.  He is a member of the EIB’s Management Committee which draws up the Bank's financial and lending policies, and oversees its day-to-day business, and takes collective responsibility for the Bank’s performance.

Mr. Brooks is responsible for EIB business in the UK, and for the Bank’s environment lending and policies.  Within the EIB, he is responsible at Management Committee level for all audit matters, liaising with the European Court of Auditors, OLAF and the European Ombudsman, internal audit and compliance.  He is also responsible for all matters regarding buildings, facilities and logistics.









Peter Waldorff
General Secretary
Public Services International






Peter Waldorff has held the elected position of general secretary with the global union federation Public Services International since 2007.  PSI represents more than 20 million working women and men around the world. 

Peter previously led the trade union for government and public employees in Denmark (HK/Stat) for ten years. His formal education is in the area of local government with further training in economics, languages, management, ICT and organisational development.

By striving to deliver quality public services, PSI-affiliated unions offer better services to the public, while improving working conditions for their members. Peter underlines the importance of collective bargaining, a vital tool for working people to achieve decent working conditions. Public Services International is committed to effecting progressive change on the issues that affect all citizens – climate change, migration, health, privatisation, equality, human and trade union rights.

Peter also currently serves as vice-chair of the Council of Global Unions.







Michel Mercier
Ministre de l’Espace rural
et de l’Aménagement
du territoire




Michel Mercier born 7 March 1947 in Bourg-de-Thizy (Rhône) is the Minister for Rural Areas and Territorial Development in the FILLON II government. Following his graduation in law at the Institut d’études politiques in Lyon, Minister Mercier was a lecturer in Finance and Law for sub-national governments at the University of Law, Lyon III. He was elected Mayor of Thizy when he was 30 under the CDS label (Centre des Démocrates Sociaux). He became Regional Councillor in 1978,
President of the Conseil Général (Department assembly) in 1990, then Member of Parliament between 1993 and 1995 following the death of Alain Mayoud for whom he was the substitute. He was elected senator for the Rhone region in 1995 and following that elected President of Union
Centrist Group in the French Senate, from 2002 to June 2009 before joining the Fillon government.








Ana Marie Argilagos
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation
Department of Housing and Urban Development
United States





Ana Marie Argilagos is the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (OIPI) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  In this role, Ana Marie is overseeing the establishment and growth of OIPI as it looks to inform the work of HUD and Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) on the domestic level.  OIPI is charged with engaging partners in the international and philanthropic sectors to harness people, organizations, ideas and resources for the benefit of our communities and aligning our common efforts.  Prior to her position at HUD, Ana Marie lead efforts to build better futures for disadvantaged children and families in the U.S.-Mexico Border region and in Native American communities for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Before joining the Foundation in 2001, Ana Marie served a previous stint at HUD, as well as working for the National Council of La Raza; the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and AYUDA, a community-based legal clinic serving immigrants in Washington, DC.  Ana Marie holds a BA in International Relations from American University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  She lives in Washington DC with her daughter Alexia.






Sara Topelson de Grinberg
Undersecretary for Urban Development
Territory Planning in the Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL)





Sara Topelson de Grinberg, received her architectural degree from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). Named Mexico’s Woman of the Year 1996, she was President of the International Union of Architects (UIA) 1996– 99. In addition to her work in private practice, Sara has been a professor at the Universidad Anahuac, conducting workshops in urban and architectural design.  From 2001 to 2003, she was Director of Architecture of the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, promoting conservation of XXth century architecture. She was General Director of Urban Development for the municipality of Huixquilucan, State of Mexico - MEXICO, 2003 – 04. She coordinates the Housing Documentation and Research Center (CIDOC), where she has promoted research projects, and she is co-founder of DOCOMOMO MEXICO. Since January 2007, she is Undersecretary of Urban and Regional Development for the Federal Government in Mexico. Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Japan Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of Australian Architects, Academia Nacional de Arquitectura of Mexico, the Associations of Architects of Nicaragua and Venezuela, and honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Spanish Council of Architects.






Chang-Soo JUNG
Deputy Minister for Planning and Coordination
Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs






Mr. Jung, Chang-Soo received a BA in Public Administration from SungKyunKwan University of Korea in 1977 and a MA from Graduate School of Public Administration Seoul National University of Korea in 1984.

He has served the current post since 2008. Prior to this position, he served in a number of key posts at the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, including vice-chair of Public Agencies Relocation Office, Director General for Housing and Urban Bureau and senior administrative staff to the President Office of Korea.












Laurence Tubiana
Director of IDDRI
Member of the GCLA of Club of Madrid














Laurence Tubiana is founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris. She is also professor and director of the Sustainable Development Center at Sciences Po Paris. She was recently asked to set up the new direction of Global Publics Goods of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. She follows and participates in the international negotiations on climate change, in which IDDRI is highly involved.

She is member of several scientific boards of main research institutions such as the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the Indian Sustainable Development Council and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

From 1997 to 2002, Laurence Tubiana served as senior advisor to the Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, on environmental issues and conducted a number of international negotiations on this subject. She was also member of the French Council of Economic Analysis and research director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). She has been a representative of the European NGOs at the World Bank and directed the French-based NGO Solagral.

Founder of the journal Le Courrier de la Planète, she published a number of articles and books on environment, development and international issues. Since 2007, she has co-directed the publication of the annual review Sustainable Development in Action – A Planet for Life.

Laurence Tubiana studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds a PhD in economics.




Robert Doyle
Lord Mayor of Melbourne




Robert Doyle is a Principal at The Nous Group, a management consultancy business based in Melbourne, and, since 2007, has been Chairman of Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital).

Robert is President of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance.  Robert is also an Ambassador for Odyssey House, a drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation facility, an Ambassador for SecondBite, a not-for profit organisation committed to making a positive difference by distributing fresh food to the disadvantaged and homeless, an ex-officio member of Cancer Council Victoria and an Ambassador for Field of Women, a charity raising awareness of breast cancer.

A Member of Victoria’s Parliament for 14 years, Robert was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Party for four years.  He has also been Shadow Minister for Health and, in government, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.



Cevdet Yilmaz
Minister of State


Mr.Cevdet Yilmaz, State Minister of Turkey, was born in 1967. He holds his Graduate  Degree in Public Administration. In 1994, he had his MA Degree in International Economics and Development and in 2003,  his Ph Degree in Political Science.

Between the years 1989-2003, he has worked as Planning Specialist in the State Planning Organization of the Turkish Prime Ministry. From 2003 to 2007, he served as General Director of the EU Affairs Department of the same organization. In 2007, he was elected as a Member of the Parliament from Bingöl Province.

In 2009, he became the Minister of State, covering  national and regional planning and related policies of Turkey.

He has married and has two children.




Jean-Marc Ayrault
President of Nantes Métropole
Mayor of Nantes











Born in 1950, German teacher, Jean-Marc Ayrault is Mayor of Nantes since 1989 and President of Nantes Métropole since 2001. He is also Member of The French Parliament since 1986. For the last 12 years he is chair of the Socialist group in the National Assembly. Over twenty years, under his impulse, Nantes has become one of the leading French metropoles. Recently described as one of the "most liveable city in Europe", situated on the Atlantic Cost, crossed by the river Loire, Nantes is evolving together with the harbour of Saint Nazaire. Along the estuary and eco-metropole of 800 000 inhabitants also takes place.  The density of its general interest services such as the high level of its public transports is making it a harmonious city. Its cultural avant-gardism with “La folle journée”, Royal de Luxe, Les Machines de l’île and Estuaire Art Festival offer a european influence. With a strong European conviction, Jean-Marc Ayrault is involved with Eurocities since 1997. Nantes Métropole currently seats at the Eurocities Executive Committee, chairs the Culture Forum and co-chairs the Working Group “Climate Change Energy” which has produced the Eurocities Declaration on Climate Change. Nantes Métropole speaks in favour of local governments in international negotiations on climate. On this account it chairs the Climate Task Force of the UCLG. Jean-Marc Ayrault wishes that Cities and local governements speak loudly and strongly before the European Union and United Nations to turn it into an eco-society and a social and ecological market economy.




Yuri Chillán Reyes
Deputy Mayor of Bogota





Yuri Chillán Reyes is an attorney graduated from the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, he is 46 years old and has a master’s in public administration, communication, politics and psychology in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in the Instituto Universitario José Ortega y Gasset and in London School of Economics, respectively. Thanks to his practice and experience outside the country for more than 10 years, he acquired profound knowledge in international law, international economics, foreign policy and international relations. He’s an expert in topics of public institutionalism for Ibero America and issues related with the management of resources for the cooperation towards development; as well as formulating and implementing of policies and programs for state entities and international organisms. Author of various texts related with topics of youth, economic integration, cooperation and development. He has spoken in forums related to youth, the right and international integration, relations and politics, globalisation and economics.





Clara Gaymard
National Executive
GE France









Clara joined GE three years ago as National Executive for GE in France.  In 2008 she was appointed as the Regional Executive for GE in Northwestern Europe.  In April of this year she was appointed to head GE’s Government strategy and sales initiative outside of the United States. Clara has been responsible for building a strong country strategy for GE in close coordination with the GE businesses to identify and promote growth opportunities for GE in France.  She has played a key role in several landmark transactions with the French Government and major customers. Prior to joining GE, Clara was Ambassador, president of Invest in France Agency, in charge of promoting foreign investments in France. Before that, she was a Deputy Director in the French Ministry of Finance. Clara is a graduate from the ENA, the French national school of administration, holds a Masters degree in Political Science from The Paris Institute of Political Studies, and a degree in law and history. In France, she is Chevalier of the National Merit Order and Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur and is a Commendatore of the Italian Republic Merit Order. Clara is also the author of several published works.  Clara lives in Paris with her husband, Hervé, and their 9 children.




Doc. Ing. Miroslav Hájek
Deputy Minister - Director General, Ministry of the Environment
Czech Republic







Born on 4 August 1952 in Litoměřice. He studied at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Agriculture in Brno, graduating in 1975. In 1987, he completed a three-year postgraduate course at the University of Economics, Prague, in financial policy, with a focus on public finances. From 1991 to 1998, he did a doctorate via distance learning in “Economics and Company Management” at the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, earning himself the academic title of “doctor”. In 2003, he defended his habilitation thesis on “The Effectiveness of Environmental Policy” and received the title of “docent” (assistant professor). Since 1994, he has worked as an external lecturer at the Faculty of Forestry, Wildlife and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague. After completion of his studies at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Agriculture in Brno he was employed at the North Bohemia State Forestry in Teplice, until 1984. Over time, he was a foreman, forest district technician, work and salary officer, and planner. Between 1985 and 1998, he worked at the Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for financing environmental protection in the Czech Republic. He then worked at the Ministry of the Environment as the director of the Environmental Economics Department, and later the Department of Economic Instruments.




Siim Kiisler
Minister for Regional Affairs




Siim Kiisler was born in Tallinn in 1965. 1991 graduated he from the Tallinn Technical University. Kiisler was appointed Estonian Minister for Regional Affairs on 23 January 2008. 2007-2008 worked Kiisler as the Assistant Minister of Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and 2003-2005, 2006-2007 was a member of Xth Riigikogu. From 1999-2001 Mr. Kiisler was Tallinn City Center District elder and 1995-2003 as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Glacier Eesti AS. He has also been a member of Tallinn City Council.










Reta Jo Lewis
Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs
Department of State
United States








Reta Jo Lewis, the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of State is responsible for serving the global needs of U.S. intergovernmental officials and the entities they represent.  Ms. Lewis works to build and enhance relationships between state and local officials in the U.S. and their foreign counterparts around the world.  She also promotes effective local governance and local capacity building efforts and serves as a point of entry for the global needs and goals of U.S. state and local officials.  Special Representative Lewis collaborates with other Department bureaus to strengthen the Secretary and Administration’s priorities.  Specifically, the office of the Special Representative focuses on international issues such as urbanisation, city planning, food security, global health, climate change, trade and economic development, and energy and how these affect local officials in the U.S. and internationally.  Previously, Special Representative Lewis also served as the Director of Business Outreach on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, as Vice President and Counselor to the President at the United States Chamber of Commerce and in the Clinton White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs.  She has also worked in the private sector as a partner at a prestigious law firm developing relationships with state and local officials, multilateral organisations, firm entrepreneurs and business owners on investment, financial and energy projects.




Nicola Zingaretti
Provincial President


Nicola Zingaretti, 44, is the President of the Province of Rome. Before his election in 2008, he has served as MP in the European Parliament. His political agenda centers on the promotion of green economy, improvements in transport sustainability and increase in enterprise productivity. Main projects accomplished in the past two years of  his presidency include promoting waste recycling, supporting WI-FI development in the province, increasing the relationship between industry and university, fostering creative industries in the Rome metropolitan area, redefining lifelong learning and employment services provided by the local authority.







Jaime Valls Esponda
Mayor of Tuxtla Gutierrez and President of the Association of Mexican Local Authorities


Mayor Jaime Valls Esponda from Tuxtla Gutiérrez in the Mexican State of Chiapas is an economist with a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the University of Essex. Prior to becoming mayor, he was Director General of Revenue at the National Ministry of Finance and Deputy Director General of Federal Participations and Transfers to Regional Governments. He was also Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Public Education and Deputy Director General for Evaluation at the Ministry of Transport and Communications. He was also Chief of Staff to the Under-Secretary of Communications and to the President of the Federal Telecom Commission. In Tuxtla Gutiérrez he was previously City Hall’s Treasurer and at the State of Chiapas he was Secretary of Planning and Sustainable Development. Currently, he is also President of the Mexican Association of Local Authorities.






Fathallah Oualalou
Mayor of Rabat


Mr Oualalou has always been active in Moroccan politics.  He was President of the USFP (Socialist Union) in the House of Representatives (elected official for Rabat from (1983-1998)) and Minister of Finance and Economy from 1998-2007.  Since June 2009 Mr Oualaou has held the position of Mayor of Rabat. Mr  Oualalou  holds a PhD in Economic Science.  He is a professor at the Universtiy of Rabat and the Royal College and also holds the position of President of the Association of Moroccan Economists.  Mr Oualalou is a member of the Forum de la penseé Arabe (Forum of Arab Thinking) in Amman, the Arab Society for Economic Research in Cairo and of the Centre for Studies and Prospective Strategy, CEPS in Paris.






Ronan Dantec
Deputy Mayor of Nantes and Chair of UCLG Climate Negotiating Group


Born in August 1963, Ronan Dantec was trained as a veterinarian (1983-1987). He was the creator and director of an associative radio for seven years (1987-1994). Now, he is currently working on writing books on “France in the nineties” and he is director of a company specialised in the creation and diffusion of exhibitions on popular entertainment. He has been councilor since 1981, and is currently Deputy Mayor of the city of Nantes and Vice President of Nantes Metropole in charge of environmental issues and Agenda 21. He is chair of the climate negotiating group of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).








Pierre Schapira
Deputy Mayor of Paris France





Born on 10 December 1944 in Algiers, Pierre Schapira, dentist, joined the PS in the 70 years. Pierre Schapira, is advising Socialist Paris since 1995

Member of the Economic and Social Council in 1984 to 2004 he was Vice-President from 1999 to 2004. Pierre Schapira is the representative to the National Commission on Information and Freedoms (CNIL) until 2004.

After being charged adviser in the office of Lionel Jospin in the Ministry of Education (1988-1992), he was part of his campaign team during the presidential elections of 1995 and 2002.   President of the National Commission for the financial control of PS from 1997 to 2005 he was also responsible for mission (or special adviser) to the First Secretary and responsible for relations with Israel within the International Secretariat of the PS. He was in charge of the "Responsible Citizenship and" the Eurocities which includes the cities of over 150,000 inhabitants, and he is deputy President of Cités Unies France, the French association in charge of cities involved in decentralized cooperation.

Since 2001, Pierre Schapira is Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of International Relations, European Affairs and Francophonie. From 2004 to 2009, he was elected as Member of European Parliament in the Ile-de-France constituency.

Wim de Gelder
Mayor of Alphen aan de Rijn
The Netherlands




Mr. Wim de Gelder is Mayor of Alphen aan de Rijn, a medium-sized city in the Randstad conurbation in the Netherlands. He is also Chair of the inter-municipal association of municipalities in the Green Heart, the non-urbanised area at the centre of the Randstad conurbation. He has been Mayor of Alphen aan de Rijn since 2008. Prior to that, he was mayor of Bloemendaal, vice mayor of a district municipality in Rotterdam, theatre technician and development worker. He has studied philosophy and engineering.












Remi Dorval
Executive Vice-President



Remi Dorval was born in France in 1951. He studied engineering at Ecole Centrale Paris, graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, and has an Economics degree from la Sorbonne University.
He held various positions in the Ministry of Industry (Energy sector) and in the Ministry of Finance (Banking sector). In 1991, he joined the Energy sector, and became CEO of an oil-drilling company (Forasol). In 1997 he was appointed as Vice-Chairman and President and then Chairman and CEO of Soletanche-Bachy (a construction Company).
In early 2010, he became Executive Vice-President of Vinci. In this position, he is in charge, amonst other things, of managing a Think Tank, “la Fabrique de la Cité”, which carries out studies on the subject of the future development of cities.





Michèle Pappalardo
Interministerial Delegate for Sustainable Development
General Commissioner for Sustainable Development MEEDDAT


A former student of l’ENA (1979-1981), graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and a graduate of economics, She is Senior Member of the Court of Auditors.  From 1986-1988, she was CFO and Director of Corporate Affairs and Financial Broadcasting of France. Director of the Office of Environment Minister Michel Barnier (1993-1995), she was then Director General of Administration and Development, Ministry of Environment (1995-1996). In June 1996, she became executive director of France 2, a position she held until 1999.  From October to December 2002, she was responsible for developing the French strategy of sustainable development with Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development, and Mrs. Tokia Saifi, Secretary of State for Sustainable Development.  From January 2003 to January 2008, she held the office of President of the Board of Directors of the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME). On January 16, 2008, Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of State for Energy, Ecology, Sustainable Development and Planning has entrusted to Michèle Pappalardo, the forerunner of the General Commission on Sustainable Development, within the same department. Since May 18, 2008, Michele Pappalardo provides the functions of inter-ministerial delegate to sustainable development with the Prime Minister.


Kostas Kartalis
President of the Standing Committee for the Environment of the Parliament



Kostas Kartalis is a member of the Parliament of Greece since 2007. President – elect of the Standing Committee for the Environment of the Parliament.  General Secretary for the Olympic Games at the Ministry of Culture (2000-2004). Awarded with the medal of the city of Athens and the Olympic Medal of the IOC.  Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Physics of the University of Athens.  President of the public company “Olympic Properties” (2003-2004).  President of the Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) – Andreas Papandreou (2005-2007). Holds Bachelors Degree in Physics from the University of Athens, Masters in Atmospheric Science, Masters in Aerospace Engineering and PhD in Satellite Remote Sensing with environmental applications (all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).  Has published over 200 scientific articles in accredited journals. Has served as Member of the Management Board as well as elected member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Earth Observation, and member of scientific committees in Greece and in the EU.


Jerry Silaa
Deputy Mayor of Dar es Salaam






Deputy Mayor Silaa, 28 years old,  studied Law, Accounting, Electronics Science and Communication at the University of Dar es Salaam. After founding and managing a computer systems company, Coineve Systems Co. Ltd. and a pharmaceuticals company, Icon Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., he turned his attention to politics. Deputy Mayor Slaa was first elected as a Ukonga Ward Councilor in 2005 and still serves his constituents there. In 2009, he was elected to the Ilala Municipal Council, which is one of three Municipal Councils that constitute the Dar es Salaam Region (metropolitan area). The position also requires him to act in the following capacities: Chairman for Council Multi-sectrol HIV/Aids committee, Vice Chairman of the Full Council, Vice Chairman of Finance and Administration committee.  In all committee positions, he has the responsibility to oversee the Local Government operations in relation to the Central government policies, directives and funding under the concept of Decentralization by Devotion. Deputy Mayor Slaa also serves on the Council’s Urban Planning Committee (since 2007), and the Finance and Administrative Committee (since 2006). He was also elected to the Chama Cha Mapinduzi National Executive Committee (Supreme Ruling party committee for policy formulation and supervision) in 2007.


Adam Knelman Ostry
Special Advisor, Deputy Minister's Office, Agriculture
and Agrifood





Adam Ostry is the Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister at the federal department of Agriculture and Agrifood, working on a spatial policy approach to address innovation and diversification issues in rural areas that takes into account urban-rural interdependence. Since 2007 he has chaired the OECD Working Party on Territorial Development policy issues in urban areas. Between 2002 and 2009 He headed the policy unit responsible for Canada's urban policy, first in the Privy Council Office (the department of the Prime Minister and the federal Cabinet Office), then at Infrastructure Canada. I advised on the development and implementation of Canada's New Deal for Cities and Communities, including the sharing of federal revenues from the excise tax on gasoline with municipalities for environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure projects. This programming was made permanent in the 2007 federal budget. From 1999 to 2002 he was president/CEO of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ontario's media development agency supporting the production and distribution of ontario-based cultural products, from books, music and film and television programming to digital interactive media content. He joined the Public Service of Canada in 1982. He earned a BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from the Universite Laval and is a graduate of France's Ecole nationale d'administration.








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