Our Team

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John Rossant

Founder and Chairman, NewCities
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In 2010, John Rossant founded the NewCities Foundation. He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century global cities.

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Sébastien Turbot

Executive Director, NewCities
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Sébastien Turbot is the Executive Director for the NewCities Foundation. An enthusiastic storyteller, Sébastien leverages content design to transform complex into simple, mundane into exciting and boring into engaging.

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Olivia Onderdonk

Deputy Executive Director & Director of Research and Events, NewCities
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Olivia is Director of Research and Events for NewCities. In this role she has dual-responsibilities; directing the research ventures, including fellowships and pilot projects of the Foundation, as well as the design and management of the thought-leadership events and workshops that discuss and disseminate best practices in urban development.

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Stéphanie Grandperret

Director of Finance and Administration, NewCities
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Stéphanie Grandperret joined NewCities in 2012 and acts as Director of Finance and Administration. In this role, she directs the finance and administrative activities of every NewCities entities.

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Timothy Gribaudi

Director, LA CoMotion Initiative, NewCities
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Timothy grew up in Paris, and after obtaining his BA in History and Politics at the University of York in England, he spent two years working in Spain and London. He then studied for a research degree at the University of Oxford.

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Manon Guyot

Events Manager, NewCities
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Manon has graduated from McGill University in February 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences and International Development. Her interest in urban development and her experience in event management led her to join NewCities in September 2015.

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Rachel Dare

Graphic and Web Designer, NewCities
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Rachel joined NewCities in September 2013, following the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Art, the University of the Arts, London.

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Adam Cutts

Manager, Research and Urban Innovation Programs, NewCities
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Adam joined NewCities in 2015 as research coordinator, working to help initiate and support the Foundation’s research and pilot projects at all scales.

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Andreia Furtado

Communications Manager, NewCities
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Born in the Azores, Portugal and raised in Montréal, Andreia is Communications Manager at NewCities. In this role, she puts her creative mind to work to raise the Foundation's profile through the media.

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Esther Perrin

Project Assistant, NewCities
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Esther joined NewCities in early 2017. As the Project Assistant, she provides administrative support to the Chairman, and closely collaborates with the Events team on a variety of activities.