Meet the experts
Dr. Julie Kim joined NewCities in February 2015 as the first Senior Fellow to lead our newly launched Financing Urban Infrastructure Initiative. Dr. Kim holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and is currently based at Stanford’s Global Projects Center.
Nina Teng researches innovative shared mobility platforms in cities across Southeast Asia at the University of Oxford's Transport Studies Unit.
At the University of Oxford's Transport Studies Unit, Nina Teng researches innovative shared mobility platforms, particularly the role of trust in ridesharing and ride-hailing, in cities across Southeast Asia. Prior to relocating to Oxford, she led operations, government affairs/public policy and social impact initiatives at Grab, the largest on-demand ride-hailing company in Southeast Asia.
Jonah Bliss joined NewCities in 2019 as the Media and Mobility Fellow. He brings a wealth of industry-focused experience in launching and growing new mobility providers & media analysis tools, including the world’s first peer-to-peer carsharing company Turo, D2C e-bike leader EVELO, the content analysis platform ContentIntent, and many more.
Jean-François Barsoum joined IBM’s Strategy Consulting practice in 1996, and as Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, Water and Transportation, Innovation, Research & Development, he has worked on dozens of strategy mandates since them, most of them focused on environmental or smart city issues.
Adrian is a global thought leader in international arts and culture whose work spans the fields of cultural strategy, policy, and economics. He is the founding director of AEA Consulting and director of the Global Cultural Districts Network, an initiative of AEA and the NewCities.
Dean M. Esserman is the Senior Counsellor of the Washington, D.C.-based Police Foundation. He is the immediate past chief of the New Haven (CT) Police Department. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Police in Providence, Rhode Island; Stamford, Connecticut; and the New York State MTA-Metro North Police Department.
David Gomez-Alvarez is coordinator and co-editor of Steering of the Metropolis, a UN-Habitat publication on metropolitan governance. He is currently a visiting scholar and fellow of the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) since 2009 and intends to support growing capacity of Bangladesh stakeholders, while enabling people and organizations from outside to benefit from training in Bangladesh.
Konvitz joined the Urban Affairs Division of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 1992 after nearly twenty years on the history faculty of Michigan State University. Upon retiring from the OECD in 2011 as Head of the Regulatory Policy Program, Konvitz was appointed Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow. Cities and Crisis, his fourth book, was published in January 2016 by Manchester University Press (distributed in North America by Oxford University Press). While at the OECD he analysed the territorial impacts of large-scale disasters, including floods in France and earthquakes in Turkey and Japan.
Diana Lind is the founding managing director of the Fels Policy Research Initiative. Previously, she was the Director of Digital Audience Development for Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. From 2008 to 2014, she served as Editor in Chief and Executive Director of Next City, the country’s leading independent online urban policy website. She began her career as a freelance architecture critic for Architectural Record, authored the book Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008) and received a fellowship from the Van Alen Institute in 2011. A native of New York City, she is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A., Creative Writing).
Daffney Moore has worked as a City Manager (East St. Louis, IL), City Administrator (Dellwood, MO), Economic Development Director (Berkeley, MO), and Urban Planner (St. Louis, MO). Daffney led the ongoing recovery efforts after the Ferguson, Missouri civil unrest and has achieved great success in revitalizing a number of urban areas throughout the USA. She is an expert in addressing problems dealing with urban growth, revitalization, housing, and commercial development to address social and economic issues in minority communities.
Kathryn Travers is Development Agent for the Equal Participation of Women at Concertation Montréal. Kathryn also works as a global consultant on issues of gender, safety and urban development and governance and is the former Executive Director of Women in Cities International (WICI). She has a successful history of developing and managing programmes in Canada and internationally and has effectively worked to broaden the understanding of women’s safety by bringing an intersectional approach to her work and by collaborating with different groups of women and girls to explore new related issues (accessibility, essential services, adolescence, etc.). Kathryn has led the development of new and innovative tools for capturing data about women’s and girls’ safety experiences in urban environments and has led training workshops in several countries. She has extensive experience in working with diverse populations in the global North and South including adolescent girls, women with disabilities, indigenous women, elderly women, women living in informal settlements, etc.