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Mariela Alfonzo

Associate Fellow, Placemaking, NewCities
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Dr. Mariela Alfonzo is the Founder of State of Place, an urban data analytics platform that helps placemakers identify and economically justify optimal urban design, planning, and development projects that create thriving places people love.

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Jean-François Barsoum

Associate Fellow, Sustainability, NewCities
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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.

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Naureen Collings (Kabir)

Special Advisor, NewCities
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Formerly the Director of Urban Innovation and Research, Naureen continues to work with NewCities as Special Advisor on a variety of initiatives.

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Adrian Ellis

Director of the Global Cultural Districts Network
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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.

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Dean Esserman

Associate Fellow, Security, NewCities
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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.

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David Gomez-Alvarez

Associate Fellow, Citizen Engagement, NewCities
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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.

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Saleemul Huq

Associate Fellow, Resilience, NewCities
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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.

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Julie Kim

Senior Fellow, Financing Strategies, NewCities
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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.

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Josef Konvitz

Associate Fellow, Resilience, NewCities
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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.

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Greg Lindsay

Senior Fellow, Mobility, NewCities
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Greg is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council in their Strategic Foresight Initiative. He is also a contributing writer for Fast Company.

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Sarah Moser

Associate Fellow, Greenfield Cities, NewCities
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Sarah Moser is an Assistant Professor of Geography at McGill University. Her research examines new master-planned cities, nation building, the cultural politics of urban mega-projects, and urban trends in the Middle East and Asia.

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Roger Sherman

Associate Fellow, Built Environment, NewCities
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Roger Sherman is Design Director of Urban Strategy at Gensler LA. Previously, Roger was founder of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design. A Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Global Cities Institute, he is author of three books, including "LA Under the Influence: The Hidden Logic of Urban Property".