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 a writer and urban policy specialist. Her book, BRAVE NEW HOME: OUR FUTURE IN SMARTER, SIMPLER, HAPPIER HOUSING (Bold Type Books), will be published on October 13, 2020.
Diana currently leads the Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia, where her work fosters an exchange between the creative and business communities. She also serves on the management team of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.
In 2008, Diana moved to Philadelphia to become the editor in chief of Next City, a leading urbanist website and nonprofit. Diana later also became the organization’s executive director. She also served as a founding adviser to the New Cities Foundation and received a fellowship from the Van Alen Institute. Through these experiences, she became known nationally as an expert on cities.
A graduate of Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A. in Creative Writing), Diana has held positions at Architectural Record magazine, Rizzoli International Publications, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The University of Pennsylvania. She is also the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008).
She is a regular op-ed contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Citizen, and in addition to an extensive number of articles for Architectural Record and Next City, Diana’s writing has been published in The New York Times and The Hill, among other venues. She is a frequent public speaker, and has given keynotes or participated in panels at more than 100 events, including major conventions like the World Urban Forum and Smart City Expo. She has received honors such as the TED City 2.0 prize, the ACLU Stand Up for Freedom award, and a funded residency at Blue Mountain Center. She serves on the board of The Philadelphia Citizen.
Born and raised in Manhattan, she currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Greg Heller, the executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, and their children.
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.