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. She also works on memberships and partnerships; and contributes to the organisation of our annual NewCities Summit.

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Ashlee Biggs

Senior Communications and Media Relations Manager, NewCities
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Ashlee joined NewCities in 2018 as the Senior Communications and Media Relations Manager. Ashlee has strong international expertise, having held strategic roles in the urban development, healthcare and mining sectors in the UK and Australia. Ashlee is passionate about people working together to share learning, create new ideas and drive impact.

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Michael Woodbridge

Manager, Research Programs
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Michael joined NewCities in early-2018 in the role of Manager, Research Programs. Michael places an emphasis on successful knowledge transfer: advancing NewCities' mission by identifying the mediums which best enable the sharing of vital information across stakeholders. 

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Rachel Dare

Graphic and Web Designer, NewCities
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Rachel joined NewCities in September 2013 as the Graphic and Web Designer. In this role, she art directs the visual communication for all NewCities events, programs and research. Originally from Birmingham, UK, Rachel holds a BA from Chelsea College of Art, the University of the Arts, London.

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Esther Perrin

Project Coordinator, NewCities
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Esther joined NewCities in early 2017. As the Project Coordinator, she manages the foundation’s various programs with a particular focus on fundraising and event curation.

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Chloé Francisco

Executive and Project Assistant, NewCities
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Chloé is the Executive and Project Assistant at NewCities. Prior to joining the NewCities’ team, Chloé interned at UN Environment in Washington, D.C. in communications. There, she explored the innovative power of cities to build environmental resilience while providing a safe and inclusive home for citizens.

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Hannah McCasland

Events Assistant
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Hannah joined NewCities as Events Assistant. Prior to joining the NewCities team, she worked in research, events, and communications at Women in Cities International, a nonprofit that advances women’s safety in urban environments. Hannah has a BA from McGill University in history, film studies, and gender studies.

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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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Shannon Bain

Design and Communications Assistant
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Shannon joined in 2018 as the Design and Communications Assistant. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Design at Concordia University, in Montreal.