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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Stéphanie Grandperret

Chief Operating Officer, NewCities
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Stéphanie Grandperret joined NewCities in 2012 and acts as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she directs the finance, operational, legal, HR and administrative activities of every NewCities entity. She also works on memberships and partnerships.

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Greg Lindsay

Director of Applied Research, NewCities
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Greg joined NewCities in 2019 as the director of applied research. As an award-winning journalist for more than twenty years, he believes in combining qualitative reporting with quantitative data to understand what makes cities successful and equitable.

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Rachel Dare

Creative Director, NewCities
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Rachel joined NewCities in September 2013. As the Creative Director, 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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Eve Gesbert

Communications and Media Relations Manager, NewCities
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Eve joined NewCities in 2019 as Communications and Media Relations Manager. She worked in Toronto, London, Paris and Brittany for non-profit organizations, governmental entities and large corporations in the transportation, health and technology sectors.

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Hannah McCasland

Events and Partnerships Manager, NewCities
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Hannah joined NewCities in mid-2018 and is our Events and Partnerships Manager. 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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Salomé Gueidon

Project Coordinator, NewCities
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Salomé joined NewCities in 2019 and is a Project Coordinator. Before that, she worked in Delhi, India, where she witnessed many challenges that urban environments can face. She strongly believes that it is crucial for all types of actors to work together towards more sustainability.

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Holly Hixson

Project Coordinator, NewCities
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Holly is an avid city enthusiast, endlessly curious people-person, and creative problem solver. She is inspired by biking on city streets and lounging in vibrant public spaces. Prior to moving to Montreal and joining NewCities as the Project Assistant, Holly completed a Master in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam. 

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Anthea Zeng

Program Coordinator
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Anthea joined NewCities at the beginning of 2020. As the CoMotion Program Coordinator, she programs the topics and speakers at the CoMotion LA and Miami conferences. Originally from Vancouver, Anthea holds a BASc in Cognitive Science with a minor in Linguistics from McGill University.

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Emily Gribbin

Communications Officer, NewCities
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Emily joined the team in 2020 as a Communications Officer. She has worked in PR and communications with several reputable organizations, including the United Nations Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Timothy Gribaudi

Director, CoMotion LA 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.