Impact KAEC Challenge

Strategies, priorities and challenges of King Abdullah Economic City


This Challenge brought 5 candidates from top engineering, architecture and design, and urban planning graduate schools from around the world to spend one week in October 2015 in King Abdullah Economic City, offering them a unique in-depth look into KAEC’s strategies, priorities and challenges.

At the end of the week, candidates were given one main challenge that KAEC faces and collectively devised urban initiatives that could be implemented to address the challenge. Key recommendations were presented by the Impact KAEC team at Cityquest-KAEC Forum, December 8-10, 2015.

Impact KAEC Challenge Team

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Sara Alkayali Alalam

Impact KAEC Fellow
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Sara Alkayali Alalam is a Masters Student in Civil Engineering in the University of Texas at Austin graduating in May 2016, and is specializing in Construction Engineering and Project Management. Sara is also working on a certificate in Decision Analysis from the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Department in the University of Texas at Austin.

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Mike Angrove

Impact KAEC Fellow
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Mike studied urban planning at McGill University in Montreal, graduating with a Master of Urban Planning in April 2013. Shortly after graduating, Mike worked for a Business Improvement Area in Ottawa, focused on creating a strategy to activate their newly revitalized main street and public spaces. More recently, Mike has worked as an urban planner for the City of Calgary in Alberta.

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Pradipta Banerjee

Impact KAEC Fellow
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Pradipta holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata, a Bachelor in Architecture with a minor in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and a Masters in Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

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Yi Li

Impact KAEC Fellow
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Yi Li is currently pursuing her concurrent degree in Master of Architecture and Master of Design in Real Estate and Built Environment at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Born and raised in China, she traveled, studied and worked in various countries before coming back for graduate study. Her current interests lies in finding synergies between design and traditional real estate development and food infrastructural studies. During her time at GSD, she traveled to India and Mexico City on fellowships conducting research on local food infrastructure.

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Marc-Edouard Schultheiss

Impact KAEC Fellow
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Marc-Edouard is a Masters student in Civil Engineering and Architecture at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

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