Program and Speakers Announced for New Cities Summit in Jakarta, June 9 – 11

Click here to read in Bahasa

  • Governor of Jakarta and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus headline international speaker list
  • NewCities and Connect4Climate to present “Jakarta Urban Challenge” at the New Cities Summit: USD $20,000 award to champion most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta
  • 800 international delegates from 40 countries to discuss theme, “Seizing the Urban Moment: Cities at the Heart of Growth and Development”

Jakarta, Indonesia and Paris, France – March 16, 2015. NewCities today announced the names of international city leaders, architects, CEOs, academics and opinion formers who will convene in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 9 -11 for the annual New Cities Summit – the leading global event on the future of cities. Today NewCities also launched the Jakarta Urban Challenge – a USD $20,000 award championing the most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta. The Challenge is organized with Connect4Climate, a global initiative of the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of the Environment.

The New Cities Summit in Jakarta is the first meeting of its kind in Asia – a continent experiencing unprecedented urban growth. Today, 12 Asian megacities have a population of over 10 million each – Jakarta being one of them. The continent is already home to 53 per cent of the world’s urban population.

The Summit theme, Seizing the Urban Moment: Cities at the Heart of Growth and Development, is designed to tackle Asia’s urbanization challenge whilst also addressing common problems faced by all cities.

Confirmed New Cities Summit speakers include:

  • HE Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Governor of Jakarta
  • Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Founder, Grameen Bank
  • Reuben Abraham, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute
  • Ahamed J. M. Muzammil, His Worship the Mayor, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • In Dong Cho, Director General, Seoul Innovation Department
  • Parag Khanna, Managing Partner, Hybrid Reality
  • Carla May Berina-Kim, Executive Director, Manila Water Foundation, Inc.
  • Charbel Aoun, Senior Vice President, Smart Cities, Schneider Electric
  • Shannon Bouton, Chief Operating Officer, McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Daniel Libeskind, Founder and Architect, Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Jonathan Woetzel, Principal, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Elena Bourganskaia, Senior Manager – Global Cities, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Li Tie, Director General, China Center for Urban Development
  • Kent Larson, Director, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Poh June Kok, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co.
  • Ole Scheeren, Founder and Architect, Buro Ole Scheeren
  • Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Indian Council for Research for International Economic Relations
  • Manuel Salgado, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Lisbon
  • Bruno Hervet, Executive Vice President, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Suez Environment
  • Anil Menon, President, Smart+Connected Communities, Deputy Chief Globalization Officer, Cisco
  • Alastair Parvin, Co-founder, WikiHouse
  • Julie Kim, Senior Fellow, NewCities and Co-Founder, Global Projects Center, Stanford University
  • Rose Broome, Founder and CEO, HandUp
  • Tomi Alakoski, Executive Director, Me&MyCity
  • Greg Lindsay, Author, Contributing Writer and Senior Fellow, Fast Company and World Policy Institute
  • Emily Brooke, Founder and CEO, Blaze
  • Gareth Mitchell, Presenter, BBC Click Radio and Professor in Science Communication, Imperial College London
  • Alan Chong, Director, Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Hoong Mun Yip, Senior Vice-President for Market Development, CapitaLand

The full speaker program and topics are available at

A spotlight on Innovation and Creativity

During the New Cities Summit, a dynamic mix of talk strands and a new award will highlight the importance of innovation and creativity in tackling the global urbanization challenge. These include:

The Jakarta Urban Challenge

Launched today, the Jakarta Urban Challenge is a USD $20,000 award championing the most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta. The Challenge is organized by NewCities and Connect4Climate, and is open to innovators based in Indonesia. Applications open today (March 16) and close on April 30. Find out more at Twitter: #JKTUrbChallenge


NewCities’ popular platform for global urban innovators, WhatWorks, invites 10-12 urban innovators from across the world and across sectors to give an inspirational, 6-minute talk on the main stage of the Summit. The Summit provides WhatWorks innovators with a unique platform for developing and scaling projects. Find out more at

Global Cultural Districts Network

Conversations on the role of arts and culture in cities will be led by the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN). An initiative of NewCities, Dallas Arts District and AEA Consulting, the GCDN is a federation of global centers of arts and culture that fosters cooperation and knowledge-sharing. This year, the GCDN will focus on two areas that have repeatedly generated interest: the dynamics of cultural tourism and the compelling animation of public spaces. Speakers of these culture-related sessions for 2015 will be announced shortly. Find out more at

New Cities Summit Partners

The New Cities Summit is supported by partners from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors in Indonesia and beyond. The following three partners have just joined, contributing sector-specific knowledge to key urban challenges:

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

A member of the World Bank Group, IFC is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries, IFC uses its capital, expertise and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit


Launched by the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of Environment, Connect4Climate is a global community to take on climate change, promote solutions, and empower action. The Connect4Climate community connects over 200 partners around the world including civil society, media networks, international organizations, academic institutions, youth groups and the private sector. Find out more:

Center for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi), Jakarta

Transformasi is an Indonesia-based think-tank that engages policymakers, scholars and the public in the investigation of public problems, the design and development of solutions and monitoring and evaluation of results. Find out more:

The New Cities Summit will take place at the Ciputra Artpreneur, Jakarta, with side events and site visits planned at various locations around the city.

To find out more, visit, or follow on Twitter: #ncs2015.


Press contact:
Thomas Ledwell
Director of Communications
+1 514 987 0029

About the New Cities Summit

Organized by NewCities, the New Cities Summit is the premier global leadership event on the future of cities. Fostering positive urban change, the high level gathering advocates cross-sector collaboration through network building, cutting-edge forums and lively discussion. The Summit showcases and disseminates the best ideas on the future of cities and generates concrete, scalable solutions capable of being adopted and replicated across the world. The speaker program is constructed by NewCities, with the support of its members and partners, to reflect the most incisive, innovative thinking on the future city. The New Cities Summit 2015 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 9 – 11, following past editions in Dallas (2014), São Paulo (2013) and Paris (2012).

Find out more about past editions:
Twitter: #ncs2014

About NewCities

NewCities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making cities more inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant. Focusing on people, places and policies, we bring together a global network of public and private sector leaders and Urban Tech innovators to foster results-oriented collaboration. We also produce actionable research that can be implemented by decision-makers across sectors.
Follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn

About the Jakarta Urban Challenge

The Jakarta Urban Challenge is a USD $20,000 award championing the most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta. As Jakarta grows, mobility is becoming increasingly challenging while congestion is worsening, an issue that many large metropolises face. The Challenge is designed to find local solutions to improve mobility in Jakarta, one of the world’s most congested cities. The Challenge is organized by NewCities in collaboration with Connect4Climate, a global community to take on climate change, promote solutions, and empower action, launched by the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of Environment.
Twitter: #JKTUrbChallenge