Cities face many challenges – economic, climate, resources, infrastructure and demographic.
As centres of innovation, can cities produce the solutions they need to tackle them?
As the bulk of the world’s population will be in fast-growing large urban areas by 2050, do the powers that cities have need to be re-thought?
Questions of leadership, citizen participation, and where powers should lie will be discussed by leaders from major cities, governments, and businesses, focusing on crucial themes:
How can cities’ innovative energy be harnessed to drive better urban policies?
Do national government policies – on the economy, energy, transport and migration – align well with cities’ needs? If not, should decision- making be redistributed?
Which issues are best dealt with at city level?
What fiscal and financial powers should cities have?
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Member of the European Commission, Commissioner for Regional Policy
Senior Research Fellow and Director, Global Governance Initiative New America Foundation
Chief Executive, Cape Town Partnership
Advisor for Economic Development Greater London Authority
Governor Fauzi Bowo
Mayor City of Jakarta
Director Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, New York
Economic Adviser Jessica Task Force, European Investment Bank
Jordi William Carnes
First Deputy Mayor for the Treasury and Economic Promotion, City Council of Barcelona
Senior Fellow Urban Land Institute
International Director, Global Research Programmes Jones Lang LaSalle
Chair Olympic Park Legacy Company Ester Fuchs, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Co-founder and Programme Director World Future Council
Chairman and Managing Director Hindustan Construction Company
Chairman Urban Resource Centre, Karachi
Abha Joshi- Ghani
Manager, Urban Development and Local Government The World Bank
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE
Chairman New West End Company
Bernice Lee OBE
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance Chatham House
Former Mayor, Toronto and Former Chair, C40 Cities
Corporate Vice President, Head of Corporate Development Siemens One Siemens AG
CEO (Designate) Urban Land Institute
Secretary General Urban Planning Society, China
Senior Partner Clifford Chance LLP
Professor Steve Rayner
Director, Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities University of Oxford
Chairman Volterra Consulting
Founder and Managing Trustee The Sustainable Planet Institute
Executive Director of Transportation City of Joburg
Founding Partner, Executive Chairman Internos Real Investors
Advisor to the Governor for International Operations China Development Bank