Chatham House

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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Keynote Speakers

Johannes Hahn
Member of the European Commission, Commissioner for Regional Policy

Parag Khanna
Senior Research Fellow and Director, Global Governance Initiative New America Foundation

Speaker Highlights

Andrew Boraine
Chief Executive, Cape Town Partnership

Anthony Browne
Advisor for Economic Development Greater London Authority

Governor Fauzi Bowo
Mayor City of Jakarta

David Bragdon
Director Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, New York

Gianni Carbonaro
Economic Adviser Jessica Task Force, European Investment Bank

Jordi William Carnes
First Deputy Mayor for the Treasury and Economic Promotion, City Council of Barcelona

Greg Clark
Senior Fellow Urban Land Institute

Rosemary Feenan
International Director, Global Research Programmes Jones Lang LaSalle

Baroness Ford
Chair Olympic Park Legacy Company Ester Fuchs, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Herbert Girardet
Co-founder and Programme Director World Future Council

Ajit Gulabchand
Chairman and Managing Director Hindustan Construction Company

Arif Hasan
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

David Miller
Former Mayor, Toronto and Former Chair, C40 Cities

Pedro Miranda
Corporate Vice President, Head of Corporate Development Siemens One Siemens AG

Joe Montgomery
CEO (Designate) Urban Land Institute

Shi Nan
Secretary General Urban Planning Society, China

Stuart Popham
Senior Partner Clifford Chance LLP

Professor Steve Rayner
Director, Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities University of Oxford

Bridget Rosewell
Chairman Volterra Consulting

Sanjeev Sanyal
Founder and Managing Trustee The Sustainable Planet Institute

Lisa Seftel
Executive Director of Transportation City of Joburg

Jos Short
Founding Partner, Executive Chairman Internos Real Investors

Gu Yang
Advisor to the Governor for International Operations China Development Bank


A look at Urbanisation in the future, the planned society