Global Urban Development

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"Global Urban Development is run by an international Board of Directors and Advisory Board consisting of more than 600 leaders and experts in nearly 60 countries around the world, and publishes the online GUD Magazine, along with many other publications. Global Urban Development maintains 15 offices worldwide: Barcelona, Beijing, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Porto Alegre, Prague, Rehoboth, San Francisco Bay Area, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, DC." [1]


Accessed May 2014: [2]

  • Chairman: Marc Weiss, CEO, Global Urban Development, Washington, DC
  • President: James Nixon, Coordinator, Sustainable Economic Development Network, Oakland, CA
  • Vice Chair: Nicky Gavron, Assembly Member, Greater London Authority, London, UK
  • Vice Chair: Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, University College London, London, UK
  • Vice Chair: Jaime Lerner, President, Jaime Lerner Institute, Curitiba, Brazil
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Nancy Sedmak-Weiss, President, Metropolitan Economic Strategy LLC, Rehoboth, DE
  • Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Rosa Alegria, Co-Chair, The Millennium Project, Brazil Node, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Jobeda Ali, CEO, Three Sisters Care, London, UK
  • Nefise Bazoglu, Senior Fellow, Global Urban Development, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Lucelena Betancur, Director, Foundation Habitat Colombia, Bogota, Colombia
  • Iman Bibars, Vice President, Ashoka Global, and Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World, Cairo, Egypt
  • Edward Blakely, Professor of Urban Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Claire Blanchard, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Civil Society Network Manager, Save the Children, Birmingham, UK
  • Lawrence Bloom, Co-Chairman, Pathway Alliance, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Lance Buhl, Deputy Director, US-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates, Berkeley, CA
  • Thais Corral, Director, Network for Human Development (REDEH), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Executive Director, Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, Iowa City, IA
  • Malika Djebli, Local Coordinator, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Government of Morocco and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Marrakech, Morocco
  • Alain Durand-Lasserve, Senior Research Fellow, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France
  • Rachel Fleishman, Director, Climate Change Business Forum, Hong Kong, China
  • Marlene Fernandes, International Advisor, Brazilian Institute for Municipal Administration (IBAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Neil Fraser, Principal, Urban Inc., Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Luigi Fusco Girard, Professor and Director, Department of Conservation of Cultural and Environmental Heritage, University of Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy
  • Emilio Haddad, Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Hazel Henderson, President, Ethical Markets Media (US and Brazil), St. Augustine, FL
  • Julie Childers Henry, President, The Pulse Team, Sarasota, FL
  • Elliot Hoffman, CEO, True Market Solutions, San Francisco, CA
  • Kenneth Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences and Director, Herbert Lehman Center for American History, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Bianca Jagger, President, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, London, UK
  • Paola Jiron, Director, Institute of Housing, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Jane Katz, Director of International Affairs and Programs, Habitat for Humanity International, Washington, DC
  • Wilfried Kreisel, Global Health and Environment Consultant, St. Genis-Pouilly, France
  • Vinay Lall, Director General, Society for Development Studies, New Delhi, India
  • Claudia Laub, President, El Agora, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Keith Laughlin, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC
  • Vivian Lin, Director, Health Sector Development, World Health Organization (WHO), Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Rodrigo Loures, Chairman and CEO, Nutrimental, Curitiba, Brazil
  • Stella Madrid, Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Officer, Denver Housing Authority, Denver, CO
  • Tony Manwaring, CEO, Tomorrow’s Company, London, UK
  • Patricia McCarney, Professor and Director, Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) and Global Cities Program, Munk Center for International Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Jiang Mingjun, Director General, International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization, Beijing, China
  • Henrik Nolmark, Director, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mary Jane Ortega, Secretary General, CITYNET, Yokohama, Japan; and President, Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Neal Peirce, Chairman, Citistates Group, and Editor-in-Chief, Citiscope Global News, Washington, DC
  • Janice Perlman, President, Mega-Cities Project, New York, NY
  • Tom Roper, Project Director, Small Island States Energy Initiative, Climate Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • Donovan Rypkema, President, Heritage Strategies International, Washington, DC
  • Wandia Seaforth, Chief, Best Practices and Local Leadership Program, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Nola-Kate Seymoar, former President and CEO, Sustainable Cities International, Vancouver, Canada
  • Asad Shah, Member, Committee on Housing and Construction, Board of Investment, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Miquel Sodupe, Director, Urban Consortium for Development of the Barcelona Metropolitan Region, Barcelona, Spain
  • Ludek Sykora, Vice Dean for Foreign Relations and Geography Section, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Kaarin Taipale, Board Member, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, Helsinki, Finland
  • Patrick Wakely, Emeritus Professor of Urban Development, Development Planning Unit, University College London, London, UK
  • Emiel Wegelin, Director, UrbAct, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Michael Wegener, Partner, Spiekermann and Wegener Urban and Regional Research, Dortmund, Germany
  • Carol Willis, Director, Skyscraper Museum, New York, NY
  • Mark Willis, Resident Fellow, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University, New York, NY
  • David Wilmoth, President, Learning Cities International, Sydney, Australia
  • Nicholas You, Chairman, Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) Assurance Group, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Belinda Yuen, Senior Advisor, The World Bank, Washington, DC and Singapore



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  1. Global Urban Development Mission, organizational web page, accessed May 1, 2014.
  2. Global Urban Development Board, organizational web page, accessed May 1, 2014.