Team

Management

Prof. Matthias Finger

Prof. Matthias Finger

Director of the IGLUS program

Prof. Matthias Finger is a Professor of Management of Network Industries at EPFL since 2002. As of 2010 he also directs the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Geneva and has been, before joining EPFL, an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University (New York), an Associate Professor at Columbia University (New York), a Professor of Management of Public Enterprises at the Swiss Federal Institute of Public Administration. He is also a member of the Swiss railways as well as the Swiss electricity regulatory authorities. His main research interest is on the liberalization, re-regulation, and governance of infrastructures in the transport, energy, and communications sectors. He is the editor in chief of the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries.

Umut Alkım Tuncer

Umut Alkım Tuncer

Manager of the IGLUS Program

Umut Alkım Tuncer is the Program Manager at IGLUS. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English language teaching and translation and interpretation from Hacettepe University, Ankara. He also has master’s degrees from Istanbul Bahçeşehir University and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in urban governance and transportation management.

After completing military duty, he started his professional career and worked for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s transport division (IETT) for seven years. At IETT, he was involved in international relations, business development and benchmarking activities. In addition, he specialized in BRT systems and urban mobility governance together with his academic studies. Within his career he also worked as an English teacher, journalist at a local newspaper, editor at a publishing house, translator, interpreter and advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkey.

Diego Giron Estrada

Diego Giron Estrada

Research Associate

Diego worked as an urban planner and mobility expert for the Municipality of Guatemala City for over 10 years. As a consultant he was one of the main professionals in charge of designing, planning and coordinating the BRT system (TRANSMETRO) of Guatemala City, implementing the Master Plan for Alternative Transport (Bike paths network in Guatemala City) and its integration to the public transport system. In addition, he also conducted urban revitalization and sustainability research projects. In recent year he also served as a member of several multicultural teams in The Netherlands working as a consultant in Metabolic, Amsterdam and Erasmus University IHS, Rotterdam, before joining FSR team as Research Associate and IGLUS as an Editor and Research Associate. His research interest are deeply rooted in a holistic multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach to provide sustainable systematic solutions for urban challenges.

Diego holds a BS in architecture and an MSc in Urban Management and Development with a specialization in Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change from IHS Erasmus Rotterdam.

 

Meron Haileselasie

Meron Haileselasie

Marketing Intern

Meron Haileselasie holds a Bachelor in Business and Economic at the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan (2016), and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Management with a specialization in International Management at the University of Lausanne, HEC (2018).

She is in charge of expanding our customer-base, monitoring our brand within the global competitor framework, coming up with marketing strategies suited for Iglus in order to reach new audiences and improve our communication techniques. Additionally, she focuses on the improvement and boost of our brand image.

Module Organizers

Jaemin Song

Jaemin Song

Jaemin Song is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at University of Seoul. She also served as Director General for International Urban Development Collaboration in Seoul Metropolitan Government. She specializes in climate change policy and planning, with interest in climate change resilient city, low carbon city and sustainable urban development in developing countries. She has built strong academic and professional capacity in the climate change field, working as a research assistant at MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and a climate change specialist at the World Bank. She holds a BS and MS from Seoul National University in Korea, and a Ph.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.

Patrick Bonnel

Patrick Bonnel

Patrick BONNEL is head of the Transport Department at ENTPE (Engineer school on territory sustainable development). He has a PhD in transport economics and is supervisor of several PhD thesis in transport economics.

His research interests mainly concern transport and LUTI modelling and survey methodology. He has written a book on Transport modelling and is co-editor of several books. He is co-chair of the International Steering Committee for Transport Survey Conference. He is responsible of a SIG on survey methodology for World Conference for Transport Research. He is member of several editorial boards of international transport journal. He leads several research contract at national and international level.

He is course leader of the transport program at ENTPE and of the Master of science in Urban and regional passenger transport (TURP). He develops cooperation programs with several international partners.

Dr. Camille Kamga

Dr. Camille Kamga

Dr. Camille Kamga is Director for the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) and an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York. As a consortium of 18 major U.S. academic institutions, UTRC asserts a significant role in the Federal Region 2 and nationally, conducting research and projects on surface transportation, carrying out training and educational programs and actively disseminating the results of its work. It is one of the few such Centers in the U.S. federally designated since 1987.

Dr. Kamga is a member of the TRB’s Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (ABJ30). He serves in the Board of Director of the Intelligent Transportation Society of NY – a professional group providing education and outreach to foster the understanding of ITS applications and technologies. He is also a member of Education and Research Committee of the International Association of Transportation Regulators. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He is the 2006 recipient of the National Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Science and Technology from the Council of UTC.

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ckamga@utrc2.org—-

Camille Kamga, Ph.D.

Director

University Transportation Research Center

Marshak Hall, Room 910

212-650-8087 (Cell: 718-916-0676)

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Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Steinman Hall, Room 128

The City College of New York

160 Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10031

212-650-8058ckamga@utrc2.org

 

Diego A. Rodríguez Lozano

Diego A. Rodríguez Lozano

Prof. Dr. Diego A. Rodríguez Lozano obtained his PhD in the Architectural Projects Department at the ETSAB of the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC) in 2006. He also holds a Master degree in Urban Theory “Metropolis”, and also Master degree in Architecture, Art and Ephemeral Space from the same university (UPC).

Since early 2017 to the present day he holds the position of Associate Dean of Faculty at the School of Architecture, Art and Design of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He was Head of the Architecture Department in Campus Monterrey at the same School from early 2013 to 2017, where he has been Full time professor from more than 20 years, teaching several graduate and undergraduate courses in Architectural and Urban Theory and Urban Studios. He was founder and coordinator of the Legorreta Tagliabue Architecture & Urban Studio at the same school and continued as main coordinator and professor of the Urbanism & Citizenship Studio until 2014. He had an important collaborative role within the urban regeneration project of the Monterrey Campus and its district (Distrito TEC Urban Project).

He has been part time professor at Elisava Design School in Barcelona and at the Barcelona Architecture Center (between 2002 and 2006). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas Austin School of Architecture, at the Instituto de Arquitectura, Diseño y Arte of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, at the Universidad Internacional Alfonso VIII, and at the School of Architecture (ETSAB) of the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC).He has participated actively at the Mexico Module of the IGLUS Executive Master since 2015 and has co-coordinated the US Module in Detroit in 2017.

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Rafi

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Rafi

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Rafi graduated from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland with a Bachelor degree in Architecture (Hons.) in 1994 and later earned a Master of Science in Computer-Aided Building Design, and Ph.D. specialising in architectural animation and virtual reality, 1998. He embarked on a career in education as a lecturer at Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM), Multimedia University (MMU) from its inception and later appointed as the Dean of the faculty. He held a number of high profile positions in MMU and external organisations prior to his appointment as the President / CEO of MMU.  This includes Vice President (Academic), the Dean of Institute for Postgraduate Studies and Director of R&D Collaborations and the Deputy Rector of Academic Affairs at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Malaysia. He is also holding the post of Deputy Chairman 2, Creative Content Industry Guild, Malaysia and a certified Multimedia Professional.

Name:                Prof. Datuk Dr. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq

Designation:      President / CEO Multimedia University, Malaysia

Dr. Robert Paaswell

Dr. Robert Paaswell

Dr. Robert Paaswell is a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York, the flagship institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). He served as its Interim President from 2009-2010. He is the emeritus Director of the College’s University Transportation Research Center, Region II and the founding Director (2001-present) of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems (CIUS). He is also Site Director of the new NSF sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center: Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites Center. A civil engineer and former CEO of the Chicago Transit Authority, Dr. Paaswell is an internationally recognized expert in public transportation issues and consulting. He is former Chair, Transit Standards Consortium and former Chair, ASCE Committee on Peer Review of Public Agencies. Dr. Paaswell is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

ROBERT E. PAASWELL, Ph.D., Dist. M. ASCE

Tel: 212-650-8072

Fax: 212-650-8374

Email: paaswell@utrc2.org

The City College of New York, Marshak Hall, Suite 910, New York, NY 10031

 

Prof. Karsten Zimmermann

Prof. Karsten Zimmermann

Karsten Zimmermann is a Professor at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at Technical University of Dortmund where he holds the chair for European Planning Cultures. He is educated as a political scientist and has dedicated most of his academic work to the study of cities and regions.

From 2005 to 2012 he was part of the interdisciplinary research centre Intrinsic Logic of Cites (Eigenlogik der Städte) at Technical University of Darmstadt. He has been studying the evolvement of metropolitan governance arrangements over years in different countries.

Currently, he is involved in a larger research project about knowledge generation in local climate politics. Further research topics include planning theory and planning practices in Europe and transformation of post-industrial regions. He is the president of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and coordinates the international Master-Programme Transformaton of Post-Industrial Regions (ToPIR) at the Dortmund School of Planning.

Prof. Janice Beecher

Prof. Janice Beecher

Prof. Janice Beecher has served as Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University since 2002. She is a frequent author, lecturer, and participant in professional forums and Editor of Utilities Policy. Her areas of interest include regulatory governance, institutions, theory, adaptation, and ethics; commission organization and demographics; and pricing and incentives. She previously held positions at the Ohio State and Indiana Universities and the Illinois Commerce Commission. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University and faculty appointments in MSU’s College of Social Science, where she has taught graduate courses in public policy and regulation.

Jiayun Shen

Jiayun Shen

Jiayun Shen holds a Bachelor of Engineer in Building Technology from Tongji University in China, a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Utility and Environmental Engineering from West Saxon University of Applied Science of Zwickau in Germany, and a Master of Science in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building in Technical University of Munich in Germany. She joined the Chair Management of Network Industries, in the College of Management of Technology at EPFL in 2016 as a PhD Candidate. Currently, she is working on the topic of “smart city”, specifically on the coordination of innovation ecosystem in metropolitan area. Her main areas of interests are Urban Governance, Triple Helix Model, and Innovation Management. 

Dr. Jerry Kolo

Dr. Jerry Kolo

Dr. Jerry Kolo is a Professor of Urban Planning, and currently Coordinator of the Master of Urban Planning program at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Jerry joined AUS in 2006/2007 from Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, where he was a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and Founder and Director of the Center for Urban Redevelopment and Empowerment (CURE). His areas of teaching and research specializations are political ecology; public policy planning; and sustainable community planning. Jerry has extensive consulting and public service experience with municipal and non-profit agencies. He has won several awards, including the State of Florida Governor’s award for distinguished public service in 1994, and the African American Achiever’s award for education in South Florida in 1999.

Regular Lecturers

Dr. Andréa Finger-Stich

Dr. Andréa Finger-Stich

Dr. Andréa Finger-Stich, Environmental sciences and forestry, lecturer at the University of applied sciences of Western Switzerland, Geneva, (hepia, nature management faculty) and part time consultant (Ecologie & Communauté SARL). Her research focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of nature conservation and restoration, nature in the city, environmental policy and ethics, and on the socio-ecological dimensions of mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the Alps. Her Bachelor and Master studies were accomplished at SUNY Environmental Sciences and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, and her doctorate on a research about Social Agency in Alpine communal forests, at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany).

Bernd Pfannenstein

Bernd Pfannenstein

Bernd Pfannenstein collaborates with the International Program Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In Guadalajara, Mexico, the German Geographer is General Director of the consulting firm Planstadt S.C. and member of the think tank Transversal. Currently he collaborates as strategic project leader with the Municipality of Tlajomulco and in his role as academic adviser with the Metropolitan Agency for Security and Safety of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area.

From 2014 to 2015 Bernd Pfannenstein collaborated with the Guadalajara Metropolitan Planning Institute as an academic adviser in urban development projects on a metropolitan scale: i.e. projects on spatial segregation and its influence on urban development, and the implementation of a standardized Geographic Information System based on spatial data of the nine municipalities as basis for the implementation of the Metropolitan Land-Use Plan (published in 2016).

Within his research interests (urban geography, territorial planning and spatial analysis) he has published in international scientific journals and also participated in lectures at universities and conferences on national and international level: e.g. the 33rd International Geographical Congress in Beijing (China, 2016), the Geographical Congress of Latin America (Cuba, 2015; Bolivia, 2017), the CDD Forum organized by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA, 2017), the Conference of Experts on Multiscale Planning and Territorial Development organized by United Nations (Chile, 2017) and as invited speaker at the World Urban Forum 9 (Malaysia, 2018).

Bernd Pfannenstein has been lecturing at the University of Passau (Bavaria, Germany; 2012-2014) and universities in Mexico over the last years. In 2013, he worked as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Guadalajara, supported by a scholarship of the Mexican Government. In 2015, he received an invitation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology Campus Guadalajara within the Program of Foreign Visiting Professors.

Dr. Eric Scorsone

Dr. Eric Scorsone

Dr. Eric Scorsone is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Local Government Finance and Policy at Michigan State University. Dr. Scorsone is an internationally recognized expert in municipal finance and administration. He has been widely cited on state and local government finance issues in Bloomberg, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NPR, NY Times, China Central TV, BBC, MSNBC, Scotland One, Le Figaro, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and other media outlets. His specific area of expertise is related to municipal finance policy and administration, financial emergencies, government performance and benchmarking, public accountability and general public policy education. He has worked with municipalities across the US, Europe and the Middle East including extensive work with the city of Detroit, MI. He was appointed by the Governor to the city of Allen Park Financial Review Team and has worked on various state policy projects related to pensions, intergovernmental aid and financial emergencies. He has lectured at the University of Valencia in Spain and the University of Bologna, Italy. He is also a co-editor of the recent book entitled “Handbook of Local Government Fiscal Health” from Jones Bartlett released in 2013. Prior to coming to Michigan, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. He has also served as an Economist for the Colorado Governor’s Office, as Senior Economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado and Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate in 2010. In all of these positions he worked on public policy analysis and revenue forecasting projects.

Doctoral Candidates

Astrid Haas

Astrid Haas

Education

Astrid holds an MA (2010) in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University, which she carried out in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C., USA. Prior to this she was awarded a BSc with honours (2008) in Economics, Politics and International Studies with study abroad from the University of Warwick. For her year abroad, she studied economics for a year at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain (2006/07). She is currently pursuing her Executive Masters Degree in the Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems at the EPFL.

 Professional experiences

Astrid is an Austrian/Ugandan urban economist based in Kampala, Uganda, who has worked in government and non-governmental organizations across various countries. She is currently the Senior Country Economist for Cities, working with the policy research institution, International Growth Centre (IGC). The IGC, led by the London School of Economics and University of Oxford, is based in 15 countries across Africa and Asia and in this role, she manages and carries out policy-based research, based on demand from the government, in the urban sector. Prior to joining the IGC, she worked for Innovations for Poverty Action as the Interim Deputy Country Director for Uganda as well as a Program Manager for Evidence Action, which included work in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi. Astrid has also worked as an analyst on a large-scale agriculture project in South Sudan and as an Economist in the Ministry of East African Community in Kenya focusing on the Common Market and Monetary Union negotiations. In 2016, she was nominated by the University of Cape Town as one of Africa’s Young Leaders.

Areas of interest

Her areas of research interest are within the broad frame of urban economics, specifically looking at municipal financing, urban mobility and land reform, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has published a number of papers, blog posts and articles in international media on a variety of subjects. Astrid is particularly interest at the nexus of policy and research. Outside the urban sector, Astrid has interests in public financial management overall and has worked on a number of randomized control trial experiments in different sectors.

Current EM Students

Shobuz Ikbal

Shobuz Ikbal

Optima Project Management - President

Education

BS Civil Engineering, University of California, Irvine; MS Civil Engineering, California State University, Los Angeles. Both with concentration on water and wastewater.

 Professional experiences

I am an international development consultant and a licensed civil engineer in the United States. I have 30 years of experience in engineering and management of civil infrastructures. I have held leadership roles in various local and regional government agencies and private international firms in the US, Canada and Asia. I am the president of a private consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington that specializes in engineering and management of infrastructure projects. Before starting my own consulting practice I was the head of engineering department for Redwood City, California.  Previously I managed the wastewater and stormwater programs and transportation program for the cities of Los Angeles and Seattle, respectively. I have managed 5 large international development projects as Team Leader for World Bank in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Georgia and Indonesia.

Areas of interest

My interest includes new water, urbanism and Moorish civilization. I am working to make a documentary film on the water infrastructures built in the 10th century in Andalusia, Spain. I love to hike and travel.

Ricardo Vives

Ricardo Vives

Self-employed (own company) / Advisor for the local city planning office

Education

After graduation, I was in the First-Year College program from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, United State.

Studied architecture at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia with courses on urban planning, city studies and architectural design.

Design masters from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy.

 Professional experiences

Shortly after graduating, I started working for the architecture studio of Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, where I could see up close, his interesting approach towards design in which the success of a project should be measured by the social impact it has.  After almost a year in this studio, I decided I wanted to explore other areas of my career on my own, and started a design-build venture in which I was able to work on diverse architectural projects from the initial phases all the way to the construction.  During my time in Milan, I was able to collaborate with Officina Architteti, a design studio that focuses on large scale projects all over the world, which gave me a new perspective on the way architecture is perceived by the end user.  In Italy, I was also able to work for LVMH group as Project Manager.  This experience was really interesting, because regardless of the projects being developed, my role as a project manager, gave me a glimpse at the reality of what plans and design represent.  I was responsible for logistics, permits, socialization, construction, budget and all other areas of an architectural project.  Finally, after returning to my hometown, I started my own firms that focuses on City Consulting, where I have been fortunate enough to participate and carry out important projects for the city planning office.

Areas of interest

I became an architect because I believe our craft is the testimony of our collective minds and it is therefore our responsibility to generate a positive impact on our society.  As we are faced with global threats such as poverty and global warming, I believe we can make a change.  I am particularly interested in projects that work towards making cities a better and more livable place for every member of society.  I’m strongly drawn towards doable projects that stay on the practical side and center on the execution phases.   I consider land use and zoning laws to be tools that need to be studied and implemented correctly to create better urban spaces.  I also believe in the power of ICT’s to make a greater impact.  Finally, I am interested in the governance structures that can secure the success of important urban projects.

Lelio Polessa Maçaira

Lelio Polessa Maçaira

Metropolitan Adviser / Rio de Janeiro City Hall

Education

Geographer from Rio de Janeiro Federal University – Brazil (2004) where also has a Masters Degree in Regional Planning (2008). Has taken such courses as Big Cities Management at the National Administration School – ENA/Paris (2014), Public Management in Columbia University -USA (2015) and Urban Public Policies at Castilla-La Mancha University – Spain (2015). Currently attending the Urban Governance Executive Master at Lausanne Federal School – EPFL (2018), where have been developing a Master Thesis about Metropolitan Governance.

 Professional experiences

Has been working at Rio de Janeiro City Hall since 2010. First as a geographer at the Neighborhood Department of the Urban Secretary until 2012, then worked as an Urban Planning Adviser at the Urban Secretary until 2016. Currently is a Metropolitan Adviser of the City Hall, has held this position since January 2017. In addition to those activities has also worked as a member of the Urban Secretary at the Environmental City Council and at the Green and Environmental Heritage Technical Chamber since 2013. In 2012, was also the member of the Urban Secretary at the Green Infrastructures Corridors of the city. Before working at the City Hall, developed consultancies of major strategic ventures for the National and State levels. Between 2009 and 2010, wrote the Environmental Reports for the licensing of two National Railways and between 2008 and 2009, the Environmental Reports for the licensing of a Petrobras Refinery and a Pipeline. Before that infrastructure experiences, worked with Environmental Protected Areas Management. In 2008, joined the project that created a Rio de Janeiro State Park (Cunhambebe), in 2007 was the President Adviser of the State Park Institute and between 2005 and 2006 was an Adviser of the Participative Board of Petropolis Federal Protected Area.

Areas of interest

Metropolitan Governance, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning,
Mobility and Transportation Plans, Master Plans, Regional Planning, Territorial Planning, Strategic Planning, Environmental Protected Areas Management,
Geographic Information Systems (GIS),
Leadership Programs, Citizen Participation Process, NGOs,
International Organizations.

Language skills

French – Fluent (Advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing)

English – Fluent (Advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing)

Spanish – Fluent (Advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing)

Portuguese – Native Language

Valérie Sauvage

Valérie Sauvage

Engineer of Ministry of Environment

Education

1993 French Baccalaureate in Science – General education high school of Valenciennes (Watteau)

1995 Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Générales (DEUG) in applied mathematics and computer science to sciences – University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (Aulnoy lez Valenciennes)

1997 Degree in Mathematics – University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (Aulnoy lez Valenciennes)

1998 Secondary school teaching certificate (CAPES) in Mathematics – Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maître (IUFM) (Valenciennes)

 Professional experiences

First, I was a teacher of Mathematics in public middle and high schools.

After four years, I decided to change course in my professional life. So, I took part in hiring competitions for public sector jobs. I succeeded access to the Ministry of Environment in 2003. Since, I have worked in the areas of public policies : housing, urban renewal and mobility. More particularly, I am working under the subject of mobility since 2015. it is part of my duties to give State party’s for new mobility project or on planning document. I work also on a « Plan de Déplacement d’Administration » for my structure in order to optimise salaries trips.

Areas of interest

  • My family (I have three children)
  • Music : saxophone
  • Reading
  • Logic games
Talal Al Bahra

Talal Al Bahra

Senior Planning Engineer

Education

  • Master in Architectural Design,  Faculty of Architecture, University of Damascus, 2013
  • Bachelor in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture University of Damascus, 2008

 Professional experiences

I have more than 9 years’ experience with strong expertise in all architecture fields, international  urban design, master planning, Major development projects, Development codes, designing expansion areas and revitalization old cities through EU commission programmes in the middle East  & R.A.K municipality in UAE. I have practice architectural design and consultation services for commercial and residential projects through Mouhajer International Design group and Al Hamra Engineering consultant, UAE

Areas of interest

Reading:

  • Design and architectural magazines such as Architectural Digest, METROPOLIS Magazine, and Spacing.
  • Latest technologies introduced in planning, environnement & architectural fields .

Photography & vidéo montage : Nature, Monuments  and celebartions.

Traveling: new adventures and archeological sites

Fabiola Michelle Espinoza Carmona

Fabiola Michelle Espinoza Carmona

Systra

Education

I have a Master degree of the Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat, Lyon. , Major in Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Science and Urban planning. I have also material science engineer with a double degree in INPL (Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine ) in Nancy and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

 Professional experiences

I have been working for five years in the field of public Transport Design

I am a Civil Engineer specialized in Tunnel and Underground Structures. I began working in Projects of Tunnel Design and Calculations, my main projects were LINE 15 EAST “GRAND PARIS EXPRESS, RAILWAY LINK BETWEEN LYON AND TORINO and Offer Stage of Mumbai metro line 3.

Actually I am working as a technical Coordinator, my main work is to coordinate civil works with, architectural and functional studies. Lead with the civil works studies, make the interface with the client and other territorial projects and local partners. My main projects are:

  • Station of Bry-Villiers Champigny, Line 15 South of Grand Paris Express (2015)
  • Tunnel and shafts in the Orly Airport Sector, Line 14 of Grand Paris Express (present)

Areas of interest

I am really interested about the organization of the city. How transport and housing could be well coordinated in order to make and attractive territory. I am convinced that to make changes, especially in my field, one has to encourage the creation of human scale cities. These cities must be more respectful of diversity, more efficient, more productive and fair. It is important to focus on the implementation of new policies that encourage this purpose, especially in southern counties, as my country Peru.

My personal interest are practice sports, specially tennis, reading, and travelling.

Niccolò Alessandri

Niccolò Alessandri

Architect

Education

I took a bachelor degree in Science of Architecture at “Politecnico di Milano”. Afterward, I took a Double Master Degree in Architecture and Society with the specialization in Town and Urban planning at “Politecnico di Milano” and “Politecnico di Torino” thanks to a scholarship for excellence held by “Alta Scuola Politecnica”, discussing two thesis: “The bottom up approach to the urban planning” (that I did alone) and the other one “NHEC, NEA Human Exploration Concept. A friendly manned interface” (multidisciplinary project, with other colleague from different faculties). I studied one year abroad in Israel at Tel Aviv University thanks to “Erasmus Mundus program” and I did a lot of different workshops and intensive courses around Italy and Europe (such as the course of “Urban as a bottom up approach” at TU Delft University, or emergency architecture for a Hospital in Africa).

Professional experiences

Since 2014 I’m a design consultant for our office of technical designing consultancy for industrial filed (private sector) following and supporting our clients from the designing step to the realization of their project based on their production needs, trough bureaucracy and permissions, financial, energy safe costs, improvement of technologies and so on, collaborating with a lot of expertise in different fields. I started to to work as a “architect freelance”for different  Architectural studios since 2011. In 2015 (from September to December) I also participated as university tutor with the “Smart Social Home” project on a Urban Innovation Bootcamp held by “The Loop” from San Francisco with the Stanford Method, at Ca Foscari University in Treviso following a group of students in order to develop the project and bring innovation on Treviso city collaborating with citizens, teachers, professors and firms around them. Before my university studies, I worked as a assistant to the products manager of 2 clothing companies for three years (from 2005 to 2008).

Areas of interest

Urban transformation and Development of World possible future scenarios; use and preservation of lands and oceans; urban and town planning; Emergency architecture; sociology and anthropology of urban environment and territory; climate change mitigation and sustainability for cities.

Candice Louw

Candice Louw

University of Johannesburg

Education

Undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science undertaken at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 Professional experiences

Primary professional experience include being appointed as a web developer at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Cyber Security, guest lecturer in Mobile Programming and researcher at the Department of Business Management (Entrepreneurship), at the same institution.

Areas of interest

Technology and software development/design topics including smartphone and web application development, technology driven entrepreneurship and start-up cultures, smart infrastructure (cities) management, technological integration in the travel and tourism industries, as well as technology driven operations optimization strategies and business model development.

James Speirs

James Speirs

Research Fellow: Think City

Education

James was educated in South Africa, attending Rhodes University where he completed a BA (Hons) with majors in Politics, History, and Philosophy. He went on to complete an MA in Philosophy through the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

 Professional experiences

James has traveled and worked in several countries from Brazil and Uruguay to China and Malaysia. His interest is in developing and previously colonised countries. He was employed as an urban planner for a bike sharing company in Kuala Lumpur before accepting a research position with Think City, a Malaysian think tank examining urban issues.

Areas of interest

James is principally interested in low tech solutions to complex urban problems. Many of the problems that plague rapidly growing cities are not issues of technology but issues of resource allocation. Design plays a major role in shaping our cities and societies. Design informed by a sense of justice is needed to overcome exclusionary and divided cities. Strong leadership and good governance are a prerequisite to any meaningful urban development.

Ezatul Faizura Mustaffa Kamal Effendee

Ezatul Faizura Mustaffa Kamal Effendee

Telekom Malaysia

Education

MSc (ICT), Universiti Utara Malaysia, MALAYSIA

June 2008 – March 2010

CGPA 3.92

Thesis title: The New Fixed Line: Rejuvenating TM’s Fixed Line Service

LLB (Hons.) University of Wales, Cardiff, UNITED KINGDOM

October 1995 – July 1997

2nd Class Lower (Hons)

Professional experiences

VADS Lyfe Sdn Bhd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia)

1 September 2015 – current

Head, Corporate Planning & Strategy

  1. Strategically plan and develop business planning and initiatives for the company, including new growth area in smart services and ICT
  2. Undertake the implementation and execution of key initiatives and exercises related to achieving profitable growth including new business ventures, business partnership development, mergers & acquisitions and operational excellence.
  3. Develop and structure effective business model including financial modeling and evaluation of key projects/opportunities.
  4. Contribute to business growth by identifying and prioritizing potential business opportunities and evaluating potential strategic partnerships, review the business models and partnerships arrangements, and lead these efforts to realize these opportunities.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

1 May 2010 – 31 August 2015

Assistant General Manager, Financial Advisory & Business Development, TM Group Strategy

Telekom Applied Business Sdn Bhd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia)

1 December 2006 – 30 April 2010

Market Analyst, Marketing & Business Development

Telekom Applied Business Sdn Bhd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia)

1 September 1998 – 31 December 2003

Human Resource Executive

Areas of interest

My objective in joining this program is for me to be able to gather knowledge in the management of large urban systems, through discussions with experts as well as through benchmarks with other cities around the world. Through this knowledge, I am confident that I would be better equipped to help TM build a team that will be able to execute TM’s smart city aspiration and tackle the many challenges associated with it.

Didik Purwoko

Didik Purwoko

Education

2013-2015Mercu Buana University (Universitas Mercu Buana)
Master of Management/Operational Management
GPA : 3.7/4.0
1994-2000Sekolah Tinggi Teknologi (STT) Telkom Bandung-Telkom University Bandung, West Java Indonesia
Majoring Industrial Engineering
GPA : 2.7/4.0
1991-1994Senior High School I Ciamis , West Java, Indonesia
1988-1991Junior High School II Pangandaran , West Java, Indonesia
1982-1988Elementary School II Pajaten , West Java, Indonesia

 Professional experiences

2008-NowPT VADS Indonesia2008-2010-IT Support Specialist : Responsible to change configuration, development routing and maintenance PT VADS Contact Center System

2010-2012-Assistant manager : Responsible for manage PT VADS contact center system, support for Business Development department

2012-2016-IT Infrastructure, Facility and Project Delivery Manager : responsible for internal IT operational, Infra structure & Data Center, Manage and monitoring delivery project to user and system solution. Create project design and cost structure to support Business Development Department.

2016-Now-Head of IT : Responsible to IT master plan, short and long term strategy, technology innovation and manage solution and project design for PT VADS BPO, negotiate service and delivery with partner.

2002-2008PT Phintraco Technology-Indonesia2002-2003-Application Engineer  :Designing work flow, assessment and quality control

2002-2005–System Engineer AVAYA : Designing, Installation, configuration and maintenance AVAYA system.

2005-2007-Engineer Coordinator and Project Management for AVAYA project : Project requirement & Planning, consolidate BOQ and monitor for deployment, manage engineer after sales maintenance.

1999-2002PT Telkom Indonesia1999-2000–Change Management : Development and Socialization TQMS (Telkom Quality Management System)

2000-2001-Internal Relationship : Administrator of Intranet Telkom.co.id

Areas of interest

General  InterestTechnology Innovation specially on Telecommunication and Contact Center Technology
Associated with Smart ServicesI very interested implementing Smart City Concept and Technology on :1.     Transportation management

2.     Waste and water management

3.     Energy Saving

4.     How to build green house in the city

by appropriate technology

Baasankhorol Lkhagvasuren

Baasankhorol Lkhagvasuren

Urban Planning Institute

Education

Baasankhorol holds a Bachelor degree in Urban Planning and Architecture from Mongolian University of Science and Technology. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in the Nomad City program by Goethe Institute from 2012-2014 in Dresden Germany and Ulaanbaatar Mongolia and did a research on the transition of Ulaanbaatar’s “Ger” Settlements area.

 Professional experiences

She works as an urban planner in “Urban Planning Institute” Co.ltd and coordinator at “Mongolian Chamber of Urban Development” since 2013. As an urban planner, her main responsibilities are managing research, making analysis for local cities’ planning projects identifying the main problems to be concerned and developing plans for the cities determining the best way to use cities’ land and resource. As a coordinator at MCUD,she invites external and domestic consultants to organize seminars and trainings in urban development sector while providing professional consulting services to the local authorities and supporting to improve their human resources by training and capacity building.

Areas of interest

Her main areas of interests are sustainable urban development, affordable housing, community participation in urban development, urban governance and infrastructure management.

Anu-Ujin Lkhagvasuren

Anu-Ujin Lkhagvasuren

CEO at Harandaa LLC.

Education

Anu-Ujin Lkhagvasuren has graduated Mongolian University of Science and Technology with Bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering. She is Professional engineer and Professional estimator.

 Professional experiences

Anu-Ujin Lkhagvasuren is working as CEO at Building and Urban design organization Harandaa LLC. From 2013 to 2016, She worked on Ger district redevelopment project funded by Asian Development Bank. Currently, She’s lecturer at Orgil Academy, Ulaanbaatar and project scientist of “Early childhood education for Sustainability”.

Areas of interest

Her interests include science, technology, urban development, sustainability, climate change and public policy.

Yannis Evmolpidis

Yannis Evmolpidis

Advisor to the Mayor of Athens & Entrepreneur

Education

Undergraduate engineering degree in Urban Planning and Regional Development by the University of Thessaly (Greece) with graduate education at Columbia University (USA) on Urban Planning and Real Estate Development.

 Professional experiences

Consulting support to the Mayor on urban planning and redevelopment. Responsible for coordination and management of urban redevelopment projects and planning strategies to revitalize the city center and enhance quality of life. Project manager for the Strategic Urban Action Plan for the regeneration of Athens downtown area until 2020.

Co-founded strartup company that offers a participation platform for online communities. The company has already presence in 2 countries (GR, DE) with paying customers.

Areas of interest

Interested to bring innovation and efficiency in public governance and enhance the role of local governments in the metropolitan sphere.

Samah Omer Mohamedain

Samah Omer Mohamedain

Education

I have a bachelor degree in Architect and Urban Planning from the University of Umm-Dorman in Sudan. After a 6 years dedication to work and family, I decided to enhance my knowledge with study so I had my Master degree in Business administration and specialized in Marketing. Then I pursuit some professional certificates such as PMP, Green Project Management (GPM-b) and LEED Green Associate. And now I am honored to join IGLUS family as a student.

 Professional experiences

My professional life was filled with extensive hands-on experience in different fields. I started my career as an Architect in small Engineering Consultant firms for about 3 years where I was responsible not only for the architectural designs but also the work coordination so we can always be on time as the client expectations, handle documentation (contracts, bills, finance…etc.) plus site works and supervision. In 2007 I started working with Ras Al Khaimah Municipality in Town Planning and Survey Administration as an Engineer. For about 4 years I worked extensively in all sections of my administration which gave me huge experience in work details and business process. Based on my experience and knowledge I was assigned as a Project Manager for implementing the first ERP system for a government Entity in RAK which was proposed in my administration and it was turning point. After that I was assigned the second upgrade to our system what included integration of GIS application and SAP, which I got 2 awards for the design of the GIS application (Excellence in GIS Implementation (EGI 2014) from GISTEC, Dubai, UAE & Special Achievement in GIS (SAG 2014) from ESRI, San Diego, USA).

Add to the above my extensive experience as Head of Urban Planning Section which was mainly about Formulating, administering, planning and promoting plans and policies of local government impacting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation. Plus managing and facilitating the cooperation with other private and public entities.

Areas of interest

In the professional level, I love adventure and new experiences. I am passionate about learning new skills and knowledge exchange. I also like group work where you can explore the essence of other people’s life and experience. And I am always open for volunteer opportunities that are related to project management, strategic planning, research, communication, and marketing.

In my free time I love swimming and scuba diving, handicrafts especially crochet and trinkets, reading books related to self- development, and psychology.

Peter Scholz

Peter Scholz

Nunavut Planning Commission

Education

  • Bachelor, Geography, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, 1998
  • Masters, Community & Regional Planning, University of British Columbia Vancouver, 2003
  • PD courses in Project Management, Real Estate Development, and Leadership

 Professional experiences

  • 2015/1 – Present: Senior Planner, Nunavut Planning Commission
  • 2008/5 – Present: Principal, Cairnstone Planning
    Land Use Planning Projects in Imo State Nigeria, northern Uganda, Yukon, Nunavut, Wyoming, British Columbia, Alberta, northern Ontario.
  • 2012/6 – 2013/1: Manager, Long Range Planning, Red Deer County Alberta
  • 2012/4 – 2014/6: Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta, Applied Land Use Planning
  • 2011/9 – 2011/12: Sessional Instructor, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Planning
  • 2010/9 – 2012/4: Administrator, N’Quatqua First Nation, Darcy British Columbia
    Oversaw all aspects of the government, including health, public works, educations, social services, business development.  Oversaw 8 positions directly and 45 positions indirectly, with $3.5 million annual budget.
  • 1998/5 – 2010: GIS Fish Habitat Technician-Analyst, Nova Pacific Environmental
  • 2008/1 – 2008/5: Senior Planner, Jasper National Park
  • 2005/12 – 2007/8: Manager, Community Planning, Government of Nunavut
    Oversaw 5 remote offices and up to 12 staff.  Designated Authority for Subdivision Approvals and Legal Planning Documents. I have found that my work here was very similar to my work in Uganda, Kenya, Myanmar, and Nigeria.
  • 2003/8 – 2005/12: Environmental Assessment Coordinator, Indian & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)

Areas of interest

I have an unrealized passion for planning of large urban systems, which is sometimes called metroplexing.  Metropolitan complexes, or metroplexes, are formed either by many large cities gradually sprawling into one another, such as Megalopolis in the northeast USA or the Pearl Delta region of China (Hong Kong to Macau); or from densely-populated rural areas undergoing an urban transition, such as is happening in Kerala or central Bangladesh.  My ideal role would be in a leadership position, establishing land use plans and governance systems for emerging metroplexes through democratic processes.

To accomplish this, I must adjust my skillset from a rural regional focus, to an urban regional focus; while transitioning leadership skills from leading-from-behind visioning more into the power projection aspects associated with a senior executive.

Matthias Jaeger

Matthias Jaeger

Consultant, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington D.C.

Education

A German national, Matthias holds an M.A. in Law and Latin American Studies from Bielefeld University and an M.A. in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. In addition, he pursued a three-month post-graduate certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Matthias is fluent in English and Spanish, in addition to his German mother tongue and intermediate Portuguese.

 Professional experiences

Matthias is an international cooperation professional with more than twelve years of experience at the intersection of program management, capacity development, and resource mobilization in both non-governmental contexts and international organizations. He worked for ten years for different German and European government agencies abroad as well as the German Bertelsmann Foundation, Europe’s biggest think tank. At the Foundation, Matthias coordinated the “Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI)”, one of the world’s leading governance indices, as well as the prestigious young-leaders program “Transformation Thinkers”, an inter-regional exchange on good governance for decision-makers from countries in transition. After joining the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. in early 2014, Matthias created a program on transparency, participation, and civic innovation called the “OAS Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas”, which he currently coordinates. Matthias has published over twenty articles on international affairs in newspapers and academic journals in Germany, Mexico, and the US.

Areas of interest

Matthias has a strong regional focus on Latin America and a keen interest in human rights and the rule of law, democratic governance, anti-corruption strategies, citizen security, democratization processes, and international development. In his spare time, Matthias serves as an international election observer for the OSCE (in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan) as well as the OAS (so far in Guatemala and El Salvador). He also enjoys long-distance running and jazz.

Lorenzo Rubino

Lorenzo Rubino

Energy Field

Education

  • 02/2015: Professional qualification to practice as Industrial Engineer.
  • 09/2012 – 07/2014: MSc in Energetic and Nuclear Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy). Final grade: 109/110. Mobility at NTUU “KPI” (Ukraine) with European scholarship. Thesis about estimations on energy use, CO2 emissions-reduction and added value in a Norwegian farm small-scale biogas plant at TUC (Norway) with national scholarship.
  • 02/2013 – 04/2013: Wind power sizing program (WAsP), at DTU (Denmark).
  • 09/2008 – 07/2012: Bachelor’s degree in Energetic Engineering at Polytechnic University, Turin. Final grade: 98/110. Thesis about continuous monitoring of energy consumption in buildings, collaborating with the European project iSERV CMB.

 Professional experiences

  • From 07/2016 (current job) Technical area manager in a Energy Services Company (ESCo). I am responsible of designing and managing renewable energy sources plants (photovoltaic, wind power, biomass, CHP but also traditional heating systems) plus maintaining them. I am also responsible as energy efficiency auditor in the residential, tertiary and industrial sector projects. We work on technical reports according to the UNI CEI EN ISO 50001, UNI CEI EN 16247, UNI CEI EN 11352 e UNI CEI EN 15900 (Altea Energia S.p.A. – Rivoli, Italy).
  • From 09/2016 (current position) Qualified industrial engineer member of the Italian Professional Association of Engineers (Turin, Italy).
  • From 03/2015 (current job) Website editor-in-chief of the online scientific periodical energy.closeupengineering.it/en. I am responsible of a group of four people working on writing, publishing on the website and managing the Social Networks and the ads. Energy CuE is part of the network Close-up Engineering (Close-up Engineering – Puglia, Italy).
  • Internship from 05/2015 to 01/2016 I worked on energy system’s technical-efficiency reports and ideas concerning our customer’s factories (Iveco, Fiat-Chrysler, Comau, FPT). I also assisted the North-Italy Energy Manager developing several Energy Analysis according to the UNI CEI EN ISO 50001 and Italian Decree 102/2014 (EDF Fenice – Turin, Italy).
  • Internship from 01/2013 to 04/2013 I worked on designing anaerobic digestion and compost biogas power plants. I drew up technical reports about the processes – spaces, mass and energy sizing – and about the polluting emissions of the plants (Mondopower Group – FerPlant s.r.l. – Chivasso, Italy).

Language skills

As an engineer I am driven to solve problems. Finding solutions leaves me with a sense of pride and success.

However, sometimes I feel that as an engineer we do not study a problem from all of the possible angles. I believe by learning to analyze cities from a wider perspective (environmental, financial, technical, social…) as this Executive Masters program will do, could greatly benefit my work.

As you have seen from my academic and professional experiences, my area of interest is the energy and environmental fields. I know I can make a difference to preserve our planet because I have dedicated time and resources into studying and understanding the problems that our environment faces.

Now as I start the IGLUS Master, I look forward to strengthening my knowledge of the current environmental challenges and learn how to analyze them from all angles, therefore being able to find the best solution.

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