Mr. Jan Gehl
Professor Emeritus of Urban Design, School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark; Founding Partner, Gehl Architects
Mr. Gehl is an Architect MAA & FRIBA, Professor Emeritus of Urban Design at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He has been awarded the Sir Patrick Abercrombie prize for exemplary contributions to town planning by the International Union of Architects as well as an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
Jan Gehl was awarded an international honorary fellowship to the Royal Institute of British Architects (Int. FRIBA) in 2006 and to the AIA, the American Institute of Architecture and the Canadian Institute of Architecture in 2008.
Jan Gehl is the author of many books including Life between Buildings; Public Spaces, Public Life; and Cities for People.
Ms. Janice Perlman
Founder & President of the Mega-Cities Project
Janice Perlman is an independent consultant, writer and researcher. Her book FAVELA: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro is based on a longitudinal study of four generations of migrants and squatters in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For this work Dr. Perlman received a Guggenheim Award and a Fulbright Award.
In 1987 Dr. Perlman founded The Mega-Cities Project, a global non-profit organization based in New York, with teams in 21 of the world’s largest cities. Its mission is to shorten the lag time between ideas and implementation in urban problem-solving. The organization has brokered over 40 transfers of grassroots urban innovations across boundaries of geography, ethnicity and nationality.
Prior to The Mega-Cities Project, Perlman was a tenured professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She also taught at Columbia University, New York University, CUNY, Trinity College and several Brazilian universities. Outside of academia, Perlman has served as Coordinator of an Inter-Agency Task Force on National Urban Policy; Executive Director of Strategic Planning for the NYC Partnership; Director of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the New York Academy of Sciences; External Evaluator for CHF International / Gates Foundation and NY Academy of Medicine / Kellogg Foundation; Advisor to the World Bank’s Urban Projects Department; and as a consultant for many NGOs.
Dr. Alioune Badiane
Acting Director of the Regional and Technical Cooperation Division and Director, Regional Office for Africa and Arab States, UN-Habitat
Rector, Université de Montréal
Rector, Université du Québec à Montréal
CEO, American Planning Association, Founding Member, Global Planners Network
Co-founder and Deputy Executive Coordinator, Équiterre
Muscadin Jean-Yves Jason
Mayor of Port-au-Prince
Founding President, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
Vice-President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Dr. Richard Lessard
Director, Direction de la Santé publique de Montréal
Dr. Frederick H. Lowy
President and Vice-Chancellor, Concordia University
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Secretary General, ICLEI World Secretariat
Mayor of Montréal
Founding President, Montréal Urban Ecology Centre