Shyam Khandekar is an Architect, Urban Designer and Urban Planner
has over 40 years of professional experience in various aspects of
the design of cities and their (urban) landscape and public spaces. He
is an alumnus of IHS, Rotterdam (1973), and holds a Master’s degree
in Urban Design from the University of Manchester (UK) (1976) and
a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Technical University
of Delft ( Netherlands)( 1978), besides holding a B.Arch( Hons) degree in Architecture from the
prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kharapur,India (1972). Shyam has founded and led his
own private practice in the Netherlands for more than 25 years and has been working and leading
multi-disciplinary design-teams engaged in large complex urban projects in Europe and in India.
As founder of his design studio, Shyam has led, among others, the design of the award-winning
Paleiskwartier in Netherlands and the Nirlon Knowledge Park in Mumbai, India. As Chairman of BDP.
KHANDEKAR, Netherland and BDP.INDIA, Shyam was responsible for leading design teams which
won the competitions for both IIT, Mandi campus and the sustainable IIT,Jodhpur campus in India. He
has lectured extensively around the world in conferences and at universities on issues related to the
liveability of cities and on his own designs. He is co-founder and Editorial Director of the international
magazine MY LIVEABLE CITY
Dr. Alexander Jachnow is an urban development specialist with more
than 19 years of working experience as a researcher and consultant in the
fields of urban capacity development. The main focus of his work lies in
enhancing institutions and human resources through strengthening their
capacities by improving urban management and policy frameworks
At IHS, Dr. Jachnow is responsible for leading one specialization within the Masters’ Programme MSc. Urban Management and Development. His department teaches on strategic urban planning and development, including policy frameworks and National Urban Policies. He is engaged in advisory as well as research assignments and frequently works with organizations and DC agencies such as DFID, European Commission, GIZ, KfW, OECD, UN Habitat and UNESCO and local and national governments and NGOs worldwide..
Previous to joining IHS, Dr. Jachnow had worked for 6 years as team leader in Urban Governance Programmes of GIZ, KfW, World Bank and ADB in South Asia. From 1998 till 2007 his focus was on
Latin America including diverse assignments, practical work, research and field studies. He was engaged in housing programmes in Mexico City and in Favela upgrading in Fortaleza, and wrote his PhD thesis on the influence of Civil Society on urban development with case studies from
Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. He studied architecture in Berlin and Cordoba, Argentina, and holds a specialization in Housing Studies from the UNAM, Mexico City.
Dr. Ogenis Brilhante (PhD. Environmental Science, University Paris
XII, Paris 1999 is the Head of the Green City and Infrastructure (IGC)
thematic area, which includes the master specialization “Managing and
Financing Infrastructure for Green Cities (MFUI)” and the professional
short course “Green city for Eco Efficiency”.
He has initiated the GCI thematic area in 2013 by developing the
IHS Green City Concept and two tools: one to measure green city
performance and the other to develop a Green City action planning to
help city become greener. The thematic area has become very successful with high student counts,
publications and international projects.
Ogenis has completed more than 50 assignments in more than 25 developing and transitional
countries working for different bilateral and multilateral agencies as well as governments and nongovernmental organizations,
His skills acquired in more than 20 years of experiences involved capacity building, research and
advisory projects focused on environmental planning and quality, infrastructure management,
sustainable development, climate change, disaster risks, sustainable energy, water & sanitation and
He has a certification on ISO 14001, he is the author of two books: Municipal planning and
management (English and in Chinese) and Environmental Impact Assessment (English and Arabic)
and several publications in peer reviewed journals.
His research interest covers infrastructure asset management, environmental health, sustainable
development, sustainable energy and green city. Currently, he is working on research involving
infrastructure and green city performance, as well as green city relations with sustainability,
liveability, healthy cities and competitiveness.
Paola Huijding is born in São Paulo of European parents, she grew up in
the Netherlands and Brazil, was raised in three languages, and began
her professional life in 1990. Since then she has been working in the
Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Brazil. She has built her career
as designer, city planner, innovation developer and strategy manager.
Having received two degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning, she
has specialised in a combination of highly efficient, inclusive spatial
solutions and creative functional conceptions, multicultural background
communications and project management.
Driving by passion she has led big scale and complex projects at international level, providing
a wide range of management, strategy and design services; meeting the needs for both the
public and private sector for long-term urban strategies. She understands the crucial role of
knowledge and feeling for the potential of urbanisation, and enables a city to develop a coordinated,
institutional framework to make the most of opportunities, giving residents a chance to have a voice
in the future of the place where they live.
During her career she has collaborated with Michael Wilford (London/Stuttgart), Sjoerd Soeters
(Amsterdam) and René Daniels (Maastricht). In the last years she led her own company Volpi
Urbane in collaboration with the Collaborating Center on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Since April 2017 she joined Platform31 and is responsible for the development of the vision and
overall coordination of the sustainability programme focussing on climate change, energy transition
and circular economy.
Dr. Pennink (BA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; BFA,
Parsons School of Design, NYC; MA Urban Management, Erasmus
University Rotterdam; PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam) is the
Head of International Projects and Advisory Services at the Institute for
Housing and Urban Development Studies.
She worked for the first ten years of her career as an architect and
planner and as a project manager in the field of urban and social housing
development. She joined IHS in 1994. At IHS, she leads the acquisition
and management of the institute’s project portfolio.
Dr. Pennink is a capacity building expert and has provided institutional support to training service
providers throughout Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Thematically, Dr. Pennink trains and provides advice on public - public private partnerships in
infrastructure provision and the privatization of municipal services and, as well as quality and
performance in local government, institutional development and organizational change. She has
extensive experience working with public private partnerships, from 1982 – 93, in the field, in large,
multi-actor urban projects; and through training and advisory work in the developing world, and
Central and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Pennink’s dissertation looked at aspects of risk and trust in public private partnerships. She
has managed teams working on city-wide development strategies, and planning processes that
incorporated community based and participatory approaches. She recently authored, with a
team at IHS, the City Development Strategies 2.0 toolkit, financed by Cities Alliance. This toolkit
is also available in web-based form and facilitates local governments in the development and
implementation of CDS processes.
Martijn Akkerman is a senior urban mobility expert working for
Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers in the Netherlands. He’s an active
cyclist and has worked on cycling infrastructure design projects in the
Netherlands, Latvia and Kazachstan.
Liesl Vivier is the director of Studio BDP in the Netherlands. She works
as an urbanist on large-scale projects of urban regeneration in the
Netherlands and abroad.
Somesh is working as an academic staff at IHS, Erasmus University
Rotterdam. His main functions include teaching, research, advisory and
tailor made training programs. He is in-charge of the 3-months PGD
course on ‘Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT)’.
In the past Somesh has worked with the P&M Research Services,
Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics
(BISAG), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), and
German International Services (GIZ-IS).
Thematic focus of Somesh’s work include sustainable urban
transport, local government finance, environmental planning, green and smart infrastructure
planning, and planning for climate change adaptation and mitigation. He has developed a
framework approach for Sustainability Benefits Assessment Methodology (SBA), Travel Demand
Forecasting Model, Transport Emission Estimation Model, Integrated Model for Low-cost
Sustainable Transport Planning, and web-based decision support system for Climate Change
and Variability Assessment. Somesh has developed several GIS-based systems applied in climate
change impact assessment, vulnerability assessment, national and local level policy making, landuse planning and sustainable development planning. Some of the key assignments that he has
contributed to include – mass online open course (MOOC) on Financing Infrastructure in African
Cities (FIAC) (available at Coursera online learning platform (https://www.coursera.org/learn/
financing-infrastructure-in-african-cities); Sustainability Benefits Assessment Methodology (the
World Bank), Integrating Climate Change with City Development Strategies (UN-Habitat), Linking
Eastern and African Networks on Climate Change (LEAN-CC); Strengthening Higher Education
in Urban Sustainability and Transitions Towards Internationalisation of Academic Institutions and
Networks (SUSTAIN); UNFCCC-II; NATCOM-II; National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP);
Gujarat Forestry Development Project-II (GFDP-II); and the Sixth Central Pay Commission of India
Kelly Shannon is an associate professor of urbanism at the University
of Leuven, where she is director of the Master of Human Settlements
and Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning programs. Her
design research is at the intersection of analysis, mapping and new
cartographies and design. It primarily focuses on the evolving relation
of landscape, infrastructure and urbanization in Asian public sector. A
particular interest focuses development of robust landscape structures
as a form of resilience to deal with contemporary design challenges
at the territorial and urban design scales which can be addressed
through water and forest urbanisms. She regularly contributes essays and book chapters in various
international presses. She co-authored The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure (with Marcel
Smets) and co-edits (with Bruno De Meulder) the book series UFO: Explorations of Urbanism (Park
Vinayak Bharne is Principal and Director of Design of the awardwinning architecture/planning practice, Moule & Polyzoides, in Los
Angeles, USA. He is also Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Urbanism
at the University of Southern California, and Executive Editor of My
Liveable City. His professional work ranges from satellite cities, new
towns, neighborhood and district master plans, mobility plans, innercity revitalization, resortvillages, campuses and housing for corporate,
private and institutional clients; to urban regulations, policies and strategic advising for government
and non-government agencies in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, China, United Arab
Emirates, Panama, Kenya and Mauritius. His projects have received numerous local and national
awards. These include the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement – Overall Excellence
by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the 2013 Pinnacle Award from the
International Downtown Association, five national Charter Awards from the Congress for the New
Urbanism; and the Excellence in Planning Implementation Award from the California Chapter of the
American Planning Association. He is the author/editor of four books including “The Emerging Asian
City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms” (Routledge, 2012), and the forthcoming “Routledge
Companion of Global Heritage Conservation” (Routledge 2018). He is the author of more than 50
articles on urban design and planning including “Humanizing High-rise Urbanism: Design Strategies
and Planning Tools,” and “The Affordable City: Bridging Urban Extremes with a Equitable Middle.”
Profiled as an emerging thought leader by World Architecture News in 2013, he was one of nine
international urban practitioners and scholars honoured at the 2015 Urban Edge Award seminar
at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for “excellence in the broad field of urban design and
the ability of individuals to create major, positive change within the public realm through engaging
research, critical practice and urban activism.”