Bruno de Meulder is an architect and development planner specialized on the fields of regional development planning, human settlement planning and urban and housing research in emerging economies, as well as academic and professional capacity building. His specific fields of expertise are: Manager of housing projects, Planner of human settlements, Researcher of housing and urban development in the developing world, Lecturer of human settlement planning and housing in developing countries, Facilitator of urban and regional planning workshops and Trainer of trainers and institutional capacity building. His focus areas include housing equity and justice as well as housing and climate change.

Kelly Shannon is an Urban Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change specialist. She works on education, advisory, and research on urban sustainability and governance at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, climate resilience, and urban redevelopment. Laura coordinates the PhD programme Urban Development and Governance. She holds a Masters (cum laude) in Urban Management and Development at IHS, an MBA in Real Estate Business and Civil Construction Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning.

Shyam Khandekar is an Architect, Urban Designer and Urban Planner and 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.

Vinayak BharneVinayak Bharne is Principal and Director of Design of the award-winning 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, inner-city 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.”

Leo van Broeck has a background in the field of urban planning and development. She works on and manages post-graduate academic education, research and training and advisory work in the field of urban planning, policy and development, urban socio-spatial dynamics, participation and sustainability, strategic urban planning, multi-stakeholder processes, self-governance, informality, (urban) living labs and place-making and (urban) social innovation. She recently developed a toolkit for stakeholder engagement in integrated spatial strategy development with a team of colleagues that is being implemented in various projects focusing on improving quality and access to public space, addressing urban justice and food and nutrition security.

Joris Scheers is a team member of Urban Environment and Climate Change (UESC) thematic area at IHS and he is involved in teaching, research, advisory and designing tailor-made training programs. Somesh has worked with the Planning and Marketing Research Services, Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), and German International Services (GIZ-IS). His main thematic areas of focus are public finance, inclusive smart cities, nature-based solutions for sustainable development planning, and sustainable urban transport. Somesh has two master’s degrees (Master in Urban Planning, and Master in Urban Management and Development) and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Liesl Vanautgarden is a registered urban planner, urban designer, economic developer, urban navigator and global speaker on Smart Cities and Intelligent Communities. A graduate of Waterloo’s Urban And Regional Planning School and a Master of Urban Design from the University of Manchester ( UK), John is co-founder and Chairman of the global think-tank Intelligent Community Forum ( ICF ) headquartered in New York. Since 1999, the Intelligent Community movement has grown around the world with over 200 cities and thousands participating.