Team

The World Cities team includes following experts:

Project Manager: Pablo Gándara

Pablo is responsible for the overall project coordination including contents, logistics and financial management. He is the main contact point for interested cities and multipliers from EU and non-EU countries. Pablo has managed a variety of EU projects dealing with regional and urban development in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the MENA region. Contact: pgandara@world-cities.eu. Phone: 0049 179 9052720

Communications Manager: David Zeller

David is a senior communication and business development professional. He has advised public regional and local authorities in clusters and innovation issues. David will coordinate World Citiee external communication and share with Pablo the overall coordination of the project. Contact: dzeller@world-cities.eu

Senior Expert for Urban Development Policy in the EU: Iñigo Bilbao 

Iñigo is an architect and urban development specialist, brings along over 20 years of hands-on project management experience. As head of strategic projects on the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, Iñigo leaded the application of Vitoria Gasteiz to become EU’s Green Capital 2012 and managed the international agenda of the city, including monitoring of European projects (URBAN, MOVESMART, etc.), as well as organising capacity building and training measures for municipal staff and international partners on climate change and sustainable mobility issues. Iñigo is supporting the city selection mechanism.

Senior Advisor for EU Policy: Ambassador Juan Prat y Coll

Juan is a former General Director of the EU Commission and a former Spanish Ambassador to Italy, the Netherlands, NATO and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Juan was in charge of ensuring World Cities policy coherence with other European and international initiatives.

Project Coordinator Australia: Bruce Wilson

Coordination and expertise in Australian regional and urban policies will be provided by Prof Bruce Wilson, director of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research in Melbourne. Bruce will also liaise with the EU Delegation to Australia as well as with relevant multipliers from public authorities, business and research. Bruce coordinates selection of Australian cities and will support the identification of pilot projects. Contact: bwilson@world-cities.eu

Project Coordination South Korea: Felix Kalkowsky

Cooperation with South Korean cities will be coordinated by Felix Kalkowsky. Felix is urban planner and works at at CityNet’s Secretariat in Seoul Global Centre. Felix has a strong record in organizing events and sessions at major international conferences such as PrepCom3, Habitat III and the International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals.  Furthermore, Felix supports CityNet’ capacity-building programmes by preparing workshops for government officials and technical experts. Contact: fkalkowsky@world-cities.eu

Project Coordination South Africa:

Professor Ivan Turok is the Executive Director in the Economic Performance and Development Unit of the HSRC. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regional Studies, and Chairman of the City Planning Commission for Durban. He is also Honorary Professor at the Universities of Cape Town and Glasgow, and has a PhD in Economics, MSc in Planning and BSc in Geography. Before returning to South Africa and joining the HSRC in 2010 he was Professor and Research Director of the Department of Urban Studies at Glasgow University.

Fatima Beg is expert on regional and urban development in South Africa. She was based for 9 years in South Africa working for the National Treasury in Pretoria and for GIZ. Fatima strongly supported the development of the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) of South Africa’s Department of Cooperative Governance. Fatima will support the identification and engagement of South African cities. Contact: fbeg@world-cities.eu

The World Cities project is implemented by GIZ International Services and Ramboll.

GIZ Project Direction: Stefanie Klein

Stefanie Klein is Regional Manager at GIZ International Services. Stefanie is in charge of ensuring the high quality of services, the institutional support of GIZ and the necessary backstopping during implementation. She has a strong experience in European projects in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Contact: stefanie.klein@giz.de

Ramboll Project Direction: Raul Daussa

Raul is Senior Environmental Consultant in the International Project Management of Ramboll. He and has over 15 years of experience with international technical assistance cooperation. Raul has a wide experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams in different technical fields. Contact: RD@ramboll.dk