Key note speakers

  • Saskia Sassen – global eco cities

Saskia Sassen is the Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, at Columbia University ( Her new book is Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2006) and A Sociology of Globalization (Norton 2007). She wrote a lead essay in the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture Catalogue and has now completed for UNESCO a five-year project on sustainable human settlement based on a network of researchers and activists in over 30 countries; it is published as one of the volumes of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) (Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers). Her books overall are translated into twentyone languages. Her book The Global City is translated into Chinese by the Shanghai Academy of the Social Sciences (2006). Cities in a World Economy will be published in Chinese by Yilin in 2010.

Presentation Saskia Sassen

  • Philip Cooke – regional innovation systems

Philip Cooke is Research Professor in regional economic development, and founding director (1993) of the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. In 2002 the UK Economic & Social Research Council awarded core-funded UK Research Centre status to CESAGen, a partnership initiative on the Social and Economic Analysis of Genomics in which Prof. Cooke’s Centre has ‘flagship project’ (Economics of Biotechnology Innovation) status. His research interests lie in studies of Biotechnology, Regional Innovation Systems, Knowledge Economies, Entrepreneurship, Clusters and Networks. Cooke is a UK government advisor on innovation, and advises national & regional governments, the EU, OECD, World Bank and UNIDO on regional innovation systems. He is also Editor of ‘European Planning Studies’ a journal devoted to European urban and regional governance, innovation and development issues. In 2003 he was elected Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. In 2004 he was made Distinguished Research Fellow (PRIME) of the University of Ottawa School of Management. He is board member of the Canadian ISRN and Swedish CIND and CIRCLE research centres. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary PhD by the University of Lund, Sweden. In 2007 he is Member of the European Research Area (ERA) Review Committee of the European Commission and the Royal Society Task Force on Nanotechnology.

Presentation Cooke

  • Peter Newman on transport infrastructures for global cities

Peter Newman has written widely on urban governance and planning. He is co-author of two books on policy and planning in European cities (Urban Planning in Europe, Routledge, 1996, and Governance of Europe’s City Regions, Routledge, 2002) and on the planning challenges facing world cities in North America and Asia (Planning World Cities, Palgrave, 2005, and Century Publishing Group, Shanghai, 2010). His latest book – World Tourism Cities (with Robert Maitland) was published by Routledge in  2009.

He is currently co-director of the Governance and Sustainability Programme ( at the University of Westminster. In 2006/07 he was Professeur Invité at the  Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris, University of Paris XII.

Presentation Peter Newman

  • Lan Zhiyong on next generation urban planning in China

Professor Lan obtained his B. A. from Nanjing university, China and his Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1991).  He started his teaching career at Arizona State University, USA in 1990.   He teaches and researches in areas of  public policy, urban governance,  conflict resolution, and government and business relationships.  He has published 4 books, over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and other publications.   He won a number of research and service awards, and has been listed in Marquis Who Is Who in America multiple times.

Professor Lan was a research fellow at the China Center for Economics in Beijing University (1997), a research fellow at the University of Hong Kong (1997-1999), and was a Fulbright Lecturer in 2004-05, and currently Fulbright senior specialist candidate.  He serves as an external program reviewer or thesis reader for some Hong Kong and Singapore universities.  He holds adjunct professorship at Zhejiang University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Nanjing University. He  has been a speaker at many international conferences, community gatherings, local government training sessions, and high level policy forums.

Professor Lan was Executive-on-Loan to the city of Phoenix in 2000-2001 and served as its Chairman of the Chengdu Committee in 2002-04, through which he coordinated international training and many international visits to local governments and businesses.  He serves on a number of editorial boards and is now editor-in-chief of the journal:  《Public Administration and Policy Review》 published by Renmin University Press.  Professor Lan consults with local governments both in the U.S. and in China and with World Bank on China’s public administration reform.

  • Geert Deconinck – smart infrastructures for smart cities

Geert Deconinck is full professor (hoogleraar) at the the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of the K.U.Leuven (Belgium). He performs research on the design of dependable system architectures for industrial control and smart power grids. He teaches topics related to industrial automation and hardware, power systems and measurement techniques. He received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Engineering from the K.U.Leuven, Belgium in 1991 and 1996 respectively. He is member of the IEEE SMC TC on Infrastructure Systems and Services and chairman of the TI society BIRA on industrial automation. He is a member of the Royal Flemish Engineering Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a senior member of the IEEE.

.Presentation Deconinck

  • Wu Fulong – Introduction to eco city planning in China

Fulong Wu is Professor of East Asian Planning and Development and the Director of the Urban China Research Centre in the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. He has published many papers on urban spatial structure, urban housing and land development, and is working on China’s urbanism and urban development, urban and regional governance, urban poverty, and social spatial differentiation. In 2001, he received Otto Koenigsberger Prize from Habitat International. He is among the top 50 most cited human geographers according to h-index / social science citation index.

He is co-editor (with Laurence Ma) of Restructuring the Chinese City (Routledge, 2005), editor of Globalization and the Chinese City (Routledge, 2006), editor of China’s Emerging Cities: The Making of New Urbanism (Routledge, 2007), and co-author (with Jiang Xu andAnthony Gar-OnYeh) Urban Development in Post-Reform China: State, Market, and Space (Routledge, 2007), co-author (with Chris Webster, Shenjing He, and Yuting Liu) Urban Poverty in China (Edward Elgar, 2010), and co-editor (with Chris Webster) Marginalization in Urban China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Presentation Fulong Wu

  • Yuval Portugali – Toward a complexity theory of urban infrastructures

Juval Portugali is Professor of Human Geography at the Department of Geography and the Human Environment Tel Aviv University and a Guest Professor at the department of Urbanism Faculty of Architecture TU Delft. He is the Head of the Environmental Simulation Laboratory (ESLab) and of the Environment, Society and Planning Graduate Program of Tel Aviv University. Juval Portugali received his BA degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, did his MA studies at the Technion Haifa, and received a London University PhD from The London School of Economics and Political sciences. His research integrates complexity and self-organization theories, environmental-spatial cognition, urban dynamics and planning in modern and ancient periods. His publications include Implicate Relations: Society and space in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Kluwer 1993. The Construction of Cognitive Maps, Kluwer, 1996 (Ed.). Self-Organization and the city, Springer, 2000. Complex Artificial Environments. Springer Complexity Series, 2005 (Ed.). Complexity, Cognition and the City, Springer, forthcoming 2010.

  • Mee Kam Ng on on urban planning styles in China

Dr. Mee Kam Ng is the director of the Master of Science in urban planning programme in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong.  She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP).  She has published widely on planning, governance and sustainability issues in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Taiwan. Her publications have earned her five Hong Kong Institute of Planners’ Awards.  At the international level, she has been consultant to the United Nations, the European Union and the Municipal Government of Shenzhen.  She has collaborated with researchers in different parts of the world and has been invited to share her research findings in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, U.K., The Netherlands, Italy, Canada and U.S.A..  She serves as a member in the editorial board of four international planning journals (Town Planning Review, Planning Theory and Practice, DisP—The Planning Review and City, Culture and Society).  She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Research Network on Human Settlements hosted by UN-Habitat.  In Hong Kong, she has served as a member of the Harbourfront-Enhancement Committee, a convenor of the Railway Appeal Board and the editorial board of the journal of the HKIP.

  • Hugo Priemus on Global Eco Cities: climate change and flood risk

Hugo Priemus (1942) is professor emeritus at Delft University of Technology, OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies. He has been He has previously been a dean of both the faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of that same university. been a visiting professor at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane),  The Monfort University, Leicester, UK and at the University of Glasgow. He has also been a professor of policy sciences and technology at the European Facility for land use and development (Strasbourg).Priemus has fulfilled numerous important functions for Dutch public organizations in the field of housing and urban planning, including NIROV, the National Housing Council, the Social and Economic Council and the Ministry of Transport. He has written numerous books and journal articles on housing, urban policy, transport, infrastructure and land policy and has given many keynote speeches in the European Union, USA, Canada and China.

  • Slavis Poczebutas on eco city development

Slavis is Senior Architect and Urban Designer at Arup Urban Design. He leads multidisciplinary teams on various mixed use masterplanning projects and has worked on large scale urban design projects internationally, such as Stratford City, Wanzhuang Eco-City, Project Pinewood and Jeddah Central Area Redevelopment. Among recent projects he is design and project leader for the strategic sustainable development plan for Ninh Thuan province in Vietnam. He is also leading the multidisciplinary Arup team as planning and urban design consultant to the government of Hong Kong and Shenzhen, to develop a campus for a future university on the Lok Ma Chau border crossing. Prior to joining Arup he has gained work experience in leading international design practices in Germany, US and the UK, working on private and public sector developments as well as urban regeneration projects. Having studied and worked with Kees Christiaanse and Sauerbruch Hutton he also pursues a strong theoretical interest in contemporary urbanism and architecture.

  • Vladan Babovic – Sustainable urban water management

Prof Vladan Babovic obtained his PhD. degrees from both UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1995. In 2001, he has obtained a business degree at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). Prior to joining NUS, he was Head of emerging Technologies at Danish Hydraulic Institute (1995-2002), Chief Technology Officer at Tetrasys, Switzerland (2002-2004) and Senior Research Scientist at WL I Delft Hydraulics (2003-2005).

Dr Babovic is the founding Director of Singapore-Delft Water alliance, a multi-disciplinary research initiative involving NUS, PUB (Singapore) and Delft Hydraulics (The Netherlands).

His research interests include hydroinformatics, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery, real options and systems architecting. In 1998, he was awarded Talent Award by Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and in 1996, Dr Arthur IPPEN Award by International Association for Hydro-Environmental Research. He has authored more than 60 book chapters and paper in peer reviewed international journals and more that 80 conference papers. He is popular speaker and has presented keynote/invited lectures in some 30 international conferences and served on organizing and advisory committees for many international conferences and events.

  • Ivo Wenzler – Intelligent Infrastructure for Harmonious Urbanization

Before a recent move to the Accenture’s Global Consulting Experts Group Ivo Wenzler was a Senior Executive within Accenture’s Talent and Organization Service Line. For one day a week he also holds a position of Associate Professor at the Delft University of Technology. At Accenture he focuses on development and implementation of performance management, change management, and business simulation approaches aimed at business transformation and business resilience challenges of his clients. At the Delft University of Technology he teaches a master’s course in simulation game design and publishes regularly in the field of change management and simulation and gaming.

Presentatin Ivo Wenzler