October 23, 2012


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    Mayors' Think Tank [6th Edition]

    Wednesday, 12th March 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    SUMMIT Majestic - Royan I + II CITIES
    In partnership with BPF, CEMR, EUROCITIES, INTA and OECD
    In collaboration with UNEP

    By invitation only

    Autonomous cities: the quest for new resources, from utopia to reality.
    How to maximise use of available resources?

    The Mayors’ Think Tank, is a closed-door summit dedicated to Mayors and top political leaders, held at the Majestic Hotel. 80 international peers share their experiences, thoughts and best-practices during round-tables discussions.


    Scott Burnham Scott Burnham
    Scott Burnham Studio | Director
    Scott Burnham is an urban strategist and designer who has created and directed initiatives in 11 cities worldwide.

    In 2013 he created the Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure project for the Boston Society of Architects, showing how existing urban infrastructure can be repurposed for new use in the city. He has worked in numerous cities including Amsterdam, Porto, Montreal, London, Manchester, Barcelona and most recently in Jesolo, Greater Venice, Italy, where he pioneered a design strategy for reusing existing urban materials to create a new genre of urban design.

    He has addressed the World Urban Development Congress, the International Conference on European Policy and has authored numerous articles and publications on design and urban resourcefulness. In recognition of his work, Burnham was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce in London in 2010.


    Tim Neal Tim Neal
    ARCADIS | Global Director - Buildings
    Tim Neal is the Global Director of the Buildings Business line at ARCADIS, the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. With a broad back ground in delivering projects and programmes across multiple asset classes and sectors, Tim has experience of working within both public and private sector enterprises, across the world. Prior to this, Tim was the European leader for EC Harris, which forms part of the ARCADIS group. Active with the CBI Tim recently sponsored EC Harris’s co-authorship of the publication ‘Next Regeneration’ where stakeholder surveys and case studies identified twelve clear recommendations for regenerative success. This empathy with key stakeholder needs led to success in PFI and PPP working across the deal map in the UK and Europe. Tim believes that early recognition that the success and the improvement sought in complex regenerative transactions requires transformative change is an essential point of understanding and acceptance that is vital to securing the outcomes sought. Enabling change, asset led transformation, strong leadership through change, with collaborative behaviours, respect and integrity played out will deliver the revitalisation sought. Social, environmental and economic goals are mutually inclusive and can be delivered.


    Prof. John Macomber Prof. John Macomber
    Harvard Business School | Professor
    John Macomber is a member of the Finance faculty at Harvard Business School. His MBA and Executive courses led include 'Real Estate Management,' 'Investing in Sustainable, Competitive Cities,' and 'Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment.' Prior to joining HBS, Mr. Macomber led organizations in construction, software, real estate development, and commercial banking.
    Dr Arab Hoballah Dr Arab Hoballah
    UNEP | Chief SCP
    Arab Hoballah serves as the Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production/SCP in UNEP since October 2005. Among other responsibilities, he looks for mainstreaming Resource Efficiency and SCP policies at local, national, regional and global levels, as well as improving the decision making process,

    At Rio+20, the only operational issue that was explicitly adopted in “The Future We Want” was the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP, for which Arab has coordinated the preparation and is actually supervising its implementation;

    Prior to this post, he spent 14 years working in the UNEP Regional Seas programme as Deputy Director of the Blue Plan and then Deputy Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), where he established the Commission on Sustainable Development. Before, he worked for several institutions in developing countries.

    Arab Hoballah holds a MSc in Economic Tools and Prospective Analysis, a MSc in Law and International Relations and a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Paris

    Dr William Tompson Dr William Tompson
    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) | Head of the Urban Development Programme
    William Tompson is head of the Urban Development Programme in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. He is the author of Khrushchev: A Political Life (Macmillan/St Martin's, 1995) and The Soviet Union under Brezhnev (Longman, 2003), as well as The Political Economy of Reform: Lessons from Pensions, Product Markets and Labour Markets in Ten OECD Countries (OECD, 2009) and numerous articles and book chapters on Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics and economic policy.

    Professor Tompson has taught at Sciences-Po Paris, the University of London, the University of Oxford and at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has also worked as an advisor to the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs of the British House of Commons. He holds BA and MA degrees from Emory University in the United States and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

    Frédéric Vallier Frédéric Vallier
    Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) | Secretary General
    Frédéric Vallier is Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) since 1 February 2010.

    As an expert in European and international affairs, he has over twenty years of experience working with local and regional authorities. He notably campaigned for the recognition of the role of local and regional government in the global agreement on climate change and represents European local and regional authorities within the global task force for post-2015 development agenda. He held a mandate as deputy mayor between 1995 and 2001 in France, his home country.

    Frederic Vallier is fluent in French and English, speaks Italian and has a basic knowledge of German. He holds an Executive Master’s Degree in public management from Science Po Paris. In 2012, he was elected member of the board of the European Movement International.

    Liz Peace Liz Peace
    British Property Federation | Chief Executive
    Liz Peace became CEO of the British Property Federation in 2002, following a long and varied career in the MOD, working on a diverse range of projects including Northern Ireland, land acquisitions and public enquiries. At the BPF she has managed to change legislation on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the Government to introduce REITs. She is currently deeply involved with the Coalition Government on the implementation of their growth agenda and the particular challenges posed by CIL, the Portas Review, tax changes and the continuing drive towards energy efficient buildings. Liz was awarded a CBE in the 2008 for services to the property industry.
    Vanda Knowles Vanda Knowles
    EUROCITIES | Interim Secretary General
    Vanda Knowles is EUROCITIES interim secretary general until the appointment of a successor to Paul Bevan who left at the end of January 2014. She has been with the network since 2005 and policy director since January 2006. EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities, providing a political platform for cities at European level and a forum for city networking and exchange. Vanda’s background is in international relations and European studies. She speaks English, French, German, and some Polish and Spanish.
    Dr Michel Sudarskis Dr Michel Sudarskis
    INTA | Secretary General
    Michel Sudarskis is the Secretary General of INTA, the International Urban Development Association, since 1987. He holds PhD in Economics and Political Sciences. Before joining INTA he taught on international co-operation and foreign affairs as Ass, etcociate Professor with several Universities (Strasbourg, Paris, Nice and Lille) and served with international organisations in Italy and Belgium. Michel Sudarskis writes and speaks regularly on urban issues; he has lead more than 50 international urban development missions on behalf of INTA and worked with the UNCRD in Latin America, the EIB in the Middle East, Spanish Cooperation Agency in Morocco, etc.

    Key Player(s)

    Prof. Greg Clark Prof. Greg Clark
    The Business of Cities Limited | Principal
    Professor Greg Clark is an international mentor and advocate for cities. His professional practice works with public and private leadership in global cities, global firms, global organisations, and at global events. He is an expert reviewer on cities for inter-governmental organisations and has led reviews in 100 cities. He is a regular advisor to world cities and regions including Hong Kong, Singapore, London, New York, Toronto, Cape Town, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Rio da Janeiro, Auckland, Johannesburg, Vienna, Glasgow, and Moscow. He maintains a portfolio of key roles that currently includes:

    Global Institutions

    • Chairman, OECD Forum on Local Development Agencies and Investment Strategies, Paris.
    • Senior Fellow, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Europe, London.
    • Global Fellow, Metropolitan Programme, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC.
    • Co-chairman, New York Regional Plan Global Advisory Board
    • World Bank Advisor on Metropolitan Strategy.

    Trained as an Economist, Social and Political Scientist, City & Regional Planner, Cambridge University, UK, Columbia University, NYC, and London School of Economics. Harkness Fellow and author of six books and numerous reports and papers on cities and business development issues.

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