MEET THE 2018 LOCAL PATHWAYS FELLOWS

The Local Pathways Fellowship is bringing together a network of young thought leaders, urban planners, sustainability advocates, researchers and innovators from more than 50 cities across the world to advance local dialogue, collaboration and problem solving around the Sustainable Development Goals and to make cities and urban settlements “smart, fair and sustainable”. 

  Victor Ngo   Vancouver, Canada   Transportation Planner / Research Associate, WATT Consulting Group / The University of British Columbia   Victor Ngo is a Transportation Planner with WATT Consulting Group and a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he advises public & private sector clients and conducts research on transportation infrastructure and urban development issues. Born and raised in Vancouver, Victor holds a MA in Planning and a BA in Geography from UBC.

Victor Ngo

Vancouver, Canada

Transportation Planner / Research Associate, WATT Consulting Group / The University of British Columbia

Victor Ngo is a Transportation Planner with WATT Consulting Group and a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he advises public & private sector clients and conducts research on transportation infrastructure and urban development issues. Born and raised in Vancouver, Victor holds a MA in Planning and a BA in Geography from UBC.

  Dianty Ningrum   Denpasar, Bali Indonesia   Analyst, Kopernik   As an Analyst in the award-winning organization Kopernik, Dianty works on multiple cross-cutting issues in the development sector. Passionate about urban development, she previously interned for the Governor Office of Greater Jakarta Area and pursued a Master's degree in Global Urban Development and Planning from The University of Manchester.

Dianty Ningrum

Denpasar, Bali Indonesia

Analyst, Kopernik

As an Analyst in the award-winning organization Kopernik, Dianty works on multiple cross-cutting issues in the development sector. Passionate about urban development, she previously interned for the Governor Office of Greater Jakarta Area and pursued a Master's degree in Global Urban Development and Planning from The University of Manchester.

  O’Brien Makore   Harare, Zimbabwe   Founder and Director, HarareYangu   O’Brien is an urban planner-cum-civic innovator interested in urban governance, transport planning and sustainable community development. He is the founder of HarareYangu, an initiative that utilizes new media in promoting good urban governance through effective citizen participation. For the success of his initiative, he was named a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.

O’Brien Makore

Harare, Zimbabwe

Founder and Director, HarareYangu

O’Brien is an urban planner-cum-civic innovator interested in urban governance, transport planning and sustainable community development. He is the founder of HarareYangu, an initiative that utilizes new media in promoting good urban governance through effective citizen participation. For the success of his initiative, he was named a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.

  Michelle Njuguna   Nairobi, Kenya   Project Coordinator, KUWA ltd   Michelle is a young graduate architect from Jomo Kenyatta University, passionate about African cities. She has been involved in the Making Cities Together project that has garnered international recognition in the urban upgrade of the low-income community of Dandora and has contributed to placemaking week in Nairobi for the last three years to raise local awareness of public spaces in the city.

Michelle Njuguna

Nairobi, Kenya

Project Coordinator, KUWA ltd

Michelle is a young graduate architect from Jomo Kenyatta University, passionate about African cities. She has been involved in the Making Cities Together project that has garnered international recognition in the urban upgrade of the low-income community of Dandora and has contributed to placemaking week in Nairobi for the last three years to raise local awareness of public spaces in the city.

  Chhaya Bhardwaj   Greater Noida, India   Founder, Environmental Law Center, Lloyd Law College   Chhaya Bhardwaj works for environmental and climate change education globally. She founded Environmental Law Center, Lloyd Law College, to sensitize people to act locally. She primarily works with the youth aged between 15- 35 years and has organised environmental, gender equality, Climate Change education, tree plantation campaign. etc. She is also working as an Assistant at UN ILC.

Chhaya Bhardwaj

Greater Noida, India

Founder, Environmental Law Center, Lloyd Law College

Chhaya Bhardwaj works for environmental and climate change education globally. She founded Environmental Law Center, Lloyd Law College, to sensitize people to act locally. She primarily works with the youth aged between 15- 35 years and has organised environmental, gender equality, Climate Change education, tree plantation campaign. etc. She is also working as an Assistant at UN ILC.

  Maria Auma   Kampala, Uganda   Founder, Blue Luxury Investments   Maria Auma is the founder of Blue Luxury Investments an international organization focusing on fundraising for development programs globally. Under BLI she has partnered with IUCN CEC on the UN Environment “Beat Plastic Pollution” campaign; and with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on the “Guinness World Record 2018: 100,000 postcard challenge” for a safer climate.

Maria Auma

Kampala, Uganda

Founder, Blue Luxury Investments

Maria Auma is the founder of Blue Luxury Investments an international organization focusing on fundraising for development programs globally. Under BLI she has partnered with IUCN CEC on the UN Environment “Beat Plastic Pollution” campaign; and with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on the “Guinness World Record 2018: 100,000 postcard challenge” for a safer climate.

  Thales Dantas   Florianópolis, Brazil   M.Sc Student and Research Assistant, Federal University of Santa Catarina   Passionate about sustainability and community development, Thales worked as a consultant for private and third sector organizations, and currently pursues his M.Sc. in environmental engineering, researching circular economy options via life cycle assessment. Engaged in many socioenvironmental initiatives, Thales is also a member of the Global Shapers community and the Circular Economy Nucleus.

Thales Dantas

Florianópolis, Brazil

M.Sc Student and Research Assistant, Federal University of Santa Catarina

Passionate about sustainability and community development, Thales worked as a consultant for private and third sector organizations, and currently pursues his M.Sc. in environmental engineering, researching circular economy options via life cycle assessment. Engaged in many socioenvironmental initiatives, Thales is also a member of the Global Shapers community and the Circular Economy Nucleus.

  Claudia Taboada   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic   CEO, Acción Educativa   Claudia Taboada is native of the Dominican Republic. She has graduated from veterinary medicine, law, and completed her master's in Project Management of International Cooperation. She worked in management and design of educational simulations and she is currently CEO of EducAcción, a company dedicated to promoting educational travel and education for sustainable development.

Claudia Taboada

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

CEO, Acción Educativa

Claudia Taboada is native of the Dominican Republic. She has graduated from veterinary medicine, law, and completed her master's in Project Management of International Cooperation. She worked in management and design of educational simulations and she is currently CEO of EducAcción, a company dedicated to promoting educational travel and education for sustainable development.

  Mahak Agrawal   New Delhi, India   Urban Planner and Researcher   Mahak is an urban planner working on issues of open defecation & sanitation deprivation since 2013.She has also worked with the following institutions:Town and Country Planning Organization,Government of India; Institute of Transport Economics,Oslo;University of Illinois,Chicago & IIHS. Lately,she has been working pro-bono on climate resilience of Indian megacities.

Mahak Agrawal

New Delhi, India

Urban Planner and Researcher

Mahak is an urban planner working on issues of open defecation & sanitation deprivation since 2013.She has also worked with the following institutions:Town and Country Planning Organization,Government of India; Institute of Transport Economics,Oslo;University of Illinois,Chicago & IIHS. Lately,she has been working pro-bono on climate resilience of Indian megacities.

  Elizaveta Fakirova   Moscow, Russia  Liza is an urban manager with a major in Spatial Planning (Russia) and MA in Urban Management (Germany). She has been involved in projects in Russia and internationally, such as design solutions for children spaces, development of sustainable models of heritage conservation, and projects focused on social inclusion. Her particular interest is how culture drive cites and make them more efficient.

Elizaveta Fakirova

Moscow, Russia

Liza is an urban manager with a major in Spatial Planning (Russia) and MA in Urban Management (Germany). She has been involved in projects in Russia and internationally, such as design solutions for children spaces, development of sustainable models of heritage conservation, and projects focused on social inclusion. Her particular interest is how culture drive cites and make them more efficient.

  Abdulla Kafy   Rajshahi, Bangladesh   Urban Planner and GIS Analyst, Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA)   Being an Urban Planner & GIS Expert, His aim is to develop and implement solutions that would help address the challenges faced by the cities in Bangladesh because of rapid urbanization. He is currently working as GIS Analyst in Rajshahi Development Authority,Bangladesh.Kafy holds a Bachelor degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET),Bangladesh.

Abdulla Kafy

Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Urban Planner and GIS Analyst, Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA)

Being an Urban Planner & GIS Expert, His aim is to develop and implement solutions that would help address the challenges faced by the cities in Bangladesh because of rapid urbanization. He is currently working as GIS Analyst in Rajshahi Development Authority,Bangladesh.Kafy holds a Bachelor degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET),Bangladesh.

  Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao   Ithaca, United States   Ph. D. Researcher, The Erickson Lab at Cornell University   A Ph.D. student at Cornell and a Forbes Under 30 Scholar, Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao (www.elviscao.com) is studying CO2 conversion to fuels with sunlight, which earned him a $20K Grand Prize in 2017 “Create the Future” Design contest by NASA Tech Briefs. He hopes to contribute to the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap, which sets a strategic goal of 80% reductions in GHG emissions from 2008 levels by 2050.

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao

Ithaca, United States

Ph. D. Researcher, The Erickson Lab at Cornell University

A Ph.D. student at Cornell and a Forbes Under 30 Scholar, Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao (www.elviscao.com) is studying CO2 conversion to fuels with sunlight, which earned him a $20K Grand Prize in 2017 “Create the Future” Design contest by NASA Tech Briefs. He hopes to contribute to the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap, which sets a strategic goal of 80% reductions in GHG emissions from 2008 levels by 2050.

  Carl Hooks   Beijing, China   Yenching Scholar, Yenching Academy of Pekin University   Carl is a Yenching Scholar earning an MA in Economics at Peking University. Having grown up or studied in 11 cities across the US, Middle East, and China, he is interested in smart urban planning and design. He researches eco-cities at the PKU-Lincoln Institute and the International Institute of Green Finance. Carl holds a BA in International & Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Carl Hooks

Beijing, China

Yenching Scholar, Yenching Academy of Pekin University

Carl is a Yenching Scholar earning an MA in Economics at Peking University. Having grown up or studied in 11 cities across the US, Middle East, and China, he is interested in smart urban planning and design. He researches eco-cities at the PKU-Lincoln Institute and the International Institute of Green Finance. Carl holds a BA in International & Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

  Oluwaseun Ajani   Ibadan, Nigeria   Student, University of Ibadan   Oluwaseun is an advocate for sustainable development. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria. During his national service, he gained experience in physical planning at Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Oluwaseun Ajani

Ibadan, Nigeria

Student, University of Ibadan

Oluwaseun is an advocate for sustainable development. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria. During his national service, he gained experience in physical planning at Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

  Vandita Morarka   Mumbai, India   Founder and CEO, One Future Collective   Vandita is the Founder and CEO of One Future Collective: working towards building compassionate youth social leadership through a mix of education, policy, and socio-legal action. She has won several awards for her work, most recently the Women Economic Forum’s Young Leaders Creating a Better World for All award and the Barclays WeAreTheCity Rising Stars award for Social Impact.

Vandita Morarka

Mumbai, India

Founder and CEO, One Future Collective

Vandita is the Founder and CEO of One Future Collective: working towards building compassionate youth social leadership through a mix of education, policy, and socio-legal action. She has won several awards for her work, most recently the Women Economic Forum’s Young Leaders Creating a Better World for All award and the Barclays WeAreTheCity Rising Stars award for Social Impact.

  Mikayla Zolis   Toronto, Canada   MaRS Solutions Lab Coordinator, MaRS Discovery District   Mikayla is a recent Bachelor of Business graduate from Brock University and works at MaRS Solutions Lab, a social innovation lab in Toronto tackling complex societal challenges relating to inclusivity in cities. She is passionate about innovation and engagement in municipal government and equally as passionate about the role businesses play in solving large-scale social and environmental issues.

Mikayla Zolis

Toronto, Canada

MaRS Solutions Lab Coordinator, MaRS Discovery District

Mikayla is a recent Bachelor of Business graduate from Brock University and works at MaRS Solutions Lab, a social innovation lab in Toronto tackling complex societal challenges relating to inclusivity in cities. She is passionate about innovation and engagement in municipal government and equally as passionate about the role businesses play in solving large-scale social and environmental issues.

  Laura von Puttkamer   Mexico City, Mexico   Blogger and Project Manager, parCitypatory and cdmXberlin   Laura has a MSc in Global Urban Development and Planning. She works as a consultant, blogger, free author and is currently the project manager of cdmXberlin.org. Originally from Germany, she has lived in Ethiopia, India, the UK and, most recently, Mexico.

Laura von Puttkamer

Mexico City, Mexico

Blogger and Project Manager, parCitypatory and cdmXberlin

Laura has a MSc in Global Urban Development and Planning. She works as a consultant, blogger, free author and is currently the project manager of cdmXberlin.org. Originally from Germany, she has lived in Ethiopia, India, the UK and, most recently, Mexico.

  James Speirs   Beijing, China   Independent Researcher   James has lived in cities as diverse as São Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing. He believes good governance is a prerequisite to sustainable and inclusive cities. His focus is non-motorised transportation.  Dockless bikesharing has changed how many people move. These bikes, however, have posed problems. Cities need regulation to find new ways to ensure that these bikes benefit more communities.

James Speirs

Beijing, China

Independent Researcher

James has lived in cities as diverse as São Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing. He believes good governance is a prerequisite to sustainable and inclusive cities. His focus is non-motorised transportation.
Dockless bikesharing has changed how many people move. These bikes, however, have posed problems. Cities need regulation to find new ways to ensure that these bikes benefit more communities.

  Cliff Richard Ingabo   Kigali, Rwanda   Secretary General, Rwanda Reading Culture Initiative   Cliff is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to help children embark on a lifelong journey of learning. He is a founder and Secretary General of Rwanda Reading Culture Initiative where he leads content development. He is working on a startup that uses technology to provide age-appropriate and culturally relevant books to children. He is an Aspire academy fellow

Cliff Richard Ingabo

Kigali, Rwanda

Secretary General, Rwanda Reading Culture Initiative

Cliff is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to help children embark on a lifelong journey of learning. He is a founder and Secretary General of Rwanda Reading Culture Initiative where he leads content development. He is working on a startup that uses technology to provide age-appropriate and culturally relevant books to children. He is an Aspire academy fellow

  Leticia Pinheiro Rizério Carmo   Belo Horizonte, Brazil   Engineer and urban planner, French Development Agency   Leticia is an urban planner currently finishing her first book about intermodal hubs. She worked at the French Development Agency, where she participated in negotiations with governments to coordinate the study of Colombo and Alger’s intermodal hubs. Member of the Brazilian Delegation at the World Urban Forum 9, she held the conference ‘Brazilian cities and the role of civil society organizations’

Leticia Pinheiro Rizério Carmo

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Engineer and urban planner, French Development Agency

Leticia is an urban planner currently finishing her first book about intermodal hubs. She worked at the French Development Agency, where she participated in negotiations with governments to coordinate the study of Colombo and Alger’s intermodal hubs. Member of the Brazilian Delegation at the World Urban Forum 9, she held the conference ‘Brazilian cities and the role of civil society organizations’

  Fransiska Tirtoadisurja   Surabaya, Indonesia   Lead Architect, Triaco Development Consultant   As a Lead Architect, Fransiska approaches SDGs with the highlight on sustainable community housing. She has a particular interest in housing focusing on social justice and community development. Through UNV, she has also contributed to implementing SDGs as a Social Volunteer in Cameroon and Germany, which then acknowledged as a candidate in UNV award 2017.

Fransiska Tirtoadisurja

Surabaya, Indonesia

Lead Architect, Triaco Development Consultant

As a Lead Architect, Fransiska approaches SDGs with the highlight on sustainable community housing. She has a particular interest in housing focusing on social justice and community development. Through UNV, she has also contributed to implementing SDGs as a Social Volunteer in Cameroon and Germany, which then acknowledged as a candidate in UNV award 2017.

  Bhagya Sivaraman   Chennai, India   Independent Development Consultant     Bhagya works at the intersection of education, mental health, and child rights. Her expertise spans across multiple verticals within the development sector that focus on ending violence in schools, workplaces, and communities. She holds Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Oxford University. Bhagya also serves as an associate fellow at the Royal Commonwealth Society, London.

Bhagya Sivaraman

Chennai, India

Independent Development Consultant

Bhagya works at the intersection of education, mental health, and child rights. Her expertise spans across multiple verticals within the development sector that focus on ending violence in schools, workplaces, and communities. She holds Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Oxford University. Bhagya also serves as an associate fellow at the Royal Commonwealth Society, London.

  Naveen Dasari   Los Angeles, United States   Undergraduate Student, University of Southern California   Passionate about human rights, Naveen has interned for UNESCO, USAID, Mission 2020, the Oxford Martin School, and The Borgen Project. He has served as a campus editor for LinkedIn and HuffPost, and co-founded a nonprofit that raised over $45,000 to provide education and clean water to thousands in India. He is an intern for the US Mission to UNEP and attends the University of Southern California.

Naveen Dasari

Los Angeles, United States

Undergraduate Student, University of Southern California

Passionate about human rights, Naveen has interned for UNESCO, USAID, Mission 2020, the Oxford Martin School, and The Borgen Project. He has served as a campus editor for LinkedIn and HuffPost, and co-founded a nonprofit that raised over $45,000 to provide education and clean water to thousands in India. He is an intern for the US Mission to UNEP and attends the University of Southern California.

  Muhammad Shoaib   Lahore, Pakistan   Sustainability and Project Management, Faisai Associates   Muhammad Shoaib is a Civil Engineer, researcher, building performance analyst and sustainability consultant. He is LEED and WELL accredited professional. His passion is to achieve environmentally sustainable, inclusive and healthy built environment. In tandem to his professional job he is official ambassador present to Pakistan for the ILFI, USA and researcher at Shue Yan University Hong Kong.

Muhammad Shoaib

Lahore, Pakistan

Sustainability and Project Management, Faisai Associates

Muhammad Shoaib is a Civil Engineer, researcher, building performance analyst and sustainability consultant. He is LEED and WELL accredited professional. His passion is to achieve environmentally sustainable, inclusive and healthy built environment. In tandem to his professional job he is official ambassador present to Pakistan for the ILFI, USA and researcher at Shue Yan University Hong Kong.

  HY William Chan   Sydney, Australia   Urban Designer and Planner, Cox Architecture   William is an EU Architect and co-founder designing inclusive and resilient cities. A Research Affiliate with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, he co-authored UN-Habitat's World Urban Youth Declaration and launched the UN General Assembly's Youth 2030 Strategy. He is a Dottore Magistrale cum laude (Italy) and University Medallist (Australia).

HY William Chan

Sydney, Australia

Urban Designer and Planner, Cox Architecture

William is an EU Architect and co-founder designing inclusive and resilient cities. A Research Affiliate with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, he co-authored UN-Habitat's World Urban Youth Declaration and launched the UN General Assembly's Youth 2030 Strategy. He is a Dottore Magistrale cum laude (Italy) and University Medallist (Australia).

  Thomas Joseph Odero   Nairobi, Kenya  Civil Engineer, Usafi Comfort Limited  Thomas is a Civil Engineer who is passionate about the adoption of innovative sanitation solutions for the sustainable socio-economic transformation of urban centers in Kenya. He works with Usafi Comfort, a start-up company to offer sanitation solutions with a focus on onsite wastewater management. He is also a member of the Engineers Board of Kenya and a fellow of the 2018 African Changemakers.

Thomas Joseph Odero

Nairobi, Kenya

Civil Engineer, Usafi Comfort Limited

Thomas is a Civil Engineer who is passionate about the adoption of innovative sanitation solutions for the sustainable socio-economic transformation of urban centers in Kenya. He works with Usafi Comfort, a start-up company to offer sanitation solutions with a focus on onsite wastewater management. He is also a member of the Engineers Board of Kenya and a fellow of the 2018 African Changemakers.

  Valerio Francia   Bologna, Italy   Co-founder and Research Associate, City Space Architecture   As an activist for public life, Valerio co-founded City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization with a mission to study, make, spread and share public space culture. He is the director of Co:UrbanLab, a cognitive think tank where he studies urban life, empowers citizens and creates solutions to foster social inclusion. Valerio holds a Master Degree in Architectural and Building Engineering.

Valerio Francia

Bologna, Italy

Co-founder and Research Associate, City Space Architecture

As an activist for public life, Valerio co-founded City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization with a mission to study, make, spread and share public space culture. He is the director of Co:UrbanLab, a cognitive think tank where he studies urban life, empowers citizens and creates solutions to foster social inclusion. Valerio holds a Master Degree in Architectural and Building Engineering.

  Valentina Troconis Yanes   Caracas, Venezuela   Research Analyst, ODH Consultant Firm / AJA   Valentina is passionate about looking for socio-economic solutions for Venezuela and LAC. She is a sustainable development and political innovation advocate who serves as a research analyst in a public policy consultant in Caracas. Valentina also works as a research assistant and writer in the Youth Alliance for the Americas (AJA). She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics in UCAB.

Valentina Troconis Yanes

Caracas, Venezuela

Research Analyst, ODH Consultant Firm / AJA

Valentina is passionate about looking for socio-economic solutions for Venezuela and LAC. She is a sustainable development and political innovation advocate who serves as a research analyst in a public policy consultant in Caracas. Valentina also works as a research assistant and writer in the Youth Alliance for the Americas (AJA). She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics in UCAB.

  Ameya Deshpande   Pune, India   Chief Minister's Fellow, Government of Maharashtra   Born and brought up in the culturally vibrant city of Pune (India), Ameya is a strong believer in the power of technology to solve mankind’s biggest problems. As a Chief Minister's Fellow at the Government of Maharashtra, he has led various digital initiatives to create a robust e-governance framework for Pune. Ameya holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering from BITS Pilani.

Ameya Deshpande

Pune, India

Chief Minister's Fellow, Government of Maharashtra

Born and brought up in the culturally vibrant city of Pune (India), Ameya is a strong believer in the power of technology to solve mankind’s biggest problems. As a Chief Minister's Fellow at the Government of Maharashtra, he has led various digital initiatives to create a robust e-governance framework for Pune. Ameya holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering from BITS Pilani.

  Maria pia Garaycochea   Lima, Perú   Community Affairs & Social Responsability Trainee, APM Terminals Callao   Passionate about projects related to sustainable development and the circular economy.  As a Communicator for Development Bachelor, her main goal is that citizens become aware of the power that we have to make our cities more humane and livable.  Mariapia's vision for Lima is a city where people can enjoy their public spaces, and have access to a quality public transport service.

Maria pia Garaycochea

Lima, Perú

Community Affairs & Social Responsability Trainee, APM Terminals Callao

Passionate about projects related to sustainable development and the circular economy.
As a Communicator for Development Bachelor, her main goal is that citizens become aware of the power that we have to make our cities more humane and livable.
Mariapia's vision for Lima is a city where people can enjoy their public spaces, and have access to a quality public transport service.

  Sania Haider   Islamabad, Pakistan   Graduate, London School of Economics and Political Science   Sania is a budding economist from Pakistan with passion for inclusive and sustainable development. She co-founded a social enterprise to tackle refugee unemployment. Her research focused on the impact of devolution on public service delivery. She interned at Centre for Cities, a leading think tank in the UK.  Sania holds a masters degree in Economic Development from London School of Economics

Sania Haider

Islamabad, Pakistan

Graduate, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sania is a budding economist from Pakistan with passion for inclusive and sustainable development. She co-founded a social enterprise to tackle refugee unemployment. Her research focused on the impact of devolution on public service delivery. She interned at Centre for Cities, a leading think tank in the UK.
Sania holds a masters degree in Economic Development from London School of Economics

  Bhagya Wijayawardane   Colombo, Sri Lanka   Founder/Managing Partner, ESHKOL Agro Solutions Company   Bhagya is a social entrepreneur & passionate about sustainable architecture,energy,landscaping, eco literacy & social justice.She uses Sustainable Agriculture, Rainwater Harvesting, Recycling,Grey Water systems to help communities improve food security,social reconciliation & fight climate change supporting grassroots youth movements & rural women through ESHKOL.QYL Award Winner 18',

Bhagya Wijayawardane

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Founder/Managing Partner, ESHKOL Agro Solutions Company

Bhagya is a social entrepreneur & passionate about sustainable architecture,energy,landscaping, eco literacy & social justice.She uses Sustainable Agriculture, Rainwater Harvesting, Recycling,Grey Water systems to help communities improve food security,social reconciliation & fight climate change supporting grassroots youth movements & rural women through ESHKOL.QYL Award Winner 18',

  Elie Kallab   Beirut, Lebanon   Graduate Student, International Relations and Diplomacy, Lebanese University   Elie is a graduate student in International Relations at the Lebanese University. He worked in International Education and has submitted policy papers to Australian Government departments. He has assisted various ministries in organizing large-scale conferences and has served as the Representative Liaison Officer for the UN Youth Australia. Elie is a former speaker at the HPAIRx Harvard.

Elie Kallab

Beirut, Lebanon

Graduate Student, International Relations and Diplomacy, Lebanese University

Elie is a graduate student in International Relations at the Lebanese University. He worked in International Education and has submitted policy papers to Australian Government departments. He has assisted various ministries in organizing large-scale conferences and has served as the Representative Liaison Officer for the UN Youth Australia. Elie is a former speaker at the HPAIRx Harvard.

  Ankie Peterson   Utrecht, Netherlands   Project Officer Education & Culture, The National Commission for UNESCO, the Netherlands   Ankie Petersen (MA) is a historian, passionate about cultural heritage management in the changing urban environment. She works as a Project Manager for UNESCO The Netherlands, focussing on World Heritage sites and heritage and conflict. As a researcher and author, she regularly writes for different media about current issues in the built environment, and has been published online and in print.

Ankie Peterson

Utrecht, Netherlands

Project Officer Education & Culture, The National Commission for UNESCO, the Netherlands

Ankie Petersen (MA) is a historian, passionate about cultural heritage management in the changing urban environment. She works as a Project Manager for UNESCO The Netherlands, focussing on World Heritage sites and heritage and conflict. As a researcher and author, she regularly writes for different media about current issues in the built environment, and has been published online and in print.

  Hamid Arshad   Granada, Spain   Doctoral candidate, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand   Being a young advocate of SDGs, Hamid is the first Local Pathways Fellow from Pakistan. He is pursuing his PhD in Regional Development at Asian Institute of Technology Thailand. He aims to develop and execute SD solutions in cities of Pakistan. As an Erasmus student in Spain, he seeks to explore what Asian cities can learn from European cities to bring peace and prosperity to the region.

Hamid Arshad

Granada, Spain

Doctoral candidate, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Being a young advocate of SDGs, Hamid is the first Local Pathways Fellow from Pakistan. He is pursuing his PhD in Regional Development at Asian Institute of Technology Thailand. He aims to develop and execute SD solutions in cities of Pakistan. As an Erasmus student in Spain, he seeks to explore what Asian cities can learn from European cities to bring peace and prosperity to the region.

  Kamalakanta Nayak   Hyderabad, India   Founder, Good Universe   Working on sexual and reproductive health & adolescent health.He founded Good Universe, which empowers women in informal & formal settlement communities by helping them to become a catalyst of change in their own right and collaborate with existing health.  He has served as project coordinator for EPTRI & worked as Country Coordinator for AYESSummit-2018

Kamalakanta Nayak

Hyderabad, India

Founder, Good Universe

Working on sexual and reproductive health & adolescent health.He founded Good Universe, which empowers women in informal & formal settlement communities by helping them to become a catalyst of change in their own right and collaborate with existing health.
He has served as project coordinator for EPTRI & worked as Country Coordinator for AYESSummit-2018

  Asra Khan   Karachi, Pakistan   Strategic Lead, OpenMic   Asra R. Khan leads OpenMic, a social startup that engages millennials in conversations about governance, sustainability, and policy through public discourse and open dialogue. She has been associated with Karachi Civic Innovation Lab as a Research & Data Analyst where she researched on developing the SDG Dashboard of Karachi and executed Community Innovators’ Program for civic organizations.

Asra Khan

Karachi, Pakistan

Strategic Lead, OpenMic

Asra R. Khan leads OpenMic, a social startup that engages millennials in conversations about governance, sustainability, and policy through public discourse and open dialogue. She has been associated with Karachi Civic Innovation Lab as a Research & Data Analyst where she researched on developing the SDG Dashboard of Karachi and executed Community Innovators’ Program for civic organizations.

  Madhav Datt   New Delhi, India   Founder and President, Green the Gene   Madhav founded Green the Gene and led its growth one of the world’s largest completely youth-run environmental non-profits, spread over 62 countries involving over 7000 young volunteers. Passionate about the intersection of data, technology and sustainability, he has developed innovative AI driven solutions for communities across the world facing acute environmental crises.

Madhav Datt

New Delhi, India

Founder and President, Green the Gene

Madhav founded Green the Gene and led its growth one of the world’s largest completely youth-run environmental non-profits, spread over 62 countries involving over 7000 young volunteers. Passionate about the intersection of data, technology and sustainability, he has developed innovative AI driven solutions for communities across the world facing acute environmental crises.

  Oscar Wong   London, United Kingdom   Graduate, Bartlett, University College London   Oscar is an urbanist, who has professional planning experiences at Transport for London and London City Airport. He also has extensive research experience in supporting UCL UrbanLab and the Uni of Sheffield. Oscar is passionate about the RIGHT TO THE CITY as evidenced in various contributions to the UN-Habitat III, the European Council of Spatial Planners & Hong Kong Public Space Initiative.

Oscar Wong

London, United Kingdom

Graduate, Bartlett, University College London

Oscar is an urbanist, who has professional planning experiences at Transport for London and London City Airport. He also has extensive research experience in supporting UCL UrbanLab and the Uni of Sheffield. Oscar is passionate about the RIGHT TO THE CITY as evidenced in various contributions to the UN-Habitat III, the European Council of Spatial Planners & Hong Kong Public Space Initiative.

  Yusuf Suleiman   Zaria, Nigeria   ICT4D Master Data Trainer, Catholi Relief Services   Yusuf is a human-centered designer and data analyst who is very passionate about the environment, climate change, and public policy. He was a USAID Youthmapper Leadership Fellow where he has gained extensive experience in research and data analysis. He has lead several advocacy campaigns that leverages on open data and technology to raise awareness about environmental and sustainability issues.

Yusuf Suleiman

Zaria, Nigeria

ICT4D Master Data Trainer, Catholi Relief Services

Yusuf is a human-centered designer and data analyst who is very passionate about the environment, climate change, and public policy. He was a USAID Youthmapper Leadership Fellow where he has gained extensive experience in research and data analysis. He has lead several advocacy campaigns that leverages on open data and technology to raise awareness about environmental and sustainability issues.

  Prakul Sardana   Ahmedabad, India   Graduate Student, Cept University, India   Prakul is a young architect who is passionate about sustainable development through cultural heritage. He is a graduate student in conservation and regeneration at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, India. His inspiration has been his experience working with vernacular mud architecture under an eminent architect Prof. Eugene Pandala in Kerala,India.

Prakul Sardana

Ahmedabad, India

Graduate Student, Cept University, India

Prakul is a young architect who is passionate about sustainable development through cultural heritage. He is a graduate student in conservation and regeneration at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, India. His inspiration has been his experience working with vernacular mud architecture under an eminent architect Prof. Eugene Pandala in Kerala,India.

  Nicholas Gigot   Chapel Hill, United States   Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   Driven to advance the transition to clean energy, Nick Gigot is an Environmental Studies and Economics student at the University of North Carolina. He has interned at URBAN-X, a venture fund for urban technology startups, where he worked with founders and investors to scale up companies in the energy and mobility sectors. He has also researched grid resiliency policy for the UNC School of Law.

Nicholas Gigot

Chapel Hill, United States

Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Driven to advance the transition to clean energy, Nick Gigot is an Environmental Studies and Economics student at the University of North Carolina. He has interned at URBAN-X, a venture fund for urban technology startups, where he worked with founders and investors to scale up companies in the energy and mobility sectors. He has also researched grid resiliency policy for the UNC School of Law.

  David Samson   Lagos, Nigeria   Student, University of Lagos   David is studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Lagos. He is particularly interested in the role of policy, within the Energy and Infrastructure Sectors, as a driver for Sustainable Development. David started his journey advocating for Environmentally Sustainable Waste Management Practices and later began to explore Education as a tool for Sustainable Development.

David Samson

Lagos, Nigeria

Student, University of Lagos

David is studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Lagos. He is particularly interested in the role of policy, within the Energy and Infrastructure Sectors, as a driver for Sustainable Development. David started his journey advocating for Environmentally Sustainable Waste Management Practices and later began to explore Education as a tool for Sustainable Development.

  Michael Diala   Port-Harcourt, Nigeria   Co-Founder, Team Initiative    Michael has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and he earned a Bsc in Management from the University of Port-Harcourt,Nigeria . His passion to inspire change has led him volunteer and aswell work with different development organizations such AIESEC, Hult prize Foundation and VSO Nigeria. He is the Co-Founder Team Initiative.

Michael Diala

Port-Harcourt, Nigeria

Co-Founder, Team Initiative


Michael has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and he earned a Bsc in Management from the University of Port-Harcourt,Nigeria . His passion to inspire change has led him volunteer and aswell work with different development organizations such AIESEC, Hult prize Foundation and VSO Nigeria. He is the Co-Founder Team Initiative.

  Leena Mekki   Khartoum, Sudan   Program Officer, WINJY Enterprises   Leena Shibeika Mekki, a Faculty of Architecture, University of Khartoum alumni currently working as a Program Officer for WINJY Enterprises in Khartoum, Sudan. Driven by her deep passion and great interest in urban design and research, community participation, human centered design and sustainable development Leena hopes to make social change in her local community and create better, sustainable cities for future generations.

Leena Mekki

Khartoum, Sudan

Program Officer, WINJY Enterprises

Leena Shibeika Mekki, a Faculty of Architecture, University of Khartoum alumni currently working as a Program Officer for WINJY Enterprises in Khartoum, Sudan.
Driven by her deep passion and great interest in urban design and research, community participation, human centered design and sustainable development Leena hopes to make social change in her local community and create better, sustainable cities for future generations.

  Renard Siew   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Head Unit- Corporate Sustainability, Sime Darby Property   Renard is Head Unit- Corporate Sustainability for Sime Darby Property and is a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow and a researcher at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). Renard is a graduate of Cambridge University and UNSW. He was the recipient of the Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarship, Cambridge Bursary Scholarship and ARG Hermes Scholarship among others.

Renard Siew

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Head Unit- Corporate Sustainability, Sime Darby Property

Renard is Head Unit- Corporate Sustainability for Sime Darby Property and is a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow and a researcher at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). Renard is a graduate of Cambridge University and UNSW. He was the recipient of the Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarship, Cambridge Bursary Scholarship and ARG Hermes Scholarship among others.

  Pradish Poudel   Bharatpur, Nepal   Asia-Pacific Director, IDEAS For Us   Pradish is a Social Entrepreneur, Sustainability Advocate and a Student Doctor pursuing his Medical degree at Chitwan Medical College. Pradish is executing his concept by enrolling thousands of Medical volunteers to secure Universal Health Coverage among underprivileged in South Asia, West Africa and East Africa. As a Youth Consultant to City Mayor, He views sustainability through urban development lens. Pradish's work is centered on advanced metropolitan solutions for sustainable development.

Pradish Poudel

Bharatpur, Nepal

Asia-Pacific Director, IDEAS For Us

Pradish is a Social Entrepreneur, Sustainability Advocate and a Student Doctor pursuing his Medical degree at Chitwan Medical College. Pradish is executing his concept by enrolling thousands of Medical volunteers to secure Universal Health Coverage among underprivileged in South Asia, West Africa and East Africa. As a Youth Consultant to City Mayor, He views sustainability through urban development lens. Pradish's work is centered on advanced metropolitan solutions for sustainable development.

  Angesom Teklu   Waltham, USA   Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management   Mr. Angesom G. Teklu, is a development practitioner, policy analyst, and Social Entrepreneur. He is currently a graduate candidate of Sustainable International Development in the Heller School for Social policy and Management at Brandeis University. Mr. Teklu has been awarded the 2017 Civil Society Leadership award from Open Society Foundation for his work in youth empowerment and Civil Society capacity development.

Angesom Teklu

Waltham, USA

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Mr. Angesom G. Teklu, is a development practitioner, policy analyst, and Social Entrepreneur. He is currently a graduate candidate of Sustainable International Development in the Heller School for Social policy and Management at Brandeis University. Mr. Teklu has been awarded the 2017 Civil Society Leadership award from Open Society Foundation for his work in youth empowerment and Civil Society capacity development.

  Barsa Barsa   Patna, India   Research Associate, Dexterity Global   Barsa is an environmentalist and researcher working in the fields of climate change and extreme weather events. She is very passionate about environmental and public policies, urban and sustainable development issues and education. She holds a BA in Environmental Policy from Columbia University, USA. She has been presented with many prestigious awards for her work, including the British Council’s International Climate Champion and Hindustan Times' Brightest Young Climate Leader.

Barsa Barsa

Patna, India

Research Associate, Dexterity Global

Barsa is an environmentalist and researcher working in the fields of climate change and extreme weather events. She is very passionate about environmental and public policies, urban and sustainable development issues and education. She holds a BA in Environmental Policy from Columbia University, USA. She has been presented with many prestigious awards for her work, including the British Council’s International Climate Champion and Hindustan Times' Brightest Young Climate Leader.

  Lina Roeschel   Berlin, Germany   Junior Researcher, Ecologic Institute   Lina Röschel works at Ecologic Institute in Berlin with a main focus on biodiversity protection. Prior, she worked on the project Trans-SEC with the specific objective to improve the food situation for the most vulnerable rural poor population in Tanzania. She had the opportunity to assist the signing of the Paris Agreement, which shaped her passion for environmental topics. Lina Röschel studied Physical Geography of Human-Environment-Systems at Humboldt University and New York University.

Lina Roeschel

Berlin, Germany

Junior Researcher, Ecologic Institute

Lina Röschel works at Ecologic Institute in Berlin with a main focus on biodiversity protection. Prior, she worked on the project Trans-SEC with the specific objective to improve the food situation for the most vulnerable rural poor population in Tanzania. She had the opportunity to assist the signing of the Paris Agreement, which shaped her passion for environmental topics. Lina Röschel studied Physical Geography of Human-Environment-Systems at Humboldt University and New York University.

  Solange Uwera   Brussels, Belgium   Founder, Geospatial Solutions Ltd   Solange is an Urban Designer pursuing her MSc degree in Human Settlements at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She is interested in learning new practices in sustainable urban design, planning and architecture. She is the founder of Geospatial Solutions Ltd, a Land Survey, urban planning and design company in Rwanda. Solange worked for Rwanda Housing Authority in human settlement planning and development. She is a co-founder of Nature Rwanda a local environmental protection organisation.

Solange Uwera

Brussels, Belgium

Founder, Geospatial Solutions Ltd

Solange is an Urban Designer pursuing her MSc degree in Human Settlements at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She is interested in learning new practices in sustainable urban design, planning and architecture. She is the founder of Geospatial Solutions Ltd, a Land Survey, urban planning and design company in Rwanda. Solange worked for Rwanda Housing Authority in human settlement planning and development. She is a co-founder of Nature Rwanda a local environmental protection organisation.

  Avanish Pratap Singh   Dehradun, India   Chief Operations Officer, Waste Warriors   As the youth leader of Waste Warriors, Avinash works on developing strategies to achieve organizational goals inlined with the UN SDGs. During his six years at Waste Warriors, he has worked in the fields ranging from Project Management, Training, Consultancy to Strategic Organizational Development. Enthusiastic about the Himalayan region, Avinash enables & work with his Waste Warriors team to fight the menace of waste in India with the focus on community-driven initiatives and youth leadership.

Avanish Pratap Singh

Dehradun, India

Chief Operations Officer, Waste Warriors

As the youth leader of Waste Warriors, Avinash works on developing strategies to achieve organizational goals inlined with the UN SDGs. During his six years at Waste Warriors, he has worked in the fields ranging from Project Management, Training, Consultancy to Strategic Organizational Development. Enthusiastic about the Himalayan region, Avinash enables & work with his Waste Warriors team to fight the menace of waste in India with the focus on community-driven initiatives and youth leadership.

  Tom Lindsay   London, United Kingdom   Strategy Delivery Manager, 100 Resilient Cities   Tom Lindsay works on delivering resilience strategies to help cities become more resilient to the numerous and complex challenges they face. He is the London based Manager of the Strategy Delivery Unit at 100 Resilient Cities and also a co-founder of an independent research and consulting group, Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism (UE:EU), which explores the implications of emerging risks on cities and their inhabitants.

Tom Lindsay

London, United Kingdom

Strategy Delivery Manager, 100 Resilient Cities

Tom Lindsay works on delivering resilience strategies to help cities become more resilient to the numerous and complex challenges they face.
He is the London based Manager of the Strategy Delivery Unit at 100 Resilient Cities and also a co-founder of an independent research and consulting group, Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism (UE:EU), which explores the implications of emerging risks on cities and their inhabitants.

  Oladotun Morakinyo   Ogbomosho, Nigeria   Managing Partner, Heristeady Integrated Global Services   Oladotun Morakinyo is an Environment enthusiast and a Certified Town Planner from Nigeria. He had his Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning and holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Urban Development. His love for serving humanity inspired him to being a permanent volunteer on Sustainability for Hope For Us Charity; an International Charity Organization.

Oladotun Morakinyo

Ogbomosho, Nigeria

Managing Partner, Heristeady Integrated Global Services

Oladotun Morakinyo is an Environment enthusiast and a Certified Town Planner from Nigeria. He had his Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning and holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Urban Development. His love for serving humanity inspired him to being a permanent volunteer on Sustainability for Hope For Us Charity; an International Charity Organization.

  Daniel Teoh   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Partnership and Strategy Developer, Epic Collective   Daniel is a trained civil engineer and budding entrepreneur based in Malaysia. He is the resident partnership and strategy developer at Epic Collective, a social enterprise creating an ecosystem of activated citizens through the built environment and capacity building projects. A lot of his work involves stakeholder engagement with urban and indigenous communities. He is also the founder of social projects purposed for responsible food consumption and alternative economic opportunities.

Daniel Teoh

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Partnership and Strategy Developer, Epic Collective

Daniel is a trained civil engineer and budding entrepreneur based in Malaysia. He is the resident partnership and strategy developer at Epic Collective, a social enterprise creating an ecosystem of activated citizens through the built environment and capacity building projects. A lot of his work involves stakeholder engagement with urban and indigenous communities. He is also the founder of social projects purposed for responsible food consumption and alternative economic opportunities.

  Bruna Santos   Sao Paulo, Brazil   Director of Innovation, Comunitas   Bruna is the director of Innovation and knowledge at Comunitas, where she leads the digital platform Rede Juntos. She served as adjunct professor of the global master of public administration at Columbia University and was manager of Columbia Global Centers / Rio de Janeiro, where she led programs and projects in public management, innovation and education. She has also worked as a market analyst at Chinatex in Beijing. Bruna holds a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University, with a major in management and finance at the same university.

Bruna Santos

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Director of Innovation, Comunitas

Bruna is the director of Innovation and knowledge at Comunitas, where she leads the digital platform Rede Juntos. She served as adjunct professor of the global master of public administration at Columbia University and was manager of Columbia Global Centers / Rio de Janeiro, where she led programs and projects in public management, innovation and education. She has also worked as a market analyst at Chinatex in Beijing. Bruna holds a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University, with a major in management and finance at the same university.