Keynote Speakers


 

 

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    Joan Clos
    Joan Clos is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations. He has held this office since October 2010. He also served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. Born in Barcelona, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.
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    Joan Clos
    Joan Clos is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations. He has held this office since October 2010. He also served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. Born in Barcelona, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

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    José Viegas
    José Viegas has been Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum at the OECD since August 2012. A Portuguese national, Mr. Viegas has had a distinguished career in academia and in the private sector before joining the ITF. A full Professor of Transport at the Technical University of Lisbon, he served as Director of MIT-Portugal’s Transport Systems focus area. As chairman of TIS.pt consultants, he advised governments and international institutions on key transport projects and policies. At the helm of the ITF, Mr. Viegas has implemented new initiatives to increase value for member countries. He has also guided ITF through the implementation of its Revised Mandate and new General Rules as well as taking a leading role in reforming ITF’s funding structure.
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    José Viegas
    José Viegas has been Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum at the OECD since August 2012. A Portuguese national, Mr. Viegas has had a distinguished career in academia and in the private sector before joining the ITF. A full Professor of Transport at the Technical University of Lisbon, he served as Director of MIT-Portugal’s Transport Systems focus area. As chairman of TIS.pt consultants, he advised governments and international institutions on key transport projects and policies. At the helm of the ITF, Mr. Viegas has implemented new initiatives to increase value for member countries. He has also guided ITF through the implementation of its Revised Mandate and new General Rules as well as taking a leading role in reforming ITF’s funding structure.

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    Simin Davoudi
    Simin Davoudi is Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, and Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University. She is past President of AESOP (Association of the European Schools of Planning); Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and co-chair of the 4th ACSP and AESOP Joint Congress Committee in Chicago, 2008. She has led the UK Office of Deputy Prime Minister’s Planning Research Network and served on advisory panels for three UK government departments dealing with planning, environment and climate change (DCLG, DEFRA and DECC) and two EU Directorate Generals (Environment and Regional Policy).
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    Simin Davoudi
    Simin Davoudi is Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, and Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University. She is past President of AESOP (Association of the European Schools of Planning); Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and co-chair of the 4th ACSP and AESOP Joint Congress Committee in Chicago, 2008. She has led the UK Office of Deputy Prime Minister’s Planning Research Network and served on advisory panels for three UK government departments dealing with planning, environment and climate change (DCLG, DEFRA and DECC) and two EU Directorate Generals (Environment and Regional Policy).

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    Viriato Soromenho-Marques
    Viriato Soromenho-Marques is a full Professor of philosophy at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, where he teaches students from the Philosophy, and European Studies degrees. Author of over four hundred works (twenty of those were books) on philosophy, the environment and strategy. He spoke at, or coordinated over one thousand conferences, seminars, and taught in over 23 countries. Viriato regularly writes for newspapers and magazines, and comments on television. Regarding academia, he introduced in the University of Lisbon the area of investigation and post-graduate studies on Philosophy of Nature and Environment (1995), in which is included the study of ethics, education, and environmental policies.
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    Viriato Soromenho-Marques
    Viriato Soromenho-Marques is a full Professor of philosophy at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, where he teaches students from the Philosophy, and European Studies degrees. Author of over four hundred works (twenty of those were books) on philosophy, the environment and strategy. He spoke at, or coordinated over one thousand conferences, seminars, and taught in over 23 countries. Viriato regularly writes for newspapers and magazines, and comments on television. Regarding academia, he introduced in the University of Lisbon the area of investigation and post-graduate studies on Philosophy of Nature and Environment (1995), in which is included the study of ethics, education, and environmental policies.