Belgian, Flemish, Morrocan and Muslim, Khalid Benhaddou creates a dialogue between people with different cultures and faith, by making them understand eachother better. He leads the education network of experts on Islam and he gives talks at schools for student and staff to create a more inclusive school environment. He…
Graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures at “Università Statale diMilano” she began her career with Microsoft Italia, where she moved through aseries of increasingly strategic roles – as Central Marketing Director – until she reached the role of Director Corporate Social Responsibility and National Development. In 2014 she enlarged her…
Miguel Gamiño Jr.
Miguel Gamiño, Jr. has been Executive Vice President of Global Cities at Mastercard since May 2018. Through City Possible, he will lead the scaling of urban tech solutions pioneered by Mastercard and shape new partnership models to address cities most pressing challenges. Gamiño will speak at the Opening Night Imagine on June 17 and the Metropolitan Mobility Conference Getting Around Smart on June 18.
Dionne Abdoelhafiezkhan is cofounder and partner at Izi Solutions, a social innovation bureau creating solutions to stimulate racial and social equality. In 2019, she won the New Amsterdam Award. She is a speaker at the Urban Conference Minority Report on Tuesday, June 18.
Carolien Gehers (Amsterdam) is managing director of Big Urban Clients (BUC) at Arcadis. She will speak during 'Kadir van Lohuizen: Rising Tide, Urban Resilience', on Thursday 20 June.
Kadir van Lohuizen
Kadir van Lohuizen (Amsterdam) is a photojournalist, best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. He presents his most recent work during Kadir van Lohuizen: Rising Tide, Urban Resilience on 20 June.
Savannah Koolen is one of the initiators of Here to Support & founder of Amsterdam City Rights. She will participate in the conference Governing Brooklyn on Saturday June 22. Here to Support engages in projects initiated by a group of artists and theorists in close cooperation with refugees in limbo.…
TJ is Manager of Design with the Planning & Development team at Develop Nova Scotia. They work to connect people and places, to create vibrant and welcoming destinations for all, attracting people and investment to the province. Their focus includes public place activation, infrastructure development, property management, waterfront planning, and…
As the ‘mayor’ of the Digital City Marleen Stikker developed the first free entrance to and virtual community on the internet, in 1993. In 1994 she co-founded Waag, a research institute for creative technology and social innovation. Waag focuses on public research in which society is the research field. A…
Hellie Berry (Amsterdam) is DJ and a household name in the Amsterdam clubscene. On Friday 21 June, she'll kick off the shortest night of the year with a speech, during New Amsterdam Night.
Chantal Suissa-Runne is professional connector and bridgebuilder. She is involved in interfaith dialogue projects between muslims and jews, advises public institutions on diversity and inclusion and learns young teachers how they can tackle sensitive topics in a multidiverse classroom.
Landscape architect Berno Strootman is the Government Advisor for the Physical Living Environment. He advises on spatial programmes and projects by the Government and other parties affecting the future of the (cultural) landscape and the waterworks. He is a speaker at the Metropolitan Conference Intens; the future of the MRA landscape on Wednesday, 19 June.
Kars Alfrink (MA, Utrecht School of the Arts) is a designer, researcher and educator focused on the intersection of emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment. Currently, Kars is a doctoral candidate at Delft University of Technology’s faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, researching the design of smart public infrastructure…
Dr Gerd Kortuem is Professor and Chair of Internet of Things in the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty at TU Delft, principle investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and member of the Delft AITech initiative on Meaningful Human Control Of Autonomous Intelligent Technology. His research focuses on the…
Giorgio De Finis
Giorgio De Finis (Rome) is an Italian curator, filmmaker, and anthropologist who squatted a former Salami factory in 2012 on the outskirts of Rome. He speaks at the Urban Conference: Minority Report on Tuesday, June 18.
Rob Andeweg (Amsterdam) is projectmanager HvA in de Stad. Rob spreekt tijdens de breakout sessie 'Connecting College and Community' op dinsdag 18 juni.
Mikko Rusama is the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at the City of Helsinki and Chairman of the Board at the Forum Virium Helsinki, the City’s innovation company. Helsinki’s vision is to be the world’s most functional city that makes the best use of digitalization. Mikko is heading Helsinki’s digital transformation.…
Tamas Erkelens is a Programme Manager of Public Tech at the Municipality of Amsterdam. He aims to enhance citizens control over technology in the city, by creating open tech solutions and policy innovations. He speaks at the Urban Conference Digital Rights on Wednesday 19 June.
Sandra Bos is projectmanager van het Amsterdams Experiment met de Bijstand. Dit is een vierjarig onderzoek naar effecten van beleid op de maatschappelijke en economische zelfredzaamheid van bijstandsgerechtigden. Sandra is verbonden als docent en senior onderzoeker aan de Hogeschool van Amsterdam, waar ze zich bezig houdt met (nieuwe) samenwerkings- en…
While his friend’s joined gangs, Carlos Alvarez decided to learn code. Now he’s one of the successful digital entrepreneurs in Latin America’s smartest city: Medellín, Colombia. For him, the internet was the gateway to the world and he believes that it can create equal opportunities and change his city. Carlos…
As London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo will play a leading role in realising the Mayor’s ambition to make London the world’s smartest city, ensuring that the capital’s status as a global tech hub helps transform the way public services are designed and delivered, making them more accessible, efficient and…
Yvonne Brandwijk is a photographer, filmmaker, and founder of storytelling agency Laika Productions. For her project Future Cities, she has traveled for five years to emerging cities to discover what is happening in these rapidly growing urban areas. During the festival WeMakeThe.City the exhibition Future Cities opens in the public…
Stephanie Bakker (Amsterdam) is a journalist, filmmaker, and founder of storytelling agency Laika Productions. For her project Future Cities she has traveled for five years to emerging cities to discover what is happening in these rapidly growing urban areas. During the festival WeMakeThe.City the exhibition Future Cities opens in the…
Ellen Jacobs (NL)
Ellen Jacobs is Hoofd Businessadvies en Communicatie bij UWV Werkbedrijf, het onderdeel van de uitvoeringsorganisatie dat zich bezig houdt met arbeidsbemiddeling en re-integratie. Ze is verantwoordelijk voor de beleidsverkenning, beleidsontwikkeling, de interne en externe communicatie. Eerder werkte ze onder meer als Senior projectmanager en Directeur bij MKB-Nederland en als Adviseur bij…
John Agesilas (Amsterdam) is do-it-all in the cities’ night scene of the past 30 years: he co-founded and organizes, among other national and international parties, Urban Festival Summerdance Forever. In addition, he teaches at the ATD in hip-hop, house, Jazz and intercultural relationships by giving lectures within different departments about…
Jorgen Tjon A Fong
Jörgen Tjon A Fong is a Dutch actor and theater maker. After the Theaterschool of the Amsterdam School of the Arts, he made a proposal to the Amsterdam City Theater to produce and direct a number of programs aimed at attracting a new audience. In addition to making and producing…
Haddis Alemayehu is a musician from Addis Ababa, one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. He plays western hits on a traditional 3500-year-old instrument and plays with stars like Mulatu Astatke and Teddy Afro. Haddis is one of the protagonists in the exhibition Future Cities. On Friday, June 21…
Louison Mbeya is a fashion designer from the ‘Paris of Africa’: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He dresses Congo’s celebrities and believes that his city offers opportunities to artists. Louison is one of the protagonists in the exhibition Future Cities. On Friday, June 21 he will participate in the Future…
Yocelyn Paz Delgado
Yocelyn Paz Delgado lives in one of the most dangerous slums in Lima, Peru. She studied at the social cooking school Pachacútec set up by top chef Gastón Acurio who believes that Peru’s gastro boom should offer opportunities for all. Yocelyn is one of the protagonists in the exhibition Future…
Elsa Casimiro lives in one of the most dangerous slums in Lima, Peru. She studied at the social cooking school Pachacútec set up by top chef Gastón Acurio who believes that Peru’s gastro boom should offer opportunities for all. Elsa is one of the protagonists in the exhibition Future Cities.…
Babah Tarawally philosopher, writer, and journalist and a former refugee from Sierra Leone. Hij wrote the book Caught in Black And White Thinking, about his experiences as an asylum seeker in the Netherlands. He’s a speaker at the Urban Talk Loving Cities on Thursday, June 20.
Arjan van Timmeren
Van Timmeren is a professor at Delft University of Technology and Scientific Director of the joint initiative ‘AMS Institute’ (Institute for ‘Advanced Metropolitan Solutions’) by TUD (Delft), MIT (Boston) and WUR (Wageningen). He's a speaker at the Urban Conference Up Close and Liveable on Wednesday, June 18.
Paulle is presently principal investigator of several projects researching the inner workings and measurable effects of potentially scalable interventions meant to dramatically improve the educational and life outcomes of deeply disadvantaged students (and their families). He's a speaker at the Urban Conference Up Close and Liveable on Wednesday, June 19.
Bartel Geleijnse is mede oprichter van The Colour Kitchen. Deze horeca- en (bedrijfs)cateringonderneming zet zich in om mensen met een afstand op de arbeidsmarkt een nieuwe kans te geven. Werknemers worden opgeleid tot horeca-/ cateringprofessionals met een diploma of certificaat en worden gecoached tot tijdens hun nieuwe zelfstandig betaalde baan. Na tien jaar…
Architect and urban planner Sandi Hilal focuses on urban sociology and planning. She will share her story during the Opening Night on 17 June, and during the Urban Conference: Superdiverse Cities, on 18 June.
Indy Johar is a founding Director of 00 and leads the Dark Matter Laboratories team. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. He is a speaker at The State of The Region and the Opening Night on June 17th, and Minority Report on 18 June.
Foteini Setaki is an architect and co-founder of research & design studio THE NEW RAW. The company works towards closing material cycles and strengthening local production using an open and scale-less approach that is based on material research, digital design, and fabrication. She's a speaker at the Breakfast Session of DDMP Emerging Talents on Thursday, June 20.
Henk van Raan
Henk is Board Member of the Johan Cruijff ArenA and specialises in facility and project management, preparation of project plans, maintenance concepts, and planning. He manages the sustainability programme which results in a carbon-neutral stadium in 2015. He's a speaker at the Metropolitan Conference Getting Around Smart on Tuesday, June 18.
Ibrahim Ouassari is Hoofd van techbedrijf Urbantech en ontwikkelaar van Crowdfly, een platform en tool voor werving en selectie. Hij is mede-oprichter en CEO van MolenGeek, een technetwerk en co-working space in het Vlaamse Molenbeek gericht op jongeren die starten met, en meer willen leren over, ICT projecten. Hij spreekt…
Piet Fortuin (NL)
Piet Fortuin is voorzitter van de vakbond CNV Vakmensen. Hij leidt voor de vakbond het project Je Achterban, een community voor vakmensen om te zorgen dat er meer transparantie komt bij onderhandelingen. Hij spreekt dinsdag 18 juni op de Metropolitan Conference Werk in uitvoering. De christelijke vakbond, met 160.000 leden…
Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University, has studied the impacts of globalization for 40 years and coined the term 'global cities'. During WMTC, she will speak at the conference 'A home for everybody' on Wednesday, June the 19th.
Harry van de Kraats (NL)
Harry van de Kraats is sinds 1 augustus 2013 de nieuwe algemeen directeur van werkgeversvereniging AWVN en sinds 1 augustus 2016 tevens directeur Sociale Zaken VNO-NCW MKB Nederland. Van de Kraats werkte, na zijn studie rechten in Utrecht, in diverse HR-functies bij Unilever. Hij werkte bij Wolters Kluwer als commercieel…
Tapio Kujala is CEO and Rector at the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences and an expert on media warfare during a conflict. He is a keynote speaker at the Urban Talk Guest City Helsinki, Wednesday, June 19.
Meena Kaunisto is a producer and curator and was until recently director of the Finnish Cultural Institute in Paris. She is a keynote speaker at the Urban Talk Guest City Helsinki, Wednesday, June 19.
Bautista is an award-winning strategic designer from ICSID and AIGA and founder of 21st Century Design and Engage by Design. He is North America Director for Made of Air. He speaks at the Metropolitan Conference Amsterdam Autoluw on Wednesday, June 19.
Karen van der Moolen
As a social engineer and strategic do-er Karen is attracted to challenges that do not have one predetermined path or outcome, yet. Her focus is on creating dynamics and systems that have a transformative impact.
Liz Corbin is a materials designer and researcher with a track record of leading academic and commercial projects, living in Amsterdam and London. Her research expertise lies within materials design, open design, systems thinking, redistributed manufacturing and digital technologies. Her professional background encompasses commercial practice, academic research, teaching, and strategic…
As a lector Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Aminata Cairo is committed to establishing a cultural shift within the academic landscape. Aminata Cairo speaks on Monday 17 June, during Opening Night.
Nederlands eerste internationale watergezant, Henk Ovink, maakte deel uit van president Obama’s ‘Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Taskforce’. Hij spreekt tijdens de Opening Night op maandag 17 juni en de conferentie Climate Proofing The Region op dinsdag 18 juni. De ‘Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Taskforce’ moest de in 2015 zwaar getroffen Amerikaanse oostkust…
As Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands, Floris Alkemade is responsible for the architectural quality of our government buildings. He also advises the government on architecture, urban design, and landscape. Floris van Alkemade is a speaker at the Urban Conference Architecture of Hope on Tuesday, June 18.
Joan Nunnely is senior adviseur bij BMC | PublicSpirit. Ze houdt zich bezig met ontwikkelingen op de arbeidsmarkt en in het onderwijs, diversiteit & inclusie, en human resource management. Ze spreekt dinsdag 18 juni op de Metropolitan Conference Werk in Uitvoering. Nunnely richt zich op de werving en selectie van…
ENDAN is a social sustainable start-up for the energy transition. We have a strong vision and provide knowledge, innovation, and network to make sustainable initiatives a reality. Their goal: Create a hydrogen economy that is; scalable, sustainable, fair and emission-free.
Philippa Collin (Amsterdam) is an urban anthropologist at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences and connects 'the spatial' with 'the social' in cities through her work. She is a speaker at the Urban Conference Minority Report on Tuesday, June 18.
Oded Cats is an Associate Professor in the Department of Transport and Planning and a co-leader of the Smart Public Transport Lab. His research interests lie in the intersection between transport networks, operations, policy and travel behaviour, especially in the context of multi-modal metropolitan public transport systems. Oded holds a…
Marjolein van Breemen (NL)
Marjolein van Breemen is adjunct-directeur Programma bij NEMO Science Museum. Ze is verantwoordelijk voor alle inhoudelijke programma’s binnen en buiten de muren van het museum. Eerder werkte ze bij NEMO als manager van de afdeling Educatie & Onderzoek. Onder haar leiding startte de lesmethode Maakkunde om wetenschap en technologie duurzaam…
Karien Vermeulen (NL)
Karien Vermeulen is Hoofd programma Learn bij De Waag. Waag is een organisatie die opereert op het kruispunt van kunst, wetenschap en technologie. Samen met het onderwijs ontwikkelt ze programma’s waarin nieuwe technologieën toegepast worden om optimale leeromgevingen te creëren. Daarbij staan creativiteit, co-creatie, het experiment, de leerervaring en bovenal…
After receiving his masters degree at the agricultural university of Wageningen Adriaan Geuze became a leading voice in his field. He was one of the founders of West 8, a office for urban design and landscape architecture. With West 8, Adriaan Geuze won various awards for their designs. Among those…
Paola Viganò founded, together with Bernardo Secchi, Studio Paola Viganò. With her studio, based in Milan, she realized several price winning projects all over Europe. She's a speaker at the Urban Conference Designing Change on Wednesday, June 19.
Eric Firley was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, and has the German/French nationality. In his early career he worked as a urban designer in France and the United Kingdom. Since 2011 he is working at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Besides his job as professor he writes books, his…
Shamiro van der Geld
Shamiro van der Geld is the current Night Mayor of Amsterdam. He has a background as an MC, writer, promoter, TV host and longtime participant in the city’s vibrant nightlife. On Friday June 21, he will speak at the Urban Conference Spaces that Matter.
Owner & director 12N Urban Matters is a studio that seeks out connection – connection between a man and a building, between the future, past and present; between nature and concrete; between economic and social purpose. 12N provides vision, strategy and means of putting such connections into practice.
Henri de Groot (NL)
Henri de Groot is hoogleraar Regionale Economische Dynamiek aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Hij is tevens verbonden aan Ecorys (Rotterdam) en is fellow van het Tinbergen Instituut. Hij studeerde economie (cum laude) aan de Universiteit van Tilburg en promoveerde daar in 1998. Zijn onderzoeksinteresses omvatten regionale economische ontwikkeling, de empirie…
Ruben Nieuwenhuis is directeur TechConnect. TechConnect is een programma onder supervisie van the Amsterdam Economic Board dat zich in zet om in de komende vier jaar 50.000 inwoners van de Metropoolregio Amsterdam de technische vaardigheden van de toekomst aan te leren. Daarbij is er specifieke aandacht voor de groeiende kansenongelijkheid;…
David Giron is directeur Codam College. De missie van Codam is het ontwikkelen van getalenteerde jonge mensen tot vakbekwame digitale professionals en programmeerexperts die kunnen omgaan met de uitdagingen van de toekomst. Als directeur van de Franse school Ecole 42 in Parijs zet David Giron zich in om het onderwijsconcept…
Annelies Spork (NL)
Annelies Spork is programmamanager bij het House of Skills. Dit is een regionale samenwerking van de Metropoolregio Amsterdam waar mensen terecht kunnen voor bijvoorbeeld loopbaanadvies, informatie over de kansen en mogelijkheden in andere sectoren, en trainingen om nieuwe vaardigheden aan te leren. Met het Skillsakkoord bouwt House of Skills aan een…
Kees Noorman (NL)
Kees Noorman is directeur van Ondernemersorganisatie ORAM. Hij houdt zich bezig met de betrokkenheid van ondernemers bij de vormgeving van Amsterdam en een daadkrachtig bestuur in de Metropoolregio. Daarnaast is hij lid van diverse commissies waaronder Scheepsbewegingen Noordzeekanaal en hij is ambassadeur van NEMO. Eerder was hij Managing director van…
Maurice Crul is Professor of Identities, Diversity and Inclusion at the VU Amsterdam and the principal researcher of Becoming A Minority. Maurice will speak during Minority Report on Tuesday 18 June.
On Wednesday June 19, during the Urban Conference: Common Ground, Manu Claeys is one of the keynote speakers: essayist, citizenactivist and chairman of the Antwerp residents collective StRaten-Generaal. In his book Red de Democratie! (Save the Democracy!), Claeys describes in great detail how and why citizens and politicians lock themselves…
Lorenzo Lipparini is alderman for Participation, Active Citizenship and Open Data in Milan. Milan currently functions as a national example; the municipality invests, seeks connections and experiments with questions regarding the future of the city. As secretary for the Association “Enzo Tortora – Radicali Milan” (a political initiative that aims…
Linda Di Pietro
Linda Di Pietro (Terni), is the Cultural Manager of Indisciplinarte, a cultural organization in Terni, Italy. She will take the stage during the Urban Conference: Minority Report on 18 June.
As an architect and researcher, Itai Palti focuses on design with the human experience at its core. He does this as the director of the scientifically informed architecture and design practice Hume. This practice uses a new methodology and develops design and architecture implementing results from their own Human Metrics…
Mayor Femke Halsema
Mayor Femke Halsema announces 'State of the Region' and opens the second edition of WeMakeThe.City on Monday 17 June at Theatre Amsterdam. This year we focus on better cities from, for and created by everyone in it.
Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities and writer of the book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives. She’s a speaker at the Metropolitan Conference De Nieuwe Markt (The New Food Market) on Tuesday, June 18.
Alessandra Covini & Giovanni Bellotti
Architectural firm Studio Ossidiana, based in Rotterdam, is led by Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti. The studio brings together architecture, visual art, and design. Both will speak during the Urban Talk: Architecture for the inclusive city, on Wednesday evening June 19.