Speakers

Prof. Ayona Datta

University College London, United Kingdom

Professor Datta’s broad research interests are in postcolonial urbanism, smart cities, gender citizenship, and urban futures.  In particular, Professor Datta is interested in how cities seek to transform themselves through utopian urban visions of the future and their impacts on everyday social, material, and gendered geographies; using interdisciplinary approaches from architecture, planning, feminist and urban geography, combining qualitative, digital/mapping, and visual research methods to examine urbanisation and urban development as experiments in urban ‘futuring’. Her contributions in understanding smart cities through fieldwork received the Busk Medal from Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in 2019.

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Ed Baker

Main Board Director of Broadway Malyan, Singapore

Ed is a qualified master planner, urban designer and landscape architect. A talented and creative designer, his extensive experience includes a lead role on a number of high profile projects. He has worked on major development projects across South East Asia, Europe, India, China, Africa, the Middle East and North America. Ed is also acting as the main board director of Broadway Malyan, which encourages rigorous placemaking-led design process as the key to ensuring the success and maximizing the economic and social value of projects at every scale – from a city district, building or park to an individual home or interior space.

Visit https://www.broadwaymalyan.com/ for more.

Prof. Marcus Foth

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Professor Foth’s research brings together people, place, and technology. His transdisciplinary work is at the international forefront of human-computer interaction research and development with a focus on smart cities, community engagement, media architecture, internet studies, ubiquitous computing, and sustainability. Professor Foth founded the Urban Informatics Research Lab in 2006 and the QUT Design Lab in 2016. Ahead of their time and before the term “smart cities” became popular, Foth pioneered a new field of study and practice: Urban informatics examines people creating, applying and using information and communication technology and data in cities and urban environments.

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Prof. Aída Pontes

UniFacisa / LabRua, Brazil

Professor Pontes is an Architect and Urban Planner at UFPB, has a master’s degree in Urban Engineering and a PhD in Urban Planning from TU Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. In 2014 she settled in Campina Grande where she founded the LabRua (Street Lab), a place for collaborative research on public spaces. She is currently a professor of urban planning and urbanism at UniFacisa. She also worked at the Planning Secretariat and the Urban Mobility Superintendence of the Municipality of João Pessoa in different administrations. Recently, she has just been elected as the President of Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil Departemento de Paraiba (Institute of Architects of Brazil of Paraiba State).

Visit https://www.labrua.org/equipe/aida/ for more.

Dr Luisa Bravo

City Space Architecture; Journal of Public Space, Italy

Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, social entrepreneur and public space activist. As Founder and President of City Space Architecture and as Founder and Editor in chief of The Journal of Public Space, Luisa is fully committed to spreading awareness on the importance of public space for sustainable urban development and to work for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito. Luisa collaborates with the UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme and she is an international renowned speaker at major UN-Habitat global summits. Luisa’s critical understanding and research on architecture, cities and public space have been recognized at the international stage as being innovative and meaningful, especially in making academic discussions accessible to large, often non-expert, audience through art-based projects and networking activities aimed at public engagement.

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Houssam Elokda

Happy City, Canada

Houssam has a passion for creating urban plans, policies and designs that boost human happiness. He brings an evidence-based approach that helps governments, developers and non-profit clients maximize urban health and happiness. Houssam has led complex masterplanning and policy projects in diverse settings that range from the rural Nova Scotian Town of Bridgewater to metropoles like Dubai, Cairo and Vancouver. He also produced Happy City’s groundbreaking collaboration with neuroscientists to examine the social effects of public space design in West Palm Beach. Houssam is a gifted communicator who uses keynotes and workshops to educate people around the world on the urban design/wellbeing connection. Houssam earned his Masters Degree in City Planning and Regeneration from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. There, his prize-winning work won recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Scottish Head of Placemaking and Housing.

Visit https://thehappycity.com/ for more.