Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series: Sharing Knowledge to Respond with Resilience

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Coronavirus Speaker Series: Sharing Knowledge to Respond with Resilience is a weekly session organized by the Global Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank as a knowledge sharing session for cities in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.


28. Risk and Crisis Communication

The session covered reflections from cities on approach and experience on risk and crisis communication. As the pandemic has strained cities’ capacity and resources, the session also looked at how cities are using creative ways for their risk and crisis communication.

“Communication COVID19 RIsk in Singapore”
Olivia Jensen, Lead Scientist, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk, National University of Singapore

Presented on October 8, 2020
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“Ramallah Measures Over COVID-19 Civic Engagement and Communication”
Nadine Burbar, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Head of Local Economic Development, Ramallah Municipality, Palestine

Presented on October 8, 2020
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27. Predicting and Monitoring Hotspots

The session covered reflections from cities on new emerging hotspots and share tangible plans and actions to help the vulnerable communities in need. As the pandemic has strained cities capacity and resources, the session will also look at how cities are setting their priorities, managing resources while concentrate on vulnerable communities. The audience is expected to leave the session with forward looking tangible examples.

While some cities appear to be recovering, other places continue to experience a rise in COVID-19.  In regions such as Africa, South Asia, and Central America, the pandemic has yet to peak. Cities should anticipate for emerging hotspots, especially that affect poor and vulnerable communities. Understanding hotspots is critical, so that medical support and resources can be targeted to limit diffusion into surrounding areas. How can cities better understand new emerging hotspots? How can cities target better support to the vulnerable communities?

“Dense Cities are Hotbeds of Contagion: Lets Debunk This Myth”
Somik V. Lall, Global Lead for Territorial and Spatial Development, The World Bank

Mr. Lall joined the World Bank in 1999 and today is a recognized expert on job creation and productivity in cities, development of lagging areas, and enhancing economic outcomes with transport connectivity and advises national and sub-national governments on key policy issues. Somik has led the World Bank’s global research program on urbanization and spatial development and previously founded the Urbanization Reviews program. He leads a Global Solutions Group that focuses on developing spatially coordinated multi-sector investments to support development of specific areas. The group is actively engaged in 42 countries worldwide.

Presented on September 24, 2020
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“Predicting & Monitoring Hotspots Experience in Jalisco”
Dr. Ana Gabriela Mena, Health Secretariat, Government of Jalisco, Mexico

Presented on September 24, 2020
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26. Aging Cities

“Enhancing Age-Readiness of Cities”
Yuko Arai, Urban Specialist at the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice.

Yuko Arai is an Urban Specialist at the World Bank. In her current role, she works primarily on urban development projects in East Asia, including the National Urban Development Project (NUDP) and City Planning Labs (CPL) Project in Indonesia. She leads the Global Review of Age-Ready Cities Advisory Services and Analytics Project and also co-leads the Vietnam Scaling up Urban Upgrading Project where she manages the work on universally accessible infrastructure in urban space. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was a private-sector urban planner based in the East Asia Region. Her expertise spans across urban development, spatial planning and land use management, slum upgrading and service delivery, land readjustment, inclusive urban design and universal accessibility, aging cities and hydro-meteorological and flood modeling. She holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Cambridge, UK and Civil Engineering (hydrology) from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Presented on September 10, 2020
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“Kyoto City’s COVID-19 Response and Urban Resilience as a Historical City”
Hiroyuki Fujita, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Kyoto, Japan.

Hiroyuki Fujita has been working as a Chief Resilience Officer of Kyoto City since April 2017, committing himself to the promotion of Kyoto Resilience Strategy. He is also acting as a Director of Kyoto City International Community House since June 2019.

After graduated from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Education, he started to commit himself to the city’s education administration for around 30 years. Then, for three years from April 2010, he worked as a Director General of Ukyo Ward. In April 2013, he was appointed as a vice-mayor of Kyoto City, in charge of education, welfare, culture art, disaster prevention and crisis management, and international exchanges until the termination of his term.

Presented on September 10, 2020
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“Toyama, Resilience for an Aging Population &Covid 19”
Dr. Joseph Runzo-Inada PhD, Chief Resilience Officer & Head of Strategic Planning, City of Toyama, Japan

Dr. Runzo-Inada is the Chief Resilience Officer for Toyama, Japan, and Head of Toyama’s Office of Strategic Planning and Resilience. Previously he was the Mayor’s Senior Policy Adviser, the first American to serve as a senior policy adviser for a major Japanese city. Educated at the University of California, Irvine (BA), University of Michigan (MA, PhD), and Harvard University (Masters), he is the author of 10 books, more than 50 scholarly articles, and is a documentary filmmaker. He has lectured in 30 countries on 5 continents, is the recipient of 7 awards from the United States National Endowment for the Humanities, and was elected a Life Member of Cambridge University’s Clare Hall College. The Lead for Toyama’s successful applications to the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities initiative and the World Bank City Partnership program, he is the principle author of Toyama’s “Resilience Strategy 2050” and a Member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps under Al Gore.

Presented on September 10, 2020
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25. Urban Density

“Brief Facts About COVID/19 Cases in Indonesia: Does Urban Density Matter?”
Dr.-Ing. WiwandariHandayani, Associate Professor, Dept of Urban & Regional Planning, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia

Her research focuses on urban and regional resilience, mostly in the context of disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation, and governance. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning (UNDIP), master degrees in urban and regional planning (ITB) and population studies (ANU-Australia), and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart — Germany in Regional Development Planning. She actively involves in works related to urban sustainability and resilience since 2011. She was in the team of Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)-Rockefeller program in Semarang city, performed as M&E coordinator for several projects implemented in 2011–2014. She contributed ideas and insights for promoting Resilient City in Semarang and some other areas in Indonesia since 2015. She also actively promotes some Urban Climate Resilient Programs such as the Water as Leverage (WaL) supported by the Netherlands Government since 2018.

Presented on August 28, 2020
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“Does Urban Density Matter”
Jagan Shah, Senior Infrastructure Advisor, DFID-India Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs

Jagan Shah is Senior Infrastructure Adviser in DFID India, where he guides the design of a new multi-year urban program and ongoing technical assistance to India’s Finance Ministry for delivering the National Infrastructure Pipeline. He has served as Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, the premier urban thinktank of the Indian government(2013–19) and his work in the urban sector includes the policy and implementation of India’s Smart Cities and heritage cities (HRIDAY) missions(2014–19), the Master Plan for Delhi (2006–7 and 2018–19)and TOD integration plans for the Delhi-Meerut and Delhi-Panipat Regional Rapid Transit Systems(2009–12). From 1998 to 2006, Shahtaught at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. He is trained in architectural design, history and theory and his writings have been widely published. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Clean Air Asia since 2016.

Presented on August 28, 2020
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“Urban Density”
Judy Baker, Global Lead and Lead Economist, Urban, DRM, Resilience and Land, The World Bank

Judy Baker is a Global Lead, Urban Poverty and Housing, and a Lead Economist in the Global Practice for Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land in the Africa Region. She has worked extensively across the World Bank on projects and analytical work, particularly in East Asia, Latin America, and South Asia. This work has covered topics related to urbanization and its impacts, urban poverty, slum upgrading, service delivery, affordable housing, climate change, and impact evaluation. She has published six books, as well as produced numerous country and regional reports.

Presented on August 28, 2020
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24. Healthy Cities

“Healthy Cities”
Wanli Fang, Senior Urban Development Specialist, World Bank

Wanli Fang is a Senior Urban Development Specialist with the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land Global Practice of the World Bank. She currently manages several urban development and infrastructure investment projects and analytic programs in China. She has 15 years of experiences in urban development, particularly with respect to transit-oriented development (TOD), healthy cities, smart cities, green industrial parks, spatial analysis using big data, land value capture and municipal finance, etc. Prior to the World Bank, she was an Economist at the World Resources Institute based in Washington DC, where she conducted economic analyses and policy research to support sustainable cities initiatives in major emerging economies. She holds a PhD in urban and regional economics from MIT, U.S.A., and an MS and a BE degree in City Planning from Peking University, P.R. China.

Presented on August 20, 2020
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“Melaka Historic City Council COVID-19 Response”
Athirah Ishak, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Melaka

Athirah is Deputy Chief Resilience Officer in Resilient unit of Melaka City council and has degree in urban planning. Athirah has worked on creating resilient strategy for Melaka Historic City Council. In addition, Athirah has worked on Low carbon city framework, lecturer for urban planning studio in UniversitiTeknologi Mara and possess experience working as executive business development for a property developer in Malaysia.

Presented on August 20, 2020
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“Healthy City, Equitable City”
Lori Nelson, Chief Resilience Officer, Boston

Lori Nelson is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston. Nelson previously served as the Director of Communications and Constituency Services for the City of Boston’s Housing Authority. She commits time to community work, serving on the Advisory Council for the Barbara Lee Foundation and chairing the Political Action Committee for the Black Ministerial Alliance since 2013 where she was appointed to the executive leadership team in 2017. She also served in leadership as the first Vice President of the NAACP Boston branch from January 2017 through April 2018 and now continues her advocacy as a member within the branch.

Presented on August 20, 2020
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23. Public Transport

“Public Transport: New Operating Norms”
Floris Bakermans, Management Consultant Smart Mobility and MAAS, AT Osborne

Over the last 15 years Floris has been involved in creating, developing and implementing infrastructure and smart mobility programmes and projects from ambition into practice. Both from a client and contractor’s perspective for public and private organizations, partnerships and transport providers. Floris manages public private partnerships, develops mobility strategies, manages innovative performance procurements & contracts, combines project & process management skills and evaluates, audits & trains projects, organizations and professionals. An integrated area and mobility system approach and getting employers on board and make them part of a public/ private alliance has been a key element in recent times to battle the smart mobility and COVID-19 challenges ahead.

Presented on August 13, 2020
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“Public Transport: New Operating Norms”
Prof. Chris Nash, Research Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Prof Nash joined ITS as Lecturer in Rail Transport more than 40 years ago. He was appointed Professor of Transport Economics in 1989, and spent 7 years as Director of ITS. He has coordinated major international research projects on rail regulation and infrastructure charging for the European Commission and the Community of European Railways, as well as leading relevant projects for ORR and the Department for Transport. He has acted as advisor to many bodies, including the European Commission High Level Group on Transport Infrastructure Charging, the European Union Committee of the House of Lords, the Transport Committee of the House of Commons and the Railways Group of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport.

Presented on August 13, 2020
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22. Safer Schools

“Tbilisi Kindergartens”
Ana Ardelean, Chief Resilience Officer of Tbilisi, Gerorgia

Mrs. Ana Ardelean graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and a Master of Science at DePaule University of Chicago (United States of America). In the United States, Mrs. Ana Ardelean worked in the private sector for more than 10 years. In 2014 she moved to work with the local government in Georgia, Tbilisi. She held a variety of senior positions in the Mayor’s Office including the Head of Vice-Mayor’s office and the Head of International Relations Department. Mrs. Ana Ardelean lead Tbilisi to become part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network Pioneered by the Racefellow Foundation. In 2017 she was appointed as first Chief Resilience Officer for Tbilisi. Since then with a team of experts, she has been working on making Tbilisi a more resilient and livable city.

Presented on August 6, 2020
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“Safe and Resilient Schools in Bucharest”
Alina Sava, Education Specialist, Education Global Practice, World Bank

Alina Sava is an Education Specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of education policies and programs. She joined the Education Global Practice team at the World Bank in 2013 after having advised education reforms in Romania for more than 17 years. She has been involved in conceptualizing, designing, and implementing projects dealing with a wide range of education topics, inter alia: early warning mechanism to prevent ESL, improving access to education for vulnerable groups from rural areas, functional analysis of the VET system, higher education reform, education infrastructure. Some of the key recent work she co-authored are: Response Note to COVID-19 in Europe and Central Asia: Policy and Practice Recommendations, the Functional analysis of the VET sector in Romania, the Early Warning Mechanism (EWM) to prevent dropout and the Public Finance Review of Education. Alina is an advisor for the Global Program for Safer Schools.

Presented on August 6, 2020
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“Oasis Schoolyards Project”
RaphaëlleThiollier, Oasis Project Manager, City of Paris

RaphaëlleThiollier has worked for the City of Paris since 2009 and is the Project Manager for Paris’ world leading Oasis Schools project. Passionate about the urban ecological transition, she joined the Resilience team in 2019 to work as the Oasis Schoolyards Project Manager. She is thrilled to implement such a resilient, holistic and enthusiastic project which is dealing with adaptation to climate change as much as education through nature and as social cohesion reinforcement. First employed in the “community organizing” department, she led several projects with citizens, NGOs and public institutions (such as schools) in order to improve social cohesion in the deprived neighborhoods in Paris’ 19th district. Specializing in education, she contributed to the development of a network of educational stakeholders from these neighborhoods. She also worked to implement pedagogical, linguistic, artistic, or playful projects to enhance the wellbeing of the children and the community around them. For example, several years in a row, she organized “a reading week” (“unesemaine du livre” in French), with an associative publishing house, within a deprived neighborhood with a high-school drop-out rate much higher than the city average.

Presented on August 6, 2020
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21. Digital Technology

“Digital Technology and Resilient Cities”
Aida Esteban Millat, Senior Director Urban Mobility and Smart Cities for LAC, Visa

Aida Esteban Millat is the Senior Director for Urban Mobility and Smart Cities for Visa Latin America and the Caribbean. Aida leads the Urban Mobility and Smart Cities initiatives and is responsible for defining the product strategy and expansion of mass transit capabilities throughout the region’s markets. As a passionate advocate promoting cities as hubs for innovation through technology, design and entrepreneurship. Her international experience includes the development of new methods to approach urban challenges that are now used by more than 100 governments and their stakeholders around the world in cities like Barcelona, London, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and Cape Town.

Presented on July 29, 2020
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“Digital Infrastructure: Unpinning Recovery”
Fabien Clavier, Senor Urban Planner Consultant for the World Bank

Fabien Clavier is a senior urban planner and researcher, based in Singapore, with 9+ years experience in masterplanning, smart cities and urban governance projects. He was for more than 2 years the project coordinator of the Big Data Informed Urban Design and Governance group at the Future Cities Laboratory (Singapore ETH Centre). His research team of 14 scientists was exploring the use of Big Data (social media, mobile phone data, sensors data) to address Singapore’s urban planning and design challenges. Before coming to Singapore in 2015, Fabien worked for 4 years on the Greater Paris project, whose aim is to create 200 km of new metro lines, boost housing construction and transition to an innovation-based economy. His current research focus is on smart cities, adaptive governance and the potential of Big Data to inform spatial planning decisions.

Presented on July 29, 2020
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“Smart & Resilient Digital Infrastructures”
Frank Vieveen, Smart City Program Lead, City of Rotterdam

Frank Vieveen is the city lead for the Smart City program of the City of Rotterdam. This program focusses on different smart city themes with special focus on digital economy, digital infrastructures and digital innovation eco-systems. The Smart City program has started 6 years ago and is now one of the priorities of the urban and economic development of the municipality. Before starting the Smart City program Frank worked on digital innovation and infrastructures within the Economic Department of the municipality for 5 years. Prior to joining the City of Rotterdam, Frank worked for LogicaCMG (currently known as CGI) as manager and director in the internet consultancy and telecom industry.

Presented on July 29, 2020
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20. Water and Sanitation

“Kigali’s Response to Covid-19: Hygene in Public Spaces”
Japheth Habinshuti N, Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) City of Kigali

Mr. Japheth Habinshuti N. is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) at City of Kigali. As a CRO, he is responsible to drive the development and implementation of the Kigali resilience roadmap. Before joining the city of Kigali, he spent two years working as an independent development consultant in Rwanda. Prior to this, Japheth served at UNESCO Office in Kinshasa (the Democratic Republic of Congo) as an international science consultant between 2016 and 2017, where he ensured the coordination of the UNESCO Natural Sciences program, including overseeing activities of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP). He also served for almost 4 years at Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, as a professional in charge of land-use monitoring and evaluation.

Presented on July 23, 2020
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“Building Resilience in Cape Town’s Water Services”
Michael John Webster, Executive Director: Water and Waste, City of Cape Town

As Executive Director of Water and Waste, Mike is responsible for the Water and Sanitation Department and the Solid Waste Management Department of the City of Cape Town. The municipality provides utility services to over a million households ranging from informal settlements, to formal freehold and cluster housing, and strives to do so in a sustainable, equitable and affordable way. The Water and Waste Directorate is one of 11 Directorates in the municipality. It has over 8,000 permanent staff, an annual operating budget of over R14 billion and capital budget of R3 billion. The Executive Director is part of the Executive Management Team reporting to the City Manager.

Presented on July 23, 2020
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“Water and Sanitation”
Jennifer Sara, Global Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank Group

Jennifer Sara is the Global Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. Prior to taking on this position, Ms. Sara served for four years as Director, overseeing operational delivery in the Water Global Practice at the World Bank. She has over 30 years of experience working on global water issues, including overseas assignments for the World Bank as Sector Manager for Sustainable Development based in Hanoi, Vietnam (2010–2014); Sector Leader in Brazil (2006–2010); and Water and Sanitation Specialist in Bolivia (1990–1995).

Presented on July 23, 2020
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“Water and Sanitation”
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands.

As the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Henk Ovink reinforces the Dutch expertise in water management, and boosts the international market position of Dutch know-how and expertise. He also serves as a Sherpa of the High Level Panel of Water of the United Nations. Henk worked as a senior advisor to the US government and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force initiated by President Obama. For the reconstruction of the New York and New Jersey region, he developed and led the Rebuild by Design contest, which CNN designated as one of the most innovative ideas of 2013. He has a long record of service in the business community, education and the government in the fields of spatial planning, water management and culture.

Presented on July 23, 2020
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19. Resilient Housing

“Resilient Housing”
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, CEO and Founder of Build Change

Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is the Founder and CEO of Build Change and a global expert on resilient building and post-disaster reconstruction. Elizabeth’s strategic direction and leadership has grown the organization from a few employees in 2004 to over 230 strong working on three continents in 2018. Her emphasis on rebuilding to withstand future disasters has distinguished Build Change from its peers, won international honors and profoundly influenced global development policy by making resilience a major consideration for reconstruction efforts in an era of ever-increasing natural disaster risks.

Presented on July 16, 2020
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“Resilient Housing in Medellin”
Santiago Uribe, Executive Director, Resilience Corporation Office of Medellin

His story is one of personal resilience, determination, and a vision compelling enough to bring world leaders together from across continents to address some of the most pressing shocks and stresses of our time. For nearly half his life, Rocha has traveled between Colombia and South Africa, ferrying knowledge, support, and international delegations along with him.

Presented on July 16, 2020
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“Resilient Housing”
Luis Triveño, Global Program for Resilient Housing, World Bank

Luis Triveño is a Senior Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank. He has led and executed social, urban and rural development reform projects in over 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Chief Executive Officer of Proexpansion, a think-tank and reform-oriented organization based in Lima, Peru. Between 2005 and 2012, he served as Research Economist, Chief Economist, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Hernando de Soto’s Institute for Liberty and Democracy.

Presented on July 16, 2020
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18. Gender Inclusive Cities

“Salvador: How to Decrease Gender Inequality in the Context of Covid-19”
Daniela Ribeiro Guarieiro, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Municipality of Salvador (Brazil)

Daniela currently holds the position of Resilience Manager at the Municipality of Salvador, having participated actively in the development and implementation of Salvador’s Resilience Strategy, actively participating in the Global Network of Resilient Cities. She is currently involved with the elaboration of the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan of Salvador, Circular Economy initiatives in the city, and the resilient challenge to empower women entrepreneurship. Have an MSc in Public and Urban Policies from the University of Glasgow, UK, and a specialization in Urban Economics and Public Management at PUC-SP, Brazil.

Presented on July 10, 2020
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“Centering Gender for Hawaii’s Resilient recovery”
Dr. Kealoha Fox, Native Hawaiian Liaison & Public Policy Manager, AlohaCare

Dr. Kealoha Fox is a rising young indigenous scientist, clinician, practitioner, and advocate based in Hawaii. She is the Native Hawaiian Liaison and manages public policy at AlohaCare, an NGO health plan in Hawaii. Her innovative programs are addressing women’s health for 9,000 females living in poverty by utilizing a social determinants of health model of care that values culturally effective public health and medical services. She is author of the book “Haumea: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Women and Empowering Wahine Well-Being” focusing on indigenous resilience of women and girls. She was a public servant leading racial justice policies in the government for nearly 10 years and now an Obama Leader for the Asia-Pacific Region at the Obama Foundation.

Presented on July 10, 2020
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“Centering Gender for Hawaii’s Resilient recovery”
Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Council Vice-Chair, Maui County Council

She holds the County Council seat for the Molokaʻi residency area.

Presented on July 10, 2020
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17. Metropolitan Resilience: How metropolitan areas have responded to the COVID-19 crisis

“Strategies and Actions of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara — Post COVID-19”
Mario Silva, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Institute of Guadalajara

He headed civil society projects as Director of Projects and Programs of the Jalisco Ecological Collective from 2006 to 2015, as a member of the Metropolitan Platform for Sustainability and of the Assembly for Metropolitan Governance, as well as a participant of the Commission for Metropolitan Coordination; responsible for the construction and drafting of the Metropolitan Coordination Statute of Guadalajara.

Presented on July 2, 2020
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“Metropolitan Area of Barcelona”
Xavier Tiana, Director of International Affairs at the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Xavier Tiana Head of International Relations of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona since January 2014 working with different International projects and networks (MedCities, Metropolis, European Metropolitan Authorities, UCLG, etc). From November 2015 until July 2019 Secretary-General of MedCities, network of more than 60 cities and metropolitan areas in the Mediterranean region. From 1998 to 2008 and 2011 to 2013 he worked at the Provincial Government of Barcelona as Head of the European Cooperation Office. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Director of the Office of the President at the Public Audit Office of Catalonia.

Presented on July 2, 2020
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“MetropolitanResilience”
Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General of Metropolis

He is the current Secretary-General of Metropolis. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Metropolis, Head of the Europe and International Strategy Office of the Barcelona Provincial Council, Head of the Development Cooperation Office of the Barcelona Provincial Council and Executive Director of the Orientation and Coordination Office of the URB-AL III Programme. And he has also been the Head of the European Cooperation Office of the Barcelona Provincial Council, Coordinator of the Permanent Secretariat of the network Arco Latino, the Head of the European Union Unit of Intermón-Oxfam, Programme Information and Communications Coordinator of Oxfam International and Deputy to the European Coordinator of Frères des Hommes Europe. He is as well certified by the Observatory of the Decentralised Cooperation between the EU and Latin America as a trainer of trainers.

Presented on July 2, 2020
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16. Digital and Green Recovery

“The ‘Barcelona Deal’: Towards an inclusive, digital and green transition” 
Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona for the 2030 Agenda: Digital Transition and International Relations

Presented on June 26, 2020
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“The ‘Barcelona Deal’: Towards an inclusive, digital and green transition”
Miquel Rodriguez Planas, Commissioner of 2030 Agenda at barcelona City Council

Presented on June 26, 2020
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15. Resilient Food Systems

“Robust agri-food systems for a resilient recovery: Quito’s experience”
David Jácome Polit, Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Quito

As Metropolitan Director of Urban Development and as a technical advisor at the Secretary of Planning, Habitat and Housing at the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito, he has been in charge of important strategic projects of land management and urban planning of the city, including the regulation that would enable the densification of certain parts of the city in compliance with minimum requirements of eco-efficiency.

Presented on June 19, 2020
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“Resetting the Food System”
Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank President

Danielle Nierenberg, a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate, on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture. In 2013, Danielle Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank with Bernard Pollack, a nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, research organization, and non-biased creator of original research impacting the food system.

Presented on June 19, 2020
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“Resilient Food Systems”
Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President for the Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation

Roy Steiner, PhD, is the Senior Vice President for the Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he leads a team focused on creating access to nourishing food for millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, supporting scientific advances in human nutrition and sustainable food production, and carrying forward the Foundation’s enduring commitment to a sustainable Green Revolution in Africa.

Presented on June 19, 2020
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14. Compounding Vulnerabilities: Urban Heat and COVID-19

“Heat waves and COVID-19 the silent killer”
Anne-Marie Hitipeuw, Chief Resilience Officer of the City of The Hague

Prior to becoming The Hague’s first Chief Resilience Officer, Anne-Marie worked for the City of The Hague’s International Programme as Senior Strategic Advisor. She developed programs on Big Data for Peace and Humanity, Urban Security, and Water Diplomacy. Before joining the City of The Hague, Anne-Marie worked for the engineering firm Arup on eco-cities in Beijing and Shanghai. Furthermore, she gained expertise in modeling work while working for the Environmental Simulation Center in New York City. For UN-Habitat, she evaluated the implementation of Local Agenda 21 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Presented on June 11, 2020
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“Understanding and Designing for Compound Vulnerability”
Johanna Lovecchio, Associate Director at Columbia University’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

She specializes in urban climate adaptation planning and public infrastructure project design that is forward-looking and conscious of community-based and ecosystem resilience. At CRCL, she manages the Resilience Accelerator, which delivers strategic support, technical design and climate systems research, and intensive local workshops to advance resilience project design and implementation in partnership with local governments around the world. Most recently, Johanna led a year-long engagement with Tel Aviv-Yafo — “Urban Heat, Equity, Resilience, and the Future of the Public Realm” — which assessed city-wide vulnerability to heat impacts and generated community-based urban design concepts to be piloted by the municipality.

Presented on June 11, 2020
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“Understanding and Designing for Compound Vulnerability”
Grga Basic, Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

His work and research focus on critical, narrative, and investigative cartography. He joined CRCL in 2018, coming from the Center for Spatial Research. At CRCL, Grga acts as a mapping expert, developing and overseeing spatial analysis and cartographic representations+ for all Resilience Accelerator projects. At Columbia, he also teaches GIS and Points Unknown, an interdisciplinary course focused on pairing journalistic techniques with design practices through spatial data analysis and visualization.

Presented on June 11, 2020
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13. Waste Management in Crisis and Recovery

“Circular Materials Management in the Midst of Crisis”
Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Full Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia

She has been conducting research on solid waste issues for over 23 years with related projects on marine debris. She also specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean has been recognized by the global community and translated into policy discussions by the Global Ocean Commission, in testimony to U.S. Congress, in G7 and G20 Declarations, and the United Nations Environment program. She conducts public environmental diplomacy as an International Informational Speaker for the US Department of State.

Presented on June 4, 2020
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“SWaCH – Waste pickers in the times of COVID-19”
Lakshmi Narayanan, (Co-) Founder of KagadKach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) and SWaCH Pune SevaSahakari Sanstha

Today, KKPKP has 9000 plus members, 80% of whom are women from socially backward and marginalized castes. Each member pays an annual fee to the organization and an equal amount towards their life insurance cover. Members are given I-cards that are endorsed by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and can avail of other benefits like interest-free loans and educational support for their children. SWaCH is a wholly-owned workers’ cooperative, as a Pro-poor Public Private Partnership, that undertakes waste management in Pune. The SWaCH door-to-door waste collection model is based on the recovery of user fees from service users and the provision of infrastructure and management support from the municipality also plays an enabling role.

Presented on June 4, 2020
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12. Unlocking Bogota

“Exit Strategies from COVID-19 Lockdown”
Dr. Maurice D Kugler, Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Dr. Kugler is a Professor of Public Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government in GMU, with research expertise about the impact of new technology on labor markets and human capital. His work encompasses analyses of migration, entrepreneurship, innovation, catch-up economic growth, total factor productivity, foreign direct investment, global value chains, entrepreneurship, skill formation, and vocational training. Kugler was Head of Research of the Human Development Report, the UN’s annual flagship publication on international development. Prior, he was Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government and Research Fellow at the Growth Lab of the Center for International Development. He published in top economics academic journals, such as American Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Review of Economics and Statistics and Review of Economic Studies

Presented on May 28, 2020
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“COVID-19 Mitigation and Exit Strategy from Lockdown”
Dr. Juan Mauricio Ramírez, Secretary of Finance for Bogotá, Colombia

Dr. Juan Mauricio Ramírez is an economist from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), with a Master’s degree in Economics from the same university and an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University. He is the current Secretary of Finance for Bogotá, Colombia. He worked in the National Planning Department as Deputy Director-General, coordinated the National Development Plan 2010–2014, and later the National Development Plan 2018–2022. He has been a research associate at Fedesarrollo, where he conducted important studies on decentralization and territorial development, rural development and transport infrastructure, among others.

Presented on May 28, 2020
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11. Towards the Pandemic-Resilient City

“21st Century Pandemic Urban Resilience”
Robert Muir-Wood, Chief Research Officer, Risk Management Solutions (RMS)

After a first degree in Natural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge, since 1992 Robert has worked on the development of methodologies for catastrophe loss modeling for a wide range of perils and regions. He has been head of research at RMS since 2004 with a mission to explore new areas of risk modeling and new applications for models beyond the insurance sector. He has been the technical lead on a number of Catastrophe risk securitizations, was Lead Author on Insurance, Finance and Climate Change for the 2007 4th IPCC Assessment Report and for the 2011 IPCC ‘Special Report on Extremes’

Presented on May 21, 2020
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“21st Century Pandemic Urban Resilience”
Daniel Stander, Global Managing Director, Risk Management Solutions (RMS)

Daniel has spent 20 years bringing new ideas to the risk industry. He has responsibility for driving innovative, strategic solutions across RMS’ entire client base. He is also the Global Head of RMS’ Public Sector Group, leading RMS’ relationships at all levels of government. He has worked closely with public and private entities around the world, advising them on a variety of complex risks, including natural hazards, environmental stresses, malicious attacks, and pandemic outbreaks. Deeply committed to education, his work is motivated by a desire to make communities and economies more resilient to acute shocks.

Presented on May 21, 2020
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“Data driven informed decision making during COVID-19 response”
Mahesh Harhare, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pune, India

Mahesh Harhare currently works as Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for Pune city (India) as a part of the Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN), formerly 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program of the Rockefeller Foundation). He is also a member of the Global Steering Committee of select 10 CROs (out of total 85 CROs worldwide), who will steer the phase II of the GRCN program. He has 15 years of experience in the field of urban management, urban governance including in its ambit policy and strategy, city infrastructure and investment assessment, institutional assessment, project feasibility and development, transaction advisory, etc. He has extensively worked on the Urban Water and Sanitation sector in more than 40 cities/ towns in India.

Presented on May 21, 2020
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10. Migrant and Refugee Sensitive COVID-19 Response and Recovery

“Migrants, Refugees and COVID-19”
Vittoria Zanuso, Executive Director of the Mayors Migration Council

As a founding staff member of 100RC, Zanuso helped establish a network of 100 cities from the ground up and created the organization’s urban migration practice, leading advocacy campaigns and strategic partnerships with the International Rescue Committee, Brookings Institute, and NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, among others. Originally from Milan, Italy, Vittoria holds an MPA in International Policy and Management from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA in Politics from Queen Mary University of London.

Presented on May 14, 2020
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“City of Los Angeles: An Inclusive Response to COVID-19”
Nora Preciado, Director, Immigrant Affairs, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles

Nora Preciado is the Director of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. She is passionate about immigrant rights and has almost fifteen years of experience advocating for the rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. Prior to joining the Immigrant Affairs team, she served as Supervising Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), focusing her work on impact litigation related to federal immigration law and constitutional rights violations. Nora also worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Orange County office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, where she litigated cases relating to immigrant rights and spearheaded legislative advocacy and community outreach efforts. She later joined the ACLU’s office in Los Angeles, where she focused on defending the rights of immigrants in detention.

Presented on May 14, 2020
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“Urban Displacement”
Samer Saliba, Urban Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee

Samer Saliba is the lead urban advisor at the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) and is currently focused on improving urban humanitarian response and address urban displacement in policy and in practice. Prior to his four years at the IRC, he served for seven years as an urban planner, bolstering the resilience of New York City and the Northeast U.S. With the IRC, Samer works with country offices throughout the globe in supporting their urban response portfolios and the cities they benefit, helping them design programs, pursue partnerships, and build resilience.

Presented on May 14, 2020
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9. Resilient Recovery Planning

“A Resilient Recovery? Yes, please.”
Grainia Long, Commissioner for Resilience for Belfast

Grainia Long is Commissioner for Resilience for the city of Belfast, based in Belfast City Council. Her role was created following Belfast’s membership of the global 100 Resilient Cities network, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Previous to this, she was Chief Executive of the national child protection charity in the Republic of Ireland, ISPCC Childline.

Presented on May 7, 2020
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“Applying GRCN approaches at differing scales”
Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer for Melbourne

Toby leads the Resilient Melbourne Delivery Office, which is responsible for achieving the vision and objectives of the Resilient Melbourne Strategy, in partnership across the 32 municipalities that make up metropolitan Melbourne, state government departments and agencies, as well as a great many community and academic organizations.

Presented on May 7, 2020
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“Resilient Recovery Planning”
Sameh Wahba, Global Director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice

Sameh Wahba, an Egyptian national, is the Global Director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice, based in Washington, D.C. The Global Practice, which also covers territorial development, geospatial and results-based-financing issues, has a portfolio of close to $30 billion in commitments in investment projects, program-for-results, and development policy lending, and about 450 staff.

Presented on May 7, 2020
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“Coalition of Cities for a Resilient Recovery”
Lauren Sorkin, Acting Executive Director, Global Resilient Cities Network

The Global Resilient Cities Network and its community of Chief Resilience Officers launch a global Coalition of Cities for a Resilient Recovery which builds on continuing partnership with the World Bank City Resilience Program to facilitate resilient recovery planning amongst the broader resilience community.

Presented on May 7, 2020
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8. Equitable Response and Resilience in Recovery

“Applied Resilience or what I learned from being a CRO”
Eric Friedlander,Acting Secretary Cabinet for Health and Family Services Frankfort, Kentucky

He is the former Chief of Resilience and Community Services for Louisville Metro Government and was instrumental in leading Louisville’s development of their Resilience Plan in collaboration with the 100 Resilient Cities program funded by Rockefeller Foundation. Friedlander’s contributions there helped ready the nation’s 27th-largest city to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from chronic stresses and acute shocks.

Presented on April 30, 2020
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“Lift up Lou”
Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville has been named an International Model City of Compassion four times and was a 2018 Top 15 city for attracting millennials. Governing Magazine named Mayor Fischer Public Official of the Year in 2013. A 2016 Politico survey named him as the most innovative mayor in America, and in 2017, Politico named him among its list of the nation’s most interesting mayors. Mayor Fischer has been elected by the mayors of America to be president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2020.

Presented on April 30, 2020
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7. Learning from Singapore

“Singapore: Strategies, Successes and Struggles”
Dr. Jeremy Lim, Co-Director of Global Health at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

The struggle against COVID 19 is a collective societal effort; SARS provided some relevant experience, but a multi-pronged approach balancing public health interventions with economic rescue packages and societal functioning is necessary. Creativity is needed to solve problems as they arise. COVID-19 is a ‘new war’ and new solutions are being discovered in real-time by experience and learning from others.

Presented on April 23, 2020
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“Responding to COVID-19 as a City of Good”
Melissa Kwee, CEO, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre/City of Good Campaign

This is a chance for us to set new norms. Nothing will be the same again. Perhaps nothing should. How will you shape the better post COVID-19 future? This crisis is revealing the fissures and fractures in society. It is, therefore, a time to recognize this, shift, and reimagine the future we want to see and live. Here lies the chance for us to set a new and better normal, a space to reimagine a possible future and actually make it happen. This will bring about a new reset post COVID-19.

Presented on April 23, 2020
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6. Urban Informality

“Informal Settlements and COVID-19”
Mohammed Zanna“Vagabond King” is a community organizer, activist and a leader of the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation

Mohammed coordinates a grassroots network of homeless and urban poor persons living with disabilities (PLWDs) in Lagos, many who are of northern Nigerian descent and face multiple forms of exclusion and marginalization. “There has to be food and water for people to stay home. Living with 20 people in the same house, how do we apply social distancing. We have a serious problem to solve.” Mohammed Zanna.

Presented on April 16, 2020
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“COVID-19 Response and Communities as part of the Solution”
Julian Baskin, Principal Advisor, Cities Alliance

Dealing with Ebola taught us valuable lessons like working with trusted local leaders, letting communities take ownership, organize sessions with officials and experts to address misinformation and ensured that people were accurately informed, and establishing quarantines managed by communities and not externally through coercion.

Presented on April 16, 2020
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“Informal Settlements and COVID-19”
Farouk BraimahExecutive Director-People’s Dialogue on Human Settlements and Part-Time lecturer with the Institute of Local Governments Studies (ILGS). He served as Deputy Chair of Slum Dwellers International’s Board

He specializes in creating pro-poor policy and advocacy platforms through harvesting savings, energies and knowledge of the urban poor and slum dwellers into organized federations to deliver land, housing, and livelihoods for sustainable urban development. “We have always fought health and life-threatening situations in slums. The difference with COVID-19 is that it affects all cities and national systems.” Farouk Braimah

Presented on April 16, 2020
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5. Holistic Resilience in Action

“Leveraging Philantropy and Building Community Resilience through the EOC (Emergency Operations Center)”
Alexandria McBride, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland

The Oakland COVID-19 relief fund gathered thanks to the Mayor, has raised 4.5 million dollars in three weeks. Another important element is ensuring that they are hearing from the most vulnerable residents. For this, a Community Advisory Group was created in order to address these target populations.

Presented on April 9, 2020
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“Holistic Resilience”
Amy Knowles, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami Beach

Miami Beach is no stranger to shocks and stresses, past incidents have tested us. The biggest stresses being sea level rise and climate change. Miami is a city where resilience is not an option. Through different initiatives and leveraging preexisting strengths, Miami has been able to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Presented on April 9, 2020
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4. Rapid Response and Adaptation in Times of Crisis

“Rapid Response in Buenos Aires” 
Fernando Straface, Secretary-General and Secretary for Foreign Relations, Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

Argentina has the benefit of being one of the latecomer countries being hit by the virus, allowing them to learn from other countries and prepare. 64 days lie between the outbreak in Wuhan and the 1st case in Argentina.
The City of Buenos Aires and the Province of Buenos Aires have managed to have a much flatter curve per day than Argentina as a country, even though there are 6 to 7 million people commuting to the city.

Presented on April 3, 2020
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“Rapid Response in New York”
Michael Berkowitz, Founding Principal of Resilient Cities Catalyst

New York City is a huge and centralized city with 8 million residents at night and even more during the day. There is a national government, state government, and local government but more importantly than the governments, there are other organizations such as nonprofits, community-based organizations, and the private sector, all playing an important part in this situation.

Presented on April 3, 2020
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3. Leveraging Technology to respond to the Coronavirus & Build Urban Resilience

“How Smart Technologies combat the Coronavirus and Build Resilience”
Professor Ying Long, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese government has taken different measures. It is a pity that national productive consumption has been greatly affected in a short time. However, it is gratifying that smart technologies play a more positive and powerful role in facing this public health challenge, significantly promoting the resilience of cities, and controlling the epidemic situation in comparison with the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Presented on March 26, 2020
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“Confronting Coronavirus in Tel Aviv”
Liora Shechter, Chief Information Officer & Smart City Director, Tel Aviv

In Tel Aviv, our first task was to move the whole municipality to be a virtual one. Moving all employees to work from their homes was not an easy task. We expanded the preexisting digital platform by 300%. The nature of this crisis required quick action, so all of this was accomplished in approximately 1.5 weeks. We then focused on creating digital management tools that would allow us to understand the situation and its evolution. Finally, we leveraged the tech start-up muscle of Tel Aviv to develop new digital tools that would help with the containment of the pandemic.

Presented on March 26, 2020
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2. Government Responses and Continuity

“Emergency Measures, Support for the Communities and Plan Zero” 
Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer, Municipality of Milan

Many new initiatives have been born in Italy to support different categories of citizens and accompany them during this period of stress and anxiety. When the local government decided to stop many activities such as shops, schools, and offices, it suddenly put a lot of effort into maintaining as much as possible a normal stream of activities. Teachers are, for example, giving live and streaming lessons to their pupils, and many municipal museums are delivering virtual visits to their galleries.

Presented on March 19, 2020
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“Planning for Coronavirus in London”
Alice Reeves, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Greater London Authority

To deal with a crisis like this one, Local Government Continuity is critical. Keeping your city running will be reliant on your organizational plans, knowing your essential staff and clearly identifying single points of failure. On top of this, it is important to start thinking about how you will manage to return to the “new normal.”

Presented on March 19, 2020
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1. Best Practices and Lessons from China’s Coronavirus Response

“COVID-19: An Emergency Management Perspective in China” 
Dr. Yang Saini, Beijing Normal University’s Academy of Disaster Reduction & Emergency Management.

China has more than 80,000 cases, but the situation is improving and the rate of increase in new cases is falling. While average mortality is 3.9 %, it’s higher in Hubei and lowers in other provinces. The intensity of the cases in Hubei required a high need for medical support/resources, whereas other provinces were better able to manage their caseload in January and February.

Presented on March 12, 2020
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“Responses in Chinese Cities”
Dr. AijunQiu, Deputy Director General/Research Fellow, China Center for Urban Development, National Development and Reform Commission.

Cities should be more flexible for their action and measures. Community adopts their measures according to the situations, from informing residents to stay home to monitoring their temperature three times daily and to use a smart app to monitor with volunteer support. Gradually improving community working strategies by implementing smart city technologies in fighting the virus.

Presented on March 12, 2020
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