As the Fourth Low Carbon City Development World Forum approaches, several famous international guests have been confirmed as key note speakers.

Professor Jan Annerstedt of Copenhagen is a UNESCO Chairholder and an advisor to city government. He is a specialist in business strategy and public policy. Prof. Annerstedt’s academic work converges on the management of technical change and innovation, incl. innovative product design, high-tech entrepreneurship, business venturing and managing and measuring intellectual capital/intangibles in business firms. He will deliver a keynote speech on urban transformation in Europe at the Shenzhen forum.

Professor Kent Larson directs the Changing Places research group at the MIT Media Lab. Since 1998, Kent Larson has directed the MIT House_n research consortium at the School of Architecture and Planning. His current research is focused on four related areas: responsive urban housing, new urban vehicles, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. Professor Larson’s speech will focus on the MIT City Science initiative’s activities.

Raine Mäntysalo is a Professor of strategic urban planning and the Vice Director of Aalto University, School of Engineering’s Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics. He leads the Academy of Finland research project Architects, New Public Management and Public Interest in Finnish Urban and Regional Planning, running between 2011-2014. He is also Sub-project Leader of the Academy of Finland project consortium BALANCE - Balancing local politics, housing preferences and sustainability in the new detached housing areas in rural-urban interaction zones, running from 2011 to 2015. This June, Professor Mäntysalo will focus on the issue of strategic urban planning.

Nick Gorjestani is a former Chief Knowledge & Learning Officer at the World Bank.  An economist by training, Mr. Gorjestani had held a variety of senior staff and management positions at the World Bank for more than three decades, before retiring in July 2007.  A global thought leader on organizational change, innovation, intelligent cities, knowledge and learning themes Mr. Gorjestani now devotes his time to advising, lecturing and writing on development strategy, knowledge-based development, innovation, organizational knowledge sharing and learning, and leadership development issues.  He is currently a Senior Adviser/Consultant at the World Bank and an Adjunct Professor in Knowledge Ecology at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, and has been the Director of the Secretariat of the Global Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation Partnership (GIKIP), an advocacy group of former Heads of State and other eminent global figures which promotes the integration of traditional knowledge systems into development programs.

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

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