Program and Speakers announced for New Cities Summit in Jakarta, June 9 – 11
- Governor of Jakarta and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus headline international speaker list
- New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate to present “Jakarta Urban Challenge” at the New Cities Summit: USD $20,000 award to champion most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta
- 800 international delegates from 40 countries to discuss theme, “Seizing the Urban Moment: Cities at the Heart of Growth and Development”
Jakarta, Indonesia and Paris, France – March 16, 2015 . The New Cities Foundation today announced the names of international city leaders, architects, CEOs, academics and opinion formers who will convene in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 9 -11 for the annual New Cities Summit – the leading global event on the future of cities. Today the Foundation also launched the Jakarta Urban Challenge – a USD $20,000 award championing the most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta. The Challenge is organized with Connect4Climate, a global initiative of the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of the Environment.
The New Cities Summit in Jakarta is the first meeting of its kind in Asia – a continent experiencing unprecedented urban growth. Today, 12 Asian megacities have a population of over 10 million each – Jakarta being one of them. The continent is already home to 53 per cent of the world’s urban population.
The Summit theme,
Seizing the Urban Moment: Cities at the Heart of Growth and Development
, is designed to tackle Asia’s urbanization challenge whilst also addressing common problems faced by all cities.
Confirmed New Cities Summit speakers include:
HE Basuki Tjahaja Purnama,
Governor of Jakarta
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Founder, Grameen Bank
Reuben Abraham, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute
Ahamed J. M. Muzammil, His Worship the Mayor, Colombo, Sri Lanka
In Dong Cho, Director General, Seoul Innovation Department
Parag Khanna, Managing Partner, Hybrid Reality
Carla May Berina-Kim, Executive Director, Manila Water Foundation, Inc.
Charbel Aoun , Senior Vice President, Smart Cities, Schneider Electric
Shannon Bouton, Chief Operating Officer, McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Daniel Libeskind, Founder and Architect, Studio Daniel Libeskind
Kok Pune June , Deputy CEO, Tianjin Eco City
Jonathan Woetzel , Principal, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Elena Bourganskaia, Senior Manager – Global Cities, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Li Tie, Director General, China Center for Urban Development
Kent Larson , Director, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Poh June Kok, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co.
Ole Scheeren , Founder and Architect, Buro Ole Scheeren
Isher Judge Ahluwalia , Chairperson, Indian Council for Research for International Economic Relations
Manuel Salgado, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Lisbon
Bruno Hervet, Executive Vice President, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Suez Environment
Anil Menon , President, Smart+Connected Communities, Deputy Chief Globalization Officer, Cisco
Alastair Parvin , Co-founder, WikiHouse
Julie Kim, Senior Fellow, New Cities Foundation and Co-Founder, Global Projects Center, Stanford University
Rose Broome, Founder and CEO, HandUp
Tomi Alakoski, Executive Director, Me&MyCity
Greg Lindsay, Author, Contributing Writer and Senior Fellow, Fast Company and World Policy Institute
Emily Brooke, Founder and CEO, Blaze
Gareth Mitchell, Presenter, BBC Click Radio and Professor in Science Communication, Imperial College London
Alan Chong, Director, Asian Civilisations Museum
Hoong Mun Yip, Senior Vice-President for Market Development, CapitaLand
The full speaker program and topics are available at
A spotlight on Innovation and Creativity
During the New Cities Summit, a dynamic mix of talk strands and a new award will highlight the importance of innovation and creativity in tackling the global urbanization challenge. These include:
The Jakarta Urban Challenge
Launched today, the Jakarta Urban Challenge is a USD $20,000 award championing the most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta. The Challenge is organized by the New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate, and is open to innovators based in Indonesia. Applications open today (March 16) and close on April 30. Find out more at http://bit.ly/JKTUrbChallenge . Twitter: #JKTUrbChallenge
The New Cities Foundation’s popular platform for global urban innovators, WhatWorks, invites 10-12 urban innovators from across the world and across sectors to give an inspirational, 6-minute talk on the main stage of the Summit. The Summit provides WhatWorks innovators with a unique platform for developing and scaling projects. Find out more at newcitiessummit2015.org/what-works
Global Cultural Districts Network
Conversations on the role of arts and culture in cities will be led by the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN). An initiative of the New Cities Foundation, Dallas Arts District and AEA Consulting, the GCDN is a federation of global centers of arts and culture that fosters cooperation and knowledge-sharing. This year, the GCDN will focus on two areas that have repeatedly generated interest: the dynamics of cultural tourism and the compelling animation of public spaces. Speakers of these culture-related sessions for 2015 will be announced shortly. Find out more at newcitiessummit2015.org/gcdn
New Cities Summit Partners
The New Cities Summit is supported by partners from across the public, private and non-profit sectors in Indonesia and beyond. The following three partners have just joined, contributing sector-specific knowledge to key urban challenges:
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
A member of the World Bank Group, IFC is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries, IFC uses its capital, expertise and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
Launched by the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of Environment, Connect4Climate is a global community to take on climate change, promote solutions, and empower action. The Connect4Climate community connects over 200 partners around the world including civil society, media networks, international organizations, academic institutions, youth groups and the private sector. Find out more: www.connect4climate.org
Center for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi), Jakarta
Transformasi is an Indonesia-based think-tank that engages policymakers, scholars and the public in the investigation of public problems, the design and development of solutions and monitoring and evaluation of results. Find out more: www.transformasi.org
The New Cities Summit will take place at the Ciputra Artpreneur, Jakarta, with side events and site visits planned at various locations around the city.
International press contact:
Communications & Media Relations Manager
New Cities Foundation
+33 6 17 79 17 72
Local press contact:
+62 21 721 59000
About the New Cities Summit
Organized by the New Cities Foundation, the New Cities Summit is the premier global leadership event on the future of cities. Fostering positive urban change, the high level gathering advocates cross-sector collaboration through network building, cutting-edge forums and lively discussion. The Summit showcases and disseminates the best ideas on the future of cities and generates concrete, scalable solutions capable of being adopted and replicated across the world. The speaker program is constructed by the New Cities Foundation, with the support of its members and partners, to reflect the most incisive, innovative thinking on the future city. The New Cities Summit 2015 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 9 – 11, following past editions in Dallas (2014), São Paulo (2013) and Paris (2012).
Find out more about past editions: http://www.newcitiesfoundation.org/new-cities-summit/
About the New Cities Foundation
The New Cities Foundation’s mission is to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects. In all of its activities, the Foundation works with leaders from business, government, academia, civil society, the media and the arts. Each year, the New Cities Foundation organizes the New Cities Summit, the leading global event on the future of cities. The Foundation also organizes other global initiatives including Cityquest – a community of the builders of large-scale new city projects and their partners – and Cities on the Move, an event and leadership platform on the future of urban mobility. An independent, non-profit organization, the New Cities Foundation was created in 2010 and is financed by its members and partners. Overall, its members include some of the most forward-thinking companies, universities, cities and city organizations from around the world. The New Cities Foundation’s Founding Members are Cisco and Ericsson. The Foundation is based in Geneva and its head office is in Paris.
About the Jakarta Urban Challenge
The Jakarta Urban Challenge is a USD $20,000 award championing the most effective solutions to mobility and traffic problems in Jakarta. As Jakarta grows, mobility is becoming increasingly challenging while congestion is worsening, an issue that many large metropolises face. The Challenge is designed to find local solutions to improve mobility in Jakarta, one of the world’s most congested cities. The Challenge is organized by the New Cities Foundation in collaboration with Connect4Climate, a global community to take on climate change, promote solutions, and empower action, launched by the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of Environment.