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The Global Metropolis
London, United Kingdom
The Lansdowne Club
October 28, 2014

The Global Metropolis will be held in London, England on October 28, 2014. This event follows the June 2013 Global Metropolis in New York City, held in partnership with New York University President John Sexton and with participation of New York City senior officials.

The Global Metropolis: London will assemble a focused international audience of 125 leaders in the 21st-Century business of city building. Through a series of panel conversations and presentations, the event will focus on the opportunities our urban era offers for the private and public sector to partner in the financing, design and construction of 21st Century cities.   The event will also feature ample opportunity for networking.

To review an RSVP list, or a guest list from our New York or other prior CityAge events, or for any other information, please contact Marc Andrew at or Miro Cernetig at



8:00 am                       Breakfast served

9:00 am                       Welcome by Conference MC: Eric Reguly, European Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail

9:10 am           Session 1:        CityAge: Opportunities in the Business of City Building
In our urbanizing world, it is estimated that the world’s cities will require an investment of $57 trillion in new infrastructure by 2030. The business of city building is set to drive global economic growth and prosperity for the next several decades. Where does opportunity lie in this urbanizing world? How can we build cities that are inclusive and economically robust? What partnerships between the public and private sectors are re-shaping city-building? Who are leaders in this area?

  • Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, and Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Peter Chamley, Chair, Global Infrastructure Practice, Arup
  • Fahd Al-Rasheed, Group CEO and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City 
  • Neil Blake, Head of UK and EMEA Research, CBRE

Panel Chair: Franklin Gilliam, Jr., Dean, School of Public Policy, UCLA

9:55 am           Comments by:             Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, NYC

10:15 am         Keynote Address by: Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

10:35 am         Morning Break

11:05 am         Session 2:        Housing and the Metropolis
With urban migration at historic highs, major cities must find new models and capital to finance the development of housing  — and the mixed-use models — that increase housing supply. This entails access to capital, and new models to access that capital, but also embracing the newest designs that meet housing demand, create vibrant neighbourhoods and offer the mixed use that is essential to economic and social growth. How is London leading this requirement? What other cities and private interests offer new models?

  • Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning of London
  • Hugh Seaborn, CEO, Cadogan
  • Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City

Panel Chair: Kathryn Hopkins, Property and Economics Correspondent, The Times

11:50 pm         Presentation by:         Daniel Ringelstein, Leader, Urban Design & Planning Group, SOM

12:10 pm         Presentation by:         Terry Bennett, Lead Strategist, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk

12:30 pm         Lunch

1:30 pm           Session 3: The Resilient Metropolis: Future proofing the world’s cities
Hurricane Sandy on the US east coast, record monsoons in the Philippines, droughts in Africa and rising sea surges around the globe are giving city builders pause. Coastal cities such as Shanghai, London, New York and others are home to hundreds of millions of people and are the engines of the global economy. This panel will look at how design and new forms of insurance can protect cities in the 21st Century. 

  • Reto Schnarwiler, Managing Director, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re
  • Cynthia Parpa, Director, Research and Analysis, Grosvenor Group
  • Lauren Sorkin, Platform Director, 100 Resilient Cities, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Helle Lis Soholt, Founding Partner & CEO, Gehl Architects

Panel Chair: Eric Reguly, European Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail

2:15 pm           Presentation by:Dinesh Sharma, Vice President, Internet of Things, SAP
The Networked Economy: How hyperconnectivity will reshape the world

2:35 pm           Presentation by:         Will Judge, Head of Transit Centre of Excellence, MasterCard
Connecting Cities: Towards a Seamless Inter- and Intra-City Journey

2:55 pm           Afternoon break

3:25 pm           Session 4:        Transportation in The Metropolis: The 21st-Century Transportation
This session will explore the cutting edge systems that are now being applied around the world — and those that soon will be — to move around the millions of people in the urban age. From new ideas on infrastructure design and management to airport connections to the driverless car, this panel will look at this multi-billion dollar opportunity — and explore where the money will come from to build the mobile metropolis.

  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, London
  • Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council
  • Jambu Palaniappan, Regional General Manager for the Middle East & Africa, Uber

Panel Chair:   Simon Williams, Founder and CEO, Quantum Black

4:15 pm           Session 5:        CityAge: Opportunities in the Low Carbon City
In the next three decades the number of people living in cities will nearly double from 3.5 billion people to over 6 billion. It means the next generation of city building will be decisive in controlling and reducing global carbon emissions. Can this be structured as a business opportunity? What policies and investments are necessary for cities to grow their economies as they manage their carbon footprint? This panel will address the generational opportunity to sustainably urbanize the planet.

  • Yolande Barnes, Director, Global Research, Savills
  • David Lewis, Principal and Design Lead, NBBJ
  • Ben Smith, Director of Sustainable Development, AECOM
  • Nick Godfrey, Head of Policy and Urban Development, Global Commission on Climate and the Economy

Panel Chair: Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

5:00 pm           Close and Invitation to Evening Reception

Participants Include

  • AmicusHorizon
  • Arup
  • Auckland
  • Autodesk
  • Balmoral Capital Partners
  • Barton Willmore
  • BBC
  • Benoy Ltd
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Bloomberg LP
  • BRE
  • Brent Council
  • Cadogan
  • CBRE
  • Cities Today
  • dRMM Architects
  • Ealing Council
  • EDF
  • Emaar Economic City
  • ERE Property
  • Financial Times
  • Gehl Architects
  • Gensler
  • Government of Canada
  • Greater London Authority
  • Grosvenor
  • Harrods
  • Haskoll
  • Hawkins\Brown
  • Ilex Content Strategies
  • Imperial College London
  • International Longevity Centre
  • Jacobs
  • JLL
  • King Abdullah Economic City
  • London Assembly
  • London Borough of Barnet
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • London Borough of Newham
  • London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
  • London City Hall
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Manchester
  • MasterCard
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Miller Developments
  • Monocle
  • mossession & partners
  • NBBJ
  • New Climate Economy
  • New York City
  • Perth
  • Quantum Black
  • Quimera
  • Relational Urbanism
  • Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Royal Commonwealth Society
  • SAP
  • Savills
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Squint/Opera
  • Stantec
  • Swiss Re
  • Temple Group
  • The CoSMo Company
  • The Financial Times
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • The Times
  • The United Nations
  • Tower Hamlets Council
  • Turley
  • Uber
  • UCLA
  • University College London
  • Urban Laboratory UCL
  • Vancouver