Adriana is the President of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL). Originally from Argentina, Adriana has over 30 years of international experience in research, pedagogy, activism and advisory and capacity-building undertakings in over 25 countries across the Global South. Through the lens of land, housing, risk, water, sanitation, food and health, her work adopts a justice and feminist perspective to look at the interface between everyday city-making practices and planned interventions and their capacity to generate transformative spaces, places and social relations. Her most recent collaborative books include: Untamed Urbanisms (2016), Environmental Justice and Resilience in the Global South (2017), Urban Water Trajectories (2017) and Handbook of Urban Global Health (2019).
Amanda is the executive coordinator of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights (CSIPDHR) since 2018. She facilitates policy exchanges and peer learning, as well as political debates and international advocacy work among cities around the world and with the UN level. Amanda Fléty Martinez is from France and Chile. She graduated in Geography from Paris 8 University and holds a Master’s degree from the French Institute of Geopolitics. Previously, she worked for French local governments where she managed projects in the field of local development, slums upgrading, inclusion of migrants, social and solidarity economy and urban ecology. She is particularly involved in issues related to poor and peripheral areas, where she comes from.
David Ngige Muguro is the Group Secretary of Dajopen Waste Management, which was incubated by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technologies. He is also a Manor House Agricultural Centre short courses trainee. He has vast experience in Organic farming, Agro ecology farming, Agroforestry farming and waste recycling. A social enterprise trainer in charge of community Research, production and Marketing of Agricultural recycled products in Kitale Kenya, he is also a member of North Rift Regional centre of expertise headquartered at the University of Eldoret. He’s a member of the Africa Centre of Regional Expertise and Global Regional Centre of expertise, and has won several Agricultural and Environmental Awards in the past 8 years. Lastly, David is a practicing organic kitchen gardening farmer who trains other small-scale farmers.
Desmond Chieshe is a professional urban manager with over 17 years of experience in the development sector. He has a Masters with a specialization in Urban Environmental Management and a Post Graduate Diploma with specialization in Land Development Strategies from the institute for housing and urban development studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is the General Secretary of Nigeria IHS Alumni and the Publicity Secretary Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) FCT, Abuja chapter. He is also the Africa Regional Coordinator for Habitat International Coalition (HIC).
His Eight years’ experience (2004 – 2012) with Women Environmental Programme (WEP) as Program Manager and Nine years’ experience (2013 – 2022) with the Initiative for the Support and Promotion of Human Shelter (ISPHS) as Director of Operations has enabled him to facilitate effective partnership with government, community-based organizations and civil society counterparts. He has also built relations with NGOs and other development partners, facilitating the flow of useful and timely information on human settlements, land, environmental and gender activities enabling the awareness creation.
Duncan is an Irish architect exploring community-led ecocities through action research, working with DINÂMIA’CET (ISCTE) and CE3C (FCUL) research groups in Lisbon and building on several decades of practice as a citizen activist. He became co-president of ECOLISE (European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability) in 2021. While living in Curitiba, Brazil (2014-18), he attained his masters in Environment and Development. He is a river lover, degrowther, indignado and builds bridges between different communities, languages, movements and peoples. From 2019-2021 he coordinated FC.ID’s partnership in the EU Horizon2020 project UrbanA (Urban Arenas for sustainable and just cities).
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A Doctor in Management Sciences from the Mohamed V University of Rabat, 12 years of experience in different structures, and with a Master’s degree from the CADI AYAD University of Marrakech in Entrepreneurship and Strategy of SMEs, Faissal has carried out training and organisation structuring missions as well as prospecting within consulting firms. She is the coordinator of the Marrakech Safi region of the Moroccan network of social and solidarity economy and a member of its national board of directors (REMESS).
Prof. Dr. Flor Avelino has been working as a researcher and lecturer in sustainability transitions and transformative social innovation since 2005. She is currently a full professor of Organisations & Sustainability at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Previously, she worked at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) as senior researcher and lecturer in the politics of sustainability transitions and social innovation, and as associate professor at the Department of Public Administration & Sociology (DPAS) at the Erasmus School of Social & Behavioural Sciences (ESSB, Erasmus University of Rotterdam). With a background in political science, she specialises in power theories and has a particular interest in understanding how people, organisations and networks are (dis)empowered to contribute to change and how power relations are being challenged and reproduced through translocal processes of social innovation and sustainability transitions.
Jason Nardi is president of RIES (the Italian Solidarity Economy Network) and co-founder of Solidarius Italia.
A trainer on the themes of solidarity economy and ethical finance, Jason is the general delegate of RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe and former coordinator of the board of directors of RIPESS, the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy, which brings together grassroots initiatives, cooperative and social enterprises, academic and institutional members and territorial solidarity economy network all over the world. RIPESS is recognized by ECOSOC and is an observer member of the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the SSE (UNSSE.org).
A promoter of environmental and social justice, commons and communication rights, Jason is a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum and promoter of the WSF on Transformative Economies. With a background in communication and media (Princeton University, USA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Florence, he worked for the Ethical Bank foundation. Jason currently lives in Florence, where he promotes CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) projects, financial mutualism and the Florence Commons Forum.
An anthropologist and environmentalist, co-founder and director of the Penca de Sábila Ecological and Cultural Corporation, promoter of the referendum to achieve a constitutional reform that would establish water as a common good and a fundamental human right in Colombia.
Joseph coordinates the Geneva- and Cairo-based Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). Joseph is a founder of HLRN, which is the thematic structure of HIC dedicated to creating knowledge, building capacity and supporting the advocacy of HIC Members to uphold and further develop human rights norms related to habitat. Such norms include adequate housing, water, livelihoods. He also works on the associated processes concerning human rights in international forums, foremost among them the UN Human Rights System. He has also represented the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Palestine and Tunisia. Born in the USA, with an academic background in international relations (foreign policy v. international law) in the US and in Germany, Joseph specializes in the Middle East/North Africa region, where he has lived for 25 years.
Judith is a former consumer constituency representative in the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on Food Security, on behalf of Urgenci International Community Supported Agriculture Network (approximately 3 million members). Elected president of Urgenci in 2015, she advocates for short food chains policy, linking food sovereignty and the solidarity economy. She is a long-standing Board member of RIPESS, the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy, and an observer in the UN Task Force for Social Solidarity Economy; UNRISD has published her paper on the subject of Community Supported Agriculture and the SDGs.