Emerging Urban Leaders Meet Their Mentors





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May 24, 2021
by Isabelle Weber
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Emerging Urban Leaders Meet Their Mentors

Fellows to receive mentorship as part of one-year program with World Urban Parks Photo by SurfsUp from Shutterstock

Salzburg Global Seminar and World Urban Parks are pleased to reveal 22 mentors who will join our Emerging Urban Leaders program.

A valuable aspect of the program is a mentorship between each Fellow and an established urban leader who can offer guidance and advice throughout the year.

The mentorship program will suit the individual needs of each Fellow by finding specialized mentors who have the knowledge and experience to provide valuable insight on each Fellow’s respective project.

These mentors come from a wide range of sectors, including urban design, conservation, civil society, government, and health. Their professional expertise in their unique fields makes these leaders ideal mentors for the cohort.

As a mentor, these leaders are a professional recourse for their Fellow. They can offer support as the Fellows work through the program themes of leadership, equity, strategy, partnerships, and advocacy.

Through open conversations with these leaders and each other, Fellows will expand and realize their leadership potential and increase their impact. In this way, the Emerging Urban Leaders program will address the lack of representation for many groups at the decision-making level within urban space.

The first meetings between mentors and Fellows took place last month. The Fellows will continue to meet monthly with their mentors throughout the next year to discuss their project.

These meetings have already gotten off to a great start. Fellow Shamsa Birik valued the following quote from her first meeting with her mentor Liteboho Makhele:  “Despite the many challenges you will encounter, it is more important to think of the possibilities of the change you intend to bring. The possibilities are there, and they are exciting.”

Mentors in the first Emerging Urban Leaders cohort include:

  • Ali Estefam, Senior Community Outreach Specialist, Melissa Johnson Associates, Inc., USA
  • Andrei Pamintuan, Festival Director and Co-Founder, The Manila Fringe Festival; Creative Director, Pineapple Lab, Philippines
  • Chris Reed, Founding Director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism; Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; USA
  • Dan Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer & National Geographic Explorer, UK
  • Eili Lepik, Deputy Strategy Director, Government Office of Estonia, Estonia
  • Fiona Wolff, Consultant for Project Work, German Association of Building Greening (Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e.V. - BuGG), Germany
  • Itai Palti, Director, The Centre for Conscious Design; Director, Hume, UK
  • Jayne Miller, CEO and Founder, Jayne Miller Consulting; Board Chair of World Urban Parks, USA
  • Jonelle Simunich, Senior Foresight Strategist/Manager/Integrator, Arup, UK
  • Liteboho Makhele, Program Manager of Sustainable Cities, South African Cities Network, South Africa
  • Mark Camley, Executive Director of Park and Venues, London Legacy Development Corporation; Chair, World Urban Parks Advocacy Portfolio, UK
  • Michelle Palmer, Director of Community Engagement Unit, Department of Conservation, New Zealand
  • Mindy Watts, Principal, Interface Studio, USA
  • Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, USA
  • Pascale van der Leest, #NatureForAll Project Manager, Parks Canada, Canada
  • Patricia Alberth, Head, World Heritage Office, Germany
  • Russell Galt, Head of Urban Alliance, IUCN, UK
  • Sadaf Taimur, Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Doctoral Scholar, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Scott Martin, Executive Director, River Heritage Conservancy; Executive Board Member, World Urban Parks, USA
  • Singh Intrachooto, Associate Professor of Building Innovation, Kasetsart University; Founding Director, Creative Center for Eco-design, Thailand
  • Tinni Sawhney, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation, India
  • Togo Uchida, Executive Director – Japan Office, ICLEI, Japan

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