Associate Professor Timon McPhearson, New School, New York
Dr. Timon McPhearson is Associate Professor of Urban Ecology at The New School’s Environmental Studies program, Director of the Urban Systems Lab, research faculty at Tishman Environment and Design Center. He studies the ecology in, of, and for cities to advance resilience, sustainability, and justice. He teaches courses on urban resilience, urban social-ecological-technological systems, and urban green infrastructure. Timon is a member of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, and the Urban Heat Island Task Force in New York City Mayor's Office for Recovery and Resiliency. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY and Associate Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University in Sweden.
Ms Tatu Gatere, Architect, Orkidstudio BuildHer Operations Director
Tatu Gatere is an architect with over ten years of professional experience focused on exploring the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and culture both locally and internationally in a variety of socio-economic and cultural contexts. She has contributed to a number of commercial, place-based, and community development projects in The U.S.A., Canada, South Africa, and Kenya. She believes that architecture combined with participatory design and place making can facilitate physical, social, and economic development while also bringing safe, beautiful, inclusive, and accessible public spaces within reach of families, societies, and communities, irrespective of economic or social status.
Dr Leif Petersen, managing director, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, Cape Town
Dr Leif Petersen is a Founding Director of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation non-profit company (SLF), based in Cape Town, South Africa. Leif’s core interest is the South African township informal economy where he has dedicated over 15 years of research, engagement and innovation projects. Leif has a PhD from the University of Queensland (2013) examining the scope and scale of the informal economy of traditional medicine in Cape Town, and recently completed a PostDoctoral tenure with South Africa’s National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence (Food Security) as an informal economy specialist. Within SLF Leif is the leader of the “Ecology and Society” pillar; which includes research, engagement and innovation pertaining to informal economy and conservation practice.
Martha Cecilia Fajardo, CEO of Grupo VerdeMartha Fajardo Pulido is a Colombian Landscape Architect with a Master’s degree in Landscape Design, and is a receiver of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt), from The University of Sheffield, UK. She is also an architect. Over 30 years’ experience in leading national and international roles, playing a key role in establishing the profession in countries all around the globe, with a contribution towards safeguarding the viability of the natural environment and towards developing and maintaining a humane built environment in cities, towns and villages. Martha is CEO of Grupo Verde, a firm dedicated to the professional practice of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism and Urban Design. Her contributions to her professional field are numerous, and include among others a period as President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), and also cofounder of the Colombian Society of Landscape Architects (SAP) where she served as its first President and remains an Honorary member. She was also a cofounder and chair of the Latin American Landscape Initiative (LALI), a regional initiative seeking to mobilize civil society to safeguard collective landscape values, represented by the conservation of beauty, of biodiversity, of traditional knowledge, of heritage in all its forms.