100 Resilient Cities is nearing the last phase of our 2014 Challenge. We started with a huge pool of exciting applications, and we’re narrowing in on our final selections. We wanted to take a moment to publically thank our dedicated technical experts for their hard work in going through all of these applications and providing expert guidance.
These technical experts had the difficult task of taking what we thought were the 120 or so best applications and cutting the list down to a more manageable number. They looked at all the characteristics that make cities good partners for 100 Resilient Cities, including:
The presence of an innovative and engaged Chief Executive leading the city,
A recent catalyst for change
An ability to work with and integrate a broad range of stakeholders
And a willingness to engage in a real partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, including collaborating closely with us to apply the resilience lens to their processes.
As part of our Thank You to them, we wanted to specifically announce these experts:
Alex Ricardo - Urban Sustainability Designer and Planner & Founder, Ecopolis
Antoine Faye - Director, Regional Clean Energy Investments Initiative (RCEII), Ville de Dakar
Benjamin Bradlow - NSF—IGERT Fellow at Watson Institute & Author
Chris Hawker - Director Centre for Risk, Resilience & Renewal, University of Canterbury
Cid Blanco - Technical Advisor for Brazil at UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
Eadie Chen - Strategic Engagement Director, Urban China Initiative at McKinsey & Company
Elodie Baquerot - Chief Operating Officer, Living Cities
Guy Nordenson - Professor, Structural Engineering, Princeton Environmental Institute & Founder, Guy Nordenson and Associates, New York
Henk WJ Ovink - Principal 'Rebuild by Design', Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan, HUD / Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force