Keynote Speakers

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Marco Cremaschi
, an expert in Urban Policies, is a full professor of Planning and the director of the Master in Urban Planning and Design at the Urban School, SciencesPo, Paris. He received a Marie Curie Fellowships in 1996 and a Fulbright grant in 2003. His research insists on a comparative approach to large urban projects in cities from different countries. Of late, he has been working on a few major projects dealing with the changing spatial organization of European cities and their consequent impacts on urban policies: the presence of immigrants in small Italian municipalities. He published or edited 12 books, and several papers on housing, urban planning, and the European Union programs for cities. Among the latest: (2016: dir.), Rapporto sulle città, Metropoli attraverso la crisi, il Mulino, Bologna; (2015: co-dir.), Métropoles et régions, entre concurrences et complémentarités. Regards croisés France, Italie, Planum; (2019) “Practical Plans: Refugees, Spatial design, and a Workshop of Planning”, Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning, 3; (2019) Tracing Rights on the Ground: Spatial Controversies around Urban Development Projects, Ardeth, A magazine on the power of the project. 4, Spring 2019.


Frank D’hondt - Secretary General of ISOCARP
Frank is founding member and director of Territorial Capital Institute, a knowledge-based platform to exchange theory and praxis of integrated territorial development and placemaking, drawing upon his experiences on localising the New Urban Agenda and the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning.

Frank has worked 15 years in the European Union, mainly on cross-border and transnational planning issues, followed by another 15 years outside the EU, including Kosovo, Palestine, Nepal, Afghanistan, Arab Emirates, Kenya, Myanmar, China, Japan, the Caribbean, Timor-Leste, The Gambia and Somalia. Frank is specialised in national urban policy, metropolitan planning, post-conflict/disaster planning and participatory visioning and placemaking. With UN-Habitat, Frank published a book on ‘Visioning as Participatory Planning Method’ and drafted the handbook for the implementation of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IGUTP). He published many articles in planning magazines all over the world, most recently in ISOCARP’s 2019 Metropolitan Planning Review.

During the World Planning Congress 2019 in Jakarta, Frank was elected as Secretary General of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP). He contributed to several ISOCARP World Congresses, coorganised and reported Urban Planning Advisory Teams in Gaza, Palestine and Wuhan, China. He is currently cochairing the Congress Committee of the World Planning Congress 2020, that will be organized in Doha, Qatar.

Contact Frank via secretarygeneral@isocarp.org or connect via Youtube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


Karel Maier is an urbanist and university educator at the Institute of Spatial Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University and also lectures at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences. He focuses on the topics of sustainable development of the territory, economics of private and public sector investments related to territorial development and on the institutional and legislative background of these processes. He participated in the preparation of the policy paper Urban Spatial Strategies for HABITAT III. He is a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects, a foreign member of the German Academy for Spatial Planning and Territorial Research (ARL), and the national representative of the Czech Republic in AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning).

Closing debate:

Dr. Barend Wind (1989) is assistant professor socio-spatial planning at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research focuses on socio-spatial inequalities produced by market forces and policy interventions. Furthermore, he uses spatial justice theories to develop collective solutions that counter urban inequalities. Part of his research activities focus on (post-)war cities, and the role of planning in the production of a new social order. Barend Wind holds a PhD in sociology, obtained from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, researching housing wealth inequalities in Europe. Besides his academic work, Barend Wind is employed at a non-profit housing association in Amsterdam (de Key), providing affordable homes to young adults.