Speakers of
World Congress



We are proud to present some of the finest architects and experts from science, business and politics. They will contribute to making the World Congress a powerhouse of knowledge and inspiration about sustainable and equitable change in the built environment. Click names for more information about speakers and which sessions they will contribute to.

Anna Heringer
Architect & Founder, Studio Anna Heringer
German architect Anna Heringer, born October 1977, grew up in Laufen, a small town at the…
Bjarke Ingels
Founder, BIG
Bjarke Ingels founded BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001…
Carlo Ratti
Professor and Director, Senseable Lab MIT (US), Founding Partner of Carlo Ratti Associati
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…
Carlos Moreno
Professor, University of Sorbonne, Paris
Carlos Moreno is French of Colombian origin. He is a Senior University Professor, a driving force…
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Award-winning writer and feminist
Ms. Adichie grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where her father…
Chris Downey
Architect & Founder, Architecture for the Blind
Chris Downey is an architect, planner, and consultant. Working with design teams and clients, he draws…
Christian Benimana
Senior Principal, MASS Design Group, and Director of The African Design Centre
Christian Benimana is a Rwanda-born architect. In 2010 he joined MASS Design Group as a Global…
Connie Hedegaard
Master of Ceremonies
With two decades of experience in international and domestic executive policy making, Ms. Connie Hedegaard today…
Dorte Mandrup
Founder, Creative Director, Adjunct Professor & Architect MAA
Danish architect Dorte Mandrup founded her studio in 1999, eight years after graduating from Aarhus School…
Elizabeth Timme
Founder & Director of Design, Office of: Office
Elizabeth, co-founder of Office of Office, is a third-generation architect born in Texas and raised in…
Francis Kéré
Founder & Principal, Kéré Architecture, 2022 Pritzker Prize winner
Francis Kéré is an internationally renowned Burkinabè architect and the 2022 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture…
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Founder & Managing Director, Bauhaus Earth
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which…
Hélène Chartier (tbc)
Director of Urban Planning and Design, C40 Cities
Hélène Chartier is the Director of Urban Planning and Design at C40, the network of global…
Jan Gehl
Architect, Professor (ret.) of Urban Design, The Royal Danish Academy, Founding Partner, Gehl
More than 50 years ago in 1971 Jan Gehl published the seminal book Life Between Buildings…
Jerome Foster II
Activist, Youngest Member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Software Engineer, Co-Founder at Waic Up
Jerome Foster II is an American climate justice activist, voting rights advocate, and political advisor. As…
Jesper Nygård
CEO, Realdania
Jesper Nygård is the CEO of Realdania, a private member based philanthropic association in Denmark, with about…
Jim Hagemann Snabe
Chairman, Siemens, World Economic Forum Trustee
Jim Hagemann Snabe is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG (D) and Member of…
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
Architect & Founder, Snøhetta
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen completed his architecture studies in Graz, Austria in 1985 and co-founded Snøhetta in…
Kunle Adeyemi
Founder & Principal, NLÉ
Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, professor, and development strategist whose works are internationally recognized for originality…
Maria P. Neira
WHO Director, Department of Environmental, Climate Change and Health
Dr. Maria P. Neira is the Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health…
Mette Skjold
Ms. Skjold is CEO of the Danish nature-based design studio SLA. As the head of SLA,…
Nyasha Harper-Michon
‘Archtivist’, Architect, LinkedIn Top Voice Green, Business Strategist, Educator, Speaker, Writer
Nyasha Harper-Michon is a creative and strategic thinker who thrives at the intersection of design, business,…
Omar Gandhi
Architect & Principal, Omar Gandhi Architects
Omar Gandhi is the Principal of Omar Gandhi Architects, an architectural practice founded in 2010 with…
Partha Dasgupta
Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta is Frank Ramsey Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge…
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen
Lord Mayor, City of Copenhagen
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen is a member of the Danish Socialdemocratic Party. She was elected Lord Mayor…
Ursula von der Leyen (tbc)
President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen, Dr., born in 1958, was a member of the German Bundestag from…
Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara
Founders, Grafton Architects
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara co-founded Grafton Architects in 1978, having graduated from University College Dublin…


Together with the keynote dialogues, the congress programme will include a wide range of sessions which will explore how architecture and the built environment can contribute to a more sustainable future. Confirmed Session Chairs are listed below. Click names to see which sessions they will chair.

Anders Lendager
Architect & CEO, Lendager
Anders Lendager is an architect, CEO and founder of Lendager. His company has established itself as…
Anna Rubbo
Senior Researcher, Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD), The Climate School, Columbia University, US
Prior to joining CSUD in 2012, Anna Rubbo, B.Arch (U-Melbourne), D. Arch (U-Michigan) was Associate Professor…
Anne Beim
Professor, Royal Danish Academy, Head of Center for Industrialized Architecture (CINARK), PH.D.
As Head of CINARK Anne Beim has led several interdisciplinary projects involving industry and academia and…
Arif Hasan
Visiting Professor, NED University Karachi, member of UNs advisory Group on Forced Evictions
Arif Hasan is an architect and planner, activist, teacher, researcher and the author of a large…
Billie Faircloth
Partner and Research Director, Kieran Timberlake
Billie Faircloth is a researcher, professor, and lecturer whose work centers around three main themes: the…
Camilla Ryhl
Architect, Ph.d., Research Director at Bevica Foundation and Head of Universal Design Hub
Camilla Ryhl is an educator, researcher and specialist in Universal Design and her current work focuses…
Camilla van Deurs
Chief City Architect, City of Copenhagen
Camilla van Deurs is the Chief City Architect for the City of Copenhagen since February 2019,…
Charlotte Elisabeth Mellbye
Project Manager, 120 Hours
Charlotte Elisabeth Mellbye is project manager and team member of 120 Hours. Charlotte is currently pursuing…
Chris Precht
Architect & Founder, Studio Precht
Chris Precht is the co-founder of architectural studios Precht and Penda. After training at University of…
Christian Pagh
Director & Chief Curator, Oslo Architecture Triennale
Christian Pagh is Director and Chief curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale. Christian has headed a…
Cora Valloire
Architect, Master of Inclusive Architecture, Dissing+Weitling
Cora Cecilia Lopez Valloire is an experienced architect working in all phases of a building process…
Ditte Rejnholdt Rudolfsen
Head of The Danish association of Youth With Disabilities (SUMH)
Trough policy and practice Ditte is working with human rights for young people with disabilities aiming…
Elisapeta Heta
UIA IPWP Co-Director & Principal - Kaihautū Whaihanga - Māori Design Leader Architecture, Jasmax Aotearoa
Ellen Braae
Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Ellen Braae is since 2009 professor at the University of Copenhagen, heading the Research Group for…
Ishtiaque Zahir Titas
Director, Vitti Sthapati Brindo & Vice President, UIA Region 4
Ishtiaque Zahir Titas, a practicing architect from Bangladesh, is the 1st Vice president and the Board…
Istelianna Atanassova
Architect & Vice President, UIA Region 2
Architect Istelianna Necho Atanassova (Bulgaria, Georgia) is the Vice President of the International Union of Architects…
Jakob B. Knudsen
Dean, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
James M. Wright
Co-Director, UIA Professional Practice Commission
James M. Wright is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Senior Principal/CEO Emeritus…
Jeff Risom
Chief Innovation Officer, Gehl
As Chief Innovation Officer, Jeff is passionate about the relationship between human experience and design and…
Jens Axelsson
Architect SAR/MSA, White Arkitekter
Jens Axelsson is an architect at White Arkitekter – one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural practices –…
José Luis Cortés
President, UIA
José Luis Cortés is the UIA President for the 2021-2023 term. He is a graduate of…
Juan Du
Professor and Dean, The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto (CA)
Professor Juan Du is dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.…
Julia Gamolina
Founder & Editor in Chief, Madame Architect
Dedicated to the built environment and to the empowerment, advancement, and visibility of the women who…
Kai-Uwe Bergman
Partner, BIG
Kai-Uwe Bergmann brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe,…
Kent Martinussen
CEO, Danish Architecture Center
Kent Martinussen is a Danish architect and CEO of The Danish Architecture Centre since 2001. He…
Kristian Jensen
CEO, Green Power Denmark
As a member of the UIA2023 Honorary Committee, Mr. Jensen will contribute to the opening and…
Kristján Eggertsson
Architect & Partner, Krads
Kristján Eggertsson and Kristján Örn Kjartansson are both born in Reykjavik, Iceland and graduated from Aarhus…
Kristján Örn Kjartansson
Architect & Partner, Krads
Kristján Örn Kjartansson and Kristján Eggertsson are both born in Reykjavik, Iceland and graduated from Aarhus…
Liselott Stenfeldt
Director, Head of R&D, Gehl
As Team Director for Cities and Head of R&D, Liselott Stenfeldt is responsible for developing strategic…
Louise Noelle Gras
Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Architectural historian, professor and researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the national University of…
Magda Mostafa
Associate Professor of Design, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo
Magda Mostafa, PhD is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University in Cairo and…
Maibritt Pedersen Zari
Associate Professor, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Maibritt Pedersen Zari’s research sits at the interface between ecology and designed human experiences across spatial…
Marie Louise M. Pollmann-Larsen
Design Engineer, Chief Consultant – DTU Skylab, Denmark
Chief Consultant and Project Manager at DTU Skylab – the interdisciplinary hub for technology-based innovation &…
Martha Lewis
Head of Materials, Henning Larsen Architects
Martha Lewis is Head of Materials at Henning Larsen, where she established a material database detailing…
Martha Thorne
Senior Advisor, The OBEL Award
Martha Thorne has been entrusted with setting up OBEL AWARD teaching fellowships programme and advising the…
Merve Bedir
PhD, BAK Utrecht
Merve Bedir is an architect based in Rotterdam and Istanbul. Her work examines infrastructures of hospitality…
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen
Professor and Founder, Centre for IT and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy
In CITA Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen has piloted a special research focus on the new digital-material relations…
Mikkel Thomassen
Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Smith Innovation
Mikkel Thomassen is a Danish based economist specialized in systemic sustainable transformations of the built environment.…
Mogens Lykketoft
Economist, former minister and President of the UN General Assembly
Mogens Lykketoft, born 1946, Economist. Social Democratic Member of the Danish Parliament 1981-2019. Mr. Lykketoft served…
Monica von Schmalensee
Architect SAR/MSA, Senior Advisor, White Arkitekter
Monica von Schmalensee is a senior architect at White Arkitekter. In her role as CEO of…
Natalie Mossin
President of Congress, Head of Institute, Royal Danish Academy
Natalie Mossin is a Danish architect. She is the President of Congress for the UIA World…
Nina Kovsted Helk
Director of Philanthropy, Realdania
Nina Kovsted Helk is the philanthropic director (CPO) of Realdania, a private member based philanthropic association…
Ofri Earon
Head of Living, Henning Larsen Architects
How should we live in the city of the future? This question has been the starting…
Patrick Stewart
UIA IPWP Co-Director & Principal, Patrick Stewart Architecture, Canada
Pernille Berg
Dr. Pernille Berg, Science Director, Bloxhub
Pernille Berg is passionate and experienced when it comes to leadership, research, innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.…
Rainer Mahlamäki
Co-founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects & Professor, Oulu School of Architecture, Finland
Rainer Mahlamäki’s representative designs are a product of his belief in the importance of understanding each…
Rob Adams
City Architect, City of Melbourne
Since joining the City of Melbourne in 1985, Rob Adams has through his role at the…
Ruth Baumeister
Professor, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Ruth Baumeister is an architect, historian, researcher and writer, specializing in the post-war European avant-gardes in…
Sam Oboh
Principal, Ensight+ Creative Design Intelligence & Vice President, UIA Region 3
Sam Oboh is an accomplished architect with over 25 years of experience, specializing in public architecture…
Sandi Hilal
Co-Director of DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research), and Lise Meitner Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden
Sandi Hilal is an architect, artist, and educator. She has developed a research and project-based artistic…
Simon Allford
President, RIBA
Simon Allford is President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. As a founding Director of…
Thomas C. Bøjstrup
Architect, PhD Student, Royal Danish Academy
Thomas Chevalier Bøjstrup is an architect and a PhD student at the Royal Danish Academy, and…
Tine Hegli
Professor, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Tine Hegli is a professor of architecture teaching sustainable building practice at The Oslo School of…
Tokunbu Omisore
Vice President, UIA Region 5
A graduate of Thames College of Architecture in London, Tokunbo Omisore is a Chartered Architect with…
Vibeke Grupe Larsen
PhD Researcher – Circular economy and SDGs, Danish Association of Architectural Firms
Zhuan Weimin
Co-Director, UIA Professional Practice Commission
Zhuang Weimin is a Fellow of the Architectural Society of China and Professor and Dean of…


There is always more than one side to the story. Most sessions during the congress will be packed with smart people from all walks of the built environment. Find your favourites below and click names to see which sessions they will contribute to.

Anna Dyson
Founding Director, Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, U.S.A
Anne Tietjen
Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Dan Goodley
Professor and Co-director, iHuman, School of Education, University of Sheffield
Farida Abu-Bakare
Director of Global Practice at WXY, New York + Former Project Director, Adjaye Associates (Moderator)
Jan Hugo
Lecturer, University of Pretoria
Ricky Sandhu (TBC)
Founder & Executive Chairman at Urban-Air Port Ltd. + Former Partner, Foster + Partners
Rob Heuschkel
Clinical Director for Cambridge Children’s Hospital Project, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH)
Stig Gothelf
Architect, 3XN – "Børneriget" at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
Susanna von Eyben
Interior Architect SIR/MSA – Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Gothenburg
William Korte
Deputy Chairman, The Danish association of Youth With Disabilities (SUMH)