Mayors Forum
Lee Kuan Yew World City Price
Young Leaders
City Solution Singapore

2018 WCS Mayors Forum

Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration


Lawrence Wong
Minister, Ministry of National Development, Singapore

Prof. Greg Clark

Keynote Address Speaker
Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu
Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh

Low Yen Ling
Chairman, Mayors' Committee, Singapore

Session 1: What should Mayors do to Embrace and Capitalise on Disruptive Innovations?

This session discussed key governance instruments that mayors can use to transform disruptive innovations into opportunities that will help advance the development of cities. It also explored how cities can better prepare themselves to embrace innovation, adapt to new technologies, and successfully navigate disruptive business models to counter new challenges.

Prof. Alexander Zehnder
Sustainable Earth Office, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Lucy Turnbull
Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

Dr. Vallop Suwandee
Chairman of Advisers to Governor, Bangkok

Shan Zefeng
Director-General, Eco-city Administrative Committee, Tianjin

Nguyen Van Suu
Permanent Vice Chairman, Hanoi

Session 2: No Investment, No Cities - What Can Mayors Do to Attract Financing for Infrastructure Projects?

This session looked at how the increasing involvement of the private sector in infrastructure projects has resulted in less direct supervision or ownership by local governments. In the quest for funds through alternative models of financing and investment, are mayors losing control over how cities should be developed? Will governance be increasingly critical to ensure that the public interest and project longevity are not compromised at the expense of short-term commercial gains?

Dato' Maimunah binti Mohd Sharif
Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Stephanie von Friedeburg
Chief Operating Officer, International Finance Corporation

Ahmed Aboutaleb
Mayor, Rotterdam

H.E. Yousef Shawarbeh
Mayor, Amman

Louis Lim
Chief Operating Officer, Keppel Land and Managing Director, Keppel Technology and Innovation

H.E. Federico Gutiérrez
Mayor, Medellin