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Cities for People

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What makes a good city?

A "good city" is not just a collection of buildings and infrastructure, but a place where people can live fulfilling lives with access to necessities, opportunities and a sense of community. City leaders must be committed to continually rejuvenate their cities and plan for the long-term, while remaining flexible and responsive to the changing needs of residents.

Plenary I: How can cities rejuvenate for the better?

Developing and mature cities alike need to constantly revitalise themselves to maintain liveability. Yet, it can be hard to make changes, especially in older cities, when things are already built or running in a certain way. This plenary discusses how successful urban renewal can be achieved if planning and governance are organised in ways that prioritise well-being and inclusivity across communities and generations.


Benjamin C Abalos Jr
Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippines


Adele Tan
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Planner,
Urban Redevelopment Authority


Carlos Fernando Galan Pachon
Mayor, Bogota
Chen Yujian
Vice Mayor, Shanghai
Professor Rahul Mehrotra
Founder Principal of RMA Architects
Liu Ya-Ting
Chief Public Realm Officer, New York City
Jacques Beltran
Vice President, Global Head, Cities & Public Services,
Dassault Systèmes

Plenary II: Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Lecture

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Lecture celebrates the 2024 Prize Laureate’s and Special Mentions’ achievements in the creation of liveable, vibrant, and sustainable urban communities with a high quality of life. The 2024 Prize Laureate and Special Mentions will share their urban development experiences, highlighting their unique contexts, challenges faced, and urban solutions deployed.


Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Minister of State for Home Affairs & National Development, Singapore


Wong Mun Summ
Founding Director, WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd


Prof. Cheong Koon Hean
Chair, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities and Chair, CLC AP, Ambassador to Finland
Eduardo Clark
Head, Digital Agency for Public Innovation, Mexico City
Alderman Geordin Hill-Lewis
Executive Mayor, Cape Town
Sally Capp
Lord Mayor, Melbourne
Laurie Foon
Deputy Mayor, Wellington

Track Sessions

These are deep dives within each thematic track, featuring panel discussions, special convening sessions and roundtables.

Cities for People – Singapore Geospatial Forum. Geospatial & Geography: Empowering Communities, Enhancing Lives

(led by the Singapore Land Authority)

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Join the Singapore Land Authority and various mayors and city officials of eminent cities for an engaging forum on how geospatial solutions are being utilised to improve citizens’ quality of life. From comprehending the unique challenges confronting cities to embracing geospatial-enabled innovations, discover how mainstreaming geospatial strategies can shape more inclusive, resilient, and vibrant cities. The forum will delve into the discourse of mainstreaming geospatial, providing insights into how cities are harnessing its potential to improve their social, cultural, and healthcare aspects, thereby empowering communities and enhancing lives.


Ng Siau Yong
Director, GeoSpatial & Data and Chief Data Officer,
Singapore Land Authority


Professor Lily Kong
President of the Singapore Management University
Tshering Gyaltshen Penjor
Secretary, National Land Commission Secretariat
Vincent Karremans
Vice Mayor, Rotterdam
Petr Hlaváček
Deputy Mayor, City of Prague
Sally Capp
Lord Mayor, Melbourne

Cities for People – Future of Port Cities

(led by the Maritime & Port Authority, Singapore)

Port cities have a deep historical connection with their ports, serving as vital trade gateways that drive economic growth. Enriched by the convergence of diverse cultures and tradition, these cities have unique identifies and have also adopted innovative approaches to harbour design and technological advancements for sustainable operations.  Yet, each faces its own set of challenges in preserving port heritage while accommodating modern development. This session convenes leaders and stakeholders from port cities to explore the distinctive opportunities and challenges as they steer their cities into the future.


Dr Amy Khor
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and Environment, Singapore


Andrew Tan
Former Managing Director; Operating Partner, Temasek International


Vincent Karremans
Vice Mayor, Rotterdam
Atika Nur Rahmania
Head of Regional Development Planning Board, Jakarta
Jun Seung Lee
Vice Mayor, Busan Metropolitan City
David Green
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
Charles Lin
Deputy Mayor, Kaohsiung City
Shankar Deshpande
Chief, Town & Country Planning Division, MMRDA, and MD & CEO, Raigad Pen Growth Centre Limited, Mumbai

LKYWCP Network Knowledge Forum

This session kickstarts the formalisation of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Network – an initiative to foster deeper city-to-city partnerships to create and exchange knowledge on sustainable and liveable cities. The Knowledge Forum will convene representative knowledge organisations from the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate cities, founding members of the Network, to reflect on the urban challenges that their respective cities have tackled over the last decade and the ones that will impact their future. The presentations and ensuing panel discussion will highlight best practices to address these challenges, and explore how cities can collaborate to find solutions for their urban future.

Opening Address/Moderator

Prof. Cheong Koon Hean
Chair, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities


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General Director, Bilbao Metropoli 
Tom Wright
President & CEO, Regional Plan Association
Johannes Lutter
Head, Urban Development & Mobility, Urban Innovation Vienna (UIV)
Dr Kim Inhee
Director, Research Planning and Cordination, Seoul Institute (SI)

LKYWCP Network Convening Session

The inaugural Convening Session brings together the Prize cities, providing a new platform to share and exchange insights on their newest urban initiatives post-recognition. This session aims to foster knowledge-sharing and innovation among the Prize cities and amplify the impact of their efforts. Join us to hear directly from these cities and gain valuable insights into how their initiatives can be adapted and applied within your own urban context.