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WCS Young Leaders

Young Leaders Network Objective:

To build and support the next generational leadership network for the annual World Cities Summit (WCS)

We will provide our sponsors and partners the ABC's of the network and request that they
nominate Young Leaders:

  1. Nominee ages to be between 20 to 35 years old; (revised from between 20 to 45 in 2021).

  2. Nominees to be a proven "change-maker" or accomplished leader with wider impact in the urban community e.g. in government / politics, business, media academia or other professional fields; and

  3. Nominees to have an urban dimension related to liveability, sustainability, governance, and planning.

Nominated Young Leaders will be given access to the Young Leader's Symposium on the morning of 31st of July 2022. The symposium is part of the 4 day WCS held at the Marina bay Sands Convetion Centre

* Current network and alumni stands at 550 strong across continents, with esteemed members including Mikko Kiesiläinen, Chief Economist for the City of Helsinki, Finland, Sean Tan, Co-Founder, Insect Feed Technologies, Estibaliz Luengo Celaya, Director, International Department, Bilbao City Council, and Brice Richard, Strategic Advisory and Smart Cities Lead, Arup

WCS YL Synergies Event: The Future is Flexibility

In 2019, 30 YLs gathered at CapitaLand’s new Open Mind space for an evening of energetic and thought-provoking discussion on the future of retail, work and living.

WCS YL Synergies Event: Creating Live, Work, Play and Learn Districts

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WCS Young Leaders Symposium

Panel Speakers:

Tan-Kita-How-Young-Leaders.png Tan Kiat How
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Communication Information &
Ministry of National Development
Geordin-Hill-Lewis-Young-Leaders.png Ald Geordin Hill-Lewis
Executive Mayor of Cape Town


Adib-Jalal-Young-Leaders.png Adib Jalal
Senior Assistant Director
Centre for Liveable Cities


Tan-Szue-Hann-Young-Leaders.png Tan Szue Hann
Director, Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands
Chairman, Sustainability, Singapore Institute of Architects
Stphanie-Groen-Young-Leaders.png Stéphanie Groen
Director, Coastal & Climate Change Asia
Larry-Yeung-Young-Leaders.png Larry Yeung
Executive Director
Participate in Design (PiP)

Time Item Remarks
0900 – 0915 Welcome Address by
ED CLC Hugh Lim

0915 – 1015 Icebreakers followed by
Group Discussions
Young leaders (in groups) will develop a proposal in response to an assigned topic:
  • What are the main levers of change we need to build pandemic-resilient cities?
  • What must we do to futureproof our cities for an population of all ages?
  • What are the top 3 areas that cities should prioritise to achieve a net-zero future?
  • What should cities invest in the next 3 - 5 years to cope with climate extremes?
 1015 – 1030 Session Break Moderators will select 4 presentations during the break. Moderators are:
  • Adib Jalal, Senior Assistant Director, CLC
  • Larry Yeung, Executive Director, Participate in Design (PiP)
  • Stéphanie Groen, Director, Coastal & Climate Change Asia, AURECON
  • Tan Szue Hann, Director of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands; Chairman of Sustainability, Singapore Institute of Architects
 1030 – 1100 Presentations by Young Leaders Four selected presentations will be given 5 minutes each for presentation

Followed by a presentation by the Chief Economist Mikko Kiesiläinen from the City of Helsinki, Finland.
  • A study in balancing healthcare spending while maintaining the same level of service standards to effectively service an ageing population
 1100 –1115 Remarks by (1) SMS Tan and (2) Executive Mayor of Cape Town  
 1115-1145 Moderated dialogue Open floor discussions and Q&A
 1145 Moderator closing remarks Photo-taking