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



Session 1: What does it take to be an Environmentally and Economically Resilient City?

Time: 9.00 am - 10.30 am (90min)

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges today. Cities are exploring innovative solutions, building robust infrastructure, and working out new financing arrangements in a bid to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. A resilient city continuously learns from its past experiences as well as from others and takes an integrated and holistic approach to respond, adapt and recover. What should mayors and city leaders do to ensure their cities can quickly recover from shocks and even take advantage of new opportunities from these threats?

Henk Ovink
Dutch Special Envoy, International Water Affairs, The Netherlands

Ahmed Aboutaleb
Mayor, Rotterdam

Raisa Banfield
Vice Mayor, Panama City

Jenny Bofinger-Schuster
Vice President for Sustainability & Cities Siemens

Jeremy Bentham
Vice President, Global Business Environment and Head of Shell Scenarios, Shell

Session 2: Social Resilience – A Critical Component of a Liveable and Sustainable City?

Time: 11.00 am - 12.30 pm (90min)

Urban resilience is about the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to adapt and thrive despite stresses and acute shocks. Cities are becoming more connected digitally, yet there are are increasing cultural differences, rising socio-economic disparities and aging infrastructure. By harnessing technology and social networks, dense urban populations provide many opportunities for creating connections and social support. Often, the appropriate social networks and capital are both the first and last line of defence in times of crisis, be it terrorist attacks, financial crisis or natural disasters. How can we cultivate and build up the social resilience of cities?

Michael Berkowitz
President, 100 Resilient Cities

Erion Veliaj
Mayor, Tirana
Oscar Santiago Uribe Rocha
Chief Resilience Officer, Medellin
H.E. Dr. Eric Chu
Mayor, New Taipei City
Dr. Emi Kiyota
Founder and President, Ibasho
Dr. Emani Kumar
Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI - Local Government for Sustainability

Kent Martinussen
CEO, Danish Architecture Centre
David Portas
Managing Partner, Portas Consulting