Urban Innovation at Home and Abroad

More than half the world’s population lives in cities and this number continues to grow. The rural-to-urban transformation creates challenges and opportunities for humankind.

Please join the Atlantic Council, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, UN-Habitat, and other partners on February 4, 2014 for the Washington, DC launch of a national series leading up to World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín, Colombia, in April 2014. Domestic and international public- and private-sector speakers will compare their innovation experiences and offer recommendations for capitalizing on urban investments.


Welcome and Introductory Remarks 
H.E. Luis Carlos VillegasAmbassador of Colombia to the United States
Mathew BurrowsDirector, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

Public-Private Partnerships for Equitable Twenty-First Century Cities 
Ana Marie ArgilagosDeputy Assistant Secretary, Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Pamela FlahertyPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Citi Foundation
Alonzo Fulgham, Vice President for Strategy and Sustainable International Development, CH2M HILL
Jason MarczakDeputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council (Moderator)

Harnessing Urban Innovation for Global Inclusive Development 
Javier LeonPrincipal Specialist, Urban Development and Housing, Inter-American Development Bank
Michael MetzlerActing Director, Development Credit Authority, USAID
Jaana RemesPrincipal, McKinsey Global Institute
Nicholas YouChair, World Urban Campaign Steering Committee; Special Advisor, Guangzhou Institute of Urban Innovation
Filiep DecorteChief Technical Advisor, UN-Habitat (Moderator)


Watch the event online and be part of the conversation and interact with the experts by asking questions on Twitter using #ACUrban.