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CityLab 2022 will feature mayors, city innovators, business leaders, urban experts, artists, activists, and more who will discuss and discover replicable solutions to pressing issues such as leading their communities through pandemic recovery to welcoming refugees from global conflicts to combatting climate change.

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Laura Aalto

Executive Director for Culture and Leisure Division at the City of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland

Araf Ahmadali

Director of Art and Culture for the City of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands

James Anderson

Head of Government Innovation Programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Vytenis Andriukaitis

WHO Special Envoy for the European Region Vilnius, Lithuania

Sean Audain

Strategic Planning Manager for Wellington City Council, New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand

Clarence Anthony

CEO and Executive Director of National League of Cities

Kostas Bakoyannis

Mayor Athens, Greece

MarySue Barrett

Nonresident Senior Fellow for the Brookings Institution Chicago, Illinois

Christian Bason

Director, Danish Design Center Copenhagen, Denmark

Beth Blauer

Associate Vice Provost for Public Sector Innovation at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, U.S.A.

Mike Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Muriel Bowser

Mayor Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

London Breed

Mayor San Francisco, U.S.A

Amanda Burden

Principal of Urban Planning at Bloomberg Associates New York, U.S.A.

Richard Burdett

Director of LSE Cities at London School of Economics and Political Science London, U.K.

Tonantzin Carmona

David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Ankita Chachra

Knowledge for policy director at Bernard Van Leer Foundation Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chilando Chitangala

Mayor Lusaka, Zambia

Marta Cotrim

Head of Data and Smart City Unit for the City of Cascais Cascais, Portugal

Piotr Cywinski

Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Oświęcim, Poland

Fleur du Bonheur

Musician Tilburg, Netherlands

Maud de Vries

Co-Founder and CEO of BYCS Amsterdam, Netherlands

David Dudley

Senior Editor Bloomberg CityLab

Aleksandra Dulkiewicz

Mayor Gdańsk, Poland

Enver Duminy

CEO of Cape Town Tourism Cape Town, South Africa

Salla Eckhardt

Director of Digital Building Lifecycle Innovation at Microsoft Seattle, U.S.A.

Justin Elszasz

Chief Data Officer Baltimore, U.S.A.

Marianna Evenstein

Television Anchor at Deutsche Welle News Berlin, Germany

Anatolii Fedoruk

Mayor Bucha, Ukraine

Adam Freed

Principal of Sustainability Practice at Bloomberg Associates New York, U.S.A.

Renée Frissen

Founder and CEO of OpenEmbassy Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mark Foster

Managing Director Strategic Advisory Management

Norman Foster

Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners London, U.K.

Nathalia Gallego Sanchez, a.k.a. Gleo

Visual Artist Cali, Colombia

Lebawit Lily Girma

Travel News Reporter, Bloomberg Travel (Pursuits) Silver Spring, U.S.A.

Meredith Glaser

Director of the Urban Cycling Institute Amsterdam, Netherlands

Steven Goldsmith

Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy Harvard Kennedy School

Femke Halsema

Mayor Amsterdam, Netherlands

Patricia E. Harris

CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Ricardo Hausmann

Economy Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government Boston, U.S.A.

Kenneth Heijns

Managing Director, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions Amsterdam, Netherlands

Claudia López Hernández

Mayor Bogota, Colombia

Sarah Holder

Writer for Bloomberg CityLab San Francisco, U.S.A

Francine Houben

Creative Director at Mecanoo Delft, Netherlands

Stacy-Marie Ishmael

Managing Editor for Crypto at Bloomberg News New York, U.S.A.

Karrie Jacobs

Writer and Educator Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Ivan Jimenez

Managing Director Bizkaia Talent

Nancy Jouwe

Cultural Historian Utrecht, Netherlands

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui

Director of the OECD Center for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions, and Cities Paris, France

Dan Kass

Senior Vice President for Environmental, Climate, and Urban Health at Vital Strategies Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Aly Keïta


Norbert Kettner

Managing Director of the Vienna Tourist Board Vienna, Austria

Naoko Kikuchi


Ashley Kilroy

Regulatory Consultant and former Director of the Department of Excise and Licenses for the City and County of Denver Denver, U.S.A.

Andreas Kipar

Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of LAND Milan, Italy

Vitali Klitschko

Mayor Kyiv, Ukraine

Meron Knikman

Cabinet Secretary to Minister Elke Van den Brandt Brussels, Belgium

Francine Lacqua

Anchor and Editor-At-Large Bloomberg Television

Faith P. Leach

Deputy Mayor of Equity, Health and Human Services for the City of Baltimore Baltimore, U.S.A.

Shani Leiman

Innovation Team Director for the City of Bat Yam Bat Yam, Israel

Ronald Leopold

Executive Director of the Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Netherlands

Matteo Lepore

Mayor Bologna, Italy

Kate Levin

Head of Arts at Bloomberg Philanthropies New York, U.S.A.

Margarita Leybman-Weiss

Innovation Team Director for the City of Akko City of Akko, Israel

Elizabeth Linos

Professor of Public Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School Boston, U.S.A.

Zé Lobo

Executive Director of Active Transport Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Pierfrancesco Maran

Deputy Mayor Milan, Italy

Melissa Martin

Chef and Author of Mosquito Supper Club New Orleans, U.S.A.

Nuala McGovern

Broadcaster for BBC News London, U.K.

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor, University College London (UCL); Founding Director, UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose

Andrea Mechelli

Professor of Early Intervention in Mental Health at King's College, London London, U.K.

José Merino

Head of Mexico City’s Digital Agency for Public Innovation Mexico

DJ Jay Mocio


Eleni Myrivilli

Chief Heat Officer for the City of Athens, Greece, and Senior Advisor for Resilience and Sustainability at Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center Athens, Greece

Amna Nawaz

Chief Correspondent for PBS NewsHour Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Amir Nizar Nuabi

Artistic Director of The Walk Productions London, U.K.

Julia Noordegraaf

Professor of Digital Heritage at University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands

Darach O'Connor

Executive Manager for the City of Dublin Dublin, Ireland

Henk Ovink

Special Envoy for Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

Sociology professor University of Toronto

Rachel Perić

Executive director of Welcoming America Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Victor Pineda

Founder and President of World Enabled Berkeley, U.S.A.

Mehmet Polat


Linda Poon

Staff Writer at Bloomberg CityLab Washington, DC, U.S.A.

Dan Porterfield

President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Washington, DC, U.S.A.

Neta Rosenthal

Innovation Lead for Hazira Tel Aviv, Israel

Janette Sadik-Khan

Principal of Transportation at Bloomberg Associates New York, U.S.A.

Andriy Sadovyi

Mayor Lviv, Ukraine

Mariano Sagasta

Architect at Office for Metropolitan Architecture The Randstad, Netherlands

Lucas F Santana


Miguel Angel Santos

Director of Applied Research at the Harvard Growth Lab Boston, U.S.A

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Host of “Common Ground Berlin” Podcast Berlin, Germany

Vivian Schiller

Director of Aspen Digital at Aspen Institute Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Marta Segura

Chief Heat Officer and Climate Emergency Mobilization Office Director Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo

Mayor Mexico City, Mexico

DJ Rose


Remigijus Šimašius

Mayor Vilnius, Lithuania

Grace Simrall

Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology Louisville, U.S.A.

Jennifer Sondag

Executive Editor at Bloomberg CityLab New York, U.S.A.

Mārtiņš Staķis

Mayor Riga, Latvia

Paul Supawanich

Director of Programs for Global Designing Cities Initiative Atlanta, U.S.A.

Henk Swarttouw

President of European Cyclists' Federation Netherlands and Sweden

Ming Tang

Chief Data and Analytics Officer of National Health Service, England London, U.K.

Erika Thi Patterson

Campaign Director for Action Center on Race and the Economy Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Dilla Thomas

TikTok Historian Chicago, U.S.A.

Baratunde Thurston

Host of "How to Citizen" Podcast Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Yuliya Tychkivska

Executive Director of Aspen Institute Kyiv Kyiv, Ukraine

Geerte Udo

CEO of Amsterdam and Partners Amsterdam, Netherlands

Elke Van Den Brandt

Minister for Mobility, Public works and Road Safety Brussels, Belgium

Kadir van Lohuizen

Photojournalist Amsterdam, Netherlands




Artist in Residence at the Royal Carré Theatre Amsterdam, Netherlands

OK Williams

DJ London, U.K.

Randall Woodfin

Mayor Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.

Daniel Wurtzel

Artist Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Vladimir Yavachev

Project Director of the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation Paris, France

Peju Alatise

Artist Lagos, Nigeria

Zef Hemel

Professor of Regional Planning and Design at Delft Technical University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Natalie Jaresko

Chairperson of Aspen Institute Kyiv Kyiv, Ukraine

Eugenia Kargbo

Chief Heat Officer Freetown, Sierra Leone

Brentin Mock

Writer and Editor for Bloomberg CityLab Baltimore, U.S.A.

Feargus O'Sullivan

Contributing Writer at Bloomberg CityLab London, U.K.

Maarten Ouboter

Hydrologist for Waternet Hydrologist for Waternet

Sander van der Waal

Research Director at Waag Futurelab Amsterdam, Netherlands

Stacey Warady Gillett

Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies Chicago, Illinois

Annie White

Director of Software Tools at Harvard's Growth Lab Boston, U.S.A

Douglas Wood

Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Initiative at the Aspen Institute New York, U.S.A.