City panel

We are honored to welcome Claudia Baranzelli, Hannah Prins, Jasper van Dijk, Corinne Vigreux, Erik Versnel, Carola Hein, Ria Braaf-Frankel and Jonas Torrens as our panelists. Each City panel will adress a question in line with the overall day theme. Continue reading to find out what these experts will elaborate upon.

City panel day 1: How to get the BEST out of cities?

In this panel, Jasper van Dijk (Public Economic Think Tank), Hannah Prins (climate activist) and Claudia Baranzelli (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) (FLTR) will talk about what is needed to get the best out of our cities.

Jasper van Dijk
Jasper van Dijk is an economist with a mission to address societal and social challenges through better substantiated policies. He is also a co-founder of the Institute for Public Economics. Jasper obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford and has worked at the OECD, the Boston Consulting Group, and the Ministry of Finance. As a scholar, consultant, and civil servant, he has ten years of experience researching and advising on societal issues.

Hannah Prins
Hanna Prins (26) is a climate activist and author of 'je bent jong en je wil een toekomst' which translates to 'you're young and you want a future,' which she co-wrote with Jantijn Anema. 'In Amsterdam, demonstrations prevented a highway through the city in the 1970s; now we must take action again for green, quiet, and livable cities.' 

Claudia Baranzelli 
Claudia Baranzelli works as a Policy Analyst in the Economic Analysis, Data and Statistics Division (CFE/EDS) at the OECD, where she leads the Geospatial Lab and manages projects in various fields related to territorial development. Claudia holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering with a specialisation in mathematical modelling and a PhD in Urban, Regional and Environmental Planning, from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Claudia previously worked at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as a project leader for the development of spatial analysis tools and indicators applied to land use and urban dynamics, energy, transport, and Africa-EU Strategic Corridors.

City panel day 2: What kind of innovation do we REALLY need?

In this panel, Erik Versnel (Rabobank), Carola Hein (Technische Universiteit Delft) and Corinne Vigreux (TomTom) (FLTR), will talk about what kind if innovation the city really needs.

Erik Versnel
Erik Versnel has been working at Rabobank in various management positions for 17 years now. He is currently director of Rabobank Amsterdam, chairman of Rabobank's management team in the Amsterdam metropolitan area and member of the Amsterdam Economic Board. Erik is an enterprising cooperative banker with an eye for people and society. From their broader welfare perspective the cooperative Rabobank supports various societal programmes and entrepreneurs and is a "Society partner" of Adam 750 and gave as present "De stem van 750" program. Rabobank shares the vision of unequal investment for equal opportunities in Amsterdam and, as the main banker of the municipality of Amsterdam, believes in a strong public-private partnership for the major urban challenges in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

Carola Hein

It is impossible to understand the present without knowledge of the past. This also applies to architecture. Professor Carola Hein (Prof. History of Architecture and Urban Planning - Department of Architecture) aims to increase understanding of history and train students to be critically-thinking architects. "What distinguishes the architecture in China from that in the Netherlands is the cultural climate in which it develops, the genius loci", says Hein. "That is something determined by history."

Corinne Vigreux 
Corinne Vigreux is TomTom Co-founder and CMO. She transformed the way we navigate the world and oversaw the pivot of TomTom into a deeptech company and global mapmaker. She also founded Codam College in Amsterdam offering free software engineering education for students from all backgrounds. As Vice Chair she sits on the supervisory board of JustEatTakeaway and she is a supervisory board member at Pathé Theatres. She received the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and is Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau. She was named Forbes Women 50 over 50 honoree, and Business Woman of the Year by Harper's Bazaar.

City panel day 3: We are in it TOGETHER!

In this panel, Ria Braaf-Frankel (WomenMakeTheCity), prof. dr. Aleid Brouwer (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) and Jonas Torrens (Universiteit Utrecht) talk about how WE make the city TOGETHER.

Ria Braaf-Frankel
Ria Braaf-Frankel is a core team member of WomenMakeTheCity (WMTC). This independent movement of women* strives for an inclusive and just city, with equal opportunities for everyone. She does this from an intersectional perspective and with the help of the Just City Index (JCI) Dr. Toni Griffin: a planning and design method for creating a just city. WMTC advises, co-creates and tries to influence the development of an inclusive living environment based on the principles of the just city. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration

Jonas Torrens
Jonas Torrens is a researcher, teacher, and supervisor whose activities are centered around enabling transitions and transformations towards sustainability in just and democratic ways. He shows particular interest in infrastructural change, urban experimentation, policy experimentation, evaluation, and novel approaches to innovation policy. Jonas is committed to transdisciplinary research, which he pursues through engagements with community groups, local and regional governments, and innovation agencies.

Aleid Brouwer

Aleid Brouwer works as a senior researcher at the regional planning agencies of the province of Drenthe and Groningen, she also holds the endowed chair 'Broad prosperity and inequalities' at the department of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research focusses on: regional development, regional policy, well being, new economy, inequalities, opportunity and learning.

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