Transformational Business Conference & Awards 2015
11 June 2015 | InterContinental Park Lane #FTIFCAwards
FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference 2015
Accelerating sustainable urban transformation 


8:30amRegistration and Networking Breakfast
10:00amOpening Remarks by FT Chair

Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

10:10amOpening Keynote Address: Social, economic and environmental impacts of global urbanisation - implications for the future

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT and co-Author, Poor Economics

10:40amPanel: Governing urban transformation
Successful urbanisation strategies are those that are implemented by consistent, transparent and accountable policy-makers. How are governments responding to governance complexities? How are urban expansion challenges being addressed? How can governance be decentralised to ensure long-term results? Which partnerships are enabling urban governance processes?

Moderator: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

Alioune Badiane, Director, Programme Division, United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Dr Jo Beall, Director Education and Society, British Council
Gustaf Landahl, Head of Department, City of Stockholm
Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities and Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
Andrew Salkin, Chief Operating Officer, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

11:30amNetworking Break
11:50amKeynote Interview: Extracting value from regeneration
Urban renewal projects are able to unlock the economic potential of a developing economy and create opportunities for its communities. What are the challenges of regeneration for policy-makers and planners? Why is it critical to engage with marginalised groups and integrate diverse backgrounds? What progressive planning is ensuring social development and sustainable change? 

Uma Adusumilli, Chief of Planning Division, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority

Loganathan 'Logie' Naidoo, Executive Committee Councillor and Speaker, eThekwini Municipality, Durban

Interviewed by: Andrew Jack, Chief Content Curator, Financial Times


12:20pmPanel: Resilient, liveable cities in a new age
Sustainable urbanisation strategies must cope with growing populations as cities, and the demands being placed on them, continue to expand. What are the policies and factors that contribute to the attractiveness and economic potential of a city? What government incentives and services, infrastructure and technological investments, partnerships with the private sector, and innovative financing mechanisms have the potential to transform cities? What will future cities look like?

Moderator: Bernard Sheahan, Director, Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources, IFC

Special 10 minute introduction by: Michael Pawlyn, Director, Exploration Architecture

Uma Adusumilli, Chief of Planning Division, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority
Michael J. Dixon, General Manager, Global Smarter Cities Business, IBM
Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group
Savvas VerdisInfrastructure Economist, Siemens AG and Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities, London School of Economics 

1:10pmNetworking Lunch
2:30pmBest Practice Snapshots

Exclusive 10 minute presentations of the initiatives short-listed for the Achievement in Urban Transformation awards category

Moderator: Andrew Jack, Chief Content Curator, Financial Times
Keynote: Andrew Zolli, Strategic Advisor, Planet Labs

Presentations by: 
Patricia Armendariz, CEO, Financiera Sustentable de Mexico
Tuul Galzagd, Director of the Eco Banking Department, XacBank
Tom James, Business Development and Partnerships, Sanergy
Cem K. Nahum, Member of the Executive Committee, Hexagon Katı Atık
Carl Powell, Director, Pell Frischmann

4:00pmThe Industry Perspective: The private sector role in advancing sustainable urban transformation
Private sector leaders will provide insights on the innovative and sustainable corporate practices that are contributing to key city development issues, through the delivery of infrastructure and energy, transportation, employment, education and health products and services. 

Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali, Advisor, BRAC, Bangladesh and Chairman, bKash
Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President UK & Ireland, Veolia
Richard Leftley, CEO, MicroEnsure
Devin de Vries, CEO and Co-Founder, WhereIsMyTransport
Jan Nahum, Chief Executive Officer, Hexagon Katı Atık

Interviewed by: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

4:50pmClosing Keynote Address: Incorporating climate action into urban futures – how innovative, connected and collaborative governments are paving the way for low-carbon economic growth

Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President and Special Envoy, Climate Change, World Bank

5:10pmClosing Remarks

Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

5:15pmNetworking Afternoon Tea