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2013 Urban LandMark Conference

Moving from Knowledge to Change: Agreeing the Next Steps for Better Access to Urban Land

13 - 14 March 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Adele Hosken
Cities Alliance
Adele Hosken is a Knowledge Management Analyst and Southern Africa regional representative for the Cities Alliance. Adele has nine years' experience in urban, local government and knowledge management in Southern Africa. She has provided knowledge and programme management support to various donor-funded programmes in Southern Africa, including programmes funded by the Cities Alliance, USAID and the World Bank Institute.

Ahmedi Vawda
Presidency, South Africa
Ahmedi Vawda is Deputy Director-General (DDG) in the Monitoring Unit in the Presidency responsible for Outcome 8 - Sustainable Human Settlements and Improved Quality of Household Life - one of the 12 Priorities of this term of Government. Ahmedi previously served as technical advisor in the Office of the Director-General Human Settlements, as DDG for Policy and Programmes in the National Department of Housing (NDOH) and as Acting DG in 2005 for NDOH. He served as Executive Director for Community Development in the City of Cape Town after working as Chief Director Implementation Support in the Department of Land Affairs. Prior to entering government in 1994, Ahmedi worked in the NGO sector as a programme coordinator in Planact, as the Community Programme Coordinator in Khanya College and as Director of Caguba Development Project in Port St Johns.

Allan Cain
Development Workshop Angola
Allan Cain, a specialist in project planning, urban development, low-cost housing and settlements upgrading, co-founded the Development Workshop in 1973. During his 35-year experience in developing countries, he has carried out projects in community construction, school planning, local government participation and in the strengthening of civil society institutions. The honorary Canadian Consul in Angola, Cain has received various awards from both Canadian and Angolan governments for his efforts and leadership in social development programmes, human rights and the environment. Author of several industry journals (and) papers, Cain has also consulted for various organisations (NGOs) including UNDP, UN-HABITAT, the World Bank, the European Commission and the Canadian International Development Agency, among others.

Carlos Morales-Schechinger
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Carlos Morales-Schechinger is a land policy expert at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University at Rotterdam, where he had been a visiting lecturer since 2004 and a full time senior expert since 2008. He was a faculty member of LILP (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy) for 8 years and of UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) for 22 years. He graduated with honours as an Architect at UNAM, did his MPhil on urban studies at the University of Edinburgh and specialised on local government financing at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has published 22 papers in specialised books, journals and memoirs, and lectures extensively and gives conferences on land policies, land markets, fiscal issues, value capture instruments, urban financing, informal settlements and regularisation in México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, the Netherlands and the USA. He held various posts in Mexican government institutions for almost 14 years dealing with land policies and management, amongst others the federal secretary for urban development (SEDESOL) from 1979 to 1986, and director of land policies and instruments dealing with informal settlements and land banking for urban development and housing for many cities.

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
Urban LandMark
Dr Caroline Wanjiku Kihato is an independent researcher and writer. In 2011, she received a MacArthur award on Migration and Development and spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. Her career has involved both teaching and conducting research in the academy and the non-profit sector in South Africa. Since 2006, she has worked with Urban LandMark as a theme coordinator. She was previously a Policy Analyst at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University. She is the co-editor of Urban Diversity: Space, Culture and Inclusive Pluralism in Cities Worldwide published by Johns Hopkins. Her forthcoming book In Between City: Migrant women's experiences in Johannesburg will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2013.

Felicity Kitchin
Independent consultant
Felicity's consulting research has focused mainly on local and regional development issues. She has recently developed a knowledge management toolkit for municipalities. She has been involved in research which looked at citizen-based monitoring of government performance as part of a broader project examining evaluation of government. Her work for Urban LandMark includes an assessment of land management in towns and cities in South Africa, focusing on how land use management and planning impacts the integration of the poor into urban areas. Felicity has conducted research into in-situ housing upgrades, developed sustainability indicators for the City of Johannesburg, researched area-based regeneration strategies and the promotion of local economic development, assessed municipal planning capacity in various contexts, and examined the powers and functions of local government and integrated development plans. She has worked on drafting a manual and related training materials for the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Planning and Development Act and developed Guidelines to Manage Urban Growth for the KZN Planning and Development Commission. Felicity has a PhD in urban, social and political geography from Ohio State University.

Geoffrey Payne
Geoffrey Payne & Associates, London
Geoffrey Payne was born in 1942 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset in the UK, studied architecture at Nottingham and qualified in 1968. However, he found urban planning research more interesting and went into that as a career. He subsequently obtained a Commonwealth Universities Scholarship to do research on squatter housing in India. En route to India in 1970, Payne was invited by the British Institute of Persian Studies in Teheran to act as the architect on an archaeological excavation of a Median temple and fortress complex in western Iran, which is the world's oldest - and intact - fire temple. He was invited back the following year to contribute to the excavations of the first capital city of the Parthians in the Great Salt Desert. In India, Payne spent a year doing research on squatter housing settlements in Delhi and other cities. On returning to the UK, he was awarded funds by the Social Science Research Foundation to extend and write up the research, which led to a book on urban housing in the Third World. Later research projects followed in Turkey and other countries, which were complemented by periods of consultancy and training. Payne has also lectured in the UK and other universities. During the last 40 years, he has had opportunities to work in most parts of the work on housing, land and urban development issues.

Katie Gull
Palmer Development Group
Katie Gull is a consultant at PDG since 2011. She graduated with an M. Com. in Economics at University of Cape Town. Her research focused specifically on the economics of water supply, the impact of environmental restoration on the delivery of services and water in agriculture. She completed her B. Com. Honors in Economics at Rhodes after she received her undergraduate B. Com. degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Cape Town.

Kecia Rust
Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, FinMark Trust
Kecia Rust is the housing finance theme coordinator with the FinMark Trust, and has founded FinMark Trust's Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to governments in South Africa in the development of national, provincial and local housing policy for the past 18 years. Kecia is particularly interested in access to affordable and appropriate housing finance for low-income earners and the functioning of affordable property markets. She led the establishment of the Affordable Land and Housing Data Centre, a joint initiative of FinMark Trust and Urban LandMark, which seeks to promote investment in affordable housing in South Africa.

Lauren Royston
Urban LandMark
A development planner by training, Lauren Royston has worked in the NGO and public sectors in South Africa. For 16 years she has been a principal at Development Works, a consulting practice based in Johannesburg which she co-established with Marc Feldman. Her fields of specialisation are land and housing, and development planning, with a current emphasis on urban tenure security. She has a long association with a community of inner city residents in Johannesburg and their legal advisors, whom she supports on resisting eviction, housing policy advocacy and facilitating community participation. For the past 7 years she has focused on her role as coordinator of the tenure theme area at Urban LandMark, a donor funded think tank where she is responsible for project design and conceptualisation, project management and advocacy and dissemination. In particular, she is responsible for managing the Tenure Security Facility Southern Africa project, which is co-funded by Cities Alliance and UKaid. This work has developed her regional experience with projects in Maputo, Tete, Lilongwe and Luanda.

Liu Haifang
School of International Studies at Peking University
Liu Haifang (PhD History) is Associate Professor at the School of International Studies at Peking University. She previously worked for the Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAAS) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Liu's current research interests are racial issues in contemporary international politics (on the African continent in particular), China in Africa/ Africa in China, China's foreign aid (historical and development perspectives, with the Tan-Zam Railway as a case study), and Angola and its international relationships. Liu has authored numerous publications in English and Mandarin, including books (such as the only book on Angola in China) and academic essays, such as "The untold China-Angola story: The evolution of Chinese perceptions of Angola and Sino-Angolan relations".

Maribel Gonzales
Development Workshop Angola
Maribel Gonzales has over 30 years' experience developing humanitarian assistance, post-conflict reconstruction, peacebuilding and armed violence reduction programmes in the non-profit sector. Maribel has worked in Angola, the Caribbean, Philippines, Pakistan, and the U.S. She is currently Manager for Programme Development in Development Workshop Angola and previously headed the Development Workshop office in Canada. Maribel has a BA in Sociology (University of the Philippines) and a Masters degree in Public Administration (Kennedy School, Harvard University).

Mark Napier
Urban LandMark
Mark Napier is programme director of the Urban Land Markets Programme Southern Africa ('Urban LandMark'), a UKaid programme based in Pretoria. The organisation is a policy change agent which focuses on making urban land markets work better for the poor. Mark, an architect by profession, graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and studied housing at post-graduate level at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Mark has spent time in government, setting up a research unit in the national Department of Human Settlements, and before that was with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. He has researched and published in the areas of housing extensions, home-based enterprises, environmental aspects of informal settlements, and land and housing markets.

Michael Kihato
Independent consultant
Michael Kihato is currently an independent consultant and was until 2012 associated with the South African Cities Network where he ran the 'well governed cities' theme, which deals with municipal and infrastructure finance, housing and human settlements as well as spatial planning and land use. He consults in South Africa as well as in the region on a wide range of project types in the development field. His current research interests are the intersection of planning and environmental legislation, and its influences on the implementation of development projects in South Africa. Michael is a qualified lawyer and development planner.

Patrick Chikoti
Centre for Community Organisation and Development, Malawi
Patrick Ulele Chikoti is a Partnership and Liaison Programme Manager at the Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE), a local NGO in Malawi. He is an Environmental Management Specialist committed to supporting urban poor communities practice sustainable urban development through in-situ planning, in slum upgrading and prevention. At CCODE, Patrick has been at the forefront of supporting participatory slum upgrading approaches where urban poor people have taken charge of in-situ planning through use of community led situation analyses. CCODE is considered the pioneer of participatory slum upgrading in Malawi. Currently, Patrick is confronting a challenge of lack of financing in community slum upgrading projects where communities manage to come up with plans that lack funding. He is currently testing a model which seeks to mobilise communities to develop a community led and owned financing mechanism where households finance their own community projects. He feels inspired by traditional practices like community funeral contributions, neighbourhood security contributions and others. He is also a believer in integration of information in community development. He has been a member of several Steering Committees at national and local levels on slum upgrading, in addition to being a Board Member at Enterprise Development Holdings Limited.

Patrick McAuslan
Birkbeck College, University of London
Patrick McAuslan trained as a lawyer, and has taught, researched and practiced as a consultant in the area of land law, land use law, land policies and land management in developing countries for 50 years. During this time he has worked in 35 countries. He started his career as a lecturer in the Law School of the University of Dar es Salaam, from 1961 to 1966. At present McAuslan is a Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was previously a Professor of Law at Warwick University and the London School of Economics. He was the Land Management Adviser to the World Bank/UNDP/UNCHS Urban Management Programme (UMP) based in Nairobi from 1990 to 1993, being the Coordinator of the Programme from 1992 to 1993. He is the author of many books and papers on land law and policies in developing countries, including (as co-author) the 1992 UMP/World Bank publication Reforming Urban Land Policies and Institutions in Developing Countries; the 2003 book Bringing the Law Back In; Essays in Land Law and Development and the 2006 FAO publication Improving Tenure Security for the Poor in Africa. McAuslan teaches courses on Globalisation of Land Law and Land Markets, and Post-conflict State-building and the Law. His book on Land Law Reform in East Africa: Traditional or Transformative? A critical review of 50 years of land law reform in Eastern Africa 1961-2011 will be published in June 2013.

Peter Ahmad
City of Johannesburg Peter Ahmad is assistant director: growth management and planning in the development planning and facilitation unit of the City of Johannesburg. The unit takes a strategic view of planning across the City and is responsible for the development of the spatial development framework (SDF) for the City and its related strategies like urban boundary study, growth management strategy, and density and nodal policy.

Reathe Rain-Taljaard
Progressus Research & Development
Reathe Rain-Taljaard has a Masters degree in Research Psychology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and completed her Masters internship under the guidance of Dr. Ineke Meulenberg-Buskens from the Netherlands at the Human Sciences Research Council in 1992. Reathe has been the co-owner of Progressus since its inception in 1993. Her research experience includes both qualitative and quantitative work. Reathe has published articles about her research in scientific journals and presented papers at national and international conferences.

Stephen Berrisford
Urban LandMark
Stephen Berrisford is an independent consultant specialising in the legal and policy frameworks governing urban land and development. He is trained as a lawyer and urban planner, with degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge. He works primarily in Southern and Eastern Africa as well as on global initiatives for agencies such as UN-HABITAT, Cities Alliance and the World Bank. Stephen is an Adjunct Professor at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town and Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the governance coordinator for Urban LandMark, a UKAid-funded think tank focused on making urban land markets in Southern Africa work better for the poor.

Subhatri Tholsie Moonsammy
EThekwini Municipality
A local government development expert and a town and regional planner by training, Soobs Moonsammy is the Head of Development Planning, Environment and Management at EThekwini Municipality. She is an accomplished and respected professional with extensive experience in innovating, directing and managing urban planning for a large and complex metropolitan City. Moonsammy has spent more than 15 years at a senior management level crafting a professional career with extensive and unique management and leadership skills and acumen, a wide body of knowledge on local government, and an analytical and comprehensive understanding of planning and development. Moonsammy has a history and track record of working with communities, business and labour. Some of Moonsammy's areas of achievement are a proven ability to create and direct city development institutional structures; the conceptualisation and delivery of planning systems from spatial development frameworks, land use management schemes, and development and building controls; industrial and transit-led spatial policies; mainstreaming the environment into planning; and planning for public sector housing. Moonsammy also co-founded and currently advises South Africa's first Municipal Institute of Learning - designed to promote learning by practitioners for practitioners.

Tristan Görgens
Isandla Institute
Tristan Görgens is a policy researcher in the Urban Land Programme at Isandla Institute. This programme seeks to use research, advocacy and the building of networks to address urban land issues in ways that unlock 'the right to the city' for all of its inhabitants. Tristan has an academic background in sociology, development studies and human geography, having studied and lectured at UCT as a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar and a Steven Bantu Biko Leadership Fellow.

Wendy Ovens
Independent consultant
Wendy has had vast experience working on local government transformation and stabilisation. This has included policy development, the preparation of spatial development frameworks (SDFs), assessing municipal capacity, and the implications of powers and functions for the performance of municipalities, as well as governance and service provider considerations. She has also undertaken a number of research projects on land use management, integration and small towns in South Africa. Recently Wendy was lead consultant providing support and guidance to the City of Lilongwe for the preparation of the City Development Strategy. Wendy has a Masters in Town and Regional Planning and is a registered planner in South Africa. She is proficient in GIS and data analysis.

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