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Président d’ICCCASU II President

Mbwentchou, Jean Claude
Ministre/Minister
Ministère de l’Habitat et du Développement Urbain/
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Cameroun/Cameroon

Born on March 9 1956 in Douala, Cameroon, Jean Claude MBWENTCHOU is an Engineer specialized in Civil Engineering and holder of a Master’s degree in urban development. Since 2005, he has been serving as the National Coordinator of the Urban Governance Program (UGP), and then as UN-Habitat focal point (HPM) and Head of the Country team of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP). He attended all international meetings on Human Settlements’ issues: UN-Habitat Board of Directors, World Urban Forums, Habitat II Summit, in June 1996, in Istanbul, and Habitat III, Quito, in October 2017. He served as Vice-chair of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) from 2012 to 2014 and was signatory to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction common declaration during COP21 in Paris. He also took an active part in the session of the United Nations General Assembly that adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 in New York and in the Second International Conference on National Urban Policy, Paris, in 2017 organized by UN-HABITAT in partnership with the OECD. He was awarded the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Merit the Republic of Italy by the State of Italy and is Officer and Knight of the Cameroon National Order of Valour.

Co-Présidents d’ICCCASU Co-Presidents


Badiane, Alioune
Director/Directeur (Rtd)
Programme Division/Division des programmes
UN-Habitat/ONU-Habitat
Nairobi, Kenya

Dr Badiane is a Senior Urban and Regional Planner with extensive working experience in both central and local governments and at the international level. He has thirty years accumulated experience working for the United Nations as well as Government Ministries related to: Economic Planning, Housing, Urban development and Environment. Dr Badiane served as Director of Dakar City Planning, Principal Policy Advisor to the Mayor of Dakar, and as elected Municipal Councilor and Chairman of the Planning and Environment Commission in home town Meckhe in Senegal. He joined UN-Habitat as Chief Technical Adviser- CTA and International Human Settlements Adviser to the Government of Haiti in 1991. He was appointed Regional Coordinator of the Urban Management Programme- UMP in 1992, Director of Regional Office for Africa and Arab States of UN-Habitat in 1999 and in 2011 until retirement, as UN-Habitat Director of Programme Division. During his long career and service he has directed managed and coordinated United Nations global ,regional and national projects and programmes in Africa, Asia the Arab States and in the Caribbean regions. Mr. Badiane studied economics at the Senegal National School of Economics and later graduated from Laval University Canada and attended his Post Graduate Studies at the Department of Urban Affairs, City University of New York at Hunter College. Dr Badiane was awarded title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Minna of Niger State. He is currently the President of The Urban Think Tank Africa -TUTTA for the implementation of the new urban agenda in Africa. Dr Badiane is the Co-President of the ICCCASU and the co-founder of the RESAUD network based in Montreal.

Cao, Huhua
Full Professor
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Huhua Cao is a cross-appointed Full Professor within the Department of Geography Environment and Geomatics and the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He specializes in urban development with the use of geostatistical and spatial methods. In recent years, Dr. Cao’s research has focused on engaging urban indigenous and ethnic minority peoples in urban contexts using e-participation tools. He has directed various international research projects that have received significant funding from Canada, China, the European Union and Africa. Professor Cao has also written numerous articles and books related to urban and regional development while collaborating with academics throughout the world. Dr. Cao has worked closely with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to organize the first International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization (ICCCASU) which was held in Ottawa in 2015. As the main founder and co-president of the ICCCASU, Dr. Cao continues to work on ICCCASU-II, which will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon in 2017 and ICCCASU III in China in 2019. Moving beyond the conventional practice of North-South or South-South cooperation, this series of the conferences fosters a triangular dialogue to explore urban challenges between African countries, Canada and China.

Vice-Président d’ICCCASU II Vice President


Sardaouna, Ahmadou
Secrétaire Général/ Secretary General/Permanent Secretary
Ministère de l’Habitat et du Développement Urbain/
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Cameroun/Cameroon

Born November 13, 1966 in Garoua, Cameroon, Ahmadou Sardaouna is a Civil Engineer who holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Infrastructure and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He has 24 years of experience in infrastructure and urban management. Since 1993, his experience has included service as MINDHU’s regional delegate to the extreme north (2001), the north (2005), and Littoral (2010), as well as postings as Head of Roads and Public Works and Brigade Chief at the city department of Buea. In 2012 he was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, where he is responsible for leading and coordinating various projects under the supervision of the Minister. He has participated in many international conferences focusing on urban development in Africa, China and France. He also coordinated the organizing committee of the 1st National Urban Forum in Cameroon, under the supervision of the Minister of Housing and Urban Development. He is an Officer of the Order of the Valour of Cameroon. Dr. Sardaouna has published the following works: Road and building design and studies, 1993; Design of a metal beam bridge on the Mboro River, 2011; Civil Engineering Projects Management Manual, 2014; Design of a mail management application for MINDHU, 2016; Sustainable urbanism in Cameroon (in progress).

 

Conférenciers d’honneur d’ICCCASU II Keynote Speakers

 

 

Gordon Campbell
Former Premier of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Gordon Campbell served as Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016. He was Premier of British Columbia (2001-2011), during which time he was named best fiscal manager among Canadian premiers by the Fraser Institute. Campbell served as Mayor of Vancouver for three successive terms and spearheaded key urban regeneration projects and ground-breaking initiatives in literacy and cultural diversity. He led the city during its ascent to one of the world’s most livable cities and was the driving force behind Metro Vancouver’s Creating Our Future initiative which shaped the region over the last 25 years. As Premier, Campbell was recognized for his leadership on climate change issues and his reconciliation initiatives with Canada’s First Nations. He was awarded Canada’s Olympic Order for his championship of Canada’s highly successful 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler. The Order of British Columbia recognized Campbell as “an exemplary British Columbian and a visionary leader.” A Vancouver native, Campbell received his MBA from Simon Fraser University. He spent two years teaching in Nigeria and founded a successful property development firm in BC prior to entering politics. Today Campbell serves on a number of Boards internationally and continues to be engaged in public policy.

René Joly ASSAKO ASSAKO
Vice-Rector, University of Douala
BDouala, Cameroun

René Joly Assako Assako is a geographer, specializing in African cities. He is the founder of the Research Group on Cities in Africa in 1999 and the African Network for Urbanization Research in 2012. Given the problems surrounding the environment, urbanization and the metropolitanization aimed at African cities, as well as the application of remote sensing and geographic information systems to the study of African urban areas, he has led several scientific projects with significant bilateral and multilateral funding. In the field of science, he is the author and co-author of several publications, chapters of collective works and articles in high quality journals. He has participated in sixty symposia and workshops, and has himself organized a dozen scientific meetings, including five which have been international. In terms of managing research work, he has directed and co-supervised several Masters, doctoral theses and habilitation cases to direct research. In terms of scientific and honorary distinctions, he is a member of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences, the Cameroon Knight of the Order of Value, the Knight of the International Order of Academic Palms of the African and Malagasy Council of Higher Education (CAMES), the Scientific Council of the University Agency of La Francophonie, as well as a member of the scientific committee of several national and international magazines. He has received the Young Researcher Award of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences, the Young Researcher Award from the University Agency of La Francophonie, he is the President of the Regional Commission of Experts of the Regional Direction of Central Africa and Great Lakes of the University Agency of the Francophonie and is a visiting professor in several African and French universities.

 

Chaolin Gu
Tsinghua University
Beijing, China

Chaolin GU is Professor of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University and the Vice President of the Chinese Futurology Association, Councilman of Urban Planning Society of China, China Society for Urban Sciences and Geographical Association of China. In addition, he is the member of Science and Technology Committee, Ministry of Housing and Construction and the Expert Panel of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Prof. Gu has been visiting scholar in Department of Geography/Planning, the University of Toronto in the academic year 1992-93 and in the Center of Urban Planning & Environmental Management, Hong Kong University in 1994 and 1995. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Institute of Social and Economic Geography, Katholie University of Leuven, Belgium. He is mainly engaged in research work in urban and regional planning, regional economics, and urban geography in China. Since 1986, he has published 26 monographs and more than 340 papers.

Gordon Harris
SFU Community Trust
Vancouver, Canada

Gordon Harris is an urban planner, development strategist, and real estate market analyst. As president and chief executive officer of SFU Community Trust, he is also leading the development of the university, an award-winning community on land owned by Simon Fraser UniverCity (SFU), near Vancouver, B.C. The trust is a global leader in sustainable community development and generates endowment wealth for teaching and research at SFU. A community planner with a lifelong passion for sustainable practice, Harris began his career in urban planning, before moving into the private sector in institutional and retail real estate development. He then spent two decades as an independent consultant, providing urban land planning services, strategic development advice, market intelligence, and economic analysis to public-and private-sector clients across Canada and in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central America. A popular speaker on sustainable development, planning, and economic analysis, and the challenges of planning for an aging population, Harris is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is a senior advisor to the Canadian Urban Institute and serves on the British Columbia Arts Council and the executive committee of the Urban Development Institute. He has been a member of the National Capital Commission (NCC)’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design, and Realty since 2012. In 2013, Harris received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to community building in Canada.

 


Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza
Director
Regional Office for Africa
UN-Habitat
Nairobi, Kenya

Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza is the Director of UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Africa. He joined UN-Habitat in May 1991 as a Human Settlements Officer. He served in the Office of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat as Director and Principal Adviser, Policy and Strategic Planning from August 2010 to February 2017. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the Policy Analysis Branch and Editor of UN-Habitat’s Global Report on Human Settlements from April 2003 to July 2010. Naison also served as UN-Habitat’s Acting Chief of Staff from March 2012 to early 2013. Before joining UN-Habitat, he was Professor and founding Chairman of the Department of Rural and Urban Planning at the University of Zimbabwe. He has published widely on urban and human settlements development issues. A Zimbabwean national, Naison read Geography and Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, UK. He holds BA Honours and MA degrees in Geography, as well as an MPhil and a PhD in Land Economy. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK.

Sylvie Pegmi Debana Siyam Siwe
Ingénieur Général Electromécanicien,
Energéticien Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Valeur du Cameroun

Sylvie SIYAM was the government expert for the “Women and Vulnerable Social Groups” component at the HABITAT II conference. She contributed to the development of the decentralization component of Cameroon’s National Governance Program and to the design and implementation of the program for building the capacity of elected officials in local leadership and municipal management for Actors of Decentralization, as well as the training program for municipal staff in infrastructure management. She has also contributed to the development of the Urban Poverty Reduction Strategy in Cameroon, the Cities Profiles, as well as the implementation of Municipal Reduction Programs (UN Habitat, 2001-2005), all within in the TANAWA Group. Since 2010, she has been in charge of Communal Studies at the Special Fund for Intercommunal Equipment and Intervention, whose goal is to contribute to a better control of the wants and needs of local authorities. In this capacity, she led the restructuring of the Local Development Observatory, developed the Strategy and the Guide to Assistance to the Councils and participated in the process of preparing a Local Development Index, as well as the selection of good communal practices carried out by FEICOM in partnership with UN-HABITAT. President of the NGO PROTEGE Quality of Life, Sylvie is very focused on the promotion of urban agriculture. She has received the Knight of the Order of the Value of Cameroon.

 


Rafael Tuts
UN-Habitat
Nairobi, Kenya

Rafael Tuts is Director of the Programme Division of UN-Habitat, based at its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. He is overseeing the work of UN-Habitat’s seven thematic branches and four regional offices. From 2012 to 2016 he was the coordinator of the Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN-Habitat, promoting compact, integrated and connected cities that are inclusive and resilient to climate change. From 2014 to 2016 he was also overseeing the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch of UN-Habitat, focusing on the ‘Housing at the Centre’ approach and the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme. Earlier assignments at UN-Habitat include his role as manager of the Localising Agenda 21 Programme, as a contributor to the Global Campaign on Urban Governance and as Chief of the Training and Capacity Branch. Following the Rio+20 Conference, he coordinated UN-Habitat’s engagement in formulating the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG-11 on ‘making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. He authored and co-edited several publications on a wide range of sustainable urban development topics, including ‘Urban Trialogues’, a book reflecting on urban space as a resource for sustainable development, based on work in Morocco, Kenya, Vietnam and Cuba. Together with colleagues from the World Bank, UNEP and Cities Alliance, he received the World Bank Vice-President Team Award in 2011 for global partnership building on Cities and Climate Change. He also received ISOCARP’s 50th Anniversary Award in 2015, in recognition of UN-Habitat’s urban planning work. Before joining UN-Habitat in 1995, he worked for the Department of Architecture, Urbanism, and Planning of the University of Leuven in Belgium and the Housing Research and Development Unit of the University of Nairobi. In 1985, he obtained a Masters of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Leuven. In December 2016, he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor from the same university.

Dr. Gang Wang
Deputy mayor of the city of Heihe
Heilongjiang, China

is serving as the deputy mayor of the city of Heihe, China. He is leading the city’s urban development and transportation related projects. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. degree from Harbin Institute of Technology (China) and completed his post-doctoral at Harbin Engineering University and Chang’an University (China). Dr. Wang has led several key urban construction and regeneration projects. When leading the project of highway construction connecting Harbin and Daqing, Dr. Wang has initiatively adopted several international leading technologies, such as Superpave, which is a milestone of road construction in Heilongjiang province. As deputy mayor since 2015, Dr. Wang has led the completion of the city’s latest master plan and urban development regulations. He has also led the shantytowns regeneration project which dramatically improved the urban landscape and residences’ living standard. Dr. Wang is also recognized for his leadership on supporting academic researches on road construction. Under his leadership, 67 research projects have been undertaken, provincial technique standard has been completed, and 8 ground-breaking techniques have been developed. Dr. Wang has also participated in 12 research projects and published 21 papers.

Qing Xu
Deputy Mayor
City of Yinchuan, China

Mr. Qing Xu is serving as the deputy mayor of Yinchuan municipality in China. Mr. Xu is leading Yinchuan development in a multitude of areas, including; Land Management and Land Banks, Urban-Rural Planning and Development, Housing Safety and Security, Urban Management, etc. Mr. Xu has been continuously dedicating himself to serving in various government sectors leading urban development related duties, such as Yinchuan Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Yinchuan Municipal Housing Security Bureau, and the Yinchuan Municipal Planning Bureau. Mr. Xu has also been participating in leading Binhe Economic Experimental Zone’s development from 2015 to present.

 

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