ULI Europe Webinar: Confronting the Pandemic and Beyond – Redefining City Resilience

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June 10
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Register now for this ULI Europe webinar, which is part of the ULI Europe Digital Programme.

 Please note that this webinar will take place at 12:30pm BST (British Summer Time) / 1:30pm CEST (Central European Summer Time).

 For those dialling in from other regions, please note that the webinar will take place at 7:30am EDT (Eastern Daily Time) / 8:30pm HKT (Hong Kong Time) / 9:30pm AEST (Australia Eastern Standard Time). By registering in advance, you will automatically receive a recording of the webinar after it has concluded.

Webinar Summary 

Cities face many challenges. Not only will the current COVID-19 crisis change the way we plan and operate cities but, at the same time, cities will need to adapt to climate change. As we look toward the future, we require cities with greater resilience, higher quality of life, determined leadership, and to achieve all this stronger collaboration between the public and private sector. During this webinar, city leaders and city resilience experts will discuss and share best practices in city resilience strategies, how the current crisis will impact cities into the future, how they can adapt and what measures might need to be put into place.  This timely webinar will also give the audience a chance to ask key questions during a panel discussion to further develop the topic.


Piet Dircke, Global Leader Resilience & Water Management at Arcadis

Piet Dircke is the Arcadis Global Leader for Resilience & Water Management. He has 35 years of working experience on five continents in water management, urban resilience, flood protection, waterfront development and climate change adaptation. He is worldwide recognized as thought leader in these fields. From 2015 – 2019 he was Platform Partner with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by Rockefeller Foundation and worked with Chief Resilience Officers of cities around the globe on flood resilience, urban climate adaptation and resilience financing strategies.

In the Netherlands Piet was Professor in Urban Water Management at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences from 2007 – 2014. From 2009 – 2013 he was the Chairman of Flood Control 2015, a 22 M€ public-private research program on smart flood control systems.

Since Hurricane Katrina he is an influential Dutch representative in knowledge exchange on urban climate resilience and coastal resilience with the USA, and worked on urban resilience projects in New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, Charleston, Miami and Honolulu. In Asia he was active in Jakarta, Semarang, Singapore, Hongkong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh.


Séverine Chapus, Head of Development Major Mixed-Use Projects, BNP Paribas Real Estate

Séverine Chapus, started her career in Bouygues Construction. After seven years, she decided to work for the public sector, first within the national agency of urban regeneration and then for the French government, to lead innovative investment programs for cities. She then joined Dassault Systèmes as Vice-president of Cities & Territories to develop internationally an offer of digital urban management. She also co-founded the startup Barges & Berges to promote a new way to value and experience rivers within cities. Séverine Chapus joined BNP Paribas Real Estate in 2018 as Head of Development Major Mixed-Use Projects, with an ambition to foster greater resilience and higher quality of life in urban projects, through strong collaboration between the public and private sector.

Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore

Mr Khoo Teng Chye is the Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development, Singapore. He was formerly the Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mapletree Investments and Managing Director (Special Projects) of Temasek Holdings, Chief Executive Officer/Group President of PSA Corporation and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore. He sits on the Boards of Temasek Foundation Connects, National University Health System, and the Institute of Real Estate Studies and Tropical Marine Science Institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is Senior Fellow of the URA Academy, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Former Chairman of Urban Land Institute (ULI), Singapore, and a ULI Global Governing Trustee. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2018, Public Administration (Gold) in 1996 and the Public Administration (Silver) in 1987 by the Singapore government.

Arnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Rotterdam

After graduating in Physical Geography from the University of Utrecht, Arnoud started his career with several ambitious trainee posts and jobs abroad. As deputy head of the Rotterdam Water Management Department, he was responsible for its urban water management and the Waterplan2Rotterdam. In 2008, he was appointed Manager of the Rotterdam Climate Proof program and led the city towards a leading position on innovative urban water management and climate resilience. Which resulted in an European Peer City status, a C40 Innovation Award and the EU-Icapital award. Arnoud is first editor of book “Resilient Cities and Climate Adaptation Strategies” (2014). He also joined the Steering Committee of the international conference “Deltas in times of Climate Change 2014” and became member of the AIWW advisory board (Amsterdam International Water Week). Arnoud was responsible for Rotterdam’s first Resilience Strategy (2016), became member of the advisory board of the 4TU Centre for Resilient Engineering and he joined the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) as affiliate Cities Expert (2018). In 2019 he hosted the Global Urban Resilience Summit in Rotterdam. Recently he joined the interim Global Steering Committee at the Global Resilient Cities Network. In 2020 he became (part time) lead Cities at the GCA.

Maria Vassilakou, Consultant, Former Vice Mayor of Vienna

Maria Vassilakou served as Vienna’s Vice Mayor, responsible for Urban Planning,Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation from November 2010 to July 2019. She is an experienced urban leader, devoted to open, inclusive and green cities, with a passion for urban transformation processes leading to sustainable change. Maria Vassilakou envisages cities as open, green, affordable, family friendly and diverse places for life. In her 9 years serving as Vice Mayor she successfully  implemented a vast transformation agenda comprising numerous innovative projects, contributing substantially to Vienna’s number one position in all major international liveability rankings within the last decade. Maria Vassilakou now works worldwide as a strategist and global advisor on urban transformation. She shares her experience and know-how from the worlds most liveable city, Vienna, with cities, NGOs, organisations and corporations developing strategies, agendas and solutions, organising transition management and capacity building for liveable, sustainable and inclusive cities.

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Fee: Complimentary for ULI Members | €25 for Non Members*

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