TRACK 7: URBAN GOVERNANCE and planning profession: planning for future

Eric Huybrechts, France
Eric Huybrechts is a senior Architect and Regional/Urban Planner, member of ISOCARP and ICOMOS, Officer in the Royal order of Sahametrey (Kingdom of Cambodia). He is in charge of the International and European affairs for the Regional planning Agency of Paris region ( He has developed a large experience in the field of Urban and Regional Planning as expert and team leader on Algiers, Beirut, Cairo, Ethiopia, Istanbul, Mongolia, Mumbai, Paris region, Phnom Penh, Rio de Janeiro, Saudi Arabia, Tripoli-Libya and others.

He was resident in Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Cambodia and Syria and then developed specific methodologies for planning in developing countries, taking into account the effects of climate change. He has prepared projects at local level, sub metropolitan, metropolitan, regional and national scales. He represents Paris Planning Agency to the World urban Campaign of UN-Habitat and in the global network of Urban and Territorial Planning Agencies (MTPA). He has also an academic experience as a scientific researcher for Middle-East countries and as a lecturer in several universities in France and abroad. Today, he teaches urban planning for the Global South at Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne University and on the smart city at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.


Jennilee Kohima, Namibia
Jennilee Magdalena Kohima is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning within the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the Town and Regional Planning and Regional and Rural Development programmes in the Section of Spatial Planning. She has close to 10 years work experience in the public, private, development and academic sectors in various development and planning fields (land reform, land management and urban and regional planning), having worked for the Ministry of Land Reform, GIZ Namibia, Du Toit Town Planning Consultants and presently Namibia University of Science and Technology. She is a member of the Namibia Council for Town and Regional Planners as well as the Namibia Institute of Town and Regional Planners as a Town and Regional Planner in Training. She is also a PhD student at the University of the Free State with a research focus looking into land use management and urban informality in Windhoek, Namibia.

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