Congress Team Members 2017

General Rapporteur of the congress is Dr. Hongyang Wang.

Dr. Hongyang Wang is a professor of urban planning and design at Nanjing University, China. He researches and teaches planning philosophy and methodology, comprehensive planning and Chinese urbanization. He has been chair for preparing more than 40 regional, strategic and master plans for regions/provinces and cities across China, many of which were awarded provincial, national and international planning prizes including 2012 ISOCARP Awards for Excellence. He was the Chinese chair for European FP7 project Europe-China Urban and Regional Bi-continental research Scheme (FP7-230824 ECURBS) and a member of UN-Habitat Ad-Hoc Expert Group for International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. He is enthusiastic in synergizing often segregated parts of spaces and societies into holistic solutions towards smart communities.



Congress Team Members:

Track 1: Technology, infrastructure and buildings

Mairura Omwenga, Kenya

Mairura Omwenga is Chairman of Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK). He is a member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and International Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI/UK). He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya and registered by the Engineers Board of Kenya and also the National Environment Management Authority.

Mairura is a civil/structural engineer, town planner and EIA expert. He holds BSc (civil engineering) and MA (Urban and Regional Planning) from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing PhD research. He is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, College of Architecture and Engineering. He has working experience in both public and private sectors and also runs a consultant firm.

Track 2: Governance and inclusive communities

Philippe Vaillant, France

Philippe Vaillant is an architect-town planner, a  territorial engineer in the agglomeration community «Ardenne Metropole». He currently works for the “City Policy” department. He has presented case studies at numerous ISOCARP congresses. He is one of ISOCARP’s representatives at UNESCO.
He has drawn up numerous town planning documents and has been Director of the Technical and Urban Planning Department (DST) of several medium-sized towns. He is a national co-facilitator within the AITF, and the technical director of a “Practical Guide to the DST” used in more than 200 cities in France. He has conducted many exchanges of experience, through seminars and congresses at the local, regional, national and international level.
After leading on the ground the regional operation « After Mines » of the French and German Lorrain Coal Basin, he became Doctor of Geography-Planning, with distinction. He has since been an Associate Researcher at the University of Lorraine, EA 7304, and has conducted a Post-Doctorate in Australia, Kimberley, Western Australia, in partnership with the Indigenous Nyikina People and with the International Water Center (Brisbane). His international research focuses on the theme of  “Mining, Environment and Society”.

He promotes and implements an organic, trans-disciplinary planning (A.N. Whitehead) toward convivial regions (B.Twittchet) taking into account the limited Earth resources. His attention is focused on an operational and relational way toward solidarity-based, convivial and inclusive communities, rooted in permanently changing territories, as a solution to an increasing pauperization.

Track 3: Culture, community experience and the sharing economy

Olusola Olufemi, Canada

Dr. Olusola Olufemi is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. With her career spanning about 30 years, Olusola Olufemi has been actively involved in university teaching, research, consulting and administration in Geography and Planning departments, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in Nigeria, South Africa and Canada. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and encyclopaedias; and involved in leadership roles in international professional bodies. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria in 2013 and 2016.  Olusola is a planning researcher, mentor and educator, and also an Associate with the Society for Good Health, Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness, Ibadan, Nigeria. She presently works as an Independent Consultant in the area of Social Planning specifically Urban Management and Development, Homelessness, Gender and Food security.

Track 4: Resilience, adaptation and disaster mitigation

Hidehiko Kanegae, Japan

Dr. Hidehiko Kanegae, Professor, is a planner, also is a faculty member & ex-dean of the Graduate School of Policy Science as well as an research leader of the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage (R-DMUCH) at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. His research focuses on a number of planning scientific topics including; public policy making & planning for the inheritance of historical cities, disaster mitigation measures, urban resilience and, the role of the local government in urban planning and community planning for disaster preparedness using by simulation & gaming.  He holds a doctorate degree in Social Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology whose supervisor was Prof. Dr. Yoshinobu Kumata. He was trained as “Young Planner (current: Young Planning Professionals: YPP)” in 1992 at the Cordoba congress and was a member of Local Organizing Committee of the Ogaki Congress 1996.

Track 5: Technology and small communities

Xiaohui Chen, China

Xiaohui Chen is the head of the urbanisation research center of Jiangsu province, China and Secretary-General for the Urban Planning Society of Jiangsu Province as well. She has urban and regional planning experiences for 23 years, and got the National Youth Planning Science and Technology Award of China in 2013. She is in charge of major urban and regional planning projects and provided technical assistance to local and provincial governments. She has got nine national excellent planning awards. Xiaohui has published three books by China Architecture and Building Press: “The Rural Restructuring in the process of Urban and Rural Integrated Development”, “Urban-rural planning reform and innovation in aging times”, and “Metropolitan Area Planning”, and published 20 academic papers as well.

From 2012 to 2013 she was a member of the Scientific Committee ISOCARP and has international experience by attending SPURS program at MIT, USA for one year.  She organized two international workshops between Jiangsu Provincial Construction Ministry, China and Cardiff University, U.K.


Track 6: Post-smart communities and the new frontiers

Zaheer Allam, Mauritius

Zaheer Allam is a thinker in Architecture & Urbanism and was the co-founder of an NGO that advocates for renewable energy in Mauritius. Former UN Steering committee member, and UN speaker on sustainable energy (2014), Zaheer featured as a speaker for, where he delivered a keynote speech during the historic People’s Climate March in 2014, regrouping 600,000 people worldwide. TEDx speaker on sustainable building and international correspondent for STUDIO magazine, Zaheer shares ideas for a sustainable world.
In early 2015, he was appointed as the African representative of the International Society of Biourbanism, and Chapter Chair of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, a society patroned by HRH Prince Charles.

For his contributions to society he was awarded numerous awards namely the; Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI -2014), 40 Under 40 (ULI -2016), Global Impact Award (Curtin University -2016), and for his contributions to the fields of Architecture and Urbanism, he was elevated to the rank of Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean, the highest distinct order of merit in Mauritius.

In early 2017, Zaheer was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a 260 year old society patroned by HM Queen Elizabeth II, and featured as a ‘New Leader for Tomorrow’ by the Crans Montana Forum, a programme under the patronage of HM the King of Morocco.


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