The Atlantic, in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, once again convened preeminent mayors, urban scholars, architects, city leaders and innovators to address problems facing metropolitan areas. CityLab—the groundbreaking summit named Best Conference at the 2015 Folio FAME Awards—featured presentations, field trips, tutorials and roundtable conversations among these leading minds to advance the bold, scalable ideas and solutions they are using to transform metro centers around the world.
This year, CityLab travelled to London—a locale booming with breakthrough ideas in both the public and private sectors. Building on the foundations established in New York City and Los Angeles, this year's event explored income inequality, safety, mobility, infrastructure and other dynamics of modern metropolises to create more livable and sustainable cities.
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Monday, October 19
Morning Plenary Program
9:00 AM Welcome
Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of the City of New York
David Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media
9:10 AM Interview
Boris Johnson, Mayor, London
Michael R. Bloomberg
With Walter Isaacson, CEO and President, The Aspen Institute
9:45 AM India’s Urban Transformation
Sheela Patel, Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)
Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Bimal Patel, President, CEPT University
With Ritula Shah, Presenter, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4, BBC News
- Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute and Global Leader of the Cities Special Initiative, McKinsey & Company
10:20 AM How to Keep Cities Moving
- Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Greater London Authority
- With Caroline Hyde, European Business Correspondent, Bloomberg Television
Mike Bracken, Chief Digital Officer, Co-operative Group
Hillary Hartley, Deputy Executive Director, 18F
Dominic Campbell, Founder and Director, FutureGov
Ron Huldai, Mayor, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
11:20 AM Elliot Gerson, The Aspen Institute
Afternoon Plenary Program
3:40 PM Ricky Burdett, Director, LSE Cities
3:50 PM Interview
- Zaha Hadid, Zaha Hadid Architects
- With Christine Murray, Editor, The Architectural Review
- Vittorio Grilli, Chairman of the Cooperate & Investment Bank, EMEA, J.P. Morgan
Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor, Athens, Greece
George Ferguson, Mayor, Bristol, United Kingdom
With James Bennet, Editor in Chief and President, The Atlantic
- Mike Ableson, Corporate Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning, General Motors
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta
Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program Manager, Waze
Pedro Peracio, Chief Digital Officer, City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jo Bertram, Regional General Manager, UK, Ireland & Nordics, Uber
Herman Narula, Chief Executive Officer, Improbable
With Katherine Oliver, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
5:40 PM James Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Tuesday, October 20
Morning Plenary Program
9:00 AM Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
- Jan Gehl, Founding Partner, Gehl Architects
- Alfred Vanderpuije, Mayor, Accra, Ghana
- With Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Closing Plenary Program
Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
Rob Beckley, Chief Operating Officer, College of Policing
Ronald Davis, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), United States Department of Justice
Robson Rodrigues da Silva, Chief of Staff, Polícia Militar do Estado do, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
- Charles Leadbeater, Author, “The London Recipe”
1:40 PM James Anderson, Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies
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