The Real Play City challenge Jury has three rounds. The first round is a technical committee. The second round, a Nomination jury consisting of five experts in child-friendly, safe and playful urban practice. Finally, the third round, the Winners Jury panel consists of six renowned global city leaders.
Nomination jury members:
Chair: Viviana Cordero
Winners jury members:
Cecilia Vaca Jones
Bo Stjerne Thomsen
Chair: Ethan Kent
Photo credit: Omar Aboutaleb
Chair: Ethan Kent - PlacemakingX
Executive Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation Cecilia has over 20 years of experience managing social development policies and programmes. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, she was the Minister of Social Development of Ecuador from 2013 to 2016. She championed policies to improve the conditions of children, women and indigenous communities, including a cross-sectoral policy for ECD. Cecilia has also worked for several civil society organizations.
Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia Norliza Hashim is the Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia, a Centre of Excellence for Urban Well-being and Sustainability of Malaysia, under the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia. Norliza led the team of Local Secretariat for World Urban Forum 9 hosted by Malaysia in 2018 working alongside UN-Habitat to address the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Town Planner, Principal and Founder of AJM Planning and Urban Design Group Sdn Bhd.
Vice-President and Chair of Learning through Play at the LEGO Foundation The LEGO Foundation strives to bring play and learning through play to children around the world by working to redefine play and re-imagine learning. Bo Stjerne spent 9 years building the research agenda and organizational expertise on children’s development, play and learning, and advising international organizations and government agencies on research implementation.
Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) Advisor and Child Participation Specialist, UNICEF Louise Thivant-Johannsen has been functioning as UNICEF’s CFCI Advisor since January 2016. Her main contributions have been in the promotion of the CFCI locally and globally. Ms Thivant-Johannsen guides and advises local governments and other stakeholders on implementing the CFCI as well as on strengthening the voice of children and young people in decision-making processes.
Cities and Real Estate Industry Lead, World Economic Forum Alice Charles leads the Cities workstream and the Real Estate Industry at the World Economic Forum. This includes the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the Real Estate Industry Action Group, the Systemic Efficiency Transitioning Energy & Buildings initiative, the production of all cities and real estate related content and events at World Economic Forum Summits (including Davos).
Executive Director, Global Resilient Cities Network As Executive Director of the Global Resilient Cities Network, Lauren oversees global efforts to strengthen cities in the face of the complex and interconnected challenges they face. Leading a team of professionals in London, Mexico City, New York, and Singapore in collaboration with Chief Resilience Officers in more than 40 countries, she drove the co-design process to launch Global Resilient Cities Network as an independent city-led network.
Cecilia Vaca Jones
Executive Director of Bernard van Leer Foundation
Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia
Bo Stjerne Thomsen
Vice-President and Chair of Learning through Play at the LEGO Foundation
Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) Advisor and Child Participation Specialist, UNICEF
Project Lead of Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform, World Economic Forum Geneva
Executive Director of Global Resilient Cities Network
Chair: Viviana Cordero - Huasipichanga
Senior Urban Planner and Associate Partner at BUUR Jens Aerts is senior urban planner and associate partner at BUUR - Bureau for Urbanism, specialized in sustainable urban development programs. He has 20 years of experience, working with international development agencies, city governments, developers and non-for-profit organizations on the intersection of practice, policy and research. He authored the UNICEF publication ‘Shaping urbanization for children’.
Associate Director in the International Development group and member of the Leadership Team of Arup She is Associate Director in the International Development group and member of the Leadership Team of Arup. She leads the work on inclusive and resilient cities and on child-centred design and planning. She joined Arup in 2017 and has been working and living in different countries in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia.
Fellow at the Brookings Institution An expert in early childhood and creativity development, Dr. Hadani designs and evaluates products and environments that promote children’s curiosity and love of learning. As a fellow at the Brookings Institution, she leads the Playful Learning Landscapes project—an initiative that brings together the fields of developmental science and placemaking with the goal of improving child and community outcomes.
Urban Designer and Placemaking Expert at UN-Habitat Mark Ojal is Urban Designer and Placemaking Expert at UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme). He loves championing unlikely alliances. He connects ideas, people and places – bringing together policy makers, professionals, civil society leaders and community groups to a collective understanding of common urban challenges and overlapping agendas. Professionally, he is an urbanist and a mobiliser.
Urban Planner and Knowledge Integrator, PlacemakingX Hannah Wright is an independent urban planner and knowledge integrator with specialist and international expertise in child-friendly planning and design. She has 10 years' experience working at the interaction of research and practice to create and advocate for safe, green and healthy places that enable children and families to thrive.
Dr. Helen Hadani
Senior Urban Planner and Associate Partner at BUUR
Associate Director in the International Development group and member of the Leadership Team of Arup
Fellow at the Brookings Institution
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