Working for Cities (WfC) was set up by a group of urban development professionals in 2014. Based out of Hong Kong, the firm’s experience is based on extensive project work for the cities of Asia-Pacific, by far the world’s most populous and urbanized region. The firm works worldwide, but with its roots firmly anchored in an intimate understanding of the Asian urban experience, inspiring and spurring the firm’s methods and approaches.
Nicholas Taylor has a Dual Masters in Urban Policy and Planning (LSE and Sciences Po Paris) and works on a variety of urban development challenges. Ranging from sustainable housing, urban design, urban climate change resilience or heritage management and conservation he maintains a keen interest in innovative methods of urban strategy and management. He currently collaborates with UNDP for the development of their Sustainable Development Goal urban strategy, with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities and Climate Change Initiative (ACCCRN) while he also supports Oxfam’s Urban Inclusive Economies initiative. Prior to this Nicholas worked with UN-ESCAP on Smart Infrastructure projects with the Government of India (2014) and coordinated the Asia Pacific Urban Forum (2015). Before moving his base to Asia, Nicholas worked for a leading architecture and urban planning practice between Paris and Beijing and before that, worked on Latin American and cultural African heritage management out of UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.
Dr Shipra Narang Suri is an urban planner with a Ph.D. in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York, UK. She is a Vice-President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), responsible in particular for technical cooperation and projects. Shipra has extensive experience in advising national and local governments, as well as private sector organisations and networks, on issues of urban planning and management, good urban governance and indicators, livability and sustainability of cities, urban safety, women and cities, as well as post-conflict/ post-disaster recovery. She is the co-Chair of the World Urban Campaign, a platform that brings together a large array of global organisations to advocate for sustainable urbanisation. In April 2015, Shipra was elected Vice-President of the General Assembly of Partners, a platform established to bring stakeholder voices to Habitat III and in the drafting of the New Urban Agenda. GAP has emerged as the leading stakeholder mechanism to engage in Habitat III. Shipra has worked with the United Nations, specifically, UN-HABITAT, UNDP, and UNESCO, as well as international NGOs and private sector organisations, for nearly two decades, and is currently based in Delhi. She has just finished developing a global strategic framework on Cities for Children for World Vision International and is working on a National Governance Assessment Framework for UNDP and the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Bangladesh. She has worked across Asia, Africa, South Eastern Europe and the Middle-East. She is an Associate (Visiting Fellow) at the Department of Politics, University of York (U.K.), and has also lectured at several universities in India, Europe and the US.
Matthew Sarsycki holds a Master in City and Regional Planning, and is an urban development professional specializing in urban resilience and risk management. Matthew has career experience in North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific working on a range of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation projects. He has worked in the Asia-Pacific region for three years and is responsible for the management of a range of urban risk and resilience initiatives, research outputs and capacity development design for national and local government authorities. During this time, he has gained a wide range of experience collaborating with UN agencies, international donors, NGOs and various governmental entities including UNESCO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Norway, IFRC and Mandalay City Development Committee (Myanmar).