Douglas Blonsky
Central Park Conservancy,
President & CEO

 

Mr. Blonsky has been a member of Central Park Conservancy since 1985. Since 2004, he has been the President & CEO of Central Park Conservancy. He is also the Central Park Administrator, appointed by the City in 1998 when the Conservancy formalized its partnership with the City of New York by signing the historic management contract.
Mr. Blonsky oversees a staff of 360, and over 1,700 volunteers who contribute nearly 40,000 hours of service each year. Proven track record of the Conservancy in renovation and supervision resulted in assumed responsibility as a general contractor and a project manager for all Central Park capital projects, including those that are City-funded. Mr. Blonsky has been directly responsible for the effective management of over $800 million in park projects, including a number capital projects that received prestigious design awards. 

 

 

Key projects:

Central Park, Landscape of west and northern parts of Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York, USA

Central Park, children playgroundreconstruction | New York, USA

Central Park, Great Lawn restoration, Harlem World, Merchants gate, main alley | New York, USA

Central Park, water Conservatory, pond, pool and reservoir | New York, US


Jon Coxeter-Smith
Sagacity MCS Limited,
Founder and CEO

 

Jon is currently leading the Management Consultancy business, Sagacity MCS Limited, providing experientially based capability building advice to clients, allowing them to perform the vital leadership role better.
For more than 32 years Jon was a Director of Davis Langdon & Seah International/ AECOM's Global Sports Group, focusing on the work around major international projects and major sporting events undertaken by DLSI/ AECOM and operating across its business lines and geographies, working with its local offices to develop comprehensive, experienced and expert solutions.
An active member of UK Trade & Investment’s Global Sports Projects Advisory Group. His expertise is acknowledged internationally and he is a regular attendee and speaker at international sports sector conferences.
Jon has more than 40 years in industry and a broad base of experience covering all stages of the project life cycle. Dually qualified as a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager.
Jon has worked on many major international sports events and projects in the Americas, Europe, SE Asia and South Africa and as one of the principals of the team working with the ODA Delivery Partner on the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

 

Key projects:

Cost Planning and possible program of the Olympic Games 2014 | Glasgow, United Kingdom

Evaluating of nanotechnology effectiveness at Olympic and non-Olympic objects for 2014 Olympic Games| Sochi, Russia

Costs and potential revenue evaluatingfrom the Olympic Games in London and planning of necessary infrastructure | London, UK

Cost planning, cost control of Olympic Stadium "Bird's Nest"| Beijing, China


Federico Parolotto
Mobility in Chain, senior partner

 

Federico Parolotto is Senior Partner at MIC – Mobility in Chain, a transport planning consultancy which he co-founded with Davide Boazzi and Federico Cassani in 2009. He started his career at SOM in UK (1994-1998), later worked in Systematica in Milan (1998 - 2008), where he became partner in 2006. Federico Parolotto has been involved as transport planner in numerous major urban planning projects worldwide. He collaborated with firms such as Foster + Partners, OMA and other renowned international design offices on projects like Masdar zero-carbon city in Abu Dhabi and the winning project in the international competition for a new satellite of Seoul, South Korea. Federico Parolotto also worked with UNstudio, KPF and other studios on several urban development projects. He also created “Flow (n)” - a MIC research team. Since 2012, he is a member of the scientific committee for the new Milan Sustainable Transport Master Plan.

Key projects:

Southern part of Yas pevelopment | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Monterrey development | Monterrey, Mexico

Innovation district | Medellin, Colombia

Suning (residential development area) | Nanjing, China

Shopping center "Mitino" | Moscow, Russia

lokovo (masterplan) | Moscow, Russia


Maria Sisternas
City Transformation Agency,
Managing Director

 

Architect and urban planner, Maria is one of the founders of the new Barcelona CIRCLES Think Tank and the CEO of MEDIAURBAN, the Urban Content Creation Agency of the Imagina Group.
She is a city design consultant, specialising in the links between the digital, social, economic and legal issues that contribute to the development of contemporary cities.
Until May 2015, she served as Projects Director of the Urban Habitat Department of the Barcelona City Council, a Macro Area in charge of Housing, Planning, Infrastructures, Utilities, Energy and IT. She led the regeneration of the city’s main arteries such as Passeig de Gràcia, Avinguda Diagonal, Passeig de Sant Joan and Avinguda Parallel. She conceived and directed the transformation of the Plaça de les Glòries, a 12 ha regeneration plan that has been recognized as the most ambitious project for Barcelona in the coming years. 
Prior to that, she has worked as an independent architect and as a project manager of the MedCities Network. Outside of work, she has served at the Board of the Catalan Architects Association (COAC), the Metropolitan Strategical Plan of Barcelona, the Cultural Foundation of the Caixa d’Arquitectes and the Secretariat of Catalan Choirs.

 

 

Key projects:

Plaça de les Glòries | Barcelona, Spain

Passeig de Gràcia regeneration | Barcelona, Spain

Avinguda Diagonal regeneration | Barcelona, Spain

Passeig de Sant Joan regeneration | Barcelona, Spain


Oliver Shulze
Schulze+Grassov, Partner

 

Urbanist, with 10 years of experience in a leading position in Gehl Architects. Together with Jan Gehl he took part in designing and implementation of strategic development for cities all over the world: reconstruction of 4.5 miles street in Los Angeles, New Street in Brighton, public spaces in Norwich, Market Street in San Francisco, new district in Riga, master plan of the new city in Morocco and others.

Oliver obtained BArch at Manchester School of Architecture in the UK. He teaches at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and he is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has wide experience in management and project development ranging from city strategy to specific public spaces creation. His portfolio consists of many projects that received international awards and were noted by CABE, English Partnerships and other well-known organizations.

Key projects:

Skinker boulevard| Saint-Louis, Missouri, USA 

National League football stadium and conference center| Los-Angeles, California, USA 

Market-street | San-Francisco, California, USA 

Figueroa-street | Los-Angeles, USA 

Sultan Qaboos’ Guiding Light | Muscat, Oman 

Porta Nova | Milan, Italy


Edward Uhlir
Millennium Park Foundation,
Executive Director

 

Edward K. Uhlir is an independent architectural and planning design consultant with 40 years’ experience in planning and construction of new parks and restoring historic parks. As the Project Design Director for Chicago’s $470 million dollar Millennium Park, he prepared the master plan, coordinated the efforts of many design teams and was the liaison between the city departments, civic organizations and philanthropic community. His expertise in creative design and funding of major urban public spaces is sought by cities around the world.

Key projects:

Millennium Park | Chicago, USA

River Edge Park | Aurora, USA

Concept and masterplan of Lincoln Park | Chicago, USA


Evert Verhagen
Creative Cities, Founder, CEO

 

Mr. Evert Verhagen is a senior project manager working for Creative Cities and REUSE, companies he created in 2006 and 2007 correspondingly, following the successful development of the Westergasfabriek project.
His companies specialize in creating efficient and comfortable public spaces and regeneration of urban areas. Verhagen regularly advises public and private customers in Russia.

 

 

Key projects:

Cultural Park Westergasfabriek | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ayalon park |Tel Aviv, Israel

North Park | Antwerpen, Belgium

Park in Aubervilliers | Paris, France

Olympic Park| Amsterdam, Netherlands

North Park| Amsterdam, Netherlands


Antoni Vives
City Transformation Agency, Chairman

 

Antoni is a Catalan politician, entrepreneur and writer. He has recently created the City Transformation Agency – Barcelona, an innovative firm that seeks to radically improve people’s lives generating hope and delivering welfare to cities all around the world. 

From 2011 to 2015, he has served as the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Vice president of the Metropolitan Area and Vice president of the Port of Barcelona. He was responsible for the Smart City and Urban Innovation Strategies in Barcelona, overseeing more than 3.000 team members, leading more than 10 municipal bodies and managing an annual budget of more than €750 million. During that period, he was also in charge of the Internationalization of Barcelona, leading the knowledge transfer among multiple cities, attracting financing and providing Catalan companies access to the world market.