Reimagining Infrastructure | Safer Cities

Global cities drive political, social, and economic policies and solve critical world challenges. The following two panels are part of the Chicago Forum on Global Cities. This three-day forum, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, will bring together leaders in the major pillars of urban life–business innovators, education visionaries, cultural luminaries, civic pioneers–to discuss how they can collaborate to improve their cities, and the world. Join us for this afternoon session that includes two panel discussions on the following topics:

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure   
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

The world’s population is increasingly urban. Today, over 50 percent of the world lives in urban areas—a percentage that is projected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. Increased urbanization has placed new and unprecedented stresses on aging infrastructure, antiquated urban plans, housing needs, and transportation demands. What innovative initiatives have been developed to address these challenges? How are global city leaders, the private sector, and civic communities collaborating to invest in developments and urban renewal that benefit and enhance the standard of living of all communities?

Panel discussion preceded by a flash talk by Adam Lowry. 

Henry Cisneros, Chairman, CityView; former Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development; former Mayor, San Antonio; 
Theaster Gates, Director, Arts and Public Life, University of Chicago
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Abdulla Saeed Al Shamsi, Executive Director, Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)
Moderated by Simon Kuper, Columnist, Financial Times

Safer Cities: Security and Vulnerability   
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

As centers of political and economic power, global cities are particularly vulnerable to security threats and instability. While pandemics, acts of terrorism, civil unrest, and natural disasters can occur in any urban environment, they often hit global cities first and hardest. How are global cities prepared to address twenty-first century security risks? How are they building their capacity in airports, surveillance technology, data sets, and communications? Will the new technologies designed to help cities confront these challenges help or hinder their efforts? How can cities collaborate globally to effectively prevent and respond to these concerns?

Edward F. Davis, President and CEO, Edward Davis, LLC
Mark Filip, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Khoo Boon Hui, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore; former President, INTERPOL
Keith Williams, President and CEO, UL LLC
Wong Chun Kau, Jolly, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Smart City, Shanghai University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Moderated by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times 


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1:30 p.m.                
Registration for both panel sessions begins

2:00 p.m.                
Panel discussion: Reimagining Urban Infrastructure 

3:15 p.m.                
First panel adjourns

3:15-3:30 p.m.     

3:30 p.m.                
Panel discussion: Safer Cities: Security and Vulnerability

4:45 p.m.                
Second panel adjourns

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