World Planning Congress Team

Zeynep Enlil, General Rapporteur, Turkey

Zeynep Enlil is a full professor of urban planning at Yıldız Technical University and the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Urban Regeneration and Planning. Her teaching and research interests include resilience and healthy cities, sustainable development, planning theory and history, neoliberal urbanism, urban transformation, gentrification, role of creativity and culture in urban and regional development, urban conservation and tourism. She has been a consultant for the 2006 Istanbul Metropolitan Plan, co-leader of the "Istanbul Cultural Heritage and Cultural Economy Project" and "Istanbul Tourism Master Plan." She has been team leader in a number of international research consortia funded under JPI Urban Europe and Horizon2020 ERA-NET Cofund. 

Enlil had been the Vice President of ISOCARP during 2005-2011 responsible for the Young Planning Professionals Program. As a member of ISOCARP since 1996, she contributed to the Society in various other capacities and was a member of the Scientific Committee, co-chair of the 2006 Istanbul Congress, Rapporteur in the 1997 Japan Congress. Since 2005, she has been a member of the Council of Representatives of AESOP and initiated the collaboration between ISOCARP and AESOP. She is a member of ICOMOS Turkey since 1998. Currently, she is a Board member and Vice-Chair of Europa-Nostra, Turkey and Council member and Vice-Chair of GPEAN. 

Prof. Enlil has a large number of publications, including several books. As an invited speaker, she has lectured extensively and delivered speeches in Europe, U.S.A. China and Australia.

Rolf Schuett, Co-Rapporteur, Germany

Rolf Schuett was born in Bolivia. After finishing high-school in Hamburg he studied architecture and urban planning in Konstanz. He holds a masters degree in heritage studies from the Cottbus University of Technology. Rolf has worked in Bolivia, UK, Poland and Germany. He is a member of Isocarp since 2008 and has participated in several UPATs and YPP activities. He is currently supporting the development of the sustainable local municipal scheme for Kernen, a suburb of the Stuttgart metropolitan region.

Sofia Morgado, Special Sessions Rapporteur, Portugal

Sofia Morgado is an Architect with an MSc in Contemporary Architectural Culture and Modern Society (FA-TU Lisboa), a PhD in Urbanism (ETSAB/UPC, Barcelona), and Habilitation for Full Professors (FA-TU Lisboa). Main interests cover Urban Planning and Design, Contemporary Urbanism and the Metropolitan Realm, focusing on public space, urban requalification and heritage. She has been actively involved in international and national research networks. She lectures Urbanism at the Lisbon School of Architecture, Universidade de Lisbon, since 1997. However, she has also lectured and was a speaker in several countries, including Canada, Colombia, Germany, the UK, Poland, Spain, and Sweden. Over the last years, she has been involved in or coordinated international conferences and urban design workshops in partnership with colleagues from different universities and local authorities in various cities and countries. Appointments as Expert (Societal Challenges) (European Commission), National Delegate (Portugal) at ERAC/SWG/GR&I (European Council), Member of CoRep of AESOP-Association of European Schools of Planning, and various contributions to International Society for Cities and Regional Planning (Chair of the Scientific Committee, among others), opened the door to critical issues where urban intervention could contribute to improving people's quality of life.

Rouve Bingle, South Africa

I am a South African PhD candidate, researcher and consultant. I work as a consultant for the private sector and enjoy part-time work in academia. The diverse and interdisciplinary nature of planning work and its developmental character is what draws me to the profession. I am a researcher and teacher at heart and my areas of interest include human-nature interactions within human settlements, urban enchantment, creativity in planning, philosophy and the theory-practice gap and debate. Beyond my work I enjoy travel, design, politics and current events and also feel very strongly about student support and mentorship in South Africa.


Roger James Brewster, Australia

Roger Brewster has a multi-faceted career in land use and environmental planning spanning 45 years as a member of the Planning Institute of Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Airforce Academy to become a pilot. While flying, he completed a Master of Town Planning Degree at Adelaide University, and in 1973 was appointed to establish an environmental assessment unit for Department of Defence.

He moved to the Commonwealth Environment Department; later directing an environmental planning consultancy at the Gold Coast from 1981 until the Great Recession in 2008. From 2009 to 2017, Roger was a Principal Planner in the Queensland Planning Department developing climate change and planning reform policies; moving into the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study taskforce after disastrous 2011 flooding.

Roger completed a PhD at Bond University in 2016, researching adaptation strategies for sustainable residential development in an oil-constrained future. He now lectures at Bond.


Shaakira Chohan, South Africa 

Shaakira is an Architect and Urban Development Specialist who has achieved catalytic success in integrated, transformative development using a human-centred approach. For her, healthy, thriving, resilient cities represent opportunities to nurture healthy, thriving resilient citizens, and her ambition is to enable this value-creation with social and environmental impact as guiding forces. She is passionate about People, Places and Social Impact, and works at the intersection of human, and urban development to transform cities to places of inclusive prosperity for all. She holds an MSc in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, as well as a Masters in Architecture from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (honours) from University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from University of Witwatersrand.  Based on her leadership within her field, Shaakira has been recognised as one of Mail and Guardians Top 200 Young South Africans, is a Mandela Washington Fellow as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative and TEDx speaker, and a previous finalist for the Pioneer in Innovation for Women in Construction Award and Standard Bank Rising Star Award.


Manasa Garikaparthi, India

Manasa Garikaparthi is an architect, Urban Designer and LEED certified professional with an ambition to foster environmentally sound, socially equitable and sustainable development. She is working as an Urban Designer with Oasis Designs Inc. in New Delhi, India after completing her post-graduation in Urban Design from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
She has been actively working on various smart city projects in India focusing on Eco- Lake Restoration for eight lakes in Coimbatore, Urban heritage renewal and placemaking in Srinagar, preparing a comprehensive mobility masterplan and multi-modal integration for World Bank funded Chennai Megastreets project. While working on megacities of India like Chennai and New Delhi, her focus is on providing solutions to complex urban challenges through people-centric planning and integration of nature-based solutions. Her professional experience is predominantly in reclaiming derelict urban spaces through participatory planning, transforming public spaces, landscape urbanism, integrating nature-based solutions in master planning, Transit-Oriented Development and area-based development for smart city projects in India.
She has also represented India from SPA Delhi in the international workshop organized by EU +CityxChange- SiNoPSE 2018: Sustainable Energy in Cities at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway in 2018. She won the ISOCARP Student Award Special mention in Jakarta 2019, participated in the ISOCARP Young Planning Professional workshop and won the YPP Poster Prize Award in Doha, 2021.


Şebnem Hoşkara, Cyprus

Şebnem Hoşkara is a tenured professor of Architecture and Urbanism (Urban Design) at the Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU). She is the Director of the Urban Research and Development Center (URDC) of EMU and the EMU Press Executive Committee Director. She is the Editor of a recently published academic journal – the Journal of Urban Research and Development. She worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as the Interim Director of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Graduate Programs between 1 September 2018-31 May 2019, and she was the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at EMU between October 2010 – October 2016. She is a founding member of Cyprus Network for Urban Morphology (CYNUM), and a member of ISOCARP, EDRA, Europa Nostra, ISUF, and TICCIH. She also acts on the Senior Advisory Board on Public Space in City Space Architecture. Professor Hoskara continues her research in Architectural and Urban Design Education, Urban Morphology, Public Space and Placemaking, Sustainable Urban Design and Planning, SDGs, Urban Conservation, and Conservation of Industrial Heritage in Cyprus. She has supervised 8 Ph.D. and 17 Master's thesis and currently supervising 8 PhDs and 1 Master's.


Dr. Hossam Samir Ibrahim, Qatar

Dr. Hossam is an Urban & Regional Planning Senior Advisor with more than 24 years of extensive experience and leadership in working with municipal government and consultation firms in Regional and Urban planning projects in Egypt, UK, and Qatar. He has got the experience of the three sides of the coin by Working on the Government Side, the Private Consultancy Side, and academic experience in planning and implementing programs in wide variety of strategic developments including regional and urban development's, housing, industrial, tourism, and coastal planning & management. He led the preparation of Qatar Municipalities Spatial Development Plans, the Interim Coastal Development Guidelines and zoning regulations, Qatar Planning Legislation, Qatar National Housing Strategy, SEA for Qatar National Master Plan (QNMP). Moreover, he participated in many projects like ICZMP, Qatar National Strategy 2018-2022 in addition to many other projects related to QNMP. He published more than 25 journal refereed papers, critical reviews, in addition to books and book chapters. Moreover, he also taught many regional and urban planning courses in Cairo University, Al-Ahram Canadian University & Mansoura Higher Institute for Engineering and Technology. Furthermore Dr. Hossam as Subject Matter Expert (SME) has participated in assessing the performance and excellence practices of different government entities using fourth generation system, especially for government entities that related to Urban & Regional Development, Municipality affairs, Housing and Transportation.  


Dorota Kamrowska-Zaluska, Poland

Dorota Kamrowska-Zaluska, PhD, MArch, MSc, Eng, Assistant Professor and Director of mid-career program on Urban development and management of metropolitan areas, at the Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning at Faculty of Architecture, Gdansk University of Technology; Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at several research institutions incl. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013), Charted Urban Planner with 19 year experience working both for public and public sector, but also taking part in various participatory research and user-oriented design projects;  research interests: use of Big Data and AI in planning, participation and social innovation in urban regeneration, smart cities and development of metropolitan areas; author of more than 50 papers and a book on sustainable urban regeneration – describing role of EU Cohesion Policy and its role in urban regeneration, based on comparing Polish, French and German systems; Board member of Association of Polish City Planners


Dirk van de Putte, Belgium

Dirk van de Putte is Senior Urban Development Advisor and specialist for local and territorial governance as well as the successful consideration and integration of internal and external stakeholders in public and private development projects. He regularly works with the firm Walloth Urban Advisors. Dirk is a member of the Steering Committee of FUP, For Urban Passion, a non-profit subsidiary of the Chambre des Urbanistes de Belgique (the French-speaking Chamber of Urbanists of Belgium). He represents FUP at ISOCARP.Dirk previously held the position of deputy director at ADT, the Territorial Development Agency of the Brussels Capital Region. He was also director at the Foyer Anderlechtois, the social housing company of Brussels-Anderslecht, and director of the Mission Locale d'Anderlecht. Further engagements include the design and monitoring of an ERDF-funded city marketing project for the Brussels canal zone, the promotion of a participatory territorial governance strategy, the development of several proposals for integrated local development, and the monitoring of changes in the governance of security prevention services. Dirk has dual training as an architectural designer and historian.


Dr Aleksandra Stupar, Serbia

Dr Aleksandra Stupar is a full professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture and the head of the Department of Urbanism. She has participated in numerous national and interna-tional research projects and published extensively in national and international journals and books focusing on the problems of contemporary cities and their phenomena. The author of two awarded books – 'Grad globalizacije – izazovi, transformacije, simboli' ('The City of Globalization – Chal-lenges, Transformations, Symbols', 2009) and 'Grad – forme i procesi' ('The City – Forms and Pro-cesses', 2016/2019). Visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) in Graz (2007, 2011) and the University of Tampere – School of Humanities and Social Sci-ences (2010-2013). Guest lecturer at the Sapienza Università di Roma – Facoltà di architettura Valle Giulia (2006,2008-9), University of Helsinki – Faculty of Social Sciences (2019) , Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul (2021). Member of ISOCARP and its Scientific Committee (2013-16), national representative in AESOP (since 2018).


Frederik Seroen, Belgium

Frederik Seroen works as Project Lead at the team of the Brussels bouwmeester maître architecte (BMA). His main task is to supervise design competitions with a strong focus on adaptive re-use and the circular economy. Over the past two years he also participated in the European research project Urban Maestro. This partnership with UN-Habitat, University College London (Bartlett School of Planning) and BMA looked into innovative ways to foster quality in the build environment through new governance approaches. Before joining BMA in 2016 he worked for the Flemish cities research centre, the City of Antwerp and the grassroots organisation City Mine(d). He holds a master's degree in History, Urban Studies and Urban Planning. Frederik's experiences in both the public and non-profit sector lead to his particular interest in connecting top-down and bottom-up urbanism for socially just and climate resilient cities. 


Evren Ulker-Kacar, United States

Evren Ulker-Kacar, AICP is an Urban Planner with over 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors. She specializes in leading complex environmental analyses for public and private development projects, city-wide or localized rezonings, and neighborhood plans throughout New York City. She provides guidance and technical expertise on environmental impact analyses, methodologies, and framework; and manages multidisciplinary teams through the City's review and approval process. She is passionate about climate change adaptation, disaster recovery, and planning for more equitable cities. Evren holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University, and a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the City University of New York.  She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a member New York City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Evren has been an ISOCARP member since 2006; and has presented in two World Congresses in the past, and also served as a Co-chair and Rapporteur in Bodo, Norway in 2018. 


Jolanta Zarzycka, Belgium

Solution-oriented, highly competent engineering professional with an interdisciplinary background anchored in master's degree in Landscape Architecture and PhD in town planning.  Over 25 years of experience in coordination of integrated urban development projects. Successfully worked with local and regional governments, as well as the private sector in different geographies – Europe, Australia, APAC. Offering vast and proven experience overseeing end-to-end delivery processes for a variety of urban projects, including leadership on innovative projects dedicated to urban transition. Gained unique experience in supporting a fully planned, emerging city in Queensland/ Australia in establishing their development roadmap towards carbon neutrality, addressing not only CO2 emissions reduction, but also the socio-economic needs and investment opportunities. Currently coordinating a Green City Action Plan for the city of Iasi in Romania, within the EBRD green cities program. Keen aptitude for building productive relationships with project stakeholders in co-creation approach. Interested in nature based solutions in urban environment.



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