the dates 20-22 November


Judita Eisenberger

Prague Institute of Planning and Development, chair of the jury

Judita Eisenberger is an International Affairs Specialist at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, where she promotes cooperation and knowledge exchange with other cities and planning institutions throughout the world. Prior to her work in Prague, Judita was a senior urban planner in New York and Abu Dhabi and an international development specialist in Washington, DC.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Urban Planning. In addition to furthering IPR’s international agenda, Judita is engaged in exploring new approaches to food security, policy, and food waste reduction.

Jonathan Andrews

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations. Having previously written for publications for the World Bank, UN-HABITAT, UNESCO, the Inter-American Development Bank, the OECD and for the Stockholm International Water Institute, Jonathan is currently managing editor of Cities Today, PFD’s flagship title on urban management and development. He focuses on data management and the application of IoT in cities.

Charley Fiedeldij Dop

Charley Fiedeldij Dop works as a programme maker at Pakhuis de Zwijger, an independent platform and meeting-place for and by the citizens of Amsterdam. She organises public sessions, workshops and city expeditions on co-creation, civic participation, social innovation and security; and is the international programme lead for WeMakeThe.City: the festival that makes cities better for all of us.


Wallis Goelen-Vandebrock

Wallis Goelen-Vandebrock is the senior expert on urban/territorial development and inclusive growth attached to the deputy director general of the European Commission DG responsible for regional and urban policy.  She provides high level expertise and advises on strategic sustainable urban/territorial development as part of Sustainable Europe 2030, and is notably in charge of the UN New urban agenda and the UN Sustainable development goals (SDG 11 and the urban dimension of the other SDGs). She has held various management positions with the European Commission over the past 16 years, heading units responsible for delivering the European employment strategy through employment services, establishing the EU skills agenda, defining the first European disability strategy and supporting sustainable urban and territorial development. She joined DG Regio in January 2018.

Stijn Oosterlynck

Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp, Sociology department. He is the chair of the Centre for Research on Environmental and Social Change (CRESC, formerly OASeS) and the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute. He teaches courses on urban studies, poverty and social inequality. He currently coordinates a large-scale research project on civil society innovation (CSI Flanders, VLAIO-SBO) and an international scientific community on solidarity in diversity (FWO-WOG).

Before his current post at the University of Antwerp, he was post-doctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders at K.U.Leuven, where he was a member of the research units Planning and Development (Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Spatial Planning, ASRO) and Social and Economic Geography (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences). Stijn Oosterlynck strongly believes that academic research should contribute to society and values interaction with civil society and policy makers.