Cities are dynamic and vital parts of society and are the main engines of social, economic and technological development. Cities have significant resource demands through the services they provide, and as such, cities are a major driver of environmental impact. The EBRD responded to this challenge by establishing EBRD Green Cities in 2016. EBRD Green Cities uses Green City Action Plans (‘GCAPs’) to systematically prioritise and finance transformational environmental and climate related municipal infrastructure.
This session will explore how EBRD Green Cities delivers high environmental standards and what this means for citizens’ quality of life, the role it has to play in EU-accession (at the city level) and the role of smart solutions.
To be followed by a Networking Reception from 17:00 outside the Blue Hall
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Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton, Canton
Edin Forto is a politician from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the general elections in 2014, Forto was elected to a four-year mandate in the Sarajevo Cantonal Assembly, as well as the House of Peoples of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In December 2018, Edin was appointed to serve as Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton.
He was previously a Research Analyst at Eurasia Group, a political consultancy in New York, and held various key positions at Nexe Group, an industrial company in Sarajevo specialising in construction materials and road building. In August 2015 he became a professional politician.
Edin received a BA in Media and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Masters in international affairs from Columbia University.
Associate Director, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, EBRD
Nigel Jollands has worked on sustainable energy and environmental policy for 25 years. He is Associate Director, Lead, Policy Products Unit in EBRD's Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Department. In this role he works at the interface between policy and finance, supporting the Bank’s green investment programme through policy dialogue with governments in its regions of operations. He also co-leads the development of the EBRD's Green Cities Framework. He was previously Head, Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he led energy efficiency policy analysis, co-ordinated IEA’s Energy Efficiency Working Party, and liaised with multilateral energy efficiency initiatives including the G8.
He holds a PhD in Ecological Economics from Massey University, New Zealand.
Deputy Head, Sustainable Infrastructure Policy & Project Preparation, EBRD
Lin O’Grady has more than 30 years experience of working internationally in the infrastructure finance sector, both on public and private sector transactions. She is increasingly involved in climate finance and, as such, is one of the architects of EBRD’s Green Cities Programme, which combines strategic planning with investment and associated technical assistance for green urban development. She is currently Deputy Head in EBRD’s Sustainable Infrastructure Group (SIG), with responsibility for project preparation including Green Cities.
Prior to this position, Lin spent many years working on transactions in both the transport and municipal sectors at the EBRD.
She holds a BA in Economics (University of Manchester) and an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering (University of Leeds).
Marketing & Innovation Director - Belgium & Assoc. Territories, Tractebel Engineering SA
Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Group, EBRD
Mayor, City of Banja Luka
Igor Radojičić has been the Mayor of the city of Banja Luka in the Republika Srpska (an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina) since 2016. He was elected as a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Sprska for the first time in the 1998-2000 term, and then again in 2002. He became the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Sprska twice in 2006 and once in 2010. As an author and co-author Radojičić has published one book and presented fourteen scientific papers in the field of automatics, bio-medicine, signal processing and the theory of chaos at international conferences in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. He holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering.
Managing Director, OSP, EE & Climate Change, EBRD
Josué Tanaka is Managing Director, Operational Strategy and Planning, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change at the EBRD. Since 2006 he has led activities to scale up climate finance in the EBRD’s regions. Cumulative EBRD climate financing at end 2018 reached over €30 billion for a total project value of €175 billion, including energy efficiency across sectors and climate adaptation. Prior to the EBRD, he was Special Assistant to the President of the World Bank and held different positions there in strategic planning, tropical forest conservation and environmental financing. Josué has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Princeton University), and a Master of Science and PhD (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Director, Division of Mitigation and Adaptation (DMA), Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Dr. German (Jerry) Velasquez is Director of the Mitigation and Adaptation Division at the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Division provides expertise and technical support in the individual result areas of both climate change adaptation and mitigation, including a thorough understanding of the incremental costs of low emission and climate-resilient investments. Jerry also reviews and assesses the pipeline of proposals to be financed by the GCF and helps countries and GCF accredited entities improve their readiness to access funding.
Jerry has previously worked for various UN departments on environmental conventions and governance, as well as on disaster vulnerability and risk. He received a Masters and Doctor of Engineering in Hydrology and Water Resources from Nagoya University, Japan.
Mayor, City of Tirana
Erion Veliaj is an Albanian politician who was elected as the 42nd Mayor of Tirana in June 2015. His leadership has so far been marked by a focus on creating a child-friendly city. Veliaj’s current major project is the “Tirana030” project, which aims to recover landscape and halt the continuous expansion of a city which hosts one-third of Albania’s population. The project foresees the creation of a sustainable Greater Tirana with the addition of a vast two-million tree belt around the city: this will serve as a natural barrier to expansion and will also be pivotal in addressing the city’s environmental concerns.
Erion holds a BA degree in Political Science from the Grand Valley State University of Michigan, USA, and a MSc in European Studies from the University of Sussex, UK.