Milena Ivkovíc  is currently in charge of the Urban Planning Advisory Teams of the ISOCARP (International Society of Regional and City Planners) and has Master of Architecture and Planning Degree obtained at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Milena is a researcher and designer with more than ten years of both academic and practical experience in the field of urban planning.


Ciarán Cuffe is an architect and spatial planner with track record of delivering vision, leadership and change in education, government and private practice.  Ciarán lectures at the Dublin Institute of Technology specifically within the School of Spatial Planning and Transport Engineering.

Rozina Spinnoy has passion for design strategy, innovation, creativity and the role technology can play in this. Advocating for more inclusion, diversity and participation along the way. Getting to the core of how we can make theory into practice at ground level. Educating the value of this to individuals, companies and communities, in every aspect of everyday life and business, whilst advocating for excellence, enterprise and efficiency.

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.

Guillermo Bernal is an urbanist and placemaking advocate applying participatory strategies in public spaces. He is working for community-driven projects in Mexico and Latin America.

Hannah Wright is an urban planner and design integrator with 8 years experience creating healthy streets, neighbourhoods and cities at the interaction of innovation and practice. “As an advisor for the healthy city making that I believe in, I enjoy working on public space, masterplans, visions, policy and research initiatives across international contexts to motivate healthy lifestyles, behaviours and experiences of city life.”

Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, social entrepreneur and public space activist. She has more than 15-years experience in the professional field as an urban planner and designer with a specific focus on public space. Her research, teaching and design focus on public space, both on the understanding of the theoretical concept and on the design of physical places, with a multidisciplinary and sensitive, context-based approach.

Gido ten Dolle is a pro-active and creative public manager with broad (international) experience in connecting people, policy strategies and implementation in the area of regional economic and urban development.

Cynthia Debono is a dreamer with a strong ambition to make beautiful things. Sport is her inspiration, her freedom and her hope for a better future.

Minouche Besters is partner at STIPO team for Urban Development. She is an experienced designer and facilitator of collective processes, essential for truly understanding and aligning all different perspectives of urban stakeholders and co-creating better future solutions. Her work focuses on creating better places by among others developing inclusion, organising the commons, working towards the energy transition and involving digital technologies. Currently she is the chief editor of Our City? Countering exclusion by designing cities for all, a book by STIPO, PPS and the European Placemaking Network.

Jeroen Laven is city loverurban plannerplacemaker, based in Rotterdam, working all over Europe. He has a passion for giving people the influence to make their cities better. “It is fantastic to work with an international network of passionate experts; soulmates who inspire each other to do best for the places they love”.

Ramon Marrades Sempere is an urban economist, a co-founder at Urbego, the International Platform of Young Urban Professionals, and the Chief Strategy Officer at la Marina de València, Valencia’s waterfront redevelopment agency. His work and research are focused on the interaction between the economy, public policies, cities, culture, and identities.

Charlot Schans is an urban sociologist and anthropologist by training, now working at STIPO, with years of experience in developing and coordinating international networks, events and projects in the field of urban development and social innovation. Her work starts from the understanding that the most livable, sustainable and equitable cities around the globe are the result of effective co-creation between a variety of stakeholders.

Vivian Doumpa is an urban planner and geographerbased in Greece, with a calling for socio-cultural management. She finds her heart in the field of creative placemaking, where arts and creativity are the means to engage and activate communities, and bring out the sense of a place in co-creation.

Laska Nenova is a firm believer that being physically active is the key to our wellbeing both physically and mentally. Her passion is to share knowledge and experience from person to person, city to city, and country to country. Laska strives to show a correlation between physical activity and ‘placemaking’ process as well as the importance of conceiving urban spaces as places for people.

Levente Polyak is an urbanistactivist and network-builder, focusing on social inclusionspatial justice and community-led urban development. He has also co-edited, Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces.

Renée Miles Rooijmans is urban anthropologist expert at STIPO. She recently joined STIPO after working in Vancouver, Canada focusing on urban catalysts to change people’s perspectives on public space, throughout all seasons. She believes in placemaking through experiential learning and play, prioritizing impact over outcome.

Hans Karssenberg is founder, partner, public developer, placemaker and trainer at STIPO. He leads complex projects and processes of urban and area development on a local and regional level. Hans is project manager and initiator of area development, area transformation, city wide strategy, vision and strategy in co-creation, social and economic innovation, quality of public space, placemaking and the city at eye level, masterclasses and trainings, chairing and lectures.

Theo Stauttener leads projects, conducts negotiations and takes care of strategy formation in location development. The whole can be captured in financial management and risk management of the development of new areas or restructuring. In addition, he works as a teacher at various courses and gives a number of lectures every year at the University of Utrecht.

Ronald Huikeshoven is the director of AM, Inspiring Place in Utrecht. He believes that for successful area-development placemaking is a key element for the involvement of all stakeholders.


Placemaking Week Europe 2019

Placemaking Week Europe 2019 is Europe’s biggest conference and festival celebrating the impact of placemaking on the urban fabric. Approximately 400 placemakers, a diverse mixture of professionals working on creating a better public space and city at eye level, will meet in Valencia from June 12th-15th.
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