Samer Bagaeen
Professor of Planning & Urban Resilience at the University of Kent, England, formerly with 100 Resilient Cities

Speaker Profile

Dr. Samer Bagaeen is currently Founding Professor of Planning & Urban Resilience at the University of Kent in England. Before that, he worked with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation as Associate Director in their City Relationships team managing the relationship with Amman, Ramallah, Byblos, Tbilisi, Milan, Rome, Barcelona and Lisbon. He previously established the urban planning school in Brighton (England) and served as Director of Urban Studies at the National Resources Investment and Development Cooperation (Mawared) in Jordan with responsibility for master planning former military sites including the Abdali site and was responsible for a $1.2bn development portfolio. Prior to that, he served as Training Programme and Master Plan Coordinator with the Welfare Association in Jerusalem. Samer is a prolific writer and some of his recent published works include Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites (Routledge, 2016) and Beyond Gated Communities (Foreword by Saskia Sassen) (Routledge 2015). He is a serving Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association in London and has served on its Policy Council since 2010.

Samer holds a BA in Architecture from University College London (UCL), a Masters of Urban Design in Developing Countries from UCL, and a Diploma in International Cooperation for Development from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. He also holds a Ph.D. in Planning Studies from UCL and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.​

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