Timo Hämäläinen
Urban Policy Advisor, MDI - Management Design Intelligence

Speaker Profile

Timo is a geographer who is part consultant and researcher in urban policy, part thought leader in contemporary urbanism via his blog 'From Rurban to Urban'. Timo's blog dissects the inner workings of today's urban development through a Finnish lens and has been chosen among the “best city blogs around the world” by The Guardian.


Timo partners with the consultancy MDI to help cities and the public sector tackle urban issues, including smart mobility and the planning of competitive cities, through research & analysis, strategic policy development and advocacy. Another ongoing partnership is with Mapita to globally advance the integration of local citizen insight into planning processes via Maptionnaire, a leading online tool for public participation.


Timo is also a founding member of the DIY city planning & architecture collective ‘Urban Helsinki’. His group's guerrilla urban planning activity has led to the creation of Pro Helsinki 2.0, the alternative master plan for Helsinki. The project has contributed to help local urban planning steer towards a more open and people-centric future.

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