CDIA Staff Member Recognized as World Cities Summit Young Leader

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In recognition of his contribution to the field of urban liveability and sustainability, Joris van Etten, CDIA deputy program coordinator, has been chosen as one of the World Cities Summit (WCS) Young Leaders.

This year, more than 500 outstanding persons were nominated globally and applicants were reviewed by a distinguished multi-disciplinary and international Selection Committee. The WCS Young Leaders were nominated and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Has a proven record as an established leader in urban sectors through championed projects or published insights
  • Comes from a sector related to urban development and governance
  • Has an impeccable record in the public eye and is of good social standing
  • Is able to commit to a 3-year tenure
  • Is passionate about the programme and is willing to cultivate the next batch of young urban leaders as a mentor
  • Between the ages of 30 and 45 at the time of nomination

The WCS Young Leaders, a new initiative by the World Cities Summit (WCS) Programme Secretariat, is envisioned to be the networking platform for young urban leaders to spearhead change in their respective cities.

The Leaders will be invited to participate in exclusive networking and leadership events, initiate projects to share with our global audience, and engage other Young Leaders through an online forum. These will also feed into the agenda for future World Cities Summit and its Mayors Forum. They will be invited to participate in the inaugural WCS Young Leaders Symposium, on 31 May 2014 in Singapore. Delegates to the WCS Young Leaders Symposium are also invited to the World Cities Summit, the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) from 1 – 5 June 2014.

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