09:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Welcome Remarks by the New Cities Foundation
New Cities Foundation
Mathieu Lefevre is the Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, a Swiss non-profit which brings together some of the leading organizations in business, research and government shaping the future of the urban world. Among other activities, the Foundation hosts leadership events including the New Cities Summit and generates urban innovation through pilot projects in various cities across the world. Working closely with the Foundation’s Trustees, Mathieu oversees the organization’s strategy and its day to day operations. Previously, Mathieu worked for the World Bank in the area of governance and as a political officer for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, serving in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Mathieu is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics. He is a citizen of France and the United States and has published articles in The Economist magazine, the Foundation for Strategic Research, SLUM Lab, the French Almanac of International Relations and the Afghanistan Analysts Network.