Naureen Kabir

Director - Urban (co)LAB

New Cities Foundation

Naureen Kabir leads the New Cities Foundation’s Urban (co)LAB, the Foundation’s applied research and thought leadership arm. Naureen holds a Master’s degree in International Development and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously, she worked in business development at Google in Silicon Valley, California, where she was involved in executing global content licensing deals with companies and government organizations as part of the Strategic Partnerships team. Naureen obtained her B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Urban Studies from Stanford University. She is a citizen of Bangladesh and the United States.


The New Cities Foundation Task Force on Connected Commuting aims to help cities around the world better understand how real-time social networking among commuters can enhance the overall commuting experience and improve traffic management. The pilot phase of this project took place in San Jose, California, in 2012. It compared the experiences of ‘connected’ and ‘unconnected’ commuters and analyzed commuter sentiment exchanged via innovative smartphone apps. The study revealed that being connected ultimately results in an improved commute experience. Led by the New Cities Foundation and prestigious partner organizations, the project presents an opportunity to identify alternative ways in which cities, transport agencies and local governments could improve the commute experience rapidly and effectively.

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