Philip Yang is the founder of URBEM, a “do tank” focused on urban development projects in the metropolis of São Paulo. Yang is a former Brazilian diplomat and one of the founding owners of Petra Energia S.A., a Brazilian oil & gas company. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and began his studies at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Arts of the University of São Paulo. Yang had a brief career as a concert pianist and premiered as a soloist with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. Philip currently serves as a member of The MIT Corporation’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning Visiting Committee (2012-2016). He is also an advisor of Arq.Futuro, Brazil’s leading platform for architecture and urbanism.