Main Speakers

Keynote Speaker (November 9)

Steffen Lehmann

Full Professor of Architecture and Director of the Urban Futures Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and studied at the Architectural Association School in London in the 1980s, and holds a Ph.D. in Urbanism from TU-Berlin. Steffen is an internationally recognized educator, scholar, author, strategic leader, and has been a Head of School in Australia and in the USA. Steffen became a licensed architect in Berlin in 1993. He has dedicated his long and distinguished career as an urban designer and educator to social impact through the improvement of cities' public spaces. He has published 22 books and in the 1990s, he coined the concept of Green Urbanism. His pioneering work is best known for his holistic view of urbanization and for actively promoting sustainability. He is Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Urban Futures Lab, and CEO of the Future Cities Leadership Lab. 

Keynote Speaker (November 8)

Sue Manns

Sue is President of the Royal Town Planning Institute 2020 and a Fellow of the Institute. She has 40 years' experience in town and country planning and community engagement.

Sue has worked in a number of different planning roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors, at national, regional and local levels. She has also worked in academia as a senior lecturer in planning law and practice and is currently a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University.

The golden thread that runs throughout Sue's career is her passion for equality, diversity and inclusivity, in terms of both effective community engagement and the planning profession itself.

In 2018 she established her own planning and community engagement consultancy which focuses on the provision of best practice strategic advice and support in respect of community engagement in major development projects.

Sue is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Geographical Society.