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Professor Babatunde Agbola
Professor Babatunde Agbola

Researcher Professor of Human Settlements, Mangosuthu University of Technology and Deputy Chair of Africa Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS)

Babatunde Agbola is presently the Chair/Research Professor of Human Settlement at the Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa since 2017. He is a graduate of Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria after which he went to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA for his Master and PhD degrees in City and Regional Planning. He has been a Researcher, Visiting Lecturer and External Examiner to a number of renowned Universities around the world in the U.S., UK and the Republic of South Africa. Professor Agbola has been a credible consultant to many world bodies, notably the UN-Habitat (SCP, UMP, and Safer Cities Programmes etc.), the WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, NGOs and CBOs.​ ​

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Nhlanhla Mncwango
Ms. Nhlanhla Mncwango
Programme Specialist: National Treasury City Support Programme (CSP)

Ms. Nhlanhla Mncwango is a Programme Specialist for the National Treasury City Support Programme (CSP). Nhlanhla has been supporting eThekwini Municipality on rolling out the National Treasury support plan for the eight South African Metros. Some of the key programmes Nhlanhla focuses on is on (i) Increasing efficiency by assessing contradictions across government programmes but most important finding solutions to ensure growth of city regions (ii) Improving regulatory and administration effectiveness through the implementation of the South African subnational cost of doing business (SNDB). She is currently supporting the eThekwini Municipality in designing support packages for improving business processes.

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Fezile Njokweni
Fezile Njokweni
Senior Manager: MILE

​Fezile Njokweni is a qualified town and regional planner. He has worked as community development practitioner at the Ugu District Municipality, as Director for Technical Services at Umuziwabantu Municipality and Programme Manager, Knowledge Management. He is currently the Senior Manager at MILE.

His job entails strategic planning, Knowledge Management, Municipal Technical Support, Academic Collaboration, Partnerships and Networks. His interest is on the development of personal and organisational capabilities as well as the promotion of lifelong learning. He is also interested on the future of government, jobs and gender.

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Dr Junyoung Choi 
Big Data Specialist: UN Habitat

Dr Junyoung Choi is a Big dataa specialist for UN Habitat. He started his career at Seoul Institute of Urban Information Research Centre and Public Transportation Reform Local Information Research and Development Institute until 2006. Since 2006, he has participated in national projects and researches on urban development, housing statistics, spatial data and related spatial policy support systems of MOLT and Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH).

He is charter member of OSGeo (Open Source Geospatial Foundation) and is currently participating in seminar, education and capacity building programmes for foreign government officials related to national urban and housing information systems, smart city, spatial policy based on data analytics. He holds a masters and PHD degrees in urban planning from
Hanyang University.

​Dr Junyoung Choi 
AjumaAssiago.jpg Mr Juma Assiago
Global Coordinator: Safer Cities Programme, UN Habitat

Juma Assiago, an Urbanist and Social Scientist, is the Global Coordinator of the Safer Cities Programme at UN-Habitat.  He holds a Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Urban Development (Oxford University, United Kingdom).

He has accumulated 18-year international working experience providing technical support to both national and local governments on the development and implementation of city crime prevention and urban safety strategies.

​Juma Assiago
CeciliaAnderson.jpg Ms Cecilia Anderson
Urban and Regional Planner, UN Habitat

Cecilia Andersson is an urban and regional planner trained at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Thereafter, she worked at the Urban Division at the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency before joining UN-Habitat in 2001 as a Human Settlements Officer with the Safer Cities Programme focusing on women and girls’ safety in cities and covering Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

In 2014, she moved to the Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN-Habitat as the Manager of the Global Public Space Programme. The Global Public Space Programme supports local and national governments in developing policy, conducts training and helps to improve capacity of local government institutions and communities in the area of public space, supports the establishment of local and global networks and partnerships, development of city-wide public space strategies and implementation of pilot/demonstration projects. The Public Space programme also works on global advocacy, knowledge management and tools development.
​Cecilia Anderson
Cllr Ntandoyenkosi Khuzwayo
Ntandoyenkosi Khuzwayo
Councillor: eThekwini Municipality

Ntandoyenkosi Khuzwayo got involved in community development at an early age through organised youth organisation. He has served at different levels as an office bearer for South African Student Congress (SASCO); advocating for equal access to quality education for all. He served in SASCO committee for the promotion of inclusive society through the recognition and celebration of cultural and religious diversity.

From community development through student leadership, Cllr Khuzwayo was elected to lead youth development and economic freedom for youth through African National Congress Youth League. Serving in these different levels have grounded Cllr Khuzwayo on participatory process for collective responsibility in development. He is currently a Deputy Chair of ANC Branch, the basic unit community structure of the ANC. Through his illustrative and demonstrated community interest, Cllr Khuzwayo got elected to be the Ward Councillor in 2016 local government election. He is serving in different political oversight structures within eThekwini Municipality which include Human Settlements and Infrastructure Portfolio Committee and Mayoral’s Committee on Climate Change.

Beyond education and development through active community development, Cllr Khuzwayo has obtained Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently studying towards Masters in Public Administration.
​Dr Roshni Bob
Dr Roshini Bob
Project Executive
- Community and Emergency Services, eThekwini Municipality

Roshini Bob holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa where the focus of her research was Women in Management. She is the Project Executive for the Community and Emergency Services Cluster within EThekwini Municipality and deals with matters relating to Health, Safety, Security and Social Development & Cohesion. Her skills obtained previously as a Corporate Relationship Business Banker within the private sector contributes to the efficient and effective management of the Cluster Budget planning, implementation and monitoring processes.

Additionally, Roshini has significant experience in the field of Governance and Human Resources and was Project Executive: Governance and Corporate & Human Resource Clusters in EThekwini Municipality. Her contribution and efforts linked to Community Engagements and Customers Services was recognised by the municipality, by conferring a City Star’s Award to the team she headed. Also, she is the Co-Chairperson of the EThekwini Municipality Food Security Steering Committee and provides direction, both at a strategic and operational level on matters linked to Food Security.
HayleyMcKuur.jpg Ms Hayley McKuur
Macro Policy Unit, National Department of Human Settlements

Hayley McKuur is the manager in the Macro Policy Unit in the Department of Human Settlements. She has an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration and a B. Admin Honours Degree in Public Administration from the University of the Western Cape. She has 10 years’ experience working in the human settlements sector. She spent 7 years at Western Cape Human Settlements, involved in project administration and implementation on mega housing projects such as the N2 Gateway in Cape Town.

For the past 3 years, she has been involved in reviewing and amending human settlements programmes in the Housing Code. She is also the Socio Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) manager in the Department, ensuring that new and amended legislation is put through the processes for Cabinet approval.
​Hayley McKuur
​Michael Krause

Mr Michael Krause
Chief Executive Officer: Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading
Michael Krause is a qualified artesian brick layer who grew up in East Germany. He moved on to become a place maker and Urban Designer at the Bauhaus university. Michael believes in negotiating solutions to shape urban environments. From 1995 until the early 2000 he worked in Durban South Africa, mainly in informal settlements including Phoenix Settlement – Gandhi’s second Ashram. Since 2006 Michael leads a highly dedicated and transversal team that continuously shapes an area based approach in low income areas in South Africa to improve the quality of life as co-production between citizens, civil servants and other dedicated partners that want to make a difference through transformational practise.

Michael is the CEO of the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Not for Profit Company (VPUU NPC) a practise that seeks to combine dialogue between residents, local authorities with appropriate social, economic and cultural solutions to achieve sustainable and safe neighbourhoods on a human scale. VPUU has influenced local, provincial and national policy discussions, which is a small step towards listening to leadership from marginalised areas in the thrive towards a more equal society. He received a Merit of Award at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in Singapore in 2012. The VPUU Handbook has been published in 2014.
​Monikan Glinzler
Ms Monika Glinzler
Director: International Relations, National Department of Human Settlements

Monika Glinzler is the Director for International Relations in the Department of Human Settlements of the South African national government. She has been a Public Servant for 17 years, with 11 years’ experience in international co-operation in the human settlements sector. She was the project manager and co-ordinator of South Africa’s participation in the process for the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

This entailed an extensive stakeholder engagement process, nationally, regionally and internationally, including arranging an international conference on slums and informal settlements, contributing to the development of the African Union’s Common African Position, and developing a comprehensive South African negotiating position for Habitat III. A focus on informal settlements and the nexus between sustainable human settlements and urban safety were key issues in South Africa’s engagement for the development of the New Urban Agenda adopted by Habitat III.
Monika holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with majors in International Relations, Politics and Economics, and an Honours Degree in International Relations. She has a certificate for the Programme in Housing Policy Development and Management, as well as a certificate for the Executive Development Programme in Public Administration.
PruvendraAkkiah.jpg Mr Puvendra Akkiah
Senior Manager: Integrated Development Planning, eThekwini Municipality.

Puvendra Akkiah is a Professional Town and Regional Planner with more than 20 years of experience in various parts of the globe. Current Duties include the preparation and development of the City of Durban Integrated Development Plan. Puvendra is also the technical chair of the United Cities for Local Government – Urban Strategic Planning Committee and a member of the Sustainable Cities Committee of the Commonwealth Local Government Associations.

He is the recipient of the South African Planning Institutes Professional Planner Award in 2014.
He is a sought after facilitator, presenter and moderator and together with the City of Durban hosts annual master classes on Urban Strategic Planning. Puvendra has co-authored the Global Policy Framework for Public Spaces and various public space learning publications. He is currently working on the alignment of the SDG’s to the municipal strategy.
​Pruvendra Akkiah
 Faizal Seedat
​ ​ Faizal Seedat
Senior Manager: eThekwini Municipality’s Human Settlements Unit

Senior Manager at eThekwini Municipality’s Human Settlements Unit responsible for strategic planning on projects such as the Housing Sector Plan and the Informal Settlement Programme. He is also responsible for providing human settlement input towards the City’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP), Spatial Development Framework (SDP), Built Environment Performance Plan (BEPP) and other strategic plans. He is a Town Planner by profession having obtained his Masters at the former University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal). He has over 20 years experience in both the private and public sector.

In 2002 he was awarded both the KwaZulu-Natal and National Housing Person of the Year Award by the Institute for Housing of South Africa in recognition of the outstanding contribution to housing delivery in the eThekwini Municipal area through the development and leadership of the Informal Settlement Programme. In 2001 the Informal Settlement Programme was awarded the National platinum award by the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust. The award recognises and rewards innovative and exceptional examples of service delivery in the public sector with a focus on the reduction of poverty and the best practices that improve the quality of life of the poor.
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