PROGRAMME

FROM ELMAU TO KATOWICE AND ON TO POTSDAM – URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE G7

05.15 PM to 06.00 PM (CEST)

This event will build a bridge from the WUF to the G7 Summit, which is held in parallel in Elmau, Germany. It will discuss G7 member’s politial commitments to an urban development policy framework and to leverage local action for low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive development.

The G7 Partnership for Infrastructure and Investment (PII), initiated under the UK G7 Presidency, is a vehicle to support this ambition and carries on efforts of previous G7 presidencies. It can contribute to highlighting specific
challenges and opportunities for infrastructure development in cities and urban areas.

Meanwhile, the G7 Urban Development Ministers are getting ready for their first ever meeting in September 2022 in Postdam to define G7 policy priorities in urban development.

MAIN CONVENOR: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB)

SPEAKER

Moderator

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Martin Dirr | Head of Programme C40 Cities Finance Facility

Martin Dirr is a passionate urban professional, with experience of over 15 years in international development, mainly for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). In his current role, Martin is the GIZ programme director for the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF). The CFF is global initiative supporting cities in developing countries and emerging economies to access finance for low-carbon and resilience investment projects, which in 2020 won the UNFCCC climate action award in the category finance. Prior to this, Martin worked as an advisor to the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the strategy development for its global urban portfolio. From 2007-2013 he was based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a programme manager, amongst other roles, of the Ethio-German Urban Governance and Decentralisation Programme which supported the Ethiopian Government in the development and implementation of a national local government reform programme. Martin holds a master degree in Urban Geography. 

Panelists

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Dr. Heike Litzinger | Head of Division BMZ

Dr. Heike Litzinger is Head of the Division for urbanization, mobility and circular economy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Ms Litzinger has been working in the field of development cooperation since 2008. She had various positions in the BMZ, working among others in the field of coordination of EU development policy and trade policy. Heike Litzinger has studied law in Frankfurt/Main and Paris. She holds a PhD in history of law from the University of Frankfurt/Main. 

Dr. Oliver Weigel | Head of Division BMWSB

Dr. Oliver Weigel is head of the Urban Policy Division in the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building. After having studied Economic Geography at the Mannheim and Gießen Universities, he started work as an academic at a Leipzig based Research Institute (1993). In 1995 he became responsible for setting up a strategic urban development department within the Leipzig City Council. Parallel to that he finished work on his PhD at Leipzig University in 1997. Until 2006, he headed the Urban Development Department of the City of Leipzig and the Olympic Planning Staff (2002 – 2004).

Since 2006, he has been working at the Federal Ministry, where he is responsible for the National and International Urban Development Policy. He was also entrusted with drafting the “New Leipzig Charter – the transformative power of cities for the common good” under the German EU Presidency 2020. Since 2001 he teaches applied urban development policy at the University of Leipzig, since 2020 also at the TU Kaiserslautern. He is also Member of the German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) and the SRL.

Simon Stevens | Head, Resilient Cities and Infrastructure Team, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), United Kingdom

He is responsible for the UK Centre of Expertise on Green Cities and Infrastructure, which is a new UK offer to developing countries and part of the UK’s British Investment Partnerships initiative.  He was responsible for setting up the FCDO’s Cities and Infrastructure for Growth programme, which has delivered, among other achievements, important infrastructure investments in Kampala, Uganda and energy sector transformation in Zambia.  Simon has 30 years of experience working on developing countries, and specifically on cities and infrastructure since 2016.  He previously worked as a Senior Economic Adviser in the UK Government, working in Africa and Asia.