12:30-13:30 PM (CEST)

Creating a New Paradigm of Action and Transformation

If cities design their recovery plans wisely, they can tackle the impacts of the pandemic and climate crisis in tandem. However, “green” or “economic” recovery plans often leave out the key element of resilience from an integrated and inclusive perspective. Through this event we will present and discuss tools and approaches used by cities under the Resilient Cities Action Program (ReCAP21), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development that was designed to support cities in their Covid-19 recovery planning to build resilience and advance a just transition


Opening remarks

Dr. Alexander Kleibrink | Senior Policy Officer at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Alexander Kleibrink currently serves as Senior Policy Officer at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, where he co-leads the global program on urban development. Prior to this, he was Team Leader and Policy Analyst at the European Commission working on regional development, innovation processes & open governance. He was a researcher and completed his Dr. rer. pol. at FU Berlin and his M.P.A. and the London School of Economics.  



Katrin Bruebach | Global Director, Programs, Innovation and Impact, Resilient Cities Network

Katrin oversees the design and delivery of R-Cities programs that connect city needs with resilience solutions from partners and investors to grow the urban resilience movement and unlock new sources of innovation and capital. She holds a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and Environmental Technology from the University of Hanover. 


Eszter Mogyorósy | Head of Innovative Finance, ICLEI World Secretariat
Japheth Habinshuti | Chief Resilience Officer, City of Kigali, Rwanda

Japheth has 9 years of extensive experience in the field of urban development. Since 2019, Japheth has coordinated Kigali City’s resilience efforts on water & sanitation, Covid-19 response & recovery, nature-based solutions and resilience of informal workers. MSc in Regional Development Planning and Management from the Technical University of Dortmund and the Austral University of Chile. 

Felix Doehler | Head of Component, Finance and Climate , Sector Programme Cities , GIZ

Felix Döhler, political scientist by education, leads GIZ’s Sector Program Cities’ policy advisory work on municipal finance and climate change. Before joining GIZ’s Global and Sector Programs Department, Felix worked as freelance consultant, researcher, facilitator and GTZ program manager in China.