03.00 PM to 03:45 PM (CEST)

The power of peer learning and multi-level dialogue

Based on three peer-learning cohorts, GIZ/Dialogues for Urban Change (D4UC) in support of the German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB) will describe how their trademark peer-to-peer learning methodology is designed. Partners Partners of BMWSB from Germany and the USA, Ukraine and South Africa will provide testimony on how the methodology supports the realization of local, national and global policy ambitions for integrated urban development for the common good.

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



Felix Volgmann | Managing Director, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.)

Felix has worked in urban development with cities in Germany and worldwide. He is specialized in the development and implementation of innovative planning approaches, the participatory elaboration of integrated strategies as well as and the activation of a wide range of public and civil society actors for urban challenges. 


Charlotte Junghans | GIZ
Dr. Bettina Silbernagl | Project Director Dialogues for Urban Change and Cities for the Common Good, GIZ

With D4UC, Tina looks at innovative forms of learning to strengthen national urban development policies and municipal capacities. For 20 years, she has worked on decentralized service delivery, human rights, youth employment promotion, urban safety and integrated urban development all over the world. 


Dr. Oliver Weigel | Head of the Urban Development Division, Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building, Germany

As the former Head of the Department of Urban Development Planning of the City of Leipzig, Oliver has had a decisive role in the transformation of Leipzig in the 1990s and early 2000s, before he went on to shape the German National Urban Development Policy on the federal government level. 

Anton Kolomeitsev | Chief Architect, City of Lviv, Ukraine

As Chief Architect of the City of Lviv and associate professor at the Institute of Architecture of Lviv Polytechnic National University, Anton is a main driver of urban development in Lviv and renowned voice of urban planning in Ukraine and beyond.

Cynthia Campell | Director for International and Philanthropic Innovation within the Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Cynthia leads an innovation team charged with engaging domestic and international philanthropic and cross-sectoral partners to harness and apply best practices, programs and policies within HUD. She is a retired US Navy officer who served in the Bush and Obama administrations.