Professor Edward Blakely

Ed BlakelyOne of the world's leading scholars and practitioners of urban policy, Professor Edward Blakely has been Dean of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California and Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University in New York City. He currently serves as an Honorary Professor in Urban Policy at The United States Studies Centre at The University of Sydney. He is the Founder and Chair of the Future Cities Collaborative. In addition to Professor Blakely's background in academia, the Professor has an extensive record of public service that includes advising the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, state and federal governments in Australia and the United States, as well as governments in Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam. The Future Cities Collaborative allows Professor Blakely to combine his passion for sustainable urban design with his expertise in teaching and fostering capacity building in all levels of government. 


Sandy Burgoyne

Sandy BurgoyneSandy Burgoyne has 20 years corporate experience in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunications, information technology, retail service and not-for-profit sectors. In 2007, Burgoyne returned to her passion of urban and physical geography to apply her commercial skills and focus her career on the collaboration between industry, government and community to develop sustainable cities. She is currently the Director of the Future Cities Collaborative, where she works to inspire and develop city leaders to build great cities by bringing together innovative policy approaches, research and practice to the urban challenges they face.

Burgoyne holds a Masters of Sustainable Development from Macquarie University and Bachelor or Arts (Geography) and Diploma of Education from Flinders University of South Australia.


Francesca Johanson

Francesca Johanson has recently completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Honours) from the University of Sydney with a major in Government and International Relations. She received first-class honours for her thesis on purpose-built capital cities. Her research explored the power and function of these new urban landscapes. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Future Cities Collaborative, working towards creating productive, sustainable cities and supporting informed city leaders. Francesca is particularly interested in the nexus between urban studies, the arts, and innovative policy approaches. 




Katherine O'Regan

Katherine O'Regan

Katherine has over 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing strategies for business and government. She has been Chief of Staff and Advisor to Federal and State Government Ministers and served as the Deputy Mayor, Woollahra Municipal Council where she continues as a Councillor. Katherine is passionate about urbanisation and cities and actively develops policy, advocates and writes on issues impacting cities and communities.

Katherine has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Future Cities Collaborative, University of Sydney since its inception and is a Director of leading public policy think tank, The Sydney Institute, Trustee of Local Government Super and Chair of her local Chamber of Commerce.

After her executive career in the financial and property sectors Katherine established a consultancy firm providing strategic advice to government, industry and business where she leads forums and workshops, writes policy submissions and articles, and advocates for change on the issues, challenges and priorities facing cities and communities.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of US Studies (with Merit).  




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