Happy Cities Summit to be held on 13-15 February 2019 in Amaravati

Amaravati, India, February 8, 2019 : Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organising “Happy Cities Summit: Amaravati 2019” – a global summit on urban innovation and citizen happiness hosted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India, from 13-15 February 2019.

The Summit aims to build on the success and momentum of the inaugural Happy Cities Summit (Amravati, April 2018) to establish Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh’s Greenfield capital city, at the forefront of the discourse on urban innovation, with a focus on citizen happiness.

The summit will bring together city leaders (mayors and city administrators), urban experts, planners, and architects, city-preneurs, industrialists, technology leaders, and citizens from around the world in engaging formats—including round tables, solutioning workshops, and ‘living labs’ (site visits to understand on-ground problems) — to enable participative discussions around urban innovations and the co-creation of ideas and solutions for cities of the twenty-first century. The Summit will be inaugurated by Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The confirmed key speakers at the Summit :

  • Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office
  • Mr Charles Montgomery, Author, Happy City
  • Ms Jane Wiseman, CEO, Institute of Excellence in Government
  • Mr Michael Koh, Senior Fellow, Centre for Livable Cities
  • Mr Jorge Sariava, Leader of the European Network of City Policy Labs
  • Mr Liang Thow Ming, Chief Marketing Officer, CHEC Port City Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Mr Mahmoud El Burai, CEO, Dubai Real Estate Institute / Dubai Land Authority
  • Ms Hasna Boutzil, Managing Director SADV Mohamed VI Green City
  • Mr Karim Lagmich, Director General, Magazan
  • Mr OP Agarwal, CEO, World Resources Institute, India
  • Mr Tony Wong, Chief Executive, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
  • Mr Hugo Salomao, International Relations Director from Belo Horizonte
  • Mr Gopichand Katragadda, Founder & CEO – Myelin Foundry (Ex-CTO, Tata Group)
  • Ms Anja Wyden Guelpa, Chancellor of State, Republic and Canton of Geneva
  • Ms Hajbouha Zoubeir, President, Phosboucraa Foundation
  • Ms Francesca De Ferrari, Human Settlements Officer, UN-HABITAT
  • Mr Jagan Shah, Director, NIUA ;
  • Mr Amit Prothi, Associate Director, City & Practice Management, 100 RC;
  • Mr Parag Dhol, MD, Inventus India
  • Mr Piero Pelizarro, Chief Resilience Officer, Milan
  • Mr Graham Colclough, Partner, Urban DNA
  • Prof. Dr. V Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies
  • Ms Cathy Hillman, Women in Cities International (WICI)
  • Mr Kinlay Dorjee, Mayor, Thimpu (Bhutan), thrompon@gmail.com
  • Ms Liz Zeidler, Chief Executive, Happy City, UK
  • Mr Ahmed El Akel, Director, Morocco New City Mega Projects (Morocco)
  • Ms Bouchra Alaoui Aziz, Architect and Technical Director, Phosboucraa Foundation (Morocco)
  • Mr Christian Paolo R. Quillamor, Director of Strategy, New Clark City (Philippines)
  • Lahlou Mounia, Head of Strategic Development, Mohamed VI Green City (Morocco)
  • Ms Mariam Belhoussein, Managing Director, SHRA (Morocco)
  • Mr Mwiya Musokotwane, Co-Founder, Nkwashi New Town (Zambia)
  • Mr Nihal Fernando, Project Director, Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, CHEC Port City Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Mr Satish Kamat, President, Sri City (India)
  • Mr Simon Tham Kok Kuan, Asst General Manager, CHEC Port City Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Mr Simon Xie, Deputy CEO, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co (China)
  • Mr Sudesh Sundhara Moorthy, Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Ogilvy & Mather (Sri Lanka)
  • Mr Thulci Aluwihare, Head of Strategy and Business Development, CHEC Port City Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Mr T Lee Luen Len, Partner, Ecosis
  • Ms Michelle Preen, Senior Manager, ICLEI Africa Secretariat
  • Mr Sisto O Andama, Executive MSc in Cities, London School of Economics & Political Sciences
  • Dr. Geeta Mehta, Founder & President, Asia Initiatives (AI)
  • Mr Gift Kasamira, Head of the City Development Strategy, Malawi Lilongwe, Africa
  • Honourable Dr Prince Sodoke Amuzu, Mayor of Akatsi North, Ghana Akatsi North, Africa
  • Hon’ble Mayor Rosy Senanayake, Mayor of Colombo City, Sri Lanka
  • Hon’ble Mayor Thusara Sanjeewa Vitharana, Mayor of Kurunegala City Council, Sri Lanka
  • Md. Shahjahan Miah, Chief Executive Officer, Faridpur Municipality, Bangladesh
  • Dr Ali al-Azzawi, Chief Experience Officer, Smart Dubai
  • Mr Michael Jansen, Chairman and CEO, City Zenith
  • Mr Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia
  • Ms Monalisa Sen, Programme Coordinator (Biodiversity), ICLEI
  • Ms Stefania Costanza, Consul General, Italy
  • Mr Bruno Moser, Head of Urban Design, Foser & Partners
  • Ms Olivia Onderdonk, Deputy Executive Director, New Cities Foundation
  • Mr Hann Zhu Ng, Director of Strategy, Forest City, Malaysia

The Happy Cities Summit: Amaravati 2019 aims to build on the success and momentum of the inaugural summit to establish Amaravti at the forefront of the discourse on urban innovation with a focus on citizen happiness.

The summit was able to achieve several key outcomes, including the launch of the ‘Happy Cities Declaration’ framework. In our day and age of unprecedented Urbanization, it is imperative to be bold and disruptive in our thinking for cities – to identify innovative solutions that can help meet the rising aspirations of our people and engender socio economic transformation, while being cognizant of the constraints. Not only do these cities need investments in core elements of infrastructure and amenities, but also need to do so with a focus on the well being and happiness of citizens. Without this, the new wave of urbanization risks producing environments that are devoid of character and a sense of community. 


Amaravati, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh is the most anticipated ongoing urban development project in the world. It is setting precedents and benchmarks for greenfield city building. Amaravati, since its inception has adopted an inclusive, participatory and transparent approach to planning and design of the city. The land pooling scheme has emerged as an innovative mechanism to procure land in a democratic framework. Also, at various sages of planning and design, various stakeholders have been continuously engaged.

In time with this endeavour, APCRDA is initiating the ‘Amaravati Design Challenge’, as a way to capture exciting ideas and concepts from students of Architecture, Design and Urbanism to add value to the development of Amaravati.

For more details about Summit Registration and Amaravati Design Challenge visit at : www.happycitiessummit.org

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