Urban Management


The Urban Management (UM) Degree Program has over 400 alumni all over the world – in approximately 65 countries, on all continents. They work in local administrations, ministries, in private or semi-private planning offices, NGOs, international institutions, universities etc.

Hereinafter you can find a collection of portraits of our alumni from all over the world recounting their motivations for participating in the Urban Management Degree Program and their experience during and after finishing.

Our alumni are further connected through the UM Alumni Network, that was founded by UM alumni in spring 2012.

Alumni Podcast with Florah Ikawa-Witte

The “Urban Management” graduate works as a fundraiser for a non-governmental organization that focuses on nature and animal conservation in Africa and shares her experiences in episode 22 of the TU podcast "Zukunftsmacher*innen".

Shane O'Hanlon, Ireland/Canada

"I am now a senior climate risk and resilience consultant working with an international consulting firm (https://www.stantec.com/en/people/o/ohanlon-shane) focused on climate risk assessments and adaptation/resiliency planning as it relates to buildings, infrastructure, communities, and cities across Canada and the U.S. The scale of these assessments and planning efforts includes those at the Provincial, municipal, and healthcare authority level, as well as individual infrastructure and building owners.

My bachelor's background is in engineering and my studies of Urban Management allow me to speak the language of both engineering and planning. My passion is helping communities, cities and developers plan for and adapt to a future of climate uncertainty. I have a Masters in Urban Management, Bachelors in Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, and certificates in Urban Design and another in Climate Change, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship."

December 2023

Camilo Esteban Ortiz, Colombia

''After 5 years of working as a civil and transportation engineer in Bogotá, Colombia in the public and private sector, I was selected as part of the DAAD-Colfuturo scholarship program in 2021 and joined the Urban Management program. Being part of this amazing program allowed me to broaden my perspectives around transportation planning by understanding different dimensions of urban practice. As an engineer who has worked in consulting firms and local government in Bogotá, the Urban Management program gave me the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of professionals and fields of knowledge that I wouldn't have dreamed of learning in my professional practice.  
Currently, I work for a private consulting group in Madrid, Spain, developing infrastructure projects with a focus on reducing the impact of mass transit systems, industrial complexes, and other facilities in urban environments. I also train individuals, companies, universities, and governments in transportation modeling tools at the strategic and operational levels. Moreover, I support a variety of civic groups in Colombia in the areas of mobility planning and management.''

November 2023

Madeleine Swanstrom, USA

"My experience in the UM program endowed me with the "big picture" thinking required to work on urban issues in my hometown of St. Louis, in the U.S. I appreciated that the course covered a mix of urban studies and urban planning principles, so that we gained a deep understanding of city issues while also generating solutions. I emerged from the course with the conviction that the work of creating more sustainable, equitable, and vibrant communities is extremely important to curtailing and mitigating global warming. Berlin offers an invigorating setting to learn about urban management--the city is light years ahead of most U.S. cities in terms of sustainable development.

I currently work as the Incentive Compliance Manager for St. Louis Development Corporation, St. Louis' economic and real estate development arm. St. Louis' urban core has been hollowed out by suburban sprawl and a legacy of racist policies, and our agency works towards increasing density and tax revenues for the city. Tax incentives are one of the tools that our city uses to close the appraisal gap, or the reality that the market alone will not support quality new development here, especially in certain neighborhoods. Primarily, I collect reports from developers to ensure that they are following their agreements with the city when they receive property tax breaks. I also manage aspects of compliance for tax increment financing (TIF) projects and New Market Tax Credits. Additionally, I volunteer for the Delmar Main Street initiative, which is revitalizing a commercial corridor that has long been a dividing line for our city along lines of race and class. While I was a graduate student, I researched solutions to St. Louis' widespread housing vacancy for my thesis, and I interned for a different department at the agency where I now work. I am grateful that the UM course encouraged me to make those connections and pursue research in an area that is related to my line of work."

November 2023

Carlos Cruz, Mexico

''Through a passion for space, city, and architecture, I have dedicated my career to creating solutions for participatory urban development.

Before joining the Urban Management Program, with over five years of experience as an architect in Mexico City, I contributed to designing various architectural and urban projects, witnessing firsthand the challenges faced by complex global south cities. Transitioning into the role of preparing parcels for solar energy projects, I gained valuable insights into urban management, focusing on the complexities of land ownership and tenure around Mexico. Seeking to fully enter into the urban planning and development field, I moved to Berlin in 2019. I pursued a master's degree in Urban Management at the TU Berlin, mostly focusing on participatory urban development and social housing policies. This academic endeavor deepened my understanding of urban planning principles and provided a comprehensive tool-set to address the complex challenges of inclusive and sustainable urban development. During the transition from finishing the master's and my current position in 2021, I actively engaged in participatory urban development. As a research assistant at the Habitat Unit at the TU Berlin, I studied community engagement and collaborative planning approaches that shape neighborhoods based on local stakeholders' voices and innovative governance policies.

Since 2022, I have been thrilled to lead a team of Berlin's City, Construction, and Housing Development Senate program BENN 'Berlin Entwickelt Neue Nachbarschaften,' using public social infrastructure and citizen engagement to transform public spaces into vibrant community hubs. We foster social cohesion and inclusivity by facilitating activities that bring people from diverse backgrounds together. Through my diverse academic and professional experiences in architectural and urban design, land preparation for solar energy projects, participatory urban development, and social housing policies, I accessed a comprehensive, intercultural perspective on urban planning.''

July 2023


Danitza-Paola Toca Tibaduiza, Colombia/Germany

''My previous studies as an architect and my previous master's degree revolved around urban and regional planning, which awakened in me a great interest in the development of cities and the impact of leaders' decisions on people's quality of life. After participating in some citizen participation processes and working for local governments in my region, Casanare (Colombia), for a couple of years, I decided to join the Urban Management (UM) program at TU Berlin. It has been an experience of personal growth and a valuable addition to my professional and academic life. I am especially grateful that I had my study experience during the pandemic. I learned that, despite geographical distances, we are all connected and can contribute to discussions on urban issues around the world, with one of the foci on Latin America and Colombia.

Currently, I work as a mobility planner for the Mobility team in the Smart City department of 'DB Station & Service AG', an affiliated company of Deutsche Bahn (German Railway). This has meant for me an immersion into German language and work culture, which is a great opportunity for me to continue gaining knowledge and experience: This is for me the fuel of life.''

May 2023

Ananda Manandhar, Nepal

''Studying the Urban Management (UM) program with a DAAD scholarship was a very fulfilling experience for me academically as well as personally. The program substantially helped me understand the multiplicity and complexity of urban development issues that include waste management, urban mobility, informal economy, urban governance, land management etc. Urban issues require a holistic approach as different urban aspects are intricately interconnected. I confidently recommend the UM program for those who like to go beyond the technicality of urban development and enhance their knowledge/skills on social, economic, political and environmental aspects of urban issues and who simply like to play a role in making better cities.

Currently, I work at the City Planning Commission (CPC) of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) as an assistant expert. CPC is an independent organization of KMC that works on urban development/management policies, strategies and projects. In CPC, I have basically two responsibilities: First, I am involved in urban design, development, and conservation projects where I collaborate with elected representatives, communities, technical experts and other stakeholders. Second, I am involved in research and policy-level activities such as project identification, project review, budget planning and recommending urban development strategies. I am grateful to have an opportunity to utilize the learnings from the Urban Management program professionally in the capital city of my country.''

April 2023

Martin Alite, Albania

''I initially trained as an architect and spent several years working on residential and commercial projects in my hometown of Tirana, Albania, contributing to both design and administrative aspects. However, my curiosity about what makes cities livable drove me to pursue a degree in urban management at TU Berlin. There, I gained experience in process-driven thinking and collaboration, allowing me to improve my research skills and work more effectively across different disciplines.

Now, as a GIZ Returning Expert and part of the Directorate of Projects and Research at National Territorial Planning Agency of Albania, I use the interdisciplinary skills I gained from my time in Berlin to contribute to various planning and policy initiatives impacting the country at regional and local levels. Alongside this, I teach a lab on urban design as a visiting lecturer at a local university, encouraging my students to think critically about the social, economic, and environmental implications of urban development.''

April 2023

Adi Baum, Israel

"My professional background is in landscape architecture and town planning. Prior to my Urban Management studies, I spent six years planning new neighborhoods and national parks in Israel, where I gained valuable experience in designing sustainable and functional spaces that benefit communities.

Through the UM program, I had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and expand my expertise in various fields, including strategic planning and policy making. Equipped with this newfound knowledge, I am excited to start my new position as an advisor to the governmental planning committee of the central district in Israel, where I can apply my diverse background and skills to help shape the region's future.

I am committed to collaborating with stakeholders and utilizing the knowledge gained from the UM program to create innovative and effective solutions that will improve the quality of life for the community."

April 2023

Camila Gálvez Petzoldt, Peru

„Before being awarded the DAAD-Pronabec Scholarship, which allowed me to pursue my master's studies, I worked as an architect in development projects in rural areas of Peru. My last job there was as a consultant at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights; I was responsible for delivering dignified burial spaces for the Peruvian Internal Armed Conflict victims. 

Joining the Urban Management Program at TU Berlin allowed me to complement my knowledge working in the field with significant insights into the international development agenda, from SDGs to climate change, inclusive development and sustainable economics; the program gave me invaluable insights to continue my career at the international level. After the master, I got a job at the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in Geneva, where I work as a Senior Officer. We aim to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities worldwide by ensuring their inclusion in the UN mechanisms and the 2030 agenda."

April 2023

Deepa Joshi, India

„Before joining the UM Programme, with a background in Architecture, I mainly worked with a government development agency in New Delhi, India. My experience there with project implementation and delivery practices made me look for new ways and finally made me join the  UM program in 2018. The program exposed me to completely new domains: multicultural working environments, focus on international policies/programs, cross-cutting planning issues etc. The UM course helped broaden my understanding by interacting with other disciplines and developing my research skills.

After graduating in 2020, I returned to India and joined an NGO which works mainly in policy evaluation (land and affordable housing) and access to housing finance for low-income families in India. Currently, I have joined a PhD Program in Urban Planning, Design and Policy (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)."

April 2023

David Raymond Parlindungan, Indonesia

„The UM program enriched me with broad insights about urbandevelopment processes worldwide. The curriculum allowed me to gaina lot of knowledge and grow professional networks, thanks to the lecturers with different skills and experiences. I also learned to thinkcritically by discussing interesting cases and being able to visit various sites. Living in Berlin was one of the best times of my life. It gave me an unforgettable experience, having great friends and interacting with people from various backgrounds around the world.

I am currently working as an Investment Planner at the Ministry of Investment (Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board) in Jakarta, Indonesia. I provide research and information to help potential investors make the right investment decisions, and facilitate investors who already have investment plans in Indonesia. I also provide briefings to local stakeholders regarding investment policies in Indonesia. Hopefully the UM alumni network will become a place to get to know and stay in touch with alumni who have professionalcareers in urban management or other related fields."

April 2023

Jorge Carbonell, Colombia

„As a Civil Engineer with over five years of experience in construction sites and project management, I wanted to expand my expertise and delve deeper into the various facets involved in cities´development. Pursuing the Masters program in Urban Management at TU Berlin allowed me to gain a theoretical foundation in Urban Economics, Governance, and Planning, and build up on my existing knowledge of Project Management. It also gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the vibrant and diverse city of Berlin and engage with peers from around the world, which widened my perspective and broadened my understanding of the complexities involved in managing urban development projects. The program allowed me to enhance my planning, project management and stakeholder analysis skills, which has proved valuable in my current role.

After completing the UM Masters course I decided to stay in Berlin. In July 2022 I joined 'Newton Room', a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting STEM education through community-based projects in different countries. As Project Manager, I am responsible for various projects throughout Europe and the UK, and cooperate with a diverse range of stakeholders, including municipalities, NGOs, corporations, and community representatives. The skills and knowledge gained from the Masters program have been instrumental in enabling me to effectively collaborate with various stakeholders, and navigate different project challenges."

April 2023

Dimas Darmawansyah, Indonesia

„I have worked for 8 years in the Human Settlement and Spatial Planning Department of Bandung Municipality as a Spatial Planner, until today. My daily work is directly involved with formulating policies related to urban spatial planning and issuing building permits. In addition, I am also often asked for recommendations regarding the use of space by other sectors in the city government. 

For my studies at TU Berlin, I had received a scholarship from Bappenas (Ministry of National Development Planning of Indonesia): This program is a collaboration between Diponegoro University in Semarang Indonesia and TU Berlin. Even though I previously worked in the same position, through the participation in the UM program at TU Berlin, I gained a lot of additional knowledge and experience. Working with other students from different parts of the world certainly helped me explore new things that I had never experienced in Indonesia, especially in Bandung. All in all, I received a lot of valuable input that can be applied when formulating policies in my city."

April 2023

Anastasia Zhuravel, Ukraine

„I am a researcher, curator, and social business entrepreneur with interests in critical urban studies, emphasizing on collective civic actions, urban governance, and sustainable urban systems. I also co-founded the Charity Foundation and NGO 'Laska' and act as an associate at the Pavilion of Culture (architecture) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since my graduation in the Urban Management course in 2022, I am employed as a curator and urban researcher at the international design lab "Reimagine Your City," which is based in Berlin. Concurrently, I engage in freelance work while maintaining urban management as my primary profession. My academic background has endowed me with considerable potential and networking opportunities within Europe."

April 2023

Regina Luyiga, Uganda

„Having joined the UM program at TU Berlin with a Bachelor’s degree in Land Economics but with great interest in the urban sector, the program equipped me with well consolidated knowledge on urban issues such as mobility, waste management, land and housing, urban economics and water management among others. The program being only 1.5 years is so well structured that at its completion, one is well grounded to launch into an urban career. Prior to taking on this master’s program, I had four years of work experience in compulsory acquisition of land, valuations for secured lending and assessment of municipal property rates.

Since completing the program in March 2022, I joined the World Bank Group as a Consultant on a Land Administration in Uganda and most recently as an Urban Specialist. I currently support the Bank in delivering projects under its urban portfolio in the country.“

March 2023

Shaikh Muhammad Mehedi Ahsan, Bangladesh

"Being a Bangladeshi Urban Planner, I always had a dream of higher studies in Europe. Finally, my dream came to reality in 2011 when I was awarded with a DAAD scholarship to study “Urban Management” at the TU Berlin. Throughout this program I got the opportunity to broaden my horizon of theoretical understanding and research skills on global urbanization & international urban development. I also got a unique exposure during my internship at the GIZ Head Office and during field research in Nepal as part of my studies at TU which raised my confidence to work internationally. After my graduation, I have worked in Bangkok with the globally reputed consultancy house ARUP as Senior Consultant and for the ‘Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network’. There, I was responsible for the scoping studies to develop networks of practitioners in the areas of ‘Urban Climate Change Resilience’ in the Asia Pacific region. 

I came back to my country with advanced theoretical knowledge on Urban Management and with international professional exposures in 2013, and joined KfW Development Bank as Urban Resilience Specialist where I managed the Bangladesh portfolio in the areas of Urban Development and Climate Change Adaptation for 9 years. In June 2022, I took over the position of the Country Manager Bangladesh of the Global Center on Adaptation (www.gca.org) in its South Asia Regional Office, Dhaka where I am leading the Country Operation. Since my graduation I have been working in the fields of Climate Resilience – a topic which I was working on during my MSc thesis as well. So, I can clearly feel that studying Urban Management at TU Berlin has enriched my career a lot. Currently I am also serving as the General Secretary of Bangladesh Institute of Planners (www.bip.org.bd), the national professional institute of Urban, Regional and Rural Planners of Bangladesh where I have been elected for two years term for 2022-23."

June 2022

Krishan Barr Rosso, Peru

"Before deciding to join TU Berlin, I worked in Peru for about 8 years in the construction industry, and there, unfortunately, I realized that there were many problems as a consequence of a messy and unplanned growth within the city. For instance, a routine and daily activity such as traveling from home to work, turned into a main cause of stress to me. As I faced this harsh reality, I wanted to become part of a change. I therefore decided to look for study programs outside of Peru, in order to gain more knowledge and apply it; and I was lucky to be accepted to the Master in Urban Management (UM). Having studied UM in Berlin not only gave me the necessary tools and skills to try to fix these problems, but also taught me to realize that there are many ways to solve the complications that arise in a city with a disorderly growth like Lima, the city where I live.

Currently, I work in the Peruvian NGO FICUS in cooperation with the ‘German Agency for International Cooperation’ (GIZ) and the ‘Centrum für Internationale Migration und Entwicklung’ (CIM) as director of the ‘Cities and sustainable transport unit’. Likewise, I have worked with the Cities Forum (UK) as an associate expert on urban mobility issues. In addition, I have been working as author for the Inter-American Development Bank, writing on issues in the context of mobility and sustainable cities."

May 2022

Laura López Osorio, Colombia

"Before joining the UM program, I worked over four years developing urban and sustainable mobility plans, including the conceptualization of ‘Transport oriented design’ urban proposals for the 7 out of 14 proposed stations of Bogota’s first metro line and the rehabilitation of 9 urban parks in the city of Medellin.

As a DAAD scholarship recipient, I joined the UM program in 2019. By the end of the third semester, I joined the ‘German Agency for International Cooperation’ as an intern for the EUROCLIMA+, where I supported the implementation of 10 sustainable mobility plans and nine pilot projects in Latin America and authored a case study concerning the development of a 4km cycle lane pilot project in two municipalities in Costa Rica. This experience undoubtedly complemented my previous professional and academic profile with the required theoretical background and communications skillset (oral, written, intercultural) to make a career shift from the realm of urban planning and design to the international cooperation field.

Since October 2021, I joined the Sustainable Mobility team at ICLEI World Secretariat, where I oversee capacity-building activities within the TUMI e-bus mission to accelerate the transition to electric buses in the global south in 20 deep-dives and 100 mentee cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In this position, I am involved in developing knowledge products and outreach material, creating and curating content for the Sustainable Mobility Newsletter, and conceptualizing sessions for internal and external congresses and webinars."

February 2022

Juan José Henao, Colombia

"With my background in anthropology and economics, I worked in the Mayor's Office in my hometown of Medellín, Colombia, on projects related to urban planning, economic development, and international relations. To better understand these complex fields, I decided to study Urban Management at TU Berlin, which offers an integrated methodology to addressing the various urban development issues affecting cities worldwide. The knowledge gained from the core courses and my thesis (focused on the electrification of public transport in Latin America) strengthened my professional expertise and opened many doors for me. During the masters, I interned with the Fraunhofer Institute in the "City Lab Saltillo (Mexico)" project as a research assistant in the field of mobility. In addition, I volunteered with the UN-Habitat, researching policies, ongoing initiatives, current infrastructure, and the primary challenges in adopting electric mobility in four countries in Latin America.

Since 2020 I am part of the "Returning Experts" program, funded by the GIZ and the Centrum für Internationale Migration und Entwicklung (CIM). I continue to work with the Mayor's Office of Medellín, under the agency in charge of the public-private partnership's management, the qualification of the urban landscape, and the built heritage conservation (Agencia APP). In this new role, I coordinate the implementation of one of the city's cultural districts and lead the formulation and application of landscape and heritage sub-directorate proposals to international cooperation calls, using the global network and integrated planning knowledge developed throughout the UM program".

January 2022

Myriam Jácome, Ecuador

"Having studied Urban Management at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) introduced me to international cooperation. During the 3rd semester of my Master's course at the TUB, I had the opportunity to do my internship at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in the Department of Strategic Urban Planning and Policy. Upon completing my Master's studies, I had the opportunity to join IHS as an External Expert on Sustainable Urban Development and Climate Change. Subsequently, I was hired as a Junior International Expert for GFA Consulting Group (Germany), as part of the international cooperation consortium GIZ Ecuador & GFA-IHS. Since February 2021, I worked as a lecturer of Urbanism and Researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). During this time, I was part of the academic board that created the first Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Territorial Planning in Ecuador. Consequently, since 2022, I am the Coordinator of this newly created Bachelor's course at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). In addition, I am part of the team of experts in charge of promoting the Urban and Territorial Innovation Laboratory of PUCE. Since July 2021, I am also part of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as a Returning Expert CIM -Centrum für internationale Migration und Entwicklung."

January 2022

Tim Lazaroff, USA

"The Urban Management program paved my pathway to sustainable development work in Germany. My previous work was in American politics, and my research concerned crisis governance of essential services in my native New York and Berlin. I began at ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability as an intern fulfilling my Urban Management requirement, and have since stayed on full-time with the Global Projects team at ICLEI World Secretariat. Our team’s main role is to coordinate projects funded by the German Ministry of Environment’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative (IKI). Of our three active IKI projects, I currently help administer two (EcoLogistics in Argentina, Colombia and India, and 100%RE in Argentina, Indonesia and Kenya), with my business school background tending to financial aspects and urban management side to programmatic and content components. Previously, I helped finalize communications deliverables for Ambitious City Promises, a 4.5-year-long project to co-create climate action policies with stakeholders in Southeast Asian megacities. Working at ICLEI and in Global Projects means wearing many hats. Time with our special Urban Management cohort with classmates from every corner of the globe undoubtedly informs my international project coordination each day, plus continually demanding me to be a more mindful global citizen."

January 2022

Eunice Doan, Vietnam

"After completing my studies of Urban Management at TU Berlin, I was employed by the Netherlands Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) as a Senior Trade Advisor. This was also thanks to the hands-on experience gained from the fieldtrip and project work in Kosovo, which was organized by the Urban Management Masters course, and to my previous job experience in the Mekong Delta with a local company. My main responsibilities at the Consulate General are collaborating with the Dutch Embassy in Hanoi to handle business development, identifying business opportunities and promoting the interest of Dutch businesses in the South of Vietnam. The areas that I am working on include Water Management, Maritime Management, Circular Economy, Creative Industry, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Logistics (Aviation, Waterways). In these fields, I support aid, trade and public-private partnerships between the two countries."

January 2022

Ana Alcántara, Mexico

"Joining the UM Program at TU Berlin gave me the skills and knowledge for my transition from architecture to the field of sustainable urban mobility. After completing my studies, I worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Mexico in the field of Mobility Economics and Public Transportation Policies. During this time, I collaborated in the creation of a web tool called “Mexican Observatory of Public Transport”, as well as in the development of the Tourist Map: “Know Mexico City through the BRT Metrobus”. I coordinated the specialized assistance to the Federal Financing Program for Massive Transport (PROTRAM) and contributed to the elaboration of Methodological Guidelines for public transport authorities. I have worked on projects in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

Currently I work as a Technical Advisor in the sector of Urban Mobility in EUROCLIMA+ at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), based in Mexico City. Here I monitor the planning and execution of a pilot project of electric tricycles in San Juan Comalapa Guatemala and provide technical assistance to the Federation of Latin-American Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Government in the conceptual and organizational development of the Community of Practice, “Plataforma de Movilidad Urbana Sostenible en Latinoamerica”.

January 2022

Alicia Tiffany Beandda, Indonesia

"My professional experience varied in development practice prior to joining the UM program, such as in the fields of architecture, urban planning and tourism development. After my graduation, I am currently continuing my career as an expert staff at the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, particularly in the secretariat team for the New Capital City of Indonesia. In this team, I am involved in coordinating with cross-sectoral stakeholders to consolidate discussions towards an integrated master plan and public policy."

January 2022

Beste Sensöz-Stief, Turkey

"The Urban Management program provided me with a holistic understanding of critical urban topics of today as well as of the near future. After my graduation, I had an opportunity to join the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Eschborn, as a sustainable mobility planning intern. Currently, I work as project management support in the Project Management Team at Siemens Real Estate. I support global project management heads regarding the delivery of construction projects in accordance with the corporate and external project strategies and goals."

January 2022

Rafael L. Valladares Rodas, Honduras

“Since I graduated from the UM program in Berlin, I was active as an urban practitioner in several ways: For example as a consultant in urban mobility for ́Ciudad Emergente ́ (Chile) or in the field of risk management in Honduras for ClUrb, a startup developed by two friends and former fellow students of the UM master program. Between 2017 and 2020 I was active as a researcher for the ‘National Autonomous University of Honduras’ (UNAH) and as an honorary member of a research group called ‘MODUS-UNAH’ (Mobility and Sustainable Urban Development). From 2019 to 2020 I worked as a consultant in territorial and urban planning for a local government in Honduras, and was part of a technical committee in charge of the development of a master plan for a region, that today hosts the main international airport in the country. Currently, I work as a technical adviser for the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ) in Honduras, on a regional project called Circular Caribbean, whose main objective is to improve the conditions for preventing plastic waste from entering the Caribbean Sea.

The Urban Management program allowerd me to have a broader vision of what sustainable development means, about our role as technical advisors, consultants, entrepreneurs or decision-makers, plus it offered the door to a lot of good friends and networks around the world. Our main goal should always be to make the world a better place."

November 2021

Thiago Barbizan, Brazil

"Following the UM Program conclusion, I worked for the Housing Secretariat of São Paulo Municipality (Brazil) managing projects related to social and affordable housing, informal settlements upgrading and infrastructure provision while supporting participatory processes and relationship building with vulnerable communities living in risk areas. After that, I joined ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in Bonn (Germany) where I supported the 

World Secretariat activities in the fields of low emissions development, urban resilience and green climate change adaptation solutions at the local and regional level. I also managed the Food Systems Program for supporting local and regional governments to develop a strategic approach to their city- region food systems.

Currently I am a Manager in the Public Sector & International Institutions practice of Wavestone (Luxembourg) providing policy consulting for European and International institutions, evaluations and impact assessment studies on European regulation in a broad range of topics such as mobility, cybersecurity and digital transformation in the public sector. In this position I was able to conduct studies for the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), Directorate for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW), Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The UM Program at TU Berlin definitely provided me with valuable analytical and critical thinking skills while enlarging the scope of my professional activities. Finally, it introduced me to a diverse network of brilliant people with inspiring professional leadership in their field of work."

April 2021

Carissa Champlin, United States – Netherlands

‘The UM Program is crafted to provide students a solid foundation in urban studies theory in combination with practical aspects of routine city management from an international perspective. As a UM student, I participated in a project with the GIZ in Aleppo, Syria, which was my first experience working with planning practitioners in the field. I have maintained this practice orientation both in my PhD research in planning support methods at the University of Twente (Netherlands) and still today in my research on visualization methods for resilient urban futuring at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Since 2019, I have been leading an open access education for Urban Resilience project. This project belongs to the ‘4TU.Centre for Resilience Engineering (4TU.RE)’, a joint initiative of the four Dutch universities of technology. The project helps to fulfill the mission of the 4TU.RE to equip the next generation of engineers with resilience lenses. My work within the 4TU.RE helps to bridge the fields of engineering and planning for a lifecycle perspective on interventions on the urban environment. The UM program at TU Berlin does an excellent job of bringing cutting edge research and practice into the classroom. And, this transdisciplinary approach has become the hallmark of my academic work.’

January 2021

Kurdo Ihsan Abdullsamad, Iraq

“Since 2003 Kurdistan Region in Northern Iraq has witnessed great changes. Also we as part of the Duhok governorate faced major developing challenges. Having participated in the Urban Management program at TU Berlin has helped me to face these challenges in several ways and most importantly has provided me with various sources of exchange and feedback from international students and colleagues.

After I came back from my studies in Germany in 2012, I worked as a director of the Urban Planning Directorate in Duhok governorate for more than six years. Now, I am working as a General Director of Investment in Duhok governorate.

The UM course definitely increased my critical thinking and broadened my understanding of current urbanism. Even though today I have plenty of responsibilities, but the network, knowledge and skills I gained from the course at TU-Berlin still make me eligible enough to help and participate in the developing process of my city."

January 2021

Lukas Terrence Hoye, Germany

"My studies at the UM programme at the TU Berlin allowed me to transition from Architecture/ Urban Design in developed markets to working in the field of international development cooperation. The teachings I received at UM constitute the basis for the successful reorientation of my professional career.

Currently, I am working as Technical Advisor at the German Development Bank KfW. In this role, I support KfW to achieve highest possible technical quality in the preparation and implementation of multi-sectoral infrastructure projects, focusing on post-disaster reconstruction of educational and health facilities in the Southern African region. Before joining KfW I worked as Senior Consultant where I led and co-led the implementation of a series of global technical assistances. My Assignments included the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) support to the post-earthquake reconstruction in Ecuador as well as C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), which aims to enable sustainable financing of investments in urban climate change. In addition to my career as Technical Advisor, I was a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany and also an affiliated researcher at the Center of Urbanism and Built Environment Studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa."

January 2021

Ashanapuri Hertz, Indonesia, Sweden

"I graduated from the UM program in 2010. It was a remarkable experience, meeting fellow scholars from around the world, exchanging experience and lessons learned, and most importantly making friends. Attending the UM program has helped me jump-start my career in the field of sustainable 


I am now working as a program officer for the ‘SwedBio program’ at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. At ‘Swedbio’, I contribute to the following topics: Cities, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Ecosystems. I also focus on strengthening the internal structure of SwedBio, especially in policy and resource mobilization. Before working for SwedBio, I worked as a freelance consultant for many international organizations, such as the UN organizations, WRI, World Bank Group, GGGI, UNOPS and UfM. I have also worked as a Technical Advisor at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the program ‘Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change in Indonesia’.

It has now been ten years since I obtained my master's degree. I have worked in various climate change- and green economy-related projects, in countries and regions across the globe, from South and Eastern Mediterranean to Africa to South- and South East- Asia until the Caribbean and Latin American region."

October 2020

Carolina Jacob Reyes, Chile

"I studied architecture at the University of Chile. After some years of work experience, I consolidated my interest in urban planning and land management by working for the planning department of the Municipality of Pirque, Santiago de Chile. Then, I decided to deepen my theoretical and practical knowledge through the UM Program. Without doubt, the program provided me with new tools not only on an academic level but also on a personal level – in order to be able to face new urban challenges. The interdisciplinary approach of the program allowed me to gain a comprehensive view on urban problems, and therefore to be able to address them more effectively. One of the great advantages of this program is the opportunity it provides to meet people from all over the world and build networks of cooperation.
After finishing the program I had the opportunity to do research on urban governance both in Chile and in Germany. The experience I gained was fundamental to the work that I am doing since, with ‘MujerArquitecta’, a Chilean feminist organization, which I co-founded. This organization seeks to make women's work in architecture and urbanism visible through workshops, promotion of women architects and the generation of alliances and collaborative networks at the national and international levels."

September 2020

Julita Skodra, Serbia

"The Urban Management program offers a great array of both theoretical and practical courses - solution-oriented - which provided me with a holistic view on urban issues locally as well as globally. Participating in a hands-on student project in Ukraine was a great opportunity to enhance my understanding of the issues presented during the semester and to implement acquired knowledge on ‘real-world’ problems. Beside the lectures, excursions and field work, having the unique opportunity to share knowledge with my colleagues from various countries and with different professional backgrounds has proven to be an invaluable experience that has given me a new dimension to the learning process itself.

The interdisciplinary background of this program, as an important base for better understanding of complex urban issues, not only enabled me to participate in the initiative “Authors Meet Critics” organized by the ‘International Journal of Urban and Regional Research’, but also facilitated the selection of my research topic as a PhD student in ARUS program (Advanced Research in Urban Systems) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Having the broader picture in the background, I have focused my research on urban health and environmental justice. I joined the Centre for Urban Epidemiology, Essen University Hospital in January 2014. Since May 2020, Centre is transformed into the Institute for Urban Public Health (InUPH) and I will lead one of the research groups focusing on transdisciplinary approaches to healthy and sustainable neighbourhoods and cities."

June 2020

Daniel Wagner, Brazil

“Graduated as an architect at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, I have focused my interest in urban development from the very beginning. After university, I have founded the NGO Chiq da Sila. Our aim was to work with social housing in a whole different way. In a developing country, where an architect becomes an asset for few, we wanted to take architecture to parts of the city where an architect didn’t usually work. Trying to combine architecture and urban development, I have focused on social housing and began to work with urban squats. Tackling important urban issues, such as housing, in a detailed and individual approach though architecture, I was able to reach to civic and social movements. A year after the formation of the Chiq da Silva, we were granted as ‘Government sponsored project’ to rehabilitate former abandoned buildings into social housing.

The experience with social housing in Rio de Janeiro led me to wish deepening my studies in urban development. The understanding that the city is an organism and its elements dialog with each other in a dialectical manner got me searching for a master course that could provide me with modern tools to face the challenges of our cities. The Urban Management course at TU Berlin fitted right to what I was looking for. Alongside with my academic purpose, the experience in Berlin has expanded internationally my reach. With the Urban Management mediation, I was able to perform a consulting job at a housing NGO in the Philippines. For my final thesis, I was sponsored by the GIZ – German International Cooperation Agency – I was invited to conduct a research on social housing policies in India.

After the completion of the Master course, I worked in Brasilia as a technical advisor for the House of Representatives on the National Committee for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Since 2018 I am working for the 'German Agency for International Cooperation' (GIZ) Brazil in a nationwide 'Sustainable Urban Development Project', with cooperation of the local Ministry for Regional Development."

May 2020

Win Htein Lin, Myanmar

“The MSc program in Urban Management opened many doors and opportunities to me, for a life long career. Already while I was working on my Masters Thesis, I have been selected for an 'Urban Development Consultant' post at the World Bank in my home country Myanmar. Currently, I am working with very talented team members from all over the world to work on 'Myanmar Urban Upgrading and Affordable Housing Analytical Work'. During this phase, many of the great lecturers from my Masters course have helped me to connect with different sections of the World Bank (i.e. solid waste management, water management, land management and housing).”

May 2020

Amer Darweesh, Syria

"The Urban Management program allowed me the chance to develop insights about urban areas and their basic needs. These insights are especially essential when a city faces a crisis like the refugee housing crisis in Berlin in the year 2015. This program helped me to understand deeply where the strengths and weaknesses are in urban planning, and how we as Urban managers can react to and develop our cities. For instance, it helped me to identify issues, look for signs of improvement and help mitigate the difficulties that urban areas are confronting today. The program armed me with strategies and approaches used to improve living conditions.

In 2019 I graduated and published my Master Thesis, "Planning for Asylum Accommodation in Berlin." After graduation I taught at the research studio ‚Tempohomes’ and started working as construction manager at ‘Berliner Immobilien Management BIM GmbH’ (Berliner Real Estate Management) in the team ‘Flüchtlingsunterbringung’ (Refugee accommodations). BIM is considered one of the main actors involved in the planning and designing of refugees accommodation in Berlin. It cooperates with the ‚Landesamt für Flüchtlingsangelegenheiten LAF’ (State Office for Refugee Affairs) in order to improve living conditions and guarantee a respectable life for every occupant."

January 2020

Rohit Chandragiri, India

"After completion of Bachelor’s in Urban and Regional Planning, I decided to pursue master studies in Urban Management at Tu-Berlin. At UM, having studied with colleagues from 10 different countries provided immense exposure on how cities act and react under varying political, sociological, economic and technological conditions. In addition, UM strengthened my theoretical and practical understanding of urban transportation, urban sanitation and governance, etc. Post masters’ studies, I had been associated with Eawag, working on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded research project titled ‘Scaling-up Small-Scale Sanitation’ in South-Asia for a period of 2.5 years. Currently, I am working with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Institute (WASHi), New Delhi supporting Government of India in developing solid waste management, faecal sludge management and wastewater management policy frameworks."

January 2020

Luis Beltrán del Río García, Mexico

"After the Urban Management Master course, I had the privilege to work for a year at the Habitat Unit, TU Berlin, with Prof. D’Alencon, where we directed a ‘design and build workshop’ related to the reconstruction of Chanco, a small town severely affected by the 2010 earthquake in Chile. As one result of this workshop, we founded the ongoing organization ‘Reclaiming Heritage’ (http://www.reclaimingheritage.org/). 2013 I returned to Mexico, where I started teaching design studios at National Autonomous University of Mexico, Iberoamerican University and Anahuac University. 2015 I founded the design studio ‘Vrtical’ (www.vrtical.mx), where I implement some of the knowledge acquired in the UM Masters Program, develop projects such as the Master Plan for the municipality of Tlaxco (http://periodico.tlaxcala.gob.mx/indices/Peri45-2a2016.pdf), the design and participative process for the Artisan Market in Tlaxcala (https://www.archdaily.mx/mx/908097/mercado-de-artesanias-tlaxco-vrtical) and social housing such as ‘Casa Valentina’ (https://www.arquine.com/casa-valentina-ocuilan-vrtical/).

The urban management program gave me an academic structure for research and for the implementation of projects. Nonetheless, the most enriching experience was the diversity of colleagues you get to know and work with."

November 2019

Muntari Illiyasu, Ghana

"After my graduation at the Urban Management Masters course in Berlin, I worked as a Project Manager with an American NGO (‘Innovations for Poverty Action’) until 2016. Since January 2017, I am working as Executive Director and Urban Researcher at ‘Milyas Research Consult Ghana’, an urban research organization in the Accra-Tema metropolitan region. Our research project areas include: Cities and climate change, housing policies and homelessness, public spaces and urban green initiatives, smart cities discourse, urban sustainability and resilience, urban poverty and inequalities. We collaborate with the ‘Department of Geography and Resource Development’ of the University of Ghana, with Metropolitan Authorities in Accra and Tema as well as with the municipalities in the peripheries of cities. We also do consultancy services for civil society organizations in Ghana."

November 2019

Waldo Soto, Chile

"My name is Waldo Soto, and I was born in Linares, a city with around 100.000 inhabitants located in the central-Southern area of Chile. Living in a small city has marked my entire life since this meant that nature could be found anywhere, and it was possible to find myself face to face with a barely-touched world easily. The effects of climate change, the weakness of our democratic systems, an economic system that cannot fulfill the needs of large parts of the population have impacted the cities of Latin America for a long time. This drove me to enter the Master’s program in Urban Management at TU Berlin: I wanted to understand how cities can best prepare themselves for these challenges, and how small or medium-size settlements can transit to deliver higher wellbeing to their citizens.

The UM program gave me a broader view of urban life, helping me with a greater understanding of the interrelation between nature and cities. I have now developed a social enterprise “2811” (http://2811.cl/), where - together with consultants from different countries in Latin America, Europe and Africa - we work for the regeneration of our economic, social and ecological systems."

October 2019

Galuh Ainur Rohmah, Indonesia

"The UM program helped me to develop a broad perspective on urban issues, through the discussion of so many case studies from various countries that were presented by my colleagues. I personally have particular interest in the field of transportation. The UM program offered me knowledge and skills to deal with present and future challenges in the complex area of modern transportation. I also learned to analyze and evaluate relevant economic, social and environmental aspects of other urban planning topics. After I graduated at UM, my work focus was on new mobility projects. The Berlin startup scene interested me, so I became a network planning manager at ‘Flixbus’ until 2018. Afterwards, I continued my career as ‘International Expansion Manager’ at ‘TIER Mobility (e-scooters)’."

August 2019

Tarek Alkhateeb, Syria

"The Urban Management program gave me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge about cities and their fundamental elements, for example it helped me to get a better understanding of the problems and challenges cities of today are facing, and to learn more about methods and approaches used to improve living conditions and ensure decent life for each dweller. After my graduation, I started to work for a project called ‘Berlin Develops New Neighborhoods/ Berlin entwickelt neue Nachbarschaften (BENN)’. BENN is one of the projects founded recently by the Senate of Berlin, with focus on participation and social integration in order to sustain and strengthen the cohabitation and social coherence in neighborhoods of Berlin."

April 2019

Qi Yahya, Indonesia

"Prior to joining the UM program, I worked for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ - Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Program) for both my city and my country. We assisted governments to reform private oriented transport in urban areas in terms of sustainability, by promoting public transport and non-motorized transport. The UM course then helped me to broaden my holistic knowledge on how the urban structure works, with its different sectors and stakeholders, and added new viewpoints and perspectives for managing and developing urban transport. Moreover, during this course, it was valuable to learn from other colleagues' and countries' experiences which are useful and might be difficult to find in my home context. After I graduated from UM, I started to work as an urban transport consultant for Worldbank Jakarta. We are helping the National Government to establish a national support program for developing urban mass transit in cities. Indonesian cities are struggling to build mass transit such as BRT, LRT, and MRT by their own resources. The main counterpart on developing this program is our local Ministry of Development Planning, but we engage also with the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Finance."

April 2019

Serin Geambazu, Romania

"In the framework of my studies in the Urban Management Master Program at Technical University of Berlin, I had the opportunity to work as an intern at the Istanbul Metropolitan Planning Office in Istanbul, where I did my Masters thesis. The Urban Management Master Program opened my path as an academic, my thesis being presented in many conferences (International Society of City and Regional Planners, European Urban Research Association, Association of European schools of planning, European sociological association, Berlin-Istanbul Lecture Series), It both helped me to become a professional at international level, and also to develop new tools for action at local level in Romania. I am currently a PhD student and an assistant professor at Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest (Urban and Landscape Design Department), with a teaching experience of 4 years at master level in urban planning and architecture. I am an urban and regional planner with experience in projects of infrastructure, housing and retail, execution of detail plans, zonal development plans and also strategic municipality general development plans in South-Eastern Europe in the private, but also in the public sector."

January 2019

Alokananda Nath, India

„When I received a DAAD Scholarship to join the Urban Management course, I was ecstatic. I took the opportunity to take a break from my professional life and get to know the world a little more through this course. Prior to joining the UM course at TU Berlin, I was working with German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) India in the urban development sector and I considered this course to be an extended learning platform for me to enhance my knowledge and skills. This course is particularly designed for students coming from various backgrounds and provides enough inputs to decide on the career path one would like to take. While studying in Germany, I was also able to work with organisations like Adelphi Consult, GOPA Infra, and GIZ Head Office in projects related to urban planning and development in the Global South. These work experiences complemented my academic discourse, both at theoretical and practical levels. I did my internship at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in India and subsequently my thesis research on Smart Cities in India. Through this course I was able to make connections with people and practitioners working in my sector and made friends with students from various parts of the world.

Presently I am working as a Technical Advisor with the ‚Sustainable and Environment-friendly Industrial Production Project’ in GIZ India, based out of Delhi. I am looking into sustainability aspects of industrial planning in India and support formulating policy documents and capacity development of people and institutions involved. Spending 2 years in Germany has been an extremely enriching experience for me and has helped me evolve both personally as well as professionally.“

January 2019

Aruho Apollo Tinka, Uganda

"Prior to joining the Urban Management Masters course in 2014, I worked in Uganda for about 5 years both with public and private organisations, in the civil engineering field. Later, in 2010, I joined the UN volunteering program in South Sudan, mainly in the urban planning and development field for the nascent government. There, I found my profound interest in urban accessibility and mobility as the cornerstones of urban development.

I did research at the UM program in informal transport, with the case study of Kampala city. Informal transport – also commonly named ‘para-transit’ – is a major component of the urban transport sector in developing countries, one that has not been given due attention by governments and planners.

I am currently undertaking doctoral studies in urban transport planning, with a focus on informal transport, with a case study of Cape Town in South Africa. This study further focuses on modal integration of informal transport as a reform mechanism for public transport in developing countries."

October 2018

Mohammad Ishtiuq Hossain, Bangladesh


"Joining the Urban Management course at the TU Berlin was one of the most esteemed experiences of my life. I consider this to be one of the best choices that I have ever made in my educational and professional career. The course enabled me to acquire comprehensive knowledge in urban planning and management. The utmost noteworthy achievement during my studies was the opportunity this course gave me to exchange knowledge with other students from different countries around the world. This course not only made me learn about the theoretical aspects of urban management but also gave me a chance to gather empirical knowledge by carrying out field work.

I have been working for the ‘German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) Bangladesh’ in different urban development projects since returning from Berlin. Presently I am engaged as a “Senior Advisor (Climate Policy)” for the inclusion of the topic of climate change adaptation into national and local development planning projects n Bangladesh. The knowledge I gathered from the Urban Management course made me confident to handle this task appropriately and competently."

October 2018

Ignacio Castillo Ulloa, Costa Rica

"While still completing the Urban Management Master Program, I was engaged in a quite edifying working experience at INPOLIS UCE GmbH, a firm based in Berlin that offers urban professional services. Mainly dealing with international projects, this work experience allowed me to apply my acquired knowledge, at both a theoretical and practical level, in new fields such as City marketing and Place branding. I was also involved in smaller local projects in the area of city management and cultural tourism, where I was able to make use of urban management principles and ideas obtained during my studies. After graduation, I decided to take on a new challenge and began my PhD research at the

Institute of Urban and Regional Planning of TU Berlin. In my dissertation, I problematized how protest action of urban social movements may aid to underpin wider and more inclusive local community self-development processes. To that end, the discussion was placed within the frame of radical planning theory and practice that react to – and somewhat counteract – the consequences of an urban development largely spelled out by a global market rationality and safeguarded by top-down state-led planning mechanisms. In this context, I conducted case study research in an urban community in San José, Costa Rica (my hometown) in order to test and further develop some of the main findings derived from theoretical examination. All in all, it is believed that direct community action, in the long run, helps to create a more equal environment – in both social and spatial terms – for it also enhances local participatory democracy within and even beyond official (urban) planning processes.

Currently, I work as a research assistant and assistant professor at the chair of Urban Design and Urban Development, TU Berlin. As of the beginning of 2018, I am partaking in the Collaborative Research Centre “Re-Figuration of Spaces”.

June 2018

Raquel Dantas Do Amaral, Brazil

"I am from Brazil and received a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism in my hometown Fortaleza in 2004. After I completed my Master degree in Urban Management from the Technical University of Berlin in 2008, I returned to Brazil, worked for three years at the State Government of Ceara and enrolled in a development project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The experience I gained working with the State Government and the knowledge I acquired from the Urban Management Master degree inspired me to better comprehend the role of Multilateral Development Banks. In 2014 I began my PhD program at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo in Brazil and titled my thesis “The Multilateral Development Finance: The Brazilian State and the Multilateral Development Banks in the Spatial Planning – Case of Ceara". During my PhD research I had the opportunity to spend six months at the University of Minnesota in the United States to exchange ideas about global institutions of power and their relation with the state, focusing on urban and regional planning issues. I successfully defended my thesis in April, 2018. I returned to Brazil to my current job at the Federal University of Ceará."

June 2018

Maria Rosa Munoz Barriga, Ecuador

"Through my work as a junior researcher in an urban think tank in Quito I acquired a deep understanding of the complexity of urban issues, in particular in the Latin American context, and the need of a comprehensive approach to deal with the social, economic and environmental problems that arise in the urban context. As a consequence, I decided to pursue a career in the field and develop my skills further, which led me to study ‘Urban Management’ at TU Berlin. Ever since I arrived in Berlin, the different courses, projects, conferences and workshops, in which I actively participated, deepened my awareness about the important role that cities play in the fight against climate change and the urgent need of transformative action in and from cities to achieve the sustainability and climate goals agreed in the international treaties of the past 3 years.

Already during my studies, I started working for the ‘Habitat Unit’ in a project commissioned by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to identify the urban essence of the Sustainable Development Goals and its relationship to the New Urban Agenda. After graduation, I worked in a GIZ Project Preparation Facility named FELICITY, where I was able to learn more about the processes needed to implement transformative climate action in cities and the challenges that have to be addressed in terms of financing, governance and capacity development. At present, I work as a research fellow at the ‘Mobility and International Cooperation Research Unit’ from the ‘Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy’, where I am in charge of identifying and supporting low-carbon infrastructure projects in cities in Latin America."

May 2018

Lea Ksayer, Lebanon

"I have completed degrees in Architecture and Engineering Management at the American University of Beirut; I then proceeded to work in design architecture, construction, and sustainability consultancy in the MENA region. In 2013, I moved to Brazil where I completed various bio-construction courses. In 2015, I joined the Urban Management program at TU Berlin with the aim to expand my knowledge and understanding of the various components of the urban fabric. The Urban Management program has provided me with the right tools to expand my professional opportunities. During the course of the program, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to collaborate with the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ) on the Sustainable Municipal Service (SMS) program in Kosovo. Consequently, I had the opportunity to return to Kosovo after graduation and continue working with the GIZ team on the SMS program.

Today, I take part of the Water and Habitat Unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The unit is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of engineering projects for victims of armed conflict."

April 2018

Renata Goretti, Brazil

"Having worked for nine years with the private sector as an architect and urbanist and for five years as an assistant professor at ‘Centro de Ensino Superior’ de Juiz de Fora, my hometown, I decided to search for new education in order to cope with the constant changes in my city and country. Aiming at enhancing my academic skills, I opted for the UM Master program at TU Berlin, where I not only could acquire the knowledge I searched for, but also develop abilities in moderation, facilitation and field work, which helped me achieve some goals I set for my return to my home country.

After returning from Berlin, I went back to my Architecture and Urbanism School as a Senior Professor, coordinating the Architecture and Urbanism program. I have also been working as a private consultant in the field of urban projects and have even been involved with municipal politics, helping to write the campaign program - Cities for People - for the mayor, elected December 2012. Recently, I was invited to become Undersecretary of Land Use Planning in the Municipality of Juiz de Fora. I aim to put into practice the skills I brought from the Master here in the Municipality. It is a great opportunity to challenge minds on an everyday-basis in order to change procedures, look forward, and believe change is possible. Tools are, however, poor yet and there is still plenty of work ahead - considering all the layers cities are built upon and regarding all the stakeholders involved."

February 2018

Kurt Steffens, Chile

"By joining the Urban Management course at TU Berlin, I had the chance to co-operate with colleagues from other professional backgrounds, and also to experience and appreciate how this professional diversity allows to find better answers in order to deal with the complexities of urban development. But especially, I had the chance to understand how urgent it is to put people in the focus of urban development again.

Currently, I work in Chile as the coordinator of the ‘Urban Tactics Laboratory’ at the ‘Ciudad Emergente Foundation’, and also as an associate professional at ‘Emergente Co-op’, where I lead urban innovation projects on issues related with sustainable mobility and citizen’s participation, and develop different indicators to evaluate planning measures in the concept of ‘human-centered cities’."

February 2018

Evandro Holz, Brazil

“Prior to joining the UM programme, I already had quite a mixed background – although having graduated in civil engineering and having some experience with construction, I had worked for around seven years performing environmental assessments of different types. Within the UM course, I had the chance to frame my experience into an urban context, hence attaining a different perspective on the work I was doing previously.

Since then, I have been acting as a freelance consultant in a variety of topics, including urban resilience, climate change adaptation, housing, municipal finances and sanitation, both for international organisations (e.g. GIZ, UN-Habitat) as well as other institutions (e.g. Rapid Urbanism, TSPA). Currently, I am working for UN-Habitat in Mozambique as an housing and urban policy expert.”

November 2017

Vicente Sandoval Henríquez, Chile

"After joining the UM course, and then finishing my PhD in development planning at the University College of London, I was first working as a visiting researcher at the ‘Disaster Research Unit’ of the Free University in Berlin for almost 4 years. After that, I started to work as a postdoctoral associate at the ‘Extreme Event Institute’ of the Florida International University. I am researching the impact of development initiatives within Latin American and Caribbean countries, as part of USAID and OFDA (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance) efforts, which touch the linkages between disaster risk reduction and informal settlements."

November 2017

Jia Xiaodong, China

"After working in the field of environmental engineering in China, I decided to take part in the 'Urban Management' Masters course in 2007, with the aim of helping to solve environmental problems. After my graduation I started working for a greenhouse gas emission trading and renewable energy investment firm in Berlin, which provides CDM financing and consultation services in Germany. Right now I work as the European representative of the initiative ‘Global Protected Area Friendly System’.

As we all know our earth is facing unprecedented global warming, climate change and degradation of biodiversity. In the future international society will have to pay more attention on good urban management and on a harmonious relationship between people and nature – e.g. on energy efficiency, green local government, public transportation, public-private partnerships with local business. All these topics were covered in the UM course, which gave me a good overview for thinking about the future."

October 2017

Eliana Silva, Venezuela

"One of the greatest opportunities I got after this Master program was to start working as a consultant for ‘Rapid Urbanism’, a think tank for building inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities in the Global South. At Rapid Urbanism I was involved in various projects related to social housing, municipal finance and climate change. Parallel to this experience, I joined GIZ office in Berlin, as an intern to collaborate with the initiative “C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF)” that supports cities in developing countries to prepare sustainable projects to get access to finance. After completing this internship, I now continue working with the CFF, as an independent consultant.

I would also like to add that thanks to the experiences and people I have met through this Master program I managed to twist my career path as an economist to become an urban development expert with a broader view of urban challenges including those related to urban economy and climate change. Additionally, my current work experience is helping me to put together key pieces into practice from the large puzzle I learned during the Master. Now I feel I have more tools to contribute to the international development focus on cities, which is my professional passion.

Previously, I had worked for six years at CAF, Development Bank for Latin America. My last position was at the social development unit, monitoring water, sanitation and urban regeneration projects, as well as collaborating with the initial phase of the Program “Cities with a Future” to identify potential projects that promote inclusive, competitive and smart cities."

October 2017

Poonam Amatya, Nepal

"The Urban Management (UM) course has taught me various aspects of life: working in teams, embracing ‘multi-culture’, managing and being on time, being optimistic in co-operations. I acquired ample knowledge on urban issues from different perspectives and learned to think ‘out of the box’.

After my return to Nepal, I first worked as an architect: Primarily, I got associated with the Ministry of Education and the Asian Development Bank and worked for reconstruction projects/seismically resistant prototype designs of schools after the Earthquake of 2015. In the meanwhile, I got the incredible opportunity to prepare an Integrated Urban Development Plan for two cities of Nepal. I am delighted to execute the knowledge I attained from the UM program. I understood how complex the practical implementation of urban planning is and the challenges an urban planner/manager has to face.

I will always be indebted to the UM team for providing me the opportunity to groom my academic career in the urban field. This aided me professionally as well as personally. Apart from professional skills, the UM course enhanced my social skills and made me more confident and enthusiastic. The networking of the UM program and the helpful nature of the staff is impressive. I would strongly recommend the UM program for those wishing to pursue a degree in urban management."

October 2017

Carolina Hernández Galeano, Colombia

"Trained as an architect and as Urban Manager, I have built my career and professional practice around sustainable urban development and climate change issues. My participation in the UM program provided me with a unique set of skills which trained me as a technical advisor on topics in which today the world needs more professionals and where few of us have the skills.

The time at UM program helped me to find the right professional path, and to structure my professional future. Thanks to the chosen approaches, the coaching received by the professors and tutors of the program, as well as the oportunities to actively participate in other research projects conducted by TU Berlin, the doors of international cooperation and advisory, on climate change and urban development issues, opened up to a future in which the role of urban managers is becoming more important, as it is in cities where actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change take place and where the impacts become measurable.

After my time at UM, I returned to my home country and worked as ‘Climate Change, Housing & Urban Development Advisor’ at the ‘Low Carbon Resilient Development Program’ funded by USAID, mainstreaming and supporting the design of actions or processes that can provide, both mitigation and adaptation to climate change benefits in the Colombian urban and land planning processes, in the view of the Paris Agreement. Currently, I’m working as a Senior Project Advisor for the city of Bogota at the C40 Cities Finance Facility Program. Implemented by the GIZ and the C40 group, facilitating access to finance for climate change mitigation and resilience projects in cities."

September 2017

Alejandro Martin Rodriguez, Argentinia

"After three years of professional experience as an architect and academic instructor in the architectural field in Buenos Aires, I decided to take part in the Urban Management Master’s course at TU Berlin with the aim to enrich my knowledge about urban phenomena on a global scale. Being awarded with a DAAD- scholarship was of great importance in order to focus all my working time to the program and to develop succesfully a global empirical research between two distant world capitals (Master’s thesis on Istanbul and Buenos Aires). My ‘Berlin years’ (2012-2014) were essential to consolidate my academic base in terms of understanding the conformation of social landscapes worldwide. They have clarifyied in my mind the complexity concerning the role of the public and the private sector and of their mediators. Besides that, these years have created a fantastic network of professionals and intellectuals, most of them friends with whom I keep contact until the present.

After completing the Master’s program, I have participated as invited jury member and then as lecturer at the Chair for Landscape Architecture at ‘Universidad Torcuato Di Tella’ in Buenos Aires. Moreover, I continued my professional practice as a consultant for private entrepreneurs focusing on large scale urban projects and developing place-making interventions. Recently, I started working in Munich in the architecture and planning field as project manager developing large scale urban projects, dealing with complex networks of stakeholders, and putting into practice the skills gained along the UM Program."

May 2017

Ndimphiwe N. Jamile, South Africa

"Since 2015 I have been working as a Project manager (Technical advisor) for the National Treasury under the ‘Neighbourhood Development Programme’ (NDP). My role is to provide support in spatial planning, precinct management, financial administering and monitoring of long term catalytic infrastructure projects to leverage third party investments (public and private). Part of my work involves coordination of the ‘South African Precinct Management Initiative’ (SAPMI), a public-private initiative reviewing existing policy framework and establishing new policy framework for urban management in spatial targeted precincts around South Africa.

Before joining the National treasury, I completed a Master’s degree in Urban Management (UM) at Technische Universität Berlin. This has extended my ten year experience as an architect, and diversified my knowledge within the urban development field. Prior to joining National Treasury, I worked for the ‘German Agency for International Cooperation’ (GIZ), ‘Violence and Crime Prevention Project’ in Pretoria, South Africa. This was a great opportunity to interact with international development cooperation experts applying strategies to urban safety challenges in developing and developed countries."

May 2017

Lukmoeng Swangpol, Thailand

"Based on my background as landscape architect and on my interest in aspects of urban environment, I took part in the Urban Management (UM) course, with an aim to broaden my intellectual knowledge and international practice. I came to understand more and to look at urban issues in a ‘big picture’. Seeing urban entities as ‘scattered dots’, what I was taught was simply the ‘ability to connect those dots’. The UM course has not only changed my mind-set but also has helped me to advance my career towards more sophisticated arenas.
Currently, I find myself engaged in an international development project in Dawei, Myanmar, together with engineers, architects, consultants, economists, investors, communities, governmental officers as well as NGOs. I realise the interrelationship between stakeholders and learn how to exercise the roles in various urban contexts. The responsibilities come with struggles but I see them as a challenge.
I would not have come this far without the experience gained from the UM course, therefore I consider it as a key milestone in my life."

May 2017

Claus Rabe, South Africa

"After working for four years as a young planning consultant on economic development and poverty alleviation projects across South Africa, I recognized the urgent need for fresh ideas in confronting the serious challenges facing cities and regions in the Developing South. The Urban Management Masters Course enabled me to see these challenges in a new light, and from a truly global perspective. Supported by a global network of fellow urban practitioners cultivated during the course of the program, I have subsequently applied my new-found perspectives and methods in my various positions, including principal planner for the City of Cape Town, municipal finance consultant to National Treasury and as urban simulation expert for the World Bank."

May 2017

Adriana Dantas, Brazil

"Since 2009, I've been working as Architect for the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) where I am responsible for analyzing and monitoring urban development projects in the field of sanitation, transportation, education, security and health. I'm also finishing my PhD on Urban Design at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) researching on mixed income housing in regeneration urban projects.
The knowledge acquired during the Urban Management Masters Course certainly helps me to deal with the different roles of stakeholders involved in urban development. Moreover, it lets me think about possibilities for international cooperation that could contribute to more efficient solutions for the problems that I encounter in my field of work."

April 2017

Aline Delatte, France

"As a French civil engineer in transportation design, I decided to take part in the Urban Management Master at the TU Berlin in 2010 with the aim to enlarge my competences and conceptual understanding on global urban challenges. The large range of theoretical lectures and practical seminars provided by outstanding experts during the master allowed me to strengthen my analytical and academic knowledge in urban issues.

Since September 2015, I'm conducting transport social research at the International Association for Public Transport - UITP MENA Center for Transport Excellence, based in Dubai - with the overall aim at generating new knowledge on urban mobility and public transport development in cities of the Middle East and North Africa region. My research interest is the analysis of urban travel behaviour in the context of changing urban and societal dynamics.

Prior to joining UITP MENA CTE, I worked as a Research Associate and Project Coordinator at the Institute for Transport Research at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and at the Technische Universität Berlin, Department of Integrated Transport Planning (TUB IVP)."

December 2016

Achmad Faris Sunarya, Indonesia

"The UM program has enhanced my skills and profile in order to help me getting involved in international projects in Indonesia: Since my graduation, I have been involved in projects such as the ‚National Highway Masterplan’ from DFAT (Australian- Indonesian cooperation) and a Chinese investment project focusing on the social impact analysis of ‘High Speed Rail’. The courses I have taken during the Masters program, including urban economy, infrastructure management or urban social governance, are essential to the increase of my previous experience in the transport management sector with GIZ (Germany Agency for International Cooperation)."

December 2016

Jesús Salcedo Villanueva, Mexico

"During and after completing the Urban Management program at the TU Berlin, I had the opportunity to acquire experience with local and regional governments in Oman and Italy, and with international development agencies such as the German International Cooperation Agency GIZ. This was on topics that range from analytical research and policy recommendations in the fields of urban growth management, local governance, disaster risk reduction, and the implementation of international development agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

Currently, I’m working in the United Nations Human Settlements Program UN-Habitat as an associate expert in the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch. Here, I get the chance to engage in strategic analysis of partnerships and programmatic management of housing and slum upgrading projects. During the last year I have co-edited 3 national housing policies in Lesotho, Mozambique and Guyana; besides working on urban policy related to housing finance, housing affordability, slum-upgrading strategies, urban growth management and human rights mainstreaming in projects in least developed countries."

November 2016

Carolina Lunetta, Brazil

"Currently, I am working at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam as a member of the Urban Strategies and Planning specialization team. I participate in advisory and research projects and also support the educational activities in the Master Programme on Urban Management and Development in the areas of planning, urban governance and land management. Recently I worked as project coordinator for a research project on urban expansion in Mozambique.

After completing the master program at TU Berlin, I worked for GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) as an international consultant in Cambodia. I supported the development of spatial plans for provinces and municipalities and conducted gender workshops in the field of spatial planning. Previously, I worked in Brazil as a consultant for the government developing Housing Plans for municipalities and metropolitan regions, and also as an architect in projects for the private sector."

November 2016

Zakaria Mohyeldin, Egypt

"Renewable Energy (RE), transportation & community assistance are fields I've joined following the masters of urban management. I've worked as an advisor with the GIZ program the JCEE or the Egyptian German Joint Committee on RE, Energy Efficiency & Environmental protection. We work with the Egyptian Government to achieve its RE goals.

I am also a volunteer team member on a crowd & organisation funded community assistance project. We aim to provide shelter, RE, water & food security for vulnerable communities that live on the south eastern Red Sea coast & desert valleys."

August 2016

Aline Simões Ollertz Silva, Brazil

"With a background in Architecture and Urban Planning, the Urban Management Master Program gave me the opportunity to expand my work field.

Currently I am a researcher at the University of São Paulo, in a joint program with the Municipality of São Paulo. This program aspires to promote integration between research and community and it aims to investigate issues regarding the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies for migrants in São Paulo. The research also aims the promotion of migrants' rights within local policies.

The current main activity of the research is to collect, process and organize data to be used in the proposition of local policies to promote citizenship and better reception for migrants in the city. We are also working for a IPPDH (Institute for Public Policies in Human Rights - Mercosur) research on the current situation of immigrants' access to rights in São Paulo. The group also promotes debates on the topic and raises awareness for migration issues."

July 2016

Vasilis Latinos, Greece

“Following my graduation from the Urban Management Program, I have devoted my career to projects that deal with aspects of environmental and sustainable urban development, mainly at the local level.

After working for years in consulting and also in research, I joined ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability, working first for the project "100 Resilient Cities", pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, and then as Officer for Sustainable Resources, Climate Adaptation and Resilience at the European Secretariat in Freiburg.

I have always been very engaged in the research about climate change policies and urban resilience and how global, pro- environmental ideas, concepts and strategies can be transferred and applied locally. I have also always been fascinated working with cities and municipalities, and the Urban Management program has been a very insightful and important career driver for me."

February 2016

Diego Duarte, Colombia

"I am working as an urban planning consultant in an international firm with a branch in Bogotá. Everyday I have the opportunity to apply the knowledge of the Msc Urban Management to my work with different stakeholders such as: Municipalities, Private Sector, IDB, World Bank, and Local Communities – in the context of projects related to urban development in terms of transportation planning (strategic analysis for metro projects), urban growth (analysis of the current urban footprint and future scenarios), land tenure, masterplans and the regeneration program for municipalities in Colombia and South America.

I am responsible for creating strategies and solutions with the aim to consolidate urban and rural areas in physical design, community participation and financial planning with the support of multi-disciplinary experts in the fields of engineering, architecture, finance, sociology and law. Being in contact with communities is also an aspect that I found relevant in order to know the main issues and constraints that local people are facing. In that way the lessons learnt in the UM course have been useful for my role as an advisor."

January 2016

Sam Soloman, USA

"With a background in leadership and higher education, I was a unique admit to the Urban Management program at TU Berlin. My coursework and practical experience throughout the UM program provided an exceptional foundation in the areas of governance, participatory planning, and urban development. Following my thesis work on land management in Oman with Professor Dr. Nebel, I assumed work on a UN-Habitat project on emerging cities and more recently returned to the academic sector through the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in the US.

I am privileged to be immersed in meaningful work developing strategies and initiatives to facilitate executive level leadership training and capacity building for youth, such as a GIZ partnership in Addis Ababa to develop capacity of local community change-makers.

The UM program was the right blend of theoretical foundations and hands-on practicum. I was fortunate to meet, study, and work alongside bright students from around the world who contributed daily with insights from their diverse and rich professional backgrounds and unique experiences. These students, along with the excellent faculty, have enriched my professional development and deepened my understanding of urban issues, strategies, and prospects in a truly significant way."

May 2015

Monicah Karangi, Kenia

"Being offered a DAAD scholarship to further my studies was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’, to experience different cultures and ways of life. The Urban Management course offered relevant, well-orchestrated courses, with the composition of students and lectures carefully selected in order to provide a global perspective on urban issues. The social and professional experiences gained are invaluable and timeless.

After serving as a land use planner under the Ministry of Lands in Kenya and being equipped with practical skills through the UM course, I started a social enterprise with the vision to address food insecurity issues that we experience in our rapidly emerging cities. We provide skill training and advocacy programs to women groups in resilient urban agriculture practices, sustainable land use and entrepreneurship.

The applicability of the knowledge impacted to me during the course is not only relevant in public service but is also relevant to individuals looking to establish private enterprises or consultancies. Practical units as project management, food security and land management gave me the confidence to establish my consultancy and business enterprise, and the tools to manage it. It is now one year since I went into the field of private consultancies, and the lessons learnt and the relationships developed during my studies are still vibrant, relevant and applicable."

March 2015

Andres Perez, Colombia

"As an architect and urban manager I am currently working at the ‘Secretariat of Social Housing of the Local Government’ in the formulation of a ‚Strategic Plan for Housing and Habitat’ for my city (Cali, Colombia) for the next 12 years. This plan aims at changing the urban policy from a ‘housing policy’ to a ‘habitat policy’ - meaning a turn from planning housing units towards sustainable urban development. After my work experience at UN- Habitat (New York) and BMW Guggenheim LAB (New York and Mumbai), I am facing the challenge of being involved in the change of the housing policy of my home city. Working for the public sector I will be able to develop a multi-sector integrated approach – which I learned from my TU Berlin supervisor Prof. Uwe-Jens Walther – and to create innovative ways in improving urban governance."

March 2015

Altami C. Arasty, Indonesia

"The Urban Management program at TU Berlin has enabled me to grow intellectually, personally and professionally. The multicultural setting helps the students to push themselves to go beyond the comfort zone of their expertise, while finding hybrid approaches for crosscutting urban issues. The UM program applies a very structured and pragmatic approach (all that you expect from German education). The field trip module, which I think was the most important part of the program, has improved my competence quite significantly, and made it applicable for my career in international trade and development sectors. After my graduation in 2011, I have worked with various development agencies and international research centers such as JICA, GIZ, and ECN. I currently work as independent consultant for UNDP Indonesia in the sustainable energy sector and have established a professional platform with my fellow Indonesian UM graduates (www.climigato.org). Having a degree from UM TU Berlin was simply a good deal of career investment and a lifetime experience."

December 2014

Zhu Wentong, China

"From the Urban Management course I have gained urban knowledge on a higher level, much higher than from a designer's point of view which I used to have. The range of urban issues this course includes is very broad, and there definitely are adequate teaching resources for the students to go on with the topics they are interested in. These topics range from urban theories to urban design. Students with various backgrounds sit together to share their different ideas—the atmosphere here is cooperative, rather than competitive.

Presently, I am working in Shanghai, in a design institute as an urban designer. It looks like I am not doing things very different as before - I studied architecture and I was a designer before I joined the UM course - but the way I view things is indeed different now, as I have a bigger picture, the whole city, in my mind."

November 2014

Kai Hofmann, Germany

“Since 2014 I’m the programme manager of the Sustainable Municipal Service (SMS) programme in Kosovo for the ‚Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit‘ (German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ). We support the young city administration of the new country to provide better service to their citizens, especially in waste collection, tariff setting, quality management, outsourcing services and the like. It’s a fun and exciting job working with informal waste pickers, the civil society, businesses, city governments, mayors and ministers. What I learned during the Urban Management MSc helps me today to understand the complex interrelations in local administrations."

October 2014

Soo Hyun Kim, South Korea

"Having a background as an architect, the Urban Management master program has greatly benefited me, by enlarging the perspectives when dealing with complex urban problems. I was able to make a foundation to understand up-to-date issues, such as urban sustainability, governance, community participation and various management fields, both theoretically and practically. It was also an irreplaceable experience to meet friends from all over the world, with different working backgrounds, cultures, languages. Sharing ideas and case studies from different countries under the same theoretical theme was something valuable to learn, not just as a good way of achieving managing skills and practicing teamwork, but also as the unique opportunity to have nice colleagues from all over the world as life-long friends. Studying while living in Berlin, a very vibrant and thought-

provoking city, is definitely an advantage of this program. I would highly recommend you to join this experience.

Currently I'm giving lectures for an architectural design studio at the University of Ulsan, School of Architecture, South Korea. Recently I've also been engaged in an urban expert consulting group, 'Ulsan Architecture and Urban Forum (UAUF)', managing a community participation project for urban regeneration in the historic site of Eonyang Fortress, Ulsan, South Korea."

September 2014

Hwoon Yoon and Jieun Lee, South Korea

"Currently, we are working as architects in Seoul. We recently founded an architecture firm, D-Werker Architects. We focus on finding creative design solutions for sustainable future based on ideas and skills which we discussed in the Urban Management program. By providing our services in architecture and urban management, we expect to contribute to make better environments to live and work with our neighborhoods. We believe that it can be a powerful step for achieving healthy and happy communities as well as for expanding our knowledge in design and programs."

July 2014

Laura Bright-Davies, Australia

"As an architect, I studied the Urban Management Masters because I was interested in the architecture of a city as a whole, and the urban responsibilities at a global scale. Prior to the course, I never imagined I would end up rejecting the world of conventional architecture - to instead work within the field of excreta or wastewater management in developing countries. And so far, I haven’t looked back.

During the course, I was introduced not only to the challenges surrounding urbanisation, but also to the global sanitation crisis pervading cities throughout the Global South. While we are often reminded that more than 50% of the global population now live in urban areas, we rarely discuss the fact that over 40% of the global population live without access to basic sanitation facilities. Improving sanitation conditions in rapidly growing urban settlements presents a monumental challenge for Urban Managers. I find this topic fascinating, and the more I learn about the world of urban sanitation management, the more I am driven to work within this sector; which is not only a much-deserving topic, but a basic human right.

For these reasons I chose to undertake research for my UM Master Thesis in Kathmandu, Nepal - on the topic of Urban Environmental Sanitation - while simultaneously completing a 5-month internship with GFA Consulting group (on behalf of GIZ). Upon graduation, I moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where I worked as Sanitation Technical Advisor for Engineers without Borders. Now I am currently based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, working for the Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association (BORDA) to integrate sustainable and inclusive service options into City-wide Sanitation Planning. In Kathmandu, Phnom Penh, Dar es Salaam, and many other cities in the Global South, one cannot walk the streets without being reminded of the severity of poor urban sanitation. For me, it is a constant reminder that as architects and urban managers, we have the urgent responsibility to consider the whole urban framework - including the most unsavoury aspects - as we find ourselves in the context of a rapidly urbanising world and a multitude of associated urban problems."

July 2014

Alan Bright, Australia

"I am currently working as the Manager of Strategic Planning at Randwick City Council, a local government area in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The work is very challenging with a new 2 line light rail project planned for the city in the final stages of planning and a dynamic area close to the CBD experiencing growth and change. I can highly recommend the Urban Management course and I found it to be well run, stimulating and rewarding. Berlin is also a wonderful city to study in and explore it's many different neighbourhoods and historical layers."

May 2014

Ova Candra Dewi, Indonesia

"The 2 years I spent in Berlin (2007-2009), where I studied urban management in developing countries, were one of the best milestones in my life. This was the time when I found my passion to improve the waste management system in my home country, Indonesia. The course also gave me the chance to experience living independently and having wonderful friends from diverse backgrounds from all over the world. Working in these different atmospheres was a great experience for me. It is an amazing opportunity, especially to work with women from other developing countries.

I continued to do a PhD in Hamburg (2009-2013) to follow my passion and I worked in the field of modelling integrated waste management systems for densely populated urban areas or ‘kampung’ towards slow carbon and eco-region development. Now I am back in my country and work closely with BORDA NGO Network as a returning expert. My position is a KIPRAH (Kita-Pro-Sampah or We-Pro-Waste) Program Manager. Together with my team, I have a broader chance to make changes on waste management. I thank DAAD, Schlumberger Foundation for all support and also kinships I found during my stay in Germany."

January 2014

Johary Anuar, Malaysia

“The UM course has given me good exposure and knowledge in understanding the intricacies of urban issues in developing countries as well as in ‘advanced’ nations. Its syllabus and learning methods include various technical and management subjects. Throughout my time as an UM student I have learned from academicians and experts in various fields related to urban management. This helped me in developing sound expertise in the area of local government management. Classroom interactions with my fellow student colleagues (professionals and also NGO activists) helped me a lot in gaining valuable knowledge.

After my graduation in 2007, I worked as a ‘Senior Program Coordinator’ in the ‘Spatial and Urban Management Program’ at the National Institute of Public Administration, Malaysia. Apart from coordinating training programs for local authorities in Malaysia, I was also involved in developing the course syllabus, I conducted training sessions and gave lectures. I also established networks with other local government training institutes in the region.

Currently, I hold a position as ‘Head of Local Government Department cum Deputy Director of State Economic Planning Unit’ in the State of Selangor, Malaysia. My current job involves policy making at state level in the field of local government and urban management. My department is also responsible to oversee and help to improve the performance of 12 local authorities in the state, including two cities by allocating annual budgets to all local authorities. Yes, I'm happy doing what I do now and certainly I look forward to establish relevant cooperation with the UM course and other UM alumni in near future."

August 2013

Febyana Suryaningrum, Indonesia

"Urban Management was one of the most valuable opportunities in my career history. Not only with its up-to-date curriculum and international standard which enable participants to learn from each other; but mostly by its strong and broad network all over the world. We were connected to urban management’s professionals by the alumni network with regular information on relevant news in Urban and Sustainable Development-related issues. After graduation, I still get benefits as DAAD Alumna to participate in various workshops and trainings to enhance my skills and improve my professional network.

Currently I am working as Climate Change Policy Advisor for LEAF Asia in Bangkok after my previous position as Land-Based Liaison in Indonesia’s Secretariat on Green House Gas Mitigation Action (“RAN GRK” Secretariat). Shifting from Regional Development to Climate Change, my previous study at TU Berlin has enriched me with broader perspectives to apply integrated approaches on various levels of intervention. And the best asset that I can always count on is the UM network that makes all of the UM alumni being able to stay connected and support each other, wherever they are."

December 2013

Ana Maria Buriticá Alzate, Colombia

"My experience at the Master of Urban Management was one of the most grateful experiences that had an impact in my personal and professional development. It was the opportunity to learn more about the different perspectives of urban policies and different case studies. For my personal experience this year and a half supported me in the process of underpinning my practical with theoretical knowledge. At the same time it was amazing to share hours of experience, stories, and laughter – we had a hilarious time while learning from each other – with all of the UM trew.

Now I am back to my country with the ability to research and analyze information related to politics, economy, international relations, public policy, urban aspects and development. I even became a professor at Externado de Colombia University - my subject: Planning for Development (8th semester of Government and International Relations). This has been a new experience for me. For me teaching is to facilitate learning processes and to recognize that out there are a lot of people who can contribute to our knowledge. In this context, I want to point out that part of my strengths has been the use of the case studies that we’ve developed throughout the Masters course and the very helpful urban management network: sharing experiences and documents to keep us updated! I am looking forward to open spaces to keep sharing with UM Alumni around the world! "

September 2013

Seyedeh Hoda Nabavi, Iran

"After working for six years in the private sector as an urban planner, in fall 2010, I continued my education in the Urban Management Master program at TU Berlin. I believe that the UM program has helped me to develop a solid foundation for my further professional work. Our research concerning the challenges of urban development in various countries planted the seed from which my passion in sustainable urban development has grown. Writing my Masters thesis gave me the chance to become better acquainted with the essentials of sustainable urban planning and encouraged me to pursue my PhD in a related field.

Since graduation, I have been working as a private consultant with Tehran Municipality in the field of urban projects and at the same time teaching students at the university in my home country, Iran. As a chief urban planner and project manager, I am currently working on the design of a 3-km pedestrian way in the heart of the cultural center of Tehran which follows the aims of sustainable design."

August 2013


Chitsanzo Lamba, Malawi

"After earning my MSc. in Urban Management, meeting such an array of amazing people, and spending a substantial time away from my native home, I came back to Malawi on vacation in 2009... and I’m still here. I secured a lecturing position in Architecture at the Polytechnic- University of Malawi, Blantyre, where I have been teaching since 2010. In addition to teaching, thanks to my studies in the course, I have been in a position to gain more experience working in the Malawian urban context as well as transferring it all to the classes I teach at the Polytechnic (Art, Urban studies, and Final Year Architectural Design). I love my job as it allows me to encourage my students to think beyond the constraints of the physical environment they live in, and to imagine new possibilities using innovative thinking. On May 25th 2013 I was a speaker at TEDx Lilongwe where I gave a talk called “The Architecture Student and the Developing City”. The talk focused on discovering what obligation architecture (as a profession), the Faculty of Built Environment, and student body have to cities in developing countries - and how can they make a difference? [video can be found here]. I currently reside in Blantyre with my husband Patrick, trying to make whatever difference we can through design. "

August 2013

Jun Liu, China

"As one of the partners at 'BES Consulting Group' and Vice Director of the 'Center for Recreation & Tourism Research', Peking University, I am mainly working related to tourism planning and consulting, education & training, tourism investment management and event planning in the field of tourism development.

The tourism industry in China is booming. But how to keep a balance between protection and development and how can we create new destinations and attractions? Every destination is unique and has its own special qualities. The key is to find those unique qualities and use them in the best possible way. For example, rural tourism is a rapidly growing field in many countries. Giving people time away from modern life, so that they can get back to their roots – within nature, using existing assets to create a way to re-connect to our past. Small towns are learning to define themselves in a new way. Locals are trained to identify their town's assets in several areas: architecture, art, food, customs, geography, history and people. The citizens begin to see their old buildings, their local art and customs with new eyes. Even small towns can generate significant tourism by taking advantage of what’s already there and creating new ways to market it.

We try to develop unique strengths: What are the natural strengths of a destination? Are there strengths and qualities that aren‘t obvious? We are learning more along the way."

August 2013

Emilio Berrios, Chile

"Currently, I am working as a chief architect at the "Program of Neighborhood Improvement" in Bajos de Mena, Chile. One of the biggest ‘ghetto’ of Chilean social housing with around 120.000 inhabitants, located at the commune of Puente Alto in the Santiago Metropolitan Area. This program is carried out by the Municipality of Puente Alto in association with the Regional Secretariat of Ministry of Housing and Urbanism."

May 2013

Rony Chowdhury, Bangladesh

"When I was thinking about my higher studies abroad back in 2005, it was not only that I wanted to have another university degree. I already had an established career and it was not an easy decision to go for higher study at that point of my career. Despite the risks, I wanted to enhance my knowledge base with latest development in the global urban development in one hand. On the other hand, I wanted to get in touch with practitioners from other countries to know first about their practices back in their county. After 8 years, I can firmly say that I was immensely benefited while studying the International M.Sc. in Urban Management at TU Berlin from 2005 to 2007 as both of my objectives were fully achieved. I can undoubtedly admit that my decision to study at TU Berlin was a leap to my professional career.

Currently I am working as the Component Leader for the Urban Governance Improvement and Policy Advocacy Component of a German-Bangladeshi joint project. I got involved with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) through our staff at the Urban Management Program when I was doing my master’s thesis. After I completed my studies in Berlin, I joined GIZ as Strategic Planning Adviser in 2007 and then until 2012 I was working as Senior Adviser and National Component Manager in Urban Governance sector with GIZ.

Apart from the teaching aspect of the Urban Management Course, the staff was very supportive during our entire stay in Berlin. The Urban Management Program still maintains a very close contact with its Alumni group and keeps us updated on latest developments in the urban development sector globally. My best wishes to all my present and future colleagues of the Urban Management Program!"

May 2013

Selamawit Alem G/Giorgis, Ethiopia

"I moved to the 'Urban Development Capacity Building Office' Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in April 2001. There I worked, first as a Senior Expert and later I was promoted to the Team Leader position of the Human Resource Training Development Team.
From October 2005 to March 2007 I took an extended leave to further my studies and attained an MSc Degree in Urban Management from the Technical University of Berlin in March 2007. Reporting back to my office in June 2007 I was appointed to the position of 'Human Resource Development Expert'."

Currently, I am Head of the ‚Implementation Capacity Building and Reform Bureau’. I am one of the higher officials of the Ethiopian Ministry of Urban Development and Construction. The knowledge and skills I gained from TU Berlin helped me to reach my current position. I am really grateful to DAAD support which enabled me to get an excellent education from TU Berlin and other short term trainings as well."
May 2013

Erastus Mutuku, Kenya

"After graduating from Maseno University, Kenya, with a bachelors degree in Urban and Regional Planning, I started a job with the government of Kenya as a physical planner. Approximately three years later, I was lucky to receive a DAAD scholarship to study Urban Management at Berlin University of Technology. This is the best thing that has ever happened in my career life. I got an opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with professionals from different backgrounds. This proofed to be a very resourceful venture.

The Urban Management course offered at TU Berlin is the best not only for developing countries but also for developed countries. It is an eye-opener on the management of the challenges facing our cities and other urban centres in the world. Since my graduation from TU Berlin, I have been working as a Senior Physical Planner with the Kenyan Government. Currently, I am the District Physical Planning Officer for Transmara District, Kenya. My responsibilities range from preparation of land use plans for towns and centres within the district to interpretation of Local Physical Development Plans for the Local Authority within my area of operation.

The knowledge and expertise I learnt at TU Berlin is invaluable in my execution of my duties." May 2013

"Driven by my passion in understanding urban development in my hometown Jakarta, I decided that I need to expand my horizon and found just the right place to do so at TU Berlin’s Urban Management Program. Using my limited urban planning knowledge gained as an architectural student and a couple of years of research experience as a city journalist, I joined the program in 2007 with high expectations. It was less about obtaining a degree for the sake of career advancement and more about answering personal curiosities. And indeed my expectations have been met through exchange of knowledge and experience with teachers and colleagues alike. The strength of the program that UM offers lies in the fact that it tries to have a balanced mix of students from developed and developing countries. Thus, stimulating a fruitful exchange that students could always bring back to their home country. It also tries to provide the bigger picture of global urban development trends.

Looking back, I realized it was experience from joining the program that led me feeling discontent being just a city journalist/ observer and wanted to have more hands-on experience in the urban development sector. I currently support the GIZ Clean Air for Smaller Cities project in Indonesia as a Project Advisor, working with urban stakeholders to develop Clean Air Plans, forging exchange between project cities and putting the knowledge gained from UM into practice."

May 2013

Sang Hyun Jeon, Korea

"After working as an architect in the private sector for nine years, I was thinking about how to expand my view and knowledge related to architecture and urbanism. After comparing many urban-related master courses, I chose this one, and my expectations were not wrong. In this course, I got to have an interest in a variety of urban topics, which helped me to understand how urban management or urban development work. It was a really precious experience to me. Since graduation, I have been working as an architect and at the same time teaching students at university. The subject of my class is 'Master Planning' and I emphasize a strategy of multiple approaches to handle urban problems - just like I learned it in the UM course." April 2013

Lin Xiaoli, China

"After two years of working as an architect in the private sector in China, I decided to come to Germany in 2010 for the Urban Management course, with the goal of gaining input regarding sustainable urban development issues from an international perspective. The different participants and lectures of the UM course then gave me the great chance to understand the complexity and challenges of sustainable urban development in different contexts.

Currently I am working as a research associate in the geographical department of Freie Universität Berlin; my main task is research and coordination within the traffic management project of “MYTRASYS”, which is one of nine funded research projects from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research “BMBF” regarding sustainability of the future mega cities. The UM course has enhanced my analytical capability in scientific research, and especially encouraged me to tackle cross sector issues in urban development."

February 2013

Diego Cala Rodriguez, Colombia

"I am currently working as Director of the Public Space Planning Direction of Bogotá's District Planning Secretariat. My work includes responsibilities related to formulating and coordinating policies and regulations as well as to designing strategic actions and projects regarding public spaces, public parks and green areas in Bogotá."
January 2013

Rui Miguel Ferreira Dos Santos, Portugal

"It was a real priviledge to attend the 2009 class of the Urban Management Master’s program. I was given the opportunity to acquire proper knowledge on the problems of global urbanization, exercise potential solutions for externalities of development at the micro/local level and get acquainted with the overall cooperation for development institutional framework. Moreover, it was a unique chance, personally and professionally, to be part of a course that gathered people from all around the world: Throughout the course, all of us, students and lecturers, had the chance to share (and bridge) different perspectives and, as importantly, to understand and respect diverging approaches to contemporary issues concerning the ‘urban’.

Currently as a ‘Spatial Planning’ teacher and a PhD student of Urban Studies, I’ve been recently awarded a ‘Special Prize’ at this year’s Young Planners Professional Award edition - jointly granted by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, IFHP, ISOCARP and AESOP. All these professional accomplishments are due to knowledge, competences and experiences associated to the Urban Management Master’s program, solid bases from which to construct better understanding of urban-related topics."

October 2012

Ingrid Sofía Cornejo Reindl, Mexico

“The Urban Management Master Program provided me with theoretical knowledge to launch my career in the field. Today, six months after graduating, I am working in Italy at Carlo Ratti Associati in partnership with MIT’s Senseable City Lab in the development of a Master Plan to turn my home city Guadalajara, Mexico, into a SMART City. Digital Creative City Guadalajara is a DUIS (Integrated Sustainable Urban Developments, by its Spanish Acronym) certified urban regeneration project for the city center, which aims to foster the creative industry. At the same time it envisions a strategy to adapt the historical built environment to the needs and demands of a 21st century society. As an architect I take part in the design of measurements for optimal land use and guidelines for integration of historic and contemporary buildings, while as an urban manager I am responsible of developing a digital strategy for social inclusion and community empowerment. Taking part in the project has provided me with a comprehensive view of what urban management is, and allowed me to put into practice the skills acquired during my studies.”

October 2012

Elnur Abbasov, Azerbaijan

"The Urban Management course was a perfect opportunity for me to receive proper knowledge, to increase my academic experience and to meet friendly people from all over the world. Especially, I was interested in the subjects related to green management, sustainable urban development, local governance aspects and energy efficiency in big cities. Our student contribution to the GIZ programme in Lviv, Ukraine, was a big chance to get practical experience. Currently, I am working in the renewable energy sector in my country and doing Phd studies in Lithuania. I am interested in research in the sustainable energy development sector and environmental engineering. I was awarded with the President Scholarship in Azerbaijan for the second time in my life. Being part of a country with a fast growing economy in Europe, I will use my experience and knowledge gained during my UM Studies for future academic activities."

October 2012

Khalat Othman, Iraq

"Urban problems and challenges in my country and my region encouraged me to take part in the Urban management Masters program which gave me great opportunities to expand and strengthen my knowledge in the urban field. My Masters Thesis was focused on the topic of Urban Water Management. After my graduation at the UM Masters program I decided to continue my studies: Currently I am working on my PhD at the Technical University Berlin, at the Department for Water Management. My PhD is focusing on the applicability of greywater reuse in Kurdistan Region/Iraq." October 2012

Ana Isabel Ruiz Remolina, Mexico

"I had the great opportunity of being part of the Class 2009 -2011 of the UM Master course. After coming back to Mexico, I started working for the public sector at ‘The Public Open Space of Mexico City’ (Autoridad del Espacio Público), part of the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, an office in charge of upgrading, generation and improvement of the public space of the city. We are related to a broad variety of projects, from park design to the implementation of alternative transportation systems and the improvement of accessibility on the urban structure or re-densification projects. Here I am part of the design team, but also as an Urban Manager I am related to different projects on the decision making process, implementing the knowledge acquired in the UM Master Course, on the reality of my own city. With no doubt, the Urban Management Master Course enabled me to work with a comprehensive knowledge, and the skills to do so.

One of the greatest things of the Master Course was to get to know and share experience between professionals of different countries. It was a very enriching process and in my return home, it had also been an important tool. Today we keep in touch and are aware of our professional work, sharing experience and knowledge continuously to overcome the urban challenges of the developing countries."
October 2012

Karima Momen, Egypt

"Coming from an architectural background, the study course allowed me to experience best practices from around the world with a team of colleagues coming from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the middle east.
The program gave me the opportunity to understand my own city, Cairo, from a different perspective, as well as relate its problems to others and find new approaches and ideas in both.

Colleagues from different countries, professors with international experiences, Bettina Hamann and the assisting team, the location of the program in Berlin with short excursions to other cities/countries made it a well earned degree at the end.

I am currently working as an architect between Cairo and Abu Dhabi while planning to pursue a PhD in an urban related topic.
The urban management program is a great experience and the good path for those willing to expand their knowledge with urban issues." October 2012

Wang Shujian, China

"Three years passed by after my UM studies in Europe and sometimes my memory goes back to my time in Germany. I always remember Berlin's sunshine. Although my time in Berlin lasted only 2 years, it left definitely a deep footprint in my life. The experiences in Berlin have given me so much. The UM post-graduate education taught me how to solve problems and how to cooperate with people. Currently I am working as an assistant project manager for ‘China Resources Land Limited’, which is the real estate flagship of ‘China Resources (Holdings) Limited’ and one of the leading property investment and development companies in the PR China."

October 2012

Izabel Torres, Brazil

“As advisor to the Director of Urban Planning, in the Secretary of Urban Development and Environment of the Federal District Government in Brasilia, Brazil, I work with the formulation of urban policies. As such, I deal with a range of demands from social organizations, politicians and productive sectors. The Urban Management Master Degree at TU provided me with knowledge about methods, theories and tools to manage stakeholders’ several, often conflicting, interests. It greatly increased my ability to foster effectiveness in the provision of public policies and investments. Through the UM Master Course, I added new perspectives on participatory developments to my previous three-year-long work experience at the Local Government, broadening significantly my understanding on urban governance.”

August 2012

Seba Asaaied, Syria

"Urban Management Master Studies gave me the opportunity to acquire knowledge about various urban problems and case studies from around the world. I especially liked exchanging ideas in a multinational atmosphere as well as getting to know researchers and practitioners from different disciplines. The multifaceted experiences are an essential source for my current work as a research fellow at the University of Kaiserslautern, where I have the opportunity to do further research in the field of Planning in Developing Countries"

June 2012

Carolina Van der Huck Arias, Colombia

"Before participating in the Urban Management Master Course I used to work in urban planning projects for the municipalities of different Colombian cities. The Urban Management Master Course caught my attention because of its emphasis on developing countries. From my point of view, this was the opportunity not only to deepen my knowledge in urban planning theories, but also to participate in debates about 'development challenges' in an international context.

The Master Course gave me invaluable academic and personal skills, which I am applying now in my new job in Colombia. I am working as a consultant in the municipality of Cali, where I feel that I am contributing as a professional with a broader perspective. I am working in the same field on which I wrote my Masters thesis. With this experience I can confirm that, on our way towards development, our cities definitely need people who take the risk of joining academic knowledge with the daily challenges of managing a city."

November 2011

Paula Vianna Queiroz e Souza, Brazil

"After my Urban Management MSc graduation in Berlin I was offered a job opportunity that I had long been looking for in the public sector of my city, Sao Paulo. The most valuable knowledge I need for my work in the sector of 'Social Communication in Urban Interventions' is certainly that of participation methodologies. The UM course offered me the capacity to develop my skills in the field of participatory planning and now I am part of a technical team aiming to improve what is often lacking on the public level: To listen and embrace community ideas on urban intervention."

November 2011

Raja Nizam, Malaysia

"After my graduation at the Urban Management Program in Berlin, I served the Government of Malaysia at the 'Rural and Regional Development Ministry'. Fortunately, my experience from the UM Masters program allowed me to be selected and transferred to serve the 'Ministry of Foreign Affairs' of Malaysia. The UM program has helped me deal with a wide range of multilateral issues in the international arena."

August 2011

Ramana Gudipudi, India

"After completion of my bachelor studies in Urban Planning in India, I did my master's in Urban Management at TU Berlin. I consider this to be one of the best choices I took in my career. The master course not only strengthened my theoretical knowledge in various fields in Urban Management but also helped me by providing very good contacts which elevated my career to a different level.
For the last 2 years I have been working at the Department of Sustainable Urban Habitat of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in New Delhi, India. As a part of the team I currently support 6 Urban Local Bodies in the planning, implementation, capacity building, operation and maintenance of various urban infrastructure projects such as solid waste management, water supply, sewerage and storm water management under the National Urban Renewal Mission of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India."

March 2011

Elena Botezatu, Romania

"I took part in the Urban Management Master Program at the TU Berlin with a clear mission: to pursue a strong academic development and, upon completion, to return to Romania and take office as a public manager, on a national program for promoting the modernization of the Romanian public sector.
Since August 2009 I have worked as a Research Fellow for Urban Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection at Eurisc Foundation (European Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management), which is an independent think-tank promoting dialogue, education, training and research on major issues of national and international security. The main focus is on non-military risks, primarily natural hazards, technological and emerging systemic risks, organized crime, corruption, terrorism, illegal migration and trafficking, as well as on the security culture in relation to Romania's European and Euro-Atlantic post-integration processes and civil-military relations."

October 2009

Sami Mura, West Bank & Gaza

"Prior to my studies at TU Berlin, I was working for UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) as a field research officer in the field of planning techniques that fit refugee camp constitution. Since graduation I have worked as a consultant for GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) in West Bank, Palestine, aiming to develop practical mechanisms for a sustainable stakeholder communication and interaction between refugee camp structure and neighboring localities (2008-09). Currently I am working for UNRWA headquarters Amman, as an advisor for participatory planning in refugee camps. Moreover, I am in charge of the development of refugee camp profiles that include physical, infrastructural, socio-economic and institutional analyses of camp structures."

October 2009

Enkeleda Kadriu, Albania

The Urban Management Studies master program at TU-Berlin was a breakthrough for my career. It gave me the opportunity to move from the private sector experience to the public domain and academics. The international and multidisciplinary approach of the program, the professional networks I’ve since acquired and the profound friendships established during and after the graduation, are all valuable assets for every young scholar in the field of urban studies. At the moment I am a PhD candidate at the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning at TU-Berlin and my research areas are sustainable housing development, social and alternative housing initiatives and energy efficiency in housing with special focus on countries in transition. 2009

Ghazaleh Sadat Hossein Jasbi, Iran

"I am currently a part time researcher for the Young Cities project ''Developing Energy-Efficient Urban Fabric in the Tehran-Karaj region'' at the TU Berlin, which is a German-Iranian research and development project within the program “Research for the sustainable development of megacities of tomorrow''. I am working on the role and contribution of local authorities for improving energy efficiency and climate change adaptation, which is a continuation of research for my master thesis. At the same time, I am planning to start my PhD within the Young Cities project, with a focus on ''Analyzing Potentials and Challenges for the Iranian Municipalities to Act as a Key Facilitator for Energy Efficient Urban Fabric''. I found the Urban Management course very interesting and practical. It has helped me to enhance my knowledge and understanding regarding urban issues and gave me opportunities for further education and my career."

March 2009

Florah Guya Ikawa, Kenya

"I am currently the Assistant Resources Coordinator in the 'External Resources Department' of the Transparency International Secretariat, Berlin. We mainly deal with fundraising for the programs that are being handled by the Global Programs and Regional Departments (Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia) of the Secretariat and also help the National Chapters with their fundraising. Moreover, I am a member of the 'African Good Governance Network'."

November 2008

Goitom Legesse, Ethiopia

"After the completion of my Masters degree at TU Berlin in the department of Urban management I was able to land an appointment at Mekelle University as a lecturer in the department of Architecture and Urban Planning. I definitely use the exposure and knowledge I got during my studies to help my students in their career development."

August 2008

Jianfeng Chen, China

"After my graduation in Berlin I started working as a cost control manager in the 'Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute'. My main job is to control construction costs from the beginning to the end of a project. The projects I work on can relate to water supply engineering, sewerage engineering, the building of roads and bridges, as well as architecture and landscape and environmental engineering all over China."

November 2007

Andres Prera, Guatemala

“The UM program expanded my focus, and I started looking at the city as a whole, and as such to creating opportunities to improve its status. Thanks to my architectural background and my newly-acquired knowledge, I am currently working as a sustainable development consultant and designer for the Municipal Government of Guatemala City. The main objective is to revitalize the city core and downtown, generating new public space design proposals, new transport and mobility hubs and alternatives, new building codes and creating livable, sustainable neighborhoods and communities."

November 2007