The Team


UN-Habitat supports countries in implementing the urban dimensions of the sustainable development agenda to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. They focus on four main domains of change: Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban-rural continuum; enhanced shared prosperity for cities and regions; strengthened climate action and improved urban environment; and effective urban crises prevention and response.

To promote transformative change in cities and human settlements, UN-Habitat provides cutting-edge knowledge, policy advice, technical norms as well as practices and standards and advocates for political discussion, innovation and collaborative action to help achieve a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world.

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Think City is a social purpose organisation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of communities by creating more sustainable, liveable and resilient cities. Established in 2009 to spearhead urban regeneration in George Town (Penang), their impact and successes have led to expansion into Butterworth (Penang), Kuala Lumpur, and Johor Bahru (Johor). Adopting a community-first, evidence-based approach, Think City focuses on four main communities of practice: Placemaking, Resilience, Analytics, and Conservation. Owing to their position as a neutral party, Think City has enabled synergies between the public and private sectors, the community and international partners. Together, they work to implement projects that enhance the heritage, art & culture, environment, economy and resilience of cities in the Asean region. For more, see


GDI is a non-profit organisation that has a strong track record of designing and incubating collaborative initiatives and facilities in finance, investment and private sector engagement. Since its inception, GDI has incubated over 35 initiatives operating globally across a range of development sectors. Through the Cities Investment Advisory Platform (CIAP), GDI seeks to increase the pace and quality of sustainable urban infrastructure development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIAP acts as a neutral broker between investors and the city providing strategic advice to cities on designing and positioning projects to secure the appropriate investment.







EMIF Group is founded on the principal and mission to bridge the estimated annual $2.5 trillion dollar investment gap between international capital providers and the much needed and critical and impactful infrastructure in non-OECD regions. Our team collectively possesses over 70 years in the development, construction, and operations of various types of infrastructure & we have catalyzed over 10bn dollars of investment over that time. Our goal is to apply our knowledge, development capital, and network of partners to spur multi-stakeholder infrastructure investment and construction within these regions.





UNGSII was initiated by UN Director General Michael Moller to provide scientific data and know how for SDG Implementation in 2014. The SCR500 Index was presented at the UN in New York on April 17th 2017. It illustrates that within the largest 500 stock listed corporations from around the world that the global goals has been accepted as a new guiding principle, it also demonstrated that being invested in those stocks and companies supporting SDGs brings competitive returns: the cumulative return after 4 years is 53%.

At the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi in 2020 UNGSII and UN Habitat decided to team up with their SDGs Cities offering together with UNSDSN, UNICEF, UN Academic Impact, WHO, WHIS, and other SDG-related Excellence Partners. UNGSIIā€™s 25+5 SDGs Leadership Platform is designed for cities and indigenous communities and the UN Habitat Cities program we will support Mayors and their teams implement the SDGs by 2025 as Lighthouses. Implementation and learnings will be shared at yearly events: the SDG Champions Conference (which takes part in once of the 25 selected Cities), the UNGSII SDG Lab in Davos, UN Habitat Urban Forum etc.

These Front Runners such as Cottbus (Germany), Iasi (Romania) Kinshasa (DRC), Mendoza (Argentina), The state of San Marino, Sikkim (India) will help develop criteria and metrics inspiring the other 9975 cities with more than 100.000 citizens. Read more.