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Dr. Sahar ATTIA Brief Curriculum Vitae Nationality: Egyptian Birth Date & Place: 17th November, 1956 - Giza, Egypt Languages: Arabic (native), English.

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1 Dr. Sahar ATTIA Brief Curriculum Vitae Nationality: Egyptian Birth Date & Place: 17th November, Giza, Egypt Languages: Arabic (native), English (Fluent), French (Fluent) Professional Title: Professor of Planning & Urban Design, Dept. of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. Academic Degree: Ph.D., Urban Planning- Urban Institute of Paris – University of Paris 12 – France.(with distinction). (1988). Fellowships: The certificate of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Professional Program In the U.S.A. For Study and Related Professional Experiences in Urban Management. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. USIA Funds the Program. (1995/1996).

2 Awards: The Honored Price of “John Jaffe” from the Chancellery of Paris Academy, For Best Thesis submitted in Human Sciences during the year Ongoing major professional activity: Technical Coordinator and Urban planning consultant for establishing the general framework of Improving living conditions within informal settlements at the national level in Egypt. For the United Nations Development Program in Egypt (UNDP), ( within the agreement between GOPP and OUDA –Operational unit for development Assistance- UNDP). Dr. Sahar Attia is Professor of Planning & Urban Design at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt. With a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Urban Institute of Paris, France. She is Technical Coordinator and Urban Planning Consultant for improving the informal settlements in Eygpt. Her work is centered around cultural and natural heritage conservation in Mediterranean cities. Dr. Attia currently serves as Secretary of the committee of "Urban Planning and New Communities" - The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, The Ministry of Scientific Research, Egypt. She is also a member of the Research Institute for Development.

3 Key Qualification: 29 Years Of Experience practicing Urban Planning, Urban Design, And Architecture In The Academic and Professional Field. Urban sustainable Development & strategic Planning Specialist. Areas Of Specialization Include Urban Management, Community Development, Heritage Conservation And Urban Revitalization With Emphasis On Upgrading The informal areas. Project Management Abilities Providing Expertise As A Project Coordinator, Team Leader, elaborating researches, Technical Reports And Organizing Projects Presentations. Responsibilities Include Generally Managerial and Technical Tasks.

4 Recent experience in Community Development & Upgrading the Informal sector: Short term consultant in the participatory planning program – GTZ for the Strategic planning dealing with informal settlements in Greater Cairo Region For the General Organization for Physical Planning (GOPP): Team leader & Coordinator for the preparation of the Strategic planning and development of the Northern sector of giza Governorate, It contains one of the largest informal areas in GCR. It includes the famous Embaba Airport land to be developed within the overall vision of the area For the General Organization for Physical Planning ( within the agreement between GOPP and OUDA –Operational unit for development Assistance- UNDP). Team leader & Urban planner consultant for establishing the general framework of Improving living conditions within informal settlements at the national level in Egypt. For the General Organization for Physical Planning ( within the agreement between GOPP and OUDA). Team leader &Technical Coordinator for carrying out the pilot project for elaboration the strategic Planning for the upgrading of an informal settlement in Fayoum (ezbet maa’moun). For the General Organization for Physical Planning ( within the agreement between GOPP and OUDA). Team leader & Technical Coordinator for the preparation of the manual for the upgrading of informal settlements located in the urban fringes. “Land control zones”

5 Professional and academic activities: § Secretary of the committee of “Urban Planning and New Communities” – The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. The Ministry of Scientific Research-Egypt. Speaker in the International Conference” ECOCITIES”, San Francisco,2008 Urban Planning Consultant for the General Organization for Physical Director for the postgraduate program, Department of Architecture, Cairo University, specialization: “Urban Development &Community Design” § Member of the investigation and documentation committee of valuable Buildings in Cairo Governorate Planning (GOPP), the Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities

6 Ecocity World Summit 2009 the 8th International Ecocity Conference December , 2009 Istanbul Global Environmental Balances and Cities Why cities? Cities cover less than 1% of the earth's surface but are responsible for up to 75% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. With more than 50% of the world's population living in cities (set to reach 60% by 2030), there is a ripe opportunity for humanity to reconsider the way we approach the built environment. Reasons to Attend Cities are complex, and enacting meaningful change while working with multiple constituencies can be filled with setbacks and frustration. What are the key ingredients for a successful plan that, after months and even years of work, doesn’t end up gathering dust on the shelf or become so watered down that the original vision is lost? What are the basic principles of ecocity design, planning and implementation, and how do they apply to already built out cities as well as new ecocity projects and proposals? Find out how ecocity practitioners — from architects, planners, designers and community organizers to government and political leaders — pull together the right teams of people with good ideas and get their projects up and running, in many cases with limited financial resources and sometimes despite a mountain of political opposition. Themes The Ecocity Future of Cities, Towns and Villages, Land Use, Architecture and Design, Standards, Metrics and Measures, Transportation, Energy, Nature, Food, Consumption and Population, Business, Government.

7 Ecocities of Tomorrow: Can Foster + Partners' Masdar City in U.A.E be Truly Sustainable? Sahar Attia: I have been in the UAE several times, and each visit impressed me. The construction industry there is pretty much international, as is the population. The UAE's leadership wants to achieve the most modern and innovative vision possible. Sustainability is among their goals, and they hope to reach it through the Masdar project; but that does not mean that it will be replicated throughout the UAE, especially if it contradicts their current path of growth and development. The word “sustainability” is no longer exclusively used by the field of ecology, today it is used in multiple fields to express continuity that provides the basis for the validity of a project in the future. I would assume that Masdar will be a kind of utopian city, a model that will need much adjustment in order to be replicated in the UAE and elsewhere. Consider also that imported populations represent a great percentage of all of the world’s major cities.

8 The Middle East is still a developing region, but as I said, Abu Dhabi's leaders have a utopian vision for Masdar City, and all utopian visions can seem unrealistic. So how real is this vision practically? As far as technology - they are importing it. Financial resources - we all know that they can afford it. And as far as political will goes, it will happen

9 Plenary III: Sustainable Cities and Economies of the Future Gil Friend, President & CEO of Natural Logic and Co- Founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, USA; Dr. Sahar Attia 2008 IWF World Leadership Conference


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