The Team

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Founding Partners

Sebastien-Goethals WEB

Sebastien Goethals 顾希

A city planner, architect and transport planning expert from Belgium, Sebastien gained global expertise over the past 15 years in the fields of urbanism, mobility and green infrastructure in Europe, China, Africa and North America. He led key projects related to Transit Oriented Development (TOD), public transport and intermodality in Brussels, Shanghai, New York and Conakry (metro area transport master plan). Subsequently, he has advised municipalities and transportation service industries on MaaS, digitization, sharing and autonomous mobility and urban governance. In China, he was the author of several award-winning urban design projects (Ningbo and Jiaxing Green Belts, Hechuan Yulong New Town, Shanghai Street of Things). He has worked as a strategic planning expert in infrastructure, transportation and data analytics for cities with: the European Union; UN Habitat; the World Bank; and local governments in China, Africa, Belgium and Canada.
Anastasia Velnidis - Citilinks Group

Anastasia Velnidis Beeldens 韦安雅

A civil engineer and architect from Belgium, Anastasia is an expert on water sensitive city planning, environment and renewable energy. Working with stakeholders from the private and public sectors in Europe, China and Africa, she has developed a ‘low impact’ planning and design approach with numerous projects such as Hechuan Yulong New Town, the Urban System Plan for Dalian 2040 (China) and the Strategic and Technical Energy Plan for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Dakar Airport, Senegal. Trained in Integrated Coastal Management by UNESCO-IHE, Anastasia prioritises current and future climate challenges and existing natural resources when deploying urban and rural projects. Against the backdrop of increasing water related issues in the world, she develops solutions to adapt and poise cities to leverage natural cycles and resources, resulting in water sensitive urban design. 
Tunan Ma - Citilinks Group

Anton T. Ma 马岸东

Partner, Chengdu
马岸东(Anton Ma)是成都的一名城市技术专家,他利用人工智能和计算工具,结合数据分析、动态地图和多学科决策,推动数字城市主义的发展。 他致力于简化虚拟现实体验的复杂性,应用于机器人导航技术和3D数据可视化,并将他的知识与国土规划、城市设计、交通设计和参数化建筑设计联系起来。 他目前正在发展LinkLab,此实验室拥有一系列物理和数字工具,擅长于GIS、3D打印和建模。 多年来,他在应用数据处理和分析、国土规划的多部门决策工具和动态的创造性制图方面获得了宝贵的专业知识。

Local Partners

Njeri Cerere - Citilinks Group

Njeri Cerere

Based in Nairobi, Njeri has over 15 years of experience in urban planning and design in Africa and North America. She is the point person for Citilinks in Africa and focuses on Urban & Regional Economy and Competitiveness, promoting a comprehensive and resilient approach to planning and development. Her career was founded at the Atlanta Regional Commission and she subsequently co-founded Naipolitans, an organization which focuses on the inclusive development of strategies for livable places and sustainable urban transformation in Kenya. Njeri was previously planning portfolio advisor to PDM, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and is a consultant on various projects and programmes in the East African region.
Philippe Schockaert - Citilinks Group

Phillipe Schockaert

A Belgian architect based in Brussels, Philippe supports Citilinks development in Europe and Southeast Asia. Since 1975, he has designed a wide range of residential and mixed-used projects. His design philosophy is based on a deep respect for the environment, and an inclusive human oriented approach. Since 2011, he has worked on several mixed-used complexes in the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, and is currently engaged in the attainment of livable cities through high-quality architecture in South-Eastern Asia.

Peter Xiang Yu

Yuxiang Pan is a landscape architect and planner based in Chengdu, with a holistic expertise in sponge cities, resilient community planning and public space design. Yuxiang combines his knowledge of local biodiversity with planning and design strategies for a healthier environment and design-based solutions at various territorial scales. He preciously contributes at multiple levels of Citilinks projects, from regional development planning to rehabilitation of rural and urban areas and green infrastructure design.
Tresor Katembo - Citilinks Group

Tresor Katembo

Tresor Katembo is urban and regional planner based in Kinshasa, and the focal point of Citilinks in DR Congo and Central Africa. Trained at the University of Johannesburg, Tresor has a comprehensive understanding of urban issues on the African continent, with a research and project focus on comprehensive planning for developing cities, energy and water, disaster prevention, data analytics and territorial governance.

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