SPURS Fellows 2016-2017

Humphrey/Spurs Fellows 2016

From left to right

Taís Raiher Borges (Brazil), Louise Elving (Lecturer), Feng Qing (China), Tigist Kassahun Temesgen (Ethiopia), Hebaallah Essam E. Khalil (Egypt), Analía Marisa Garcia (Argentina), Fiza Afzal (Pakistan), Lucas Nassar Sousa (Brazil), Dago Zangmo  (Bhutan), Sofia Garcia Nunez (Peru), (Ari) Suratmiari (Indonesia), Bish Sanyal (Director), Shah Mahmood Khan (Pakistan), Debbie Levey (Alumni Correspondent), Esteban Otto Thomasz (Argentina), Bekim Ramku (Kosovo), Gail Loraine Kromoredjo (Suriname), Patti Foley (Administrative Asst.), Thabang Makwati Nare (Zimbabwe), Linda Shi (Phd Associate), David Gomez-Alvarez (Mexico), Priya Johnson (MCP Asst.), Nimfa de Leon (Asst. Director). Not in photo, Valeria Alvarado (MCP Asst.), Jan Cassimir (Media coordinator)

Please click links below for individual photos and bios of the Fellows.

 

Fiza Afzal (Pakistan)

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Fiza is an architect and urban planner from Pakistan. She is head of architecture and planning at Javedan Corporation, where she is working on a planned township providing affordable housing for over 300,000 people. Her work highlights the need for urban design, infrastructure planning, and project management for small cities. She holds a bachelor’s in architecture. At MIT, she will focus on affordable community housing and the economic development and environmental policies necessary to develop townships and housing.

Contact:
fizafzal@mit.edu

Analía Marisa Garcia (Argentina)

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Analía is an anthropologist who specializes in the rapid urban growth and planning of emerging cities and metropolitan areas. She is the leader of urban planning for cities centered on oil and gas at the YPF Foundation in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank. She is also a researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina. At MIT, she will focus on planning for extractive cities and its financial viability. She has a BA and a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires where she is also a lecturer.

Contact:
analiag@mit.edu

Sofia Garcia Nunez (Peru)

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Sofia is a social scientist and urban planner from Peru. Her practice and research focus on urban planning policy and bottom-up planning methodologies. She holds a BA in communication for development from the PUCP (Lima) and an MSc in city design and social science from the London School of Economics. At MIT, she will research and propose innovative and dynamic land use policies at different urban scales, specially focusing on inclusionary zoning and affordable housing policies.

Contact:
sofiag@mit.edu

David Gomez-Alvarez (Mexico)

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David has 20 years of professional experience in government results performance management. He has held high level positions in Mexico’s public sector, actively participating in civic initiatives. He holds a PhD/MPhil in public administration from NYU, an MSc in public policy from London School of Economics and is currently an academic at Guadalajara University. At MIT, he will co-chair MIT Metro Lab, and co-edit a UN-Habitat publication on metropolitan governance.

Contact:
gomezalv@mit.edu

Hebaallah Essam E. Khalil (Egypt)

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Heba is associate professors at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, has 16 years of academic and professional experience. She teaches and conducts research in community development, informal areas, urban climate and integrated urban systems with several publications and international research partnerships. She has also worked as an architect and urban planner with multi-scale agencies, authorities and clients. At MIT, she is seeking to build partnerships to create a new planning and design practice for Arab countries based in Cairo for sustainable urbanism.

Contact:
hekhalil@mit.edu

Shah Mahmood Khan (Pakistan)

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Mahmood works for the Government of Pakistan. He has held various positions in the public sector, including chief of regional development, chief of the health sector, chief economist of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Additional Accountant General. He has a master’s in accounting and finance, English literature, and political science. At MIT, he will focus on community and economic development, international development, and development models for less developed and war-affected areas like FATA.

Contact:
smkhan@mit.edu

Gail Loraine Kromoredjo (Suriname)

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Gail is an electrical engineer at NV EnergieBedrijven Suriname and lecturer at the PolyTechnic College Suriname. She is responsible for operating the power system, and upgrading critical electrical infrastructure and grid expansions. At MIT, she will focus on urban and rural energy delivery systems and policies, with the aim of devising sustainable energy strategies for Suriname’s remote interior areas and developing recommendations for modernizing the urban grid. She has a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Marta Abreu, Cuba.

Contact:
gaikro@mit.edu

Thabang Makwati Nare (Zimbabwe)

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Nare is the executive director of the Bulawayo Projects Centre and a founding member of the Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association in Zimbabwe. He is currently working on projects to increase access to public spaces for small start-ups in the City of Bulawayo. At MIT, he is passionate about learning local economic development and informal entrepreneurship.

Contact:
tmnare@mit.edu

Lucas Nassar Sousa (Brazil)

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Lucas works for Ananindeua’s City Hall in Belem, Brazil, as director of the Urban Planning Office. He is a past member of two of Ananindeua’s city councils, the City Planning Council and the Environmental Council. He has a bachelor’s in architecture and urban planning from the Universidade da Amazônia (Amazon University). His interests include land use policy and renewal of urban centers. At MIT, he will explore the impacts and possibilities concerning city center development.

Contact:
nassars@mit.edu

Taís Raiher Borges (Brazil)

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Taís worked for the Rio de Janeiro City Hall in Brazil as the coordinator assistant at a slum upgrading program funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, where she created the program’ evaluation methodology. She holds a BA in international relations, an MA in international political economy, and a specialization in sustainability management in social housing projects. At MIT, she will work on the relationship between urban planning and housing policies. She hopes to consider several interventions including land use regularization, vacant land revitalization, social housing, community land trusts, social rent, and mixed-income development.

Contact:
tborges@mit.edu

Bekim Ramku (Kosovo)

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Bekim is an architect and an urbanist from Kosovo. He is the director of the Kosovo Architecture Foundation, Prishtina Architecture Week, and Kosovo’s Office for Urban Regeneration. He also serves as the SE Europe Regional Coordinator for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Bekim has a bachelor’s in architecture engineering from Prishtina University and an MA in Housing and Urbanism from the AA School of Architecture. At MIT, he will be exploring inclusive policies in social and affordable housing as well as new methodologies and technologies in public space accessibility and inclusivity.

Contact:
ramku@mit.edu

Feng Qing (China)

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Feng is an associate professor of architectural history and theory at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. His research areas include modern architectural history, theory, and architectural criticism. Currently, his research focuses on contemporary Chinese architecture. He has published numerous essays and a new book on this subject. At MIT, he would like to concentrate on affordable housing in Boston as a model. Feng holds a PhD from Edinburgh University.

Contact:
qingfeng@mit.edu

(Ari) Suratmiari (Indonesia)

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Ari holds a Masters in economic development and is working in the local government of Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, in the division of asset utilization of the Financial Department. She has six years of experience in the local government’s department of planning. She has always been interested in planning, especially from the government’s policy perspective, and in how to encourage citizen participation in the process of development planning. At MIT, she hopes to learn about citizen participation, community development and urban governance in the developing world.

Contact:
fnuari@mit.edu

Tigist Kassahun Temesgen (Ethiopia)

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Tigist is a professional architect and urbanist from Ethiopia. She heads the planning department at Transport Consult International. She is a lecturer at EiABC - Addis Ababa University and also works as an expert and consultant at the UN Industrial Development Organization. She focuses on research in urbanism, spatial planning, and building and construction. She holds a BSc in architecture and urban planning, Masters in human settlement and MSc in urbanism and strategic planning. At MIT, she will explore ecological urbanism, and the inclusivity and equity of sustainable spatial planning and design at various scales in rapidly urbanizing countries.

Contact:
tigistte@mit.edu

Esteban Otto Thomasz (Argentina)

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Otto is an economic researcher and consultant. He has participated in projects funded by national and international organizations in fiscal governance, macroeconomic risk and climate risk assessment. He is an advisor to the National Federal Fiscal Council of Argentina and Associate Professor and Researcher of Buenos Aires University. At MIT, he will explore methodologies to value the economic impact of climate risk in cities and regional development. He will be working on the design of a Socio-Economic Climate Change Vulnerability Index. Otto holds a MBA and PhD from Buenos Aires University.

Contact:
ethomasz@mit.edu

Dago Zangmo (Bhutan)

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Dago is a civil engineer from Bhutan. She works with disaster resilient infrastructure development and community capacity building. She has a BE and Masters in civil engineering from Wollongong University in Australia and Yokohama National University in Japan, respectively. At MIT, she will focus on planning and implementation of disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.

Contact:
dagoz@mit.edu