Speakers in Plenary


Prince DanielH.R.H. Prince of Daniel of Sweden

Biography coming soon.

SPEAKERS IN SESSION 1: Time to deliver oN children’s mental and physical health

Dr. Graham Alabaster, Chief Waste Management and Sanitation, UN HABITAT

Biography coming soon.

Dr. Fiona BullDr Fiona Bull  is Programme Manager in the Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) at the World Health Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland and leads the global work on physical inactivity, healthy eating and the prevention of obesity. Her interest is in bridging the knowledge-policy-practice gap and has co-authored over 180 scientific publications. In 2014 Dr Bull was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to public health. She is a keen skier, swimmer, sailor and dog walker.

Jens AertsJens Aerts is an Urban Planning Specialist at UNICEF, supporting the organisation in the development and implementation of its Global Urban Strategic Framework. Jens is the author of the UNICEF publication Shaping urbanisation for children, a handbook on child-responsive urban planning. He is committed to advisory work that bridges people-centred planning and sustainable urban development, such as the drafting process of the New Urban Agenda in 2016 and the upcoming Street for Kids program for the Global Designing Cities Initiative. Jens has 20 years of experience in resilient city development planning and stakeholder-management on the cross-section of practice, policy, and research. He taught at The Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the University of Brussels and is currently affiliated with the Urban Community and Health Equity Lab at Columbia University. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and Architecture from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and obtained his MA in Urban Planning at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain). He is a co-organizer of the ISOCARP World Planning Congress 2019 that takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia.

SPEAKERS IN SESSION 2: From knowledge and vision to implementation

Tim GillDr Tim Gill is an independent scholar, writer, and consultant. He is a global advocate for children’s freedom to play and explore, and for a balanced approach to risk in childhood. The New York Times described Tim’s book No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society as “a handbook for the movement for freer, riskier play.” Tim’s work cuts across education, child care, recreation, planning and, urban design. He is a Built Environment Enabler for the UK Design Council, and in 2017 was awarded a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to study child-friendly urban planning. Tim has spoken to diverse audiences in over 20 countries across five continents, at venues including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He holds degrees in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and London University, and an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University. He is a former director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England).

Roger Madelin, CBE, British Land - Biography coming soon.

Sudeshna ChatterjeeDr Sudeshna Chatterjee works across the world on research, planning, design and development projects to create more inclusive, safe and resilient cities. Sudeshna’s background is in urban design and interdisciplinary design research. In 2011, her passion for making cities child-friendly for all children led her to set up the non-profit organization Action for Children’s Environments (ACE). ACE has worked as UNICEF India’s national technical partner on urban programming to create “Safe Communities” for children and families living in slums in Mumbai, Bhopal and Kolkata. Sudeshna currently serves on the global executive board of the International Play Association (IPA); the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR) and the Journal of Children, Youth and Environments (CYE). Sudeshna has published widely on topics related to children and urban environments.

SPEAKERS IN SESSION 3: Towards a balanced risk perception on childhood and adolescence

Mariana BrussoniDr Mariana Brussoni is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit, where she investigates child injury prevention and children’s risky play. She is leading research to develop an index of the playability of the built environment for children aged 10-13 years, and research to develop and test and tool to reframe parents’ risk perceptions related to outdoor play.

Henry MathiasHenry Mathias, NCS Strategic Lead of Care Inspectorate, Scotland. Henry started work as a full-time dad, then established a successful childcare business before becoming an early years inspector. Henry has experience of a range of senior operational and strategic roles registering and inspecting care for both children and adults. As an influential early years leader, he has been instrumental in changing the culture of regulation from measuring compliance with provider inputs to assessing and improving experiences of children. He produced My World Outdoors, a good practice resource promoting outdoor play as part of the Care Inspectorate’s aim to improve as well as regulate services.

Henry led the recent review of the Standards for the Scottish Government, which describe what the rights of children and adults to respect, inclusion, compassion and wellbeing look like when experiencing care. Alongside responsibility for the Standards, Henry is continuing to take a lead role producing early years improvement resources such as Our Creative Journey and Gender Equal Play.