Keynote presenters

Mark Ames, Strategic Cities

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Mark Ames established Strategic Cities in 2015, offering media management and communications advice to clients who deliver urban change.

He has hosted workshops on building public support for change for the councils of the cities of Adelaide, Vincent and Valencia, to Boffa Miskell, Auckland Transport and the University of Amsterdam.

He’s delivered keynote addresses to the New Zealand Universal Design Conference, the Australian Bicycle Summit and the Velo-City Global cycling conference in the Netherlands in 2017.

Mark has previously written about cities, cycling and managing change in The Times, The Guardian, the London Evening Standard, Western Australia Today, Landscape Architecture NZ and The Planner, the magazine of Britain’s Royal Town Planning Institute.

Broadcast appearances include Sky News, ITV News, BBC London, ABC 702 Sydney, Russia Today, Perth Talk Radio, Public Radio International’s The World, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s As It Happens and the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight.

He’s worked with activists, planners and politicians to help deliver difficult active transport projects, including the Mayor of London’s £1 billion Cycle Vision for London and the City of Sydney’s new Cycling Strategy and Action Plan.

Mark believes understanding the media production process is a vital and underestimated skill for anyone delivering change in cities today.

He lives in Sydney, Australia and owns too many bicycles.

Connect with Mark at or via Twitter @StrategicCities

Isabel Dedring, Arup

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Isabel Dedring is the Global Transport Leader at Arup where she is responsible for driving the development of the firm’s business across the transport sector. Isabel joined Arup in March 2016 from London's City Hall, where she was Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of Transport for London. In this capacity she was responsible for setting policy and ensuring delivery across the Mayor’s transport portfolio. Key projects she initiated and delivered included the Tube Reliability Programme which led to a 40% reduction in Tube delays; the £300m Growth Fund to fund transport infrastructure to unlock new house building; the Mayor’s new £1b cycling infrastructure programme; and London's first-ever roads strategy and the associated £4b implementation programme.

Prior to her transport role, Isabel was the Mayor's Environment Advisor, responsible for delivering large-scale building retrofit programmes, parks and trees programmes and the £100m London Green Fund, among other initiatives.

Previous roles include running the policy team at Transport for London and 4 years as a management consultant at McKinsey. Isabel is a qualified US lawyer.

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