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

Hobbiton was fantastic - the best conference dinner I have been to!
— 2017 IPENZ TG conference delegate