Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina joined South African Cities Network as the Executive Manager: Programmes in 2011. She holds Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Architecture from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand. She previously worked with National Treasury, the CSIR, HSRC, and the Advanced Policy Institute in Los Angeles in development policy and planning, with a focus on the built environment. In addition to being a returning SACPLAN Council Member in 2017, Geci is a research fellow of the Wits School of Governance, and associate research fellow with the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) and the NRF’s South African Research Chair on Innovation and Development. She is also a founding director of the Southern African Node of the Millennium Project (a global futures think-tank), co-founder of ForesightForDevelopment.org, an Associate Editor for the African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (Taylor & Francis), and Africa Regional Editor for Foresight: The journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy (Emerald). Her interests span a range of development foresight, policy, planning and practice topics, particularly relating to urban governance, the built environment and innovation systems. She has two decades’ experience working and publishing in these fields. Geci lives in Johannesburg.

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