Cities Programme International Secretariat

The Global Compact Cities Programme International Secretariat is administered by an Executive team comprising management staff in Australia and in New York and administrative staff.

Cities Programme Researchers enhance support and services provided by the International Secretariat to city participants of the UN Global Compact.

The Cities Programme International Secretariat also works closely with its Strategic Partners and Global Advisors to provide city participants specialised support and advice.

Cities Development Team

Incoming Director: Professor Ralph Horne Professor Ralph Horne

+*-Ralph Horne is the Director of the Global Compact Cities Programme. Ralph’s expertise is in urban social and policy change for sustainable design and development. He has extensive experience of environmental techniques and sustainability appraisal and has a specific research interest in urban transitions, including socio-technical relations in the context of climate change and resource scarcity. He has led over 100 urban research projects, collaborating with researchers, cities, governments, and commercial organisations across all continents…(more)

michaelnolan Michael Nolan

+*-Michael Nolan is the inaugural Chair of the Cities Programme. Michael has leading expertise in sustainability, climate adaptation and resilience with over 20 years experience working with governments, UN groups, communities and the private sector. He joins us from a global role (of 11 years) focused on resilient cities working for AECOM. Achievements include a Disaster Resilience Scorecard for cities for the UN ISDR, in collaboration with IBM, over 120 climate change impact…(more)

Walid Nagi, Head of the Local Networks for the United Nations Global Compact Walid Nagi

+*-Walid Nagi is the Head of the Local Networks for the United Nations Global Compact and is the New York arm for the Global Compact Cities Programme’s International Secretariat. In his role with the UN Global Compact, Walid coordinates and manages close to 100 Global Compact Networks with the objective of deepening the knowledge of the business sector of the Global Compact ten principles and the broader UN goals…(more)

Elizabeth Elizabeth Ryan

+*-Elizabeth Ryan is the Deputy Director of the Global Compact Cities Programme. She is responsible for the operational management of the Cities Programme’s Operations: international liaison and partnerships; engagement of participant cities; expansion of the Programme; its communications and resource base…(more)

Brendan Barrett. Brendan Barrett

+*-Brendan Barrett holds the position of Research Fellow with the Global Compact Cities Programme. He coordinates the Programme’s research activities and develops collaborative projects that support city participants in their advancement of the Ten Principles. This includes drawing on the urban expertise of RMIT University faculty, partners and global advisors. He was previously employed with the United Nations University in various capacities, initially in research (1997-2002), then as Head of Online Learning (2002-2010) and finally as the Head of Communications…(more)

Felicity Felicity Cahill

+*-Lawyer and International Development practitioner, Felicity Cahill holds the position of Project Manager with the Cities Programme and is responsible for city and partner engagement and communication initiatives. Significant contributions have included her year long leadership of a major research project related to the high profile resettlement of the Vila Chocolatão community in Porto Alegre, Brazil, management of cities and urbanisation stream of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum and the inaugural ‘People and Planet’ international conference…(read more)

Sandra Moye Global Compact Cities Programme Sandra Moye

+*-Engineer and Sustainability professional, Sandra Moye is responsible for the Global Compact CityScan. She developed this diagnostic tool in 2014 and is leading its pilot and further development. Sandra is also a researcher whose focus is on sustainable housing and climate resilience. Sandra’s holds a Master of Environment degree from Melbourne University, focused on Climate Change and Sustainable Community Development and has been with the Cities Programme since January 2013. Sandra is leading the Cities Programme’s study of participant cities, the Global Compact City Scan. In 2013-14 she conducted research on developing in energy efficiency measures for low income housing with the Chilean NGO Techo….(read more)