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.


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 and including specifically studies of housing and development in Europe, Australasia, SE Asia and Latin America. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment…(more)

Elizabeth Elizabeth Ryan

+*-Elizabeth Ryan is the Deputy Director of the Global Compact Cities Programme. She is responsible for the management of the Cities Programme’s Operations: international liaison and partnerships; engagement of participant cities; expansion of the Programme; its communications and resource base. Elizabeth has over ten years experience in partnership development, project management, business development and stakeholder engagement with particular expertise and interest in facilitating cross sectoral partnerships that draw on collective resources for the benefit of the broader whole. She has Spanish language skills and keen interest in Latin American sustainable development…(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. Walid joined the Global Compact in New York in 2010. Prior to that, Walid has more than 17 years experience working with the private sector and headed the sustainability and communications department in one of the largest private companies in Egypt…(more)

Brendan Barrett. Brendan Barrett

+*-Environmental planner, Brendan Barrett holds the position of Research Coordinator with the Global Compact Cities Programme. His role is to coordinate the Programme’s research activities and to assist in the development of 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)

Zulaikha Shihab Zulaikha Hussain Shihab

+*-Zulaikha is an Administration officer with the Cities Programme, responsible for communication with cities and web communications. Zul initially commenced with the Cities Programme through an internship in October 2013 as part of her Bachelors degree in International Relations from LaTrobe University in Melbourne. She is currently studying a Masters of International Development with RMIT….(more)