Cities Programme People

The Global Compact Cities Programme is administered by a small Executive team. The Programme’s work is supported and enriched by the efforts and expertise of a number of Research Fellows, Research Associates and Interns, listed below.

The Cities Programme also works closely with its Strategic Partners and Global Advisors.


Paul-2011_08_10-02 Professor Paul James

Professor Paul James is Director of the Global Compact Cities Programme. Paul is also Director of the RMIT Global Cities Institute, his academic expertise is in Globalisation and Cultural Diversity and he is the author or editor of 24 books. Paul has been invited to deliver addresses in over twenty countries including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel-Palestine, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Taiwan and the United States…..(read 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 ..(read more)

Carrie-Hall Carrie Hall

Carrie Hall is Head of Communications for the United Nations Global Compact and is the New York arm of the Global Compact Cities Programme’s International Secretriat. In her role with the UN Global Compact, Carrie oversees a broad range of communications from stakeholder communications to publications and policy papers and contributes to the broader UN-business agenda, including input to UN Secretary-General speeches and statements, as well as UN reports….(read more)

Cities Development Team

Dr Tommaso Durante, Cities Programme's new Visual Specialist Dr Tommaso Durante

Dr Tommaso Durante holds the position of Visual Specialist with the Global Compact Cities Programme. He is responsible for the cities visual identity and imagery. He is also a member of the Cities Programme’s academic community.Tommaso is an international award-winning visual artist. He moved from Italy to Australia in 2001…(more)

Sandra Moye 2 Sandra Moye

Sandra is a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant with the Global Compact Cities Programme and she has been with the Programme since January 2013. She holds a Master of Environment degree from Melbourne University, focused on Climate Change and Sustainable Community Development. Sandra is leading the Cities Programme’s 2014 Survey of Participant Cities. Sandra’s research is focused on developing in energy efficiency measures for low income housing with the Chilean NGO Techo….(read more)

Felicity Felicity Cahill

Felicity Cahill has had a range of diverse roles with the Cities Programme, with one of the most significant being her leadership of a major research project related to the resettlement of the Vila Chocolatáo community in Porto Alegre, Brazil, mapping the history of the project and developing a report. This research was the focus of her minor thesis ‘When Urban Resettlement Meets Public Participatory Processes, A Case Study of the Chocolatao Slum Community in Porto Alegre, Brazil’…..(read more)

Julia-web Julia Laidlaw

Julia is a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant with the Cities Programme. Her research with the Programme builds on her keen interest in environmental conservation, social and cultural sustainability, particularly systems that enhance food security and integrate food cultivation into the urban environment and lifestyle….(more)

Zulhaikha-again-e1382328290896 Zulaikha Hussain Shihab

Zulaikha is an Administration officer with the Cities Programme. She is currently pursuing a Master of International Development at RMIT. Zulaikha has a Bachelors degree in International Relations from LaTrobe University in Melbourne. She is an international student from the Maldives and has an interest in the areas of climate change, sustainable development and foreign policy…(more)

Research Fellows

Liam-Magee-2011_08_10-01_1 Dr Liam Magee

Dr Liam Magee is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. His many responsibilities with the Cities Programme have included the coordination and development of the Programme’s research activities which are conducted to support, inform and add value to cities’ innovation projects and enhance knowledge from their methodology and outcomes – development of new research projects, submissions for funding and supervision of interns’ research activities. Liam’s academic expertise and interest lies in the intersection between social research and new technology. The focus of his doctorate was on the social construction of information systems, with a principal focus on the Semantic Web…(read more)

ELIZABETH-KATH Dr Elizabeth Kath

Dr Elizabeth Kath is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University. Her research interests include Latin American and Caribbean society, politics and culture (esp. Cuba and Brazil), public heath (esp. maternal-infant health), informal and second economies. In 2010 Elizabeth published a book, Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle, based on her study of the social and political dimensions of Cuba’s public health system, …(read more)

Andy Dr Andy Scerri

Dr Andy Scerri has a long standing association with the Global Compact Cities Programme relating to collaborative research and the supervision and mentoring of students in post-graduate research projects. This was through his role as Research Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, RMIT University. Dr Scerri is now based in the USA with the Department of Political Science at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr Scerri’s research focus is on city and metro-regional responses to the political challenges of sustainable development…(Read more)

Selver Sahin Dr Selver B.Sahin

Dr Selver B. Sahin is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Selver’s research is focused on the contemporary policies and practices of security, development and democratisation as a peace-building strategy. Selver brings expertise in Turkish culture and language to the Cities Programme, and undertakes liaison for UNCCP in Turkey in addition to supervision of postgraduate students with an interest in this country and her other research areas…. (read more)

Research Interns

kristian vaughn pic2 Kristian Vaughn

Kristian Vaughn is the Inaugural Senator Herb Kohl-Global Compact Cities Programme Intern which is based in the USA city of Milwaukee, which he commenced in October 2013. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts degrees in urban planning and public administration at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Kristian is based at the Milwaukee Water Council, his many duties include mapping and archiving the organization’s history… (more)

Constanza Constanza Gonzalez-Mathiesen

Constanza is an accredited architect and holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Melbourne University, specialising in International Development planning. Costanza is from Chile; she is a native Spanish speaker, and is a fluent speaker of both French and English. She has worked with slums dwellers and victims of the 2010 disaster in Concepcion, Chile, in her role as a project coordinator for Techo…(more)

Shea-web Shai Diner

Shai Diner began his internship in March 2013 with the Cities Programme during his final semester of his undergraduate Bachelor of Social Science (Policy & Research) studies at RMIT University. With a keen interest in research and international development Shai conducted research into land rights in Cambodia to aid with projects …(more)

c, cash pic Corrine Cash

Corrine Cash is completing a PhD in Planning at the University of Waterloo in Canada. In her internship role with the Cities Programme Corrine involves developing profiles of the cities of Toronto, Canada and Johannesburg, South Africa around the domains of the Circles of Sustainability approach. Her PhD research focuses on examining decision-making patterns as they pertain to the rural-urban fringe in two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, South Africa and the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, Canada… (more)

Project Interns

IMG_3898 Mushfiq Wahed

Mushfiq Wahed is pursuing his Masters of Professional Accounting and Finance at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Mushfiq joined Global Compact Cities Programme as an Intern in February 2013 and his role at Cities Programme supports external partnerships and the Cities Programme communication activities…(Read more)

Raisa Raisa Ashrafi

Raisa Ashrafi has joined Cities Programme as an intern in September 2012. From Bangladesh, Raisa attained her Masters of Communication at RMIT in 2013. Having completed a BSc in Economics, Raisa brings with her the experience of working for development projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other donors in Bangladesh. She has acquired leadership skills training during her stay in the U.S. from 2004-2005 as a foreign exchange student for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA)… (Read more)

Former Interns

Dennis-2011_08_10-02 Dennis Obel

Dennis Obel is an international development professional. His most recent role was in Timor Leste as a Technical Adviser with a HIV/AIDS program (3 years). Dennis has a Master of Project Management from the University of Southern Queensland and a Bachelor Arts from the University of Makere, Uganda.

Ginger Ekselman Ginger Ekselman

Ginger Ekselman completed her internship with the Cities Programme in May 2012 as part of her Masters of Social Science (International Development). Ginger has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work and also works as a Case Coordinator with Adult Migrant Education (AMES).

Adrian-2011_08_10-01 Adrian Thompson

Adrian Thompson undertook his internship as a completion to his Master of Social Science (International Development) at RMIT University. He has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Sociology, Community Development) from Southern Cross University.

Joseph-Comer-web Joseph Comer

Joseph Comer joined Cities Programme as an intern in August 2012. He is currently pursuing his Master of Social Science (International Development) at RMIT. At present, his work with the Cities Programme includes coordinating RMIT Cities Programme’s development of hosted postgraduate research placements with private partners, assisting in the building of new partnerships and a strong framework for the future of the Cities Programme ….(read more)

Steph Stephanie Hume

Stephanie Hume undertook her internship with the Cities Programme September to November 2012 as part of her Masters of Communication at RMIT University. As a Political Science and International Studies major, Stephanie’s interest for international relations and political science was explored further during her Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne, completed at the end of 2011.

Cynthia Lam-web Cynthia Lam

Cynthia Lam undertook a research-focused internship with the Cities Programme in late 2011/early 2012 where she explored sustainability initiatives in Melbourne local government, which led to a Minor Master’s thesis project. Her thesis explores the theory of ecological modernisation and argues its theoretical shortcomings and weaknesses when it informs environmental policy making, especially concerning the broad task of working towards more sustainability….(read more)

Felix-Attard-2011_08_10-02 Felix Attard

Felix Attard undertook his internship as part of his studies in middle eastern political science, international relations, history, law and economics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris. This was during his University’s summer break (June to August 2011).

Sam Barrett Sam Barrett

Sam Barrett undertook his internship the Cities Programme during the final semester of his undergraduate Bachelor in Social Science (Policy & Research) studies at RMIT University. He completed his placement in October 2011, trhen headed overseas on his first international trip in late 2011/early 2012. He then commenced Honours study in 2012 focused on the City of Melbourne’s new Cities Programme Innovating project, Special Circumstances and Infringements.