Oslo Urban Arena invites speakers from all over the world. Get inspired by the worlds best innovators.

More speakers will be announced thought the next months - until the programme launch 29. August 2018.


From London: Nick Searl
Partner, Argent LLP

Nick is a Partner of both Argent and Argent Related. Having spent almost 10 years working on King’s Cross, his main priority was leading the commercial team dealing with definition, strategy, leasing and management of the office and retail components. Nick now leads Argent Related’s 10 million sq ft Brent Cross South development in north London.

From Lagos: OluTimehin Adegbeye
Writer and activist

Inclusive Cities; The biggest problem facing cities today is not the rising rate of urbanisation, but rather the refusal of policy makers to adopt collaborative and responsive models of urban administration. This position is untenable regardless of its reasons for existing; be it intellectual and practical distance from the most pressing issues, power-mongering and personal interest, structural problems within governance that make long-term planning difficult, or a complicated combination of the above. 


From New York: Mike Lydon
CEO of Street Plans Collaborative

'Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change'

In Norway there keeps coming up temporary measures to help the cityscape. In Oslo projects like "Carfree citylife", Salt, Vippa and Future Farmers in Bjørvika will help stimulate the use of the city infrastructure and create usable spaces. For these things to have the highest impact possible it is important that they help contribute to to culture of the city and how the people use it. Mike Lydon is the father of pop-up urbanism and is passionate about how these temporary solutions can result in permanent change and development of the urban city life.


From Lubljana: Tjasa Ficko
Byråd for kultur, internasjonale relasjoner og utviklingsprosjekter

'LJUBLJANA – European Green Capital 2016. Changing vs. Preserving. Mastering the balance.

Oslo will be European Green Capital in 2019. Earlier cities being given this title has in varying degrees managed to get it's citizens to create sustainable changes. Tjasa Ficko was responsible when Ljubljana was European Green Capital in 2016 and will talk about how this title can be used to help gain traction and inspire change towards a green revolution and at the same time succeed in international exposure.

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From Copenhagen: Torben Klitgaard
Hub Director Bloxhub

Co-creating resilient cities

BLOXHUB is Denmarks new base for the future of city planning with a co-working space in the heart of Copenhagen. With over 550 officespaces they develop better city solutions before they are scaled up and expanded into the world. Behind BOXHUB is Reldania, Copenhagen Muncipality and "Erhvervs - og Vækstministeriet".


From Shanghai: Mariela Alfonzo
CEO State of Place

Reclaim the streets

State of Place is a unique blend of Jan Gehls passion for the life between buildings and Spacemakers AI-tehnology. It is a predictive analytics software. Mariela Alfonzo, CEO and co-founder of State of Place is a placeoholic and has over 15 years of expertise in the field of urban design, behavior research and placemaking. In 2014, Mariela was recognized as one of Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40 best young land use professionals around the globe.

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From Amsterdam - Nadine Galle

Nadine Galle has been named one of the Netherlands's most important young change agents in the field of sustainability.