About Us

World Cities Network is an open and independent body created to improve the resilience of cities. The organisation facilitates the sharing of ideas between city leaders and professionals internationally across the real estate, technology, design, and urban infrastructure industries.

World Cities Network attracts professionals who recognise that in coming together and sharing experience, faster change can be achieved for cities. We provide a learning network where ideas can be shared in a confidential and neutral environment. We are action orientated and work to stimulate the creation and progression of projects. 

Since launching in October 2012, World Cities Network has generated a high level of interest and attracted a wide group of leaders and experts from across the world.

Leaders of cities understand the importance of urban infrastructure and technology to support vibrant places. Citizen's expectations for the quality of place and diversity of services is increasing yet public resources to deliver upon these needs are under strain. Investors and developers need to manage these risks and rise to the opportunities to help meet evolving demands. Resilience is about balancing and anticipating the changing environment and needs of everyone.

World Cities Network facilitates multi-disciplined private and public sector events throughout the year worldwide. The organisation also delivers knowledge relevant to the real estate community, which causes debate and learning through the Knowledge Hub and is launching a structured leadership development programme in 2014.

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Meet the team

Our Vision

Is to see all cities worldwide become resilient, vibrant, and sustainable. 

Our Beliefs

We believe technological and engineering advances in urban infrastructure provide enormous opportunities to fund, adapt and deliver cities that are resilient, sustainable and vibrant. There is broad consensus of the value and urgency to invest in upgrading urban infrastructure, but that progress is hampered by the breadth of stakeholders, and the complexity of our governance and decision-making processes. Through shared learning, procurement, planning, and financing models can be improved to help deliver more resilient urban infrastructure.

Our Mission

Is to create a worldwide network of urban leaders who meet, share, support, and develop the capabilities to make our cities more resilient and sustainable.  We will accelerate the development of resilient cities by championing the programmes, projects, and leaders that are making positive progress towards resilience.

Our Values

We value our responsibility to offer a professional, reliable, and consistent service to those participating in all elements of our service.

Read Brian Kilkelly's ideas behind World Cities Network, click here

The Team

Brian Kilkelly

Brian Kilkelly


Brian Kilkelly is the Founder of World Cities Network. He is passionate about bringing business and city leaders together to discover ways to make our cities more sustainable and resilient. In addition to his continued interest in the network, Brian is Development Lead at the EU's largest climate knowledge innovation community, Climate-KIC.

Before starting at World Cities Network, Brian was Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships at the Urban Land Institute in London. During his five years at the Institute, he created the Urban Investment Network - a public-private collaboration platform that attracted cities, developers, and investors from across Europe.

Brian has a wealth of development experience from not-for-profit organisations such as Age Concern, Sightsavers International and the Royal Academy of Arts. He also enjoyed a successful commercial career whilst working for Marconi in Europe and for Ericsson in Asia Pacific. 

Brian is a Fellow of the London-based RSA - Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, UK where he read Physics.

Read Brian Kilkelly's ideas behind World Cities Network, click here

Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond

Co-Founder and Editor in Chief

Michael Hammond is co-founder and Editor in Chief of World Cities Network and Built Environment Media. He chairs the WAN AWARDS jury panel and produces the topical series of podcasts, This Week which has featured most of the world’s leading architects and the newly launched Radio WAN.

Prior to WAN, Michael authored Performing Architecture published by Merrell in 2006. He has also contributed many other architectural features to a range of media including the Architects’ JournalBlueprint, BA’s lifestyle magazine Highlife, CNN, CBC, the BBC, The London Evening Standard and the Southern Florida Architects’ Radio show.

Richard Coleman

Richard Coleman


Richard is a Director of World Cities Network and Principal of Citydesigner. He is an architect, urban designer and heritage advisor. He advises on architectural designs for historic environments. Citydesigner, provides developers and design teams with support for their proposals through careful analysis of both existing and imagined environments. As a consultant for over 15 years, Richard has contributed to high profile projects like the Gherkin. He is a CABE Building Environment Expert, a committee member of the Architecture Club, Chairman of World Architecture News and a founder and director of World Cities Network Ltd.

Emily Adiseshiah

Emily Adiseshiah

Executive Assistant to Brian Kilkelly

Emily Adiseshiah is Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to Brian Kilkelly, CEO of World Cities Network.

Emily has a wealth of experience in managing start-up businesses with operations and processes. She speaks Spanish, French, Italian and Catalan.

Previously Emily was at ULI Europe, working on delivering their flagship Annual Conference in Paris (2011 and 2012), the ULI Europe Trends Conference 2011 Amsterdam and the ULI Europe Trends Conference 2012 London. She was responsible for translating press releases, creating web content, and producing reports.

Jeremy Bourdon

Jeremy Bourdon

Development Associate

Jeremy has recently completed an MSc in Comparative Political Economy.  He brings a depth of critical analysis, that coupled with his 10 years’ experience as a management consultant in the infrastructure sector, complements our work with both cities and private partners.  Jeremy is also a qualified risk manager and has worked to increase the resilience of infrastructure on programmes and projects across London, the UK and Europe.

Jeremy has joined WCN to advise on global socio-economic trends, and develop our network through his experience in stakeholder engagement.

Niki May Young

Niki May Young

Editorial Advisor

As former News Editor of World Architecture News and the current Content and Community Manager at GlobalAirportCities.com (UBM), Niki May Young brings to World Cities Network a rare combination of experience and a dedication to editorial coverage in the built environment.  Hailing from Edinburgh, living in London and holidaying in New York among her favourite destinations, it's fair to say that Niki is a big city lady, but through her work as member of a charity building schools in rural Africa she holds a firm commitment to the process of sustainability in development. Having specialised in online editorial content since 2007 and with a background in film production, Niki is well-equipped to bring a range of diverse and engaging content to the Network.

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Get in touch with one of our team. Call +44 207 630 1900

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