Global City Leaders Advisory Board

The WCCD Global City Leaders Advisory Board is a distinguished group of leaders drawn from cities and other key organizations who are setting the global agenda for standardized city data.

The primary role of the Board is to advise the WCCD President & CEO on the strategic direction of the WCCD and its major partnerships, programs and initiatives. The members of the Board will act as champions for the WCCD within their own cities and organizations, and externally.

The Board also provides a foresight and horizon-scanning function for the WCCD, identifying emerging issues and trends of strategic relevance to cities and the global agenda for standardized urban metrics.


Foundation Cities

Amman, Jordan – Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Femke Halsema

Barcelona, Spain  – Mayor Ada Colau

Bogotá, Colombia  – Mayor Enrique Peñalosa Londoño

Boston, United States of America – Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Dubai, United Arab Emriates – Secretary General Abdulla Al Basti

Guadalajara, Mexico – Mayor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez

Haiphong, Vietnam – Vice Minister Nguyen Van Thanh

Helsinki, Finland – Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

Johannesburg, South Africa – Mayor Herman Mashaba

London, United Kingdom – Mayor Sadiq Khan

Los Angeles, United States of America – Mayor Eric Garcetti

Makati, Philippines  – Mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay

Makkah, Saudi Arabia – Mayor Osama al-Bar

Melbourne, Australia – Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb

Shanghai, China - Mayor Ying Yong

Toronto, Canada  – Mayor John Tory



ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Gino Van Begin, Secretary General

Philips Lighting - Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs

Statistics Netherlands - Robert Hermans, Director Statistics Netherlands Urban Data Centres; Director Statistics on Labour, Income and Living Conditions 

Siemens - Robert Hardt, President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Canada

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Martina Otto, Head of Cities & Lifestyles Unit

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) - Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction