Our Story

Founded after a decade of experience working in slums, Utopia is the world's first ever design and urban planning firm focused solely on slums, which are soon be home to 1 in 3 of humanity.

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Find us at hello@utopiacities.org. 

 

Our Team

We're a team of designers, urbanists, technologists, behavioral scientists, entrepreneurs and lots of zero gravity thinkers on slums and cities. 

 

Core Team

Our core team is made up of leadership and key contributors throughout the organization.

Jonathan Hursh

Founder and Executive Producer

Alex Skinner

Ulaanbaatar Studio Co-Director

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Christina Gossmann

Urban Strategist

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Team Member

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Core Advisory Board

Our core advisory board is made up of industry experts and all around creative thinkers and doers.

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Dave Blakely

Partner @ mach49 and
Former Head of Tech Strategy @ IDEO

Esther Dyson

Founder @ HICCup and
Board Member @ 23andMe

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Sarah Balmond

Asia Director @ Balmond Studio and Founding Design Editor @ Monocle

Rahul Mehrotra

Chair of Urban Planning and Design
@ Harvard

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Brandon Fuller

Deputy Director @ NYU Marron Institute
of Urban Management

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Eric Yang

Chairman @ WorkReduce and
Founder @ Anomaly Ventures

 

Advisory Council

Our advisory council provide deep insights, develop deep connections, and champion the aim to create a new paradigm for slums.

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John Rossant

Founder @ NewCities and
Former Chief Editor of BusinessWeek Europe

Sara Beckman

Chief Learning Officer @ Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation of UC Berkeley

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William Cobbett

Managing Director
@ Cities Alliance

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Harry West

CEO @ Frog

 

Mark Cheng

Head @
Ashoka Europe

 

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Celine d'Cruz

Urban Practitioner @ Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

 

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Mark Post

Biotechnologist and Maker of First Stem Cell Hamburger

Edward Glaeser

Urban Economist @ Harvard and Author of Triumph of the City

John Gage

Cofounder @ Sun Microsystems

Monique Morrow

President and Co-Founder @ The Humanized Internet and Former CTO @ Cisco

Fernando de Sousa

Regional HR Director @ Microsoft (Middle East & Africa)

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Carlo Ratti

Managing Director
@ MIT Senseable
City Lab

Rajendra Joshi

Founder & Managing
Trustee @ Saath