Barbara Holtmann


Barbara has developed a systems model and methodology that enables clarity of purpose where there are many diverse stakeholder views and inputs into a particular setting. Her process highlights issues essential to sustainability and provides a platform for more effective planning and goal setting. Over the past 18 years Barbara has worked with complex problems in the private sector, in an NGO, in national Government and in the national Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Since the beginning of 2010 she has consulted to government, NGOs, the private sector, donors and international agencies, using her methodology to model ” what it looks like when it’s fixed “. Working with clients and partners including UN Women, UN Habitat, SAPS, Public Service Commission, Open Society Institute, Khulisa Social Solutions, Joburg City, Johannesburg Child Welfare, Da Vinci Seed, KfW Development Bank, loveLife and Bluprints, she facilitates strategies in diverse fields aligned to matters of community safety, women’s safety, enterprise development, sustainability, organizational development, monitoring and evaluation of policies, child development, youth intervention programmes, CSI and ED programmes.

Barbara has developed a software application that serves as a management tool, demonstrating the outcomes of her facilitated process. This tool enables the management of stakeholder collaborations, provides a benchmark score for the current status of the system, allows for easy simulation to test the impact of intended interventions and acts as a framework for the assessment of progress towards agreed outcomes, as well as early indication of both blockages and unexpected opportunities. In 2010 Price Waterhouse Coopers published Barbara’s book ” What it looks like when it’s fixed ” as a methodological tool for resolving complex problems. She is widely published, including most recently in 2012 a chapter in Building Inclusive Cities, edited by Whitzman et al, published by Routledge (London).

Carolyn Whitzman


Dr. Carolyn Whitzman is Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the lead editor of Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Earthscan, 2012), author of Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: practical planning tools (Earthscan, 2008), and the co-author of Safe Cities: guidelines for planning, design, and management (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995). Previously, she worked for the City of Toronto on healthy city initiatives. Dr. Whitzman has an international reputation for her work on the prevention of violence. Current research interests include: the policy implications of planning for healthy and equitable cities in a national and international context, planning interventions to increase independent mobility for children, and the development of participatory planning tools with women, children, and people with disability.

Email: whitzman@unimelb.edu.au

Kathryn Travers


Kathryn is currently the Acting Executive Director and leads the development, management and coordination of international programmes and projects administrated by WICI. She is responsible for providing technical feedback and support throughout all phases of programme/project administration, including acting as the link between donors, implementation partners, expert consultants and other relevant parties.

Kathryn has and continues to represent WICI in various international conferences, workshops and expert group meetings on topics related to the safety of women and girls, and gender equality and inclusion in urban environments. Kathryn has also contributed to the development of several research reports including the recent report Adolescent Girls’ Views on Safety in the City (2013) and Gender and Essential Services in Low-Income Communities (2011) and the UN Habitat publication Safety Audits: What Works. She was also a co-organizer of the Third International Conference on Women’s Safety in Delhi in 2010.

Nicholas George


Nicholas George is a technocrat and Entrepreneur. He has always led teams that have developed solutions at the cutting edge of technology, and is today involved in designing solutions involving mobile technologies and social media.

He is the promoter and CEO of Greenclouds which provides end-to-end technology solutions for schools. Nicholas has been a Senior Partner with People Facet. Earlier Nicholas was Sr VP at NIIT where he headed the technology and services division of NIITs Knowledge Solutions Business.

He is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur and Loyola Chennai

Rajnikant Rao


Raju is an entrepreneur in the fields of education and IT. He has been directly involved in technology through his entrepreneural ventures and remains an avid programmer today. He has recently published a book ‘Conversations with an Ajaxian’ published by McGraw Hill India. He is presently involved in developing learning frameworks on mobile technologies.

By education background he is an engineer from Mumbai University and completed his MBA from IIM- Bengaluru. He started his career in the year 1983. He began his career with NIIT when Instructional Design became his first passion. Over the years he has developed self-learning audio-based Learning courses called Talking Books, taken guest lectures at his Alma Mater, co-founded an IT company and created a franchise-based Personality Development program for children.

Sara Ortiz Escalante


Sara Ortiz Escalante is an activist and a feminist researcher. She focuses her work on gender equity, urban planning and women’s safety. Since 2009, she has been working with Col•lectiu Punt 6, a group of feminist planners, architects and activists in Barcelona interested in rethinking cities, neighborhoods and the built environment in order to eliminate discrimination and include a gender perspective in local planning. The group started working in response to a new law approved in 2004 in Catalonia, the Neighborhood Law, which mandated cities to promote gender equity in the use of public space and facilities. The main activities of Punt 6 since then have been: research, participatory processes, training and capacity building, women’s activism and advocacy, consultancy projects and co-development.

Sara has worked in El Salvador, Mexico, the United States and Spain. As a consultant, she has conducted gender audits, equity plans and training on gender violence prevention with diverse audiences. She is also part of the International Advisory Council of Women’s in Cities International. She has co-authored journals articles and book chapters, among them:

Ortiz Escalante, Sara and Elizabeth L. Sweet (2012) Migrant Women’s Safety, in Whitzman, C. (ed.) Building Inclusive Cities: women’s safety and the right to public space. Earthscan: London UK, and Sweet, Elizabeth L. and Ortiz Escalante, Sara. (2010) Planning Responds to Gender Violence: Evidences from Spain, Mexico and the U.S. Journal of Urban Studies, Vol. 47 (10), pp. 2129-2147, Sept 2010.

Sohail Husain


Dr Sohail Husain is Director of Analytica Consulting, a UK-based provider of research and advocacy services on community safety, violence reduction and justice reform. He has completed assignments in many parts of the world for national governments and international agencies to promote effective action, develop resources and tools, support project design and implementation, and to undertake evaluations. Recent work has been focused on gender-based violence and women’s empowerment. He was lead evaluator of the UN Trust Fund-funded Gender Inclusive Cities Programme (with projects in Argentina, India, Russia and Tanzania) from 2009-11 and Senior Evaluation Adviser to UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative (with projects in Ecuador, Egypt, India, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda) from 2010-12. Both these programmes included projects in Delhi and he is currently Evaluation Director for of the Madhya Pradesh Safe Cities Programme being implemented in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur.

Suneeta Dhar


Suneeta Dhar is the Director of JAGORI, a Women’s Resource Centre based in New Delhi. Jagori works with a diverse group of women living on the margins of society, in both the urban and rural areas of the country. Focusing on women’s safety and their inclusion in governance, leadership development and strengthening their collectives and institutions, Jagori uses creative communications and educational strategies. Suneeta has over three decades of experience on women’s rights, combining action research and gender mainstreaming processes with community-led initiatives and policy advocacy efforts. Programmatic areas of work include gender and urbanization, education and ending violence against women.

She has worked with both civil society organizations in India and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) at the South Asia and New York offices. Active in the women’s movement, she is one of the Founding Directors of the South Asia Women’s Fund, a core group member of the South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainers (SANGAT), a member of the Institutional Ethics Review Board (IERB) at JNU and serves on the boards of select NGOs in the country. She holds a post graduate degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has been awarded the Fulbright and Advocacy International Institute Fellowships. For more details see: www.jagori.org


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