I am a highly networked, trilingual (English, Arabic & Spanish), leading practitioner, academic and expert in low carbon urbanisation, sustainability and resource productivity with a strong self-starting attitude and an international experience working across cultures. My focus is on leadership and delivery with skills in planning, organising, networking, motivating, negotiating, influencing and building strong relationships internationally working with the confines of fixed deadlines and clear timeframes.
I am a graduate of University College London, a British university consistently ranked as one of the top three multi-faculty universities in the UK. I have lead the University of Brighton Planning School since 2008 and currently serve as an elected member on the Policy Council of the Town and Country Planning Association and on the General Assembly of the Royal Town Planning Institute. I was re-elected onto the TCPA's Policy Council in June 2013 for a further period of three years. I was invited in 2012 into eminent Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and in 2013 was invited to join the Academy of Urbanism as an Academician. The Academy is a high level, cross sector group of individuals that champions the cause of good quality urbanism throughout the UK and Ireland. It is an invitation only membership organisation whose members share and disseminate the principles, techniques and processes of good urbanism. I was admitted into Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 2014.
I was seconded from February 2013 until July 2014 to the Higher Education Academy where I held the position of Discipline Lead for the Built Environment. In addition, I currently hold the position of Visiting Professor of Planning at the Institute of Urban Economy, Universidad Esan, in Lima, Peru.
I was awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute 2012 Planning Leaders Award for the UK's South East Region.