Nicholas You
Super Cities

Nicholas You

Current position
Co-Chairman at Global Cities Business Alliance
Sustainable Development
Policy Analysis
Public Policy
Urban Planning



Nicholas You is a veteran urban specialist and thought leader on sustainable development. He was appointed in 1994 to be the manager of operations for the second United Nations Conference for Human Settlements (Habitat II) and is acknowledged as the leading authority on the reporting of best practices for cities and public authorities.

He is the founder and immediate former chairman of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, and founder of the Guangzhou Award of Urban Innovation.


Company NameCentre for Liveable Cities Singapore
Mar 2015 – Present | Singapore

Director, Global Programs and Projects
Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation
Apr 2014 – Present | Guangzhou, China

Guest Professor
Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT)
Mar 2013 – Present | Guangzhou, China

Policy Advisor
Guangzhou Municipality
2012 – Present | Guangzhou, China

Senior Fellow
Design Futures Council
2010 – Present

Honorary Chair and Founder, Steering Committee
UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign
2010 – Present

Chairman, Urban Strategy and Innovation Council
Nov 2012 – Dec 2017 | Paris Area, France


Columbia Business School
Strategic planning & management

University of California, Berkeley
Marketing & Communications

University of Geneva
1976 – 1978

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Architecture & Urban Planning
1968 – 1976

Honors & Awards

  • Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide
    UBM Future Cities

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