Shipra Narang Suri

Chief, Urban Practices Branch (OIC) and Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat, Nairobi


Dr. Shipra Narang Suri is an urban planner with a PhD in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York, UK. She leads UN-Habitat’s Urban Practices Branch, which is the hub for UN-Habitat’s normative work and the home of its portfolio of global programmes. The work of the Branch covers all major areas of UN-Habitat’s work such as national urban policies; policy, legislation and governance; urban planning and design; public space; urban regeneration; land, housing and shelter; urban economy and finance; urban basic services; safer cities; human rights and social inclusion, with extensive normative work and operational activities in nearly 80 countries. Shipra is also the senior advisor within UN-Habitat for local governments and their networks.

Shipra has extensive experience in advising national and local governments, as well as private sector organisations and networks, on issues of urban planning and management, good urban governance and indicators, liveability and sustainability of cities, urban safety, women and cities, as well as post-conflict/ post-disaster recovery. She is the former co-Chair of the World Urban Campaign, a platform that brings together a large array of global organisations to advocate for sustainable urbanisation, and the former Vice-President of the General Assembly of Partners, a platform established to bring stakeholder voices to Habitat III and in the drafting of the New Urban Agenda. She is also a former Vice-President of ISOCARP, the International Society of City and Regional Planners.

Shipra has worked with the United Nations, specifically, UN-HABITAT, UNDP, and UNESCO, as well as international NGOs and private sector organisations, for over two decades. She has worked across Asia, Africa, South Eastern Europe and the Middle-East. She has been involved in the development and execution of a variety of development, research and training projects and programmes, is a regular public speaker at national and international for a and has several publications to her credit.

Session details

Thursday 1 October

1:00 pm

Responding panel to Keynote

SDGs, Urban Planning for Equity and Climate Resilience in our Cities - Theresa Williamson, Executive Director - Catalytic Communities, Brazil


Stephanie Butcher, Research Fellow - Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne


Anna Hurlimann, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean Diversity and Inclusion of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Theresa Williamson, Executive Director - Catalytic Communities, Brazil

Shipra Narang Suri, Chief, Urban Practices Branch (OIC) and Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat

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