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Professor, Public Official, Media Personality, Author & American Football Refree

Edward J Blakely

Founder and Principal of the Cities Leadership Institute

Honorary Professor in Urban Policy  with professorial appointments at leading universities

in US, South Africa and Europe (current Univ of Calif, Berkeley and Sydney Univ)


One of the world's leading scholars and practitioners of urban policy, Professor Edward Blakely has been Chair of Urban Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, Dean of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California and Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University in New York City. He currently serves as an Honorary Professor in Urban Policy at The University of Sydney. He is also the Founder and Principal of The Cities Leadership Institute. In addition to Professor Blakely's background in academia, the Professor has an extensive record of public service that includes advising Presidents of the United States both Democratic and Republican (Nixon& Clinton),  the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, state and federal governments in Australia and the United States, as well as governments in Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, New Zealand , Vietnam and currently Chile and Italy. The Cities Leadership Institute allows Professor Blakely to combine his passion for city building design with his expertise in teaching and fostering capacity development in all levels of government. 


He is a member of the University of California Football Hall of Fame on the Riverside campus as well as co-athlete of the year for the University of California system in 1959. He has been conferred numerous academic, professional and media awards.


No speaking Fees but all travel & accommodation

Contact for any inquiries (please do not try to reach me) +61 406 687 913

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