Current and Past Participants

All of the people below have participated in one or more dialogues since 2007.

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE

London Chair

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE

Judith Mayhew Jonas is the Chairman of the New West End Company, the business improvement district responsible for London’s West End. She is also Chairman of London & Partners,the official promotional organisation for London.

She was elected to the City of London Corporation in 1986 and became Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee in 1996. She held this position of Leader of the Council for six years. In 2006 she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Merrill Lynch in New York. She currently chairs the London New York Dialogue and the British Dutch Dialogue, The Apeldoorn Conference. Previously she was Deputy Chairman of the London Development Agency and chaired the business committee.

Judith is currently a Vice President of London First and has also served on a number of boards of educational and cultural institutions in recent years. She was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the City of London.

for more about Dame Judith please visit the London & Partners website

Carl Weisbrod

New York Chair

Carl Weisbrod

Carl Weisbrod, an attorney, is a Partner at HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A), an economic consulting firm providing innovative solutions to the complex challenges of economic growth, real estate development, and sustainability in urban environments. Mr. Weisbrod is also a Clinical Professor and Academic Chair of the newly created Concentration in Global Real Estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Prior to joining HR&A, Mr. Weisbrod served as President of the Real Estate Division for Trinity Church and executive vice president of Trinity Church- St. Paul’s Chapel. Mr. Weisbrod managed and developed Trinity’s approximately six million square feet of real estate holdings in Manhattan.

Mr. Weisbrod has led several public initiatives focused on revitalizing and developing New York City neighborhoods. As founding president of New 42nd Street, he spearheaded the successful City and State efforts to revive the Times Square area. Past positions include Executive Director of the New York City Planning Commission, founding president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and founding president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Alliance became a major conduit for reconstruction funds and relief efforts.

Mr. Weisbrod is currently the chairman of the New York State Health Foundation, and a Director of three major government authorities: the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (as an appointee of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg), the Trust for Governors Island (as an appointee of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg), and the Convention Center Development Corporation (as an appointee of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver). He is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and a former trustee of the Ford Foundation.

for more about Carl please visit the HR&A Advisors website

Greg Clark

Greg Clark

Greg Clark is a passionate Londoner who loves New York. He is an advisor on city building, investment, and strategies for globalisation, working with city, national, and business leaders. His current roles include:

Chairman of the OECD Forum of Development Agencies and Investment Strategies, and former Chairman of the OECD Forum of Cities and Regions; Senior Fellow, ULI Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India; Global City Advisor, Cap Gemini; Chairman, British Business Improvement Districts, Visiting Professor in City Leadership at Cass Business School, City of London.

Following several spells of leaving London to live in NYC, in 1995, he was elected as a Harkness Fellow and spent 18 months in the New York as a guest of the US Federal Government assessing city and regional economic development in US Cities as a research fellow at Columbia University in New York City. As ULI’s Senior Fellow in EMEA/India Greg provides ‘thought leadership’ to ULI’s growing network of leading development and investment companies and is helping to lead the creation of the ULI private-public Urban Investment Network (UIN) working with city and business leaders on global urban investment challenges.

From 1988 to 2006 he held a variety of posts including: Lead Advisor on City & Regional Development, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, UK Government; Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, London Development Agency; Managing Director, Economic Development, at Greater London Enterprise; Chief Executive of the London Enterprise Agency: ‘One London’; and International Programmes Director at the London Docklands Development Corporation.

for more about Greg please visit his website

Meg Kaufman

Meg Kaufman

Meg has held a variety of roles during her 20 year career in economic development, all focussed on bringing together business and local government. She is currently a freelance project manager, splitting her time between offering consultancy services with Global Cities, and managing the London/NY Dialogue.

Meg spent 5 years at the London Development Agency on the Property Development team. Before that she managed the research team at the City of London, and structured public/private financing packages for urban development projects at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

for more about Meg please visit the Global Cities website

Tony Travers

Tony Travers

Tony Travers is director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a visiting professor in the LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He is a board member of the Centre for Cities. He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. He was a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund from 1999 to 2004, and also a member of the Arts Council’s Touring Panel during the late 1990s. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the Audit Commission. He was a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance.

He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government — The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing — How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City (published in spring 2004).

He also broadcasts and writes for the national press.

(Photo courtesy of Nigel Stead/LSE)

Rosemary Scanlon

Rosemary Scanlon

Rosemary Scanlon is Divisional Dean of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.

A noted expert and scholar in the areas of urban and regional economics, from 1997-1999 Rosemary Scanlon was a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics, where she served as project director of the London-New York Economic Study, published by the Corporation of London in June 2000. In addition, she co-authored four reports on financing issues of the London Underground.

From 1993-97 she served as New York State Deputy Comptroller, with the assignment of monitoring the budget and economy of New York City and conducting performance audits of City agencies, including a financial review in 1996 of the MTA capital plan. Prior to this, she was the chief economist for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where she initiated a wide range of research programs on the economy, demography, economic impact analysis of capital investment projects, and economic development needs of New York City and the surrounding region. Publications during this period included annual and semi-annual reports on The Regional Economy, and two major economic impact studies of the arts as an industry in New York City and the metropolitan region.

for more about Rosemary please visit the NYU Schack Institute website

David Walburn

David Walburn

David Walburn is an expert in economic development, currently Visiting Professor at London South Bank University and Visiting Lecturer at Jean Moulin University, Lyon. Other roles include: Joint Editor of the Journal, Local Economy, Local Economy Policy Unit, London South Bank University; Chair of Capital Enterprise; and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), European Commission In the past, he was President of the European Association of Development Agencies and Chief Executive of Greater London Enterprise