Human + Kind
22 October, 2020








 Lahore, a victim of rapid urbanization & sprawl, has its infrastructure development led to a situation where the city-scape is very stressful. A city that once was called the city of Gardens as we see now is more like a city of cars and traffic. Our physical and mental health is highly influenced by our surroundings. To minimize the negative impacts of built environment, we need a positive city-transformation  because "when we change our environment, the environment changes us!"  As part of  Global Conscious Cities Festival,  Conscious Lahore aims to create a rich dialogue between experts from diverse disciplines such as architects, designers, planners, transport experts and policy makers etc. under the theme "Human- Kind Lahore" We look forward to create detailed discussion on :
  • Transforming Lahore into a city that is human-kind in a way that it provides a healthy, liveable and pleasurable experience to its people.
  • Working on an integrated approach, in which mental health impacts of specific design are taken into account.
  • Introducing design strategies aiming to create solutions that eliminate the effects of urban problems.
  • Saving and shaping the city's existing and future urban form.
The focus is to create a knowledge exchange on achieving this transformation through working in the following key areas: ▪ Urban Mobility ▪ Public Spaces/Place-making ▪ Public Safety Event Moderator: Amna Azeem (Fellow CCD)  

Creative Strategist, Co-founder Humankind

Jorn Wemmenhove is creative strategist and co-founder of Humankind, where he advises cities on how to accelerate the transition to an inclusive, sustainable society by imagining the city of tomorrow and already showing it today. Jorn is passionately curious about urbanism, psychoanalysis, social work, and urban happiness. His passion lies in finding creative ways to tackle complex social problems. At the age of 20, he co-founded El Desafío Foundation, a non-profit that promotes youth development and local democracy in Rosario, Argentina.  Jorn will be presenting Human-Kind at Conscious Cities Festival 2020.

Doctoral Candidate at Centre for Urban Research, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne

Sadaf Saeed is an urban infrastructure planner by profession and her working is mainly in the field of urban planning and transportation planning. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate degree in the School of Global, Urban, and Planning Studies, from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, Australia. She is also a DAAD scholar and has completed her post-graduation in Infrastructure Planning from Stuttgart University, Germany. Professionally she has served in both the academia as well as practical fields under various executive positions. Her diversified professional experience includes working in a number of well reputed urban planning organisations in Pakistan such as The Urban Unit, NESPAK, Transport Department Punjab, City and Regional Planning Department UET, Lahore.
At the Conscious Festival 2020, Sadaf will be talking about non-motorized urban mobility ; focused on urban design linked with walk-able community under neo-liberal planning approach.

Member Advisory Board Iqbal Institute of Policy Studies, Chartered Town Planner of RTPI UK, Vice-Chairman PCATP, Town Planner & Managing Director, Sheher Saaz (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Khurram Farid Bargatt, Member Advisory Board Iqbal Institute of Policy Studies is the Chartered Town Planner of Royal Town Planning Institute the UK, and the Vice-Chairman Town Planning for Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners as well as the Managing Director, Sheher Saaz (Pvt) Ltd. He is also a member of the Federal Commission for Review of Islamabad Master Plan 2020-2040. Mr. Bargatt actively participated in policy-making initiatives including LDA building bylaws 2019, LDA Land use rules and regulations 2020, Quetta Development Authority housing scheme rules, KPK Town Planning Act, currently formulating National Urban Policy of Pakistan.

At Conscious Cities Festvial 2020, Mr. Khurram will be speaking on Urban Mobility in Pakistan and Challenges for Commuters.



Founder and CEO, Peacemakers Pakistani

Azbah is an an architect, an urbanist, a placemaker and a mental health advocate. She is the founder and CEO of Peacemakers Pakistani and has worked on place-making projects in Lahore.  At Conscious Cities Festival 2020, being part of Human-kind Lahore, she will talk about how human oriented spaces have positive as well as negative impact on individual's development. Further, she will discuss the role of place-making in achieving better spaces contributing to the well-being of the community as a whole.

Practicing architect and Urbanist

Ayesha is an architect currently pursuing her Masters in Architecture from University of Engineering and Technology. She did her bachelors from from Punjab University College of Art and Design and is now engaged independently in various architectural projects. Moreover, she is an active member of a nonprofit organization 'Peacemakers Pakistani'. Prior to that, she was a full time employee at Surblund Consultants, a private Architectural firm in Lahore. She also has an experience as full-time employee at web-based Media House 'Maati Tv', where she wrote an articles on Architectural and current issues. At Conscious festival 2020, Ayesha would like to talk about the inclusive urban public spaces and how different kind of design interventions will make a difference to make a public space inclusive of all segments of society.

Teacher, Writer, Trainer/Public Speaker, Researcher, Policy Advocate,and Policy advisor

Dr. Imdad Hussain was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MSCP postdoctoral fellowship in 2017 and 2018. He is a teacher, writer, trainer/public speaker, researcher, policy advocate, and policy advisor. He works with universities, NGOs, donor agencies, and government departments. He has contributed to and drafted polices on urban water, sanitation, solid waste management, transport, housing, urban governance, and urban economy. His major work also includes Khuda Ki Basti Project in Lahore. Currently, he is working on using designing thinking to design creative solutions for the urban problems in Pakistan. He is finding ways to look the city through the eyes of gypsies, addicts, sick, sex workers, homeless, and the lowly workers--men and women, children, and elderly.

Adjunct Faculty, LUMS & PIDE, Founder, Learners Republic, Director Urban Governance & Economic Policy, Urban Innovation

Dr. Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar is an Adjunct Faculty at Suleman Dawood School of Business of LUMS for MS (Business & Public Policy) and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. He has been working with the public sector, academia, research centers, and international development organizations for almost two decades. His current research and policy work focus on urban governance & economics, entrepreneurship, public sector governance, and public-private partnerships. Naveed has worked as a Governance Specialist at the Economic Reforms Unit of Pakistan’s Ministry of Finance. Naveed is also an entrepreneur and has advised startups and business organizations. He has taught economics, management, public policy, and urban planning/economics courses in various universities and civil service training institutions. He contributes regularly to journals, conferences and newspapers. Naveed holds an M.Phil. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. His PhD dissertation title is Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Spillover and Urbanization in Asia.