GUCP Council Members on August, 2016


Peter Karl Kresl

Peter Karl Kresl is the President of GUCP, Charles P. Vaughn Professor of Economics (emeritus) at Bucknell University, and he has been visiting professor at several universities in North America and Europe. His main research field involves urban economy, regional economy, and international trade. His most recent publications include Planning Cities for the Future, Urban Competitiveness, The Aging Population and the Competitiveness of Cities, Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies.


Ni Pengfei

Dr. Ni is General Secretary of GUCP, Director of IFTE CASS, Economics PhD, researcher, PhD Tutor. Main research fields include urban economy, urban competitiveness, real estate finance, etc. Ni is the chief editor of the Anniversary Report of Chinese Urban Competitiveness, Global Urban Competitiveness, Chinese Business Environment Report (in cooperation with The World Bank). He won the 11th “Sun Yefang Prize in Economic”. His research in urban competitiveness has raised wide concern from scholars, politicians, entrepreneurs and the public.


Edward Blakely

Sir Edward Blakely is the academician of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration, director of American Planning Commission, faculty at Australia’s University of Sydney, president of Sydney Metropolitan Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Mayor’s councilor of Paris and Sydney. He has written over a hundred articles and a number of books, including Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in US Cities.


    Luis Carvalho

Luís Carvalho (PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam) is associate researcher at the Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Porto. He is also a senior researcher of Euricur (European Institute for Comparative Urban Research). His work primarily addresses the socio-spatial dynamics of knowledge and innovation and local economic policy issues. His research has been published in journal such as Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, among others. His most recent book focuses on Delivering Sustainable Competitiveness: Revisiting the Organizing Capacity of Cities (Routledge, 2016).

     Dong-Sung Cho

He received his Doctor of Business Administration degree at Harvard Business School. He was Professor of Strategy at two institutions: Seoul National University Business School in Seoul for 36 years and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing for 2 years. Since July 2016, he is serving Incheon National University, Incheon as its 15th President. His main research fields are competitiveness of nations and cities, nation brand, globalization strategy, management design and mechanism-Based View. He has published 6 books in English, 5 books in Chinese and 65 books in Korean. President of Korea awarded him “Order of Service Merit-Yellow Stripes.” President of Finland awarded him “The Knight, First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.”  He was conferred Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by Aalto              University,  Helsinki.

Erin Cho

Prof. Cho is associate professor in Strategic Design Management at Parsons School of Design, The New School. Her research interest includes innovation management, design-led strategy, consumer perception and behavior, and electronic commerce. She is a well-established scholar with numerous publications at design and business journals such as International Journal of Design, Urban Studies, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Information and Management, and many others. She has conducted several grant projects on strategic management, innovation, and consumer issues with Filene Research Institutes, Center of International Business Education and Research, and Design and Social Science Initiative at Parsons.

Robert Huggins

Robert Huggins is Professor of Economic Geography and Director of the Centre for Economic Geography at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK. He has published more than seventy articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous books. His areas of research interest and expertise focused on urban and regional competitiveness and growth; the knowledge economy and high-technology industry; the culture of entrepreneurship and business development; inter-organizational networks and the development and mobilisation of knowledge and skills. He is the originator of the European Competitiveness Index, the UK Competitiveness Index and cofounder of the World Competitiveness Index of Regions.

Daniele Ietri

Daniele Ietri is currently Full professor of Geography at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, where he is in charge of the courses in Geography at the Faculty of Education. He earned his Doctorate (2005) and Master Degree in Economics (2002) from the University of Turin. He served as post-doctoral research fellow at the Inter-university Department of Territorial Studies and Planning, in Turin, at the Faculty of Geo-sciences of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and at the University of Valle d’Aosta, Italy. Prof. Ietri served as consultant for local and regional administrations and research institutions in Italy and the European Union, working mainly on urban and regional competitiveness and on the elaboration of local development policies.

Shen Jianfa

Jianfa Shen is professor and Chairperson of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Director, Research Centre for Urban and Regional Development, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies. His major research fields include migration and urbanization, urban and regional development, urban and regional governance. His research has been funded by the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, the Central Policy Unit of HKSAR Government, and the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. He has published 24 books. 160 refereed journal papers and book chapters.

David Maurrasse

Dr. David Maurrasse is the Founder and President of Marga Incorporated, a consulting firm founded in 2000 providing strategic advisory services and research to philanthropic initiatives and community partnerships. Maurrasse is a Senior Fellow at the New World Foundation, where he has been advising the expansion of the Civic Opportunities Initiative Network (COIN), which provides college access and civic experiential and learning opportunities for young people from underserved communities. Since 2000, he has been affiliated with Columbia University, where he currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct Research Scholar. From 1995 to 2000 Dr. Maurrasse was an Assistant Professor at Yale University, and a Senior Program Advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2000. Maurrasse has published several books, including his most recent one, Strategic Public Private Partnerships: Innovation and Development (2013). He has keynoted several conferences, addressing how to leverage institutional resources to meet pressing social needs. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Winnie Mitullah

Prof. Winnie V. Mitullah is an Associate Research Professor of Development Studies and Director, Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi, Kenya ( . She has a BA and MA in Government from the University of Nairobi, and a PhD from the University of York, UK. Winnie is the Core Partner Director for the Afrobarometer ( Network for Eastern Africa region; member of the African Urban Research Initiative (AURI), Chair of the Kenya UNESCO Secretariat Committee on Social and Human Sciences and member of several boards and technical committees. Previously, Winnie served as chair, of the UN-HABITAT Advisory Board on Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-Net); and Director of Urban Policies programme of the Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising [WIEGO] –

Stefano Mollica

Founder and President of Aislo – Associazione Italiana Incontri e Studi sullo Sviluppo Locale. The Association has existed for 15 years and promotes studies and projects in the field of sustainable local development. In particular, it worked to achieve major International Conferences on many items: Cities competitiveness and development; innovation policies development; studies and new prospects for the southern Italian regions. Aislo carries out studies, research, particularly projects with the aim of building from below capacity and initiative on local government, social experimentation, inclusion and social cohesion processes. Stefano Mollica was manager at Olivetti, Director of H & R and Organization where he was trained. He also founded an important Italian company of management consultancy. He has worked on behalf of the largest Italian companies and numerous local and regional governments, directing large change management projects. He has written numerous essays and professional content books. He studied for training at MIT and Harvard University.

Isela Esmeralda Orihuela Jurado

Isela, Doctor, professor, researcher and academic coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center of Metropolitan Studies (CentroMet), Mexico. Her fields of research are local government, public policy, urban competitiveness, metropolitan studies, and local economic development. Some of her recent works are Index of Competitiveness in the Cities of Mexico, University-governmnet-enterprise cooperation in Mexico, Public-private relationships for local development, Knowledge Cities in Mexico, and Human Capital for Innovation in Mexico.

Clemente Ruiz Durán

Ph.D. in Economics, is member of Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National Research Network) and full time professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UNAM. He has been visiting professor in MIT, UCLA, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad General Sarmiento in Argentina. He has been engaged in research projects for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), Interamerican Development Bank and World Bank. His published work includes more than 120 articles, 17 books and 10 coordinated. He has recently published “Crisis y rediseño del capitalismo en el Siglo XXI” (M.A Porrúa, 2015) and in Chinese version (Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, 2015), “El Desarrollo empresarial en la Ciudad de México: el surgimiento de la clase creativa” en La Ciudad de México en el siglo XXI principales transformaciones y tendencias (SECITI, 2016) and “México: financial inclusion and literacy outlook”, in International Handbook of Financial Outlook (Springer, 2016).

Luis Jaime Sobrino Figueroa

Luis, Doctor, Professor, researcher and academic coordinator of Urban and Environmental Studies Institution, El Colegio de México, Center of Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies. His fields of research contain urban competitiveness, metropolitan growth; regional development. His representative work is Mexico Urban Competitiveness. He is an outstanding researcher in this field.


Shaleen Singhal

Dr. Singhal is Head, Department of Policy Studies at TERI University. He had been working on sustainable urban development issues in India and the
UK for past 20 years. His PhD on City Competitiveness from University of Ulster received the global 2009 Emerald/EFMD outstanding doctoral research award. His recent publications lay emphasis on sustainable redevelopment, ecology based planning, infrastructure performance, culture, and governance for competitiveness of cities in emerging economies as India. His PhD students are adopting an inter-disciplinary approach to examine challenges and solutions for cities. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.


Prof. Tremblay is Canada Research Chair on the socio-organizational challenges of the Knowledge Economy, Director of the CURA (Community-University Research Alliance) on work-life balance over the lifecourse (SSHRC), and
professor in Economics , local development and human resources  management at the Business School of the University of Québec (Téluq- distance education component).  She is director of the Journal Papers in Political Economy/Interventions économiques and more information is available on these webpages : interventions économiques:

Joan Trullén Thomas

PhD in Economics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Tenure Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, UAB since 1990. Director of the Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies (IERMB) 2009-2015. He had been Director of the Department of Applied Economics, UAB, Director of the Graduate Program in Regional and Urban Studies and Director of the PhD Program. Specialized in the fields of economics of the territory and economic policy. Particularly, the theory of Industrial, Director of the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo (UIMP) in Barcelona. Associate editor of Journal of Economics of Catalonia. Since 2004 until 2008: Secretary General of Industry of the Spanish Government and President of the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI).

Leo Van den Berg

Leo van den Berg is emeritus professor at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He is (co) author of 27 books and has contributed to ca. 100 articles, book chapters and research reports. Professor van den Berg has been director of the European Institute for Comparative Research (Euricur) for more than 25 years. In 2005 professor van den Berg was one of the founders of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam (EDBR). Between 2011 and 2014  professor van den Berg was affiliated to the Ca’ Foscari university of Venice. Recent research projects include “Energy Transitions in Cities”( in partnership with Enel Foundation) and the PwC/ Euricur consortium “iUrban”.

Charles Vincent

Dr. V. Charles is the Director of Research for International Affairs and a Distinguished Research Professor at CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, PUCP, Lima, Peru. He is an Honorary Professor at MSM, The Netherlands, an Associate Staff at CLAS, University of Malaya, Malaysia, and a PDRF from NUS Singapore. His research interests include performance measurement and management, under deterministic, stochastic, and ambiguous business environments; also, quantitative analytics-oriented studies for the betterment of the community. He has 18 years of academic and consultancy experience and has published over 100 research papers and books. He holds international honours and awards among which: the most innovative study to Peru’s Think-Tank of the Year to measure regional competitiveness; the highly commended award of Emerald/CLADEA and the intellectual contribution award of CENTRUM for three and six consecutive years, respectively. He is the Editor-in-Chief of JCC: The Business and Economics Research Journal.