Speakers for the Congress and details will be added to this page as they are confirmed.


Professor John Barry

John Barry is a Professor of Green Political Economy at Queens University Belfast and Co-chair of the Belfast Climate Commission

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John will be speaking in the Climate Leadership session on Friday afternoon


Peter Burke TD

Peter Burke TD is Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Irish Government

Peter will be speaking in the Actions or Visions? session on Thursday morning


Dr. David Coyles

Dr. David Coyles is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Ulster University, where he leads the Hidden Barriers research programme

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David will be leading the Belfast Secret Peace Walls tour on Wednesday afternoon


Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton is the Chief Executive of Belfast Chamber of Commerce

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Simon will be speaking in the What is a City? What is Belfast? session on Thursday morning


Martin Hulse

Martin Hulse is the Trust Manager of Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust and Trustee of the Heritage Trust Network

Martin will be speaking in the Informing Experiences session on Friday morning

Fiona Bell

Fiona Bell is the Chief Executive of thrive

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Fiona will be speaking in the What is a City? What is Belfast? session on Thursday morning


Robert Burns

Robert Burns is the Director of Housing and Community Development at Fingal County Council

Robert will be speaking in the Climate Leadership session on Friday afternoon


Abby Garrison

Abby Garrison is Vice President of Community Investments at United Way of Greater Chattanooga

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Abby will be speaking in the Informing Experiences session on Friday morning


Rita Harkin

Rita Harkin is the Support Officer for Northern Ireland at the Architectural Heritage Fund

Rita will be taking part in the Rural Urbanism breakout discussion on Friday morning


Ramon Marrades

Ramon Marrades is Director of Placemaking Europe and Strategy Advisor to the Creative Bureaucracy Festival

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Ramon will be speaking in the Informing Experiences session on Friday morning

Michele Bryans

Michele Bryans is the Chief Executive of EastSide Partnership

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Fiona will be speaking in the What is a City? What is Belfast? session on Thursday morning


Deborah Colville

Deborah Colville is City Innovation Manager and Head of Smart Belfast at Belfast City Council 

Deborah will be speaking in the What is a City? What is Belfast? session on Thursday morning


Andrew Haley AoU

Andrew Haley is the Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

Andrew will be taking part in the Investing in Places for Impact panel discussion on Thursday morning


Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey is the Planning & Development Officer and Programme Manager of the Collaborative Town Centre at the Heritage Council

Alison will be taking part in the Rural Urbanism breakout discussion on Friday morning


Daniel McKendry

Daniel McKendry is Principal Landscape Architect at A&DS

Daniel will be taking part in the Investing in Places for Impact panel discussion on Thursday morning