The business of urban sustainability: Can the private sector contribute to thriving cities?

When: Thursday June 6, 2024 at 14h00- 15h30 CET/8h00-9h30 EST
Location: Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Center Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam, Netherlands

Join the World Benchmarking Alliance at Urban Future 2024 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. WBA’s Urban Benchmark will co-host its first panel event alongside the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The event will examine the private sector’s important, and growing, role in cities and its impact on urban sustainability. In a landscape where urban planning often yields to market forces, our panel will strive for a deeper comprehension of the private sector’s role and responsibilities.

The panel will include practitioners and representatives from the government, civic, and academic sectors who will share knowledge and insights on innovative solutions to mitigate environmental degradation, build resilience, and create cities that can thrive in the face of global changes.


  • Sibora Dhima, Urban Benchmark Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance


  • David Dodman, General Director, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies
  • Roxana Slavcheva, Global Lead for Built Environment, World Resources Institute
  • Besmira Dyca, Urban Benchmark Research Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Hélène Chartier, Director of Urban Planning and Design, C40 Cities

If you are planning to be in Rotterdam and are interested in attending this event in person, please register using the register button below. The event will take place in room Port 1B+C at Urban Future.

Got a question?

Get in touch with Tony Hartanto Widjarnarso, Urban Benchmark Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance.



This is the first Urban event hosted by WBA since the release of the finalised Urban Benchmark methodology in March 2024. Using this methodology, the Urban Benchmark will assess and rank the 300 companies with the most impact on urban environments – including real estate developers and managers, construction and engineering firms, transportation companies and companies in the utility sectors – according to how well they ensure sustainable and equitable cities. WBA’s goal is to transform Sustainable Development Goal 11, the New Urban Agenda, as well as other global commitments and industry disclosure standards into a cross-cutting methodology. The results of this analysis will be released in November 2024 at the World Urban Forum.

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