Gemma is a Program Manager with the City Resilience Delivery team in the Singapore office. She manages the cities of Can Tho and Da Nang in Vietnam, Pune in India, Seoul in South Korea, and Singapore – as well as playing a nodal role for the functional team of Network, Knowledge and Impact. She has over three years of experience with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA). In this role, she studied gaps between the current state of development and long-term goals, and initiated research projects to address these gaps. In particular, she collaborated with the Singapore Housing and Development Board, Singapore-ETH Centre, and National University of Singapore to launch a $1 million project to improve the design of pedestrian infrastructure in a tropical environment.
Gemma has experience of outreach and engagement through her roles in organizing the World Cities Summit 2016, 2014 and the Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015. She was also instrumental in creating Urban Lab – an initiative by URA that champions new thinking and practices for sustainable and liveable cities. Through its series of exhibitions, talks, and think-pieces, Gemma has helped to shape the research and planning agenda within URA.
Gemma holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Bristol. Originally from the United Kingdom, she has lived in Egypt, France, the Philippines and Switzerland.