Nse Umoh Esema is a Nigerian-American urban planner. She is a Senior Program Manager, City and Practice Management supporting a number of 100RC’s African cities, specifically Accra, Paynesville, Durban, Lagos, Enugu, and Capetown, in building resilience.
She joined 100 Resilient Cities from the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a center for urban planning and development at MIT. CoLab is focused on building self-determination for communities on the margins (low-income individuals, people of color, and communities on the periphery) and democratizing economies. As Program Director for Community Media Projects, Nse’s work at MIT CoLab was focused on leveraging media-based tools and strategies for engaging in urban planning processes that advance these goals. Nse has also worked in Lagos, Nigeria with the Social and Economic Rights Action Center, organizing and engaging in research with communities living in Lagos’ slums and facing persistent eviction threats.
An alum of MIT and The University of Pennsylvania, she earned a Masters in City Planning from the former and a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies from the latter.