Mr. You, Nicholas


Urban specialist

  • Beijing, China
  • Guangzhou, China
  • Nairobi, Kenya
Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation

Language skills

English
Professional / Full working proficiency (I can speak fluently on a range of topics and can deliver public presentations at a normal rate of speech)
French
Professional / Full working proficiency (I can speak fluently on a range of topics and can deliver public presentations at a normal rate of speech)
Chinese
Limited working proficiency (I can participate in general conversations, understand formal written documents and can handle limited work requirements)
Spanish
Elementary proficiency (I have a basic understanding of the language)

Last updated: 2018/05/14

Personal

Nicholas You is a veteran urban specialist and thought leader. He served as the senior policy and planning advisor to UN-Habitat and the manager of the Habitat II Conference held in Istanbul in 1996. He is the founder and honorary chairman of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, Chair of the Urban Strategy and Innovation Council for ENGIE, the co-Chair of the Global Cities Business Alliance, former chairman of the Assurance Group for Urban Infrastructure of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He is a member of the board of Citiscope, the Huairou Commission and the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities and serves as a director of the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation and as an adjunct to the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore. He regularly advises central and local governments, industry and civil society organisations on strategic planning and governance.