Keynote Speaker: Anne Loes Nillesen

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Anne Loes Nillesen is founding director of urban design firm Defacto and Urbanism in Rotterdam. Defacto specializes in urban research and design in the domain of climate adaptation and flood risk management. She worked on several complex, large-scale urban design and flood risk management assignments such as the Dutch Delta Programme and Netherlands ‘sea-level rise’ and ‘integral river management’ strategy, the Bangladesh and Mekong Deltaplan, and several urban adaptation strategies, amongst which a barrier design for Houston, the ‘Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia’ project for Khulna (Bangladesh), the Kigali Nature Based Solutions strategy (Rwanda) and the Amsterdam as well as the Rotterdam Climate Adaptation strategy (Netherlands).