Leadership

Secretariat

The Global Alliance is led and coordinated by the Urban Hub at Save the Children.

Save the Children Sarah Sabry
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Dr. Sarah Sabry

Founding Chair and steering committee member, Global Alliance – Cities4Children
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Sarah is responsible for advancing Save the Children’s work in the urban context, especially for the most marginalized children. She founded and leads the Global Alliance – Cities 4 Children on behalf of Save the Children. Sarah has over 20 years of experience in development practice and research. She worked and consulted for various organisations including the Ford Foundation, IIED, IDRC, the American University in Cairo, and the Arab human rights fund. She has managed an NGO working on poverty reduction in Cairo, been a grant maker, a researcher, lecturer and project manager. Her work, research and writing has mostly focused on urban poverty with a focus on slums/informal settlements and on youth development. She holds a PhD in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has taught at SOAS and at the University of Zurich.

Steering Commitee

Dr. Sara Candiracci, Associate Director, ARUP
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Dr. Sara Candiracci

ARUP, Associate Director

Sara is an urban planner, programme manager and social researcher with 19 years of professional experience in the field of inclusive and resilient urban development and planning, with a focus on vulnerable urban contexts. She leads the Inclusive and Resilient Cities portfolio of Arup International Development, and the Child friendly cities agenda, which received in 2020 the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Award for “Best Use of Thought Leadership”. Before joining Arup in 2017, Sara has worked with the UN (UN-Habitat, UNESCO), Development Banks (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), Local Governments (Quito, Ecuador and Maputo, Mozambique) and INGOs (CUAMM, Etimos) in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. She holds a PhD in urban planning, with a thesis on the role of cultural heritage in social development and place-making in East Africa.

Andrea Torres, Programme Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation
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Andrea Torres

Bernard van Leer Foundation, Programme Director

Andrea has over 20 years of experience managing and implementing social public policies and programmes and over 10 years of experience in the early childhood development field. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Chile, and a Master of Arts in International Child Studies from Kings College London.
Before joining the Foundation, she was the National Coordinator of Chile Crece Contigo (“Chile grows with you”), the comprehensive protection system for early childhood development, at the Ministry of Social Development from 2010 to 2012 and 2014 to 2018. She has also worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, providing technical assistance to various Latin American countries in early childhood development.

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Douglas Ragan

UN-Habitat, Programme Management Officer for the Human Rights and Social Inclusion Unit

Douglas has worked on children and youth development at the local, national and international level for the past 30 years. Currently he is managing UN-Habitat’s children and youth programme which has engaged over 500,000 youth through projects in over 70 developing countries. His current focus is working with youth in informal settlements and in conflict cities. Doug has authored, co-authored and edited 17 research and policy publications on urban youth issues, the most recent being the Global Youth-Led Development series, representing research done on youth-led agencies in the developing world. Doug holds a Bachelors Degree in Latin American Studies and a Masters Degree in Management.

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Thomas George

UNICEF, Senior Adviser and Global Lead for Urban

Thomas has over 33 years of experience in international development, with 28 years in the United Nations in different countries. He started his career with the Indian Civil Services and is a national of India.

Aline Rahbany - World Vision International
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Aline Rahbany

World Vision International, Technical Director, Urban Programming

Aline leads World Vision International’s global urban work as technical director on urban programming. She has worked in the international non-profit organization industry since 2008. In her current role, she leads the mainstreaming of urban programming across World Vision’s global strategy and operations. She also supports program, strategy and capabilities development for development and humanitarian responses in cities and other urban areas across multiple countries. She has a Master’s Degree focused on health education and community development from the American University of Beirut. She am passionate about inclusive cities and advocating for groups who are “deliberately silenced or preferably unheard”. She is Lebanese living in Toronto, Canada.

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