The City Mayors Foundation:
Promoting good government

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In this century, metropolitan areas, rather than nation states, will shape the world's social, cultural, technological and economic agendas. This process will lead to increased competition for human, intellectual and material resources but will also force cities to co-operate with and learn from one another.

The City Mayors Foundation, an international research think tank dedicated to urban affairs, is maintained and financed by professionals working together in Europe, the Americas and Asia to promote strong and prosperous cities as well as good local government. Established in 2003, City Mayors encourages city leaders from across the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-standing urban challenges such as governance, society, housing, transport, education and employment. City Mayors also debates ways to meet the latest environmental, health, technological, social and security challenges, which affect the well-being of citizens.

The City Mayors Foundation has no association with any city or organisation and is run on strictly non-commercial, non-profit lines. Sponsorships, advertising, subscriptions, donations or any other kind of revenue are NOT sought and will be rejected, if offered.

Cities and their people are essential drivers of all economies. The City Mayors Foundation works for a harmonious and fruitful relationship between cities and their economies. City Mayors also analyses the new challenges of urban governance, including migration pressures, community integration, disaster management and resilience against terrorism.

Successful cities require strong and resourceful leaders and well-resourced administrations, reflecting the communities they serve. City Mayors backs demands to give local governments, who cooperate with one another, increased power and authority as well as additional resources. The City Mayors Foundation campaigns against any kind of corruption in local government.

The City Mayors Foundation recognises the role women play in local government and seeks to increase the number of women mayors.

Code of Ethics
City Mayors has instituted a Code of Ethics for city leaders who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach.

The World Mayor Project
The City Mayors Foundation has awarded The World Mayor Prize and Commendations since 2004. Every two years, the World Mayor Project features mayors who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and have developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world. Since 2016, the World Mayor Project has addressed some of the big issues of our time: The refugee crisis (2016); The underrepresentation of women in local government (2018); cities after the Covid-19 pandemic (2021). The 2021 World Mayor Prize and Awards were presented on 14 September 2021. The World Mayor Project has its own dedicated website www.worldmayor.com.

The Women Mayors Project
The Women Mayors Project, launched in late 2021 by the City Mayors Foundation, is dedicated to women in local government. The Project features the achievements of women mayors from across the world and campaigns for women to play a stronger political role in towns and cities. Female mayors have demonstrated their determination to succeed and service to their communities. Many have become role models for young women and, indeed, men.

In local government, particularly in politics, women are under-represented.  While a number of prominent cities, like Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago, Paris and Sydney, have elected female mayors, according to research by the City Mayors Foundation, less than fifteen per cent of the world’s mayors are women. (Other research points to even lower figures) It is also estimated that in Europe and North America only between 30 and 35 per cent of city councillors are female. We wish to show what women mayors achieve all over the world. By doing so, we hope to encourage more women to contemplate a career in local government and run for political office.

Research, publishing & pro bono services
The City Mayors Foundation maintains the City Mayors website, organises the bi-annual World Mayor Project and publishes original research. It also acts as a publishing house for its fellows. City Mayors also provides a range of pro bono services to local government, academic institutions, the press and members of the public.

The City Mayors
Tann vom Hove
Position: Senior Editor
Location: London
Expertise: Economics, government, politics, marketing, statistics
Languages: English, German, French
Mayraj Fahim
Position: Local government adviser
Location: Connecticut, USA
Expertise: Municipal finance and local government re-organisation
Languages: English
Tony Favro
Position: US Editor
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Expertise: Local government, politics, society, environment, writing
Languages: English, Italian
Matteo Dalle Fratte
Position: Southern Europe Editor
Location: London, UK; Venice, Italy
Expertise: Local government, journalism
Languages: Italian, English
Michael O'Connor
Position: Social care consultant
Location: London
Expertise: Social care, adult and child services & community development
Languages: English
Andrew Stevens
Position: UK Editor
Location: London
Expertise: Urbanism, research, politics and social media
Languages: English
Graham Cunningham
Position: Historical adviser
Location: Cambridge, Edinburgh
Expertise: European and Asian history, education
Languages: English, German, Latin
Brian Baker
Position: Local government and environment correspondent
Location: Glasgow
Expertise: Local government, politics, environment
Languages: English
Adriana Maciel
Location: Mexico City
Expertise: Politics, writing, languages
Languages: Spanish, English, French
Jacek Bruchal
Position: Eastern European Editor
Location: London and Warsaw
Expertise: Research, European politics
Languages: Polish, English, Russian
Associate Fellows
Paulo Botas
Position: Education Editor
Location: London
Expertise: Education and research
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Renato Pesci
Position: Built environment adviser
Location: London
Expertise: Architecture, art, design and education
Languages: English, Italian, French
Rodrigo Queiroga
Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Expertise: Local and regional government
Languages: Portuguese, English, Mandarin, Spanish, German
Guy Kervella
Location: London
Expertise: Marketing, tourism, Chinese and Indian urbanism
Languages: English, French
Art & Design
Kaspar Swankey
Position: Sculptor
Location: Berlin, Germany
Expertise: Sculpting, black smith
Languages: English, German
Manuel Ferrari
Position: Creative Director
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Expertise: Art & design,
Languages: French, English, Dutch
Kevin Visdeloup
Position: Art Editor
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Expertise: Art & design
Languages: German, French, English
In Memoriam
Ruth E Maguire
Founding Fellow
Died 23 April 2006

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