Jonathan Woetzel, Director, Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company
Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, City of London
Swati Ramanathan, Co-Founder, Janaahraha
Sir Edward Lister
Sir Edward Lister was appointed Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning by the Mayor of London in May 2011. In this role he co-ordinates implementation of the Mayor’s priorities, strategy and policy work, and activities by the Mayoral Team. As the Mayor’s Chief of Staff he leads on GLA budgets and administration. In conjunction with the Head of Paid Service, he has direct responsibility for leading and overseeing operations in City Hall.
Sir Edward advises the Mayor on strategic planning applications and has oversight of the London Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy. He delivers the Mayor’s jobs and growth agenda in this area.
Prior to coming to City Hall, Sir Edward served as leader of Wandsworth Council from 1992 to 2011. As the longest serving council leader in the country, he made Wandsworth the most successful value for money local authority in the country with the country's lowest council tax charge and top satisfaction ratings from its residents (Place Survey 2009).
He was honoured with a Knight’s Bachelor in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday honours list.
Swati Ramanathan is co-founder, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a non-profit committed to transforming quality of life in urban India. She is also Chairperson of India Urban Space, a non-profit focused on improving the quality of spatial planning and policies in India.
Swati works closely with government on urban issues in a pro-bono capacity. She has written several books on urban planning and design. She writes regularly in national media about urban governance and planning issues.
Prior to these initiatives, Swati worked in the United States with Van Summern Architecture, Planning and Design and the United Kingdom with Gensler & Associates.
Swati holds a Master’s degree from Pratt Institute, New York. For her work on Property Title systems and the development of the Jaipur Master Plan 2021, she received Rajasthan’s highest civilian award, the Rajyotsava Puraskar. In 2007, Swati was chosen as a Young Asian Leader by the Asia Society.
Based in Shanghai for more than 15 years, Jonathan has been instrumental in establishing and scaling McKinsey's presence in China. He works with Chinese businesses to develop strategies, organizations, and operations for global growth, and with city, regional, and national authorities on energy, sustainability, and economic development.