100RC Announces Former Thessaloniki CRO Lina Liakou as Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East

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Lina Liakou most recently served as Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for Thessaloniki, Greece, and will now oversee the European and Middle Eastern Portfolio for 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC)

With more than a decade of experience in urban planning and resilience, Liakou will be a critical part of 100RC’s efforts to implement projects that build more inclusive, resilient cities in the region

NEW YORK – Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), announced today the selection of Lina Liakou for the role of Regional Director, Europe and the Middle East at 100RC, based in the organization’s London, UK office. Until recently, Liakou served as Chief Resilience Officer and Deputy Mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece – a 100RC Network Member. In that capacity, Liakou created and began implementation of one of Europe’s first Citywide Resilience Strategies – “Resilient Thessaloniki: A Strategy for 2030” – created in conjunction with 100RC. As Regional Director, Liakou will lead the organization’s strategic vision in Europe and the Middle East, take part in overseeing the implementation of on-the-ground initiatives, and will lead 100RC’s London office.

“Lina’s unique qualifications as a city leader and resilience expert make her a perfect fit to help steer our efforts in Europe and the Middle East,” said Michael Berkowitz. “Already part of the 100RC family, we have seen first-hand her skills and qualifications not just in Thessaloniki, but as a champion and advocate across Europe. We are thrilled to have Lina on board to help us fortify the work of building a more resilience Europe and Middle East.”

Lina Liakou comes to 100RC from her previous dual post as Deputy Mayor in Urban Resilience and Development Planning and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece. In addition to leading the development of Thessaloniki’s Resilience Strategy, she spearheaded the implementation of the city’s 5-year operational and strategic plan, drive for developing international partnerships, and management of all European Union funding streams. In conjunction with Thessaloniki’s membership in the 100RC Network, Liakou also oversaw the creation of the City’s Office of Urban Resilience.

“As Chief Resilience Officer for Thessaloniki, Greece, I saw first-hand the power of focusing on urban resilience,” said Lina Liakou, 100RC Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East. “At a time when Thessaloniki was mired in a national fiscal crisis and grappling with the largest modern-day population migration, the process to create and begin implementation of Thessaloniki’s Resilience Strategy provided an important framework to help guide citywide decision-making for the short- and long-term, with a clear focus on changing systems to better the lives of Thessaloniki’s residents.”

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Lina Liakou Brief Bio

Lina Liakou previously served as Chief Resilience Officer Deputy Mayor for Urban Resilience and Development Planning for the municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece. She was responsible for the operational and strategic plan of the city and for the coordination of all EU funding streams. Lina was also responsible for the implementation of the city’s Resilience Strategy – “Resilient Thessaloniki: A Strategy for 2030,” created in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. Lina spearheaded Thessaloniki’s first-ever bottom-up and inclusive methodology in creating “Resilient Thessaloniki,” which focused on themes such as the environment, economy, and social cohesion. She previously served as an associate at the nonprofit organization “School of ARCHitecture for All” and was co-founder of the architectural studio “URBAN3” in Athens. Lina Liakou is a trained architect and urban designer from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2015) of the German Marshall Fund of the United Stated.

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.