Sam Kernaghan

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Sam is passionate about building resilience for the most at risk cities and communities across the Asia Pacific. Sam is a qualified urban planner and program manager with almost 20 years’ experience across climate, infrastructure and land use planning. At 100 Resilient Cities, Sam is the Deputy Managing Director Asia Pacific, leading the development and implementation of city wide resilience strategies in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Since 2006, Sam has worked with over 30 cities across Asia-Pacific to build resilience to climate change, urbanization and natural hazard events, including Sri Lanka’s first national spatial plan post-Asian Tsunami, and leading the design and implementation of Rockefeller Foundation’s $60 million Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (2008-2013) and the Asian Development Bank’s $150 million Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (2013-2016).  Sam also worked with New York State after Hurricane Katrina, and with Sydney to help set a resilience agenda for the newly formed metropolitan planning body – the Greater Sydney Commission.

Sam was previously the head of urban planning at consultancy WSP in Sydney, and the APAC leader for Arup’s International Development business (Bangkok) where he was instrumental in designing and testing the city resilience framework and city resilience index.

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