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Gaetan Siew

Special Envoy UN-Habitat, President of the Port Louis Development Initiative, Mauritius

Port Cities, World Cities

Port Cities played a predominant role in the history of trade, and with the demographic increase along with the rise of the middle class in the developing world, its role as an economic driver will be further reinforced. This presentation introduces the new challenges and opportunities of globalisation in a rapid urbanising world. The concepts of migration, diversity, culture, creativity and trade are coupled and superimposed to reveal an understanding of how Port Cities have, and is, contributing to civilisation. With an analysis of emerging trends along with current environmental concerns, the future of Port Cities is outlined and avenues for growth and transformation identified.


Past President of the International Union of Architects, and Past Secretary General of the African Union of Architects. He is an avid world traveller, experiencing over 500 cities across 105 countries including most of Africa. He has worked on national projects for various Governments on the African Continent, namely, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland.
For his contributions to the Architectural and Urban world, he was awarded several honorary membership and fellowships, and elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean by the Government of Mauritius, and elevated to the ranks of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, and de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic.
In-depth understanding of men, cities and global issues. Board Director of Futures Cities UK since July 2013. Past Chairperson of State Land Development Company (Smart Mauritius), Current Chairman of Construction Industry Board since 2015.
While operating his Architectural practice in Mauritius, he acts as an educator for various universities in France and China, and travels the world to animate conferences on how to build a more resilient world. To further his contributions to society, Gaetan Siew is the founder of the Global Creative Leadership Initiative, a foundation sharing solutions for a more humane world.