Prof. Murray Metcalfe (Project Director) leads the Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa project, under the Dean’s Strategic Fund.  He is Professor, Globalization in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Centre for Global Engineering, and a Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute.  At UofT he developed and taught courses in Technology, Engineering and Global Development and in Global Energy Systems. Prof. Metcalfe has also taught at IIT Bombay in India and the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.  He collaborated on a large multi-disciplinary team at UofT working on issues of innovation and development; that work led to the publication of the edited volume Innovating for the Global South (UofT Press).  Prior to returning to academia Prof. Metcalfe had extensive private sector experience in the management consulting and investment management industries.

Prof. Brent Sleep (Principal Investigator, Connaught Global Challenge Award) is Chair of the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at UofT. He was named to Chair in July 2013. He is recognized internationally for his research in remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Professor Sleep joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 1990, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and to full Professor in 2000. He is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and is the lead researcher and Principal Investigator of two research networks: INTEGRATE, the Innovative Technologies for Groundwater Remediation project, is funded by the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) Water Round grant; and RENEW, the Remediation Education Network, is funded by an NSERC CREATE grant. His research interests are in the area of innovative methods for remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, with a focus on organic contaminants. Professor Sleep has made outstanding contributions to the profession through editorships in leading journals in the water resources field and active involvement on important panels and committees. Earlier in his career he lived and worked in Nigeria as a CUSO cooperant, teaching mathematics in a teachers college.

Prof. Greg Evans is a Professor in Chemical Engineering Director of the Collaborate Graduate Program in Engineering Education; and Associate Director of the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is interested in enhancing the positive impact of engineers on society by making leadership development an integral part of an engineering education, and more generally promoting the evolution of what and how we teach engineers.  Related research examines the development and assessment of tools for in-class and on-line instruction of team effectiveness competencies.  He is also the Director of the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR), for interdisciplinary research on the study of air quality, with a focus on how aerosols impact human health and the environment.

Dr. Rahim Rezaie is a Researcher, Senior Research Advisor and Program Coordinator for the Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa (EESC-A) initiative at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. He has conducted post-doctoral fellowships at the Rotman School of Management and the Munk School of Global Affairs, and completed Post Graduate Research Fellowships at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Dr. Rezaie is focused on promoting development innovations aimed at addressing health and education challenges in the developing world using science and technology. His previous experiences include: genetic diagnostics, health technology innovation in emerging markets (India, China, Brazil), global health, and innovation policy. He holds a master of biotechnology degree and a PhD in health technology innovation from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Nadine Ibrahim is a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Toronto, teaching courses in Civil Engineering (Engineering Economics; Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities in Civil Engineering) and Infrastructure for Urban Prosperity for the Master’s Program in Cities Engineering and Management. Her research connects sustainable urbanization with ecological economics to address climate change in cities, and has applied her research to global cities. She is the departmental mentor for Civil Engineering to the MasterCard Scholars program, which brings African students to UofT and other Canadian institutions. She holds a certificate of preventive engineering and social development, and has worked in international development and environmental consulting in the Middle East and North Africa region for six years.

Prof. Daniel Hoornweg is a professor in Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He retired from the World Bank in 2012 after almost 20 years of experience in the urban sector. He was the Bank’s Lead Urban Specialist, Cities and Climate Change, and remains a Fellow in the Sustainable Development Network. Dan joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1993 and has worked in all of the Bank’s geographic regions with a key focus on Sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, India, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and the Pacific Islands. He has worked with some 300 cities in more than fifty projects with climate change components. Prior to joining the Bank Dan had almost ten years experience working in local government. Dan's academic background includes degrees in Earth Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dan is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UofT and a Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute at UofT.

Prof. Jennifer Drake is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Engineering Research Group in Civil Engineering. Her research is directed towards Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater systems, watershed planning and stormwater management, and the impact of Low-Impact Development (LID) technologies on aquatic environments, urban water security and wet weather policy.  She is a Co-Researcher on Hydrology in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at U of T.

Chibulu Luo is a PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates the linkages between sustainable infrastructure and urban planning in sub-Saharan African cities, including issues of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change. She is also a Doctoral Scholar with the Centre for Global Engineering and a former Young Scientist with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Lulu worked extensively in international development, including with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, United Nations and the World Bank. She also holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Warwick University and Engineering Management from Duke University.

Antoine Despres-Bedward is a doctoral student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education focusing on literacy, educational technology, equity, science, online learning, holistic education, instructional design and teacher development.   He is concurrently a Learning Advisor with the Government of Canada, and has authored a Masters thesis on Comparing the Effect of Support on Student Satisfaction in Online and Face-to-Face Universities. (Supervised by Prof Brett).


Kirstin Newfield is a PhD Student in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her interests include sustainable water systems and infrastructure; engineering education innovation; the civil engineering/landscape architecture interface and their relevant case studies.





Kimia Moozeh is a PhD student in collaborative specialization in Engineering Education at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include laboratory based learning and multimedia learning.




Allison Van Beek is an Instructional Technology Specialist and leads the Education Technology Office at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. She has coordinated many educational technology projects, and through her office, has supported and developed online courses and module projects, Engineering MOOCs, and other special media series used in non-traditional classroom formats. She also organizes an annual EdTech Workshop to promote sharing of lessons learned and experiences and to promote collaboration through the University, manages the lecture capture program, and developed and maintains the Faculty’s Digital Object Repository.

Joanna Lau is an instructional technologist, instructor, and graphic designer. She currently works in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto and previously held positions at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Design and Communications and a Master’s degree in Education from Exeter University.

Prof. Christopher Kennedy is Chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria and Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, and currently serves as President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He designed the urban sustainability courses that are currently taught in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, and is the author of The Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth.



Prof. Clare Brett is Chair of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Toronto and has taught course in all three graduate programs in CTL; offering online courses in Constructive Learning and the Design of Online Learning Environments, Educational Applications of Computer Mediated Communication, Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program; Examining the Role of Technology in Language and Literacies Education in the Language and Literacies Education Program and Integrating Technology into the Classroom: Issues and Activities in the Master of Teaching program.


Dr. Patricia McCarney is a professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Cities Institute in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at UofT. She is also President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD). Earlier in her career she was at UN-Habitat, IDRC and the World Bank, and worked and lived in Nairobi, Kenya. She also previously served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development at UofT. She is currently a member of the ISO Technical Committee 268, Sustainable Development in Communities, where she is Chair the Working Group on City Indicators. She was integral to the development of the newly published ISO 37120, the first International Standard for Cities. This ISO Working Group is building a family of international standards on global city indicators for sustainable cities, resilient cities and smart cities.

Mike Klassen is a PhD Student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He brings a wealth of experience working inside the Faculty of Engineering on leadership and curriculum development. As an undergraduate, he helped establish the EngSci and Faculty-Wide working groups of ILead, the Energy Systems major in EngSci, and the Center for Global Engineering (CGEN). Mike brings creative energy and practical experience in engineering leadership for wider social impact. He worked for three years in Ghana, Uganda and the UK with EWB Canada, as a consultant, team leader and portfolio manager. Most recently he worked as a senior analyst evaluating the social impact of Canadian charities. Mike has a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo (2014) and a BASc in Engineering Science (2010) from the University of Toronto.

Dr. David Olukanni is a Professor in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering Department at Covenant University. He is a Fulbright Scholar; studied at the University of Oklahoma, Norman and researched at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, U.S.A. He was the Chair of Civil Engineering and currently the Director, Quality and Academic Standards, Covenant University. He is a member of the following learned and professional associations: Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); International Association for Environmental Hydrology (IAEH); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN) and the State He has published widely in book chapters, local and International reputable Journals. He serves on the Editorial Board and as reviewer for several journals. He also serves as assessor and external examiner for postgraduate dissertations and thesis in Universities (Home and Abroad). He is a Visiting Research Scholar to North Carolina State University. His research interest includes: Solid Waste Management; Environmental Sustainability; Rural-Urban Water Supply, Wastewater Management, Rural/Urban Sanitation and Hygiene studies. He teaches courses in Civil Engineering, Water resources and Environmental Engineering. He has supervised and mentored several students towards the award of their degrees.

Dr. Gilbert Siame holds a PhD and a MSc. in city and regional planning from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr. Siame is the convener of the MSc in Spatial Planning programme in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Zambia where he is also a co-founder and current Director of the Centre for Urban Research and Planning (CURP). Dr. Siame’s research interests and projects include among others urban informality, urban sustainability, urban governance, planning education, transdisciplinary research methods, and the interface of planning theory and practice in the global South. He is the founding coordinator of EPIC Africa.

Dr. Innocent Musonda is the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment (Carinbe) based at the University of Johannesburg and an international conference on infrastructure development (DII- Conference series). He is passionate about applied research in infrastructure development, safety in construction and the digitization of the construction industry.



Dr. Fatma Mohamed is a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, teaching courses in Architecture Program under Civil Engineering Department. She has worked with UN-Habitat in projects related to Energy Efficiency in Buildings in East Africa and interested in doing research related to energy and sustainability.


Patrick Ishimwe is a MasterCard Scholar studying Mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. He served as a House Representative at New College. Currently, he is the representative of the MasterCard scholars at the University of Toronto.



Jeff Mukuka is a Mastercard Scholar studying Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is also the President of the Caretrust Foundation for Sustainable Development and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.