Olga Chepelianskaia is an international sustainability expert and Founder of UNICITI. She specializes on sustainable and climate resilient urban development in Asian cities, ecosystem and heritage revival, climate change and clean energy. Over 14 years of her professional engagement, she managed 5 major international programs, covered over 20 cities and 40 countries, and worked with 7 top international institutions: ADB, CDIA, Rockefeller Foundation, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP and UNESCAP.
Her expertise covers program management, governance, policy and urban planning, stakeholder engagement, access to finance, valorisation of cultural and natural assets, capacity building, PR and communication. Her focus is on helping Asian cities become vibrant, sustainable, climate resilient, economically dynamic, inclusive and culturally unique. Her brand approach is to place city’s natural and cultural assets at the core of its development to generate unique economic, social and environmental opportunities.
She is a speaker and moderator of numerous international events, including recently at 2018 Placemaking Week (Wuhan, China), 54th ISOCARP Congress (Bodo, Norway), TEDxFMS (New Delhi, India), 4th Global Climate Policy Conference (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Smart Cities Expo (New Delhi, India), the World Urban Forum 9 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), ICLEI Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2017 (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam), World Bank INSPIRE 2017 (Jaipur, India), Climate Forum’17 (Moscow, Russia), Future Energy Forum 2017 (Astana, Kazakhstan) or UNDP Asia Forum on the Role of Local and Urban Governments in Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Rural Areas (Haiyang, China). Olga has recently also served as Urban Planning Expert at the International Design Charette for New Hanzheng Riverside Avenue in Wuhan, China organized by ISOCARP, UN-Habitat and Wuhan Planning and Design Institute (WPDI) and at International Design Workshop on Grand Canal National Culture Park in Suzhou, China organized by International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) and the Jiangsu Institute of Urban Planning and Design (JUP).