Building the city of tomorrow is a challenge central to Group strategy. Half of humanity already lives in cities. Ensuring responsible growth and responding successfully to our major energy and environmental challenges means offering cities, companies and people effective, ground-breaking solutions. This will require innovative thinking that considers urban spaces as a holistic structure of intercommunicating systems. 

The 3 missions of the Urban Strategy Council

The role of the Urban Strategy Council is to take a cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary look at urban issues in order to contribute to the construction of tomorrow’s livable city.

  • To provide critical input and contribute to the debate surrounding the ENGIE vision of the city and the nature of its involvement
  • To act as a source of information and alert in the disciplines and areas of expertise represented
  • To provide input into ENGIE medium- and long-term thinking on urban strategy

The Urban Strategy Council is a key element of the ENGIE response to the new urban challenges, because it provides greater clarity of insight for the Group’s decisions and thoughts as it prepares to contribute the most appropriate industrial responses.

The 4 prospective scenarios for the city of tomorrow

  • The governance of simultaneously centralized and decentralized systems
  • The implementation of an integrated approach in emerging countries
  • The incorporation of sociological and behavioral considerations into Research and Development
  • The promotion by the Group of its integrated approach


A series of recommendations on methods and resources have already emerged from meetings of the Urban Strategy Council and its working groups. These will enable R&D to strengthen the position of the Group as a stakeholder in urban change.

The members of the Urban Strategy Council

The Urban Strategy Council meets twice a year as a committee of independent experts representing the many disciplines involved in preparing an integrated vision of the city: political and social scientists, public sector urban stakeholders, urban planners and architects, ecologists and biologists…

  • Ana-Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor to the Ford Foundation, former assistant secretary of the “Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation " ( OIPI ) within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Thelma Awori, professor, specialist in women’s rights and former member of UN HABITAT
  • Brigitte Bariol-Mathais, chief government architect and planner, and Managing Director of the Network of French Urban Planning Public Agencies (FNAU)
  • Marie-Hélène Contal, architect, member of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture scientific committee, board member of the Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation and General Secretary of the LOCUS Foundation
  • Fabienne Herlaut , expert of urban mobility , former Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development within the SNCF , founder of Eco- Mobility Fund; Councilor EY Paris
  • Daniel Hoornweg, lead urban adviser, and Cities and Climate Change, Urban Development and Local Government coordinator at The World Bank
  • Teng Chye Khoo, executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore, and member of the World Future Foundation
  • Dominique Lorrain, sociologist and head of research at the CNRS, Latts/ENPC
  • Erik Orsenna, economist, writer and specialist in sustainable development, the environment, agriculture and emerging economies
  • Joseph Roig, secretary general of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • Smita Srinivas, economist and director of the Technological Change Lab (TCLab) at Columbia University
  • Sara Topelson de Grinberg, undersecretary of urban and regional development in the Mexican government
  • Gino Van Begin, secretary general of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
  • Pablo Viaggione, urban planner, specialist consultant in sustainable development, and author of the UN HABITAT Urban Planning for City Leaders report
  • Nicholas You, chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Urban Infrastructure Initiative and chairman of the UN World Urban Campaign

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