Jan Gehl
Jan Gehl was born in Copenhagen in 1936. Architect, professor and consultant on urban designHe has focused his career on improving the quality of urban life, by reorienting the design of the city towards the pedestrians, public life and cyclists.
Author of "Life between Buildings", "Public Spaces - Public Life", "New City Spaces", "New City Life", "Cities for People" (2010 ) and "How to Study Public Life" (2013). "Life between Buildings" and "Cities for people" have both been published in more than 40 languages.
In 2000, he founded with Helle Søholt Gehl Architects, with the purpose of applying the theories into practical planning. Major improvement projects have been carried out for Copenhagen, Melbourne, Sydney, London, New York and Moscow.
Markus Appenzeller
MLA+, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, NL
He was born in 1972 and grew up in Germany. After completing his studies in Stuttgart and Chicago, Markus has been working in the Netherlands since 2001. In 2012, together with Gerard Maccreanor and Richard Lavington he established his own firm MLA+, which has 8 offices around the world. MLA+ is currently involved in projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, and is working there on urban design and planning assignments, as well as architecture commissions.
Markus is an expert in large-scale urban and architectural projects in an international context. He is a regular guest critic at the AA School of Architecture in London, has lectured at several schools across Europe and has been teaching at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He also writes on various topics of contemporary urbanism and advises companies in how to operate in other countries and cultural environments.
Most remarkable projects are Olympic Legacy Masterplan, London; Urban Development Strategy, Ekaterinburg; City Extension, Accra; Bao'An Regeneration Plan, Shenzhen.
In 2017, Markus Appenzeller has also been appointed head of the Master's programme in Urbanism by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
Haris Piplas
Keynote Speaker & Curatorial Advisor of the CANactions Festival 2018.

Haris Piplas, born in Sarajevo, is an urban researcher & designer. He has studied and worked in Sarajevo, Berlin, Copenhagen, Milan, and Zurich.

He is currently affiliated to the ETH Zurich's Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design. His current focus is on defining potentials for critical future urban transformations in Central-Eastern European Cities. He worked on developing innovative research, practice and teaching models in collaboration with academia, industry, and policy partners: in particular the U-TT Digital Urban Global Toolbox, the ISTP (Institute of Science Technology and Policy), Urbanisation Research Incubator and the Urban Simulation Game.

Haris curated the "Sarajevo Now" Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Haris figures as Young Leader Chair Switzerland at the Urban Land Institute, Nominator at Aga Khan Foundation Award, as well as Advisor for ISOCARP, IFLA Europe, European Forum Alpbach, UN IPBES and other institutions.