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UrbanEmerge was established in 2017 by a core group of co-founding partners. We now comprise a wider group of partners, lead consultants, business development specialists and, most importantly, our network of carefully selected, UrbanEmerge affiliated independent consultants, located around the world. As well as offering high quality expertise and deep experience, UrbanEmerge consultants apply a shared set of values to every assignment.



Naji is a co-founder of UrbanEmerge and an Associate Professor at UCL (co-director Msc. Urban Economic Development).  He is specialised in inclusive and regenerative urban and regional development. He has over 20 years of professional experience, ten years of which has included consultancy and research in Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Peru and Mexico. He has conducted research projects for the World Bank, the FCDO, UNIDO and the GSMA as well as other private sector clients.   Read more

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Inclusive Economic Development

Ecological & Circular Development

Strategy & Framework Design

Poverty Reduction

Industrial Development 

Dr Naji Makarem

Managing Partner 

London, UK 

Andreas Beavor 

Managing Director 

Hangzhou, China

Andreas has 14 years of experience as a consultant and manager in the international development sector and is a co-founder of UrbanEmerge. He provides expertise in linkages between and sustainable urban and regional planning, low-carbon and resilient development, circular economy solutions and emerging digital technologies. He is experienced in project scoping, design, management, evaluation and learning and in carrying out evidence-based research and analysis that leads to a rigorous understanding of how an initiative or programme can deliver maximum impact. Read More

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Land, Transport & Infrastructure

Inclusion & Empowerment

Environmental Risk & Resilience

Digital & Smart City Solutions

Sustainable Urban Systems


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Jonathan is a seasoned finance professional with 20 years CFO experience. Read More

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Jonathan is the Finance Director of UrbanEmerge. 

Jonathan Wilkes 

Finance Director  

London, UK 

Allen J Scott

Senior Advisor

Los Angeles, USA

Allen J. Scott is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California – Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous books and scientific papers on issues concerning urbanisation, regional development, the cultural  economy, and globalisation. Read More

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Economic Development

Land, Transport & Infrastructure

Inclusion & Empowerment


Ashley Richardson is UrbanEmerge’s Business Development Lead. She has experience working with both public and private companies searching to enhance opportunities for the urban poor and reduce inequalities. Read More​

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Business Development

Ashley Richardson

Business Development Lead

London, UK 


Samia Khan 


Jeddah, KSA

Samia Khan is a consultant at Urban Emerge. She has a diverse professional background to support projects that align with her vision for a sustainable, inclusive and just future for the world. Samia is curious about urban processes, particularly the influence of spatial and social relations in the built environment. Read More


Fizza Fatima is a full-time consultant with Urban Emerge. She is an architect and urban planner originally from Pakistan, passionate about community uplifting and supporting sustainable urban environments. Read More

Fizza Fatima


Barcelona, Spain 

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Anna Koch  

Junior Consultant 

Budapest, Hungary

Anna Koch is a junior consultant at UrbanEmerge. She has years of volunteering experience working with various NGOs in London, Budapest, and internationally as well. 

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