Stichting Global Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities)

Resilient Cities Network is a global city-led non-profit organization that brings together knowledge, practice, partnerships, and funding to empower cities to build a safe, equitable, and sustainable future for all. Resilient Cities Network has entities is the US, Europe and Singapore and teams in Africa and Latin America. Resilient Cities Network builds on the legacy of the “100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation” and its 97 member cities and Chief Resilience Officers.  

The European entity of the Resilient Cities Network is based in the Netherlands and works with its 21 members cities across Europe and the Middle East in strengthening their urban resilience governance and implementing their resilience agendas. 

 Resilient Cities Network’s mission is to reduce the vulnerability and improve the well-being of over 220 million urban dwellers around the world through:  

  • Resilience expertise – design urban projects and management systems that maximize public value, minimize risks, and yield multiple dividends;
  • City connections – understand how to work within city systems and partner with city practitioners (CROs) to directly affect change;
  • Global practitioner network – amplify messaging, disseminate knowledge, host collaborative opportunities, and scale solutions.

Within REACHOUT Resilient Cities Network is responsible for training and capacity building of the cities involved and their peer partners. It will also have a major role in communication and outreach acticities. 

The Team

Nilofer Tajuddin

Nilofer is an urbanist with experience in strategic urban planning, inclusive development, capacity building and stakeholder engagement. Additionally, she has worked on Public Relations, social media campaigns and exhibitions.

Lina Liakou

Lina leads the resilience practice in Europe and the Middle East for the Resilient Cities Network. She is also responsible for the organization’s global governance, city engagement and knowledge. Before joining R-Cities, Lina was Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece

Leon Kapetas

A hydrologist by training, Leon Kapetas is Lead for Programs and Climate Resilience for the Resilient Cities Network in Europe and Middle East. His work focuses on Nature Based Solutions as a vehicle for climate adaptation, raising natural capital while also meeting socioeconomic community objectives.

Federico Aili

Federico Aili is an urban planner with strong interest in sustainability and urban resilience. From 2018 to 2021 he worked for the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and the ISOCARP Institute, where he mainly focused on EU-funded projects on Nature-based Solutions, research proposals and capacity-building programmes.