THOMAS MELIN | cities, policy

THOMAS MELIN | cities, policy

Thomas Melin is acting head of the External Relation Office, Office of the Executive Director for the Global Division at UN-HABITAT, where he specializes in local governance and decentralization, institutional reform, and strategic partnerships.

Mr Melin is the agency focal person for local governments and local government associations. He is also responsible for the establishment of the global Sustainable Urban Development Network (SUD-Net), which is facilitating joint collaboration between a range of urban knowledge networks. A Swedish national, Mr. Melin is an architect and planner who received his education and training from Lund University, Sweden.

Mr. Melin has been working in the field of international urban development for more than 25 years, first as an architect in the NGO sector. From 1987 to 2000, he served as Construction Co-coordinator for Swedish Save the Children in Ethiopia. Among his other long-term engagements are with the Ameen Nasher Higher Institute for Health Science Program in Yemen and the Port Elizabeth Low-income Housing Programme in South Africa.

Mr. Melin held senior positions at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, where he served as Head of the Urban Development Division from 2005-2009. He is author of several articles and publications, among them, “Fighting Poverty in Historical Cities”. He has been very active in international networking of institutions and organisations addressing urban issues. He is a member of the Ralf Ersking Award Board and resides in Kenya.