Resilient Rotterdam: Green City Lungs for COVID-Recovery

Calendar 19 Nov 2020
Time 4.00 pm – 4.40 pm, GMT+8 
Location Zoom
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Rotterdam’s coat of arms is “stronger through struggle”. Rotterdam is emerging stronger from COVID-19 by building more green public spaces. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb shares more with Ambassador Jaya Ratnam, and how these projects not only address the pandemic, but also boost the economy, strengthen climate resilience and enhance Rotterdammers’ health and well-being.

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Rotterdam's Seven City Projects Portfolio (PDF: 3.6MB)

About the Speakers


Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb

Ahmed Aboutaleb
Mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Ahmed Aboutaleb (born 1961 in Morocco) has been Mayor of Rotterdam since 2009. Previously, he served as a State Secretary for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (2007 to 2008) and as a Vice Mayor in Amsterdam (2004-2007) for the Dutch Labour Party. At the age of fifteen, Aboutaleb came to the Netherlands for family reunification.

In the mid-1980s, Aboutaleb started his career in journalism. In 1991, he switched to public service, holding positions with the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Culture; the Social and Economic Council; and Statistics Netherlands. In 1998 he was appointed the administrator of the Forum Institute for Multicultural Development, and in 2002 became the director of the Social, Economic and Cultural Development Department of the Municipality of Amsterdam. 


Ambassador Jaya Ratnam

Jaya Ratnam
Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the European Union

Mr Jaya Ratnam is currently Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg as well as to the European Union. Mr Ratnam graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and subsequently obtained a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University, USA. Mr Ratnam has served various capacities in Europe, Southeast Asia, International Organisations, International Economics and Consular Directorates in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served at the Singapore Missions in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Brunei and to the United Nations (Geneva). Mr Ratnam was awarded Singapore's Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2012 and Long Service Medal in 2014.


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