Michele Acuto is a professor of Global Urban Politics and Director, Connected Cities Lab, Melbourne School of Design. He is an expert on urban politics and international urban planning. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a Senior Fellow of the Bosch Foundation Global Governance Futures Program. Previously he was director of the City Leadership Lab and a professor of Diplomacy and Urban Theory at University College London, having previously worked as Stephen Barter Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford. He also taught at the University of Canberra, University of Southern California, Australian National University and National University of Singapore. He is the author of several articles, publications and policy documents on urban governance, international politics and urban development challenges, and currently co-chairs the Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on science and the future of cities.