Samer Bagaeen

Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen

SpecialityCouncilor, Brighton and Hove City Council

Professor Samer Bagaeen was elected to Brighton and Hove City Council in May 2019. He is a Chartered Town Planner, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was invited into a Distinguished Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2012. Samer was appointed as a Design Council (UK) Expert in April 2021 and joined the Global Infrastructure Hub of the G20 in May 2021 as a Mentor on the InfraChallenge.


Working on community engagement and behaviour change, in addition to sitting on the Local Outbreak (Pandemic) Emergency Board for Brighton & Hove and the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Samer sat on the city’s Climate Assembly Advisory Board and sits on the Infrastructure Panel at the Greater Brighton Economic Board. He is a founder member of the Sussex Hydrogen Group.

Samer joined the University of Kent as Professor of Planning & Resilient Systems in Canterbury in April 2018 where is also manages one of the Creative Estuary projects, cultural co-location in placemaking working with Thurrock Council and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. During this time, he supported the RICS in London in a thought leadership role and currently delivers the Institution’s corporate training on ESG & sustainability. 


He previously worked as Associate Director (City Relationships) with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. He delivered integrated city resilience strategies for Amman, Ramallah, Byblos, Tbilisi, and Rome. He supported the Amman C40 Climate Action Plan and also worked with Aecom and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the Amman Green City Action Plan.


Samer served as a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association in London (2015-2020). He delivered the Master Plan for the Abdali brownfield regeneration project in Amman (Jordan) in the early 200s when he also worked on the masterplan for the West Bay in Doha (Qatar). Before that, he delivered the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Plan for the Welfare Association (Switzerland).


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