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Adna Karabegovic
Project Manager , International development
Washington, DC, United States
Multilingual urban development professional with successful experience managing multiple projects and developing cross-sectoral
engagements, workshops, and knowledge products focused on urban and sustainable development. Proven relationship builder through dedicated programming, capacity development, knowledge capture and exchange of solutions within the urban realm.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
My professional experience includes the development of long-term projects focused on guiding urban policy towards more inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities. I have strong experience developing, implementing and administering grants as well as managing multiple (40) contract deliverables, overseeing programming, monitoring and evaluation of projects as well as the dissemination and uptake of findings.

Designing the collection of primary data, providing policy analysis, and preparing knowledge products has also been a cornerstone in my professional practice. I have contributed to flagship publications such as the World Resources Report: Towards A More Equal City and have led the production of knowledge products for urban practitioners. The series of papers focused on providing actions cities can take to ensure more equal and environmentally sustainable access to core services including water, sanitation, energy and housing. In addition, I tracked, advised and reviewed the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities knowledge product pipeline across its 5 international offices in order to ensure quality control. I have also designed and led workshops and trainings for policymakers focused on embedding ICT into the provision of core public services.

My achievements in the Urban Sector are at the local and international scale. I began my career working for a business improvement district where I liaised on behalf of the city with the University and over 100 local businesses. I implemented a number of tactical urbanism measures and programming to generate interest in the downtown core. I instituted new placemaking programs and consulted on capital improvement projects. This was a pivotal moment in deciding my career path as it enabled me to understand the importance of place based approaches, public private partnerships, and social innovation.

During my vocational training at Cornell University, I mapped access to core services in poor urban neighborhoods in Surakarta, Indonesia. This work empowered communities to access the participatory planning budget that enables low cost interventions such as pavement of sidewalks and construction of pit latrines and sewage tanks. Here I also engaged with civil society and the public sector on how to best convey the information to some of the most vulnerable communities in Surakarta.

Additional achievements include working on Transit Oriented Development in Addis Ababa. In Addis, disagreement between the private and public sector erupted when necessary permits were not secured from the City Planning Department in the development of the light rail transportation system. My team identified nodes along the light rail line that would enable economic activity, while conserving the historic built environment and generating revenue.

Most recently, I have been involved in capacity development and training in the ICT and Smart City sector for urban development practitioners from the Global South. I was always enamored by the rapid advancement and development of cities in East Asia. When an opportunity arose to work on smart cities at the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) in Seoul, I was intrigued. In particular, I was interested in how Seoul’s development trajectory could be scaled and knowledge transferred to emerging cities.

While I focused on research and development of equitable cities in the Global South at WRI, I shifted to innovative technologies in urban service provision in the more advanced economy of Seoul at WeGO. My varied experiences have made me adaptable to different working environments and functions.
Cornell University, Master of Urban & Regional Planning, Ithaca, NY, Sept. 2014-Aug. 2016
• Chair for Cornell University's Department of Art Architecture and Planning design organization, Design Connect, 2015-2016
• FLAS, (Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow), Bahasa Indonesia, 2015-2016
• Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion Program at SC Johnson Graduate School of Management, 2015

University of Vermont, Bachelor of Science, Burlington, VT, Sept. 2007-May 2011
• First Generation Scholar; Major: Community International Development & Applied Economics; Minor: French Language
• Council on International Education Exchange, Study Abroad, Dakar, Senegal
Affiliations and Achievements:
Cornell University, Department of Art, Architecture and Planning, Banja Luka, BiH,/ Ithaca, NY, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016
Independent Researcher
• Secured research grant from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies for research in the city of Banja Luka, BiH
• Conducted secondary research on Banja Luka and Western Balkan cities to inform background and concept of Master’s Exit Project
• Conducted primary research in Banja Luka on the changes of its built environment between pre and post 1992 -1995 war which culminated in my final master’s degree exit project

Kota Kita, Surakarta, Indonesia/Ithaca, NY, Dec. 2014-May 2016
Research Consultant
• Conducted primary research in urban neighborhoods on access to clean water and sanitation, housing and participatory budgeting and presented findings to local community leaders and stakeholders in Indonesia
• Collaborated with civil society organizations to communicate challenges with acquiring access to core services in urban poor neighborhoods to government officials
• Produced report on participatory budgeting in Indonesia and beyond

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  • Consulting assignments
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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Bosnian
    Bosnia And Herzegovina , United States
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