Arnel Paciano Casanova is the country leader of AECOM business in the Philippines focusing on infrastructure and utilities, urban development and masterplanning, environment and power.
His more than 20 year career spans considerable experience in public-private partnerships, urban planning, construction, infrastructure and real estate; rising from the ranks to become the youngest President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. In this capacity, he spearheaded the successful implementation of the 9,500 hectare Clark Green City, Philippine’s first smart, green, and disaster-resilient metropolis and the construction and privatisation of the 94km Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
He had played a key role in the development and transformation of former military bases and properties, such as the Philippines’ premier central business district Bonifacio Global City, into premier centers of ecomomic and growth in partnership with the private sector.
He is a recipient of two prestigious awards given by two Philippine presidents – the Philippine Legion of Honor Medal for his work as peace negotiator in the peace talks during the Ramos presidency and the Presidential Merit Medal for his exemplary service in BCDA during the Aquino presidency. He is active in development work as well as a volunteer serving migrant workers and social entrepreneurs. He serves in the number of boards of corporations and social enterprises. He is a frequent speaker in numerous international conferences and summits all over the world. Aside from serving former Philippine presidents, he advised a number of leaders such as Afghan President Ghani and incumbent Philippine Vice-President and former Chairman of Housing and Urban Development Council, Vice President Leni Robredo. He was chosen as one of the World Cities Summit Young Leader in 2016.
Aside from the wealth of his experience, Mr Casanova is an expert in the fields of property law, urban planning and real estate and public finance. He teaches in the University of the Philippines Colleague of Law and earned his Master of Public Administration in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Mason Fellow.
He describes himself as a slum dweller who became a city-builder.
A Tale of Two Cities : From the Slums and Wealth of Bonifacio Global City to Breaking Gates of Segregation in Clark Green City
Mr. Casanova will discuss the success and challenges in building Metro Manila’s prime business district, the Bonifacio Global City from an army camp and the vision for Philippine’s first smart, green and inclusive urban core of new metropolis, the 9,500 hectare Clark Green City. He will discuss the need to break physical barriers in urban design and promoting and protecting the commons as a platform for community inclusion and human interaction in the age of rising demand for segregation. He believes the inclusion can be one of the urban design solution to create a more secure, equitable, peaceful, and prosperous global community.