Antoine is a former international development correspondent for Devex, based in Paris. He holds a bachelor's in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lille and a master's in development administration and planning from the University College in London. Antoine has conducted researche for development projects in Chile, Senegal and Uganda, notably on education, health, local saving systems and housing issues. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
<p>To manage exponential growth, cities in the developing world need specialized planners with good knowledge of the local contexts, according to Cecilia Martínez Leal, head of U.N.-Habitat’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean.</p>
The explosive expansion of cities in the developing world increases the need for smart urban management. Urban planners are central players, since they address a variety of issues surrounding the use of land.