Editorial Staff

Jonathan Andrews, Editor

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations. Having previously written for publications for the World Bank, UN-HABITAT, UNESCO, the Inter-American Development Bank, the OECD and for the Stockholm International Water Institute,  Jonathan is editor of Cities Today, PFD’s flagship title on urban management and development. He specialises in urban topics relating to climate change, finance, and ICT, in particular data management and the application of IoT in cities.

Richard Forster, Editor-in-Chief

Richard has been an editor and journalist for 20 years having trained at Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. He has written for the Financial Times, Euromoney, IFLR and Project Finance magazines and has launched publications for the Inter American-Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and UN-Habitat. He is Editor-in-Chief at PFD Publications, which launched Cities Today in 2010 as the first global magazine for decision makers in urban development. He has edited publications focusing on cities for UN-Habitat, United Cities and Local Governments (Asia-Pacific) and the Federation of Latin American Municipalities. He is a consultant on urban affairs to UN-Habitat and the International Telecommunication Union. In 2015, he oversaw the launch of the 20-20, a new series of high-profile meetings for city leaders, with the first meeting hosted by the Deputy Mayor of London.

Nick Michell, Editor, Resource Efficiency

Nick Michell graduated with a BA Honours Degree in English from Leeds University before studying journalism at the London School of Journalism. Following a six-month secondment in the Communications team at UN-Habitat, Nick spent four years working on publications for UNESCO, the OECD, the Inter-American Development Bank and UN-Habitat. He is now features editor for Cities Today with a special focus on resource efficiency in cities (energy, waste, water and buildings).

Roman Rollnick, Consultant Editor

Roman Rollnick began his career at one of the world’s leading news agencies Agence France Press where he was appointed the first English-language desk correspondent in southern Africa and for whom he also worked as Asia News Editor in Hong Kong.

In 1983, he joined United Press International (UPI) in London as Chief European and Africa Correspondent. During a seven-year span with UPI he worked as staff correspondent at the Warsaw office and in Moscow, covering the end of the Cold War and the demise of Soviet power in Europe.

His work at both agencies saw him contribute articles to many major newspapers including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Le Monde, Le Soir, The Times and The Sunday Telegraph.

From 2002-2012, he served the United Nations as Chief Editor and Speech Writer at UN-Habitat in Nairobi preparing statements and speeches on urban affairs for Secretary-Generals Annan and Ban, and Under-Secretary Generals Tibaijuka and Clos. He also assisted with the production of UN-Habitat’s State of the Cities reports and edited UN-Habitat’s quarterly magazine, Urban World.

Mythili Sampathkumar

Mythili Sampathkumar, US reporter

Mythili is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park and went on to further study at Johns Hopkins University. She worked for nearly ten years in the international trade compliance sector before becoming a journalist focusing on climate change, international development, and business. Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Good Magazine, Devex, as well as several newspapers in Asia. Mythili is the U.S. reporter for PFD’s Cities Today and Development Finance.

Steve Hoare, Editor, Mobility and Urban Planning

Steve Hoare has nearly two decades experience of writing for and editing magazines about business and law. A Politics and English graduate from the University of Manchester, Steve focuses on urban transport and planning.