Geci Karuri-SebinaGeci Karuri-Sebina

Johannesburg, South Africa (Kenyan-born)


Occupational Information

Occupation: Difficult to define in a word.  A range of development policy, planning, practice and evaluation topics, particularly as relates to urban governance; the built environment; community development; STI, particularly social innovation; and foresight.

Occupational Position: South African Cities NetworkExecutive Manager: Programmes


Inspired by AfLI

Professional History

Prior to joining the South African Cities Network in 201, Geci was a Specialist at the South Africa National Treasury (Neighborhood Development Programme, Budget Office). She previously worked with numerous organizations including the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Human Science Research Council (HSRC), and the Advanced Policy Institute of the then- UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research in Los Angeles, California. Geci also serves as a founding director for the South African Node of the Millennium Project, is an associate of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, and is an appointed Council Member of the South African Council for Planners.


Dual Masters degrees in Urban Planning and in Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA); PhD in planning and innovation studies at Wits University in July 2014.


2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


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