Ares Kalandides (M.A. French studies, M.Sc. Urban and Regional Planning, Ph.D Urban and Regional Planning) is the founder and CEO of the Berlin-based company INPOLIS, which offers consulting services on urban development. He is also a director of the Institute of Place Management (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Place Management and Development. He has taught at NYU Berlin (Met Studies) since September 2012 and also teaches Politcal Economy at the international Master’s Program “Urban Management” at the Berlin University of Technology. He has worked in several places around the globe including South America, Africa, Australia and Europe. Kalandides is a trained conflict mediator and moderator.