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Urban Management Alumni Network (UMAN)

The Urban Management Alumni Network (UMAN) aims to connect UM graduates and program affiliates from across the globe to encourage knowledge exchange and to promote multidisciplinary collaboration among urban experts. It offers a professional platform where ideas, experiences, career opportunities and field-related information can be shared for the strengthening of both local-level and international exchange.

Visit the UMAN - Facebook Site here.

Visit the UMAN - LinkedIn Group here.

In addition, the homepage of the German Association of Postgraduate Programs with Special Relevance to Developing Countries (AGEP) (agep-info.de) offers access to the AGEP group in the Alumniportal Deutschland, the largest online platform for international cooperation. Here, students and alumni from the AGEP programs have the chance to connect and discuss specialist matters with experts from around the world.


Links of interest to alumni include:

Local Pathways Fellowship, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative: http://localpathways.org

For alumni with German citizenship: Information on open 'Junior Professional Officer' positions at international organizations: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/uebersicht-node-ausbildungkarriere/io/personal/nachwuchs-node#content_0 

Center for International Migration and Development: https://www.cimonline.de/en/html/index.html

For alumni who want to work in their home country from Afghanistan, Albania, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Cameroon, Kenya, Colombia, Kosovo, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Serbia, Tunisia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Palestine: https://www.cimonline.de/en/html/returning-experts.html

For alumni from Brazil, China, India, Russia and US: ‘German Chancellor Fellowship’: www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/german-chancellor-fellowship.html

World Bank Initiative: ‘Ideas for action’ www.ideas4action.org

For alumni from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, and the United States: Global Governance Futures - Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program (GGF) http://www.ggfutures.net/

For alumni from China: 'German-Chinese Alumni Network Urbanisation and Urban Development':  https://www.china.tu-berlin.de/menue/urbanixx/

Alumni Mentoring Program

The following alumni of our UM Master's course serve as mentors for applicants or alumni from other intakes for the respective regions. The Alumni Mentoring Program is supported by the UMAN.

Latin America


Africa/ Middle East


US/ Canada



The UMAN-Team


Vasileios P. Latinos, Greece (graduated in 2009)

I graduated from the Urban Management Program in 2009 and during the last ten years I have devoted my career to projects on urban resilience and climate change adaptation mainly. At the moment, I am working as Senior Officer for Urban Resilience and Climate Adaptation at the European Secretariat of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability in Freiburg, Germany.

I am responsible for implementing applied research projects in the topical areas of climate change adaptation, urban resilience and green infrastructure, as well as supporting the strategic and programmatic development of ICLEI Europe in this field. I am also working with service contracts for clients such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the German Environment Agency, while since 2016, I am responsible for the organisation and programme development of the annual European Urban Resilience Forum. In late 2019, I was the winner of the DIN Innovators Award 2019 for the chairing and development of the CWA 17300 City Resilience Development: Operational Guidance, which intends to support cities in becoming more resilient against various kinds of threats.

The Urban Management program has provided me with the necessary training and very important insights on sustainable urban development that I am using throughout my career!


Carissa Champlin, United States - Netherlands (graduated in 2008)

The UM Program is crafted to provide students a solid foundation in urban studies theory in combination with practical aspects of routine city management from an international perspective. As a UM student, I participated in a project with the GIZ in Aleppo, Syria, which was my first experience working with planning practitioners in the field. I have maintained this practice orientation both in my PhD research in planning support methods at the University of Twente (Netherlands) and still today in my research on visualization methods for resilient urban futuring at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands).  Since 2019, I have been leading an open access education for Urban Resilience project. This project belongs to the ‘4TU.Centre for Resilience Engineering (4TU.RE)’, a joint initiative of the four Dutch universities of technology. The project helps to fulfill the mission of the 4TU.RE to equip the next generation of engineers with resilience lenses. My work within the 4TU.RE helps to bridge the fields of engineering and planning for a lifecycle perspective on interventions on the urban environment. The UM program at TU Berlin does an excellent job of bringing cutting edge research and practice into the classroom. And, this transdisciplinary approach has become the hallmark of my academic work.


Samuel Soloman, United States (graduated in 2013)

With a background in leadership and higher education, I was a unique admit to the Urban Management program at TU Berlin. My coursework and practical experience throughout the UM program provided an exceptional foundation in the areas of governance, participatory planning, and urban development. Following my thesis work on land management in Oman with Prof. Nebel, I assumed work on a UN-Habitat project on emerging cities and more recently returned to the academic sector through the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in the US.

I am privileged to be immersed in meaningful work developing strategies and initiatives to facilitate executive level leadership training and capacity building for youth, such as a GIZ partnership in Addis Ababa to develop capacity of local community change-makers.

The UM program was the right blend of theoretical foundations and hands-on practicum. I was fortunate to meet, study, and work alongside bright students from around the world who contributed daily with insights from their diverse and rich professional backgrounds and unique experiences. These students, along with the excellent faculty, have enriched my professional development and deepened my understanding of urban issues, strategies, and prospects in a truly significant way.

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