25 July 2023 – Ian Klaus will take on the Chair-position of the Advisory Committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM). He succeeds Ivo Daalder (President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs), who led the committee from 2021.

Ian Klaus is founding director of Carnegie California and leading scholar on the nexus of urbanization, geopolitics, and global challenges, with extensive experience as a practitioner of subnational diplomacy. Previously, he served as the deputy U.S. negotiator for Habitat 3, as senior adviser for global cities at the U.S.  State Department, and as a member of the Policy Planning Staff.  More recently, he helped lead the development of both the Urban 20 and Urban 7, the G20 and G7 urban-focused engagement groups. Until January 2023, he was a senior fellow in global cities and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2021, Ian joined GPM Advisory Committee as director of Policy and Research.  

Dr. Peter Kurz, GPM Executive Committee Chair and Mayor of Mannheim, Germany, states, “the Executive Committee is looking forward to working even more closely with Ian Klaus in the years to come. We are convinced that in his new role, Ian will continue to strengthen the Advisory Committee and thus the entire Global Parliament of Mayors in our efforts to make the voices of cities heard on the international stage.”