Nicolas J.A. Buchoud is the co-owner of Renaissance Urbaine, the strategic advisory consultancy he established in 2006, and the President of the Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development, an award-winning and collaborative think-tank. He also leads the interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Research and the Anthropocene (CUR) at the federal Tomsk State University in Siberia. He has served as a senior advisor to the President of Paris - Ile de France Region, a member of the post Habitat III General Assembly of Partners (GAP), the Global Planners Network (GPN), and of the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL). He is the editor of The Smart Cities We Need Manifest, launched in 2016. He lives in Paris.