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Heba Elhanafy

Heba Elhanafy

Urban Researcher

Heba is an urban planner, researcher, and developer. Her research interests lie in human settlements, culture, heritage, community, and urban development. She has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Alexandria University and a master’s degree in Urban Development from the Technical University of Berlin. She has worked on a variety of urban development and research projects with regional and international organizations. Originally from Egypt, Heba joined the Charter Cities Institute as a member of the Atlas Corps Fellowship.


Lagos: The Tale of a City and an Empire

Urban development of African City-States have long contributed to its proud history of civilization. On its tropical East Coast, Kilwa Koswani developed and flourished alongside other city-states. Kosami, a city-state turned Empire, formed

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