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Julian Baskin works at the Cities Alliance Secretariat as the Principal Urban Advisor supporting the design and implementation of country programmes including Uganda, Mozambique, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Liberia. He is a Town and Regional Planner with over 30 years of experience in urban programming, with a focus on participatory planning, slum upgrading and affordable housing. Prior to joining Cities Alliance in 2009, Julian served as Director of the Alexandra Renewal Project, a major urban redevelopment initiative of a slum settlement of some 400,000 inhabitants in Gauteng Province, South Africa. He has also worked for CARE International, UN-Habitat, the Cities of Durban and Johannesburg, and has lived and worked on slum upgrading in Mozambique, Bangladesh and Angola.