A new initiative by Nikolaj Sveistrup.  

URBAN AGENDA provides thoughts, assistance and new solutions to urban development, politics, and strategic governance and urban foresight. 

I moderate, plan and giving speeches about all kinds of agendasetting activities and foresight dure to urban development.

I also lead projects and initiatives in and across municipalities and city actors with a focus on new methods for sustainable action and development.

Please contact me for further dialogue.  


Nikolaj is an associated parter at CIFS. His mission is to develop cities that are more sustainable and liveable, to ensure that our cities support the lives we want to lead without putting a strain on our health and the climate. Nikolaj recognizes that our future trajectory depends on the decisions we make today. In order to make these decisions on an informed basis, Nikolaj believes that futures studies can push us in the right direction by developing insights into megatrends and other important developments that must be included in the decision-making process.

Nikolaj works to push urban development in a transformative direction, based on the UN's sustainable development goals. This means taking a broad view of urban life that includes everything that makes up a city - including the people who live in it.


Nikolaj has a diverse toolbox. He acts as project lead, moderates conferences and meetings, guides work processes, does keynote talks as well as management sparring. Follow Nikolaj on twitter:@NSveistrup and read more about URBAN AGENDA at www.urbanagenda.dk


Nikolaj has a deep knowledge of how megatrends impact urban development. His extensive operational experience with developing concrete solutions and policy makes him able to translate megatrends directly into actions and agenda-setting talks. For years, Nikolaj's work has included the UN's New Urban Agenda and the 17 sustainable development goals as a key element. He has facilitated debates, including Habitat III in Quito, World Cities Summit in Singapore, as well as Folkemødet and parliamentary debates in Denmark. During his time with the Danish National Association of Municipalities, Nikolaj was the driving force behind major conferences like 'Design Denmark', 'Skybrud' and 'Vejen til fremtidens kommune'. Nikolaj has extensive writing experience and has authored a range of articles and publications, including the book Friluftsliv - Inspiration til Politik, plan og praksis.

Nikolaj is currently working in close collaboration with CIFS on projects concerning the future of urban development and the future of work, as well as fostering new partnerships, masterclasses and leadership courses to solve the many challenges that await us.


In recent years Nikolaj has had a focus on how the UN developmental goals can become a tool in leadership, urban development and construction, including through a program for strategic urban leadership for municipality directors. As Head of Program for Danish Architecture Center, Nikolaj spearheaded the pilot project for the first baseline for developmental goal 11. This goal revolves around making cities includisve, safe, resilient and sustainable. The project was created in collaboration with the Danish parliament's interpartisan network for the development goals and the 2030 panel.


Cand Scient. in Geography and Communication, Roskilde University

  • 2019-today: Founder and director, URBAN AGENDA
  • 2016-2019: Head of Program, Danish Architecture Center
  • 2007-2016: Chief Consultant, KL Teknik og Miljø
  • 2002-2007: Outdoor policy consultant
  • 1998-2002: Editor for 'By & Land', 'Center for skov', 'landskab og planlægning', the Danish Ministry of Environment