Mr. Val Zillig, AICP has nearly 25 years of experience in Urban Planning, Development, Governance and Public Realm on three continents (North America, Europe and Asia).
Currently, he is the Urban Planning Advisor to the Sharjah Urban Planning Council. He is managing a variety of public realm enhancement projects, developing urban improvement policies in addition to the creation of land use and strategic plans.
Previously, he was a Planning Manager and Advisor with the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council in the United Arab Emirates for nearly 8 years. There he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of zoning codes, real estate policy, regulatory laws, redevelopment plans and development manuals throughout the Emirate. Additionally, he managed the creation of affordable housing plans, building regulations and civic improvement projects.
Before joining the UPC in 2008, Mr. Zillig was an Assistant Commissioner with the Department of Planning and Development with the City of Chicago for nearly 8 years. Prior to that position, he managed a variety of international projects in Chicago, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom on behalf of the World Trade Center and the CCC.
Mr. Zillig has been a guest instructor/lecturer/advisor at the American University of Sharjah, New York University AD, the Sorbonne AD, American University of Iraq, Greenwich College London/UK and Al Hosn University AD. He also has been a panelist on many programs including the American Planning Association Annual Conference, the Urban Land Institute MENA program, New York University Middle East Housing Panel, the World Future Energy Summit, the Bahrain & Iraq Development forums and the MENA Future Landscape Summit. Additionally, he has been an active adviser on projects for the Emirate of Fujairah-UAE, the Republic of Seychelles and the South Korean government.
His exposure to and experience in over 60 countries from the UAE to Uzbekistan and from Oman to Azerbaijan, has given him a unique perspective of the development and urban planning needs of the regions.
Mr. Zillig holds an MS in Public Policy-Urban Planning from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA and a BA in Modern Languages from St. Louis University in Saint Louis, MO, USA.