Hila Bar Ner joined GDCI in 2022 as a Program Associate to work with the Streets for Kids (SfK) Leadership Accelerator.
Prior to joining GDCI, Hila worked for six years as an urban planner and project manager at Gavrieli-Segal, a Tel Aviv based planning firm, supporting cities in developing people-focused, sustainable, and healthy urban environments. In her role she analyzed the future needs of communities, performed spatial analysis, conducted policy and regulation surveys, and served as the direct point of contact for teams and clients. Among others, she was the project manager for developing Israel’s national planning and design guidelines for child-friendly cities under the Ministry of Education as part of Bernard van Leer’s global Urban95 initiative. At the same time, she was also pursuing her academic interests, as a teaching assistant and a researcher at the Reichman University school of sustainability, where she focused on the formation of urban sustainability policy.
Before that, Hila was the project coordinator at the Urban Clinic, an academic unit focused on nurturing urban leadership and local knowledge for just and inclusive cities. Hila produced two publications on Placemaking and Public Participation and she was the editor of numerous articles on innovative interventions in public spaces for Street Language, a local online publication that explores urban planning.
She has a B.A. in Political Science and the “Amirim” humanities program for outstanding students, and an M.A. in Geography with a specialization in Urban Planning from the Hebrew University. Her dissertation examined the impact of governmental, municipal, and civil society organizations on placemaking interventions in Israel.