World Urban Parks -Staff

Management and administration is provided by a CEO at large and the Secretariat with the office in Edmonton, Canada. As a non-profit organisation, World Urban Parks is primarily funded from member subscriptions, congresses and other services. *Click on photos for LinkedIn Profile


Luis Romahn, CEO

Luis Romahn is president and founder of Parks of Mexico and of the National Association of Parks and Recreation of Mexico. He has worked for more than 10 years in urban parks and public spaces projects in Mexico through participatory design models, community construction and financial sustainability; in addition to organizing the International Congresses of Urban Parks of Mexico and South America.

He is a member of the Council of the World Urban Parks and representative in Latin America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the City Parks Alliance in the United States and vice president of the World Academy of Urban Parks.

In recent years Luis has given conferences about public spaces in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and the United States.

He is the author of the book "Building My Park-From citizen participation to the administration of public space"

Luis has a bachelor's degree in marketing and a master's degree in communication and education, both from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Benjamin Jonah, Secretariat Coordinator

Benjamin Jonah is the current Secretariat Coordinator for World Urban Parks. Benjamin is part of the Alberta Recreation & Park Association (ARPA) team who are contracted as the World Urban Parks Secretariat. With ARPA Benjamin is a Project Coordinator where he leads such projects as the Recreation Industry Labour Market Scan of Alberta.

Benjamin Is currently finishing a Masters in Sport & Recreation Studies at the University of New Brunswick where he is focused on recreation policy implementation within Alberta municipalities.

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Neil McCarthy, Strategic Advisor

Mr. Neil McCarthy is a Strategic Advisor of World Urban Parks as of January 2022 after retiring as the CEO role of World Urban Parks. Neil's experience in parks and protected areas at both a national and international level spans over two decades. Neil is the winner of the prestigious World Urban Parks Distinguished Individual Award. He also holds his Certified International Park Professional Certification from the World Parks Academy. 

Neil's goal is to achieve leadership collaboration between park agencies to deliver the best service to the community and for humanity. His specialties include, but not limited to, natural resources management, community innovation, protected area and conservation management, urban park management, and innovation and creativity in park management.

Rebecca Cohen, Project Officer

Bio to come!

Richard O'Bryne, Strategic Advisor 

Richard provides expertise in strategic and land use planning, policy development, community consultation, as well as specialist training and evaluation for World Urban Parks. He works as a sole practitioner and in collaboration with other professionals. Richard is also an Associate with David Gaberial-Jones at The Public Land Consultancy and also works with Jennifer Lilburn at Kismet Forward, and Brett Cheatley at Brett Cheatley Consulting.