David A. Smith is the founder of the Affordable Housing Institute, which develops sustainable housing financial ecosystems worldwide. With more than 30 years direct experience in affordable housing, David uniquely combines the roles of practitioner and theoretician, participant and policymaker.
His work as an international housing finance policy advisor/ program developer encompasses projects on Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Middle East, Panama, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Turkey, and United Kingdom, and he is a much sought-after speaker on affordable housing issues around the world. In the USA, David provides high-quality analysis to Congress, the Millennial Housing Commission, CBO, HUD, and others, and was a principal member of the 1996 Senate mark-to-market working group. A 1975 Harvard graduate, he is an award-winning author with more than 100 published articles in real estate, valuation, and policy periodicals, and a textbook, as well as an influential blog.
Geoffrey Payne spoke to us in a podcast here about his time studying the gecekondu (“overnight home”) districts of Ankara in the early 1980’s, along with the lessons and opportunities gecekondu can provide for other countries concerning socially-inclusive city expansion. A trained architect, Geoffrey is an expert in urban housing, local land development, land tenure and project design issues in developing countries, a central theme of which is building local capacity to reduce urban poverty. www.gpa.org.uk