About

Mustafa Sherif
citylife.mustafa@gmail.com

Born1993-07-31 (27 years)
Bagdad -Iraq

Works at AFRY
Title Urban Planner
Lives at Stockholm -Sweden

Studied at KTH, LTH & Politecnico di Milano.

Idols Jan Gehl (Architect), Zaha Hadid (Architect), Del Piero (Football player)

Favorite Cities Stockholm, Milano & Baghdad

Hobbies drawing, meeting new people, playing video games, exploring new places, Volunteering in events.

Favorite Sport & Team Football & Juventus Football club

Favorite video game Crash Bandicoot

Favorite TED talk How to Sound smart in your TEDx talk by Will Stephen.

Mustafa Sherif

The Urban Planner
Mustafa Sherif, 27 years old, an urban planner with focus on people and ecosystem services as the start point for city development. I believe strongly that planning smarter and more livable cities doesn’t need to be so complicated. I am currently working at AFRY in Sweden with master planning, community engagement processes, qualitative/quantitative small/large scale analysis, 3D modelling & illustrating.

Podcaster & Vlogger (Urban Influencer)
In order to contribute to develop smarter and more livable cities I started my own podcast #Urbanistica. It is about the making of smarter and more livable cities. The podcast has 35000 listeners from 110 countries. It is ranked Nr.6 in Sweden in Design Podcast Category. I am also Vlogging on Youtube about smart city elements.

TEDxTalk Co-Coach
Storytelling and communication is a big part of my passion. I am an active member in TEDxTalk Stockholm team as a content researcher and a co-coach. This means that I am responsible to find potential speakers with ideas worth spreading on TEDx stage in Stockholm.


Work experiences

On going

  • Urban Planner. AFRY
  • Executive Assistant. Arkus stiftelse och förening
  • Podcaster. Urbanistica Podcast

Past

  • Lecturer. KTH The Royal Institute of technology
  • Urban Planner. Landskapslaget AB
  • Urban Planner Internship. Sweco Architect
  • Urban Planner Internship. Sweco Society
  • Senior Architect Assistant. Heidenstamska Arkiektur och Byggnationer AB
  • Teacher. Tycho Brahe Architecture High school
  • Librarian. LTH Lund University
  • Mathematics Tutor. LTH Lund University
Education
  • Master of Science. MS. Architecture and Urban Design. Politecnico di Milano Exchange
  • Master’s degree. Master’s programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design. KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science. Civil Engineering in Architecture. The Faculty of Engineering at Lund University
  • Civil Engineering 1 year – Road and Traffic Technology. The Faculty of Engineering at Lund University
  • Architecture High School. Tycho Brahe Skolan
Volunteer Experience

On going

  • Co-Coach. TEDxTalk Stockholm
  • Coach. Changers Hub
  • Advocate. PlacemakingX
  • Leader. Placemaking Europe Network
  • Communications Team IFLA. Svergies Arkiteter

Past

  • Head of Mentors. Open Hack
  • Advocate. YSP Young Sustainability Professionals
  • Operation Team. Erasmus Student Network
  • Coach. Hack for Sweden
  • Lecturer. Open-Innovators.org
  • Agent. UN AGENDA 2020
  • Guide. Framtidsverket Event
  • Furniture maker. Woodhilstudios & graffiti Festival
  • Student Representative. Lund University
  • Painter. Helsingborg City Mural Art Project
  • Student Representative. Tycho Brahe school
  • Assistant. Fridays For Future International
  • Marks Maker. WWF
  • Receptionist. Gather Festival
  • Guide. Open House Architecture Festival
  • Painter. Stockholm City Mural painting
  • Graphic Designer. Climate Festival: What is next?
  • Workshop leader. Stockholm City Mural painting Project
Organizations
  • Graffitifrämjandet
  • Stockholm Urban Sketchers
  • YSP – Young Sustainability Professionals
  • Häng med (i) samhällsplaneringen!
  • Place Making Europe
  • PlacemakingX
  • Tensta Art Gallery. Stockholm. Sweden
  • UN (United Nations Association). Stockholm. Sweden
  • c/o city
  • Arkus Stiftelse och förening
  • Sveriges Arkitekter
  • Friday For Future
  • TEDxStockholm
  • Erasmus Student Network EU
Honors & Awards
  • Winner of Södertälje Hackathon 2020 Best Pitch. Smart Cities.
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agent. Goal 11.
  • Swedish News Agency (Nyhetsbyrå).
  • Best Bachelor thesis project Award in Civil Engineering & Architecture.
  • Winner of Technical Association Award for the best high school thesis.
Languages
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Arabic
Licenses & Certifications
  • Implementing the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) (Basics). UNICEF
  • Swedish Transportion Agency – working in road (Arbete på väg – grund Intyg)
  • Driving license (Swedish) Valid internationally

What do the experts say about Mustafa Sherif ?

From Mesopotamia to Scandinavia

(The full story of Mustafa)

Mustafa was born in the heart of Mesopotamia Baghdad -Iraq 1993. He is the second child in a family of 6 members. His passion for cities and people started already when he was young in Baghdad -Iraq.

He was growing up in this tight and strong relationship with the street, public spaces, and people in Bagdad. For instance, He was getting hit by cars several times, meeting friends outdoors and sitting on the large stairs of buildings’ entrances, attending weddings/funerals in the streets, closing streets for community events, etc. Mustafa always wants to keep this relationship going on and make it more interesting. An urban planner was what he wanted to be, to create cities for people, to enhance the quality of peoples’ everyday life.

Mustafa went through very difficult times together with his family in Baghdad -Iraq because of the many terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda and the invisible civil war in Iraq. To mention, he lost all his best friends in different terror attacks in Baghdad. That affected him a lot and made him appreciate the value of every single person he met in his life.

His father moved to Sweden as an asylum seeker, and then Mustafa followed him together with the other family members. He and his family got permission from the Swedish government to stay in Sweden. They stayed in Helsingborg City in the south of Sweden.

Helsingborg took a big part of Mustafa’s heart and played a big role in the development of his mindset as a young teenager.

His formal “urban planning for people” journey started in 2013 by studying Architecture already in a high school in Helsingborg, Sweden. Mustafa got his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil engineering and architecture from LTH Lund University. The next destination was the Master’s program in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design at The Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm. He did 7 months of Exchange program in Politecnico di Milano in Italy to study Architecture and Urban Planning.

In Milano, he developed his mindset and skills in architecture, urban planning, and design. He was traveling to different cities in Italy and in Europe on his own time and budget to explore the cities from a cultural, urban planning, and design point of view.

Now he is working as an urban planner in Stockholm at Landskapslaget AB studio with a focus on the social aspect e.g. meeting people listening to their stories and co-create the values in a city, building long-term relationships with various types of clients. Most of his projects are dialogues with people, placemaking, master planning, developing methods and strategies to convert “cities for cars” to “cities for people”.


Mustafa loves seeing people active, happy, and full of inspiration, that is why he is doing many many activities after work e.g. He is part of TEDxTalk Stockholm as a speaker coach and content researcher. I started my own podcast Urbanistica to inspire everyone about The making of smarter and more livable cities.

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