Pontus Westerberg

Pontus Westerberg


Special Advisor
Barcelona, Spain



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Pontus Westerberg is Programme Officer for the UN-Habitat Global Space Programme. He is responsible for many aspects of the Block by Block program including communication, resource mobilization, innovation, donor reporting, managing Minecraft experts, running workshops, and managing public space projects. He has helped implement more than 50 projects in 30 countries since 2012 and has held Block by Block Workshops in Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, South Africa, Mexico, Philippines, Nepal, Vietnam, Kosovo, and Ecuador. He has also presented Block by Block at events worldwide including Games for Change Festival, Responsive Cities Summit, Habitat III, The Impact of Civic Technology, Aldea Digital, MINECON, and Made in Space.

Pontus is certified in project management and speaks English, Kiswahili, Spanish, and Swedish. He earned a master’s in Global Media and Postnational Communications from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya. He loves walking and cycling when he can.

Using a simple, 3D tool like Minecraft is a great way of helping hard-to-reach groups such as youth and disadvantaged people in poor urban settings make their voice heard. It also brings together two of the most important issues the world is facing in the 21st century—rapid urban growth and the growth in digital technologies in all areas of life.
— Pontus Westerberg