Aphrodite Bouikidis is a master’s student in the Urban Studies program. She has 10 years of experience working on urban resilience, social innovation, diaspora engagement, and democratic governance. She worked with the City of Thessaloniki in Greece to develop and implement a city resilience strategy, and launched Ashoka Greece. Aphrodite has served as an expert practitioner in urban policy programs with city leaders and experts from multiple cities in the U.S. and Europe. She holds an MA in International Relations (University of Chicago) and her current research interests include local governance and social infrastructure in community and urban resilience.