Achmad Alf Arslan Djunaid Mayor, Pekalongan, Indonesia
Former deputy mayor and current Pekalongan mayor Achmad Alf Arslan Djunaid is a long-time politician with a keen sense of public service and inclusivity. As mayor of a low-lying coastal city with a perennial issue with flooding, he has taken on a juggernaut of a problem with aplomb. He has been vocal and energetic about involving the Pekalongan community to solve the city’s problems, mainly floods and poor infrastructure. This novel approach to public administration augurs well for his intention to preserve the integrity of the “world’s city of Batik” and his value to the dialogue about creative cities.