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Martin Powell

Global Head of Urban Development, Siemens Global Cities Centre of Competence

Martin has global responsibility for the Urban Development practice in the Siemens Centre of Competence Cities. This involves working with Mayors and leaders providing advice and support to cities as they strive to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets and looking at economic and technical models of delivering solutions at scale.

Prior to this, he was the Environment Advisor to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, responsible for policy in water, waste, air quality, energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and biodiversity. He was also the Executive Director for the design and delivery of the City’s environmental programs.

As Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research he was also a Special Advisor to the C40 Cities Group under the Chairmanship of former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

An Engineer, he built his career working with organizations to structure their projects, programs and project management approach. He is a contributing author and editor to several books including the most recent one – “Better Cities, Better Life” – and the forthcoming book – “Smart Cities – Cities in the Digital Age.”