Greg Clark



Greg Clark speaker, urbanist, cities, conferencias

We are one third of the way through the metropolitan century and the world is changing fast and forever. Exponential technologies are driving the growth of new industries, cities are managing the frictions of rapid urbanisation, and climate change is the existential threat for our planet.


Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS is a Global Advisor, Scholar & Writer, Non-Executive Director and Board Chairman who works with Businesses, Governments, and Cities to help navigate this century, inspire new collaborations, and align with its imperatives.

Greg Clark is the Senior Advisor on Future Cities and New Industries to HSBC Bank. In this role, Greg Clark covers future urbanisation, mobility as a service, digital transformation, sustainable development, and investment strategies.

Also, he is Non-Executive Chairman, The Business of Cities Ltd, an urban intelligence firm, with the mission to help organisations to make the most of the changing 21st century relationships between businesses and cities.

Holds professorial roles at University College London and Strathclyde University, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Brookings Institution, and Urban Land Institute. Current, Greg Clark is a Non-Executive Board Member of Transport for London and Chairman of its Programme & Investment Committee. He is also a Member of London’s Economic Development Board (LEAP) where he leads on city economic strategy.

Greg Clark has provided thought leadership with global organisations: The World Economic Forum, The World Bank, OECD, UN Habitat, The Brookings Institution, European Investment Bank, and The Urban Land Institute, on the evolution of the metropolitan century.

Also, he is author of 10 reports on the Innovation Economy. Leading work on the links between smart cities and economic development, and on the development of smart innovation districts in cities. He has worked with a number of global technology firms Siemens, Microsoft, Cap Gemini to develop ‘smart cities’ and digital responses to global trends.

He is a guest urban expert on the BBC World Service series My Perfect City. #PerfectCityBBC and he is regularly interviewed in global media on the role of cities and new industries.

Greg Clark supports leaders in more than 300 cities world-wide on strategic futures and advises global firms on the investment and enterprise opportunities of an urbanising world. Greg Clark frequently gives keynote speeches at urban events throughout the world and moderates conferences regularly.

The Urban Century.

From 1980 to 2080 the percentage of the world population that live in cities is doubling and 5 billion people are moving to cities. How is the century unfolding? What are the successes and the risks? What are we learning?

The Business of Cities.

As cities mature their increasingly adopt the practices of businesses: specialisation, competitive positioning, talent attraction, investment & asset management strategies, brands, and marketing. As the world urbanises Businesses find they need partnerships with cities to serve growing markets, ac cess digital connections, attract talent and suppliers, generate new products and services, innovate with new populations & demographics, and share the risks of costs of hosting the world. What is the future of the relationship, and which cities and businesses will win?

The DnA of Cities.

Each city has its genetic code accumulated over multiple cycles drawing upon climatic, physical, social, political, historical, and cultural influences. Every city is unique. How can we de-code the genetic make of the city and what use can we make of that code?

The Decarbonisation of Cities and Zero Carbon Cities.

70% of all carbon in emitted in cities. so if we can decarbonise the city, we make be able to rescue the planet. Urban mobility, real estate, utilities, and waste are key elements in the transition path towards zero carbon. Which cities are leading and what are their innovations? What are the roles of finance, regulation, business, and leadership?

The Future of Cities.

London, Shanghai, Barcelona, Sydney, New York, and 50 more cities. The next 50 years are critical to whether we will get good urbanisation or bad urbanisation as the urban century completes. But what about individual cities, how can we know their future? Will London reinvent itself again, can Shanghai emerge as the next great global city, where does Singapore go next, and what is the future for New York? How can we start to see the future of cities wee know, investment in, or prefer?

World Cities and Nation States.

World Cities and Nation States takes a global perspective to show how national governments and states/provinces/regions continue to play a decisive, and often positive, partnership role with world cities. The 16 chapter book comprised of two introductory chapters, 12 central chapters that draw on case studies, and two summary chapters - draws on over 40 interviews with national ministers, city government officials, business leaders and expert academics.

World Cities and Nation States.

Global Cities: A Short History.

Why have some cities become great global urban centers, and what cities will be future leaders? From Athens and Rome in ancient times to New York, London, Paris and Singapore today, a handful of cities have stood out as centers of global economic, military, or political power. In the twenty-first century, the number of truly global cities is greater than ever before, reflecting the globalization of both economic and political power. In Global Cities: A Short History, Greg Clark, an internationally renowned British urbanist, examines the enduring forces - such as trade, migration, war and technology - that have enabled some cities to emerge from the pack into global leadership.

Much more than an historical review, Clark's book looks to the future, examining the trends that are transforming cities around the world as well as the new challenges all global cities increasingly will face. Which cities will be the global leaders of tomorrow? What are the common issues and opportunities they will face? What kinds of leadership can make these cities competitive and resilient? Clark offers answers to these and similar questions in a book that will be of interest to anyone who lives in or is affected by the world's great urban areas. This work looks at cities such as: New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Shanghai, Brisbane, Oslo, San Diego, Stockholm, and Tel Aviv.

Global Cities: A Short History.

The Making of a World City: London 1991 to 2021

This book describes the journey that London has taken to Clark-PB.inddbecoming a world city since 1991. It reveals the surprising and unexpected elements of London’s journey and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead for London.

"As Barcelona continues on its path towards to being a global city in Europe, lessons from London become increasingly more interesting and relevant. This book reveals London’s formula for global success in ways which educate and entertain".
Mateu Hernandez, CEO, Barcelona Global.

The Making of a World City: London 1991 to 2021

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