Greg Clark

World-recognised expert on the future of cities and city development. Non Executive Chairman of Business of Cities.

Former advisor to the Mayor of London. Senior Advisor on Future Cities and New Industries to HSBC Bank.

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Greg Clark is a world-recognised expert on the future of cities and city development. He is a thought leader, advisor and facilitator with 20 years experience. Greg Clark has been a city strategy advisor to more than 20 cities on 5 continents and has led international city networks and projects on economic strategy, city leadership, openness and migration, urban investment, long-term strategic planning, and city branding. These cities include London, Sao Paulo, Singapore, New York, and Hong Kong. He is an expert international peer reviewer on city and regional development issues for inter-governmental organisations in five continents, and has led more than 100 such reviews in 100 cities.

Clark’s work involves a large portfolio of high profile international and UK leadership and advisory roles, and a number of innovative strategy and research roles at distinguished organisations. He is Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute; Chief Advisor and Chairman of the OECD’s Forum on Local Development and Investment; and Lead Advisor on the World Bank Urbanisation Knowledge Forum. He is also chairman of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium; a member of the London Enterprise Partnership; a Global Fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington; Associate of LSE Cities; Chairman of British BIDs; and a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School. He advises many global companies on working with global cities, and among his regular clients are JLL, GVA, Siemens, Microsoft, and JP Morgan Chase.

Greg Clark has led many key projects in recent years on the development of London. He was previously a Commissioner on the West End Commission (2012-2013), Member of the Promote London Council (2010/2010), Managing Director at Greater London Enterprise, CEO of London Enterprise Agency/ OneLondon, and a Director at the London Docklands Development Corp.

In July 2012, Greg was appointed Chairman of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, bringing forward a strategy for the growth corridor on behalf of the 13 Local Governments and their Business Partners. Most recently, in February 2013, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, appointed Greg to the London Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). He is also on the Boards of the Centre for Cities and the Centre for London.

Greg’s expertise include City and Metropolitan Economies as Emerging Markets for global firms; How Global Firms and Global Cities can work together for mutual advantage; City and Regional Investment Instruments: Public/Private Finance and collaboration; City and Regional Marketing, Branding, and the local impact of International Events; The Competitive Advantage of Diversity to Cities and Regions; The Future and Leadership of Cities and Regions in a Global era.

He is the author of more than 10 books and major reports on city development.

Cities and Regions, the next economy, and new development cycle.

This speech draw upon Greg’s recent research for OECD, UCLG, and other on what responses cities and regions have made to the economic crisis. Based on detailed research into more than 50 cities it shows how and why cities and regions have been impacted differently and have responses differently.

Drawing upon Greg’s review of city indexes in 2010 and 2011 in shows how the system and network of cities across the world is changed and changing after the crisis. Greg draws conclusions for cities at different stages and locations and suggest what is needed to succeed in the new cycle.

The Business of Cities.

This speech addresses why and how cities have become important emerging markets for companies, how companies can develop long term trusted relationships with cities, and what the benefits will be.

This speech also focuses on the specific roles that business leaders can play in making their metropolitan areas more prosperous, and a better platform for continued commercial success. It draws upon examples of business leadership groups from around the world.

What Are Cities Learning From Global Businesses?

It is often said that cities are in business. This speech looks at how far the experience of cities is like that of businesses and what is being learned by the world’s global cities from world’s global companies.

The Mayor’s Tools and Tales: global stories from City Halls.

This light-hearted speech articulates some of the best stories from city halls across the world; focusing upon the unusual and innovative things that mayors have had to do to get their job done. He reflects on the tools that Mayors’ have at their disposal, indicates the importance of innovation, but argues that leadership is the key tool whatever the resources may be.

Why city and regional strategies fail and how to put them right.

This speech identifies the key reasons that city and regional strategies fail and shows how strategies can be formulated with a greater chance of success. The speech is based on research into more than 100 strategies that have been developed but not successfully implemented.

The Reinvention of London: recent innovations from Europe’s Global City.

This speech covers both London’s historic experience and success with urban regeneration and provides an overall review of London’s governance including the London Mayoralcy and Greater London Government, The London Plan, congestion charging, affordable housing, childcare, Olympics 2012, diversity, resilience, new tools and strategies, and wider aspects of London’s renaissance.

The world Cities: globalisation, city-strategy, and the new frontiers.

The speech focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the world’s most successful cities. Taking London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo as its starting point; it also addressed the challenges of such cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Miami, Milano, Frankfurt, Sydney, and Johannesburg. The speech draws upon Greg’s detailed research on the world’s 24 leading cities.

Open Cities. How cities can benefit from diverse populations: the competitive advantage of diversity. Hub strategies and open-ness in global cities.

This speech is based on Greg’s 5 published reports for the British council on Open Cities. It argues that population diversity is critical to city and regional success. It advances 8 propositions about how population diversity can work to support cities and identifies practical challenges and actions that can be taken.

Capital cities and economic development.

This speech looks at the development potential of capital cities. It starts with London, Edinburgh, Ottawa, Canberra, Helsinki, Washington DC, Pretoria, and Athens and develops a case for capital city development strategies which are distinctive and based on the assets that capital city functions provide.

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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