Mark Watts

Executive Director - C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Mark Watts

"Resilient and successful future cities will be those that enable a higher quality of life while constraining resource consumption within ecological limits. It was great to see key individuals in a unique position to lead our response at the Resilient Cities round-table at MIPIM. Bringing together these minds from both the public and private sectors is important to help us make the decisions that enable our cities to weather impact of future events - both expected and unforeseen. The critical issue, as we discussed, will be how to foster a long-term approach that unites public strategy with private investment."


Mark leads a growing team of 40 staff at C40 which is a network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

He was previously Director in Arup’s Energy Consulting Team. Focussed on cities and sustainability, Mark led Arup’s work for the C40 group of the world’s largest cities, as well as consultancy services to the Mayor of Copenhagen and other cities around the world. 

Prior to joining Arup as a Director in November 2008, Mark was for eight years climate change and sustainable transport adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role he was described by London Evening Standard as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.” 
Mark has recently been made a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Programme.

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