Martin Powell

Head of Urban Development, Siemens

Martin leads the Urban Development practice for Siemens at the Centre of Competence for Cities. He is also the Cities lead for the Americas. This involves working with Mayors in over 100 cities providing technology advice and support to the cities as they strive to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets and looking at technical models of delivering solutions at scale.


He is currently leading the go-to-market approach for digitalization in cities and the concept of an operating model for cities that will allow cities to remain competitive in a time of game-changing trends.


Prior to this, he was the Deputy Mayor of London for Energy & Environment to the former 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 programmes.


As Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research he worked for the Energy Saving Trust and the Institute for Sustainability and was also Special Advisor to the C40 Cities Group chaired by Michael R Bloomberg during his time as Mayor of New York.


An Engineer, he built his career working with organizations as a consultant to structure their projects and programmes and approach to delivery.


He is published on the topic of Project Management and in the current role with two key publications - “Better Cities, Better Life” – and the most recent publication - “Smart Cities - Cities in the Digital Age.”

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