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Charlotte Breen

Head, Green Economy & Innovation, C40 Cities
As Head, Green Economy & Innovation, Charlotte works with C40 Cities, the private sector, academics and international organisations to progress the debate on how cities can lead the transition to sustainable economic development and engage the private sector to implement innovative climate action. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing more than 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy.
Prior to C40, Charlotte spent seven years in the private sector, as the Sustainability Manager in the international team of Grosvenor Group, a real estate investor and developer. Charlotte’s role was to accelerate innovation and responsible business practices across the 17 offices, and in turn 60 cities. This included supporting venture capital investments into cleantech start-ups. In 2014, Charlotte co-authored a research paper on ‘Resilient Cities’, ranking 50 global cities by environmental and social resilience, published in the Financial Times.
Charlotte is a Chartered Environmentalist, Young Leader member of the Urban Land Institute and has been a guest lecturer at Henley Business School, University of Reading for five consecutive years. Charlotte holds a degree from Cambridge University in Land Economy, a multidisciplinary degree combining economics, policy and law, applied, in particular, to the built environment and sustainable development in cities.