Jeb Brugmann

Director of Solutions Development and Innovation, City Solutions

Jeb has 30+ years’ professional experience working with local governments and with the corporate sector in 28 countries. In 1989-1990, he founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. He served as ICLEI Secretary General from 1991-2000, establishing the first international programs on urban greenhouse gas management and the worldwide ‘Local Agenda 21” sustainability planning initiative.

In 2001-2003, Jeb directed an ADB/USAID capacity building program for the senior city leaders of more than a hundred Asia-Pacific cities. From 2004-2016, he was Partner in The Next Practice innovation consultancy, leading multi-year engagements with companies in the banking, energy, FMCG, health, and property sectors to develop and pilot new business lines for ‘base of the pyramid’ populations.

Jeb holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Economics summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts. His awards include the Millennium Award for Best Sustainability Initiative (2000) of the European Environmental Agency/Princes’ Foundation, and the 2007 McKinsey Award for best article of the year from Harvard Business Review. He is a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and author of Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World.