Michael Nolan

Michael Nolan is the inaugural Chair of the Global Compact Cities Programme.

He joins us from a global role which focused on resilient cities with AECOM, an urban planning, infrastructure and environmental consultancy. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, climate adaptation and resilience for government and private sectors.

In his role at AECOM, Michael developed a Disaster Resilience Scorecard for cities for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in collaboration with IBM. He has extensive experience in sustainable infrastructure, climate change adaptation and resilience in Australia, the United States, Canada, China, India, Brazil, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Michael has led over 120 climate change impact, risk assessment, adaptation and resilience projects relating to ports, road, rail, local government, water, flood management, power, mining, buildings, facilities, coasts, states and cities. Michael represented the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia in developing the Australian Standard AS5334 Climate Change Adaptation for Settlements and Infrastructure.

Michael is the Resilient Cities lead for the United Nations R!SE initiative focused on risk sensitive investment. Michael has also supported the development of strategy tools for the 100 Resilient Cities programme pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

In his role as Chair of the Cities Programme, Michael supports the programme’s strategic direction and growth. In particular, he aims to increase private and public sector collaboration to increase the liveability and resilience of cities.

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