Gary SharkeyProgramme Director Global Cities Business Alliance United States of America
For the past two years Gary has been on secondment to the London-based business organisation London First as programme director for the Global Cities Business Alliance, a new nonprofit alliance supported by leading multinational businesses exploring the productive role they can play in the world's business capital cities on issues such as housing affordability and urban mobility. Beyond the secondment he is a global sustainability network director at PwC, where he founded the firm's global practice looking at water issues and has advised an collaborated with a range of leading international organisations such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Carbon Disclosure Project, the World Economic Forum, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Prior to his global role, he was a cleantech specialist in PwC China, focused on helping Chinese and international businesses take advantage of the growth of renewable energy, water, green building, clean transportation, and other cleantech markets in China and abroad. He came to PwC from the World Bank/IFC where he focused on the role of technology supporting international development. Gary was a presidential scholar at Stanford University earning a BA with honours in International Relations and completed a masters degree in International Science, Technology, Energy and Environmental Policy at the the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. He has held teaching and research positions at the University of Colorado in Denver, SciencesPo in Paris, KAIST in Seoul, and Putian University in Fujian, China. Outside the office he is an avid cafe hopper and event planner, teaches chinese wushu, parkour and anti-gravity yoga, and is a student of Ayurvedic nutrition. He enjoys travelling, gardening, and spending time with his family.