Founder and CEO - Urban Breakthroughs

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Seth Schultz is the founder of Urban Breakthroughs, a consultancy focusing on climate change and cities.   He has over 20 years of experience working internationally on the environment, sustainability and climate change. Over the past year Seth has been focused on creating a space-race-era mobilisation of R&D on cities and climate change through the creation of Innovate4Cities.  He has been doing this with city networks, academia, and the private sector to create a global research and innovation agenda to enable cities to transform at the scale and speed required to combat climate change. 


He is currently serving as the Special Advisor to the Global Covenant of Mayors on Research & Innovation. This past year he was the Co-Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for Cities IPCC and served as a lead author on the ground breaking IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees.


Seth was previously the Global Director for Science & Innovation at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group where he was instrumental in leading the development of that organisation over the last decade. During his work in the NGO sector he also worked with the US Green Building Council and the Clinton Foundation on cities and climate change.

Seth sits on various boards and advisory councils, is a sought after speaker and guest lecturer, and has authored numerous articles, reports, blogs and thought leadership pieces around the world. He has a bachelors of Environmental Science from Binghamton University and currently lives in the Hudson River Valley in New York with his wife and three children.