Lauren Sorkin | Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network

As Executive Director of the Resilient Cities Network Lauren oversees global efforts to strengthen cities in the face of complex challenges. Leading a team of professionals in London, Mexico City, New York, and Singapore in collaboration with Chief Resilience Officers in more than 40 countries, she drove the process to launch Global Resilient Cities Network as an independent city-led organisation.

Lauren serves as an advisor and spokesperson on urban resilience, women’s leadership sustainable finance, climate risk, stakeholder engagement, and urbanisation trends. She is on the Advisory Board of several sustainability initiatives including Food Tank, the Singapore Sustainability Summit, Natural Capital and Smart Cities World Editorial Advisory Board.

Previously with the Asian Development Bank, Lauren led the Bank’s first climate change investment plan, and then mainstreamed climate risks and opportunities for Vietnam’s US$7 billion portfolio. Before the ADB, she worked with USAID to implement clean energy, climate change and conservation projects in Asia, Africa and South America. She has published on biofuels, climate change, public speaking for social impact, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.