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Jeb Brugmann

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Jeb Brugmann is Managing Partner of The Next Practice, and initiated the formation of the Urban Productivity Collaborative.

In 1989-90 he founded and served from 1990-2000 as secretary general of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. In that capacity he and ICLEI colleagues established a number of the core practices of urban sustainability planning and management, including Local Agenda 21 and the first international program and planning methodology for local climate action. His current work focuses on performance innovation at the district scale, with particular emphasis on health, resilience, sustainability and productivity outcomes.

Jeb has worked with scores of municipalities in 28 countries on their local environmental management, sustainability, and economic development initiatives. From 2002-2004 he served as President of Globalegacy International, an incubator for enterprise-led approaches to poverty reduction in low-income urban districts. He designed and facilitated a two-year program with the Asian Development Bank, US Agency for International Development and the city and county of Honolulu for the mayors and senior city managers of more than 40 Asia-Pacific cities to advance their local sustainability practices. He has been an advisor on urban programs to numerous of international development finance institutions and United Nations programs.

Jeb has also worked extensively with the corporate sector. In 2004 he co-founded The Next Practice to work with global companies on their products, services, and business models for serving low-income households in Africa and Asia. His clients have included AP Moeller-Maersk, Barclays, bp, Grupo Bimbo, Britannia, Nestle, Thomson-Reuters, and Visa. Products and business models developed with TNP support have received awards and recognitions from the World Economic Forum, the Harvard Business Review, and business schools internationally. 

A Senior Associate with the University Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a lecturer internationally, Jeb’s last book is Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World.


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