Speaker Profile


Job TitleLead, Cities & Urbanization

Company NameWorld Economic Forum


Alice Charles leads all Cities and Urbanization work at the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland. This includes developing the Forum's Fourth Industrial Revolution City Preparedness Protocol, managing the Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative, its Steering and Advisory Committee, the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the production of all city and urbanization related content and cities and urbanization events at World Economic Forum Summits (including Davos). She is also an External Board Member of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), Ireland.

She has seventeen years’ experience working in the areas of cities and urbanization, town planning, real estate, infrastructure, environment, climate change and public policy globally. She previously worked for the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament), Ireland, Jacobs Engineering (formerly SKM Colin Buchanan) and GVA, London, UK.

She has a Masters in Global Leadership through the World Economic Forum, in conjunction with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Cornell Tech, INSEAD, London Business School and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), a Master’s in Business Administration from University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, a Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning from Queens University Belfast and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Environmental Planning from Queen’s University Belfast. She is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Member of the Irish Planning Institute. In 2017 she was awarded the Irish Echo 40 under 40 Award, which recognizes outstanding global contributions of Irish and Irish Americans, before reaching the age of 40.

"Thought Leader, with a large multi-stakeholder network and committed to improving the state of cities around the world."


Conference Sessions


    13-Mar-2019, 08:15 - 10:15, SALON HARBOUR, GARE MARITIME

    Global trends among younger consumers tend to shake consumption patterns and this paradigm shift needs to be addressed accordingly when focusing on future elder...

    • Language: English

    13-Mar-2019, 14:00 - 14:45, MAGENTA ROOM

    Urbanism is the study of how inhabitants of urban areas interact with the built environment. In this context we will examine what is needed to create a greater ...

    • Language: English

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