Brian Kilkelly is the CEO and a founding partner of World Cities Network. He is passionate about bringing business and city leaders together to discover ways to make our cities more sustainable and resilient. Before taking the helm at World Cities Network, Brian was Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships at the Urban Land Institute in London. During his five years at the Institute, he created the Urban Investment Network - a public-private collaboration platform that attracted cities, developers, and investors from across Europe.
Brian has a wealth of development experience from not-for-profit organisations such as Age Concern, Sightsavers International and the Royal Academy of Arts. He also enjoyed a successful commercial career whilst working for Marconi in Europe and for Ericsson in Asia Pacific.
Brian is a Fellow of the London-based RSA - Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, UK where he read Physics.
Cities are growing and changing rapidly in an increasingly dynamic and uncertain world. The need to exploit data to better understand, predict, and react to these changes has never been greater. No longer is technology a limiting factor. Today, it is our ability to be creative, to challenge norms, and to influence behaviour that will determine which cities will benefit from the power of data. So how do cities do this?