Alice Charles has nineteen years’ experience working for the public and private sector in the areas of city and urban planning, real estate, urban development & regeneration, construction, infrastructure, environment, climate change and public policy. She leads the World Economic Forum's cities & real estate work streams, including the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the Real Estate Industry Action Group, the Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative and co-leads the Systemic Efficiency-Transitioning Energy & Buildings initiative and the production of all city and urban development related content and curation of events at World Economic Forum summits. She is an External Board Member of the Planning Advisory Committee of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), Ireland, a member of the UN-Habitat Stakeholder Advisory Group, the visiting committee of the Senseable City Lab, MIT, the Buenos Aires City Government Global Council, the Belfast City Council Growth and Innovation Commission, the Urban Leadership Council (ULC) for the Coalition for Urban Transitions and jury member of the WWF One Planet City Challenge.
She previously worked for the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland; Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament), Ireland; Jacobs Engineering, Ireland and Avison Young, London, UK. She holds a Master’s in Global Leadership, 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); MBA, University College Dublin; Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning, Queens University Belfast; degree (Hons) in Environmental Planning, Queen’s University Belfast. She is a Chartered Member, Royal Town Planning Institute and Member of the Irish Planning Institute. She is a recipient of the Irish Echo Irish 40-Under-40 Award 2017 for Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work before the age of 40.