Martin Powell

Chief Sustainability Officer, Siemens USA

As Chief Sustainability Officer for Siemens USA, Martin is responsible for driving corporate programs that will lead to company’s achievement of global carbon neutrality by 2030.  This includes acting as a resource for sustainability initiatives across Siemens businesses and Corporate groups.  As Siemens strives for consistent global implementation of environmental goals, Martin will also create and drive programs to advance knowledge and skills, employ data-driven methodologies and enhance employee engagement as the company works towards decarbonization, best practice resource conservation and product stewardship.


In his previous role as Global Head of the Urban Development Practice, Martin had global responsibility Siemens Centre of Competence for Cities.  This involved working with Mayors in more than 100 cities to provide technology advice and support as they worked to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets.  He led the go-to-market approach for digitalization in cities as well as development of a scalable operating model for cities that allows them to remain competitive in a time of game-changing trends.


Martin joined Siemens in 2012 after serving as the Deputy Mayor of London for Energy & Environment to the former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.  He was responsible for policy in water, waste, air quality, energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and biodiversity and also served as the Executive Director for the design and delivery of the City’s environmental programs.


Prior to his role with the City of London, Martin served as Managing Director with Cambridge Management & Research, Ltd. where he worked for the Energy Saving Trust and the Institute for Sustainability.  Additionally, he served as Special Advisor to Michael R. Bloomberg in his role of Chair of the C40 Cities Group during his time as Mayor of New York.


A graduate of the University of Dundee in Civil Engineering, Martin built his career working with organizations as a consultant and in the rail industry to structure their projects, programs and approach to optimizing delivery of services.


Martin serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy, is a frequent speaker at urban development conferences and expos and contributes to publications, research reports and white papers. He has been published in two books on the topic of urban development: Better Cities, Better Life and Smart Cities, Cities in the Digital Age available on Amazon UK. 


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