Head of Sustainability and Environmental Initiatives, Siemens Financial Services, Americas


Martin Powell is Head of Sustainability and Environmental Initiatives at Siemens Financial Services (SFS) Americas. In this role, he leads the sustainability strategy for SFS in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. This includes several initiatives such as spearheading the Siemens Kickstarter Capital Program, leading SFS’s role in Siemens’ Tech for Sustainability Campaign with Stevens Institute of Technology, building a robust network of sustainable finance companies and experts, and launching sustainability training for employees.

Martin has just edited and published “The Climate City” with Wiley Publishing, a book of 30 chapters and 40 authors outlining the role of cities in tackling the climate crisis and the emerging societal progress across our world’s cities. He is also a trustee of Heart of the City, a charity that encourages responsible business and helps small and medium sized enterprises so they can play their role in supporting climate action.

Previously, Martin had global responsibility for the Urban Development practice in the Siemens Centre of Competence for Cities. This involved working with Mayors in more than 100 cities to provide technology advice and support to the cities as they strive to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets, and looking at technical models of delivering solutions at scale. He led the go-to-market approach for digitalization in cities and the concept of an operating model for cities that will allow 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 Mayor 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 The C40 Cities Group Chaired by Michael R. Bloomberg during his time as Mayor of New York.

Press and Publications

Martin is 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.


Recent articles and videos include:
Author, The Climate City, published 2022

Cities are growing faster and smarter - but can they go greener? A conversation with the Environmental Defense Fund 

Building a smart city begins with data

What makes a city livable? One of the most basic requirements is clean air

Why CES is the right forum to talk about city resilience

Improving quality of life with data (video)

Podcast episodes from CXOTalk on how data will drive smarter cities