Adam Beck

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Executive Director
Centre for Urban Innovation

Adam Beck is recognised as a leader in sustainability, urban planning and smart cities across the globe.

He is the Executive Director of Centre for Urban Innovation, a strategic sustainability consultancy that works in collaboration with like-minded organisations to build sustainable communities. Adam is also currently the Executive Director of the International Smart Cities Council’s Australia and New Zealand division.

Through the Smart Cities Council Adam is leveraging the skills, knowledge and personnel of the world's largest network of smart cities practitioners and policy makers to help make our cities more liveable, workable, and sustainable. Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation. In this role Adam developed the EcoDistrict Protocol a new model for urban regeneration designed to accelerate district-scale sustainable development projects.

Prior to joining EcoDistricts Adam spent over three years with the Green Building Council of Australia developing the Green Star – Communities rating tool in collaboration with government and industry. Before entering the non-profit sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including GHD and Arup. He was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland and has dedicated most of his career of more than 20 years to advance city-building practices around the world, through the creation and deployment of frameworks, tools, and protocols that accelerate sustainability.

Adam is also member of the Urban Land Development Institute of Australia’s Research and Innovation Committee, which seeks to advance thought leadership and engagement in areas as diverse as affordable housing, disruptive technologies and healthy cities. He also supports the Australia’s Green Building Council Cities agenda and is on the Steering Committee for the United States Sustainability Tools Assessing and Rating system (STAR) the first national certification program to recognise sustainable cities and towns.