Jeff Merritt

Head of Centre for Urban Transformation; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Internationally recognized expert in the area of urban development, emerging technologies, and government innovation with more than 25 years of experience driving social change in the U.S. and abroad.

As Head of the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Urban Transformation, he leads a global team working to advance public-private collaboration in more than 140 cities across the world. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, he served as New York City’s first-ever Director of Innovation.

Key highlights from his work include helping organize the first entirely online public election in U.S. history; laying the groundwork for the world’s largest, fastest municipal Wi-Fi network; orchestrating the launch and roll-out of the world’s largest city top-level domain; establishing the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance to advance the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies; and, most recently, establishing a new global Alliance for Urban Innovation to support the revitalization and resiliency of urban economies.

He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.







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