Matthew Lynch

Vice President - Global Partnerships & Initiatives, World Council on City Data

Research Fellow, Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto

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Matthew Lynch is Vice President – Global Partnerships & Initiatives at the World Council on City Data (WCCD) in Toronto. The WCCD hosts a network of innovative cities committed to improving services and quality of life with open city data and provides a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardized urban metrics. Comparable city data is critical for building more sustainable, resilient, smart, prosperous and inclusive cities.

Prior to joining the WCCD, Matthew was the Director of the Sustainable Cities Program at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) based in Geneva. The WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. As Director – Sustainable Cities, Matthew managed the Urban Infrastructure Initiative, a multi-million dollar global project to demonstrate the value of early strategic engagement between cities and business to drive urban sustainability. 

Matthew is an engineer with his initial professional background in environmental management in the private sector. In 2002, he took a position as an adviser with a community-development NGO in Afghanistan, followed by a program role with the intergovernmental environment organization for South Asia (SACEP) headquartered in Colombo. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Programme Manager for the NGO Engineers Against Poverty in London. 

Matthew has a Masters Degree in Environmental Technology majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College, London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and a First Class Honours Degree in Environmental Engineering.