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Pascal Mittermaier

Global Managing Director, Cities

Boston, MA

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    Urban Conservation, Sustainability, Biodiversity Conservation, Air and Water Pollution

Biography

Pascal Mittermaier is the Global Managing Director for Cities at The Nature Conservancy. He leads a team at the Conservancy focused on transforming how the world’s growing cities harness nature’s power to build resilient, livable, thriving communities for millions of people. TNC’s urban work uses innovative science to find nature-based solutions for some of the biggest challenges of our time: Urban water, air pollution, excessive urban heat, urban sprawl, and biodiversity extinction. TNC’s urban conservation teams work with a wide group of global partners to explore the health benefits of nature in cities, while also focusing on nature as a way to tackle inequality and exclusion.

Before joining TNC, Pascal served as the Head of Sustainability, Europe at Lend Lease, a global property company. In this role, Pascal was responsible for embedding innovative environmental and social approaches across all Lend Lease’s businesses. While with Lend Lease, Pascal also led the Elephant & Castle regeneration project in central London, a 10-year project to develop 3,000 of the UK’s most sustainable homes, as part of the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Program.

Pascal was a Board Director of FSC UK and a frequent lecturer at Cambridge University’s Program for Sustainable Leadership. Prior to finding his career path in sustainability, Pascal worked at the Swiss healthcare company, Roche, where he was Managing Director of Roche in Canada and Italy.

Pascal is originally from Germany and now lives with his family in Boston. He studied Economics and History at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his MSc. in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from DeMontfort University in the UK.

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