Brian English is an international development executive, author and professional urban planner. His work focuses on the intersections of sustainability, design and economics to create enduring development in communities.
For the past 15 years, Brian has managed inter-disciplinary teams on urban development projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Brian has consulted on a broad range of development projects spanning special economic zones, innovations clusters, and city master plans, and corporate citizenship strategies. From 2009-2011, Brian was Country Director for Global Communities in India and directed a $6 million program called SCALE-UP funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce urban poverty. After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Brian managed community revitalization programs in the Eastern Caribbean for the United States Agency for International Development.
Brian’s work has been featured in New York Times, Scientific American, Business Week and Harvard Business Review. Brian was an Aspen Scholar at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival and presented at a TEDx on Forces of Change in June, 2012. In 2014, Brian was selected as a Resident Fellow by Rockefeller Foundation at their Bellagio Center in Italy. Brian is also a Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research.