City Leaders Dialogues: The net zero road to COP26 and beyond

DATE: 12 July, 2021

LOCATION: Online Event

START TIME: 10:00 am END TIME: 11:00 am

Part of the City Leaders Dialogue Series

Spotlight on The City of Helsinki

Cities are key to ensure the world builds back better after the Covid 19 shock. Aiming at better understanding how cities around the world are implementing innovative measures to ensure a sustainable and just future, UK’s Connected Places Catapult has partnered with Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities to deliver a series of dialogues with city leaders between now and COP26 in Glasgow in November. This series will promote senior level debates, in a fireside format, on key topics such as Post-Pandemic Green Recovery, Smart Resilience and the city’s contribution to achieve the global climate commitments.

Join us in our City leaders Dialogue Series as Professor Greg Clark CBE, Chairman of Connected Places Catapult has a fireside chat with Mayor Jan Vapaavuori, City of Helsinki, who will be showcasing best practices from Helsinki that are leading the way in a Resilient and Green recovery following the city’s pledge to be a carbon neutral and climate resilient city by 2030.

Prof Greg Clark CBE

Prof Greg Clark CBE


Connected Places Catapult

Greg is Global Head of Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC Group where he leads the bank’s work on cities and mobility with its global client base in 63 countries and 300 cities. He is also a member of the board of Transport for London and chairman of TfL’s Investment and Programmes Committee. He is member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Cities & Urbanisation, and the Cities Council of Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Greg joined CPC as chair in May 2020.

Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

Mayor Jan Vapaavuori


City of Helsinki

Mayor of Helsinki is Jan Vapaavuori. He was born in 1965 in the capital. He graduated with a Law degree from Helsinki University in 1989. He continued his education in Helsinki, Upsla, and The Hague. He worked as a law assistant at Helsinki University between 1991 and 1992. His political career began as a secretary in the Parliamentary Group of the National Coalition. He was also the assistant of three ministers in three governments. From 1997 to 2000 he worked at the City Council as chairman of the sports committee. In 2017 he became mayor of Helsinki. His city development program focuses on healthcare, transport and infrastructure, education, culture and housing, as well as the development of the business environment.



Welcome and introduction


Interview with Mayor Jan Vapaavuori


Questions from the Audience


Wrap up and close


Event close

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