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

DATE: 26 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 Manchester

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, Connected Places Catapult will be delivering 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 Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese who will be showcasing best practices from Manchester that are leading the way in Resilience and Green recovery.

Sir Richard Leese

Sir Richard Leese


Manchester City Council

Richard Leese was elected to Manchester City Council in 1984. He became Leader of the Council in 1996.

Richard’s political interests include devolution, place-based budgets and the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the community leadership role of local authorities; and the role of cities in creating a sustainable future. He has a number of additional responsibilities including Director of Manchester Airport Holdings Ltd, Deputy Mayor and Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Chair of the LGA City Regions Board.

Professor Greg Clark CBE

Professor 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.



Welcome and introduction


Interview with Leader of Manchester City Council


Questions from the Audience


Wrap up and close


Event close

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