Nicholas You is a veteran urban specialist and thought leader. Prior to his retirement, he was the senior policy and planning advisor to UN-Habitat and the manager of the Habitat II Conference held in Istanbul in 1996.
He is the founder and honorary chairman of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, immediate former chairman of the Assurance Group for Urban Infrastructure of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and former co-President of the Global Cities Business Alliance.
He is currently a Director of the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation, the Chairman of the Urban Strategy and Innovation Council for ENGIE, and co-Chair of the Open Green City Lab in Shenzhen.
He also serves as a member of the board of the Citiscope, the Huairou Commission, the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, and adjunct for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore.
He regularly advises central and local governments, technology companies and civil society organizations on urban sustainability, urban governance and urban innovation including the nexus between water, waste, transport and energy.
He also works as strategic planning and governance advisor to many metropolitan authorities worldwide.