The Resilience Shift has named Seth Schultz its new Global Executive Director.
Seth will accelerate a global shift to more resilient critical infrastructure – water, energy, transport and communications – in the face of climate change, population growth and resource scarcity. He has now taken up the leadership of the global infrastructure resilience initiative from this January 2020.
With the appointment of Seth Schultz, the Resilience Shift enters its next stage with a leadership focused on scaling up its impact globally, so that all those working with infrastructure systems around the globe, will know how they can embed resilience into practice at the different stages of an infrastructure’s lifecycle.
Seth’s career began working in the environmental space, driven by the need to create change in urban sustainability. He has worked with leading and innovative organisations in this space including the Louis Berger Group, the US Green Building Council, the Clinton Foundation, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Global Covenant of Mayors, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Seth Schultz, Global Executive Director, said, “I am incredibly excited about joining the Resilience Shift team. We live in an increasingly interconnected world that is being pushed to its limit due to climate change, urbanization and population growth. It is more important than ever to prepare for the future by embedding resilience into the building blocks of our society. I look forward to accelerating the discussion about the transformation of our infrastructure, building large-scale commitment among stakeholders to adapt and incorporate sustainability and resilience into our infrastructure and further seeing ways to collaborate on solutions and next steps.”
The resilience of our critical infrastructure systems – water, energy, transport and communications – matters in a world where climate change, population growth and resource scarcity are having an increasingly profound effect on the services they provide, making them more vulnerable to shocks and stresses. When these systems fail, the results can be catastrophic. There is an urgent need for a global shift in industry practice that can address these concerns across the whole infrastructure lifecycle.
Jo da Silva, Arup Fellow and Global Sustainable Development Leader, said, “Seth brings to the Resilience Shift a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in the field of sustainable development. We are very happy to bring him on board to lead the next stage of the Resilience Shift in its aim to accelerate an urgent shift towards better, more resilient infrastructure and help create a safer world “.
Ruth Boumphrey, Director of Research, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, said: “People all around the world depend on engineered systems – often ‘hidden’ from public view – to deliver food, water, electricity and transport that helps keep us all well and safe. These increasingly fragile systems can fail when subject to shocks and stresses with massive consequences. Seth Schultz will lead the Resilience Shift in developing a global coalition of people who care about public safety, to shine a spotlight on these fragile infrastructures, making sure the right investments are made to keep our essential services going through times of crisis.”