Brian English is an international development executive and professional urban planner. He works at the intersections of sustainability, technology and economics to create enduring development solutions for communities, governments, and companies.
Brian is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Global Cities Initiative at Global Communities (formerly CHF International), an international development organization in Washington DC. For the past 10 years, Brian has managed inter-disciplinary teams on urban development projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. From 2009-2011, Brian was Country Director for CHF International 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 has consulted on a broad range of development projects including special economic zones, innovations clusters, and city master plans.
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.