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Florian Lennert

Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow

florian [dot] lennert [at] rifs-potsdam [dot] de

Florian Lennert is an expert on sustainable innovation and development and advises research institutions, governments, municipalities, businesses, and technology ventures internationally. He is a co-founder of Disrupting Mobility and was Head of Mobility at NEOM from 2019-2023, where he led on overall regional development, mobility strategy, and transportation systems. Prior to this, he co-led the Innovation Center for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), focusing on sustainable urban innovation in connection with the EUREF Campus, a smart city district and living lab for smart mobility, renewable energy, and future city design in Berlin.

Florian is a member of the advisory boards of the Austrian Ministry for Mobility, Climate, Technology, Energy and Environment and of Volocopter. He served as chair of the European Commission expert group for smart mobility systems and services and as a member of the EU Commission expert assembly on smart and sustainable cities. Previously, Florian co-founded the Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment and the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

  • 2024-present: Klaus Töpfer Sustainability-Fellow (KTF), Research Insitute for Sustainability (RIFS)
  • 2015-present: Co-Founder, Disrupting Mobility
  • 2019-2023: Head of Mobility, NEOM, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2021: Member, Expert Assembly, Smart and Sustainable Cities, EU Commission
  • 2016-2019: Chair, Expert Group Smart Mobility, European Commission
  • 2012-2018: Director, Intelligent City, Innovation Center for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), Berlin
  • 2010-2018: Associate Director, LSE Enterprise, LSE, London
  • 2007-2011: Co-Founder and Fellow, Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment, LSE
  • 1999-2007: Director of Corporate Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • 1997-1999: Co-Founder and Coordinator, Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation, LSE
  • 1993-1994: Project Manager, German Institute for Urbanism (DIFU)
  • Sustainable Ocean Use and Blue-Green Economy
  • Sustainable Innovation and Technology
  • Sustainable Urban Design and Development
  • Smart Cities
  • Future Mobility
  • Technology and Knowledge Transfer
  • Risk and Regulation
  • Public Management and Public Policy

Publications prior to joining the RIFS

  • Smart Mobility Implementation Roadmap, EU Commission, 2019
  • Disrupting Mobility: Decarbonising Transport? In 'Disrupting Mobility. Impacts of the Sharing Economy and Innovative Transportation on Cites', Springer Science, 2017
  • Smart Mobility Systems and Services Roadmap, European Commission, 2017
  • Future Mobility and Decarbonisation, InnoZ/Stiftung Mercator, 2016
  • Sustainable Innovation Forum, Climate Action Zone COP27 Sharm El Sheik (2022)
  • Hypermotion Conference, Future of Mobility, Dubai Expo (2021)
  • Government of Austria, Ministry of Transport, ICT and Innovation, Vienna, Austria (2019)
  • Canadian Parking Association Annual Forum, Vancouver (2019)
  • European Commission, STRIA Forum, Brussels, Belgium (2019)
  • Government of Canary Islands, Canary Islands Future Lab, Las Palmas, Canarias (2019)
  • EU Commission Graz Forum on Future Mobility in European Cities, Graz, Austria (2018)
  • DroneMasters Meetup, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2018)
  • International Rail Leaders Summit, InnoTrans, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • German-Japanese Young Leaders Forum, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • LogIn Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania (2018)
  • World Parking Symposium, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • Smart City Expo, Istanbul, Turkey (2018)
  • Asia-Pacific Week, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • Vlerick Business School Executive MBA, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • Beyond Smart Cities Conference, Bilbao, Spain (2018)
  • Wirtschaftsrat der CDU, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • Club von Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2018)
  • Smart City Finance: Moving Urban Data Markets Conference, London, UK (2018)
  • Future of Urban Mobility, DesignIt, Munich (2017)
  • MIT Media Lab City Science Summit, Andorra, Spain (2017)
  • School of Business, American University, Cairo, Egypt (2017)
  • New Energy Forum, Astana, Kasachstan (2017)
  • Langenburg Forum for Sustainability, Langenburg, Germany (2017)
  • Smart City Finance Conference, Stuttgart, Germany (2017)
  • Architecture Week Prag/Brno, Czech Republic (2017)
  • Decarbonising Transport: Smart Mobility Innovation for Sustainable Cities Conference, EU Commission, Berlin, Germany (2016)
  • IFC/World Bank Latin American Climate Business Forum, Bogota, Colombia (2016)
  • Tale of Tech Cities, British Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, Germany (2016)
  • Fuel Choices Summit, Tel Aviv, Israel (2014/2015)
  • Building the Intelligent City, TEDx, Stuttgart, Germany (2012)
  • Ecomobility Summit, Changwon, South Korea (2011