Giselle Sebag, MPH, LEED AP ND, Fitwel Amb
Cities Consultant, Bloomberg Associates
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A passionate urbanist, Giselle specializes in developing healthy and sustainable communities and has worked globally at the intersection of urban planning, design, and public health for more than a decade. As a consultant at Bloomberg Associates, Giselle advises mayors developing evidence-based urban health solutions with the aim of improving the lives of the greatest number of citizens. She has consulted for UNICEF, UNESCAP and Project for Public Spaces, among others.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Giselle was the Vice President of Programs at the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she oversaw the development, planning and implementation of innovative CfAD programs such as Fitwel, which was developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement environmental changes that support healthier workplaces, homes and communities. Previously, Giselle was Head of Built Environment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where she selected, managed key relationships with, and advised Fortune 500 companies, governments, multilaterals, philanthropic foundations and NGOs in strategic planning, partnership building and evaluation of their ‘Commitments to Action.’
Giselle holds a Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, joint Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. degrees in international cooperation and urban development from the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, and bachelor’s degrees in architecture and government from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture (UTSOA) and College of Liberal Arts. She is a Founding Member of PlacemakingX, on the Board of Advisors at ARCHIVE Global, a longtime member of the Healthy City Design International Congress Programme Committee and was one of the first credentialed LEED AP ND professionals.