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Sepehr Mousavi

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Sepehr Mousavi

Chair Advisory Group, Sustainable Cities and Communities


About the interview

  • Causes of our current social and environmental problems and why we need a sideshift
  • Learn how innovation can support and create the changes we need in society
  • What makes an innovation successful and what lessons to learn from one that failed?
  • Hear about the flaws in our current financial systems and the future of finance and funding
  • How the rise of sustainability managers creates win-win settings
  • What can cities contribute to create more sustainable societies
  • How each and everyone of us can support the transition we need


About Sepehr

Innovation Catalyst, Sustainability Strategist and Futurist

  • UN Climate Change Advisor
  • Sustainability & Circular Economy Strategist
  • Innovation & Digitalisation Catalyst
  • Enlisted twice as one of the ’50 world’s most influential global smart city leaders’
  • One of Sweden’s top 33 sustainability personas
  • Public Speaker & TEDx Fellow
  • Futurist & Millennial Educator
  • Has strong ambitions to contribute to building a better future and more equal societies
If you could invite 1 person to a dinner party – who would it be and why?
Those 26 richest people of the world whom their wealth is equal to 50% of the poorest earth inhabitants worth, to ask them how they see our extremely gapped global society and how do they feel about it!
What motivates you? Makes you happy?
Educating people, inspiring youngsters and students, striving for better quality of life for people globally and providing platforms for development of sustainable technologies.
What advice would you give your 10-year-old self?
Don’t plan too much; life happens when you are busy planning it.
If you could make 1 global change – what would it be?
Creation of a global circular energy grid based on hydrogen and renewables which provides everyone on earth with free and clean energy instead of a fossil-based polluting and corrupt energy system which has put the world into a conflict for centuries.
What are your Top 3 achievements?
The day I see myself as a champion for providing extended global access to sustainable and smart technologies, enabling a global fight against all types of extremisms via thought leadership and democratization and providing an equity digital education platform for the poorest of the planet; then I call it achieving something.
What does sustainability mean for you?
Sustainability is seeing all phenomena from a bird’s-eye-view, a holistic thinking system which shows courtesy to all effects and impacts of an activity to balance it in a triple bottom line approach.
What was the most important event/influence that changed your perspective?
Seeing people suffer everyday and mostly by other people, people living in an unequal way … they way that we are worth better than, our extremely gapped societies and a huge division between different parts of the worlds; people believing a theological myths more than ethics and a global society all in all makes me think every day and keeps me motivated to keep trying.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Many countries of the world and their people suffer from lack of resources, undeveloped infrastructure, unacceptable quality of life, deprivation, poverty which are a part of why we have the new world order today … colonialism, bloody conflict, depletion of resources such as minerals, gems, oil amongst many other resources created this global division for some to develop and for some to be left behind … it’s time for the first world to let them be led by meritocracy, a meritocracy which could lead to healthy democracy in a few generations. Ethics in politics and political leadership should become a most and norm.

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