Alice Charles is a Director at Arup, responsible for integrated Cities, Planning & Design, focusing on cross cutting urban strategies (sustainability, climate change, resilience, mobility) globally. She also oversees our global strategic partnerships with international organisations, mayoral networks, foundations and think tanks.

Alice has more than 20 years’ experience working for the public and private sector in the areas of city and urban planning, real estate, urban development & regeneration, construction, infrastructure, environment, climate change and public policy globally.
She previously led the World Economic Forum's cities & real estate work streams, the production of all city and urban development related content and curation of events at World Economic Forum summits. She was an External Member of the Board, National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) Planning Advisory Committee, Ireland. She was an EU Presidency Officer with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland. She worked for the oppositions Chief Whip in Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament), Ireland. She managed the Dublin office of Jacobs. She specialised in planning, development and regeneration when working for Avison Young, London, UK. 

She has a Master’s in Global Leadership, World Economic Forum, in conjunction with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Cornell Tech, INSEAD, London Business School and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), University College Dublin; Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning, Queens University Belfast; First Class (Hons) degree in Environmental Planning, Queen’s University Belfast. She is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Member of the Irish Planning Institute. She is a recipient of the Irish Echo Irish 40-Under-40 Award 2017 for Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work before the age of 40.