Greg Delaune

Managing Associate, Cofounder

See speaking & teaching engagements below

Greg is cofounder and Managing Associate of UIX Global, founder and editor of the blog IMPACT URBANISM, and cofounder of the Deep Blue Institute (focused on regenerative marine infrastructure and Blue Economy development). He is an internationally recognized consultant, teacher, speaker, and writer specializing in sustainable economic development and public-private partnerships (P3s) for Green Cities and Smart Cities.

Greg has over 15 years of international experience in economic development, urban design, and regional planning policy, managing multidisciplinary teams in the formulation and execution of innovative development strategies, including applied research on integrated sustainability tools and techniques for emerging economies in peripheral Europe and Latin America (e.g. Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay).

Greg is an architect, licensed landscape architect (CA #4759), and economic development specialist for sustainable development models, including finance consulting for entrepreneurs and Greentech startups. He has a Professional BArch in architecture from the University of Notre Dame, masters degrees in landscape architecture and city planning from UC Berkeley, and a Master in Sustainability and Local Economic Development from UNIFE in Ferrara, Italy. He is a cofounder and steering committee member of the Eco-Polis International Master; was a contract professor for UNIFE, the UC Berkeley Extension landscape certificate program; and is a visiting lecturer at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, the California College of Arts Design MBA Program, the Presidio Graduate School MBA/MPA, and Sapienza University of Rome.

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Greg’s passion for learning and exploration has led him to extended periods of foreign residency, travel, and the cultivation of relationships that have immersed him in the intricacies of diverse cultures and ways of life. He is a connoisseur of food, music, and design, and revels in the learning that comes from the dynamic and passionate debate of conflicting ideals.

Speaking/Teaching Engagements:

TEDx Black Rock City; Paradigm ShiftBurning Man Festival; August 29th, 2013

First Gathering of Seasteaders; Tahiti, French Polynesia; May 15-18, 2017

Startup Societies Summit; George Mason University, Washington D.C.; May 10th, 2018

MLOVE Confestival. 25 June 2015, Hamburg, Germany. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media -
MLOVE Future Cities ConFestivalHamburg, Germany; June 24th, 2015

Camp Decentral; Political Decentralization; Burning Man Festival; August 31st, 2017

Catalyst Week Speaker SeriesLas Vegas, Nevada; March 27th, 2014

  • Floating Cities Project; Istituto Italiano Cultura San Francisco Italia Geeks Monthly Speaker Series; September 13th, 2018
  • Cleantech & Future Cities; Smart, Green, Creative, and Resilient; Keynote Presentation for Cleantech Open Western Region Showcase; November 10th, 2017
  • Cities as Technologies – Growing from Smart to Brilliant; Lux Stanford Research Institute Smart Cities Workshop; February 10, 2016
  • Civic Hackers and Social Innovation; Roundtable Discussion with Leaders from the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Area; Ferrara, Italy; May 14th, 2015
  • Urban Innovation Ecosystems; New Paradigms in Mobility and Accessibility; Fiat Chrysler (Boston, MA, offsite); May 11th, 2013
  • Innovation and Sustainability District Tour of Central San FranciscoBoeing China NDRC Executive Development Program; August 31st, 2012
  • Entrepreneurship in Civil & Environmental Engineering; Stanford University Center for Professional Development; 2012, 2013
  • Visiting Lecturer, Design Thinking Process: Future Cities; Smart, Healthy, Creative, & Sexy; UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design; August 1st, 2014
  • Visiting Critic, Master of Urban Design (MUD); Final Thesis Review; UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design; 2011-2014
  • Visiting Lecturer, Building Resilient Responses to Climate Change Risks through Collaborative Community Partnerships; Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College (CSRB); December 6, 2014
  • Visiting Critic, Department of Landscape Architecture; UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design; 2011-2015
  • Visiting Lecturer, Social Ventures; California College of Arts Design MBA Program; 2012-2014
  • Visiting Lecturer, Sustainable Urban Development, Economics, and Policy; Presidio Graduate School MPA Program; 2012-2014
  • Thailand Delegation Guide; Downtown Berkeley Innovation Ecosystem Tour; Bay Area Green Tours; April 17th, 2014
  • Global Systems Engagement for Social Venture Success; Impact HUB Bay Area Workbench; 2012, 2013