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Robert Muggah    

Co-Founder of the Igarapé Institute & The SecDev Group; Research Director and Program Coordinator for Citizen Security

Robert Muggah is a globally recognized specialist in smart and green cities, geopolitics and public safety, and cyber security and the digital economy. He is co-founder and principle of the SecDev Group - a risk firm devoted to strengthening cyber security for public and private clients including Facebook and Google. He also co-founded the Igarapé Institute - ranked the top social policy think tank in the world by Prospect in 2019 - and committed to data-driven security, justice, digital rights and climate action. Robert is also a senior adviser to McKinseys as well as the OECD, UN agencies, and the World Bank. He serves on the board of several technology start-ups and designs big data analytics for a range of clients.

For two decades Robert has advised national and municipal governments, tech companies and international organizations in over 50 countries on issues ranging from data-driven crime prevention and urban renewal to supply chain risk management to mitigating cyber threats. He is a fellow at Princeton University, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and faculty at Singularity University. He also serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Future Council on Cities, its annual Global Risk Report and co-chairs the Global Parliament of Mayors. He is regularly invited by the UN Secretary General to contribute to high-level panels and reports.

Robert has authored eight books and over 75 peer-review journals - including most recently Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (2020, Penguin/Random House). He is a regular contributor to the Atlantic, BBC, CNN, Financial Times, Guardian, Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Wired (as well as over a dozen French, Spanish and Portuguese outlets) and gave TED talks in 2015, 2017 and 2019. He has given dozens of live talks using mesmerizing data visualization platforms and remote sensing techniques. Robert received his PhD from the University of Oxford.

Speech Topics


The Future of the Global Liberal Order

Robert Muggah and Taylor Owen, University of British Columbia (UBC), are leading the Phil Lind Initiative in US Studies series on the future of the liberal order. The series features Ed Luce, Steven Pinker, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Frank Fukuyama, Susan Rice, and Misha Glenny. The initiative strives to help shape a debate on these issues here in North America and later, in Europe and Latin America through a variety of media outlets.

Nuclear & Climate Threats

Robert Muggah consults with governments, the UN, World Bank and firms ranging from Google to McKinsey. He is known for designing award-winning interactive data visualizations that track the global arms trade, homicidal violence, fragile cities, nuclear threats, and climate change.

News


Brazil's Killing Fields | Robert Muggah

Brazil is the world's murder capital. More than 1.3 million homicides have occurred there since 1980. And the problem appears to be getting worse. The rate of ...

The Phil Lind Initiative Series on "The Unraveling of the Liberal Order"

Digital connectivity and new technologies are accelerating political, economic and social transformation and literally changing the rules of the game, pulling at the seams of global stability. Will the liberal order hold, or is its disassembling inevitable? What kinds of global order(s) does the future hold? The Phil Lind Initiative’s Spring 2018 series will explore these and other questions, with visits from the world’s leading intellectuals on the subject.

Opinion Piece: "So, the liberal order is in free fall? Not so fast."

Robert Muggah is the co-founder of Igarapé Institute and SecDev Group. Taylor Owen is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.

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