Matthew Ulterino is an experienced urban planner and specialist in sustainable built environments and green finance. For the past 20 years, he has worked as a consultant, researcher, and programme manager providing strategic, policy, and technical solutions for greening business operations; sustainability in buildings, master plans, and cities; building energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy; and sustainable finance practices and instruments. Matthew is a consultant to the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) managing a global working group of property investors and banks on sector-level thought leadership and institutional practice changes in areas such as climate risk analytics and reporting, measuring social impact, and green mortgages and capital market instruments. In a prior role with UN Habitat, he was a finance consultant to an East Africa-wide GEF-funded programme to address gaps in green building policy and market development, focusing on stakeholder engagement with finance institutions across four countries and developing a finance guide for green buildings and distributed renewable energy. He has also supported the Greater London Authority on a multi-year programme that engaged large businesses and building owners on delivering energy and carbon emission reductions. And through an affiliation with LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Matthew was a contributing researcher and author on multiple green and resilient cities projects for clients such as the Coalition for Urban Transitions, C40 Cities for Climate Leadership, European Commission, and City of Copenhagen.
In addition to many years as an independent consultant, Matthew’s work experience includes roles at New York City-based non-for-profits and new business start-up, and staff positions at global engineering and environmental consultancies in Melbourne and London. He holds a MS in urban planning from Columbia University and BA in history from Bucknell University.