Giselle Sebag is an impact-driven healthy and sustainable cities development specialist who has been working globally at the intersection of urbanism and public health for more than a decade. At Bloomberg Associates, Giselle advises cities in developing evidence-based urban planning solutions with the aim of improving the lives of the greatest number of citizens.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Giselle was the Vice President of Programs at the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she oversaw the development, planning and implementation of innovative CfAD programs such as Fitwel, which use design to foster healthy and engaged workplaces, homes and communities. Previously, Giselle was Head of Built Environment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where she selected, managed key relationships with and advised Fortune 500 companies, governments, multilaterals, philanthropic foundations and NGOs in strategic planning, design, partnership building and evaluation of their ‘Commitments to Action’ (CTAs)—new, specific and measurable projects, programs or initiatives developed to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Her efforts resulted in the creation of a new Healthy Places NCD Action Network priority impact area, a Clinton Foundation delegation at the U.N. Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development: Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, and more than 20 new Commitments to Action (CTAs), worth an estimated total of more than $3.7B investment dollars, ultimately impacting more than 1M lives.
Other past experience includes work with UNICEF Dominican Republic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), MASS Design Group, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Southface, and the Brookings Institution.
Giselle holds an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, joint Erasmus Mundus MSc degrees in international cooperation and urban development from the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, and undergraduate degrees in architecture and government from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture (UT-SOA) and the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts