OECD COP28 Virtual Pavilion


Lykke Leonardsen

City of Copenhagen

Head of program for Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions


Lykke Leonardsen is originally trained as an archeologist, but has worked in urban development since the late 80s. In the City of Copenhagen Lykke Leonardsen has more than 25 years of experience from various fields of urban development – from regeneration, economic development and physical planning. During her 15 years in the Technical and Environmental Administration in the City of Copenhagen she has been heading the development of the adaptation programs of the city which includes the adaptation plan, the citywide cloudburst management plan and the storm surge management plan. She has also worked with the development and implementation of the Climate Action Plan of the city – aiming to become carbon neutral by 2025. Currently she is running the program for Sustainable and Resilient City Solutions in Copenhagen working as an ambassador for Copenhagen’s climate solutions. The program aims at sharing Copenhagen’s results in the process of becoming carbon neutral and also how to work with the implementation of ambitious climate adaptation solutions. The program involves international collaboration with cities such as New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston, Beijing, Buenos Aires and Bogota. Since 2020 Lykke Leonardsen is part time to seconded to C40 as senior manager for the Water Safe Cities program, providing technical assistance to cities regarding climate change related water challenges.

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