With a career of over twenty years in sustainability, technology and the built environment in Europe, North America and Asia, Mikele is a recognised leader in urban innovation.
Mikele is a founding partner of Urban Living Futures, accelerating the commercial impact of built environment innovations via multiple deployments with our global property industry and city clients. She is also an advisor and mentor to smart city and energy start-ups, and an industry expert assessor for SME funding.
Recently Mikele led a pioneering initiative at Canary Wharf, London – Cognicity, an innovation programme to attract novel smart city technologies from around the world to enter an accelerator, learn how to make their solutions interoperable and pilot them on the estate. The programme kick-started a smart city innovator ecosystem which will continue adding value to the client.
Mikele helped to establish the UK government’s Future Cities and Energy Systems Catapults. She has also been a consultant to the Greater London Authority (GLA), developing a commercial building energy retrofit programme and to the Smart Cities Expo World Congress.
Previously, Mikele led the Cities and Government sector in General Electric’s Global Growth and Operations team, developing commercial models for sustainable energy solutions for central and local government. Prior to joining GE, Mikele led the UK introduction of Building Information Modeling services for two startups, promoting collaboration and efficiency in design, construction and lifecycle building portfolio management.
Earlier in her career, as an urban planner, Mikele worked on property and infrastructure masterplans, sustainable development studies and socio-economic impact assessments for new urban areas, regeneration areas and urban infrastructure systems in Asia, Europe and North America.