Anthony Gad Bigio

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Faculty Member, Sustainable Urban Planning Program
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Areas of Expertise

  • Urban adaptation and resilience
  • Low-carbon cities
  • International development policies
  • Urban design
  • Built cultural heritage management

Anthony Gad Bigio is an Urban Advisor with over 30 years of international experience. He was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report’s chapter on urban planning and carbon emissions, and a Technical Reviewer of the chapter on urban impacts of climate change.

He retired from the World Bank in 2013 after a 20-years career as a Senior Urban Specialist, managing investments and policy reform programs across the developing world, with a focus on urban environment, resilience and climate mitigation.

Since then, he has lead fieldwork on urban green growth in Cambodia for the Global Green Growth Institute, and contributed to the evaluation of the GEF’s current Sustainable Cities program, among other assignments. He lectures internationally and has published extensively on the topics of urban development, climate change and urban cultural heritage.

He is Green Growth Advisor for The Growth Dialogue, an international policy program of George Washington University’s Business School and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Columbia University-based UCCRN (Urban Climate Change Research Network). 

Current Research

Compact urban form and carbon abatement as part of urban climate policies.


  • M. Arch., University of Rome, Summa cum laude
  • Post-graduate certificate, University of Venice

Classes Taught

  • SUP 6220: Planning Resilient and Low-Carbon Cities