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Future of cities

The world is going urban.

Over the last fifty years, the number of people living in cities globally has tripled. By 2050, another 2.5 billion may have joined them.  This unprecedented population shift will require the transformation of existing cities and the growth of many new ones.

Sustainable, inviting and livable communities will be critical to the viability of city living post the COVID-19 pandemic. This will call for a revolution in the way we provide homes, transport, health, education and much more.  We believe that certain “Unstoppable Trends,” will shape the future of cities and investors’ portfolios.

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Global Head
Philip Watson
Chief Innovation Officer & Head of the Global Investment Lab

Philip heads the Private Bank’s Office of Innovation, which he helped to establish in 2018. He chairs the Growth Board, participates on accelerator programs and other initiatives designed to improve the client experience. 

He has more than 20 years of financial industry experience, mostly gained at Citi. Before joining the Private Bank, he held a variety of positions within Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. As well as leading the Global Investment Lab, Philip sits on the Global Investment Committee and Multi-Asset Class Committees, which inform the tactical market views and management of discretionary portfolios respectively. 

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Philip Watson caricature
Global Head
Philip Watson
Chief Innovation Officer & Head of the Global Investment Lab

Philip heads the Private Bank’s Office of Innovation, which he helped to establish in 2018. He chairs the Growth Board, participates on accelerator programs and other initiatives designed to improve the client experience. 

He has more than 20 years of financial industry experience, mostly gained at Citi. Before joining the Private Bank, he held a variety of positions within Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. As well as leading the Global Investment Lab, Philip sits on the Global Investment Committee and Multi-Asset Class Committees, which inform the tactical market views and management of discretionary portfolios respectively. 

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