Michelle M. Farrell

Senior Operations Officer, EDGE Green Building Transformation Program, Climate Business Department,, International Financial Corporation / World Bank Group

With 15+ years of global experience as a leader in the sustainable building industry, with an MBA in Data Analytics, Michelle M. Farrell works on the EDGE Climate Strategy and Business Development Team with The World Bank and IFC where she works towards two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in every country. She works as an expert with the EDGE rating system and how to increase the m2 of green buildings in emerging regions. Michelle had worked internationally with green buildings and rating systems for 12+ years.

Michelle was also an honourary speaker on behalf UN Habitat and GlobalABC for the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) in Abu Dhabi along with government leaders from MENA and APAC regions on the topic of “Cities of opportunities: Reaching the Paris Agreement and Staying below 2°C warming in 2050”. She has examined the effect of climate change on the built environment and whether buildings constructed today can handle more extreme temperatures, such as using predictive weather change files.

Michelle has been working all over the world. Each region she has worked in has different sustainability goals and challenges, must be approached differently to reduce CO2 emissions in the most effective way possible to get the best ROI on each project. Her experience includes supporting sustainability regulation development, working with governments to plan sustainability guidelines, adapting software to local regulations, and supporting the development of Smart/Intelligent Cities for the future. Michelle is LEED Accredited Professional, DGNB International Consultant, and an ASHRAE member and affiliate member of CIBSE.

She was awarded the honor of the Consulting Specifying Engineer “40 under 40” list. She was the sustainability chair of ASHRAE Falcon Chapter from for 2 years before relocating to Hong Kong. She was elected to the Energy and Environment Committee in Hong Kong through the British Chamber for a year until joining the IFC late in August 2020. She is also a featured expert speaker at many conferences and events worldwide.