Our student ambassadors Ana Landi, Javiera Moya, Elaine Caoibes, Nayden Tafradzhiyski, and Venkata Suravarapu have carefully curated a list of Smart Cities Professionals who have made a significant impact on sustainability in their industry.
We continue adding people on the lists that deserve to be noticed for the good they have done for nature.
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Our main criteria for choosing these professionals are the following: several years working experience on the topic of smart city, located mostly in Europe, had done research on smart cities, working in companies that offer a climate-neutral solution for buildings, working in the city council, working currently in a smart city project in a European city, being a part of the university academic lab focusing on sustainable urban development, lastly, we are looking for professionals working on an international collaboration between cities for improving sustainability.
He is Professor at Amsterdam University of Applied of Science, he is an urban economist specialized in urban innovation and policy. Several years working to create a change through sustainable urban development.
Moreover, Dr. Willem Van Winden works in several projects, for instance, Atelier – Energiepositieve Wijk In Buiksloterham focusing on increasing the participation of the local community generating energy and sell the surplus.
Luís Carvalho is a Professor (Prof. Auxiliar) at the Faculty of Economics and Management (FEP) at the University of Porto.
One of the main topics of research are Startups, scale-ups and urban innovation and geography of smart city innovation.
Annelies van der Stoep works as Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board.
This Board is working side by side with Amsterdam city for creating a smart city focusing on five urban challenges. Circular Economy, Health, Mobility, Digital Connectivity and Jobs of the Future.
Sladjana Mijatovic works as a Sustainability Manager at BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling. She has experience on Circular Economy & Innovation Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the public policy industry.
Also she was a guest speaker at TedxTorinoSalon “Alter Eco”.
Jeanke van der Haar works as a Director Smart Area Development at ENGIE Ventures and Integrated Solutions.
Where the aim of this group is The Smart Area development team aims to contribute to the energy transition by initiating, accelerating and realization of projects in the public arena.
Marjolein Bot is the Challenge Lead Energy at Amsterdam Economic Board. Currently, she is working to deliver and accelerate energy transition initiatives and innovations in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
Through this, they are working towards a CO2-free future and are able to achieve the climate objectives of 2030.
Paul Voskuilen is a Program developer Urban Energy at Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions.
He has several years of working experience with R&D alliances and smart city collaboration and Urban Energy.
Allisib Dring is the CEO at Made of Air, carbon negative materials. These are materials that capture the CO2 and can be used in the facade of buildings.
Nowadays, there are regulations that are demanding lower carbon footprint in the built environment, Made of Air is generating a solution for reaching that goal.
Torsten Henzelmann is a Managing Director Central Europe and Head of Competence Center Civil Economics, Energy & Infrastructure, Chemicals & Pharma at Roland Berger.
As well he is a Research Director and Professor of Research Network for new mobility at Saarland University.
10. Mark Watts
Mark Watts is a Executive Director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. C40 Cities are focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.
Since he arrived the organization has grown from 63 to 96 of the world’s greatest cities, and from 40 to over 200 staff across the globe. From inception, C40’s mission has been to be a high ambition leadership group, driving the world to avoid a climate crisis through the actions and leadership of the mayors of the world’s leading cities.
11. Rolf Steenwinkel
Rolf Steenwinkel worked for almost 9 years at Amsterdamse Energie Coöperatie. This Cooperative has the goal to buy green energy at a reasonable price and ensure that the profits stay in the city and are invested in making the city more sustainable.
Currently, he is working as a Director Energy Infrastructure and Urban Programmer at Municipality of Haarlemmermeer.
12. Kent Larson
Kent Larso is an architect. He has more than 20 years of working Experience in Smart cities. He directs the City Science (formerly Changing Places) group at MIT Media Lab.
His research focuses on developing urban interventions that enable more entrepreneurial, livable, high-performance districts in cities.
13. Debra Lam
Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation for Georgia Tech, newly created role to drive smart cities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond.
Debra has over a decade of international experience in governance, sustainable and strategic development, policy analysis, and project management. Debra has spoken and published a number of articles and book chapters on development, climate change, and sustainable development policy.
She also has developed a network of global external partners to capitalize on the opportunities, resources, and research in the field. Debra has lived and worked in London; Hong Kong; Beijing; Shanghai; Taipei; Washington, DC; NY; Pittsburgh; Louisville; and the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley.
Balázs Kolbenheyer is a Consultant based at Roland Berger Budapest office. His industry focus is on Energy & Utilities, FMCG and Aviation.
He has worked on strategy development, integration preparation and acquisition related projects, both domestically and abroad.
15. Christian Nobl
Christian Nobl has gained experience in several industries including transportation, financial services, utilities, air traffic management and oil downstream through 4 years full time working experience at Roland Berger, progressing from Intern to Consulting Analyst to Senior Consultant.
During his undergraduate studies he has had multiple internships in strategy consulting and strategy development at KPMG & BMW Group.
16. Sakari Laitinen
Sakari Laitinen is a Business and Technology Development Executive with 25+ years experience in all aspects of water: domestic, industrial and military; experienced in leading business start-up operations, steering research & development projects and opening up new application areas around the world – in municipal waters, pulp & paper, mining minerals, the beverage sector, and bioenergy; playing a key role in natural resource management, particularly forests and natural waters.
Sakari has developed several patent families and won a number of innovation awards, including one of the coveted Innofinland awards presented by the President of Finland. Contributing to the next revolution, which will feature the new technologies that enable water to be distributed via intelligent networks and water quality to be monitored and controlled using artificial intelligence and smart sensors.
17. Veera Mustonen
Veera Mustonen is a cognitive scientist with over 20 years of experience in innovation leadership, user experience, product & service development.
She has led the development of cutting edge (some of them world renowned) products, services and processes in a variety of fields including Smart City development, smartphones (at Nokia), digital services and Living Labs. This includes leading Smart Kalasatama, an acclaimed Finnish Smart City District program that has been featured in global rankings and media.
18. Iikka Tuunanen
Iikka Tuunanen’s technical expertise is a combination of electrical and industrial automation, telecommunication and software understanding as well as an integration of all these.
He has been working with infra and traffic business and especially with tunnel systems including assignments from pre-designing to implementation for over 15 years. This gave him a strong and wide understanding about project operations in these business segments.
19. Natalia Rincón
Natalia Rincón runs a startup focused in Smart Cities. She is an architect by profession and nowadays she is also writing her Doctoral Dissertation in urban planning. She complement her Architecture practice with a strong background in Computer Science.
She dedicates her free time to the Green Party, where she serves as a councillor in Tampere and as a member of several urban planning boards.
Ilekra Kouloumpi is a Senior cities strategist at Circle economy.
She leads the team of Thriving Cities. The Thriving Cities Initiative is a collaborative programme developed in partnership with Kate Raworth’s team (Doughnut Economics Action Lab), C40 Cities network, and Biomimicry 3.8 aiming to help cities to thrive, or else become socially just and environmentally safe places. At Circle Economy, she has made it to advance the transition towards low-carbon and circular cities.
21. Ani Dasgupta
Ani Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, WRI’s program that galvanizes action to help cities grow more sustainably and improve quality of life in developing countries around the world.
Since 1995 he is working as a Urban specialist. Also he worked in the World Bank for almost 9 years on topic of water sanitization. Currently at WRI he leads projects relate to sustainable transport, urban development and building efficiency, as well as its engagement across low-carbon energy, governance, and water risk.
Ani holds a Masters Degree in Planning and Public Policy and a Masters Degree in Architecture, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His PhD work, at the planning school at MIT, focused on services for urban poor.
22. Maryke van Staden
Maryke van Staden works at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability as a Director Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbon Climate Center). She has more than 16 years working specializing in local climate action, sustainable energy and energy security.
Since 2013 she is working at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, where she oversees global programs and projects, working closely with national and subnational governments on integrated climate action.
23. Beverly Pasian
Beverly Pasian is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and she is Editor Project Management Research & Practice at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund. In Dortmund she is focusing on Public priorities (such as smart cities) and emergent challenges (such as the COVID-19 challenge) need innovative thinking.
Actually she is working on a research where the premise of this research is that smart cities must above all consider the citizen’s quality of life when conceiving, funding and implementing projects. The challenge for future researchers and, specifically, for this project management researcher, is to contribute insights that can affect project-related decisions to ensure better quality of life within smart cities.
Francisco is an Architect and holds a M.Sc. on Architecture, Energy and Sustainability from London Metropolitan University.
He is a Project Director at TECNALIA Research & Innovation where he works with management of R&D and Demonstration projects. the main focus is to incorporate new technological, financial and management concepts in smart, sustainable neighborhoods and buildings.
25. Gerard Roemers
holds a Master of Science (MSc) of Sustainable Development Environmental Governance from Utrecht University.
He is the Lead Cities & Regions at Metabolic. He has more than 5 years working on Smart cities topic. Actually he is working on strategic consulting generating methods and tools for designing and planning circular cities and sustainable area development.
Gerard is involved in academic research with the AMS Institute, and organizes an international Summer School: “The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban Ecosystem.
26. Dave Coleman
Dave is the Managing Director at Cooler Projects, The Carbon Literacy Project.
Where the aim of the organization is deliver ideas, action and advocacy on climate change, and initiate projects to accelerate Manchester towards its goal of becoming a low carbon city.
As well he was part of the Board at Friends of Earth creating fundraising, communications and engagement activities in England Wales and Northern Ireland.
He holds a Bachelor degree as a Biochemistry from Manchester University .
For doing that there are retrofitting of buildings, reorganization of the energy supply and change in transport habits are some of many initiatives the City of Copenhagen will implement in order to become carbon neutral by 2025. Also they want to reduce Carbon emissions of around 1.16 million tons. Moreover, he was part of the WWF Denmark for 10 years.
He holds a B.Sc. Commerce, Organization and Management from Copenhagen Business School.
28. Brett KenCairn
Brett is a Senior policy advisor for climate & resilience, City of Boulder. Brett serves as the city of Boulder’s senior climate and sustainability coordinator. His primary responsibility is the ongoing evolution of the city’s climate action initiatives.
He is also a team member on the city’s renewable energy strategy and action team. He currently manages a number of program areas including the city’s energy resilience project portfolio and the Renewable Heating and Cooling initiative (RH&C) project.
He is a co-founder/organizer of a multi-city RH&C initiative that includes Burlington, VT; New York City; Washington, DC; and 12 other observer cities. This initiative is currently working with all of the major heat pump manufacturers serving North America to develop a market transformation strategy template for cities. Brett has an extensive background in community-based sustainable development, working in both rural, Native American, and other disadvantaged communities across the western U.S.
29. Morten Nordskag
Morten is a Political Adviser to the Vice Mayor of Environment and Transport, City of Oslo hos Oslo kommune, Rådhuset. He worked as a policy director for Norwegian ministry of climate and environment where coordinated at the Norwegian International Forest and Climate Initiative. He was Responsible for participation in the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the Forest Investment programme, both in the World Bank. Policy board representative to the UN-REDD programme. Responsible for the Norwegian engagement with the Global Green Growth Institute (3GI) and support to the Norwegian Board Member.
Jessica is Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment. Jessica previously served as the Washington State Director of Climate Solutions where her work focused on developing legislative and policy strategies to reduce global warming pollution and grow an equitable clean-energy economy in Washington State.
Jessica first joined Climate Solutions in 2007 as a policy specialist and worked to further clean energy policy in Washington through the state’s Energy Independence Act, Climate Action and Green Jobs law and others. Jessica also worked as the program director for the U.S. Climate Action Network. From 2002- 2005, she was a global warming campaigner for Greenpeace in Washington DC. She also spent several months working in Beijing as a policy advisor for Greenpeace China.
Jessica received her MA in economics and energy policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her BA in Mandarin from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Florencio is an architect with a strong environmental commitment who has focused his career on understanding the links between Architecture, Energy, Cities and People.
Since 2003 he has been managing the Energy in Buildings Department in the National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER), where he lead a team which carries out different projects and research works focused on sustainable construction, energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy at urban scale.
As Director of the Department of Energy in Building, his priority is to generate and to transfer knowledge in the application of criteria and strategies for reducing energy consumption in buildings to the market in order to minimize greenhouse gas emissions in cities. At present, he is working in several different design projects for sustainable cities and neighborhoods, high-energy-efficiency buildings, environmental refurbishment of degraded neighborhoods and design of bioclimatic systems for passive heating and cooling in buildings as well as integration of renewable energies in the built environment.
32. Roman Grünner
Roman is a Program lead for deep demonstration at city of Vienna Municipal department 20 – Energy planning where he managed the clean cities deep demonstration project.
His projects include EU-GUGLE: Sustainable renovation models for smarter cities; Ingrees – Training system for engineers and construction professionals; Inraum – ntegration through vocational training, asylum seekers create their living space and local values – Feasibility study; The future structures of buildings – Project for the impact assessment of an Austrian energy and climate strategy
33. Jolanda Tetteroo
Jolanda is a project manager at Hogeschool van Amsterdam. She has a background in engineering and (renewable) energy, as well as a broad experience in architecture, contract management and consultancy make her an ideal connecting link.
During her international work experience as a project manager in construction and sustainability / sustainable energy she managed a variety of projects: from developing a zero-energy building to the construction and opening of a multi-use building complex; to feasibility studies on renewable energy to renovation advice of solar installations; from helping companies and public authorities set their sustainability targets to implementing energy saving measures; to public awareness campaigns about energy saving to training of long-term unemployed people as energy saving coaches.
34. Femke Haccoû
Femke is a Program developer at AMS Academy for Professional education. AMS Institute works through research, education and innovation on the urban challenges of the Amsterdam region.
The focus is on the 6 urban challenges; circular economy, mobility, energy, climate resilience, food systems and responsible digitization of the urban environment.
Ina is the Head of Smart city Vienna for more than 25 years.
Vienna has initiated this change of course, and is in first place in the worldwide ‘Smart Cities Ranking’. For Homeier-Mendes, the term stands for a high quality of life while at the same time conserving resources: the smart city is not only a technical but also a social construct.
She holds a Bachelor degree Architecture at TU Wien.
36. Julika Dittrich
Julika is a lawyer with a PhD Environmental Law from University of Vienna. She has more than 15 years of working experience on Environmental law.
She worked for 4 years as a Director at Circular Futures – Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft. Circular futures is a think tank create to accelerate the transition to a circular economy in Austria. Currently she is working as a Project Director & Policy Officer for EU Environmental Law & Policy at Umweltdachverband.
Maarten is co-founder at BYCS. BYCS work towards 50by30 through initiating, testing and scaling breakthrough ideas around cycling.
They run pilots, research, campaigns, consulting projects, and global programs. An example is their Bicycle Mayor program that started in Amsterdam and is now active on every continent.
At whatever stage of cycling maturity your city or business is at, and wherever you are in the world, we can support your progress. We can create be spoke solutions through our general services or collaborate through one of our established programs.
Julia is a Social Scientist and manager with an affinity for complex issues that need to be solved and implemented in a team.
Leadership experience in human rights and smart city contexts, (NGO and City of Vienna) with many innovative ideas developed and implemented.
39. Anna Luten
Anna is a Brand Strategy and Marketing Consultant | Mobility Adviser. Part of her experience is related to Partnership with VICE on mobility in cities. Also she was speaker, host and panelist at conferences such as Vision Zero, LA CoMotion and Velo-City. Moreover, she is a Jury member of Eurobike Award.
Part of his activities is being a creative director and coordinator for multiple marketing campaigns for major brands such as Brompton, the UN and AJAX, but also startup brands such as Smarthalo and the Bicycle Mayor Program, with a focus on establishing and growing brands in the US market.
She holds a Master degree Of Arts and Culture: Comparative Cultural Analysis from Amsterdam University.
40. Johannes Lutter
Johannes is the Head of Futures Cities department at UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH.
He works with different facets of cities – from urban development strategies and housing policy, location development and tourism strategies to questions of participation and local, regional and cross-border governance.
He studied political science from University of Vienna and at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).
41. Waltraud Schmid
Waltraud Schmid is an economist with more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector. She manages the Energy Center, which supports the City of Vienna in achieving it’s ambitious energy and climate-neutral goals.
She started at the Austrian Energy Agency with questions concerning the energy industry and energy policy and then moved to the EU Commission in Brussels for more than 10 years. There she was most recently involved in the management of an EU funding program in the energy sector.
42. Dominic Weiss
Dominic is the Head of Smart City Agency & Office of Coordination Smart-ICT / Digital City Vienna. His main focus of interest is the research and development of multidisciplinary urban systems in which social inclusion, technology and creativity have an important role.
He graduated from the University of Vienna in Political Science and European Studies. Dominic Weiss then worked for the Vienna Business Agency in the European Union area in Vienna and Brussels. He was responsible for funding and strategy. In his position as an EU expert he was involved in numerous transnational projects in the fields of IT solutions, environmental technologies, and renewable energy sources.
43. Eugen Antalovsky
Eugen Antalovsky is a researcher, consultant, author and moderator in the fields of international urban policy, urban development, diversity, and social inclusion, democracy and participation, and urban tourism.
Since 2017 he has been responsible for the content-strategic development of Urban Innovation Vienna as managing director. Before that, he was managing director of Europa forum Vienna (Centre for Urban Dialogue and European Policy) for more than two decades. He is internationally active as Senior Expert and Advisory Board, ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observatory Network), which is based at the European Commission, or for RPA (Regional Planning Association) in the development of its 4th Regional Plan for the tri-state region New York-New Jersey-Connecticut.
44. Theo Blackwell
Theo Blackwell is the Chief Digital Officer at Mayor of London. He is a strategic leadership on the digital transformation agenda for London’s public services, across the GLA group and the wider public sector.
Convening on behalf of the Mayor, across London local government, to build support for and take-up of innovative, technology and data-led approaches to service delivery and public engagement.
Currently, London is working on Smarter London Together Roadmap. Where the aim is supporting the collective capabilities of the city through citizen-centered design, data-sharing, smart infrastructure, digital skills, and collaboration. Progress can be followed on the Smarter London Together Report Card.
Emilie is Deputy Director of Global Initiatives and Climate Partnerships at C40 Cities. She works in the teams of Global Initiatives (GI) and Climate Planning, Finance and Partnerships (CPFP) to develop and implement strategies that maximize program delivery and ensure effective coordination across all C40 teams.
46. Julie Alexander
Julie is Director of Technology and Innovation at Places for People, where the main objective is to build sustainable communities that are for everyone, whatever their background and whatever their needs.
She has more than 15 years working on Urban Development and Smart Cities Lead. In her last position as a Director of Urban Development at Siemens, she combines driving innovation in urban infrastructure through IoT and digital city solutions.
She holds a Master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies Environmental & International Relations from the University of Westminster.
47. Jen Hawes-Hewitt
Jen Hawes-Hewitt is Managing Director of Global Cities and Infrastructure at Accenture. She is responsible for work with city leaders and public infrastructure around the globe. She oversees a multidisciplinary group of practitioners with deep skills in solving urban challenges across both people and places. Employing data, human-centered design, and new business and governance models to ‘do different’. She has more than 10 years of working on a strategy for sustainable cities. She co-authored “Information Marketplaces: The New Economics of Cities”.
Moreover, she did a TED talk about Big data is good data, where the aim of this talk was how technology will help to transform our cities for better.
48. Dr. Nina Tellegen
Dr. Nina Tallegen is an Executive Director at the Amsterdam Economic Board.
The main objective of this board Our ambition is to secure a position among the top 3 of Europe’s innovative regions by 2025. They define urban challenges of Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) as the following: Circular economy, digital connectivity, health, mobility: in 2025 urban transport in the AMA will be emission-free and finally Jobs of the future.
Nina has more than 18 working on topics of Immigration, Urban development, and sustainable development She holds a Ph.D. in Human Geography and a Master of Human Geography from the University of Amsterdam.
49. Anna Lisa Boni
Anna Lisa Boni is the Secretary-general at EUROCITIES, this organization is in charge to create a network of major European cities. The members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities.
She has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of smart cities. Anna combines excellent technical and technological knowledge with a thorough understanding of all the challenges and transitions that cities face, including the democratic one.
Dr. Duncan Wilson has over 20 years of digital technology, R&D, innovation, and strategy experience developed at the individual contributor, team leader, and management/executive levels.
Currently, he is a Professor of Connected Environments in The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London and a member of the Smart London Board. His research focuses on how emerging technologies such as connected sensors and cognitive computing can augment our understanding of the built and natural environment.
He holds a Ph.D. of Artificial Intelligence from University College London
a circular economy, the goal of the organization is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Moreover, Robert is a Private Investor on Renewables energy, Cleantech, and FinTech.
As a Chairman of African Parks, he pursues opportunities in which he can combine his business experience with activities focused on nature conservation and development in Africa.
He holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.
52. Rikesh Shah
Rikesh is the Head of Commercial Innovation at Transport for London and part of the Smart London Board Member. Part of his vision is how London is thinking about urban challenges and how mobility systems can play a role in solving them. London is aiming for 80% of trips to be made by public transport, walking, or cycling by 2041. All of this leads back to the goal of creating a healthier city.
Rikesh has been selected as the top 100 digital thought leaders in the UK (2018). He holds a Master of Science in Marketing Management.
53. Yinka Makinde
Yinka is Digital Health Tech and Transformation Leader at NHSX.
She has been working for more than 4 years at NHSX where the aim to connect validated digital health innovations with NHS need and equity investment. Equally, it facilitates the NHS in accessing innovations and implementing them more effectively.
54. Trevor P. Dorling
Trevor is a Director at DG Cities Limited Digital Greenwich and Smart Cities lead at Royal Borough of Greenwich. He has extensive experience working in senior positions in planning, employment & skills, and economic development within London local government.
Trevor has an Honours degree in town planning and a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Technology. This laid the foundations for his interest in Smart Cities and the application of new technologies to improve the urban environment, economy, and delivery of public services.
55. Allan Mayo
Allan is an advisor at Royal Borough of Greenwich and others on developing and implementing smart city strategies, acting at the interface between Local Government and business on the development of new business models for funding innovative service delivery and economic regeneration, including the platform delivery of services and new innovative approaches to service provision.
He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
56. Michael Alefs
Michael is the Head of Smart Cities at ABB. He has more than 10 years of working experience on the development of the Smart City. His main focus is local authorities to provide their citizens with a modern and resource-saving infrastructure for energy and water supply as well as local transport. All these challenges can be solved with the right technologies to make their communities smart and attractive.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electric Engineer at FH Geselkirchen.
57. Gary Sharkey
Gary is working on Global Smart Cities and Global Sustainability at PwC. He has more than 14 years working on Smart cities topics, His specialties lie in innovation, collaboration, and co-creation, and he has worked with several high-profile international initiatives to help public and private actors build consensus around the challenges the world is facing and how to surmount them.
He received degrees from Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Colorado in Denver, SciencesPo in Paris, KAIST in Seoul, and at Putian University in Fujian, China.
58. Alberto Bernal
Alberto is a Director of Smart Cities Global Practice at Indra. He does the coordination of Indra´s global smart solutions portfolio (consulting and technologies) of application to the Smart Cities domain. Also, he designs smart programs for addressing mobility, security, environmental, energy and water, health, economic development, tourism, employment, education issues with disruptive and holistic solutions. Alberto has more than 20 years of working experience.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from ESCP Europe.
Martijn is the CEO at Circle Economy. His specialties are the following: circular economy, digital strategy, corporate development, and M&A, analytics and big data; lead generation, sales, product management,(local) digital advertising, radio, television, and mobile markets, investing, organizational transformation.
In the past, he was the CEO of Black Bear, a circular economy company that retrieves high-value materials from end-of-life tires.
60. Matthew Delany
Matthew is the Head of Cleantech & Sustainable Urban Development at Copenhagen Capacity. His duties are Leading a small team that attracts and assists foreign companies within the cleantech and sustainable urban development space to invest and set up in Greater Copenhagen.
He has more than 15 years of working experience in governmental affairs, renewable energy, and smart city.
Matthew holds a Master in International Business Administration & Modern languages from Copenhagen Business School.
61. Bjarke Ingels
Bjarke Ingels is an architect at BIG. Since he started his career, he has combined elements of sustainable cities in his projects. One of the most impressive projects is CopenHill. A power plant burns waste to generate electricity and heat for Copenhagen city, and at the same time is a sports facility. Also Copenhill is offering an artificial ski and snowboard slope.
Moreover, BIC is in charge of creating Woven City, a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells to be built in Japan. This city will include full time residents and researchers who will test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility and smart homes, in a real-world environment.
62. Dave van Loon
Dave is an Advisor urban innovation at Kennisland researches and designs social progress. His research covers the transition towards sustainable cities, strengthening the local democracy and challenging social inequality.
He has more than 12 years of working experience in urban challenges focusing on local empowerment and sustainability transitions.
63. Dr. Philipp Rode
Dr. Rode is an Executive Director at LSE Cities and Co-Director at Exec. He is a researcher, consultant and advisor. Dr. Philipp has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at LSE since 2003.
His main areas of research are on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. Also he is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance.
He holds a MSc in Cities from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Eva Garcia Chueca is a Senior Researcher and Scientific Coordinator in the Global Cities Program at Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Also she is the Coordinator of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
Moreover, she has several academic research papers about Urban challenges, global networking of cities and Human Rights.
Eva holds a degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and a master’s degree in Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics.
65.Dr. Gabriele Mesera
Dr. Mesera is a Professor at Politecnico di Milano in the field of innovative construction technologies for sustainability and nearly zero-energy buildings. His research is focusing on national strategic projects and three European projects, these European projects are the use of Phase Change Materials in buildings, another about the definition of sustainable building innovations in 2030, and the most recent one about energy retrofitting of residential buildings.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Building Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. Also, he got a Ph.D. title in 2003 with the research project on low-energy houses, related building technologies and assessment methods for sustainability.
66. Arun Jain
Arun Jain is the Principal Planner, Chief Urban Designer (Dept of Planning & Community Development) at City of Bellevue.
He has more than 35 years of working experience as an urban designer and urban strategist over US and international experience in practice and academia. His insights come from being a consultant, city executive, advisor, academic and mentor over the full range of allied urban development disciplines.
Arun holds a Bachelor in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Urban Design.
67. Martina Juvara
Martina Juvara is a Director at Urban Silence. The aim of this company is advising cities and investors on how to promote prosperity and well-being through integrated programmes of strategy, design and innovation. One of them recent projects is Large scale city strategies – in Oman, Cyprus, Syria, Iraq, the UK. – Our urban strategy for Nicosia (Cyprus) has been selected by the New London Architecture organization as an exemplar of London’s talent.
She has more than 20 years of working experience on Urban designer and urban planning.
Agathe is the Head of Advocacy at C40 Cities. She has more than 6 years of working experience with climate change and smart cities. Also she has 3 publications of Climate change and politics.
She holds a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
69. Dr. Frauke Kraas
Dr. Kraas is a geographer focusing on research in urban and socio-economic development in Southeast Asia. Currently she is working at Koln University. Also she is an active member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety (BMUB), Member of the Senate Committee and the Grants Committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for Collaborative Research Centres (SFB), Member of the International Expert Commission for the Elite Network of Bavaria, Co-Head of the Federal Office of the Association of Geographers at German Universities (VGDH).
70. Dr. Anthony Townsend
Dr. Townsend is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of cities and information technology. His first book was “SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia” in 2013.
He holds a PhD on Urban and regional planning from MIT.
Mika Malin is a Private investor and a Managing Director at Forum Virium Helsinki. The main goal of Forum Virium Helsinki is to build a smart city. The most important tools for building Smart Helsinki are new technology and open access to data. For instance Forum Virium was part of developed a breath test for detect Corona Virus. This collaboration was built with Deep Sensing Algorithms Ltd. that is a clear example of how we can combine innovation with local alliance to generate a solution in difficult times as a Pandemic scenario.
He has more than 16 years of working experience on Investment, innovation and data science.
He holds a Master of Economics and Technology at University of Helsinki.
72. Pekka Koponen
Pekka is a Development Director Smart City at Forum Virium Helsinki. At Forum he is in charge of developing new digital services in cooperation with companies, other City of Helsinki units and residents.
He has more than 20 years of working experience on innovation. Pekka built the initial smart city team at Forum Virium, which has been responsible for several pioneering open data initiatives in Finland.
Larissa is an Architect and Urbanist with a diverse background including multiple professional and academic experiences related to energy efficiency, urban sciences, and construction management. As a member of IEEE Smart Cities Community, she has been involved in the discussions regarding standardization and the state of the art of smart technologies, bringing an international point of view. As an associated research fellow at Brazilian Network for Smart and Human Cities – RBCIH.
She holds a Master in Urban Engineering from Polytechnic School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Margot is an European Project Manager Sustainable City at CAP Digital. At Cap she participate in European projects on sustainable city likewise AI4Cities, a 3-year H2020 project, bringing together leading European cities looking for artificial intelligence solutions to accelerate carbon neutrality, and Making City, a 60-month Horizon 2020 project ,addressing and demonstrating the urban energy system transformation towards smart and low-carbon cities, based on the Positive Energy District (PED) concept.
She holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires.
Gunnar is the Head of Stavanger Smart City. He has extensive experience from Innovation management, business development, and R&D projects. Also he is co-authoring and publishing a book about new digital business models, “Creating Disruptive Ecosystems“.
Gunnar was a senior business developer, in the innovation team in the Lyse Group, prototyping, developing and testing products and services across all the companies, within the fields of energy, fiber-based broadband, home automation and IoT.
76. Kaisa Sibelius
in project management in the field of new technology and innovation from national and international projects.
The aim of AI4Cities brings together the leading European cities in the intersection of smart cities and GHG emissions reduction, in order to speed up and steer the creation of new breakthrough solutions in how AI will support cities’ climate action commitments.
She holds a Master of Arts in Social Science from University of Turun Yliopisto.
77. Dr. Sally Roever
Dr. Roever is the International Coordinator at Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), a global research-policy-advocacy network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.
She is currently doing research focuses primarily on the risks and vulnerabilities associated with own-account work in the urban informal economy; the role of urban infrastructure and public space in supporting informal livelihoods; and innovations in urban legal frameworks regarding informal employment, particularly among home-based workers, street vendors and waste pickers.
She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Stonor is Managing Director at Space Syntax Limited. The spatial layout of buildings and urban places exerts a powerful influence on human behaviour. The way that places connect is directly related to the way that people move, interact and transact.
Tim is an architect and urban planner who has devoted his career to the analysis and design of human behaviour patterns – the ways in which people move, interact and transact in buildings and urban places. He is internationally recognised for his work in the design of spatial layouts and, in particular, the role of space in the generation of social, economic and environmental value.
He is a founding member of The Academy of Urbanism, a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett, UCL, a Harvard Loeb Fellow and Deputy Chair of the UK Design Council.
79. Dr. Katharina Brandenberger
Dr. Brandenberger is a Project Manager at econcept. She works in strategic processes and issues concerning mobility, space and social policy. Katharina worked in the Zurich City Administration as an assistant to a City Council and subsequently in the private sector as the long-standing Managing Director of the Veloblitz Cooperative.
She holds a PhD in History from the University of Zurich.
80. Dr. Stefano Recalcati
Dr. Recalcati is an Associate Director at Arup, and is an expert in urban planning. As well He works in the academic sphere, he is an adjunct professor at the School of Civil Architecture in the Politecnico di Milano and in the past he was a visitor professor at IE School of Architecture and Design.
He holds a PhD on Architectural design from the Politecnico di Milano.
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