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U4SSC Management team

U4SSC Chairmen​

Gloria Placer Marurí, Chief of Cabinet, ‎Secretary of State for Information Society and Digital Agenda (SESIAD), Ministry for the Digital Agenda, Spain

Mrs Placer leads and fosters the policy strategy including technology edge plans such as National Plan for Language Technologies. She engages herself with National Plan for Smart Cities as a key stakeholder on the development of the Plan. Currently developing the strategy for next steps of the Digital Agenda for Spain and the digital economy.

Telecommunications Engineer and Executive MBA in IESE with more than 15 years of experience in management of cross transformational projects: business operations improvement, new services development and public policies design and implementation. Wide knowledge of TIC sector, working for Vendors, Operators and Public Administration.

During the last decade, she has participated and led several projects on deployment of EGSM rural network, redesign of operations and services as well as negotiating deployment agreements with key mobile operators in Europe.

Mr Nasser Saleh Al Marzouqi, Chairman ITU-T Study Group 20: Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)

​Mr. Nasser Al Marzouqi is the Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)” which provides the specialized IoT standardization platform necessary for the convergence to rest on a cohesive set of international standards. The focus of the research conducted by ITU-T Study Group 20 will be on identifying and analyzing emerging applications and global solutions for IoT and smart cities, which will contribute to improving the interoperability of various IoT-based technologies, a key factor in ensuring end-user and market acceptance of IoT solutions.

Nasser Al Marzouqi is currently working for the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority in the United Arab Emirates in the International Affairs Division. He also functions as the UAE representative to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and has been closely involved in the major ITU conferences and events. He received his Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Latrobe University in Australia.

The TRA in the UAE has been at the forefront of pioneering developments in the field of ICT and in providing an optimal enabling environment in which the UAE’s ICT sector can flourish. Mr. Al Marzouqi is a firm proponent of converting existing systems to high-efficiency systems, helping to bridge the digital divide and to increase global communication and the transition to smart sustainable cities.


 U4SSC Vice-Chairmen

​Ms Victoria Sukenik, Chairman ITU-T Study Group 5: Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy

Degree in International Relations, she studied at the University of Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also completed a Master's Degree in International Economic Relations, at the University of Buenos Aires; and a Postgraduate in Governance and Institutional Development at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
She worked in the private sector, in wholesale banking, and since 2004 she joined the Public Administration of the Argentine Republic.

Initiating its work, first in the Ministry of Economy to join in 2006 as advisor in international affairs in telecommunications, ICT, satellite and postal services, in the former Secretary of Communications. Currently, Ms Sukenik works at the Ministry of Modernization, Secretary of Information and Communication Technologies (SeTIC).

Representing Argentina in international and regional meetings (ITU, CITEL, UNASUR, MERCOSUR, among others).
During WTSA-16 she has been appointed as ITU-T Study Group 5 Chairman, for the period 2017-2020.

From January to July 2017, Victoria participated in the Regulatory Experience Programme of the State Secretariat for the Information Society and the Digital Agenda of Spain.

Mr Paolo Gemma, Huawei

​Paolo Gemma is a senior Specialist and representative of Huawei on issues related to energy saving and environmental sustainability.

Prior to joining Huawei, Dr. Gemma was working with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he was responsible for EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) and electrical safety areas. He also worked in the Siemens Communications Division.
Dr. Paolo Gemma also plays an active role in international standardization activities. Since 1993, he has been engaged in ETSI (European Telecommunication Standard Institute) activities and he also participates in the development of EMC standards.

In 1997, Dr. Gemma joined ITU-T Study Group 5 on Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy as a Rapporteur and he is now the Chairman of Working Party 2 “Environment, Energy Efficiency and the Circular Economy”.
In 2002, Paolo Gemma was appointed as the Secretary of the Committee ETSI TC EE and as of 2009 he holds the position of Chairman of the EEPS EE (eco Environmental product standard) working group.

Paolo Gemma is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Genoa.


U4SSC Leaders

Ms ​Maria-Luisa Marsal Llacuna, Intelligenter –International research think tank

Maria-Luisa Marsal Llacuna holds two Doctorates, in Urban Planning and Intelligent Systems (2008, 2013). She is a Dipl. Architect (2001) and has Masters degrees in Urbanism and Applied Informatics (2004, 2011). She has been teaching urban planning to ungraduated in Spanish Universities for the past fifteen years, and more recently smart cities at master’s level. She created the first official scientific master’s program in smart cities back in 2012, and she has lead several competitive research projects in the domain. She holds a US patent on a smarter urban planning technology and has published fourteen papers in top indexed journals. 

​Mr Tomás Llorente, SESIAD, Spain

Architect for Local Administration in the Region of Madrid (Spain). More than 12 years of experience as department head. He holds the representation of this Municipality with Public Administration "Covenant of Mayors", "Spanish Network of Smart Cities", "Housing Rehabilitation Planning", etc.

Professor in Entrepreneurship, Humanism and Technology and Social Innovation at the School of Industrial Organization (EOI).

Professor at Planning and Sustainable Planning Course. (Degree from the University of Alcalá)
Member of the Technical Committee of Standardization for Smart Cities in AENOR, working as metrics coordinator.
Speaker at the Smart City World Congress, Europe & LATAM; Seminario das freguesías, Lisbon; Official College of Technical Engineers of Telecommunications, Madrid, GreenCities, Málaga, etc.

Vocal in the working group Architecture and Children of the Official College of Architects of Madrid (COAM)
Promoter at "Pulsecurity" autonomous system of tele-assistance for the elderly (prize "Elevator Pitch Contest, Singularity University, and Pasión> ie, IE Business School and Accenture).

​Ms Kari Aina Eik, Organization for International Economic Relations (OiR)

Kari Aina Eik is Norwegian and the Secretary General of the OiER – Organization for International Economic Relations, based in Vienna, Austria. OiER is a global business platform facilitating cooperation between enterprises, investors, governments, international organizations and funding institutions, www.oier.pro.

Focus of the work is also to initiate business partnerships for development within areas of urban development/smart cities, energy, mobility, health, education and environment.

Kari Aina Eik has previously worked 15 years for the United Nations as Advisor for multi-national and multi-stakeholder program development, fund mobilization and strategic communication initiatives.

​Mr Okan Geray, Smart Dubai Office

Dr. Okan Geray has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting in various industries. He has consulted for a number of organizations in Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, Turkey and Dubai. He has worked in A.T. Kearney global management consulting firm for 6 years and was a member of global Telecommunications and E-business core team before he joined Dubai Government in 2002. He has worked in Dubai eGovernment, Dubai Smart Government, and more recently in Smart Dubai Office after its establishment. His responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Strategic Performance and Impact Management, and Policy Making. He has Co-Chaired Enhancing Innovation and Participation Working Group in United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) joint global initiative by ITU and UNECE by addressing Smart Governance, Smart Economy and Smart People aspects in smart cities. He has been designated as the Leader for “Guidelines on strategies for circular cities” and also “City Science Application Framework” deliverables during the upcoming second phase of U4SSC initiative. He is also a Co-Rapporteur for ITU Study Group 20 Question 7 regarding “Evaluation and Assessment of Smart Sustainable Cities and Communities”.

He holds double major B. S. degrees in Industrial and Computer Engineering, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph. D. degree in Systems and Control Engineering from University of Massachusetts in USA.