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​​​9th Green Standards Week
Valencia, Spain, 1-4 October 2019​​

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Heimo Aichmaier
Managing Director, Austrian Mobile Power

Heimo Aichmaier is Managing director of Austrian Mobile Power. The e-mobility alliance brings together top representatives from 45 leading automotive technology companies, system providers, energy suppliers, application technology providers and various interest groups in Austria. 

Heimo Aichmaier is member of the e-mobility experts group of the European commissions' Sustainable Transport Forums, Founding member of the ICT e-mobility interoperability group (eMI3), previously was EMobility coordinator in Austria at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, responsible for the strategic development, management and integration of E-Mobility in the Transport and Transport research policy and national expert at the Office für Science and Technology in Washington D. 

Aichmaier is teaching at various technical and economic Universities and Universities for applied sciences and is carrying out qualification and education trainings for authorities and experts. 

Aichmaier holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the Vienna University of Technology - where he specialized in the field of regional development planning and European regional policies. He complemented his studies with courses at the Environmental Impact Assessment Centre (EIA) of the University of Manchester (UK). Furthermore, he has finished the postgraduate management program for executives at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Abdulrahman Alsultan
Manager, Research & Studies Dept, Riyadh Development Authority


Abdulrahman Alsultan has a bachelor degree in Architecture and planning, he is the Director of Research and Studies Department in Riyadh Development Authority (RDA) in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, also he is the Executive director of Riyadh Urban Observatories. He is a member of ADA executive management board.

His experience in planning where he work in many project in Riyadh such as land use, housing ,Socio economic studies. GIS . And the development of indicators within urban observatories in the Arab world and identify developmental issues arising values for monitoring indicators , also work as an urban observatory expert with the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) , where they started new urban observatory development in cities in the region.

Has participate and lecture in many national and international conference.
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Leonidas Anthopoulos
Special Advisor of the Mayor of Trikala, Greece

Dr. Leonidas Anthopoulos is a Professor in e-business at the University of Thessaly, Greece. He also serves as a Special Advisor
of the Mayor of Trikala, Greece and he has an extensive research and management experience of complex ICT projects such as the
smart city projects. During his current mission and at his previous job positions (as an Expert Counselor at the Greek Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, as an ICT project manager at the Information Society S.A. (Greece)) he planned and supervised several critical projects.

He is a member of numerous committees, worth mentioning the ITU United for Smart and Sustainable Cities Group (co-rapporteur of Q5 of the SG20), he is the head of the Smart and Sustainable cities’ working group for the Greek Standards, the Associate Editor of the IET
Smart Cities journal etc. He is the author and editor of several book collections, which can be located in Cities, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Government Information Quarterly (ElSevier), ACM Computing Surveys, monograph for Springer etc. His research
interests concern, among others, smart city, e-Government, Enterprise Architecture, Strategic Management, etc.

Eva Vinje Aurdal
Mayor, Ålesund, Norway

Eva Vinje Aurdal was was elected the mayor for Ålesund in October 2015. She represents «Arbeiderpartiet», the Norwegian Labour party. Since 2004, she has been a member of Møre og Romsdal fylkeskommune, the county council. In two different periods, she has served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament.

Currently, in addition to being the mayor of Ålesund, she is the leader of the interim board responsible for creating a new municipality through the merger of five existing municipalities (Haram, Sandoy, Skodje, Orskog, Ålesund). The board has five politically elected members from each participating municipality. This merger is the largest by far in Norway. The consolidation of municipalities is part of a national reform initiated by the Norwegian government. One of the recent policy initiatives of the new municipality is the integration of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: avoid plastic bags to keep the oceans safe and clean.                              

Soumaya Ben Dhaou
Research Coordinator, UNU-EGOV

Dr. Soumaya Ben Dhaou is currently research coordinator at UNU-EGOV, the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-driven Electronic Government, a think-tank devoted to multidisciplinary research on how digital transformation may contribute to empowered democratic citizenship, trustworthy public infrastructures, more inclusive societies and, in broad terms, to sustainable development. She coordinates the research project on “Digital transformation strategy" as well as the research line on the “Emerging technologies for digital transformation in the public sector." Her research includes potential benefits and challenges of new technologies such as Blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Data analytics,  and their impact on transforming urban centers and settlements into smart cities and communities, and more broadly public service. She is also leading the "Blockchain4Cities" research project in “United for Smart Sustainable Cities" (U4SSC) joint Global initiative managed by ITU and UNECE. The scope of her research projects encompasses countries, regions, urban and rural areas as well as municipalities, inter-organizational and single organizations.  

Cristina Bueti
Counsellor, ITU

Cristina Bueti is the ITU Focal Point on Environment and Smart Sustainable Cities. She is also the Counsellor of ITU-T Study Group 5 “Environment, climate change and circular economy” and of ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)” at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She also serves as TSB/ITU focal point for Latin America.

Cristina Bueti graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Law and International Cooperation and Development of the University of Florence, where she completed postgraduate studies in International Cooperation and Telecommunications Law in Europe. She also holds a specialization in Environmental Law with a special focus on Telecommunications.

In 2003, Ms. Bueti built on her academic credentials by completing a specialized course in peace keeping and international cooperation with special focus on telecommunications at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, before joining the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2004.

As part of the International Women's Day 2016, she was named as one of the twenty Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment.
She has authored over 40 reports on telecommunication issues. A native Italian speaker, Cristina is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Alexandre Bosshard
Member of the Board of Directors, Co-ordinator and Project Leader, City of Pully

Alexandre Bosshard is a member of the head of the Department for Industrial services and Technical Office of the City of Pully. Coordinator of this department and passionate about the projects that make the link between human and technical aspects, he holds a master degree in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), a postgraduate in applied psychology SNLP and a certificate in public administration management from the University of Lausanne. Alexandre has also worked for several private companies and organizations for which he has carried out numerous projects in Switzerland and abroad in the field of large infrastructures, environment and geomatic. With more than 20 years of practice in complex and cross-functional projects, he has piloted several smart city projects in the fields of big data, mobility, e-government and open source. He leads the implementation in the City of Pully of the U4SSC KPI’s, according to the method developped by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Anna Brékine
Project Manager, Mandat International

Anna Brékine is a multidisciplinary specialist in the field of international relations, business management and environmental science, with expertise in urban ecology and climate change. She has previously worked for the European Commission and Maxwell Technologies, specialising in the energy sector. Anna holds Master’s degrees both in International Relations (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Business Management (Louvain School of Management, Belgium) and in Environmental Science (University of Geneva, Switzerland). She is currently working for Mandat International, actively contributing to multiple European Horizon 2020 research projects, including in the field of end-user engagement (U4IoT), Next Generation of IoT (NGIoT), environmental sustainability and smart water management (NAIADES).

Federico Buyolo
Director, High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Spain

Federico Buyolo Garcia is Director of the Office of the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda in Spain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy and a master’s degree in Educational Innovation and Research at the UNED and University Expert Indicators and Educational Statistics by the Organization of Ibero-American States.

He previously worked as the Councillor of the Elche City Council where he was responsible for improving the transport and mobility of the city. He was also the General Director on Cooperation and Solidarity at the Valencian generalitat between 2015 to 2018.

Sergi Campillo
Deputy Mayor, València

Sergi Campillo is the Deputy Mayor of Valencia. He has been an activist for sexual, gender and family diversity since 2000. He is the partner of several entities for the defense of human rights, sustainable environment and responsible consumption. He is also a political advisor for the Commitment Coalition and the Valencian People's Initiative. He was also the 4th deputy mayor and councillor of the internal government of Devesa-Albufera of the Valencia City Council between 2015 to 2019. He has worked as a biological manager of the biobank at the Higher Center for Public Health Research (CSISP, Generalitat Valenciana) and responsible for biological analysis in a technology-based microenterprise (Metis Biomaterials) which focused on facilitating the incorporation of doctors into the business fabric. Sergi Campillo holds a doctorate degree in biology from the University of Valencia and a master's degree in in Innovation from the School of Industrial Organization.

Jean-Manuel Canet
Vice-chairman, ITU-T Study Group 5, ITU

Jean-Manuel is Senior Manager in Orange Group, Environmental Direction. He leads projects in the field of climate change and circular economy. He has developed an expertise in the assessment of the environmental impact of the ICT sector.

Since 2017 he has been serving as Vice-Chairman of the Study Group "Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy" of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T). 

Jean-Manuel graduated from Télécom ParisTech and the MBA Programme of the “Collège des Ingénieurs”. He holds a certificate in advanced carbon accountancy from the French National Agency for Energy and Environment ADEME.

Jordi Cirera
City of Barcelona

Jordi Cirera (Barcelona, 1963) graduated from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona) with a B.S in Computer Engineering. He also obtained a master's degree in Information Technology Management at La Salle School of Engineering, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona.

In his 32 years of career at the Institut Municipal d'Informàtica de Barcelona (ICT department of the Barcelona City Council), he has held several positions, from programmer to director.  Currently, he is the Operation Director and is responsible for implementing the program 'the Innovation Direction'. He also has been leading key projects such as Sentilo, the Unified Cabinet and the new model of Data Centre.​

André Confiado
Associate Programme Officer, UN Environment


André is an Associate Programme Officer for the Cities Unit of the Economy Division of the UN Environment Programme. He supports the Unit’s work on operationalizing urban metabolism and circular economy at the city-level, through the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities. He also supports the coordination of partnerships and joint resource mobilization on sustainable urbanization for UN Environment.

He has previously worked in operational logistics and project management in the fields of post-disaster recovery, human rights, open data for development.

​André has a Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris (the Paris Institute for Political Studies). In his spare time, André enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and loves discovering new places.

Leila Devia
Director of the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region, Argentina

Leila Devia is a lawyer who is specialized in juridical regime of the natural resources at the University of Bueno Aires (UBA). She holds a Doctorate degree in Legal Sciences from the University of Salvador and has finalized her postdoctoral studies at the UBA. She is an undergraduate and postgraduate professor of Environmental Law at the UBA; University of Belgrano, UADE, USAL, UNSAM, ITBA, UCEMA. 

Currently, Ms Devia is the Director of Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region. She is also the coordinator of Environmental Regulations at the National Institute of Industrial Technology. Leila is the author of numerous publications related to Climate Change (including Argentina’s relation to international trade and forest management). She is also a review expert of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations.

Michael Donaldson
Commissioner of Digital Innovation, Electronic Administration and Good Governance, City of Barcelona

Michael Donaldson is commissioner of Digital Innovation, Electronic Administration and Good Governance at the Barcelona City Council.

Born on July 1, 1975, Michael Donaldson, has a degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and a master’s in public management from ESADE-UAB-UPF. From 2015 to August 2019, he was director of Strategic Planning and Central Services of the Gavà City Council, where among others, he was responsible for the departments of Open Government, Computer Science, Contracting Office, Electronic Administration and Office of Customer Service. citizenship, as well as in charge of leading the project of Modernization Systems of the Gavà City Council.

Previously, throughout his professional career, Donaldson has served as director of the Presidency and Institutional Action of the City of Rubí (2008-2015); Manager of the Fundación Privada Cataluña S.XXI (2002-2008) and Coordinator of Agenda 21 of the Barcelona City Council (2001-2002).

Stefan Ebner
CEO, Braintribe

Always an entrepreneur & musician Stefan founded his first company as a university student. He is the founder of Braintribe. Breaintribe is helping visionary enterprises & entrepreneurs to transform their businesses and ideas by providing a unique technology and playbook to drive simplicity & speed. Braintribe's major innovation is tribefire. The platform for platforms. Based on cortex - the patented technology. reinventing the way new digital platforms are being built.

His lifetime motto is "the courage of being different", Stefan also strives to create an cultural and social impact strives to create a cultural and social impact through many other initiatives, like tribe.space (co-creation space) and tribe.kids (entrepreneurial school for kids). 

Kari Eik
Secretary General, OiER

Kari Eik is the Secretary General of Organization for International Economic Relations, Austria, Vienna (OiER), which host the UN Geneva Charter Centre of Excellence for Smart and Sustainable Cities in cooperation with UNECE. Leader of U4SSC Implementation Program, which supports cities and regions worldwide to apply the UN KPIs for Smart and Sustainable Cities, addressing major urban issues, solution, partnerships and investments for smart and sustainable city development. Vice Chair of ITU Focus Group “Environmental Efficiency for AI and other Emerging Technologies”. Board member of World Council for SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and municipalities. Vice Chair of International Real Estate Advisory Board (REM) UNECE. Initiator of Womenled2030, a high level Women Leadership Platform.

 

Ernesto Faubel
Project Coordinator, MatchUp and Growgreen project, València

Ernesto Faubel Cubells works as a Senior Computer Technician at the Valencia City Council. He is also the Chief Analyst of different ICT Projects and the Head of the Computerized Cartography Section in the Planning Service of the Urban Planning Area. In addition, he is the Project Coordinator of the European Project “MAtchUP” (consists of 28 partners from 8 countries), which is a Smart Cities project that focuses on energy, mobility and ICT.

Ernesto Faubel Cubells is also an associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia since 1996, teaching various subjects related to CAD, GIS and BIM. He has collaborated with ANECA as part of panels of experts to evaluate the Computer Science degrees in various universities in Spain. He is also a collaborating professor at the European University of Valencia. He has taught courses in different programs such as the course for Directors of the Diputación de Valencia. In 2016, he was awarded an Erasmus + scholarship for participating in a mini-teaching experience at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).

Ernesto Faubel Cubells holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in CAD / CAM / CIM. He has also obtained the Diploma of Local Public Management from the INAP and the Diploma of University Expert in Online Training by the UPV.

Andre Felker
Managing Partner, Backbone.One

André has been an entrepreneur since 2003 and is co-founder & CEO of the platform venture backbone.one which aims to deploy the operating system of a digitally & electrically transformed world. An expertise in convergence of markets, which he also contributes in his role as a member of the advisory board of United Smart Cities. André was part of the global management board of Austria's e-mobility pioneers Kreisel Electric until YE 2018 being responsible for Kreisel’s brand strategy and business development for over 1,5 years. Before selling his shares in 2017, he headed up Serviceplan Group Austria, the lead-agency of various major brands, as CEO and shareholder from 2011 onwards. As a multi-entrepreneur, André successfully founded various companies such as the marketing and communication consultancy SIEBEN which he ran as CEO before selling its majority to Serviceplan Group, Europe’s Nr. 1 owner managed agency group, in 2011. Prior to his entrepreneurship he held various senior management positions at Siemens Austria & CEE, A1Telekom and Ogilvy in Budapest, London and Vienna. André - fluent in German, Hungarian and English - studied business administration in Vienna and holds an MBA degree.

Ramón Ferri
Smart City Officer, Valencia

Ramón Ferri is the Head of the Smart City Office of Valencia since February 2018, who is responsible for coordinating the digital transformation in the city. He holds a degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in project management from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). He also studied the advanced course of "Local Public Management" at the INAP.

He was an ICT project engineer at the ETRA R&D company, being project coordinator in the framework programs III, IV and V of the European Union. Since 2001 he combined his work as an analyst for ICT projects in the Provincial Council of Valencia with that of a senior technician of the Vice-Rectorate for R & D & I of the UPV. From 2005 to September 2007, he was the head of the ICT projects section of the Diputación de Valencia. From September 2007 to February 2018 he was head of the ICT service of the Valencia City Council. Ramón Ferri won the prize for professional career in National Congress of Innovation and Public Sector in 2015. In 2016 he also won the Best Local Administration Manager Award granted by Enertic.

Pere Fuset
Counsellor for Digital Agenda and Electronic Administration of València

Pere Fuset is the Counsellor for Digital Agenda and Electronic Administration in Valencia. He has extensive experience in the field of digital communication and social media management. He also worked as a technician and project manager of different civic entities. Pere Fuset was the general secretary of the BLOC JOVE (2005-2008) and Vice President of the Consell de la Joventut of the Valencian Community (2012-2014). In the period of 2015-2019, he also \ was elected Councillor and Spokesman of the Municipal Group of Commitments for Valencia. Pere involves extensively in promoting and coordinating festivals and popular culture in Valencia. From 2011 to 2013 he was the first representative of the formation to the Governing Board of the Fallera Central Board. He studied sociology at the University of Valencia.

 

Carlos Galiana
Counsellor of Innovation and Knowledge Management, València

Carlos Galiana is the Counsellor of Innovation and Knowledge Management in Valencia. He is a specialist in theater production and management. He has participated in numerous theatrical productions and television series and has been extensively involved in organizing and promoting events linked to performing arts. He began in political career by joining Valencia Nationalist Bloc and the Commitment Coalition in 2012 and became part of the Compromís Regional Executive for Valencia. He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Fallera Central Board where he had enhanced the transparency of the budgets of the festival sector of Valencia. He holds a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Art. ​

Antonio García
Mobility and Smart Cities expert, University of València

Mr. Antonio Garcia Celda is a MSc Computer Engineer and BSc in Telematics by the University of Valencia in the years 2010 and 2012, respectively, and he is a member of the research group LISITT (Integrated laboratory of Intelligent Systems and Traffic Information Technologies) of the University of Valencia since 2008. He is an experienced manager (national an international projects), Innovation, R&D, Technology Transfer, EU Programmes in ICT, especially in Mobility, Smart Cities and Sustainability.


Paolo Gemma
WP2/5 Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 5, ITU

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”. He also acts as Vice-chairmen of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative.

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.

Okan Geray                   
Strategic Planning Advisor, Smart Dubai Office, UAE 

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, Germany, South Africa, Turkey and Dubai. He has worked in A.T. Kearney global management consulting firm for 6 yea​​rs and was a member of global T​elecommunications a​nd High Technology core team before he joined Dubai Government in 2002. He has worked as the strategic planning advisor in Dubai eGovernment, Dubai Smart Government, and more recently in Smart Dubai Office after its establishment. His responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Strategic Performance Management and Policy Making.

He was the Co-Chair of Enhancing Innovation and Participation Working Group in United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) joint global initiative by ITU and UNECE. This working group addressed Smart Governance, Smart Economy and Smart People aspects in smart cities. He is currently leading two deliverables globally in U4SSC; namely “Guidelines on Strategies for Circular Cities” and “City Science Application Framework”. He is the Co-Chair of “Data Economy Impact, Commercialization and Monetization” Working Group in ITU Focus Group on Data Processing and Management. He is also the Co-Rapporteur of ITU Study Group 20 Question 7 on “Evaluation and assessment of Smart Sustainable Cities and Communities”​.

He holds double major B. S. degrees in Industrial and Computer Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul Turkey, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Systems and Control Engineering from University of Massachusetts in US. He has published journal and conference papers and has been an adjunct lecturer in management for 15 years.​​

Nancy Gillis
CEO, Green Electronics Council

Nancy Gillis is the CEO of the Green Electronics Council (GEC), a mission-driven non-profit that seeks to achieve a world of only sustainable ICT. GEC manages EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for ICT and other electronic products. Nancy came to GEC from Ernst & Young (EY), where she served as the Global Lead for Resilient and Responsible Supply Chains. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Federal Supply Chain Office at the General Services Administration (GSA), the public procurement agency for the US government, where she was responsible for the inclusion of sustainability in approximately $45B of procurements. Nancy received her graduate degree in Information Technology from Georgetown University.

 

Sandra Gómez 
Deputy Mayor, València, Spain

Sandra Gómez López is the Vice Mayor of Valencia since 2019. She is also the Councillor of the City of Valencia since 2015 and the general secretary of the Socialist Party of the Valencian Country (PSPV-PSOE in the city of Valencia). Sandra Gómez López was the Deputy Mayor of the Valencia City Council from August 5, 2016 until July 21, 2019. Sandra Gómez is also a lawyer who is affiliated to Young Socialists since the age of 18. She graduated in Law and ADE from the University of Valencia, holds a master’s degree in business law from the Center for Garrigues Studies and Harvard University, and is currently finishing another master’s degree in human rights, Democracy and International Justice of the University of Valencia. 

Blanca González
Head of Unit, Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, Spain

Ms. González is the Head of Unit at the Cabinet of the Spanish Secretary of State for Digital Advancement. Her main responsibilities include acting as the Focal Point of the International Telecommunication Union for Spain as well as coordinating the activities undertaken by the State Secretariat with the relevant United Nations initiatives.

As former Vicechair of the ITU-T Study Group 20 on Smart and Sustainable Cities she led the active participation of the Spanish Administration in the Study Group as well as in the initiative United for Smart and Sustainable Cities.

Ms. González coordinated the Spanish Delegation to the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference where Spain was the second most voted country in the Council elections. She is the Head of Delegation to ITU Council and the World Telecommunications Development Conference where she was reelected as Vicechair of the Telecommunications Development Advisory Group representing Europe.

Ms. González holds a BS in Physics from the University of Barcelona and an MBA from the University of California.

Bart Gorynski
Managing Partner, BeeSmartCity

Bart Gorynski is co-founder of the global smart city solutions network and community platform with nearly 13,000 members from 170 countries, featuring 640+ smart city solutions implemented in over 1,000 municipalities across the globe (www.beesmart.city). As a Smart City visionary, he defined "Smart City" as an ecosystem of smart city solutions during his research activities at Harvard University. He teaches as a guest lecturer on Smart Cities at the EBZ Business School in Bochum, the IREBS An-Institut at the University of Regensburg and at the “Institut für Begabtenförderung” of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation. In addition, Bart has been appointed an expert in the Smart City Initiative Stadt.Land.Digital of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and led the Smart City discussion island of the "Conference of Networks" organized by the Ministry of Home, Municipalities, Construction and Equal Opportunities of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Bart is the author of the Guide for Practitioners: Smart City/Smart Region under the patronage of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Digitisation (Handlungsleitfadens für Praktiker*innen: Smart City / Smart Region (ISBN: 978-3-9820550-0-8)), which bears the seal of approval of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and guest author of the book Smart Cities, Smart Future: Show-casing Tomorrow (ISBN: 9781119516187).

Giuseppe Grezzi
Deputy Mayor, Sustainable Mobility and Public Space, València               

Giuseppe Grezzi is the Deputy Mayor for Sustainable Mobility and Public Space in Valencia. He is one of the founding partners of EcoVida Coop, which is the organizing body responsible for the first 3 editions of the Ecology and Environment Fair. He is actively involved in promoting different social and political movements such as “Compromís pel Territori", “Acció pel Clima" and “Valencia by Bike". Between 2011 to 2015, he was also the spokesman for VerdsEquo and an advisor to the municipal group of Compromís in the City Council, specializing in mobility and public space. Giuseppe Grezzi has a Diploma of Computer Expert from the Basilio Focaccia de Salerno Technical Institute. He studied engineering at the University of Salerno and Philology at the University of Bologna.

Robert Hermans
Director, Department of Development of Urban & Regional Data Centres, CBS Statistics, Netherlands            

Robert Hermans(1963) is Director of the CBS – Statistics Netherlands Department of Development of Urban & Regional Data Centres. He has a 29 year working experience in policy-, research- and management positions in cities, provinces, private companies and research institutes in The Netherlands and abroad with a working experience in over 50 countries worldwide.

In his current position he is responsible for organizing the support to cities, rural municipalities and regional governments in becoming ‘’smart cities’’, ‘’smart villages’’ or, in a wider sense, becoming more data-driven and evidence based. This support is organized from the availability at CBS of an abundance of national data (survey data, administrative data and big data) and CBS data experts in datascience, data-analytics, big data, methodology, data-integration and data visualisation. To materialize this support the concept of the Urban and Regional Data Centres has been developed and since the summer of 2016 been implemented in 14 cities/municipalities and regional governments all over The Netherlands.

Robert Hermans graduated from University of Amsterdam in Urban & Rural Geography and Communication Sciences. He has been working at Statistics Netherlands since 2013.

Salvador Herrando
Chief Business and Operations Officer, Nexus Integra, Global Ominum                       

Salvador Herrando is co-founder and business & operations director of Nexus Integra, the leading and award winning industrial IoT platform belonging to Global Omnium – Aguas de Valencia Group. The mission of Nexus Integra is to provide open connectivity, data consolidation and an integrated operation environment for large scale asset management. One of its largest deployments involved integrating more than 400 water assets belonging to more than 300 municipalities, including the distribution network and more than 300.000 real-time signals.

Before creating Nexus Integra and getting involved with digital transformation, Salvador developed a 10 years career in the field of large dataset management and analytics applied to the telecommunications sector. He has worked for clients such as Vodafone Global and Telefonica, and he has involved in developing international projects in countries such Argentina or the United States. Salvador holds a master’s degree in Telecommunications from Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and an MBA from the Superior School of Commercial Engineers (ESIC).

Santtu Hulkkonen
CEO, Solved – The Cleantech Company                      

Santtu is CEO & Co-founder of Solved - The Cleantech Company Ltd. Solved is a Marketplace and collaboration platform for sustainability-related knowledge work with over 5000 world class experts www.solved.fi. Former Executive Director of Cleantech Finland www.cleantechfinland.fi, a network of top 150 Finnish cleantech companies and experts and dedicated to linking Finnish cleantech expertise with global demand. Earlier responsible for Helsinki Capital Region Smart&Clean Project at Sitra. Goal of the project is to make Helsinki region as a global smart and clean reference area. Prior to Solved, Sitra and Cleantech Finland, consultant in Finpro Austria and Head of Trade Center in Romania for cleantech companies to develop and expand business in new markets. Earlier served the UN as an Environmental Consultant for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Thailand and in the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) in Hungary. Santtu is an experienced moderator, mentor and presenter both in private business and in high-level multinational settings. He is also a seasoned public speaker with experience in speaking at tens of high-level sustainability conferences. M.Sc in Environmental Technology , University of Greenwich, UK. Advisory and board member positions in Finnish Cleantech companies.

Kire Ilioski
Director, Office of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) 
                   

Mr. Kire Ilioski is the Director in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) from 1 July 2019.

Prior to his appointment as Director in the Office of the Executive Secretary, Mr. Ilioski was appointed as a Special Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia.

Mr. Kire ILIOSKI, served as a Permanent Representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the OSCE, UN and other International Organizations headquartered in Vienna as of February 2014-2018. He was a first time Macedonian Governor to the IAEA Board of Governors representing the countries from the East European group to the IAEA Board (October 2014 – September 2016)

Prior to this assignment he served as a Director for International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia.

Mr. ILIOSKI also served as a Head of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to NATO, being appointed as a Macedonian Ambassador to the Alliance from April 2008 to 2011.

Mr. ILIOSKI holds a Doctorate in Political Science earned by the European University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. His dissertation elaborates the political impacts that the EU financial crisis has over the EU Member States and offers relevant analysis and prospects for future. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy.

He speaks English, Italian, Serbian/Croatian and Bulgarian.

Keira Ives-Keeler
Editor and Media Specialist, UNIDO
                            

Keira Ives-Keeler works in communications at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), focusing on projects related to e-waste and circular economy in the Latin American region and beyond. Keira also represents UNIDO in the emerging UN E-Waste Coalition.

Originally from the UK, Keira speaks a number of languages, having spent time working and studying in Russia, Italy and Cuba. She trained as a professional conference interpreter and translator with Spanish and Russian at Leeds University.

With a background in communications and cultural relations, Keira previously held the position of Assistant Director of the British Council in Russia. Since completing a Diploma in Professional Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2016, she has led communications campaigns on a wide range of topics from space to climate action.

Bilel Jamoussi
Chief, Study Groups Department, ITU

A distinguished engineer, leader, and diplomat; multilingual standardization expert and holder of 22 patents, Tunisian born Dr. Bilel Jamoussi has been Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau (TSB) in Geneva Switzerland since 2010. He has led the coordination of the bureau’s standards moving activities into a new era characterized by digital transformation that needs an increased collaboration with vertical sectors such as healthcare, transportation, utility, and banking. His innovative approach has served as a catalyst to launch new standards initiatives related to emerging technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, AI and Quantum, attracting a new wave of memberships from non-traditional players. He has also been credited with bringing the telco and financial sectors together to develop digital payments guidelines and standards with the aim of advancing financial inclusion globally.

Bilel is recognized as a key figure in the ICT industry. Key achievements under his tenure have been important new standards while effectively managing staff by recruiting new talent, improving gender balance, delivering new work methods, and staying within budget. Prior to 2010, he worked in the private sector for 15 years and held senior executive positions such as Director of Standards for Nortel. In this role he participated in over 90 standards making bodies worldwide. In the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), he authored a number of Internet standards. As an IEEE Senior Member, he was elected to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors and the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group. 

He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Bilel has lived in Tunisia, Canada, USA, and Switzerland, giving him a unique global viewpoint. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.

Juan Jung
Director of Public Policy, Inter-American Association of Telecommunications Companies (ASIET) 


Juan Jung is PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona. His current job position is Director of Public Policy in ASIET, the Latin American Telecommunications Operators Association. He is also the Director of the Center of Telecommunications Study of Latin America, ASIET´s think-tank. He has also been involved in consultancy and academic projects with diverse institutions over the last years. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Joost de Kluijver
Director, Closing the loop 

As the founder and CEO of Amsterdam based social enterprise 'Closing the Loop' (CTL), Joost de Kluijver has developed a service that delivers on the growing demand for more sustainable telecom.

His organisation has built a business model that fuels proper, safe and corruption-free electronic waste management in emerging markets. CTL has been buying broken mobile phones through informal African collection networks since 2012, enabling their proper recycling. This waste collection is the basis of a commercial service which CTL calls "One-for-One". It allows for tangible telecom circularity for European customers: their new phone is made material-neutral by the collection and recycling of a scrap phone.

CTL's founder will tell you how Closing the Loop managed to bring Samsung, T-Mobile and many others on board towards 'circularity for phones'.

Joost has also worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Chaesub Lee
Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU             

Chaesub Lee was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan, Republic of Korea, and re-elected to this post for a second four-year term at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dr Lee has contributed ICT standardization for over 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.

He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years. Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on Next-Generation Networks (NGN) to address the growing need for international standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture, mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU Focus Group on IPTV which worked to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards. He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks and cloud) from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. ITU-T Study Group 13 develops standards for NGN, future networks, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment.

Dr Lee holds a PhD in Multimedia Engineering. He is married with two children.
 

Robert Lewis-Lettington
Chief, Legislation Unit, UN-Habitat

Robert Lewis-Lettington is Chief of the Urban Legislation Unit at UN-Habitat. Robert has twenty years professional experience, primarily working in multilateral processes and in providing technical assistance in policy formulation and legislative processes to a variety of partners. With field experience in more than fifty countries, Robert's specialist areas include legislative drafting, urban development, intellectual property rights and information management, digital governance, environment and natural resources, international trade and human rights. Robert is Secretary to the Drafting Committee of the UN Habitat Assembly and Vice Chair of the International Telecommunication Union's Focus Group on 'Data Processing and Management to support the Internet of Things and Smart Cities & Communities.' Robert is also a Salzburg Global Fellow in Law and Technology, a member of the International Law Association (and its study group on the Role of Cities in International Law) and a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association (UK).

Robert holds a Juris Doctor degree in law from the College of William and Mary (USA), an MA (Hons) degree specialising in Architectural History from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and an MLitt (Dist) degree in History from the University of the Highlands and Islands (Scotland). 
 

Tomás Llorente
Collado Villalba City, Spain           

Architect and technology advisor for Local Administration in the Region of Madrid (Spain). More than 14 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. And also, a U4SSC co-leader.

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

Co founder of the Smart Cities Working Group at the Official College of Architects of Madrid (COAM). Entrepreneur at "Pulsecurity" autonomous system of tele-assistance for the elderly (prize "Elevator Pitch Contest, Singularity University, and Pasión> ie, IE Business School and Accenture).

Motsomi Maletjane
Team Leader, LDC Unit, National Adaptation Plans and Policy Adaptation Programme, UNFCCC
          

Motsomi works in the adaptation programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. He leads the work of the UNFCCC secretariat on support to the least developed countries (LDC). Motsomi also works on national adaptation plans (NAPs) which serve as the main instrument for guiding adaptation under the UNFCCC.

Originally from Lesotho, Motsomi has over 19 years’ experience in climate change adaptation, spanning national and international policy and implementation. He provides strategic policy advise, technical guidance and support, and fosters partnerships with a wide network of national, regional and international actors on climate change adaptation.

Since 2014 Motsomi has been serving as the UNFCCC secretariat liaison regarding the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) work on Smart Sustainable Cities and consequently the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) Initiative. Motsomi co-led the development of the ITU-T Recommendation L.1503 on the use of information communication technology in climate change adaptation in cities and continues to contribute in the U4SSC deliverables.

Motsomi an MSC in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and an MBA from the University of South Wales in the UK.

Javier Mateo
Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship, València Activa
           

Technical Engineer in Computer Science by the UPV and Entreprenuership Development Program by MIT. Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship in València Activa. Responsible for VIT Emprende, Reactivem and VLC Tech City projects.


 

Tania Marcos
Vice-chairman, ITU-T Study Group 20, ITU

Tania is Head of the Smart Cities Unit at the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE), where serves as Secretary of the Standards Committee CTN 178 “Smart cities", and acts as the national focal point for the development of Standards for Local Governments, which assist their transformation into smart cities/smart tourism destinations. She is the Representative of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities towards the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) of the European Commission. She is also Vice-chair of WP2 in ITU-T Study Group 20 on Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C), on behalf of the Spanish Secretary of State of Information Society and Digital Agenda (SESIAD).

Rubén Cánovas Mas
Global Head of Smart Cities, EVERIS

Rubén is an engineer with years of experience in ICT and the field of innovation, and have spent the last decade working with the public sector in cutting-edge projects with the Government. As part of this he contributed to the creation of Internet of Things and Digital Government departments within everis. For the last years, he have been leading the operations for the Digital Government department focused in public sector customers, and as a result he have broad knowledge of the digital transformation ecosystem (IoT, Blockchain, Data Intelligence and AI). Furthermore, he possess public sector expert knowledge and strong skills in leadership, management of multi-disciplinary teams, strategy, teamwork, consultancy and problem-solving.​


Albert Medrán
Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, Spain

Mr Medrán serves as Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for the Information Society and Digital Agenda. He has a Master degree on Political Marketing from the Autonomous University of Bacerlona.

He speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, Italian, French and Portuguese.


 

José Millet
Vice Chancellor for Employment and Entrepreneurship, Polytechnic University of Valencia

José Millet is Full Professor at the Telecomunications Engineering School at the Universitat Politècnica de València. He leads the program of business chairships enhancing links between local industry and the University, some of which focus on ICT, smart cities and mobility.  He has been the Director of the IDEAS Institute for Business Development and Creation for 13 years, receiving different awards such as the European Commission Award for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship in 2009. 

 
Since 2013, Jose Millet is the Vice-rector for Employment and Entrepreneurship at the UPV. He manages different European projects related to entrepreneurship, including EIT programs for  climate KIC. 

Joel Alexander Mills
CEO, AugmentCity AS

A champion for simulation and complex data visualization with a background as an Industrial Designer, Joel was born and educated in the UK and moved to Ålesund, Norway 12 years ago. He is passionate about using elegant technology and human centred design to reduce cost, find better solutions, increase safety and improve quality of life. After running successful businesses, 6 years ago he was asked to take over as the CEO of Offshore Simulator Centre (OSC). He transformed this business using simulation technology for the offshore oil industry as a key tool for Virtual prototyping. Joel is passionate about proving the value in simulation and driving the exponential growth of simulation with OSC at the forefront. Only 6 Months ago as well as running OSC he started a daughter company “AugmentCity” using the simulation and visualizing technology developed for the offshore industry, and in tight cooperation with the United Nations smart cities program, as a game changing tool for Smart Cities. He is excited to see where this new journey will take us.

Kristian Mjöen
Project Manager, University City 3.0, Trondheim, Norway

Kris is currently heading a national Pilot, University City TRD3.0, developing a new way of integrating universities and cities to promote societal innovation and learning across sectors. He is heavily invested in finding new ways to inform and develop public sector innovation. Kris has a particular interest in play and playfulness, and the role of cities and communities as playgrounds in the mobilization of intellectual, social and financial capital towards the realization of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. In August 2019 the UNECE afforded Trondheim University City status as a Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence on SDG City Transition.​


Mireia Mollà
Regional Minister of Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition, Generalitat Valenciana, Spain

Mireia Mollà Herrera (Elx, 1982) is the Regional Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition at the Generalitat Valenciana. During the VII, VIII and IX legislatures, she was a regional deputy in the Valencian Corts. She is also the mayor of the City Council since 2015.

In the autonomous parliament, she held the position of deputy spokesman of the parliamentary group and spokesperson of Compromís in the Coordination, Organization and Regime commissions of the Institutions of the Generalitat, as well as of Economy, Budgets and Finance. Between 2007 and 2011 she was also the spokeswoman for the regional commission for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, as well as for the Special Commission for the Study of Climate Change in the Valencian Community.


Mireia Mollà was also involved in promoting ELX 2030, which is a strategic plan that emphasizes on driving inclusive and sustainable growth, preserving the environment, and enhancing the quality of social services in the city of Elche. The plan will prepare the city to become the European Green Capital by 2030.

Thomas Müller
Managing Partner, BeeSmartCity

Thomas is co-founder and managing partner of bee smart city, a unique global smart city solutions network and community with nearly 13,000 members from 170 countries, featuring more than 640 smart city solutions implemented in over 970 municipalities. The mission of bee smart city is to empower intelligent cities by facilitating the global exchange of best practice solutions and lessons learned. bee smart city creates market transparency as a trusted, independent platform and efficiently connects cities and communities among each other, with solution providers and other stakeholders.

Prior to co-founding bee smart city, Thomas has worked for 15 years in state, regional and local economic development organizations in Germany. In 2016 he represented the City of Mülheim an der Ruhr, who was awarded as one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum in New York. Thomas is guest author of the book "Smart Cities, Smart Future: Showcasing Tomorrow" and speaks at several international smart city events and conferences.

Thomas holds an MA in Economic Geography from Technical University Aachen (RWTH Aachen) and an MBA in International Strategy and Sales Management from University of Applied Sciences in Economics and Management Essen (FOM Essen).               

Carolina Pascual
Regional Minister of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, Spain                

Carolina Pascual Villalobos is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). She has been carrying out teaching, research and management and other professional activities at the University of Alicante where she also received her PhD. She is a Professor of Signal Theory and Communications at the University. She was also the Coordinator of Technological Projects of the Polytechnic School (EPS) and was previously the Director of the Master Program in Telecommunications Engineering.

Carolina Pascual Villalobos is a researcher at the University Institute of Physics Applied to Sciences and Technologies of the University of Alicante (IUFACyT) as well. She has published many articles and participated in a large number of ID and innovation projects. As a free practitioner, she has also carried out more than a hundred engineering projects and certifications in the field of telecommunications. To date, she has served as Dean of the Official College of Telecommunications Engineers of the Valencian Community (COITCV) and President of the Valencian Association of Telecommunications Engineers (AVIT), being the first woman to occupy both positions nationwide.

Anna Polyushko
Head of Analytics, Smart City Lab, Moscow

Anna have a great experience in consulting and analytics services, before Moscow Government she was working at Big4 company. At Smart City Lab she is responsible for analytics branch: city transport apps, world innovation technological, strategies of smart cities, city e-voiting platforms, additional tech-education in schools and other researches. In 2018 with analytics team of Smart City Lab she was working on ITU Case Study Moscow and implementing KPIs of U4SSC.

Anna graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University as specialist in Physics (Specialization “Physical Acoustics”). 

 

  
Salomé Reillo
Project Manager, AVAESEN


Salomé Reíllo is Project Manager in AVAESEN. She is Telecommunication Engineer and executive MBA. She has more than 15 years of experience. As a Project Manager, she has experience in customer project manager and in R&D funded projects, she has worked in big corporates (Telefónica, Power Electronics), SMEs (Autrial, DS2, SISTEL), Administration (Foundation of the Valencian City Council), University (Technical Universtiy of Valencia) and Association (AVAESEN).

 


Joan Ribó
Mayor, València

Joan Ribó Canut is the Mayor of Valencia since 2015. Born in Manresa (province of Barcelona) on September 17, 1947, he studied agricultural engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He also worked as a professor for six years in Organic Chemistry at the E.T.S. of Agricultural and Industrial Engineers and for twenty-four years in Chemistry in secondary education. He was the autonomous deputy in the Corts Valencianes from 1995 to 2007.

He is also the Councillor of the Valencia City Council since 2011.

Ziqin Sang
Vice-chairman, ITU-T Study Group 20 and Leader of U4SSC

Mr. Ziqin SANG joined Wuhan Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (WRI) in 1998 after obtaining his Ph.D. in pattern recognition and intelligent system from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He heads a division of innovative research on smart city in the State Key Laboratory of Optical Communication Technologies and Networks since 2010. He has been active in standardization bodies such as ITU-T SG17, SG13, SG5 and SG20, CCSA TC8 and TC10. He served as a member of expert board of a Chinese 863 program of smart city, and a member of advisory board of EU-China Collaboration on IoT and 5G Research (program EXCITING). He was a vice chairman of ITU-T focus group on smart sustainable cities (FG-SSC) and a vice chairman of focus group on smart water management (FG-SWM). He is now a vice chairman of ITU-T SG20 and a vice chairman of CCSA TC10. He led and contributed to ITU-T Recommendations Y.4900, Y.4901, Y.4902, Y.4903, Y.4200 and Y.4201.            

Maria Eugenia Sanchez
Manager, Urban Innovation, City of Sevilla

María Eugenia Sánchez is the Telecommunication Engineer of the Urban Planning Department of Seville City since 2000.

She is responsible for telecommunication networks development plans, studying and authorising all their infrastructures.

She works actively in the elaboration, presentation and development of technological innovation projects that are being carried out by the

City Council or that are co-funded by the EU. She is also adviser to other municipal departments on projects related to ITC and are being carried out for the Smart City Seville.

She represents Seville City Council in congresses and specialized forums in the field of her competence. She is also Coordinator in the Spanish Network of Smart Cities RECI in the working groups of Environment and Infrastructure and Energy.

            

Arno Scharl

CEO, webLyzard technology        

Prof Dr Arno Scharl is the Managing Director of webLyzard technology and the Head of the Department of New Media Technology at MODUL University Vienna. Previously, he held professorships at the University of Western Australia and Graz University of Technology and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. Prof Scharl has served as scientific coordinator and system integration lead of several EU projects in Horizon 2020 and the 7th Framework Programme. He also coordinated international reference projects to develop Web intelligence and visual analytics platforms for the United Nations Environment Programme as well as NOAA Climate.gov of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Author of more than 180 scientific publications, his current research interests focus on knowledge extraction and visualization, environmental communication, predictive analytics and the integration of semantic and geospatial technologies. 

Ole Schilling
Vice President, Market Development Smart Cities & Regions, Deutsche Telekom AG  

Based on his experience within the creative industries and digitization globally for over 20 years, he is driving change and transformation of cities and regions to improve the quality of life, sustainability and efficiency within cities and regions.

His focus is to enable cities to leverage the potential of a smart city in an collaboratively approach by using technology as an potential enabler.


 

Vicente Sebastián
Technology and Projects Director, ETRA, Spain

Vicente Sebastián Alapont is the Director of Technology and Projects at Electronic Traffic S.A. (ETRA). He has a degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Valencia and a Certificate in Project Management from the Project Management Institute. Vicente Sebastián Alapont has over thirty years of professional experiences in the field of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their applications in smart mobility and energy efficiency. He has experiences in managing ICT solutions in all stages. He began his career in software developments and later participated in the management of R & D & I projects in the EU Framework Programs and continuing the engineering of the mentioned sectors.

He is a member of the Technical Committee for Standardization UNE / CTN 178 Smart Cities, a member of the Technical Committee for Standardization UNE / CTN 159 Telematics applied to road transport and circulation and a member of the Tunnels Committee of the Technical Association of the Road-PIARC. He has contributed to the R&D projects of the EU Framework Programs and has participated as a speaker in various professional events and forums related to sustainable mobility and intelligent transport systems at the national and international level.

John Smiciklas
U4SSC Verifier               

John is currently Principal, Sustainability for MJRD Assessment Inc and the Lead Verifier for the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators for Smart, Sustainable Cities. Concurrently; John is Sr Director for BOMA Canada leading Canada’s largest green building certification program. John’s prior experience includes, among others, positions as Director, Corporate Responsibility Programs (BlackBerry); Manager, Sustainable Business Solutions (PricewaterhouseCoopers); and Lead Auditor (KPMG)

John has been engaged with ITU-T projects and Study Groups for many years. The scope of engagement included assisting in the development of the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators for Smart, Sustainable Cities and leading the U4SSC KPI verification process with cities globally . Additionally, John is the author and contributor of a number of ITU publications focussing on technology and sustainability. The most recent publication is Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Moscow.

John holds a B.A.Sc., Engineering (University of Toronto), has completed Business & Sustainability and Climate Change executive programs (University of Cambridge, UK), and has over 20 years of experience in auditing and verification to global standards for quality, environment, safety, wellness, construction and climate change.

Warren Smith
Global Digital Marketplace Programme Director, Government Digital Service, UK                            

Warren has been responsible for ensuring that the UK government’s Digital Marketplace directly supports ICT reforms. Through his work at GDS, Warren has been instrumental in introducing user-centred, design-led, data-driven and open approaches to public procurement and contracting - the foundation of the step-change in procurement envisioned in the Government Transformation Strategy, and a priority for 2020.

This has led to a more diverse range of ICT suppliers having access to the government’s business - there are over 5,700 suppliers available through the Digital Marketplace, and over 90% of these are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Since January 2018, Warren has led the Global Digital Marketplace Programme, which aims to help governments in the emerging economies - Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, and South Africa - make their procurement more transparent in order to reduce corruption, and to boost their digital, data and technology domestic sectors. This is a 4-year programme in line with the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017 to 2022.

Warren has over 25 years experience in procurement and supply chain management, across the private and public sectors. During the last 10 years, Warren has led highly transformative projects to introduce new ways of thinking and working in procurement and contracting.

Philippe Tuzzolino
SVP-Environment, Orange

Philippe TUZZOLINO is in charge of the Environmental and Climate Change organization for Orange Group. He defines the policies and supervises the energy consumption reduction objectives for the Group's global footprint (Orange does business in 163 countries ). He participates in the European Commission Pilot testing methodologies of the ICT-sector. He is also involved in the ITU-T Study Group "Environment and Climate Change" and participate for this aspects to the last COP 24. He was president for the Industry French Ministry of the Raw Material Federation Group . Before joining Orange Group, Mr. TUZZOLINO held several Strategic innovation projects positions at La Poste and at the French Ministry of Defense.

 

Francisco Javier García Vieira
Director of Digital Public Services, RED.es

Francisco Javier García Vieira is a Telecommunications Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has also completed the Executive Development Programme at the IESE Business School, University of Navarre.

His experience in the private sector includes working in Research and Development at Telefónica and Telefónica Mobile as well as the technology start-up Banda Ancha S.A.

He has been focusing on working in the public sector since 2003, as part of the public corporate entity Red.es where he has held various management roles related to public policies to promote the Information and Knowledge Society.

Bruno Vilarasau
Director, Digital Services and Public Sector, Telefónica

Bruno Vilarasau is responsible for growing B2B Digital Services with special focus in the Public Sector through innovative solutions in the Mediterranean region at Telefónica.

Prior, as B2C Director in Catalonia, he managed Channels Sales and Local Marketing of Movistar, the B2C brand of Telefónica, achieving customer growth and satisfaction.

He helped set up the start-up accelerator Wayra in Barcelona where he mentors. He’s President of the Technology and Business Commission of AED (Spanish Director's Association)

He previously worked in the internet provider Terra as Director in Product Strategy, where he was responsible for identifying partnerships and defining the Internet strategy for the Telefónica group. In this role he oversaw the launching of many internet services. Before that, Bruno worked as marketing manager in Systemsfusion, a SaaS company in San Francisco. Bruno started his career as a management consultant in Gemini Consulting working for leading companies in the financial and consumer goods sectors.

Bruno holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Ángeles Villaescusa
General Manager, ESRI, Spain

Ángeles Villaescusa has a degree in Geological Sciences, an Executive MBA since 1998 and a PDG since 2008. She began her career at ESR Spain in 1991 and, during this time, has passed through various departments, being part of the technical and commercial department as Commercial Director and Deputy Director of the company. Since 2012, she has held the position of General Director of ESRI Spain.

José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
Director, EVERIS

José Antonio Teixeira is a Telecommunications Engineer and Telecommunications Technical Engineer from the University of Cantabria. He has over 20 years of experience working in the private sector. He was the Managing Director of the Multimedia company, El Diario Montañés of the Vocento group, as well as a member of the Technical Committee of the Communication group itself.

José Antonio Teixeira is the former Director General of Innovation of the City of Santander. He was responsible for directing and managing the areas of Innovation, Information Technology - ICT and other related European projects. In addition, he is the Chairman of Sub Committee 2 “Definition and Semantics”, of the 178 Committee for Standardization of Smart Cities of AENOR as well as the Technical Coordinator of the Spanish Network of Smart Cities (RECI).

He was also the Commercial and Business Development Director of CIC, ICT consulting and development company of Cantabria, as well as General Director of Expansion of UVAX Concepts. He is currently the Director of Utilities at EVERIS and responsible for the Cantabria office.