Smart City InFocus 2015: Yinchuan, China

Friday, September 11, 2015 from 2:00pm to
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 12:45pm

Yinchuan, China

Join government officials and C-level executives from around the world for an exclusive three-day event at the premiere Smart City capital of China.


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In partnership with the City of Yinchuan and ZTESoft, TM Forum Smart City InFocus 2015 brings together leading experts from around the world to accelerate the adoption of smart city standards and best practices. The smart city industry is growing rapidly – to an estimated 400 billion USD by 2020 – and has far-reaching impacts on society, from delivering services to improve citizens’ lives, to making government more responsive and effective and allowing businesses to grow and thrive.


22 exclusive international speakers • 14 Smart Cities represented • 150+ senior delegates

The three-day event will comprise of:

  • 11 September – join the inauguration of the TM Forum Smart City Innovation Center at the highly innovative Citizen Hall – the centerpiece of the Yinchuan Smart City. In the evening, you will be our guest for a VIP Gala Dinner, with ministers and other high-level officials in attendance.
    • 14:00 – 16:00 – Smart City in Action – Tour of the Citizen Hall
    • 18:30 – 21:00 – VIP drinks reception followed by Dinner
  • 12 September09:00 – 17:45 – attend the Smart City InFocus 2015 conference, which will provide insight and practical guidance on the future of smart cities, services and implementation plans.
  • 13 September 10:00 – 12:00 – take a tour of the China-Arab States Expo and the smart services that have been deployed.

This one-day conference will cover key topics, including:

  • Creating a smart city blueprint
  • Enabling the smart city digital ecosystem
  • Understanding the fundamentals that underpin the building of smart cities
  • Engaging citizens and designing citizen-centric smart services
  • Harnessing data analytics to improve the life of citizens in smart cities
  • Building safe and secure smart cities

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Due to popular demand and limited space, this is an invite-only event, tailored specifically for government officials and senior executives within select industries. Registering does not guarantee entry if you do not meet these requirements. We encourage you to explore our other upcoming events, which cater to a broader audience.



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Senior Representative

  • Yinchuan Municipal Government (China)
Choi Younghoon

Young-hoon Choi


  • City of Seoul (Korea)

Mr. Young-Hoon Choi is the Assistant Mayor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of Seoul Metropolitan Government.

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Prior to joining Seoul City, Mr. Choi served as professor at NHN Next Institute and Chief Technology Officer at SK Communications Co., Ltd.

He leads the Information System Planning Bureau of Seoul City, and it is through this Bureau that Seoul City manages public services, provides administrative and geographic information, operates broadband communication networks and manages the Data Center, promotes information security, and plans and implements e-government projects. Mr. Choi is currently focusing on the development of new IT services which utilizes IoT, big data and social innovation based on IT technology.

He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Seoul National University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Pohang University of Science and Technology.

Karan Henrik Ponnudurai

Karan Henrik Ponnudurai

Chief Innovation and Digital Service Officer

  • Celcom (Malaysia)

Karan Henrik Ponnudurai was appointed as the Chief Digital Services Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad in 2014.

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Previously he was the Chief Innovation officer at Axiata Digital, responsible for the execution of digital businesses across all Asian footprint.

Karan initially joined Celcom as the Vice President for Product & Services Innovation. Due to his outstanding performance, Karan was ranked up as the Director of innovation in 2009.

Prior to joining Celcom, Karan was the Vice President of Business Development and Technology for Softbank Emerging Markets, a leading ICT venture between Softbank and The World Bank. Karan has also had extensive experience in the communications industry in South Asia as well as Germany & USA.

Karan holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, from University Malaya, Malaysia and Stanford University, USA. He has also completed the Asian International Executive program for Senior Management at INSEAD business school.

Dr Aisha Bin Bishr

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr

SmartDubai Taskforce leader

  • Executive Committee (UAE)

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is an Assistant Director General of the Executive Office. Part of her role is to lead the Smart Dubai task force team.

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Prior to that, Dr. Aisha worked in the Ministry of Labor as an Assistant Undersecretary for support services responsible for developing and implementing strategic management, partnership development and change management policies. With 20 years of experience in information, communication and technology (ICT) development in public and government sectors, she possesses analytical, coordination, communication and advocacy skills relating to ICT, public reform trends and strategies.

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr holds a PHD in Management, Science, Technology and Innovation and Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Policy and Research on Engineering, Science and Technology from Manchester Business School. A Bachelor of Science (BS), Applied Science (Business Information Technology) from Higher Colleges of Technology , and a degree in Public Finance Management from Dubai School of Government as well as a graduate of Orchestrating Winning Performance from IMD

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is a graduate of a two-year young leaders program organized by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD).

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr has received many awards; the latest is Middle East Woman Leader in Corporate Management Excellence (2012). She has also received an award recognizing her role in enabling the smart city vision of His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid, from the Swedish Embassy, Trade & Invest Council and Ericsson.

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr represents the Smart Dubai Initiative in many communities and conferences such as City Protocol Society as well as at the GSMA.

Cathelijne Hermans

Cathelijne Hermans


  • Amsterdam Smart City

Cathelijne Hermans is coordinator of Amsterdam Smart City, a partnership between companies, knowledge institutions, government and the people of Amsterdam.

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Ms. Hermans started her career as a research consultant at the Amsterdam Bureau for Research and Statistics. Subsequently, she worked for seven years as a management consultant at Berenschot. Specifically, she worked in the fields of innovation, triple helix cooperation, cluster policies, regional economy and regulatory pressure. Ms. Hermans combines her current function with her work as Head of Clusters and Projects for the Amsterdam Economic Board, where she has been working since January 2014. Amsterdam Smart City is a partnership between companies, knowledge institutions, government and the people of Amsterdam.

Joddy Hernady

Joddy Hernady

Vice President of Synergy

  • PT.Telekomunikasi Indonesia,Tbk (Telkom Indonesia), Indonesia

Mr. Hernady completed his undergraduate in Telecommunication Engineering at Bandung Institute of Technology in 1990, and in 1992 he was awarded his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles USA.

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He also holds an International Diploma in Advanced Leadership (IDAL)-Advanced Leadership Program, from the Executive Center for Global Leadership, Jakarta, which is accredited by Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management. He began his career in Telkom Indonesia in December 1993 as a researcher in the area of optical fiber access at Telkom Indonesia’s Research and Development Center for one year. Since then he has held the posts of Vice President for Corporate Strategic Planning, Executive General Manager of Multimedia Division and Senior General Manager of the Innovation & Design Center. He was appointed to his current position in February 2015 and has responsibilities to maximize synergy value amongst Telkom Indonesia’s portfolio, manage Telkom Indonesia Group’s Business Portfolios, and monitor Post Deal Integration for all company’s actions in acquisitions and alliances. Currently, he also sits as a commissioner in PT. Multimedia Nusantara, a Telkom Indonesia’s subsidiary holding company for the area of information, media and entertainment businesses.

Jefferson Cirne da Costa

Jefferson Cirne da Costa


  • Itatiba City Hall

With a bachelor’s degree in Accounting Sciences, Jefferson Cirne da Costa is a government employee in Itatiba’s city hall.

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He worked as an accountant in the Department of Finance and, in 2011, was nominated Director of that same department. He actively participated in the implementation of various services that accelerate the assistance to the population, such as: Electronic Invoice, Costs System and use of International Standards on Public Accounting. In 2013, he became Secretary of Government, when he began the implementation of technology solutions aimed to improving public services. Returning to the Department of Finance in September of 2014, he has been coordinating the implementation of major projects such as: Structuring Array of Municipal Information – Multipurpose Technical Registration.
Intelligence System applied to the Security of Municipal Public Patrimony
Intelligence System applied to the Municipal Public Security

Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho

Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho

General Director

  • Economy and Innovation

Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho is currently the General Director for Economy and Innovation in the Lisbon City Council. He is responsible for the areas of Economy/Investment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation/Knowledge, Strategic Clusters and Employment in the City Council.

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Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho is a researcher and an expert in Foresight, Strategy and Innovation, with more than 15 years of experience in consulting, teaching and training projects in those fields.

He has been working in consulting projects in the fields of foresight, scenario planning, strategy and innovation with public and private organisations in different industries including telecommunications, electronics, software and tourism. He has been coordinating and facilitating change and innovation projects in different types of industrial and services companies.

In the last years he has been very active in several academic and training activities in the fields of Foresight and Scenario Planning, Strategy and Competitiveness, including the design and the scientific coordination of a Post Graduation in “Foresight, Strategy and Innovation”, advanced executive programs in “Scenario Planning and Strategic Agility” and “Strategy and Leadership”, in ISEG – Lisboa School of Management and Economics / Lisbon University.

Born in 1969 at Lisbon, Paulo has a PhD in Management Sciences in the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, with a thesis entitled: “Scenarios as a tool to give context and sense to Weak Signals in a process of Competitive Intelligence”. Paulo is graduated in Economics in 1994 (ISEG), concluded a Master in Economics and Management of Science and Technology (ISEG) in 1997 and a Master in Foresight and Strategy (Portuguese Institute for Financial and Fiscal Studies) in 1998.

Shawn Slack

Shawn Slack

MBA Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

  • City of Mississauga

Since 1998, Shawn has held various senior roles at the City of Mississauga. Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of 729,000 and is situated in Southern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Currently, Shawn is engaged in many great initiatives and projects guided by a renewed IT Master Planning process which focusses on Open and Accessible Government, Enabling Decisions through Research & Analytics, Creating a Connected & Engaged Workplace and Improving Services through Innovation & Partnerships. A key objective of the IT Master Plan is to advance Smart City capabilities by employing technology more deeply throughout the City utilizing more sensor based technology. A key objective is to improve customer service and drive efficiencies. One of the more advanced initiatives Shawn is leading is the introduction of District Wi-Fi. This will see the convergence of infrastructure, traditional hard services, City services and private sector all within a location defined by a wireless corridor. The City of Mississauga has enabled many aspects of its operations such as traffic, transit, emergency services and works operations through technology and is now taking that investment and learning to the next level. This will establish the City of Mississauga as a leader in employing Smart City best practices through innovations and partnerships.

Early in his career with the City of Mississauga, he led the vision and plan to provide all City services online. He provided strategic and operational leadership through the implementation of a Customer Service Strategy which transformed customer service across all channels including internet, phone and counters. Shawn has held positions at the City with portfolios ranging from Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Business Planning. He also has a very diverse private sector background in Civil Engineering, Geospatial Technology and Commercial Underwater Construction.

Shawn has an executive MBA from the University of Athabasca in Alberta, Canada.


Paul Wilson

Managing Director

  • Bristol Is Open (UK)

Paul Wilson is Managing Director of Bristol Is Open, a city-scale research infrastructure for the study of software defined networks, internet of things and big data technologies that contribute to smart city solutions.

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Paul was Chief Executive of the West of England LEP which owns the economic strategy for the Bristol & Bath City Region, where he led the development of the regions Strategic Economic Plan. Before this Paul worked as Chief Marketing Officer of SunGard Financial Systems, during this fifteen year period the business grew from $2.8bn to $5bn and became a Fortune 500 company. Paul has an MBA from Cass Business School and Political Science degree from the University of Birmingham, UK. Paul is married with two children, his family are enjoying life in Bristol and previously lived in Switzerland for five years. Paul is learning the trombone.

Dr-See-Kiong Ng

Dr. See-Kiong Ng

Programme Director

  • Institute for Infocomm Research (Singapore)

See-Kiong Ng (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) is the Programme Director of the Urban Systems Initiative by the Science and Engineering Research Council of the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

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The Initiative seeks to address the new challenges of the rapidly urbanising world through smart city technologies and innovations. See-Kiong has a long-standing interest in cross-disciplinary applied research in computer science. See-Kiong started his research career as one of the early bioinformaticians. He has since been able to apply what he had learned from bioinformatics to a wide array of other application domains. From using data mining to better understand the biology of the human body, See-Kiong is now using big data approaches to understand the systems biology of complex human cities and the internet of things. He has published widely, with more than 100 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim

Chief Executive

  • Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Malaysia)

Datuk Ismail Bin Ibrahim received his early education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar and went on to study town planning at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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He is registered with the Board of Town Planners Malaysia and started his career in the civil service in 1983 as a town planning officer attached to the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Housing and Local Government. In 1990 he was awarded the British Council Fellowship to specialise in Planning Law in Newcastle University, England.

In April 2003, he was appointed as Penang State Town and Country Planning Department Director. In February 2006, he was seconded as Khazanah Nasional’s Senior Vice President of Special Projects to oversee the planning of the southern economic region in Johor, known today as Iskandar Malaysia.

In January 2009, Ismail was appointed as Director of Physical Planning Division, Town and Country Planning Department at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Effective 1 January 2010, Ismail was appointed as the Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA). His main responsibility is to advise the Prime Minister and Menteri Besar Johor as co-chairmen of the Board of IRDA in planning and implementing the economic, physical and social development strategies to meet the vision of realising the Iskandar Development Region as a Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing.

Amongst his many achievements in IRDA include securing a total cumulative investment worth RM138 billion for the period 2006 to April 2014 and the successful execution of public infrastructure projects worth RM7 billion for Iskandar Malaysia. He was responsible for coordinating and facilitating public private cooperation to develop Iskandar Malaysia through various programmes such as human capital and entrepreneurship, safety and security, public transportation, housing and the environment.

Ismail had previously served as part time lecturer in University of Malaya (UM), International Islamic University (UIA), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) between 1993 and 2002. He is currently a Board Member of the Malaysia Town Planners Board, past Vice President of the Malaysia Institute of Planners (MIP), President of MCOBA Southern Chapter and a Harvard Business School Alumni. He sits in the Malaysia – Singapore Business Council and a member of the National Bio Technology Council.

Francesc Giralt

Francesc Giralt

Director of Society Affairs

  • City Protocol (Spain)

Francesc Giralt is the Acting Chair of he City Protocol Society with the responsibility of developing the strategic vision to promote, guide, and accelerate the responsible transformation of cities with cities, industry, academia and nonprofits working and learning together.

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He is also Emeritus Professor at the University Rovira i Virgili (Catalonia, Spain). A graduate in chemistry and chemical engineering from the Institut Químic de Sarrià (Barcelona) and the University of Barcelona, respectively, he completed his education at the University of Toronto (M.A.Sc; Ph.D.), University of Barcelona (Sc.D.), and at the ICT-Barcelona (M.B.A). Visiting scholar and Professor at many renowned universities worldwide (UC Berkeley, UCLA, Univ. of Toronto, etc.), he has been granted several innovation and education prizes, and also research awards for his seminal work on complex systems. Coauthor of 254 papers at scientific meetings (19 keynotes), 150 archival publications and 2 inventions, he has directed 195 projects, supervised 34 Ph.D. theses and created 2 spin-off companies.

Peter Sany

Peter Sany

CEO & President

  • TM Forum

Peter orchestrates the day-to day operations of the TM Forum. He is a respected industry thought leader and is a senior international business executive and entrepreneur with a unique wealth of experience.

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For 14 years, he has successfully performed in sales, marketing and general management functions of a large multinational ICT company. He also has 12 years of experience as a business-oriented CIO and as a member of executive boards in large multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and finance industries. Among his numerous career accomplishments, Peter was named the CIO/IT Executive of the Year by Computerwoche, an IDG publication. Peter also founded, successfully ran and then sold itcps Management Consulting AG, a provider of business and technology consultancy services for all industries. He is based in Switzerland, speaks several languages fluently, has conducted business globally in developed and emerging markets and also lived in a few different countries. Additionally, Peter is a seasoned non-executive director on various boards.

Jane Chen

Jane Chen


  • ZTEsoft

Between 1989 and 1995, Ms. Chen attended Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications and the City College of New York State University, majoring in telecommunications and electronic systems and computer science and technology respectively, with double master’s degrees.

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Ms. Chen holds the title of senior researcher and senior engineer. From 1989 to 1998, Ms. Chen was manager of the Development Department of Shenzhen Zhongxing Semiconductor Co. and then worked as senior researcher and manager in the research department of AT&T Bell Laboratories in the US. Following this, she served as CEO of ZTE USA. Since 2002 she has been Senior Vice President of the ZTE Corporation and general manager of the Networking Operations Division, being responsible for global research and the long-term development of ZTE wireline products. I*n 2003, Ms. Chen was also appointed as the chairwoman of ZTEsoft Technology, which is subsidiary of ZTE Corporation focusing on telecom IT solutions in BSS and OSS.

Peter Marx

Peter Marx

Chief Technology Officer

  • City of Los Angeles

Peter Marx is the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Los Angeles. He was the first Chief Innovation Technology officer for the city and was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on February 4th, 2014.

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His tasks include driving technology strategy across the City’s departments and agencies, working with the local and worldwide technology industries, and using data to upgrade performance throughout City government. Prior to coming to the Mayor’s Office, Marx was Vice President, Business Development, for Qualcomm Labs where he started the Gimbal initiative as part of his overall work on driving the development of new technologies ranging from augmented reality to context awareness. He previously held the position no-mb of Vice President at Mattel handling digital and online products and services and was the Vice President, Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios. He has spent his career writing software, working with technologies and technologists, and driving the state-of-the-art forward. Marx also holds the position no-mb of Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California.

Samir Saini

Samir Saini


  • City of Atlanta

Samir began his career with the General Electric Company (GE) graduating from its highly regarded Information Management Program (IMLP).

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After IMLP, he assumed numerous leadership roles at GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT and its Energy division based in Atlanta, GA. While at GE Energy, Samir took his first divisional CIO role at age 25 supporting a $250M temporary power business called GE Energy Rentals. Following this role, he was positioned to build an internal IT shared services organization providing centralized Oracle ERP implementation services to GE Energy Services, the largest business unit under GE Energy. While at GE, he continued his leadership development efforts graduating from numerous programs delivered thru GE’s highly recognized Crotonville training center.

Following his 9-year career with GE, Samir moved to Las Vegas, NV where he worked for MGM Resorts International (MGM) as Vice President for Corporate Systems. In this role, Samir was responsible for the successful implementation of the largest back-office technology standardization initiative in the gaming sector across 17 casino resorts.

Following this role, Samir was seeking a position where he could leverage technology to deliver transformational social change at a local level. He moved back to Atlanta and accepted a position as the SVP, CIO for the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA), the first housing authority in USA with a nationally recognized model to de-concentrate poverty for low-income families by providing housing in market rate, mixed income communities established thru private-sector partnerships. While at AHA, Samir lead a Transformation initiative that significantly reduced the agencies operating costs, improved regulatory reporting, and improved overall service delivery and business productivity.

Continuing his firm commitment to service the public at a local level, Samir is currently the Commissioner and CIO for the City of Atlanta. As CIO, Samir is accountable for information technology services for all 25 city departments to include Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport.

Joost van Keulen

Joost van Keulen

Vice Mayor

  • City of Groningen

Joost van Keulen is Alderman and Vice-Mayor in de City of Groningen, the Neteherlands.

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In his portfolio: Innovation, Economic Affairs and international affairs. One of Joost’s ambitions is to develop the city into a Smart Users’ City in the field of Smart Energy and Smart Active and Healthy Living. Before his political career he worked in consulting and communication for companies like Aegon.

The city of Groningen – counting 200.000 inhabitants- is the largest city and the economic capital in the northern Netherlands. With over half of the population being under 35, the inhabitants are, on average, younger than anywhere else in the country. Besides being a lively university city, Groningen is also at the leading edge in research and development, innovation and entrepreneurship. In other words, Groningen is a real City of Talent.

This Young talents reflect also our Smart City Approach. We want the Users to be in the heart of the smart city developments, which focusses on subjects of energy transition and healthy ageing. Our citizens should be able to control and develop their own living environment, hence ‘the Smart Users’ City’.

With this approach we have attracted international attention. In March 2014 the city of Groningen became the runner up for Europe’s Innovation Capital competition, the iCapital award. Running together with Barcelona and Grenoble the city was acknowledged for its outstanding innovation climate.

Jiang Zheng Xin

Jiang Zhengxin

Senior Vice President

  • China Unicom

Aged 57, was appointed as Senior Vice President of the Company in February 2009. Mr. Jiang is a senior engineer of professor level.

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He received a bachelor’s degree in radio engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1982, a master’s degree in business administration from Jilin University in 2001, and a PhD in political economy from Jilin University in 2006. Mr. Jiang served as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Telecommunications Administration in Changchun of Jilin Province from February 1998 to July 1999. He was the Deputy General Manager of Jilin Mobile Communication Company from July 1999 to March 2004. He served as the Deputy General Manager of South Communication Co. Limited of Netcom Group from March 2004 to June 2004, and he was the General Manager of Zhejiang Branch of Netcom Group from June 2004 to September 2007. He has served as Deputy General Manager of Netcom Group since September 2007. Mr. Jiang is a Vice President of Unicom Group, as well as Director and Senior Vice President of CUCL. Mr. Jiang has worked in the telecommunications industry for a long period of time and has extensive management experience.

Peter Finnegan

Peter Finnegan

Director Office of Economy & International Relations

  • City of Dublin

Peter Finnegan is Director of Economy & International Relations with Dublin City Council and Acting Assistant City Manager.

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His responsibilities include economic development, international relations, research and access programmes. He is the senior manager responsible for the development of the Digital Agenda in Dublin and for Smart City Initiatives. Peter has led the development of cooperation agreements with cities such as San Jose (USA), Guadalajara (Mexico), Beijing, Moscow, St Petersburg, and Barcelona.

Peter was previously Director of the City Development Board. This was a multi-agency Board delivering social, economic and cultural programmes. Prior to his move to Local Government, he had led organisational change and rightsizing with the Ireland’s major telecom company. Having begun working as Director of the National Youth Council Peter moved to Ireland’s National Training and Employment Agency (FAS) where he managed enterprise and employment programmes. Peter holds an MA from Maynooth University and an MBA from Dublin City University.

Projjal K. Dutta

Projjal K. Dutta

Director of Sustainability

  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Projjal K. Dutta is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s first ever Director of Sustainability. He has two primary responsibilities: 1) To reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA and 2) to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA. In a carbon-constrained future, this could generate resources.

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Projjal was instrumental in the measurement and verification of MTA’s carbon footprint, and its registration with the Climate Registry. He has played a leadership role in the transit industry’s effort to quantify its carbon benefits. He has lectured and written extensively on the subject of ‘carbon avoidance’; including at Harvard, Yale and Columbia Universities. He is a published author and a regular contributor to publications, both physical and digital, focused on the environment. His work has been cited in the New York Times, NPR and other outlets. He blogs at and tweets @projjal

Projjal has more than twenty years of experience in projects ranging in scale from urban to residential, with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. Before joining the MTA, he worked as a sustainable architecture consultant. He was one of the first 100 LEED Accredited Professionals. His graduate work at MIT, which explored the construction of low-cost housing from waste packaging, was awarded the “Best Thesis”. His built projects have been featured in publications in the U.S. and abroad.

Projjal is also a partner at a contemporary south-Asian gallery based in NY. Due to his sustainability commitments and time zones, his role at the gallery has revolved around artist-relations – curating shows, helping place works in institutions.

Projjal takes volunteering very seriously. He has volunteered in a range of roles from post-lunch clean-up guy at his kid’s school, to serving as the Chair of a National Academy of Sciences panel. Most recently he has become a proud new addition to ioby’s Board of Directors.



Carl Piva, Vice President Strategic Programs, TM Forum


Smart city discovery

  • The philosophy behind Smart City 2.0
  • Understanding the background and motivation for developing ‘Smart Yinchuan’ – PPP model
  • Unique ‘Smart Yinchuan’ – ‘One Cloud, One Network, & One Map’
  • Exploring the future of ‘Yinchuan-style’ Smart City development

Senior Representative, Yinchuan Municipal Government


Collaboration between TM Forum, ZTEsoft and the City of Yinchuan

Peter Sany, CEO & President, TM Forum


ZTE – unleash the power of Smart-X

  • ZTE/ZTEsoft – embracing smart-life
  • Making the ‘Smart City’ smarter
  • Collaboration in digital economy

Jane Chen, Chairman, ZTEsoft


Developing the Smart City with the gene of ‘Internet+’

  • China Unicom’s thoughts on Smart City development
  • How to utilize cloud services and big data analytics to realize ‘Internet+’
  • Highlighting a best practice Smart City in Guang Dong province

Jiang Zheng Xin, Senior Vice President, China Unicom


How cities are changing in the face of technology innovation and disruption

  • Examining the rapid change cities are undergoing due to technological innovations and changing social paradigms
  • The role of technologies (mobile, IoT, connected and autonomous vehicles, cloud, augmented reality, context awareness) in making cities more transparent than in the past
  • Examining a few of the interesting changes happening in Los Angeles and elsewhere with an eye towards how we manage the changes coming in the next few years

Peter Marx, CTO, City of Los Angeles (USA)


Getting the foundation right

  • Are smart city projects for citizens, technology companies, or governments?
  • Developing a scalable, open, flexible and secure smart city infrastructure
  • Engaging citizens and growing the economy
  • A scalable and sustainable business model
  • Developing the necessary policies and governance
  • Smart technology as one tactic in the strategy for city sustainability, resilience and liveability

Paul Wilson, Managing Director, Bristol Is Open (UK)


Building Smart City Seoul City through cooperation

  • Outlining the history of Smart Seoul City
  • Opportunities, challenges and strategies of building a smart city
  • The role of an open testbed in the cooperation

Young-hoon Choi, CIO, City of Seoul (Korea)


Morning Refreshments


Transforming to an engaged and connected city

  • How Mississauga leverages Smart City technologies to improve services, reduce costs and drive efficiencies with real time connectivity and data
  • Leveraging innovation, partnerships and a renewed IT master plan to position the City of Mississauga as a leader in Smart City best practices
  • Outlining the Smart City opportunities that have been created and that drive value for the customer and improve how the City delivers its services
  • An overview of exciting initiatives and current and planned partnerships

Shawn Slack, CIO, City of Mississauga (Canada)


Dubai: Happiness is a key driver of a Smarter City

  • As one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Dubai is implementing its unique vision to become a smart city by focusing on technology as a means to the happiness of its people. The city has the fundamental advantage of being a greenfield smart city, given the rapid development of infrastructure underway as it prepares to host millions of visitors for the World Expo in 2020. The presentation will cover:
    • Examples like the Happiness Meter initiative for measuring resident and visitor experiences
    • The Open Data initiative for city-wide governance of data
    • The Smart Dubai Roadmap, outlining initiatives and services for city-wide implementation in 24 months

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, SmartDubai Taskforce leader, Executive Committee (UAE)


Five steps to build a Smart City

Samir Saini, CIO, City of Atlanta (USA)




Opening ceremony for the smart city project


Iskandar Malaysia – Accelerating sustainability through smart city initiatives

  • Definition and characteristics of Iskandar Malaysia Smart City Framework
  • Identifying catalytic projects through smart strategic investment

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Malaysia)


Transforming into a smart city Providing quality of life through data and smart solutions

  • Itatiba solution cases
    • Citizen structured matrix – mapping the citizen with the public services
    • Smart security applied to public property – geo-fencing and automatic event generation
    • Smart security applied to public safety – deploying an integrated security platform
  • Itatiba smart places
    • Creating public spaces that inspire people to stay
    • Providing a local experience with entertainment, sustainability, mobility and security
    • Managing public spaces to ensure safety and quality of life

Jefferson Costa, Finance Secretary, Itatiba City (Brazil)


Smart City projects in the Lisbon economic and innovation strategy

  • A strategic vision – making Lisbon one of most competitive, innovative and creative cities of Europe
  • Lisbon´s four “Engines of Growth”: “Atlantic Business Hub”, “Lisbon: Start-up City”, “Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystems” and “Lisbon Strategic Clusters”
  • Outlining Lisbon’s holistic Smart City strategy that is built on four driving forces: “Energy transition”, “Sustainable Mobility”, “Digital Revolution” and “Open Innovation and Participation”

Paulo Carvalho, Director for Economy and Innovation, Lisbon City Council


What is the use of a smart city?

  • Smart energy city
  • Smart healthy ageing
  • Practical examples from Smart Users’ City

Joost van Keulen, Vice Mayor, City of Groningen


Harnessing Big Data and data analytics to improve the life of citizens in smart cities

  • What are the opportunities for the use of big data in smart cities?
  • Leveraging data from sensor networks and ecosystem partners
  • Fostering innovation and new service creation with city data
  • Enabling more informed decision-making through the analysis of big data
  • Balancing privacy and data protection with data exploitation

Dr. See-Kiong Ng, Programme Director, Institute for Infocomm Research (Singapore)


Afternoon Refreshments


City Protocol Society – supporting local leadership and global city-to-city collaboration

Francesc Giralt, Director of Society Affairs, CITY PROTOCOL (Spain)


Taking the car out of carbon – Smart urban mobility

Projjal Dutta, Sustainability Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York (USA)


Exploring telecom’s role in smart city development

  • Outlining Telkom Indonesia’s framework for Smart Cities
  • Sharing experiences and lessons learned in developing Smart Cities in Indonesia

Joddy Hernady, SVP Synergy, TELKOM


The role of operators in developing the payment and transport infrastructure for smart cities

Karan Henrik Ponnudurai, Chief Innovation and Digital Service Officer, Celcom (Malaysia)


Panel: Tomorrow’s smart cities

  • What are the smart characteristics of the future city?
  • How quickly will the smart cities evolve?
  • How will the role of ICT develop in smart cities?
  • How can you develop foresight capabilities within the cities and central government?

Joost van Keulen, Vice Mayor, City of Groningen (Netherlands)

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, SmartDubai Taskforce leader, Executive Committee (UAE)

Cathelijne Hermans, Head of Clusters and Projects, Amsterdam Economic Board (Netherlands)

Peter Finnegan, Director Office of Economy & International Relations, City of Dublin (Ireland)


End of conference

City of Yinchuan

Yinchuan is the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China, and former capital of the Western Xia Empire of the Tanguts. It has an area of 4,467 km (2,776 mi) and the city alone has a population of 1.99 million. The name of the city literally means “silver river.”


Thanks to the Yellow River, Yinchuan enjoys beautiful natural sceneries and favourable conditions for agriculture and has long earned the fame of a “River Side City in the Northwest” and “Home to Fishes and Rice”. Yinchuan is now the permanent site for China-Arab Expo which is an international platform for cultural and economic exchanges between China and Arab countries.

Yinchuan Smart City and ZTEsoft were recognized for their exceptional development and acceleration of smart city potential by China’s National Pilot Smart City, the number one smart city in the world. Their work is enabled by ZTEsoft’s ZSmart products, which are based on TM Forum’s Frameworx™ suite of digital business best practices and standards and being used to enable innovation through intelligent data analytics.



The city of Yinchuan has graciously offered to cover the complete travel cost, including flight, hotel and transfer, for select executives and government officials. To determine your eligibility, please complete the form on the registration page. If qualified, our representative will contact you shortly to help make your travel arrangements.

Getting There

Yinchuan Hedong Airport (INC) is 25 km from the city center and has direct flights from Beijing, Chengdu, Dunhuang, Gangzhou, Hohhot, Shanghai, Xian, and Zhengzhou.

Getting Around

Taxi from the airport will cost you 60 Yuan to the downtown area. The starting price of the taxi in Yinchuan is 5 Yuan for the first 3 kilometers, and 1 Yuan per kilometer thereafter. After 22:00, the starting price is 6 Yuan for the first 3 kilometers and 1.2 Yuan per kilometer thereafter.

There is a shuttle bus between the Yinchuan Hedong Airport and Yinchuan city. Its departure is in accordance with the flights. The ticket price is 15 Yuan. The routine of the shuttle bus is Airport — Civil Aviation Tower — National North Street—International Restaurant — Century Tower (Xingqing District). Passengers starting from Yinchuan city can take the shuttle bus at the Century Tower. The departure time of the shuttle bus is 2 hours before the flights’ departure.

There are dozens of bus lines in Yinchuan City, which travel between the Old Town, New Town and New Urban District. There are also buses traveling to and from Yongning County and Helan County. Yinchuan buses stop operating early at night, with most lines closing before 19:00. The ticket fares start at RMB 1. Three travel line buses (Travel 1, Travel 2 and Travel 3) operate from April 20 to October 20 every year. The buses depart from New Moon Square and provide service to the Imperial Tombs of Western Xia, the Rock Paintings in Helan Mountain and The Town of Fort Western Film City.

Health & Safety
Even though Yinchuan is a safe city, you should take the following steps whenever you travel:

  • Make a copy of your passport, and pack it in a place separate from where you are carrying the original
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home
  • Don’t use short cuts, narrow alleys, or poorly lit streets
  • Try not to travel alone at night- if you have no choice, let a colleague know where you are going
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency exits and procedures at the venue, and your hotel

Travel Resources
For anyone traveling to Yinchuan from another country to attend TM Forum Smart City InForum – you are advised to check with your country’s appropriate government agencies for VISA and travel information.

If you need a VISA invitation letter, please contact us at [email protected] and provide your passport details.