Smart City InFocus 2016: Yinchuan

Smart City InFocus 2016: Yinchuan

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 9:00am to
Friday, September 9, 2016 from 6:00pm

Yinchuan, China

Government officials and C-level executives came together from around the world for an exclusive 3-day conference in Yinchuan, the premier Smart City capital of China.

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In partnership with the City of Yinchuan and ZTEsoft, TM Forum Smart City InFocus 2016 brought together over 800 C-level executives and government officials from across the global smart city ecosystem to network, learn and exchange ideas across a three-day interactive conference program. This year’s event looked at building sustainable smart cities and offering end-to-end smart services for citizens.

The three-day conference comprised:
  • 7 September
    • Smart Yinchuan city tour
    • VIP dinner and welcome
  • 8 September
    • Day one of the conference program featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions and interactive roundtable discussions
    • Networking cocktail reception
  • 9 September
    • Day two of the conference program
    • Catalyst (proof-of-concept) tours
    • Networking cocktail reception

Key conference topics included:
  • Creating engaged and collaborative cities
  • Building the Smart City foundation
  • Creating smarter cities with big data and analytics
  • Greenfield Smart City development
  • Smart Mobility
  • Smart Energy 
  • Smart Health



30+ exclusive international speakers • 100+ Smart Cities represented • 800+ senior delegates.


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Thursday, September 8

Chairman: Carl Piva, VP Strategic Programs, TM Forum

KEYNOTE: Smart City, Wonderful Life

Guo Baichun, Vice Mayor, City of Yinchuan

KEYNOTE: Evolution of smart cities in the M-ICT 2.0 era 

Jane Chen, CIO & CSO, ZTE

KEYNOTE: Building an Ecosystem of Ecosystems: The City as a Platform

  • The social and economic imperatives for cities to become smarter
  • The city as a platform – embracing digitalization, openness, and a common architecture
  • The critical importance of collaboration – shaping the future together, for the benefit of all

Peter Sany, CEO & President, TM Forum

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KEYNOTE: How SmartCATalonia aims to transform Catalonia into a smart region

  • Understanding the benefits of having a smart strategy at the country level to develop smart initiatives in different fields
  • Defining a smart strategy at national level in order to avoid isolated smart cities – defining standards that are valid across our country and also across the world
  • SmartCATalonia’s role in minimizing the effect of the digital revolution and creating new jobs
  • Examining how SmartCATalonia wants to transform public services, putting the citizen in the center of our actions and decisions

 Jordi Puigneró, Secretary for ICT Governance, Generalitat de Catalunya

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KEYNOTE: Vision and opportunity for the Smart City in Pakistan

Abrar Hussein, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology, Government, Pakistan

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CASE STUDY: SmartATL – A Smart City overview and road map

  • Metro Atlanta – overview and challenges facing the city
  • Highlighting 3 key applications for data generated by Smart Cities
  • Enabling a Smart City data economy
  • Implementation approach and governance
  • Smart City maturity and benchmark

Torri Martin, Director, SMARTATL, City of Atlanta

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CASE STUDY: Building a smarter city in Silicon Valley

  • What motivates the need for a smart city in Silicon Valley?
  • How we leverage our local and regional assets
  • The lessons of our work so far
  • What do we plan to do in the future?

Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto

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FIRESIDE CHAT: A Retrospective – the first CTO of New York City

Minerva Tantoco, former CTO, New York City

CASE STUDY: Achieving organizational and cultural change within city governments

  • Setting ambitious organizational goals and targets such as zero carbon and zero waste (as Phoenix has done) sets the stage for innovation and Smart City technologies
  • How driverless cars (now being piloted in Phoenix) will transform roads and transportation systems of the future and assist the transition to carbon neutral cities
  • How cities once far behind business for innovation are now global leaders in innovation

Karen Peters, Deputy City Manager, City Manager Office, City of Phoenix

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EXPERT INSIGHT: Defining Smart City governance

  • Why new modes of governance are needed for smart cities
  • Defining your smart city vision and strategy
  • Developing a dedicated organization – what new roles and skills are required?
  • Integrating processes for smart city projects
  • Creating a Smart City ecosystem through different types of private-public partnership

Dr. Igor Calzada, Senior Research Fellow & Lecturer in Urban Transformations, University of Oxford

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CASE STUDY: How innovation is contributing to Brisbane as a New World City

  • Providing a profile of Brisbane – what makes it unique?
  • Outlining the vision for the New World City
  • Exploring the role innovation will play
  • What Council has done to foster and promote innovation and economic development
  • What works what doesn’t? – lessons learnt

Sarma Rajaraman, CIO, City of Brisbane

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CASE STUDY: An introduction to Digital Bonn

Goodarz Mahbobi, Chairman of Advisory & Innovation Board, Digital Bonn & CEO, Axxessio

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CASE STUDY: Developing a new business model for the PPP smart city

  • How can local government secure sufficient budget for smart city development?
  • Understanding how local Government can collaborate intensively with other sectors – exploring the terms of ABCG Collaboration (Academy, Business, Community and Government)
  • Determining how operators can propose a new PPP business model and help local government establish joint cooperation
  • How can the private sector and the government grow and develop sustainable cities?

Sigit Hadi Prayoga, Vice Chairman TELKOM SmartCity Nusantara, TELKOM Indonesia

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CASE STUDY: Humanizing Smart Cities

  • Examining how these technologies will affect the lives of residents or how they will make like materially better in the city
  • Adopting an experimental approach in which the technology is actively trialed or prototyped to test the impact of these technologies in the community
  • Outlining how the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics is conducting this experimentation

Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

FIRESIDE CHAT: Multi-agency and industry partnerships to grow the smart city

This fireside chat will discuss how a city can partner with local stakeholders and the ICT industry to realize its smart city vision. We will discuss the types of collaboration required to successfully navigate the urban innovation landscape and how the Smart City Forum can play a supporting role along this journey.

Paul Wilson, Managing Director, Bristol Is Open                

Carl Piva, VP Strategic Programs, TM Forum

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CASE STUDY: DigiTel” – A personalized, interest and location-based city for you

  • Introducing the Digi-Tel Residents Club and the City Card – the next step in municipal services and communications
  • Leveraging a personalized digital communications network that is interest, site and life situation-based and focuses on our residents
  • Using residents’ their unique profile to offer information, a wide variety of special deals at cultural venues, sports arenas and other places
  • Offering customized digital services that enable residents to carry out transactions with the Municipality – at any time and from any place

Zohar Sharon, Chief Knowledge Officer, City of Tel Aviv

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EXPERT INSIGHT: Science in Smart Cities

  • From data to phenomenology
  • Research pipeline serving the government
  • Balancing research and development

Masoud Ghandehari, Associate Professor, New York University

PANEL: Meeting the needs of smart citizens

  • How are citizens’ behavior, expectations and needs likely to change as technology evolves?
  • How can technology be leveraged to improve the quality of life of citizens?
  • How is the relationship between city governments and citizens changing as citizens become more empowered through technology?
  • How can cities engage and work with communities to ensure that the needs of citizens are met?
  • How can citizens participate in co-creating their smart city?


Paul Pisasale, Mayor, City of Ipswich (Australia)

Jorge Muñoz Wells, Mayor, City of Miraflores (Peru)

Frederique Macarez, Mayor and Vice-President, City of Saint-Quentin (France)

Christian Tordo, Deputy Mayor in charge of Economic Development, Digital Innovation and Urbanism, City of Nice (France)

Friday, September 9

Chairman: Carl Piva, VP Strategic Programs, TM Forum


CASE STUDY: Revitalizing Waterfront Toronto – putting people at the heart of smart cities

  • Embracing smart technology as a key driver for its economic development and social policy Exploring the enabling infrastructure that has been established for North America’s largest urban revitalization initiative
  • Understanding how a people-centered approach is helping to create a world-leading smart city exemplar
  • Addressing the data and technology continuum, smart strategies for economic development to drive innovation and partnership

Rob Meikle, CIO, City of Toronto

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Case Study: Masdar City – a “Green Print” for sustainable development

  • Assessing Masdar City as a living ecosystem advancing and commercializing renewable urban design technologies    
  • Measuring the performance and potential of a cluster of sustainable, energy efficient buildings
  • Developing buildings that reduce energy and water consumption and carbon emissions  
  • Providing a working laboratory to monitor and study how cities use, conserve and share resources

Anthony Mallows, Executive Director, Masdar City

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CASE STUDY: The Making of Dholera – India’s largest Greenfield Smart City

Jagdish Salgaonkar, Senior Vice President and Major Programs Head, AECOM

Alkesh Kumar Sharma, CEO&MD, DMIC (Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor)

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CASE STUDY: Data at the heart of Smart City – The Milton Keynes story

  • Milton Keynes as a growing city with a smart history
  • Data innovation – why is it important
  • Building an innovation environment that is open to all

Alan Fletcher, Chief Liaison Officer, MK:Smart

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CASE STUDY: Leveraging big data and analytics for smart city transformation and improved decision making

  • Strategic location of big data in Johannesburg
  • Smart City strategy for the City of Johannesburg
  • Cascading of data from city strategy to service delivery and budgeted implementation plan for the City of Johannesburg
  • Looking forward – using Big Data to monitor Smart City Initiatives

Tinashe Mushayanyama, Director Research & Strategic Information,  City of Johannesburg

Zayd Ebrahim, Director of Research, City of Johannesburg

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CASE STUDY: Open data driven emergencies

  • Using open data & real time data to manage emergencies in Buenos Aires´s City
  • Re-using government infrastructure to gather real time data
  • Empowering government areas by sharing information
  • Citizen participation and collaboration to leverage government information

Martín Alalú, Open Government Director, Province of Buenos Aires

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CASE STUDY: Renewing city services and enabling new business opportunities by opening public data

  • The challenge – smart cities produce increasing amount of digital data, which requires new and better ways for efficient utilization
  • The Six City Strategy – National spearhead project for opening and standardizing data for better services and business opportunities
  • Proven results – Increasing amount of open data, APIs, City2City collaboration, new solutions and business opportunities
  • Scale globally – The best scalable results come from a global City2City collaboration leading to common standards and APIs

Jarkko Oksala, CIO, City of Tampere

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CASE STUDY: IoT & Smart Cities: Challenges and opportunities for regulators

  • Providing an overview of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative
  • Examining the policy challenges that Singapore is facing
  • Creating a regulatory framework for IoT – security, personal data protection, standards, licensing and spectrum allocation 

Ken-Wei Chng, Centre Director (China), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) & 1st Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Beijing, China

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EXPERT INSIGHT: Cities as platforms for innovation and growth – the need for common de-facto standards

  • The need for real-time open data describing what is going on in the city
  • Does open data mean free data?  – Cities as the ultimate enabler of the Data Economy
  • Building a sustainable market for smart cities – the need for common standards
  • FIWARE and TM Forum APIs – setting up the technology foundation for next-generation smart cities
  • The Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative – bringing cities together towards common standards

       Juanjo Hierro, Chief Architect – FIWARE Platform, FIWARE

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Accelerating urban innovation with a city platform based on TM Forum APIs

The Smart City Forum, ZTE and the City of Yinchuan has created an Innovation Center to accelerate urban innovation in China and around the world. This session will offer a snapshot of how a city platform based on TM Forum APIs can help drive the ‘Economy of Data’ approach for the benefit of its citizens based on live data from Yinchuan.

George Zhang, Marketing Director, ZTEsoft



CASE STUDY: Making people happy through smart mobility

  • Smart Mobility – outlining the main themes
  • Dubai Smart City strategy – key driver for smart mobility
  • RTA Corporate Strategy – happiness is central
  • Smart Mobility for Dubai – spreading happiness
  • Smart travel choices through RTA smart apps
  • Smart city projects of RTA – highlighting a few examples

Abdulla Ali Al-Madani, CEO, Corporate Technology Support Services, Roads & Transport Authority Dubai

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PANEL: Exploring the future of smart mobility

  • How will urban transport evolve in the next 5 years?
  • How can ITS technology be leveraged to deliver smart mobility?
  • How can transport data be used to create new public services and tools?
  • What is the potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to meet the diverse transport needs of citizens?


Abdulla Ali Al-Madani, CEO, Corporate Technology Support Services, Roads & Transport Authority Dubai

Projjal Dutta, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York

Sami Pippuri, CTO, MaaS Global




Enabling Smart Energy communities

  • Examining the global megatrends turning the energy world upside down
  • Providing insights into LichtBlick’s VPP (Virtual Power Plant)
  • Enabling tenants to benefit from solar energy
  • Energy sharing in communities and smart cities

Dieter Waffel, CEO, AllMerus Energy 

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Engaging Great Britain in smart energy

  • The smart meter rollout in Great Britain
  • Examining how the national campaign is engaging consumers
  • Supporting everyone through the installation process
  • Driving behaviour change in energy use

Rob Smith, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Smart Energy GB



CASE STUDY: IoT-based healthcare services and incubation project

  • Providing current status and trends on global IoT healthcare products, platforms and services
  • Providing an overview on IoT-based healthcare services and incubation project of Daegu City, Korea
  • Addressing IoT and healthcare standards, and strategy for building open healthcare platform
  • Introducing IoT-based healthcare services using open healthcare platform and big data analytics

Jong-Tae Park, Professor, Kyungpook National University & Director, IoT-based Healthcare Services and Incubation Project, Daegu City


      CXO PANEL: The Smart City of the future

  • What trends are emerging around the smart cities movement?
  • How will smart city technology evolve?
  • How will IoT impact smart city development?
  • What services would make cities more sustainable and viable for the future?
  • What will the open smart city interoperability environment look like?
  • How will smart city ecosystems develop?

Jessie Adcock, Chief Digital Officer, City of Vancouver

Jong-Sung Hwang, Vice President, ICT Policy Group, National Information Society Agency (Korea)

Shawn Slack, Chief Information Officer, City of Mississauga

Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)


Jessie Adcock

Jessie Adcock

Chief Innovation and CIO

  • City of Vancouver

Jessie Adcock is the Chief Digital Officer and CIO for the City of Vancouver where she is leading a multi-year digital transformation strategy with goals for enhancing citizen services and engagement; improving the City’s technology infrastructure and helping create opportunity for the digital economy.

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Prior to transitioning from the financial services industry into the public sector in 2013, she was a technology, marketing and digital professional who worked in high-tech globally. Jessie previously held a series of senior roles in global marketing and IT at HSBC, including responsibilities for developing and implementing global digital strategies, application development, and online service delivery for consumer and business markets. She also has a wealth of experience working in the telecommunications sector and has worked with multiple global agencies and Fortune 500 brands over the course of her career.

Martin Alalu

Martin Alalu

Open Government Director

  • Buenos Aires Province Government, Argentina

Since January 2016 he´s leading the open data initiative at the biggest federal state in Argentina. For the last 3 years he was part of the Innovation and Open Data team at Buenos Aires City Government.

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He leaded the Open Data Plan which commited all ministries to release data following the open data standards. He graduated for Politics at Buenos Aires University (UBA) and has experience on innovation and data projects for the public sector.

Ger Baron

Ger Baron

Chief Technology Officer

City of Amsterdam

Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam, started starting his professional career at Accenture.

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There, Mr. Baron worked as an analyst in the consulting department for two years. After this start in the consultancy. In 2007, Ger started working with the Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) as project manager to develop projects in the field of Sustainability and ICT. The Amsterdam Innovation Motor is an organization that stimulates the innovation climate for companies, knowledge institutes and local governments within the Amsterdam region. In this role, Ger was responsible for establishing the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and initiated several projects in public-private partnerships. Amongst these projects, several were focused on developing Smart Cities. Amsterdam Smart City organizes projects in which different organizations and institutions collaborate together to save energy, reduce traffic congestion and solve other city challenges. These projects are developed and tested within Amsterdam. Currently Ger serves as the first CTO of Amsterdam responsible for innovation and making the city future proof. Ger is also president of the City Protocol Initiative. 

Igor Calzada

Igor Calzada

Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow in Urban Transformations

  • University of Oxford

Dr Igor Calzada MBA ( is an inter-disciplinary academic entrepeneur in critical social sciences working as Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow and Policy Adviser at the University of Oxford (UK), Urban Transformations and Future of Cities. In addition, he holds a Lecturer position in the MSc in Global Sustainable Cities at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

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Similarly, he has been recently appointed Visiting Research Fellow 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (Belgium). Since 2002, he has been lecturer, project manager and researcher in the field of social innovation at the following universities: Birmingham (UK), Nevada (USA), Helsinki (Finland) and Mondragon (Spain). His main research interest concerns comparing social, economic and technologic, democratic and politically innovative processes in Smart City-Regions by paying special attention to regional and metropolitan governance devolution cases. He focuses on investigating City-Region ( and Smart City benchmarking case studies internationally through the application of qualitative and action research methods. At the moment, he is in charge of the european urban transformation ESRC portfolio strategy (Big/Open Data, Urban Living Labs, Social Innovation and Economic Resilience) by working on REPLICATE lighthouse Smart City project funded by European Commission and advising regional governments and firms. He is currently delivering keynote conferences on the critical research and policy agenda of Smart Cities in China, Brazil, South Africa and Europe. He has contributed to the critical but constructive discourse of the Smart City with the popular article published in the Journal of Urban Technology entitled ‘Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City’.He carried out his PhD in Business & Territorial Development in the USA. His background is applied social and political science and MBA.

Projjal 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.

Zayd Ebrahim

Zayd Ebrahim

Urban Strategist

  • City of Johannesburg

Zayd Ebrahim is an urban strategist with working for the City of Joburg specializing in urban strategy, policy and research.

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He is a co-author of Johannesburg Growth and Development Strategy, coordinated the innovative Strategy Outreach Process in 2011 and is currently coordinating the City of Johannesburg’s Metropolis Initiative known as the Johannesburg Caring Cities Initiative that will conclude at the end of 2016. He also undertakes important strategic projects that inform policy directives for the long term future of the City.

Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher

Business Development Manager

  • Kmi, The Open University

Alan brings over 20 years commercial experience to the HE sector and uses this experience to bridge the gap between academia and commerce by translating research validated thinking and prototyping into real world applications.

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Alan is currently working in Smart City, Learning Analytics, and Technology Enhanced Learning in prison. Alan is a member of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities, a member of the MK:Smart Executive Board, a member of the Milton Keynes Future City Programme executive and an active speaker in the UK and wider Smart City and IoT circuit.

Masoud Ghandehari

Masoud Ghandehari

Associate Professor

  • New York University

Masoud Ghandehari serves on the Faculty of engineering at New York University, and is Head of the Urban Observatory at the Center for Urban Science and Progress.

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His academic research has focused on the application of advanced instrumentation and data analysis, targeting aging, health and performance of physical systems. Through the application of sensing, observations and system assessment, he is developing methodologies that generates multi-scale data on the physical, environmental and human systems. This work is aimed at developing novel approaches for understanding the condition, interdependencies, and wellbeing of cities and its inhabitants. Masoud is the founding investigator of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storm Events, and founder of Chromosense LLC, supported by The National Institute of Health, for innovation in environmental sensing.

Juanjo Hierro

Juanjo Hierro


  • Telefonica (IoT and Smart Cities platform)

Juanjo Hierro is CTO of the Unit in charge of the development of Telefonica’s IoT and Smart Cities platform. This role is combined with his position as Coordinator and Chief Architect of FIWARE, the open platform supported by the public and private partnership between the European Commission and several ICT players worldwide.

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JHis leading role in several open source projects and open source initiatives has allowed him to gain a deep understanding about the open source phenomena and the implications/challenges of creating an open source community. He has participated as invited expert in several workshops and workgroups organized by the European Commission regarding the technological objectives of the EU Research Framework Program. He is also a member of several Advisory Councils, such as the IMDEA Software Institute of Madrid and the Spanish node of ICT Labs.

Shawn Slack

Nigel Jacob


  • Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (Boston, MA)

Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall.

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He was also previously the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, is currently a board member at organizations such as Code For America and coUrbanize, and is an Executive-in-Residence at Boston University.
Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend.
This ground breaking work has earned Nigel a number of awards including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine, a Whitehouse Champion of Change and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.

Frédérique Macarez


City of Saint-Quentin (France)

Graduated with a BA in Social and Political Sciences (Sciences Po Lille) and a MBA in Management Communication (Roubaix), Mayor Macarez started her political career in 2000 as task officer for former Senator and Mayor of Saint-Quentin Pierre André.

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She was then appointed as chief of the office of the City and the Urban Community in 2004. Following Deputy and Mayor Bertrand’s election, Macarez became Deputy-Mayor of Saint-Quentin and Vice-President of the Saint-Quentin Urban community, in charge of the security & economic development portfolio. Elected on January, 14th 2016, she is the city’s first female mayor. Mayor Macarez has prioritized aiding in job creation, especially youth employment, ensuring safety and the development of grassroots democracy.

Torri Martin

Torri Martin

Director of SMARTATL

  • City of Atlanta

Torri Martin is currently the Director of SMARTATL, an office in the Department Atlanta Information Management (AIM). The mission is to advance and implement smart city initiatives throughout the City of Atlanta.

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 Mr. Martin has a vast array of professional experience as a former White House Intern for the Obama Administration, overseeing the technology operations for the District of Colombia Public schools, and serving as Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Fairburn, Georgia.
Mr. Martin joined the City of Atlanta in June of 2015 as a Senior Project Manager in the Mayor’s Office of Innovation Delivery and Performance but was quickly promoted to be the Interim Director of the Fiber Atlanta Services Team. Now as the Director of newly formed SMARTATL, he is responsible for centralizing the City of Atlanta’s Smart City Strategy and ensuring that the infrastructure to support SMARTATL is in place.

Mr. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University. He is a Certified Public Manager and is currently working towards a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall School of Law. Mr. Martin is a native of Dublin, Georgia and currently resides with his wife, LaTasha, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rob Meikle

Rob Meikle

Chief Information Officer

  • City of Toronto, Ontario Canada

Rob Meikle is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Toronto. In his role as CIO, Rob provides visionary leadership for the delivery of flexible and integrated information and communication technology solutions that enable and drive Service Excellence.

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Rob is a strategic business leader who is innovative and results driven with a proven track record of 20+ years experience planning, developing, and implementing award winning global business and technology solutions in the private, public and not for profit sector. He has received globally recognition for his visionary leadership and ability to maximize the potential of teams to achieve transformational results. Rob became the first Canadian municipal CIO to be named on the prestigious global CIO 100 honoree list. In addition, he has received the Global Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leadership Award and the National Government (GTEC) Next Generation Leadership Award. Prior to the City of Toronto Rob was the Chief Information Officer at the City of Brampton and has held various leadership roles in the private sector including Global Operations, Customer Service, Marketing, eBusiness and Information Technology. Rob is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and holds an Honours BMath in Computer Science & Business Administration. He holds a Masters Certificate – IT Executive Leadership Development from Ryerson University.

Tinashe Mushayanyama

Director of Strategic Information

City of Johannesburg

Tinashe Mushayanyama, the Director of Strategic Information for the City of Joburg, is responsible for, among other things, the City’s strategic information research and the analysis of big data for improved decision-making in strategy development, policy formulation, review and coordination.

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He graduated with Master of Science in Agricultural Economics (First Class) and received numerous academic accolades in the field of economics and statistics. He has strong qualitative and quantitative research skills that include development of tools & techniques; application & manipulation of data management programmes. He is also currently an Advisor to the World Council of City Data headquartered in Toronto, Canada – where he led the City of Johannesburg to its first ISO International Standard on City Indicators.

Jongtae Park

Jongtae Park

Professor of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Kyungpook National University, Korea

He is a director of Daily Healthcare Demonstration Complex Construction Agency (DHC), which is sponsored by Korea government for developing and deploying IoT-based healthcare services and platform in Korea

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He received Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and previously worked at AT&T Bell Labs in the United States. He has founded the Committee of Korean Network Operations and Management (KNOM) in the Korean Institute of Communication Sciences, and served as chair of the Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure of IEEE Communication Society. He was a general chair for APNOMS97, a general chair for ICC 2002 Symposium and a co-chair for Globecom2002 Symposium on Global Service Portability and Infrastructure. He has also served as a standing committee member for APNOMS, and advisory board member for IEEE/IFIP NOMS and IM. He has published more than 200 journals and articles in the areas of network management, and distributed systems. He current research interest is in the areas of Internet of Things and healthcare convergence technology. He has also served as a member of special committee of Korea Communications Commission.

Sigit Hadi Prayoga, ST MTI

Vice Chairman of SmartCity Nusantara Task Force, Dept Synergy


Sigit Hadi Prayoga is an Enterprise Solution Architect with broad experience working in some projects in PT. TELKOM. Experiences also involve several competencies which primarily related to strategic planning, formulation and analysis as well as system analyst in software engineering areas.

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Good skill in English and become a very collaborative partner among foreign experts in Information and Telecommunication Industry Joint Research & Development, such as NTT, NTT Data, SK-Tel Korea, TM R&D, etc. Currently now working as Vice Chairman of SmartCity Nusantara, a Task Force developed by TELKOM to get more intense market penetration of TELKOM’s SmartCity Solutions in Indonesia. In paralel, I also work as Alliance & Acquisition Integration Engine Leader in PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (PT TELKOM), whereas the main job to define, select and analyze potential partners for cooperation. With quickly adapt and networking skills, I’m capable of organizing multiple projects involving internal department and external unit, sometimes in a very limited time and budget. Actively as a Speaker in Regional ICT Serminar and Workshop. Currently as a member in Bandung SmartCity Council.

Sarma Rajaraman

Chief Information Officer

  • Brisbane City Council

Sarma Rajaraman was appointed Chief Information Officer of Brisbane City Council, the largest local government in Australia, in October 2013.

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In this role he leads the development and implementation of strategies for all ICT services, industry collaboration and ICT innovation for an organisation with diverse businesses and functions, while ensuring Council achieves the best value for money from its ICT expenditure. Prior to his appointment at Council Sarma held the Chief Information Officer role at Aurora Energy and Genworth Financial, and has also been involved with various organisations as an advisory partner. He has 21+ years of experience across the energy, retail and financial services industry sectors. Labelled as a “Driver of Change” by The Australian, Sarma has been renowned for his successful efforts at cost optimisation and operational productivity. He has been responsible for the setup and execution of technology as a shared service model,where he managed to consolidate and integrate a number of federated IT departments and functions with common standards and processes. Sarma holds a Masters in General Management from Macquarie University.

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Chief Information Officer

City of Palo Alto

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors.

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In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.

Jagdish Salgaonkar

Jagdish Salgaonkar

Senior Vice President


Mr. Salgaonkar has 36 years of diversified experience in all facets of infrastructure planning, engineering, design, construction and management. He has held executive and management positions advising public and private sector clients in the USA, UK, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

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Jagdish completed his Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Mumbai; Masters in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and his MBA from University of South Florida, USA. Jagdish is currently the Senior Vice President for AECOM and heads the mega infrastructure projects including Smart Cities in India. Jagdish is currently Program Director for Dholera SIR, India’s first Greenfield, smart and sustainable industrial city being built as part of the USD 100 Billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor. Jagdish is a registered Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.) in USA; a Board Certified specialist by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) and certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA. He is a recognized expert and public speaker with over three dozen publications and presentations to his credit. He has also been recognized with the President’s Award for his pioneering work in sustainable development by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, USA.

Alkesh Kumar Sharma

Alkesh Kumar Sharma

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

  • Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited

The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is being developed by the Government of India as a global manufacturing and investment destination by setting up 24 investment regions supported by the world-class infrastructure and enabling policy framework.

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The project is aimed at the development of futuristic, smart industrial cities in India which will converge and integrate technology across sectors. In addition to new cities, the project envisages development of infrastructure linkages like dedicated power plants, assured water supply, high capacity transportation, logistics facilities, and skill development programmes. Mr. Sharma has experience of nearly 30 years in tourism, industries, infrastructure, investment promotion and urban development sectors. He belongs to the Indian Administrative Service.

Zohar Sharon

Zohar Sharon

Chief Knowledge Officer

  • City of Tel Aviv

Since 2006, Zohar has served as director of the Municipal Knowledge Administration in the Tel Aviv Municipality. He is responsible for making professional knowledge in the municipality accessible for the benefit of improving municipal services.

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The municipality’s foundation ofUrban Knowledge serves as a platform for provision of municipal services in service centrals and in municipal units by documenting ongoing information and professional knowledge and by establishing many information sites for use by all municipal workers. In addition, Zohar is responsible for the infrastructure for citizen-centred information management for the ongoing management of the municipality’s website, for initiating, leading and managing the municipal e-government program for creating online services for residents and for management of the “Digitel” project. The “Digitel” Project makes services accessible to residents by providing them with personalized information and benefits with the option of performing on-line tasks in a personal area, and with a mail service. Between the years 2000-2005, Zohar served as director of Planning, Information and Evaluation in the Social Services Division of the Tel-Aviv Municipality, where he coordinated yearly work plans, led planning and implementation teams, and established the Social Portal- information and knowledge management system for theuse of municipal social service workers.

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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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.

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.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Smart Energy GB

Rob leads the policy development and stakeholder engagement programmes. He has over 15 years experience in communications.

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Before joining Smart Energy GB, Rob spent seven years at Network Rail, latterly leading the national public affairs team. Prior to that he was responsible for communications on projects such as Crossrail 2, major station redevelopments and the company’s government relations during the 2012 London Olympics. Rob started his career in the European Parliament before working in the charity sector and at the Local Government Association.

Jagdish Salgaonkar

Monsieur Christian Tordo

General Manager

  • Texas Instruments

Monsieur Christian Tordo has been General Manager of the French subsidiary of Texas Instruments from 1994 to 2013. He joined Texas Instruments in 1977 and his duties have included Financial Responsibility for the French subsidiary and the European Organisation.

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JHe joined Texas Instruments in 1977 and his duties have included Financial Responsibility for the French subsidiary and the European Organisation. He also holds several responsibilities at regional level as President of the non profitable organisation named Telecoms Valley, centered in the Sophia Antipolis Science Parks from 1997 to 1999. He also was elected President of UPE 06 – MEDEF 06 , the French Association of Industry leaders from 2004 to 2006. He is also member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Nice Côte d’Azur and member of the Supervisory Board of the Côte d’Azur Saving Bank (CECAZ). Since December 2009, he is President of the board of the EPA-EcoValley (Etablissement Public d’Amenagement) i.e. sustainable development project. From March 2008 to March 2014, he was Deputy Mayor of Nice in charge of Finance and Economy, and Deputy President of Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis in charge of Economic Development. Since April 2014, he is in charge for both the City of Nice and the NCA Metropolis for Economic Development, Employment, Industry and Digital Innovation. From 2015 February in charge of Urbanism and Real Estate matters.


Heinz Dieter Waffel


AllMerus Energy Ltd

Dieter is the CEO of AllMerus Energy Ltd („AllMerus“). He is a co-founder of AllMerus in 2002, a clean energy company based in London, principally active in wind power, solar power and technology, geothermal power, stationary storage, and bioenergy project development, operations, and portfolio management.

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He first spent 21 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority (“TVA”), where he was a Senior Manager. Dieter ran the 30 GW wholesale power operations, and established the TVA wholesale power trading hub. From 1998 he then served as Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Executive Management Board of Preussen Elektra and consequently E.ON Energie AG, where he was responsible for commercial operations. He also served as Managing Director of E.ON Sales and Trading where he established trading as a core competency and established E.ON Trading as a key participant in the European energy market. Dieter was instrumental in the creation of the EEX, and the subsequent pending merger of the EEX with the Leipzig Power Exchange (LPX). He actively serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EEII AG, Zug, Switzerland, a publicly traded, Swiss based energy company, as Chairman of Fieldgate Capital Partners, London, and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Lichtblick SE, a Hamburg based renewable energy company. Dieter previously held positions as the Chairman of the Council of the European Energy Exchange (EEX), as a member of its Supervisory Board, as well as, the Chairman of the energy trading steering committee for the Organisation of German Electricity Companies (VDEW). He was also Chairman of Spectrum Power, Hyderabad, India, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Solarion AG, Leipzig, Chairman of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) national Powercoach User Group, and member of the Chicago Board of Trade’s (CBOT) Electricity Futures Advisory Committee.


Ken Wei


Centre Director (China)

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)

Ken Wei was appointed as the 1st Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Beijing and Centre Director (China), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore in October 2015.

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He is responsible for driving bi-lateral collaborations between China and Singapore in the infocomm technology sector, and facilitating bi-lateral partnerships as well as spearheading investment opportunities between the industries in both countries.

Ken has over 20 years of diverse infocomm management experience spanning both private and public sectors that include hospitality, healthcare, media, logistics and human resources.   He started his career as a software engineer for a hospitality software company and progressed to be the Vice President, Marketing of Catcha Group, a diverse media group listed in the Malaysian bourse before joining IDA as the Senior Manager for E-Commerce 2001.   

While at IDA, he has initiated several nationwide initiatives that aim to help to transform the infocomm, trade & logistics industries.  Highlights of some key projects include Infocomm Industry Productivity Roadmap, the TradeXchange initiative, the E-SCM Assessment Programme, and the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Programe. 

In between his stints at IDA, Ken was also the Centre Manager for the Neptune Orient Lines (新加坡东方海皇集团) Advanced Technology Centre and was responsible for the evaluation, pilot and recommendation of new technologies for NOL and its customers.  He also represented NOL in several global technology standard bodies such as the EPCglobal and World Shipping Council’s IT Committee.  To share his passion for infocomm, Ken is also an adjunct lecturer for Information Systems at the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI). 

Ken holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computing & Information Science from Queen’s University, Canada and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of Surrey, UK.  He is married with 2 kids. 


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.