Speakers 2017

Influencers and innovators from the Smart City community come together to discuss how we can shape the cities of the future.


Bettina Warburg
Co-Founder of Animal Ventures

Robert Muggah
Research Director and Co-founder of Igarapé Institute

Dr. Joan Clos
Executive Director of UN-Habitat
Say hello to the decentralized economy - Blockchain, AI, and IoT are about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of complex (and confusing) technologies, Bettina Warburg describes how three forces (Blockchain, AI, and IoT) will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.
The Rise of the Decentralized Economy16th November
11:15 - 11:45
The planet is facing monumental threats including climate change, inequality, migration, pandemics and terrorism. Yet, at precisely the moment collective action is most urgently needed, international and national institutions are stumbling. By contrast, cities are humanity's most realistic hope for survival. Drawing on a breathtaking new data visualization, Robert Muggah will highlight the most urgent threats facing cities around the world and ways that cities design in resilient to mitigate their effects.
From Fragile to Resilient Cities15th November
10:00 - 10:30
He is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. From 1990 to 1994, he was the Deputy Mayor in charge of finance and budgeting, playing a key role in preparations for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. At the international level, in 1998 Dr. Clos was elected President of Metropolis, the international network of cities. Two years later, he was elected President of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities (WACLAC). Dr. Clos received a number of awards, including a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona. In 2002, he won the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for encouraging global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations.
14th November
12:45 - 13:15

Inspirational talks

Gilles Babinet
Digital Champion of France
Jason Roberts
Founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority and the Better Block Project

Geoff Mulgan
CEO of Nesta
He works to push innovation through education. As a multi-entrepreneur, he has created 9 companies since 1989 in various areas of activity. He was the elected president of the French National Digital Council (CNN), from 2011 to 2012. The Council is in charge of advising the government on digital economy and new technology. Under his presidency, it focused on Government reform programs to boost competitiveness. The CNN was specially committed to the development of e-education, innovation funding and open-data. He was appointed French Digital Champion in 2012 by Fleur Pellerin, French minister of digital technologies, and works with Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner in charge of digital technologies. This function is the follow up of his former position as president of the French National Digital Council (CNN).

16th November
9:45 - 10:00
How can we drive change in our communities and move past unproductive committees, low community engagement, and outdated regulation? In this funny, smart, energetic, and breathless talk, arts activist Jason Roberts of the Better Block Project encourages us to stop waiting around. Even if that means painting in our own crosswalks, bringing in our own trees, building our own cafes, and blackmailing ourselves into action. 
Building Better Communities from the Bottom-Up14th November
13:15h - 13:45h
Geoff Mulgan will talk about the next steps of the smart city agenda, that is complementing advances in the coordination of hardware (transport, energy, water, and including AVs and drones) with new ways of harnessing the creativity and knowledge of citizens to solve problems, new ways of harnessing entrepreneurial energy to generate new solutions, and new ways of amplifying the intelligence of citizens themselves.
How Can Cities Amplify Their Collective Intelligence?15th November
16:45h - 17:15h


Aisha Bin Bishr
Director General - Smart Dubai Office
Ada Colau
Mayor - Barcelona City Council
Ani Dasgupta
Global Director - Ross Center for Sustainable Cities at World Resources Institute
Karine Dognin-Sauze
Vice President, Innovation, Smart City and Digital - Métropole de Lyon
Christophe Ferrari
President - Metropole de Grenoble
Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez
Senior Director Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience Global
Practice - World Bank Group
Miguel Gamiño
CIO - City of New York
Cheong Koon Hean
Chief Executive Officer - Housing & Development Board, Singapore Government
Mitchell Kosny
Associate Director and Professor - School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Adriana Krácová
Mayor - City of Prague
Eugenie L. Birch
Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research & Education - Penn University
Peter Marland
Mayor - Milton Keynes Council
Mohammad Mentek
Secretary General - Ministry of Urban Wellbeing Housing and Local Government of Malaysia
Jeff Merritt
Director of Innovation - City of New York
Paola Pisano
Deputy Mayor - City of Turin
Gerardo Pisarello
First Deputy Mayor - Barcelona City Council
Christian Rickerts
State Secretary - Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprise, Berlin City Council
Didier Sagashya
City Manager - Kigali City, Rwanda
Ilona Simpson
Associate Partner - MHP, A Porsche Company
Tri Tismaharini
Mayor - City of Surabaya, Indonesia
Hamadoun Touré
Executive Director - Smart Africa Alliance
Dimitri Zenghelis
Head of Climate Policy - Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

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