Ahmad Rafay Alam
Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environmental lawyer practicing in Lahore, Pakistan. He has served as Chairman of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (the largest distribution utility in Pakistan) and currently serves as the Chairman of the Lahore Waste Management Company, Vice Chairman of the Government of Punjab Urban Unit, Vice President of the Pakistan Environmental Lawyers Association, and General Secretary of the Public Interest Litigation Association of Pakistan. He also appears as Amicus Curiae before the Lahore High Court and is currently the Secretary of the High Court's River Ravi and Fire Safety Commissions. On the weekends, he organizes Critical Mass Lahore, a cycling group aimed at raising awareness about sustainable transport (the initiative has spawned other groups in Karachi and Islamabad). You can follow him on Twitter at @rafay_alam.
David is a design director with expertise ranging from concept to delivery across multiple typologies. He has lived and worked in the UK, Europe, and the Middle East. His commitment to sustainability is intrinsic to his design approach. As a result he has worked on many award-winning projects including the new Siemens Headquarters at Masdar City in the UAE, which won the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Office Award and will be one of the first LEED Platinum buildings in the region. David was a Diploma Unit Master at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London for five years and remains actively engaged with both architectural teaching and theory.
Rachel Armstrong is a Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. She is also a 2010 Senior TED Fellow and Visiting Research Assistant at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. She is a medical doctor with qualifications in general practice, a multimedia producer, a science fiction author, and an arts collaborator whose current research explores the possibilities of architectural design and mythologies about new technology.
Rachel is currently collaborating with international scientists and architects to explore cutting-edge, sustainable technologies by developing "metabolic materials" in an experimental setting. These materials possess some of the properties of living systems and couple artificial structures to natural ones, to replace the energy they draw from the environment, respond to the needs of their populations, and eventually become regarded as "alive" in the same way that we think about parks or gardens. Since metabolic materials are made from terrestrial chemistry, they are not exclusive to First World countries and have the potential to transform urban environments worldwide.
Cany Ash is a founder partner of Ash Sakula Architects. Before setting up the practice in 1994 she worked for Green Market in New York, Leon Wolhage in Berlin, DEGW, and the GLC Architects Department in London. She is an RIBA competitions Advisor, an RIBA Stirling Prize jury member, a Design Council CABE Enabler, and a Client Design Advisor in education. Cany is an external examiner at Cambridge University and a visiting critic at East London, North London, and Greenwich Universities, and at the Bartlett and the AA. Jointly with Robert Sakula she leads all Ash Sakula's projects, with particular interests in education, open space, and regeneration.
Kathleen Bakewell is a New York-based, registered landscape architect with a Master's in landscape architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2002 and now holds specialties in Neighborhood Development and Building Design and Construction. Kathleen is the Founder and Executive Director of BioCities, a non-profit organization dedicated to urban ecosystems with a specific interest in the interdependence and linkages between humans and nature. BioCities promotes urban agriculture through its built work and the educational series, The Transforming Cities Project, which launched its premier event, "How Food Systems Shape Cities: Ecological and Economic Perspectives" in New York City in May 2012. Among BioCities' proposed built projects is its Symbiotic Farm – a metrics-driven, soil-based, rooftop farm in collaboration with a proprietary hydroponic growing facility, set in an incubator space operating within an industrial symbiosis framework, currently in development. Kathleen is also the Founding Principal of Brook Farm Group, a landscape architecture firm in New York City, which recently completed a habitat green roof for New York University. She serves on the Board of Advisors for FarmingUp, a rooftop farm and food research initiative and is a Founding Director of Our Growing Place, a children's food growing and cooking program piloted at Gracie Mansion in 2010. She is active in the local sitopian ("food-place") green design communities. She has taught and lectured widely on high-performance landscapes, ecological infrastructure, and urban agriculture at Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Yale, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Leaving life in the military to join the tech news industry four years ago, Sylvie has never looked back, having worked for popular tech sites such as the Inquirer, Hexus, Tech Eye, and TG Daily. She currently holds the position of West Coast reporter for EE Times. Her expertise embraces knowledge of hardware and software, wireless tech, semiconductors, chips, consumer electronics, multimedia, gadgets, Web 2.0, smartphones, digital convergence, business IT, and military tech.
Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement; and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. An internationally renowned political theorist, he brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, globalization, culture, and education in America and abroad. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the US (President Clinton, Howard Dean) and around the world (Germany, UK, Libya, Italy).
Benjamin Barber's 17 books include the classic Strong Democracy (1984) reissued in 2004 in a 20th anniversary edition; the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld (1995 with a Post 9/11 Edition in 2001, translated into 30 languages) and most recently Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, published by W.W. Norton & Co. in March 2007 (10 foreign editions). His upcoming book, If Mayors Ruled the World, will be published by Yale University Press in 2013.
Barber's honors include a knighthood (Palmes Academiques/Chevalier) from the French Government (2001), the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin (2001), and the John Dewey Award (2003). He has also been awarded Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Social Science Research Fellowships, honorary doctorates from Grinnell College, Monmouth University, and Connecticut College, and has held the chair of American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
He blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and writes for The Nation, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, The American Prospect, Le Nouvel Observateur, Die Zeit, La Repubblica, El País, and The Guardian. He was a founding editor and for 10 years editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly, Political Theory. He holds a certificate from the London School of Economics and an MA and Doctorate from Harvard University.
Barber appears often on television, including CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, the Tavis Smiley Show, Bill Moyers Journal, Charlie Rose, and GRITtv. With Patrick Watson he wrote the prize-winning 10-part PBS/BBC series, The Struggle for Democracy, and contributed to the British series, Greek Fire. He wrote and narrated the film, Music Inn, featured at the Tribeca and Munich film festivals. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and at regional theatres, while his song lyrics for British tenor Martin Best appear on the EMI concept album, Knight on the Road. He wrote the libretto for George Quincy's opera, Home and the River, produced by Encompass in New York.
Charlie is the founder & principal of Charlie Barnhart & Associates LLC, the premier research and advisory firm focused on the electronics manufacturing industry. Additionally, he has served on the boards of directors of several privately held companies and regularly provides thought leadership to the industry via his global workshops and public speaking engagements.
He has over 30 years' experience in the electronics industry and has held executive level positions in the Fortune 500 covering virtually every aspect of the business, including; engineering, operations, sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate management. He is a prolific writer and has had hundreds of articles on outsourcing and the electronics industry published under his byline. He is also author of the Outsourcing Navigator Series, an approach and tool-set used by more than 250 electronics OEMs worldwide to formulate and manage their global outsourcing initiatives.
He took his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and has completed graduate work in International Business. In academia, Charlie has served on both management and curriculum advisory boards and as a guest lecturer and graduate mentor at the University level. He is a long-term resident and recognized professional of California's famed Silicon Valley but now splits his time and manages his business interests from Maui, Hawaii, and San Diego, California.
Ger Baron is the Cluster Manager ICT at Amsterdam Innovation Motor. He started working for the Amsterdam Innovation Motor in 2007 as a project manager and has been responsible for the creation of several projects and public-private partnerships. He is one of the leading individuals in projects associated with the growth of Amsterdam Smart City, co-created by Amsterdam Innovation Motor in 2009.
Giles Barrie joined FTI Consulting in February 2013 having been editor of Property Week since 2003.
During his time at Property Week Giles led the brand to the Professional Publishers Association Weekly Magazine of the Year award in 2007 and 2009 and to the PPA Business Media Brand of the Year title in 2012. He also led propertyweek.com to the Association of Online Publishers' Editorial Team of the Year title in 2010 and the Business Website of the Year title in 2012. Giles was named PPA Business Editor of the Year in 2009, and British Society of Magazine Editors Business Editor of the Year in 2012.
Before working for Property Week he was news editor and deputy editor of the title's sister magazine Building. Prior to this he was news editor at the architects' newspaper Building Design. Giles started as a reporter at Property Week's forerunner Estates Times in 1989, having graduated in English & History from Leeds University.
His main clients are British Land, Westfield, Hammerson, CBRE, and AECOM, while the team he leads focus on SEGRO, Capital & Counties, and LaSalle Investment Management, among others.
Terry M. Bellamy was elected to serve as Mayor of the City of Asheville, N.C., in November 2005. Since her election, she has made continuous efforts to improve city programs through lobbying state and federal legislators. Through these efforts, she successfully spearheaded an effort along with citizens to receive the United States Department of Justice's Weed and Seed site designation for the West Riverside Neighborhood. This effort has allowed the Weed and Seed area to receive two grants over the past two years for $175,000 and $200,000.
The Mayor was active at the forefront of the planning of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy. CAYLA seeks to empower youth in the area by giving them the opportunity to work in various offices with the city and county. This experience offers them great opportunities for career building and education enhancement. Each student receives approximately $7 an hour as well as $2,000 toward their NC 529 college savings fund.
Mayor Bellamy was also principle in implementing a $40 million in revenue bonds to refurbish the water line system for the long-term enhancement of community waterlines. This bond project provides upgraded material and better service.
Mayor Bellamy currently serves as a member of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, and the Metropolitan Sewage District Board. She received the honor of being appointed to the 21st Century Transportation Committee by Governor Mike Easley, was appointed to serve on the Joint Legislative Committee on Housing, and, most recently, was chosen to serve on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors.
During Mayor Bellamy's tenure, Asheville has received numerous accolades and recognitions including the city's designation as a Fit Community for 2006-2009; the Preserve America designation awarded by First Lady Laura Bush; one of the Top 25 Best Green Places by Country Home; one of the world's top 12 Must-See Destinations by Frommer's; one of the top 10 Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes; one of 50 Smart Cities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance; and the second-best Arts Destination by AmericanStyle magazine in 2008.
Rob is the founding executive director of the Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI). He is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with 14 years of direct experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy at the intersection of city planning, real estate development, economic development, and environmental policy. Before PoSI, he worked for two of North America's most innovative cities, Vancouver, BC, and Portland, Ore., and for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, where he provided technical assistance to cities throughout North America in the areas of climate change reductions and building performance policy.
At PoSI, Rob identifies and promotes next-generation urban sustainability projects in the areas of policy, leadership, and strategy. Current projects include EcoDistricts, a green neighborhood development initiative that includes five Portland pilots and a capacity building program, and Greenprint, a clean economy roadmap for the Portland metro region. Rob also founded Portland's award-winning green building program, G/Rated, and helped shape the green building and infrastructure strategies for catalytic development projects such as the Brewery Blocks (Portland), the South Waterfront (Portland), and the 2010 Olympic Village (Vancouver).
Rob was a founding board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council and was a board member of REACH Community Development, one of the Pacific Northwest's largest and most innovative nonprofit affordable housing providers. He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad on topics such as green economic development, sustainable municipal innovation, and green building policy. He holds a Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst School of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
Rab Bennetts co-founded his firm in 1987 with his partner Denise Bennetts and provides overall design direction. In common with the other Directors and Associate Directors, he takes a personal, hands-on approach and is keen to create a collaborative spirit throughout the practice's activities. He plays an active part in many aspects of the design and construction industry, including research projects, professional committees and education. Rab was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003. He is a Board member of the UK Green Building Council, a Trustee of the Design Council, and a director of Sadler's Wells Theatre.
Jeremy has been in the energy business for 30 years. He is a graduate of Oxford University where he read physics. He joined Shell in 1980 following post-graduate experience at the California Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master's degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow from 1990 to 1991.
Following experience in both research and technology process design, Jeremy worked in the areas of manufacturing economics, industry analysis, and commercial information technology. He then held line management positions coordinating commercial and production activities at a number of refinery facilities. Subsequently he became manager of corporate strategy analysis within the Corporate Centre of the Shell Group, and then led a strategic project for Shell's Exploration and Production Business.
Jeremy joined the leadership team of Shell's global commercial technology company, Shell Global Solutions in 1999, with specific responsibility for commercial and strategic developments including new business. He was subsequently appointed as Chief Executive of Shell Hydrogen. Since January 2006 he has been responsible for Shell's Global Business Environment team, which is best known for developing forward-looking scenarios to support strategic thinking and direction-setting.
Jeremy is married to an American artist, and they have three children ranging from 31 to 14 years old. He is deeply interested in theatre and passionate about encouraging young people through his church community.
Bruno Berthon is the managing director for Sustainability Services at Accenture, a group committed to helping forward-thinking organizations position sustainability as a key lever to long-term success and, ultimately, high performance. Bruno was formerly Growth and Strategy Managing Director for Management Consulting, where he gained extensive industry experience across a wide range of industries, from retail and consumer goods through to transportation and utilities. He specializes in large-scale transformation, either triggered by large M&A deals or other major operating model changes. Bruno studied Engineering and Law at Ecole Centrale in Paris and also has a Master's in Macroeconomics from La Sorbonne, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Claus Bjorn Billehřj
Claus Bjorn Billehøj is an internationally recognized authority on sustainable urban development, embracing energy, climate, and urban planning, and has extensive experience in developing tools to use for sustainable planning. Recently, he was responsible for the municipal side of the master planning of the North Harbor (Nordhavn) – the new C02-neutral district of Copenhagen, which is a development for 40,000 residents and 40,000 workspaces. Additionally, Claus Bjorn Billehøj is jointly responsible for ensuring the continued green growth in Copenhagen as the city reaches its ambitious targets on C02 neutrality in 2025. Before he came to Copenhagen, he worked as a consultant advising local authorities on sustainable planning.
Judin bin Abdul Karim
Dato' Sri Prof. Ir. Dr. Judin bin Abdul Karim is the Director-General of Works Malaysia. He obtained his B.Sc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK. In 1983, he obtained his Master's of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Southern California, USA, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the same university in 1987. He joined Public Works Department Malaysia in 1978 and had held various posts, including the posts of the President of the Professional Services Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. and the Deputy Director-General of Works II before he was appointed to his present post of Director-General of Works Malaysia in 2007. At the national level, he is currently the President of Board of Engineers Malaysia, the President of Malaysian Structural Steel Association, and also the President of Road Engineering Association Malaysia.
He is the World Road Association (PIARC) First Delegate for Malaysia as well as a PIARC Executive Committee and Council member. He sits as the Chair of PIARC Technological Exchanges and Development Commission effective January 1, 2009. In September 2009, he was elected as the President of Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA). He has authored and co-authored more than 50 papers for national and international conferences and publications.
Asit K. Biswas
Prof. Asit K. Biswas was born in Balasore, India. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, which is India´s elite engineering university. After graduation, he worked as a Civil Engineer at Ward, Ashcroft, and Parkman, Liverpool. Thereafter, he was a Research Fellow at the Loughborough University of Technology, and a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He moved to Canada in 1967 as a Visiting Professor at Queen´s University, Kingston. Later, he joined the Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources as a senior scientist. When the Government of Canada established a new Ministry of Environment, he played an important role during its formative years.
In 1974, he was invited to help in formulating the newly established United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. He spent 15 months in Nairobi under the Executive Interchange Programme of the Government of Canada. Thereafter, he continued to be the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Executive Director of UNEP, Dr. Mostafa Kamal Tolba, until his retirement in 1992. At the request of Dr. Tolba, Prof. Biswas acted as a Senior Advisor to Mr. Yehia Abdel Mageed, Secretary General of the UN Water Conference. During 1980-81, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) at Luxemburg, Austria. He spent 1981-1997 in Oxford, pursuing his research interests and advising national governments and international organizations. He chaired the Middle East Water Commission during 1993-1997.
He is the founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, which is an independent, knowledge-based think tank focusing on knowledge generation, synthesis, application, and dissemination. Under his dynamic leadership, the Centre has established a unique international identity in pursuing cutting-edge and forward-looking research. Within eight short years, by ensuring world-class research and focusing on out-of-the-box thinking, the Centre has established for itself a unique reputation in the world of water as a generator of new and innovative ideas. The work of the Centre has been published extensively in several languages by major international publishers.
Prof. Biswas was one of the most active members of the World Commission on Water. He was instrumental in establishing the International Water Resources Association and World Water Council. He has been an advisor to six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, and most major bilateral and multilateral aid organizations and 17 national governments. He is the founder of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and has been its Editor-in-Chief for the past 21 years. He has been the author or editor of 64 books (7 more are now under publication) and published more than 600 scientific and technical papers. His work has now been translated into 31 languages. Among his numerous prizes are the two highest awards of the International Water Resources Association (Crystal Drop and Millennium Award), Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering, and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology of the University of Lund, Sweden.
Prof. Biswas is married to Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, who is currently the Vice President of the International Water Resources Association. Their daughter, Andrea Lucia, is currently a student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Andrea Lucia received an award for her poster at the 2005 Stockholm Water Symposium.
Dr. Raphael Bostic is the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He has recently returned to USC after serving for three years in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. In that Senate-confirmed position, he was a principal advisor to the Secretary on policy and research, with the goal of helping the Secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs, as well as budget and legislative proposal. Bostic led an interdisciplinary team of 150 which had expertise in all policy areas of importance to the department, including housing, housing finance, rental assistance, community development, economic development, sustainability, and homelessness, among others. During his tenure and with his leadership, PD&R funded more than $150 million in new research, became an important advisory voice on departmental budget and prioritization decisions, and reestablished its position as a thought leader on policies associated with housing and urban development.
Dr. Bostic arrived at USC in 2001, where he served as a professor in the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development. His work spans many fields including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. A particular emphasis has been on how the private, public, and non-profit sectors interact to influence household access to economic and social amenities. His work has appeared in the leading economic, public policy, and planning journals. He was Director of USC's Master of Real Estate Development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast. Prior to that, he worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned him a Special Achievement Award.
In an earlier stint at HUD, Dr. Bostic served as a special assistant to Susan Wachter when she served as the Assistant Secretary for PD&R. He earned his PhD in Economics from Stanford University and his BA from Harvard University.
As President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Sept. 2011 – 2013), Angela champions sustainable design and the value that quality architecture brings to our daily lives. She promotes the best of British architecture and sustainable design on a world stage and speaks at conferences worldwide. Well known as a TV broadcaster, with series such as The Home Show and Building the Dream, Angela is passionate about bringing architecture to the public, so that we can all engage with our built environment. She is a regular debater and contributor to TV and radio shows on architecture. She is a director of Brady Mallalieu Architects, an award-winning private practice based in London since 1987 that specializes in contemporary sustainable design. She is a past advisor to English Heritage, CABE, and the LDA.
Martyn Briggs leads the mobility research programme within the automotive and transportation practice at Frost & Sullivan. His broad research and consulting background covers new automotive business models such as carsharing, sustainable transport solutions, new mobility solutions such as Personal Rapid Transit, and all forms of Urban Mobility. Connect with Martyn via email firstname.lastname@example.org,LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/pub/martyn-briggs/24/346/76b, or Twitter @BriggsMartyn.
Chris is Chief Executive of the Igloo Regeneration development team. He is a Director of Isis Waterside Regeneration (a joint venture between Igloo, British Waterways, and Muse that regenerates brownfield waterside sites around the UK) and also of Blueprint (Igloo's public/private partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency that undertakes sustainable mixed-use regeneration in the East Midlands). Chris has been a member of the government's Urban Sounding Board, director of BURA, chair of the RICS Regeneration panel, a CABE Regional Design Ambassador, member of the Princes Foundation projects panel, the Regen-Now Centre of Excellence Steering Group, and the A6 Single Regeneration Budget Board, and advisor to The Castleford Project, Channel 4's TV series on regeneration. He was recently a witness to the House of Commons select committee on Regeneration.
Patricia Brown is an urban affairs professional, expert in understanding the dynamics of cities, enabling partnerships and projects to make cities better places. Formerly Chief Executive of Central London Partnership, the public private partnership for the center of London, she is now Director of Central, her own company, advising clients both in the UK and overseas on built environment matters and strategic connections. In addition, Patricia has established a small not-for-profit, promoting legacy from the 2012 Olympics in central London.
Her prior experience includes being the Director of Information at London's inward investment agency (now Think London) and PR Manager at London Research Centre. She is a Trustee at the Borough Market and Board member of LIFT and the Geffrye Museum. Patricia received the International Downtown Association for Outstanding Leadership, for the Business Improvement District (BID) program, 2005.
Carolyn is the Ernst & Young Global Life Sciences Market Leader responsible for serving global life sciences companies with assurance, advisory, tax, and transaction solutions. She is responsible for E&Y's strategy, thought leadership, resourcing, learning, and solution development to best serve clients in the Life Sciences Industry. She has served in various capacities on internal management committees at E&Y and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Carolyn is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, teaching Management and Gender. She also serves in a variety of capacities in the area of advancing women's leadership. She has co-authored several HBR publications and frequently speaks at events on the topic of women's leadership and empowerment. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, she spent 17 years in lending, investment banking, consulting, and government service where she was involved in a diverse range of capital market activities for both public and private companies in a wide variety of industries. She started her career working for the US State Department in the Soviet Union, stationed in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Moscow. Carolyn is the proud parent of Frank, Nina, Jacob, Nathan, and son-in-law Tom and has a new grandson, Jamie.
I am an architecture graduate from the University of Liverpool UK. I was awarded the universities first Sustainability Prize for my final year thesis on green schools design and have a passionate interest in greening our cities through natural infrastructure nertworks.
I am also interested in how businesses can become more sustainable through behaviour change and how government can help stimulate this change through policy and pro sustainability agendas.
I am hoping to study a Masters in Sustainable Development at UWE Bristol university in September 2013 and have begun a blog called urbanecological.blogspot.com that aims to provoke debate about how urban environments can become more sustainable and healthy.
I have been a conservation volunteer for the National Trust in the UK for ten years being involved with stakeholder groups regarding climate change in sensitive coastal locations such as the EU protected Sefton Coastline near Liverpool.
As Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Columbus, Ohio, Miki Calero established the Enterprise Security Risk Management program that protects the 15th largest city in the nation. Under his leadership, the program was recognized with a CSO40 award for groundbreaking business value through innovative application of risk and security concepts, and ranked 16th in the Security 500 government sector.
In 2012, Miki was named one of the Most Influential People in Security, for his vision of physical and information security convergence, a unified approach to security he relentlessly promotes as frequent speaker at national events and writer for security publications.
Miki's 23-year leadership career spans the private and public sectors, and includes pre-IPO and Fortune 500 companies, and federal and local governments. His experience encompasses information system security, facilities security, and protection of physical assets, and critical infrastructure, at strategic and global levels, and in tactical and operational capacities.
A US Army Major and aviator, Miki earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Master of Arts in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University.
Miki has been designated a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Barbara A. Campagna
Barbara grew up in Buffalo, receiving an architecture degree from SUNY at Buffalo and a Master's in historic preservation from Columbia University. She was the first Executive Director of the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier in Buffalo, ran her own architecture firm for many years in NYC, served as the Regional Historic Preservation Officer for the Northwest Region of the General Services Administration, and from 2006-2011 was the Chief Architect for the 29 historic sites operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is the recipient of the National AIA Young Architect of the Year Award 2002 and was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2009. She was the co-founder and architectural leader of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Sustainability Program. She is the author of two books, Changing Places: ReMaking Institutional Buildings and New York State County Fairs: A History and Architectural Survey, many articles on the integration of preservation and green building practices, and a popular blog entitled "True Green Cities." Barbara started her firm in 2011, BAC/A+P, which brings together all of her experiences – as both a consultant and client – to create a firm that occupies a unique niche in both the historic preservation and green building fields. She spends her time in Buffalo, Winston-Salem, Washington, New York City, and everywhere in between. You can follow her on Twitter @Bcampagna.
Gary Carter is the Broadband Program Administrator for the City of Santa Monica, Calif. broadband initiative, Santa Monica City Net℠. The open access, community fiber optic network offers 10 Gigabit per second IP at a fraction of the cost due to its unique business model and private/public partnerships. The leading infrastructure has proved a key factor in attracting an influx of tech and gaming companies to the city local startups affectionately call "Silicon Beach". The initiative has also served as a model for other U.S. cities that recognize the need for globally competitive broadband speeds and rates as an important investment in innovation and economic growth. The network has won the InformationWeek 500 award, Public Technology Institute Award, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Ash Center Top 25 Innovations in Government.
Gary has served as project manager on consulting projects in IT, operations, and marketing for Fortune 100 companies and local governments. His current research interests include Telecom Policy, Smart Grid standardization, Economic Benefits of Utility Investment, and Energy policy. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from West Chester University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Business. He is co-chair of the Santa Monica Alliance Growth Subcommittee and a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. The thoughts, views, opinions, and writings expressed herein are solely his own.
Frank Cavallaro is CEO and Founder of Fronetics Strategic Advisors. He has over 25 years of experience in the global technology distribution, supply chain, reverse logistics, after-market services, and electronic asset disposal (EAD) industries. He has a proven track record of successful growth, restructuring, and turnaround performance, resulting in superior organizational and shareholder results. Prior to Fronetics, Frank held various leadership positions within public and privately held corporate environments as well as private equity sponsored organizations. His experience includes CEO of Converge, President of Arrow Electronics, and COO and General Manager of NECX.
With domain expertise in international management, selling strategies, sales organizations, and global operations, Frank is recognized as an industry leader with the experience, vision, and capability to motivate all levels of your organization to deliver shareholder value, customer satisfaction, and cost control in the competitive marketplaces of international technology, supply chain, and logistics.
Ann Cavoukian, PhD, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In October, 2010, regulators from around the world gathered at the annual assembly of International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, Israel, and unanimously passed a landmark Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of its three recommended practices for protecting online privacy - a major validation of its significance.
An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in the protection of privacy, Dr. Cavoukian's leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is strongly protected, not only in Canada, but around the world. She has been involved in numerous international committees focused on privacy, security, technology, and business, and endeavours to focus on strengthening consumer confidence and trust in emerging technology applications. She serves as the Chair of the Identity, Privacy, and Security Institute at the University of Toronto. She is also a member of several boards, including the European Biometrics Forum, Future of Privacy Forum, and RIM Council, and has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. She was honored with the prestigious Kristian Beckman Award in 2011 for her pioneering work on Privacy by Design and privacy protection in modern international environments. In the same year, Dr. Cavoukian was also named by Intelligent Utility Magazine as one of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers for the Global Smart Grid industry, received the SC Canada Privacy Professional of the Year Award, and was honored by the University of Alberta Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program for her contributions to the field of privacy.
Eadie Chen works closely with UCI's Co-Chairs to lead the outreach to multiple stakeholders, from policymakers and corporate leaders, to academics and international organizations, to members of the international and local press. She also oversees UCI's publications and provides input to UCI researches.
Previously, Eadie worked for Reuters News as a senior journalist covering Chinese and regional economic policy, financial regulation, and energy policy. She reported international events such as G20, G8, Sino-US Strategic Dialogue, annual meetings of World Bank, IMF, and ADB, and so on, from Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, São Paulo, and New York. She won the Global Journalist of the Year Award at Reuters in 2008.
Eadie is a graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She also holds dual BA degrees in political science from Renmin University and International Communications from Peking University. She was a Mid-Career Student Fellow with the Nonprofits in China program at Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.
Jason Cheung is the Database Architect at the Vancouver Police Department in British Columbia and is responsible for the architecture, design, and development of critical information and business intelligence systems. In addition, he plays a vital role in setting strategic direction and initiatives, sitting on various committees for the department and the province. He has an extensive background in software development, business intelligence, and data visualization as well as project management and business analysis. Most recently, Jason was the technical lead in designing and developing the Consolidated Records and Intelligence Mining Environment (CRIME), a system that transforms data from various disparate law enforcement databases into an accessible data warehouse and integrates various analytic technologies to allow the department and partner agencies to leverage crime analysis resources almost anywhere in the world using a SaaS delivery model.
Vin Cipolla is recognized for his business and civic entrepreneurship, having achieved parallel successes in the private and public sectors. He has served on more than 25 nonprofit boards and nine corporate boards. A six-¬time corporate CEO, he has founded three successful companies in the media, marketing, communications, and technology fields, developing and overseeing global operations: Cipolla Group (sold 1991), Pamet Inc. (sold 1999), and HNW (1999–the present).
In early 2009, he became President of the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), having been elected to its Board in 2008. Devoted to urban sustainability, conservation and the arts, Mr. Cipolla has consistently provided civic leadership in these areas throughout his adult life. From 2005 through 2009, he was President and CEO of the National Park Foundation (which is a Presidential appointment), and then served as the foundation's Citizen Chairman until 2011. Twelve years earlier, he was Executive Vice President and Publisher of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he headed strategic planning, communications, and general operations. Prior to his appointment with the National Park Foundation in 2005, he was in business serving as President and CEO of Fidelity Investments' global workforce management company, and served on two Fidelity boards, Fidelity Charitable Services Inc. and Veritude LLC, as well as serving as Board Chairman of HNW. He began his career with Avon and Warner Communications (now Time Warner) in New York City.
Among his many charitable endeavors, Mr. Cipolla was Board Chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston for nine years, spearheading the development of the museum's stunning new building on Boston Harbor. He served on the ICA board for a total of 15 years before becoming Chairman Emeritus. Past trustee appointments have included Clark University, the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, the Orton Foundation, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he was Vice Chairman. In addition to the National Park Foundation and Municipal Art Society, he currently serves on the nonprofit boards of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, Ballet Hispanico, where he was the 2010 Honoree for his leadership, and The Christie's Charity.
He has frequently appeared on national television over the years, on subjects ranging from parks to philanthropy, and has addressed audiences from the World Business Forum to Congress. In three separate years he was the featured speaker introducing the President of the United States at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree during its global telecast. Mr. Cipolla is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Clark University and an honorary Beta Gamma Sigma inductee of its Graduate Business School, where he gave the commencement address for the MBA Honors class of 2000. He is married to artist Celine McDonald, and they have four daughters.
Susan Claris is an Associate Director in Arup's London office. Following some 15 years doing transport planning work in Arup – working mostly for public sector clients on multi-modal studies and local transport policy – in recent years she became more involved with research activities in the firm, and broader urban issues. She has a particular interest in low carbon mobility, the communication aspects of projects, and behavioral change. For the last couple of years she has been Project Manager for Arup's role as Infrastructure Delivery Partner for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles – a UK government team formed from three departments (Transport; Energy and Climate Change; and Business Innovation and Skills) dedicated to creating a flourishing early market for ultra-low-carbon vehicles in the UK. The project is delivering a national program to support the installation of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure and to support development of a national infrastructure strategy, providing insight and options that inform government's policy development to facilitate a transition to mass market.
Arup has been a strategic adviser to the C40 group of cities, and Susan was project manager for "UrbanLife" workshops, which were held in six C40 cities over two years. In late 2008 she was the researcher on Urban Mobility for the World Economic Forum's SlimCity initiative. This has resulted in a set of 25 knowledge cards to share good practice, targeted at city mayors and CEOs. She was also the researcher on urbanization for Arup's Drivers of Change program, and this work was undertaken as the world's population became 50 percent urban for the first time. Susan has worked for Arup since 1993, including a year in Arup's Johannesburg office. Before joining Arup, she worked for the Department for Transport in London and then did a degree in anthropology and planning, followed by a Master's in transport.
Greg Clark has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Royal Tunbridge Wells since 2005. He is currently Financial Secretary to the Treasury and the minister responsible for cities policy. Until September 5, 2012, he was a Minister of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government, with responsibility for overseeing decentralization, a key policy of the Liberal-Conservative coalition. He has also been responsible for cities policy since July 2011 as Minister for Cties.
Peter Clarke has been with EE Times in various editorial positions since 1994, when he joined as European correspondent. He was launch editor-in-chief for EE Times Europe in 2006. A physics graduate of Liverpool University, Clarke began his journalistic career in 1984 at Electronic Engineering, a UK technical monthly magazine, and subsequently served as deputy editor of the UK weekly newspaper Electronics Times. He has particular expertise in emerging technology and startup companies.
James Close leads Ernst & Young's work on energy policy and its implications for corporates, government, and cities. In the UK, he has worked with central government, local authorities, and cities to develop different delivery models and alternative financing mechanisms for the low-carbon economy. He has authored reports for:
- the Mayor of London, on London as the Low-Carbon Capital
- the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities on their business case to become a Low-Carbon Economic Area for the Built Environment
- the UK Government on the Comparative Advantage for the UK of Green Business
Internationally, he leads our EMEIA Government corporate finance practice and has worked on energy and sustainability issues in international cities ranging from Hydrabad in India, Beijing in China, to Sofia in Bulgaria. He also works with company boards advising on sustainability and energy efficiency issues and how they can be financed. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, James was head of Corporate and Private Finance, second to HM Treasury, where he led a team working on a range of financial and policy issues. He is a regular speaker at conferences and is sought after to contribute to the debate on cities by both the print and broadcast media.
Boyd Cohen, PhD, LEED AP, is a climate strategist helping to lead communities, cities, and companies on the journey towards the low carbon economy. He is a writer, researcher, professor, consultant, and entrepreneur with a focus on climate capitalism and resilient cities. Along with Hunter Lovins, Boyd released the long-awaited sequel to Natural Capitalism, titled Climate Capitalism in 2011. Climate Capitalism demonstrates how communities, cities, countries, and companies around the globe are profiting from the transition to the low-carbon economy.
After finishing a three-year stint at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Boyd obtained his PhD in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado (2001). He has spent the decade since teaching, researching, and consulting with cities, developers, and companies on how to envision a low-carbon future and to develop a strategy, along with goals and actions, to achieve the vision, never losing site of the importance to maintain an eye on all the bottom lines. He has been an advisor to green developments such as the Vancouver Athlete's Village, to cities such as Beaverton, Oregon, and Richmond, British Columbia, and even worked with Al Gore's Live Earth Organization to help them track and transparently report their carbon footprints.
Boyd is the co-founder of CO2 IMPACT, a carbon consultancy based in Vancouver, with most of its projects being private sector clients in Latin America. He is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) having taught MBA courses in sustainability at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) and INCAE (Costa Rica). He has also been a full-time, and/or adjunct faculty member at UVIC, SFU, and UBC in Canada. During his stint with SFU, he served as the only business faculty member on the Committee for the Centre for Sustainable Community Development with Mark Roseland.
Boyd has published numerous academic articles at the intersection of innovation and sustainability in journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing and Business Strategy and the Environment. He is a regular contributor to Fast Company on the topics of climate capitalism and smart, resilient cities.
James M. Connolly
Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. He has written about enterprise computing, the PC revolution, client/server, the evolution of the Internet, networking, IT management, and the ongoing shift to cloud-based services and mobility. He has covered breaking industry news and has led teams focused on product reviews and technology trends. Throughout most of his tech journalism career, he has concentrated on serving the information needs of IT decision-makers in large organizations and has worked with those managers to help them learn from their peers and share their experiences in implementing leading-edge technologies through such publications as Computerworld. Jim also has helped to launch a technology-focused startup, as one of the founding editors at TechTarget, and has served as editor of an established news organization focused on technology startups and the Boston-area venture capital sector at MassHighTech.
John is a traffic engineer, transport planner, and urban designer with three decades' professional experience. He joined urban design consultancy Urban Initiatives in 1996 and was director for its Movement + Streets portfolio before founding Urban Movement in 2011. He is an urban realm designer for several UK local authorities, including the City of Edinburgh, as well as a Design Review Panellist for Transport for London and Urban Design London. John is also a trustee of Living Streets and is a former board member of the Transport Planning Society.
Charlie is the lead analyst for Ovum's Healthcare Life Sciences team and is based in France. She focuses on the use of ICT within the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotech sectors, with an emphasis on understanding end-user adoption and requirements, industry best-practices, and the impact of innovation in key growth areas such as M-health. Charlie was a lead author of the report, "Video-Conferencing and Healthcare: A New Chapter in Collaboration."
Prior to joining the E-health team in 2012, Charlie was a principal analyst with Ovum's Telco Strategy practice. She focused on telco best-practices and the development of next-generation broadband access. She was the lead author of a number of reports including "The Future of Broadband: Fixed Mobile Convergence" and"Integrated Next-Generation Broadband Investment Strategies," and was one of the lead authors of a study on the socio-economic benefits of fiber commissioned by the FTTH Council.
Charlie was previously Service Manager of Broadband@Ovum and was also responsible for launching Ovum's Broadband Content service, which spearheaded the company's research into content development in fixed telecoms. She has over eight years' experience in the telecommunications industry. She also worked in a Senior Strategy role for Cancer Research UK, focusing on strategic positioning and the use of technology in fundraising and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from London University and is a fluent French speaker.
Kim Davis is a Londoner by birth, a New Yorker by choice. He became a professional journalist in his teens, following punk bands for the New Musical Express. When the scars healed, he co-founded and edited an academic philosophy journal,Cogito, ergo collecting a doctorate in the subject from the University of Bristol.
His career as a writer and editor has continued to be shrewdly focused. In recent years he has reviewed dozens of art exhibits and hundreds of restaurants, published a New York dining guide, edited hyper-local news, and founded and managed online forums where people discuss just about everything except the chosen topic. As writing became blogging, he was introduced to the magical kingdom of the Internet where everybody knows your password. He plans to reflect philosophically on the future of the Internet while downloading as little malware as possible.
Kim divides his time in a complicated way between the East Village and Brooklyn, and he owns a ten-year-old daughter, several thousand books he plans to re-read, and a Yankees shirt, number 42, which he thinks helps him fit in.
Alison Diana has written about technology and business for more than 23 years, spending a decade at CRN before entering the freelance world after her daughter was born. Although she's written about practically every topic in that time, she specializes in social media, healthcare, SMBs, education, and retail. Alison, who lives in Central Florida, has written for many of the top B2B publications and Websites including: Information Week, CRN, eWEEK, Channel Insider, CIO Insight, ChannelPro, Baseline Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, and IT Expert Voice. She graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts with a major in print journalism, and minors in sociology, humanities, and psychology. She can be reached on Twitter at @alisoncdiana or email at Diana@DeusM.com.
Manny Diaz was first elected Miami's mayor in 2001, having never held elective office. He was reelected to a second term in 2005. He was chosen to lead the United States Conference of Mayors as its president beginning in the summer of 2008. Diaz has been recognized with the 2006 Government Award by Hispanic Magazine, the 2004 Urban Innovator of the Year by the Manhattan Institute, 2004 Business Leader of the Year Award by SouthFloridaCEO Magazine, and was named an Outstanding American by Choice by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
He serves on the advisory board for the Manhattan Institute's Center for Civic Innovation, the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, and the Mayors' Institute on City Design, and he was chosen as a judge for the Rudy Bruner Award for excellence in urban design. Born on Nov. 5, 1954, in Havana, Cuba, Diaz immigrated to the United States with his mother, Elisa, in 1961. Growing up in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, he attended Belen Jesuit Prep School, Miami-Dade College, Florida International University and the University of Miami's School of Law. He is a partner in the law firm of Diaz and O'Naghten. He is married to Robin Smith and has four children; Manny, Natalie, Bobby, and Elisa. He also has three grandsons, Colin, Gavin, and Manny.
Boonsri Dickinson is an Associate Editor at BYTE, covering BYOD and consumer in tech. You'll see her at demo days and hackathons in Silicon Valley, interviewing SF Giants players about their mobile phones, and at tech conferences around the world. Prior to joining BYTE, she was a startup reporter for SAI and a freelance journalist for CBS Interactive (SmartPlanet and CNET). As a staff writer for Discover magazine, she wrote feature stories about DNA testing and also went dinosaur digging and got a dino named after her.
Joe Dignan is Ovum's Chief Analyst addressing the European public sector. He is a member of Ovum's Industry Technologies team, which produces research and analysis on the use of technology in the education, government, health sciences, financial services, energy and sustainability, and telecom industries. His area of expertise is transformation in government and the advances in ICT driving change in the European public sector. The focus of his research is the development of smart cities.
Joe joins Ovum from Microsoft where he was the World Wide Industry Managing Director for Local and Regional Government leading Microsoft's nascent smart city value proposition. A professional hybrid, at home in both the public and private sectors, he has substantial experience working in government, complemented by working for global public strategic transformation consultancies and blue-chip suppliers such as EDS and Microsoft. During his 30 years in the business he has been involved internationally in national security (has clearance), economic development, education, and digital enablement. He is a regular speaker at executive briefings, including keynotes at SmarterCities, eIndia, eDubai, and is an expert speaker for the EC in China. He has an excellent international supplier network and works closely with international financial institutions such as the EC and World Bank. Joe holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Tim Dixon is Professorial Chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment in the School of Construction Management and Engineering at the University of Reading. He is also an Associate of the Walker Institute for Climate Change at University of Reading and a member of the RICS Sustainability Taskforce. He has nearly 30 years' experience in research, education and professional practice in the built environment. He was formerly professor of real estate and Director of OISD at Oxford Brookes University where he led the work on social sustainability for the European Investment Bank. His personal research revolves around the interface between the sustainability agenda and its impact on property development, investment, and occupation, particularly at city scale. He is co-author of the book, Urban Regeneration & Social Sustainability: Best Practice from European Cities, and the RICS report, "Hotting Up?" on low carbon cities, and is also currently working on funded research (EPSRC Retrofit 2050), which is examining retrofitting and low carbon cities. His personal Website is : http://www.reading.ac.uk/CME/about/staff/t-j-dixon.aspx
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory. As co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley and Sons, 2009) her work has received significant media attention in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record, TEDx, and other venues. The book received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers and was featured in Time Magazine's March 23, 2009, cover story, "10 ideas changing the world right now."
Ellen has published more than 50 articles and 10 chapters in books, consults on urban design projects, and lectures widely. She serves as co-peer review editor for Places Journal and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech's faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001 to 2009. In 2006-7 she was the Ax:son Johnson Visiting Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at LTH in Lund, Sweden, and the 2010 Visiting Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development at SFU in Vancouver, BC.
Michael Dunn has been messing with electronics almost as long as he's been walking, and got his first scope around age 15. Things have gone downhill since then. The scopes now vie with wine racks, harpsichords, calculators, and 19th century pianos for space. Over the years, he's designed for the automotive, medical, industrial, communications, and consumer industries, as both freelancer and employee, working with analog, digital, micros, and software. Since 2000, he's run the TekScopes Yahoo group, now with over 5,000 members.
Projjal K. Dutta, is New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Director, Sustainability Initiatives. He is the first holder of this position. He works toward two broad goals: 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's operations. The latter, in a carbon constrained future, could bring additional resources to the MTA and others like it. He was instrumental in the MTA's carbon footprint being measured, verified, and registered with the Climate Registry, the first transit agency of its size to do so. He has also played a leadership role in the transit industry's effort to quantify its carbon benefits, through his work on the Climate Change Working Group of the American Public Transportation Association.
He has lectured and written extensively on the subject of "carbon avoidance," which results from communities having good transit and sustainable densities. He has served and continues to serve on various state-level and industry-wide groups on the subject. Mr. Dutta has more than 18 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 for a large range of projects and clients, including New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), various MTA agencies, Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), and New Jersey Transit (NJT) in the public sector; as well as for several private and institutional entities. He served as the Sustainable Strategies Manager for STV, an AE firm based in New York, between 2005 and 2007. Before STV, he worked for Fox and Fowle Architects (2000-2005) and for Cesar Pelli and Associates in New Haven (1997-2000). In both these firms, he worked on large-scale, international, commercial infrastructure projects.
Prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Dutta worked for Stein Doshi Bhalla (1991-1993), one of India's premier architectural practices, and ran his own office in New Delhi (1993-1995). He has combined the practice of architecture and urban design with cutting-edge sustainable design strategies that result in energy, material, and other resource conservation. He believes that sustainability is imperative for all development and should be an essential part of the tool-kit of any designer of the built environment. Excited by intellectual interaction and the value of new ideas, he has been a member of the visiting faculty at Columbia University and has also lectured at New York University and Yale. His graduate thesis at MIT, which explored the construction of low-cost housing from waste packaging, was adjudged the "Best Thesis." Mr. Dutta pursued his studies at MIT with a scholarship from the INLAKS Foundation, India's most prestigious grant.
Bunny (née Beatrice) Ellerin has spent the last two decades helping to build companies across the healthcare landscape. She has worked in multiple health sectors including medtech, pharma, HIT, physician services, and online media. Today she is Senior Vice President at Intouch Solutions, a privately held marketing agency headquartered in the Kansas City area with offices in Chicago and New York. Specializing in digital and mobile solutions for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, Intouch is redefining what marketing means to these industries. Prior to joining Intouch, Bunny ran Ellerin Health Media for two years to help clients shape their digital, social, and mobile strategies to successfully communicate with physicians, patients, and caregivers.
Previously Bunny was a Managing Director at InterbrandHealth, a leading global brand consultancy (part of Omnicom) where she led the Research and Analytics division and spearheaded the firm's efforts in the digital arena. Prior to joining Interbrand, she worked with a number of venture-back healthcare companies. She was Executive Vice President of Clinsights, a data collection company acquired by PPD Inc. in 2003. While at Clinsights, she helped create several physician education Websites including TCTMD, the first online community for interventional cardiologists. This is where she first witnessed the power of the Internet in influencing behavior. Earlier in her healthcare career, she spent five years in the physician practice management (PPM) industry at Vivra and Advanced Health Management.
Bunny has created successful professional networks before. In 1999 she founded and led Harvard Business School Health Industry Alumni Association, the first group of its kind at HBS. The group brings together HBS alumni involved in all sectors of the healthcare industry for professional development and networking. She has built it into a major HBS alumni force with more than 650 active members, an industry-shaping annual conference, a robust Website, and special events and programs throughout the year. She served as its President and Chairman for many years. Bunny received a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Geoffrey Vincent and their son Michael.
Dr. Michael Eriksen joined Georgia State University in 2002 as Professor and Director of the Institute of Public Health. In April 2012, following a national search, he was appointed Founding Dean of GSU's new School of Public Health. He is also Director of Georgia State University's Partnership for Urban Health Research and NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research. Prior to his current leadership position at Georgia State, he served as a Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization in Geneva and was the longest-serving Director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health (1992-2000). Previously, he was Director of Behavioral Research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has recently served as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Legacy Foundation, and the CDC Foundation.
Dr. Eriksen has published extensively on tobacco prevention and control and is the lead author of <i>The Tobacco Atlas</i>, the fourth edition of which was just released in Singapore. <i>The Tobacco Atlas</i> is distributed throughout the world and published in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic. He has served as an expert witness of behalf of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in litigation against the tobacco industry. He is Editor-in-Chief of Health Education Research and has been designated as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He is a recipient of the WHO Commemorative Medal on Tobacco or Health and a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service by former President Bill Clinton. He is Past President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, and has been a member of the American Public Health Association for over 35 years.
Gordon Falconer is a Director of Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) within its Urban Innovation practice, and has more than 20 years of experience in city strategic design, urban property development, project valuations/acquisitions/feasibility, property/infrastructure financial structuring, and cluster/innovation creation. He is a frequent speaker around the world on urban innovation and smart cities events – including in Australia, the UK, The Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, China, the UAE, Korea, and the US – and is a recognized thought leader on smart cities.
Gordon was formerly with Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, UAE, one of the world's most innovative greenfield and sustainable city projects, where he headed Strategy and Real Estate. During this time he was heavily involved with the strategies for both the sustainable real estate components of the city and sustainable utility integration across areas such as clean energy, water, infrastructure, ICT, and how they could financed, structured, and deployed. In addition, his role focused on the development of Masdar City as a clean energy innovation cluster. Gordon's other positions include VP Asset Management and Real Estate at The National Investor, a leading Abu Dhabi Investment Bank, as well as executive positions at CB Richard Ellis and Jones Lang Lasalle in Australia.
Gordon is based in Singapore and is also involved with Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities program and selected key urban innovation engagements with cities, governments, and corporations in China, Southeast Asia, India, and internationally. He is a member of the Australian Property Institute, and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Sir Terry Farrell is one of the world's foremost urban planners and architects. During 40 years in practice, he has transformed London's skyline and animated the banks of the Thames with his Charing Cross and MI6 headquarters buildings. Today the work of his practice spans from regional planning to complex city centre masterplans and eco town extensions, and from high speed railway stations in East Asia to groundbreaking sustainable office buildings in London. Recently completed projects include the Home Office headquarters and new offices for TfL within the Farrell master plan for Greenwich Peninsula.
It is, though, through his long-term involvement in the region's urban planning – through specific projects, as well as through advocacy and initiating public debate – that Farrell has made his greatest contribution. His interpretative view of London, based on decades of experience as an urban planner, is reflected in his new book, Shaping London: The patterns and forms that make the metropolis. He is currently the government champion for the planning of the Thames Gateway and a member of the Greater London Design Advisory Panel.
Jonathan Feldman is director of IT Services for a rapidly growing North Carolina city recognized nationally and internationally for improving services to citizens and reducing expense through IT innovation. His previous work in the private sector includes providing infrastructure and security services to government, military, law enforcement, and financial services organizations. Contact him at email@example.com or @jfeldman on Twitter.
Shane Fernandez is an income property consultant as well as owner and property manager in Montreal. Specializing in the high-end condominium market, he provides services to corporations and professionals. He also provides analysis, advice, and end-to-end solutions to investors purchasing condominiums, houses, multiplexes, and apartment buildings. Previously, he held leadership positions within the electronic components supply chain and aerospace industries. Most recently, he was Director of Global Business Operations at Future Electronics, the fourth largest electronic components distributor worldwide. Shane project managed and implemented the infrastructure for new sales divisions across Asia, EMEA, and the Americas, focusing on the small and emerging customer market segment. Prior to Future Electronics, he held various leadership positions at Bombardier Aerospace, the world's third largest civil aircraft manufacturer. In addition to business development, program management, and technical publications, he also managed fleet sales, bids, and proposals for Bombardier's Business Aircraft Division where he developed the sales and marketing strategy targeting fleet customers purchasing multiple business aircraft.
Paul Ferrill has a BS and MS in electrical engineering and has been writing in the computer trade press for over 25 years. He serves as CTO for Avionics Test and Analysis Corp., a small business specializing in providing engineering expertise to help solve complex data analysis problems. He's written hundreds of articles over the years for publications including Datamation, Federal Computer Week, Information Week, InfoWorld, Network Computing, Network World, and PC Magazine and is the author of two books.
Walter Fieuw is a programme manager at a public-private partnership called the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP), set up by the City of Cape Town's Urban Renewal Programme. The GTP acts as a "regional social partnership" and produces detailed knowledge for the city, and more specifically, aims to coordinate public and private investment into a dilapidated development corridor, which could become the city's second urban core. This programme forms part of Cape Town's successful bid as World Design Capital 2014, a prestigious accolade bestowed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). Previously, Walter was a researcher at the urban-sector NGO Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), also based in Cape Town, South Africa. CORC is affiliated with Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI), a global movement of the urban poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He worked closely with social movements of urban poor communities lobbying government for better access to land, services, housing, and livelihood opportunities. He earned a Master's degree in sustainable development planning at the Sustainability Institute at Stellenbosch University, where he still lectures occasionally. Prior to returning to university, he worked for CB Richard Ellis, the largest listed real estate services company, based in London where he supported the facilities management of international clients, such as Nokia Siemens Networks in the EMEA region.
Elspeth Finch is a director of Atkins, one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies with 17,500 employees. She leads the Futures team, analyzing the long-term environmental and social changes and their likely impact on infrastructure. This is to develop new skills and services to support the resilience of business to withstand complex change.
Prior to joining Atkins, Elspeth founded specialist consultancy Intelligent Space Partnership in 2000, aged 24, which she sold to Atkins in 2007. Rooted in evidence, she and her team adopted a fresh approach to traditional challenges in transport planning, incorporating the needs of pedestrians and cyclists in city design. Elspeth's award-winning approach has been recognized through becoming the Entrepreneurial Woman of the Future and her inclusion on Management Today's list of top businesswomen to watch.
After graduating with First Class Honors in Urban Geography, Law and Asian Studies from Macquarie University and the University of Sydney in the mid 1990s, Karl Fjellstrom has worked on urban transport planning projects and policy around Asia, focusing mainly on public transport and Bus Rapid Transit but also working on pedestrian and bicycle facility planning, greenways, bike sharing, parking, and other areas of urban transport policy.
He has worked full time with ITDP since 2003, and has been managing the ITDP-China office in Guangzhou since 2005. Asian cities that he has worked in for more than two months include Guangzhou, Yichang, Kuala Lumpur, Lanzhou, Harbin, Changzhou, Surabaya, Jakarta, Bangkok, Dhaka, and Ahmedabad. Most recently Karl was team leader for the BRT planning and design in Guangzhou (2005-2010), and in addition to managing ITDP's China program he was team leader for the Asian Development Bank-funded detailed BRT conceptual design in Yichang (2012), team leader for the BRT conceptual design in Kuala Lumpur (2012), team leader for the ADB's sustainable transport study in Harbin and Changzhou, and a consultant to the ADB for the Lanzhou BRT preliminary design and for projects in Xi'an and Ulaanbaatar, where he led an international team preparing a BRT conceptual plan in 2011. From 2005 to 2010 Karl was the lead international expert on the Guangzhou BRT planning, design, and implementation and during 2009 and 2012 he has played a similar role in Lanzhou.
In 2011 Karl was awarded the Guangzhou Friendship Award, which is the highest honor granted to foreign experts by the Guangzhou City Government. In 2012 Karl was appointed as one of three special consulting experts on urban transport by the City Government of Lanzhou. Websites he has created include www.chinaBRT.org, www.gzwalk.net, www.transportphoto.net, and www.publicbike.net. He also manages ITDP's Indonesia program."
Writing and editing from the pristine (but frequently chilly) environs of northern New England, Susan Fogarty serves as Editor in Chief of The Mobility Hub and oversees the operations of the Enterprise Efficiency IT Migration Zone. With almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, Sue has developed a sense for the important technology challenges and trends and can address them in a useful way.
Most recently, Sue was Editor-in-Chief of Dell's publication covering enterprise-class and emerging technologies for midsized business customers. She completely redesigned the content model, making it a customer-centric publication for its 350,000 subscribers in 14 languages. Previously, she worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its Networking Media Group, managing seven websites including the flagship SearchNetworking.com. Her other coverage areas included mobile computing, network security, telecommunications, and unified communications. Sue is a self-confessed ice cream addict, clean freak, and dog lover (if you can guess which of these do not mix, you will understand how she spends a lot of her free time).
John Foley is Editor of InformationWeek Government, which provides industry-leading analysis of IT strategy and implementation in federal, state, and local governments. He writes and tweets on government tech, meets with public-sector CIOs, and is a frequent speaker. His areas of expertise include cloud computing, datacenters, enterprise software, and open government, and his Government Technologist column appears regularly on InformationWeek.com. Foley started as a tech journalist in Washington, D.C., covering telecom deregulation, before moving to New York, where he's now based.
Maria Fontanazza is managing editor of MD+DI. She joined the team in 2004 with a BA in journalism and mass communications from Saint Michael's College in Vermont. Her favorite areas of medtech coverage include orthopedics, human factors, physician collaboration with manufacturers, social media, and emerging technologies. She is also the editor of OrthoTec. Fontanazza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Freed is the Director of the Nature Conservancy's Securing Water Program. In this role, he negotiates partnerships to create innovative funding strategies for watershed management; leads the Conservancy's robust water funds program; and develops and implements sustainable environmental, social, and economic actions to provide water for people and nature. He previously served as the Deputy Director of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Prior to working for the city, Adam was the Assistant Comptroller for New York City in the Office of the New York State Comptroller. Additionally, he has worked on several city, state, and national political campaigns. He received his Master's in urban planning from NYU and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Mel King Community Fellow at MIT. He currently resides on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.
Susan Freeman is an experienced real estate lawyer. Her in-depth understanding of the property market allied to her business training (she is a graduate of the prestigious Sloan Masters MSc Programme in Leadership and Strategy at London Business School), and her wide circle of contacts make for a formidable combination. She is ranked in Property Week's 2012 Women's Power List; Legal 500 describes her as "Immensely well-connected"; and UK Legal Experts 2011 ranks her as highly recommended in commercial property. Susan is an active member of a number of property-related organisations, including the British Property Federation and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Property Forum. She also sits on the committee for the City Rocks at the Albert Hall in 2014. She writes regularly on property industry issues for Property Week.
Andrew Froehlich is the President and Lead Network Architect at West Gate Networks, an IT consulting firm based in Northern Colorado that specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs. He has well over a decade of enterprise networking experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Having lived and worked in Southeast Asia for nearly three years, Andrew possesses a unique international business and technology perspective. When he's not consulting, he enjoys writing technical blogs and is the author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex. His latest venture, Rugged-WiFi.com, provides online sales and support of portable indoor and outdoor wireless kits.
Kenneth Geers (PhD, CISSP) is the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Cyber Subject Matter Expert. He has been a student in six countries, served as an intelligence analyst, a French and Russian linguist, and a computer programmer in support of arms control initiatives. Dr. Geers was the first US Representative to the NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia. His publications focus on the relationship between IT and national security, and may be found at www.chiefofstation.com.
Simon Giles is the Director of Intelligent Cities Strategy at Accenture. He leads a global strategy team that is focused on developing strategies for existing and new-build cities that have technology at the core. He currently works with city governments and developers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas as well as advising the World Economic Forum on smart grids, the future of urban development, and green growth strategies.
His expertise spans sustainable economic development strategies, governance, financing strategy, citizen engagement, and digital master planning. With his team he has pioneered the concept of integrated master planning, which places commercial strategy, service model innovation, and digital master planning on an equal footing with physical master planning in the development of smart cities. He is currently working on the development of green growth strategies and innovation clusters in a number of developing economies and is developing case studies for presentation at COP 17 and Rio +20. He is also engaged in the Global Green Growth Forum, OECD, and World Bank green growth programs.
David Glover is Chief Executive, Building Engineering, for AECOM, an $8-billion global provider of professional, technical, and management support services that employs 45,000 people who serve clients in more than 140 countries around the world. He specializes in working as a multi-disciplinary designer and leads building engineering¹s integrated teams to design and deliver tomorrow¹s buildings. A structural engineer by training, he has been working with leading developers and architects in the UK and internationally for the past 30 years. Prior to joining AECOM, Glover was the chair of Global Property Market at Arup. He has worked around the world with a focus on high-rise, commercial, and residential markets. He is experienced in incorporating the next generation of innovative design and construction techniques to optimize the creation of buildings, resource efficiency, and performance.
Founder of Spacehive - the crowdfunding platform for civic projects.
Rajiv Kumar Gupta
Dr. Gupta belongs to the elite Civil Service in India known as Indian Administrative Service. It forms the core of administrative systems in the country. With vast national and international professional experience he has held various senior positions like Collector and District Magistrate, Vadodara, Sabarkantha, and Mehsana; Executive Director Sardar Sarovar, Nigam; Managing Director Tourism; Secretary (Water Resources); Commissioner (Higher and Technical) Education; etc. He has also been advisor to the GAP Project, Prime Ministry, Turkey, working on one of the world's largest multi-sectoral (water, hydro power, social, and industrial) integrated infrastructure development projects.
Currently he is Principal Secretary, Climate Change Department, government of Gujarat, which is first of its kind in the whole of Asia. He is also Principal Secretary, Water Supply Department, Government of Gujarat, and Chairman, Water Supply and Sewerage Board and Chairman and Managing Director, Gujarat Water Infrastructure Ltd. In these positions, he is responsible for establishing and maintaining more than 2,250km of bulk water pipelines carrying out inter-basin transfer of Narmada water, more than 150,000km distribution pipelines taking water to more 10,000 villages, 73 towns and cities with a total population over 22 million in Gujarat State. The State Wide Water Grid consisting of bulk pipelines and distribution pipelines and Water Treatment Plants in Gujarat State is a top-quality infrastructure and the only of its kind in the whole of India.
Dr. Gupta is a Gold Medalist and PhD (International Law), in addition to having done specialized courses in law, international trade, and environment from United Nations University, Tokyo, and the University of Melbourne. He has also been associated as an expert on Water Law with the Institute of International Law at the International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands. His two books have been published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, USA, and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, on water resources development and one book on water resources management in vernacular Gujarati. He has recently written a book, Public Discipline, which has been a best seller.
Dr. Harrison is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the inventor of IBM's Smarter City technical program. He was previously Director of Strategic Innovation in IBM Europe and Director of Global Services Research. He is an IBM Master Inventor and a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He spent 1972-77 at CERN developing the SPS accelerator and its distributed, real-time control system. In 1977 at EMI Central Research Laboratories he led development of the first clinical MRI system. At IBM since 1979 he has worked on micro-magnetics, medical imaging, parallel computing, mobile computing, intelligent agents, telecommunications, knowledge management, and Smarter Cities. In 2011 he spent several months working in Tohoku, Japan, on plans for the region's recovery from the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami and has increasingly focused on Resilient Cities.
Dr. Harrison studied at Imperial College, London, and the University of Munich, earning a PhD in materials science. He is Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Senior Member of the Institution of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, and Founder Member of the Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is an Expert Advisor to the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences and has been a Visiting Scientist at MIT, Harvard Medical School, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published some 60 articles and has been awarded some 30 patents. He speaks worldwide on Smarter Cities. Passions include photography, writing, and mountain walking. He speaks English, French, and German and lives with his wife Lynn in the Connecticut forest by the Housatonic River.
Jason Hartke is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at the US Green Building Council. For over a decade, he has been a voice in Washington for clean energy and the environment. He is focused on advancing the Council's policy agenda, overseeing efforts to encourage federal investment in green building and sound green building policies at the state and local levels. He is an expert and strategic advisor on sustainable and resilient cities, green affordable housing, and clean energy financing.
I am Community Editor at UBM's Future Cities, based in London. My contact details are Heap@UBMFutureCities.com and 07879 112377 (UK-based mobile). Thanks.
Jane Henley leads the world's largest business organization influencing the green building marketplace. As Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Building Council, her role is to drive collaboration among 90 national green building councils, providing leadership and support and advocating for green building as a mechanism to deliver environmental, economic, and social benefits.
An experienced sustainable building, communities, and cities advocate, Jane's recent achievements include:
• Advisor to New Zealand Ministry of Environment sustainability strategy
• Delegation leader at COP 17, Durban, and COP 16, Cancun
• Member of the Supervisory Board, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Russia
• Member Deloitte Think Tank, Paris
• Global Advisory Committee Member of Women and the Green Economy (WAGE)
• Facilitator of Global Leadership in Our Built Environment Alliance (GLOBE)
• Founding board member and chief executive officer of the New Zealand GBC
• Former director of the United Nations Sustainable Building Climate Change Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) board.
Jane is an experienced public speaker, having presented at a range of high-profile conferences, including the COP 17 climate change negotiations in South Africa, the APEC–ASEAN workshop on green building, and the World Cities Summit of Mayors in Singapore. She sets a positive and entrepreneurial agenda for business to drive change, and proactively create the future we want today.
Stephen Hilton leads Bristol City Council's Connecting Bristol programme, which aims to position Bristol as a leading European Smart, Green and Digital City. The main themes of the Connecting Bristol programme are Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure, Open Data, Green ICT, Digital Innovation, and Digital Inclusion. A wide range of projects are underway, including DEHEMs and e3 Houses, which form part of the current EU Framework Seven Programme. Connecting Bristol was a founder member of the national DC10 Digital Challenge network, which linked 10 leading English cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, and Nottingham, with each other and with government.
Previously, Stephen worked as Bristol City Council's Corporate Consultation Manager, quickly establishing a leading role for Bristol City Council in the area of e-democracy and e-participation. The city was named European City for eDemocracy 2006, and Stephen received a personal award as BT Innovator of the Year in the National Government Computing Awards. He is a regular speaker at UK and EU conferences and events and acts as an independent expert evaluator for the European Commission, reviewing funding bids. He completed a Master's degree in Social Research Methods, awarded by the University of Surrey with distinction, and a Degree in Fine Art from Leeds.
Peter Hirshberg is at the epicenter of the noisy, connected world of online conversations. He is changing our thinking about marketing, branding, and human relationships in the digital age. A Silicon Valley executive with several high-profile ventures, Peter has led emerging media and technology companies at the center of disruptive change for more than 20 years. As chairman of Re:Imagine Group, he develops innovation strategies and marketing for a world of empowered and connected audiences and customers, working with executive teams at Best Buy, Hertz, Sony, Unilever, Thomson Reuters, IBM, Verizon, GE, Estee Lauder, and Telefonica on digital and growth strategies.
More recently, and in particular through the arts organization he co-founded – Gray Area Foundation for the Arts – Peter has applied his expertise to cities. Recent work includes the 2012 Urban Prototyping Initiative in Singapore with SingTel and the Singapore Economic Development Board; The Summer of Smart developed in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Technology; and Code For America. He is also strategic advisor to the United Nations Global Pulse research group, an initiative of the Secretary General's office to use emerging big-data techniques to help vulnerable populations in real-time.
Finally, Peter is a frequent technology and media industry speaker, having presented to the UN General Assembly, TED, the World Economic Forum, DLD, EG the Entertainment Gathering, the 140 Character Conference, Agenda, The Aspen Ideas Festival, TIEcon, CEBIT, and the WEB 2.0 Summit. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and his MBA at Wharton.
Paula is a leader in the development of cities and urban environments, whose experience spans the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, in both mature and emerging markets. She leads Mazars urban development and regeneration services, where she is developing innovative solutions to the financing challenges facing cities in advancing urban development, advising on smart cities, and on new governance and organizational models for development.
In previous roles, Paula led the development of the Olympic Delivery Authority's Sustainable Development Strategy, which led to a step change in sustainability performance in the UK design and construction industry, and helped create one of the most transformational urban regeneration projects in Europe. Paula worked in the Middle East during the economic boom and bust, leading Atkins's planning department, where she advised on new city master plans and infrastructure. She previously led the sustainable development unit at the Greater London Authority and has held non-executive roles including chairing the UK national regeneration organization, Urban Forum.
Paula holds an MBA from Cass Business School, an MSc Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons) in economics from the University of Sussex.
John Hitchcox's rare combination of ambition, entrepreneurship, and design savvy has had an unparalleled affect on property development in London and beyond since 1992. That was the year he established the Manhattan Loft Company with partner Harry Handelsman, bringing to market incredible domestic living spaces, carved out of generous post-industrial buildings, the like of which had not been offered in London before. In 1998, with his great friend, design giant Philippe Starck, Hitchcox went on to set up Yoo, a groundbreaking design company that aimed to create even more unimaginable living spaces, and provide design and marketing services to suitable development companies. The scale of the company is such that projects are now active all over the world – in Russia, Turkey, Brazil, China, and many more countries. More than 30,000 homes have been designed by Yoo in 27 countries. And designers Jade Jagger, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, and Anouska Hempel have all joined the Yoo family, creating a portfolio that offers luxury design in many different forms, from the cutting-edge to the most enduringly classic. John was born into a family of creatives; his father was the highly respected architect, Brian Hitchcox OBE. Aged only 19, he decided to enter the world of property development and started on his own with a house in south London. By 1988, he had sold up, completed a post-graduate degree in management and marketing, and met Harry Handelsman. Yoo is now an award-winning company, and one whose model many have attempted to emulate. John lives in London with his family, has a house in Ibiza, and even finds time to kite surf and play tennis.
Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following University he joined Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982. He has been in practice since 1983.
Hodder + Partners has now won more than 30 major awards, most notably the Royal Fine Art Commission / Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in 1992, and the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford in 1996.
Stephen has written and lectured widely, has been a visiting examiner at a number of schools of architecture, and was until recently the visiting professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture. He regularly acts as an assessor for architectural competitions and awards systems. He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 1998. He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national, and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award of Architect of the Year in the same year.
He is currently RIBA President Elect, Vice President Membership, RIBA Board Member and Trustee, and sits on design review panels for both Design Council CABE and Places Matter.
Steve is the director of Ovum's Government practice in Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of Ovum's Public Sector and Health Sciences team. He authors research reports and advises federal and state government executives and CIOs on a range of e-government strategy and ICT purchasing and management decisions. The major focus of his research work is on leading-edge thinking and practice about the use and management of IT in government agencies. He covers e-government strategy, the public sector CIO role, shared services, and cloud computing, and aims to provide practical guidance for executive decision-makers by explaining the relevance and impact of technology developments.
Steve is regularly asked to present at industry conferences and public sector events around the world on ICT trends and issues in public sector ICT. Prior to joining Ovum, he was the Deputy CIO and Director of eGovernment Strategy and Policy for the Victoria state government in Melbourne for five years. He was responsible for e-government and IT strategy across the state government's departments and agencies. He led a program of activity to establish the Office of the CIO and implement shared services and infrastructure consolidation initiatives.
Steve has a depth of business and IT strategy experience with large public and private sector organizations in Europe and Australasia. He also founded and sold an e-commerce company. He has a doctorate in Management Studies from the University of Oxford and a first-class honors degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand. His doctorate was focused on the role of CIO functions in large multi-business organizations.
Dan Hoornweg is a lead urban specialist in the World Bank's central Urban Advisory Unit. He has more than 20 years' experience working in and with cities. He joined the World Bank in 1993 and has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. During that time he has worked with some 200 cities on more than 50 projects with climate change components. His academic background includes degrees in earth sciences and civil and environmental engineering. Beginning in August 2008, Dan has led the Bank's Urban program on cities and climate change, including management of the 2009 Marseille Cities and Climate Change Urban Research Symposium and urban studies related to climate change impacts in cities – mitigation and adaptation.
Andrew Hoppin is co-founder and CEO of New Amsterdam Ideas, a New York-based civic startup implementing open-source "Gov 2.0″ and "OpenGov" software solutions and strategies for governments. Prior to founding NAI, he served as the CIO of the New York State Senate, where he executed an agenda to radically improve government transparency, citizen participation, and operational efficiency. For this work, he was elected to the leadership of the New York State CIO Council, named to the 2011 "Government CIO 50" by Information Week, and selected by GovTech as the 2010 New York State Public Sector CIO of the Year. Previously, Andrew created the "CoLab" collaboration program for NASA, and co-founded and directed business strategy for several Internet companies including GoodStorm (now Zazzle) and CivicSpace Labs. He serves on the Advisory Boards of CivicCommons, Netroots Nation, the Space Generation Foundation, Open Plans, and the New Organizing Institute. Ask him about his experience walking on Mars.
Guido Inzaghi is the partner responsible for the Italian Regulatory department and heads the Town Planning practice within the same department. He is based in the Milan office. He specializes in town planning, environmental law, and general public-private partnership topics. He advises private and public companies, national and multinational companies, as well as central and local public administrations and local authorities. He is the author of several publications and writes articles for the most important Italian folios on administrative law, town planning, and public investment topics. Guido regularly speaks at conferences organized by Paradigma, Il Sole 24 Ore, Scenari Immobiliari, MIPIM, and EIRE. He was awarded the Best Administrative Lawyer title in Italy at the Top Legal Awards in 2009 and is regularly mentioned in top tiers by Chambers, Legal 500, and Top Legal within the real estate and public law areas. He is the Chairman of Urban Land Institute (ULI) for Italy and has been admitted to the Milan Bar and to the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation.
With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics – a civic innovation incubator within Boston's City Hall. He also serves as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, he works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, he worked for and launched a series of technology startups in the Boston area. He is also a fellow at the Center for the Advancement Public Action at Bennington College. Nigel and New Urban Mechanics co-founder Chris Osgood have received a number of awards for their groundbreaking work in Boston, including being named Public Officials of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.
Mary Jander comes to UBM's Future Cities from Internet Evolution, where she was Executive Editor. Previously, she was Site Editor of Byte and Switch and a longtime Senior Editor of Light Reading. She has spent over 27 years reporting and writing on information technology and networking, including nine years on the senior editorial team of Data Communications magazine. Mary also spent many years as a freelance copy editor for a range of book publishing companies. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English and business from City College of New York and Marymount/Fordham, Tarrytown. She now lives in rural Nova Scotia, where her hobbies include fly fishing and seal beating.
Mitchell is a leader in ecological design, architecture, and urbanism. He is the founding Co-President of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU and EGS in Switzerland. Previously he was the Frank Gehry Chair at University of Toronto and faculty member at Pratt, Columbia, Syracuse, Washington, and Parsons. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a 2011 TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He won the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity, History Channel and Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention of 2007 with MIT Smart Cities Car. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published.
Mitchell is also a Partner at Planetary ONE. He was chosen by Wired magazine for ""The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To."" Rolling Stone magazine honored him in ""The 100 People Who Are Changing America."" In 2009 he was interviewed on The Colbert Report. Popular Science magazine has featured his work as a visionary for ""The Future of the Environment"" in 2010. He was the Winner of the Victor Papanek Social Design Award sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in 2011. Dwell magazine featured him as one of ""The NOW 99"" in 2012. He earned a PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University, and BPS SUNY at Buffalo with Honors.
Shaji John joined L&T in July 1995 and is located in Chennai, India. He is responsible for developing solar business and ensuring that L&T is well placed to capture a considerable market share in that emerging sector. The Solar Initiative was started under his leadership in 2008. In 2011 L&T bagged orders for around 175 MW of solar power projects with various developers.
Before entering the solar business, he worked on three prestigious strategic exercises in L&T along with world renowned consultants like Accenture (for Operational Excellence in Construction Division), BCG (for Perspective/Strategic Planning of L&T), and McKinsey (for Leadership Development). Earlier, during 1999-2005, he was handling international business. During this tenure he was responsible for Business Development and Project Execution in the Middle East, South America, Australia, and Africa for power transmission and distribution projects.
During 1995-1999, he was responsible for execution of various power transmission and distribution projects in India, handling various functions like tendering and estimation, project planning, monitoring and control, project execution, MIS and budgeting, etc. His academic background includes an Electrical Engineering Degree from the National Institute of Technology, with an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from SPJAIN, Mumbai. He is also a Certificated Project Management Associate, IPMA Switzerland, Indian Chapter.
As Deputy City Manager, Sadhu contributes to the overall management of the City of Vancouver. He oversees the environmental and emergency areas within the City Manager's Office. He helps to oversee the development and implementation of Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan, which builds off of Vancouver's successes in building a green city. Vancouver's greenhouse gas emissions are currently 5 percent below 1990 levels despite a growth in population of 27 percent and an increase in jobs of 18 percent. Current activities include citywide curbside compost collection, home energy retrofit programs, water conservation programs, a deconstruction permit program, green job strategies, electric vehicle infrastructure, and district energy strategies.
Prior to moving to Vancouver, Sadhu served as Mayor Richard M. Daley's Chief Environmental Officer where he was responsible for the oversight of City of Chicago environmental initiatives. He served Mayor Daley in the development and implementation of the Chicago Climate Change Action Plan. Under Mayor Daley's leadership, he was involved in the design and implementation of the City's blue cart recycling system, increasing recycling rates, while making it easier for Chicago residents to recycle. He was integrally involved in the creation and oversight of a green jobs strategy for Chicago, assisting ex-offenders and disadvantaged populations in gaining access to opportunities of residential energy retrofitting, deconstruction, and renewable energy installation. He served a leadership role in the oversight of programs to engage Chicago's businesses and residents such as Earth Hour, Green Hotels, the Green Office Challenge, and Mayor Daley's GreenWorks Awards.
Prior to serving in this capacity, Sadhu served as the Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Department of Environment (DOE). He was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley in July of 2005 after serving as Assistant to the Mayor for Green Initiatives. His responsibilities as Commissioner included the overall management of DOE, which administers programs to protect and restore Chicago's natural resources, reduce waste, clean up brownfields, promote energy efficiency and reliability, educate the public about environmental issues, and enforce the City's environmental protection laws. As Commissioner, he oversaw the design and construction of the City's Household Electronics and Chemicals Recycling Center. Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Sadhu served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition.
Alexandra Jones has been Chief Executive of the Centre for Cities since summer 2010. Prior to this, Alexandra led Ideopolis, the Cities team at The Work Foundation. She has over 10 years of experience working with national and local policymakers and with business to develop strategies to respond to a rapidly changing economy.
Alexandra has managed projects with a range of public and private sector clients on issues including the knowledge economy, public service reform, management, and human capital. Previously, she worked as a private secretary for the Permanent Secretary at the former Department for Education and Skills and as a researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Follow Alexandra on Twitter @AlexJonesCities
Michael Joseph has been working in IT for nearly 30 years, as a developer, database administrator, networks and security analyst, MIS director, and knowledge management expert. After a stint in materials handling and warehouse automation, he moved into finance and insurance and later served as Director of IT at Razorfish, Silicon Alley's first global consulting firm. Later, he developed world-class knowledge management systems for Amlaw 100 firm Shearman & Sterling LLP, for McKinsey & Co., and for UNICEF, the UN agency for women and children. Michael now lives and works in London, where he consults with local government to evolve new business processes through technology and change management. He graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1984 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He retains a pragmatic outlook and endless curiosity about the age we live in and the change and potential that technology has brought about.
Matthew E. Kahn
Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before joining the UCLA faculty in January 2007, he taught at Columbia and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press, 2006) and the co-author of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press, 2009). His research focuses on environmental, urban, real estate, and energy economics.
Mr. Kern is VP and Chief Information Officer for MutualBank (MB); a 122-year-old community bank with just under $1.5 billion in assets, headquartered in Muncie, Ind. He is responsible for all technology strategy and direction for the enterprise and its 35 locations throughout Indiana. In his nearly eight years at MB, Gary has played a coordinating role in the bank's growth from fewer than 20 branches and approximately $750 million in assets to its current size, through several mergers and acquisitions and other de novo branch openings. Significant technology updates have occurred during his tenure as well, including the introduction of VoIP, SAN/Blade infrastructure, and an updated MPLS network, as well as other application and process enhancements.
Prior to joining MB in 2004, Mr. Kern served as Second Vice President of Information Technology for Conseco in Carmel, Ind., where he was responsible for all application development and support for the Group Health and Claims divisions, with staff spread throughout the United States and India. Preceding that, he was Chief Technology Officer for Lincoln Life & Annuity Company of New York (in Syracuse), an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Group (LFG).
Born and raised in Muncie, he has almost 30 years invested in an information technology career that has spanned significant involvement with leadership development, strategic direction, application development on multiple platforms, project management, and infrastructure support. He has a Bachelor's degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, an MBA from Indiana/Purdue Fort Wayne, and is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School Of Banking. Gary is currently President of the Board of Directors of Muncie Civic Theatre, a member of the Family Resource Planning and Communication Committees at his church, The Gathering, and Immediate Past President and Founder of the local Association of Information Technology Professionals chapter (AITP-ECI). He has been a member of the Fiserv ClearTouch Strategic Planning Council since 2010. In 2011, he was nationally honored by being named one of ComputerWorld magazine's Premier 100 IT leaders. Gary, his wife Kelli, and two children currently reside in Yorktown, Ind.
Zaheer Khan is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Environment and Technology of University of the West of England (UWE) and leads the IT for Smart Cities unit of the Complex Cooperative Systems Research Centre there. He has over 10 years of experience in academic research and teaching. His research interests are use of ICT technologies for smart cities, urban management, and policy modelling. He is actively involved in ICT-enabled participatory urban planning and governance by engaging with different cities in Europe. Zaheer's main expertise lies in the application and evaluation of the state-of-the-art tools and technologies from distributed computing, grids, clouds, sensor web, software engineering, business process management, data management, software agents, and geospatial information systems in multi-disciplinary application domains. He has experience of working on the large-scale collaborative SAGE multi-agent system, Framework Programme (FP) Six Health-e-Child, FP6 Humboldt, and FP7 LifeWatch projects, and currently is involved in the FP7 UrbanAPI project – which involves interactive analysis, visualization, and simulation for urban agile policy implementation.
Ayesha Khanna is Founder and Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on human-technology co-evolution, geotechnology, and innovation. She is a Partner at K2S Advisors, which provides strategic and financial advisory services in smart and sustainable cities, technology, and infrastructure. She is also a faculty advisor at Singularity University and directs the Future Cities group at the London School of Economics. A technology and innovation strategy expert, she has more than 10 years of experience advising clients and cities on scenario analysis, product development, digital branding, and customer experience. Her clients have included Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, American International Group, and Deutsche Bank.
Ayesha is frequently interviewed in the media and was featured by The New York Times. She is a regular speaker at industry, marketing, and academic conferences related to emerging technology trends and intelligent cities and is the author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (TED Books, 2012) and Straight Through Processing (Reed Elsevier, 2007). She was series editor of The Complete Technology Guides for Financial Services published by Reed Elsevier. She has written for diverse publications such as BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy. She also blogs on human technology co-evolution at Big Think. She is currently working on a book titled The Generative City.
Ayesha is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, on the Board of Advisors of Humanity+, and co-curator of TEDxGotham. In 2010, she co-chaired the Innovation Advisory Board for the New York City congressional campaign of Reshma Saujani. She has a BA (honors) in economics from Harvard University, an MS in operations research from Columbia University, and is completing her PhD in Information Systems and Innovation at the London School of Economics. She lives in New York and Singapore.
Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveler, and author. He is Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is author of <i>Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization</i> (2012); the international bestseller, <i>The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order</i> (2008); and <i>How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance</i> (2011). In 2008, he was named one of Esquire's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century" and featured in Wired magazine's "Smart List."
Parag is regularly featured in media around the world such as The New York Times, TIME, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and appears regularly on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, PBS, and NPR. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Born in India, he grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Mr. Edwin T.F. Khew is the Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and CEO/ Managing Director or IUT Global Pte. Ltd., a global environmental waste technology and management company with its headquarters in Singapore. He is a former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) and also currently the Chairman of the Singapore Standards Council. Mr. Khew has an Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Singapore, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK), and a professional engineer of the Professional Engineers Board, Singapore.
An engineer by training, Dr Chin Kian-Keong has been involved in the planning, designing, implementation, and construction of various road and traffic management projects in Singapore, including the development and management of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and the implementation of the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system. He is now the Chief Engineer, Transportation and a Group Director of Singapore's Land Transport Authority.
Sungwoo Kim is KPMG Partner in Charge of Climate Change and Sustainability, Asia Pacific. He has a Master's in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University, and a PhD in business administration from aSSIST. While his dissertation is focused on "Climate Change and Business/Corporate Strategy," he has developed his career in clean energy and business development based on 20 years' work experience including POSCO (world top-five steelmaker). Also, he was a focal member of Asia Clean Energy Fund and others with competence from engineering to financing and from theory to execution. He has spoken at major global conferences, Business for Environment, Carbon Expo, Carbon Finance, and Asia Clean Energy Forum as a prominent Asian speaker.
As Head of Sustainability and Advanced Modeling, Judit excels in developing designs that take advantage of computational techniques to maximize sustainable value. Her approach to quantify, visualize and manipulate the spatial, environmental, and financial relationships that drive designs has formed the foundation of the practice's Sustainability Strategy, captured in the industry-recognized Aedas Green Book. The methodology she developed for benchmarking and monitoring building energy use from briefing to completion has provided the basis for her collaboration with the RIBA and CIBSE to set up CarbonBuzz, an online platform for the construction industry to close the gap between forecast and actual CO2 emissions of buildings.
Judit has built a team of specialists who bring advanced form-finding and sustainable construction methods to the design process. Her team has participated in over 50 projects from small scale residential to master planning. She is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on advanced modeling and sustainable design.
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Susan has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for The Christian Science Monitor on international culture, ethics, and environmental issues. Since leaving the paper in 2012, she has moved to Barcelona and is now following its smart-city evolution. She has also lived in London, Boston, and Cairo and has a degree in French and Arabic from the University of St. Andrews.
Nathalie Leboucher has been Senior Vice President of the Orange Smart Cities strategic program since Sept. 15, 2012. It is one of the six strategic programs defined by the executive committee of France Telecom Orange. Prior to joining Orange, she was founder and President of Kapsch TrafficCom France, operating on smart traffic telematics solutions. Before that, she was Vice President Development and Partnerships of Paris Rhin Rhône Highways. Nathalie graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE, and HEC.
Mathieu Lefevre is the Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation. Working closely with the Foundation's Trustees, he oversees the organization's strategy and its day-to-day operations. Previously, he worked for the World Bank in the area of governance and as a political officer for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, serving in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Mathieu is a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the London School of Economics. He is a citizen of France and the US and has published articles in The Economist magazine, the Foundation for Strategic Research, the French Almanac of International Relations and the Afghanistan Analysts Network. He is a city enthusiast – with a specialization in street food.
Zhou Lei is a British prestigious Chevening Scholar winning researcher (London School of Economics) who currently specializes in applied anthropology, media, and consulting. He has previously worked as feature writer at Xinhua News Agency in Beijing and Yunnan (2004-2008), as well as editor-in-chief of Link Times, China's first South Asia focused English news monthly (sponsored by China News Service), and Africa Magazine (sponsored by China Association for Overseas Exchange 2010-2012).
In the past two years, Zhou Lei has worked mainly for Horizon International Research Institute in Shanghai as executive director on overseas smart investment, facilitating entrepreneurial acculturation and cultural perceptions, enabling Chinese entrepreneurs and governmental officials to better understand the soft factors of overseas activities through in-depth ethnographic works in alien countries.
As a PhD in Anthropology, Zhou Lei is still a Post-Doc Fellow of the Institute of Social Anthropology, Nanjing University, and once worked as visiting scholar in the Regional Center for Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre; and as researcher for the Center forHuman and Economic Development, Peking University. He focuses on environmental degradation in China, media politics, Chinese urbanization paradigms, and overseas ethnography of Chinese enterprises
As Policy Officer at the World Future Council, Anna Leidreiter coordinates policy research and advocacy campaigns in the climate energy team. In her main capacity she works on enabling policy frameworks for a global energy transition towards 100 percent renewable energies as well as a transformation of urban areas towards regenerative systems. Anna holds a Master's degree in international development studies focused on environmental governance from the University of Amsterdam.
George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 25 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He currently serves as Executive Editor for Electronic Engineering Times, where he also serves as Washington bureau chief. In that capacity, he is responsible for covering government agencies, including NASA. Leopold holds a BS in history from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he concentrated in science writing. He has written extensively about the US manned space program, including the monumental engineering effort behind the Apollo moon-landing program. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, New Scientist, and other publications. He resides on Reston, Virginia.
Currently CIO of the City of London, Dr. William Quentin Limond is a proven, energetic leader and deliverer of major change programs. He has over 20 years of global experience with board-level responsibility for business change and IT programs as CIO, group IS/IT director, and change and program director. He has led a variety of major international organizations in both the public and private sectors, including the City of London Corporation, The Department for Education, Transport for London, the London Underground, Audit Commission, Pilkington, British Gas, BAE Systems, and Alghanim Industries (a multibillion-dollar conglomerate based in Kuwait).
Having managed outsourced IT providers for 10 companies, Bill has created new IS functions in nine different merged organizations, working at both operating and group company levels, and has director-level experience creating IT director roles and departments. He has overseen large-scale, far-reaching changes within his various organizations, in systems, culture, and staffing. In his time, he has acquired and sold companies and acted as a mediator and as an expert witness. He is an experienced government, mission-critical, high-risk program gateway review team leader and commercial advisor with security clearance.
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I began working as a professional writer more than 19 years ago. For UBM Electronics, I am editor in chief of Test & Measurement World and also serve as a contributing editor to EDN. Previously, I was the site editor for Memory Designline, RF&Microwave Designline, and Test&Measurement Designline at EETimes. Over the years I have worked with numerous publications, including Microwaves & RF, Wireless Systems Design, Communication Systems Design, Wireless Design Online, and Global Telephony. A member of NASW and ACS, I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware and a Master's Degree from Duquesne University.
Having established the award-winning Drivers Jonas sustainability team in 2007, Jon now serves on the Global Leadership Team of Deloitte Sustainability, leading its Community of Practice of around 200 professionals on real estate and the built environment. Working closely with the inimitable Miles Keeping, he continues to drive Drivers Jonas Deloitte sustainability services into the UK and international marketplace.
He is a widely recognized innovator on sustainable cities and built environments. He has led a number of ground-breaking initiatives ranging from city-scale low carbon transition strategies and national policy initiatives, exemplar commercial and community development projects, through to real estate investment advice for major funds. He recently lead Deloitte's input to the UK Green Building Council Plan for Growth, a mold-breaking plan for the UK built environment sector to achieve competitive advantage in a resource-constrained world. He will shortly be leading a strategy symposium in San Francisco for the Board of the World Green Building Council to envision of the future of the movement globally.
Jon was named the Insider Young Property Professional of the Year in 2009 and is a Fellow of the RSA. He combines his role as a consultant with a number of external appointments, including as: a member of the Green Property Alliance; a member of the influential Aldersgate Group, for which he leads on built environment matters; a member of the British Property Federation Sustainability Committee; a Board Director of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Economic Area; Chairman of the pro.Manchester Green Economy Group; a member of the European Council for Sustainable Development for the Urban Land Institute; formerly, Trustee of the Landscape Institute, and Chairman of the Policy Committee.
Eric Lundquist, Vice President and Editorial Analyst for UBM TechWeb, provides analysis and commentary on the hottest topics in enterprise technology including cloud computing, mobility, social networks for the enterprise, and corporate and personal hardware and software trends. His goal is to feel the pulse of the industry and provide corporate business and technology executives guidance in making the best technology decisions for their companies. At UBM, Eric writes regular commentary and analysis articles and videos on current technology trends as well as conducting interviews with senior industry and customer executives. He is especially involved in the Global CIO content.
Previous to joining UBM, Eric was the Senior Vice President of Editorial at Ziff Davis Enterprise. He leveraged his extensive industry knowledge to set editorial strategy across all Ziff Davis Enterprise brands and helped guide and develop all editorial products to make sure they remained the leading sources of information in the IT industry. Those brands included eWeek, CIO Insight, and Baseline. His other roles at Ziff Davis included the positions of Editor-in-Chief of eWeek (previously PC Week) for over a decade and Editorial Director for CIO Insight. He was the Content Director, New Media Products, at IDG.
In the past, Lundquist appeared regularly as a technology commentator on CNN and CBS Marketwatch and has won numerous journalism awards including Neal, Computer Press Association, and New England Press Association awards. He is the author of a high-tech mystery novel, <i>Red's Query</i>. He hosts a weekly, hour-long video program, "CIO Insight" on The Pulse Network – an innovative social television network that matches the reach of television with the conversational capabilities of social networks.
Lundquist came to technology reporting after working as a daily newspaper reporter in Massachusetts and stringer for United Press International. As a daily newspaper reporter covering local governments, courts, and civic activities, he won the New England Newspaper Association's "Best New Story of the Year" for an investigative series into a local housing association. He was named to the Marketing Computers "Most Influential Journalist" list.
He holds a BA in history from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science in journalism from Boston University, and a graduate certificate in management with an emphasis on technology from the extension school at Harvard University. His outside interests include working with non-profits to develop digital fund raising platforms and youth soccer. He is a founder and board member of the Lawrence, Mass., inner city youth soccer program. He previously served on the boards of Youth Tech Entrepreneurs and the Massachusetts ESGR (Employee support of the National Guard and Reserves) division of the national ESGR organization. He lives in Andover, Mass.
Gareth returned to the UK in 2007 after 20 years living and working abroad. The Innovation and Strategy group is a new grouping which mixes policy, research, and local development with the latest Cisco technological solutions. The group includes the new four Cisco Scholars announced by the Prime Minister on Nov. 10 from UCL and Imperial and the National Virtual Incubator Programme.
Gareth previously worked in the Cabinet Office as an Assistant Director in Civil Contingencies Secretariat and oversaw the critical resilience of economic regulated sectors and producing elements of the National Security. Previous to his return to the UK, heworked for the European Commission in DG INFSO and supporting DG REGEO, DG AIDCO, and DG MARKT. He spent nine years at Hewlett-Packard in Managed Services and finished his time as Director for Local and Regional Government EMEA. He studied at Brigham Young University, University of Glasgow, Grenoble University, and Moscow State University.
Mayra is an urban planner and strategist with expertise in community engagement. She is a Partner and Research Director at Re:Imagine Group and brings a social science lens to the group's work around technologies and cities. Her people-centered approach is backed with 10 years of experience as a facilitator, cross-cultural research in six countries, and a solid academic background in participatory design, psychology, and anthropology. She is also passionate about capturing the value of information technology to accelerate the development of a sustainable and inclusive society.
Before Re:Imagine Group, Mayra worked for four years as a sustainability consultant and urban planner at Arup. In this position she addressed the socio-cultural dimension of high-profile planning and engineering projects. In the Bay Area, her work included developing metric and performance guidelines for the Treasure Island Sustainability Plan; defining community identity and economic development policies for the Candlestick Point / Hunters Point Shipyard Project; and coordinating community outreach and an environmental review process for the Concord Community Reuse Project.
Mayra's work in Peru, Uruguay, Bogota, Caracas, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro has included assessing compliance with international standards of social and environmental performance (for infrastructure projects) and carrying out in-depth studies on behalf of the C40 and the Clinton Climate Initiative on the political and regulatory context needed for climate change abatement. Prior to Arup, she focused on bottom-up sustainable development strategies for rural communities in Latin America. She holds a Master's degree in community and regional planning, a Master's in Latin American studies, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Alexi is an expert in formulating property strategies that deliver better business. She specializes in offices, libraries, and educational buildings. She studied architecture and town planning at the University of Sydney and the University of California, Berkeley, and later worked as director of research and consultancy at DEGW. Her enthusiasm is in understanding how people use space, how buildings operate in practice, and how to create buildings that really work for the people who inhabit them.
As Professor of Facility and Environment Management in the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, and Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University, Alexi is uniquely placed to link academic research with practical outcomes. Selected as a CABE enabler in 2001, she has advised on the creation of many civic, cultural, and medical buildings across the UK. She frequently speaks at conferences on space management and design for offices and educational buildings. She has co-authored two books on office planning: Understanding Offices: What every manager needs to know about office buildings (Penguin) and Office Space Planning: Designing for tomorrow's workplace (McGraw-Hill).
Dan Mathieson is in his third term as Mayor of his hometown, Stratford, Ontario. He currently sits on numerous Boards and Committees in healthcare, municipal affairs, law enforcement, athletics, universities and colleges, and not-for-profits, including Walsh University for the Study of the Intelligent Community, the University of Waterloo/Stratford Campus, the Stratford Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community, and i-Canada.
Stratford was a railway town that became famous for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, auto parts, and culinary tourism. Beginning with online innovations in education, healthcare, and public services, the city has recently emerged as a technology center specializing in digital media and a "living lab" for global technology companies such as Toshiba, RIM, and Cisco. The city owns its smart grid electrical system, and a citywide WiFi network built over a 70km loop of optical fiber. Stratford also boasts the new University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus, and research relationships with Western University and Clemson University in the US. Stratford was designated one of the world's Top Seven Intelligent Communities for 2011 and 2012 by the New York-based broadband think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum.
Dan was recently chosen by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, paying tribute to community leaders whose endeavors have set them apart as technology innovators. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Clive "Max" Maxfield is six feet tall, outrageously handsome, English, and proud of it. In addition to being a hero, trendsetter, and leader of fashion, he is widely regarded as an expert in all aspects of electronics (at least by his mother).
Max received his BSc in Control Engineering in 1980 from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, UK. He began his career as a designer of central processing units (CPUs) for mainframe computers. Over the years, Max has designed everything from silicon chips to circuit boards, and from brainwave amplifiers to steampunk "Display-O-Meters." He has also been at the forefront of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for more than 20 years.
Max is the author and/or co-author of a number of books, including Designus Maximus Unleashed (banned in Alabama), Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics), EDA: Where Electronics Begins, FPGAs: Instant Access, and How Computers Do Math.
Shelagh McCartney is an architect and urbanist who provides a multidisciplinary approach in defining and implementing community visions. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, studying informal settlements in rapidly expanding urban agglomerations and the effect that emerging institutional and redevelopment practices have on those communities. She is a Fulbright Scholar who received her Master's in Design Studies, concentrating in Urban Development and Housing, from Harvard University (2007). She also holds a Bachelor of Professional Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Studies Pre-Professional Architecture from the University of Waterloo. She is also a licensed member of the Ontario Association of Architects, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Shelagh is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Waterloo, teaching introductory design and option studios, is a thesis advisor in practice at Ryerson University, and has been a guest critic and lecturer at universities in the United States, Canada, and Australia. She has worked on projects in more than six countries including Canada, Finland, Italy, and South Africa. In her belief that architecture is only a small part of what makes a city work, Shelagh examines issues of what holds a community together and hopes to inspire and design urban projects that will make a difference in tomorrow's global communities.
Nick Meeten is a mechanical engineer and the Green Buildings team leader at a water technology company in Germany. He is a professional member of the Institute of Professional Engineers from New Zealand. He has more than 25 years' experience in: thermal modeling of buildings; design of commercial building HVAC systems and urban infrastructure; project management of land development and commercial building projects; and design and implementation of water recycling and wastewater energy recovery solutions.
Dr. Mitra is an international water and wastewater technologist and is recognized as a "Who's Who" in water and wastewater by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has 22 years of domestic and international water and wastewater experience in technology, engineering, consulting, and management. His expertise is in municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment technologies, water recycling and reuse, total water management, urban water management, wastewater regulation development, and development of water programs for state and federal environmental agencies. He is one of the leading technologists in the country in the design and operation of biological treatment of wastewater, employing MLE, Bardenpho, MBBR, IFAS, SBR, and MBR technologies for BOD, nitrogen and phosphorus removal, denitrification filters for nitrogen removal, and anaerobic processes for BOD removal, sludge digestion, and energy from biogas.
His work involved working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), industries, municipalities, states, and universities in US and India. He worked for leading water and wastewater companies such as CH2M HILL and Tetra Tech in the US and Ion Exchange Ltd. in India. Currently, he is Vice-President of World Water Works (USA), India. He received his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, Indi; MS in Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University, USA;PhD from Lehigh University, USA; and MBA from Virginia Tech, USA. He has authored several books, papers, and EPA and state documents on wastewater and is an invited speaker at various international and national conferences and summits. He is a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and several water and wastewater committees.
As an independent elected representative, I work for our community's interests, for the needs of Sydney and for the future. I love our area and want to make it an even better place to live and work, and to transform it into a leading sustainable city globally. I represent you directly, providing an independent alternative to party politicians. I challenge government inaction and the stranglehold of vested interests over political parties, which has shut out community input.
As Lord Mayor, I have transformed our city government into a responsive organisation that has a carefully consulted long-term strategy and the practical expertise to achieve results. Our City is focused on securing a sustainable future – environmentally, socially, culturally, and economically. As an Independent MP, I took your concerns directly to Parliament to influence and get action from Government. I spoke on legislation, asked questions, and lobbied responsible Ministers to keep your concerns on the agenda.
I work for a better environment and living amenity, and to defend our parks and foreshores. I promote progressive solutions to inner city problems, and I have initiated social justice legislation of state significance. I offer you courage, commitment, and integrity, more hard work, and active representation to address the problems of Sydney, as well as an ongoing commitment to raise standards in government and politics.
Faustin Moukala is the managing director of Siwara Associates, a development service consultancy based in France, specializing in property project management in Sub-Saharan Africa. Faustin is also a registered architect. He graduated from the Montpellier (France) School of Architecture.
In June 2012, after more than three successful years as Deputy Chairman of Transport for London, Daniel Moylan was appointed Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. In this role he leads the promotion and delivery of the physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration of the Olympic Park and surrounding area.
During his time as Deputy Chairman of Transport for London, he oversaw a massive program of investment in transport infrastructure and led the Mayor's work to improve London's public realm. He remains a Member of the Board of Transport for London. Daniel has been a Conservative Councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since 1990 and was Deputy Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2011.
Design News senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 25 years. During his 20 years with Design News and five more with EE Times, he has written extensively about automotive-, medical-, industrial-, and energy-related topics and has followed the reemergence of electric cars since the late 1980s. He is a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his 1993 story on implantable defibrillators, "The Making of a Medical Miracle." He is also the author of the book The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published in 1997 by John Wiley & Sons. Chuck's technology coverage has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune's business pages and in its Sunday magazine, as well as in Popular Science magazine. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Lauren Muskett is currently the assistant managing editor with Design News where she works closely with the print magazine and online content. She has experience in print, multimedia, and broadcast journalism and earned her MA in journalism from Emerson College. Lauren began her venture into the field by working for weekly newspapers, where she did reporting and editing, and later crossed over into broadcast journalism.
In his current role as the Mayor's Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Nath is working with the tech community and the public to help reinvent government in the digital age. As part of this effort, a partnership announced in 2012 with Code For America's Civic Accelerator will help open the doors of government to our tech community to drive new solutions and spin off new businesses. If you have ideas for innovating San Francisco government send him a tweet.
Mr. Nath joined the City and County of San Francisco in September 2006 as Director of CRM where he successfully deployed customer relationship management software enterprise-wide. The technology plays a critical role in managing more than 10 million phone calls through SF 311. In 2007, he established the city's first service-oriented architecture (SOA) deployment, which serves as a real-time, bi-directional communication hub managing millions of messages. In his role as Director of Innovation for the Department of Technology he led an effort to make San Francisco the first large city in the nation to use Twitter as a new channel for taking public requests. This idea soon led to an effort to establish an international standard for 311 services allowing interoperability with third-party applications. As a result there are now dozens of apps available and many more in the pipeline. He is now focused on growing the adoption of Open311, which has more than 40 cities internationally and dozens of vendors on board.
In 2010, Jay established the nation's first open-source software policy for city government, and in the same year authored Open Data Legislation requiring City departments to make all non-confidential datasets under their authority available onDataSF.org, the city's one-stop Website for government data. He launched DataSF in August 2009 using open-source technology, taking only three months from idea to go-live. The initial phase of DataSF includes nearly 200 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency. More than 60 software applications have already been created from the City's data and are featured in the DataSF App Showcase. This includes San Francisco Crimespotting, an interactive crime map, EcoFinder, an iPhone app that helps residents recycle, and Routesy, an app that helps people find their way around the Bay Area's transit systems.
The Open Source and Open Data policies are part of a larger Open Gov initiative being led by Mr. Nath for the City and County of San Francisco to engage constituents, focused on open data, open participation, and open source. Prior to working for the City, Jay worked at SquareTrade, an Internet company in San Francisco where we was a senior product manager. Previously he was a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he started his career after graduating from Cornell. He lives with his wife, Christine, and two cats in San Francisco's Sunset District. His interests are biking (in the slow lane), vegetarian cooking, and general geekery.
Most recently Vice President of Engineering at Germane Systems, creating ruggedized servers and storage for the US submarine fleet, Jim has held senior management positions at SGI/Rackable and Verari. He was CEO at startups Scalant and CDS, headed operations at PC Brand and Metalithic, and led major divisions of Memorex-Telex and NCR. His team at NCR has their first SCSI ASIC in the Smithsonian. At NCR, he led a $2 billion systems program and built a $500 million annual storage revenue stream. In 2007, he won a TechTarget Product-of-the-Year award for storage appliances that sold 70PB in their first year. Recent successes include a family of scale-out storage appliances at SGI/Rackable and "converged" systems at Verari. Now a consultant focused on storage and cloud computing, Jim's notable assignments include acting as infrastructure program manager for a multibillion-dollar cloud deployment and creating a software approach for leading-edge storage-class memory.
Nancy Odendaal is a Senior Lecturer in city planning at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Geomatics, University of Cape Town (UCT). Prior to that she was based at the African Centre for Cities (also at UCT) as a senior researcher and coordinator of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS), a peer-to-peer network of 48 universities in Africa offering urban planning degrees. She managed two Rockefeller Foundation funded projects in this regard. The first is entitled "Revitalising Planning Education" and entailed research and mobilisation towards the reconceptualisation of training on the continent. This work continues on a part-time basis, and she represents AAPS on the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN). The second project focused on case study research methodology and its function as a research and pedagogical tool. This initiative has now been expanded into a comparative case study research project with Indian and Brazilian partners.
Nancy's PhD research (at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg) interrogated the relationship between information and communication technology and urban transformation, and she has published more broadly on this. Her other research and teaching interests include communities of practice in planning education, strategic spatial planning, metropolitan planning, bottom-up technological innovation, and infrastructural transitions in cities of the global South.
Dietmar Offenhuber is a media artist with a background in architecture and is interested in the spatial concepts of cognition, representation, and behavior. He holds degrees from TU Vienna and the MIT Media Lab and was a founding member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. In 2004, he was a Japan Foundation Fellow at the IAMAS institute in Gifu, Japan, followed by a professorship for Animation at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. From 2006 to 2008 he worked as a Researcher at the MIT Media Lab. Currently he is Professor at the Art University Linz and Key Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media Art Research.
His awards include nominations for the ZKM's International Media Art Award and the FEIDAD Award, Honorable Mentions at Transmediale, Ars Electronica, and a Special Mention at the Wroclav Media Art Biennale, the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Art Directors Club Silver Award, and the Joseph Binder Award for design. In 2004 and 2005, Dietmar was a jury member in the animation category of the Prix Ars Electronica. He collaborates frequently with the sound artist Markus Decker and with the composers Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl under the label "stadtmusik," investigating the architectural qualities of sonic spaces.
Ray Oldenburg, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Sociology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He is best known for writing The Great Good Place. He works as a consultant to entrepreneurs, community and urban planners, churches, and others seeking to establish great, good places. He holds a Bachelor's of English and social studies from Mankato State University, Minnesota, and a Master's and PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota. He held positions at the University of West Florida from 1971 to 2001, prior to which he taught and researched at the University of Nevada, Stout State University, and the University of Minnesota. Oldenburg also worked as an elementary and high school teacher, and as a dental technician in the US Army Medical Corps.
Chris Osgood co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics, bringing to the office nearly 10 years of experience in city government. Much of his work during that time has focused on designing operations and policy that help cities engage and respond to constituents. Chris earned his MBA from Harvard after serving for five years in the NYC Parks and Recreation Department as its Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor. Chris and New Urban Mechanics cofounder Nigel Jacob have received a number of awards for their groundbreaking work in Boston, including being named Public Officials of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.
Christine Outram is an expert in creative strategy and design, and initiatives that utilize big-data to create smart cities and new business ecosystems. She is the founder of City Innovation Group and has worked with the likes of the United Nations, the City of San Francisco, the City of Singapore, and Nokia. Prior to her current role, Christine was a Research Associate at MIT's SENSEable City Lab. There, she led a team of mechanical and electrical engineers, data scientists, architects, and interaction designers in the creation of The Copenhagen Wheel, an award-winning wheel that turns ordinary bikes into electric hybrids with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities.
In 2011, Christine was one of eight researchers invited to Chile to help ignite an innovation culture amongst young designers and business school students. Her work has also been featured in numerous exhibitions and in the academic and popular press, including: the COP15 Climate Conference, Google I/O, Maker Fair, The New York Times, Scientific American, Wired, and the Australian Financial Review. She writes and speaks regularly about design-thinking, cities, and innovation, and she is coauthoring a book on using "open data" to promote innovation ecosystems in cities. In 2011, Christine was named one of the Top 100 "Internet of Things" thinkers by Postscapes.
Liz Peace became CEO of the British Property Federation in 2002, following a long and varied career in the Ministry of Defence, working on a diverse range of projects including Northern Ireland, land acquisitions,and public enquiries. At the British Property Federation she has managed to change legislation on commercial leases, to win innumerable changes to planning and tax legislation, and, working as part of a pan-industry alliance, to persuade the government to introduce REITs. She is currently deeply involved with the coalition government on the implementation of its growth agenda and the particular challenges posed by the Community Infrastructure Levy, the Portas Review, tax changes, and the continuing drive towards energy-efficient buildings. Liz was awarded a CBE in the 2008 for services to the property industry.
Matt Pennell has been a magazine and Website journalist since 1995, reporting on the music industry, retail, and international maritime and transport sectors before dedicating himself to the built environment from 2005 onwards. He currently produces conferences and writes blogs for UBM on a range of construction events in its London office. In the past, he has played a key role as an influential and campaigning journalist, guiding UK government policy on integrating ICT infrastructure in schools as editor of the Building Schools Journal. Widely respected in the public sector building community, Matt has strong relationships with contractors, architects, and consultants that work on schools, hospitals, and other major public building projects. A politics graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he will be blogging about economic, political, transport, and real estate topics for Future Cities.
Reji Kumar Pillai
Reji is a renowned expert in the electric power sector with 30+ years of international experience in the electricity industry in diverse functions across the entire value chain. He has been a key member of many multidisciplinary teams that were engaged in reform and restructuring of power and water utilities in Asia, Middle East, and Africa. In Oct 2011, he was unanimously elected to a two-year term as the President of India Smart Grid Forum, a public/private partnership initiative of the government of India for accelerated development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector.
As an entrepreneur Reji has built successful enterprises in India and UAE and exited them. Currently he is the Founder and Managing Director of Magnetar Venture, a US$100 million India-focused Fund to foster innovation in clean technologies with a mission to build globally successful enterprises out of India in the emerging cleantech revolution. He is also an active member of Indian Angel Network.
Reji has advanced education in engineering, finance, management, and law, and has worked with NTPC and IBM and been a senior consultant with ADB, World Bank, and USAID. A recognized thought leader in smart grid technologies, he is a popular key-note speaker at international symposiums and conferences on smart grids and cleantech. He has also contributed to several articles and books.
Dale Cameron Potter is a proven leader and executive in the delivery of information technology solutions. He is sensitive to the needs and constraints of the business he is serving and is able to maximize value delivery through IT strategies linked to the business objectives.
Dale is currently the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation, at The Ottawa Hospital, one of the largest Academic Health Science Centers in Canada. He joined The Ottawa Hospital in 2008 as the Senior VP and Chief Information Officer. Prior to his mandate at the hospital, he spent more than eight years in senior executive IT leadership roles for global, world-class manufacturing corporations, as the CIO of Alcan Engineered Products, based in Paris, and CIO of Bombardier Transportation based in Berlin.
In the first 10 years of Dale's professional career, he gained international experience as a solution architect in top-tier consulting organizations developing solutions and strategies for many large global corporations.
Adam is the Managing Partner of Consulting. He is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the Australian eHealth agenda and is currently providing strategic eHealth advice to a range of public and private health sector organizations across Australia. He was the lead author of the Australian National eHealth Strategy which was endorsed by Health Ministers back in December 2008. Adam also has over 20 years information systems experience in Australia, the Asia/Pacific region, and the United States. This includes expertise in providing consulting services to clients in areas such as IT strategic planning, IT architecture, and large-scale IT programs. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) from RMIT and an MBA from Monash University.
Andrew has over 22 years of high-profile and award-winning design experience within the commercial sector, delivering projects for clients in the UK and internationally. Before joining Capita Symonds Andrew was a Director at John McAslan and Partner and a Senior Associate at James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates.
Rich Quinnell has been covering electronics technology for more than 15 years, reporting on topics such as semiconductors, embedded systems, communications, and test for EDN, TMW, and many other publications. Prior to becoming a technical journalist he had spent more than a decade as an embedded systems designer and engineering project manager for companies such as Matrix Imaging, Cooper LaserSonics, and the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He has degrees in electrical engineering and applied physics, with additional graduate work in communications, computer design, and quantum electronics.
Stuart is principal analyst in Ovum's energy & sustainability team. He has worked in Ovum's commercial verticals team since May 2008, and is responsible for its utilities workstream. He collaborates closely with analysts within Datamonitor's Energy and Sustainability business unit as well as horizontal analysts within the wider Ovum group, to provide both vendor and utility clients with superior technology analysis.
His recent research projects include Optimizing Customer Engagement in Smart Meter Deployments; Profiting from Smart Meter Communications Networks; Great Britain Smart Meter Infrastructure: Analysis of Potential Architectures; The Smart Metering Technology Value Chain; BI and Analytics: Making the Smart Utility Intelligent; Customer Satisfaction, Smart Meters, and the Utility Billing Process; Billing Presentment and the Changing Utility Billing Landscape; Smart Meters Create a Huge Opportunity for Data Services in Utilities; Business Trends: Understanding Utilities Technology; Trends to Watch in Utilities Technology 2011; Cost to Serve Reporting Within Utilities; and Industry Dynamics: 2010 Guide to Technology in the Utilities Industry.
He has managed consultancy projects including advising a European utility on its shared services strategy; a vendor on its potential opportunities within emerging technology associated with utilities; a communications company on current market opportunities in UK utility companies; the current opportunities for an enterprise content management vendor within utilities; the sizing of market opportunities in European offshore oil & gas; and a market sizing project for AMI technologies. Stuart has 15 years' experience as an analyst, mostly within financial and professional services institutions. He has worked in the corporate finance, management consultancy, real estate, and legal sectors, and has wide experience in both financial modeling and market analysis.
Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since then, he has hired more than 700 police officers, reopened all of the city's recreation centers as safe havens for young people, and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times and sanitation operations. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city's employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city's $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. Mayor Reed began his term facing a $48 million budget shortfall; under his leadership, the city has had three years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $126 million.
Mayor Reed has received numerous accolades since taking office. In September 2012, he was named the sixth most influential African-American in the nation by The Root, a publication of the Washington Post Company. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators in July 2012. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., honored him in May 2012 with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, saying he "heralds a new and creative approach to leadership." Governing Magazine named Mayor Reed as one of the top state and local government officials of the year in November 2011. Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist and author of <i>That Used to Be Us,</i> called Reed "inspiring" and labeled him as "one of the best of this new breed of leaders." In his book <i>We Can All Do Better</i>, former US. Senator Bill Bradley cited Reed's straightforward approach in successfully reforming the city's pension plan and wrote: "We need more of that kind of candor."
Mayor Reed's civic leadership and service have been nationally recognized on programs such as Meet the Press and on news outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, FOX, and CNBC. He has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, and Black Enterprise. He has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, New York Ideas, New Cities Summit, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America, and the Gathering of Leaders. He is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the US Conference of Mayors and Chairman of the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He is a member of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2007, Leadership Georgia Class of 2000, and Leadership Atlanta Class of 1998. He served as a Board Member of both the National Black Arts Festival and Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.
Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1998 and served two terms. From 2002 to 2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He is a former partner of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm.
Mayor Reed grew up in the Cascade community of Southwest Atlanta, where he attended Utoy Springs Elementary School and Westwood High School (now Westlake High School). He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and an honorary Doctor of Laws. As an undergraduate member of Howard University's Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program that has contributed more than $10 million to the school's endowment since its inception. He was appointed as Howard University's youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees.
Since 1996 I have been the president of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing, a consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area (Chevy Chase, Md.) that specializes in helping companies to enhance existing services and develop new services in wireless data. My firm focuses on business development, marketing, white papers, tutorials/workshops and corporate weblogs.
I've been analyzing wireless communications for more than 30 years. I started by helping to develop and manage the first trade association in the United States for the independent providers of pagers and mobile phones.
In the past, I created the world's first: Wireless data newsletter, wireless data conference, cellular conference and FM radio subcarrier newsletter. I also helped develop and write for the first cellular magazine.
I've been blogging since 2001, and Forbes magazine listed a mobile data site as one of the top five technology blogs
I've written numerous articles for UBM sites, including Internet Evolution, Enterprise Efficiency, The CMO Site and Future Cities. I also record videos for Internet Evolution.
Please feel free to contact me, either by leaving a comment on my columns or by sending e-mail to email@example.com. Thank you very much for reading.
Dan Ringelstein brings a unique perspective to his many accomplishments in urban environments around the world. As an architect, urban designer, and planner, he is both interested in the physical characteristics of a place and how planning, urban design, urban infrastructure, and architecture can create a positive public environment. This is evident in the strong role he has played in getting complex projects of significant magnitude planned, implemented, and built.
As the leader of SOM's European Urban Design and Planning Group, Mr. Ringelstein directs projects that focus on the urban regeneration of cities. He also guides and implements the urban strategy of each architectural project in the London office. Collaborating closely within a multi-disciplinary team, he assists in the development of all concepts with the client and specialist consultants.
Mr. Ringelstein has extensive experience in working in differing cultures and contexts across the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia. His urban design and planning skills include working with regional authorities, city officials, developers, specialist consultants, and individual communities to deliver long-term visions. His architectural design skills include working with clients and consultants developing all phases of a project from the initial conceptual studies through construction.
Rick Robinson is an Executive Architect working for IBM Software Group's Chief Technology Officer for Europe, responsible for the development and delivery of new solutions for IBM's public sector clients. In this role he works predominantly with regional and city governments and their partners to exploit technologies such as Smarter Cities, cloud computing, the ""Internet of Things,"" and Analytics. Recently he has been extensively involved in IBM's work with the city of Sunderland in the UK, where IBM is delivering a cloud computing platform to support innovation by small businesses and social enterprises.
Prior to this role, Rick held positions responsible for first-of-a-kind project delivery and technology strategy for IBM in areas such as Web 2.0, social media, service-oriented architecture, mobile internet, and distributed computing. Before working for IBM, he completed a PhD in the Physics of Superconducting Devices at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the chair of the Birmingham Science City Digital Working Group and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK, where his research interests include collaborative online supply chains and the application of analytics technology to complex healthcare datasets.
Melanie Rodier is Senior Editor at Wall Street & Technology. She has worked as a print and broadcast journalist for over 10 years, covering business and finance, general news, and film trade news. Prior to joining Wall Street & Technology in April 2007, she lived in Paris, where she worked for the International Herald Tribune, and Rome, where she wrote for Reuters and Screen International, a film trade publication. Melanie was born in London, and graduated from Oxford University where she studied Spanish and Italian. She is also a fluent French speaker.
Ben Rogers is a writer and policy thinker, with a particular focus on cities, citizenship, social capital, public service reform, and the built environment. Prior to joining the Centre for London, he was an Associate Director of IPPR from 2003 to 2007 and has subsequently led strategy teams in Haringey Council, DCLG, and The Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, where he was responsible for producing the cross government strategy, "World Class Places." Ben has written several acclaimed books on philosophy and history, published in the UK and the US, and is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He is a visiting fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He tweets from @ben_rog
Philip is an author, commentator, and consultant specializing in the impact of emerging technology on the world of work and the workplace. He has worked with organizations such as Ernst and Young, Eversheds, McKinsey and Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Royal Bank of Scotland on future workplace concepts based on emerging technologies. Philip has spoken at conferences around the world including the Wall Street Journal Europe CEO Forum on Converging Technologies and Corenet's Global Summits in Beijing, Sydney, Orlando, and Melbourne. In 1994 he founded Cordless Group and wrote and published The Cordless Office Report. He has written three books on the future of cities, work, and workplace: The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office, and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson) and has contributed to a number of other books including The Corporate Fool and The Responsible Workplace.
Senior Technical Editor with Test & Measurement World since 1992. EDN Design Ideas editor 2008 to 2011, Martin has written six songs about life as an engineer: "The Measurement Blues," "The Lab in the Corner," "Below a GigaHertz," "Electrical Heroes," "Check Designs for EMI Early," and "Red Eye Jedi." Hear them all at www.tmworld.com/blues. His industry experience includes design and applications engineering at companies in process instrumentation and semiconductor production equipment. Martin has a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Bentley College (now Bentley University).
Narasimhan has extensive experience in understanding renewable energy markets and strategic levers for success in these markets. His special focus has been his work on the Indian renewable energy industry. That work has focused on providing business intelligence, opportunity analysis, and recommendations to entrepreneurs, top management, and businesses expanding into renewable energy. He, along with his team, has been acting as a catalyst for creating awareness about renewable energy and sustainability in India. He did his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), among the top five management institutes in India.
His areas of expertise include: techno-economic feasibility of renewable energy projects; market and industry research; entry and diversification strategies for companies; and strategic consulting. While Narasimhan has undertaken research and consulting assignments in a wide range of renewable energy domains, specific emphasis has been in the areas of solar PV, wind energy, and biomass power production. In these assignments, he has added critical value in the areas of evolving optimal entry and diversification strategies, opportunity analysis, and determining the market potential of both mainstream and niche business opportunities. His cleantech consulting expertise has benefited such diverse entities such as the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Mexican and Italian governments/trade associations.
Narasimhan has been one of the most sought-after presenters at seminars and conferences focused on the Indian renewable energy segment. He has been an ardent advocate of sustainability and feels that businesses, through well devised strategies, can not only become more sustainable with time, but also make sustainability a profitable proposition for their businesses. His vision is to be an enabler of sustainability in India, which he aspires to do by providing critical support services and solutions for the cleantech and the sustainability industry. His personal tweets on sustainability and cleantech can be found at http://twitter.com/sustamatic
The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Ms Lisa Scaffidi is 17th Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Western Australia. She has served as the Lord Mayor since October 2007 and was re-elected for a second term of four years on October 15, 2011. She served as a Councillor for seven years from 2000. She is the first woman to have been elected to this position.
The Lord Mayor is Perth born and educated and is known for her keen focus on the city's economic development and is pro-development. She also has a career history in the hospitality industry, marketing and convention management, and property development. Ms Scaffidi is passionate about ensuring Perth grows and develops as a vibrant and dynamic globally connected city of regional and international significance, while retaining its unique, natural beauty and its reputation as one of the world's most liveable cities.
Marléna Sessions is the Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. In 2010 the Working for America Institute named the organization one of the top four workforce boards in the US. Marléna also is a board officer on the Executive Committee for the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, the area's economic development agency; serves on the King County Aerospace Alliance; and is part of the Washington Workforce Association Executive Team. She is a member of the Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor's Advisory Council, the South King County STEM Network, the Washington Interactive Network board of directors, and the visiting committee of the University of Washington Educational Outreach. She serves on the Washington Families Fund Leadership Committee. She holds a Master's degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Whitworth University. Marléna lives in Issaquah, Wash., with her husband and two children.
Nishant Shah is a New York-based analyst in Ovum's public sector practice, where he focuses on smart cities, analytics, open data, political risk, SMEs, and the impact of connection technologies on government. Before joining Ovum, his work spanned organizational strategy, project management, sustainability, and business development. This included facilitating large-scale public-private partnerships in international health for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and his Global Business Coalition; providing management services support to technology investors to the Acumen Fund in Pakistan; consulting for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on distributed solar energy generation; forging joint strategies with Washington and local government entities for a community economic development organization; and working with municipal government, civil society, and diamond industry players while on an international development fellowship in India. He has also served on the founding teams of two technology startups. Nishant completed his graduate studies at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he studied policy/economic analysis and energy/environmental policy. He received his BA from Boston University.
Mr. Rajendra M. Shende, former Director of the United Nations Environment Program, is a leading expert in sustainable technologies and policies. As a head of the Paris-based Ozone Action Program of UNEP, he worked with governments in 146 developing countries to develop their national management plans to eliminate use of ozone depleting substances and contribute to the mitigation of climate change. Through the teams of professionals and experts that he led from UNEP's five offices worldwide (Paris, Bangkok, Nairobi, Bahrain, and Panama City), he led the capacity building and technology support program under the Multilateral Ozone Fund and Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The program has contributed to stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer and preventing the global catastrophe by enabling the developing countries to comply with the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol is now considered the most successful multilateral environmental agreement so far, having put the ozone layer on the path of recovery.
Mr. Shende was coordinating lead author of the Special Report on Safeguarding the Climate and Ozone Layer prepared by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore. He was awarded USA's prestigious Climate Protection award in 2009. The Ozone Action Program that he initiated and managed within UNEP became the first ever UN program to win the Stratospheric Ozone Layer Protection award from USA, in 2005. He also won special recognition from the heads of state of Senegal, Mongolia, Bangladesh, and Maldives. Recently, all the 53 African countries together commended him for his efforts to assist them in building their capacity to implement the Montreal Protocol. The innovative partnerships that he forged with industries and NGOs have won a number of awards at international forums including Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Shende is a chemical engineer by qualification from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. Before joining the UN, he had a senior management career in the private sector in India and was part of the task force set up by the Government of India to negotiate the Montreal Protocol. An active member of the IIT Alumni, he strongly believes that the solutions for the global problems are potentially in the hands of the local actors. While working globally he, along with his colleagues in TERRE, has launched sustainable and climate-resilient programs at the village level in India and China.
Author of numerous published policy papers, Mr. Shende has given various presentations for the public as well as for the universities like MIT, Swiss Technical Institute, Beijing University, INSEAD, and HEC in Paris. He has been interviewed for TV, radio, and a number of international magazines including French and Italian. Strategizing the use of social media networks to outreach environmental messages and engaging media though innovative partnerships have been Mr. Shende's recent priorities. His present activities are in the field of renewable energy, water, and climate change. He is associated with a number of training organizations in the Scotland and Italy.
Alexander Gail Sherman
Alexander Gail Sherman leads pro bono teams to reshape how the city works. Since joining Civic Consulting Alliance in 2005, he has personally led multi-firm, multimillion-dollar efforts to streamline operations and reenvision policies across local government. For example: 60 foundations joined the Recovery Partnership to help Chicago secure and invest $2 billion from federal stimulus; and the police department reassigned hundreds of officers to street patrol, based on a two-year pro bono review from the private sector. With more than a dozen firms, Alexander has helped the County with sweeping reforms to roll back the sales tax.
After graduating from Princeton University, Alexander earned a Master's from Cambridge University for research on Aristotle's mathematics. At The Field Museum, he spearheaded the world's first gallery guide for PalmPilots. His financial model of Oxford University – the first ever – garnered front-page coverage and helped shape the public debate about funding higher education in the UK. He has always loved theatre, museums, and civic affairs. He currently serves on board committees of several arts organizations, including Free Spirit Media, the University Club of Chicago, and The Hypocrites, where he has helped transfer hit shows to New York.
Mark Simmons, PhD, is Director of Research and Environmental Consulting for the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas. His research and environmental design projects focus on creating and rebuilding landscapes and urban green infrastructure to improve ecosystem services. Scientific research projects include: green roofs, green walls, native turfgrass, urban prairies, storm-water management, and prescribed fire. He works with multidisciplinary design teams for local and national clients including private developers, city and state authorities, the US Army Corps of Engineers, George W. Bush Presidential Center, and the National Park Service. He teaches university and professional courses on ecological landscape design and sits on several technical committees including the Landscape Architecture Foundation and the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
Mr. Sinopoli is the Managing Principal of Smart Buildings LLC. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, an Accredited LEED Professional and a Registered Communications Distribution Designer. Mr. Sinopoli has received the international "Harry J. Pfister" award from the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) and recently awarded the 2012 Digi Award for "Digital Impact". He is a Contributing Editor to Automatedbuildings.com and the US Editor for the Intelligent Building International Journal. His most recent book is titled Smart Buildings Systems for Architects, Owners and Builders.
Michael is chairman of the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP), a pan-Commonwealth network linking entrepreneurs and companies in the environmental sector to each other and to international investors. CEIP has been developed in alliance between the Royal Commonwealth Society and Forbury Investment Network, which is operated by Clarkslegal LLP, of which Michael is also Chairman. Michael trained at Clarkslegal and has worked at the company for over 40 years, during which time he has gained legal experience in sectors including automotive, educational, logistics, construction, business services, health, and media.
Rob Spiegel is a senior editor at Design News. He has been writing about technology for a couple decades. He served as senior editor at Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has served as contributing editor at Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and EDN. Rob has covered environmental issues for Design News for the past 10 years. His articles have appeared in Logistics Management, Upside, Supply Strategy, Line 56, Rolling Stone, and True Confessions. He teaches journalism part time at the University of New Mexico, and he is the founding publisher of Chile Pepper magazine.
Tim Stonor is an architect and urban planner who has devoted his career to the analysis and design of human behaviour patterns – the ways in which people move, interact and transact in buildings and urban places. He is an internationally recognised expert in the design of spatial layouts and, in particular, the role of space in the generation of social, economic and environmental value.
Position & Role
As Managing Director, Tim is responsible for the strategic direction of Space Syntax globally. This role has four key parts: high level advocacy to governments, private corporations and other stakeholders; new business generation; quality maintenance as a member of Space Syntax's Project Review Panel; and development of the Space Syntax Academy, to train students and professional practitioners in the Space Syntax approach.
2011- Member, Design Council CABE National Design Review Panel
2008-10 Member, CABE Crossrail Design Panel
2008-10 Director, Academy of Urbanism
2008- Member, Expert Advisory Panel, Walk England
2008- Director, London Promenade Company
2007-10 Member, CABE National Design Review Panel (extended term)
2006- Founder Member, Academy of Urbanism
2005-09 Member, Health & the Built Environment Steering Group, NICE
2004-07 Member, CABE National Design Review Panel
2003-11 Member, NHS National Design Review Panel
2002-04 Member, South East of England Design Panel
1996- Founding Director, Morrison Brink Stonor architects
2012 Visiting Professor, The Bartlett, University College London
2010-11 Lincoln Loeb Fellowship, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
2010-11 Loeb Fellowship, Harvard University
2006 Honorary Senior Lecturer, the Bartlett UCL
2005 Member, Royal Town Planning Institute
2004 Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
2000 Honorary Lecturer, the Bartlett, UCL
1996 Member, RIBA
1995 RIBA Part 3 examination, the Bartlett, UCL
1994 Diploma in Architecture (Distinction), Oxford Brookes University
1991 MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies (Distinction), the Bartlett, UCL
1989 BSc (Hons) in Architecture, UCL
Former editorial director for UBM's DeusM division, I'm now splitting my time among Paragon Jams, a cottage food operation launched in April 2013; professional and executive coaching (aka "life coaching"); and freelance writing and editing for a number of media and corporate clients.
Ann R. Thryft
Ann is Senior Technical Editor, Materials and Assembly, for Design News. She has written for EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, NIkkei Electronics Asia, EE Times, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News. She introduced readers to several emerging trends: early mobile phone architectures, set-top box system design, open network server and switch/router architectures, software-defined radio, and RFID. At EBN she won two independently-judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).
Christopher To is currently Executive Director of the Construction Industry Council (CIC). Previously, he was Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He holds adjunct professorships from a variety of academic institutions and is involved in educational reform and governance. He is a member of various academic societies and actively participates as a Committee Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association. He is also involved in a variety of boards and companies, covering engineering, IT, and Rand D. In 2001, To was the youngest person to be awarded the Director of the Year Award in Hong Kong.
In May 2011, John Tolva began as the City of Chicago's ﬁrst Chief Technology Ofﬁcer under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was hired to set high standards for open, participatory government for all Chicagoans. The role of the CTO sets as its goals the establishment of city-wide technology and innovation priorities, interfaces with the global technology industry, and modernized, streamlined city IT systems.
Before joining the City, Tolva worked at IBM for over 13 years. In his most recent capacity, he served as the Director of Citizenship & Technology where he led the City Forward project, a public analytics site for city data worldwide. He began his career at IBM Interactive Media, building systems for live event coverage and cultural heritage projects. His team developed programs that performed a wide range of tasks, ranging from contributing idle processing power to the search for a cure to HIV to matching employees with community volunteer opportunities.
Tolva received an MS in information design and technology from Georgia Tech in 1998. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
Juan Carlos Toro
Mr. Toro is an Associate Principal at GEA Consulting Engineers in New York City and is the head of the mechanical department at the firm. He is an experienced mechanical engineer and has been responsible for designing complex and innovative mechanical systems for several LEED-certified buildings. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and North Carolina and one of the first engineers in the country to receive the certifications for High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He also holds certifications for Commercial Energy Plans Examiner and Commercial Energy Inspector from the International Code Council (ICC). Since 2005, he has been a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Toro is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Pratt Institute in their School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He develops and teaches full semester courses and one-day seminars to engineers and architects on HVAC design and the latest version of the Energy Conservation Codes. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and the Urban Green Council.
Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is President of the International Water Resources Association; Scientific Director of the International Centre on Water and Environment, Zaragoza, Spain; former Visiting Professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy, Singapore; and Vice President of the Third World Centre for Water Management.
She has been an advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, CDG, InWEnt, and the governments of Cameroon, India, Turkey, and Republic of Congo on various aspects of water resources and environmental management and governance-related issues.
She is currently working on formulation of national and international policies for water governance; management of future global environmental and water-related issues; development of innovative approaches for poverty alleviation through regional development; and capacity building in the water sector. She is the Editor of the International Journal of Water Resources Development, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research.
Sarah Townsend is the Professional and Legal editor at Property Week. Her role involves editing the Professional section of the magazine and Website. This covers a broad range of topics including property law, the public sector, and professional services -- including planning, valuation, business rates, and asset management. She also edits Property Week's new Future Cities section -- writing news and features on policy, sustainability, and technology related to the future of cities and urban design.
Xavier Trias is the Mayor of Barcelona. He was born in Barcelona in 1946. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona in 1970 and specialized in pediatrics. He served as Head of Hospital Care Service in the Department of Health and Social Security of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1981), Director General of Health Planning (1983-1984), Director General of the Catalan Institute of Health (1984-1988), Health Minister of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1988-1996), Minister for the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and the Government Spokesperson (1996-2000).
In March 2000 he headed the Convergència i Unió (CiU) party ticket for the Spanish Parliament, and was chair and spokesperson of the Catalan Parliamentary Group (CiU) in the Spanish Parliament, as well as chair of the Science and Technology Commission of the Spanish Parliament (2000-2003). He had been a Barcelona City Councilor since June 2003, and on July 1, 2011, he was elected Mayor of Barcelona.
I've been involved in International Business for 20+ years - mostly in Europe, working for multinationals.Now I spend half of my time time in Europe, both in Spain and the UK, while keeping a foot in the Boston area. I publish the blog "The New Global Enterprise", focusing on new business technologies, markets, and international challenges. I also blog for Enterprise Efficiency, another UBM/TechWeb site.
John W. Verity
John W. Verity has been writing for many years about the computer industry, concentrating primarily on the enterprise market. He has been a staff reporter and editor at Electronic News, Datamation, BusinessWeek, ComputerLetter, and Venture Capital Analyst. As a freelancer, he has had articles published in CFO, Fortune, The New York Times, ComputerWorld, Smart Enterprise, and Technology Review. John also has written for a number of IT suppliers and consulting firms including SAP, CA, Nokia, Cisco Systems, Perot Systems, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Appointed Divisional Managing Director, Siemens Mobility UK, in August 2008, Gordon Wakeford is responsible for leading the Siemens Traffic Solutions, Siemens Infrastructure Logistics, Rail Automation, and Rail Rolling Stock businesses in the UK. With a headcount of some 1,700 employees, these businesses deliver total traffic solutions, airport baggage handling systems, postal automation equipment, rail electrification, signaling, and train supply and maintenance throughout the country. Gordon is a member of the UK Siemens Industry Executive Management Board and the Siemens Mobility International Management Board. He is also a Non-Executive Director for Siemens Roke Manor Research UK.
Prior to taking over his current role, Gordon was the Managing Director of Siemens Traffic Controls and prior to this the Managing Director of Standard Drives, Congleton. He was responsible for the overall management, strategic development, and coordination of Siemens activities within these businesses. During his Congleton appointment he was seconded to German operations for 14 months. He is the Siemens representative on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Manufacturing Council and has appeared on both BBC radio and television discussing the productivity drive within British industry and the part that management has to play. His experience and knowledge have been gained in a wide variety of roles, which included engineering, projects management, purchasing, and operations management before taking on general management positions.
Steve Webb is Frost & Sullivan's Vice President of Aerospace and Defense and has held this position since September 2010.
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) for the Ericsson Group worldwide. She has worked for Ericsson in the US and Sweden for over 14 years. During this time she has held various positions in the company ranging from Environmental Product Management to Sales and Marketing. Since 2005 her work has focused exclusively on driving Ericsson's sustainability and CR initiatives. Her focus is on the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as poverty, development, climate change and human rights.
As the Ericsson spokesperson for Sustainability and CR, Ms. Weidman-Grunewald is a frequent speaker at conferences, and interacts regularly with media, customers, policy makers, and the investment community. She is furthermore responsible for a number of public private partnerships, which explore the use of Technology for Good – i.e., the use Ericsson's core technology to solve some of the world's most compelling challenges and help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Ms. Weidman-Grunewald is on the Board of Millennium Promise. She is also on the Board of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI.org) and co-chairs the GeSI Public Policy Working Group. She holds a double Master's degree from Boston University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, in International Relations with a focus on Latin American social and economic development issues and resource and environmental management.
After decades in the banking and payments industries in North America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, Jim Wells founded Wellspring Consulting International to design and deliver programs that expanded access to safe, reliable and convenient financial services for non-traditional consumers who did not deal with traditional financial institutions.
Cornelia joined Ovum in June 2007 as a senior analyst. She works for Ovum's Public Sector and Healthcare Life Sciences team and produces research and analysis on the usage of technology in the healthcare industry. Her research focuses on how organizations in the healthcare sector use electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchanges (HIEs), telehealth solutions, and other vertical-specific technologies to garner efficiencies and improve patient outcome. In her recently published reports, Cornelia has analyzed the outcome of studies into the deployment of telemonitoring and presented insights of Ovum's research into the adoption of EHRs and telehealth in Webinars. She has also published the results of a survey into IT investment priorities of hospital CIOs across several countries. She has written numerous articles on an array of topics pertinent to the healthcare technology market and has been quoted by such publications as E-Health Insider, eweek, Computerweekly, public technology, and ARN mobile.
Prior to this, Cornelia researched the deployment of IT in the UK education market and was responsible for Ovum's series on emerging IT service markets and, after a six-month sojourn in Australia in 2008/09, published a report on the deployment of IT in the Australian healthcare market. Based in Germany, she has over 12 years' experience in the IT industry and was an associated contributor to Ovum's EuroView service for almost two years before joining Ovum. As such, she analyzed IT service market trends and the strategies of German IT services and software companies while spearheading research into Poland.
Prior to joining Ovum, she worked in IT analyst companies in the US and London, and was responsible for various syndicated research reports as well as consulting assignments and client presentations. Cornelia holds an honors Master of Economics degree from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, and is fluent in English and French in addition to her native German.
Stephen B. Wilcox is a principal and the founder of Design Science in Philadelphia, a 25-person firm that provides human factors and related consulting services for product development. He is a member of IDSA's Academy of Fellows and has been a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for many years. He has served as a VP and member of IDSA's board of directors and was chair for several years of IDSA's Human Factors Professional Interest Section.
Dr. Wilcox holds a Bachelor's in psychology and anthropology from Tulane University, a Doctorate in experimental psychology from Penn State, and a certificate in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than 65 articles and book chapters, including upcoming articles in the AAMI journal, Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, and the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.
He serves on the Human Factors Engineering Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, and the Editorial Board of Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry, for which he has served several times as a judge for the Medical Device Excellence Awards. Dr. Wilcox was the Co-Chair of the Include 09 Conference on Inclusive Design at the Royal College of Art in London, and he was one of the organizers of the Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care in March 2012, sponsored by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is also the co-author of the Taylor and Francis monograph, Designing Usability Into Medical Products (2005).
Warren Wilson heads up an Ovum team that covers a broad range of energy-related topics, from oil and gas production to utilities to the role of IT in making businesses both greener and more profitable. Over the past few years he has focused on business management applications such as enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, and analytics, and the services required to successfully implement them to meet both financial and sustainability goals. He has been among the leaders in helping to broaden the IT industry's discussion of sustainability to include not just its own effects on the environment – the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from computing itself – but the larger opportunity to use IT to help organizations of all types improve their operational visibility and control to simultaneously reduce environmental impacts and improve the bottom line.
In mid-2012, Warren's team launched a new research initiative in oil and gas exploration and production, focusing on IT innovations that can make existing processes more efficient and enable entirely new applications. Warren was an analyst with Summit Strategies for eight years before Ovum acquired Summit in 2006. During much of that period he focused on mobile business applications and their role in helping organizations become more agile and responsive to customer needs and changing business conditions. Prior to joining Summit Strategies, he had been a reporter and editor for several US newspapers, including The Miami Herald and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Andrew Wisdom is an urban strategist who identifies unconventional ways to address urban challenges. He is an insightful thinker and motivating speaker on urban issues. Andrew maintains his own practice: Distilled Wisdom.
Over his 30 year career, Andrew has lived and worked in London and New York and is now based in Melbourne. Between 1999 and 2004, he lived in New York, where he established and led consultant Arup's North America planning practice. Over the last 10 years, he acted as Arup's Melbourne office leader, established and led its Australasian regional planning practice, led its Melbourne infrastructure design practice and, for the last two years, acted as Arup's Australasian region Cities leader. Andrew is now drawing on his extensive networks and broad experience to bring together people and organisations interested in creating innovative urban outcomes.
Richard has built a national and international career based upon a desire to advance the development of cities through urban intensification, master planning, sustainable design, and the adaptive reuse of key buildings within the urban fabric.
Born in Portsmouth, UK, Richard's family relocated to Canada in the late 1980s. He studied architecture at the University of Waterloo, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture in 1997. Moving to Europe after graduation, he worked for Aukett Ltd. in Prague, Geneva, and London, and Foster + Partners in London. Returning to Toronto in 2001, he joined Quadrangle in 2003, where he was promoted to Associate in 2006. He then co-founded RAW, winning the 2009 OAA Best Emerging Practice award. In 2012, Richard returned to Quadrangle as a principal.
Richard brings his expertise in urban intensification and international development to Quadrangle, leading teams responsible for the design of mid-rise urban infill projects, such as Abacus Lofts, a dynamic and unique residential building, and St. Helens Avenue, a mixed-use commercial and residential project. His other major projects include the Shunde mixed-use facility in China and commercial projects in Delhi and Mumbai. A strong advocate of sustainable principles and design, Richard was one of three architects invited to represent Ontario's green build sector in the Premier's 2009 CleanTech trade mission to India. This experience has led to ongoing relationships and projects in India and the Middle East.
Richard is currently the Co-Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, Sessional Faculty at the Institute Without Boundaries, and a member of the Urban Land Institute Outreach Committee. He also sits on the inaugural City of Vaughan Design Review Panel.
Based in Shanghai for more than 15 years, Jonathan has been instrumental in establishing and scaling McKinsey's presence in China. He works with Chinese businesses to develop strategies, organizations, and operations for global growth, and with city, regional, and national authorities on energy, sustainability, and economic development. Jonathan has deep experience in corporate strategy, operations, and organization, serving clients in industries including energy, basic materials, healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
In the public sector, Jonathan has advised the State Economic Commission of China on improving the environment for foreign investors, supported the development and drafting of the energy policy of the Republic of China, and advised national and local government authorities on economic development. He has conducted more than 60 projects for local governments throughout China to support local economic development and transformation.
Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums, particularly in the area of US-China relations, including the US-China Clean Energy Forum, the Joint US-China Coalition for Clean Energy, and the Aspen Strategy Group. He co-chairs the Urban China Initiative, a joint initiative between McKinsey, Columbia University, and Tsinghua University to develop and implement solutions to China's urbanization challenge. He lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University's Antai Business School.
Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written three books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003). He also co-authored with Jimmy Hexter Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007). A US citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.
Alex is Brand Director of EE Times. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of InformationWeek.com. In his more than two decades as a technology editor, Alex has written for ACM Queue, Byte.com, McGraw-Hill's Electronics magazine, and IEEE Spectrum. He has served as managing editor of Mechanical Engineering magazine. He spent the 1990s at UBM's Electronic Engineering Times, where he broke the nationally known story of Intel's Pentium floating-point division bug in 1994. Alex has appeared as an industry analyst on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and MSNBC. He's a frequent panelist and moderator at industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cooper Union.
Fiona Woo is Policy Officer at the World Future Council, where she works in the fields of regenerative urban development and renewable energy. She holds an MSc in politics, economics, and philosophy from the University of Hamburg.
Becky is Deputy Chief Executive of Quintain. She joined the Company in 1998 and held the position of Finance Director from 2001 to 2012. Among her current duties, she has day-to-day responsibility for the group's activities at Greenwich Peninsula, and she also chairs the Risk Committee.
Becky qualified as a chartered accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 1997 and worked as Financial Controller of Britton Group plc prior to joining Quintain in 1998 as Group Accountant. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Mr. Adrian R. Wyatt, OBE, Founded Quintain Estates and Development Plc and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He directs Quintain Estates' portfolio strategy and is closely involved with all acquisitions and disposals and, in particular, its investment in the specialist areas of short leasehold property and index linked transactions. He was a Partner of Jones Lang Wootton in charge of its Fund Management Division prior to the formation of Quintain. He was also responsible for the formation of JLW Financial Services Ltd., which gave him extensive experience of tax planning and financing structures. He served as a Deputy Chairman of Quintain Estates and Development Plc and served as its Director. He is Founder and Chair of the Sustainable Environment Foundation. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Xing Quan Zhang
Dr. Xing Quan Zhang is the Head of the Centre for Cities at UN-Habitat. He has headed the Urban Economy and Finance Branch and later the Urban Economy and Social Development Branch. Prior to that, Dr. Zhang taught urban economics, urban public economics, real estate, urban planning, and housing at leading universities. He was research fellow in sustainable development in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Zhang is the UN-Habitat focal point for financial mechanisms and the Chief Editor and Manager for the three UN-Habitat publication series, namely the Global Urban Economic Dialogue series, the Human Settlements Finance Systems and Policy series, and the Human Settlements Financing Tools and Best Practices series.
He has published more than 70 papers and 40 edited books in the fields of urban economy, municipal finance, housing finance, housing and real estate development, sustainable buildings and cities, and urban planning.
Susan Zielinski is Managing Director of SMART, which moved its administrative operations to UMTRI in July 2009. Just before joining SMART/CARSS, she spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide "link tank" that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as new mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE.
As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto, she worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and liveability policies and initiatives. She has advised on a range of local, national, and international initiatives, including the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Transport Canada's Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, the Gridlock Panel of the Ontario Smart Growth Initiative, the OECD's Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Project, the King of Sweden's jury of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT). She was also a long-time board member of Canada's Center for Sustainable Transportation and founding board member of the Green Tourism Association.
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