The Team



Chris Cooke

Founder & CEO

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I am an entrepreneur with over 23 years’ experience in launching, growing, acquiring, divesting media and events business brands. My focus has been on technology driven markets. Smart Cities is an incredible sector to be involved in as it impacts over 55% of the world’s population today growing to 68% in by 2050. Digital transformation is revolutionising the design and function of urban spaces and how citizens live in and interact with them and I find that fascinating. I am collaborative by nature and enjoy building long term partnerships that deliver ongoing value for all involved.


Graeme Neill

Editor
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Graeme Neill has been a journalist for almost 20 years, with more than a decade working in the technology and telecoms space. A Belfast native, he started his career at the Northern Irish daily The Irish News before moving to London to cover the debt capital markets and book publishing industries during the financial crisis. He has covered the telecoms industry for the past decade, initially focusing on the UK retail industry before shifting to cover the telecoms tech industry for Mobile Europe.



Sue Weekes

News Editor
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Sue Weekes has been news editor of SmartCitiesWorld since its launch in April 2016. She has been writing about technology for more than 30 years, having tracked the early years of digital transformation in the 1990s. She subsequently followed the rise and fall of the dotcom era and the shift to web- and cloud-based systems in the B2B sector throughout the noughties. She is passionate about smart cities and the potential they have to improve quality of life for citizens and bring about a fairer, more equal society.



John O’Grady

Senior Account Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7062 2535
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John has over 17 years’ experience working with a range of global clients in technology, public sector, utilities & energy markets. He has a passion for understanding a client’s objectives & goals, providing a consultative approach on the best platforms to connect their smart city solutions with our smart city audiences and working closely with clients to get the ROI they are looking for to showcase success. John has worked for SCW since 2017 and has a keen interest in the development of smart cities around the globe”



Nolan O’Connor

Marketing Director
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Nolan O’Connor has a wealth of knowledge tied up in SmartCitiesWorld having initially researched the market when launching the brand back in 2015. His passion is to engage with audiences and bring them together for mutual benefit. This passion stems from his rich history in the events world which started back in 1999. He continues to engage with city personnel and organisations from across the world to ensure SmartCitiesWorld is delivering what members want and need. Outside of work he is heavily involved with his children’s school, organising events for the enjoyment of parents and pupils alike. You’ll also see him green fingered in London’s oldest allotment!



Paul Wilson

Chair, Smart Cities World Advisory Board
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Paul assumed the Chair of Smart Cities World’s Advisory Board in the summer of 2020. He has more than 20 years’ international experience in the Technology Media Telecom (TMT) sector, including as Chief Marketing Officer of $3bn SunGard Financial Systems. He then became the CEO of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership – with responsibility for the economic strategy of this prosperous region of the UK. From there he established Bristol Is Open – a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, which deployed a virtualized digital infrastructure across the city, winning various national and international Smart City prizes and accolades for the City.

Paul went on to advise the UK Government on its £200m 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme, became a co-founder of UK5G, and worked as TM Forum’s Chief Marketing Officer, helping the global digital association work with its members to set various open standards and best practices for companies transforming into digital service providers. Paul is passionate about the role of technology in helping to ease the challenges of rapid urbanization worldwide, about city-scale data governance models that empower citizens and protect their privacy, and about constructive ways to use virtualized technology to mitigate the effects of climate change and support the natural environment.

Paul has a Political Science degree from the University of Birmingham, a Post-grad diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London, and an eMBA from Cass Business School, London. He lives with his family in Bristol.



Lydia Cooke

Creative Director
Tel: + 44 (0) 7768 587867
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A creative graphic designer with over 20 years of experience and who has a passion for all aspects of design including fashion and interiors. After graduating with a BA (Hons) Lydia has worked with a rich variety of clients including publishing, advertising and estate agencies. She has a customer focused approach, is highly organised with a keen ability to meet tight deadlines.



James Pearson

Digital Manager
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James previously worked in advertising agencies before making the switch to media and publishing companies in 2008. With over 19 years in web design, development and project managment, James has vast expertise in online technologies and is always looking for the next technological breakthrough to help achieve a solution to a problem.