Advisory Panel

SmartCitiesWorld has appointed experts from the global smart cities community to its new Editorial Advisory Board to reflect the changing needs of cities and the physical and digital solutions available.

 

The 14 strong board will meet twice a year to discuss the key issues affecting smart city development and provide expertise as to the direction of SmartCitiesWorld’s editorial agenda. The Board will help to ensure that SmartCitiesWorld’s news and analysis of current and emerging topics continues to be market leading.

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Paul Wilson
Advisory Board Chair
SmartCitiesWorld

 

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Lauren Sorkin
Executive Director
Global Resilient Network

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Tye Hayes
Chief Technology Officer
City of Atlanta

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Okan Geray
Strategic Planning Advisor
Smart Dubai

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Martin Ssekaija
Head of Information Technology
Kampala Capital City Authority

 

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Anthea Foyer
Culture Planner
City of Mississauga

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Eunbyul Elena Cho
Program Manager
WeGo

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Jeff Rison
Chief Innovation Officer
Gehl

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Mike Lake
CEO
Leading Cities

 

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Clare Wildfire
Global Practice Leader

Mott MacDonald

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Alicia Asin
CEO & Co-Founder
Libelium

 

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Dr. Chen-Yu LEE
Director

Taipei Smart City Project

Management Office


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Antoine Kassis

Co-Founder & CEO
Kurrant

 

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Jacques Vermeulen

Director Future Cities

Nokia

 

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Paul Wilson, Advisory Board Chair, SmartCitiesWorld

Paul is Chair of Smart Cities World’s Advisory Board. He has more than 20 years’ international experience in the B2B Technology Media Telecom sector, including being CMO of TM Forum and SunGard Financial Systems. Paul was a founder of the multi-award-winning Bristol Is Open smart city project in 2014 and created the widely endorsed City as a Platform Manifesto a couple of years later. He went on to advise the UK Government on the design of its £200m 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme.

 

Today he is a senior advisor to UK5G and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. He has lived in London, Hong Kong and Geneva, and worked extensively in America. These days he enjoys living with his family in rebel-city Bristol, England.

 

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Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Global Cities Resilient Network

At GRCN, Lauren works on urban resilience, sustainable finance, climate risk, stakeholder engagement, and urbanization trends.

 

Before joining GRCN, Lauren led the Asian Development Bank’s first ever climate change investment plan before moving to the ADB’s Vietnam Office to mainstream climate risks and opportunities in the country’s US$7 billion portfolio.

 

Previous to the ADB, she led knowledge management efforts for two USAID programs: the Eco-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam; and the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

 

She has published work on biofuels, climate change, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

 

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Okan Geray, Strategic Planning Advisor, Smart Dubai

Okan has nearly 25 years of experience in management consulting in various industries and countries. He has worked in A.T. Kearney global management consulting firm before he joined Dubai Government in 2002. He has worked in Dubai eGovernment, Dubai Smart Government, and more recently in Smart Dubai as the Strategic Planning Advisor after its establishment. His responsibilities over the years included Strategic Planning, Policy Making and Global Thought Leadership.

 

He was the Co-Chair of Enhancing Innovation and Participation Working Group in United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) joint global initiative supported by 17 UN agencies. This working group addressed Smart Governance, Smart Economy and Smart People aspects in smart cities. Additionally, he has led two deliverables globally in U4SSC; namely “Guidelines on Strategies for Circular Cities” and “City Science Application Framework”. Currently, he is leading “Guiding Principles for Artificial Intelligence in Cities” thematic group.

 

He was the Co-Chair of “Data Economy Impact, Commercialization and Monetization” Working Group in ITU Focus Group on Data Processing and Management. He is also the Co-Rapporteur of ITU Study Group 20 Question 7 on “Evaluation and assessment of Smart Sustainable Cities and Communities”. He is a member of SDG11 Global Council.

 

He holds double major B. S. degrees in Industrial and Computer Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul Turkey, an M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Systems and Control Engineering from University of Massachusetts in USA. He has published journal and conference papers, book chapters and has served as an adjunct lecturer for 15 years.

 

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Tye Hayes, Chief Technology Officer, City of Atlanta

Tye is a Navy veteran and a consummate professional with over 20 years of experience as a Technologist, Solutions Architect and Business Strategist within in the Information Technology industry. Most recently, Tye served as the Deputy CIO for Atlanta Public Schools. She has an extensive background in IT services, having previously served as an Information Security Officer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics where she led the Information Security Compliance and Governance group. In this role, she directed information and data integrity for all IT functions, helping the company create its first Information Security Roadmap and an Integrated Forensics and Computer Incident Response team.

 

Tye’s established track record of technology leadership and digital transformation has been recognized on local and national levels. She is well respected within the Information Technology field, having been awarded the 2014 CIO 100 Award, STEM Women of Color for IT Leadership Award, Modern Day Technology Leader and Black Engineer Award.

 

Tye is a transformational leader with a myriad of experience in innovation, security and IT solutions. I stand with her as we continue to help AIM blaze forward.

 

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Martin Ssekaija, Head of Information Technology, Kampala Capital City Authority

Martin is currently the Head of Information Technology at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in which role, he is charged with Planning the development, implementation, maintenance and support of all ICT solutions and infrastructure. He has worked with KCCA for nine years where he has chaired the Staff Finance Management Group which grew by 170%, he is currently chairing Uganda best Footballing Club KCCA FC. Martin has worked with the Uganda Revenue Authority and Makerere University. He has also provided consultancy services to institutions including UNDP.

 

Martin holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from East and South African Management Institute Tanzania, a First Class Degree in Information Technology from Makerere University. He has certificates in IT Systems Management from South Africa, ITIL, Cisco Certified Design Professional, wireless Telecommunications Certificate from Israel, Smart Traffic Planning and Management Certificate from Japan. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.

 

The following are some of the notable achievements,

  • Local Coordinator for the Africa Smart City Network (ASTON) supported by French Development Agency and URBACT, 2019
  • Silver Award for best Cooperative Smart City by WeGO, 2017
  • Participated in formulation of the Smart City framework at the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Geneva
  • Certificate of Recognition by CIO East Africa 2015
  • Business Excellence Award by Uganda Communications Commission, 2015
  • Best Chief Information Officer Uganda (Country Category), by PWC and CIO East Africa, 2014
  • KCCA Executive Directors award for best Team, 2013
  • Set up KCCA Infrastructure and ecitie application
  • Project Manager for the Pilot City Surveillance System
  • Participated in implementation of URA IT infrastructure
  • Mentor for Microsoft Imagine Cup Competitions

Martin is currently implementing the Smart City Project for KCCA which comprises Smart Payments, City Property Management, Smart Permit processing, Citizen Participation and Smart Traffic Management

 

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Anthea Foyer, Culture Planner, City of Mississauga

Anthea is a creative strategist, narrative designer and city builder with an eye to the future. She has expertise in expertise in smart cities, digital culture & strategy, arts & culture, city building & government. As part of a High Potential staff program, she was seconded to be the Smart City Lead, where she was instrumental in developing Smart City Mississauga, which included leading the creation of a 10 year Smart City Master Plan.

 

The Smart City Master Plan is being developed as a framework using tools such as Smart City Lens to help guide future digital projects and create awareness of not just the technical needs – such as interoperability and efficiency – but also the broader implications on the city and its citizens including data privacy, digital inclusion, societal effects of new technologies and so on.

 

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Jeff Rison, Gehl Innovation Officer, Copenhagen

As CIO, Jeff is passionate about the relationship between human experience & design and works to apply people-first design principals to communal ecosystems, such as streets, public space, food systems, and energy. Working at the intersection of urban governance, business and culture, Jeff delivers projects that are economically viable and socially equitable, as well as sustainable in terms of using energy, land and time.

 

With degrees in Architectural Engineering from the US and City Design and Social Science from London School of Economics, Jeff’s multi-disciplinary background has shaped his cross-cutting holistic approach to all projects. He has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, USA, Latin America, India and China.

 

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Eunbyul Elena Cho, Program Manager, WeGo

Committed to the transformation of cities into smart sustainable cities, Eunbyul establishes smart city regional partnerships and creates opportunities for implementation of smart city projects worldwide at the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO).

 

Eunbyul has a comprehensive understanding of international development cooperation and multilateral governance. Prior to joining WeGO, she was dedicated to bringing sustainable development at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) of Korea, managing OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), Working Party on Development Finance Statistics. Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF), Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP), and facilitated various collaboration between MOSF and the multilateral development banks.

 

Eunbyul grew up in both Korea and the UK, holds Master’s degree in Development Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Graduate Program in INSEEC Grandes Ecole, Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and in Journalism from Ewha Womans University.

 

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Mike Lake, CEO, Leading Cities

As President and CEO, Michael develops and establishes relationships with municipal governments, businesses and universities internationally, creating a global network of partner cities dedicated to implementing Smart City solutions that improve the quality of life in cities.

 

Leading Cities builds bridges between academia and action, between business and government, and between urban problems and solutions.Among its signature programs are AcceliCITY- among the largest, most prestigious smart and resilient city solutions focused competitions- and AcceliGOV—a competition of cities vying for globally sourced, expert-vetted, pre-paid pilot projects.

 

Michael’s career in public service spans from serving three United States Presidents as Special Assistant for White House Operations and Presidential Advance to serving the former Prime Minister of Ireland as a policy research analyst.

 

He is the only American nominated for the inaugural UK Smart Cities Awards 2017 in the category “Smart City Leader & Promoter and has been recognized globally as a pioneer in the space of Smart Cities for his leadership in networking cities across internationally.

 

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Clare Wildfire, Global Practice Leader - Cities, Mott MacDonald

Clare is Global Practice Leader for Cities with global engineering, management and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald, and has worked with some of Europe’s highest profile city districts on smart and sustainable outcomes. She has a background in the built environment, working as a building services engineer on low impact buildings. Her current role involves using systemic engineering at both building and city scale to facilitate the accommodation of more people in urban areas whilst consuming fewer resources, improving resilience and achieving enhanced social outcomes. She brings a practical understanding of construction and development drivers and processes at both macro and micro level. Combining this with engagement in policy she is able to bring insight into the technical, political, financial and behavioural aspects of sustainable development.

 

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Chen-yu Lee, Director, Taipei Smart City Project Management Office

Chen-yu Lee is a consultant for Taipei Computer Association (TCA) as well as the director for Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO) established by Taipei City Government. TCA was built in 1974 and is the leading industrial organization in Taiwan.

 

Before serving at TCA, Dr. Lee used to work in Institute for Information Industry (III), which is to strengthen the competitiveness of information industry. Dr. Lee has worked on numerous central government projects, including Smart City Promotion Project, Cloud Computing Industry Project, UX Project, E-learning Project, etc., and had over 15 years of research experience in ICT related industry.


TPMO aims to implement an eco-system to combine industry and government resources to develop smart solutions that can satisfy public demands. Since TPMO was established in 2016, Dr. Lee has vigorously led the team to assist Taipei City Government with diverse Smart City projects, including Top-down policy and bottom-up POC (Proof of Concept) projects.


With long-term observation on smart city industry, Dr. Lee is considered one of the experts that able to provide professional analysis and strategic advice service to both smart city and ICT industry development.

 

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Alicia Asin, CEO & Co-Founder, Libelium

Alicia is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, a Spanish IT company that designs and manufactures technology for IoT applications. Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how the IoT can change our world and improve companies’ competitiveness and citizens’ quality of life.


Libelium’s technology is present in more than 120 countries worldwide, developing projects to monitor and improve efficiency in agricultural crops, with environmental control systems to prevent climate change, and any
application such as water management, parking control and industrial environment.

 

She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, the Democracy of the IoT based on the big data and the importance of security and privacy in the new IoT era.

 

In 2016, she was awarded with the National Computer Science Prize for her career, progression and internationalization of her company. A few months later, the business association CEPYME awarded Libelium as international company that exports the 90% of its annual turnover.

 

In 2017, Alicia received the Award “Rey Jaime I” from His Majesty the King and Queen of Spain, the highest distinction for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. In 2018, the CEO of Libelium was recognized with the "silver medal" of the Women Innovators Award by the European Commission. In 2019 she was selected by Forbes magazine in the international ranking "top 100 most creative people in business".

 

Alicia holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Polytechnic Center of the University of Zaragoza and is a graduate of the Cambridge Judge Business School and ESADE. Alicia is mother of two girls.

 

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Antoine Kassis, Co-Founder & CEO, Kurrant

Antoine brings more than 12 years’ experience in growing and structuring businesses in the space of clean technologies, smart cities & utilities and Internet of Things (IoT).

 

He also has extensive experience in ESCO and Private-Public Partnership contracts with a focus on green and smart technologies implementation. He has successfully developed and operated large Smart Cities and Smart Grid projects in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

 

Before leading Kurrant, Antoine headed the Asia-Pacific Smart Cities business at Silver Spring Networks (now Itron) - a leading player in IoT platforms for Cities and Utilities. Prior to Silver Spring Networks he headed the Innovation Department and then all Asia-Pacific activities at Citelum, a subsidiary of french utility EDF, a leading worldwide player in Smart Cities project implementation and operation.

 

He specializes in growing IoT businesses and developing large smart city projects across Europe, APAC and US.

 

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Jacques Vermeulen, Director Future Cities, Nokia

Jacques has been Nokia’s Director Future Cities, developing strategy, solutions, partnerships and business since 2009. He is passionate about tapping into his knowledge of ICT, Smart City ecosystems, customer experience and appreciative organizational development and change to help transformations to sustainable urban development, reduce the complexity of the society we live in and offer new augmented services to city’s organizations and the people they serve.

 

 

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