Copy of Advisory Panel version 3 - 2020

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
Smart Cities Lead
City of Mississauga

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Ms Eunbyul Elena Cho
Program Manager
WeGo

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Jeff Rison
Gehl Innovation Officer
Copenhagen

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Mike Lake
CEO
Leading Cities

 

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Gwendolyn Carpenter
Smart Development Advisor

European Investment Bank

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Alicia Asin
CEO & Co-Founder
Libelium

 

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Dr. Chen-Yu LEE
Director

Taipei Smart City Project

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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.

 

ye’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 Ssekajja 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, Smart Cities Lead, City of Mississauga

Anthea is a creative strategist, narrative designer and city builder with an eye to the future. I have expertise in expertise in smart cities, digital culture & strategy, arts & culture, city building & government. She leads Smart City Mississauga, which has included developing a 10 year Smart City Master Plan

 

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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.

 

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Ms Eunbyul Elena Cho, Program Manager, WeGo

Eunbyul Elena Cho is the Program Manager at the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) managing WeGO’s governance meetings, smart sustainable city feasibility studies, establishment of smart city regional partnerships, WeGO Masterplan 2030, and stakeholder outreach. Prior to joining WeGO, Ms. Cho worked at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF), managed OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), Working Party on ODA database and CRS (Creditor Reporting System), supervised the operations of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and MOSF’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP), and facilitated various collaboration between MOSF and the multilateral development banks.

 

Ms. Cho 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

Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities, is the only American nominated for the inaugural UK Smart Cities Awards 2017 in the category “Smart City Leader & Promoter. Michael has been recognized globally as a pioneer in the space of Smart Cities for his leadership in networking cities across international.

 

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Gwendolyn Carpenter, Smart Development Advisor, European Central Bank

Internationally recognized strategist and expert on smart development in cities and urban economic growth, digital innovation & Public Sector Transformation and Social Impact.

 

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Dr. Chen-Yu LEE, Director, Taipei Smart City Project Management Office

Chen-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.

 

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Alicia Asin, CEO & Co-Founder, Libeliuma

 

Alicia co-founded Libelium in 2006 with David Gascón and has been its CEO since the beginning. She is focused on how IoT is becoming the next tech revolution, starting with Smart Cities. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, Wireless Sensor Networks and the IoT.

 

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Antoine Kassis, Co-Founder & CEO, Kurrant

 

Antoine has more than 12 years experience in growing and structuring businesses in the space of Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities & Smart Utilities. Before leading Kurrant, Antoine headed Citelum’s & Silver Spring Networks’ (now Itron) smart city divisions

 

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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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