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Yunyue Elita Li

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore

Karcher Award for contributions to exploration science & technology.

Dr. Elita Li joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore as an assistant professor in 2016. Her research interests lie in the interdisciplinary boundaries among geophysical inspections, geological investigations, rock physics experimentations, and mathematical inverse problems. 

Siim Sikkut 

Government CIO , Estonia 

Siim is in charge of keeping #eEstonia’s engine humming and cybersafe.

 

Siim is the Government CIO of Estonia – in charge of digital government and society. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic development initiatives and regulation, to represent the government in EU and other international organisations or collaboration in his domain.

Ger Baron

Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam

The man behind leading Amsterdam to one of the top 10 smart cities in the Smart City Index.
 

Ger's professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.

Edwin Diender

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Huawei Enterprise

Developed the Universal Framework for Smart City Construction. 

Winner of the MVP Award (Most Valuable Professional) in the Huawei Enterprise Business Group (2018). Introduced the Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) as the Brain and Nervous System for Smart Cities (2017). Introduced First Safe Then Smart, as a guideline for safe city to intelligent city transformation (2016). 

Professor Carlo Ratti 

Director, Senseable City, MIT

One of the "50 most influential designers in America”.

 

Carlo Ratti is an Italian architect, engineer, inventor, educator, and activist. He is a professor at MIT where he directs the Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live-in cities. Named in Wired Magazine's "Smart List: 50 people who will change the world”.

Saad Bashir

Ex-Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle

Built an innovation platform, creating global best practice solutions.

Saad Bashir has led Seattle IT since Jan-2019 overseeing the City’s technology investments. Before Seattle, Saad was based in Canada, serving as Director of Economic Development and Innovation and later as Chief Information Officer for the City of Ottawa. He has held positions with organizations including Citibank, Flextronics, & Canadian Pacific. 

Ott Vatter

Managing Director & Founder, eProspera and Vertikal.digital

Built the world’s most advanced digital nation: e-Residency (Estonia)

Ott has been at the heart of Estonia’s transformation into a thriving entrepreneurial hub and what Wired describes as the world’s most advanced digital nation. He served as the Managing Director of the Estonian government’s innovative digital identity programme, e-Residency, which has made a significant contribution to Estonia’s growth.

Professor Shafi Ahmed

Surgeon, Royal London Hospital

Top 20 global influencers in digital heath and innovation.

 

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi-award-winning cancer surgeon working at The Royal London Hospital. Surgeon, Teacher, Futurist, Innovator, and Entrepreneur, Chief Medical Officer, Honorary Professor, Faculty Member, and CEO, he has streamed live operations using Google Glass, Virtual Reality, social media and on national television. 

Valter Adão

CEO & Digital Leader, Cadena Growth Partners

A recipient of the Constellation Research Transformation 150 Award.

Valter oversees Deloitte’s Digital and Innovation portfolios. He leads a diverse team of specialists who create a leading digital ecosystem to assist organisations in understanding Digital Transformation whilst uplifting their Digital Experiences to become digital at the core, to remain competitive in a world of ever-changing digital technologies.

Brooks Rainwater

Senior Executive & Director, Centre of City Solutions, National League of Cities

International Advisory Board Member for the City of Rotterdam.

Brooks Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighbourhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment.   As an advocate for strong local leadership, Rainwater has published numerous reports and articles on innovative solutions that lead to vibrant and successful cities. He also speaks regularly across the country and overseas on issues facing city leaders. 

Dr Jonathan Woetzel

Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Leads McKinsey’s Cities Special Initiative across 40+ geographies.


 

Dr. Jonathan Woetzel is a Director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's business and economics research arm, and a senior partner of McKinsey & Company, based in Shanghai and Los Angeles. He leads research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, and energy and sustainability.

Jose Antonio Ondiviela

Western Europe Government/Smart Cities Solutions Director, Microsoft 

World renowned cities academic – came up with 90’15’1’ model city.

 

Prof. Ondiviela is the Microsoft Western Europe Public Sector Government Industry Executive for Cities & Regions. He is a frequent speaker at international events like SmartCityExpo & Mobile World Forum. He is also UNESCO SmartCities SME Consultant and Associate Fellow Researcher and Director of WW Observatory for Attractive Cities at UFV, Madrid. 

Chris Van Hoof

Vice President R&D and General Manager, IMEC and OnePlanet Research Center

Uses latest technology so all can access healthy & sustainable food. 

Chris has 20+ year track record of initiating, executing and leading national and international contract R&D with worldwide customers. He believes preventive health, personalised nutrition, sustainable food production and reduced waste are vital enablers of improving our world. He thinks technology (hardware and AI) is key to making that happen.

Matt Roberts

Research & Insight Director, Formula E

He was responsible for driving fan engagement in F1, and now in Formula E.

Matt has 20 years of market research and analytics working across Radio and press before moving into world of sport in 2008 when he took over as Head of EMEA Research at Eurosport. He headed up insight teams at ESPN, BT Sport and Sky Sports before joining F1 as Global Research Director in June 2017. 

Miguel Eiras

Partner, Global Smart City, Smart Nation & Local Govt. Leader, Deloitte

Urban agenda leader in the largest global professional services firm.
 

Miguel coordinates 4000 Smart Cities and Urban Development experts focused on advising Cities, Urban Developers, and Infrastructure Managers on the smartest path for the future. This team leverages from Deloitte´s Partnerships and in-house developed assets and expertise to turn those cities and urban ecosystems greener, smarter, and more connected.

Jason Roos

CIO, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KSA)

25 years' experience managing information systems & technology worldwide. 

A technology leader with extensive experience in developing and leading technology and information management organizations. Specialties lie in corporate IT governance, technology management, and cyber security. His education includes an MBA from Texas A&M University and a diploma from the Defense Language Institute's school of Arabic.

Edward Emmanuel

Smart Docklands Project Management and Governance Lead, Smart Dublin

World renowned expert of innovation and governance.

A dedicated innovation professional, delivering successful outputs for over 30 organisations and counting. Over a decade managing people experiences. 

He has developed a keen interest in the interplay between people, technology, and business innovation, having seen first-hand how competing in newly carved market segments, when done successfully, brought plenty of reward. 
 
He is currently based in Dublin, Ireland, leading in project governance Innovation PMO work with Smart Dublin-Smart Docklands. He also provides private advisory on company fundraising, commercialization, and transformation involving innovative technology.

Mohammed Mostafa

General Manager Health Systems for the Middle East & Turkey, Philips

He leads Philips Healthcare in Saudi Arabia.
 

A dedicated innovation professional, delivering successful outputs for over 30 organisations and counting. Over a decade managing people experiences. 

He has developed a keen interest in the interplay between people, technology, and business innovation, having seen first-hand how competing in newly carved market segments, when done successfully, brought plenty of reward. 
 
He is currently based in Dublin, Ireland, leading in project governance Innovation PMO work with Smart Dublin-Smart Docklands. He also provides private advisory on company fundraising, commercialization, and transformation involving innovative technology.

Joseph Bradley
CEO, NEOM Tech and Digital Holding Company
Joseph is building the world’s most advanced living laboratory, NEOM – a $500B model for the future.

He is responsible for leading the vision and delivery of the Digital & Technology ecosystem for NEOM that is chaired by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. NEOM is the world’s first independent international zone, stretching over three countries. It represents an investment in technology and infrastructure of over $500B to create the world’s first Cognitive Cities.

Helio Fernandez Tellez
Strategist, Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC)
Helio has 20+ years of experience in digital technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Helio is Strategist with IMEC's EDiT (Enabling Digital Transformation) department. EDiT plays a leading role in realising IMEC's impact by conducting demand-driven research & development in order to tackle so-called "wicked problems" - a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve.

He is also Non Executive Director & Co-Funder of Zebra Academy, whose eHealth ecosystem (ICT platforms and connected devices) provides patients with the optimal tools for pre-, in- and post-hospital telecare. Helio is also Non Executive Director & Co-Funder of Helio-Mar, a maritime pollution prevention company.