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  • Shaun Abrahamson

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner Urban.Us

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  • Natalia Adler

    Data, Research and Policy Planning Specialist UNICEF

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  • Mariela Alfonzo

    Founder and CEO State of Place

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  • Muneeb Ali

    Co-Founder Blockstack

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  • Ahmad Tajuddin Ali

    Chairman UEM Group Berhad

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  • Lauren Andersen

    Executive Director NYC Tech Talent Pipeline

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  • Jill Anderson

    EVP Chief Commercial Officer, Energy Solutions and Commercial Operations New York Power Authority

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  • Benoit Bailliart

    Urban Lab Director thecamp

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  • Donnel Baird

    Founder BlocPower

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  • Dawn Barber

    Co-Founder NY Creative Tech Week

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  • Samara A. Barend

    SVP, North America Strategic Development Director Public-Private Partnerships AECOM Capital

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  • Ger Baron

    Chief Technology Officer City of Amsterdam

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  • Thomas Barrett

    Corporate Director European Investment Bank

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  • Adrian Benepe

    SVP and Director of City Park Development Trust for Public Land

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  • Steve Benjamin

    Mayor City of Columbia, SC

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  • Brenna Berman

    Executive Director City Digital

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  • Mark Bew

    Chairman BIM Task Group

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  • Susan Bihler

    Principal Catalyst Investors

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  • Michael Blake

    Assemblyman, 79th District The Bronx, New York

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  • Ryan Blackmon

    VP, Advanced Technologies and Assistant General Counsel Union Point

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  • JeanCarlo Bonilla

    Director of Insights and Impact DataKind

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  • Simone Brody

    Executive Director What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative

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  • Cristopher Broyles

    Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer Mphasis

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  • Kate Burson

    Business Development Tesla Energy Tesla Motors

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  • Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr

    Director General Smart Dubai

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  • Tim Calabrese

    Department of Education City of New York

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  • Victor Calise

    Commissioner Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities City of New York

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  • Alice Charles

    Urban Development Lead World Economic Forum

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  • Lynda Chin, M.D.

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Healthcare Transformation and Chief Innovation Officer for Health Affairs Director The University of Texas System

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  • Ralph Clark

    President and CEO SST, Inc.

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  • Ruthbea Yesner Clarke

    Global Director, Smart City Strategies IDC Government Insights

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  • Abby Joseph Cohen

    Senior Investment Strategist and Advisory Director Goldman Sachs

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  • Michael B. Coleman

    Director of Business and Government Strategies Ice Miller

    Former Mayor City of Columbus

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  • Graeme Conway

    Senior Managing Director Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets

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  • Lilian Coral

    Chief Data Officer City of Los Angeles

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  • Kyle Corkum

    CEO and Managing Partner LStar Ventures

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  • Scott Corwin

    Managing Director - Future of Mobility Leader Deloitte Consulting

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  • Anthony Coscia

    Chairman of the Board Amtrak

    Partner Windels Marx

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  • Dan Curtin

    Vice President, Fleet and Supply Chain Zipcar

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  • Hadassah Damien

    Manager of Engagement Technology Participatory Budgeting Project

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  • Javier de la Torre

    CEO and Co- Founder CARTO

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  • Patrick Decker

    President and Chief Executive Officer Xylem

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  • Filiep Decorte

    Officer-in-Charge, New York Liaison Office UN Habitat

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  • Daniel Doctoroff

    Founder and CEO Sidewalk Labs

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  • Michael Donlan

    ‎VP, US State and Local Government Microsoft

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  • Jose Manuel dos Santos

    Head of Design / Americas Philips Lighting

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  • Mark Dowd

    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Senior Advisor to the Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation

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  • Enoh Ebong

    Acting Director U.S. Trade and Development Agency

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  • David Ehrenberg

    President and CEO Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

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  • Michael Evans

    President Moynihan Station Development Corporation

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  • John Farmer

    Director of Technology and Civic Innovation Microsoft

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  • Rapheal Farzan-Kashani

    Director NYCEDC

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  • Sergio Fernández de Cordova

    Chairman and Co-Founder PVBLIC Foundation

    Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer P3GM

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  • Steven Fifita

    Executive Director City Digital at UI LABS

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  • Alex Fischer

    President and CEO The Columbus Partnership

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  • Shana Fischer

    Founder and Managing Director Third Kind Venture Capital

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  • Ben Flanner

    President, Co-Founder, and Director of Agriculture Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

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  • Michael Flowers

    Chief Analytics Officer Enigma Technologies

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  • Patrick Foye

    Executive Director The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

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  • Marijn Fraanje

    Chief Information Officer City of Hague

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  • Gianluca Galletto

    Founder & President DG Advisors

    Senior Advisor Global Futures Group

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  • Dan Galves

    Senior VP and Chief Communications Officer Mobileye

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  • Robert Galvin

    Chief Technology Officer The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

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  • Miguel Gamiño Jr.

    Chief Technology Officer City of New York

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  • Lourdes Germán

    Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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  • Adam Giambrone

    Director Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX)

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  • John J. Gilbert, III

    COO and EVP Rudin Management Company

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  • Stacey Gillett

    Senior Program Officer Bloomberg Philanthropies

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  • Alicia Glen

    Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development City of New York

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  • Stephen Goldsmith

    Director, Innovations in American Government Program Ash Center for Democratic

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  • Scott Goodson

    Creator StrawberryFrog

    Podcaster Uprising Podcast "

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  • Lela Goren

    Founder and Developer Lela Goren Group

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  • Jason Green

    CEO and Co-Founder Edenworks

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  • Vanessa Grellet

    Executive Director, Enterprise and Social Impact ConsenSys

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  • Rachel Haot

    Managing Director 1776

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  • Brad Hargreaves

    Founder and CEO Common

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  • Matthew Harrigan

    Co-Founder and Managing Director Grand Central Tech

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  • Jacquelynne Harris

    Director of Election Services Democracy Live

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  • Khalilah Harris

    Chief of Staff & VP of External Affairs Opportunity@Work

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  • Rain Henderson

    Founder Elemental Advisors

    Advisor Clinton Foundation

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  • John Henry

    Serial entrepreneur, investor, author and managing partner Harlem Capital Partners

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  • Peter Hirshberg

    Principal and Co-Founder Maker City Project

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  • Bruce Hogg

    Managing Director Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

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  • Donna Huey

    Senior Vice President ATKINS

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  • Jerry Hultin

    Former Under Secretary Department of the Navy

    President, Chairman, and Co-Founder Global Futures Group

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  • Deborah Jackson

    Founder and CEO Plum Alley

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  • Marcus Jeutner

    Research Associate TU Berlin, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning

    Partner insar consult

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  • Mitchell Joachim

    Co-Founder Terreform ONE

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  • Jalak Jobanputra

    Founder and Managing Partner Future\Perfect Ventures

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  • Rich Kassel

    Executive Vice President Capalino+Company

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  • Joshua Kauffman

    Founder and General Partner Wisdom VC

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  • Sarah Kessler

    Reporter Quartz

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  • Elise Kessling

    Director, Creator Space Co-Creation Program BASF

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  • Rasmia Kirmani-Frye

    President Fund for Public Housing

    Director, Office of Public/Private Partnerships New York City Housing Authority

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  • Joshua Klein

    Technologist and Hacker

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  • Daniel Koh

    Chief of Staff City of Boston

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  • Micah Kotch

    Managing Director URBAN-X

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  • Craig Kramer

    Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health Johnson & Johnson

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  • Riggs Kubiak

    CEO and Co-Founder Honest Buildings

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  • Steven Kuyan

    Managing Director AI NexusLab

    Managing Director, Future Labs NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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  • Aaron Landry

    General Manager car2go North America

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  • Steve LeVine

    Future Editor AXIOS

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  • Greg Lindsay

    Senior Fellow, Connected Mobility Initiative New Cities Foundation

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  • Wesam Lootah

    CEO Smart Dubai Government

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  • Samantha Magistro

    Managing Director of New Business Bronx Pro

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  • Philippa Malmgren

    Founder DRPM Group

    Co Founder H Robotics

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  • Gideon Mann

    Head of Data Science/ CTO Office Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Michael Masserman

    Senior Director, Federal and International Government Relations Lyft

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  • Amen Ra Mashariki

    Chief Analytics Officer City of New York

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  • Joel May

    Disaster Durable Solutions BASF North America

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  • Matthew McFarlane

    Co-Founder and Chief Instigator GROUT

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  • Brandee McHale

    President Citi Foundation

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  • James Meeks

    CEO MOVE Systems

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  • Rob Meikle

    Chief Information Officer City of Toronto

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  • Jeff Merritt

    Director of Innovation City of New York

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  • Andrew Meyers

    CEO Kaptyn

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  • Mirik Milan

    Night Mayor City of Amsterdam

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  • David Miller

    President & CEO WWF Canada

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  • Mike Morin

    CEO Start Garden

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  • Victor Mulas

    Senior Innovation Officer Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Cities World Bank

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  • Regina Myer

    President Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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  • Hari Narayanan

    Commissioner Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Cooperation

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  • Younus Al Nasser

    CEO Dubai Data Establishment

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  • Emma Nicolle

    Talent Solutions – Government Specialist LinkedIn

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  • Beth Noveck

    Co-Founder and Director GovLab

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  • Michael Nutter

    Professor of Professional Practice Columbia | SIPA

    Former Mayor City of Philadelphia

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  • Paula-Jo (PJ) Oleksak

    Senior Vice President, Business Expansion FreshDirect

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  • Ed Pallesen

    Head of Infrastructure Investment Group for the Americas Goldman Sachs

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  • Raj Pannu

    CEO Emergence Creative

  • Desiree Peterkin Bell

    President and CEO DPBell & Associates

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  • Dr. Victor Pineda

    President World Enabled

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  • Mark Price

    Vice Chairman US Public Sector Leader

    Principal and Owner Deloitte Consulting LLP

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  • Catherine Pugh

    Mayor City of Baltimore

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  • Gil Quiniones

    President and CEO New York Power Authority

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  • Kevin Quinlan

    Chief of Staff Mayor of Vancouver

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  • Anne Quito

    Design Reporter Quartz

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  • James Ramsey

    Co-Founder and Creator Lowline

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  • Spencer Reeder

    Director of Climate Programs Vulcan, Inc.

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  • Michael A. Replogle

    Deputy Commissioner for Policy New York City Department of Transportation

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  • Gregor Robertson

    Mayor City of Vancouver

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  • Kent Rowey

    Partner Allen & Overy LLP

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  • Frank Ruben

    Sergeant, Police Department City of Atlanta

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  • Kamran Saddique

    Founder & Executive Director City Innovate Foundation

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  • Samir Saini

    Chief Information Officer City of Atlanta

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  • Paul Saunders

    Head of Innovation & Special Investments Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

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  • Robyn Scott

    Co-Founder and CEO Apolitical

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  • Anand Shah

    Vice President Albright Stonebridge Group

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  • Brendan Shane

    Regional Director, North America C40

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  • Bradford Shellhammer

    Head of Personalization and Engagement eBay

    Founder Fab.com and Bezar

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  • Scott Sherin

    Vice President, Marketing & Strategy Alstom

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  • Samuel Sia

    Co-Founder Harlem Biospace

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  • Liz Simon

    General Counsel and VP, External Affairs General Assembly

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  • Vinay Singh

    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Commercial Service

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  • Moitreyee Sinha

    CEO mhNOW/citiesRISE

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  • Maria Sisternas

    CEO Media Urban

    Executive Director Barcelona Projects

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  • Alberto Sobalvarro

    Alumnus Friends of eBay program

    Founder Pidelo Rapido

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  • Sarorng Sorn

    Director of Immigrant Affairs and Language Access Services City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral and Intellectual Disability Services

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  • Suzanne Spaulding

    Former Under Secretary DHS

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  • Robert Steel

    Partner and CEO Perella Weinberg Partners

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  • Michael Stevens

    Chief Innovation Officer City of Columbus

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  • Lecia Stewart

    Owner The Stewart Group

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  • Ashima Sukhdev

    Government & Cities Programme Lead Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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  • Zikria Syed

    Founder and C.E.O. VitalTrax

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  • Andy Taylor

    Strategy Director Cubic Transportation Systems

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  • James Thurston

    Vice President, Global Strategy and Development G3ict

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  • Jessica Tisch

    Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology New York City Police Department

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  • Toni Townes-Whitley

    Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector and Industry Microsoft

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  • Ricardo van Loenen

    Co-founder B.Amsterdam

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  • Archana Vemulapalli

    Chief Technology Officer District of Columbia

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  • Kristof Vereenooghe

    CEO EV-Box

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  • Stefaan Verhulst

    Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer GOVlab@NYU

    Senior Advisor Markle Foundation

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  • Jay Walder

    President and CEO Motivate

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  • John Williams

    Chairman and CEO Impact Infrastructure Inc.

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  • Deborah Wince-Smith

    President and CEO U.S. Council on Competitiveness

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  • Robert Wolf

    Chairman and Co-Founder Measure: Drone as a Service

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  • Tom Wright

    President Regional Plan Association

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  • Jamie Wylly

    General Manager Public Safety and National Security, Worldwide Public Sector Microsoft

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  • Robert D. Yaro

    Professor of Practice, City and Regional Planning University of Pennsylvania

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  • Katherine Zaleski

    CEO and Co-Founder PowerToFly

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  • Daniel Zarrilli

    Senior Director, Climate Policy & Programs Chief Resilience Officer New York Office of the Mayor

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Shaun Abrahamson

Co-Founder & Managing Partner Urban.Us

Biography

Born in Cape Town, Shaun leads Urban.Us, the venture fund for startups that make cities better. Shaun is an entrepreneur, angel investor and author. He helped build govWorks, Starmedia and MediaSentry. He’s funded companies like ZocDoc, Refinery29 and Skycatch in the US, EU and Latin America. Shaun went MIT, where he studied Computer Aided Design and also the Berlin School of Creative Leadership where he wrote his thesis that became Crowdstorm, his first book. Shaun lives in Miami with his wife and artist Andrea Nhuch and two kids, Max & Oli. If he is not with his family, he is probably working, but you may find him Onewheeling, swimming or voiding a warranty.

Natalia Adler

Data, Research and Policy Planning Specialist UNICEF

Biography

Natalia is the Data, Research and Policy Planning Specialist at UNICEF HQ, where she’s trying to leverage data science to tackle complex problems through data collaboratives with the private sector and academia. She has also conceptualized a “Cities for Children” initiative, looking at the intersection of urbanization, climate change and child rights in Latin America. Natalia has previously worked with UNICEF Nicaragua and Mozambique advancing human-centered design, lean start-up techniques, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and public finance management for child rights.

Mariela Alfonzo

Founder and CEO State of Place

Biography

Bridging the worlds of academia and practice, Dr. Mariela Alfonzo has over 15 years of expertise in the nexus between urban design and behavior, focusing on quantifying the triple-bottom line value of place. She is the Founder and CEO of State of Place, a communication and decision-making tool for the urban planning and real estate industries that quantifies what people love about cities and why it makes sense to make them better. Mariela was recognized as Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40 Best Young Land Use Professionals and was awarded a Fulbright to examine walkability in China. In addition, Dr. Alfonzo is a Research Assistant Professor at New York University, where she teaches entrepreneurship and urban design.

Muneeb Ali

Co-Founder Blockstack

Biography

Muneeb is a co-founder of Blockstack, a new decentralized internet where users own their data. Muneeb received his Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University and did PhD-level research in distributed systems at Princeton working in the systems group and at PlanetLab—the world’s first and largest cloud computing testbed. Muneeb was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and a Princeton Graduate Fellowship and gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton. He has built a wide range of production systems and published research papers with over 900 citations.

Ahmad Tajuddin Ali

Chairman UEM Group Berhad

Biography

Academician Tan Sri Dr. Ir AHMAD TAJUDDIN ALI was appointed as Joint-Chairman (Industry) of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) on 17 November 2009.

Dr Tajuddin was previously the President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, the Director-General of Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM), then the Executive Chairman of the national power company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Chairman of Gas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Energy Commission of Malaysia and later PLUS Expressways International Berhad.
An engineer by training, Dr. Tajuddin graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from King’s College, University of London in 1973 and obtained his doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1977. He did post-doctoral work in nuclear engineering at Oregon State University (1977-1978) and at Pennsylvania State University (1978). He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme.

In 1994, Dr Tajuddin was bestowed the Special Award by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) for his contribution towards enhancing exports of Malaysian products to Japan. In 1996, Dr Tajuddin received the Institution of Engineers Malaysia Award of Outstanding Contribution to the Engineering Profession and in 2009, he received the “Prominent Player” Award from the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB).

He was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2000, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) in 2009, Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree by Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) in 2014 and in November 2015, he was conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and recently, he was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate of Management Degree by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

In the private sector, Dr Tajuddin is currently the Chairman of UEM Group Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad and Linde Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He is also the Chairman of UPM Holdings Sdn Bhd, SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd and Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM).

In the public sector, Dr Tajuddin is also the Chairman of Construction Industry Development Board (CIDM), SIRIM Berhad (Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia) and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).

Dr Tajuddin is the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and a member of the International Advisory Council of the University. He is also a member of the Public-Private Partnerships under the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia and a member of Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council. Dr Tajuddin is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan UEM and The Nusajaya Natural Heritage Trust and a member of the Board of Trustee of Yayasan Khazanah, Mahathir Science Award Foundation, and as an Ordinary Member of Sultan Mizan Antarctica Research Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), his alma mater.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers (P.Eng), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (FIEM), a Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), a Fellow of The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) and a Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET)

Lauren Andersen

Executive Director NYC Tech Talent Pipeline

Biography

Lauren is the Executive Director of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, a $10 million industry partnership launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio in May 2014 to support the growth of the tech sector and prepare New Yorkers across the five boroughs for 21st century jobs. Together with industry, TTP works to define needs, develop education & training solutions, and deliver quality talent.

Prior to the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, Lauren worked at Citi on the Youth Economic Opportunity Team. She had previously served as a policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama. Lauren holds an MPA from Columbia University and a BA from Northwestern University.

Jill Anderson

EVP Chief Commercial Officer, Energy Solutions and Commercial Operations New York Power Authority

Biography

Jill Anderson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), overseeing all wholesale and retail operations. Jill is responsible for over $2 billion in annual revenues from NYPA’s 16 power generation assets, supervising trading, fuel operations, hedging, and business development for new transmission and generation activities. She also oversees customer operations that include sales, marketing, new products and the implementation of over $200 million-a-year in energy efficiency and renewable energy project implementation. Previously for NYPA, Jill led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, and public and regulatory affairs. She joined NYPA in 2009, leading supply acquisition and renewable energy for NYPA, responsible for energy procurement including solar, wind, and biomass.

Prior to joining NYPA, Jill was the Project Office Manager for Hess Corporation, leading projects in the areas of refining, offshore oil and gas production, corporate risk, electricity expense reduction, biofuel strategy, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Jill worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) prior to joining Hess. At Con Edison, she held positions of increasing responsibility in field operations and supervision in electric, gas, and steam transmission and distribution. Additionally, Jill has experience in power generation design and construction, working as a field engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jill serves on the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and also the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), both educational non-profit entities focused on promoting clean and efficient energy. Jill serves on the Board of the New York State Women in Communications and Energy and formerly served as President.

Jill received a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. She completed a certificate at Vermont Law School in Legal Essentials for Utility Executives and executive education programs at Harvard University and Columbia University. She holds certifications in engineering, project management, and process improvement. She was selected as New York City & State Rising Stars, “40 under 40 class of 2012” and one of the “2015 Women Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband James and their daughters Vivian and Clara.

Benoit Bailliart

Urban Lab Director thecamp

Biography

Benoit Bailliart directs thecamp Urban Lab aiming at transforming cities and citizen mindsets.

He is also an investor and board member of three digital startups in AI, smart mobility and digital marketing. He graduated from La Sorbonne university and the NEOMA Business school in Rouen, and later earned certification in disruptive innovation management at Harvard Business School.

Benoit has been open innovation director at Accenture and conducted several digital transformation programs in CAC40 groups. Benoit is a member of Partech Venture investor club, Frenchfounder business club as well as AUDACITIES smart city think tank.

Donnel Baird

Founder BlocPower

Biography

Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, an early stage clean tech startup based in New York City.

BlocPower develops portfolios of clean energy retrofit opportunities in underserved communities, and connects those opportunities to investors seeking social, environmental, and financial returns. BlocPower creates jobs for qualified local low-income workers, energy savings for community institutions, reduces carbon emissions, and provides returns to investors.

Baird is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Business School, where he was a recipient of the Board of Overseers Fellowship and a recipient of investment from the Lang Fund for Entrepreneurial Initiatives. He spent four years as a political and community organizer, and more than two years managing a national initiative to leverage American Reinvestment and Recovery Act energy efficiency investments in underserved communities. Baird is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and is a perpetually exasperated fan of the New York Knicks.

Dawn Barber

Co-Founder NY Creative Tech Week

Biography

Dawn Barber is the co-founder of NY Creative Tech Week, a premier festival for Creativity and Technology. She also co-founded NY Tech Meetup, a 50K+-member non-profit industry organization that supports and promotes the New York technology community and a central hub of New York’s thriving tech and innovation scene. She has advised tech start-ups, business and governmental entities, and investors alike, having facilitated innumerable business relationships in the process. Dawn has extensive experience planning and organizing conferences and events in and around the New York technology community since having been one of NYNMA’s (New York New Media Association) directors from 1998-2001. She went on to produce several other significant NYC events, the Shorty Awards and Gadgetoff among others. Dawn was one of the first Pipeline Fund fellows, and sits on the boards of MOUSE, Institute of Play and the Astia NYC Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on NYC’s Commission on Public Information and Communication (COPIC).

Samara A. Barend

SVP, North America Strategic Development Director Public-Private Partnerships AECOM Capital

Biography

With over a decade of experience focused on public-private partnerships (P3), Ms. Barend has developed projects in government and the private sector. Ms. Barend currently serves as SVP and P3 Strategic Development Director at AECOM Capital. Ms. Barend also founded and leads the Performance Based Building Coalition (PBBC), a national nonprofit comprised of more than 90 firms and public officials, whose mission is to catalyze the use of private investment to rebuild our nation’s aging and dilapidated public buildings. The PBBC is championing legislation that was recently introduced which would create $5 billion in Private Activity Bonds for public building P3 projects. Prior to her position at AECOM, Ms. Barend served as Executive Director of the New York State Asset Maximization Commission. Ms. Barend also spearheaded the successful campaign to convert New York State’s Route 17 into Interstate 86.

Ger Baron

Chief Technology Officer City of Amsterdam

Biography

Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. His 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. Mr. 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.

Thomas Barrett

Corporate Director European Investment Bank

Biography

The European Investment Bank Group supports investment by providing USD 90 Billion per annum debt and equity finance as well as policy support and advisory services in Europe and in 150 countries around the world in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Before taking up his assignment as Permanent Representative in Washington, D.C., Mr Barrett was Director of EIB’s Financial Products and Advisory teams. He was Chairman of the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) and was also responsible for the establishment of the EIB’s Centres of Expertise on Trans-European Networks for ICT, Transport and Energy.

Mr. Barrett is Director of the Marguerite Fund for Energy, Climate and Infrastructure and a Member of the Atlantic Council Task Force in Washington, D.C. on the EuroGrowth Initiative. Mr Barrett is an INSEAD MBA (France) and a graduate of the National University (Ireland).

Adrian Benepe

SVP and Director of City Park Development Trust for Public Land

Biography

A Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land (TPL), Adrian Benepe is one of the nation’s experts on the nexus of the public, private, and non-profit sectors in park and public space development and management. At TPL, Benepe oversees the creation of parks, playgrounds, trails and greenways in dozens of cities across the country, and leads advocacy efforts to ensure that every city resident has a park within a 10-minute walk. Benepe served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for 11 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. During that time, he oversaw a major expansion of the city’s parks system, restoring historic parks such as Central Park and Battery Park, adding 730 acres of new parks including Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the High Line, and planning an additional 2,000 acres of new city parks.

Steve Benjamin

Mayor City of Columbia, SC

Biography

Husband, Father, Son, Believer & My Brother’s Keeper, Servant Leader, Bibliophile, City Builder and Mayor of Columbia.

Since being elected mayor in a record turnout election in April 2010, Mayor Steve Benjamin has made it his mission to create in Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America.

“My mission is to create in Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America.”

His service in Columbia started back in 1990 when he served as student body president at the University of South Carolina, later becoming the Student Bar Association President at the USC School of Law.

Brenna Berman

Executive Director City Digital

Biography

Brenna Berman is the Executive Director of City Digital, the innovation accelerator focused on cities and infrastructure at UI Labs. City Digital focuses on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment, executing technology development pilots that bring together cities with university, corporate and start-up partners. At City Digital, Ms. Berman is leading an inter-disciplinary team that is pioneering a new process for innovation to bring IoT to scale in the urban environment.

Prior to joining UI Labs, Ms. Berman served in the Emanuel administration as Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology for over 4 years. In that time, she focused on transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the Mayor’s vision of data-driven resident services and of a more efficient, effective and innovative City government. This meant adding new skills to the team to increase the focus on software engineering and analytics, improving the department’s commercial partnerships to drive savings for the City and identifying ground-breaking civic partnerships.

During her tenure as CIO, Commissioner Berman delivered on the Mayor’s commitment to a robust open data program, integrated advanced analytics into many city departments, driven IoT innovation for the City through unique partnerships at UILabs and the founding of the Midwest IoT Council and, in partnership with the University of Chicago, realized the vision of urban-scale sensing with the Array of Things.

Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Comm. Berman built a career promoting government innovation over 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. She advised governments on a variety of issues, from targeting personalized services through analytics to normalizing program offerings to simplify the delivery process and make them understandable to residents. Throughout her time at IBM, Ms. Berman tailored cutting-edge business and data models, from processes to analytic algorithms for large government organizations in order to accelerate their own modernization efforts, providing an incredibly valuable skill set for the work she continues at DoIT.

Brenna earned her bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Mark Bew

Chairman BIM Task Group

Biography

Mark chairs the UK Government Digital Built Britain programme, which is charged with delivering BIM Level 2 into the UK Public Sector Construction Sector by 2016 and Level 3 by 2025.

He is also Chairman PCSG Ltd which is an organization focused on delivering technology, process and associated sustainability services to the construction and built environment sector.

Clients value Mark’s forthright approach to business. He possesses strong business acumen and has gained considerable experience serving on two UK construction sector company executive boards, authoring many published papers and presenting at major conferences in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Mark was awarded the MBE for services to construction in January 2012.

Susan Bihler

Principal Catalyst Investors

Biography

Ms. Bihler is responsible for sourcing and executing growth equity investment opportunities in B2B software, healthcare technology and business services sectors, among others. She also focuses on overseeing and prioritizing industry sector research and target sector deal flow generation. Ms. Bihler currently serves on the boards of Catalyst portfolio companies Clinicient & Datavail, and previously served on the boards of Ascentis, Alert Solutions, and MINDBODY (as a board observer).

Prior to joining Catalyst in 2009, Ms. Bihler served as an Analyst at CIT Group where she was responsible for performing due diligence and credit analysis for various senior secured debt transactions within CIT’s Communications, Media & Entertainment Group.

Ms. Bihler graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude, with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Michael Blake

Assemblyman, 79th District The Bronx, New York

Biography

Michael A. Blake is the Assembly member of the 79th District in The Bronx, New York, representing parts of Concourse Village, Morrisania, Melrose, Belmont, Claremont and East Tremont. He is passionate about urban entrepreneurship, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), education, community learning, building sustainable communities, equality for all and empowering young men of color.

Blake was born and raised in The Bronx, New York to Jamaican immigrants and is named after Jamaican public servants. His father, Headly George Blake, cleaned hospital rooms as a proud member of 1199SEIU and his mother, Hilary Lawrence, worked at a manufacturing plant for close to 40 years. Hilary coined the family motto of “From No House to the White House”, which has evolved due to his recent success of “From No House in Jamaica to The White House in Washington, D.C. to the State House in Albany”. Michael Blake attended P.S. 79, which was highlighted in Jonathan Kozol’s “Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools” before graduating from JHS 118, DeWitt Clinton High School and eventually the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he was inducted into the Deru Honor Society.

Assembly member Blake serves on the Correction, Housing, Election Law, Governmental Operations, Banks and Veterans Affairs committees and is the Chairman of the Mitchell-Lama (Affordable Housing) subcommittee. Blake passed three legislative bills in his first year in office, including his signature prompt pay bill which will require New York State to pay contracted companies with 200 employees or less in 15 days instead of 30 days. Moreover, Assembly member Blake led the effort to secure $20 million for a pilot My Brother’s Keeper program in New York State, making it the first in the nation. Assembly member Blake, in his first year in office, was elected the 2nd Vice-Chair of the NY Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

In conjunction with The Libra Group, Blake secured $500,000 for Bronx entrepreneurs through the American Entrepreneurship Award, secured a historic $2.2 million for New York City Housing Authority improvements for developments in his district, addressed gun violence among residents through partnership with L.I.F.E. CAMP for the annual peace week, and garnered more than $16 million for schools in his assembly district.

Blake’s work continues in the community. Blake serves on the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance as a national advisory board member (the only state legislator in the nation) and is a board member of iVOTE, which focuses on protecting voting rights across the country. He previously served as the senior advisor for Operation Hope and is the founding principal of Atlas Strategy Group, which focuses on political and economic empowerment for communities of color.

In early 2007, Michael joined then Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign and served as the Iowa deputy political director and constituency outreach director for the successful Iowa caucuses. After serving as the Michigan deputy state director for the general election, Blake joined the White House staff as the associate director of public engagement and deputy associate director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He created the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit series, which sought to foster public, private and not-for-profit partnerships and provide strategic advice in seven cities across the nation. Blake left the White House to serve as the national deputy director of Operation Vote for President Obama’s 2012 re-election and helped expand the diverse electorate that later re-elected the president, leading to historic turnout among constituencies nationwide.

Blake was honored as one of “The Root 100” in 2012, featured in Jet magazine as one of 15 black politicos behind President Obama’s re-election and recognized by MSNBC in 2011 as one of the Top 10 Black politicians on the rise. In December 2007, Jay Newton-Small of Times Magazine wrote, “At just 25 years old, Michael Blake may have more to do with Barack Obama’s chances of becoming President than anyone besides the candidate himself”.

Blake has been preaching for the last 21 years as an exhorter in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church. The words that empower his spirit are two-fold. First, from his favorite scripture of Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the present sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared to the future glory about to be revealed to us”. The second are the words he wrote out in 2001, just days before a near fatal car accident, yet still resonate with him today, “Dear God, may today be my greatest day; greater than the great day I had a day before, but, my goal has not been met unless tomorrow is the greatest of them all.”

In the fall of 2016, Blake also served as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. At the Kennedy School, Blake led a study group titled “The Untold Story of the Obama Era: The Necessity of Race and Gender in Politics,” which explored the story behind the “Obama Coalition” and the political, social, and economic landscape after a Black President.

Michael Alexander Blake is dedicated to making tomorrow the greatest of them all for his constituents with and living out the words that then Senator Obama shared with him in 2007, “Michael, Dream Big Dreams.” Blake believes now is our time to realize those dreams!

Ryan Blackmon

VP, Advanced Technologies and Assistant General Counsel Union Point

Biography

As the Vice President of Advance Technologies, Ryan leads Smart Cities and Sustainability initiatives at LStar Ventures’ flagship Union Point project, focused on creating the leading technologically advanced and environmentally conscious development in the world. As the Assistant General Counsel, he provides legal assistance to the General Counsel and senior leadership team. He is responsible for contract drafting, legal review and legal underwriting. Prior to joining LStar, Ryan worked as a turnaround management consultant where he provided financial and managerial guidance to businesses in a wide variety of industries. His diverse background brings a unique perspective to LStar and allows him to provide legal, financial and managerial counsel in complex real estate development transactions. Ryan attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he studied finance and operations management, Campbell University where he earned his JD/MBA and Duke University where he obtained his LL.M. in Law and Entrepreneurship.

JeanCarlo Bonilla

Director of Insights and Impact DataKind

Biography

A native of Costa Rica, JeanCarlo leads DataKind’s data science practice and ensures that its portfolio of projects are designed to help social change organizations leverage data science to achieve maximum impact.

Specializing in the intersection of technology strategy and data science delivery models, JeanCarlo has more than fifteen years of experience in cross-functional roles overseeing and building data science solutions, strategic planning, technology selection and implementation, staffing, coaching, and resource and budget allocation.

JeanCarlo started his career as a process engineer in the semiconductor community, after which he spent over a decade in academia. When he is not at DataKind, JeanCarlo can be found teaching Business Analytics at New York University.He holds a B.S. & M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Technology Management from New York University

Simone Brody

Executive Director What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative

Biography

Simone Brody is the Executive Director of the What Works City Program. She previously served as the Senior Executive Director of the Office of Research, Accountability and Data at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), leading evaluation and accountability for the city’s 1,800 public schools. Prior to joining NYCDOE, Simone was a Principal at Ascend Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage education and technology companies. At Ascend, Simone managed the education investment review process, and worked with portfolio companies on all aspects of their growth. Simone began her career in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., focusing on mergers, acquisitions and capital raisings for financial institutions. Simone earned a BA in political science, philosophy and economics (PPE) from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Cristopher Broyles

Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer Mphasis

Biography

Having been in the accessibility, disability, and inclusion space for over 15 years, a requested speaker at major national conferences, an author of multiple inclusion-focused publications, and having led global accessibility A&I programs for billion-dollar companies touching over 60 countries, Cristopher Broyles is an internationally recognized thought leader and executive in the A&I space.

Cristopher’s expertise is in developing and managing enterprise-wide, global-reaching AI programs the encompass both physical accessibility and digital accessibility, that are sustainable, scalable, resource-smart, and data transparent. He has provided guidance and assistance to clients in all major verticals and domains, including the government/regulatory space: the U.S. Access Board, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the White House. Cristopher was also the first choice to lead the Accessibility Trusted-Tester Program house in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Other experience includes Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Harvard, FedEx, Perkins School for the Blind, and many other organizations.

Cristopher presently serves as the Chief Accessibility and Inclusion Officer (CAIO) for Mphasis, a multibillion dollar IT-Consulting Firm specializing in solutions for the financial sector, logistics, and healthcare. As the CAIO, Cristopher oversees Mphasis’s global A&I program. The program spans 9 acquired companies, 35,000 employees, and 19 countries. Cristopher also oversees the external-facing accessibility and inclusion line of business.

Kate Burson

Business Development Tesla Energy Tesla Motors

Biography

Kate Burson has devoted her career to working at the intersection of business, policy and law – as a catalyst to expand and encourage sustainable development. Recognizing that energy storage is an essential element in the global transition to clean energy, Burson joined Tesla in 2016 to help develop the market and business for their energy storage products, the Powerwall and the Powerpack.

Prior to joining Tesla, Burson co-led energy policy for New York state. Working with the New York Chairman of Energy and Finance Richard Kauffman and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Burson developed and deployed a new strategy for a distributed, networked grid– powered by clean energy. This initiative grew into the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision, REV, which Burson co-developed and managed.

Between the years 2013 and 2015, Burson served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York State, and was responsible for overseeing the state utility regulatory agency, two public power companies, and the state’s energy research and development institution. Under Burson’s direction, New York became a leader in clean energy: restructuring New York State Energy Research and Development authority (NYSERDA), creating a $5 billion clean energy fund, and establishing the nation’s largest public financial institution dedicated to clean energy finance.

Previously, Burson served as an Assistant Attorney General for New York state, where she prosecuted securities fraud. She has also held positions at the World Wildlife Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the National Women’s Law Center. Burson attended Vanderbilt University where she graduated magna cum laude and was awarded All-American and Academic All-American honors for her achievements as a Division I tennis player. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr

Director General Smart Dubai

Biography

H.E Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, engaging with leadership in the public and private sector to make Dubai a global benchmark smart city.

Tim Calabrese

Department of Education City of New York

Biography

Tim Calabrese is a geographer working with the NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Support Services. He manages the business intelligence team and connects analytics to decision makers on projects like school meal point-of-sale service in 3000 schools and GPS implementation on 8000 school buses.

Victor Calise

Commissioner Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities City of New York

Biography

Commissioner Calise has served city government for over a decade and as Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities under two administrations. Victor is a deeply motivated leader dedicated to helping others with disabilities.

As Commissioner, he sets disability policy, advises the Mayor and city agencies, creates partnerships and initiatives that better the lives of people with disabilities, advocates for the passage of legislation; and is the chair of the Accessibility Committee of the NYC Building Code. Under his leadership he is working to make New York City the most accessible city in the world in Transportation, Employment, Education and Access to city services and programs.

Prior to leading MOPD, Victor joined the NYC Department of Parks’ Recreation as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. The New York City parks system comprises 29,000 acres and mostly historic properties designed and built prior to the NYC accessibility laws and the ADA. He coordinated efforts to improve accessibility compliance agency-wide. This included a transition plan to address accessibility for parks, playgrounds, beaches, recreation and nature centers, routes and trails and a variety of other features which included public programs.

Early in his career he served as Recreation Coordinator for United Spinal Association, eventually rising to Director of Special Projects – lobbying State and Federal government on Spinal Cord Research, Housing, Transportation and Voting Rights. His last position was Director of Sports Marketing where he integrated disabled sport with able bodied sport securing sponsorships with local and national sport franchises including the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

Victor is an athlete and proud member of the first USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that competed in the 1998 Paralympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
He currently lives on the upper west side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Alice Charles

Urban Development Lead World Economic Forum

Biography

Alice Charles is the Lead for all Urban Development work at the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland. This includes managing the Forum’s Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative, its Steering and Advisory Board, the past Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities and current Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the production of all city and urban development related content and urban development events at World Economic Forum Summits (including Davos). In addition, she is responsible for managing and developing the world’s premier community of infrastructure and urban development business leaders (includes CEOs from the Real Estate, Engineering Construction and Urban Services sectors), which through engagement with government, regulatory, and civil society leaders advances the critical issues facing the industry on the global, regional and industry agendas. She is also an External Board Member of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), Ireland.

She has fifteen years’ experience working in the areas of urban development, town planning, real estate, infrastructure, environment, climate change, and public policy globally. She previously worked for the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament), Ireland, Jacobs Engineering (formerly SKM Colin Buchanan) and Bilfinger GVA, London, UK.

She has a Master’s in Business Administration from University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, a Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning from Queens University Belfast and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Environmental Planning from Queen’s University Belfast. She is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Member of the Irish Planning Institute. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Global Leadership through the World Economic Forum, in conjunction with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Cornell Tech, INSEAD, London Business School and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

Lynda Chin, M.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Healthcare Transformation and Chief Innovation Officer for Health Affairs Director The University of Texas System

Biography

Renowned physician and researcher Lynda Chin, M.D., is The University of Texas System’s associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs. Chin leads the UT System’s Institute for Health Transformation, which leverages, develops and deploys innovative, technology-enabled solutions to improve access and affordability of quality health care in Texas and beyond.

The Institute for Health Transformation is initially focused on Project DOC – Diabetes Obesity Control – an initiative to improve diabetes care and management in South Texas.

Prior to joining the UT System in 2015, Chin was the founding chair of Genomic Medicine and scientific director of the Institute for Applied Cancer Science at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Chin has made multiple scientific discoveries spanning the fields of transcription, telomere biology, and mouse models of human cancer and cancer genomics. She has won numerous distinguished honors for her contributions, including election to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in 2012.

On October 6, 2016, Dr. Chin was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to a committee that will help guide U.S. policy on global health.

Ralph Clark

President and CEO SST, Inc.

Biography

Ralph Clark is president and CEO of SST, Inc., the world’s only wide area acoustic gunshot detection and surveillance solution, which is deployed and used to combat gun violence in over 90 cities. A veteran of numerous successful technology startups, he brings 30 years of extensive corporate, financial and organizational leadership to his role as an entrepreneurial CEO. Before joining SST, Inc., Clark was CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc., where he led the transformation of the company into a leader in endpoint data protection and was instrumental in its acquisition by Symantec.

Prior to GuardianEdge, Clark served as vice president of finance for Adaptec through its acquisition of Snap Appliance, which he helped engineer as Snap Appliance’s chief financial officer. While at Adaptec, he was responsible for worldwide financial planning and analysis.

Early in his career, Clark held executive sales and marketing roles at IBM. Post-business school, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, where he was instrumental in many successful technology transactions.

He is a member of the board of directors for Tactical Survey Group and is Chairman of the Board of Pacific Community Ventures. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke

Global Director, Smart City Strategies IDC Government Insights

Biography

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke is the Global director of the Smart Cities Strategies practice at IDC. In this practice, Ms. Clarke coordinates the Smart City team and Smart City research worldwide. Ms. Clarke’s research discusses the strategies and execution of relevant Smart City technologies and non-technology best practice areas, such as governance, innovation, partnerships and business models essential for Smart City development. Ms. Clarke’s research includes the Internet of Things, Big data analytics, cloud computing, mobility and social media in public works, transportation, public safety, smart water, community engagement and Open Data initiatives. Ms. Clarke contributes to consulting engagements to support state and local governments’ Smart City strategies and IT vendors’ overall Smart City market strategies.

Ms. Clarke contributes to the IDC Community and in publications such as Government Technology, Government Computer News, CivSource, M2M Evolution, CIO magazine, SmartGrid News, Connected World and FedTech magazine. She has contributed to U.S. publications such as American City & County, StateTech, .Gov magazine covering technology in the Middle East, and iThome a Taiwanese IT magazine.  Ms. Clarke’s publications include a chapter with PTI and the Global Institute on the first developmental model for smart cities in Smart Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective which is available on Amazon. Her latest publication is on smart city measurements and assessments, published in February 2017 in Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise, by Springer. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.

Ms. Clarke has had several roles at IDC over the past 15 years. Ms. Clarke helped launch the IDC end-user research Vertical Group as the Director of Vertical Views following five years as a Consulting Director for large-scale international projects that provided strategic and tactical marketing services, including market opportunity assessments, competitive analysis, and cost/benefit analysis.

Ms. Clarke joined IDC following work as a product manager in Internet start-ups in Silicon Valley.  Prior to that, she worked in state social services as a director of programs serving young adults and adolescents diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Ms. Clarke holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College with an MBA and MSW joint degree.

On January 20th, 2016, Ms. Clarke was presented with the James Peacock 2015 Memorial Award for excellence in her contributions to IDC research and IDC clients.

Abby Joseph Cohen

Senior Investment Strategist and Advisory Director Goldman Sachs

Biography

Abby is senior investment strategist and an advisory director at Goldman Sachs. She began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. Abby is a presidential councillor at Cornell University where she chairs the steering committee for the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute for Innovation at Cornell Tech and serves on the board of Weill Cornell Medicine.

Abby is a board member of the Brookings Institution and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she previously served as board chair. She is a former board chair of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, which awarded her the Distinguished Service Award. Abby is an advisor to the investment committees of Cornell University, Major League Baseball, the Metropolitan Opera and other institutions. She previously served as vice chair of the board of the New York Economic Club, and on the national board of the Smithsonian Institution. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Abby is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a guest lecturer at several graduate schools of business. She was a member of the White House-appointed Innovation Advisory Board for Economic Competitiveness. She is the firm’s liaison to the National Defense University of the US Department of Defense.

Abby earned degrees in economics from Cornell University and The George Washington University. She has received three honorary doctorates, including one in engineering. Her career is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study and BusinessWeek cover story.

Michael B. Coleman

Director of Business and Government Strategies Ice Miller

Former MayorCity of Columbus

Biography

Michael Coleman is a partner and member of Ice Miller’s Public Affairs and Government Law, Internet of Things Groups, and serves as the firm’s Director of Business and Government Strategies. Michael draws upon his experience as Mayor and Chief Executive Officer for the City of Columbus to guide clients through the challenges and opportunities of creating partnerships between business and government. Coleman brings to Ice Miller’s clients his considerable experience in successfully matching the needs of businesses with the resources of government to build, grow and protect thriving communities. Coleman also provides clients opportunities to advance Smart City concepts.

Graeme Conway

Senior Managing Director Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets

Biography

Graeme is a Senior Managing Director and is responsible for Macquarie’s Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA’s) operations in the Americas. MIRA’s business in the region includes seven funds managed through key offices in New York, Mexico City and Sao Paulo. Graeme has 20 years experience in infrastructure and has worked in markets around the world including Australia, Europe and North America. He has led numerous transactions across the water, energy, storage and renewable energy sectors. Graeme began his career with the Macquarie Group in 1997 and has worked across the infrastructure industry in advisory, project finance, structured finance and infrastructure funds management. In 2001, he moved to the U.K., where he worked on the establishment of MIRA’s first European infrastructure fund, MEIF1. He subsequently established Macquarie Capital Advisory’s European Utilities and Energy team and thereafter became Head of Macquarie Capital Europe. Graeme moved to MIRA’s New York offices in 2012. Graeme has a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance & Management from University of Western Australia.

Lilian Coral

Chief Data Officer City of Los Angeles

Biography

Lilian Coral is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, working within the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, she has taken the Mayor’s directive on Open Data beyond the lens of transparency and towards his vision of a data-driven Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Coral spent 15 years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader. Having had the opportunity to work with labor unions, NGOs, foundations, and human service agencies at all levels of government, she felt inspired to apply her experience to re-thinking the way in which government uses data and technology to serve its citizens.

Most recently, as the founding Director of 2–1–1 California, she led a network of 26 non-governmental organizations, available to over 33 million Californians. The most significant challenge faced was transforming legacy systems into state-of-the-art services that leverage technology to improve the lives of the most under-privileged in our communities. 2–1–1 programs throughout the U.S.A. and Canada provide the public with information, assessment and linkages to a wide range of public and private community resources, health and human services, and disaster response assistance.

Ms. Coral holds a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and is a native of Colombia, a place from where much of her inspiration for innovation and social justice emerged.

Kyle Corkum

CEO and Managing Partner LStar Ventures

Biography

Kyle is the Managing Partner and co-founder of LStar Ventures, a national developer of large mixed-use master-planned communities. In 2007, in anticipation the economic recession, Kyle created LStar to acquire exceptional distressed commercial and residential properties. Since its formation, LStar has partnered with affiliates to acquire more than 60,000 residential units and land for 20 million SF of commercial in 13 states.

Scott Corwin

Managing Director - Future of Mobility Leader Deloitte Consulting

Biography

Scott L. Corwin is a Managing Director in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Business Transformation Practice based in New York.

Over the past three decades, he has helped senior leaders address disruptive change in their industries and markets. He works with clients across a wide range of industries including automotive, technology, industrials, media, consumer products, retail, healthcare, telecom, public sector, not-for-profits.

Scott leads Deloitte’s Future of Mobility Practice. He and his team work closely with leaders in business, government and local communities to shape the emergence of the future mobility ecosystem.

Under his leadership, Deloitte’s FOM Practice has been systematically studying and analyzing how a series of converging forces are giving rise to the emergence of a new mobility ecosystem. He is the lead author of “The Future of Mobility – How transportation technology and social trends are creating a new business ecosystem” and ”The Future of Mobility: What’s Next?”.

Scott has worked extensively with the public and private sector on economic development and innovation. Noteworthy efforts include:
• Leading the Partnership for NYC’s study to evaluate the economic impact of the September 11th tragedy and which formed the basis for determining level of federal aid provided
• Advising the Board of the NY Public Library on developing a strategy to determine the role of a pre-eminent global library in the digital age
• Serving as an Advisor to the Skolkovo Economic Innovation Zone in Moscow

Scott has a BA in Politics from Brandeis University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business. Prior to joining Deloitte, Scott was a Partner at Booz & Company/Booz Allen Hamilton, Vice President with A.T. Kearney, and a Vice President with Caliper Corporation

Anthony Coscia

Chairman of the Board Amtrak

PartnerWindels Marx

Biography

Anthony R. Coscia is a partner and Executive Committee member of Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, one of the New York region’s oldest law firms. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Coscia also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).

Mr. Coscia is the Chairman of Suez North America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Suez Environnement SAS, as well as Sun Bancorp Inc. and Sun National Bank and has previously served as a director of several public and closely held corporations in the construction, financial services, investment banking, real estate and manufacturing sectors. In addition, he serves as a trustee of Georgetown University, the New Jersey Community Development Corporation and is a member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Council of Trustees, The Partnership for New York City, The Economic Club of New York and the Regional Plan Association.

Mr. Coscia served as Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for over eight years, stepping down from the Board on June 30, 2011. During his tenure, the longest in modern Port Authority history, he served four New Jersey Governors and three New York Governors. As Chairman, Mr. Coscia oversaw the restoration of the agency after 9/11 as a key player in the region through development of a long term capital program, assuming the lead role in the redevelopment of the WTC site rebuilding, spearheading multi-billion dollar mass transit improvements, port expansion, modernization of aviation facilities and the most significant corporate governance and financial management reforms adopted by the Port Authority in over two decades.

From February 1992 to March 2003, Mr. Coscia served as Chair of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“”NJEDA””), one of the largest state-sponsored development banks in the United States.

Mr. Coscia is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dan Curtin

Vice President, Fleet and Supply Chain Zipcar

Biography

Dan is the go-to guy for making sure our North American vehicles are in tip-top shape, road-ready, and in prime locations right near where our members live, work, and play.

With over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry prior to even starting at Zipcar, Dan knows a thing or two about cars. He’s driven his way from Zipcar’s General Manager of Boston, to Region Vice President, to VP of Operations and Service Quality, to VP of New Markets, and to his latest destination as VP of Fleet and Supply Chain.

From launching new markets to expanding the brand globally in Europe and Australia—and tackling all kinds of operations, engineering, sales, customer satisfaction, and city and state policy endeavors in between—Dan’s impact on Zipcar has been both diverse and essential.

Hadassah Damien

Manager of Engagement Technology Participatory Budgeting Project

Biography

Hadassah Damien develops digital and analog technologies that are human-centered, accessible, and grow communities. At the Participatory Budgeting Project (https://participatorybudgeting.org), Ms. Damien works with cities across the US and Canada to design and implement civic technology projects, builds the ecosystem of digital PB tools, and develops interfaces that encourage big questions and deliver both data and insights to real-world civic users.

As a technologist for the last decade focused on strengthening nonprofits and grassroots movements, she intersects functionality with agility, practicality, and the democratic politics of open-source cultures in her work. She holds an MA in American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center and an HBA from the University of Toronto. Before PBP, she was a worker-owner at Openflows Community Technology and a touring performing artist.

Javier de la Torre

CEO and Co- Founder CARTO

Biography

As a pioneer in Location Intelligence for cities and business, Javier de la Torre founded both Vizzuality, a world renowned geospatial company dedicated to bridging the gap between science and policy making and CARTO, one of the fastest growing geospatial software companies in the world.

Patrick Decker

President and Chief Executive Officer Xylem

Biography

Patrick Decker was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Xylem in March 2014, and he also serves on the Xylem Board of Directors. Xylem is a leading global water technology provider, serving customers in more than 150 countries with innovative solutions to their most complex water challenges.

He joined Xylem from Harsco Corporation, a global industrial services company where he was President and CEO since 2012. Prior to that, he served in several leadership roles at Tyco International, including President of Tyco Flow Control, where he grew revenue significantly in emerging markets and executed the company’s largest acquisitions in Brazil and the Middle East.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Decker held progressively responsible financial leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, including nine years in Latin America and Asia. He started his career with Price Waterhouse LLP.

Mr. Decker serves on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Executive Council on Infrastructure, the energy and environment committee for the U.S. Business Roundtable, as well as the advisory council for the Dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Filiep Decorte

Officer-in-Charge, New York Liaison Office UN Habitat

Biography

Filiep Decorte is currently the acting Director and Officer-in-Charge of UN-Habitat’s New York Liaison Office. Previously, he was Deputy Director and the focal point for UN-Habitat’s crisis-related work in New York. He played a key role in developing an urban track towards the World Humanitarian Summit and the emerging Global Alliance for Urban Crises.

During his career, Filiep has predominantly focused on urban initiatives in conflict- and crisis-affected countries, specializing in urban planning, land, and housing issues. He has worked for UN-Habitat for more than fifteen years in different capacities, including long-term assignments in Haiti, the occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, and Morocco. He also acted as coordinator for UN-Habitat’s Global Disaster Management Program.

He was trained as a civil engineer, architect, and urban and regional planner with advanced master’s degrees from the Universities of Ghent and Leuven in Belgium.

Daniel Doctoroff

Founder and CEO Sidewalk Labs

Biography

Daniel L. Doctoroff is CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company he launched with Google to improve cities for residents, businesses and city governments. Prior to founding Sidewalk, he was president and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. Dan previously served as deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Dan led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence, spearheading the effort to reverse New York’s fiscal crisis after 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy, including the creation of PlaNYC, a 127-point plan designed to create the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city.

Michael Donlan

‎VP, US State and Local Government Microsoft

Biography

Michael Donlan is Vice President of Microsoft’s State and Local Government business in the United States. In this role, he is responsible for working with customers and partners to deliver cloud technology solutions that enable results, cost savings and enhanced services for citizens and constituents.

Prior to his promotion to Vice President and increased U.S. responsibilities, Donlan served as General Manager and Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Worldwide Government organization. In this role, he was responsible for Microsoft’s global cloud and business strategies to help governments harness the power of innovation to address societal challenges and enhance economic competitiveness.

Blending a deep background in technology with years of experience in the public sector, including General Manager of Microsoft Public Sector Asia, Donlan has worked closely with government leaders, Microsoft partners and a global team of more than 1,500 Microsoft professionals in more than 100 countries to help government institutions implement holistic and impactful IT strategies. Previously based in Singapore, he also oversaw the technology, sales, marketing and program teams serving government, education and healthcare customers in China, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Before joining Microsoft in 2003 as the National Technology Officer for the United States, Donlan served as Managing Director of Managed Services/Outsourcing at BearingPoint and as Managing Technologist for Oracle Corp.’s Government, Education and Healthcare business unit. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer for a U.S. government financial regulator and founded customer relationship management (CRM) technology firm Advenix Communications.

Donlan currently serves on the executive advisory board for the Computer Information Systems program at James Madison University’s College of Business and on the board of Advanced Conservation Strategies.

Jose Manuel dos Santos

Head of Design / Americas Philips Lighting

Biography

Jose has over 25 years of experience in design and design management, an MA in industrial design from Central Saint Martins and an Executive MA from the Northwestern University. He started in Portugal in 1989 as an industrial, in Europe formed and sold two product design companies, worked as a product Design Director in Barcelona and led as a Chief Design Officer in a large Internet company. In 2011 he came to the US to join Masco as a Design Director and in 2016 joined Philips Lighting as Head of Design Americas. A designer, thought leader and passionate entrepreneur!

Mark Dowd

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Senior Advisor to the Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation

Biography

Before joining the White House, Mark was a senior member of President Obama’s Auto Task Force where he worked on the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler from 2009 to 2011. He received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold Medal as well as awards from the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District) for his work on the bankruptcies.

More recently, Mark served as a Senior Advisor to both the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2012 and the Hurricane Sandy Task Force in 2013, and a director and assistant general counsel at the Association of Global Automakers from June 2013 to June 2015 where he worked on policy development for advanced vehicle technologies. Mark practiced law for thirteen years in New York City at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel, specializing in transactions, restructuring, litigation, and regulatory matters as they relate to environmental and energy issues. Mark attended Rutgers College and Seton Hall University School of Law.

Enoh Ebong

Acting Director U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Biography

Ms. Enoh Ebong serves as Acting Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which helps U.S. businesses create jobs through the export of goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  Ms. Ebong has served in a number of positions at the Agency including, Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel, Deputy Director, and now Acting Director.

Prior to joining USTDA, Ms. Ebong practiced law at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in the area of business and finance.

Ms. Ebong received her undergraduate degree from The University of Edinburgh, her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

David Ehrenberg

President and CEO Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

Biography

David Ehrenberg serves as the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), overseeing its 330 tenants and 2.5 million SF expansion. Prior to joining BNYDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was an Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transaction Services group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). While at NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was a senior manager on many of the City’s priority economic development projects including: the Applied Sciences initiative that resulted in Cornell’s new campus on Roosevelt Island; the redevelopment of six acres of vacant land on the Lower East Side known as Seward Park; the Atlantic Yards project; as well as the creation and implementation of hundreds of millions of dollars of programs to support small businesses after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to marquee projects, he supervised dozens of industrial and manufacturing projects across the City and supervised the operations of the City’s Industrial Development Agency. Before joining NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg worked at South Brooklyn Legal Services as the coordinator for a microenterprise program. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he majored in government and urban studies, was a Fulbright Fellow in Zimbabwe, and received dual Masters’ Degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in Public Policy and Urban Planning.

Michael Evans

President Moynihan Station Development Corporation

Biography

Since 2013, Michael has been President of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation. As a special purpose project-delivery subsidiary of New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation, MSDC oversees the westward expansion of Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station into the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building.

The project will create a new train hall for Amtrak and Long Island Railroad within the vast mail sorting room of the McKim, Mead & White designed Beaux-Arts masterpiece on 8th Avenue. Surrounding the train hall will be a vibrant mixed-use development with retail and commercial office uses. The Moynihan Station project is one of the largest public-private partnerships in the country and a model for innovative project delivery and financing. Before heading the project, Michael served as Deputy Director for two years.

John Farmer

Director of Technology and Civic Innovation Microsoft

Biography

John Paul Farmer is the Director of Technology & Civic Innovation at Microsoft, based in New York City. In this role, John and his team apply technology for public good through creative partnerships and lean prototyping.

Examples include an accelerated training program that addresses the skills gap by connecting unemployed workers to in-demand 21st century skills and web-based software that applies artificial intelligence to produce automated real-time translation of government services into dozens of languages.

As Founder & CEO, he leads the Innovation Project, a non-profit organization with the mission of spreading innovation best practices to governments around the world. Previously, John served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation at the White House under President Barack Obama, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to attract top private sector technologists and entrepreneurs for focused tours of duty in government. The program grew into a movement of civically engaged technologists, data scientists, and entrepreneurs using their skills in the public interest through 18F and the U.S. Digital Service, and was recently enshrined in law.

Prior to the U.S. government, John envisioned and built new business units in the private sector. He has experience in the technology, finance and healthcare sectors, in particular, and played baseball professionally in the minor league systems of the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. John holds an M.B.A. with honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and an A.B. with honors from Harvard University.

Rapheal Farzan-Kashani

Director NYCEDC

Biography

Raphael is a Director at New York City Economic Development Corporation, leading life sciences initiatives for the City of New York. Raphael has launched a number of public-private partnerships for the R&D and venture creation ecosystem, including the City’s Early-Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative and LifeSciNYC, the Mayor’s 10-year $500M commitment to the sector. Raphael graduated from MIT with degrees in Biology and Economics and formerly served as a Consultant at McKinsey.

Sergio Fernández de Cordova

Chairman and Co-Founder PVBLIC Foundation

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer P3GM

Biography

John Paul Farmer is the Director of Technology & Civic Innovation at Microsoft, based in New York City. In this role, John and his team apply technology for public good through creative partnerships and lean prototyping.

Examples include an accelerated training program that addresses the skills gap by connecting unemployed workers to in-demand 21st century skills and web-based software that applies artificial intelligence to produce automated real-time translation of government services into dozens of languages.

As Founder & CEO, he leads the Innovation Project, a non-profit organization with the mission of spreading innovation best practices to governments around the world. Previously, John served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation at the White House under President Barack Obama, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to attract top private sector technologists and entrepreneurs for focused tours of duty in government. The program grew into a movement of civically engaged technologists, data scientists, and entrepreneurs using their skills in the public interest through 18F and the U.S. Digital Service, and was recently enshrined in law.

Prior to the U.S. government, John envisioned and built new business units in the private sector. He has experience in the technology, finance and healthcare sectors, in particular, and played baseball professionally in the minor league systems of the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. John holds an M.B.A. with honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and an A.B. with honors from Harvard University.

Steven Fifita

Executive Director City Digital at UI LABS

Biography

Steven Fifita is the Executive Director at City Digital, where he leads the Innovation Center focused on creating collaborations between government, industry, and academic partners around a common goal of leveraging Chicago as a test-bed for piloting Smart City solutions. Steven has had more than 20 years of experience in technology innovation, global strategy, and commercial execution working for companies like Diebold Inc., Best Buy, Cisco Systems, and Hewlett Packard. Most recently, Steven was the Managing Member at ADG Holding where he advised companies on corporate development, strategy and innovation across a number of different industries including IoT/analytics, consumer electronics, health, finance, banking, and energy. Steven has also served as the Chairman of the Economic Advisory Board for the Stanford Project on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) and the Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE) and is a frequent speaker on topics of innovation and entrepreneurship clusters.

Alex Fischer

President and CEO The Columbus Partnership

Biography

Alex Fischer is President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a civic leadership organization formed in 2002 of Columbus, Ohio’s, top business leaders to improve the economic and cultural base of central Ohio. The Partnership is helping to lead the Columbus 2020 economic development effort, which is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations. The membership of the Partnership is composed exclusively of chairpersons and chief executive officers of Columbus’ largest companies and institutions and includes 15 Fortune 1000 CEOs.

The Columbus Partnership played a key role in winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Smart City Challenge” to bring $50 million of grant funding to the city and receiving official designation as the “Smart City” of North America. Fischer serves as Co-Chairman of Smart Columbus and leads the private-sector efforts to make Columbus a pioneer in smart mobility.

Fischer currently serves as Chairman of Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Trustee of The Ohio State University; and on the boards of Advanced Drainage Systems, Columbus 2020, Nationwide Children’s Championship, and The Ohio State Innovation Foundation.

A native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Fischer graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree from the school of Architecture and Planning. Alex and his wife Lori have three children and reside in the city of Columbus.

Shana Fischer

Founder and Managing Director Third Kind Venture Capital

Biography

Ms. Shana Fisher is the Founder and Managing Partner at Third Kind Venture Capital, formerly High Line Venture Partners. Ms. Fisher is the Managing Director at Third Kind Venture Capital, an early stage venture fund and also serves as a Board Partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

Ms. Fisher served as a Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and led and mergers and acquisitions at IAC/interactiveCorp. since December 2003 and had previously served as Senior Vice President, Business Operations at IAC from July 2003 to November 2003. Previously, Ms. Fisher served as Vice President and Director, Media and Technology Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance at Allen & Company, LLC. In this capacity she led principal investments and advised publicly traded technology firms, private telecommunications firms and media companies. Prior to Allen & Company, LLC., Ms. Fisher was a program manager at the Microsoft Corporation from and prior to that she was a software developer for I-O 360 Consulting.

She received her B.A. from Hampshire College with a triple major in Sculpture, Philosophy, and Linguistics and attended but did not complete the Master of Arts and Sciences program at New York University.

Ben Flanner

President, Co-Founder, and Director of Agriculture Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

Biography

Ben Flanner is the CEO, Director of Agriculture, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange. A pioneering urban farm operation, the business farms rooftops, builds green spaces, and promotes sustainable living and local ecology through food, education, and events. The business includes over 2 ½ acres of intensive green roofs, and sells its produce via restaurants, farmer’s markets, and CSAs. Brooklyn Grange is widely recognized as a world leader in urban agriculture, with an unwavering drive to develop the concept with an exceptional green and community minded business. Prior to founding the Brooklyn Grange, Ben co-founded and managed the Eagle Street Rooftop farm in 2009. He has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and prior experience in management consulting and marketing. Ben was born and raised near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Grange received the LICBDC Green Business Award in 2010, the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence in 2011, the Queens Community Business Award from Mayor Bloomberg’s office in 2012, and the New York Environmental Champion award in 2015 from the EPA.

Michael Flowers

Chief Analytics Officer Enigma Technologies

Biography

Mike is Chief Analytics Officer at Enigma, New York City data technology company, where he oversees the development and deployment of decision-support technologies to Fortune 500 clients in compliance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and banking and finance.

In 2016 he was named an inaugural Senior Fellow at Bloomberg Philanthropies, working with U.S., European and South American city governments to launch sustainable analytics programs. Mike is also an analytics advisor to numerous organizations in a wide variety of fields, including, Weil Cornell Medical College, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the local governments of London, Paris, Berlin, Athens, Tokyo and Buenos Aires, and the national governments of France, Australia, Mexico, and Canada.

From 2014-15, Mike was an Executive-in-Residence and the first MacArthur Urban Science Fellow at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, where he advised students and faculty on projects to advance data-driven decision-making in local government.

From 2009-2013, Mike served under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as New York City’s first Chief Analytics Officer and Executive Director of the Financial Crime Task Force. During his tenure he founded the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, which provides quantitative intelligence support to the city’s public safety, public health, infrastructure development, finance, economic development, disaster preparedness and response, legislative, sustainability, and human services efforts. In addition, Mike designed and oversaw the implementation of NYC DataBridge, a first-of-its-kind citywide analytics platform that enables the sharing and analysis of city data across agencies and with the public, and he ran the implementation of the city’s pioneering Open Data initiative. For this work Mike was twice recognized by the White House for innovation.

Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Mike was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the 110th and 111th Congress (2007-09), leading bi-partisan investigations into the global financial crisis of 2008, money laundering by the North Korean government in furtherance of its nuclear weapons program, and international corporate tax evasion. From 2006-2007, he was Deputy Director of the Department of Justice’s Regime Crimes Liaison’s Office in Iraq, supporting the investigations and trials of Saddam Hussein and other high-ranking members of his regime for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. From 2003 to 2005, he was an attorney with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C., specializing in federal, state and local criminal investigations and regulatory matters. After a clerkship in federal district court in Philadelphia, Mike began his career as a trial prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1999, investigating and prosecuting homicide, sexual assault, human trafficking, narcotics trafficking, and high-level financial crimes.

Patrick Foye

Executive Director The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Biography

Patrick J. Foye became Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in November 2011. He manages day to day operations at the agency, whose mission is to provide critical transportation infrastructure and drive economic growth in the region. At the Port Authority, he has overseen the nation’s largest public private partnership for Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport and a PPP transaction to build a new Goethals Bridge linking New Jersey and Staten Island.

Prior to joining the Port Authority, Mr. Foye served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo from February 2011 to November 2011, managing initiatives for economic recovery, investment and job creation, and overseeing the Empire State Development Corporation. He also served as the downstate Chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation from January 2007 to April 2008, as well as the Vice Chair and a board member of the Long Island Power Authority for several years.

Mr. Foye was a Mergers and Acquisitions partner at Skadden Arps and managing partner of the firm’s Brussels, Budapest and Moscow offices. He served as Executive Vice President of AIMCO, a real estate investment trust and a component of the S&P 500 from 1998 to 2004 and as President and CEO of the United Way of Long Island for three years.

He has also served as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Marijn Fraanje

Chief Information Officer City of Hague

Biography

Marijn Fraanje has been appointed as CIO of the city of The Hague on August 1, 2016. His main goal as CIO is the further digitalisation of the municipality organisation and the stimulation of data utilization in policy making.

He believes strongly in cross municipality cooperation and because of that participates in both national and international platforms for cooperation. Prior to his present position he used to work at the city of Amsterdam for ten years. The first five years as an advisor to the city council in which he advised on the development of the port of Amsterdam and the agreement with the national government to build a new sea lock, which will be the biggest in the world when finished in 2019.

After five years he moved to the IT-department were he quickly assumed the position of deputy CIO. In that position his main task has been to help to achieve the technical and organisational centralisation of the 40 IT departments of the municipality.

Marijn Fraanje has a master’s degree in town planning from the university of Amsterdam.

Gianluca Galletto

Founder & President DG Advisors

Senior Advisor Global Futures Group

Biography

 

Gianluca Galletto is the founder and President of DG Advisors, providing strategic advice to governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations on global growth strategies. He has a deep background in global finance, business and policy, and he is an expert in international strategies to support economic development, innovation sectors and startup ecosystems. He is currently advising the Partnership for New York City on an initiative to support foreign direct investments (FDI) in NYC. He is also advising Global Futures Group (and Smart Cities NYC), which helps cities, formulate and implement innovative solutions to improve economic development, livability, and inclusion.

Gianluca is the former Director of International Affairs at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which he joined in July 2014. During his tenure, he expanded programs to lure foreign innovative businesses to New York City, engaging with more than 400 international companies, launched the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC), the first citywide program to provide uncapped H1B visas to foreign entrepreneurs and started the NYCEDC Global Business Exchange, a bilateral city-to-city soft-landing platform for tech companies centered on NYC.

Gianluca has 23 years of prior experience in economics and finance. He advised clients, primarily start-ups, on growth strategies and raising capital for 4 years prior to joining NYCEDC. From 1998 to 2009, he worked at Muzinich & Co., a world-class high yield asset manager, as a fundamental analyst first, and later as the director of business development for 7 years, being responsible for new assets under management in excess of $1.5B. Prior to moving to the United States in 1996, he worked as a consultant for the EU Commission on economic development.
Over his entire life, Gianluca has been politically active, both in the US and in Europe, volunteering with fundraising efforts for Democratic campaigns, advising former Italian prime and finance ministers, liaising between Italian and US top political leaders.

He ran for Italy’s Lower House in the North American District in 2013. He speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish and holds an MA in International Economics from Yale University and a BA/MA in Economics, Business and Law from Bocconi University in Milan. Gianluca is a former Fulbright scholar and a dual US/Italian citizen residing in New York City.

 

Dan Galves

Senior VP and Chief Communications Officer Mobileye

Biography

Dan Galves is Senior VP and Chief Communications Officer for Mobileye, the global leader in vision processing for Advanced Driver Assist Systems and autonomous vehicles. He has responsibility for investor and media relations for the company globally. Prior to joining Mobileye, Dan’s 20+ years of automotive experience included Lead Automotive Research Analyst at Credit Suisse, Research Associate at Deutsche Bank, and Finance Manager at General Motors. Dan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of North Carolina.

Robert Galvin

Chief Technology Officer The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Biography

Robert Galvin is the Chief Technology Officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which builds, operates, and maintains the airports, rail, bridges and tunnels between the two states, as well as seaport facilities, and the 16-acre World Trade Center site. Since joining the Port Authority in December 2013, Robert has created a technology strategy and technology business plans for the Agency, developed and implemented an agency-wide Cybersecurity program, deployed several thousand mobile devices, and begun moving the organization to a secured cloud environment. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Mr. Galvin was CTO of the NYC School Construction Authority, where he reorganized the Technology Department and modernized their enterprise applications by deploying data warehousing, cloud, and mobile technologies.  Before entering the public sector, Mr. Galvin served in senior leadership for one of the largest specialty design-build contractors in the world – and as an executive at a leading supplier of ERP and field service management software for the construction industry. Mr. Galvin has over 25 years’ experience in both public and private sectors, and mentors graduate students at Columbia University seeking degrees in Technology Management. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Central Michigan University, majoring in Management Information Systems.

Miguel Gamiño Jr.

Chief Technology Officer City of New York

Biography

Miguel Gamiño is the Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

As CTO, he is charged with two major initiatives: developing a meaningful and innovative Smart City and “Internet of Things” (IoT) strategy in collaboration with City agencies and departments; and leading the City’s Broadband Program with agencies, private industry and academia aimed at fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s promise to provide every New Yorker and NYC business access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband service in all of New York by 2025.

Prior to NYC, Mr. Gamiño served as the City Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Department of Technology for the City and County of San Francisco. His team and colleagues brought “broadband” to the mainstream conversation and charted the course for a connected city of the future.

As an industry technologist, Mr. Gamiño participates in thought-leadership conversations with global colleagues, emphasizing the significance of pervasive broadband connectivity and the value of disrupting civic services through digital transformation.

He is a proud recipient of 2017 HITEC 100, 2016 State IT Executive of the Year, 2016 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers, and 2016 Top 21 Inspiring CIOs on Twitter. 2015 CIO 100 award from CIO Magazine, and Top 20 Social CIO by Forbes Magazine, and Top 100 Social CIOs by Huffington Post in 2015 and 2016.

Lourdes Germán

Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Biography

Lourdes Germán is Director of International & Institute-Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where she is helping to advance the Institute’s global municipal fiscal health campaign and its work as a co-lead organization for the municipal finance policy unit of the United Nations Habitat III effort. An expert in municipal finance, Lourdes began her career as a public finance attorney representing government entities. Following that work, Lourdes co-created the national municipal finance business division at Fidelity Investments, the largest global mutual fund company, as a Vice President of Municipal Finance, and opened and managed Fidelity’s first New York office for public finance. Following Fidelity, Lourdes’ professional experiences included serving as General Counsel and Vice President of a national municipal investment management company, creating and teaching a graduate government finance course at Northeastern University, and advising non-profits focused on urban economic growth. Lourdes is also the founder and director of the Civic Innovation Project, an online thought leadership platform that was awarded the 2015 State of Boston Innovation Award for its impact using technology to advance city-to-city learning with respect to the most challenging issues facing governments. Outside of work, Lourdes serves as Governor Baker’s appointed Chair of the Massachusetts State Finance and Governance Board, is a government appointee of the Mayor of Boston to the committee focused on the City’s audit and finance matters, serves on the board of Boston Women in Public Finance, and serves on the board of United Way.

Adam Giambrone

Director Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX)

Biography

Adam Giambrone is the Director of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) a fourteen mile plus urban LRT/streetcar running along the Brooklyn Queens Waterfront.

He holds an MBA with a specialization in Transportation Management and has 15 years of experience in the transportation sector.

He is the former President/Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, the second largest transit agency in the US and Canada and largest operator of streetcars in North America. He led the agency’s development of the Transit City Light Rail Plan which involved 7 lines (75 miles) of new urban LRT in the City of Toronto, 3 of those lines are currently under construction with the first one opening in 2021.

He has also served as the Director of Planning for Montreal’s regional transit authority and consulted on projects in Nairobi, South Africa, Mexico City and across the United States including on streetcar projects in Milwaukee and Savannah.

John J. Gilbert, III

COO and EVP Rudin Management Company

Biography

John is COO/EVP/CTO of Rudin Management Company (RMC). RMC manages over 15 million square feet of commercial and residential space that is owned by the Rudin Family and is the largest privately owned real estate company in NYC. John has been involved in every major project the company has developed over the last 24 years including the redevelopment and creation of the world’s first smart building at 55 Broad Street (1995-1996), the development of the Reuters Building at 3 Times Square (1998-2001), the redevelopment of the former ATT Long Lines Building at 32 Avenue of the Americas (1999-2002), the redevelopment of 130 West 12th Street (2010-2011), as well as the development of The Greenwich Lane (2006-2016). He is also intimately involved with the Rudin’s latest project, Dock 72, a ground up 675,000 foot office building located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where ground was broken in April of this year. This project is a joint venture with WeWork and Boston Properties and will be completed in 2018. He is acknowledged nationally as an industry thought leader in the integration of technology into the built environment and a co-inventor of Nantum OS. He is the acting CEO of Prescriptive Data.

Stacey Gillett

Senior Program Officer Bloomberg Philanthropies

Biography

Stacey Gillett is a Senior Program Officer at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she leads research and development for the Government Innovation portfolio. In this role, she develops and launches new initiatives which help city governments better meet the needs of their residents.

These programs include What Works Cities, supporting US cities to better use data and evidence in decision making; the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, growing the leadership and management capacity of mayors and city leaders; and the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, helping cities worldwide prepare for this new technology.

She previously worked in the NYC government where she played critical roles in citywide priorities such as launching Universal Pre-K and the Department of Education’s Innovation Zone, planning for the long-term implications of climate change, and expanding the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity’s anti-poverty projects nationwide. Stacey began her career working as a legislative aide for US Senator Charles E. Schumer and on the Democratic staff of the Committee on Government Reform in the US House of Representatives. She received her MPA from NYU and BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Alicia Glen

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development City of New York

Biography

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the de Blasio administration’s efforts to grow and diversify New York City’s economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing. On her watch, the City has undertaken the biggest affordable housing plan in the nation’s history, and is building more new affordable homes than under any previous administration. The Deputy Mayor has made it a citywide priority to secure and expand modern space for hi-tech manufacturing and innovation firms, making unprecedented investments to make New York City more competitive. She has launched new programs focused on increasing the earning power of women, and making it easier for women entrepreneurs to grow and lead companies. She has spearheaded the administration’s efforts to expand infrastructure from CitiBikes, to ferries, to broadband, to keep New York City competitive. Coming from the private sector, she has applied a career of experience to strike deals that protect the public sector and spur economic growth, and to spread the city’s prosperity to neighborhoods that have historically been left behind. She is a born and raised New Yorker, and she has built a deserved reputation as one of the toughest, savviest people in the business—but also someone who is truly mission-driven, and cares deeply about the people she serves.

Stephen Goldsmith

Director, Innovations in American Government Program Ash Center for Democratic

Biography

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He directs Data-Smart City Solutions, the Project on Municipal Innovation and the Civic Analytics Network. Previously, he served as the Deputy Mayor of NY and the Mayor of Indianapolis. His most recent book is The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.

Scott Goodson

Creator StrawberryFrog

PodcasterUprising Podcast "

Biography

In the age of movements, Scott is the foremost expert on how to start them, having ignited cultural movements for some of the worlds most iconic brands like Google, Emirates Airline, Heineken and SunTrust. He’s the best selling author of “Uprising: how to build a brand and change the world by sparking cultural movements.” His iTunes Uprising podcast is raising fists around the world. He co-founded the world’s first movement marketing agency StrawberryFrog. Scott has won top honors at the world’s premier awards, and speaks at Columbia, Cambridge, Harvard Business Schools. He was Chairman of the Future Marketing Summit in New York and London, on the jury for Cannes Lions, D&AD, and The One Show. He has appeared on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg and writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. Originally from Canada, Scott lives with his family just outside Manhattan.

Lela Goren

Founder and Developer Lela Goren Group

Biography

Lela Goren is driven by the power of buildings to create change – economic, social, historic.

She founded Lela Goren Group to build that kind of building. Magical physical spaces that bring people together, to create experiences that shift mindsets and expand possibilities. Economic opportunities for business, neighborhoods, communities. Foundations of the past, transformed to enrich the future.

Lela is a person who builds. As a real-estate developer and investor for 15 years, Lela has worked on millions of square feet of real estate and mixed-use developments in New York City, including residential, hospitality, office and retail in all phases of assembly, acquisition, finance, design, construction, sales and marketing. In 2016 she won the Women Builders Council Developer of the Year award.

Lela is an activist. As an intellectual property lawyer with a masters’ degree in international law, Lela saw change happen – or not – through the global systems of the United Nations, first in Geneva and then in New York City. She already knew how change happens at the grassroots: passionate, dedicated people roll up their sleeves and get to work. That’s how it happened when she was a college activist. And that’s how it continues to happen, having served on the boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Donor Direct, Equality Now and The New Israel Fund, earning her the 2013 Civic Spirit Award by the Women’s City Club of New York. Lela is a person who can work at scale. Recently as Chief Development Officer at WeWork Lela oversaw design, development and construction on projects around the world. Later as Vice Chair she oversaw governmental affairs, helping to build WeWork into one of the fastest growing companies in New York City history.

Lela is an untiring optimist. When she was four, Lela rode on her grandfather’s construction truck in Israel, and saw Jews and Arabs working and building together. When she was 30, she walked the halls of the United Nations General Assembly, and saw a building that made space for the whole world. Today, she sees what unites the broad spectrum of people it takes to put up a building, and the future they can build together.

Lela Goren is the founder of Lela Goren Group, a real estate development company that creates buildings that foster change and community. She is currently working on the historic redevelopment of a women’s prison and a power plant located in NY. These spaces will serve as hubs for social justice activists and fuel cultural exchange. She is the founder of Girls That Build, a not-for-profit providing education, mentorship and scholarships to girls and young women interested in careers in design, development and construction.

Lela is also a founding partner of You Are So Lucky, a creativity content production company focused on reviving historic locations. Previously Lela served as Chief Development Officer and Vice Chair at WeWork, a global community for creators and innovators.

A lifelong activist, Lela has served on numerous nonprofit boards earning her the 2013 Civic Spirit Award by the Women’s City Club of New York and the 2016 Developer of the Year Award by the Women Builders Council.

When Lela is not gently shaking the world she is at home in Greenwich Village, NYC with her three superhero kids.

Jason Green

CEO and Co-Founder Edenworks

Biography

Jason Green is CEO + Cofounder at Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor agriculture company. Jason has spent his career at the nexus of hardware, software, and biology. Prior to Edenworks, Jason developed virtual reality-based neurorehabilitation technologies and served as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow.

Jason is a tinkerer. Recently, he’s been on a fermentation kick. He bakes a mean sourdough loaf.

Edenworks grows leafy greens and fish in indoor aquaponic farms. Edenworks’ hyperlocal microgreen personal salads are presently available at Whole Foods Market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a larger rollout coming in late-2017.

Vanessa Grellet

Executive Director, Enterprise and Social Impact ConsenSys

Biography

Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 15 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Tech industry. Prior to Joining ConsenSys she was the CEO of IIH an innovative Wealth Management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team and served as a Corporate Strategy executive for the NYSE focusing on M&A. She chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Vanessa is an Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital, an ESG Asset Manager, sits on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project dedicated to activating young leaders through social entrepreneurship and is a Partner at Acumen fund focused on impact investing. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Mrs. Grellet graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC).

Rachel Haot

Managing Director 1776

Biography

Rachel Haot is a Managing Director at 1776, and leads New York City strategy and operations. Prior to this, Rachel was Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology of New York State from January 2014 to December 2015. Rachel served under former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York from 2011 to 2013. Earlier in her career Rachel was founder and CEO of GroundReport, a global news platform, from 2006 to 2010. Rachel is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, founding board member of Tech: NYC and a member of the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council.

Brad Hargreaves

Founder and CEO Common

Biography

“Brad is the founder and CEO of Common. Common is dedicated to making housing better by providing convenient, community-minded shared homes. Previously, he co-founded General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide. As part of the General Assembly founding team, Brad led the growth of the company’s education business from its launch in 2011 into a global institution with over a dozen campuses. Most recently, he was a Venture Partner at Maveron, General Assembly’s lead investor.

Brad has been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100”. He writes about entrepreneurship, New York City, and life at http://bhargreaves.com.”

Matthew Harrigan

Co-Founder and Managing Director Grand Central Tech

Biography

Matt Harrigan is cofounder and the Managing Director of Grand Central Tech. From it’s founding in the Spring of 2014, Grand Central Tech immediately established itself as one of New York’s premier accelerator programs for tech startups thanks in part to its novel model whereby all accepted companies receive top notch programming and support without needing to give up equity (as is industry standard). Since then, Grand Central Tech has grown into New York’s largest single tech ecosystem now overseeing 4 discrete programs: GCT’s eponymous accelerator program, the Urban Tech Hub for companies working on smarter cities solutions, the New York Venture Fellows program for luminaries in the NY tech ecosystem, and Growth Space to continue serving participants of our programs as they mature.

Across all of GCT’s programs you will find not only incredibly successful companies (GCT’s portfolio has raised in excess of $200M in funding as of winter 2017) but industry-leading statistics regarding diversity and inclusivity courtesy of values enshrined by GCT’s code of conduct and novel internship program.

Prior to starting Grand Central Tech, Mr. Harrigan was a product manager at ESPN overseeing a number of apps and app analytics infrastructure. Before that he was a consultant both at innovation strategy firm Fahrenheit 212, and before that at Booz Allen Hamilton where he worked in international development across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Matt is a native New Yorker having attended Regis High School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side before graduating from Rice in 2007 (Wiess). He currently lives with his wife, Rebecca in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

Jacquelynne Harris

Director of Election Services Democracy Live

Biography

Jackie has been working in the elections industry for twenty-seven years and has experienced many facets of the profession–from local poll-worker to international elections observer. Jackie began her career working on the 1990 Census and legislative redistricting. During the following eighteen years, she served as the Chief Elections Administrator for two Virginia localities: Albemarle County—a suburban/rural jurisdiction surrounding the City of Charlottesville and home to the University of Virginia; and Fairfax County, a populous suburb of Washington, D.C. with over 740,000 registered voters. During her tenure in Virginia, Jackie served as the President of the Voter Registrars Association of Virginia and was regularly engaged in legislative development and advocacy.

Prior to joining Democracy Live in 2012, Jackie also served as the Policy Director for West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant, and provided independent consultation services to a number of state and local election boards. She has provided expert testimony to the U.S. Committee on House Administration, has lectured at several colleges and universities, and has addressed a number of organizations, including the National Bar Association and the National Association of Secretaries of State. Having completed a program of education and training through Auburn University and the Election Center, Jackie was awarded the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA)—the only nationally-recognized professional credential in the elections industry.

In 2009 and 2010, Jackie participated as an international elections observer as part of the official U.S. observation mission team to Afghanistan, monitoring and later evaluating the electoral process in Kabul and Bamyan Provinces, respectively.

Jackie now serves as a Special Projects Consultant for Democracy Live, a Seattle-based organization which is the largest provider of electronic balloting services to state and local jurisdictions. Democracy Live’s primary mission is to expand access to voter information and voting for hard-to-serve populations, along with the general electorate, through innovative technological solutions. They were awarded several grants from the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and deploy technologies to provide electronic ballot access to voters under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voters Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. These products and services include Accessible Electronic Ballot Delivery, Accessible Sample Ballots, and a tablet-based Accessible Ballot Marking Device.

Jackie currently lives in rural Schuyler, Virginia with her husband, where they tend to their vegetables, chickens and bees with the frequent assistance of their five children and four grandchildren.

Khalilah Harris

Chief of Staff & VP of External Affairs Opportunity@Work

Biography

Khalilah M. Harris is Chief of Staff and Vice President of External Affairs with Opportunity@Work, serving as senior advisor to the President and providing strategic management of public engagement efforts advancing the organization’s mission of widely expanding opportunity for all Americans to the tech labor market. Khalilah’s career has been built on a commitment to ensuring equity in access to opportunity, regardless of zip code or genetic code.

Khalilah joined Opportunity@Work after serving the American public with the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to the Director of the US Office of Personnel Management. She provided leadership in several human capital management efforts, most critically, diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, convening the first ever White House Summit on Diversity & Inclusion in Government. She was also the first Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which President Obama established in 2012. Most importantly, Khalilah Harris is the proud mother of three daughters.

Rain Henderson

Founder Elemental Advisors

AdvisorClinton Foundation

Biography

Rain Henderson is an advisor to the Clinton Foundation, and the founder of Elemental Advisors.

Previously, Rain served as the chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation. As CEO, Rain drove CHMI’s strategic vision and fostered partnerships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance the mission of improving the health and well-being of all people in the United States. Prior to joining CHMI, Rain served as the senior vice president of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, where she was instrumental in helping to build the organization from a blueprint to an award-winning non-profit with a presence in 50 states and a positive impact on the lives of over six million children.

Rain holds a M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University.

John Henry

Serial entrepreneur, investor, author and managing partner Harlem Capital Partners

Biography

John Henry is a Dominican-American serial entrepreneur, investor, and author based in Harlem, NYC. He started his first company at 18, successfully selling it just a few years later. He now serves as a Managing Partner at Harlem Capital Partners, an impact investment firm focused on finding the next generation of great, diverse entrepreneurs.

Peter Hirshberg

Principal and Co-Founder Maker City Project

Biography

Peter Hirshberg has served as an innovation advisor to cities and companies for over 30 years. Hirshberg started his career at Apple Computer, where he headed Enterprise Marketing and grew Apple’s large business and government revenue to $1B annually.

Today, Peter serves as Founder of the Maker City project and Chairman of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.

Maker City project
As Founder of the Maker City project, Peter incubated and developed a national organization tasked with helping cities and towns reclaim economic opportunity and create jobs by leveraging the Maker movement. Taking its cue from the hands-on Maker movement, a Maker City invites citizens and industry to go hands-on with the modern tools of production: computer science, robotics, electronics, CAD/CAM, and advanced manufacturing. A Maker City recognizes that by building up a skilled workforce, it can create a new groundswell of economic opportunity, support advanced manufacturing, and create “new collar” jobs – skilled work that pays well but may not require a 4-year college degree.

Hirshberg’s research on the Maker City is available in the best selling book – Maker City: A practical guide to reinventing our cities. Published in late 2016, the book was funded by the Kauffman Foundation and created in collaboration with the Obama White House.

Gray Area for the Arts
As Chairman and Co-founder of San Francisco’s Gray Area Art and Technology Theater, Peter has been instrumental in building one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and civic-minded arts organizations. Gray Area serves as a center for digital media education, incubation, performance and exhibition. He spearheaded initial fundraising, provides strategic and operational guidance, and helps pioneer internationally recognized programs including Urban Prototyping, a global movement that engages citizens in the co-creation and co-planning of their cities.

Corporate Growth Leader
During his nine-year tenure at Apple Computer, Hirshberg headed Enterprise Marketing, where he grew Apple’s large business and government revenue to $1 billion annually. Subsequently he was CEO of Elemental Software (sold to Adobe), Gloss.com (Estee Lauder), and served as Chairman of Technorati, the pioneering social media search engine and advertising network with over 100M monthly uniques. Today he serves as an advisor to companies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and on-demand mobility sectors.

Early Champion for the Smart City and Open Data
Hirshberg pioneered the open data movement to foster transparency and innovation in cities, leading dozens of hackathons and open data events in San Francisco, Singapore, New York, Hong Kong, and London.

Peter is also the cofounder of the City Innovate Foundation, an organization formed with The San Francisco Mayor’s office, UC Berkeley and the MIT media lab to promote a network of global civic innovation centers.

As an advisor to United Nations Global Pulse he addressed the General Assembly on the use of real-time data for international development and served as editor of, “Taking the Global Pulse.”

Sought after Technology Advisor and Innovation Speaker
Hirshberg frequently consults with executive teams at Best Buy, Sony, IBM, Verizon, Time Warner, Unilever, GE, Estee Lauder, Telefonica, and many others on their innovation and digital growth strategies.

Peter is a sought after technology and innovation speaker, having presented at TED, the World Economic Forum, DLD, The Aspen Ideas Festival, Techonomy, CeBIT, WEB 2.0 Summit, and many other events.

His board and advisor positions have included Active Video Networks, Technorati, Build Public, Transloc, The Computer History Museum, and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. He is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute and an author for the Brookings Institution. In addition to the Maker City, Hirshberg is co-author of “From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond” with MIT Media lab. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he received his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce Hogg

Managing Director Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Biography

Bruce is responsible for CPPIB’s infrastructure business in the Americas and Australia, leading a team based in Toronto, Sao Paulo, Sydney and New York. Prior to joining CPPIB in October of 2007, Bruce established and led the private markets infrastructure team at OPTrust. Previously, he spent a number of years working in the infrastructure team of Macquarie Group in London and Toronto after having worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets.

Bruce currently sits on the boards of the entities controlling Glencore Agriculture, Pacific National and Highway 407 ETR. He has previously served on the boards of Transelec, Grupo Costanera and Transportadora de Gas del Peru (TgP) while at CPPIB. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto.

Donna Huey

Senior Vice President ATKINS

Biography

Donna Huey is senior vice president and director of client technology for Atkins North America helping clients manage both the opportunities and challenges posed by digital disruption. She has over 25 years of experience in strategy and consulting services with an emphasis on applied technology and innovation in the engineering and environmental industry. Ms. Huey co-founded Atkins’ North America commercial IT business and later launched the region’s first formal technology R&D program supporting the firm’s competitive market position. Ms. Huey is an Atkins Fellow and serves as Atkins Global Technical Network Chair for Integrated Digital Solutions providing oversight of best practice and technical excellence in the areas of Digital Engineering, Data, and Software Development.

Jerry Hultin

Former Under Secretary Department of the Navy

President, Chairman, and Co-Founder Global Futures Group

Biography

Jerry is President, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Global Futures Group. Jerry was the 15th President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University where he is currently the President Emeritus. Jerry was the United States Under Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton.

Jerry is currently the Chairman of the Global Advisory Board of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona and Co-Chair of the Smart Cities Alliance in Malaysia. He is an urban innovation and infrastructure adviser to the World Economic Forum and the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils.

This year, Jerry was appointed by President Obama as a commissioner of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Since 2015, he has been an adviser to the United States Secretary of Defense as a member of the Defense Business Board where he is leading a study on the use of artificial intelligence in defense business processes.

Deborah Jackson

Founder and CEO Plum Alley

Biography

“Before Deborah Jackson founded Plum Alley, she spent two decades working with clients to raise capital in the public and private market starting at Goldman Sachs. In the early 1990s, she focused on health care software, hardware, and internet companies. Deborah has personally invested in companies at the intersection of technology and the transformation of business. Her personal portfolio spans cloud technology, consumer internet, and mobile disruption technologies. Deborah judges competitions: CNBC’s Power Pitch; Startup Weekend; Columbia Social Entrepreneurs; and Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. She is recognized in various publications: Fast Company’s 2012 cover story naming 60 women to the “League of Extraordinary Women””​; Forbes’​ “Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs””​; and Tech Crunch’s 2014 “”People Who Are Proof You Can Make it in Silicon Valley Over 40″”​.

In the June 2015 cover story, Entrepreneur Magazine named Plum Alley one of “”100 Brilliant Companies””​. Deborah’s personal story is in the 2014 book: “”Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology””​, and in a 2014 feature story in the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Fortunes’​ Broadsheet have recognized Plum Alley. Deborah has spoken at the: International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference; Wells Fargo Women Investors; Women Investing Summit in Silicon Valley; C200; the Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania Conferences for Women; Harvard Business School; Columbia Women in Business; BlogHer Entrepreneurs and Women Investing in Women in Stockholm.”

Marcus Jeutner

Research Associate TU Berlin, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning

Partnerinsar consult

Biography

Marcus Jeutner graduated in Urban and Regional Planning as well as Urban Design.

He has been involved in various planning and consultancy projects as a freelance planner with the company insar consult in Berlin since 2009. In January 2017, he became an acting partner of the company. Recently he has been involved in the ‘Revision of HCMC Regional Plan to 2030 and Vision to 2050’ and ‘Energy-efficient Renewal of Urban Areas in Lithuania’.

Since 2011, Marcus Jeutner has been part of the Habitat Forum Berlin gGmbH. Marcus Jeutner’s main research focal points are urban development processes and infrastructure projects in the context of changing mobility patterns in Indian cities. In 2015, Marcus Jeutner and the Habitat Forum Berlin won the international competition on ‘PLANETARY URBANISM – Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design’. The work of the Habitat Forum Berlin has been exhibited as part of the German contribution to the UNHABITAT III Conference in Quito 2016.

Since 2014, Marcus Jeutner has been a research associate at TU Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Chair of Urban Renewal and Sustainable Development.

Since 2016 he has been coordinator of the ‘Indo-German Smart Initiative’ – a joint cooperation of Berlin-based research institutions, architecture and urban planning offices and infrastructure engineers – to promote integrated urban development and co-production for Indian future cities.

Mitchell Joachim

Co-Founder Terreform ONE

Biography

Mitchell Joachim, PhD is Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU.

Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. He has been awarded a
Fulbright scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and Martin Society for Sustainability.

He was chosen by Wired magazine for “The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The
100 People Who Are Changing America”. Mitchell won many honors including; AIA New York
Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social
Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability, History Channel Infiniti Award for City
of the Future, and Time magazine’s Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car.

He’s featured as “The NOW 99” in Dwell magazine and “50 Under 50 Innovators of the 21st Century” by Images Publishers. He co-authored the books, “Super Cells: Building with Biology” and “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned”. His design work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned: PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, March Columbia University.

Jalak Jobanputra

Founder and Managing Partner Future\Perfect Ventures

Biography

Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, a venture capital fund in NYC focused on early stage investments in next generation technology including blockchain and machine learning. Before founding Future\Perfect Ventures in 2013, Jobanputra was the Director of Mobile Investments in Emerging Markets at Omidyar Network.

She has 20 years experience in venture capital, impact investing, media and technology, and she was named one of Institutional Investor’s 35 Most Powerful Dealmakers of 2016. She was previously Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private economic development fund, where she managed the fund’s technology and digital media venture investments. While there, Jobanputra spearheaded the formation NYCSeed in 2008, and helped launch the FinTech Innovation Lab, which has since been replicated in London and Hong Kong.

Jobanputra worked closely with the Bloomberg administration and NYCEDC to implement initiatives to help diversify the NYC economy through NYC’s growing tech/digital sectors. Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund that commercialized technology out of corporate labs. At NVP, Jobanputra incubated a range of technologies, including speech recognition/NLP, 3D displays, video surveillance, 4G wireless broadband, and music recommendation software.

From 1999- 2003, Jobanputra was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she invested in enterprise software, internet and digital media startups. In 1997 in NYC, in the early days of Silicon Alley, she launched and managed product development for online financial information startup Horsesmouth, where she also learned to code and help build a content recommendation engine. She began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Broadview in NYC and London.

Jobanputra currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, is a member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and served on Secretary Clinton’s Women’s Leadership Council. Jobanputra spent four months setting up microfinance programs and training women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School and a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School. Her blog The Barefoot VC has repeatedly been cited as a Top 10 investor blog in several publications and she is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Fox Business news.

Rich Kassel

Executive Vice President Capalino+Company

Biography

Rich directs Capalino+Company’s Energy, Environment and Sustainability practice group, advising businesses and not-for-profit clients on a wide range of issues to help them thrive in the New York market.

Prior to joining Capalino+Company, Rich Kassel spent more than two decades working on a wide range of air, energy, climate, land use, parks, and transportation policies and projects at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and directed the New York office of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, a leading environmental consulting firm.

In those roles, Rich created NRDC’s “Dump Dirty Diesels” Campaign, which resulted in the clean-up of New York City’s transit buses and new federal programs to reduce diesel emissions by more than 90 percent, worked closely with the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations on the transportation components of their PlaNYC and OneNYC programs, played a major role in the creation of the Hudson River Park, and co-founded an international organization that led the successful campaign to eliminate leaded gasoline worldwide.

Rich serves as co-chair of the NY chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs and EPA’s Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee where he advises the EPA on transportation and air quality issues.

Joshua Kauffman

Founder and General Partner Wisdom VC

Biography

Joshua Kauffman is a globally-active designer, futurist and venture capital investor with a lifelong passion for cities and technology.

Joshua studied and instructed in urbanism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He’s initiated numerous city design projects, ranging from transportation in Kenya to water infrastructure in India and urban migration in China. He’s an advisor to DesignX, MIT’s new design accelerator for the advancement of physical space and city design.

As a founder of Wisdom.vc, Joshua aims to invest in and propel entrepreneurs who share the vision that cities are increasingly vital sources of creativity, community, and new models of economic and social exchange.

Currently captivated by African Urbanism, Joshua was born in Toronto and lives in San Francisco.

Elise Kessling

Director, Creator Space Co-Creation Program BASF

Biography

Elise Kissling designed and leads a global program for early stage innovation at BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. The program, Creator Space, helps BASF’s operating divisions and research platforms build internal and external networks to develop and co-create tomorrow’s business ecosystems. The Creator Space portfolio of projects includes several in the built environment touching on such diverse areas as daylighting, digital industrial construction and building performance.

In her previous roles, Kissling was responsible for the company’s 150th anniversary, which provided the launch platform for Creator Space; led the strategy work that paved the way for the company’s digital ag business; and headed global brand strategy, media relations, digital and social media strategy for BASF’s agriculture division. Before joining BASF, she was deputy head of the unit “German and European business information, the intelligence unit of a leading German newspaper and publishing Group, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye

President Fund for Public Housing

Director, Office of Public/Private Partnerships New York City Housing Authority

Biography

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye was appointed Director, Office of Public/Private Partnerships, for the New York City Housing Authority in March 2015. She develops and manages NYCHA’s strategic relationships with external entities including not-for-profit organizations, philanthropic investors and private sector partners. Ms. Kirmani-Frye is also the founding President of the Fund for Public Housing, a new 501(c)(3) organization that serves NYCHA residents and their communities.

Prior to joining NYCHA and the Fund for Public Housing, Ms. Kirmani-Frye served as Director of The Brownsville Partnership, an initiative of the national not-for-profit organization Community Solutions. A founding member of The Brownsville Partnership, Ms. Kirmani-Frye spearheaded the effort to build this collective impact neighborhood network of 31 organizations by working together with community residents, many of whom live in public housing. Ms. Kirmani-Frye launched a multi-sector employment effort in Brownsville, bringing together funders, residents, government, and non-profit organizations all working toward the same goal to employ Brownsville residents and build economic sustainability.

Ms. Kirmani-Frye has also served as the Director of Community-Based Policy at the Full Frame Initiative, a start-up non-profit organization which finds and partners with innovative people, organizations, and allies committed to excellent, accountable, place-based work in marginalized communities.

Prior to the Brownsville Partnership, Ms. Kirmani-Frye worked as a community organizing and strategic planning consultant for non-profit organizations and agencies throughout New York City. She also served as Brooklyn Outreach Coordinator at Partnership for Parks. She launched her career at the Times Square Business Improvement District under the direction of Gretchen Dykstra.

A recognized leader in the field of collective impact and community building, Ms. Kirmani-Frye is a frequent speaker on those topics throughout the country. She earned a Master of Science degree in Urban and Public Policy from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Ms. Kirmani-Frye is currently a PhD candidate in Urban and Public Policy at The New School, where she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Married to a life-long Brooklyn resident, and a 20-year resident of Brooklyn herself, Ms. Kirmani-Frye continues to live in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Joshua Klein

Technologist and Hacker

Biography

Josh Klein has practiced and was trained, both formally and informally, in hacking social systems, computer networks, the publishing industry, animal behavior and, most recently, TV. When he’s not taking things apart or putting them back together again, he speaks, writes, and consults on new and emerging technologies that improve people’s lives – and has tremendous fun doing it.

Klein speaks frequently at conferences such as the WEF’s Davos conference, TED, SXSW, and others, and has appeared on the Sundance Channel, Nova, and other programs. He’s the host of the groundbreaking series on the history of innovation for National Geographic, The Link, as well as for Discovery’s new series, Smart China. He spends a significant amount of time consulting to companies large and small, such as Microsoft, AT&T, Nokia, Johns Hopkins, The United States Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and others.

Klein has co-authored Hacking Work: Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results, which is focused on how employees are increasingly empowered to innovate inside of companies. He’s also the author of the novel Roo’d, which was the first modern book (after Tarzan) to be ported to the iPhone. Most recently, he authored Reputation Economics, about the unforeseen implications of the rise of big data and social software, and how it is reshaping modern commerce.

Daniel Koh

Chief of Staff City of Boston

Biography

Daniel Arrigg Koh is Chief of Staff to the City of Boston. In this capacity, he advises Mayor Martin J. Walsh on key issues and executes his vision for the city and its 18,000 employees.

Immediately prior, Dan served as General Manager of HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post Media Group’s streaming network, where he oversaw operations and 100 million video views per month. Before HuffPost Live, he served as Chief of Staff to Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, aiding in the oversight of the 700-person international organization with over 1 billion page views per month.

Before his media career, he served as Advisor to former Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston. Dan has worked in nonprofit consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton, executive search for Spencer Stuart, Strategy and Business Development for the New England Patriots and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Labor Relations for Major League Baseball. In college, he worked for two summers as an intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dan holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was president of his class, Section E. He has been named to the “30 under 30” list by Forbes Magazine, “40 under 40” list by the Boston Business Journal, and Boston Magazine as a “next generation power player.” In 2016, he received an honorable mention from The Boston Globe for “Bostonian of the Year.” He was selected as a Global Shaper by The World Economic Forum and is a member of the WEF Global Future Council on the Future of Cities and Urbanization. He was selected to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January of 2015.

He grew up in Andover, Massachusetts.

Micah Kotch

Managing Director URBAN-X

Biography

Micah Kotch serves as the Managing Director for Urban-X: an accelerator by MINI and SOSV that makes equity investments in early-stage startups shaping the future of cities through technology, passion and design. Headquartered within A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Urban-X is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs turn compelling ideas into viable solutions for urban life. Micah previously served as the Director of NY Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), where was responsible for the design and execution of the nation’s first community microgrid competition and worked to transform the electric utility business model and help commercialize new clean energy technology.

He is the Founding Director of the Urban Future Lab and New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Resilient Economy (NYC ACRE), which is a critical axis for innovators to connect and develop new technologies essential to meet both city and state energy and environmental goals, as well as the demands of climate change adaptation and mitigation. During his time at NYU he also served as the Founding Director of the ‘Powerbridge NY’ proof of concept center, helping commercialize University research using the NSF i-Corp ‘Lean Launchpad’ methodology.

An internationally sought-out speaker on innovation and economic development, his work assisting startup tech ventures has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Scientific American, and NPR Marketplace. He was named by GE Ecomagination as one of their Top 11 Sustainability Innovators of 2011. A Chinese major at Colgate University, Micah graduated with distinction and wrote his first business plan while working in Ningbo, China. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Craig Kramer

Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health Johnson & Johnson

Biography

Craig Kramer is Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental
Health, in Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson
company.

In this capacity, Craig leads a Johnson & Johnson team that seeks to transform
mental health care globally by raising awareness, reducing stigma, promoting
research, improving access, and ensuring better patient outcomes. Key initiatives
include a global leaders’ coalition to champion proven, scalable reforms, and a CEO
roundtable to develop “next-in-class” workplace mental health practices.

Prior to this role, Craig held a variety of positions in global corporate and government
affairs at Johnson & Johnson and worked as a lawyer in the U.S. Congress, a
Washington, D.C., law firm, and an international human rights organization.
Craig is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public &
International Affairs, the University of Michigan School of Law, and Harvard Business
School’s General Management Program.

Riggs Kubiak

CEO and Co-Founder Honest Buildings

Biography

Riggs Kubiak is the CEO & Co-Founder of Honest Buildings, the intuitive project management and procurement solution built for commercial real estate owners and managers. His passion for enabling urban progress project by project, building by building, city by city, has driven him to create an enterprise-grade platform with project management capabilities like centralized cost tracking, unlimited document sharing and vendor invoice processing. His dedication to the platform has resulted in partnerships with industry leaders like Brookfield, Vornado, Beacon Capital Partners, SL Green, Rudin Management Company, Invesco and The Milstein Companies.

Steven Kuyan

Managing Director AI NexusLab

Managing Director, Future LabsNYU Tandon School of Engineering

Biography

Steven Kuyan is Managing Director of the Future Labs at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The program has a mission to provide early stage NYC startups with the highest likelihood of success and to date the unique process has graduated 70 companies, 13 as acquisitions totaling more $300M, and a combined valuation of graduates exceeding $1B. Steven co-founded the Future Labs – formerly the NYU Polytechnic Incubators, NYC first incubator program – and is responsible for managing the Data Future Lab, Digital Future Lab, Veterans Future Lab, and the AI NexusLab, NYC’s first program designed specifically for early stage Artificial Intelligence startups in partnership with ff Venture Capital.

The Future Labs are a network of programs supporting entrepreneurs in technology specific verticals such as; Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data at the Data Future Lab; and Augmented/Virtual Reality, Video, Virtual Machines at the Digital Future Lab. The graduate portfolio includes 68 companies, 13 graduating through acquisitions with industry leading startups like CB Insights, Clarifai, Geometric Intelligence, Tap Commerce among many others.

Steven is an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at NYU and supports entrepreneurship curriculum across the Engineering School, the InnoVention hardware prototyping competition, fellowship programs, entrepreneurship club, and entrepreneurship education programs such as the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training (VET) Program. Prior to the Future Labs, Steven founded and co-founded three ventures in mobile, B2B logistics and retail. Steven holds a bachelor’s and a master’s from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Aaron Landry

General Manager car2go North America

Biography

Aaron Landry is General Manager of car2go D.C., where he is responsible for enabling over 62,000 car2go members in the District of Columbia and Arlington, Virginia to share 600 Mercedes-Benz and smart fortwo vehicles.

Landry joined car2go in February, 2015 and helped lead car2go through its expansion to provide cross-jurisdictional access between D.C. and Arlington ensuring car2go members can start a trip in one place, leave it in another, and still have a vehicle available to them near where they are.

A native of Minneapolis-St. Paul and a long-time resident of Honolulu, HI, Landry worked in technology, media, energy and multiple startups before relocating to Washington, D.C. to lead car2go’s business there. His knowledge and passion for transportation solutions is only matched by his love of gourmet pizza, coffee and cats.

Steve LeVine

Future Editor AXIOS

Biography

Steve LeVine is Future Editor for Axios, covering artificial intelligence and robotics, and their impact on jobs, society and geopolitics. Steve is also a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches energy security in the graduate-level Security Studies Program.

Previously, Steve was a foreign correspondent for eighteen years in the former Soviet Union, Pakistan and the Philippines, running a bureau for The Wall Street Journal, and before that writing for The New York Times, the Financial Times and Newsweek.

The Powerhouse is Steve’s third book. In 2007, Random House published The Oil and the Glory, which chronicled the struggle for fortune and power on the Caspian Sea. BusinessWeek magazine selected it as a Top 10 book for the year. In 2008, Random House published Putin’s Labyrinth, a profile of Russia through the life and death of a half-dozen Russians. Both books are on numerous university reading lists.

Greg Lindsay

Senior Fellow, Connected Mobility Initiative New Cities Foundation

Biography

Greg Lindsay is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative  — and the director of strategy for LACoMotion, a new mobility festival coming to the Arts District of Los Angeles in November 2017.

He is also a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a contributing writer for Fast Company, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities, most recently at the OECD, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Deloitte, and McKinsey. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2012. His work has also been displayed at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Habitat III.

He is currently Fast Company’s Urbanist-in-Residence at Urban-X, MINI’s city-as-a-service incubator, and has advised Intel, Ericsson, Samsung, Audi, Chrysler, André Balazs Properties, Emaar, and Expo 2020, among other organizations.

He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. His writing has appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Fortune, Quartz, and The New Republic, among many other publications.

Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

Wesam Lootah

CEO Smart Dubai Government

Biography

Wesam Lootah is the CEO at the Smart Dubai Government Establishment.

A committed and talented Emirati, Wesam has more than 18 years of experience in strategic leadership positions where he has leveraged Information Technology to create innovative channels and Smart Government infrastructure to improve the quality of public services for citizens, residents, visitors and businesses in Dubai.

Wesam has worked in both government and the private sector in high profile organizations. From 2009 to 2012, Wesam was Vice President, Information Technology at World Trade Centre where he led the transformation of IT through a number of initiatives including the implementation of sales force automation, CRM, and ERP implementation.

Prior to that, he was Director, Information Technology at Emaar Properties. During his time at Emaar, Wesam led the global rollout of sales automation and ERP across Emaar subsidiaries. This included countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

Wesam is not new to Smart Dubai Government as he was previously Head of Application Services from 2002 to 2007. During that time Wesam led the implementation of unified business process and ERP across Dubai Government entities.

Wesam holds a Master’s degree in Computer science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. Wesam is also an author with published research in Computer Security.

Samantha Magistro

Managing Director of New Business Bronx Pro

Biography

 

Samantha Magistro began her professional career as an intern in her family owned company, Bronx Pro Real Estate Management Inc.

After four years of working on tax credit compliance and tenant income certifications, Samantha joined Bronx Pro as an Assistant Project Manager to work on an innovative renovation project – University Macombs Apartments.

While pursuing post-graduate studies at Columbia University, she remained active in her field, interning at the Manhattan’s Borough President’s Office and holding a part-time position as a Project Manager at Enterprise Community Partners. Samantha also spent a semester studying economic and workforce development in post-Katrina New Orleans.

In 2008, Samantha returned to Bronx Pro fulltime and she acts as the Managing Director of New Business with the goal of growing and diversifying the company’s investments. Since taking this role, she has closed $246 million dollars in new real-estate development for the company utilizing groundbreaking financing innovations in the affordable housing field such as Recycled Bond Financing, NYCHA Replacement Housing Factor capital and Medicaid Redesign Team funds.

Samantha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Barnard College and a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Samantha is active as a board member of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, the Lower Eastside Ecology Center, and the DreamYard Project, all of which are not for profits that represent her personal commitment to affordable housing, sustainable living and arts education. Recently, Samantha was very proud to be distinguished at Enterprise’s 30th Anniversary Gala as a next generation affordable housing hero as well as to be honored by the Bronx Borough President during Italian-American Heritage Month.

 

Philippa Malmgren

Founder DRPM Group

Co FounderH Robotics

Biography

Dr. Pippa Malmgren is a trend spotter (on the Forbes “Must Follow” list) who advises investors on investment strategy through her firm – DRPM Group. She anticipated the Financial Crisis in 2007, the slowdown in China, Brexit, Trump, the rise of populism in the EU and the return of inflation. She is an economist who in the real economy having co-founded H Robotics, which manufactures commercial-use aerial platforms (drones) in 2014.

In 2015 she won the Intelligence Squared Debate on Robotics alongside Walter Isaacson, which was broadcast by the BBC to 80 million homes worldwide. Dell featured her on their Dell Entrepreneur Spotlight Series. The BBC has interviewed her on science and technology on Hardtalk. She began her career at the OECD in Paris in 1992 in the Science and Technology Directorate.

She is a Non Executive Board Member of the new Department of International Trade in the UK, advising on Brexit. She also serves on the British Ministry of Defence Working Group on Global Strategic Trends and briefs The Army Generalship Training Program participants at Sandhurst. She Chairs the Lewis PR Advisory Board (LAB) and is an advisor to Real Vision TV. She also serves on the advisory boards at the Indiana University School of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs and on the Indiana University Manufacturing Initiative.

She is the bestselling author of Signals: How Everyday Signs Can Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy (2016), which she crowd-funded, and Geopolitics for Investors (2016).

She is a former Presidential Advisor who served on The National Economic Council in the White House. She was on the President’s Working Groups on Corporate Governance and Financial Markets. She was the Deputy Head of Strategy for UBS and the Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust.

She gave the Commencement Address for the London School of Economics graduation ceremony in 2013 and 2016.

Gideon Mann

Head of Data Science/ CTO Office Bloomberg L.P.

Biography

Gideon Mann is the Head of Data Science at Bloomberg L.P., where he guides the strategic direction for machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) and search across the company. He is part of the leadership team for the Office of the CTO. He’s active on issues related to the ethics of data science and also serves as a founding member of both the Data for Good Exchange (D4GX), an annual conference on data science applications for social good and the Shift Commission on Work, Workers and Technology. Before joining Bloomberg in 2014, he worked at Google Research in NYC after a short post doc at UMass Amherst. Mann graduated Brown University in 1999 and subsequently received a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 2006.

Michael Masserman

Senior Director, Federal and International Government Relations Lyft

Biography

Michael Masserman is currently the Senior Director of Federal & International Government Relations at Lyft, where he oversees Lyft’s global and federal policy engagement. Prior to Lyft, Michael served in a number of senior roles in the Obama Administration, and worked in various capacities on Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign. He began his career as an international corporate attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, and then moved to Sydney, Australia where he focused on cross-border mergers & acquisitions at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Michael is a member of the Pacific Council for International Policy and is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Amen Ra Mashariki

Chief Analytics Officer City of New York

Biography

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki is the City’s Chief Analytics Officer and leads the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Dr. Mashariki is an accomplished leader within government, private sector and academia with experience in applying analytics solutions to complex data management challenges. He started his professional careers as a software engineer at Motorola as a software engineer. Most recently, Dr. Mashariki served as a White House Fellow in D.C. and then became the first Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a computer scientist and research scientist where he led a team working on data mining and data fusion projects in the bioinformatics domain. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and taught computer science courses at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and robotics at Northwestern University.

Dr. Mashariki holds a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lincoln University. Amen is a Brooklyn native and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.

Joel May

Disaster Durable Solutions BASF North America

Biography

Joel W. May, BS, Engineer, LEED Green Associate, FORTIFIED ™ Evaluator, Disaster Durable Solutions™ Program Manager, BASF Corporation.

A multi-disciplined construction subject matter expert, engineer, constructor and building materials manufacturer who holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Development.

In 2012, Joel created Disaster Durable Solutions™ for BASF’s Performance Materials Business. He is currently working on the front lines of mitigation with a world-class network of scientists, manufacturers and other experts who solve real-world building failures and produce solutions with finite, quantifiable results in the infrastructure, commercial and residential markets. For over 25 years, Joel has been working closely with the insurance community, contractors, designers, government and non-government agencies providing construction solutions that are safer, stronger and offer multiple economic, sustainable benefits.

In addition to dozens of other certifications, honors, and professional group memberships, Joel serves on numerous boards for the advancement of sustainable construction, community and code development, risk, building science education and product development. He also holds several industry certificates in damage mitigation & restoration, building envelope failure, building science, building inspection, and energy management. He has overseen Housing and Urban Development-Neighborhood Stabilization Programs as an Inspector. Affiliations include American Institute of Architects, and the Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) Continuing Education Provider and Program Administrator.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes-FLASH- Education and Project Committee, Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (ROCOWI)-Wind and Hail Inspector. Joel is also growing the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety FORTIFIED program as a FORTIFIED Rater and Wise Associate. His training includes United States Green Build Council LEED-Green Associate, Building Performance Institute-Building Sciences, Oakland University-EMCP Energy Manager, Harcourt Property Management School-Certified Building Inspector, METS-Certified Mold and Healthily Home, Michigan State University-Certified Waste Water Evaluator, and is Licensed by the State of Michigan-Builder

Matthew McFarlane

Co-Founder and Chief Instigator GROUT

Biography

Matt McFarlane is a New York-based intellectual property attorney and entrepreneur with a biotechnology background supported by a decade of academic research in physiology and neuroscience. He has a Sc.B. in Biochemistry from Brown University, a PhD in Molecular & Cellular Physiology from Stanford University Medical School, and a JD from Fordham University Law School.

Having to work in highly technical areas, Matt identified and interacted with recognized experts in a wide variety of fields and disciplines as mentors, professors, witnesses and consultants. In each situation, his task was to understand, integrate, and communicate multiple complex concepts within the context of a single coherent research proposal, theory of the case or business plan. Recently, he created GROUT—an entrepreneurial platform that applies those skills to support the bold projects of emerging thought leaders who aim to transform society and create value in novel ways.

To be able to tackle the incredible projects that come across his desk at GROUT, Matt currently maintains a law practice as Counsel at Leichtman Law PLLC, and serves as a Managing Partner at Matadero Ventures, a Silicon Valley- and New York-based venture capital fund. In addition, Matt serves as a director or trustee of the Grass Foundation, Target Margin Theater, Just Food and The National Theatre of Scotland Americas.

Matt lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their son, and the dog. All deeply believe in and appreciate the power of cities to enrich the world.

Brandee McHale

President Citi Foundation

Biography

Brandee McHale is president of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi. She oversees the Citi Foundation’s global grantmaking strategy and leads Citi’s citizenship efforts, including volunteerism and environmental sustainability.

For over three decades, Brandee has dedicated her career to philanthropy and developing a forward-thinking portfolio of grant initiatives that connect low-income residents to onramps of economic opportunity and a secure financial future.

Brandee is a staunch advocate for youth empowerment. Under her leadership, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress in the United States, the largest single commitment in the Foundation’s 20-year history. In February 2017, the Foundation announced it would expand the initiative globally with an additional $100 million investment to help prepare 500,000 young people for today’s competitive job market.

As a member of the board of directors for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Living Cities, and America’s Promise Alliance, Brandee helps chart the direction of numerous efforts to create lasting change in communities across the country.

James Meeks

CEO MOVE Systems

Biography

James (Jim) Meeks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MOVE Systems, where he works to innovative urban communities with green energy solutions with a current focus on reshaping the landscape of mobile food carts in New York City. Named as one of New York’s top 2015 energy entrepreneur by Breaking Energy, James brings over a decade of international leadership experience within the military, non-profit, and private sector to his work. Prior to leading MOVE Systems, James was a Senior Vice President at Swissport Americas, a 10,000-person global aviation logistics division operating in seven countries. He also worked as an advisor at Aspiration Growth Capital, where he guided several start-up companies toward successful product launches. James is a combat veteran: serving two tours in Iraq as an armor officer with the US Army and receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Committed to community service, he is also Co-Founder and Chairman of an international non-profit, the 2Seeds Network which deploys college graduates to lead business development projects with subsistence farmers in East Africa. James graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received an MBA in global management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Rob Meikle

Chief Information Officer City of Toronto

Biography

Rob Meikle is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Toronto. In his role as CIO, Rob provides visionary leadership for the delivery of flexible and integrated information and communication technology solutions that enable and drive Service Excellence.

Rob is a strategic business leader who is innovative and results driven with a proven track record of 20+ years experience planning, developing, and implementing award winning global business and technology solutions in the private, public and not for profit sector. He has received globally recognition for his visionary leadership and ability to maximize the potential of teams to achieve transformational results.

Rob became the first Canadian municipal CIO to be named on the prestigious global CIO 100 honoree list. In addition, he has received the Global Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leadership Award and the National Government (GTEC) Next Generation Leadership Award.

Prior to the City of Toronto Rob was the Chief Information Officer at the City of Brampton and has held various leadership roles in the private sector including Global Operations, Customer Service, Marketing, eBusiness and Information Technology.

Rob is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and holds an Honours BMath in Computer Science & Business Administration. He holds a Masters Certificate – IT Executive Leadership Development from Ryerson University.

Jeff Merritt

Director of Innovation City of New York

Biography

As Director of Innovation, Jeff’s work focuses on leveraging innovative approaches and smart city technologies to advance the Mayor’s equity agenda and achieve the ambitious goals set forth in the Plan for One New York. Prior to helping establish the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, Jeff played an instrumental role in crafting Mayor de Blasio’s technology platform. He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University and more than 15 years of leadership experience driving social change in the public sector. Highlights include helping organize the first entirely online public election in U.S. history, laying the groundwork for the world’s largest, fastest municipal Wi-Fi network, and leading the creation and adoption of new guidelines and tools to promote the responsible and equitable expansion of the Internet of Things.

Andrew Meyers

CEO Kaptyn

Biography

Andrew is a driven and proven entrepreneur who has excelled in the taxi mobility space. Starting as a college intern, Andrew broke into the US regulated taxi sector with a disruptive mobile payments platform that landed over 30,000 licensed drivers across America from 2007-2009. After exiting the mobile payments space, after the first ride-sharing launch, Andrew co-founded Triad TransTech in Las Vegas, NV poised to revolutionize the taxi-meter. In early 2013, Andrew’s firm was awarded only the 4th ever US Conference of Weighing and Measuring devices taxi-meter certification as well as a National Institute of Standards and Technology certification.

Thriving in the regulated taxi sector amongst massive disruption and change has forced Andrew and his firm to focus on key innovative and regulated tactics to ensure value as the economy demands better mobility and shared options. In early 2016, Andrew founded Kaptyn and led a dual acquisition of his two former firms, Triad TransTech and IonFleets. Kaptyn has now set their focus on the iconic Yellow Taxi of New York City and plans to launch in late 2017. Andrew was named New York City’s SmartCEO Corporate Culture award winner in 2016.

Mirik Milan

Night Mayor City of Amsterdam

Biography

Mirik Milan is an experienced creative director for events. Throughout the years he has been busy organizing parties, fashion shows and cultural events. As a promoter he travelled all over Europe, the United States and Asia in order to check out the latest and hottest trends in music and party events. Thanks to his years of technical experience he knows exactly how to process the trends he spots in society into attainable ideas, and how to bring together the right professionals in order to execute these ideas successfully. Fashion show or photo shoot, contemporary art festival or block party, he can do it all. Companies he has worked for recently are Stedelijk Museum, Spotify, DIESEL, PAX, Aids Foundation, Amnesty International and the City of Amsterdam.

Together with DJ Joost van Bellen Mirik is running the Rauw club night since 2003. Rauw introduced artists like Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Justice, Busy P, Crookers, Brodinski and Gesaffelstein to the Dutch dance scene.

Mirik Milan is based in Amsterdam, in the midst of a network full of creative people and companies. Spotting trends and new developments is one of his key talents. He loves to bring together different relevant elements of today’s culture into a suitable and contemporary concept.

Since 2012 Mirik Milan is the Night Mayor of Amsterdam. The Night Mayor is an independent non for profit foundation dedicated to ensure a dynamic nightlife and helps to build bridges between the municipality, (small) business owners and residents. By creating a mutual understanding, the Night-Mayor changes the game. As the Night Mayor Mirik is a spokesman for all things concerning nightlife in the Dutch capital. Amsterdam is a city of innovation. The introduction of 24-hour permits in the Hotel and Catering Industry in 2013 marked a major change. The Night Mayor was actively involved in introducing these licenses. It was a significant moment for the city of Amsterdam. With his team Mirik Milan organized the first ever Night Mayor Summit in April 2016. Night Mayors from Paris, Toulouse and Zurich attended and speakers from Berlin, London, Tokyo, Stockholm, Mumbai and San Francisco were present at the conference.

In 2017 Mirik gave advice to cities all around the world on how to deal with their Late Night Economy in a better way. Over 25 international talks were given in cities like New York, Sydney, London, Berlin and Moscow.

David Miller

President & CEO WWF Canada

Biography

David Miller is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive.

David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010. Under his leadership as Mayor, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.

Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and university affiliations. He is currently an adjunct Professor at York University and previously served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Centennial College. In his former capacity as Counsel, International Business & Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP, Mr. Miller advised companies and international organizations on issues surrounding the creation of sustainable urban economies.

David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.

Mike Morin

CEO Start Garden

Biography

Mike has spent the last decade working to make Grand Rapids, Michigan a great place for anyone to launch a new business. Few places are as integral to design and production as West Michigan. Grand Rapids is where the “things” in IoT come from. Leveraging this natural advantage, Mike has worked to form a cohesive blend of public/private platforms to reinvigorate a historic culture of entrepreneurship.

A seasoned business strategist, Mike serves as CEO of Start Garden, a public/private facilitator of start-up initiatives in Grand Rapids. Simultaneously, Mike serves as Director of SeamlessIoT, a multi-industry proof of concept lab to accelerate start-up commercialization. SeamlessIoT works in collaboration with Amway, Faurecia Automotive, Meijer Stores, Priority Health, Spectrum Health and Steelcase. Mike is also President of the Start Garden Foundation and a member of the investment committee at Wakestream Ventures, an early stage VC located in Grand Rapids.

With a past in physical product and digital business startups, Mike has founded several companies: SeeSpotRun.com (a sensor network and big data analytics company in media), Knoware (an enterprise UX and software development firm), and Code Blue (a leading provider of campus security products). Mike has also served as COO at Boxed Water is Better, the nations leading carton water consumer product, and COO at TheCommon, an online volunteer coordination platform. Further, Mike has served as Sr. Business Advisor at Windquest Group, a family investment office, and Director for Momentum Accelerator, a former TechStars affiliate accelerator.

Mike holds BA and MBA degrees from Michigan State University’s Broad School of Business. You can find Mike spending time with his wife Karyl and their two daughters in Holland Michigan or working on development projects in rural Guatemala.

Victor Mulas

Senior Innovation Officer Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Cities World Bank

Biography

Through his experiences in the industry he learned first-hand the frustration and inefficiency of commercial real estate’s reliance on out-dated, paper-based processes and he believes strongly that innovative enterprise technology can solve these problems in the same way it has in almost every other industry.

Regina Myer

President Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Biography

Regina Myer is President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a not-for-profit local development corporation that is tasked with supporting Downtown Brooklyn’s emergence as New York City’s center for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, education, residential and retail destination.

Ms. Myer was previously President of Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she led the transformation of a formerly industrial waterfront stretching 1.3 miles along the East River into an 85-acre civic space for all New Yorkers. Brooklyn Bridge Park represents one of the most significant public investments in NYC of the 21st century. Under her leadership, the Park received numerous awards from organizations such as the Municipal Art Society, American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association.

From 2006- 2007, Ms. Myer served as senior vice president for planning and design at the Hudson Yards Development Corporation. Prior to that, she was the Brooklyn Borough Director for the New York City Planning Department, where she directed the comprehensive redevelopment for two miles of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront, the rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn for high density office and residential space, and numerous other neighborhood rezoning efforts. She received her BA and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Hari Narayanan

Commissioner Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Cooperation

Biography

Mr. Hari Narayanan currently serves as a Commissioner for the Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Cooperation for the Indian administrative Services. His past positions have included several positions in Telangana, including Assistant Collector in Khammam district in 2013, Sub-collector at Bodhan, Nizamabad district & Vikarabad, R.R district between 2013-2015. From 2015-2016, he most recently served as a Project Officer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Paderu, Visakhapatnam. He completed his Bachelor in Architecture from ANNA University, Chennai and qualified for the civil services examination in the year 2011.

Younus Al Nasser

CEO Dubai Data Establishment

Biography

Younus Al Nasser is the Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, guiding Dubai’s citywide effort to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city by 2017.

Younus Al Nasser is also the CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, part of the Smart Dubai Office, charged with overseeing the implement of the Dubai Data Initiative, the most ambitious data initiative globally, and fostering a culture of data sharing in Dubai.

Prior to that, he was a Director of Projects and Security Systems in Dubai Electronic Security Centre Implementing Agile and Lean Methodologies in Project Management and member of Dubai Open Data Committee which was formed in November 2014 with a Decree from H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum to deliver Dubai Data Strategy, Dubai Data Road Map and Dubai Data Law.

Emma Nicolle

Talent Solutions – Government Specialist LinkedIn

Biography

Emma Specializes in helping government agencies attract, recruit and build engaged relationships with existing/future employees.

She consults and educates the State and Local sector on how to use socially acquired big data to make informed decisions on workforce planning, talent brand development and labor engagement.

LinkedIn is a global phenomenon, and with over 500M+ million members and over 140M in USA alone, LinkedIn represents the largest professional network on the globe.

Beth Noveck

Co-Founder and Director GovLab

Biography

The Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and the Florence Rogatz Visiting Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Beth Simone Noveck is Co-Founder and Director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Beth focuses her research, teaching and activism on the impact of technology on public institutions and solving public problems.

The GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. It designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately.

Beth served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team. Among projects she’s designed or collaborated on are the Network of Innovators, Unchat, The Do Tank, Peer To Patent, Data.gov, Challenge.gov and the Gov Lab Academy.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she is chairing the 2017 Collective Intelligence Conference. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Open Contracting Partnership and the EPSRC Centre for Precision Healthcare at Imperial College. She is also a Program Committee Member of the 2016 Conferences on International Open Data, Open Data Research, Data Science for Government, and the Data for Good Exchange. She was named one of the “Foreign Policy 100″ by Foreign Policy, one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute and Public Knowledge for her work in civic technology.

Beth is the author of Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing (Harvard University Press, 2015), which will appear in Spanish and Russian in 2016; Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings, 2009), which has also appeared in Arabic, Russian, Chinese and in an audio edition, and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (NYU Press, 2005). She tweets @bethnoveck and writes on Medium @bethnoveck.

Michael Nutter

Professor of Professional Practice Columbia | SIPA

Former MayorCity of Philadelphia

Biography

Former Mayor City of Philadelphia, current David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Policy and Chairman of the Airbnb Mayors Advisory Board and Sr. Fellow and national spokesperson for What Works Cities program.

Paula-Jo (PJ) Oleksak

Senior Vice President, Business Expansion FreshDirect

Biography

PJ Oleksak is Senior Vice President, Business Expansion for FreshDirect. In this role, she is responsible for the FoodKick and FreshDirect At The Office businesses within FreshDirect, as well as evaluating and building out new business extensions and geographic expansion for the enterprise. She joined the company in 2012 and is based in the Long Island City headquarters.

FoodKick is a mobile-first food business that curates unique food offerings daily and connects consumers to the freshest, tastiest finds in food, drinks, and lifestyle essentials, all delivered to customers’ doors in as little as an hour. FreshDirect At The Office delivers high-quality food with expanded product offerings and services for corporate clients to fuel the office.

Prior to FreshDirect, PJ spent five years working in private equity at PineBridge Investments, investing in both mezzanine and equity investments in the consumer products and logistics industries. Previously, she was an Investment Banking Analyst at Harris Williams, working on sell-side M&A transactions.

PJ has a BS in Finance and Accounting from the University of Richmond, Summa cum Laude.

Ed Pallesen

Head of Infrastructure Investment Group for the Americas Goldman Sachs

Biography

Ed is head of the Infrastructure Investment Group (IIG) for the Americas within the Merchant Banking Division (MBD). He serves as a member of the Infrastructure Investment Committee. Ed joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as an associate in the Communications, Media & Entertainment Group, which was reorganized in 2002 as the TMT Group. He then moved to the Principal Investment Area in MBD. Ed was named managing director in 2007.

Prior to joining the firm, Ed served as a judicial law clerk at the United States Supreme Court.

Ed is a member of the Board of Directors of the Henry Street Settlement, a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Paul Engler Institute for Agricultural Entrepreneurship. He is a former David Rockefeller Fellow with the Partnership for the City of New York.

Ed earned a BA, summa cum laude, from Harvard University and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He also earned an MPhil and a DPhil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Desiree Peterkin Bell

President and CEO DPBell & Associates

Biography

Desiree Peterkin Bell is a strategist, brand builder and problem solver with over 20 years of experience in government, politics, and policy. Currently, Desiree is the President and CEO of DPBell & Associates and a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication on Urban Communication.

Desiree has served and advised four big-city mayors. As a National Urban Fellow, Desiree was selected by Mayor Bart Peterson of Indianapolis, Indiana’s team to serve in his Administration addressing community engagement, economic development, education, strategic governance, and affordable housing issues.

Serving as the Supervising Legislative Representative for Mayor Michael A. Bloomberg, Desiree shepherded three historic pieces of legislation through to final passage and public law: the New York City Smoke Free Air Act of 2002, Tort Reform, and the Film Tax Credit. She later served as the Vice President of NYC Marketing helping to define municipal marketing strategies.

Her passion for cities and policy continued as she worked as the Director of Communications for Mayor Cory A. Booker. She served as the youngest appointed senior official in the Administration where she crafted social media strategy, managed local and national media and advised the mayor on public private partnerships.

Again, as the youngest senior official in the Administration of Mayor Michael A. Nutter and for the City of Philadelphia, Desiree served in two appointed positions as both the Director of Communications and Strategy and the City Representative. Desiree managed traditional and non- traditional media, wrote the City’s first-ever social media policy, and redefined the paradigm for big events. With a keen eye for developing ground-breaking strategic partnerships, Desiree also led the negotiations and strategic communications for the City of Philadelphia in the execution and production of Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival, Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and the hosting of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia – the largest event ever hosted by a North American city.

Prior to assuming the dual Administration posts, Desiree served as Senior Advisor for Communications for Obama for America – Pennsylvania, leading the development and execution of a successful statewide communications strategy in all seven media markets.

Dr. Victor Pineda

President World Enabled

Biography

“Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is the President of the World Enabled and the Pineda Foundation, positions he has held since founding the organizations in 2003. He is a recognized leader in international disability rights and was appointed by US President Barack Obama to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

Previously he served as the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Academic Diversity and an Adjunct Professor in City & Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley, positions he first held in 2012. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the World Institute on Disability, a position he first held in 2011. Dr. Pineda was a Summer Associate at the Department of the Treasury in 2006, a Researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development in 2005, a Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley Kujacic Endowment in 2004, a Youth Advisory Committee Member of the National Council on Disability in 2003, and a Principal Investigator with Energenz do Brasil in 2002.

He has received numerous grants and awards, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, and the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award. Mr. Pineda received a B.A., B.S. and M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mark Price

Vice Chairman US Public Sector Leader

Principal and OwnerDeloitte Consulting LLP

Biography

Mark is a Vice Chairman of Deloitte and leader of our US Public Sector practice across our four businesses – Consulting, Advisory, Tax and Audit. He also leads our smart cities initiative, coordinating across our industry sectors including public sector, telecom, automotive, technology and energy. Mark has lived and worked in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe and has more than 25 years’ experience leading strategy, operations and technology transformation programs for government, healthcare and higher education clients.

Mark has worked across healthcare, human services, transportation, motor vehicles, energy, resources, finance, administration, technology, digital government and other program areas. Mark has also led major transformation projects for some of the leading higher education institutions in the US.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Mark served as Head of Strategy and Business Planning for the University Hospital of Wales, one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK, where he worked directly with the CEO and Board. Previously, Mark served as consultant with a boutique strategy firm in the UK where he conducted international strategic planning engagements.

Mark oversees Deloitte’s public sector research programs and publications and has been called upon to speak on the topic of transformation in government, healthcare and higher education across the US and overseas. Mark holds a degree in Business Economics from the University of Wales, UK.

Catherine Pugh

Mayor City of Baltimore

Biography

Catherine Elizabeth Pugh was sworn in as the 50th Mayor of the City of Baltimore on December 6, 2016.

Mayor Pugh has been a public servant for more than 15 years. She served as a member of the Baltimore City Council, representing the 4th district (1999-2003). During her tenure as Council Member, Mayor Pugh served as: Chair of the Taxation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Vice-Chair of the Land Use & Planning Committee and member of the Urban Affairs Committee. In 2005 she was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates, where she served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Her abilities to negotiate and her bipartisan approach catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate. She served as the Majority Leader, was Named Legislator of the Year (2010) by the City Paper, and passed over 150 pieces of legislation.

Mayor Pugh is the visionary, co-founder and Chair of the Baltimore Design School, a public school for sixth through twelfth graders, and a founder of the Baltimore Marathon, which is in its fifteenth year and has over a $30 million impact on the city. She also created the Fish out of Water Project, which has raised one million dollars to wire city schools and provided music instruments for children. Mayor Pugh has served on several boards, including the University of Maryland Medical Systems and the Council of State Governments.
Additionally, Mayor Pugh is a successful businesswoman, serving as President of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. She has worked as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor for the Baltimore Sun, and as a television and radio news reporter and talk show host. She is the author of Mind Garden: Where Thoughts Grow and Healthy Holly, a series of children’s books advocating exercise and healthy eating.

Mayor Pugh holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has received qualification from the University of California as an Economic Development Specialist. She has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion by numerous organization both local and nationally to include: The United State Small Business Advocate of the Year, The National Association of Securities Professionals Joyce Johnson Award, The NAACP Legislator of the Year, The Mental Health Associations Legislator of the Year, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Living Legacy Award, to name a few.

Gil Quiniones

President and CEO New York Power Authority

Biography

Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, since 2011. He is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide utility’s strategic vision and mission, for supervising operation of its 16 power plants and more than 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines and for overseeing its legal and financial matters and relationships with external stakeholders.

Mr. Quiniones is a leader in the New York State energy industry’s historic shift toward a cleaner, more resilient and more reliable and economical power system.

He was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which created a multi-faceted plan to carry out Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision for reimagining and strengthening the power grid through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Under his direction, NYPA is playing key roles in implementing the Energy Highway and the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to use market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

After joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Quiniones was promoted the following year to Chief Operating Officer.

He previously had served in several positions in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to that, he worked for 16 years at Con Edison, where he was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company.

Mr. Quiniones served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry’s international research and development organization in 2015. He is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, serves on the Boards of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Large Public Power Council. He is NYPA’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

As NYPA’s President and CEO and a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Mr. Quiniones heads a utility that saves customers more than $1 billion a year and has helped to create or protect more than 450,000 jobs and spur nearly $40 billion in capital investment at New York State businesses and other entities through allocations of low-cost electricity. Also during his tenure, the Power Authority’s solid financial performance has been recognized through upgrades by the three major credit-rating agencies –Standard & Poor’s (AA), Moody’s (Aa1) and Fitch (Positive).

Mr. Quiniones is driving the use of ”smart grid” and other innovative technologies to upgrade and modernize the Power Authority’s generation and transmission facilities and has heightened the emphasis on energy efficiency, localized distributed generation and customer involvement in decisions affecting power use.

Under his leadership, NYPA, which owns and operates more than one-third of New York’s high-voltage transmission facilities, is carrying out a $726 million

Transmission Life Extension and Modernization (LEM) program, with projects ranging from rebuilding of a power line in Northern New York that is more than 70 years old to installation of state-of-the-art switchyard equipment at the Power Authority’s massive hydroelectric projects on the Niagara and St. Lawrence rivers. With the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute, NYPA is developing the Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILE) to promote the development and use of smart grid technologies. It is also implementing a $460 million LEM program at the Niagara Power Project’s pump-generating plant.

Mr. Quiniones is spearheading several successful efforts to advance energy efficiency and clean energy, including programs to cut energy use in State government buildings by 20 percent by 2020 and to install solar panels at the State’s public schools. NYPA has completed a 15-megawatt combined heat and power plant as part of a microgrid at the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York City and is assessing potential development of local microgrids at other New York State sites. In another highlight of Mr. Quiniones’ tenure, the Power Authority established NY Energy Manager, the State’s first energy management network operations center, which provides real-time information on energy use at some 5,200 public facilities, helping to improve efficiency, lower costs and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

After Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee struck parts of Central New York in 2011, Mr. Quiniones headed a multi-agency team that responded to the events. In 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo named him to oversee power restoration efforts by utilities on Long Island and in other downstate areas.

As a member of the Governor’s NYS 2100 Commission, Mr. Quiniones led the development of various recommendations to enable the State’s energy infrastructure to better withstand extreme weather events. He subsequently was among a group of senior utility and trade association officials invited by President Barack Obama to assess means for strengthening future storm responses.

During his years in the New York City government, Mr. Quiniones was the City’s chief consultant on energy policy issues and established and led Mayor Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force, a public-private group that developed a comprehensive strategy for meeting the City’s future energy needs.

Mr. Quiniones received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University in Manila and has completed graduate courses in engineering management and technology management at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He has also participated in executive education programs at the Columbia University Business School.

Kevin Quinlan

Chief of Staff Mayor of Vancouver

Biography

Kevin Quinlan is the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Vancouver. A passionate city builder, Kevin advises and executes on the Mayor’s priorities, ranging from affordable housing to renewable energy. He believes strongly that cities are uniquely suited to lead on the challenging social, economic and environmental issues of our time.

Kevin’s work at the City has been recognized through his selection in 2013 as the first Canadian to be part of the Next City Vanguard, an annual urban leadership forum of 40 young leaders working to improve cities. He was also a 2015/2016 Action Canada Fellow, an annual program of 20 young professionals from across Canada identified for leadership opportunities in government.

Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, he has a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University, focusing on community economic development and social inclusion. He previously served as the Mayor’s Director of Policy and Communications, and as the Deputy Communications Director on the Mayor’s successful re-election campaigns in 2011 and 2014.

Anne Quito

Design Reporter Quartz

Biography

Anne Quito covers design and architecture for Quartz. She holds a master’s degree in visual culture from Georgetown University and an MFA in design criticism from the School of Visual Arts. Her MFA thesis on the nation branding of the world’s newest country, South Sudan, has been recently featured on NPR. An experienced art director, she is also the founding director of Design Lab, a design practice within an international development organization.

James Ramsey

Co-Founder and Creator Lowline

Biography

James Ramsey is a designer, architect, and inventor. As principal of RAAD and creator of the Lowline, James has founded a firm that holds true to the traditional idea that design should remain informed by the craft of building and shaping materials. James’ intellectual energy and creative drive emanate through his life and his work.

James studied architecture at Yale University where he won a Bates Fellowship to study cathedral design in Europe. He then went to work as a satellite engineer for NASA, an integral part of the team that created the Pluto Fast Flyby and the Cassini satellites.

James founded RAAD in 2004. RAAD now consists of three divisions—products, architecture and urban design. James closely oversees each of these aspects and personally holds several patents for inventions. His products range from mobius-loop furniture to modernist chicken coops, to even a line of shoes named after him for Hermes, while his architectural work runs the gamut from luxury residential work to institutional scale commercial projects across the world. RAAD’s is currently executing work on an urban scale around the world, creating public spaces in unexpected locations through design and technology.

The Lowline is a plan to use innovative solar technology to convert an historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City into the world’s first underground park. Specifically for the project, Ramsey created a “remote skylight” a solar technology whereby sunlight passes through a parabolic collector and is directed underground. The technology transmits the necessary wavelengths of light to support photosynthesis, enabling plants and trees to grow. In 2015, RAAD and collaborators designed and opened The Lowline Lab in an abandoned warehouse on Essex Street, which has seen more than 100,000 visitors to date.

James is an expert at North-Mississippi-style guitar. An avid and accomplished chef, he has been featured in Bon Appétit and selected for the NYC Burger Championship. Besides being a card-carrying member of the New York Mycological Society, the Origami USA organization, as well as several Paleontology societies, James is a guest lecturer in architecture at Yale, the Chicago Ideas Conference, Columbia, Bloomberg Design Awards, The Genius Gala, New York’s Tenement Museum, and Google.

Spencer Reeder

Director of Climate Programs Vulcan, Inc.

Biography

Spencer Reeder leads Vulcan’s climate and energy work within its philanthropy group. Spencer’s career spans over two decades of academic, government, and private-sector work in domestic and international science, technology, and related policy, including leading USAID’s climate work in Vietnam under the agency’s Climate Change Resilience Development program. Spencer served as a climate policy strategist within Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire’s administration and prior to that conducted geophysical field research in Central Asia, South America, and Antarctica. Spencer is a lead author for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment and earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. He was twice selected as a finalist for NASA’s astronaut program.

Michael A. Replogle

Deputy Commissioner for Policy New York City Department of Transportation

Biography

Appointed New York City Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner for Policy in June 2015, Michael Replogle managed development of NYCDOT’s Strategic Plan 2016: Safe, Green, Smart, Equitable, and helps lead efforts for its implementation. He shapes many key City initiatives concerning traffic safety, freight, parking, smart traffic and congestion management, autonomous vehicles, and shared mobility, as well as regional and federal strategies.

Replogle co-founded and chaired the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Foundation, a global coalition that advances sustainable transport in global climate, finance, and sustainable development policy. He founded and helped lead growth of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy to a staff of 80 and a budget of $10 million, advancing better urban public transport, walking, cycling, and planning world-wide. As Transportation Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, Replogle advised city and national agencies on transport, finance, and regulation, following a decade of growth management work for Montgomery County, Maryland. Replogle earned honors degrees in civil engineering and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gregor Robertson

Mayor City of Vancouver

Biography

In November 2014, Gregor Robertson was elected to a third term as Mayor of Vancouver. Under Mayor Robertson’s tenure, Vancouver’s economy has become the most resilient, diverse, greenest, and fastest growing in Canada – averaging over 3 per cent growth since 2015 – and is forecasted to lead Canadian cities in economic growth through 2019. While leading Vancouver’s economic boom – driven by the City’s innovation ecosystem in tech, creative and green sectors – under Mayor Robertson’s leadership the City has also cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15% from 2007 levels thanks to the Mayor’s award-winning Greenest City Action Plan.

Under Mayor Robertson, Vancouver was the first Canadian city to publish a Digital Strategy and recruit a Chief Digital Officer to not only bring Vancouver to the global digital forefront, but also support a favourable municipal environment that supports the digital industry. The Digital Strategy has been a major enabler of improvements in digital engagement, access and service delivery across digital channels, transforming the City into a smart, connected, sustainable and inclusive organization.

Kent Rowey

Partner Allen & Overy LLP

Biography

Kent represents investors, credit providers, public sector entities, contractors and other participants in energy and infrastructure transactions. His global experience is unique among natural resource and infrastructure lawyers. He’s been involved in major infrastructure financings in Asia, the Middle East, North America and the UK, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. He has also played a leading role in the development of private finance in the infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. Kent has over 29 years of experience and has been involved in the financial closing of more than 85 infrastructure and natural resources transaction worldwide. Recent experience includes leading the representation of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC in the acquisition of the 75-year concession of the City of Chicago’s Metered Parking System for USD1.15bn and continues to represent it in connection with its financings and dealings with the City of Chicago, as well as AMP Capital and Northleaf Capital on their acquisition and financing of the Millennium Park underground garage complex in Chicago. He also represented Hanjin Shipping in connection with its sale of a majority interest in Total Terminals International, a container terminal in Long Beach, California.

Frank Ruben

Sergeant, Police Department City of Atlanta

Biography

Frank Ruben serves as the Digital Transformation Manager for the City of Atlanta Police Department and has been with the agency for over 10 years serving in a variety of capacities with an emphasis on technology. Frank has a passion for bringing people and data together, especially in the public safety space. As an extension of his role within the police department, Frank also serves on the SmartATL project committee, leading the public safety footprint. Frank also serves as the team leader for Atlanta’s Urban Area Strategic Initiative cybersecurity platform. Frank began his career with APD as a patrol officer and became deeply engaged in bridging data science and law enforcement while leading a small team of criminal investigators focused on intelligence collection and analysis.

Frank’s efforts focus on eliminating data systems lacking interoperability, building a singular enterprise data platform, modernizing aging infrastructure, cognitive analytics, and bringing robust data visualization tools to the law enforcement arena.

Kamran Saddique

Founder & Executive Director City Innovate Foundation

Biography

Kamran co-founded City Innovate in Dubai and San Francisco in 2013 and headquartered the company to San Francisco in 2014.

Much of Kamran’s professional experience is in financial engineering around new technology ventures, especially smart city initiatives. Previously, he served as a Partner and Co-Founder to Inside Investor, a media and venture capital firm. Prior to that, he served as an investment advisor to a company owned by one of the royal family members in Abu Dhabi, UAE and as an investment banker (VP of Private Equity) for Convergence Capital in the Dubai International Financial Centre, responsible for closing transactions of interest to the general partners in Real Estate, Aviation, Mining, Water Desalination, Carbon Credits, Health, Education, Media. Kamran has a Masters Degree in International Business from Aston Business School (UK) and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).

Samir Saini

Chief Information Officer City of Atlanta

Biography

Samir began his career with the General Electric Company (GE) graduating from its highly regarded Information Management Program (IMLP). After IMLP, he assumed numerous leadership roles at GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT and its Energy division based in Atlanta, GA. While at GE Energy, Samir took his first divisional CIO role at age 25 supporting a $250M temporary power business called GE Energy Rentals. Following this role, he was positioned to build an internal IT shared services organization providing centralized Oracle ERP implementation services to GE Energy Services, the largest business unit under GE Energy. While at GE, he continued his leadership development efforts graduating from numerous programs delivered thru GE’s highly recognized Crotonville training center.

Following his 9-year career with GE, Samir moved to Las Vegas, NV where he worked for MGM Resorts International (MGM) as Vice President for Corporate Systems. In this role, Samir was responsible for the successful implementation of the largest back-office technology standardization initiative in the gaming sector across 17 casino resorts.

Following this role, Samir was seeking a position where he could leverage technology to deliver transformational social change at a local level. He moved back to Atlanta and accepted a position as the SVP, CIO for the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA), the first housing authority in USA with a nationally recognized model to de-concentrate poverty for low-income families by providing housing in market rate, mixed income communities established thru private-sector partnerships. While at AHA, Samir lead a transformation initiative that significantly reduced the agencies operating costs, improved regulatory reporting, and improved overall service delivery and business productivity.

Continuing his firm commitment to service the public at a local level, Samir is currently the Commissioner and CIO for the City of Atlanta. As CIO, Samir is accountable for information technology services for all 25 city departments to include Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport.

Paul Saunders

Head of Innovation & Special Investments Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Biography

Paul Saunders is the Head of Innovation and Special Investments with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), a €8bn state investment fund with a mandate to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment in Ireland.

Paul leads the ISIF investment agenda targeting large, transformative ‘Big Idea’ opportunities around investment themes including de-carbonisation and future healthcare. Paul serves on the Board of Genomics Medicine Ireland, an ISIF portfolio company aiming to build the largest, most comprehensive population-scale, disease-specific genomic study ever created.

Paul has formerly held executive positions with Shell International in the Netherlands, McKinsey & Co. in Dublin and London, NTR and An Post. He holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, U.K. and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Robyn Scott

Co-Founder and CEO Apolitical

Biography

Robyn is co-founder and CEO of Apolitical, the global network for government helping public servants find the polices, people and partners they need to solve the hardest problems facing our societies. Previously, Robyn co-founded OneLeap, a London-based innovation company, and Level Up, a Southern African social enterprise which teaches coding to vulnerable youth. She has written an acclaimed memoir about growing up in Botswana during the AIDS epidemic. She is an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, an advisor to the Responsible Mining Index, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Anand Shah

Vice President Albright Stonebridge Group

Biography

Anand Shah is a Vice President of ASG’s India and South Asia practice, where he helps clients manage both short-term challenges and long-term growth opportunities. Mr. Shah brings over 15 years of experience working across the private and social sectors and has significant experience building and growing businesses in India. Before joining ASG, Mr. Shah led global strategy for new ventures at BMW Group on urban impact and autonomous mobility. He also was an Advisor and Manager at Audi AG in the Social Innovation department, where he applied engineering, design, and manufacturing techniques to sustainable, urban innovation. Mr. Shah founded and served as CEO of Saravajal, a technology and market-based provider of clean water to rural villages and urban settlements in Gujarat, India and he holds several patents in drinking water distribution technologies. In addition, Mr. Shah helped establish Ahmedabad University and has worked extensively in India on policy in higher education, solar energy, and urban infrastructure. Mr. Shah was the founding CEO of the Piramal Foundation and a co-founder of Teach for India. He also was a co-founder and Executive Director of Indicorps, a non-profit organization that connects the Indian diaspora with opportunities to contribute to India’s development. Mr. Shah also serves as a TED fellow and an Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network fellow. He holds an A.B. in evolutionary biology from Harvard University and studied science, ethics and society at the California Institute of Technology. Mr. Shah is proficient in Hindi and Gujarati. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Brendan Shane

Regional Director, North America C40

Biography

Brendan Shane is the Regional Director for North America at C40. He supports C40 cities in the US and Canada in their climate action and sustainability planning, measurement, and implementation and facilitates inter-city, regional, and global collaboration. Prior to C40, Brendan was Chief of Policy and Sustainability for the District of Columbia. Brendan has a BA in government, a masters from the University of Maryland, and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Bradford Shellhammer

Head of Personalization and Engagement eBay

FounderFab.com and Bezar

Biography

Bradford Shellhammer is eBay’s Head of Personalization and Engagement. He is currently leading the replatforming and redesign of eBay’s new homepage to create a simpler, more personal and discovery-based buying experience. Bradford was named one of Fast Company’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business,’ coined the ‘King of Quirk’ by Forbes Magazine and deemed the ‘Eames of E-Commerce’ by USA Today. Prior to joining eBay, he was the founder of Fab.com and Bezar, and served as the Chief Design Officer at Backcountry.com.

Scott Sherin

Vice President, Marketing & Strategy Alstom

Biography

Scott Sherin has more than 15 years of experience in the rail transportation industry working with both transit and freight customers in North America, China and Europe.

He has been with Alstom for the past 7 years serving as Vice President, North America with responsibility for business development, marketing, strategy and industry relations. Previously, he worked for General Electric’s Transportation business in both the United States and China where he was responsible for growing their business through new product introductions, mergers and acquisitions, and launching their signaling business in China.

He has a Masters in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelors Science in Labor and Industrial Relations from Pennsylvania State University.

Samuel Sia

Co-Founder Harlem Biospace

Biography

Samuel Sia is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. His lab focuses on using microfluidics for global health diagnostics and for 3D tissue biology. He obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard University, and postdoctoral fellowship in Chemistry at Harvard University. He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow, National Science and Engineering Council of Canada Predoctoral Fellow, and Canadian Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellow.

Since 2005, Sia has been a faculty member of Columbia University’s Biomedical Engineering department. His lab’s work has been supported by the NIH (NHLBI and NINR), NSF, USAID/Grand Challenges Canada/Gates Foundation, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, American Heart Association, and World Health Organization. He was named one of the world’s top young innovators by MIT Technology Review (2010), and is an elected fellow of AIMBE (American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering).

Sia’s research has been covered by NPR, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, Voice of America, and Agence France Presse. He is a founder of Claros Diagnostics, a venture capital-backed company developing diagnostics products which was acquired by Opko Health, and Harlem Biospace, New York City’s first life-science incubator.

Liz Simon

General Counsel and VP, External Affairs General Assembly

Biography

Liz Simon is the General Counsel & Vice President of External Affairs at General Assembly, a global educational company that specializes in the most in-demand skills, where she leads GA’s legal and public affairs, government relations, and social impact efforts. In this role, Liz works directly with a range of partners to expand access to tech training and close persistent skill and diversity gaps among employers. Liz joined GA from the Obama Administration, where she served as Counselor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In that role, Liz worked on policy issues at the nexus of immigration and entrepreneurship. Liz also worked in several capacities on Barack Obama’s primary and general election campaigns in 2007-2008. Prior to that, Liz was an attorney at Hogan Lovells, a Washington D.C.-based law firm. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University and earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Vinay Singh

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Commercial Service

Biography

Mr. Singh was an Obama Administration appointee and played a key role in leading the trade and investment policy and promotion efforts for the U.S. Government along with advocating for better
market access for U.S. exporters.

In his most recent role as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Global Markets, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, he was responsible for 90+ U.S.Export Assistance Centers throughout America, managing a team of 300 trade officers and specialists. These centers are the gateway for U.S. companies looking to export globally. In his previous role he
served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and as a Senior Advisor to the Department for Urbanization & Infrastructure focusing on global opportunities for U.S.
companies. @SmartCitySingh has spoken at various smart city forums globally and recently published Smart Cities, Regions & Communities: Export Opportunities which highlights the U.S. Department of
Commerce global engagement in this space. The document is available at https://export.gov/smartcities.

Mr. Singh has spoken on infrastructure, urbanization and smart city development with global government and private sector leaders along with keynotes at numerous global conferences including Brookings, Smart City World Congress, UCLA, USIBC and the World Bank. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Vinay helped wind down TARP at the Treasury Department while with PwC. He was also instrumental in leading Discovery Communications through its public offering in 2008. Vinay has led international engagement efforts for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina, advising Governors Mark Warner, Tim Kaine and Bev Perdue on trade and investment partnerships. Vinay holds CPA, CISA and PMP certifications and has over 20 years of private sector experience across industries, with specific focus on business transformation, project management, finance and technology. Vinay lived in India, Germany and Canada during his early years and now resides in Capitol Hill with his wife, Priya and daughter, Rana.

 

Moitreyee Sinha

CEO mhNOW/citiesRISE

Biography

Moitreyee is the CEO of citesRISE, previously known as mhNOW, a multi-stakeholder platform to mainstream mental health. Moitreyee brings extensive experience working across sectors to address the root causes and complex interdependencies that stand in the way of healthy communities. Through her work at the GE Foundation and the Global Development Incubator, she has shaped multiple national programs through scaling innovations and public-private partnerships for emergency care, maternal and child health, clean water, mobile technology, and education. Moitreyee has a PhD in Physics, has received GE’s highest technical team award and the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Highest Award for Philanthropy.

Maria Sisternas

CEO Media Urban

Executive DirectorBarcelona Projects

Biography

Maria Sisternas is co-founder and CEO of Mediaurban, the Urban Content Creation Agency of the Mediapro Group. She is a City Design Consultant, specialising on the links between the digital, social, economic and legal issues that contribute to the development of Contemporary Cities.

She has broad experience in urban practice and consultancy, with a strong focus towards innovation and applied technologies to City Design and Masterplanning.

Having served as Projects Director at the Barcelona City Council at the Urban Habitat Department (a Macro Area in charge of Housing, Planning, Infrastructures, Utilities, Energy and IT), where she led the transformation of significant parts of the city such as Les Glòries, Diagonal, Passeig de Gràcia, Tres Turons, Torre Baró, Sants and Portes de Collserola, Maria now leads a multidisciplinary team whose aim is to change the world, by improving real cities.

She holds a MSc City Design and Social Sciences by the London School of Economics and is a regular contributor to specialized media. She has been Lecturer at the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism at La Salle (PAMUS) and is co-director of the new Master in Urban Management at the Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

She is a regular contributor to the National Press, @diariAra: http://www.ara.cat/firmes/maria_sisternas/

Alberto Sobalvarro

Alumnus Friends of eBay program

FounderPidelo Rapido

Biography

Friends of eBay program alumnus and founder of Pidelo Rapido, Latin America’s only cross-border ecommerce web and mobile app that facilitates the purchase of goods from major retailers in the US, using local currency payment and financing options, with an integrated logistics infrastructure.

Sarorng Sorn

Director of Immigrant Affairs and Language Access Services City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral and Intellectual Disability Services

Biography

Sarorng (Rorng) Sorn is the Director of Immigrant Affairs and Language Access Services for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS). This critical position is to enhance DBHIDS’ ability to provide services to Philadelphia’s diverse communities through research and development of an agency-wide strength-based approach that is culturally and linguistically appropriate services and to create policy practice procedures for immigrant and refugee communities. Ms. Sorn has 30 years of experience in health and social services, advocacy, and community building. She comes to DBHIDS from the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) as the former Executive Director where her work focused on community building, leadership development, coalition building, and strengthening organizational structure to better serve the underserved communities. Prior to joining CAGP, she was a Field Coordinator for Southeast Asia Resource Center’s (SEARAC) where she conducted community research assessments, provided direct services, worked on strengthening and building coalitions across sectors. She served on Mayor Nutter’s Commission on Asian American Affairs where she advised the Mayor served as a liaison between City government, Asian American communities, and social service and cultural organizations. As a former refugee from a war torn country, she became the first in her family to graduate from college. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership, and she plans on going to get a doctoral degree in the near future.

Suzanne Spaulding

Former Under Secretary DHS

Biography

As the Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the Department of Homeland Security, Suzanne Spaulding was effectively the CEO, with a $3 billion budget and a workforce of 18,000, charged with strengthening cybersecurity and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Under Secretary Spaulding served on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the independent authority established by Congress to manage the complex and unprecedented effort to build the first nation-wide public safety broadband network. She was also on the boards of the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) and the Lawyers’ Alliance for World Security (LAWS). She is on the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In her role at DHS, Under Secretary Spaulding worked extensively with CEOs and other executive officials on understanding and managing cyber risks from a C-suite perspective, across all industry sectors, particularly electricity, communications, information technology, and financial services. She also led the federal government’s Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative to identify and address key cyber vulnerabilities in the national aviation system. She worked with many foreign governments and negotiated cyber agreements with China and Israel.

Immediately prior to her appointment at DHS, Ms. Spaulding was a principal in the Bingham Consulting Group and of Counsel for Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington, D.C., where she assisted private sector clients facing national security-related challenges. Following the attacks of 9/11, she worked with key critical infrastructure sectors including the nuclear power, electricity, and chemical sectors, and served as Security Counsel for the Business Roundtable. She continued this work as Managing Partner of the Harbour Group. In 2002, she was appointed by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to the Secure Commonwealth Panel, established after the attacks of September 11, to advise the governor and the legislature regarding preparedness issues.

Ms. Spaulding spent nearly 25 years working on national security for both Republican and Democratic Administrations and for both sides of the aisle in Congress. She served as General Counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Minority Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She also spent six years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she was Legal Adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence’s Nonproliferation Center.

In addition, Ms. Spaulding served as the Executive Director of two congressionally-mandated commissions: the National Commission on Terrorism and the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.  She was a member of the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President and a consultant on the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction and on the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Ms. Spaulding is a Member of the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group; former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security; and founder of the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. She was a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University; and a Member of Harvard University’s Long-Term Legal Strategy Project for Preserving Security and Democratic Freedoms in the War on Terror. Ms. Spaulding has convened and participated in numerous academic and professional advisory panels, been a frequent commentator in public media, and often testified before Congress.

Ms. Spaulding earned her J.D. and B.A. at the University of Virginia.

Robert Steel

Partner and CEO Perella Weinberg Partners

Biography

Mr. Steel is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining the Firm, he was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development where he was responsible for the Bloomberg Administration’s five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, and oversaw such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and chaired the Brooklyn Bridge Park board. A key initiative of Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration was to encourage and grow the technology sector of New York City’s economy and Mr. Steel led the applied sciences initiative, which established the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress initiative in Brooklyn, New York.

As CEO of Wachovia Corporation in 2008, Mr. Steel oversaw the sale of the bank to Wells Fargo & Co. and served on the Wells Fargo board of directors until 2010. During his tenure at the U.S. Treasury, he revived the President’s Working Group, the core group to respond to the global economic crisis of 2008. He managed the Department’s Blueprint for Modernized Regulatory Structure, which recommended several of the reforms since pursued by the Obama administration.

Mr. Steel also spent nearly 30 years at Goldman Sachs, rising to Head of the Global Equities Division, Vice Chairman of the firm and a member of its Management Committee. He began his Goldman Sachs career in Chicago, and then spent more than seven years in London before returning to the United States to work in the New York headquarters. Mr. Steel also was a member of the board of directors of Barclays from 2005 to 2006.
He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Mr. Steel is Chairman of the Aspen Institute’s Board of Trustees and has served as Chairman of Duke’s Board of Trustees, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, Chairman of The After-School Corporation, and Co-Founder of SeaChange Capital Partners, an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits grow.

Michael Stevens

Chief Innovation Officer City of Columbus

Biography

Michael Stevens was recently appointed by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther to be the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Columbus. In this new role Mike is responsible for the Smart Columbus Initiative, which includes oversight of the $50 million Smart City grant awarded to the City and long term plans and partnerships needed to ensure Columbus is positioned for the future of smart technology and mobility.

Prior to returning to the City of Columbus, Mike served as President and CEO of Lake County Partners, a 501 (c) 3 economic development corporation that works to maintain economic vitality and quality of life in Lake County, Illinois. Mike was responsible for leading efforts to attract and retain jobs, stimulate capital investment, and pursue economic diversity.

From 2007 to 2012, Mike served as the Deputy Development Director for the City of Columbus responsible for the City’s Economic Development and Planning activities. Mike led the City’s Business Attraction and Retention programs; strategic land utilization; international initiatives; and promotion of public sector tools and programs available to help companies expand.

Mike has also worked for Cardinal Health, Inc in its Corporate Real Estate Group, with the City of Dublin as the Director of Economic Development, and for the City of Huron, Ohio as its Assistant Service Director.

Mike is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University where he received degrees from the Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Lecia Stewart

Owner The Stewart Group

Biography

One of Canada’s leading infrastructure and strategic advisory consulting professionals, Lecia Stewart has helped governments deliver some of Canada’s most significant transit projects, and assisted private sector business to secure multi-billion dollar contracts.

She has led ground-floor development and start-up of several large urban transportation projects; secured bids and negotiated contracts for private sector firms ranging from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, and has a proven ability to strategize and communicate in complex, often highly contentious areas. Her diversified background includes more than 20 years’ experience in major infrastructure project management, negotiations, marketing, and public affairs.

Ms. Stewart has a proven track record of success, developing funding strategies, securing public funding, and developing cost-sharing agreements for major projects. Her recent successes include:
• Serving as Chief Bid Strategist for an international consortium of companies bidding on a $2.1 billion contract with the City of Ottawa to design, build, finance and maintain a new light rail line in Canada’s capital city. The consortium won the bid.
• Providing strategic guidance and support for the City of Edmonton’s procurement of the $1.8 billion Valley Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, achieving a successful financial close for that city’s largest-ever Public-Private Partnership (P3) contract.
• Leading a campaign on behalf of a global manufacturing company that secured a $1.2 billion contract for new light rail vehicles – the largest such order in the world. Ms. Stewart also developed and implemented a successful strategy to secure provincial government funding for two-thirds of the vehicle contract.
• As Chief Bid Strategist for the winning consortium on the $9.1 billion dollar Eglinton Crosstown LRT project in Toronto — the single largest P3 transit contract in Canadian history.
• Developing a winning bid and partnering strategy for a $100 million contract to provide security at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games.

Her career includes the following roles:
• Vice-President, High Speed Rail, North America Bombardier Transportation
• President and Project Director, Millennium Line (automated LRT)
• President and Project Director, West Coast Express (commuter rail).
A former news reporter, Ms. Stewart studied journalism and attended the Harvard Business School Executive Program for Management Development.
She has served on the following transportation boards:
• Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
• Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd
• West Coast Express
• High Speed Ground Transportation Association of America

Ashima Sukhdev

Government & Cities Programme Lead Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Biography

Ashima leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Government & Cities Programme, which focuses on supporting public bodies – at the national, regional, and city level – in setting the right enabling conditions for the transition to a circular economy. Ashima’s previous work at the Foundation has included leading projects for the Business and Research teams, as well as developing the World Economic Forum’s circular economy initiative through a secondment. Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ashima worked with the Strategy & Operations group of Deloitte Consulting in New York, focused on the Pharmaceutical and Health Insurance industries.

Zikria Syed

Founder and C.E.O. VitalTrax

Biography

Zikria Syed is the C.E.O. and Co-Founder of VitalTrax, a technology company delivering industry’s first cloud-based solution for patient engagement and data collection in clinical trials. In his role, he provides the company vision and strategy and works closely with its customers and partners. VitalTrax aims to revolutionize how clinical trial are conducted by bringing together sponsors/CROs with the sites and patients in a SINGLE cloud-based solution that seamlessly orchestrates clinical trial activities.

He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and successfully grown and exited multiple companies. Prior to VitalTrax, he founded and led NextDocs to become a global leader providing document management solutions to life sciences companies. He also founded and exited Broadpeak, a clinical trial collaboration technology company.

Earlier in his career, Zikria worked at Microsoft where he spent over ten years consulting with Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers advising them on technology and solution development. He started his career at Siemens Medical Systems where he designed and developed a document imaging solution.

Zikria currently serves on Drexel University College of Engineering Advisory Board.

Andy Taylor

Strategy Director Cubic Transportation Systems

Biography

Andy Taylor is a global transportation expert with diverse experience ranging from air traffic control to multi-modalism over the last 25 years. He kicked his career off in Europe in a harmonization role for the UK Department for Transport between the Air Traffic Control programs of Europe and the USA, before relocating to Washington DC eight years ago to launch several transportation business lines. Over the last three years at Cubic, Andy has overseen global strategy, focusing on strategic partnerships with some of the world’s leading technology and software companies. In that role, he has spearheaded the Mobility-as-a-Service solution to help cities and transit agencies evaluate the potential benefits of integrated multi-modal transport options. Andy is currently educating user communities and transit agencies on the true benefits and impacts of Mobility-as-a-Service and the importance of sharing pertinent data, improving operational performance and consolidating accounting solutions. Andy is also a member of the Board of Directors for the global MaaS Alliance.

James Thurston

Vice President, Global Strategy and Development G3ict

Biography

James Thurston is an international technology policy leader. As G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, he leads the design and implementation of new worldwide advocacy strategies and programs to scale up G3ict’s global impact. He has experience applying both technology and public policy to important social and economic challenges. He has led efforts ranging from using technology to promote the inclusion and human rights of people with disabilities around the world to using technology to increase the economic competitiveness of aging industrial centers in the United States. He has broad policy and management experience in both the private and public sectors and at the federal, state, and international levels of government. Prior to joining G3ict, Mr. Thurston was Director of International Accessibility Policy at Microsoft, where he developed and executed a worldwide strategy to expand the company’s outreach on disability and technology issues to governments and NGOs around the world. He has also served as a standards leader for an international technology industry association, an economic, and technology advisor to a U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate, and a senior manager for a national technology and economic development initiative of the U.S. government. Mr. Thurston holds both a Master of Public Administration and an M.A. in East European Studies from the University of Washington, as well as a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Maine.

Jessica Tisch

Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology New York City Police Department

Biography

Jessica S. Tisch is the Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology at the New York City Police Department (NYPD). In that capacity, she leads the Information Technology Bureau and is responsible for all of the NYPD’s information technology needs, including the agency’s applications, platforms, networks, datacenters, radios, disaster recovery programs, and data security.

Since her appointment in 2014, Deputy Commissioner Tisch has implemented a progressive vision for the role of data systems and technology in policing. She designed and spearheaded a first-of-its-kind Mobility Initiative: all officers and patrol vehicles were outfitted with smartphones and tablets, enabling officers to receive real-time updates from systems such as 9-1-1 and allowing access on-the-go to critical NYPD databases. The Mobility Initiative remains a tremendous leap forward for enhancing the effectiveness of information transmitted to officers on patrol, protecting officers in the field, and facilitating communications amongst the NYPD’s various commands.

Deputy Commissioner Tisch also developed the NYPD’s signature technology program, the Domain Awareness System (DAS). DAS consists of a citywide network of sensors, including closed-circuit television cameras, license plate readers, radiological and chemical sensors, and gunshot sound detectors. The aggregation of sensors in a single, common platform revolutionized how the NYPD utilized data from multiple sources.

As the head of the Information Technology Bureau, Deputy Commissioner Tisch oversees the NYPD’s 9-1-1 call-taking and dispatching operations, including the radio and computer-aided dispatch systems. She led part of the City’s effort to construct a new 9-1-1 call center and upgrade the NYPD’s radio infrastructure. She also completed an initiative to improve emergency communications in the subway system by standing up an ultra high-frequency communications platform that solved a decades-long problem of poor radio connectivity underground for first responders.

Along with these far-reaching technology programs, Deputy Commissioner Tisch has overseen the development of a number of external-facing applications and internal technology upgrades, including: CompStat 2.0; online access to collision reports; a standardized records management system; an enterprise-managed printing initiative; an automated vehicle location system; and a wholesale replacement of the NYPD’s infrastructure, including its network and data centers, that supports the transmission of data across all sites and facilities in the NYPD.

Prior to her current role, Deputy Commissioner Tisch served as Counsel to the Police Commissioner and Director of Policy and Planning for the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard College, a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Toni Townes-Whitley

Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector and Industry Microsoft

Biography

As corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector and Industry at Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley leads company strategy for driving digital transformation across public sector and commercial industry customers and partners in support of our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Her organization is responsible for defining industry-specific needs with engineering teams, including industry solution maps and reference architectures; defining industry solution selling go-to-market, supported by a robust first- and third-party portfolio; and cultivating a thriving ecosystem for partner-led industry solutions globally.

Ricardo van Loenen

Co-founder B.Amsterdam

Biography

Ricardo van Loenen is the co-founder of B.Amsterdam, and leads the first international expansion of B. to New York City. B. New York City will be New York’s first official international incubator, located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Ricardo oversaw the launch of B.Amsterdam in April 2014, as well as its significant expansion to 400,000 sq. ft. of rentable office space, hosting 300+ companies as tenants and a total of 1,500 entrepreneurs.

Ricardo is also the co-founder of B.Startup School Amsterdam (BSSA), which to date has assisted over 300 unemployed students acquire the skillsets of today’s innovation economy; over 85% of participating students were placed in a well-paying job after graduation.

Additionally, he is the co-founder of Healthy Workers, a startup geared towards changing the world of office vitality and creating the best possible work. He also co-founded Restaurant Bureau, a 9,000 sq ft rooftop fine dining restaurant in Amsterdam.

Before co-founding B.Amsterdam, Ricardo worked as an executive in the marketing, publishing, and event management industries.

Archana Vemulapalli

Chief Technology Officer District of Columbia

Biography

Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli was nominated to serve as the District’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) by Mayor Muriel Bowser on January 12, 2016 and confirmed by DC Council on April 5, 2016.

During her first year as Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Vemulapalli has positioned Washington, DC to become a world class technology hub. DC has quickly moved up the ranks in smart city technology, data utilization and digital inclusion. This has led to DC becoming the first CISCO-designated “Lighthouse City” in the United States, an honor granted to cities with exemplary commitments to smart city technology.

Ms. Vemulapalli completed the pilot project of the Pennsylvania Avenue 2040 (PA2040). This project enhances visitor experience all the while providing resulting real-time data to improve District operations with reduced costs through publicly accessible DC-Net Wi-Fi and remotely managed, sensor-based LED streetlights.

Ms. Vemulapalli’s dedication to bridge the digital divide is fueled by a passion to ensure that IT access is not a privilege but a right for every District resident. As co-chair and creator of the Council of Global City CIOs (CGCC), Ms. Vemulapalli role is to centralize city tech leaders from cities across the globe to share data and harness technology to transform cities.

Prior to her role as Washington, DC CTO, Ms. Vemulapalli was Chief Technology Officer for Pristine Environments where she was responsible for developing the company’s IT strategy and transforming the company’s technology solutions offering in the market. Her industry contributions also include technology strategy consulting at global consulting firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting, and Lucent Technologies.

Ms. Vemulapalli earned a master’s degree in Leadership from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a master’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Madras.

Ms. Vemulapalli is the recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business 2015 award. Her credits also include participation in the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2015 and Women in Technology’s Leadership Foundry Class of 2014. Ms. Vemulapalli serves on the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristof Vereenooghe

CEO EV-Box

Biography

Kristof has extensive international experience in starting and commercializing software and hardware companies from start-up to midcap corporations. His successful track record includes; Bynder, LumaCloud and bringing Xeikon to the London AIM stock exchange. Since early 2015, Kristof Vereenooghe has been the CEO of EV-Box to lead the company in its international expansion and growth.

Stefaan Verhulst

Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer GOVlab@NYU

Senior AdvisorMarkle Foundation

Biography

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @New York University (www.thegovlab.org), an action research center dedicated to improving governance and people’s lives through advances in technology.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at NYU, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest, a Board Member of ORBICOM – Unesco; and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications.

Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor. In addition, Verhulst was Co-Founder and Co-Director of PCMLP at Oxford University, the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, the socio-legal fellow at Wolfson College (Oxford), Co-Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies at the University of Glasgow School of Law. He regularly advises international organizations and has written and co-authored several books on a variety of topics including Internet Governance.

Jay Walder

President and CEO Motivate

Biography

Motivate is the global leader in bike share powering over 56,000 bikes on 4 continents.

Motivate operates many of the largest bike share programs in the nation including Citi Bike, Divvy, Capital Bikeshare, Hubway. Ford GoBike will join these programs as the second largest bike share in the United States by the end of 2018. Mr. Walder was recruited to Motivate in October 2014 as the company was acquired by new investors.

Mr. Walder has enjoyed a distinguished international career in the public transportation sector, which includes 30 years working in the rail industry in the United States and the United Kingdom. Before joining Alta Bicycle Share, Mr. Walder was the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest rail and property companies. Prior to that, Mr. Walder was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. From 2007 to 2009, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company London where he was the global leader of the firm’s Infrastructure Practice. Between 2001 and 2007, he was Managing Director, Finance and Planning at Transport for London and prior to that he was a Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mr. Walder holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Honors from Binghamton University, Harpur College, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also completed the Executive Programme in Strategic Leadership from Templeton College at the University of Oxford.

Mr. Walder is on the Board of Advisors of the Taubman Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mr. Walder was on the Executive Committee of the American Public Transit Association (APTA), the Executive Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

John Williams

Chairman and CEO Impact Infrastructure Inc.

Biography

John has over 37 years of experience as an advisor to infrastructure and building development programs, 16 years as a principal owner of an international architecture and engineering company, and 13 years as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University. He developed a series of awarding winning business practices including a framework for determining the value of GREEN. He is a Member of CERES President’s Council, is Chair-Elect for the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, is a Subject Matter Expert for Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), served as Co-Chair of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange Business Standards Committee, is a Member of the Partnership for New York City, and serves as a Trustee for the New York Foundation for the Arts.

In context of Smart Cities, years ago, John realized that the smartest cities understand the importance of economic assessments in determining value of public benefit associated with investments in infrastructure and buildings. For the past five-years his NYC based company, Impact Infrastructure has worked with software giant Autodesk developing automated Triple Bottom Line – Based Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL-CBA) tools under the brand, Autocase www.autocase.com.

Deborah Wince-Smith

President and CEO U.S. Council on Competitiveness

Biography

Deborah Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a coalition of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the Department of Commerce and Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Reagan White House.

Ms. Wince-Smith serves on the Smithsonian National Board and the boards of several other public and private organizations. Ms. Wince-Smith is the president the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), whose creation she led. Ms. Wince-Smith was Vice Chair and former Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness and is a member of Japan’s Science & Technology in Society Forum Council. She is a member of the Commission on the Theft of Intellectual Property, co-chaired by former Governor John Huntsman and former U.S. Director of Naval Intelligence, Dennis Blair and she also serves on the Purdue Strategic Research Advisory Council (SRAC).

Ms. Wince-Smith earned a degree in classical archaeology and graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. She earned her master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge University and received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Michigan State University, an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Toledo and an Honorary Doctorate of Law honoris causa from The Queens University of Belfast.

Robert Wolf

Chairman and Co-Founder Measure: Drone as a Service

Biography

Robert Wolf is Founder and CEO of 32 Advisors, and the Chairman and Co-Founder of Measure, a company offering Drone as a Service. Prior to forming 32 Advisors, Robert spent 18 years at UBS where he was Chairman and CEO of UBS Americas and President & Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1994 from Salomon Brothers. Robert served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board from 2009-2011, the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from 2011-2013, the Homeland Security Border Infrastructure Task Force in 2012, and currently serves on the President’s Export Council and on the Board of the Barack Obama Foundation. In 2013, Robert was named as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance by Worth Magazine.

Robert is currently engaged with numerous corporate and nonprofit organizations including: the Robert F. Kennedy Center, the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Executive Board, the UPenn Athletics Board, the Partnership for NYC and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a 1984 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.S. in Economics. While at UPenn, Robert played on the varsity football team that won IVY League Championships in 1982 and 1983.

Tom Wright

President Regional Plan Association

Biography

Tom Wright is president of Regional Plan Association, an independent urban planning think tank focused on improving the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Building on RPA’s 90-year history of advancing innovative policy prescriptions to solve difficult problems, Tom guides the organization’s work on government reform, transportation modernization, environmental challenges, and the need to offer opportunity to all the region’s residents.

As a leading thinker on urban and regional policy, Tom is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and commentator on economic growth and development, roads and transit, good governance, and other public policy issues. Prior to being named RPA’s president in 2015, Tom was the organization’s executive director. Tom has steered many key RPA initiatives, including the historic Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; the campaign to create a mixed-use district at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards; the protection of the New Jersey Highlands; and a vision for the revitalization for the City of Newark. Tom played a key role in the creation of A Region at Risk, RPA’s influential third plan for the metropolitan region published in 1996, and he is guiding the organization’s development of a fourth regional plan.

Jamie Wylly

General Manager Public Safety and National Security, Worldwide Public Sector Microsoft

Biography

Jamie Wylly is the General Manager of Public Safety and National Security in Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector and is responsible for driving Microsoft’s strategy for mission engagements and sales in Defense, Intelligence, Police, Fire, and Justice around the world.

Prior to joining the Worldwide Public Sector team, Jamie directed Microsoft’s U.S. Defense Sales Teams in Washington DC for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps where he led the effort to operationalize Microsoft’s approach to Defense and to consolidate business into fewer and more targeted contracts.

Jamie joined Microsoft in 2004 following a successful career in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft carrier-based F-14 pilot that included flying combat missions in Desert Storm, tactics leadership in TOPGUN, and aviation warfare strategy development. His global responsibilities at Microsoft continue his international focus developed during his naval career working in numerous countries in Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East and teaching at the U.S. Naval War College’s School of International Command and Staff.

Jamie holds two Postgraduate Degrees – an MBA (Finance) from the University of Rhode Island where he was inducted into the International Business Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His undergraduate degree is in Mathematics and Computer Science from The Citadel.

Robert D. Yaro

Professor of Practice, City and Regional Planning University of Pennsylvania

Biography

Bob Yaro is Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He retired as President of Regional Plan Association after leading the organization for 25 years. He is a member of the NY-NJ Storm Surge Working Group, which is exploring options to protect the metropolitan region from future flooding caused by storm surges.

Katherine Zaleski

CEO and Co-Founder PowerToFly

Biography

Katharine Zaleski is the Co-Founder and President of PowerToFly, the global platform that matches women with companies that are committed to diversifying their teams and creating inclusive environments. PowerToFly has enabled over 100,000 women across 143 countries to connect with Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing startups.

Katharine got her big break at the age of twenty-four when she was hired to be the sixth employee of the Huffington Post where she had a front row seat as the site’s news editor for its first four and a half years. In November 2009 she took a role at The Washington Post as its Executive Producer and Head of Digital News Products. After two and a half years, Katharine realized she missed being at a startup and returned to New York to become the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis, the network that makes videos for millennials who get their news on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.

After years of thinking about the lack of gender diversity in tech and across America’s executive levels, Katharine started to write about the subject. She wrote a piece in Fortune Magazine apologizing to all the mothers she once worked with. It was the magazine’s most read editorial, beating any and all news about Donald Trump. Katharine continues to write frequently about women at work and runs a bi-weekly video show on Elle featuring female founders.

When not traveling around the country meeting with companies who want to hire more women, Katharine lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three-year old daughter. She hired an excellent nanny who makes it possible for her to be named to lists like Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Daniel Zarrilli

Senior Director, Climate Policy & Programs Chief Resilience Officer New York Office of the Mayor

Biography

Daniel Zarrilli was appointed Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs for the City of New York in January 2016 and is serving as New York City’s Chief Resilience Officer, overseeing the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination, and the City’s OneNYC inclusive climate action program.

Prior to this, Daniel was named the first Director of a new NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency in March 2014, and had served as the Acting Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability from February to December 2014. After Hurricane Sandy, he served on the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a task force that developed an award-winning climate adaptation program for New York City.

Daniel was recently appointed by the NOAA Administrator to a 3-year term to the Sustained National Climate Assessment advisory board, is serving a 3-year term on FEMA’s National Advisory Council, and is advising the State of Louisiana on its 2017 Coastal Master Plan update.

Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and also spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. Daniel is a New York State Professional Engineer and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. He resides in Staten Island with his wife and three children.

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