Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers

Anja Wyden Guelpa

Anja Wyden Guelpa

STATE CHANCELLOR CANTON OF GENEVA

Anja Wyden Guelpa was the first woman elected as Chancellor of State in Geneva in 2009, reelected for a second term in 2013. She manages projects related to the modernization of the administration and ensures the organization of voting and elections processes. She also leads major innovative projects such as the partnership between public and private entities in the field of philanthropy or promotion of the active participation of young population in public debate.

Alan Shark

Alan Shark

CEO US PUBLIC TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

Dr. Shark serves as the executive director of the Public Technology Institute, and is internationally known for his hands-on leadership and consensus building skills in the government technology space. He is active in tackling the most challenging issues regarding technology as they apply to policies, practices, public management at all levels of government He has over 30 years experience with the last 22 years as a CEO. In May he received the prestigious 2012 National Technology Champion Award awarded by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Dr. Shark is also an Associate Professor of Practice at Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs & Administration.

Alessandra Poggiani

Alessandra Poggiani

CEO VENIS CITY OF VENICE

Alessandra Poggiani is currently Director General of Venis s.p.a, the Venice City Council ITC inhouse company. Previously Director General of AGID Government Agency for Digital Italy, CEO of LAit s.p.a., Latium regional government ITC company, Head of Communications and External Relations at WWF International for the Mediterranean, Corporate Online Communication Manager at Enel s.p.a., Information Manager of the Support and Monitoring Unit of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership for the Environment. She combines her professional career with academic appointments: she is currently a Lecturer of Digital Marketing and Corporate Communication at the University of Rome "Roma Tre" and has been Visiting Lecturer of Digital Economy at the Imperial College Business School in London and Teaching Fellow of Interactive Media and Digital Marketing at the University of Rome "LaSapienza".

Gianluca Vannuccini

Gianluca Vannuccini

DIRECTOR ITC DEPARTMENT FIRENZE MUNICIPALITY

Gianluca Vannuccini is an electronic engineer with a PhD in Telematics and Information Society; from 1999 to 2003 he involved in research & training for Universities and national Telcos, in the field of IP networks and wireless and optical communications. In 2003 he joins the IT department of the Municipality of Firenze, Italy, where he is currently manager of the IT Infrastructure Development Office.

Dieter Rehfeld

Dieter Rehfeld

CEO REGIO IT - AACHEN

Graduate economist Dieter Rehfeld born in 1956, studies in Bielefeld. Head of the Department "Controlling" at the City Council of Düsseldorf, Deputy Mayor for HR and Organisation at the City Council of Aachen. From 2003 till 2011 Managing Director of "regio iT aachen GmbH" and after the association with "INFOKOM Gütersloh AöR" President of the Management Board of the Management Board of the new "regio iT". Dieter Rehfeld is married and lives with his family in Aachen.

Goran Pauk

Goran Pauk

PRESIDENT CROATIAN ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

Goran Pauk, born in 1962, studied economics at the University of Split. He started his professional career in the private companies and after that, he worked in police administration, first as a chief of police administration and later as Police official for economic crime. Since September 2006 he is county mayor of Šibenik-Knin county and in October 2015 was elected for the president of the Croatian Association of Counties. He was honored with the medal of the Croatian president Dr. Franjo Tudman with the Order of Nikola Subic Zrinski for heroism in war.

Hervé Groléas

Hervé Groléas

CIO LYON METROPOLITAN CITY

Hervé Groléas joined Greater Lyon in 2005. As a CIO he led the merge of the information system of two local governments. He raised the ICR to a public policy and moved the IT system department to the development department. He now develops the digital government and smart city through digital planning, data governance and the advent of a "digital living environment".

Jörn Riedel

Jörn Riedel

CIO CITY STATE OF HAMBURG

Jörn Riedel (born 1959) studied sociology at university. Between 1990 and 1992 he worked as a project manager on large projects for Hamburg's interior ministry; from 1992 to 1998 he managed the Hamburg interior ministry's ICT department. He later became head of IT management for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and since 2008 he as been CIO of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Liora Shechter

Liora Shechter

CIO CITY OF TEL AVIV

As CIO of the Tel Aviv - Yafo Municipality and city maker, Ms. Shechter helps shape the Smart City strategy for the city, drive innovation into work processes in the municipality and better every day the life of our residents and business owners.

Blaž Golob

Blaž Golob

CEO SmartIScity Ltd.

Mr. Blaž Golob is a CEO of SmartlScity Ltd. company. He is a Chairman of Ljubljana Forum on Future of Cities and chairman of GFS (GoForeSight) Institute. He is a Crowd Dialogue Europe country patron for Slovenia. With his start-up team he designed digital platform & applications for development of smart cities. According to the Silicon Valley CIO Review, SmartlScity Ltd. was selected between 230 most promising Smart City solution providers in 2016.

Eleonora Harwich

Eleonora Harwich

RESEARCHER REFORM - UK

Eleonora Harwich is a researcher at Reform, a non-partisan London-based think tank. She has worked on various projects from assessing current measures of public sector productivity to developing a model for prison performance using quantitative techniques. She has also experimented with machine learning techniques to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of schools. More recently, she has focused on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence in the public sector and has authored several pieces on the subject.

Christian Siri

Christian Siri

PROJECT MANAGER CITY POLICE OF ZURICH

Christian Siri is a member of the POLIS-Team (Police Information System) at the Police-Department of Zurich City. The POLIS-Team is responsible for all the changes and innovation-Project around this System-Family. He is a member of various federal and cantonal committees working on new approaches to optimize the IT around the Police-Tasks. 2002 Christian Siri started as uninformed Police Assistant. In 2010 he changed to the IT-Department of the Police-Department and graduated as a business economist.

Norbert Weidinger

Norbert Weidinger

DEPUTY CIO CITY OF VIENNA

Norbert Weidinger, since 2005 deputy CIO in the CEO-Office executive group for Organisation, safety and Security / Information and Communication Technology. Responsible for further development of e-government in the City of Vienna and the national and international e-Gov cooperation. Further tasks are the IT-strategy and IT security for Vienna.

Sara Naldoni

Sara Naldoni

PROJECT LEADER SCU FLORENCE

Architect, graduated in Sustainable Planning, Master in Designing the Smart City. She worked for the University of Florence in Lima (Peru) with Abita Research Centre in sustainable training for public administration and international cooperation and, in Florence, in the organization of a II level Master on Smart City. She is consultant for Confservizi Cispel Toscana for smart city projects and at the moment she is Project Manager of Firenze Digitale, in cooperation with local public administration and utilities.

Martin Ferguson

Martin Ferguson

DIRECTOR OF POLICY & RESEARCH SOCITM (Association of Digital Leaders in Public Services), UK

Martin leads Socitm’s policy and research work on redesign and digital transformation of public services in the UK. His current work covers digital innovation in government, health and social care integration, women in IT and cyber security. A graduate of the Universities of Wales, Waterloo (Canada) and Birmingham, his local government career spans planning, housing, leisure and recreation, IT and information services. He is a past president of Socitm. He has contributed to the British Council’s e-governance programmes in Brazil and central Asia and served as an associate lecturer for the University of Birmingham’s Public Service MBA in the UK and Hong Kong and for the Open University Business School.

Alessandra Barbieri

Alessandra Barbieri

PROJECT MANAGER OF THE SMART CITY PLAN CITY OF FLORENCE

Alessandra Barbieri, born 1966, is graduated in Political Science with first class-honours at the University of Bologna. She’s actually the Manager of European Projects Office of the Municipality of Florence and project Manager of the Smart Florence city plan. She’s very active in sustainable, smart, resilience and innovative projects and she’s the contact point for Compact of Mayors and Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy where resilience is one of the topic of the related action plan.

Maria Ranieri

Maria Ranieri

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE

Maria Ranieri, PhD in “Telematics and Information Society”, is an Associate Professor of Educational Methods and Technology at the Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence (IT). Her main research areas include theory and methodology relating to media and technology in education, as well as work around teachers’ practices and students' learning. Her publications include more than a hundred papers/chapters on these topics and eight books on learning methods and technologies. Recently she published Populism, Media and Education: Challenging discrimination in contemporary digital societies (Routledge, 2016).

Joachim Schiff

Joachim Schiff

ADVISOR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE - MAJOR CITIES OF EUROPE

Joachim Schiff gained his Master of Science in Mathematics in 1978. The same year he was hired by the Municipality of Saarbrücken and put in charge of the mathematical models for development of the city. In 1982 he became Head of the "Electronic Data Processing" Department of the City Administration of Saarbrücken. Since 1994 until 2015 he was director of IKS, the IT Center of the Municipality of Saarbrücken. The main topics IKS deals with are: IT Infrastructure, IT system, Telecommunications and the call canter for municipalities and their companies. At the same time, Joachim Schiff was the director of "IKS Kommunal GmbH", a private company which is owned 100 percent by the Municipality of Saarbrücken. Joachim Schiff is retired since June 2016. He works now as a member and advisor of the Organizing Committee of Major Cities of Europe.

Stefanie Dreyer

Stefanie Dreyer

MODERATOR

Stefanie Dreyer is a TV-host and journalist. She has studied journalism at the International-Journalism-Center in Austria and presentation skills and media techniques in Hamburg. She has an MBA in Economics and was part of an executive training program in Tokyo from the European Commission where she studied International Management. For 10 years she has lived overseas in various parts of the world including USA, Japan and Cambodia.

Paul Waller

Paul Waller

INTERNATIONAL ADVISER AND RESEARCHER BRUNEL UNIVERSITY

Paul Waller is an international adviser on the impact of information technology on government. He also holds a research post at Brunel University, co-authoring several papers on e-government. Formerly he was a UK senior civil servant working on e-government policy development and delivery. In that time he directed a five-year national programme within the local government sector and led e-government work for the UK Presidency of the EU.

Socrates Costicoglou

Socrates Costicoglou

EU PROJECT COORDINATOR H2020 FTC-10-2014 City Risks Project

Socrates Costicoglou holds a Dipl-Eng. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras Greece and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, USA. He joined Space Hellas in 1998 and, currently he is the Director of IT, Applications & R&D Division being responsible for the management and technical coordination of several large-scale projects, both commercial and R&D. The main technological competence areas are in IT, software architectures and platforms. He is the project coordinator of the H2020 FCT-10-2014 City Risks Project.

Giorgio Prister

Giorgio Prister

PRESIDENT MAJOR CITIES OF EUROPE

Giorgio Prister is President of Major Cities of Europe since 2008. His mission is to ensure the continuous improvement of the value proposition and the reputation of this non-profit organization by promoting the exchange of experiences about innovation in Cites driven by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Before he has worked during most of his professional life for IBM in which he covered multiple professional and managerial positions in sales and marketing for many business sectors including Europe’s IBM Local Government. Born in Rome, Giorgio Prister graduated in Electronics Engineering.

Paolo Boscolo

Paolo Boscolo

IT SPECIALIST CITY OF PRATO

Paolo Boscolo gained a Master degree in Electronics Engineering in 1986. In 1992 he joined the Comune di Prato as head of the Telecommunications group. He is responsible for general coordination of the ICT service and for co-founded projects in the ICT field. During the last 10 years he has been in charge of the management of advanced eGovernment projects for the Prato City Council. He is currently responsible for the definition of the Prato Smart City Plan.

Vishanth Weerakkody

Vishanth Weerakkody

PROFESSOR BRADFORD UNIVERSITY

Vishanth Weerakkody is a Professor of Information Systems Management and Governance at University of Bradford. Prior to his academic career, he spent several years in industry working in multinational organisations. His research focus is centred on public sector policy making, process transformation and digital government implementation, adoption, and diffusion. He has published over 150 peer reviewed articles on these themes and holds several R&D projects funded by the European Commission, ESRC, and Qatar Foundation. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research.

Glyn Evans

Glyn Evans

VICE PRESIDENT MAJOR CITIES OF EUROPE

Glyn Evans spent over thirty years in IT and business transformation roles in UK local government, his final role being that of Director of Business Change at Birmingham City Council, the largest UK municipality. He left Birmingham in 2012 and was independent consultant for four years. He is vice president of Major Cities of Europe. He has a great interest in photography and videography and he is combining his Major Cities of Europe role with developing skills on those areas.

Gorjan Agačevic

Gorjan Agačevic

IoT EXPERT

Gorjan Agacevic is a digital expert with a successful 15 years track record in the fields of Human-Machine Interaction (HMI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Marketing. Over the years, Gorjan has worked as a consultant and a developer of driver information system for some of the biggest car manufacturers worldwide and acted as chief digital strategist for several international consumer brands. He is now focused on using technology to make drivers safer in traffic.

Manel Sanromà

Manel Sanromà

CEO AOC - OPEN ADMINISTRATION CONSORTIUM OF CATALUNY

Ph.D. in Physics. Former professor of Physics at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, of Astronomy at the University of Barcelona and currently of Mathematics at the University Rovira i Virgigli in Tarragona, Spain. Bachelor Degree in Humanities from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) Master Degree in E-Health from the same University. He has shared his teaching at the University with several positions related to IT implementation. From 1999 - 2001 he was director of the Consortium for the Information Society of the Regional Government of Tarragona. From 2001 to 2004 he was director of the Open Administration of Catalonia (AOC). From 2005 to 2011 he was the CIO of a Health Services Consortium in Tarragona. From 2011-2015 he was the CIO of Barcelona City Council. Now he is again the CERO of AOC. He is a member of different scientific and professional associations, among other the International Astronomical Union, the Catalan Society of Mathematics and Internet Society.

Giuseppe Ruotolo

Giuseppe Ruotolo

POLICY OFFICER EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Policy officer at the European Commission, working on open innovation, urban innovation and co-creation schemes. Call coordinator of the European Capital of Innovation award (www.ec.europa.eu/icapital). Former topics covered include the EU Innovation Union initiative; the SMEs programme under the 7th Framework Programme for Research; and several European Programmes in the regional government of Campania, Italy. Bachelor's Degree in Political Sciences with a specialisation in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

Isabella Mader

Isabella Mader

CEO & CIO EXCELLENCE INSTITUTE

Isabella Mader is CEO of the Excellence Institute and university lecturer. In 2013 she received the award "Top CIO of the Year". Before her current position she worked as the CEO of a software platform company, in the Methodology Development at the United Nations and as head of department at the Vienna Tourist Board. Her current work and speaking engagements focus on Collaboration, Communities, Network Society and the Sharing Economy.

Frane Šesnić

Frane Šesnić

CEO DEVELPMENT AGENCY ZAGREB - TPZ

A CEO of the Development Agency Zagreb which manages the Technology Park in Zagreb, the Entrepreneurial Centre and the Project Development Centre. Initiator and president of the Zagreb Forum international conference, the objective of which is to present creative development projects of the City of Zagreb. Board member at the ICT Competitiveness Cluster, as well as the coordinator team for the establishment and implementation of the BIOCentre project, an incubation programme for pre-commercial, research and commercial projects, including start-ups in the field of bioscience. Prominent advocate of developing S&T&C (Science, Technology & Business) innovative infrastructure which would serve as a bridge between entrepreneurs and scientific developmental and research-oriented institutions for the purpose of creating on entrepreneurship, creativity, e-governance and virtual economies, as well as virtual currencies.

Andrea Sbandati

Andrea Sbandati

DIRECTOR CONFERSERVIZI TOSCANA

Andrea Sbandati (March 5th, 1959), Cispel Toscana association General Director, has a long-term experience in environmental-related fields, given by work on a multitude of policy oriented studies in the field of management of solid waste management in the Italian context and is thus familiar with the practices of implementation of the E.U. Acquis in the waste management sector in Italy; realisation of several Industrial, Province and Regional Plans.

Rasa Strumskyte

Rasa Strumskyte

CHIEF MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT OFFICER TALENT GARDEN

Rasa Strumskyte is actively working with entrepeneurial tech ecosystems in different European countries. She is Chief Marketing & Development officer at Talent Garden, the largest Europe's co-working network for digital tech professionals. Previously Rasa was scaling a gobal series of events on entrepreneurship and future technology at Pioneers.io in Austria, and working on media and technology research in Sweden.

Helen Wexler

Helen Wexler

DIRECTOR OF JNEXT JERUSALEM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Helen Wexler is an award winning “ArchiTech” positioned at the intersection of architecture and technology. Director of the The Jnext Hi-Tech & Entrepreneurship Program at the Jerusalem Development Authority, Helen oversees the emerging tech ecosystem of Israel’s capital city, while innovating economic development policy. She was recently recognized by NASA for “Bubble Base”– her design for 3D printed housing on Mars, and was selected to the Forbes Israel 30 Under 30 list of promising young innovators.

Edna Pasher

Edna Pasher

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY (ECTW)

Edna earned her Ph.D. at New York University in Communication Arts and Sciences and is the founding chair of the Israeli Smart Cities Institute (ISCI). Edna has over 30 years of experience in regional and international ICT based projects using a variety of evaluation methodologies, modeling techniques and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Edna serves as the N-POC for ECWT in Israel.

Mirka Josic

Mirka Josic

HEAD OF THE OFFICE FOR ECONOMY, LABOUR AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP OF THE CITY OF ZAGREB

She is responsible for developing entrepreneurship, reducing unemployment and stimulating investments. In the last few of years, she has been particularly involved in issues of financing start-ups in Croatia, VC funds, innovations and product and services commercialization. She initiated a number of projects to support the start-up community: establishing the entrepreneurial centre of the city preparing the establishment of VC fund, constructing the new Technology Park, and many other measures to support entrepreneurs and attract investments. Mirka Jozić is also an expert in accounting, finance and banking. She specializes in the energy industry, tax policy and platforms linking the public and private sector.

Mirjana Zubak

Mirjana Zubak

ASSISTANT OF THE HEAD OF THE MOYOR’S OFFICE – CITY OF ZAGREB

Besides assisting in organisation and functioning of the office Mirjana is involved in “smart city” initiatives and projects of the City of Zagreb; participation in development of different strategic and other important documents in the fields of city development, urban security, civil society development; co-operation with important institutions, organisations and other stakeholders, etc. From 2007th till today she participated in more than 50 EU funded and other projects as project manager, member of project team or as an advisor.

Željko Jurić

Željko Jurić

HEAD OF THE ICT DEPARTMENT CITY OF RIJEJA

Željko Jurić has been working in the Information Technology Department of the City of Rijeka since 1994. For some decade, he has been designing information systems, after which he has been running the Directorate for Development of Information Systems, responsible for planning, building, implementing and maintaining information systems of the City of Rijeka. Since 2012, he is Head of the Information Technology Department and is responsible for strategic planning and all aspects of managing the overall ICT infrastructure and information systems of the City of Rijeka.

Jasna Golubić

Jasna Golubić

HEAD OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION AND PHYSICAL PLANNING OF THE CITY OF KOPRIVNICA

Jasna Golubić is in charge of the reconstruction and building projects and facility management of buildings owned by the City of Koprivnica. The department is also responsible for the physical planning process of the City and other activities regarding this topic. Also, the department is participating in sustainable development projects which are conducted by enterprises and organisations of the City of Koprivnica.

Igor Androvic

Igor Androvic

PREFECT OF VIRIVITICA_PODRAVINA COUNTY.

Following his work experience in the private sector, in 2009 he was employed by VIDRA – Virovitica-Podravina County’s Regional Development Agency, in 2010 proclaimed Croatia’s best development agency. As a longstanding director of the Viroexpo International Trade Fair, he builds successes positioning the fair among the very top. He was Virovitica-Podravina County’s longstanding head of the department for economy, agriculture and EU-funding, as well as the director of the Virovitica Business Incubator, one of Croatia’s top-fifty EU projects funded from the business infrastructure program. As of May 2017 Igor Andrović was elected Prefect of Virovitica-Podravina County.

Luca Battistella

Luca Battistella

DEPUTY COUNCILLOR FOR INNOVATION AND SMART CITY – CITY OF VENICE

Luca Battistella is an architect with a passion for technology and environment, has collaborated with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ferrara and IUAV - Architecture University Institute of Venice and a member of several building committees in various town of the former Province of Venice. Leads and has led important renovation and new building projects in Italy, Europe and USA. 

Mirela Bartolec Barbir

Mirela Bartolec Barbir

HEAD OF DEPARTMENR FOR CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ZAGREB CITY HOLDING COMPANT

Mirela Bartolec Barbir, graduate in Economics at the University of Zagreb, started her business experience in a private sector, Magma d.d. working for 4 years as a Programme Director with a huge experience in retail channel, afterwards working as a Product manager at AWT International d.o.o. with the huge experience in FMCG industry. In 2009. moved from private to public sector as a General manager of the Zagreb fair which is part of Zagreb City Holding group, company 100% owned by the city of Zagreb. Since 2012. working in Headquarter of Zagreb City Holding group in Department for corporate development, working on strategies, projects funded from EU and national funds, etc.

Klaus Nutzenberger

Klaus Nutzenberger

DIRECTOR OF THE EUROPRAN OFFICE OF THE GERMAN ASSOCIATION OF CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES (DStGB)

In 1980 Dr. Klaus Nutzenberger started studying history, political sciences and philosophy at Wilhelm university of Münster. After graduation he started his career as a local representative of the Recklinghausen district. From 1990 till 2002 Mr. Nutzenberger was deputy director of the European office of the German local self-government in Brussels. In 1998 he promoted to Dr. phil. in Münster. Since 2002 he is now the director of the European office of the German association of cities and municipalities (DStGB).

Arnaud Ascensi

Arnaud Ascensi

CEO OF THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY OF THE CITY OF ANGERS

Educated as engineer (Ecole Centrale de Nantes - 1992) and as chief engineer at the National Institute of Territorial Studies from 1999 to 2002. CIO for more than 20 years in local governments, has carried out numerous projects in all fields. In addition to these activities, has been involved in training and awareness-raising on new technologies for different audiences (engineers, CEOs ...). From January 2017 has managed as CEO the urban community and the city of Angers. This position, created at the Economic Development Agency, ensures a solid link between the local ecosystem and the public administration.

Luka Sucic

Luka Sucic

IOT EXPERT

Always ballancing on the edge of disruption, innnovation and bussiness. Serial startup founder, multiple roles in corporations from product management to a managing role at hub:raum krakow, active investor, both professionally and personally. Created and executed several startup programs.  Extremely well connected in the startup communities in CEE. Currently working on developing the croatian startup scene trough with HUB385

Bernard Grsic

Bernard Grsic

STATE SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL STATE OFFICE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIGITAL SOCIETY

Over the 20 years of experience in the field of information and communication technology. He has worked on ICT in higher education, public and private sector and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. He was Assistant Minister of Administration in charge of e-Croatia. He has great experience in ICT projects.