National Commissioner for Digital Agenda
Luca Attias graduated in Electronic Engineering and has a Master degree in Business Engineering. Since 2010, he is the CIO of the Court of Auditors; in 2018, he has been appointed High Commissioner for the digital agenda.
Luca’s skills combine IT knowledge with managerial expertise.
He is an evangelist for the diffusion and adoption of digital culture in the public sector, gaining recognition and popularity through interviews, lectures and articles.
It Manager City of Prato – Italy
Paolo Boscolo gained a Masters degree in Electronics Engineering in 1986. In 1992 he joined the Comune di Prato as head of the Telecommunications group. Is new responsible for the general coordination of the ICT service and for co-funded project in ICT field. During last 10 years has been charged for the management of advanced eGovernment projects for the Prato City Council. He is currently responsible for the definition of the Prato Smart City Plan.
Rector of Ca’Foscari University
Michele Bugliesi (PhD, Univ. Denis Diderot-Paris VII) is a Professor in Computer Science.
Prior to joining Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, he has been Assistant Professor at the University of Padova, Visiting Professor at Boston University and ENS Paris, and Visiting Scientist at various universities in Europe.
At Ca’ Foscari, he has served as Head of the Department of Environmental Science, Informatics and Statistics (previously Department of Computer Science), as Member of the Council of the Faculty of Sciences, and as Member of the Academic Senate.
Since 1 October 2014 he has been Rector of the University.
His research centers on the analysis and formal verification of programming languages and software system, with a more specific focus on security and privacy in distributed systems.
Member of the scientific committee of major international conferences, he has coordinated several research projects at both the national and European levels. He is the author of over 100 publications in top international conferences and journals. In 2013, he was the co-recipient of the award for the Best EATCS Theory Paper at the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software.
Stefano Campostrini is full Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Director of the Governance & Social Innovation Center. His main research interests are in the application of Statistics as support to decision making processes, particularly concerning health and social policies and interventions. He has published more than a hundred fifty scientific works, serving as editor of international journals and in the scientific committees of several international meetings
Director Infrastructure and Technologies for Information Society – Tuscany Region
Born in 1967 and graduated 1992 in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence. Since 2004 she has directed the Infrastructure and Technology Development Sector in the Tuscany Region of the Information Society, today also Office for the transition to Digital. She is the manager of the regional TIX Data Center, developed in a cloud perspective, for which she managed the planning, realization and diffusion in the territory of the services provided. She takes care of the planning, coordination and control of the diffusion in Tuscany of broadband and ultra-wide infrastructures for the PA and for citizens and businesses. She is in charge of the Italian and European Digital Agenda policies. Relations with PP.AA. central offices, manages the obligations connected with the implementation of the actions defined at national level, in the implementation of community guidelines, in the field of strengthening of ICT with particular reference to the European Digital Agenda. She is responsible for managing European funds within the Digital Agenda and for Regional Planning and Programming Coordination Local in matters of competence. She is the deputy coordinator of the CPSI within CISIS for ICT issues and representative for all the Regions on issues related to digital citizenship, for which it handles relations with all national bodies. She is involved in various European projects representing the Tuscany Region, as leader, partner or stakeholder.
Head of Marketing & Communication – Axians Italy
Passionate about strategic thinking and innovation strategies, especially in multi-cultural contexts (UE, Middle-East, China), Federico gained his experience at the top of complex organizations both in the Public sector (Italian Parliament) and in the Private one. He also collaborates with various business training programs in the fields of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Today, he is Head of Marketing and Communication of VINCI Energies Italy, in charge of its brands development.
Alderman for Innovation & Digital Agenda – Milan
Married with three children, graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature at the State University of Milan, she completed her education with a Master’s Degree in Marketing, Communication and Public Relations at ISFOR and following numerous courses and updates in the fields of Marketing and Communication Business, in Italy and in the United States. A long career at Microsoft in various roles up to being Central Marketing Director. Since 2014 he has been Director of National Development Plans for Western Europe, promoting innovation projects for the development and implementation of the Digital Agenda with Governments and Institutions in the 12 Nations of the area, from Portugal to Finland. Since 2004, with the future @ lfemminile, he has been working on projects to bridge the gender gap through ICT in close collaboration with international Public and Private organizations including United Nation Women, UNESCO, ITU, UNRIC. In 2013 he launched a project dedicated to the technical-scientific training of girls, Nuvola Rosa, which in turn inspired #MakeWhatsNext in 2016, an initiative adopted by 27 European nations, reaching over 10,000 girls. Since February 2006 he has been a Professor of “Brand Management and Communication” at the Master’s Degree in Marketing of the LIUC University of Castellanza (VA). In 2010 she was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano. In 2016 he joined the Giunta Sala as Councilor for Digital Transformation and Civic Services
Agostino Cortesi is full professor of Computer Science at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. His main research interests concern software verification techniques, with particular emphasis on security applications. He’s also investigating the impact of ICT into different social and economic fields (from Tourism to E-Government to Social Sciences). He published more than 140 papers in high level international journals and proceedings of international conferences. He coordinates the Horizon2020 COST “Families_Share” project, and serves as WP leader in the Horizon2020 “EQUAL-IST Gender equality in Information Science and Technology” project.
Moderator of the conference
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 more than 10 years she has lived in various parts of the world including USA, Japan, Cambodia, Austria and Canada. As of September Stefanie will be a Fellow in Global Journalism of the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto.
Policy and Research Director for Socitm, UK
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.
Management Consultant, Israel Smart Cities Institute
Mor Harir is a management consultant and a researcher at the Israel Smart Cities Institute (ISCI).
MBA in business administration and a BA in psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Expertise in conducting research in the field of complexity science and implementing Adaptive Positive Deviance strategy in both the public and the private sector.
Head of PACE FastLane Digital Innovation and FastLane – Vienna – Austria
Robin Heilig – City of Vienna, Co-head of PACE, Vienna’s IT-Innovationteam, has been a project manager for many years. He first developed his more strategic skills as a senior e-government consultant before he took on the challenge as head of the strategy bureau of the ICT department of the City of Vienna. To meet the rising demands, PACE was founded, which he is co-head of, since it’s launch.
Director of Leadership Development & Research – SOCITIM UK
An experienced IT and change management leader with 20+ years of both private sector and extensive public sector experience. Currently as the Director of Leadership Development & Research at Soctim, Nadira is continuing to build on the work she initiated as president of the society (15/16), focusing on building the leadership, skills and diversity of the sector’s workforce in response to the impact of transformational working practices, promoting professionalism and championing women role models.
General Manager ISSY MEDIA Issy les Moulineaux – France
Eric Legale is the managing director of Issy Media. Prior to joining Issy Media in 1998, Eric Legal was director of the Mayor’s office, Andre Santini. He is co-ordinating the ICT-projects of Issy-les-Moulineaux since 1995. He represents the city Issy-les-Moulineaux in different international networks involved in ICT topics, as the Global Cities Dialogue on information society, and international network of mayors engaged to promote an information society for all. He has been finally boosted Issy-les-Moulineaux involvement in EU R&D projects, stimulating its participation since ‘90s and helping the City to become a well-known Smart City.
Head of Centre of Competence Public IT at Fraunhofer FOKUS | Professor for EGovernance at Danube – University Krems Austria
Peter Parycek is Head of the Competence Centre Public IT at Fraunhofer Fokus Berlin, funded by the Ministry of Interior; Full Professor for E-Governance and Head of the Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Danube University Krems. As a lawyer and graduate of the Master’s program Telematics, his work is at the intersection of legal, organizational and technological developments. His research and project priorities include E-Governance, E-Democracy and E-Government. Peter is an active contributor to the scientific community as Vice President of the IFIP Working Group 8.5, which organizes the leading E-Government conference in Europe, and as track-chair, program committee member and reviewer in further leading conferences. In addition, Peter is interested in the intersection of theory and practice, he held an advisory position at the Austrian Federal Chancellery (BKA) and was/is board member in several civil society organisations, like Open3 e.V. (www.open3.at), Open Knowledge Foundation Austria e.V. (okfn.at/), German National E-Government Competence Centre, or the German Society for Cybernetics.
Deputy Mayor of Innovation, Smart City and ICT Systems of the City of Torino.
She is the woman behind the strategy of innovation and digitization of the city of Torino. She has brought a new vision for the city that is now turning into a laboratory for testing frontier innovations open to the world, but especially brought an administration vision that is always looking to citizen participation. She helped to develop and launch the city participative platform named DecidiTorino, where citizens can vote and suggest ideas, at the same time she’s working to reinforce the transparence and participation of the city developing a new strategy of digitalization of the Municipality simplifying the communication between citizens and the city through the platform TorinoFacile. She holds a PhD in Business Administration and she is Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Torino. She founded and direct the ICxT’s innovation laboratory at the University of Turin and participate to the startup of ESCP Europe Business School In Torino. She has been visiting lecturer at GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University) London and at the University of Westminster, she published more than 80 papers on innovation and innovative business models. She is mother of three incredible children and loves everything linked to sports and outdoors activity to enjoy with her family.
President of 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.
President of Assinter
Simone Puksic is the chairman of the board of Insiel, ICT Service Provider of Friuli Venezia Giulia government. He is president of Assinter Italia and vice president of Euritas, respectively the Italian and the European associations that gathers ICT Public companies and promotes the collaboration with all the governmental institutions involved in digitalization. Passionate about digital transformation and innovative growth in public sector, he is an ambassador of digital culture in Italy.
General manager Regio-IT – Aachen
Economist Dieter Rehfeld is Chair of the Board at regio iT, an IT service provider for local governments and municipal companies, which operates two data centers. Having studied Mathematics and Economics, Rehfeld has worked in various capacities in the public sector, including Head of the Controlling and Central Organization Department for the City of Dusseldorf, and Alderman for Personnel, Organization and Information Technology for the City of Aachen. He is founding member and board member for the foundation for the new Aachen University of Applied Sciences course in Energy Management Informatics, a member of the Research Committee for the RWTH Aachen, and member of the European Center for Sustainable Mobility (ECSM) at RWTH Aachen. Dieter Rehfeld is also Chair of the Aachen German-Dutch Society.
CIO – City State of Hamburg – Germany
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 has been CIO of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Major Cities of Europe
Joachim Schiff gained his Master of Science in Mathematics in 1978.
At 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 has been the director of IKS, the IT Center of the Municipality of Saarbrücken.
The main topics IKS deals with are: IT Infrastructure, IT systems, telecommunications and the call center 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 member and advisor of the Organizing Committee of Major Cities of Europe
CIO of the City of Tel Aviv – Israel
As CIO of the Tel Aviv – Yafo Municipality and a 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.
Head of Digital and ICT Services
Sandra was raised in the English Midlands, and educated at Birmingham’s University of Aston where she gained an honours degree in Computer Science & Mathematics. She has worked in IT and business transformation for more than 30 years, with 28 years of them in the public sector, putting ICT at the heart of business transformation.
As the Head of Digital and ICT Services at Dudley MBC, she is accountable for the realisation of business strategies and outcomes through the deployment and delivery of appropriate and relevant digital services. She has led in modernising and optimising ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models
Sandra works with national groups and programmes to represent priorities of local public services ICT including the Local Public Sector CIO Council, and currently serves as a vice-president for Socitm, leading on diversity, skills and leadership.
Director of Technological infrastructures department City of Florence – Italy
Gianluca Vannuccini is an electronic engineer with a PhD in Telematics and Information Society; from 1999 to 2003 he is 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.
Chief Enterprise Architecture & Innovation at Digipolis – Antwerp
Tobias Verbist is Chief Enterprise Architecture & Innovation at Digipolis. With the mindset of a creative entrepreneur and together with a motivated team he runs the Antwerp City Platform as a Service. Previously Tobias worked as Enterprise Architect at BNP Paribas Fortis and designed reusable software components for various financial institutions in Europe. He hold a Master’s degree in Applied Computer Science from the University of Ghent.
Vice-Chairman of the cross-cutting Context Information Management Industry Specification Group
Ricardo Vitorino is the Smart Cities R&I Manager at Ubiwhere, where he aligns the company’s strategy with research and innovation projects for the Smart Cities sector. Ricardo has helped to launch smart city products in the market, such as Citibrain, the Mobility Platform and the Urban Platform. Ricardo has been recently appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the cross-cutting Context Information Management Industry Specification Group at ETSI, where he is also part of the City Digital Profile and of the Specialist Task Force focused on Smart cities and communities to meet citizen and consumer requirements.
Joran is a dedicated Open Data Manager for the City of Ghent with a successful track record of using city data for open innovation. Through projects and events, Joran helps to maximise the potential of open data in Ghent and make its possibilities known to as many people as possible. An organiser of the annual AppsForGhent hackathon, and the open data portal for Ghent, Joran is committed to exploiting the interface between data science and social good.
Lars Greifzu studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Dresden, Germany. After finishing his studies, he worked in an enterprise in the production and export of switchyards for Middle East and Africa. Since 1990 he has been working in the ICT sector, at first as a sales executive for IT gear and construction equipments for telcos and the railway in Eastern Germany.
In 1998, he became part of the administration of the city of Leipzig as an executive manager for operation of servers as well as the networking and communication systems. In this role, he was responsible to establish the IT-System for 14 “citizen offices” in the city of Leipzig and to integrate all the sites of 12 municipalities which became part of the city after an administrative reform.
From 2001, after outsourcing the ICT department and founding Lecos, he is a member of the management board of Lecos GmbH in different roles – operation, sales, networking and strategic development. Today, relevant themes to him are the implementation of the “Online Access Act” and Smart Cities.
He is member of the Organising Committee of Major Cities of Europe since 2004.
Pasha is an experienced researcher, data analyst and project manager specialising in the use of data and new tech to drive insights for improving government services. From defining smart cities markets, to investigating liabilities for internet intermediaries, through to developing digital infrastructures for smart agriculture, Pasha has a strong awareness and understanding of the ethical considerations related to the collection and use of data.
She has been working for 20 years in R&I, contributing actively to different European initiatives. In October 2014, she was appointed Vice-Secretary General of the Big Data Value Association. She is involved in the deployment of IoT for Smart Cities targeted at the implementation of the Digitizing EU Policy, Digital Platforms and Innovation Hubs. She has a long track record of participation as speaker in international conferences and events.
Isabella Mader is Executive Advisor of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, a yearly management conference, called “The Davos of Management” by the Financial Times.
She is also CEO of the Vienna based Excellence Institute and a university lecturer for IT Strategy. In 2013 she received the award “Top CIO of the Year”.
Her current work focuses on Collaboration, Communities, Network Society and the Sharing Economy.
Susie leads 21c a digital SME with nearly 15 years’ experience helping public administrations across the globe harness the transformational power of technology. Susie regularly works with international organisations including the United Nations and IBM and as an expert on ‘humanising technology’ and communicating its value. Her portfolio of global clients includes the governments of Great Britain, Belgium, UAE, Bahrain and India as well as multiple pan-European cities and regions.
For over 30 years I have been thinking of and creating solutions to improve people’s work. From the logics of Collaboration, recently evolved following more and more “Social” logics, up to the various aspects of the Digital Transformation, I have become interested in the issues of Artificial Intelligence, looking for fields of applications that could support but never substitute people’s decisions.
Gianluca Misuraca is Senior Scientist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, where, since 2009, is leading research in the area of Digital Governance and Social Innovation. He is currently coordinating research on Digital Government Transformation as part of the Digital Economy Unit of the Directorate for Growth & Innovation.
Before joining the European Commission, Gianluca was Scientific Coordinator and Managing Director of the Executive Master in eGovernance at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Alessandra Poggiani is the General Manager of Venis s.p.a., in-house ICT company of the City of Venice and local telecommunications operator. She is also Adjunct Professor of Business Communication and Digital Marketing at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rome and Professor of Digital Marketing and Digital Transformation of the Public Administration.
General Director of LAit S.p.A, Head of Digital Communication of Enel SpA, Information Manager for the Euro-Mediterranean and Expert of the Municipality of Rome for the coordination of European projects.
She is a member of the Innovation Board of the Ca ‘Foscari Foundation, of the Advisory Board for “Digital Italy” of The Innovation Group, of the Digital Economy Commission of the Italian section of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC and of the Strategic Committee of the Digital Enterprise Lab of Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice.
Lieven is an internationally recognised Smart City expert at Information Flanders with responsibility for driving transformational change in Government. His deep knowledge of how technology and open data can pioneer new opportunities to improve the lives of citizens, combined with a first-hand understanding of how co-creation can unlock innovation, enables him to successfully coordinate several EU research projects, as well as serve as an adviser to the Open Geospatial Consortium.
Matteo is an accomplished project manager who leads the EU Projects Unit of Issy-les-Moulineaux. From helping Issy launch its first open data portal to harnessing the power of big data for smart mobility, Matteo ensures Issy remains at the forefront of govtech innovation. His digital remit includes the development of an open community for the co-creation and testing of new solutions, thereby delivering continuous service improvement for citizens and business.
Benedikt Schraik studied computer engineering and business informatics at the Vienna University of Technology. He has experience in various roles in IT including development and data analytics. After 2.5 years in strategy consulting, Benedikt Schraik changed to the Wiener Stadtwerke Group-CIO Office as IT-Strategy & Innovation manager.
Since 2019 he is responsible for digital transformation team. The team leads several group-wide initiatives within the fields of IT-Strategy & -Architecture, Internet of Things and Data Science. He works towards optimizing the infrastructure of Vienna and making it smarter with IT.
Norbert Weidinger has been Deputy Head of the Group Process Management and ICT Strategy in the Organization and Security Division of the City of Vienna’s Chief Executive Office since 2005.
In addition to accompanying the technical ICT consolidation within the city of Vienna and the strategic management of large-scale ICT projects, his areas of focus are ICT strategy and ICT governance in the city of Vienna, e-government development within the city of Vienna and in the context of national cooperation with federal government, states and cities as well as the related European cooperation.
Michael leads VMware Public Sector Industry for the EMEA region, the worldwide leader of digital transformation technologies, cloud computing, cyber security and virtualised systems. He has previously worked at IBM, Sun Microsystems, BusinessObjects/SAP, leading Public Sector business development teams and market solution strategy. He is an international executive engaging policy makers and government executives on strategic issues and transformational projects. A recognised expert on Government Citizen Services he led a structuring initiative addressing the central issue of Citizen Digital Identity as first Chair of the Government Group of the then Liberty Alliance. There governments representatives defined and adopted a Citizen Digital Identity framework while ensuring privacy through Federated Identity Management. He has also advised the United Nations Medical Leadership, the European Commission Directorship and the Vice President of the European Parliament on the Ebola crisis and the migrant issue in relation to healthcare requirements when he was working for at International SOS, the leader of international medical services in austere and hostile geographies.
Hervé Groléas joined Greater Lyon in 2005. As a CIO he led the merge of the information systems of two local governments. He raised the ICT 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”.
Director of Communications and Cybersecurity at INOV
Nelson Escravana has a degree in Computer Science Engineering from IST and Management post graduation from ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has over 20 years of professional experience and is currently the head of the Communications & Cybersecurity Units at INOV, where he coordinates a team of researchers and engineers. He actively participates in research, development and integration projects — as a technical leader and project manager in the fields of penetration testing, technological developments for intrusion detection, forensic auditing, mobile authentication, as well as a leading security auditor.
Chairman of the Board of Directors at LOMBARDIA INFORMATICA Spa.
Sudies at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano: Degree in Macro Economics, Specialization in International Economics.
Since 07/2018 he is Chairman of the Board of Directors at LOMBARDIA INFORMATICA Spa. Lombardia Informatica is the digital company of Lombardy Region: its purpose is to improve the quality of life of citizens and the competitiveness of local companies, through the management and development of information systems of the various departments and agencies of Lombardy Region and the implementation of digital healthcare, digital governance and e-procurement solutions. It employs around 450 people.
He is Founding Member of INNEXT Srl, a Strategic Consulting and Business Innovation Company, founded in 2003
Beate Ginzel has studied Architecture in Germany and Finnland and worked as architect in Germany, Netherlands and Tanzania. She was lecturer and researcher at the Leipzig University from 2004 to 2014 and graduated with a doctorate degree in urban development.
Between 2014 and 03/2019 she worked as head of division in the Office for Urban Regeneration and Residential Development of the City of Leipzig. In this function she was responsible for the coordination of the Smart City-process and the implementation of housing policy instruments in Leipzig.
Since 04/2019 she is the active director of Digital City Unit of the City of Leipzig.