Speakers

Andrea Acquaroni

Andrea Acquaroni

Fabbrica Digitale, Chief Marketing Officer

Studied Physics Methodologies at the Department of Physics at University of Parma then moved in the IT market working as Analyst @Defli CTI,  IT Manager @ Comune di Casalmaggiore (CR) then Business Unit manager for Unified Communications @ fabbricadigitale; today is responsible for product marketing and partners @ fabbricadigitale

Marco Alfieri

Marco Alfieri

Born in 1971 and graduated 1997 in Economics from the University of Venice-Cà Foscari. He was Head of Marketing in a medium company interested in innovative solutions for businesses and then he joined Maggioli Group where actually is Head of public e-procurement Division in Maggioli. In this field he has more than 20-years experience. He study every day the Italian regulation regarding public spending with the aim of identifying innovative solution for planning, purchasing and monitoring public spending. He participated to the internationalization project of Maggioli Group contributing to the opening of Maggioli to the European and extra-european markets.

Hannes Alpheis

Hannes Alpheis

Dr. Hannes Alpheis, Sociologist, born 1954
1984-1988 University of Hamburg, Research assistant, comparative urban research
1988-1994 City State of Hamburg, Ministry of Interior, Public Security Department
1994-2003 City State of Hamburg, Ministry of Finance, Budgeting Department
2003-2008 City State of Hamburg, Ministry of Finance, Real Estate Department
since 2008 City State of Hamburg, Ministry of Education, Administration Department, Director General

Michele Apa

Michele Apa

Michele Apa started his career in IBM in 2000 as IT Education Specialist, and as Bid Manager later. Apa joined VMware in 2008 as Senior System Engineer. Then, he has been Solutions Architect from 2014 to 2017 and EUC Specialist SE Manager from 2017 to 2018, until the current position of Systems Engineering Manager.
Michele Apa has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II.

Luca Attias

Luca Attias

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.

Stefania Battaggia

Stefania Battaggia

Manager of Services to Citizens and Businesses Department, City of Venice

Born in 1974 and graduated 1999 in Economics from the University of Venice-Ca’ Foscari.
Married, with two children, she is Manager of Services to Citizens and Businesses Department City of Venice – Italy.
Between 2014 and 2015 board member administration of VEGA, Venice’s Science & Technology Park.
Expert in italian regulations on trade. Passionate about the application of innovation strategies as support to P.A and digital governance.
She has been working on projects to bridge public sector gap through ICT and digitalization of public services.

Luca Battistella

Luca Battistella

Architect, Councilor to Smart City and Innovation, Municipality of Venice




Graduated in architecture and urban planning at the IUAV University of Venice, I am a freelance architect with a studio in Mestre. I am a Councilor delegated by the Mayor of Venice to Smart City and Innovation, I want to contribute to designing the new aspect of the city where I live, Mestre, in the great construction of the Metropolitan City of Venice.

Paolo Bettio

Paolo Bettio

Sole Director, Venis S.p.A.

Since 1982 he has dealt with information technology and communication. In 1996 he founded a company that deals with web and digital communication, working with the major companies in the area with a precise mission: to exploit the potential of digital communication in order to increase the SMEs value of the territory. Over thirty years of experience in the field of private companies are now functional to face the changes taking place within the PA: since October 2015 he has held the position of Sole Director of Venis spa, the in-house company of the municipality of Venice that deals with ICT, trying to combine a typically private approach with bureaucratic requirements typical of the public sphere.

Paolo Boscolo

Paolo Boscolo

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.

Frederica Braga

Frederica Braga

Head of the Offer Development department of Venis S.p.A.

Federica Braga is the head of the Offer Development department of Venis SpA, in-house ICT company of the City of Venice and local telecommunications operator. Graduated in Mathematics. He deals with the design and implementation of ICT solutions, organizational support and customer support in the adoption of the proposed IT solutions. It takes care of the development of the corporate offer, analyzes the needs of the Customers, manages the pre and post-sales relationships, prepares the annual and three-year Plan of activities and, more generally, each offer and proposal for the Customers. It coordinates relations with institutional clients, management activities and work progress for special programs entrusted to the company (eg European projects, PON Metro, co-financed projects). From 2017 it is RUP of an important intervention of the Metropolitan Cities Operational National Plan for Venice aimed at creating a city CRM to offer public services in digital and multi-channel mode. The project received the Digital Agenda Award of the Polytechnic of Milan in 2019 and the National Award for Innovation “Premio dei Premi” 2018, set up on concession of the President of the Italian Republic.

Stefano Campostrini

Stefano Campostrini

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

Federico Cavallo

Federico Cavallo

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.

Christian Chichikine

Christian Chichikine

Christian Chichikine is Nutanix EMEA Cloud Transformation Advisor with serious background in End-User Workspace and Infrastructures transformation. Cloud and Digital transformations are Christian day to day activities. He helps Clients finding their way out of the legacy world into the new agile one adopting the right level of transformation to meet their business challenges.

Morgan Chirici

Morgan Chirici

CIO, AVM Spa

Morgan Chirici is the Chief Information Officer of AVM SpA – Azienda Veneziana della Mobilità. AVM spa is a company of the Municipality of Venice, holder of service contracts for Local Public Transport (TPL) throughout the municipal territory and the metropolitan city.
He is also board member of Calypso Networks Association (CNA) and board member of CLUB ITALIA ContactLess Technologies Users Board.

Roberta Cocco

Roberta Cocco

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

Agostino Cortesi

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.

Maria Costanzo

Maria Costanzo

Maria Costanzo is Director of Technology Solution Engineers and Business Development in Oracle Italia. Maria started her career more than 30 years ago and gained all her experience in various IT multinationals (Microsoft, Siebel, Telecom Italia).  When she joined Oracle, she covered multiple roles of increasing responsibility in sales and technical departments, for many business sectors, including Telco and Public Government.
Passionate about Innovation and Digital Transformation she is also the leader of the Technology Innovation Team for Oracle Italy – and designed with her team “Proxima City”, a miniaturized model of smart city all built in Lego bricks, a sort of software development kit for connected, intelligent municipal services ranging from garbage collection to smart lighting to optimized parking. The “Made in Italy” model SDK has been replicated by Oracle teams around the world, showing how Oracle Cloud services for the Internet of Things, big data analytics, deep learning, and digital experience can improve citizens’ life.

Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley

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.

Frederico Cussigh

Frederico Cussigh

Senior Partner, IDSys

Federico Cussigh is an highly skilled and respected executive with 20+ years of multifaceted and progressively responsible expertise in business and management consulting, information and communications technology, artificial intelligence & cognitive solutions. Strong business and technical acumen with background in controlling, business process reorganization, project management, and software solution architecture. Collaborative communicator and proven entrepreneur, able to conceptualize, develop, and implement innovative and strategic solutions to solve complex business challenges.

Joran van Daele

Joran van Daele

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.

Stefanie Dreyer

Stefanie Dreyer

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.

Nelson Escravana

Nelson Escravana

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.

Glyn Evans

Glyn Evans

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 an independent consultant for four years. He is vice president of MCE. He has a great interest in photography and videography and is combining his MCE role with developing skills in these areas.

Mattia Fantinati

Mattia Fantinati

Undersecretary of State for Public Administration

Mattia Fantinati is currently a MP and Under Secretary of State for Public Administration. He previously served as MP and was the Chair of both the Industry, Commerce, Energy, Research and Tourism Committee and the Committee of Inquiry on counterfeiting, commercial piracy and abusive trade. He is a management engineer and an entrepreneur who attended Masters at Bocconi School of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University and London School of Economics. As a lawmaker, he promoted a law nullifying public fundings for the companies which relocate productions in non-UE countries, and a fiscal agreement implying a debt-credit swap between companies and the State.

Renzo Favaretto

Renzo Favaretto

Director of the Environment Division, Veritas Group

Renzo Favaretto, is the Director of the Environment Division of the Veritas Group, a joint-stock company owned by the municipalities belonging to the Metropolitan City of Venice. Environmental services are carried out in 34 municipalities with a resident population of around 800 thousand inhabitants. The Division also deals with the post-mortem management of landfills in the metropolitan area. The employees employed in environmental services number over 1,400 for a turnover of around 200 million euros.

Martin Ferguson

Martin Ferguson

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.

Francesco Ferri

Francesco Ferri

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

Nicola Frau

Nicola Frau

International Business Development Manager – Maggioli Group

Lead international business development for Southern Europe (areas of interest: Greece and Balkan countries) and European Institutions:
• Evaluation and acquisition of ICT companies in the R&D and Public Sector areas
• Business development activities at targeted EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, etc.)
• Development of a network of contacts within customers and partners
• Strategic advisor for EU funded projects
• Head of development for international tender activities

Massimo Gallotta

Massimo Gallotta

CEO Wintech Spa

Massimo Gallotta has been founder and CEO of Wintech SpA since 1987 and this allowed him to go through all the stages of the technological evolution that characterized the last 30 years of the industry. His deep knowledge about IT solutions and in market’s proposals makes him able to develop disruptive ideas to keep up with the rapid flow of times. His great communication skills permitted him to create strong partnerships with other leader companies of this sector. His vision on the future defined Wintech as a System Integrator, which keeps its attention on the continual improvement and development of innovative projects around its customers.

Raffaele Gareri

Raffaele Gareri

Chief Digital Transition Officer, City of Rome

Raffaele Gareri is the Chief Digital Transition Officer at the City of Rome, Italy. Previously he worked for the Province of Brescia where he gained experience on innovation projects for local governments with the aim of supporting social and economic development in local communities.
Some years ago he led the implementation of a public initiative to tackle the digital divide in some rural areas of the province of Brescia providing wireless internet connection in more than 120 small municipalities.
He was involved in the foundation of the eLeader Forum Club with Cisco, Province of Brescia and the Borough of Hillingdon (UK), an international community to share experience and solutions in innovation at local governments.
In March 2018 Raffaele founded, together with other expert colleagues, and was the first President of The Smart City Association Italy, a non-profit organization promoting the sharing of a smart community vision able to be inclusive of all stakeholders, exploit digitalization for individual growth and collective wellbeing, show benefits, opportunities and models of cooperation that can arise from innovation processes.

Beate Ginzel

Beate Ginzel

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.

David Goodman

David Goodman

David Goodman has over twenty-five years IT and telco experience in senior management positions at Lotus (IBM), Tivoli (IBM), Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson, at University College London, various start-up companies in Europe and North America and as a consulting analyst at KuppingerCole and TechVision Research. He has specialised primarly in the areas of identity and security and more recently privacy/data protection, EU regulations (GDPR, PSD2, eIDAS et al.), blockchain and artificial intelligence. He brings experience in collaborating closely across multiple disparate teams, active communication with stakeholders, senior management and developers, as well as industry press and analysts. For 13 years, he was chairman of EEMA, a European industry association, and has had close links to the European Commission.

Lars Greifzu

Lars Greifzu

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.

Hervé Groléas

Hervé Groléas

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”.

Mor Harir

Mor Harir

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.

Robin Heilig

Robin Heilig

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.

Nadira Hussain

Nadira Hussain

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.

Alessandro Ippolito

Alessandro Ippolito

Alessandro Ippolito is Country Technology Sales Leader of Oracle Italy. In his role, he leads the Technology Sales Business development in all the strategic markets, to support the Digital Transformation of Oracle Italy’s main customers, focusing on the development of Cloud business.
After graduating in Electronic Engineering at La Sapienza University in Rome, he began his career at Hewlett-Packard.
After various experiences in companies in the IT sector (such as HP, Informatica and SAP) with increasing responsibility positions, he joined Oracle Italy in June 2014 with the role of Key Account Director; after about 2 years took up the role of Senior Sales Director of the Technology Team for Public Administration and Utilities. He was promoted in 2018 to Technology Country Leader, reporting directly to the Technology Regional Sr. VP and Country Manager, Fabio Spoletini.
Alessandro has two children, loves music and his three dogs (a Labrador, a Czech wolfhound and a poodle) with whom he loves strolling around.

Eleni Kanellou

Eleni Kanellou

Eleni Kanellou is a research associate and a PhD candidate in the Decision Support Systems Laboratory of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. She has been involved in several national and European projects regarding the evaluation of policies and the transformation of the public sector. She holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a MSc from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, in Global Business and Sustainability

Christina N. Karamperi

Christina N. Karamperi

Mrs Christina KARAMPERI studied Philosophy, Sociology and Clinical Psychology at the University of Crete, where she received her two Degrees: Degree in Philosophy and Sociology (1997-2001) and Degree in Psychology. She also has a Msc in Health Management. She is working as a private practitioner for the last 14 years and has also been involved in many tele-health, telecare and e-government European projects while working in E- Trikala S.A. She is also the Social Support manager on ESTIA project (UNCHR funded project) that offers accommodation and social support to Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

Pavel Kogut

Pavel Kogut

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.

Diamantos Konstantinos

Diamantos Konstantinos

Mr Diamantos Konstantinos, born in Larissa in 1964, has five children, four sons (26,13,12 and 10) and one daughter (22).
Holds a degree in Civil Engineering (Democritus University of Thrace). He is a freelancer civil engineer with a private practice for the last 30 years.
Currently he is counselor of the City Council of the Municipality of Larissa, Member of the Board of the Regional Association of Municipalities of Thessaly and The Municipal Water and Sewerage Company of Larissa (DEYAL), and President of the Association “KYKNOS” OF Down Syndrome-Thessaly.
He has been for 3 terms President of the Technical Cahmber of Thessaly, President of the Economic and Social Committee of the Perfecture of Larissa.

Carine Kriegenhofer

Carine Kriegenhofer

Carine Kriegenhofer is a passionate marketer. As the EMEA Senior Marketing Manager at Alfresco Software, she is responsible for implementing marketing strategies to driving brand awareness, lead generation and new customer acquisition in EMEA.
When she isn’t working, you will find Carine exploring the world, taking long walks with her Dalmatian, and enjoying some retail therapy.

Nuria de Lama

Nuria de Lama

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.

Tiziana Lippiello

Tiziana Lippiello

Ca’ Foscari University
Member of the research committee
Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Academic Senate
Vice Rector with assignment to international relations

Roberto Di Bussolo

Roberto Di Bussolo

Head of Planning and Implementation Service for mobility and smart city, Municipality of Venice

Civil engineer, from 2006 to 2016 he is responsible for the sustainable mobility office, for the Municipality of Venice, perfecting new strategies on cycle paths and new efficient urban infrastructure for reducing traffic. In 2005 he was appointed project leader of the BiciPlan of the Municipality of Venice. In 2015 he was responsible for the construction project of the cycle link between Mestre and Venice. From 2016 he was appointed Head of Planning and Implementation Service for mobility and smart city in the Municipality of Venice. He has been a technical coordinator for several European projects that they have developed experiments in the fields of participatory planning of urban mobility. He is the author of scientific publications and has participated in international and national conferences on cycling issues.

Isabella Mader

Isabella Mader

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.

Daniel Marco

Daniel Marco

Advanced digital technologies plays a key role in defining which countries are at the forefront of innovation in the 21st century. Digital and smart technologies are becoming the driving force for change in this latest technological revolution aimed at digitalising public sector and industry. SmartCatalonia, the smart nation strategy of the government of catalonia, drives the development of advanced digital technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, which has the potential to bring about a global change in the way that traditional digital services are provided to the public sector, industry and citizens.

Fabio Massacci

Fabio Massacci

Fabio Massacci has been at Cambridge, Siena and Toulouse and he is now full professor at UNITN. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and has an h-index of 36. For his research on security engineering, he got the 10 years most influential paper award by the IEEE RE’15 Conference.
His research interests are at the crossroads between formal models for computer security, malware and vulnerability prediction models and security economics. Currently he is working on predictive models for vulnerabilities, empirical validation of risk and security methodologies. He was the coordinator of SECONOMICS and local coordinator of the EIT MSc Programme on Security & Privacy.

Susie Ruston McAleer

Susie Ruston McAleer

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.

Davor Meersman

Davor Meersman

Davor Meersman is the General Manager of Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), a global initiative counting 117 member cities from 24 countries. OASC and its member cities are shaping the global smart cities data and services market in collaboration with partners such as the European Commission, the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, TM Forum, etc. Davor is also Co-Chair of the BDVA Task Force on Smart Cities, Ambassador of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, and a senior consultant on smart city technology, strategies, and funding. As senior researcher at the world’s leading nano and digital technologies research institute IMEC, Davor was one of the founders of City of Things, the largest smart city IoT living lab in Europe. Davor holds a PhD in Information Systems from Curtin University, Australia.

Giuseppe Mella

Giuseppe Mella

Communication Manager of Erudite Project, Municipality of Venice

Giuseppe Mella studied at the university of Padua, where he received a degree in marketing and communication (2001). He also has a post-graduate degree in public and political communication from IED (Milan, 2004). 
He has been working from the City of Venice since 2002 as project and communication manager in the field of international and EU policies. From 2016 he is officer in charge for national-funded projects and he has been coordinating projects supported by the Ministry of Environment and by the Region on energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, urban regeneration and culture. He is the communication manager of ‘Erudite’ project, co-funded by Interreg Europe, that explores how to design and improve digital services through open innovation and social return on investment.

Enrico Merigliano

Enrico Merigliano

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

Gianluca Misuraca

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)

Christina Mitroula

Christina Mitroula

Ms Christina Mitroula born in 1980, holds degrees in Economics (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), in Hellenic Culture (Open University of Cyprus) and Msc in Tourism and Cultural Planning and Development from the University of Thessaly as well as Msc in Informatics and Management (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). She currently works at the Department of Operational Planning for the Municipality of Larissa in the field of Tourism Development. She speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Ricard Munné

Ricard Munné

Ricard Munné is a Project Manager in the Public Administration sector of Atos Research & Innovation (ARI). He earned a degree in Telecommunications Technical Engineer, and pursued a Master in Information Technology Management at Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona. Since 2011 he works for ARI where he has been involved in several EU projects related to various aspects of public sector like Rural Inclusion, FOCUS, BIG, SECONOMICS, MOVEUS, RERUM, Science2Society and BDVe.

Francesco Mureddu

Francesco Mureddu

Francesco Mureddu is associate director at Belgian Think Tank Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal, where he designs and leads research and consultancy initiatives in public sector transformation and information society. Francesco holds an MA in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain and a doctorate from the University of Cagliari in regional economics.

Paolo Nesi

Paolo Nesi

Paolo Nesi is professor of the University of Florence, coordinator of Snap4City, Km4City, Sii-Mobility, etc.
In addition is also involved in a number of large projects such as: REPLICATE H2020, RESOLUTE H2020, WEEE LIFE, TRAFAIR, snap4city, etc., and many other minor projects, with engagements and pilots in several cities: Florence, Helsinki, Antwerp, Cagliari, Garda, Modena, Saragoza, etc.

Francesco Pagliari

Francesco Pagliari

TIM, VP IT Offering for Business Market

My career started in TIM in the ‘90. Since then I had many different responsibilities in IT Offering and Business Marketing. The digital revolution give me the opportunities to become one of the leading actor in ICT service offering associated to new business model building. In fact, I made new digital platform and market place involving many different partners, customers and suppliers.

Peter Parycek

Peter Parycek

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.

Edmondo Pasquetti

Edmondo Pasquetti

Managing Director, M9 District

Edmondo Pasquetti worked for almost 40 years in the visual communication business as entrepreneur and consultant. He also taught at the University of Udine, Faculty of Sciences of Formation. He was an active member of S.M.P.T.E. (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) headquartered in LOS ANGELES.
He collaborated to the creation of the second private television in Italy (Tele Barbara) which later became RETE 4 and to the regional television TELE PORDENONE.
In 1986, he founded his own company VIDEOLINE a very ambitious endeavor characterized by very high technological standards whose main aim is the development of innovative multimedia projects.
In 1990, he created EPCOM company which focuses on marketing and corporate communication specialized in communication projects and events.
Since April 2019 he is Managing Director of M9 District srl, which develops commercial strategy and promotion for the Museum M9 in Mestre.

Alessandra POGGIANI

Alessandra Poggiani

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.

Simone Pompili

Simone Pompili

Director Tech-Gov, PwC

Simone Pompili is experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working both in private and in public sector. Simone graduated in Information Engineering and obtained a Distributed System Engineering Master. Strong skilled in Requirements Analysis, Cloud Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, Agile Transformation and IT Service Management he is passionate about technology and innovation strategies. Simone gained his experience at the top of complex organizations in the private sector (especially in telecommunications markets and media markets). Since 2017 he working in PwC in Technology Consulting focused on Digital transformation projects for Public Sector.

Giorgio Prister

Giorgio Prister

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.

Simone Puksic

Simone Puksic

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.

Lieven Raes

Lieven Raes

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.

Dieter Rehfeld

Dieter Rehfeld

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.

Jörn Riedel

Jörn Riedel

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.

Paolo Roccetti

Paolo Roccetti

He graduated as an engineer from the Bologna University, and works at Engineering’s R&D labs since 2005. His technical background includes grid computing and security of distributed systems. He leads the CyberSecurity team that is involved in EU and national research projects. Past work includes a threat intelligence solution to fight botnets (FP7 project ACDC) and a risk assessment tool for cyber threats in industry (FP7 project CYSPA). His research team is now working on social engineering topic, by coordinating the creation of a Social-Driven Vulnerability Assessment framework (H2020 project DOGANA) and contributing to a phishing detection service (EIT project WAFFLE). He is coordinating two H2020 projects: COMPACT, to improve the resilience of Local Public Administrations against cyberattacks, and HERMENEUT, to assess cyber risks on intangible assets of organizations.

Matteo Satta

Matteo Satta

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.

Andrea Sbandati

Andrea Sbandati

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 plan, Province and Regional Plans. Supervisor in Cispel Toscana of all “smart city and utilities” projects.

Joachim Schiff

Joachim Schiff

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

Juliane Schmeling

Juliane Schmeling

Juliane is a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems. She holds the Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management and the Master’s Degree in Public Governance. Here research is focused on modernisation and reformation processes through ICT in the public sector. She gained manifold experiences in divers digitisation projects at the Competence Center for Digital Public Services.

Benedikt Schraik

Benedikt Schraik

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.

Maria A. Serrano

Maria A. Serrano

She is a research scientist at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain) since 2014. She received her PhD in March 2019 from the Technical University of Catalonia. She studied a B.S / M.S in Computer Science Engineering at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Her research interests focus on critical real-time embedded systems, specifically on parallel architectures and the use of parallel programming models to implement advanced functionalities in a safe and predictable way.

Alan Shark

Alan Shark

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.

Liora Shechter

Liora Shechter

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.

Sandra Taylor

Sandra Taylor

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.

Gianluca Vannuccini

Gianluca Vannuccini

Director of Technological infrastructures department City of Florence – Italy

Electronic engineer, from 1999 to 2003 is responsible for research and training, for Universities and national TLC Companies, on wireless and optical communications IP networks. In 2002 he worked at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratories, on the IEEE 802.11e. draft. In 2003, after completing his PH.D. in Telematics and the Information Society, is focused on eGovernment, and is currently Manager of Technology Infrastructure Development Office in the Florence Municipality. He is the author of over twenty scientific papers and journals, and attended international and national conferences.

Daniela Venanzi

Daniela Venanzi

Daniela has extensive experience in advising national, regional and local governments in economic and territorial development with a special interest in innovation policies and governance systems. With a double master degree on Public Administration from Columbia University and Sciences-Po, since 2014 she has worked on the set up and implementation of the EU funded National Program for cities (PON METRO). Daniela is specifically in charge of fostering digitalization of public services to bring better services to citizens and city users and support smarter territories and government.

Tobias Verbist

Tobias Verbist

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.

Ricardo Vitorino

Ricardo Vitorino

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.

Norbert Weidinger

Norbert Weidinger

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.

Kim YoungSik

Kim YoungSik

Visiting Professor, KAIST, Korea

Mr. YoungSik Kim is currently visiting Professor in KAIST ITTP program in Korea. He worked for IBM, KOICA, NIPA more than 30 years during this time he was dispatched to 8 countries to provide technical consultancy for 10 years onsite work.

Fabio Zambon

Fabio Zambon

North East Territory Account Manager

Fabio Zambon is Nutanix North East Territory Account Manager with high soft skills into Infrastructures transformation and Cloud Hybrid Adoptions. Follow the vision with a concrete action is his Mantra. He helps Customer to finding the right way to adopt the new income strategy  without comprise about agile and freedom.