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Roberto Viola

Director General
European Commission, DG CONNECT
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  • Roberto Viola

    Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission. He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.

    Roberto Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG).
    He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

    From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including as Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA ).

    Roberto Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).


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Filipe Araújo

Vice-Mayor for Innovation and Environment
City of Porto
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  • Filipe Araújo

    Filipe Araújo is Porto’s Vice-Mayor and City Councillor for Innovation and Environment, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AdePorto (Porto’s Energy Agency), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Porto Digital Association (supports the Porto City Council in the development of e-government projects and online services), board member of LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto, Vice-Chair of Eurocities Environment Forum, advisory board member of Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications, and advisory board member of MIL (Media Innovation Labs) of Porto University.

    He has a degree in Electrical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto) and holds a M.Sc. in Telecommunications (UMIST – University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK). He was a guest Professor at the Faculty of Science of University of Porto, between 2007 and 2011 and a Municipal Deputy of Porto between 2005 and 2009. Other relevant executive functions include Service Manager in a telecommunication company and board member of the Youth Foundation.

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Ann Fournier

Head of Procurement
Digipolis Antwerp (City of Antwerp)
  • Ann Fournier

    Ann Fournier (female) has a master degree in Electromechanical Engineering (option production) (Antwerp, 1991). From 1991 till 1994, she was researcher on the Antwerp High School of Engineering. From 1994 till 2000 she was process engineer at Siemens Atea of the production department in the domain of SMD production lines. From 2000 till 2005 she was lead procurer of mobile equipment responsible for Benelux and Germany and OTN systems at Siemens nv. From 2005 she coordinates the purchasing department of Digipolis. She is also responsible for Facility management, the internal sales department and the education department of Digipolis aiming e-inclusion. Since 2016 she is officer of the innovative procurement squad at Digipolis whre she sets out the new visions and procurement trajectories at Digipolis.

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Bart Rosseau

Chief Data Officer
City of Ghent
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  • Bart Rosseau

    Bart Rosseau is Chief Data Officer at the Belgian City of Ghent and is also chairing the working group on data of the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum. With a background in political sciences, he has been working on data and smart city technology in the public administration for over 20 years.

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Dorthe Nielsen

Policy Director
EUROCITIES

Christophe Colinet

Smart City Project Manager
City of Bordeaux
Christophe Colinet

Piia Karjalainen

Senior Manager
ERTICO
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  • Piia Karjalainen

    Piia Karjalainen is currently working as Senior Manager for MaaS Alliance at ERTICO. She is based in Brussels. Previously she has been working for the European Parliament and the Finnish Ministry of Transport & Communications. She has been working her whole career in different positions related to transport mainly with transport strategies, ITS, Mobility as a Service, policymaking and EU regulation She holds a Master of Science in Economics.

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Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts

Program Director, Internet of Things
Forum Virium Helsinki
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  • Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts
    Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts (MA in New Media) works as a Program Director leading teams working on Forum Virium’s new IoT projects mySMARTLife and SynchroniCity as well as teams boosting data-driven business through the Six City Strategy’s Open Data spearhead project. During her years in Forum Virium Hanna has promoted and piloted open interoperable CitySDK APIs, pursuing new means to fuel and sustain third party engagement in city service development. Her list of presentations, hosted sessions and papers covers key international Smart City and Open Data related events. She has previously worked at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, digital agency Frantic and Aalto University, providing her with more than 10 years of experience on developing digital services for both public sector and businesses.
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Jen Hawes-Hewitt

Global Cities Lead / Board Member
Accenture / Smarter London
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  • Jen Hawes-Hewitt

    Jen Hawes-Hewitt leads Accenture’s work with Local and Combined Authorities in the UKI, and is also part of the leadership team supporting Accenture’s Consulting work with city clients around the world.

    Jen is regarded as an expert in the domain of Smart Cities. With over 13 years of experience as a strategy consultant, she has worked with national and city governments, developers, utilities, telcos, think tanks and non-profits on smart urban initiatives around the world. She has led teams to provide digital masterplans, business casing and value analysis, new service design, governance and operating model definitions and develop strategic roadmaps to clients in Mexico, Malaysia, the Middle East, Denmark and Estonia. She is passionate about the power of data combined with human-centred design to improve public service outcomes. She has helped cities clients to secure both European and Innovate UK Funds to develop their smart city ambitions.

    More recently, Jen has been developing Accenture’s Cities, Communities and Infrastructure practice in the UKI. She is responsible for bringing global best practice to UK clients, understanding the implications of emerging tech to UK cities and councils, and developing relevant thought leadership and industry partnerships. She has delivered multiple digital engagements with West Midlands Combined Authority, supporting their regional digital vision as well as harnessing digital to help tackle homelessness. Jen is an active member on Sadiq Khan’s Smart London Board, helping to develop the Smart London Plan.

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Martin Brynskov

Chair
Open & Agile Smart Cities
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  • Martin Brynskov

    Martin Brynskov is chair of the global Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC), which encompasses more than 100 cities from 24 countries. OASC is a non-profit association based in Brussels, Belgium, and it aims to develop so-called Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) for cities and communities. Dr Brynskov is vice-chair of the UN ITU-T Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT and Smart Cities & Communities (FG-DPM) and chair of the Working Group on Use Cases, Requirements and Applications/Services. Dr Brynskov is also associate professor, PhD, in Interaction Technologies at Aarhus University in Denmark, director of AU Smart Cities and the Centre for Digital Urban Transition, founder and co-director of the Digital Living Research Commons, director of the Digital Design Lab, and fellow at the Center for Advanced Visualization and Interaction (CAVI). Dr Brynskov is coordinator of the European IoT Large Scale Pilot on Smart Cities "SynchroniCity", and the IoT Smart City Experimentation-as-a-Service facility "OrganiCity". Furthermore, he is chair of the Danish Standards Committee on IoT and Smart Cities, founder of the Danish Smart City Network, and a global expert, speaker and advisor on IoT and smart cities with a human-centric focus.

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Ruben Verborgh

Professor / Technology Advocate
Ghent University / Inrupt (Solid)
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  • Ruben Verborgh
    Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at IDLab, Ghent Universityimec, and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group of CSAIL at MIT. Additionally, he is a technology advocate at Inrupt for the Solid ecosystem of apps that let you keep your own data. He aims to build a more intelligent generation of clients for a decentralized Web at the intersection of Linked Data and hypermedia-driven Web APIs. Through the creation of Linked Data Fragments, he introduced a new paradigm for query execution at Web-scale. He has co-authored two books on Linked Data, and contributed to more than 250 publications for international conferences and journals on Web-related topics.
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Kees van der Klauw

Chair
Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI)

Boris van Hoytema

Director / Advisor
Foundation for Public Code / City of Amsterdam
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  • Boris van Hoytema

    An entrepreneur and storyteller at heart, Boris van Hoytema likes to solve complex large-scale problems using technology and (broadcast) media.

    He has experience as an editor, innovator, designer and technologist at BBC News and VPRO, running projects to reach new audiences, improve relationships with existing audiences, change production processes and cope with the ever increasing rate of change in technology and media consumption. Aside from this he has been a consulting CTO and advisor for technology and media startups.

    As the founder of New Atoms, a Google DNI funded journalism and technology startup, he experimented with bringing Agile and scalable production methodologies to broadcast media.

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Tanya Suarez

CEO
BluSpecs Innovation
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  • Tanya Suarez

    Founder of IoT Tribe, an equity-free accelerator that brings start-ups and corporates together to do business. Our current programme, IoT Tribe North is based at the Digital Media Centre, Barnsley, UK, and is supporting 9 IoT start-ups across multiple domains to improve their products, gain market traction and secure investment for growth. IoT Tribe arose from Startup Scaleup, the Startup Europe IoT accelerator which supported 132 startups through hubs in Dublin, Madrid-Cartagena, Vilnius and Zoetermeer.

    A firm believer that there can be no strategy without innovation, I also founded BluSpecs team, a boutique innovation agency with a passion for embracing disruption through market-driven innovation and co-creation across multiple sectors. Engagements have included exploring the potential impact of blockchain technologies, user acceptance of IoT, corporate venturing and defining Internet of Things business models. We are proud partners in the CREATE-IoT consortium, funded by the European Commission to enable the 5 IoT Large Scale Pilots (Smart cities, Active aging, Wearables, Smart farming and Autonomous vehicles) in to find synergies and work together on areas of common interest such as interoperability, data privacy, cybersecurity, ecosystem building and more.

    My work as an evaluator for the European Commission’s SME instrument gives me the opportunity to interact with incredibly talented and passionate innovators from across Europe.

    I also really enjoy moderating innovation panels or speaking at industry events. an I am a member of several Advisory Boards on start-up initiatives and a member of Tech London Advocates and Tech Spain Advocates. I have recently been elected to the board of the Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOITI), an industry body set up to promote IoT adoption. I also contribute to TechTarget’s Internet of Things Agenda.

    I have one foot in London, another foot in Madrid and frequently wish I had more feet to spend time across Europe and the world.


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María Poveda Villalón

Postdoctoral Researcher
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid / SAREF4Cities
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  • María Poveda Villalón

    Dr. María Poveda-Villalón is a postdoctoral researcher at Ontology Engineering Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Her research activities focus on Ontological Engineering, Ontology Evaluation, Knowledge Representation and the Semantic Web. Previously she finished her studies in Computer Science (2009) by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and then she moved to study the Artificial Intelligence Research Master finished in 2010 in the same university. She has worked in the context of Spanish research projects as well as in European projects such as ETSI STF for SAREF extensions, VICINITY (H2020-688467), READY4SmartCities (FP7-608711), and NeOn (FP6-027595). She has contributed to the organization of the "Linked Data in Architecture and Construction Workshop" since 2015 edition, the "13th OWL: Experiences and Directions Workshop and 5th OWL reasoner evaluation workshop" in 2016, the "Linked Energy Data Vocamp" in 2015 and the "Catching up with ontological engineering: To git-commit and beyond" tutorial at EKAW2018. Finally, she is part of the W3C Web of Things Working Group.

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Seppo Haataja

Director, Smart City Development
Business Tampere
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  • Seppo Haataja
    Seppo Haataja is director of Smart City Development at Business Tampere. He currently also heads the Mobility Working Group of the Open & Agile Smart Cities network (OASC). Previously, he headed the economic development program "Open Tampere" of the Finnish City of Tampere and acted as director of OASC from 2015 to 2017. Prior to this, Seppo worked 17 years for Nokia Mobile Phones (NMP) in senior manager R&D roles in various business units. He has established and managed R&D organisations for the Nokia Group as well as EU-level framework program consortia. Seppo has worked also abroad, two years in Cambridge, UK as a R&D site manager, and a year in Toronto, Canada, as a visiting researcher. Before Seppo engaged with Nokia, he was researcher at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).
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Elena Simperl

Project Coordinator
QROWD
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  • Elena Simperl

    Elena Simperl is Professor of computer science at the University of Southampton and director of the Southampton Data Science Academy. Before joining Southampton in 2012, she was assistant professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany (2010-12) and vice-director of the Semantic Technologies Institute (STI) Innsbruck, Austria (2007-10). She has contributed to more than 20 research projects, often as principal investigator or project lead. Currently she is the PI of three grants: the EU-funded Data Pitch, which supports SMEs to innovate with data, the EU-funded QROWD, which uses crowd and artificial intelligence to improve smart transportation systems, and the EPSRC-funded Data Stories, which works on methods and tools to make data more engaging. She authored more than 100 papers in semantic technologies, linked data, social computing and crowdsourcing and was programme/general chair of the European and International Semantic Web Conference and of the European Data Forum.

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Sébastien Ziegler

Director
Mandat International
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  • Sébastien Ziegler

    Dr Sébastien Ziegler is a founder and the Director general of Mandat International. He serves as President of the IoT Forum and IoT Lab, as Vice Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Subcommittee on the IoT, and as Rapporteur on Emerging Technologies for the IoT and for smart cities at the ITU (SG20).

    Sébastien has a PhD in Management with a specialisation in Information Systems at the Faculty of Economy and Management of the University of Geneva. He graduated in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, followed by a Master in Environment, a MBA in international administration (HEC Geneva), and complementary executive courses at Harvard Business School in Boston, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and EPFL.

    He is an expert in data protection accredited for EuroPrivacy, EuroPriSe and ISO 27001 certifications. Sébastien founded several foundations, organisations and companies, and he initiated several international research projects in the area of ICT, with a focus on the Internet of Things, IPv6, and privacy. He is currently coordinating and associated to several ongoing European research projects and is co-directing the Master in Advanced Studies on the Internet of Things at the University of Geneva.

    With a multi-disciplinary academic profile, combining international law, science, and economics, he is a relentless promoter of research, innovation and international cooperation.

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Martino Maggio

Senior Researcher
Engineering
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  • Martino Maggio

    Martino Maggio is a senior researcher and project manager. He got his Computer Science Engineering Master Degree in July 2005 from University of Palermo and in the same year he started to work as a researcher in Engineering Ingegneria Informatica R&D laboratory. He is part of the Open Public Service Innovation research group, working on Smart City domain and defining new paradigms for public services. In the last 10 years he participated in several European research projects as technical manager and work package coordinator. At present he is involved in "SynchroniCity", a Horizon 2020 IoT Large Scale Pilot on Smart Cities, where he is leading the design and implementation of the technical architecture.

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Dr. Eunah Kim

Head of Research and Development
Device Gateway SA & UDG Alliance
Dr. Eunah Kim
  • Dr. Eunah Kim
    Dr. Eunsook Eunah Kim is a Head of Research and Development both in Device Gateway SA and in UDG Alliance in Switzerland, an IoT interoperability solution provider and its supporting alliance. She also has been serving European Commission as an independent expert since 2009 as a role of evaluator and reviewer. In over 20 years in research, she has been working on diverse topics in Smart city, IoT, IoT security and privacy, and 5G for IoT, Future Networks, VoIP, etc. Prior to joining Device Gateway, she worked for Martel GmbH in Switzerland, Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in USA. She was a vice chair of ITU-T SG5 WP3 (ICT & Climate change) from 2009 to 2012 and actively involved in ITU-T SG13, ITU-T JCA-IoT and IETF, where she produced a few international standards. She is the recipient of two Minister Awards from the Korean government: the Standards Winners Award from Ministry of Knowledge Economy in 2011 and the Outstanding Contributors Award from the Korean Communication Commission in 2009. She received her M.S and Ph.D in Computer Science from Sookmyung Women´s University in Seoul, Korea.
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Ana Garcia Robles

Secretary General
Big Data Value Association

Kai Rannenberg

Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security
Goethe University Frankfurt
Kai Rannenberg

Jaana Sinipuro

Program Director
Sitra
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  • Jaana Sinipuro

    Jaana Sinipuro is an experienced ICT professional who works as Project Director responsible for the IHAN® – Human-driven data economy focus area and also sees to the final stages of the Digital Health HUB projects. The aim of Isaacus – the Digital Health HUB is to put Finland’s poorly managed and forgotten data reserves to better use to serve the needs of research, product development and leadership. The new IHAN® project expands the opportunities of data economy to develop a sector-neutral standard for consent-based exchange of information between various operators. Jaana has more than 17 years’ experience in analytics and big data. She has background from management accounting and ICT projects. Her passion is to facilitate dialogues between business and ICT people in data driven world

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Natalie Bertels

Researcher
KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law

Luca Bolognini

Director
Italian Institute for Privacy and Data Valorisation
Luca Bolognini

Miimu Airaksinen

CEO
Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL)
Miimu Airaksinen

Rick Schager

ICT Architect Digital Innovation
City of Eindhoven
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  • Rick Schager
    • Senior blond
    • MSc Managerial Computer Science State University Groningen
    • Connect people and information to technology and processes, and vice versa
    • >20 years technical automation in harbor
    • 3,5 years smart civil servant
    • Local living labs, regional and (inter)national knowledge sharing
    • EU H2020 projects
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Lindsay Frost

Chief Standardisation Engineer / Board member
NEC / ETSI
Lindsay Frost

Mika Rantakokko

Liaison Manager / Coordinator
BusinessOulo / Digital Transition Partnership
Mika Rantakokko

Gavin Summerson

City Standards Lead
Future Cities Catapult

Thomas Gilbert

Senior Software / ICT Specialist
Alexandra Instituttet

Alex Gluhak

Head of Technology (IoT)
Digital Catapult
Alex Gluhak

Petra Turkama

Research Director
Aalto University
Petra Turkama

José Gato

Head of Internet of Everything Lab
Atos
José Gato

Nuria de Lama Sanchez

European Programs Manager / Vice-Secretary General
Atos / BDVA
Nuria de Lama Sanchez

Paul Wilson

Chief Marketing Officer
TM Forum
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  • Paul Wilson

    Paul Wilson is responsible for Partnerships, Research and Marketing at TM Forum, the industry association driving digital business transformation with 850 member companies that together generate US$2 trillion in revenue and serve five billion customers across 180 countries. Paul is one of three Founders of the UK5G Innovation Network which works alongside the UK Government’s extensive 5G Testbeds and Trials programme and prior to this founded Bristol Is Open a city-scale R&D digital testbed. Previously Paul worked at Fortune 500 SunGard for fifteen years, during which time the business grew from $2.8bn to $5bn, Paul became Chief Marketing Officer of SunGard’s biggest business group - $3bn Financial Systems. Paul has an MBA from Cass Business School and Political Science degree from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is married with two children, lives in Bristol, and has previously lived in London, Geneva, New York and Hong Kong.

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Anna Day

Relations Manager
Urban Foresight / The MILL Dundee
Anna Day

Bob Jones

Head of CERN openlab project
CERN
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  • Bob Jones
    Bob Jones is a senior member of the scientific staff at CERN (http://www.cern.ch )and a leader of the Helix Nebula initiative (http://www.helix-nebula.eu/), a public private partnership to explore the use of commercial cloud services for big data science applications. He is the coordinator for the HNSciCloud Horizon 2020 Pre-Commercial Procurement project (http://www.hnscicloud.eu/) which is procuring innovative cloud services to establish a cloud platform for the European research community and contributing the European Open Science Cloud (https://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/index.cfm?pg=open-science-cloud). His experience in the distributed computing arena includes mandates as the technical director and then project director of the EGEE projects (2004-2010) which led to the creation of EGI (http://www.egi.eu/).

    Publications: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9092-4589

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Vasileios Tsanidis

Policy Officer
European Commission, DG CNECT
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  • Vasileios Tsanidis

    Vassilis Tsanidis is policy officer at the Digital Innovation and Blockchain Unit of the Digital Single Market Directorate, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission. The Unit elaborates initiatives to support digital innovation and growth across European policies and programmes. His dossier is Innovation Procurement, namely Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI). In this function he has been involved in the development of policies that are promoting, supporting and mainstreaming Innovation Procurement as an instrument that helps the modernization of public services with innovative or breakthrough solutions. He is also involved in the management of EU funded Innovation Procurement related programs and projects. He is lawyer that holds a PhD and a Master & Degree in European Business Law.

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Hugo Goncalves

Project Development Manager
Forum Virium Helsinki
Hugo Goncalves

Mika Rantakokko

Liaison Manager / Coordinator
Oulu / Digital Transition Partnership
Mika Rantakokko

Stijn Vernaillen

Project Manager Mobility Data
City of Antwerp
  • Stijn Vernaillen
    Stijn Vernaillen has always been passionate about city life and mobility. He graduated as a product designer at the University of Antwerp and worked in packaging design, mechanical design and logistical optimalization before switching to mobility research at VITO. There he worked on sustainable mobility and smart grids. His passion for making resulted in an attempt to setup a big cocreation makerspace in Antwerp and a yearlong experience in fixing bicycles. Now he works for the City of Antwerp/Smart Ways to Antwerp on Mobility-as-a-Service and mobility data. His ultimate goal is to help shape the mobility puzzle making sure sustainability and user experience are at the center of it all.
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Laurent Mezzini

Director City Flow & Energy solutions
Alstom
Laurent Mezzini

Susie Ruston McAleer

Managing Director
21Consultancy
  • Susie Ruston McAleer

    Susie Ruston McAleer is an accomplished digital practitioner with over 15 years’ experience helping public administrations across the globe harness the transformational power of technology. A founding partner of 21c consultancy, Susie regularly works with international organisations including the United Nations as an expert eGovernment consultant and evaluator. 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. Since 2007, Susie has helped to pioneer the European Commission’s Smart City agenda, conceptualising and delivering a wide array of cloud and data-based innovation initiatives. Susie is currently working on PoliVisu, a project which embeds big data into mobility policy making and SELECT for Cities which stimulates the development of Internet-of-Everything platforms through new Pre-Commercial Procurement processes.

    Throughout the years, Susie has written and edited numerous specialist papers and journals, including a United Nations and Council of Europe book on eParticipation. She regularly serves on national eGovernment awards juries, including the UK and Oman, is on the organising committee of a wide array of international conferences. Susie is regularly asked to review Country-wide strategies on eGovernment best practice, most recently for the UAE, December 2018.

    Prior to co-founding 21c, Susie was an expert with Accenture where she helped to champion data standards, eParticipation and engagement across Europe and Asia.

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Ville Valovirta

Senior Scientist and Innovation Procurement Expert
VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland
Ville Valovirta

Omar Elloumi

Leads M2M and IoT application standards
Nokia Bell Labs
Omar Elloumi