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Ng Swee Meng is the software developer/sysadmin for Sinar Project. The Sinar Project is an initiative using open technology and applications to systematically make important information public and more accessible to the Malaysia people. It aims to improve governance and encourage greater citizen involvement the public affairs of the nation.
Dr Justin Dauwels is an associate Professor with School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He serves as Deputy Director of the ST Engineering – NTU corporate lab, which comprises 100+ PhD students, research staff and engineers, developing novel autonomous systems for airport operations and transportation. He is also involved as project PI in the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles – NTU (CETRAN), which will lead the development of testing requirements for such vehicles, and was launched by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and JTC, in partnership with NTU. Moreover, he serves as project PI in the BMW-NTU lab on Future Mobility and the NXP-NTU lab on vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
Rahul is an award winning urban planner with more than fifteen years of in-depth consulting experience in master planning and urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. The geographic footprint of his projects has spanned across USA, India, China, Japan, Malaysia and multiple countries in South East Asia. His understanding and application of western urban planning principles coupled with his knowledge of eastern culture has allowed him to bridge the vital gaps of his clients leading to the success on their projects.
Jeremy Lee is the CEO of Social Ant Sdn Bhd, an organisation in Malaysia that helps governments & business develop innovative technology solutions to maximise social impact. Fuelled by a grand vision of enabling better living standards for Malaysia citizens. ; Jeremy’s drive and passion has led him to set up Social Ant Sdn Bhd, which was recently appointed the Enterprise Partner for Qlue in Malaysia. Qlue is a social networking app that provides users with a simple platform to make their voices heard, and at the same time provides companies with the necessary intelligence to elevate their products and services.
Dr. Thomas Tang has been in the sustainability practice sector for over 20 years. He has worked on urban city projects covering aspects of planning, technical assessments and stakeholder engagement. Currently, Dr Thomas leads a team researching, test-bedding, and deploying commercialized products, services processes and technologies in a living lab in the areas of sustainability within the context of a smart city. In 2012, he co-authored “Global Best Practices in Sustainable Urban Development”, a review of over fifty cities.
Dr. Renard is currently attached to the Group Sustainability division at Sime Darby Berhad, a multinational conglomerate based in Malaysia. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow and a researcher at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) where he was actively involved in research relating to the sustainable construction of buildings/ infrastructure, integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into mainstream capital markets and sustainability/ integrated reporting. Renard serves as an industry working group member with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for the infrastructure stream and is a Stakeholder Council member for the Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation.
Dr Mazlan, is a Malaysian thought leader and pioneer in smart cities. Prior to being the CEO of Redtone IOT which is recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the “Malaysia Innovative Smart City Solution Provider of the Year” he was in the industry for 30 years working for one of the largest telco’s in Malaysia and a national R&D centre for Malaysia where he lead the R&D for Applied Wireless Communications Technology.
Dr Nakmoon Sung is a senior research fellow, in charge of the department of comprehensive transport research in the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) which is supervised under the Prime Minister Office. He has led more than 50 transport projects since he joined KOTI in 1983; in addition, he has experience of working as a senior transport specialist in the World Bank (Washington D.C.) for 2 years and participating in OECD joint researches for 3 years.
Eli has 18 years of experience in strategy and master planning; sustainability, resilience, and cities and policy and research. He has carried out urban development and infrastructure work in Asia, Europe the Middle East, Africa and Latin America for clients across the public, private and third sectors. Projects and initiatives Eli has recently led include master plans and strategic plans for new development and regeneration, large-scale urbanisation, reclamation projects, mixed-use industry-led sites, tourism and leisure strategy and developments and transport-oriented development, across Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Ms Lin is currently the Assistant Director General of Research Development and Evaluation Commission, her department is tasked with assisting New Taipei to shine as a world-class metropolis. Prior to her role as the Assistant Director-General of Research, Developement and Evaluation Commission she was the Acting Director-General of the Information Management Centre. In 2014, she also won the Model Citizen Award.
Priscilla Baek is the policy lead for Asia at Uber, a smartphone app that is transforming the way cities move. In her role, she leads government and regulatory affairs, stakeholder management and third party partnership across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to Uber she led a national campaign for international trade at the US Chamber of Commerce, where she successfully advocated for the passage of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement in the US Congress. She was also a key advisor to leadership at the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Leadership, an agency created through the Dodd-Frank Act to support financial regulators in preventing another financial crisis.
Dr Fahmi was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at the Office of the Selangor Economic Advisor in 2014, where he assisted state policy development and designed developmental programs for implementation under Menteri Besar Selangor Incorporated (MBI). He is currently also the Deputy Program Director for the Smart Selangor Delivery Unit, responsible for developing initiatives and strategies to realise the Smart Selangor Programme for the Selangor Government.
En Hairi is currently the Honorary Secretary General in the Malaysia Water Association (MWA), it is a platform for efforts towards bringing about enhancement of the knowledge and skills of its members and promote awareness of water issues among the public. He is an industry veteran with numerous years of experience.
Anthony call himself a “practical environmentalist”. He believes in the importance of volition or “personal political will” in choosing to make a change in lifestyle so as to have a positive impact on the environment. Currently, Mr Anthony’s responsibilities include: Alternate Representative to the National Steering Committee on Climate Change; NGO Representative, Petaling Jaya Green City Task Force; and Project Coordinator, PJ-EcoMobility Project.
Mohd. Radhi Cheah is a season industry veteran with numerous years of experience under his belt. On top of being a council member of the Waste Innovation Council, he also acts as the honorary secretary to the Waste Management Association in Malaysia. On top of that, Mohd Radhi Cheah is also the CEO of several companies providing waste management services and consultancy.
Tony Wong is the Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, a $120million research Centre based in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore. Tony is internationally recognised for his research and practice in sustainable urban water management and water sensitive urban design.
Khalid Bahsoon is the Chief Executive Officer of Cenviro Sdn Bhd and has been appointed to the Board of Cenviro Group of Companies. He previously served as the Group CEO for Core Competencies Sdn Bhd, a corporation that is involved in waste to energy projects in Malaysia.
Dr Salmah Zakaria is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and is the current chair of ASM Water Committee. She also Chairs the ASM Water Committee Task Force on Climate Change and Adaptation. Her main interests are IWRM, Water & Green growth, Water-Food-Energy Nexus, Urban Water and Climate Change Adaptation. She was a senior water expert, with the United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, (2009 to 2015). In ESCAP, she served as the alternate focal point to UN-Water as well as APWF Governing Council, serving on various task forces and committees.
Alissa Raj is a senior consultant in IEN Consultants which is one of the pioneering green building consultancies in the South East Asian region with a 15 years track record. Key project references include the ST Diamond Building (2012 ASEAN Energy Award Winner) and the GEO Building designed to be a zero energy office building. Other projects include the KLIA2 airport terminal and KL Eco City, as well as energy efficiency retrofit work.
Dr Renato, serves as an invaluable advisor to multiple international organisation and governments in the areas of smart cities. He’s a globally recognized smart cities thought leader who’s spoken extensively at the world’s most important smart cities events.
Jesse Chooi is an experienced professional in the ICT industry with a career spanning over 20 years. In his present role, he is responsible for developing the overall strategy and tactical execution for IoT Industry Development and Digital Transformation.
Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Industry – Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department. MIGHT is a Private-Public Partnership platform focused on harnessing technology for business. He was recently won the “Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution Towards Smart Cities” in the Smart Cities Awards in Mumbai.
Akira Sakano is the Chair of the Board of the Directors of the Zero Waste Academy Japan. She delivers services of planning and implementation of Zero Waste policies towards local governments and businesses. She successfully implemented Zero Waste in Kamikatsu , famous for its 34 categories of waste sorting done by every person living in the town and achieved almost 80% of its waste recycling.
He has worked with municipalities, architecture/urban planning firms and innovation clusters in Finland, Malaysia, Netherlands, UAE and UK on various projects related to energy, mobility, and smart citizens. His focus is on discovering specific local urban challenges that can be rapidly addressed with smart city projects, implementing them and creating clear communication channels to citizens, ensuring that they reap tangible benefits and that their quality of life is improved.
Ms. Karuna Gopal, is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Columnist, Keynote Speaker and Advisor on Smart Cities. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a Think Tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade, she notably contributed to the design of the 100 SMART CITIES MISSION of Government of India.
Jungwoo Lee is the Director of Center for Work Science and Professor of Systems Management at Yonsei University, Korea. He was the Project Manager for U0City Integrated Platform and conducting research on Smart Government and Smart Cities. Currently, he is serving as a member of advising committee on Korean Government Digitalization. His research area covers mostly the macro and micro changes and impacts of information and communication technologies at all levels in public and private. His work has been published in various international journals. The four stage model for e-government published in Government Information Quaterly at 2001 sparked a series of e-government assessment scales worldwide. he holds a Ph.D in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University in 1998.
Dr Sugiyama’s current research focuses on neighbourhood environments that support older adults’ active lifestyles, therapeutic residential design that can enhance occupiers’ well-being (e.g., aged care facilities), and the health impact of active and sedentary transport. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in public health and environmental design journals and books, and is Chief Investigator in the Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy and Liveable Communities. After more than 10 years of research experience in diverse areas such as architecture, urban design, behavioural and spatial epidemiology, he joined Australian Catholic University to further work on interdisciplinary research involving the built environment, active living and health.
Since 2014, Marcus Jeutner is a research associate at TU Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional planning. Currently, he is leading the IGSI network (Indo-German Smart Initiative), which provides innovative methods of applied fundamental research on urban issues and integrated urban development. The focus of this project is on the approach of “human-centred design”, which sets people, users and inhabitants of cities and infrastructures at the centre of urban planning processes.
Ivan Paez Mora is an IT Engineer, Entrepreneur & International Speaker with more than 10 years of experiences and has won numerous of international awards for his work. He is an expert in app development, UX/UI, gamification, business model, marketing, leadership and public speaking. He is the Co-Founder and CEO/CTO of Kappo Bike, a platform that helps cities to increase the urban bicycle usage worldwide through gamification and safety navigation for citizens, wellness & CSR for companies and giving cyclists insight and predictive analytics for governments, enabling better planning and higher return on urban infrastructure investments.
Datin Badriyah is the Deputy Secretary General (Energy and Green Technology), Ministry of Energy, Water and Green Technology. Previously in 2014, Datin Badriyah was appointed as the Director of Energy Section, Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister’s Department, Putrajaya. Her works include formulating policies and strategies for the development of sustainable energy in the Outline Perspective Plan and Five Year Development Plan focusing on energy supply security, reliability, quality and cost-effective to meet the needs of the economy, especially the industrial sector, transportation, commercial and agricultural.
In 2013 Martin founded the company Pharem Biotech to establish new technology for removing pollutants from water environments with a significant focus on pharmaceuticals. Since the founding of the company, the technology has been awarded both nationally and internationally for its innovative approach to sewage treatment and pollution reduction in previously inaccessible application areas. Martin has himself been awarded for his entrepreneurial work and on the side of his work as CEO of the company often hold presentations within the field of innovative start-ups.
Saibal Das Chowdhury is an urban technologist and CEO and Co-Founder of Urbanetic – A developer of geospatial parametric modeling software to explore, visualize and analyze cities in 4D and enable ‘big data informed” dynamic master planning of cities from disparate sources of data in public and private domains.Prior to starting Urbanetic, Saibal has worked internationally in executive leadership positions with EMAG, HP, AT&T, and KFM – a Malaysian assets lifecycle management firm. Saibal has over thirty years of international experience in diverse fields of technology, ranging from industrial robotics, and computer integrated manufacturing to design technology, data mining and analytics.
Tobias is co-founder of JenaBatteries GmbH in 2013, where he manages research and development activities for the company’s award winning energy storage technology. Tobias’ current focus is to develop economically feasible materials for redox flow batteries (RFB) as well as intellectual property management. In recognition of Tobias’ contributions towards the field of organic energy storage, including thirty scientific papers in internationally acclaimed journal as well as several patents, he was awarded the IQ Innovation Award in the category chemistry and polymers (2015) and the Thuringian Research Prize for top performance in applied research (2017).
Aslam currently serves as Director of Department of Disaster Risk Management Systems in ADPC. He has over 20 years of experiences in the domain of disaster risk management, emergency preparedness planning, recovery planning, private sector resilience, training and capacity building, knowledge management, project management, resource mobilization and overall institutional development. He also has extensive experience of disaster risk management in South and Southeast Asia. Aslam has a strong interest in water resource and environmental management as well as climate change adaptation and its linkages with disaster risk reduction.
Rafiza Ghazali is the former Head of Group Innovation and Business Performance for Sime Darby Berhad. Rafiza led the social innovation project for Sime Darby Berhad, the inaugural Sime Darby Young Innovators Challenge 2016 that provided over 150 youths in Malaysia age between 13 to 16 years old with innovation skills. Sime Darby then incubated the winning idea and launched the Robin Food app on 15 December 2016. Four months after it being launched as at 10 April 2017, the initiative has saved nearly 17,000kg food worth approximately RM350,000 by distributing it to over 180 charities.
Anwar is an Urban Planner and currently served as Vice President of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) prior to his secondment in early 2017. He has wide experience dealing with the strategic, regional and local land-use planning in the context of sustainable development in Malaysia. He also has been involved in various studies such as Sustainable Future Cities Framework and several Planning Guidelines for local authorities. Presently, he is the subject matter expert for Spatial Management in implementation of the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDPii) 2014-2025 Iskandar Malaysia, namely Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Spatial Management Framework and provide strategic planning advisory to internal and external stakeholders in Iskandar Malaysia.
Ruben Tan is working on developing a blockchain-agnostic API service that offers unified access to bitcoin, dogecoin, litecoin and ethereum blockchains. Currently, working closely with some of the top level institutions and companies in Malaysia toeducate them on the technology, provide training and aid them in finding a use case for blockchain technology in their ecosystem.
Dr. Stephan Bartke, economist by training, is research fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and scientific project coordinator at the German Environment Agency. Since 2015, he has been coordinating the EU funded collaboration and support action INSPIRATION – Integrated Spatial Planning and Land Use and Soil Management Research Action, which involved more than 500 European experts from 20 countries to develop a strategic research agenda for soil and land management. Since 2017 he coordinates the DE-US.net, a bilateral network, which aims at bringing together German and US professionals from municipalities, business and academia to facilitate exchange on innovative approaches and research activities for sustainable urban development.
Abhilash is a software engineer who loves hackathons and was part of the winning team at Facebook Global Hackathon as second runner-up at Facebook HQ, Menlo Park in 2014. A couple years down the road, he decided to build Bus Uncle with his experience in Facebook platforms. After conducting research on public transport data available for developers, he built a highly localized bot for commuters in Singapore. Since its launch in late October 2016, it has garnered over 20,000 users, 1.5 million messages, and 270 5-star reviews out of 290.
A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Reuben Ng trained as a behavioural scientist at Oxford and Yale. He spent 15 years in government, consulting, and research. In government, he was in the Prime Minister’s Office driving evidence-based policy making through data analytics, and Smart Nation strategies. Reuben is an expert in preventive healthcare of older adults, population health analytics, psychometrics, resilience and culture. He is credited with creating innovative techniques to measure societal perceptions/stereotypes that are applied to social policy, and program evaluation. He has over 50 journal/conference papers, taught extensively in Asia & US, and was nominated for teaching awards at Quinnipiac and Yale.
Dr Chen is the Commander of Environmental Inspection Division at Department of Environmental Protection, Taipei. He has extensive experiences as Division Resource Management Specialist, Incinerator Section Chief and Sub-division Chief for Division Environmental Maintenance of TDEP. Dr. Chen is also an adjunct assistance professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Living Science of the National Open University in Taiwan. His main research interests and expertise are in integrated environmental management, material flow analysis and life cycle assessment and resource recovery of waste.
Edward Ling is Waze’s first headcount in Asia, representing Waze in Malaysia, based out of Google Kuala Lumpur. Prior to Waze, he was working for LinkedIn based in Singapore. He has over 13+ years of work experience in technology companies, which includes sales and marketing experience in meeting specific customers’ needs by delivering the desired customer value proposition. Edward believes strongly in advocating teamwork, and has experience motivating individuals to change the world.
Anupam Khajuria joined UNCRD since August 2014 as a 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) Researcher where she is handling the overall project to implement and promote 3R activities in Asia and the Pacific region through the annual high-level governmental forum. Her research is focused on the implementation of 3R and resource efficiency policies and strategies, promote and implement the sustainable and consumption pattern, circular economy approach. She published several research articles in the high-quality peer-reviewed journals and presented at the conference in the areas of environmental science, particularly in the field of waste management and groundwater management and engineering.
Tan Sri Dato’ Ir. Syed Muhammad Shahabudin has been in the water engineering field for more than 50 years most of which in private practice as a consulting engineer. He has been a board member of Selangor Water Management Board (LUAS) since its formation in 2000 and has recently completed his 10-year term as a member of the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) since its formation in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia to pursue, encourage and enhance excellence in the field of science, engineering and technology. He is currently Chairman of Task Force on Water Demand Management (WDM). He strongly believes that a proper and effective implementation of WDM will go a long way towards meeting Water Security in the country and achieving a Developed Country Status.
Dr. Schwede is the Head of the GENIUS project (German Engineering Integrated for Urban Sustainability), which offers building owners, decision-makers in building and planning projects and representatives of public building administration support in effective project preparation and design quality for sustainable buildings. Since January 2013, Dr. Schwede is a Junior Professor for Sustainable Building at the University of Stuttgart and his research is focused on sustainable development in the Asian built environment through architectural and engineering measures and transferring European sustainable building approaches. He is also the managing director of the engineering consulting firm EGSplan International in Stuttgart endowed by the Robert Bosch Foundation.
In 2000, Professor Noh founded a research group which initiated Cheonggyecheon restoration movement. He played vital role in the restoration process and his group received 2004 Seoul Metropolitan Policy Grand Award for the contribution to Cheonggyecheon restoration project. His current research includes an appropriate technology for safe drinking water supply in developing countries to achieve UN SDGs6.1.
Vladimir Bataev is a Smart Cities & Innovation Funding Expert with Zaz Ventures. His focus is on discovering specific local urban challenges that can be rapidly addressed with smart city projects, implementing them and creating clear communication channels to citizens, ensuring that they reap tangible benefits and that their quality of life is improved and helping SMEs and consortia raise EU funding to get their innovative projects off the ground. He has spoken extensively on smart city topics at events in Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, London, Luxembourg, Seoul, Turin and others.
Maksim began serving as the City’s first Chief Data Officer in the Performance & Analytics Department in November 2014. He is responsible for implementing the City’s new open data initiative called for in Mayor Faulconer’s One San Diego Transition Advisory Committee. Maksim has been solving complex problems with technology for nearly a decade and spent the year before coming to San Diego working as a Code for America fellow in Puerto Rico with a focus on economic development.
Datuk Wira Hj Md Yunos Husin is the EXCO Of Education, Higher Education, Science & Technology, Green Technology And Innovation, The Chief Minister’s Office, Melaka. He is responsible for raising the bar on innovation and green technology for the State of Melaka. Currently, he is also the Chairman of Green Global Smart Solution (GGSS), International Green Training Centre (IGTC) and Deputy Chairman for Melaka Green Technology Corporation.
Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif is the Mayor of the Penang City Council. Previously in 2011, she was appointed as the first female President of Municipal Council of Seberang Perai, Penang. For her remarkable contribution to Penang and Seberang Perai, she has been awarded several recognitions by the Penang State Government, Malaysian Government and International Organization such as “Best City Manager” and “Best City” by Europe Business Assembly, Stresa, Italy and “Planner of The Year 2014” by Malaysian Institute Of Planners. She was also the recipient of “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award” by Global Forum on Human Settlements in Quito, Ecuador during the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016 for her contribution in sustainable planning in Seberang Perai.
Roope Ritvos is Director of new initiatives at Forum Virium Helsinki. Forum Virium Helsinki is the smart city unit of City of Helsinki, responsible for design, development and up-take of new innovations and technologies to improve the life of the citizens and solve the city’s challenges. Ritvos has set up various initiatives experimenting with and piloting new service innovations and internet of things, robotics and data technologies in solving the City’s needs in mobility, healthcare, energy and construction. Initiatives he has set up include for example Smart Kalasatama living lab, FinEst Smart Twin City Helsinki-Tallinn and Helsinki’s EU Smart City Lighthouse project.
Pichaya Limpivest leads Intel’s IoT group regional sales for South-East Asia, India, and ANZ. At Intel, Pichaya focuses on driving the sales of Intel Internet of Things product portfolio through ODM/OEM/SI/ISV partnerships across multiple vertical such as Smart City, retail, industrial and energy, transportation, and emerging IoT market segments. In addition, he is responsible for driving scale across all IoT segments through various sales channels to market.
Dr. Jong Sung Hwang is an ICT strategy expert who served in a number of key positions in the IT policy research and planning in distinguished organizations. Currently, he is a lead researcher at the National Information Society Agency, in charge of developing intelligent technology policy such as smart city and Government 3.0. Dr. Hwang is also a former Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Seoul Metropolitan Government. As a CIO of Seoul, he launched the Smart Seoul 2015 initiatives in 2011.
Leon Foong is the CEO of SOCARMalaysia, a car-sharing platform that seeks to make driving more accessible to people living in Malaysians by using technology to make cars more shareable and in the process driving up utilisation of cars across the country.Prior to venturing into the car-sharing space, Leon Foong was the General Manager of Uber Malaysia and was responsible for introducing ride-sharing to Malaysia, bringing reliable on-demand peer to peer transportation to over more than 15 cities in Malaysia. He has also been a pioneer in the transportation regulatory space, working closely with various stakeholders to push out new e-hailing regulations and launching partnerships with the government to benefit the Bottom 40 income segment. Educated in Oxford with a first-classB.A in Economics and Management, Leon is obsessed with solving problems and using technology to change the way people experience their cities and interact within their communities. Prior to joining Uber Malaysia, Leon spent over two years at YTL to successfully bring WIMAX solutions to the masses and 4G connectivity to schools across the nation. He was also a co-founder of GoGet.my, an on-demand errands marketplace that creates flexible opportunities for the people of Malaysia. During his free time, Leon is incredibly passionate about food and has aspirations of one day launching his own venture in the F&B space.
Khoo Salma is a fifth generation Penang Peranakan and a writer, publisher and heritage advocate. She is currently president of Penang Heritage Trust and custodian of the Sun Yat Sen Museum, Penang, at 120 Armenian Street. As co-founder of Little Penang Street Market through Lestari Heritage Network, she is involved in growing Penang’s creative economy. Khoo Salma has written or co-written more than a dozen books on Penang and Perak, on the subjects of social history, cultural heritage and sustainable development. Her publishing company Areca Books has four titles listed on the Malaysian National Book Council’s ’50 Best Malaysian Titles 2011′. She promotes heritage networking in Southeast Asia and is an Asian Public Intellectual (API) Fellow of the Nippon Foundation.
Dr. Amila Zawawi is Associate Professor and Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). She obtained her MSc and PhD from Malaysia in Building Engineering and Built Environment. With 16 years of academic experience, her focus is on research related to revolutionizing the decommissioning industry of offshore platforms in Malaysia and potentially the Asia Pacific region (in conjunction with the Malaysia Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC)) and is the lead researcher of the Decommissioning Initiatives division of the Offshore Engineering Centre, UTP (OECU). She also trains PETRONAS engineers on decommissioning and provides training to the industry via not-for- profit and non-government organisations such as the Malaysia Structural Steel Association (MSSA) and MOGSC to the local Oil & Gas Industry.
Ar. Chan Seong Aun graduated with B. Bdg Sc, B. Architecture (Hons) and Master of Architecture (Distinction.) from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Currently he is the Principal for Arkitek Daya Seni Sdn Bhd and has more than 25 years experience as a professional Architectand successfully completed high rise condominium, Hotel, Resort, Shopping Mall and housing projects through Malaysia over the last 20 years. Ar Chan has served as PAM President 2013-2015, PAM Council Member, the Chairman of Government Liason Committee, Chairman of Professional Practice Committee, Honorary Secretary and Vice President. He is also representative for PAM as committee for the CIDB Industry Master Plan, PSDC, SIRIM Standard – MS1525:2006 Code of Practice on Energy, Kementerian Tenaga Air Dan Komunikasi Committee on Energy Efficiency and Malaysia etc. He is the author for the “Low Energy School Design. A Study of Factors Affecting Energy Use In New Zealand Primary Schools”, Co-Author for “Energy Cost of Houses & Light Construction Buildings”, “Energy Performance of Buildings”. Ar Chan also has given talk on “Low Energy Building Components”, “Designing Low Energy Buildings Using Energy 10” and also the “Energy Efficiency of Air Conditioning”.
Ezumi began his career in a small practice in Penang in 1994 before joining Arkitek MAA Sdn. Bhd. in 1997. He led the implementation of several projects, mainly hospitals, hotels and office buildings. His unique exposure in various aspects of design and project implementation had been an added advantage in his day-to-day response to clients’ needs. He was promoted as associate in 2002 and appointed as Director in 2006. Ezumi is an active member of Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), elected as council member of PAM in 2009, appointed as a member of Council of Architecture Accreditation and Education Malaysia in 2010 and appointed as a board member of the Board of Architects Malaysia in 2013.
DATUK NIK AHMAD FAIZUL MALLEK is currently Vice President of the Special Projects of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). As the Program Director, he has led the implementation of several mission oriented national initiatives and projects namely the National Technology Foresight Projects, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategic Plan and Innovation SME CertifIcation Program (1-InnoCERT). He is currently leading the National Smart Communities Program with the objective to accelerate the greening of cities as engine for Industry Driven Economic Growth through Investment, Jobs and Innovation. This program focuses on industry driven, project based, partnership centric and facilitated by government. Datuk Nik has over 25 years of diversified, both industry and government experience in Policy, Strategic, Sectoral Development and Mission Driven High Impact Projects related to Infrastructure, Buildings, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Biologist by profession, environmentalist by passion, Yasmin has 20 years of experience and knowledge in environmental management, community development, and social responsibility in Malaysia. She is also involved in community mobilisation and research-based programs on issues related to sustainability. Yasmin founded EcoKnights in 2005 with the aim of assisting communities in the areas of sustainable development. She has a B.Sc. in Biology (Marine) and a minor in Contemporary Religion from Duke University, also a M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University Malaya. She served as the chairperson of a national coalition, MENGO, for four years from 2012-2017. She was also the head of research and development for Profound Vaccine Sdn Bhd, spearheading research and product development for animal vaccines. Yasmin has also been serving as the Chairperson of the Malaysian Duke Alumni Association since 1998.
Dr. Solahuddin has been working as a cyber security professional for more than 16 years. He joined CyberSecurity Malaysia in 2002 and has been working in a wide variety of cybersecurity areas. With his knowledge, experience and skills in various cyber security domains he is now entrusted to be CyberSecurity Malaysia’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In 2002 he joined CyberSecurity Malaysia as the Expert Service Manager. Later on, he was entrusted to be the manager for Malaysia Emergency Response Team (MyCERT). He has earned 5 professional certifications namely C|CISO, CWNA, CISSP, CEH and ISMS Lead Auditor.
Mr. Kang is an Economic Affairs Officer with the Sustainable Urban Development Section, Environment and Development Division at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, where he has served for more than 14 years. His work portfolio covers sustainable urban development, low carbon green cities, urban infrastructure, energy security, energy efficiency and renewable energy as they relate to sustainable development issues. He has also served with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) dealing with numerous topics including energy, environment, natural resources, rural development and programme management. Some of the notable publications that he has coordinated and contributed to are The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015, Assessment Report on Energy Efficiency Institutional Arrangements in Asia (2010), and Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (2008). He is trained in international political economy, developmental studies, environment and urban management, and obtained his degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. He is currently a doctorate candidate of environment, development and sustainability at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Born and raised in Penang mostly in Seberang Perai. A working professional with experience in public transport, insurance and information technology. Self-taught in web 2.0 with skills in php, html5 and css3. Also an advocate of public transport through enthusiast group Young LPT, a group recognised by Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia).
Nicholas Car is an experimental computer scientist at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, working in the areas of Semantic Web and information modelling. He leads the technical components of a number of large-scale government data integration projects such as the Location Integration Capability, Loc-l, and the Longitudinal Spine of Government Functions. These projects aim to reduce the effort required to analyse public sector information and thus improve its utility. He is co-chair of the Australia Government Linked Data Working Group which assists government with data exchange.
Marjolein Brasz, with a business degree from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, started working in the energy business in 2001, initially in the traditional oil & gas industry and later with new insights gained along the way, in the field of sustainable energy. In 2006, she moved to the Amsterdam Economic Board, an independent institute focussing on the future of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, as Lead on the Circular Economy Transition Programme. Transitioning into a new circular economy requires strong cooperation between governments, knowledge institutes and business; new coalition should be formed, new business (models) developed and room for experimentation and failure allowed. The Amsterdam Economic Board works with active governments, business and knowledge institutes to facilitate this transition.
Director of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he also heads the Smart Cities Lab and the Future Digital Economics and Digital Societies initiative. He draws extensively from his public and private sector experiences. He has served in the Economic Development Board; Ministry of Law; Agency for Science, Technology and Research _including its commercialization arm Exploit Technologies); and the Competition Commission of Singapore. In the private sector, he was head of business analytics at one of Singapore’s largest banks, was a strategy advisor to a mobile local search startup. He also draws on his other concurrent portfolios as Senior Director of Strategic Planning at SUTD, and Co-Director of the SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre. He is also on the Board of Directors of the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings Ltd (a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority), and on the International Advisory Panel of IoT Asia.
Allen Yeung has extensive business and management experience in the ICT field before joining the HKSAR government in 2015. He holds Executive MBA from HKUST-Kellogg Northwestern University. As Government CIO, his responsibilities include formulating ICT policies and strategies; leading the E-government programmes; promoting and developing ICT industry as key business and economy driver; and bridging the digital divide.
David Pickeral is committed to facilitating the deployment of information and communications technology (ICT) to make transportation more effective, efficient, sustainable and safe within and between all modes from the local to the global level. He has 30 years’ operational, policy and management experience involving both government and commercial enterprises as well as public-private partnerships (PPP) across the United States, North America and internationally. David is currently an entrepreneur, board member and strategic advisor related to Mobility Innovation and Smart Cities working with multiple startups, VC / PE investment clients and government agencies worldwide related to mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), on-demand transportation (ODT), microtransit, connected & autonomous vehicles (CAV), electric vehicles (EV) and smart parking in the context of big data, analytics, cloud, and the internet of things (IoT).
With over ten years of management experience, he plays a fundamental role in driving digital transformation for key clients in various industry verticals such as aviation, government, enterprise and the financial sector. Tan has a deep passion for the Cloud Computing, big data and AI, and is enthusiastic about using the technology to empower governments and business for greater productivity and operational efficiencies. Previously working in IBM, Tan is a veteran of the technology industry with a proven track record in driving business success for both enterprise and start-ups. His recent projects include developing ecosystems, enhancing cloud security and solutions for business and bringing innovative big data and machine learning technologies to ASEAN. Tan graduated from Deakin University with a degree in Computer Science / Information Technology. Tan shares Jack Ma’s “30-30-30” vision that, within the next 30 years, young people below 30 years old and small business with less than 30 people will be critical to the world.
Mathias is Executive Vice President and Regional Manager – Digital Consulting and Smart Cities, Asia at DNV GL – Digital Solutions. He and his team are driving DNV GL’s services towards Cyber Security, Smart Cities & Ports, Digital Development and DNV GL’s Digital Platform Business Veracity in Asia – from DNV GL’s Digital Hub in Singapore. Before Mathias assumed this role he was the Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific, Energy & Renewables Advisory, at DNV GL Energy, delivering advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Mathias’ special interest is the impact of digitalization on cities and the energy ecosystem. He has taken courses at Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley and attended Leadership Programs at Ashridge Business School and INSEAD.
Mr Havas joined the Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade) in May 2012 and is currently Australia’s Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner to Malaysia and Brunei based in the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. Mr Havas oversees the Government’s work in facilitating commercial links across trade, investment and education in both markets. Previous to his current role, Mr Havas was Australia’s Trade Commissioner to Peru and Ecuador with responsibility for Bolivia. At that time, he also managed Austrade’s mining & resources teams across Latin America to oversee the development of regional strategies to promote the growth of Australian industry in the region. Mr Havas has a strong background in international business strategy, investment attraction, international relations, cross border business development and project management and works closely with key partner agencies on the Australian Government’s Economic Diplomacy strategy. Prior to joining Austrade, Mr Havas was the Director of Foreign Investment & Strategic Partnerships for one of Australia’s largest regional governments. Mr Havas has spent time working in multiple overseas markets including the UK, South Africa, Spain, USA and Latin America in particular. Aside from Mr Havas’s business background, he also has significant experience in The Arts and was a Non-Executive Director of The Queensland Ballet prior to taking up his role in Latin America.
I have broad global experience within sustainability in business and the public sector working within this area for over 20 years. I currently am heading up and driving the Sustainability agenda in the ROCKWOOL Group, a company where sustainability is an integral part of the business, not least within the areas of energy efficiency/climate change, circular business, health, safety and welfare, and water management. I hold a BA(Hons) in Urban Planning from University of West of England and a MSc in Environmental Planning from Roskilde University. I am an External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School and External examiner at Roskilde University. I have had various positions in Coloplast, COWI, where I was House consultant for Intel EMEA and Biogen Idec for a number of years and now Rockwool International.
Andrew Mui was Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Critical Facilities Protection Pte Ltd from 2011 to 2015, a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd that focuses on Risk Mitigation Measures for its many clients. Mr Mui was trained in the United States in the specialized field of Lightning Protection Engineering and has since been involved in numerous risk mitigation projects for over 19 years, covering multi-billion dollars’ worth of assets in Asia. He is a well-known lecturer in his subject matter expertise and had also served as a member of the Technical Committee in the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings Singapore. From 2015 to 2017, he was assigned to Hitachi Headquarters in Tokyo as General Manager of Management Planning Office-Strategy Planning Division. Currently, he holds the position of Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for commercializing Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in Asia Pacific. Mr Mui is also actively involved in Hitachi’s strategy development for Smart City Digital EcoSystem.
Mark is an entrepreneur and smart cities expert. He founded the international consulting and smart services enterprise Serviceworks Group in 2005.Mark was part of Australasia’s largest local authority the Auckland Council in New Zealand for six years. In the annual Economist and Mercer rankings, Auckland is regularly one of the top ten most liveable cities on Earth. He is a member of the USA based Smart Cities Council and of the global Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Group. He is on the board of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and is a member of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council. He is a regular speaker and international correspondent on smart city issues.
BK Sinha has over 35 years experience in the development and management of Environmentally Compliant Projects and Services, in particular Waste to Renewable Energy Projects. The combination of his experience and wealth of knowledge is fueled by his deep-rooted passion for the emergence of truly sustainable developments in this region. BK Sinha is currently Board member of Malaysia Green Building Council (malaysiaGBC); an established member of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) which has members in 73 countries globally. The WorldGBC operates through 5 regions, namely Europe, Americas, Africa, Middle East & North Africa and the Asia Pacific Network (APN). BK Sinha has recently completed his appointment as the Regional Vice Chair of the APN. The term is for a two year tenure. He holds a tenacious belief in a holistic approach with all stakeholder inclusivity that he applies to all his projects. BK Sinha is respected as a thought leader and mentor in many notable sustainable projects in Malaysia, Maldives, Cambodia and Vietnam. He is passionate about the environment and endeavors to create sustainable communities. As Project Managers in the construction industry and taking into account that the built environment accounts for 40 percent of all waste worldwide, he holds personal the task and responsibility to contribute towards making sustainable buildings and infrastructure in Malaysia the norm rather than the exception.
Vladimir Bataev is an independent expert in smart & circular deep tech urban solutions — applications of novel technology in urban environments. He focuses on tight integration of transport, energy & urban infrastructure with the help of ICT. He facilitates strong collaborations between municipalities, urban designers, architects & technologists, with particular emphasis on startups & SMEs. In 2017 together with Boyd Cohen, he developed & taught a people-innovation-centric smart city induction course to the municipality officials at the Public Administration Academy of Kazakhstan. In 2016 he was nominated for the Global Smart City Leader & Promoter Award by the Smart Cities UK program.
Dato’ TPr. Mohd Anuar began his career by joining the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, as Town and Country Planner Officer. In February 2006, he has promoted as a Head Assistant Secretary at Federal Territory Ministry and in the same year in April, he was promoted as a Project Manager for Development Plan Studies. He was then promoted as Director of Town and Country Planning Department for states of Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu and Penang in July 2007. He was also appointed as National Representative of Malaysia for ASEAN Smart City Network (May 2018- January 2019). Now he is currently assigned as Deputy of Director General Planning at PLANMalaysia (Town and Country Planning Department Headquarters) since March 2018.
YB Jagdeep Singh Deo started his journey as politician in 2008 when he was elected as The State Assemblyman for Datok Keramat. He then was elected as The Member of State Assemblyman for Datok Keramat and appointed as State Executive Councillor for housing and town & country planning in 2013. In 2018, he was then elected as the member of State Assemblyman for Datok Keramat and appointed as State Executive Councillor for local government, housing and town & country planning.
Girish M. Ramachandran is the Founder and Executive Director for 27Advisory and 27Group of Companies. He was awarded as Top 15 in Prestige Malaysia’s Top 40 under 40 in year 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience carrying out more than 270 positional assessments, business process reviews, feasibility studies, proposal evaluations, strategy exercises, due diligence exercises, turnarounds, valuations, business plans, master plans, special administrators, receiverships, court and voluntary liquidations, corporate restructuring, debt restructuring, investigations and various consultancy assignments on corporate entitles for Governments, management, shareholders, lenders and prospective investors. Prior to founding 27Group of companies, he was the Business Development Director of Arcadis, an international consulting firm in the space of built asset & engineering. Before that, he was with Ernst & Young audit, restructuring, corporate finance teams and then head hunted by PricewaterhouseCoopers in their corporate finance and management consulting departments and in short stint as head of Finance for a global enterprise which was involved in commercialization of ground-breaking technologies. He was again headhunted in 2004 to head the consulting for RSM International’s Malaysia business and has grown the business from zero to one of the leading strategic consulting outfits in Malaysia to date.
Bobby Varanasi is one of the acknowledged Top 25 Globalization Leaders in the global sourcing space and the Founder of Matryzel Consulting. The independent advisory firm has been acknowledged as one of the World’s Top 20 “Best Outsourcing Advisory Firms” three years in a row. He holds fiduciary responsibilities as a Board Member for IAOP and the Global Sourcing Council. He is an Exco Member of Malaysia-Australia Business Council. Further, he is Co-Founder of a new-age blockchain based technology company called ThynkBlynk. He is an Executive Director for Sigmax-e and an External Advisor for Angstrohm Technologies. He is also a Mentor for various tech startups appointed by the Federal Gov. of Malaysia.
Jolene Wong has more than 15 years of experience in the ICT industry as a solution marketing professional focusing on the service provider and enterprise segments. She has held key roles in milestone national broadband and smart city infrastructure projects in markets across Asia Pacific and co-authored Smart City themed contents. Balancing the technical and business levers is one of the challenges she thrives on in the digital era. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and other professional qualifications in her field.
Juan Intan Kanggrawan is the current Head of Data & Analytics at Jakarta Smart City. His key role is to fully utilize data to formulate public policy and to improve quality of public services. His main and foremost success metric is Jakarta citizen’s satisfaction towards government. Juan is currently working on several city-scale strategic analytics initiatives. He is actively analysing complex, diverse and exciting urban data in daily basis: citizen complain/aspiration, transportation data from various sources, CCTV, global-regional-national Open Data, weather-flood-river bank, subsidy utilization for education & elderly, food commodities price elasticity, etc. He is also developing and aligning strategic partnership framework between Jakarta Smart City with other government agencies, business enterprises, research agencies and universities.
Fuad Shazly Salleh is a Vice President of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), a federal government agency entrusted to facilitate the development of the economic region in the southern peninsular of Malaysia or better known as “Iskandar Malaysia”, into a sustainable metropolis of international standing. Fuad oversees several technology enablement and innovation adoption projects which include the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory – a Central Data Center to collate, update, analyze, manage and disseminate data and information in Iskandar Malaysia as a key enabler to become a Smart City.
Ts Zulkifflee has more than 28 years working experiences in the field of manufacturing in the Automotive & Electronics industries and transportation. He is a certified Technologist which is certified by Malaysian Board of Technologist. He has been with MIGHT for 12 years and involved in Strategic Industry and Technology development in the Automotive, Rail, and Maritime Industry specifically for Shipbuilding & Ship Repair industries and latest on the sustainable and smart cities initiatives. His role was mainly involved in advising the Government on the Strategic development planning Framework and provide the government with the Blueprint as a reference document for policy and future planning in these areas. He led the formation of Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) which is known as MARII now. His work involved the rail transport and part of the team in formulating the strategic plan of future rail 2030 roadmap. The strategic plan involved industry & technology in rail sector. Currently, he is involved in the sustainable cities program with United Nation International Development Organization.
Justin Goh is the Co-founder and Business Director of WISE AI, an AI platform company that specialises in Facial Recognition technology, eKYC and smart city solutions. Focusing on the ASEAN region, Justin is responsible for developing and implementing growth opportunities and strategic partnerships with clients, partners and industries. Working across industries and platforms with the big corporates he has attained more than 15 years of experience in technology, software and business development fields.
Dr. Liu is working as a principal engineer and team lead in Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI). He has been leading several innovation projects (budgets over 7 million HK$) in artificial intelligence area. Some of the projects have been successfully transformed into commercial use. Projects led by him won three gold medal awards and one silver award on 46th and 47th Geneva Invention Exhibition in 2018 and 2019. In addition, he is a key contributor for the team to win Merit Award of WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards 2018, Merit Award of Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Award 2017 and Bronze Award of Hong Kong ICT Award 2017. Before joining ASTRI, he worked in ZTE Corporation as a 3G/4G standard team lead. He has published nearly 40 papers and patents till now.
Karuna Gopal is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker and Advisor on Smart Cities. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a think tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade. In 2018, Ms Gopal was invited by the Prime Minister of UAE to address their flagship event – World Government Summit at Dubai. Ms Gopal contributed to the design of the ‘100 Smart Cities Mission’ of India and has been invited to speak at the launch of the Mission by the Prime Minister. Her innovation SCULPT YOUR CITY- 2009 (a crowd sourced protocol) has shaped the Mission guidelines and has been declared a National Best Practice. She chaired a conference on Smart Grids with Parliamentarians from UK and India in 2016 at London.
A competent engineer and urban administrator with nearly 25+ years of experience in Urban Management, Infrastructure Planning & Implementation, Budgeting for Zones under Municipal Corporation, Management of Water and Sanitation and 5+ years of experience as visiting faculty at Vanamati Nagpur and multiple Engineering colleges in Nagpur. He is currently, working as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (SPV created for implementation of Smart City Project of Nagpur City).
Cha has been in finance for 20+ years (Citibank in New York, Sydney and Honolulu, Yasuda Trust Bank in Tokyo, Asian Merchant Bank and CEO of Lone Star Real Estate Funds in Seoul). Since 2008, for 10+ years, Cha has focused his career on green buildings, proptech (including contech) and smart, sustainable cities. He co-founded Re-Imagining Cities to help global cities spur economic growth and, at the same time, help tackle the ever-increasing challenges of rapid urbanization and Climate Change.
Dr. Umamaheshwaran is the Chair, Urban Resilience at National Institute of Urban Affairs. He has over 15 years of experience in developing risk reduction strategies, climate change analysis, hazard modeling, institutional analysis, adaptation & mitigation plans for governments, INGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. He has been the team leader and project manager for pioneering urban risk resilience efforts in India including implementation of end to end early warning systems for urban floods, establishment of urban health and climate resilience center, development of urban disease surveillance system, mainstreaming of urban service monitoring systems, conduct of urban risk analysis and preparation of city resilience strategies. His recent work on development and implementation of Urban Services Monitoring System has been recognized as an intervention to watch, by the U.N Secretary General’s global pulse initiative.
Manojit Bose, as the Chief Knowledge Officer of Pune Smart City, is responsible for driving all the ICT led initiatives being undertaken by the Pune Smart City (including the Integrated Command and Control Centre, driving cross functional use cases, external application integration, ATMS, Smart Parking, etc.) and Pune Idea Factory Foundation (PIFF)- a subsidiary of Pune Smart City SPV, focusing on technology and data led innovation & entrepreneurship. He has a deep understanding of the technology landscape in a city, the technology eco system and its important participants, and has been instrumental in initiating various emerging technology led initiatives in Pune as well as putting together an ecosystem of partners comprising of the industry, academia and research institutes.
Nor Sallehi Kassim is a town planner at PLANMalaysia (Federal Town and Country Planning Department). He has served the department in various planning units namely, the Orang Asli Resettlement Programmes and Traditional Villages Projects, Structure and Local Plans. He was trained in Town Planning at Cardiff University in Wales, UK, and has been involved in the development of computerization and information system for the department. Upon his interest, he has written and presented several papers. He is currently involved in the development of the Smart City Framework by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government where he is the Project Manager. Besides that, he is also actively involved in the ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN) in establishing the implementation structure and term of reference on monitoring Smart City initiatives among ASEAN countries.
Dr Avik Sarkar has recently taken up the role of Professor in Data, AI and Public Policy at Indian School of Business. Dr Sarkar was most recently heading the Data Analytics Cell at NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, a premier policy think-tank of the Government of India. AT NITI Aayog, Dr Sarkar provided analytical insights for policy making across sectors like Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Direct Benefit Transfer, Innovation, Digital payments, Healthcare/Nutrition, Agriculture, etc. He was also engaged with the Energy Vertical at NITI Aayog instrumental in setting up the Energy Modelling Unit for the purpose of long-term planning of future energy needs of India through initiatives like integrated energy modelling, energy data management, etc.
Abhishek is the CTO with CSC e-Governance Services India, a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt of India. He runs the technology behind CSC which drives the world’s largest front end service delivery points to deliver government & business services across the nation reaching the remotest of the country on a digital format. CSC’s Digital platform supports multi domain products & services ranging from government, business, aadhaar, insurance, travel, education, utilities, bill payments, fintech apps for banking services delivery. Prior to CSC he worked with the UIDAI, where he was engaged as member of the technology team that built Aadhaar, he was involved in building the Aadhaar Biometric Attendance system as well as Jeevan Pramaan the digital life certificate facilitating pension disbursements in addition to other exciting and challenging projects in Aadhaar which were widely adopted across the nation.
Praveen Lala has eighteen years of experience in various industries and global locations in GE, delivering growth as a strong people leader in the VUCA environment. Having a broad digital, operational and ‘Change Agent’ experience, Praveen is a firm believer in digital transformation and focused on customer outcomes. In addition, he understands the cultural complexity and rules of business in the APAC region. His current role is to drive digital transformation and leverage IoT/Big Data in the Energy space. Working across various functions, he understands criticality of People, Process and Technology to drive digital changes.
Nicholas Car is a Data Systems Architect specialising in semantic data systems and Internet data protocols. He was working for the Australian government agencies building semantic data + AI systems and bringing interoperability to distributed data. A long-time experimental computer scientist at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, he led the technical components of a number of large-scale government data integration projects such as the Location Integration Capability, Loc-I, and the Longitudinal Spine of Government Functions. These projects aim to reduce the effort required to analyse public sector information and thus improve its utility. Nicholas is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Dataset Exchange Working Group.
Mark is an entrepreneur and smart cities expert. He founded the international consulting and smart services enterprise Serviceworks Group in 2005. Mark was part of Australasia’s largest local authority the Auckland Council in New Zealand for six years. In the annual Economist and Mercer rankings, Auckland is regularly one of the top ten most liveable cities on Earth. He is a member of the USA based Smart Cities Council and of the global Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Group. He is on the board of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and is a member of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council.