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GPURL #OnlineLearningSeries: Smart City Innovations to Overcome COVID-19 in Swiss Cities

"An interactive discussion to understand how public and private players are collaborating and using Smart Technologies to address the challenges of COVID-19 in Switzerland and beyond."

Smart City Hub Switzerland, SmartCity Alliance, InnoSuisse, SECO, World Economic Forum, and Risk Reduction Foundation are collaborating on a platform to combine efforts of private and public stakeholders in applying Smart Technologies to address Smart Cities challenges in Switzerland and transfer the best technologies and solutions to emerging markets. 

As part of these efforts, the Global Smart City Partnership Program and Smart Cities KSB is providing the opportunity to present ongoing efforts related to applying Smart Technologies to fight COVID19.

About the Presenters

Valentin Lagger

Head of Federal Labor Inspectorate, SECO

Valentin Lagger has been working for SECO since 1995. In the first 17 years, he had different positions within the unemployment insurance. In 2006 he served as chief of the pandemic planning at SECO. Since 2013, he holds the position as the Head of Federal Labour Inspectorate. The unit is responsible to ensure countrywide equal enforcement of the Swiss labor law and enforce the accident insurance law and the labor law at the level of the federal administration.

Anne-Claire Pliska

Founder, Managing Director, SmartCity Alliance, Founder, Managing Director, EcoVanes

Anne-Claire Pliska is the owner and managing director of INNODRIVE and shares her experience in strategy development and innovation management, in particular in the building, mobility and energy sectors. As a serial entrepreneur, she invests in projects and start-ups and acts as an active contributor to their development. In the frame of her activities, she leads the economic association SmartCity Alliance, which aims to speed up the go-to-market of solutions providers in the Smart City Market. Anne-Claire is a member of the board of BG Bonnard and Gardel Holding Inc., active in infrastructure engineering, and member of the board of the cooperative open mobility, developing open IT backbone infrastructure for Mobility-as-a-Service applications. Anne-Claire holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Paris XI.

Stefan Metzger

Chief Digital Officer, City of Lucerne, Board Member, Smart City Hub Switzerland

Stefan Metzger has 16 years of work experience as a mechanical and industrial engineer having started in the field of R&D and moved to digital technology. In that time he has driven the digital business for Swiss Post and Swisscom among others. Now, as Chief Digital Officer and Director of the Digital department at the City of Lucerne he is responsible for the digital transformation for the city and its agglomeration.

Olivia Zeydler

Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform

Olivia Zeydler is a part of the COVID Action Platform team at the World Economic Forum. The Platform accelerates COVID response by coordinating multi-stakeholder cooperation and action. She is a member of the Forum’s Acceleration team which scales internal projects across WEF that help accelerate solutions to key challenges facing society today. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Olivia co-developed a local incubator in Haiti that identified entrepreneurial solutions in fragile contexts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Olivia is from Washington, D.C. and completed an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Emile Dupont

Team Leader, Knowledge and Technology Transfer at Innosuisse – the Swiss Innovation Agency, Coordinator of the Swiss Enterprise Europe Network consortium

Emile Dupont received his PhD on microelectronics from EPFL in 2010. After a couple of years in a Geneva-based SME, he works since 2013 in the Technology Transfer domain and currently leads the Knowledge and Technology Transfer team at Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency.

Hyoung Gun Wang

Senior Economist and Smart Cities KSB lead, World Bank

Hyoung Gun Wang is a Senior Economist in the South Asia Urban Unit of the World Bank based in DC, USA. He is currently the co-TTL of Afghanistan urban lending projects. He is also the Task Team Leader of various knowledge products of urban and regional development analytical work and smart cities. He is leading the Smart Cities Knowledge Silo Breaker (community of practice) of GSURR at the World Bank. His research interests and work programs are Urbanization and urban/regional development, Smart cities and e-government, Incremental and affordable housing, GIS and spatial analysis, and Economic impacts of infrastructure investment. His work programs have spanned a range of developing countries including Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Korea, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, Russia, Rep. of Congo, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen. He worked as an Economist at the Bank of Korea (the Central Bank of Korea). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University.

Smita Misra

Lead Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank

Smita Misra is a Lead Water Supply & Sanitation Specialist at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She analyzes the roles of the World Bank and the Government of India in providing reliable, sustainable, and affordable services for drinking water and sanitation. She is a Senior Economist for the World Bank in India and is well known for her report "Effectiveness of Water Supply Schemes in Rural Areas".

Vadim Shcherbakov

Associate Operations Officer, IFC ECA Cities Initiative

Vadim Shcherbakov has been offering valuable services as an Associate Investment Officer at IFC for over 8 years. He brings in a wealth of knowledge of investor relations in public services. His educational background in Public-Administration, State, and Municipal Economics, helps to evaluate the technical, financial, environmental, and social feasibility of a proposed investment, in line with the IFCs policies and requirements. 

Dharmendra Gill

MD, Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Limited (SJPNL)

Dharmendra Gill is an experienced water and wastewater sector engineer with 28 years of service in the state irrigation and public health department. He completed his PhD thesis on Benchmarking of Water Utilities in India and MTech thesis on EIA study of hydropower projects.  He is a skilled engineering professional in water and wastewater project planning & operations, service benchmarking and performance assessment, contract management, water pricing and tariffs, project execution, and control.

Andrei Latsenia

Co-founder and the CEO, Risk Reduction Foundation 

Andrei Latsenia is the co-founder and the CEO of the not-for-profit Risk Reduction Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland since 2010. Prior to this he was a senior advisor on Private-Public Partnerships in the UN and spent three years as the Director of Water Initiative at the World Economic Forum. He joined the World Bank in 1992 and worked both in country operations and in environmental departments in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He was one of the founding members of the Environmental Emergencies Network that was developed as a private-public partnership in 1998-2000 with the support from the US Government and private sector that seconded several staff members to the World Bank team, coordinated by him.

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Nov 3, 2021
Interesting webinar!


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very interesting


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Grear thinking

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- Apr 27, 2020

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- Apr 26, 2020
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