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Smart Cities: Week 2 - Smart: What Makes a City and its Citizens ‘Smart’?

What is a smart city? Discussions on smart cities often return to this fundamental question as there can be many different ways of making a city and its citizens smart. The answer may lie in what we try to achieve by using data, technology and innovation in city management and citizen engagement. This session will engage a distinguished panel of practitioners at the city, national and multi-city level and an academic, moderated by the Global Director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice.


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About the Presenters

Maitreyi Bordia Das

Maitreyi Bordia Das is Practice Manager in the Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice of the World Bank. She oversees several global programs, including the Global Partnership for Results Based Approaches (formerly, GBOPA) and the Tokyo Development Learning Center. Previously, she was the Bank’s first Global Lead on Social Inclusion. Based in Washington DC, Dr. Das leads a talented group of professionals who work on urban development, resilience and inclusion. She has long-standing research and policy experience in human development and infrastructure related sectors. Of these, urban development, water and sanitation, demography, health, social protection and social development, stand out. Having started her career as a lecturer in St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, Dr. Das has also been a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies and an advisor to the United Nations Development Program. She has a PhD in Sociology (Demography) from the University of Maryland.

Alice Charles

Alice Charles leads the Cities and Real Estate workstreams at the World Economic Forum. This includes the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the Real Estate Industry Action Group, co-leading the Net Zero Carbon Cities: An integrated approach initiative and the Biodiverse Cities initiative, the production of all cities and real estate related content and events at World Economic Forum Summits (including Davos). She has a Masters in Global Leadership through the World Economic Forum.

Martin B.H. Weiss

He is faculty member in the telecommunications and undergraduate programs in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and associate director of Center for Governance and Markets. He has a PhD. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a MSE in Computer, Control and Information Engineering from University of Michigan. His research is on analyzing situations where competing firms must cooperate technically through standardization process, internet interconnection and radio spectrum sharing. His current research focus is on dynamic spectrum access and intelligent wireless systems. He is currently studying spectrum sharing and spectrum trading with a focus on understanding the system-level factors supporting and constraining the adoption of these technologies. Recent aspects of this have involved studying enforcement in cooperative spectrum sharing approaches, secondary users’ constraints and decisions using decision analysis and real options analysis. He has also been studying governance in and of technological systems, with a focus on radio spectrum and blockchains. Past projects include technical and cost studies new technologies, bandwidth markets, interconnection of packet networks that support quality of service (QoS), and technical standards.

Michael Donaldson

Michael Donaldson is the Commissioner of Technological Innovation, Electronic Administration and Good Governance of the Barcelona City Council. He has a law degree and a master's degree in public management. He has worked as director of strategic planning and central services in the municipalities of Rubí and Gavà. He is a trainer in open government and transparency issues and has published several articles and chapters of public management.

Pedro Vidal Matamala

Pedro Vidal is a Computer Engineer with a Master in Information Technology from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María of Chile. Since March 2020, he has been the Coordinator of the Intelligent Transport Systems Area of the Ministry of Transport of Chile and aims to modernize the country's traffic control centers, for which he is in charge of the Traffic Control Operational Unit, the Unit Bigdata and the Smart Cities Unit. Prior to this position, he served as manager of the national program of Smart Cities at CORFO (Chilean Economic Development Agency)) working on open innovation and public-private collaboration logics to articulate, activate and develop various projects in the fields of transport, environment and safety.

Rudi Borrmann

Rudi Borrmann is the Deputy Director, OGP Local. Rudi joined OGP in March 2020 and leads OGP’s work at the local level, helping to accelerate impact and reforms where government is closer to citizens by supporting strategic national-local integration, enhancing subnational participation in OGP and improving knowledge and learning opportunities for open government reformers. Previous to this role he was Undersecretary of Public Innovation and Open Government at the Cabinet Office of Argentina from 2015 to 2019. In this position, Rudi was in charge of the National Open Government Strategy, developing Argentina’s first open data infrastructure, establishing open government reforms with three open state action plans and running LABgobAR (the National Government Lab).

Questions Submitted


- Jan 12, 2023
interesting, thank you


- Mar 23, 2022

Mahaman Mourtala

- Oct 14, 2021
Very interesting!


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jose luis

- May 12, 2021
hay muchas formas diferentes de hacer que una ciudad y sus ciudadanos sean inteligentes

Mohammad Nadir

- May 9, 2021


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- May 8, 2021
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