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December 4-5, 2018|Las Vegas, NV

Inspiring Speakers. Impactful Outcomes

We are carefully curating the speaker faculty to include the urban tech’s thought leaders who are implementing innovation today. Make sure you keep up to date with the speaker list as the event continues to evolve and we add more to the line-up. If you would like to be part of the research or you have an impact you want to share with the industry , please put forward your suggestions to twilson@impactconf.com

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Lester Lewis

Lester Lewis

Deputy Director of Information Technology, City of Las Vegas

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Shayle Kann

Shayle Kann

Senior Vice President, Research & Strategy, Energy Impact Partners

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Tina Quigley

Tina Quigley

General Manager, RTC Southern Nevada

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As general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. In a city of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors, Quigley is at the forefront of visionary thinking and planning for the future. She recognizes that an enhanced multi-modal and technologically advanced transportation infrastructure will help ensure that Southern Nevada can continue to attract tourists, residents and new business. She has embraced and pushed for sweeping technological advances; she has advocated for future planning; and she has built critical partnerships to well position the region for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency nationwide that is responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding, transportation planning and administering Southern Nevada Strong, the regional planning effort to build complete communities in the Las Vegas Valley – all under one roof.

Chris Chiancone

Chris Chiancone

Chief Information Officer, City of Plano

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Chris Chiancone is a strategic thought leader with over 20 years of experience delivering advanced hardware and software solutions for private corporations and public sector organizations. Programs implemented by Chris and his team help organizations deliver strong technological innovation, helping align industry leaders with a substantial competitive advantage by focusing on technology transformation, increasing productivity, reducing cost, cloud migration and organizational security.

Chris has a strong track record of building versatile, top-tier technology teams. His skill set includes strategic planning, technological innovation, IT architecture, applications, security and production with large ERP, cloud providers, ITIL and data science technologies.

He is experienced in blending visionary insight and sharp business planning skills to strategize large-scale technological change initiatives and turnaround management. Chris is known as a change agent, with the people skills, business acumen, technical expertise and management experience to drive growth and competitiveness.

Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons

Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons

Chief Technology Officer, City of St Louis

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Caroline Samponaro

Caroline Samponaro

Director of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy, Lyft

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Franco Amalfi

Franco Amalfi

Director of Innovation, Oracle Canada

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Franco leads a team of experts responsible for the go to market strategy for State & Local focused on smarter government, economic development, community development and health & human services. Franco and his team guide government officials at every level to effectively use modern cloud-based solution and emerging technologies to help government organizations deliver on their mission. In addition to working with customers, Franco authors, publishes white papers and articles on leveraging technology to drive business value for governments. He is also a frequent speaker at government conferences. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and has completed an Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation, and Technology at MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, USA.

Cason Lee

Cason Lee

Deputy Director, City of Long Beach

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Cason Lee is the Deputy Director of Technology and Innovation in the City of Long Beach in California. He leads technology planning, technology services, and project management for citywide systems including data centers, computing systems, citywide fiber, telecommunication and radio communications. The City of Long Beach has over $110 million in active technology projects including building a new civic center, a citywide fiber network, and a new ERP system.

Cason has a strong track record of building teams to deliver efficient and effective services, to improve agility and scalability, and to partner with stakeholders to meet new business challenges. Over the past 25 years, Cason has held senior technology positions at Broadcom Inc, Toyota, Visa Inc, Kaiser Permanente and UCLA Healthcare, and he has an MBA from University of Phoenix and a BA from UCLA.

Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance

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Jennifer Sanders is Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA), a nonprofit public-private partnership dedicated to supporting the smart cities strategy established by the City of Dallas. She brings to the role expertise across a broad array of industries, including energy, technology, economic development and finance. At the DIA, she has collated a network of 30 member organizations and 20 departments at the City of Dallas to ensure an aligned smart city vision, beginning with the Smart Cities Living Lab in the West End of downtown Dallas. From inception to launch in under 12 months, the Living Lab is the fastest-to-market smart cities project in the country.

She is actively involved with organizations including the Mayor’s Star Council, Better Block and Dallas Entrepreneur Center. She has been named as a Top Women in Technology by the Dallas Business Journal and State Scoop, Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and TechWeek 100. She attended the University of Virginia.

Ali Amirali

Ali Amirali

Senior Vice President, Starwood Energy Group

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Paul Asel

Paul Asel

Managing Partner, NGP Capital

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Paul is Managing Partner of NGP Capital and a global technology investor across the U.S., Europe and Asia for over 25 years. Paul has realized 20 successful investments, including 5 IPOs and four $1B+ exits of which UCWeb and Ganji were two of the largest technology acquisitions in China. Other successful exits include KongZhong (KZ: NASDAQ), DQ Entertainment (DQE.BO), Gridsum (GSUM: NASDAQ), Morpho (IPO Japan), Madhouse (Blue Focus), Whistle (Mars), CityMaps (TripAdvisor) and Intermedia.

He has been engaged in acquisitions and IPOs valued cumulatively at over $25 billion. He is currently focused on NGP’s investments in the US and Asia in the mobile, IOT, auto sectors.

Paul is currently on the Boards of Gigwalk, Workfusion and Zubie. Prior to NGP, Paul was responsible for technology investments in Asia at the International Finance Corporation. Previously, he oversaw M&A and corporate venture activity at Cadence Design Systems and worked at Merrill Lynch in investment banking.

He received an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Dartmouth. Paul is co-author of Upward Bound: Lessons of How Nine Leaders Achieved their Summits. He has served as an Advisory Board member at the University of Baltimore and Adjunct Professor of International Entrepreneurship at the George Mason School of Public Policy.

Jason JonMichael

Jason JonMichael

Assistant Director – Smart Mobility, City of Austin

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Jason JonMichael is a transportation technology expert with more than 25 years in Transportation Technology with specialized experience in connected, automated, and electric vehicle research, deployment and program development.

 Before joining the City of Austin, JonMichael led public private partnerships that focused on emerging technology program development, management and deployment in transportation, a key challenge for transportation agencies to unlock and learn the value of connected and autonomous vehicles.

 JonMichael will lead a cross-functional team of mobility, technology, policy, data, and user experience specialists to deliver outcomes that improve mobility, safety, equity, and access to Austin residents. He will also manage public-private-partnerships and the evolution of the Parking Enterprise division in its future role of transportation.

Over the last 25 years, he has performed and managed systems integration services on projects spanning from traditional advanced traffic management systems to state-of-the-art, emerging smart mobility solutions involving connected, autonomous, shared, and electric technologies.

 JonMichael regularly provides insights and advice to industry-related non-profit boards, councils, committees and other organizations. For the past 10 years, JonMichael has been an executive board member and past Chair of the OmniAir® Consortium, helping guide the creation of OmniAir’s certification services.  OmniAir® is regarded by industry as the WiFi® Alliance of Connected Vehicle.

Dr. Luis Taveras

Dr. Luis Taveras

Chief Information Officer, City of Buffalo

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Dr. Taveras serves as a Commissioner and Chief Information Officer for the City of Buffalo in Western New York State. Prior to this position, Dr. Taveras spent over 30 years serving the various sectors of the healthcare industry with organizations like IBM, Accenture, CSC, Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers in New York City, Hartford Healthcare in Connecticut, Barnabas Health in New Jersey and several other organizations throughout the country.

Dr. Taveras is an expert in the transformation of organizations into high performance, value driven entities that create internal as well as external values to its customers. Dr. Taveras also has extensive experience in the development and implementation of Governance models that drive these high performance transformations.

Ximon Zhu

Ximon Zhu

Manager, Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte

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Abe Ghabra

Abe Ghabra

Managing Director, Las Vegas Customer Technology Center, Autonomous Driving, Aptiv

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Abe is managing director of Aptiv’s technical center in Las Vegas. Aptiv is a global technology company that develops safer, greener, and more connected solutions enabling the future of mobility. Abe has led the growth and expansion of Aptiv’s Las Vegas operation, home to its largest fleet of self-driving vehicles. Aptiv is creating a commercially viable ecosystem that is easy to use and enjoyable to consumers. In May 2018, Aptiv launched 30 autonomous vehicles on the Lyft network, giving passengers the ability to hail a self-driving vehicle equipped with Aptiv technology on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. Abe leads a team of 300 engineers, operations, and support staff to enable the advancement of autonomous driving technology and moving mobility forward.

Prior to the Las Vegas assignment, Abe was executive director of Aptiv’s Silicon Valley business unit. In that role, Abe was responsible for building, developing, and growing Aptiv’s relationships with customers based in Silicon Valley, including new tech entrants to the automotive space. His team of engineers, program managers, and sales staff represented all Aptiv product lines and offered a holistic value proposition to the Silicon Valley customer base. In this role, Abe oversaw significant growth in Aptiv’s Silicon Valley business, delivering successful program execution, operational performance, and customer satisfaction.

Abe had previously served as global sales director of Aptiv’s electrical center business, as well as several prior assignments in sales and business management, leading relationships with Aptiv’s global customer base.

Abe received his MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Aptiv in 2012, he served as the business development manager with ACTIA Group, supporting products such as on-board vehicle electronics & diagnostics and focusing on the commercial vehicle market.

Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes

Smart Cities Product Manager, Arity

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Lauren Haynes is Smart Cities Product Manager at Arity. Previously she was Associate Director at DSaPP, where she served as a translator between data scientists and non-profit and government agency personnel. Lauren was Product Manager at GiveForward. She was previously IT Manager and interim CIO at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a non-profit focused on early childhood education and advocacy with 250 staff and a $50 million operating budget. She was a consultant with Accenture's Technology Labs where her projects focused on Healthcare, Knowledge Management, and Collaboration while working with clients including Shell and DuPont.

Lauren sits on the Board of Trustees for the University YMCA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Lauren previously served as chair of the Board of Directors for Break Away, a national nonprofit focused on service learning trips for college students. In her spare time, Lauren travels to Lindy Hop dance events. She holds a BS in General Engineering from UIUC, where her secondary field was in Human Computer Interaction.

Amy Lahav

Amy Lahav

Sr. Project Manager, Renewable Energy & Smart Infrastructure, NV Energy

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Russ Ziegler

Russ Ziegler

Strategic Account Manager, Polaris

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Russ Ziegler is the Strategic Account Manager for the Western US for Polaris Commercial, Government and Defense. Russ joined Polaris in 2016 and has seven years of experience in the Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) and small task oriented electric vehicle industry. In his current role Russ works with strategic partners to research and implement green transportation technologies in the higher education, transit and shuttle environment. When not at work, you will find Russ at his home in Keene, TX or more likely outdoors hiking, swimming, fishing or hunting, enjoying time with family and friends.

Andrew Watkins

Andrew Watkins

President and COO, Marketplace.city

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As President and COO, Andrew is responsible for Marketplace.city’s relationship with the public sector, product/process integration and all operations.  Andrew co-founded Marketplace.city in 2017 with Chris Foreman and Cameron Koczon on the principle that greater access to information and transparency would aid the growth of smart city technology.

Prior to Marketplace.city, Andrew was the Managing Director of Strategy at UI LABS, an innovation accelerator in Chicago.  In that role, he focused on organization wide strategy and plan, program integration across all labs, business development and customer value capture/success.  Additionally, Andrew oversaw marketing, communication, finance and government relations.  Upon joining UI LABS, Andrew led the standup and launch of the smart city lab, City Digital, from the announcement through launch of the initial projects, including hiring an executive director and operations lead.

Prior to UI LABS, Andrew was a Senior Manager in the strategy consulting practice at Accenture.  At Accenture, Andrew focused on large scale enterprise and finance transformation across multiple industries.  He was responsible for project sales, planning, execution and delivery of client value.  In his time with Accenture, he sold and managed programs more than $10M in fees and delivered client returns of over $100M in recognized savings.

Andrew has an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.  He lives in Chicago with his wife, Molly, and two kids. 

Gary Halbert

Gary Halbert

City Manager, City of Chula Vista

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City of Chula Vista City Manager, Gary Halbert, is a certified planner and licensed engineer. He has over 35 years of experience in local government and has held management positions in city planning, transportation engineering and development services.

Halbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University. At SDSU, he was a recipient of the John Fowler Scholarship and Graduate Student of the Year.  Gary is the Past Director of the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s University Development and Innovation Council.

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Kate Kigongo

Kate Kigongo

Innovation Analyst, City of West Hollywood

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Kate Kigongo is the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Analyst. Kate is a resource for staff in the exploration of new civic technologies to enhance citizen satisfaction and engagement, increase government efficiency and transparency, and promote the City’s innovation economy. She plans for and implements smart city technologies into urban infrastructure and develops programs to give staff the tools they need to be innovative thinkers and service providers. As an urban leader, Kate translates the needs of communities to designers and architects, and translates complex technical concepts to constituents and city staff.

Prior to working for the City of West Hollywood, Kate was a Program Manager at Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), managing urban greening and community revitalization projects, including managing the development of conceptual plans for two of LA Mayor Garcetti’s first fifteen Great Streets.

Kate is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Design and Development. Before receiving her Master’s from UCLA, Kate worked as a Program Officer at Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) where she ran the California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program, a $6 million program that provided free energy efficiency assessments, energy data analysis, and retrofits to child care and recreation centers statewide.

Kim Moyers

Kim Moyers

Downtown Redevelopment Manager, City of Chandler

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Kim has been in the Valley for 13 years and has been in Downtown development and redevelopment for over 20 years. As the Downtown Redevelopment Manager for Chandler for 4 years, she is actively growing the Downtown from a historic square to an urban environment in which to work, do business and be entertained while continuing to pay respect to the past. Before coming to Chandler, Kim spend 6 ½ years in Queen Creek implementing several economic development tools to further their downtown vision. Originally from Indiana, Kim started and maintained a career in economic development and the Mainstreet movement. Kim is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and received certification as a Business Improvement District Specialist through Rutgers University. She is involved in several organizations including the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Arizona Association of Economic Development, International Downtown Association, and Urban Land Institute.

Robert Kellman

Robert Kellman

Global Head of Government Affairs and Policy for Bikeshare, Uber

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Justin Holmes

Justin Holmes

Director, Corporate Communications & Public Policy, ZipCar

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Andrew Savage

Andrew Savage

Vice President of Strategic Development and Founding Team, Lime

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Andrew is a founding member and Vice President of Strategic Development at Lime, overseeing the company's government affairs, policy, and market-entry strategy. Prior to joining Lime, he spent 6 years in solar development and manufacturing and as an elected member to the industry's national trade association. He was a Deputy Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, was on President Obama's presidential campaign and has served as an adviser to elected leaders at the local and state level.

Jason Whittet

Jason Whittet

Associate Director – Technology, 100 Resilient Cities

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Rahul Sonnad

Rahul Sonnad

CEO, Tesloop

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Rahul has been active in technology and startups since the 90s. He founded his first startup, thePlatform in 2000, which offered an industrial-strength online video management system. Boston based Spark Capital funded thePlatform as their first investment. The company's product became the backend for services by Verizon, Microsoft, Hulu, Qualcomm as well as Comcast, who acquired the company in 2006 for over $100m. Rahul’s next company, Geodelic, offered a location-based content discovery and mobile commerce service that was adopted by Verizon, Universal Studios Theme Parks, and Korea Telecom. Before startups, Rahul worked as an engineering manager at Adobe and at Microsoft, first as a product designer for MS Word, and later as the R&D Manager for all the Asian versions of MS office, a $1B suite of products. In his spare time, Rahul plays comedic songs on the only ukulele ever autographed by Elon Musk. He attended the Harvard Business School’s MBA program, received a Masters in Computer Science and Japanese from the University of Washington, and a BS in anthropology from UPenn. Rahul has been involved in the pioneering of electric, connected, autonomous mobility space through Tesloop, which has been delivering consumer mobility for nearly three years. In this time, many insights have been learned that have positioned him, and the company, at the forefront of innovation in the space. Carmiq is a blossoming project to integrate the fundamental principles of blockchain technology into a mobility ecosystem.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly

Director, Microgrid Development, EDF Renewables

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Jerry Power

Jerry Power

Assistant Professor - Institute for Communications Technology Management, University of Southern California

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Jerry Power is the Executive Director of The Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. CTM and its board of corporate leaders are actively engaged in identifying emerging trends driven by the rapid evolution of digital communications technologies and services. Through its research and educational programs, the Institute explores the new opportunities and challenges for the business community in the age of mobility, broadband, and digital content. CTM embraces our increasingly dynamic market and harnesses the thought leadership of the University and our member companies to find new ways to thrive in this evolving business climate.

Jerry is also a founding member of the I3 Consortium. I3 is working to create an opensource Internet-of-Things meta layer that allows communities of independent IOT device owners to work together as active members of the expanding data ecosystem. The consortium recognizes the importance and the personalized nature of privacy, trust, and incentives as key enablers of a sustainable, managed, and networked IOT infrastructure that supports collaborative IOT environments.

Sylvano Carrasco

Sylvano Carrasco

VP Connected Car, Getaround

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Ryan Snyder

Ryan Snyder

Principal of Active Transportation, Transpogroup

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Ryan Snyder is Principal with Transpo Group. Snyder is a member of the Bicycle Technical Committee and the Autonomous Vehicle Task Force of the United States National Uniform Traffic Device Committee. He coordinated the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Framework Summit that brought 100 national experts together to advance the policy discussion on how to prepare for a future with autonomous vehicles. Snyder serves on the faculty at the UCLA Urban Planning Department.

Roger Lanctot

Roger Lanctot

Director, Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics

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Kris Bailey

Kris Bailey

COO, Electric Cab of North America

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Mark Minden

Mark Minden

Vice President of Emerging Markets, Electric Cab of North America

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Mark Minden is a passionate and dedicated entrepreneur who takes pride in the St. Louis region and her potential. Mark started a micro-transit company which operated in the City of St. Louis for over 12 years when he saw the need for last mile transportation in the downtown area. Mark has experience in the Micro-transit and Smart City fields and continues to develop his expertise in solving the last mile problem, as well as to help cities run more efficiently by implementing technology solutions.

Previously, Mark spent 8 years as a Neighborhood Improvement Specialist within the Mayor’s Office, a position which supports the department heads of St. Louis and seeks to improve the quality of life for city residents. One of his projects was the “Keep it Clean” campaign which removed over 51 tons of trash, and 4,000 tires from our streets with over 300 volunteers.

Mark’s unique work experiences allowed him to facilitate the vital strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors. Mark wants to continue to contribute to improving the quality of life in the St. Louis area and other cities across the globe for all members of the communities.

Mariel Devesa

Mariel Devesa

Global Head of Business Development, Phyn

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Mariel Devesa is global head of business development at Phyn, the company bringing intelligent water solutions to market that help people protect their homes, conserve water and save money. At Phyn, Mariel is responsible for leading global revenue generation, business strategy and execution.

Mariel joined Phyn from Farmers Insurance where she served as head of innovation and oversaw the development of business relationships, product and offering implementations. She addressed changes in the new economy through developing new revenue streams, improving the customer experience and creating operational efficiencies. She has directly developed and led programs that generated in excess of $500 million in annual revenue. Under her tenure, Farmers was the first mainstream carrier to launch coverage for rideshare drivers, in addition to being the first insurer to incorporate phone distraction in the pricing of the telematics offering.

Before joining Farmers, Mariel spent over ten years at Deloitte & Touche, Red Bull (in the U.S. and Austria) and Herbalife. Her work focused on streamlining efficiencies and emphasizing the global transfer of best practices. She is a certified public accountant and a retired professional windsurfer with seven U.S. national titles.

Rod Heller

Rod Heller

CEO, Energy Performance Lighting

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Managing Partner/Lighting Evangelist for Energy Performance Lighting. He is focused on getting lighting right for the occupant. This includes illuminance for visual tasks and spectrum for alertness. He is chairman for Upgrading Lighting Systems in Commercial & Institutional Spaces for the Illuminating Engineering Society.  Principle Investigator researching the effects of light on alertness to reduce errors, accidents and falls in a health care environment. He utilizes the latest technology and science to reduce energy consumption while getting lighting right for the occupant below the lights.

Gail Gottehrer

Gail Gottehrer

Principal, Akerman

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Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego

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Jason is President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego, a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment.

As President and CEO, Jason manages the overall organization and leads several initiatives critical to the mission of the organization, including Smart Cities San Diego, advocacy efforts, and economic development programs.

Before joining Cleantech San Diego in 2010, Jason was Vice President of Business Development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Prior to joining EDC in 2006, Jason lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the State Capitol as Legislative Director for Texas State Senator Frank Madla.

Jason holds a degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas in Austin and is a 2008 graduate of LEAD San Diego.

In 2014, Jason was named one of SD METRO’s “40 Under 40.” He is a member of the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, the County of San Diego’s Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan Technical Advisory Committee, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Advisory Board. Jason is also a board member of Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

Brendan McEneaney

Brendan McEneaney

Principal, Urban Innovation, Integral Group

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Brenden brings over a decade of green building and policy experience to the Integral Group team, where he leads work on public policy and city-scale innovation. Passion for creating value to businesses, communities, and the planet through sustainability has driven him along his career path. Brenden is committed to increasing communities’ resiliency to the challenges brought about by climate change. With a focus on city and campus scale action planning and statewide policy change, he believes that policy, design and education can work together to help people create healthy, thriving places to live, work, and learn.

Prior to joining Integral Group, Brenden served as Pacific Region Director for the US Green Building Council. At USGBC, he ran all programs for the $80M organization’s largest market, and his office in San Francisco was USGBC’s primary lead with Fortune 100 companies, cleantech startups, and high performance building product and service providers.

Before that he was the Director for Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, the largest global Real Estate think tank, where he oversaw the organization’s work helping communities to prepare, plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to impacts from climate change.

Earlier in his career, Brenden established the City of Santa Monica as an internationally recognized leader in sustainability and high performance building practices. At the City, he developed green building codes, policies, incentive programs, and educational programs and acted as the City’s primary technical consultant for over $400 million in capital projects. He served as Board Chair of the USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter for two years. In addition to his public policy background, Brenden ran operations for the largest green building materials retailer in Southern California and has extensive experience with environmental cleanup and remediation projects at top engineering firms.

Brenden is a LEED AP (BD+C) and has lectured internationally on sustainability, green building, and environmental policy. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and of Yale University.

Dale Neef

Dale Neef

Founder, DNA Data Solutions LLC

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Dale Neef, founder of DNA Data Solutions LLC, advises organizations and communities on "Smart Cities" and autonomous vehicle infrastructure and policies, municipal broadband, and other digital economy issues.

A specialist in transportation and supply chain technologies and e-government, Dale has been a technical consultant for the Asian Development Bank, has worked for IBM and Computer Sciences Corporation, and was a fellow at Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation.

A frequent contributor to journals, and a regular speaker at technology conferences, Dale earned his doctorate from Cambridge University, was a research fellow at Harvard, and has written or edited eight books on the economics of knowledge and data management and the role of technology in economic development and society.

He is a member of the American Planning Association’s Smart Cities task force and is on the International City/County Management Association’s Digital Strategies Advisory Board.

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Scott Belcher

Scott Belcher

President and CEO, SFB Consulting

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Scott is focused on the intersection of technology, communications and transportation. He is currently working with clients on smart mobility, smart cities, edge computing, data processing and transfer, connected and autonomous vehicles, vehicle testing, and vehicle emission reductions.

Before founding SFB Consulting, Scott was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) from 2014 through 2016 where he focused on advancing the telecommunication industry’s positions on issues such as net neutrality, smart cities, smart transportation, and 5G standards. Prior to TIA, Scott spent seven years at the helm of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) where he focused on bridging the gaps between the legacy transportation industry and the communications and technology industries. Among other things, ITS America focused on bringing technology to bear in managing fleets, transportation infrastructure, and connected and autonomous vehicles.

Before ITS America, Scott served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC as well as in senior management positions at a number of other prominent trade associations. Earlier in his career Scott worked at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, for the House Appropriations Committee, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands.

Rob Sadow

Rob Sadow

CEO and Co-Founder, Scoop

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Kamran Saddique

Kamran Saddique

Executive Director, City Innovate

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Gerd Goette

Gerd Goette

Founder & Manging Partner, Renu Ventures

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Seasoned venture capitalist with $100m invested in more than 50 equity and debt transactions, combined with extensive board experience from more than 25 directorships and board observer positions. During his 18 year tenure as a partner at Siemens Venture Capital, initially based in Germany and since 2005 in Silicon Valley, Gerd focused on generating financial and strategic returns in the fields of 

Energy: BuildingIQ, LO3 Energy, Prenova, RePower Capital, Smart Synch, Sunverge, Tendril and Wirescan;

Transportation: ChargePoint, ISE, Sensys;

Telecommunication: Broadlight, Covega, Dune Networks, Genband, IP Unity, Kagoor Networks, Myrioand Verimatrix

Global operational experience includes roles in engineering, product and project management, sales and general management in Europe, America and the Middle East.

Gerd holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Technical University Darmstadt.

Managing Partner – Siemens Venture Capital

Managing Director, Lupine Growth Advisors

Advisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Boris von Bormann

Boris von Bormann

Founder & Manging Partner, Renu Ventures

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ormer CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy, accomplished business leader and automotive management professional with a 15+ year career in the automotive and clean tech industries, and vast experience on cross-cultural business aspects.

Pioneer in the  energy storage sector with proven management, sales, marketing, and business development expertise, and a history of consistent growth, business turnaround and customer satisfaction.

Broad based experience in automotive and cleantech environments, adept at providing infrastructural needs around charging in conjunction with the launch of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and the concepts and processes around 2nd use of batteries after their first use in electric vehicles. Expert in the installation of renewable energy and the development and manufacturing of stationary storage systems for the utility, commercial and residential sectors. Raised over $350 million USD during his tenure with various startup firms.

  • CEO – Mercedes-Benz Energy | CEO – sonnen, Inc. | Director North America Soltecture, Inc.
  • Advisor to the National EV Innovation Center, Beijing, China
  • White House Delegation Member Obama Administration
Joe Buscaino

Joe Buscaino

Councilmember, City of Los Angeles

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Bill Pugh

Bill Pugh

Managing Partner, Smart Connections Consulting

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Mr. Pugh has over 25 years of experience in wired/wireless strategy of platform development and deployment of networking technologies for several private and public companies. Most recently over the past 4 years, working with cities on strategies for executing Smart City initiatives around Street lights, Smart Parking, Intelligent Traffic and Security. Networking technologies include, but not limited to:

  • Wireless Mesh 900MHz/2.4GHz
  • WiFi/Bluetooth
  • Zigbee/LoRa/NB—IoT
  • 802.15.4 (g/e)
  • Cloud strategy and distributed intelligence

Smart Connections Consulting LLC is responsible for delivering to its Private and Public—Sector clients technological thought leadership, guidance and practical best in class practice for solving their wired or wireless connected initiatives as well as roadmaps for open data and analytic objectives

Marie Steele

Marie Steele

Principal, e-centricity

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Noam Maital

Noam Maital

CEO, Waycare

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Douglas Kot

Douglas Kot

Head of Section, Sustainable Buildings and Communities, DNV GL

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Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton

Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton

Principal, CLB Consulting

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Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow

Managing Partner, Cumulus Partners

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Joanna Wadsworth

Joanna Wadsworth

Program Manager -Emerging Technologies Division, City of Las Vegas

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Joanna Wadsworth is a registered professional engineer and serves as a Program Manager in the Information Technology Department, Emerging Technologies Division at the City of Las Vegas. Focus area includes working across city departments to develop a smart city strategy and plan for advanced mobility projects. She is also developing and implementing technology projects to support the City’s strategic goals. In 2017, she was involved in the launch of the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to be deployed with Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication on a public roadway. A native of Las Vegas, Joanna earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Tyson Echentile

Tyson Echentile

Global Director, Smart Infrastructure, PTC

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Troy Dillard

Troy Dillard

Senior Vice President, Smart Cities and Government Solutions, Tech Mahindra

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Troy is the Sr. Vice President of Smart Cities and Government Solutions for Tech Mahindra, Americas. Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, Troy spent thirty years in government service within the State of Nevada, retiring from service at the executive cabinet level. Throughout Troy's career in government service, he strived to bring modern technological solutions to antiquated operational environments.

Troy has extensive experience in law enforcement, transportation, public policy, government budgeting and legislative affairs. Troy was an executive member of the Nevada committee that developed the world’s first regulatory structure for the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles on public roadways. Troy has held leadership and board positions with various organizations including the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Nevada Organ Donor Network, Nevada Advisory Board on Automotive Affairs, Nevada Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Taskforce and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Facial Identification Scientific Working Group. Troy’s passion is to make government more responsive to the people it exists to serve.

Laura Kinnard, MBA

Laura Kinnard, MBA

Founder, Curated Growth

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Laura Kinnard obtained her MBA with an Internet Marketing Specialty designation from the Florida Institute of Technology and is also an alumna of Drake University. Kinnard currently teaches courses in entrepreneurship, management, and marketing for Drake University and Des Moines Areas Community College (DMACC). She wrote and is currently delivering the curriculum for a pilot digital marketing program established through a partnership between Facebook and DMACC.

Drawing on the more than 20 years she's spent marketing and helping to develop and promote unique businesses, products, and events, as well as over three years researching placemaking and entrepreneurial ecosystems, Kinnard recently founded Curated Growth ( http://www.curatedgrowth.com/ ).


A Venture-Building studio, the company was formed to be a catalyst for smart-city innovation and to help businesses become future-ready while reimagining and revitalizing underutilized spaces. The CG team is now working to reimagine a mall property into a Smart City Innovation Campus in the fastest-growing city in the Midwest, Des Moines, Iowa.

Kinnard is also an adviser for Drake University’s Student Startup ‘Hatchery’ and to their visiting Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) participants - prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship recipients. She was recently awarded a reciprocal grant through the US State Department's to travel to Nigeria, Africa, summer 2018, to do entrepreneurial management and marketing training and to speak - along with the Vice President of Nigeria and the Governor of Edo State - at the launch of an Innovation Hub in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson

Co-Founder, IMPACT>CITIES

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Gareth Ragg

Gareth Ragg

Co-Founder, IMPACT>CITIES

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Lester Lewis

Lester Lewis1

Deputy Director of Information Technology, City of Las Vegas

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Shayle Kann

Shayle Kann2

Senior Vice President, Research & Strategy, Energy Impact Partners

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Tina Quigley

Tina Quigley3

General Manager, RTC Southern Nevada

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As general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. In a city of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors, Quigley is at the forefront of visionary thinking and planning for the future. She recognizes that an enhanced multi-modal and technologically advanced transportation infrastructure will help ensure that Southern Nevada can continue to attract tourists, residents and new business. She has embraced and pushed for sweeping technological advances; she has advocated for future planning; and she has built critical partnerships to well position the region for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency nationwide that is responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding, transportation planning and administering Southern Nevada Strong, the regional planning effort to build complete communities in the Las Vegas Valley – all under one roof.

Chris Chiancone

Chris Chiancone4

Chief Information Officer, City of Plano

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Chris Chiancone is a strategic thought leader with over 20 years of experience delivering advanced hardware and software solutions for private corporations and public sector organizations. Programs implemented by Chris and his team help organizations deliver strong technological innovation, helping align industry leaders with a substantial competitive advantage by focusing on technology transformation, increasing productivity, reducing cost, cloud migration and organizational security.

Chris has a strong track record of building versatile, top-tier technology teams. His skill set includes strategic planning, technological innovation, IT architecture, applications, security and production with large ERP, cloud providers, ITIL and data science technologies.

He is experienced in blending visionary insight and sharp business planning skills to strategize large-scale technological change initiatives and turnaround management. Chris is known as a change agent, with the people skills, business acumen, technical expertise and management experience to drive growth and competitiveness.

Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons

Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons5

Chief Technology Officer, City of St Louis

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Caroline Samponaro

Caroline Samponaro6

Director of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy, Lyft

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Franco Amalfi

Franco Amalfi7

Director of Innovation, Oracle Canada

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Franco leads a team of experts responsible for the go to market strategy for State & Local focused on smarter government, economic development, community development and health & human services. Franco and his team guide government officials at every level to effectively use modern cloud-based solution and emerging technologies to help government organizations deliver on their mission. In addition to working with customers, Franco authors, publishes white papers and articles on leveraging technology to drive business value for governments. He is also a frequent speaker at government conferences. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and has completed an Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation, and Technology at MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, USA.

Cason Lee

Cason Lee8

Deputy Director, City of Long Beach

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Cason Lee is the Deputy Director of Technology and Innovation in the City of Long Beach in California. He leads technology planning, technology services, and project management for citywide systems including data centers, computing systems, citywide fiber, telecommunication and radio communications. The City of Long Beach has over $110 million in active technology projects including building a new civic center, a citywide fiber network, and a new ERP system.

Cason has a strong track record of building teams to deliver efficient and effective services, to improve agility and scalability, and to partner with stakeholders to meet new business challenges. Over the past 25 years, Cason has held senior technology positions at Broadcom Inc, Toyota, Visa Inc, Kaiser Permanente and UCLA Healthcare, and he has an MBA from University of Phoenix and a BA from UCLA.

Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders9

Executive Director, Dallas Innovation Alliance

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Jennifer Sanders is Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA), a nonprofit public-private partnership dedicated to supporting the smart cities strategy established by the City of Dallas. She brings to the role expertise across a broad array of industries, including energy, technology, economic development and finance. At the DIA, she has collated a network of 30 member organizations and 20 departments at the City of Dallas to ensure an aligned smart city vision, beginning with the Smart Cities Living Lab in the West End of downtown Dallas. From inception to launch in under 12 months, the Living Lab is the fastest-to-market smart cities project in the country.

She is actively involved with organizations including the Mayor’s Star Council, Better Block and Dallas Entrepreneur Center. She has been named as a Top Women in Technology by the Dallas Business Journal and State Scoop, Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and TechWeek 100. She attended the University of Virginia.

Ali Amirali

Ali Amirali10

Senior Vice President, Starwood Energy Group

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Paul Asel

Paul Asel11

Managing Partner, NGP Capital

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Paul is Managing Partner of NGP Capital and a global technology investor across the U.S., Europe and Asia for over 25 years. Paul has realized 20 successful investments, including 5 IPOs and four $1B+ exits of which UCWeb and Ganji were two of the largest technology acquisitions in China. Other successful exits include KongZhong (KZ: NASDAQ), DQ Entertainment (DQE.BO), Gridsum (GSUM: NASDAQ), Morpho (IPO Japan), Madhouse (Blue Focus), Whistle (Mars), CityMaps (TripAdvisor) and Intermedia.

He has been engaged in acquisitions and IPOs valued cumulatively at over $25 billion. He is currently focused on NGP’s investments in the US and Asia in the mobile, IOT, auto sectors.

Paul is currently on the Boards of Gigwalk, Workfusion and Zubie. Prior to NGP, Paul was responsible for technology investments in Asia at the International Finance Corporation. Previously, he oversaw M&A and corporate venture activity at Cadence Design Systems and worked at Merrill Lynch in investment banking.

He received an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Dartmouth. Paul is co-author of Upward Bound: Lessons of How Nine Leaders Achieved their Summits. He has served as an Advisory Board member at the University of Baltimore and Adjunct Professor of International Entrepreneurship at the George Mason School of Public Policy.

Jason JonMichael

Jason JonMichael12

Assistant Director – Smart Mobility, City of Austin

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Jason JonMichael is a transportation technology expert with more than 25 years in Transportation Technology with specialized experience in connected, automated, and electric vehicle research, deployment and program development.

 Before joining the City of Austin, JonMichael led public private partnerships that focused on emerging technology program development, management and deployment in transportation, a key challenge for transportation agencies to unlock and learn the value of connected and autonomous vehicles.

 JonMichael will lead a cross-functional team of mobility, technology, policy, data, and user experience specialists to deliver outcomes that improve mobility, safety, equity, and access to Austin residents. He will also manage public-private-partnerships and the evolution of the Parking Enterprise division in its future role of transportation.

Over the last 25 years, he has performed and managed systems integration services on projects spanning from traditional advanced traffic management systems to state-of-the-art, emerging smart mobility solutions involving connected, autonomous, shared, and electric technologies.

 JonMichael regularly provides insights and advice to industry-related non-profit boards, councils, committees and other organizations. For the past 10 years, JonMichael has been an executive board member and past Chair of the OmniAir® Consortium, helping guide the creation of OmniAir’s certification services.  OmniAir® is regarded by industry as the WiFi® Alliance of Connected Vehicle.

Dr. Luis Taveras

Dr. Luis Taveras13

Chief Information Officer, City of Buffalo

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Dr. Taveras serves as a Commissioner and Chief Information Officer for the City of Buffalo in Western New York State. Prior to this position, Dr. Taveras spent over 30 years serving the various sectors of the healthcare industry with organizations like IBM, Accenture, CSC, Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers in New York City, Hartford Healthcare in Connecticut, Barnabas Health in New Jersey and several other organizations throughout the country.

Dr. Taveras is an expert in the transformation of organizations into high performance, value driven entities that create internal as well as external values to its customers. Dr. Taveras also has extensive experience in the development and implementation of Governance models that drive these high performance transformations.

Ximon Zhu

Ximon Zhu14

Manager, Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte

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Abe Ghabra

Abe Ghabra15

Managing Director, Las Vegas Customer Technology Center, Autonomous Driving, Aptiv

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Abe is managing director of Aptiv’s technical center in Las Vegas. Aptiv is a global technology company that develops safer, greener, and more connected solutions enabling the future of mobility. Abe has led the growth and expansion of Aptiv’s Las Vegas operation, home to its largest fleet of self-driving vehicles. Aptiv is creating a commercially viable ecosystem that is easy to use and enjoyable to consumers. In May 2018, Aptiv launched 30 autonomous vehicles on the Lyft network, giving passengers the ability to hail a self-driving vehicle equipped with Aptiv technology on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. Abe leads a team of 300 engineers, operations, and support staff to enable the advancement of autonomous driving technology and moving mobility forward.

Prior to the Las Vegas assignment, Abe was executive director of Aptiv’s Silicon Valley business unit. In that role, Abe was responsible for building, developing, and growing Aptiv’s relationships with customers based in Silicon Valley, including new tech entrants to the automotive space. His team of engineers, program managers, and sales staff represented all Aptiv product lines and offered a holistic value proposition to the Silicon Valley customer base. In this role, Abe oversaw significant growth in Aptiv’s Silicon Valley business, delivering successful program execution, operational performance, and customer satisfaction.

Abe had previously served as global sales director of Aptiv’s electrical center business, as well as several prior assignments in sales and business management, leading relationships with Aptiv’s global customer base.

Abe received his MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Aptiv in 2012, he served as the business development manager with ACTIA Group, supporting products such as on-board vehicle electronics & diagnostics and focusing on the commercial vehicle market.

Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes16

Smart Cities Product Manager, Arity

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Lauren Haynes is Smart Cities Product Manager at Arity. Previously she was Associate Director at DSaPP, where she served as a translator between data scientists and non-profit and government agency personnel. Lauren was Product Manager at GiveForward. She was previously IT Manager and interim CIO at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a non-profit focused on early childhood education and advocacy with 250 staff and a $50 million operating budget. She was a consultant with Accenture's Technology Labs where her projects focused on Healthcare, Knowledge Management, and Collaboration while working with clients including Shell and DuPont.

Lauren sits on the Board of Trustees for the University YMCA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Lauren previously served as chair of the Board of Directors for Break Away, a national nonprofit focused on service learning trips for college students. In her spare time, Lauren travels to Lindy Hop dance events. She holds a BS in General Engineering from UIUC, where her secondary field was in Human Computer Interaction.

Amy Lahav

Amy Lahav17

Sr. Project Manager, Renewable Energy & Smart Infrastructure, NV Energy

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Russ Ziegler

Russ Ziegler18

Strategic Account Manager, Polaris

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Russ Ziegler is the Strategic Account Manager for the Western US for Polaris Commercial, Government and Defense. Russ joined Polaris in 2016 and has seven years of experience in the Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) and small task oriented electric vehicle industry. In his current role Russ works with strategic partners to research and implement green transportation technologies in the higher education, transit and shuttle environment. When not at work, you will find Russ at his home in Keene, TX or more likely outdoors hiking, swimming, fishing or hunting, enjoying time with family and friends.

Andrew Watkins

Andrew Watkins19

President and COO, Marketplace.city

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As President and COO, Andrew is responsible for Marketplace.city’s relationship with the public sector, product/process integration and all operations.  Andrew co-founded Marketplace.city in 2017 with Chris Foreman and Cameron Koczon on the principle that greater access to information and transparency would aid the growth of smart city technology.

Prior to Marketplace.city, Andrew was the Managing Director of Strategy at UI LABS, an innovation accelerator in Chicago.  In that role, he focused on organization wide strategy and plan, program integration across all labs, business development and customer value capture/success.  Additionally, Andrew oversaw marketing, communication, finance and government relations.  Upon joining UI LABS, Andrew led the standup and launch of the smart city lab, City Digital, from the announcement through launch of the initial projects, including hiring an executive director and operations lead.

Prior to UI LABS, Andrew was a Senior Manager in the strategy consulting practice at Accenture.  At Accenture, Andrew focused on large scale enterprise and finance transformation across multiple industries.  He was responsible for project sales, planning, execution and delivery of client value.  In his time with Accenture, he sold and managed programs more than $10M in fees and delivered client returns of over $100M in recognized savings.

Andrew has an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.  He lives in Chicago with his wife, Molly, and two kids. 

Gary Halbert

Gary Halbert20

City Manager, City of Chula Vista

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City of Chula Vista City Manager, Gary Halbert, is a certified planner and licensed engineer. He has over 35 years of experience in local government and has held management positions in city planning, transportation engineering and development services.

Halbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University. At SDSU, he was a recipient of the John Fowler Scholarship and Graduate Student of the Year.  Gary is the Past Director of the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s University Development and Innovation Council.

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Kate Kigongo

Kate Kigongo21

Innovation Analyst, City of West Hollywood

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Kate Kigongo is the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Analyst. Kate is a resource for staff in the exploration of new civic technologies to enhance citizen satisfaction and engagement, increase government efficiency and transparency, and promote the City’s innovation economy. She plans for and implements smart city technologies into urban infrastructure and develops programs to give staff the tools they need to be innovative thinkers and service providers. As an urban leader, Kate translates the needs of communities to designers and architects, and translates complex technical concepts to constituents and city staff.

Prior to working for the City of West Hollywood, Kate was a Program Manager at Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), managing urban greening and community revitalization projects, including managing the development of conceptual plans for two of LA Mayor Garcetti’s first fifteen Great Streets.

Kate is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Design and Development. Before receiving her Master’s from UCLA, Kate worked as a Program Officer at Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) where she ran the California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program, a $6 million program that provided free energy efficiency assessments, energy data analysis, and retrofits to child care and recreation centers statewide.

Kim Moyers

Kim Moyers22

Downtown Redevelopment Manager, City of Chandler

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Kim has been in the Valley for 13 years and has been in Downtown development and redevelopment for over 20 years. As the Downtown Redevelopment Manager for Chandler for 4 years, she is actively growing the Downtown from a historic square to an urban environment in which to work, do business and be entertained while continuing to pay respect to the past. Before coming to Chandler, Kim spend 6 ½ years in Queen Creek implementing several economic development tools to further their downtown vision. Originally from Indiana, Kim started and maintained a career in economic development and the Mainstreet movement. Kim is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and received certification as a Business Improvement District Specialist through Rutgers University. She is involved in several organizations including the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Arizona Association of Economic Development, International Downtown Association, and Urban Land Institute.

Robert Kellman

Robert Kellman23

Global Head of Government Affairs and Policy for Bikeshare, Uber

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Justin Holmes

Justin Holmes24

Director, Corporate Communications & Public Policy, ZipCar

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Andrew Savage

Andrew Savage25

Vice President of Strategic Development and Founding Team, Lime

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Andrew is a founding member and Vice President of Strategic Development at Lime, overseeing the company's government affairs, policy, and market-entry strategy. Prior to joining Lime, he spent 6 years in solar development and manufacturing and as an elected member to the industry's national trade association. He was a Deputy Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, was on President Obama's presidential campaign and has served as an adviser to elected leaders at the local and state level.

Jason Whittet

Jason Whittet26

Associate Director – Technology, 100 Resilient Cities

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Rahul Sonnad

Rahul Sonnad27

CEO, Tesloop

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Rahul has been active in technology and startups since the 90s. He founded his first startup, thePlatform in 2000, which offered an industrial-strength online video management system. Boston based Spark Capital funded thePlatform as their first investment. The company's product became the backend for services by Verizon, Microsoft, Hulu, Qualcomm as well as Comcast, who acquired the company in 2006 for over $100m. Rahul’s next company, Geodelic, offered a location-based content discovery and mobile commerce service that was adopted by Verizon, Universal Studios Theme Parks, and Korea Telecom. Before startups, Rahul worked as an engineering manager at Adobe and at Microsoft, first as a product designer for MS Word, and later as the R&D Manager for all the Asian versions of MS office, a $1B suite of products. In his spare time, Rahul plays comedic songs on the only ukulele ever autographed by Elon Musk. He attended the Harvard Business School’s MBA program, received a Masters in Computer Science and Japanese from the University of Washington, and a BS in anthropology from UPenn. Rahul has been involved in the pioneering of electric, connected, autonomous mobility space through Tesloop, which has been delivering consumer mobility for nearly three years. In this time, many insights have been learned that have positioned him, and the company, at the forefront of innovation in the space. Carmiq is a blossoming project to integrate the fundamental principles of blockchain technology into a mobility ecosystem.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly28

Director, Microgrid Development, EDF Renewables

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Jerry Power

Jerry Power29

Assistant Professor - Institute for Communications Technology Management, University of Southern California

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Jerry Power is the Executive Director of The Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. CTM and its board of corporate leaders are actively engaged in identifying emerging trends driven by the rapid evolution of digital communications technologies and services. Through its research and educational programs, the Institute explores the new opportunities and challenges for the business community in the age of mobility, broadband, and digital content. CTM embraces our increasingly dynamic market and harnesses the thought leadership of the University and our member companies to find new ways to thrive in this evolving business climate.

Jerry is also a founding member of the I3 Consortium. I3 is working to create an opensource Internet-of-Things meta layer that allows communities of independent IOT device owners to work together as active members of the expanding data ecosystem. The consortium recognizes the importance and the personalized nature of privacy, trust, and incentives as key enablers of a sustainable, managed, and networked IOT infrastructure that supports collaborative IOT environments.

Sylvano Carrasco

Sylvano Carrasco30

VP Connected Car, Getaround

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Ryan Snyder

Ryan Snyder31

Principal of Active Transportation, Transpogroup

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Ryan Snyder is Principal with Transpo Group. Snyder is a member of the Bicycle Technical Committee and the Autonomous Vehicle Task Force of the United States National Uniform Traffic Device Committee. He coordinated the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Framework Summit that brought 100 national experts together to advance the policy discussion on how to prepare for a future with autonomous vehicles. Snyder serves on the faculty at the UCLA Urban Planning Department.

Roger Lanctot

Roger Lanctot32

Director, Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics

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Kris Bailey

Kris Bailey33

COO, Electric Cab of North America

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Mark Minden

Mark Minden34

Vice President of Emerging Markets, Electric Cab of North America

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Mark Minden is a passionate and dedicated entrepreneur who takes pride in the St. Louis region and her potential. Mark started a micro-transit company which operated in the City of St. Louis for over 12 years when he saw the need for last mile transportation in the downtown area. Mark has experience in the Micro-transit and Smart City fields and continues to develop his expertise in solving the last mile problem, as well as to help cities run more efficiently by implementing technology solutions.

Previously, Mark spent 8 years as a Neighborhood Improvement Specialist within the Mayor’s Office, a position which supports the department heads of St. Louis and seeks to improve the quality of life for city residents. One of his projects was the “Keep it Clean” campaign which removed over 51 tons of trash, and 4,000 tires from our streets with over 300 volunteers.

Mark’s unique work experiences allowed him to facilitate the vital strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors. Mark wants to continue to contribute to improving the quality of life in the St. Louis area and other cities across the globe for all members of the communities.

Mariel Devesa

Mariel Devesa35

Global Head of Business Development, Phyn

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Mariel Devesa is global head of business development at Phyn, the company bringing intelligent water solutions to market that help people protect their homes, conserve water and save money. At Phyn, Mariel is responsible for leading global revenue generation, business strategy and execution.

Mariel joined Phyn from Farmers Insurance where she served as head of innovation and oversaw the development of business relationships, product and offering implementations. She addressed changes in the new economy through developing new revenue streams, improving the customer experience and creating operational efficiencies. She has directly developed and led programs that generated in excess of $500 million in annual revenue. Under her tenure, Farmers was the first mainstream carrier to launch coverage for rideshare drivers, in addition to being the first insurer to incorporate phone distraction in the pricing of the telematics offering.

Before joining Farmers, Mariel spent over ten years at Deloitte & Touche, Red Bull (in the U.S. and Austria) and Herbalife. Her work focused on streamlining efficiencies and emphasizing the global transfer of best practices. She is a certified public accountant and a retired professional windsurfer with seven U.S. national titles.

Rod Heller

Rod Heller36

CEO, Energy Performance Lighting

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Managing Partner/Lighting Evangelist for Energy Performance Lighting. He is focused on getting lighting right for the occupant. This includes illuminance for visual tasks and spectrum for alertness. He is chairman for Upgrading Lighting Systems in Commercial & Institutional Spaces for the Illuminating Engineering Society.  Principle Investigator researching the effects of light on alertness to reduce errors, accidents and falls in a health care environment. He utilizes the latest technology and science to reduce energy consumption while getting lighting right for the occupant below the lights.

Gail Gottehrer

Gail Gottehrer37

Principal, Akerman

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Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson38

President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego

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Jason is President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego, a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment.

As President and CEO, Jason manages the overall organization and leads several initiatives critical to the mission of the organization, including Smart Cities San Diego, advocacy efforts, and economic development programs.

Before joining Cleantech San Diego in 2010, Jason was Vice President of Business Development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Prior to joining EDC in 2006, Jason lived in Austin, Texas, where he worked in the State Capitol as Legislative Director for Texas State Senator Frank Madla.

Jason holds a degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas in Austin and is a 2008 graduate of LEAD San Diego.

In 2014, Jason was named one of SD METRO’s “40 Under 40.” He is a member of the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, the County of San Diego’s Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan Technical Advisory Committee, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Advisory Board. Jason is also a board member of Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

Brendan McEneaney

Brendan McEneaney39

Principal, Urban Innovation, Integral Group

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Brenden brings over a decade of green building and policy experience to the Integral Group team, where he leads work on public policy and city-scale innovation. Passion for creating value to businesses, communities, and the planet through sustainability has driven him along his career path. Brenden is committed to increasing communities’ resiliency to the challenges brought about by climate change. With a focus on city and campus scale action planning and statewide policy change, he believes that policy, design and education can work together to help people create healthy, thriving places to live, work, and learn.

Prior to joining Integral Group, Brenden served as Pacific Region Director for the US Green Building Council. At USGBC, he ran all programs for the $80M organization’s largest market, and his office in San Francisco was USGBC’s primary lead with Fortune 100 companies, cleantech startups, and high performance building product and service providers.

Before that he was the Director for Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute, the largest global Real Estate think tank, where he oversaw the organization’s work helping communities to prepare, plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to impacts from climate change.

Earlier in his career, Brenden established the City of Santa Monica as an internationally recognized leader in sustainability and high performance building practices. At the City, he developed green building codes, policies, incentive programs, and educational programs and acted as the City’s primary technical consultant for over $400 million in capital projects. He served as Board Chair of the USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter for two years. In addition to his public policy background, Brenden ran operations for the largest green building materials retailer in Southern California and has extensive experience with environmental cleanup and remediation projects at top engineering firms.

Brenden is a LEED AP (BD+C) and has lectured internationally on sustainability, green building, and environmental policy. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and of Yale University.

Dale Neef

Dale Neef40

Founder, DNA Data Solutions LLC

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Dale Neef, founder of DNA Data Solutions LLC, advises organizations and communities on "Smart Cities" and autonomous vehicle infrastructure and policies, municipal broadband, and other digital economy issues.

A specialist in transportation and supply chain technologies and e-government, Dale has been a technical consultant for the Asian Development Bank, has worked for IBM and Computer Sciences Corporation, and was a fellow at Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation.

A frequent contributor to journals, and a regular speaker at technology conferences, Dale earned his doctorate from Cambridge University, was a research fellow at Harvard, and has written or edited eight books on the economics of knowledge and data management and the role of technology in economic development and society.

He is a member of the American Planning Association’s Smart Cities task force and is on the International City/County Management Association’s Digital Strategies Advisory Board.

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Scott Belcher

Scott Belcher41

President and CEO, SFB Consulting

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Scott is focused on the intersection of technology, communications and transportation. He is currently working with clients on smart mobility, smart cities, edge computing, data processing and transfer, connected and autonomous vehicles, vehicle testing, and vehicle emission reductions.

Before founding SFB Consulting, Scott was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) from 2014 through 2016 where he focused on advancing the telecommunication industry’s positions on issues such as net neutrality, smart cities, smart transportation, and 5G standards. Prior to TIA, Scott spent seven years at the helm of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) where he focused on bridging the gaps between the legacy transportation industry and the communications and technology industries. Among other things, ITS America focused on bringing technology to bear in managing fleets, transportation infrastructure, and connected and autonomous vehicles.

Before ITS America, Scott served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC as well as in senior management positions at a number of other prominent trade associations. Earlier in his career Scott worked at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, for the House Appropriations Committee, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands.

Rob Sadow

Rob Sadow42

CEO and Co-Founder, Scoop

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Kamran Saddique

Kamran Saddique43

Executive Director, City Innovate

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Gerd Goette

Gerd Goette44

Founder & Manging Partner, Renu Ventures

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Seasoned venture capitalist with $100m invested in more than 50 equity and debt transactions, combined with extensive board experience from more than 25 directorships and board observer positions. During his 18 year tenure as a partner at Siemens Venture Capital, initially based in Germany and since 2005 in Silicon Valley, Gerd focused on generating financial and strategic returns in the fields of 

Energy: BuildingIQ, LO3 Energy, Prenova, RePower Capital, Smart Synch, Sunverge, Tendril and Wirescan;

Transportation: ChargePoint, ISE, Sensys;

Telecommunication: Broadlight, Covega, Dune Networks, Genband, IP Unity, Kagoor Networks, Myrioand Verimatrix

Global operational experience includes roles in engineering, product and project management, sales and general management in Europe, America and the Middle East.

Gerd holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Technical University Darmstadt.

Managing Partner – Siemens Venture Capital

Managing Director, Lupine Growth Advisors

Advisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Boris von Bormann

Boris von Bormann45

Founder & Manging Partner, Renu Ventures

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ormer CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy, accomplished business leader and automotive management professional with a 15+ year career in the automotive and clean tech industries, and vast experience on cross-cultural business aspects.

Pioneer in the  energy storage sector with proven management, sales, marketing, and business development expertise, and a history of consistent growth, business turnaround and customer satisfaction.

Broad based experience in automotive and cleantech environments, adept at providing infrastructural needs around charging in conjunction with the launch of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and the concepts and processes around 2nd use of batteries after their first use in electric vehicles. Expert in the installation of renewable energy and the development and manufacturing of stationary storage systems for the utility, commercial and residential sectors. Raised over $350 million USD during his tenure with various startup firms.

  • CEO – Mercedes-Benz Energy | CEO – sonnen, Inc. | Director North America Soltecture, Inc.
  • Advisor to the National EV Innovation Center, Beijing, China
  • White House Delegation Member Obama Administration
Joe Buscaino

Joe Buscaino46

Councilmember, City of Los Angeles

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Bill Pugh

Bill Pugh47

Managing Partner, Smart Connections Consulting

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Mr. Pugh has over 25 years of experience in wired/wireless strategy of platform development and deployment of networking technologies for several private and public companies. Most recently over the past 4 years, working with cities on strategies for executing Smart City initiatives around Street lights, Smart Parking, Intelligent Traffic and Security. Networking technologies include, but not limited to:

  • Wireless Mesh 900MHz/2.4GHz
  • WiFi/Bluetooth
  • Zigbee/LoRa/NB—IoT
  • 802.15.4 (g/e)
  • Cloud strategy and distributed intelligence

Smart Connections Consulting LLC is responsible for delivering to its Private and Public—Sector clients technological thought leadership, guidance and practical best in class practice for solving their wired or wireless connected initiatives as well as roadmaps for open data and analytic objectives

Marie Steele

Marie Steele48

Principal, e-centricity

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Noam Maital

Noam Maital49

CEO, Waycare

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Douglas Kot

Douglas Kot50

Head of Section, Sustainable Buildings and Communities, DNV GL

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Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton

Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton51

Principal, CLB Consulting

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Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow52

Managing Partner, Cumulus Partners

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Joanna Wadsworth

Joanna Wadsworth53

Program Manager -Emerging Technologies Division, City of Las Vegas

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Joanna Wadsworth is a registered professional engineer and serves as a Program Manager in the Information Technology Department, Emerging Technologies Division at the City of Las Vegas. Focus area includes working across city departments to develop a smart city strategy and plan for advanced mobility projects. She is also developing and implementing technology projects to support the City’s strategic goals. In 2017, she was involved in the launch of the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to be deployed with Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication on a public roadway. A native of Las Vegas, Joanna earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Tyson Echentile

Tyson Echentile54

Global Director, Smart Infrastructure, PTC

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Troy Dillard

Troy Dillard55

Senior Vice President, Smart Cities and Government Solutions, Tech Mahindra

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Troy is the Sr. Vice President of Smart Cities and Government Solutions for Tech Mahindra, Americas. Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, Troy spent thirty years in government service within the State of Nevada, retiring from service at the executive cabinet level. Throughout Troy's career in government service, he strived to bring modern technological solutions to antiquated operational environments.

Troy has extensive experience in law enforcement, transportation, public policy, government budgeting and legislative affairs. Troy was an executive member of the Nevada committee that developed the world’s first regulatory structure for the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles on public roadways. Troy has held leadership and board positions with various organizations including the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Nevada Organ Donor Network, Nevada Advisory Board on Automotive Affairs, Nevada Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Taskforce and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Facial Identification Scientific Working Group. Troy’s passion is to make government more responsive to the people it exists to serve.

Laura Kinnard, MBA

Laura Kinnard, MBA56

Founder, Curated Growth

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Laura Kinnard obtained her MBA with an Internet Marketing Specialty designation from the Florida Institute of Technology and is also an alumna of Drake University. Kinnard currently teaches courses in entrepreneurship, management, and marketing for Drake University and Des Moines Areas Community College (DMACC). She wrote and is currently delivering the curriculum for a pilot digital marketing program established through a partnership between Facebook and DMACC.

Drawing on the more than 20 years she's spent marketing and helping to develop and promote unique businesses, products, and events, as well as over three years researching placemaking and entrepreneurial ecosystems, Kinnard recently founded Curated Growth ( http://www.curatedgrowth.com/ ).


A Venture-Building studio, the company was formed to be a catalyst for smart-city innovation and to help businesses become future-ready while reimagining and revitalizing underutilized spaces. The CG team is now working to reimagine a mall property into a Smart City Innovation Campus in the fastest-growing city in the Midwest, Des Moines, Iowa.

Kinnard is also an adviser for Drake University’s Student Startup ‘Hatchery’ and to their visiting Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) participants - prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship recipients. She was recently awarded a reciprocal grant through the US State Department's to travel to Nigeria, Africa, summer 2018, to do entrepreneurial management and marketing training and to speak - along with the Vice President of Nigeria and the Governor of Edo State - at the launch of an Innovation Hub in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson57

Co-Founder, IMPACT>CITIES

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Gareth Ragg

Gareth Ragg58

Co-Founder, IMPACT>CITIES

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