February 4, 2018


Speaker at Conference

Amanda AizlewoodA/Director of Policy – Smart Cities Challenge
Infrastructure Canada

Amanda Aizlewood works with Canada’s newly launched Smart Cities Challenge where she manages policy, program design and performance measurement. Amanda brings more than two decades of Canadian federal government experience in the areas of policy research and analysis and recently directed performance reporting for the Canada 150 Federal Secretariat. She holds degrees from McGill University and Carleton University and has published quantitative studies in several areas including social capital, social cohesion and the critical examination of citizenship and identity.

Zach Babb
Principal Technologist

Zach joined moovel six years ago when it was known as GlobeSherpa and has been contributing to the development of its transit product since that time. His interest in identity arose as a result of trying to aggregate mobility services into a single user experience. Zach studied Physics at Reed College and has lived in Portland since 2010. When he’s not programming he’s probably out hiking the gorge or drinking some of Portland’s finest beers. 

Kris Bailey, COO
Electric Cab of North America

Kris Bailey began his career in the insurance industry. He was extensively trained in loss mitigation and risk management procedures. Aer that, he ran multiple successful businesses in various fields before finally finding his home with Electric Cab. He currently serves as the COO and is responsible for launching new cities using the business model built by Electric Cab.

He also volunteers me by serving on various boards and commissions. He is Chair of the Austin Impact Fee Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee for Financial Planning for the Austin Water Ulity and has served in other capacities on other boards.

Kris would like to see his vision of a cleaner, safer future for the next generation realized. His firm belief in forming partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations, to work together toward the common goal of making this planet a better place for everyone, especially our children.  This begins with clean and efficient modes of transportation.

Adnan Baykal, Global Technical Advisor
Global Cyber Alliance

Adnan Baykal is the Global Technical Advisor for the Global Cyber Alliance, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate cyber risks around the globe. Before taking this role, Mr. Baykal served as Vice President of Operations at the Center for Internet Security (CIS), an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides cybersecurity services and support to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments throughout the United States.  Mr. Baykal oversaw all technical incident response and forensic analysis activities for CIS and for the Multi-State Information-Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Prior to this role, Mr. Baykal served as the Vice President of Security Services as well as the Director of the CIS Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (CERT). As the Director of CIS CERT, he managed a highly select group of expertly skilled individuals responsible for providing rapid cybersecurity and incident response services to all state and local governments across the United States. Mr. Baykal is acknowledged internationally as a technical expert in cybersecurity.  With over a decade of experience leading complex operations in large-scale network monitoring, incident response, computer forensics and malware analysis, Mr. Baykal has become a global resource for detecting, identifying, analyzing and combating cyber threats on enterprise systems and networks.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Baykal has supported public and private sector enterprises in increasing their cybersecurity posture and in improving their practice. With academic degrees in both applied mathematics and in Computer science, he worked closely with the FBI, the United States Secret Service, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies using his cybersecurity expertise and operational experience.  His engaging ability to clearly explain complex technical subjects has made him a much sought-after subject matter expert.

Carlos M. Braceras, P.E.
Executive Director
Utah Department of Transportation

Carlos Braceras is executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, a position he has held since May 2013. A native of New Jersey, Carlos came to work at UDOT in 1986 because, quite honestly, he loved the skiing in Utah. In the 30 years that have passed since then, he has helped to shape UDOT’s strategic direction and its mission of innovating transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the quality of life, making it one of the most respected and influential DOT’s in the nation. Today his influence extends beyond the state of Utah through his service on a number of national and regional boards and committees including chair of ITS America, chair of RUC West, vice president of the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, Chair of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Design, Chair of the Center for Environmental Excellence Advisory Board, member of the Board and Directors, and immediate past president of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Michael Burshteyn
CEO & Co-Founder

Michael Burshteyn is the CEO & Co-founder of CryptoMove, an early stage bay area-based data protection startup. CryptoMove’s globally patented technology platform protects data with decentralized moving target defense in edge, IoT, sensor, camera, drone, and distributed multi-cloud environments. CryptoMove is on the front lines of global Fortune 100 and federal agency innovation strategies and is part of the Department of Homeland Security Silicon Valley Innovation Program. CryptoMove launched after years of stealth R&D and has powered worldwide innovation as well as backing from venture capitalists such as Draper Associates, Social Capital, and the head of global security and privacy engineering at Google.

Elizabeth Carter
Chief Security Officer
Armored Things

Elizabeth previously led crisis management for the Americas at Apple, Inc.  She also served as Plan Manager, Weapons of Mass Destruction, with the City of New York and as Senior Director with the Chertoff Group in Washington, D.C., where she advised public and private sector clients on issues related to counter terrorism, cyber security, crisis management, health preparedness and infrastructure protection.   

Kreg Christoff, Vice President and Director of Utility Sales
Motorola Solutions

Kreg Christoff, MSSSI Vice President and Director has held multiple roles at Motorola Solutions for more than 25 years with experience in direct/channel distribution, SCADA business development, System Architect/System Design, and SCADA system integration  His current responsibilities include overseeing Motorola’s Utility Sales for North America, and prioritizing products/projects within a sales/business development role.  Mr. Christoff has successfully developed, and served a wide array of stakeholder clients for both Voice and SCADA monitor and control systems, including electric utilities, government agencies, Water/Waste Water utilities, and high-technology industrial clients.  His experience has allowed him to design all aspects of detailed design engineering, and procurement of goods and services from inception to close-out. 

David Cohen
Program Director
The Intertwine Alliance

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of 160+ public, private and nonprofit organizations working to integrate nature more deeply into the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. David Cohen has been Program Director since 2013. He has almost 30 years’ experience leading non-profit organizations and developing a range of programs to build community and raise awareness of important regionally-shared issues. Prior to coming to the Alliance, David was Executive Director of the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park, one of the region’s leaders in providing environmental education opportunities for children and volunteer-driven restoration projects for the community. Before that time, David played a major leadership role for numerous organizations in Portland’s cultural community, developing new programs and facilities that significantly impacted the city’s cultural landscape. His work with the Alliance is focusing on facilitating discussions and implementing efforts among the leaders in the various areas of the environmental community and leveraging that critical mass to complete strategic projects at the regional level.

Ryan Cook, Director of Strategic Operations

Leah Daniels
VP of Business Development

Jonathan DeHart
Executive Vice President

Jonathan DeHart is executive vice president and an early investor in Tyfone where he oversees Tyfone’s automotive initiatives. More than 20 years of entrepreneurial accomplishment. Jonathan led the creation and launch of 3 electronic engineering & services companies while at Stuttgart, Germany based Mercedes-Benz technology. Jonathan joined Intel Corporation in 2001, and Intel Capital/NBI in 2003 where he drove business incubation efforts in computing, optics, automotive and biotechnology. Prior to MBtech and Intel, Jonathan was part of a team that created the ‘All-Activity-Vehicle’ product category for Mercedes-Benz. He went on to manage capital investments for the $1.2B development of the Mercedes-Benz M Class, during the construction of its factory and the product launch. Jonathan earned a BBA with honors and holds certificates in Finance and General Management. He’s an active advisory board member Washington State University’s Business School.

Danny Dig, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Oregon State University

Richard Dillon, Chief Innovation Officer
University City Schools

Nathan DiNiro
Co-Founder & VP of Marketing

Nathan DiNiro co-founded YouBase over 3 years ago, which gives individuals sovereignty over their data, making distributed apps (dApps) easier to build, powered by some neat cryptography. Nate has nearly 30 years of experience in diverse roles and industries related to technology, healthcare, and government, with most recent 15 years focused on healthcare and health IT.

Nate is a Chair of the Hyperledger Healthcare Working Group, and also participates in the Public Sector Working Group. Hyperledger is a project of the Linux Foundation.

Nathan is formerly a founder and Principal of VivaPhi, a boutique agency, where he consulted with clients in healthcare, health IT, managed care, and food industries.

Brett Dodson
Director -Tram, Transportation and Parking

Brett Dodson is Tram and Transportation & Parking Director at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR.  Brett moved to OHSU in 2010 and has been instrumental in expanding its parking and alternative transportation program to make them the successful cutting edge programs that they are today. Under Brett’s leadership, Tram ridership has grown to an average of 10,000 passengers a day. Brett is a graduate of Linfield College in International Business and Anthropology and has diverse work experience including several years working in Aizkraukle, Latvia, and England. Brett has over 18 years’ experience in operations and general management.

Licensed Psychologist
Sustainable Self, LLC
Dr. Thomas Doherty is a clinical and environmental psychologist based in Portland, Oregon. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), a member of the APA Task Force on Global Climate Change, and Past President of the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology. His research and writing focuses on the health benefits of nature connections, mental health impacts of global climate change, and technology and personal wellbeing. He has provided workshops and trainings for the US National Park Service, the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the California Department of Health.

Hector Dominguez
Smart City PDX Open Data Coordinator –  Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
City of Portland

Hector comes from a mixed background of entrepreneurship, research and non-profit organizations, with expertise on Internet of things, advanced analytics, robotics and automation and Artificial Intelligence. Hector has developed sensor networks for agriculture, food production, forest monitoring and the oil industry. Hector has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on manufacturing solar concentrators and sustainable manufacturing.

Geoffrey Donovan, Ph.D.
Research Forester
US Forest Service

My main research focus is quantifying the benefits of urban trees. These benefits range from the intuitive, reduced summertime cooling costs, to the surprising—improved public-health outcomes. Publications include: Donovan, et al  2013. The Relationship Between Trees And Human Health: Evidence From The Spread Of The Emerald Ash Borer; Donovan, et al. 2011. Urban Trees And The Risk Of Poor Birth Outcomes; Donovan & Butry, 2010. Trees In The City: Valuing Street Trees In Portland, Oregon, and Donovan & Prestemon, 2012. The Effect Of Trees On Crime In Portland, Oregon. See also “Understanding What Motivates People To Plant trees Gives Insight on Environmental Justice Concerns”:

Mark Dowd, Executive Director
Smart City Lab

Erez Druk, CTO

Erez Druk is a Co-Founder and CTO at UrbanLeap. UrbanLeap is a silicon valley startup that helps cities to test, evaluate, and share innovative solutions in a low-friction and data-driven way.
Prior to UrbanLeap, Erez worked as a software engineer and tech leader at Facebook, where he built measurement products for the biggest and most advanced advertisers in the world.

MaRi Eagar is blockchain consultant working in this industry since 2013. She is a Chartered Accountant and Business Strategist with an international career at Deloitte, HSBC and Standard Bank. Experienced in designing and establishing centers of excellence, including strategy design and performance development, leadership and talent development, governance and employee value proposition.

She is a Founder and Chair of DigitalFutures where she specializes in token economics, people risk evaluation and distributed leadership and governance mechanisms. She is a leadership coach to blockchain community leaders and new technology startups.

MaRi was ranked on the Thomson Reuters Top 40 Social Influencers in Finance, Innovation and Risk, 2017.

She is a Medium Program Partner and author of The Crypto and Blockchain Generation: Distributed Leadership and Organizational Development in the Crypto Economy. She is writing the world’s first leadership book for the distributed blockchain economy.

MaRi is a co-founder of the BC Blockchain Forum and partner of Blockchain@UBC and a board advisor at the Lifeboat Foundation (New Money Systems and Human Trajectories).  As an instigator of networks for strategic change, she is passionate about economic inclusion and financial wellbeing as cornerstones for future sustainable societies.

Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, MACP
Professor and Chief of Geriatrics in the
Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
Oregon Health & Sciences University

She leads the geriatrics practice within the OHSU Internal Medicine Clinic, championing geriatric best practices in the vibrant combined Division, and teaches students, residents and geriatric fellows. She is part of the OHSU Interprofessional Initiative, developing evaluation tools and leading interprofessional faculty development. Her research focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle in older adults, with an emphasis on tai chi for falls prevention. She also conducts studies to enhance interprofessional teamwork in falls prevention and has developed and tested electronic health record tools to facilitate uptake of evidence-based practices. She co-directs OHSU’s Healthy Aging Alliance.

Karl Fezer
AI Developer Community Manager

Janine Gates
Constituent Services Specialist – Office of Commissioner Amanda Fritz
City of Portland

Janine Gates is Commissioner Fritz’s Constituent Services Specialist and Transportation and Smart Cities Policy Advisor. Prior to joining Commissioner Fritz’s office, Janine worked for a small local start up and interned with Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and then-Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen. She is passionate about planning, sustainability, social justice, startups, and higher education. Janine was born and raised in Portland, graduated from De La Salle North Catholic High School and is a graduate of Spelman College and American University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, comedy, reading, and dancing.

Yuri Gawdiak
AOSP Associate Director for Portfolio & Systems Analysis

Wes Geisenberger
Citizen Experience & Smart City Solutions

Wes Geisenberger works in Oracle’s Smart Government and Citizen Experience Group with a focusing on developing solutions to produce positive citizen outcomes. Wes and his team develop innovative Smart City use cases across multiple disciplines including Water, Transportation, Economic Development, Connectivity, and Public Safety. Wes holds a degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.

Nathan Giles
Global Cities-North American Practice Lead

Nathan Giles is the North American lead for Accenture’s Global Cities industry team. As such, he is responsible for development of the Cities book of business, including definition of product and service offerings, and works with senior leadership in local government to create vision, set strategies and guide them through the process of innovation and operational transformation in the digital age. He specializes in enterprise efficiency through business and technology integration.

Nathan has more than 25 years of C suite management and consulting experience having served clients in Federal, State and local governments as well as extensive experience in the private sector.

Jose Gonzalez, Innovation Manager – InterInnov
International Growth Manager – 

Jose Gonzalez is working as Innovation Manager for InterInnov. He has been committed to cutting-edge Tech Innovation since 2010. In the past 5 years, Jose contributed to the success of 8 ICT projects in the areas of Future Internet, IoT and 5G, in the European Research and Innovation Program, where he has co-led the international growth of the FIWARE open source community.

Chris Greer
Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office
National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability

Dr. Greer previously served as Associate Director for Programs in the NIST Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) and Acting Senior Advisor for Cloud Computing. In these positions, he was responsible for strategic planning for information technology initiatives across ITL, including its data and cloud computing efforts.

Prior to joining NIST, Chris served as Assistant Director for Information Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Cybersecurity Liaison to the National Security Staff. His responsibilities there included networking and information technology research and development, cybersecurity, and digital scientific data access.

He has also served as Director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. This program coordinates IT R&D investments across the Federal government, including the cyber-physical systems research portfolio.

Prior to undertaking government service, Chris was a member of the tenured faculty at the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on gene expression.

John Haines
Executive Director Community Investment Trust
Mercy Corps Northwest

Executive Director of the Community Investment Trust with Mercy Corps Global Innovations Team since Feb. 2018. Previously, he was executive director of Mercy Corps Northwest, the domestic arm of Mercy Corps, for 15 years.  From 1997-2002, he was vice president of ShoreBank Pacific, a start-up sustainable development bank in Portland, Oregon. From1996-97 he was senior finance advisor to the Czech National Environmental Fund in Prague, working for Chemonics.  From 1994-95 he was executive director of Trenton Business Assistance Corporation, an economic development loan fund in Trenton, NJ. From 1986-1991 he worked in various corporate banking and commercial lending positions with First Interstate Bank of Oregon (now Wells Fargo Bank).  He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and native of Laramie, Wyoming.

Stephanie Hayden
CEO & Founder
Vision Architecture, Inc.

For 20+ years Stephanie Hayden has consulted and designed information technology systems and governance programs for 50+ private-, public-, and non-profit sector clients to effect change and transform high-risk environments into sustainable, inclusive, ecosystems to withstand the tests of time and disruption. 

She is the CEO and Founder of two Smart City technology service and software companies offering vision, strategic planning, digital transformation, and information system designs via Vision Architecture, Inc. and data insight and action via Metropolitan Intelligence, to find, fund, and fix problematic intersections between health, housing, and internal or external environments. In 2017 she co-founded SmartOakland, a constituent-led, Smart City, non-profit with her Public Sector partner, Michael Ford, who leads Smart City, mobility, and transportation initiatives for the City of Oakland Department of Transportation.

SmartOakland is using Metropolitan Intelligence to create the first Public Data & IoT Utility for Urban Health, Housing, and Environmental Hazard Management. The data insights and case management services in MI create ability to find locations where humans are in immediate proximity to invisible lead poison hazards to alert and connect them with risk mitigation services, fund those risk mitigation activities, fix internal and external environments with lead-safe abatement projects, and prevent future lead poisonings and premature death for

Kellie Holloway Jarman, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Department of Commerce

Kellie Holloway Jarman is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, the international trade promotion and advisory arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In this role, she counsels businesses on developing and implementing global growth strategies, and realizing those plans in partnership with colleagues at U.S. Embassies and Consulates, worldwide. “The best job in the Federal Government!” Kellie taps more than two decades of international trade experience to help companies succeed in export growth. She currently serves as the Global Auto & Smart Mobility Deputy Team Leader, and after serving as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, launched the Commerce Department’s China Business Information Center earning the Director General’s award for deepening and broadening exporter success in the China market. Kellie has served as a board member of the Arizona Governor directed Arizona Bio-industry and Environmental Technology Clusters, and prior to joining the Commercial Service, worked as a management consultant supporting high tech and energy sector clients in Asia joint venture activities. Kellie has a bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Arizona and the University of Copenhagen and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She calls Oregon home.

Omar Jaff, Associate Vice President

Lan Jenson, CEO
Adaptable Security

Lan Jenson is CEO of Adaptable Security (ADA for short), a nation-wide nonprofit that provides what governments and smaller businesses need urgently: trustworthy and affordable expertise to comply with cybersecurity regulations and mitigate cyberrisks.  Lan is a certified award winning cybersecurity leader with experiences in Fortune 500 companies. Lan’s team’s cybercrime investigation enabled Secret Service to make arrests. Lan has also successfully led enterprises’ cybersecurity compliance, risk assessment, strategy and awareness programs.  
Besides ADA, Lan serves as a cybersecurity action cluster lead in NIST/ DHS-led Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge, as well as the Board of Directors, ISC2 Silicon Valley Chapter. Lan holds a Master of Science Information Systems from Boston University.

Christine KendrickChristine Kendrick, Air Quality Lead/ Smart Cities Coordinator
City of Portland

Christine is an air quality scientist specializing in monitoring, policy and the public health impacts of air pollution. Her work on sensors and data collection projects focuses on the technical, ethical, and policy questions surrounding the uses of distributed sensors and Internet of Things technologies. She has a PhD in Environmental Science and Resources with a focus on urban air quality, data analysis and instrumentation.

Charles Kelley
ZGF Architects

Charles Kelley is a senior architect in the Portland office of ZGF Architects with more than 33 years of experience.  He brings an interdisciplinary approach to design that incorporates community aspirations and the use of natural and financial resources to reach a balanced solution for institutions and municipalities.  Charles speaks regularly on the value of integrated design to leverage multiple objectives across mobility, watershed, energy, water, land use, and open space systems, which contribute to resilient neighborhoods. He is a founding member of the 1% for Green Committee at the City of Portland, a founding member of the non-profit Ecodistricts, lead designer for Portland’s We Build Green Cities export program, and founding advisor to Maalka Inc.  He is currently working on the Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City Innovation Campus Plan in Chiba Prefecture Japan, The Wakaba District Plan in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture Japan, and the Central SoMa Restorative City Assessment, San Francisco, CA. 

Charles has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Master of Architecture with a Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Erin KenneallyPortfolio Manager, Cyber Security Division, Science & Technology Directorate
US Department of Homeland Security

Erin Kenneally is a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) at DHS S&T.  Her portfolio includes trusted data sharing, privacy and Information Communication Technology (ICT) ethics, including managing the IMPACT (Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk and Trust), cyber risk economics (CYRIE) and data privacy projects . Prior to joining CSD, Kenneally was Founder and CEO of Elchemy, Inc., and served as Technology-Law Specialist at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and the Center for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR) at the University of California, San Diego.  

Erin is a licensed attorney specializing in information technology law, including privacy technology, data protection, trusted information sharing, technology policy, cybercrime, ICT ethics, and emergent IT legal risks. She holds Juris Doctorate and Masters of Forensic Sciences degrees, and is a graduate of Syracuse University and The George Washington University.

Aziz Khiyami
PhD Candidate – Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California Berkeley

Aziz Khiyami is a PhD Student in the Civil Systems Program at the University of California, Berkeley.  He obtained a BEng in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems both from the University of Edinburgh.  Prior to beginning his doctoral studies Aziz worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES), a joint research institute between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

Hyejoo Kim
Big Data Business Unit. Master PM Director
Korea Telecom

Ms. Hyejoo Kim’s long career has provided her with extensive experience and expertise in data analytics.
She augmented her expertise in data analytics, statistics and big data by obtaining a Ph.D in Statistics at Korea’s most prestigious Seoul National University. Her extensive career includes working for SAS Korea, SK Telecom, IBM, Samsung as well as her current position at KT.

Greta Knappenberger, Product Marketing Manager – Smart Cities & Communities Solutions

Peter Leathley
Senior Program Manager
City of Vancouver

Peter Leathley is a Senior Program Manager for the City of Vancouver and is responsible for overseeing the Infrastructure & Assets pillar of the City’s Digital Strategy. In 2013, Vancouver City Council approved a four year Digital Strategy that was designed to enhance how the public engages with the City through digital tools; improve and expand digital infrastructure; support Vancouver’s growing digital economy; and mature the organizations digital maturity. An example of work falling under Peter’s Digital Strategy responsibility includes the #VanWiFi Program, which has resulted in free public Wi-Fi being made available in over 550 new locations across the City.

Peter is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has spent much of his career at the intersection of planning and technology related efforts.

Derick Lee
Founder & Chief Architect

Bob Leek
Deputy Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of County Assets

Multnomah County 

Sara J. Lewis
Director – Legal
Sidewalk Labs

Prior to joining Sidewalk, Sara was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and securities law matters. There she advised both public and private companies as well as private equity firms on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, carve-outs, restructurings, joint ventures, investments, financings, leveraged buyouts, and other complex capital market transactions.

Sara received an Honors B.A. in Philosophy and Women’s Studies, summa cum laude, from St. Louis University and her J.D., summa cum laude with Order of the Coif distinction, from Stanford Law School, where she served as articles editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Sara loves living in New York City and can often be seen walking her dog, Buster, in the West Village.

Ryan Locicero
American Association for the Advancement of Science Technology & Policy Fellow
National Science Foundation

Ryan Locicero, Ph.D., PE, is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy (S&TP) Fellow at The National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) Office of the Assistant Director (OAD). He contributes to CISE research and education activities, including cross-cutting initiatives such as Smart and Connected Communities (NSF 16-610 and NSF 18-520), Cyber Physical Systems (NSF 17-529 and NSF 18-538), Innovations at the Nexus of Food Energy Water (NSF 17-530 and NSF 18-545), and Signals in the Soil (NSF 18-047). Dr. Locicero received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, M.E. in Environmental Engineering Sciences, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF), University of Florida, and USF respectively.

Image result for kent lucas vectoiqKent Lucas
Managing Partner

Kent is Founding Partner of 30X LLC, a global venture advisory and
investment firm focused on auto tech, mobility and smart cities. Prior to
forming 30X, Kent served as head of business development at VectoIQ
LLC, an auto tech venture firm, where he helped source, develop and
manage the firm’s advisory relationships and investments in automotive
tech and smart mobility startups while helping advance the firm’s
corporate relationships in the automotive and mobility ecosystems in the
U.S., Israel, Europe and Korea.
Kent currently serves as an advisor to Next Gear Ventures Fund, an Israeli
based mobility fund, and DRIVE, Next Gear’s innovation center and
commercialization accelerator. He remains a senior advisor to VectoIQ and
also serves as senior consultant to Azurest Partners, a boutique
investment banking and advisory services firm. Kent is also a mentor for the Techstars Mobility
Accelerator (Detroit) and the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (New York) and actively
advises several startups.
Kent has over 20 years of financial markets and global investing experience, largely focused on the
automotive industry. Early in his career, he was research analyst and vice president at Capital
Research & Management Company where he personally managed over $1 billion in automotive
and industrial public equity assets.
From 2013 to 2017, Kent was portfolio manager and founding partner for Culmen Capital
Management LLC, a New York based investment firm specializing in global automotive, industrial
and industrial technology related companies.
Prior to Culmen Capital, Kent had a stint as director of equity research at XP Investimentos
CCTVM, Brazil’s largest independent broker dealer, in their São Paulo office. He led the
development and launch of the firm’s fundamental equity research product and helped open their
New York office. Kent has also spent time in India analyzing Indian businesses and investments
and was visiting lecturer in marketing and finance at Jahangirabad Institute of Technology MBA
program located in Uttar Pradesh.
He started his career at Citibank N.A. as a corporate trust officer and then as an associate in
Citicorp Securities’ Municipal Finance group.
Kent holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University’s
Graduate School of Business where he was a Corporate Executive Fellow.

Doug MaughanDivision Director: Cyber Security Division
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Douglas Maughan is the division director of the Cyber Security Division in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) within the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Dr. Maughan, who joined DHS in October 2003, directs and manages the cybersecurity research and development activities and staff at DHS S&T. His research interests and related programs are in the areas of networking and information assurance. Dr. Maughan has been responsible for helping bring to market more than 40 commercial and open-source information security products during his tenure at DHS. He also is the senior executive responsible for the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

Prior to his appointment at DHS, Dr. Maughan was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prior to his appointment at DARPA, Dr. Maughan worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) as a senior computer scientist and in this role led several research teams performing network security research.

Dr. Maughan received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and applied statistics from Utah State University, a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Bibiana McHugh
IT Manager of GIS and Location-Based Service

Bibiana Kamler McHugh, TriMet IT Manager of GIS and Location-Based Services, has managed GIS at TriMet since 1997.  She actively leads advancements in, and government adoptions of: open data, including OpenStreetMap; open source software; data standards; electronic survey data collection methods; and Mobility as a Service (Maas) initiatives, such as TriMet’s MOD Sandbox Project. Bibiana’s cultivation of public and private partnerships has led to innovative applications such as Google Transit and the OpenTripPlanner.  After initiating collaboration with Google for the first release of Google Transit, she helped pioneer the now worldwide standard General Transit Feed Spec (GTFS).

Tiernan Mines, Co-Founder
Hello Lamp Post

Originally from a real estate background, with experience in growing startups, I am really just a guy who loves sports and making a difference to the masses. 

After joining the Hello Lamp Post team as co-founder last year, we have taken our successful foundations as a playful platform and formed plans set to change the way we live in cities for the better, forever.
Hello Lamp Post is essentially a playful, human-centric engagement platform, inviting people to strike up conversations with familiar street furniture, city infrastructure and custom objects, through their mobile phones. We’re better connecting people with stakeholders and their built environment. Hello Lamp Post has so far been used in cities around the world for community consultation, brand activation, consumer research, playful engagement and storytelling, with more cities coming this year.
Our vision comes embedded from a number of simple observations. One of which is that the 19th century was a century of empires, the 20th century was a century of nations and states, and the 21st century will be a century of cities. We think it’s time for people to take back ownership of their cities through passive systems like Hello Lamp Post.
Michael Murray
Independent Researcher & Innovation Officer
PHSI Health Service Executive Ireland

Creator of the “Window of Viability” approach to designing systems for society. Experienced Innovator with a demonstrated history in the hospital & healthcare industry. Michael consults and conducts research in Business Planning, Clinical Research, Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Entrepreneurship. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Physiology and Neurophysiology from Trinity College Dublin.

Rani Narula-Woods
Sr. Director, Special Projects
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Rani Narula-Woods is the Sr. Director, Special Projects in the Office of Extraordinary Innovation at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro). She leads the agency’s new mobility programming and is responsible for the delivery of the agency’s first on-demand service offering, Metro MicroTransit. The new service is set to launch in 2019. Details available at http://www.metro.net/microTransit

Most recently, Rani advised the Seattle Department of Transportation on new mobility planning and services and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation on public-private partnerships. She previously led West Coast programming for the Shared-Use Mobility Center and was the lead planner for the nation’s first Shared Mobility Action Plan.

Rani speaks regularly on the integration of emerging technology and the adoption of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) principles and design. Rani is an active member of the region’s civic transit community as she begins her fourth year serving on the Board of Move LA.

Head of SI Portfolio Management

Skip Newberry, President & CEO
Technology Association of Oregon

Skip is a frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation.

Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster.

While at the City of Portland, Skip’s projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, an award-winning regional open data initiative and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship, like the Portland Seed Fund.

Previously, Skip was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur.

Image result for chris nielson electric cabChris Nielsen
Founder & CEO
Electric Cab North America

Chris Nielsen is the founder and CEO of Electric Cab North America. He
entered the world of urban mobility in 2008 when he realized the need for
microtransit within the City of Austin Downtown Central Business District.
Starting with a single electric vehicle, he has grown the Electric Cab fleet
into the largest of its kind in the United States.
Chris’ vision for urban mobility encompasses connected low speed electric
vehicles and mass transportation providers working in tandem with public
and private entities to reduce traffic congestion by solving the elusive
last-mile mobility puzzle. With this focus, Chris works with government and
business leaders to develop public-private partnerships that help provide
safe and efficient microtransit to the public for a fraction of the cost of
current platforms.

Hiroaki Nishi, Chairperson of the Consortium for Town Management of Misono / Professor
Misono Town Management Association / Keio University

Hiroaki Nishi was a researcher of Real World Computing Partnership from 1999 and the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd in 2002. Now, he is Professor of Keio University. He was a member of IEEE-SA Smart Grid Vision Project, IEEE 2030, and ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities WG2. He is a member of IEEE P1451 and IEEE P2668. He is now chairperson of IEEE P1451-1-6. He was a chair of Smart Community Implementation Committee of Musashikosugi, Kawasaki City, a chair of Smart City Exploratory Committee of Nasushiobara City, and he is now a chair of Smart Community Implementation Committee of Urawamisono, Saitama City. According to these contributions of smart communities, he was a member or a chief of several committees of the Japanese government and ministries, such as MIC, MILT, MOE, METI, and NEDO.

Julie Omelchuck
Community Technology Program Manager
City of Portland

Julie is an activist at heart and has pursued her passion for community-based media and digital equity through her policy and program-development work for the City and Multnomah County-wide for a multijurisdictional regulatory commission. Prior to moving to Portland in 1989, Julie studied journalism at the University of Montana and worked in Washington, DC for the Alliance for Community Media.

Julie facilitates a public/private partnership for a broadband network serving 310 public agency sites in Multnomah County and supports broadband and communications policy development for the City. Julie also designed and directs several public benefit programs that provide over $5 million annually to non-profits, schools, libraries, and public agencies for community-based technology projects. She has served on the Alliance for Community Media Board; as Editor-in-Chief for the Community Media Review; and on the Grantmakers of Oregon & Southwest Washington Board. She is a member of Portland’s Smart Cities Steering Committee and Equity Work Group.

Changsoo Park, General Manager Product Development Div. IoT Development Team 
NTELS co, Ltd.

Bachelor. Electric electronics department. College of Engineering Hongik Univ. Seoul Korea
Master. Robotics. Engineering Graduate School Hongik Univ. Seoul Korea
2000.3 – 2001.12
Korea Land & Housing Cooperation. Land & Housing institute. Facility & Energy Research Lab.
2002.1 – 2004.12
Samsung C&T. Engineering & Construction Group. M&E Center.
2005.1 – 2012.12
LG/LS Industrial Systems. RFID/USN Technical Group.
2014.2 – 2018.present
NTELS co, ltd. Product Development Division.

Location Tracking with WPS(2011)
Robot Control with Neural Network Algorithm(2000). IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation
Smart Building Management with RFID/USN(2007). LSIS
IoT based Smart Building/Energy Platform for Smart City(2017). MIST
Smart Building(Samsung Construction Tower Palace II/III, Russia Lhaktar Tower…)
Smart City(Korea Government Busan City…) MIST
IoT Energy for Smart City(Korea Government Suwon City…) MIST

Adrian Pearmine
National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles
DKS Associates

Adrian Pearmine is the National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles for DKS Associates in the Portland, OR office. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Transportation from University of Washington. For over 20 years, he has specialized in the planning, design and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and telecommunications networks. For the last several years, he has been combining his background in transportation technology with his telecommunications experience to help deliver smarter solutions to the problems that our cities face.

Adrian has helping coordinate the Portland region’s response to the Smart Cities Challenge, a $50M+ USDOT lead initiative aimed at building Smarter Cities transportation solutions. He is a member of the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Coalition and is leading DKS’s initiatives in the connected and autonomous vehicles industry.

Jerry Power, Executive Director
Institute for Communication Technology Management – USC Marshall School of Business

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.   

Bill Pugh, Managing Partner
Smart Connections Consulting

Mr. Pugh has over 25 years of experience in wired and wireless strategy, platform development and deployment for a variety of networking technologies for both private and public companies. Most recently, Mr. Pugh has worked closely with cities on developing strategies to support the deployment of smart city initiatives such as smart streetlights, smart parking, intelligent traffic and security. At Smart Connections Consulting, Mr. Pugh delivers technical thought leadership and guidance to organizations working to develop roadmap strategies that leverage evolving networking technologies and standards.  

Maryam Rahmani
Global Partnership Officer
Global Cyber Alliance

Maryam Rahmani is the Global Partnership Officer at Global Cyber Alliance where she uses her
20+ years in technology sales and business development experience and Cybersecurity policy
knowledgebase to support GCA’s mission, making the Internet safer by reducing cyber risk.
Maryam holds a Master of Science in cybersecurity policy from the University of Maryland
University College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Florida. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Maryam is deeply committed to outreach and awareness activities in support of encouraging
more women to pursue careers in science and technology especially information security. She is
Forum Co-Chair for the 2018 IEEE R1 & R2 Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum East. She is
active in IEEE-Computer Society, ISSA Women in Security (WIS) Security Interest Group(SIG) and
Society of High Performance Computing Professional (SHPCP).

Sokwoo Rhee, Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Innovation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)  U.S. Department of Commerce

He is currently leading the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) which aims to create a replicable and scalable model for collaborative incubation and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) solutions to improve the quality of life in smart cities around the world.

He previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on CPS, a program by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During his fellowship, he co-led the SmartAmerica Challenge, which brought together IoT technologies and CPS across the nation to demonstrate how they can provide concrete examples of the socio-economic benefits.

Prior to joining US government, he was Co-founder and CTO of Millennial Net, Inc., which was one of the first to successfully commercialize low-power wireless network and Internet of Things technology from academia. His work and achievements have been recognized through awards including MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under 35 and Red Herring’s Top 5 Innovators. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jean Rice
Senior Broadband Program Specialist
National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA)BroadbandUSA

Ms. Rice focuses on the development of new broadband initiatives for local, state and tribal governments as well as planning and implementation efforts for Smart Cities and Communities projects. Prior to joining BroadbandUSA, she managed tribal, state and rural infrastructure projects for the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) and lead efforts on key issues impacting broadband deployment, open access, deployment in rural and tribal areas and sustainability. Ms. Rice is a member of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program (NTRID) Smart Cities and Communities Task Force. With a passion for telecommunications and broadband, Ms. Rice has worked with many stakeholders to expand broadband access and has been a primary author of several broadband related publications. Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Rice was the CEO of a telecommunications consulting firm where she lead efforts for cities and states around the country to develop telecommunications regulations and policy and worked on broadband planning and deployment projects. She also was a Senior municipal consultant for the New York State Commission on  Cable Television and served as  a new technologies officer for NTIA.  She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she focused on telecommunications.

Eric T. Ringer
Co-Founder & Director of Aviation Technology
Skyward, a Verizon company

Eric is the co-founder and Director of Aviation Technology at Skyward, A Verizon company. He leads the team bringing LTE to aviation, providing the communications infrastructure critical for the future of air traffic management. He leverages a background in agile product management at Skyward and systems engineering for NASA and Sikorsky contractors, as well as an MBA, to design and execute key strategic advances for Skyward and Verizon.

Prior to moving over to Skyward full time, he worked as a management consultant installing a next generation outage response system for an electric utility. He earned his MBA from the University of Oregon with a focus in Sustainable Business Practices.

Eliot Rose
Senior Technology Strategist

Laura Rumbel
Consumer Experience Enabling Program Director

David Sandel, Founder

David is an accomplished Smart or Gigabit City urban planner. Recently, David was recognized as the lead author for the St. Louis chapter of the book Smart Economy in Smart Cities; a collaborative effort between ten cities in thirteen countries. David also served as an adviser to the Kansas City Google Fiber Mayors Bi-state Innovation Team MBIT, the Mid-America Regional Council MARC of Kansas City and was the co-author of Playing to Win – the Kansas City Google Fiber Playbook. This playbook outlined the civic infrastructure necessary to make a successful Gigabit City and has since become an industry standard for mapping the development of fiber internet communities, Smart and Gigabit cities.

David’s most recent efforts include iNeighborhoods initiatives in the USA and Canada, World Digital School and the Force Multiplier Community Small Cell solution.

Limor Schafman, Director, Smart Building Programs
Telecommunications Industry Association

Limor has international expertise as an attorney, market strategist, entrepreneur, innovator, blogger, speaker and moderator. Currently, she’s working with communications and connectivity members of TIA, as well as real estate and building systems companies, and municipal leaders developing the Smart Buildings Program. As an integral part and microcosm of Smart Communities, developing market understanding, frameworks, specifications and standards for intelligent real property that serves the needs of both the communications and real property ecosystems can be an avenue to accelerate Smart Community development.

Limor began her career as an attorney in Paris, France at the firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, and the bank Société Générale. Limor brings a particular understanding of developing immersive and interactive environments, having worked in the theme park and video game industries, before founding KeystoneTech Group, her market strategy and business development consultancy.  She is also former President of the World Future Society DC, Co-founder, Chair Emeritus of the IPv6 Forum Israel Chapter, and co-founder of DCGames, an outdoor games fest, and the serious games meetup, Games Gateway.

Limor received her Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law; Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania; and Executive Program Business Degree from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.  She is a non-practicing member of the California, Massachusetts and New York state bars.

Josh Seidemann
Vice President – Policy

Jeanette Shaw, Director of Government Affairs

Jeanette Shaw is the Director of Government Affairs at Forth. Forth is non-profit organization transforming the way we get around. Through innovation, demonstration projects, advocacy and engagement, Forth is advancing electric, smart and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Jeanette leads Forth’s state and federal advocacy efforts. She monitors, reviews, and develops transportation electrification policy and regulatory strategies for the organization and its members. Jeanette is an experienced public policy advocate with an accomplished career in fast-paced high-tech companies, trade association, and staff positions for elected officials at the state, county, and city levels. Jeanette holds an Executive MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tore Steen, President & CEO

Tore is a technology business leader with 20  years of expertise in strategy, business development, sales, and marketing for both publicly traded and private enterprises. Prior to CrowdStreet, Tore was instrumental in leading the product, sales, marketing, and business development efforts for Janrain. He took them from early stage rapid growth phases to becoming the recognized leader in the social identity space with a full user management platform and global enterprise customers. He has held senior leadership roles as the Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at WebTrends and Director of Business Development at EarthLink. Beyond his many years of work experience, Tore also sits on the Board of Directors for CrowdStreet, Board of Advisors for Nouvola and on the advisory council for St Thomas More school. Tore earned a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Notre Dame.

David Strickland
Partner – Venable, LLP Counsel –  Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets

The Honorable David Strickland, currently a partner at the national law firm Venable LLP and
Counsel to the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, served as the 14th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2010 – 2014. During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the first national fuel economy program in conjunction with the EPA, the launching of the Safety Pilot for the Vehicle to Vehicle Communications program for the U.S.
Department of Transportation/NHTSA, and issued the first statement of policy regarding the
testing of automated vehicles on public roads. Prior to his appointment to NHTSA, Mr. Strickland
served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, where he was responsible for
the staff oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission
and NHTSA from 2001 – 2009.

Greg Stromire
Software Engineer

Greg Stromire is a Software Engineer at Tozny in Portland, OR, focusing on security and privacy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with a minor Sustainable Urban Development from Portland State University. He has developed data-security curriculum for online education services and holds regular workshops in the community to encourage better privacy practices.

Geoffrey Urbach, Senior Associate
Summit Strategies

As Senior Associate at Summit Strategies Government Affairs, Geoffrey specializes in federal and state policies around transportation, natural resources, and economic development issues. He leads Summit’s “smart cities” practice, building on his deep experience as an advocate for public entities and private industry. Geoffrey also serves as Transportation Policies and Procedures Lead for NIST’s Global Cities Teams Challenge (GCTC), focusing his research on replicable and scalable smart cities solutions. He is particularly passionate about emerging technologies in urban environments that could strengthen communities and produce more sustainable outcomes. 

Geoffrey has a Masters in Public Administration from American University School of Public Affairs and a Bachelors degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

David Witkowkski, Executive Director – Wireless Communications Initiative
Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Yubok Won
Manager at Information Planning Division Statistics & Data Division
Seoul Metropolitan Government 

Mr. Yubok Won graduated at the prestigious Korea University with a Masters in Statistics and started working for the Seoul Metropolitan Government since November 1999 with a specialization in data analysis. He furthered his career by obtaining an official government-regulated license at the Human Resources Development Service of Korea, a government agency in Social Survey Analysis. With this expertise, he provided crucial data for policymaking throughout his career in the public sector and continues to do so do this day. His latest analysis which will be presented during GCTC Kick-off is the “Estimation of De Facto Population” in the Seoul Metropolitan Area, which is currently being and will be used to enhance city services as the city must cope with not only residing population, but the citizens of the Greater Seoul Area.

Rosana Wong
Founder & Chairperson – Urban.Systems Company Limited
Vice President – Smart City Consortium

Rosana Wong is a visionary entrepreneur and has 2 decades of experience in different business entities globally. She began her career in Hong Kong since 2003 in Yau Lee Holdings Limited. As an Executive Director, she oversees the Group’s corporate business development, formulate strategic directions, lead/invest and implement R&D projects and advanced technologies, management of construction projects and also advocate corporate social responsibility. Under her leadership, Yau Lee Holdings Limited has grown to be a forward thinking, green corporation providing multidisciplinary services from building construction, IT solutions, MEP  Services, architecture and engineering, energy optimization solutions, precast and low carbon building materials, curtain wall and steel works, to investment, property and hotel development.

Ms. Wong is driven by her passion in technology, innovation, science and urban spatial. She has established Ophylla Ventures and group of new ventures – environment, infrastructure, care, transformation, coding, AI and Nano, to help develop and build a smarter and more sustainable ecosystem through exponential research and development in this dynamic community.

Ms. Wong is also the Chairperson of Smart Living Committee of Smart City Consortium, Deputy Director of China Green Building (Hong Kong) Council, Member of Transport Advisory Committee of The Government of the HKSAR, Member of the Environment and Conservation Fund Committee of The Government of the HKSAR, Member of the Support Group of Council for Sustainable Development of The Government of the HKSAR , Director of Cyberport Management Company Limited, Council Member of The Better Hong Kong Foundation, Member of The Zonta Club, Founder and Chairperson of Smart Generation Leadership Council, Exponential Advisory Board Member of Singularity University and Advisory Board Member of Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University.

Dr. Kangwei Woo, Executive Director

Stephen Wu, MBA, MSc
Manager, Economic Development
City of Surrey

Stephen Wu is the City of Surrey’s Manager of Economic Development. Stephen developed Surrey’s most recent Economic Strategy with a vision to transform Surrey into a regional nexus for commerce and a nationally recognized centre for innovation within the next decade. As part of his role, he has facilitated a number of multi-organizational partnerships with local and international entities to advance Surrey’s innovation agenda, as well as attracting companies like Skydance Studios to establish in Surrey. Before joining the City of Surrey, Stephen was a senior consultant with the GLOBE Group and advised on international green economic development opportunities including the Pacific Coast Collaborative Clean Economy Study involving the governments of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. Stephen is currently part of the joint City of Vancouver- City of Surrey Smart Cities Challenge team which was named as one of Canada’s finalist cities in the $50M category.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Cell Biology & Genetics from the University of British Columbia as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Planning from the Edinburgh Business School (UK).

Joe Zehnder
Chief Planner
City of Portland

Mr. Zehnder is a planner and community development professional with over 30 years in the public and private sectors. Currently he is Chief Planner for the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability where he manages all planning programs.

Among the major projects he has overseen as Chief Planner are:

  • The Portland Plan – a strategic plan for the city that focused on equity, prosperity, education and healthy community design.  
  • A new Comprehensive Plan and Central City Plan for Portland’s growth over the next 25 years.
  • Major revisions to Portland’s development codes related to mixed-use, multi-dwelling and single dwelling development; design review; strategies to increase housing supply and options.
  • The River Plan, which includes update of the 1987 Willamette Greenway Plangreenway zoning code and greenway design guidelines.
  • Land use and equitable development plans for the City’s next two transit corridors.  

Prior to moving to Portland, Mr. Zehnder was a principal with the architecture and planning firm SmithGroup JJR in Chicago and a senior policy director at the Urban Land Institute.  

For seven years, Mr. Zehnder was a planner and Deputy Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Planning & Development where he managed long range planning and development strategies. Mr. Zehnder has degrees in urban planning and economics.