Ger Baron

Smart City programme, Amsterdamse Innovative Motor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ger Baron, born on April 13 in 1978, started his professional career in Accenture, working as analyst in the consulting department.  After this he has worked for one year for the Dutch Social Democratic Party (PvdA).  In 2007 Ger started working with the Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) as project manager to develop project in the field of Sustainability and ICT. In this role, Ger was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and initiated several projects in public-private partnership.  Amongst these projects are several that are about developing Smart Cities.  More information on

Lawrence Barth

Architectural Association, London, United-Kingdom

Lawrence Barth is Professor in the Housing and Urbanism Programme at the Graduate School of the Architectural Association. His professional practice and core research interests bring architecture onto the terrain of contemporary urban strategy. Mr. Barth has also lectured in the Graduate School’s Landscape Urbanism Programme, developing the political and strategic component of its curriculum, and in 2004, he initiated the formation of a sustained research programme in architectural urbanism at the PhD level. Currently, Mr. Barth is coordinating a new research cluster he has developed at the school, entitled The Architecture of Innovation. This cluster integrates the architectural research of the Housing and Urbanism Programme into multi-disciplinary efforts to develop a dynamic urbanism for today’s knowledge economy.
Mr. Barth works independently as a consultant urbanist for cities, design practices and research institutes. He has collaborated with diverse architects and landscape architects on large-scale urban projects, and has assumed the lead role in overseeing a multi-disciplinary refinement of the central district within the one-north Masterplan for a next-generation innovation environment in Singapore. He has published widely in architecture and sociology, and is a frequently invited lecturer and critic on the role of architecture and landscape in the contemporary urban process. He participates in an international research network on the growth of global mega-cities and the urban transformations associated with the knowledge economy. He is a member of the UK’s Academy of Urbanism and on the advisory panel of MITKE, a European research network on the sustainable intensification of industrial territories.

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg

Hamburg, Germany

Since 2003, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg (born 1951) has been chief executive officer of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a public company owned by the City of Hamburg charged with the development of HafenCity. Bruns-Berentelg is thus responsible for one of the world’s most important city waterfront projects. The eventual goal is that HafenCity will represent an enduring quality of the inner city as a public good that is outstanding world wide.
Before his involvement with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg occupied management positions with British, American and German property companies, sometimes at executive board and board of director level. In the process he was also involved in major projects, such as Berlin Central Station or the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.
Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg studied geography and biology. He is also a real estate economist (ebs). He publishes regularly on questions of urban development.
Latest publications:
    •    Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg/Angelus Eisinger/Martin Kohler/ Marcus Menzl (Ed.): “HafenCity Hamburg - Places of Urban Encounter between Metropolis and Neighborhood”, published Springer Verlag, Vienna, 2010
    •    Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg: “Public urban spaces and the creation of the public sphere”, discussion paper on HafenCity, No. 1, Feb 2010

Chantal Gagnon

Montréal City Council, Canada
Chantal Gagnon is a landscape architect and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She is Director of the Quality of life and Sustainable Development Department at the City Montreal (Quebec). After working in private consulting for 7 years, Ms. Gagnon has been working as civil servant since 1990 when she was in charge of the network of nature-parks as well as the planning of the Montreal Urban Community before supportin the mandates related to the environment, quality of life and sustainable development in the City of Montreal.
In this role, she developed and implemented the first Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development of the Montreal community that mobilizes more than 180 organizations from all sectors. She also manages Culture, Heritage, Sports, Social Diversity, greening and parks and Nature Museums projects for the City of Montreal.
She belongs to the College of Fellows of the Association of Landscape Architects (CSLA).
Ms. Gagnon has contributed to several international forums and events and has assumed responsibility for the holding of the 11th Conference of Parties (COP 11) on climate change in Montreal in 2005.

Francis Glare

BDP, Manchester,

 Francis Glare is a Director and Executive Board Member of BDP, a leading European interdisciplinary design practice. BDP employs over 800 architects, engineers and planners and has studios across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and in India and China
Francis is a Chartered Town Planner and Urban Designer with over 20 years experience of urban planning, masterplanning and city development in the UK, Middle East and Asia. He has a Degree in Geography from King’s College/LSE, University of London and Post-Graduate degrees in Urban Planning, Urban Design and Urban Renewal from Oxford Brookes University and Liverpool John Moores University. He is Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in the UK.
Francis has worked with BDP since 1993 prior to which he worked for Manchester City Council in the UK. He leads BDP’s Urbanism business, preparing city visions and masterplans for new towns and cities, major urban extensions and for the regeneration of existing cities. He is also takes a lead role in the firm’s transport sector, which has completed projects in Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, London and Manchester.
His current projects include a 15 year development plan for the Salmiya District of Kuwait City, an area of 15km2 and a projected population of 500,000, which will benefit from the introduction of new light rail and Metro systems. He is also working on city masterplans in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and urban extensions south of Beijing, China.
In addition to his roles within BDP, Francis is also an Academician with the UK’s Academy of Urbanism and was for many years a Member of INTA, the International Association of Urban Development. He has spoken on the subjects of Urbanism and Sustainable Masterplanning at conferences around the world including Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Nanjing (China), London and Paris.

Kari Halinen

Managing Director, Art and design City of Helsinki, Finland

Design City Helsinki Ltd (ADC) since 2001. The owners of ADC are the City of Helsinki, state of Finland, Aalto University, Helsinki, University of Helsinki, Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Iittala Group and Arabian Services Ltd. The aim of ADC is to develop an area called "Arabianranta" as a leading “hotspot” of creative living, learning and business in northhern Europe. The area is situated in northeast of Helsinki, about 5 kilometers from city centre. Helsinki was founded there in year 1550 by King Gustav Vasa. The expected figures in year 2013 are 10.000 inhabitants, 7.000 jobs and 13.000 students Brands like “Helsinki Virtual Village” and “Helsinki Living Lab” has been developed by ADC and ADC is one of the co-founders of “European Network of Living Labs”. Since 2001, CEO at Art and Design City Helsinki Ltd.
Since 2011, Managing Director at Kalasatama Service Ltd. (Kalasatama is a new brownfield area in the east of Helsinki. 1,1 Million sqm of housing, business and wholesale. Kalasatama Service takes care of citizen services like parking, green areas, club facilities and information).
2010-2012: Managing Director at Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari vacuum waste collection system Ltd. (Jätkäsaari is also a new brownfield area on Helsinki West Harbour, 0,7 Million sqm of housing and 0,2 Million sqm business. Companies take care of waste collection with vacuum waste collection system).
2002-2007: Managing Director at Arabian Service Ltd. (company take care of citizen services like parking, common grounds, club facilities, areal broadband net).
1999-2001: Managing Director at Espoo Arena (second biggest city in Finland, multipurpose Arena for sports and culture).
1989-1999: Managing Director at Helsinki Hall of Culture (a concert and congress hall in Helsinki, a masterpiece of world famous architect Alvar Aalto)
1984-1989: Marketing Manager Stora Enso Ltd. (biggest forestry company in Finland)
Managing Director Finnish retailer of the Federal, youth organization
Kari holds a MBA from University of Jyväskylä, Finland (1995) and is graduated from Business Collage, Riihimäki (1978)

Christer Larsson

Malmö, Sweden

Christer is Director of Urban Development for the City of Malmö, Sweden.
He is responsible for strategic development planning for the city, including during recent years the Western Harbour site and the urban reconfiguration of Malmö.
Christer is Chairman of Nordic City Network, is active in international architectural competition juries, and is central in knowledge transfer projects concerning Malmö´s sustainable development.

Panos Mantzarias

Ministry of Culture,
Paris, France

Director of the Office for architectural, urban and landscape research, French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Assistant professor in the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais.
Assistant professor at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme.
Served as scientific Consultant of the French Ministry of Culture, responsible for the implementation of research programs by the French Ministry of Culture and assistant editor of the Research review Cahiers de la recherche architecturale et urbaine. He taught at Columbia University, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Ecole d’architecture de Lyon, Ecole d’architecture de Clermont Ferrand.
He has given lectures in the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Spain, and Greece.
He has also published articles in Planning Perspectives (London), AMC (Paris), Quaderns (Barcelona), Thresholds (Cambridge, Mass.), and conducted research for :
- the French Ministry of Ecology, Regional Authority of Environment Ile-de-France, for the protection and development of urban territories in the Paris periphery (2002-2004) ;
- the French Ministry of Public Works, concerning the analysis and codification of urban design projects in major European cities, as a preparation of the competition Europan 6 (2000) ;
- the UNESCO Division of Cultural Pluralism Project on the creation of a database concerning the UNESCO prize “Cities for peace” (Project manager and coordinator of the elaboration of data concerning 169 cities around the world, 2000).
Post-doctoral research at the Canadian Center for Architecture (2001). He studied in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar (1992), in France as an Onassis Foundation scholar (1993-1994) and in Germany as a DAAD scholar (1995-1997).
He has practiced as an architect in Greece, Japan and France (1990-2007). 

Juan Murillo Arias

Innovation centre BBVA, Spain

Juan Murillo is a member of BBVA Smart Cities team, an innovative framework where he and his colleagues are currently exploring the possibilities of data reuse to create new services. Before that, in order to strengthen his economical analysis abilities, he supplemented his initial training as MSc Civil Engineer with an executive MBA. He also has extensive experience as urban planner and project manager in the urban development sector, where he has carried out his job from several approaches: in first place taking part in the design and execution control of urban infrastructures (mobility/transport and commodities), secondly focusing on planning and designing of new urban developments, and finally carrying out the diagnostic and improvement proposals for existing neighborhoods.

Michel Sudarskis

INTA, Paris, France Secretary General

He holds PhD in Economics and Political Sciences. Before joining INTA he taught on international co-operation and foreign affairs as Associate Professor with several Universities and served with international organisations in Italy and Belgium. Michel Sudarskis led the international activities of INTA on sustainable urban development and has been involved in a wide range of consultancy world wide including spatial analysis and strategies, establishing spatial framework for infrastructure planning, new towns and major urban regeneration or development projects.

Christine Lor

INTA, Paris, France
Advisor to the President

Advisor to the President of INTA, INTA delegate for France and the Mediterranean countries.
A graduate of Modern Literature at the University of Grenoble, Christine began her career at National Education and she served in various missions in a large local authority, where she worked for elected master developer for passenger services and communities in relation to contractors and construction companies for the development and implementation of a program of public investment, construction and renovation of equipment, more than 3 billion euros.
She then joined RATP, where she was responsible for institutional relations and partnership in the Office of President (French and European parliaments - associations) and communication of the Directorate General for Development and urban policy. She finally advised the CEO RATP Development Group (RATP and its engineering subsidiaries (Systra) and operation / maintenance of transit systems). In her last position, Ms. Lor was in charge of relations with economic actors to achieve major transport infrastructure projects of the RATP, particularly in the Greater Paris.
She has acquired a good knowledge of systems of governance at all levels, and project management. Her interest in architecture and design has earned her being elected president of the Paris School of Architecture. She was also elected municipal new city. 

Lola Davidson

INTA, Paris, France
Programmes Coordinator

Lola Davidson is Coordinator of programmes and activities in the International Secretariat of INTA. She has in charge the coordination of the Communities of Competence and the organization of the activities within the Association. Graduated as Master of urban planning, she also graduated in Geography. She worked in an architecture firm on metropolitan centralities. She managed a comparative study – Netherlands, France, Romania – on urban renewal, urban diversity and sustainable development, and studies on alternatives of transports in the City of Nanterre. She worked in a Peruvian NGO on land policy, urban settlements and public spaces in deprived neighborhoods.

Iain Whyte, Paris, France

Interpreter specialized on urban issues 

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