Summit 17 Speakers


Summit Speakers

 Andrey Belozerov
AndreyBelozerov.jpgDeputy CIO, Moscow City Government
CIO Roundtable (June 6)

Andrey is a lifelong technology executive with deep expertise in delivering innovations in both governmental and commercial sectors. Since 2011, Andrey has served as Deputy CIO of Moscow, after he was engaged by Government of Russia to lead Electronic Government initiative in 2010.

Prior to public services, Andrey was improving Project Management Practices in Russia in multiple executive roles, also as VP, Project Management Institute, Moscow Branch. In his current position, Andrey is responsible for implementing informational systems in all spheres of urban life with special focus on Smart City projects.

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Susan Benton
SusanBenton.jpgPresident and CEO, Urban Libraries Council
The Internet of the People (June 8)

Susan has worked with libraries and local governments for over twenty years. Her professional career has been dedicated to assisting city and county executives initiate and manage change in their organizations so that citizens and businesses are receiving the strongest possible services. She comes to ULC from her position as Research, Development and Strategic Partners Executive at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

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 Moez Chaabouni
MoezChaabouni.jpgLocal Government Account Executive, Informatica
CIO Roundtable (Moderator) (June 6)

Moez currently serves as Local Government Account Executive for Informatica, which delivers enterprise data integration and management software powering big data and cloud computing. Before joining the company, he served as Deputy Director, Department of Technology for the City of Columbus, reporting to the CIO, where he oversaw the complete enterprise and agency applications portfolio, database, data analytics and GIS teams. For the past 20 years, he has served on the faculty of Ohio State University, where he teaches database design and information systems capstone classes to senior and graduate students. 

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 Bill Coleman
BillColeman.jpgFounder, Community Technology Advisors
Rural Master Class (June 7)

Bill helps communities make the connection between telecommunications and economic development. As principal in Community Technology Advisors since 2000, he assists clients develop and implement programs of broadband infrastructure investment and technology promotion and training. 

Prior to forming Community Technology Advisors, Bill managed Onvoy’s (now Zayo) Integrated Community Network (ICN) rural market development efforts. Earlier, Bill staffed the MN Department of Trade and Economic Development Star City and Business Retention and Expansion Programs, working with local community teams to vision, strategize and implement local economic development programs.

Bill is a current board member of PCs for People, a non-profit dedicated to getting computers into the hands of those without.  He is a former board member of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and the Midwest Institute for Telecommuting Education.

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 Meghan Cook
MeghanCook.jpgProgram Director, Center for Technology in Government
Welcome & Challenge Question (June 7)

As Program Director, Meghan leads innovation initiatives that build capability in public sector organizations and agencies throughout the world. Through a unique and collaborative process, Meghan works side by side with international, federal, state and local government leaders to produce new knowledge and actionable results. With over 18 years of experience working on public sector innovation efforts, Meghan is considered an expert in digital government transformation.

Meghan has published numerous research and practice articles detailing how organizational capabilities, information policies, management practices, and technology choices intersect to shape government operations and services. She also serves as a reviewer for journals and conferences and presides in many advisory roles. She is a highly sought speaker and facilitator, having delivered over 200 thought-leadership and strategy development sessions for government leaders all over the world.

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Roberto Gallardo
RobertoGallardo.jpgAssociate Extension Professor, Mississippi State University; Founder, Intelligent Community Institute at Mississippi State
Welcome & Challenge Question (June 7), Rural Master Class (June 7)

Roberto Gallardo is an Associate Extension Professor of the Mississippi State University Extension (MSUE). He holds an engineering degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico, a master's in economic development from Southern Miss University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. Gallardo is interested in local & regional rural community economic development, including use of technology. He spearheads the efforts of the MSUE Intelligent Community Institute that helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. He lives in Starkville with his wife and two daughters.

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 Andres Henriquez
AndresHenriquez.jpgVice President, STEM Learning in Communities, New York Hall of Science
The Internet of the People (June 8)

Currently leading the Queens 20/20 initiative, a partnership between NYSCI and the local community, Andrés Henríquez brings a broad expertise to this position. Andrés worked previously as a program officer at both the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he launched a national program to develop the field of adolescent literacy. He was a key contributor to the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education, and the funding of Achieve Inc. to develop the framework-aligned Next Generation Science Standards.
Earlier in his career at the Center for Children and Technology, he was part of the community transformation in Union City, N.J., where he lead a partnership between Bell Atlantic and the Union City Schools, which received national recognition from President Clinton and Vice President Gore.

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 John Horrigan
JohnHorrigan.jpgSenior Researcher, Pew Research Center
The Internet of the People (June 8)

John B. Horrigan is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on libraries, technology, and communities as well as open data and open government. Prior to rejoining Pew Research Center in 2015, he served as research director for the development of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a nationally recognized expert on research into barriers to home broadband adoption and use, expertise cultivated as a consultant and in his first stint at Pew Research Center from 2000-2009. He has a PhD in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in economics and government from the University of Virginia.

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 Norman Jacknis
NormanJacknis.jpgSenior Fellow, Intelligent Community Forum
Rural Master Class (Moderator) (June 7)

Dr. Norman Jacknis is currently Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum. His responsibilities include leading ICF’s Rural Imperative, building on the ideas he developed for the US Conference of Mayors on a future-oriented economic growth strategy for cities. Before joining ICF, he was Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group (the company’s open innovation and pro-bono strategic advisory group), where he worked extensively with states and local government, the National Association of Counties, the US Conference of Mayors and the staff responsible for the Federal government’s website and citizen engagement. In addition to citizen engagement, his focus was on economic growth, innovation, and the future of technology.

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Stu Johnson
StuJohnson.jpgExecutive Director, Connect Ohio
CIO Roundtable (June 6)

Stu Johnson serves as Vice President of Connected Nation and Executive Director of Connected Ohio.  In those roles, he provides comprehensive strategy and management for two Connected Nation programs – Connect Ohio and Digital Works. His management of the programs include implementation and development, identification and achievement of programmatic goals, government relations, and revenue management. Stu also serves as the primary spokesperson to media nationwide about Digital Works and Connect Ohio. Stu has over 25 years of executive level telecommunications experience and holds a bachelor of science in finance from The Ohio State University.

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Mary Lee Kennedy
Intelligent Community Strategist
The Internet of the People (Moderator) (June 8)

Mary Lee Kennedy partners with organizations to empower and inspire local and global communities to create and use the knowledge that enhances lives. While digital technology has opened education and economic development opportunities, there is vast untapped potential in how we connect and use information. In her consulting practice and as the former Chief Library Officer at the New York Public Library, Senior Associate Provost at Harvard, and Director of Knowledge Networks at Microsoft, Mary Lee’s career is focused on innovating the way we share credible knowledge.

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 Chris Lawrence
ChrisLawrence.jpgVice President, Mozilla Leadership Network
The Internet of the People (June 8)

Chris Lawrence is an experienced non-profit executive who has spent the last decade as a dedicated educator and network builder. He joined Mozilla in 2011. As Vice President, Mozilla Leadership Network, Chris oversees the development and expansion of a global network of leaders who will build the values of the open internet into all aspects of human society.

In his time at Mozilla, Chris has been critical in leading the organization's efforts around network building, as well as bringing web literacy to the forefront of Mozilla's issues agenda. He oversaw the development of the Mozilla Clubs initiative, the expansion of Hive Learning Networks, and the Maker Party campaign, which has become Mozilla's largest celebration of making and learning on the web. These efforts have reached hundreds of thousands of people in over 90 cities across the globe. He was also instrumental in developing multi-year relationships with funders including the John D. and Cathering T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation and others.

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DouglasMcCollough.jpgDouglas McCollough
Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin, Ohio, USA
CIO Roundtable (June 6)

Douglas McCollough serves as Dublin’s CIO, where he is responsible for leading the city's IT department that includes network operations, geographic information systems and DubLink, Dublin's 125-mile fiber optic system.

McCollough has previously worked for the Ohio Department of Medicaid/Diversified Systems, Nationwide Insurance and State of Ohio Industrial Commission, boasting 15 years of experience.

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Mayor Paul Pisasale
PaulPisasale.jpgCity of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Top7 Conversation: Ipswich (June 7)

Mayor Paul Pisasale is celebrating over 25 years in local government, being first elected to Council in March 1991 and appointed Deputy Mayor in April 2000.  He has subsequently been elected four terms as Mayor of the City of Ipswich since 2004 and in the 2012 and 2016 Local Government elections, Paul averaged approximately 85% of the primary vote.

Paul has an active interest in business and youth initiatives, community organisations and employment enterprises and is Patron and Ambassador of over 70 organisations. He strongly believes that caring for the community and working with the youth are vital to a growing community. 

Paul’s leadership and vision for the future have broken down the City’s misconceived perception from both within the city itself and nationally and he continues to create a sense of pride and community involvement.  Under his leadership, Ipswich is the fastest growing region in Queensland and one of the fastest growth regions in the country. At the same time, Paul has made job creation and community care his number one priorities.

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Mayor Tom Roach
TomRoach.jpgCity of White Plains, New York, USA
Internet of Cities & Regions (June 7)

During his time as Mayor, Tom has worked to maintain strong city services under difficult financial conditions by producing budgets compliant with the state mandated tax cap, maintaining the city’s AA1 credit rating, and improving its financial outlook to one that is stable. He has pioneered the use of new communications technologies in an effort to keep residents informed, particularly during severe weather events. In two years he has pushed through the project to finally cap the city’s landfill, which closed more than 30 years ago. He has spearheaded important environmental initiatives including bike lanes, Zip Cars, and electric vehicle charging stations. 

Under his leadership, the city completed a complex transaction to take control of the dilapidated, privately-held garage on Waller Avenue and replace it with a state of the art city-owned garage which will provide needed parking and an economic boost to the city. 

Tom’s long-term vision for the city is to continually enhance the downtown environment for businesses and residents while at the same time maintaining the strong neighborhoods that have long characterized White Plains.  

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