Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Top7 and Intelligent Community of the Year Awards programs and guides the strategy for the New York-based think tank’s programs. Mr. Zacharilla oversees the development of institutes for the Intelligent Community Forum. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at global conferences and events. He appears regularly in the media to discuss what ICF calls “the new Renaissance” within the world’s communities.
Mr. Zacharilla is co-author of the books Broadband Economies: Building the Community for the 21st Century and Seizing Our Destiny and the soon-to-be published Brain Gain. His articles, opinion pieces and blogs appear in publications worldwide, including Canada, Sweden, the United States, and Australia. His work was the subject of a multi-part series in Taiwan’s Ideas Magazine and his views were quoted in the influential 2012 World Wealth Report. He has been the subject of interview for in the Financial Times of London and VICE.com. He authors a blog, “Community as Canvas,” and is regular contributor to Satellite Executive Briefing, Digital Communities, Mayors & Cities and Public Sector Digest.
Mr. Zacharilla has served as an adjunct professor at New York’s Fordham University,a a guest lecturer at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute’s School of Innovation Technology & Enterprise, Laval University (Quebec City) and the Central European University (Budapest.) He was named a judge for the French-based World E-Democracy Awards program, is a member of the Australian-American Dialogue Council, a trustee of the Board of Directors of Walsh University (USA) and recently a member of the board of directors of the METRO New York Library Council. He was born in Lyons, New York, earned his Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame and lives in Manhattan.
Louis Zacharilla is an excellent keynote speaker. In front of more than 1.000 people he spoke at our event and captured people’s attention for the whole speech. He was able to make everybody feel welcome, then asked the audience for their participation and ended with inspiring comments urging them to cooperate, innovate and join forces to build better communities for now and the future. I would really recommend Mr Zacharilla as a speaker for your event and I know a lot of people that were in our audience would as well. You will not be disappointed, I am 100% sure of that. - Susan Janssen, Events Manager, Brainport Development, Netherlands
Lou Zacharilla has always been a great resource and advisor to our community. He has spoken at several venues and he always stretches us to think and act beyond what we think we are capable of. Lou is able to motivate people. His presentation at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs’ Leadership Conference at Ohio State University, was an outstanding success. He introduced the audience to the concepts of the Intelligent Community and as a result many in our region are pursuing these concepts! - Dana McDaniel, Assistant City Manager, Dublin, Ohio, USA
“Best Practices in Changing Times” Guest Panelist, USA Federal & State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services, New York, NY (USA), July 2015
"Community as Canvas" Keynote Address Community Survivors Series, Everett, Washington, USA, April 2012
"Creating Intelligent Communities for the South Pacific Islands and Asia" Workshop Pacific Telecommunications Council, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 2012
Intelligent Community Briefing Governor Abercrombie’s Hawaii Broadband Assistance Advisory Council , Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January 2012
"The Community as Canvas," Opening Keynote Address STRIJP Festival – Art Loves Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 2011
"Energizing Communities for the 21st Century," Keynote Address Southern Piedmont Technology Council Annual Meeting, Danville, Virginia, USA, November 2011
"Opportunities and Obstacles: Building Intelligent Communities in Central & Eastern Europe," Keynote Address Roundtable hosted by The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Central European University’s Business School, Budapest, Hungary, October 2011
Moderator, World Summit Satellite Finance & World Satellite Business Week, CEO Panel, Paris, September 2011
Keynote Address Southeastern United States and Canadian Provinces Governors’ Leadership Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, June 2011
Keynote Address British Columbia Economic Development Summit, Langley, British Columbia, Canada, June 2011
Keynote Address SmarterCape Summit, Hyannis, Massachusets, USA, May 2011
"The Rise of the Intelligent Community" Keynote Smart City Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2010