Clayton Banks is the Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem. The mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem and other urban markets into Innovation and Technology Hubs. Under his leadership, Silicon Harlem has been able to partner with the Department of Education for New York City to establish an after-school STEM-based startup accelerator, collaborate with the NYC Mayor’s office to assess wireless broadband in upper Manhattan and coordinate a virtual startup incubator for tech-based entrepreneurs. Banks has established and produces the only comprehensive technology conference in Harlem, the Silicon Harlem tech conference, focused on next-generation internet and its impact on urban markets economic development.
Prior to Silicon Harlem, Banks has been a pioneer in the cable and communications industry for over two decades. He set the vision for Ember Media, a development group that builds digital solutions and interactive applications for top brands and non-profit organizations, across multiple platforms. Known as a pragmatic visionary, Banks has implemented multi-platform strategies for MTV, ESPN, Budweiser, Essence Music Festival, Urban Latino, Prudential, New York Institute of Technology, United Technologies, National Urban League, Denny’s, Scholastic, and other top brands. He has produced multimedia and broadband content for Discovery Networks, HBO, Pepsi, Bloomberg TV, Showtime Networks, Bermuda Tourism, British Tourist Authority, Monaco Tourism, and countless other companies and organizations around the world. Banks has worked with former President of the United States Bill Clinton to publish a first-of-its-kind interactive college guide series called “The Key”, that targets underserved communities and features Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Key was featured on CNN, NY1, Univision, and several other media outlets around the country.
Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research, analysis and content development activities. He directs the multi-stage analysis of communities for the annual Intelligent Community Awards program and authors the in-depth profiles of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities that are core to ICF's mission. Robert developed and leads the Intelligent Community Master Class and Community Accelerator programs, as well as ICF's advisory services for communities, and is a frequent speaker at municipal and telecom events. More
Henry has been an Abbotsford resident for six decades and as a long-time Abbotsford businessman, he is enjoying the opportunity to put his years of business experience to work for the city and people of Abbotsford.
Henry understands that great communities don’t happen without involvement, and has served on various boards and continues to do so as Mayor. Henry was elected to serve as a Council Member with the City of Abbotsford in 2011 and served one term. In November 2014, Henry was elected to serve as the Mayor of Abbotsford. In October 2018, Henry was re-elected to serve as Mayor for another four years.
Henry is a champion for the City of Abbotsford. He is a strategic thinker and exemplifies this along with Council through creating a strategic plan that focuses on Abbotsford as the hub of the Fraser Valley composed of four integral cornerstones - a vibrant economy, complete community, fiscal discipline, and organizational alignment.
Henry is proud to be a husband, father and grandfather. His family is his inspiration for making sure Abbotsford remains a wonderful place in which to grow up and grow old, well into the future!
Mark Buckley is the current interim CIO for the City of Rochester, New York. He has worked in Information Technology for all of his 36-year career, including private industry with large companies like Eastman Kodak and United Technologies Corporation. Mark changed his IT career path in 2016 to work in the public sector as an Application Services Manager for the City of Rochester, New York. One key driver in moving to the Public Sector, was the ability for Information Technology to improve service delivery for the greater good and prosperity of the City. When Mark started at the City, he organized and led the initiative to submit the 2017 Intelligent Community Forum Smart 21 application. This process provided valuable insight into the various services that were offered by the City, and the collaborative cross-functional processes and projects throughout. Mark’s ability to interview and present the great work of the City, placed Rochester in the top 21 in both 2017 and 2019. In Mark’s quest to continue to improve City services, he continues to build relationships, and share information on Rochester’s Intelligent Community journey.
Joel Carnes is a proven leader and an operations and innovation expert, who optimizes organizations and propels them to exponential growth in quarters, not years. He built new levels of success while leading operations and strategy at XPRIZE, driving the global leader in open innovation from $50M to $200M in three years. Joel then took the reigns as COO of SecondMuse, a global design firm that creates and operates purpose-driven business incubators and accelerators. In this role he led the Partnership group through the complete redesign and relaunch of the company, including creation of a new product that now accounts for 80% of revenue. His other accomplishments include executive leadership positions in operations and strategy for Activision Publishing and The Walt Disney Company, where he lived out a life-long dream as Sr. Strategist in R&D at Disney Imagineering. Joel has preached the power of innovation and the effectiveness of Human-centered Organizations around the world, in locales as diverse as Dar es Salaam, Tokyo, Budapest, and Washington DC. Audiences have included global business leaders, philanthropists, the general public, and the US Congress.
Moez Chaabouni serves as a Sr. Account Executive at Informatica leveraging his many years of experience in the CIO role to be a trusted adviser and advocate for his customers and help their combined Business and IT teams move quickly to empower transformational data automation initiatives leveraging the right components of our market-leading Informatica Intelligent Data Platform for Data Integration, Cloud Data Management, Big Data Management, Data Quality, Data Security and Master Data Management. Moez is also an adjunct member of The Ohio State University faculty with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Before he joined Informatica, Moez was the Deputy CIO with the City of Columbus where as a member of the Director's office participated in the overall operations and administrative management of the Department of Technology by directing the activities of the applications, GIS, Quality Assurance, Database, and Architecture groups. Moez also lead the nomination team for Columbus to win the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2015, laying the foundation for Columbus to win the US-DOT Smart City Challenge in 2016.
Moez received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree as well as postgraduate PhD-track studies in Computer Science from Wright State University. Moez resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his wife Kathryn.
Ing. Nicola Chemello is the Chairman of SecurCube srl, Italian digital forensics company specializing in phone records (CDR) analysis, forensics cell towers (BTS) coverage survey and IMSI Catcher detectors. He is EnCE, CCO, CCPA, CCME, Oxygen, XRY certified and he has been working on CDR analysis and BTS investigation since 2007. Annually, he provides trainings, in digital forensics examination to law enforcement, experts and universities worldwide.
Andrea Cruciani is an entrepreneur and software architect based in Perugia, Italy who specializes in GIS, web, mobile and cloud technologies. He is CEO and co-founder of TeamDev, a software house developing GIS systems, multi-device applications and training and consulting services as a Microsoft-certified partner and and ESRI partner company. He is also CEO and co-founder of Agricolus, a startup that develops solutions for smart agriculture based on a cloud-ecosystem of precision farming applications, decision support systems, forecast models, smart pest and disease control and remote sensing.
Greg Dunn has represented telecommunication clients for more than 40 years, providing legal and strategic assistance to a variety of private and public clients.
Greg has a comprehensive knowledge of both public utility and broadband issues and regularly works with clients on Smart City initiatives and public-private partnerships. His clients include municipalities, The Ohio State Supercomputer Center, competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC), data centers and wireless providers. He also consults on state of Ohio broadband and Internet of Things (IoT) public policy issues with Ice Miller Whiteboard LLC and has Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) experience in electric issues.
Greg assisted with the development and creation of the Dublink concept in Dublin, Ohio, which includes 125 miles of fiber optics, a conduit system and a Wi-Fi system, all connected to a municipal data center and the Ohio Academic Resource Network (OARnet). Dublin has attracted international attention, including being named one of the top seven intelligent communities of the year by the Intelligent Community Foundation (ICF) in both 2010 and 2011. Dublink also received an award from the National Science Foundation and the White House's broadband initiative, US Ignite.
Another of Greg’s clients, the City of Columbus, has pursued the broadband plan written by Greg in 2007. Columbus’ successful execution of that plan has led to Columbus also being selected a top seven Intelligent Community by Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) for 2012, and being named Intelligent Community of the year in 2016.
Wendy Dupley is the Executive Director of the City of Abbotsford Economic Development and is a strategic, visionary and creative leader with global experience in both private and public sector environments. Talented in building strong partnerships and working collaboratively with a wide range of domestic and international stakeholders, Wendy’s specialty areas include identifying key domestic and international economic indicators, as well as workforce strategies to support business development. Wendy has completed business development assignments in Europe, the UK, the USA, Australia, Asia, South America and Central America. Wendy holds an impeccable track record of a more consensus building approach to achieving business goals.
Ari Fitzgerald’s practice focuses on wireless, satellite, international communications, and Internet-related issues as well as on communications-related policy matters within the U.S. Executive Branch, the White House, and on Capitol Hill. Ari also provides strategic and legal advice on a wide range of telecommunications and spectrum-related issues. He serves as counsel to several communications-related trade associations in the United States and Europe, and represents several telecommunications carriers, telematics providers, equipment suppliers, and investors in major spectrum-related and regulatory policy proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). He has also provided advice on telecommunications privatization and market liberalization issues. At the Federal Communications Commission, he served Legal Advisor to the FCC's former Chairman, William Kennard. In this position, he advised the chairman on wireless, international, and spectrum policy issues. Ari later served as Deputy Chief of the FCC’s International Bureau, overseeing the development of FCC policies on international telecommunications, foreign ownership, satellite services, spectrum allocation, and promotion of the Internet. Prior to working at the FCC, Ari worked as a lawyer in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, counseling the White House and federal government agencies on constitutional and administrative law matters. He also served as Legal Counsel to former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.
Rob van Gijzel served as the mayor of Eindhoven, Netherlands from 2008 to 2016, during which time the region was named an ICF Intelligent Community of the Year. He served in the Dutch Parliament from 1989 until 2001, when he founded a political advisory agency called Politea with his wife Irene van Rijsewijk. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the National Swimming Institute Eindhoven. Rob is a recognized thought leader in the Netherlands and beyond. He was appointed Chairman of the Collaboration Table, a national government body that seeks to improve access to and affordability of housing in the Netherlands. He is also the Chairman of the ICF Board of Directors.
Lawrence created the Drucker Playbook for the Public Sector and spearheads its marketing and delivery. He also serves as a senior advisor to the City of Lifelong Learning program.
Lawrence arrived at the Institute with a background in education and community service as well as freelance writing and editing. As a teacher, Lawrence spent more than two decades in public, private, and religious school systems, serving in roles ranging from first grade teacher to principal of a Hebrew high school and junior college. More than 20 years ago, Lawrence integrated community service within the educational programs at his school, and he worked extensively with City Year and the Penn-Edison Partnership in Philadelphia. As the director of Main Line Writing & Educational Services (later La Jolla Literary Services), Lawrence assisted academics, entrepreneurs, professionals, and students with their writing and editing needs.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in religious studies, he served a stint on the Philadelphia Eagles media relations staff before embarking on his career in education. Lawrence teaches a graduate course on leadership in the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Master’s program in entrepreneurship. He also serves as a Prairie Ambassador for the American Prairie Reserve, which is creating a three-million acre wildlife reserve in Montana.
Sam is currently the Director of Finance at LITE. Sam has spent 5 years teaching full-time at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Most recently, Sam completed a year in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar, where he taught and conducted research on entrepreneurship development and financing to new ventures in rural areas. He hopes to bring lessons learned to LITE, and the greater Memphis community. Sam is a proud graduate of Rutgers University, where he was a letter winner on the baseball team and earned dual degrees in Political Science and Economics.
Victor Hoskins became the Arlington Economic Development (AED) Director in 2015 and is most known for leading the team that successfully attracted Amazon HQ2 to Arlington County, VA, a deal that will bring 25,000 high tech jobs, invest $2.5 billion and occupy four million square feet of commercial office space. This is one of the largest economic development deals in North American history. It is estimated it will generate $3.2 billion in revenue for the State of Virginia and over $315 million for the County.
Since joining AED, he has led efforts that have resulted in approximately 229 deals, representing 11.5 million square feet in new and retained office leases and the creation or retention of more than 67,000 jobs. The diversification strategy he designed resulted the in the expansions and attractions of companies such as Nestlé, Grant Thornton, Lidl, Deloitte, Oracle/OPower, Applied Predictive Technologies, Amazon Web Services Innovation Center, March of Dimes and Phone2Action.
Previously, Mr. Hoskins served as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for Washington, D.C., where his achievements included the creation of 52,600 jobs through public private partnership projects and the groundbreaking and/or completion of 87 mixed use projects totaling $7.5 billion in 3 . years. Projects included the Southwest Waterfront and City Center. Mr. Hoskins repositioned the District to emerge as a “tech town” and a global city with a booming economy and growing population.
Mr. Hoskins holds a Master’s degree in City Planning: Real Estate Finance/ Economic Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors: Psychology/Urban Studies from Dartmouth College. He also studied Development Finance at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development. More
Faith Knutsen has served the Voinovich School since 2008. Faith directs the Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) project, funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. SEE has a dual mission: bringing venture development services to regional social enterprises, which combine a market-based approach with a mission for social good, and capacity-building for philanthropic funders interested in impact investment. Faith lectures on entrepreneurship and venture development and aids in regional K-12 and college pitch competitions. Before joining the Voinovich School, Faith worked for 12 years in an executive role at Sunpower, Inc., an Athens Ohio-based, 60-employee research and development engineering firm. Her early career in international development began with a tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central Africa and segued into international consulting. Faith holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Ohio University.
Doug is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the City of Dublin, Ohio, where he leads initiatives in IT Innovation, Digital Experience, Smart City, Broadband, Intelligent Communities, and Blockchain. Dublin, Ohio has a growing reputation as a haven for technology oriented businesses interested in the collaboration opportunities between Smart Cities and the Private Sector. The City is innovating in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Broadband, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, IoT, UAVs, and Automation.
Through the Global Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community and the Intelligent Communities Forum, Dublin reaches out to communities throughout the State of Ohio in an effort to establish the first Intelligent State with the Intelligent Communities Forum. The City partners with the 33 Innovation Corridor Council of Governments in the establishment of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor for the testing of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Doug supports the Smart Columbus project (SMRT CBUS) through sitting on the Data Policy Workgroup of the Smart Columbus Operating System (SCOS). Is is a member of the National Advisory Board of Tech Corps, and the Advisory Board of Per Scholas Columbus. As a motivated advocate for extending the opportunities of the IT industry to the widest possible community of talent, Doug has spoken on the priorities of diversity, inclusion, workforce development, and opportunity with Columbus Women In Technology, and is Chair of the Planning Committee for the 2018 CIO Tomorrow Conference. He was honored with a C-Suite Award in 2017, and has spoken on numerous technical topics in Colorado, California, New York, Toronto, and Ohio.
City Manager Dana McDaniel is the chief administrative and law enforcement officer of the City of Dublin, responsible to City Council for the day-to-day operations for the City. Other responsibilities include advising Council regarding the financial status and future needs of the City, reporting to Council on the general operating of City departments, divisions, offices, boards, commissions, bureaus and agencies, as well as exercising leadership in the development of City projects.
Dana is actively engaged in the regional technology sectors of central Ohio as he leads a strategy to develop an ecosystem for new startup companies and technologies. The city is at the forefront of constructing intelligent infrastructure to support the emerging industry around connected and autonomous vehicles, and continues to build upon its successes in emerging industry clusters such as technology, healthcare, automotive and R&D.
Dublin is a two-time Top7 Intelligent Community and home to a Global Institute for the Development of the Intelligent Community, which is spearheading creation of Intelligent Ohio.
Andrea McKinney is a community builder focused on system transformation. Passionate about the public service and supporting positive change, she has a demonstrated history of successful delivery of major initiatives in the public and broader public sectors including provincial government, municipal government and health care.
As Chief Digital Officer, she brings her experience in strategic planning, digital transformation, smart city planning, communications and change management to management of Hamilton’s exciting transition to a digital, knowledge-based economy. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Hunter Newby is an American entrepreneur, investor, conservationist and the owner of Newby Ventures. His primary field of interest has been network infrastructure. As Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer and a Director of Telx, he pioneered the carrier-neutral Meet-Me-Room and the development of carrier hotels and data centers in the United States leading to massive value creation and economic development throughout the Country. Since the sale of Telx, he has been and continues to be a founder, developer and investor in the creation of multiple network-neutral infrastructure businesses all across North America.
Mr. Newby is a recognized authority in the network-neutral interconnection and data center industry. He has served on multiple company boards, is a published author, public speaker and has been quoted in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards including being named to the Global Telecoms Business Top 40 Under 40 in 2010.
Gerard Peets led the development and launch of the Smart Cities Challenge within Infrastructure Canada, a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge has encouraged communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. It has recently awarded C$75 million in prizes to four cities.
Most recently, Gerard served as Director General, Manufacturing and Life Sciences at Innovation, Science and Technology where he led policy in Canada’s growing advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Gerard held a number of positions in the Government of Canada relating to marketplace frameworks and intellectual property, cross-border issues, natural resource development and strategic policy.
As Director of Operations at NY Tech Alliance (formerly NY Tech Meetup), Andy has the privilege of meeting, vetting and selecting the companies that are selected to demo on the monthly stage to a crowd of over 800 attendees. He sees tech from all verticals, and is always on the lookout for amazing technology that is being developed in NYC and around the world. Making community connections is at the heart of his day-to-day role.
Luis serves the City of Buffalo as its chief information officer, responsible for all aspects of internal information technology and IT policy affecting residents and organizations. Prior to joining the City, he served as CIO of RWJBarnabas Health and Hartford HealthCare Corporation, and managed healthcare, consumer and industrial business segments for Accenture and IBM. Dr. Taveras earned his Ph.D. at the University of Sarasota, his MBA from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science from Wesleyan University.
Mark Anthony Thomas is a creative writer and professional and has served in leadership roles in publishing, communications, and the public sector. In October 2016, Mark became the first Senior Vice President of Partnerships for New York City's Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
The Atlanta-native began his professional career with Georgia-Pacific Corporation, managing a portfolio of economic, philanthropic and environmental health initiatives before leading public relations for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Medical School for International Health.
In New York, he served as the Deputy Director of the Manhattan-based think tank Center for an Urban Future and developed the business model to relaunch its magazine, City Limits, as a startup news media. Appointed Publisher / Executive Director, he led the establishment of City Limits’ new organization and governance structure, expanded content across digital platforms, acquired the Bronx News Network, founded the Brooklyn Bureau, and launched collaborations with New York’s leading civic institutions and foundations, and e-commerce companies.
In 2014, he became the City of Los Angeles’ first Fuse Corps executive fellow and served as the Senior Advisor to the City's top budget official. He was appointed as the Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team, a public-private partnership with the L.A. Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, to reform the City’s procurement, asset management, and workers compensation operations.
Mark serves on advisory boards for the CUNY's Center for Community & Ethnic Media, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s InnovateLA, and FUSE Corps. He has served as the President the Board of Directors for Helping Teens Succeed, Inc. and a founding trustee of the University System of Georgia’s African American Male Initiative program at the University of West Georgia.
Mark earned his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and an MPA in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He received his Bachelor of Business from the University of Georgia, where he became the first African American Editor-In-Chief of the 122-year old daily student newspaper, The Red & Black. In 2013, he was honored as one of the University’s Top 40 Alumni Under 40 and keynoted the school’s inaugural TEDx Conference.
Mailiina Turanlahti heads the Business Finland North America organization. As a team and together with our partners, we help Finnish companies to enter and grow in North America. We attract companies and investors from North America to invest in Finland and drive innovation partnership with universities and other partners, as well as promoting travel through Visit Finland.
Our North America team consists of experts located in New York, Texas, Washington D.C., New Orleans and Silicon Valley. In addition, we work in close cooperation with the Finnish Embassies and General Consulates in Ottawa, Canada, Washington D.C, New York and Los Angeles. Business Finland services are financed by the Finnish Government, and are mostly free of charge for our customers.
Prior to joining Business Finland, Mailiina held program and portfolio management positions with Microsoft and Nokia.
Kristina Verner is the Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability and Prosperity for Waterfront Toronto, where she is responsible for a variety of strategic initiatives for one of the world's preeminent urban revitalization projects. Her portfolio includes the digitalization of the urban experience, sustainability and resiliency priorities, as well as the economic development and partnership engagement aspects of the organization. She lead the innovation components of the Waterfront Innovation Centre procurement and proponent select and is a key member of the team leading the Quayside project.
She is active both nationally and internationally in the intelligent community movement. In 2014, she lead the City of Toronto bid to be named the Intelligent Community of the Year. She was the founding board Chair of ICF Canada and serves on the boards of both the Intelligent Community Forum Foundation and ICF Canada.
Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Top Seven and Intelligent Community of the Year Awards programs. He helps the New York-based think tank communicate the importance of developing viable and innovative communities and cities audiences worldwide and oversees the new Institutes of the Intelligent Community Forum around the world. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at conferences and events. He appears regularly in the media to discuss the impact of broadband and access technologies on the rebirth of the world’s communities. More