Cultural Coordinator and Founding Member at Urban Woorden vzw
Tunde Adefioye, was born in Los Angeles and grew up in part in “The Bottoms” of Inglewood. Earned a degree in Women's Studies (2003) at San Diego State University and a post-bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology (2006) at San Francisco State University and a Master's degree in Bioinformatics (2007) Leeds University (UK).
Together with others 2009 in Leuven he founded Urban Woorden, with the aim of involving young people who have difficulty accessing literature and culture. In 2013 was awarded with the Culture Prize for Cultural Education by the Flemish government. In 2016, he began working as a city-dramaturg as part of the artistic team lead by Michael De Cock. City dramaturgy, aims to use the city as a conceptual canvas to create a discourse with different aspects of the city of Brussels and beyond. This allows for a broadening of the mission of the KVS as well as catalyzing new and enriching exchanges and creations. In the meantime he has done dramaturgy for Sachli Gholamalizad’s (Not) My Paradise, SLOW #01 & 02, and together with Kristin Rogghe the dramaturgy of Junior Mthombeni’s Malcolm X. In 2017, together with the Warrior Poets curated Beyond the Binary, an evening that focused on the intersection of queer identity, ethnicity and gender. Since 2017 he has been engaging in lectures and speeches. This included giving a series of 6 guest lectures for Luca Leuven, a keynote speech at the 2018 IETM plenary meeting in Porto Portugal and a keynote at the Wales Arts International conference.
Founder and CEO at Manifesto Market and Founder and Chairman at reSITE
Martin Barry is Founder and Chairman of reSITE, a global non-profit focused on improving urban environments. He is also Founder and CEO of Manifesto Markets, an award-winning and internationally expanding Proptech that built the first fully cashless market space in the Czech Republic while turning a no-go zone into a new vibrant landmark of the Czech capital.
reSITE is focused on improving the quality of life in cities, with its main activities in experience design and event organization in Europe and the United States. As a landscape architect, Martin has led multi-disciplinary teams on complex urban projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is the 2016 recipient of the President’s Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and his projects at W Architecture have received dozens of design awards in North America. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow with the Design Trust for Public Space in New York.
Ph.D. and an Assistant Professor in Urban Geography at the University of Helsinki
She specializes in research of urban segregation and development, as well as social and spatial educational dynamics. Her writing and research projects include themes such as the links between socio-economic segregation of urban neighbourhoods and the educational outcomes in comprehensive schools, immigration and housing choices of highly skilled migrants, as well as social cohesion in the context of the Nordic welfare state.
Anna Lisa Boni
EUROCITIES secretary general
Anna Lisa Boni has been secretary general of EUROCITIES since June 2014. Before joining EUROCITIES, she was director of the Brussels office of the French region Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. She has 25 years of professional experience in EU public affairs in the field of local and regional government. She has worked for the city of Bologna in Italy, and with European and international networks and the European Parliament. Anna Lisa has a masters degree from the University of Bologna in political science, and from the University of Leuven in European studies.
CTIO Barcelona City, Founder of DECODE project and Visiting Professor IIPP
Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on digital democracy and digital currencies.
She also led the DSI project on Digital Social Innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations and movements on Technology and Innovation policy, and its socio-economic impact.
Francesca is an adviser for the European Commission on Future Internet and Innovation Policy. She is currently the Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation for the City of Barcelona in Spain and she is leading the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe.
Francesca's work focuses on one of the key issues of our time: how can we give people the ownership of their data? In her recent report (co-authored with Evgeny Morozov), she explores how can societies regain control not only over digital technology, data, and infrastructure, but also over the services that are mediated by smart technologies—such as utilities, transportation, education, and health
She has been listed in the Top 50 Women in Tech by the Forbes Magazine, and in the World's top 20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. She has also been featured in the Italian Magazine Repubblica "D", amongst the 100 Women Changing the World.
Former Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat, at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations General Assembly
He held this office from October 2010-December 2017. During his mandate, Dr. Clos led the process of elaboration of the New Urban Agenda, and he was appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).
Born in Barcelona on 29 June 1949, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. This ministerial function included the Spanish Energy portfolio. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.
In 2016, he was honored with the Jane Jacobs Medal by the Rockefeller Foundation in recognition of his leadership with the New Urban Agenda.
Architect, D.Sc. (Tech.) in strategic urban planning at the City of Helsinki
My current responsibilities deal with integrated planning processes on various scales from the organizational to the local and transnational levels. I am interested in the research-based development of collaborative planning practice in interdisciplinary contexts for enabling knowledge co-creation and mutual learning for sustainable urban futures.
I also research and teach at the Aalto University. With a background in urban planning, and organization sciences, my research interest is in the networked dynamics of planning practice, with a special focus on the human perspective of complex planning processes.
Internationally renowned expert in urban mobility, urban development, infrastructure and innovation
After having been involved in the famous development of the tram-train system in Karlsruhe, he was more than 15 years the Director for strategic planning, infrastructure, digitalization, sustainability and innovation management of the Munich Public Transport Company SWM/MVG.
Besides this, Gunnar is engaged in numerous associations and foundations. In 2018, Gunnar has founded his own consulting company, focusing on strategic urban development and mobility. Customers are cities, public and private companies and start-ups in Germany, Austria, France and Scandinavia.
He holds a master in civil engineering, studies urban planning in Karlsruhe (Germany) and Trondheim (Norway), took classes in management and economy at the St. Gallen Management School and is a fellow of the German Academy on Regional and Urban Planning (DASL).
Professor of Real Estate Business at Aalto University, Finland
Dr. Prof. Junnila has worked several times as a visiting scholar in the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. Before joining the academy, Dr. Junnila worked in numerous positions at consulting industry, for example, as a Head of Business Development and a Department Manager at Pöyry. He has also worked as a Business Director at Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra).
Currently, Dr. Junnila's research focuses on low-carbon urbanization, life-cycle technologies and management, and sustainable business innovation in built environment. He has initialized and managed several major European and national research projects with more than thirty academic and industrial partners.
CEO and co-founder of Maptionnaire
Maptionnaire is a powerful community engagement tool that helps urban planners and city developers create map-based tools to get ideas and insights from residents – thus enabling and encouraging public participation. Maptionnaire is a spin-off from Aalto University where Maarit did her dissertation. In her dissertation she studied the opportunities for urban planners to take advantage of PPGIS tools like Maptionnaire. Currently Maptionnaire is a global SaaS service used in over 30 countries.
Maarit is passionate about making the interaction between residents and experts smoother, thereby supporting the creation of more livable and lovable cities. Her tool is helping cities to change their way of interacting with residents in a more inclusive way by making the community engagement process easier and more efficient.
An executive advisor at Demos Helsinki
Tuuli Kaskinen will be your host during the Helsinki Impact Conference.
With over ten years’ experience tackling the most important issue of our time – climate change – with companies, NGOs and governments, she’s found systemic modelling and shared value thinking to be the key tools in the development of sustainable innovation. When she is not working towards a more democratic and sustainable world at Demos Helsinki, Tuuli serves a member of the board and advisor for Fortum Corporation, the University of Turku Finland Futures Research Centre, The Finnish Crafts Organization Taito and the Helsinki Neighbourhoods Association Helka.
Strategic advisor, City of Amsterdam
Dagmar Keim works as strategic advisor at the Department of Urban planning and Sustainability, municipality of Amsterdam. She started her career, educated as landscape architect, at several private landscape architecture firms in the United States and the Netherlands. She specialized herself on sustainable innovative solutions based on strong conceptual design.
Since 2006, Dagmar Keim, works in the public sector where she contributed to several policy paper on national, provincial and local level. She is active in several European networks such as Metrex and Eurocities. Her expertise is to develop integrated and place based policies in complex stakeholder situations. She specialized herself on the added value of design based thinking in a political environment. Her design education and experience as practitioner enables her to link abstract policies to implementation. Currently she is closely involved in the policy development of the first national environmental vision of the Netherlands which will be the national framework for the development of the City of Amsterdam.
A senior projects’ coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES in Brussels, Belgium
Nikolaos Kontinakis has coordinated the Green Digital Charter initiative and EUROCITIES’ work for the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities under the CITYkeys project , the promotion of green ICT via the ICTfootprint.eu project and the Smart Cities Information System .
He also leads EUROCITIES’ international cooperation work and the network’s contribution to the EU-China innovation platform on sustainable urbanisation (URBAN-EU-CHINA and TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA projects).
For the last 16 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of smart cities, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency and energy transition, and the sustainable development of local authorities.
Project manager of the open data service Helsinki Region Infoshare
Mrs Tanja Lahti has been working for the City of Helsinki since 2006 and last six years as Project manager of the open data service called Helsinki Region Infoshare. The HRI service is owned by four cities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and provides public information of these cities as open data for anyone to use freely in any purposes. Helsinki is one of the forerunner cities in open data on the global level. In addition to releasing data the HRI also enhances dialogue between the city organizations and community in order to encourage stakeholders to utilize open data e.g. in improving services and creating innovations.
Mrs Lahti has a Master of Administrative Sciences (Regional Studies) degree from the University of Tampere and large expertise in open data, smart city development and co-operation with other cities.
Co-founder and a director at IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policies, Ljubljana, Slovenia
IPop is supporting communities towards sustainable urban development. Marko's focus is on sustainable mobility and governance. He leads a national programme promoting active travel to school, introducing ‘walking buses’ and ‘bike trains’ in schools around Slovenia. More than 70 schools took part since 2016, involving more than 3000 children. He also coordinates Jane's Walks in Slovenia, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. 152 walks were organized in 38 towns and cities around the country since 2011.
In 2009 Marko initiated a national network of NGOs active in urban and spatial development, which he coordinates. He is part of URBACT, an EU-wide networking and knowledge sharing programme helping cities to provide integrated solutions to urban problems, also since 2009.
He is a co-author and contributor to a number of studies for municipalities, national ministries or the European Commission. He writes articles for various newspapers and blogs, speaks and facilitates debates at conferences, seminars, workshops. He is also a local activist in the street, where he lives.
Director of new initiatives at Forum Virium Helsinki
Forum Virium Helsinki is the innovation company of City of Helsinki, responsible for design, development and up-take of new innovations and technologies to improve the life of the citizens and solve the city's challenges. FVH has been a global smart city pioneer in for example open data, living labs and autonomous transport technologies with several European and global awards for its projects and outcomes.
Ritvos has set up various programmes and projects enabling, experimenting and piloting new service innovations, internet of things, robotics and data technologies in solving the City's needs in mobility, healthcare, energy and construction. These initiatives include for example Smart Kalasatama smart city living lab and FABULOS European-wide large-scale robot bus pilot.
Before Forum Virium Helsinki he has worked in game startups, Aalto university and Helsinki region triple-helix innovation agency Culminatum Innovation. He studied at Medialab in University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH, and Computer Science at University of Helsinki.
Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, City of Helsinki
Anni Sinnemäki has been the Deputy Mayor for the City of Helsinki, responsible for city planning and real estate, since 2015. Since June 2017 she is in charge of Helsinki's Urban Environment Division. She has been a member of the Helsinki City Council since 2005.
Sinnemäki was Member of the Finnish Parliament for 15 years (1999–2015), representing The Green League of Finland. She was Member in the Council of State as Minister of Labour from 2009 to 2011. From 2009 to 2011 Sinnemäki was also the chair of the Green League. As a Member of Parliament she was a long-standing member of Finance, Environment and Defence Committees.
Her special focus areas in city politics are sustainable growth and low carbon transport. One of the main questions is how the city can build enough housing to meet the demands of a growing city and at the same time preserve forests and green areas. The most important project of this City Council term for her has been the ambitious Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan.
Sinnemäki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Helsinki. Her major was Russian literature. She has published two collections of poems and she also wrote lyrics for albums by Ultra Bra group. She is born in Helsinki, is married and has two children.
Senior consultant at the Helsinki-based think tank Demos Helsinki
Henrik Suikkanen will be hosting the Helsinki Impact Conference together with Tuuli Kaskinen. He is a senior consultant at the think tank Demos Helsinki and he is specializing in urban transformation. Henrik is especially interested in the changing role of cities in the contemporary society as solvers of global problems at the local level. At Demos Helsinki, he is advising companies and cities in foresight and strategy work in topics like urban mobility, climate action and co-creation of lively urban environments.
Manager of Helsinki 3D+ and responsible of creating, maintaining and delivering virtual models over the whole city
3D+ also integrates new technology and workflows to processes and city services. 3D+ is 2016 Be Inspired Award Winner and currently focus of the production is on Helsinki Energy-Atlas, Masterplan on City Information Model and Smart Kalasatama Digital Twin.
Working over 25 years with 3D and GIS in building design and city planning Jarmo has practical understanding of the great potential in 3D. In his free time Jarmo is a jazz fan, plays saxophone and renovates his early 1900´s villa. Jarmo is Architect and M.Sc (Civ.Eng) from Helsinki University of Technology.
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki and Head of the Department of Computer Science
Sasu Tarkoma is also Director of the Helsinki Center for Data Science and affiliated with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. He has authored 4 textbooks and has published over 160 scientific articles. He has seven granted US Patents.
His research has received a number of Best Paper awards and mentions, for example at IEEE PerCom, ACM CCR, and ACM OSR. As an example flagship research project, he is leading the MegaSense project, which aims at deploying a wide array of urban air-monitoring stations and employing the data within prediction models.
Leading international thought-leader on cities, and practitioner in advanced urbanism, city planning, urban design, transportation and urban change management
Brent Toderian is highly sought-after as an advisor to cities, governments & best-practice developers across the globe, with recent engagements that have included the cities of Sydney, Auckland, Oslo, Groningen, & Medellin.
Brent’s establishment of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS in 2012 followed 6 years of significant achievement as Chief Planner for Vancouver, Canada, a city known for its innovative planning, design, mobility, sustainability & urban livability.
Brent was the founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism; Canada’s only regular radio columnist on “city-making” on CBC Radio; and a frequent speaker and writer for Fast Company, the Huffington Post, CityLab, Planetizen, & many other publications. In 2017 Planetizen ranked him one of the 100 most influential urbanists who ever lived.
Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Helsinki and Director of Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies
Mari Vaattovaara has a master’s degree in geography and in landscape architecture. In 1998 she gained her doctorate on the topic of social differentiation in the metropolitan area. Her current research interests relate to the social and spatial developments in urban areas, segregation, immigration, housing preferences, and housing choice as well as to the housing policy. In addition she has been working in the projects related to accessibility, creative and knowledge industries as well as to the competitiveness of urban regions.
In addition to the academic research Mari Vaattovaara is a requested discussant in the public forums. She is also the vice-chair of the board of The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) and a member of the supervisory board of the Mortage Society of Finland. She was awarded the prestigious Snellman Award from the University of Helsinki in 2013. The award is given for meritorious work in disseminating academic and scientific knowledge.
Mayor of Helsinki
After an extensive career in Finnish national politics Mr. Jan Vapaavuori became the Mayor of Helsinki in June 2017 after winning the election with a record number of support. As his first task he set forth a city strategy, laying ground for an ambitious four-year agenda. The strategy champions Helsinki as the “most functional city in the world” with a special focus on sustainable growth, digitalization, global problem solving, creativity and the best possible conditions for happy everyday city life. The strategy also defined Helsinki as a test-bed for start-ups and smart city development projects resulting in an increased global relevance for the city.
In 2012 to 2015 Mr. Vapaavuori served as Minister of Economic Affairs and in 2007 – 2011 as Minister of Housing. Since 2015 he worked as Vice President of the European Investment Bank. As Minister of Economic Affairs, he negotiated the Meyer Turku shipyard sale that played a key role in renewing the Finnish maritime industry. As the Minister of Housing Mr. Vapaavuori created a program that resulted in a decrease of long-term homelessness by fifty percent - a model that has gained international recognition. From 2003 to 2015 Mr. Vapaavuori was a Member of Parliament. During his term as MP, he served among other things as chair of the party's parliamentary group. In addition to his career in national politics, Mr. Vapaavuori has a long-standing career with the City of Helsinki as Member of the Helsinki City Council and as the chairman of the City Board.
Mr. Vapaavuori graduated as Master of Law from the University of Helsinki.
Deputy Mayor of Vienna
Maria Vassilakou started her political career as Secretary General of the Austrian Students’ Union. In November 1996 she became Member of the Vienna Provincial Parliament and in 2004 Head of the Parliamentary Group of the Green Party.
Since November 2010 Maria Vassilakou is Deputy Mayor of Vienna and Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation. Maria Vassilakou is the first Executive City Councillor with a migration background. She was born in Greece and sees Vienna as an open, modern and diverse city.