Rudolf Giffinger
Andrea Caragliu
Francis Pisani
Nikolaos Kontinakis
Céline Vanderborght
Vincent Van Quickenborne

Mag. Dr. Rudolf Giffinger

Since 2006 Rudolf Giffinger is Head of the Centre of Urban and Regional Research in the Department of Spatial Planning at TU Wien. As a Full Professor of Regional Science his main fields in research and teaching are urban development and strategic advice of urban development policy, smart city issues, international urbanisation and metropolitan development. Recently, his main topic in research is on smart positioning of cities in the European urban system as well as on energy efficient urban development.

He is co-editor of the German speaking journal ‘FORUM Raumplanung’ (since 2000) and the series ‘Jahrbuch Raumplanung’ (since 2013). Since 2013 he is member of the Senate at TU Wien and official member of the council for Environmental Matters of the City of Vienna. Main publications are concentrating on urban and metropolitan development and Smart City issues.

Prof. Andrea Caragliu

Born in Rome, Andrea Caragliu is Tenured Assistant Professor of Regional and Urban Economics at Politecnico di Milano since 2015. He is Book Review Editor for Papers in Regional Science and Co-Editor of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) Newsletter. He has published on several international refereed journals.

He obtained two Ph.D:

  • A Ph.D in Spatial Economics at the VU University Amsterdam, 2015, and,
  • A Ph.D. in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 2010. The dissertation has been awarded the Merit Prize of the EU Committee of the Regions Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation and Diploma d’Onore AISRe for the best doctoral dissertation in Regional Science “Giorgio Leonardi” 2010.

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Dr. Francis Pisani

  • Author, columnist, speaker, consultant, Francis Pisani analyzes information technology’s social, urban, and geopolitical impacts.
  • He is currently working on smart cities the world over. His articles appear on fr/Citynnovation. He recently published 2 books (Travels in the smart cities, between datapolis and participolis (free download in English and French) and on the Future of innovation Free downloads in French and Spanish)
  • After being based for fifteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area, he completed a yearlong world tour of innovation in ICT and innovation strategies: 45 cities, 32 countries, 5 continents. His travelogue is being adapted into a book which will be published in English, French, and Spanish.
  • A long time journalist, his articles have been published by more than 100 publications, including by many newspapers of record (Le Monde, El País, Folha de São Paulo, etc). Among other books, he co-authored with Dominique Piotet the award winning How the web is changing the world (Pearson).
  • Francis has lectured at Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences-Po, Paris), at UC-Berkeley and at Stanford University. He was a ’93 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He has earned his doctorate in Political Science-Latin American Studies at La Sorbonne (Paris).


Twitter : @francispisani

Nikolaos Kontinakis

  • Nikolaos Kontinakis works as a project coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES, Brussels.
  • He coordinates the Green Digital Charter initiative , the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities (CITYkeys project), the promotion of green ICT via the project and the EU-China innovation platform on sustainable urbanisation (URBAN-EU-CHINA project).
  • For the last 15 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of ICT, energy policy and the smart and sustainable development of local authorities.



Céline Vanderborght

  • Céline Vanderborght is Smart City Manager for the Brussels-Capital Region.
  • Further to her experience as eGovernment Manager and having gained a diploma in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development in addition to her commercial engineering studies, she is increasing awareness of and promoting Smart City projects in Brussels, paying special attention to the topics of Open Data, data governance and citizen participation.

CIRB_CIBG Website :

Twitter : @SmartCIRB_CIBG

Vincent Van Quickenborne

  • Vincent Van Quickenborne is the mayor of the city of Kortrijk (Flanders, Belgium), which is a member of the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai, a European Territorial Cooperation Group which brings together 147 French and Belgian communes and governments  via 14 institutions, working together to erase the “border effect” and make day-to-day life easier for its 2.1 million inhabitants.
  • The city of Kortrijk has won several Agoria Smart City Awards, thanks to the innovative technological projects such as ‘Smart Parking from A to Z’ and can therefore be considered as a good example of a Belgian Smart City.

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