Connecting, Innovating, and Sustaining
with 21st Century Infrastructure

Chicago, IL • November 1-3, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

12:30 – 5:00pm



1:00 – 5:00pm

One-on-One Appointments with U.S. Commercial Diplomats

6:00 – 8:00pm

Welcome Reception at Swissotel

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7:30 – 8:30am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:30 – 9:00am

Welcome Remarks & Introduction to Array of Things


Regina Heise
: Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Commercial Service
Rahm Emanuel
: Mayor of Chicago

9:00am – 4:00pm

One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats (Concurrent)

9:00 – 10:00am

Plenary: Global Smart Cities and Internet of Things Trends


Steve Fifita
: (Moderator), Executive Director, City Digital
Philip Bane
: Managing Director, Smart Cities Council
Sokwoo Rhee
: Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems, NIST
Fred Ellermeier
: Vice President, Smart Integrated Infrastructure, Black & Veatch
Shaina Doar
: Director of Policy, Sidewalk Labs

10:00 - 10:30am

Networking Break with Sponsors

10:30 – 11:45am

Concurrent Sessions


(1) Telecommunications Infrastructure: A Foundation for the Smarter City (Connecting Track)
Global spending on physical infrastructure is increasing in parallel to the development of high-speed telecommunications networks that enhance the flow of information and delivery of services, especially to underserved population segments. This advancement in connectivity is essential to the development of Smart Cities as people change the way they communicate with each other, their homes, cars, and machines. This session will discuss global investments being made to promote communication connectivity and opportunities for U.S. businesses in the industry.


Scott Belcher
: (Moderator), CEO, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Paul Steinberg
: Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions
Eric Dresselhuys
: Co-Founder and EVP of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks
Rob Mesirow
: Partner - Technology, Information, Comm., Media & Entertainment, PwC


(2) Intelligent Traffic Management for Economic Development (Innovating Track)
As urban populations continue to grow, cities are challenged to streamline the movement of people, vehicles, and goods, both to and from cities, as well as within their borders. With limited roads and parking capacity and an increasing awareness of environmental sustainability, cities require innovative solutions for intelligent traffic management. Intelligent traffic systems are needed to ensure efficient transport of labor forces as well as commercial goods and services. Solutions such as congestion pricing, traffic light sensors, and ride-sharing services are all examples of current programs that create efficiencies and ultimately contribute to a city’s economic development. Our panelists will discuss innovative approaches to managing traffic and share their thoughts about future opportunities in this sector.


Jim Curtis
: (Moderator), Commercial Officer, American Institute in Taiwan
Robert Jaffe
: President, Consensus Systems Technologies
Jon Ringler
: Regional Vice President, Aegis ITS
Roberto Ponce
: Managing Partner, Smart Living Projects


(3) Emerging Waste to Energy Opportunities (Sustaining Track)
Increased urbanization and industrialization have led to greater economic but also contributed to larger amounts of solid waste, forcing municipal governments to rethink disposal methods. Growing public awareness presents a complicating factor as constituents press authorities to devise ecologically balanced, yet economically viable waste management plans. This panel will look into opportunities being created across wide range of technologies and solutions where energy security and modern waste management are being combined.


Michelle Leonard
: (Moderator), Immediate Past President, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and V.P., SCS Engineers
Barry Berman
: CEO, AgriPower, Inc.
Eric Dvorak
: Vice President, Business Development, DVO, Inc.
Kirste Webb
: Executive Director, Visionary Center for Sustainable Communities

11:45 – 1:15pm

Luncheon & Armchair Discussion: India’s 100 Smart Cities and Opportunities for U.S. Exporters


Leocadia Zak
: (Moderator) Director, U.S Trade and Development Agency
Pravin Kumar
: District Collector & Magistrate, City of Visakhapatnam, India
Hari Narayanan: Commissioner for the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corp., India
John Bachmann
: Director, AECOM

1:15 – 2:15pm

Urban Financing Models: Public-Private Partnerships, Bonds, Asset Monetization and Incubators
Cities must invest in infrastructure and new technologies to remain globally competitive, but doing so can be a challenge when budgets are constrained. This plenary session will explore a few ways in which cities around the world are finding the resources to make investing in infrastructure and Smart City technologies possible.


Micah Kotch
: Managing Director, URBAN-X
Scott Sklar
: President, The Stella Group, Ltd
Ellis Juan
: Division Chief, Housing & Urban Development, Inter-American Development Bank
Joe Ryan
: Vice President, Advanced Technology, Bigbelly
Arun Kumar
: Director General for the U.S.& Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

2:15 -3:30pm

Concurrent Sessions


(1) 21st Century Transportation Infrastructure: Connecting People and Promoting Commerce (Connecting Track)
Public and private investment has created a surge in transportation infrastructure, connecting people, goods, and commerce more than ever before. Additionally, national transportation infrastructure plans from Latin America to Asia-Pacific are dominated by airport, transit, and rail development plans. These large plans seek to capitalize on efficiencies, reduce costs, and leverage new and emerging technologies. This session will highlight transportation infrastructure investments and applications for new technologies.


Kirk Rabius
: Director, Strategic Asset Management Services, Jacobs Engineering
Dan Watch
: S&T Practice Leader, Perkins+Will
John Eddy
: Director for Global Foresight, Arup
Jennifer Pilat
: Director, Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Commerce


(2) Smart Governance: Raising the Bar for Customer Service (Innovating Track)
Municipal governments around the world are looking for innovative solutions to facilitate daily interactions between city residents and their governments. From tax collection and payments to requests for services and predictive safety models, smart applications and data connectivity offer opportunities to simplify transactions and create value added services for city residents. Data collection tools also enable leaders to make smarter, more efficient governance decisions for both short and long term planning. Join this panel to learn about current innovative programs and future opportunities to improve smart governance.


Brenna Berman
: (Moderator), Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago
Roberto Ponce
: Managing Partner, Smart Living Projects
Brant Zwiefel
: Principal Architect of Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft
Rahul Bhardwaj
: Connected Cities & Digital Economy – North America Segment Leader, Nokia
Michael Zeto
: General Manager, Executive Director of AT&T Smart Cities, AT&T


(2) Smart Buildings and Energy Efficient Retrofits (Sustaining Track)
Utility needs of buildings account for nearly 50 percent of all carbon emissions, according to a recent article in Design Intelligence, so there is much room and potential for improvement in their building, design, and operation.  This session will explore the ways in which technology can drive interactions between a building and its occupants to maximize efficiency, safety, health, and productivity.  Attendees will learn about innovative approaches currently being implemented around the world to improve the efficiency of both new and existing buildings, and highlight how are architects and engineers are combining signature design with net-zero functionality. This session will also feature U.S. technology that will allow a solar-powered home and a gas-powered car to provide energy to each other.


Dave Gilmore
: (Moderator),President & Chief Operating Officer, Design Intelligence
Rafael Pelli
: Partner, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Renee Clair
: Energy & Sustainability Program Manager, Johnson Controls
Medhi Jalayerian
: Executive V.P. & Chief of Innovation, Environ Systems Design, Inc

3:30 – 4:00pm

Networking Break with Sponsors

4:00 – 5:00pm

Plenary: China’s New-Type City Plan


A continued rural-to-urban migration is forcing the Chinese Government to examine new city planning methods and investments, but few countries have the financial ability to support such an initiative as China. This session will examine the New-Type City Plan, its guidelines for urban development across China, the demographic forces driving its development, and the technologies and infrastructure being leveraged.


Holly Vineyard
: (Moderator), Deputy Asst. Sec. for Global Markets, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Phil Enquist
: Partner, Skimore, Owings, and Merrill
Serge Mvongo
Bus. Dev., Smart Cities & Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, Inc.
Ralph Menzano
: Exec. Director, Global Transportation Industry Solutions, Oracle
Scott Shaw
: Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, Beijing, China

6:00 – 8:00pm

Networking Reception at Chicago Cultural Center

Thursday, November 3, 2016

7:30 – 8:15am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:15 – 9:00am

Get Smart: Armchair Discussion with Singapore’s Ambassador to the U.S.


Kenneth Hyatt
: Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
Ashok Lumar Mirpuri
: Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States

9:00am – 5:00pm

Concurrent One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats

9:00 – 10:00am

Plenary: Cyber Security & the Internet of Things


As cities increasingly harness Big Data and more devices connect to the Internet of Things, privacy and cyber security become strong concerns. This plenary will feature Erfan Ibrahim of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Christine Herzog of the Electrical Power Research Institute, among others. During this session, topics covered will include the cyber security challenges facing more connected cities, strategies for protecting telecommunications/utility infrastructure, constituent privacy, and opportunities for U.S. businesses offering solutions to overcome these issues.


Erfan Ibrahim
: (Moderator), Director, Cyber Physical Systems Security & Resilience R&D, National Renewable Energy Lab
Christine Hertzog
: Technical Advisor, Electric Power Research Institute
Don DeLoach
: President and CEO, Infobright
Jennifer Byrne
: CTO of Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft
Shue-Jane Thompson
: Partner, Cyber & Biometrics, IBM Global Business Services

10:00 – 10:30am

Networking Break with Sponsors

10:30 – 11:30am

Plenary: Water & Wastewater Management


Increased urbanization means increased demand for clean water and a corresponding increase in the amount of wastewater produced. A stable and clean source of freshwater is required for urban business investment and citizen health, but both urbanization and global population growth will stress current water infrastructure. Similarly, effective management of wastewater is required for disease and pollution control, and can save a city billions in the event of a disaster. During this session, industry experts will offer thoughts on water supply and management stressors and technological solutions to mitigate them.


Paul Vogel
: Executive Vice President, Greeley and Hansen
Michael Tiboris
: (Moderator), Fellow, Global Water, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Patrick Keeney
: Project Architect, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Henry J. Charrabé
: President & CEO, Global Operations, RWL Water
Martin Claessens
: Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, Bogota, Colombia

11:30 – 12:45pm

Concurrent Sessions


(1) Distributed Generation and Smart Grids (Connecting Track)
Reliable, affordable, and secure energy access is a fundamental need for cities and a requirement for business investment. As urbanization continues to increase, new, modernized, and cleaner energy generation, transmission, and distribution systems will be needed, creating opportunities for investments in smart metering, distributed energy generation, and energy storage technologies that cost-effectively promote energy reliability and efficiency. In this breakout, industry leaders and U.S. embassy representatives will discuss energy investments being made around the world, highlighting examples of new electrical grid developments.


Danielle Caltabiano
: (Moderator), Global Energy Team Leader, U.S. Commercial Service
Margaret MacLean
: President, MacLean Power Systems International
Ross Malme
: Partner, Skipping Stone, LLC
Kristen Thomas
: Energy Solutions Manager, Milbank Manufacturing
David O’Conner
: Grid Edge Solution Lead, Black & Veatch


(2) Transforming Cities with Real Time Data: Case Studies (Innovating Track)
The use of real-time data has been a platform for smarter governments. Both the public and private sector are harnessing data to improve and disrupt the delivery of government services. The use of networked sensor technology, crowd-sourced data and big data algorithms allows governments to be more connected, integrated, agile and better prepared to respond to emergencies. Governments are now better equipped to respond to the dynamic urban environments. This panel will highlight case studies where real-time data has transformed a city’s planning efforts and the use of government resources.


Sokwoo Rhee
: (Moderator), Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems, NIST
Nand Ramchandani
: Director of Governmental Affairs, OSIsoft
Kamil Agi
: Chief Executive Officer, SensorComm Technologies
Christopher Manna
: Digital Practice & Offer Development Lead | Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Accenture
Ryan El Zein
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, Doha Qatar


(3) Technologies and Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction (Sustaining Track)
The United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction identified four action priorities to reduce disaster risk: understanding disaster hazards as they effect persons, assets, and the environment; strengthening disaster risk governance through collaboration and partnership among all levels of government; investing in disaster risk prevention through adoption of both structural and non-structural measures; and building ”back better” during the recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction phases post disasters.  Panelists in this session will provide thoughts on how U.S. companies can use their expertise in these disciplines safer and more resilient cities around the world. 


Megan Clifford
: (Moderator), Dep. Dir., Risk & Infrastructure Science Center, Argonne National Laboratory
Tim Tonyan
: Chief Operating Officer, CTLGroup
Dale Sands
: Senior Vice President, AECOM
Mary Lathrop
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, Santiago, Chile

12:45 – 2:00pm

Luncheon & Keynote


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