June 7, 2017

12 PM - 6 PM

Early Registration

1 PM - 4 PM

Site Visits

  • Fostering the Arts in Smart Cities
  • Songdo’s Waterways and Shipping Infrastructure
  • Ecologically Sustainable and Innovative Building Complexes
June 8, 2017

8 AM - 9 AM


9 AM - 9.15 AM

Welcome by NewCities 

John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities

9.15 AM - 9.30 AM

Keynote Address from the Mayor of Incheon 

Jeong-bok Yoo, Mayor, City of Incheon

9.30 AM - 10.15 AM

Plenary Panel - Understanding Urban Wellbeing 

With the rapid growth of cities around the world, urban wellbeing is quickly becoming synonymous with global health and wellbeing. While cities offer the promise of improved economics and access to services, rapid urbanization has placed unbalanced pressure on the budgets and reach of city governments. It is essential we start designing cities as ecosystems of wellbeing, but what does this imply and what defines a ‘healthy city’.

Vera Baboun, Former Mayor, Bethlehem Municipality

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank

Michel Mossessian, Founder and Design Principal, Mossessian Architecture

Moderated by Paula Hancocks, International Correspondent, CNN

10.15 AM - 10.30 AM


We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

Eve Picker, Founder, Small Change

Devin de Vries, Co-Founder, WhereIsMyTransport

10.30 AM - 11.15 AM

Plenary Panel - Setting Wellbeing Standards 

Just as buildings, cars, and national governments have  enforceable and measurable standards, so should cities. With increasing the standard of urban life being the ultimate goal, cities must be judged on the activities and investments that promote wellbeing. What are the urban factors that should be held to global or regional standards? In what increments should we measure wellbeing? Who is responsible for holding cities to a standard?

Jonathan Ballon, Vice President & General Manager, Internet of Things, Intel

Howard Bamsey, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund

Vatsal Bhatt, Director of Cities and Neighborhood Developments, US Green Building Council

Josué Tanaka, Managing Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Moderated by Manisha Natarajan, Editor, Real Estate & Urban Development, CNBC TV 18

11.15 AM - 12 PM

Networking Break

12 PM - 1 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel – The Crowdsourced City 

Citizen involvement in decision-making is key to building a flourishing community and promoting empowerment, ownership, inclusion and pride of the city. Crowdsourcing and participatory budgeting have emerged as popular mechanisms allowing citizens to shape their surroundings. What are other successful examples of crowd urbanism? What are the implications for city governments? Can these participatory approaches be formally included in the city planning process?

Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, West Sacramento

Chris Gourlay, Founder & CEO, Spacehive

Hyungsoo Kim, Founder and CEO, Tree Planet

Eve Picker, Founder, Small Change

Mizah Rahman, Director and Co-founder, Participate In Design

Moderated by Neal Gorenflo, Co-Founder, Shareable

Breakout Panel – Harnessing Technology in Urban Healthcare

Technology is profoundly changing the way we think about urban health. Sensors and real time data are allowing health professionals to pinpoint the needs of urbanites and the best locations to place critical services. Technology is also allowing us to create ecosystems of wellness and health, where physical exercise and disease prevention are designed into the built environment. What are the best examples of these ecosystems? How can different stakeholders cooperate to make urban healthcare work?

Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist, Government of Quebec

Robert Richardson, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Expo City

Kalpana Viswanath, Co-Founder, Safetipin

Andy Wilson, Director, Strategic Business Development, Ordnance Survey International

Moderated by Beth Blauer, Executive Director, Center for Government Excellence, Johns Hopkins University

Workshop – 5G and the Future of the Connected City

With the ever-expanding need for connectivity between citizens, services and gadgets, the development of 5Gis key to enabling IoT and expanding the potential of the Networked Society. This new era of connectivity will supersede the current concept of smart cities. How can increased connectivity help build inclusive, resilient, sustainable and efficient urban ecosystems? How can we make sure integrated systems and services adapt to changing societal needs? This workshop will explore the evolving expectations of urbanites and the new promises of 5G.

Hosted by Ericsson

Round Table Discussions (by invitation)

  • Better Mobility for Healthier Cities
    Hosted by Amit Pathare, Group Director of New Solutions & Director of the Cities Key Programme, ENGIE
  • Natural Disaster Resilience for Urban Wellbeing
    Hosted by Josef Konvitz, Former Head of Regulatory Policy and Urban Affairs, OECD

1 PM - 2 PM


Featuring a performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra

2 PM - 2.45 PM

Plenary Panel - The Social Infrastructure of Healthy Cities 

Cities are hubs of interaction. The importance of these interactions cannot be underestimated - studies show that social isolation can lead to health risks that are as significant as smoking, heart disease, and obesity. What are the social innovations that will offset isolation, disengagement, and stress? How can we avoid a social infrastructure deficit?

Lianne Dalziel, Mayor, Christchurch

Alana Officer, Senior Health Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization

François Pitti, Group Director, Strategic Marketing, Bouygues Construction

Moderated by Francis Pisani, Columnist, Le Monde

2.45 PM - 3.45 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel - Thriving Amidst the Urban Boom 

In the next 15 years, the number of urbanites is expected to rise by 1.5billion. There is thus a pressing need to increase the efficiency of urbanization while reducing the costs associated. What innovations have proven successful in doing so? Could these innovations alone solve urban issues such as housing shortages and access to affordable housing and services? What are the best practices in city growth management? Can urban densification be a sustainable solution?

Bernise Ang, Co-founder and Executive Director, Zeroth Labs

Lena Ng, Chief Investment Officer, Amata Corporation Public Company Limited

Ajay Pandey, Managing Director & Group CEO, GIFT CITY

Yaron Schwarcz, Founder and CEO, Tridom

Moderated by Vatsal Bhatt, Director of Cities and Neighborhood Developments, US Green Building Council

Breakout Panel – Culture, Community and Human-Centered Development

Human-centered urban design, which blends local culture and public space, is key to creating a thriving and healthy city. By promoting interaction and defining a city's identity, the design of public space plays a hugely important role in city dwellers' quality of life. How do we activate urban space to create interactions? Can economic development and human centered design go hand-in-hand? How can growing and greenfield cities reflect the and further embed the local culture into their development?

Minsuk Cho, Founder and Principal, Mass Studies

Matias Echanove, Co-founder,

Hiroo Ichikawa, Executive Director, Mori Memorial Foundation

Michel Mossessian, Founder and Design Principal, Mossessian Architecture

Natalie Voland, President, Quo Vadis

Moderated by Julia Suh, Urban Strategist and Founder, Urban Toolbox

Workshop – Intelligent Transportation Systems for Thriving Cities

Ahead of the advent of autonomous vehicles on our roads, work is underway to build the new infrastructure necessary to make best use of this emerging technology. Understanding what this new mobility ecosystem will look like requires extensive research and collaborative effort between industry, academic institutions & government organizations. This workshop will explore the new solutions and intelligent transport materials necessary for the future of urban mobility, and help to determine the roles of the various stakeholders.

Hosted by 3M

Round Table Discussions (by invitation)

  • Using IoT to Access the Urban Essentials
    Hosted by Jonathan Ballon, Vice President & General Manager, Internet of Things, Intel
  • The Shared City
    Hosted by Neal Gorenflo, Co-founder, Shareable

3.45 PM - 4.15 PM

Networking Break

4.15 PM - 5.15 PM

Plenary Panel - Greenfield Cities: Building Digitally Native Cities 

New cities have the opportunity to embed the latest technologies, allowing them to build intelligent and connected communities from the onset. Yet, the rate at which technology is developed, lifestyles are changing and needs are evolving, new cities run the risk of being designed around systems and services that will become obsolete before they are even built. How can new cities ensure stay ahead of the curve? What new needs and modern lifestyles do city developers foresee and plan for? How can cities that are ‘digital natives’ leverage their technological head-start in order to advance their long-term success?

Shaishav Dharia, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Palava City

Karl Gheysen, Chief Executive Officer, KTZE – Khorgos Gateway LLP

Chan-Kun Han, Chief Executive Officer, POSCO Engineering & Construction

Preston Mendenhall, Head of Corporate Affairs, Rendeavour

Ayman Ismail Soliman, Chairman, Egypt New Capital

Moderated by Caspar Herzberg, President of Middle East & Africa Region, Schneider Electric

5.15 PM - 5.30 PM


We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

Kalpana Viswanath, Co-Founder, Safetipin

Eyal Feder, Chief Executive Officer, ZenCity

5.30 PM - 6.10 PM

Keynote Conversation – The Detail is in the Data 

Cities are becoming more intelligent as new technologies produce ever more refined data and allow us to map the needs of urbanites in real time. This means that more than ever before, cities can understand and provide their citizens with the services they require. How can a city measure its efficiency, quality of life and security? How can data help us understand both the wellbeing of the citizens, as well as the wellbeing of the city's physical infrastructure and environmental assets? Can the ‘smart city’ promote wellbeing?

Jong-Sung Hwang, Lead Researcher – Smart Cities & Government 3.0, National Information Agency

Parag Khanna, Managing Partner, Hybrid Reality Pte Ltd

Khalil Laaboudi, Senior Consultant - Smart and Sustainable Cities, Ericsson

Archana Vemulapalli​, Chief Technology Officer, Washington DC

Moderated by Ludwig Siegele, Technology Editor, The Economist

7 PM - 9 PM

Gala Reception hosted by Incheon Free Economic Zone

June 9, 2017

9 AM - 9.15 AM

Keynote - The Ubiquitous City 

Lee Young Geun, Commissioner, Incheon Free Economic Zone

9.15 AM - 10 AM

Plenary Panel - The Unlikely Appeal of Disruptive Urbanpreneurs 

Small and medium-sized enterprises form the lifeblood of city economies across the world and thus to thrive, cities must develop ecosystems that lend to entrepreneurship and innovation. What is the role of the public sector in encouraging innovation and attracting entrepreneurs? What regulations are necessary to make sure startups can prosper? Does the private sector have a role to play?

Jimmy Kim, President, N3N & Co-founder and Partner, Sparklabs

Dayo Olopade, Author, 'The Bright Continent'

Alix Zwane, Chief Executive Officer, Global Innovation Fund

Moderated by Paula Hancocks, International Correspondent, CNN

10 AM - 1 PM

Side-event organized by the African Union Economic, Social, and Cultural Council

The premier urban stakeholders from across Africa will come together to discuss the issues of Affordable Housing and Access to Clean Water, both of which are key to understanding wellbeing in
our cities.

10 AM - 10.15 AM


We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

Teo Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Alt-A

Victor Splittgerber, CTO, Green City Solutions

10.15 AM - 11 AM

Plenary Panel - Clean and Healthy Transport Systems 

Reducing CO2 emissions in urban transport is key to fighting climate change. Sixty percent of global transport emissions come from cities, while transport accounts for nearly 15% of global greenhouse emissions, a figure set to double by 2050 if nothing is done. We see the worst cases of congestion and air pollution where mass transit systems are lacking or wholly nonexistent, forcing people to use personal vehicles, or informal, unregulated options, over public options. How do we reimagine our transit systems to improve accessibility while reducing CO2 emissions? Where does walkability fit in?

Priscilla Baek, Policy Lead, Asia, Uber

William Chernicoff, Senior Manager – Global Research & Innovation, Toyota Mobility Foundation

Emmanuel Vivant, Chief Executive Officer, RATP Dev Transdev Asia

Philippe Yvin, Chief Executive Officer, Société du Grand Paris

Moderated by John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities

11 AM - 11.30 AM

Networking Break

11.30 AM - 12.30 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel – Flexible and Resilient City Services 

City governments and public service providers must be able to efficiently meet the ever-changing needs of their citizens - whether it is a sudden phenomenon or a gradual trend. How can adaptability be built into traditional city services? What steps can be taken to ensure that cities are able to effectively foresee and plan for new needs rather than simply react to them? Who is responsible for these services?

Lianne Dalziel, Mayor, Christchurch

Devin de Vries, Co-Founder, WhereIsMyTransport

Rahul Gupta, Principal, Capital Projects & Infrastructure, PwC

Khaidzir Abdul Rasip, Senior Vice President, Urban Observatory, Iskandar Regional Development Authority

Moderated by Arvind Satyam, Managing Director, Global Business Development, Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco

Breakout Panel – Low Carbon City

Cities account for two-thirds of global energy consumption and 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. As the world's urban population is projected to reach 60% in 2030, it is crucial to re-think how cities operate and place climate change at the heart of urban policies. How can cities measure their carbon footprint? What are the financing mechanisms for low-carbon investments at the city-level? Are there tools available to assess the emission reduction potential of investments? What are the long term financial implications of energy savings? How can urban density and spatial organization influence energy consumption?

Philipp Bouteiller, Chief Executive Officer, Tegel Projekt GmbH

Joelle Chen, Regional Head, Asia Pacific Network, World Green Building Council

Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director of the East and North-East Asia Office, UNESCAP

Moderated by Chungha Cha, Co-founder & Chair, Re-Imagining Cities Foundation

Round Table Discussions (by invitation)

  • Age-friendly: A Necessary Building Block for Urban Wellbeing
    Hosted by Alana Officer, Senior Health Adviser, World Health Organization
  • The Future of Personal and Collective Mobility
    Hosted by Jérôme Pourbaix, Director Regional Offices & Services, UITP

12.30 PM - 1.30 PM


Screening of The Future of Cities by Oscar Boyson

1.30 PM - 2 PM

Interview - The Architecture of Wellbeing 

Daniel Libeskind, Architect and Founder, Studio Libeskind

John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities

2 PM - 2.45 PM

Plenary Panel – Global Connectivity and the Success of Cities 

When we think of urbanization, the great megacities of the world come to mind. Yet, it is second, third and fourth-tiered cities that will absorb most of the new urban population. The importance of these cities for their national economies cannot be overstated. Their connectivity to larger cities and the global economy is necessary for them to meet their full potential and to successfully manage the weight of urbanization. How can these cities create better links to their national and regional economies? What challenges do these cities face in accessing global markets? What is the impact of greater connectivity on a city's planning, infrastructure, economy, and attractivity?

Olivier Biancarelli, Managing Director, Decentralized Solutions for Cities and Territories, ENGIE

Anthony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia

Elisabeth Le Masson, Delegate for Economic promotion and jobs creation, Aéroports de Paris

Roshaan Wolusmal, Mayor, City of Kandahar

Moderated by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, Connected Mobility Initiative, NewCities

2.45 PM - 3.45 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel – Building an Inclusive Urban EcoSystem 

Despite its positive impact on the global economy, urbanization has deepened endemic inequality, as well as spatial, social and economic exclusion. Empowering cities and their citizens is crucial to ensuring that urban habitats of tomorrow provide better opportunities and improved living conditions for all. What are the best examples of inclusive cities? How can we ensure local governments have the capacity to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities? Does technology have the potential to include the most marginalized in the decision-making process? Can cities become laboratories for change?

Tunji John Asaolu, Chairperson, Committee on Social Affairs and Health, AU-ECOSOCC

Moon Hoon, Founder & Principal, Moonhoon Architects

Archana Vemulapalli​, Chief Technology Officer, Washington DC

Roshaan Wolusmal, Mayor, City of Kandahar

Moderated by Vatsal Bhatt, Director of Cities and Neighborhood Developments, US Green Building Council

Breakout Panel – On Demand Cities

Mobile devices and new technologies mean that services are now within a pocket’s reach. Efficiency and ease define the modern urbanite’s behavior, and thus on-demand is ruling the service sector. A new generation of workforce and new forms of work are emerging as a result. How is technology altering the time and space needed to do day-to-day business? What urban activities have not yet reached ‘on-demand’ efficiency? Where can the public sector get involved? How important is the notion of community and trust?

Derrick Ko, Co-Founder, Spin

Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, Connected Mobility Initiative, NewCities

Samar Singla, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jugnoo

Moderated by Elaine Ramirez, Journalist, Forbes

Workshop – Reinventing a City Through Design

A successful city often goes through several rebirths over time, and design is an important tool for reinventing a city. As a trans-disciplinary profession, design harnesses creativity to resolve problems and co-create solutions to improve products, systems, services, experiences or businesses. How can design help the rebirth of cities and address some of our biggest urban challenges? How can we use design to further the economic, social, cultural, and environmental development of cities? Why should cities care about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

Hosted by World Design Organization

3.45 PM - 4.15 PM

Networking Break

4.15 PM - 5 PM

Keynote Conversation – The Story of Songdo 

The key actors behind Songdo's development will come together to share their insights on building one of the world’s landmark greenfield cities. Songdo's design sets new standards in urban wellbeing and sustainability, both of which have been at the heart of the planning process since the onset. Hear about the vision of Songdo, it's design and development process, and the future of this revolutionary city.

Wim Elfrink, President, WPE Ventures Digitized Solutions

Ashok Raiji, Principal, Americas Property Business Leader, Arup

James von Klemperer, President and Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Moderated by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, Connected Mobility Initiative, NewCities

5 PM - 5.15 PM


We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

Euwyn Poon, Co-founder and President, Spin

5.15 PM - 6 PM

Plenary Panel - Healthy Placemaking 

Public spaces are the heart of a city, where human interactions, leisure, culture, and arts meet. Animating public spaces requires thinking, planning, and collaboration. How can the social potential of a place be unleashed? How can urban interaction become central to city planners?

Vera Baboun, Former Mayor, Bethlehem Municipality

Vicky Chan, Founder, Avoid Obvious Architects

Fleur Pellerin , Founder and Chairwoman, Korelya Capital

Moderated by Manisha Natarajan, Editor, Real Estate & Urban Development, CNBC TV 18

6 PM - 8 PM

Closing Ceremony and Cocktail