Advisory Board

The Cities 4.0 Summit Advisory Board develops, shares and promotes thought leadership for the social and economic development and sustainable operation of Smart Cities globally.

It consists of a select group of city CDOs and senior city officials along with invited industry experts.


  • Philippa Bowron
    Head of Innovation, Wellington City Council

    Philippa manages a team in the Wellington City Council that is responsible for creating and supporting an environment for innovation in Wellington City. This includes the execution of the Wellington City Digital Strategy - to increase the city’s international reputation as a Digital Creative Capital City.  Philippa works with the Wellington digital sector to identify opportunities to increase the flow of people and knowledge to and from the city and to create the environment for our technology companies to start, grow and excel.  Current projects include development of a technology hub, several linked city sensing projects and investigating the feasibility of a film precinct as well as several smaller projects to position Wellington as New Zealand’s Smart Capital. Prior to this Philippa was Director of Painted Pony Limited, a company that specialised in government relations and policy for the screen and tech sectors and before that she worked as Principal Advisor to New Zealand’s  Minister of Broadcasting.

  • Sarah Brennan
    Senior Consultant- Cities and Economics, AECOM

    Sarah is passionate about understanding what makes cities tick and how planning can make our urban futures more sustainable and inclusive. With a background in consulting, she has worked across various scales from local community-based initiatives to state-wide projects. Her experience encompasses strategy and policy development, project management, research and spatial planning. She has undertaken urban research and projects in Australia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom and Russia.

  • Krista Canellakis
    Deputy Innovation Officer, City of San Francisco

    Krista seeks to connect creative people to make cities more livable, inclusive and responsive. She previously led communications in a national renewable energy start-up and built a crowdfunding platform that enabled communities to fund civic projects in Chile.

  • Catherine Caruana-McManus
    Director, Giant Ideas

    Catherine Caruana-McManus is the founder of Giant Ideas, a digital transformation and technology firm for the built environment and is a non-Executive Director for Meshed (, an IoT integration and analytics company and has launched - an independent global community promoting the advancement of smart cities, IoT and the renewable energy economy.

    Prior to founding Giant Ideas, Catherine was a Director at IBM and was appointed as ANZ Smarter Planet Executive and lead IBM’s Smarter Cities business for over 6 years.  Catherine has held other senior positions with MC2 Consulting, PMP New Media Limited and Telstra.

    As an serial disrupter, Catherine has launched many successful internet businesses such as and  Some of her most notable digital planning projects include the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Melbourne Docklands and Telstra’s mobile and broadband networks.

    Catherine is a Member of the Advisory Council of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong and a Member of the Technical Advisory Council for the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN).   Catherine is a passionate advocate for the adoption of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by young Australians and is an Ambassador for Whitelion Foundation – Youth at Risk. 

    Catherine holds qualifications in urban planning, economics and management and is currently completing post graduate studies in applied finance.

  • Matt Coetzee
    Expertise Leader – Urbanisation, Aurecon

    Matt has 25 years of general management, business development and technical experience in the technical professional services industry. In his current role Matt has a leadership function in Aurecon's Advisory business in Australia and New Zealand.

    Matt is also Aurecon’s global Urbanisation Expertise Leader, responsible for mobilising the firm’s global expertise to address the vast, diverse and complex challenges associated with the influx of people into cities.

    Over the past 25 years Matt has provided strategic planning advice to governments, donor agencies and private developers in Australia and around the world. He brings a unique understanding of how to leverage the connections between economics, infrastructure, environmental and social condition, and then reflect this in a comprehensive and enduring planning solution.

    Matt has applied his expertise in many cities around the world and to projects involving precinct and city revitalisation, port redevelopment, greenfield airport development as well as airport expansion, transport infrastructure implementation, power and industrial developments through to water supply, electricity distribution and waste facilities. Matt has also acted as an expert witness in the NSW Land and Environment Court on environmental and planning matters.

  • Renato de Castro
    Executive Director, Baumann Consultancy Network

    Renato de Castro is a world traveller. He is a smart city senior consultant with more than 20 years experience and specialized in investment attraction and management for smart cities projects. He is vice president International Affairs at The Brazilian Human Smart Cities Network and global Ambassador for TM Forum. He is also member of the advisory board of Leading Cities, located in Boston; and international advisor for The World e-Governments Organization, in Seoul.

    Renato responds as mentor specialized in globalization strategies for startups around the world. He is Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Maastricht School of Management, MSM, Netherlands, researching about Smart Cities. He is writer, columnist and video blogger for Smart City, ICT, IoT and Urbanization Strategies topics and keynote speaker s in more than 30 global events in 25 countries, including 2 TEDx Talks in 2016. Renato has lectured as an MBA professor for 17 years, responsible for the subjects/courses on international marketing and globalization strategies at several Universities, including Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he lectured a special seminar in October 2016.

  • Professor Marcus Foth
    Founder & Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, QUT

    Professor Marcus Foth is i/Director of the QUT Design Lab, founder and former director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, and Professor in Interactive & Visual Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

    Marcus' research focuses on the relationships between people, place and technology. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that develops practical approaches to complex urban problems. He adopts human-computer interaction and design methodologies to build engagement around emerging issues facing our cities.

    Marcus has received over $4m in national competitive grants and industry funding. He received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013, and was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world's top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.

    Marcus has authored and co-authored over 150 publications in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics (IGI 2009), co-author of Action Research and New Media (Hampton Press 2009), co-editor of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011), Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions (MIT Press 2014), and Citizen’s Right to the Digital City (Springer, 2016). He was the co-chair of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Programme 2009, chair of OZCHI 2009, the 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T) 2011, co-chair of FoodCHI 2014, and chair of Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2016.

  • Jamye Harrison
    Toward Labs, Dexterous & Deft, Committee for Sydney

    Jamye has over 20 years of experience in strategy, design and delivery spanning technology, customer experience and business architecture. He works with organisations in transport, infrastructure and smart cities domains to apply design disciplines that align customer, commercial and technology outcomes.

    He is Chair of the Transport Taskforce at the Committee for Sydney – an independent policy think tank, and the Committee’s Strategic Adviser on Smart Cities. The Committee for Sydney aims to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions that make Sydney a competitive and liveable global city.

  • Kate Deacon
    Executive Manager - Research, Strategy & Corporate Planning, City of Sydney

    Kate has a keen interest in cities and placemaking and has worked at Federation Square in Melbourne, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in Sydney and more recently as head of marketing and now Executive Manager, Research Strategy and Corporate Planning at the City of Sydney.

    She is strategic planning lead for the organisation's economic, social, cultural and asset management project initiatives. Kate recently developed the City of Sydney's Draft Digital Strategy which is the roadmap for how the City will deliver a green, global and connected city for the people of Sydney in a digital age.

    Previously: Head of Marketing, City of Sydney; Business Development Manager, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority; and Program Manager - Events, Federation Square.

  • Tanya Lipus
    Principal Strategic Project Officer, Gold Coast City Council

    Tanya has worked in Local Government for over ten years, gaining enormous insight into how Government operates at every level.

    During this time, she has also worked with industry (ICT, tourism, education, transport and equine) to assist with strengthening their ties to government grants, sponsorships and other key stakeholders.

    Tanya is passionate about helping SME's in gaining the knowledge to grow their business as well as working on larger projects to benefit entire communities.

  • Andrew Low
    Principal, Hassell

    Andrew is Principal for HASSELL responsible for architecture, commercial design and master planning. He has led design teams on a range of landmark commercial and city making projects.

    Andrew combines his expertise from high rise commercial architecture, high performance workplace and urban design, to lead collaborative multidisciplinary design teams in the development of people focused, vibrant, economically successful ‘destinations’ within the public realm.

    He has been at the forefront of the redevelopment of some of Perth’s newest mixed use places, most recently, Brookfield Place Perth. At a time when changing expectations and economic imperatives see the citizens of all Australian cities demanding a richer variety of experience and opportunity from their central city areas, he brings a clear understanding of how the drivers of successful commercial architecture can be combined with a dynamic place making approach to drive economic returns via the development of meaningful, authentic city spaces that connect people with place.

  • Hila Oren
    CEO & Founder, Tel Aviv Global

    Hila Oren is the Founder and CEO of Tel Aviv Global, a company affiliated with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality which works to elevate Tel Aviv’s global standing.  Ms. Oren is an expert in urban development and in identifying a city’s economic strengths in order to leverage its financial, digital, travel-related and creative forces.

  • Alok Patel
    Founder, Azcende

    Future of Cities Thought Leader, An aspiring adviser to the US President and world political leaders. Alok is a management consultant pursuing a vision where organisations (government and industry) can engage in transformation - where dreaming big and working collaboratively is practiced. Assisting Cities and business with reinventing solutions to today’s challenges across Transportation, Education, Health, Infrastructure and Business Practice with a holistic vision of cities, citizen demands and global markets.

    He does this through redefining and retooling organisations around the world with pragmatic vision and execution. He is a holistic executive with broad experience across numerous industries from Engineering through to Investment Banking. Developing and leading initiatives and programs and projects across government and organisations across large capital assets. With a focus upon strategic outcomes and sustainable development of an organisation has been consistent throughout his career.

    He has a successful track record of leading the successful delivery of high-visibility complex projects and engagements.  Alok has an in depth understanding of the challenges of sustainable development of organisations, and the integration of capabilities for organisational learning, innovation, knowledge management and organisational agility. This allows him to provide strategic guidance and contemporary solutions to organisations.

  • Domino Risch
    Workplace Director & Senior Practice Director, BVN Architecture

    Domino is BVN’s Workplace Director and an highly experienced Interior Designer specializing in strategically focused workplace projects. With a strong orientation toward developing client relationships, workplace strategy and a well developed ability to synthesize organisational needs with innovative design outcomes, she has successfully completed many large-scale projects which have involved complex business requirements and cultural change agendas.

    With a proven track record of work in the Legal sector with clients such as Allens, Minter Ellison and Herbert Smith Freehills, she also has extensive experience in other sectors, with clients including Macquarie Bank, NAB, GPT, Charter Hall, Scentre Group, Santos, Telstra, Sussan Group and various local, state and federal Government bodies.

    Domino’s experience has led her to develop comprehensive skills including developing design strategies that enhance and complement business objectives and cultural change programmes, client liaison, briefing, design, documentation, contract administration, on-site delivery, and managing ongoing post occupancy relationships and evaluation processes.

    Domino is passionate in her belief that good workplace design improves people’s lives and creates value for organisations.

  • Roger Rooney
    Senior Project Manager - Smart Parking & CBRfree Wi-Fi, ACT Government

    Roger is a public entrepreneur who is passionate about generating new ideas, improving processes and delivering projects that help make Canberra a Smart City.

    He understands from first hand experience that technology is a force multiplier that can be harnessed to speed up work and deliver better services at least cost.

    He is a resilient leader who in a 24 hour period:

    • launched the roll out of the CBRfree public Wi-Fi network in Australia
    • commenced the ICT Capacity Building Workshop program
    • published the website