Rethinking Cities: Smarter Cities and Infrastructure

by Responsible Business Club


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Tue, Mar 2, 2021

6 PM – 6:45 PM (GMT+1)

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What does it take to create a wholistic Smart Cities solution? With a majority of the world’s population now living in urban zones, what technologies can we lever to make these places resilient to future pandemics and climate crises, while retaining a democratic sense of place?

We have an intriguing panel of public and private sector professionals to address why so many industries and governments are investing heavily in smart cities technology and infrastructure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will discuss the challenges of forming the public private partnerships needed to tackle business opportunities that go beyond the typical seller-buyer relationship in complexity.

Our aim is to bring the many exciting opportunities in this rapidly growing field to light for the IESE MBA community and impart lessons on how to operate business successfully in complex world.

Eric Jaffe – Sidewalk Labs
Miquel Rodriguez Planas – BCN City Council
Corey Glickman - Infosys


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Gorey Glickman

Global Head Sustainability and Design Consulting


Corey Glickman lead’s Infosys’ Sustainability and Design Practice that serves global 500 companies seeking expertise in Smart Spaces and Sustainability via data, technology, digital services, financial advisory and circular economics, supply chain, and workforce transformation as applied to helping companies implement strategy attain their goals. Named among the top 100 influential designers of the decade, Corey has 40 years of experience in industry & consulting providing technology & business leadership experience in strategic design thinking, applied systems design, extreme engineering, and the use of visualization applied innovation products etc. Corey is a faculty expert guest lecturer with Singularity University, a member HBR editorial advisory board, and has been an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon, US Naval Academy, MIT, Harvard, and Les Fontanes.

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Eric Jaffe

Editorial Director

Sidwalk Labs

Eric Jaffe is Editorial Director of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company that builds solutions and develops places to radically improve quality of life in cities for all. He oversees Sidewalk's editorial channels, including the Sidewalk Talk blog, the Sidewalk Weekly newsletter, and the City of the Future podcast. He served as lead author on Sidewalk's four-volume vision for inclusive urban growth, released in 2019.

Previously, he spent more than 10 years as a journalist, working for The Atlantic's CityLab, Fast Company, and Smithsonian, among other publications. He is the author of two non-fiction history books: "The King's Best Highway" (Scribner, 2010) and "A Curious Madness" (Scribner, 2014).

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Miquel Rodriguez Planas

Commissioner of the 2030 Agenda

BCN City Council

Miquel Rodríguez Planas is the Commissioner for 2030 Agenda of the City Council of Barcelona, ​​and its mission is to fulfill the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) designed by the UN.

He is a graduate of Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Master in Management of the Information and Knowledge in Organizations by the UOC and has completed the Master in Public Management at ESADE-UAB-UPF.

From 2015 up to the beginning of 2019, Mr. Rodríguez has been the director of the research centers of Public-Private Collaboration of the IESE Business School (PPSRC and PPP for Cities), where among others, he has been responsible for the relationship of the centers with the United Nation. He has been a member of the UNECE expert team in Public Private Collaborations and of the UNECE Working Team for the definition of the evaluation criteria of the Public Collaborations achievement in Sustainable Development Goals.

He also has participated in the development of an SDG evaluation methodology for public concession contracts and in the analysis of several contracts.

Prior to this, throughout his professional career, Mr. Rodríguez Planas has worked as a  Manager for the Bages University Foundation, Manresa Campus of the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (2013- 2015); Manager of Zohar Consulting, specialized in strategic planning for the third sector organizations (2011-2013), Analyst of public policies concerning investments at the Presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia (2006-2010), Manager of Friends of the Elderly Foundation (2004-2006), Co-director of Customer Service at the Universal Forum of Cultures (2003-2004) and Director of the Department of Roads at the Consell Insular de Menorca (2001-2003).

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