The increased pressure on the cities due to increased numbers of inhabitants, an increased necessity to generate economic growth and increasing environmental challenges leaves the cities in need to develop a sustainable way of living. This sustainability is developed through environmental sustainable solutions combined with a full use of the possibilities the digitalization of the society has given us. This means enabling the technology to gather data, which can be used by the technology itself in order to adapt to the most sustainable and smart behaviour. Enabling the technology to communicate, be able to share the gathered data with people or other technologies or borrow relevant data from elsewhere and make the technology multifunctional, they provide solutions to not only one, but to multiple problems. The Smart Cities Awards will recognize pioneering projects designed to make cities more livable, sustainable and economically viable. Businesses, entrepreneurs, research hubs, non-governmental organizations and public or private consortiums pitch their innovative smart city strategies and solutions to transform our cities in the field of technology, energy, governance, sustainability and mobility. Applicants are invited with impressive projects that use new innovative technology to engage citizens, increase efficiency, empower sustainability, generate business and improve quality of life.

Dr. R. L Bhatia

With Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President Of The Republic Of Singapore At Singapore International Water Week 2016.

Role Players

Role Players : 2017  |   2016

Sacha Deshmukh


Sacha Deshmukh

Sacha Deshmukh is an expert in consumer issues and marketing campaigns. He is Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, which is delivering one of the largest public engagement and behaviour change campaigns in Great Britain.

Sacha is also Chair of War Child, the charity that supports vulnerable children in conflict affected countries worldwide.
From 2010-2015 Sacha was a Trustee and Vice Chair of Citizens Advice England & Wales. He was also Senior Partner of the Engine Group, the UK's largest independent marketing and advertising services group until 2012.

Kua Harn Wei


Kua Harn Wei

Associate Professor Harn Wei KUA is the Assistant Dean (Academic) of the School of Design & Environment and the leader of the Smart Materials Laboratory of the Department of Building of the National University of Singapore. Trained in theoretical physics, civil engineering and building technology policy, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, with a doctorate degree. His research areas are life cycle sustainability assessment and bio-based building materials.

Engi Jaber


Engi Jaber

Engi Jaber, Sustainability Manager at Dewan Architects and Engineers,is one of the leading and well-reputed sustainability professionals in the United Arab Emirates and the MENA region and is highly recognized among the industry's elite clients, local authorities, and professionals. Although of an architectural background, she self-taught herself to excel in the major complex engineering multi-disciplines such as MEP, infrastructure, lighting, IT, etc. and has specialized as a passionate smart and sustainablebuilt environment designer and engineer and led a series of first sustainable projects in the UAE and award winning and commended projects throughout the UAE, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. In addition to her role in Dewan, Engi also collaborates with the Dubai Municipality offering them guidance and technical expertise on their smart and sustainable built environment and buildings program and has recently written a thesis on "greening the gulf region towards an integrated smart and sustainable built environments" that sheds lights and framework on the process, components, requirements and model that will assist the gulf region in benchmarking itself worldwide and achieve their vision of 2030.

Engi is also a well-known figure in major conferences and educating workshops including the Big 5 and Middle East Smart Skyscrapers Summit, in addition to several media publications on sustainability focus topics. She graduated from the American University of Sharjah (UAE) with a B.Architecture in 2008 and San Francisco Institute of Architecture, Berkeley (US) with a Msc. in Green Buildings in 2017. She was a finalist in the 2016 Gulf CSR and Sustainability Professional of the Year Award, shortlisted finalist in the 2015 Big Projects Young Construction Professional Award and the 2008 British Petroleum Innovation Student Project Award.

Sepehr Mousavi


Sepehr Mousavi

Sepehr Mousavi is a sustainability professional competent within areas of multidisciplinary planning, urban ecology, standardization as well as smart cities with focus on urban nexuses.

He chairs the national technical committee on Sustainable and Smart Cities and Communities of Sweden, works with European CEN/CENELEC/ETSI on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities sector forum (SSCC SF), ISO and IEC's joint committee JTC1 on smart cities and holds a chair with International Standard Organization (ISO) as technical committee member and Chair Advisory Group member for Sustainable Cities in Communities, ISO/TC 268.

Philipp Bouteiller


Philipp Bouteiller, CEO, Tegel Projekt GmbH

Philipp is concerned with the dynamics of urban transformation as one of the great challenges of our time. He is an evangelist for all things future and innovation and a strong promoter of Berlin as the capital of freedom, tolerance and innovation. Philipp has focused his work on sustainable urban innovation strategies in the areas of smart mobility, intelligent infrastructure, urban renewable energy and future city design. In his role as CEO of Tegel Projekt GmbH – a municipal company of the State of Berlin – he is responsible for the largest redevelopment project around Urban Technologies in Europe, converting a whole former inner-city airport into Europe´s central hub for future industries.

After several years, as senior consultant with McKinsey, where he specialized on high-tech and the telecommunication, information, media and electronics (TIME) industries, Philipp founded and built several companies in the digital space. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and holds an MSc degree and a PhD in International Management and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Dr. Oualid Ali


Dr. Oualid Ali, Director, Training and Smart Solutions Center TSSC at GUtech, Oman and President FutureCitiesCouncil.org organization

Dr. Oualid is considered as one of the international well-recognized expert in the field of Smart, Sustainable and Future Cities. He has participated in several smart (future) cities projects as a researcher or as a consultant. He was involved in the planning and implementation of future cities in many domains such as Smart mobility and transportation, smart tourism and destination, smart energy, smart healthcare, smart logistics, smart waste management, smart parking, smart water management, smart education, smart security, smart policing and law enforcement, etc. He has given several training and capacity building courses related to that field. Moreover, he is a member of several organizations related to the area of Smart Cities or Urban technologies. He has been invited in several occasions in local, regional and international events as a guest or keynote speaker in order to deliver talks about future cities and its domains. Also, he is very active in the field of innovation, open (social innovation) and entrepreneurship. Recently he founded the FutureCitiesCouncil.org where he is the president

Cyril Anand


Cyril Anand, Director, Strategic Accounts - Ooredoo Qatar

Harvard Alum with 15 + years of experience across Technology, Media & Telecom and functional expertise in the area of Business Development, Sales, Strategy and Innovation.
Hands on experience of working through the phases of Start-up, Growth, Rapid scaling and Turnaround in many strategic programs in Ooredoo Qatar.
Key responsibility entrusted in Ooredoo was to establish New Lines of Business, which have been successful established to cater to IBS/Network Business and Sports & Entertainment ICT business.
Currently leading a team of senior personnel across functional areas of Business development, ICT Solution architects and Partnership management, who are responsible for managing the business of Mega Projects such as Lusail Smart City, 2022 and many other large Programs contributing to the QNV 2030.
Accomplished keynote speaker, delivered speeches at international, regional and national conference such as the GSMA, Innovate India, World Stadium Congress, Soccerex, Arab Future Cites.

Professional Experience in Ooredoo Qatar (10 + years)
• Director, Strategic Accounts
• Asst. Director, Mega Projects and ICT Business Development

• PLD (Executive MBA), Harvard Business School, Boston, MA - 2015
• VLP (Value Leader Program), HEC Paris - 2012

Current social/professional engagements:
• Chairman & CEO of Vivartana Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.
   An Enterprise created to transform the Social Infrastructure (VVIPL)

Sri Elaprolu


Sri Elaprolu, Global Lead & Senior Manager, Public Sector IoT, Amazon Web Services

Sri Elaprolu serves as a Global Lead and Senior Manager on the AWS Public Sector team and is responsible for IoT practice. Sri, and his team, work closely with customers, solution providers, and systems integrators across many countries, and assist them in leveraging AWS to build scalable, secure, and cost effective IoT solutions.

Sri has been with Amazon for nearly 5yrs. Prior to current role, Sri led Solutions Architecture team at AWS focusing on Education and State and Local Govt. customers in the U.S. He specializes in areas such as designing highly scalable distributed solutions, security, and compliance. Prior to joining AWS, Sri.
led multiple product teams at Northrop Grumman Corp and helped deliver a number of enterprise solutions to U.S. Federal Agencies and Education customers
Sri has over 20 years of IT industry experience. He has a Masters degree in Engineering Science, and an MBA in General Management.

Navin Rai


Navin Rai, Joint Chief Town Planner (Smart Cities Mission-Sikkim), Urban Development & Housing Deptt

A senior govt. officer with the specialization in Planning & Architecture with Urban Development & Housing Department, Govt. Of Sikkim, India having responsibility of several administrative affairs related to urban governance, monitoring and in-charge of key national flagship missions with 14+ years of experience and having depth knowledge in handling technical as well as bureaucratic matter flawlessly. Currently heading the Smart Cities Mission of the State of Sikkim under which two cities from Sikkim Namchi Municipal Council and Gangtok Municipal Corporation managed to win the All India City Challenge Competition under the flagship "100 Smart Cities Mission".
Apart from the official mandate, I am academically associated with London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), UK in Deptt. Of LSE (Cities) as a Bloomberg Scholar for Public Service. I possess a Masters in Planning (First Class) from School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and B.Arch (Hons) from NITP. I am an avid learner and constantly look for an opportunity to augment my global experience in Urban Planning, Core Infrastructural Planning, Legislation and strengthening the network with professionals of international repute, learning from their experiences, peer to peer exchange of knowledge etc. through various platform of its relevance enabling self to understand the emerging trend in sustainable planning and design mechanism, to understand the creation of environmentally and economically viable smart urban infrastructure, improve the service delivery mechanism of the govt. organisation, integration of IT into the governance system, promotion of frugal technology and innovation in improving the lives of the marginal section of the society.

Arun Mahesh IAS


Arun Mahesh IAS, CEO, Rajkot Smartcity


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  • Smart Waste Management Initiative
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  • Smart Utilities Initiative
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  • Best energy Asset management Initiative
  • Best Project in Building Smart Cities.
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  • Green City Award
  • Smart Urban Development Initiative
  • Smart Transport Initiative
  • Smart Water Conservation
  • Best Clean Technology
  • Best Smart City Initiative
  • Smart Urban Development Initiative
  • Best Transport Initiative
  • Smart Infrastructire Intiative
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  • Smart City Surveillance Intiative
  • Smart Technology for Smart City
  • Smart Health Project
  • Smart Urban Traffic management initiative
  • Smart CSR Initiative
  • Smart Municipality/Municipal Corporation
  • Smart Public-Private Partnership Initiative
  • Best Innovation Initiative
  • Best Sustainability Districts
  • Best Historic City Award
  • Best City for Integrated Planning
  • Healthy City Award


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