Dganit Ben-Yacov


Dganit Ben-Yacov, BSc in Computer Science, MBA in Healthcare Innovation, CIO of Raanana Municipality in the past 2 years. Before that 23 years career in Amdocs as Vice President, head of engineering and CTO.

Raanana as a smart city – proactive city rather than reactive

Raanana is a city in Hasharon area in Israel. It has approximate of 100,000 citizens. Raanana municipality decided a few years ago to take the lead of smart cities in Israel and published three bids for that, which includes passive and active infrastructure (Fiber Optics), security cameras and command and control system and traffic lights control system.The results after a few years of executing this project are: 40 km of Fiber Optics cables were deployed, connecting 40 city hall buildings and 30 schools. More than 400 security cameras were installed, including analytics capabilities that help to identify cars and people according to certain characteristics. It helped to catch criminals in various occasions. All the traffic lights in the city were connected with Fiber Optic cables which enables the city to connect them to control system that provides alerts on every problem the traffic lights have like a broken lamp. In the future this will enable to change traffic plans according to real time status. There were sensors that were installed: sensors that measured volume level in houses, in the areas that have music concerts. Sensors that measure the height of water under the land in order to identify potential floods in problematic areas before it happens. All those systems are connected to a control system that shows in one place all the alerts and open automatically tickets in the CRM so they will be handled by different teams before citizens identify there is a problem.


David Boon


David Boon has joined the Brussels Expo Group in 1994 and is responsible for international business development. Prior to this function he was responsible for a portfolio of events at BFE – Brussels Fairs & Exhibitions, which was a subsidiary of the Brussels Expo Group. Prior to that, David worked in various sales and operation roles within the Brussels expo Group. He has a degree in export management. David has been with the Brussels Expo Group for 27 years and is today a Board member of UFI : the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, in which he is the 1st Vice-Chair for the European Chapter. In the past he was also a Board member of : the International Association of Exhibitions & Events – IAEE, the European Major Exhibition Centers Association – EMECA.


Artur Celiński


Artur Celiński, co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief of “Magazyn Miasta” („Cities magazine”), supports the development of social activities and the sustainability of municipal investments as part of the “City DNA” program; author of podcasts – including the “city-feeling” project; co-creator of “Międzymieście” („Between-city”); public life commentator, university lecturer, city activist and trainer.


Sabine de Buhr


Sabine de Buhr works as head of Urban Planning at IBA Hamburg GmbH that develops sustainable districts in the city of Hamburg. Sabine de Buhr is responsible for the quality of planning across all phases of the development of the site. The phases cover all areas from competitive submissions right through to property marketing.

Oberbillwerder – Hamburg’s new district

Oberbillwerder is going to be developed as a new district within the City of Hamburg. The size of Oberbillwerder cover 114 ha, 7000 units and 15.000 new inhabitants. The presentation will focus on the sustainable organisation of mobility. Less cars, more space for pedestrian and bicycles and public streets with no parking along the sides.


Marta Cudziło


Marta Cudziło, Head of Logistics Centre in Łukasiewicz- Institute of Logistics and Warehousing in Poznan. For over 15 years, as a Project Manager or main contractor she has been carrying out consulting projects for business, mainly in the field of distribution network optimization, supporting the area of inventory management, design supply chain structure and optimization of logistic processes. She cooperated with large and MSP companies of various industries, among others for Energa Operator S.A., Gaz-System S.A., Linpack Packaging, Grupa Żywiec, Leroy Merlin Sp. z o.o., NEUCA S.A., PGF S.A.., Media Markt. Apart from logistics consultancy, for several years, she has also implemented R&D projects co-financed by the European Union consisting in researching new trends and creating innovative solutions supporting logistics in Europe (among others RealBridge, Modulushca, LogiCon). Graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science and Management. She has also worked with the Poznan School of Logistics, leading classes in controlling logistics, forecasting and simulation. The author or co-author of scientific anc specialist articles In area of logistics and supply chain optimization.

IoT at the service of urban mobility

Urban mobility during the pandemic, despite a significant decrease in traffic in city centers, did not change in freight transport. Couriers continued to deliver packages, there were even more of them, suppliers carried out deliveries to stores. “Freight element” of urban mobility undoubtedly requires intervention and support of new solutions based on innovative technologies such as IoT. The presentation will discuss examples of technologies planned for implementation or already implemented in Polish and European cities. The idea of consolidation hubs, which can also take the form of mobile hubs, self-sufficient in energy and integrated with vehicles, will be presented. The increasingly common cargo bikes providing efficient and emission free last mile deliveries and drones that support parcel deliveries in city centers just as efficiently will be shown. The concept of smart returnable packaging, equipped with communication and sensory modules to enable tracking and reuse, will be discussed. The benefits of using intelligent unloading bays will also be presented, based on a pilot implementation carried out in two Polish cities. All the discussed solutions are developed by Łukasiewicz-ILiM in cooperation with EiT Urban Mobility, an organisation that acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.


Diana Filippova


Diana Filippova is advisor to the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, a writer, and a politician. She works on matters such as the politics of technology, the 15-minute city, democracy, and human rights. Her latest essay explores the intertwined relationships between politics of power and technology (/Technopower/, Les liens qui libèrent, Paris, 2019). In the past, prior to being a candidate during the Paris 2019 Mayor elections, she had been an entrepreneur and a CEO, the spokeswoman for the French NGO Ouishare, and a public writer and speaker in French leading media. Born in Moscow, she holds a degree from Sciences Po and HEC Paris.


Maciej Frąckowiak


Maciej Frąckowiak – sociologist, doctor of social sciences, researcher of cities and visual culture. Author and editor of texts and scientific and popularizing books on this subject, including the “Architect can be” report prepared jointly with the Bęc Zmiana Foundation, commissioned by BAIPP m.st. Warsaw. Initiator and curator leasing the animated urban space, as well as the debate on it.
In the years 2016-2018 a member of the team coordinating the Very Young Culture program of the National Center of Culture. PhD at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan and lecturer School of Form.

“Wanting things different. Self-imposed restraint as a path to sustainability in cities?”


Leonora Grcheva


Leonora Grcheva, Cities & Regions Lead, has joined DEAL to lead our engagement with cities, municipalities and other place-based administrations that are interested in putting Doughnut Economics into practice in their own context. Leonora is an urban planner, researcher and participation practitioner. She has over a decade of experience facilitating engagement with communities, cities and regions globally through her work as an urban planning consultant for UN-Habitat, a city leadership associate for University College London, and a community engagement consultant for built environment projects in the UK. She studied architecture in her home-country Macedonia, holds a Masters in Human Settlement from KU Leuven (Belgium), and a PhD in Urbanism from the IUAV University of Venice (Italy).


Georg Hubmann


Georg Hubmann is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair for Urban Design and Sustainable Urban Planning at TU Berlin. He is also a member of the collective Circular Berlin, an organisation that is reshaping Berlin towards a circular city. His main interest lies in the spatial implications of the Circular Economy. Georg’s work has a focus on urban metabolism and the political ecology of space. He holds a M.Sc in urban design from TU Berlin and a M.Arch from Tongji University Shanghai. He was leading several projects on community participation in Berlin and worked on climate action plans with districts and cities around Europe (i.a. London, Paris, Utrecht, Helsinki, Malmö, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Valencia).

Urban Circularity

Cities will continue to expand rapidly and already today account for about 75% of the world’s CO2 emissions. How they are designed and how they operate significantly affects the warming of the planet and impacts the health of communities and ecosystems. As part of their sustainability efforts, they are increasingly turning their attention to the imaginary of a circular economy that implies designing out waste and pollution from their metabolisms. However, the transition to circular urban systems has barely taken place. In his presentation, Georg gives an insight into findings of his latest research on urban circularity by suggesting actions for implementation. He also reports from the transformation processes in Berlin that have a strong focus on bottom-up mobilisation and community engagement. For example, in a period of less than two years more than 150 different organisations have been co-creating the circular economy agenda in the city while there is still a lack of a comprehensive plan for it.


Jacek Jaśkowiak


Jacek Jaśkowiak – Mayor of the City of Poznań since 2014. Social activist, sports activist, former entrepreneur. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, holds a postgraduate diploma in accounting, finances and taxes. A GFPS scholarship recipient at the Bielefeld University in Germany. His priorities in the city management are: implementation of assumptions of the sustainable transport, improvement of investment processes, accessible culture, housing and senior-resident policy, and the revitalisation of the city centre.


Ronni Kahn


Ronni Kahn AO is a social entrepreneur and founder of food rescue charity OzHarvest. Ronni is a passionate advocate and activist renowned for disrupting the food waste landscape in Australia. She appears regularly in national media, serves in an advisory capacity to government and is a sought after keynote speaker. Her mission to fight food waste and feed hungry people is supported by some of the world’s finest chefs. Ronni is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and was named Australian Local Hero of the Year. Her journey is the subject of a feature film, Food Fighter and her memoir; A Repurposed Life has recently been published.


Pia Karlsson


Pia Karlsson has long and relevant experience from high positions in several companies and organisations, both Swedish and global. All these assignments have a couple of distinct things in common; they all include an element of design, leadership and communication. Pia has had the opportunity to be part of developing strong brands such as IKEA, Design House Stockholm and Svenska Dagbladet (the biggest daily newspaper in Sweden). In addition to the skills mentioned above, PR and information has been a common thread throughout Pia’s career. Right before Pias assignment at the City of Stockholm, as the project manager for “Levande Stokholm”, she had the role as COO at Nola Industrier AB with a primary focus on quality and sustainability. This experience Pia certainly can benefit from in her present role, as Nova Industries is a leading player in furniture and environment for public areas.

Levande Stockholm – the purpose and development of the summerstreets and summersquares in Stockholm

Levande Stockholm, which straight translated means Living Stockholm. The meaning and purpose of this project is to make our city more inviting and accessible for people. The focus is summertime, but we even have a smaller project making places more safe in the winter. This presentation is about the background of the project, and how it all started in 2015. I will also tell you about the three different focus areas: design, content and a tool for rebuilding. I will talk about what, how and why, and also share a few good examples from each area. This is a concept of success, appreciated by a majority of our residents.


Amelia Kuch


Amelia is a circular economy policy expert. At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, she leads the policy research unit, communicating cross-cutting policy insights to national and city governments and other key ecosystem players (including businesses and policy organisations). She is co-author of the “Universal Circular Economy Policy Goals” framework and a regular contributor to research on circular economy policy. In her work, Amelia champions the philosophy that mission-driven policy can accelerate the transition to the circular economy and deliver on broader social and environmental policy objectives – globally. Amelia has a PhD in International Development from the University of Edinburgh and is an alumna of the University of Oxford.

What is the role of cities in the transition to a circular economy?

Cities have always been centers of ideas and innovation: places where solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems have been generated. However, it is also the case that cities are major sources of pollution, where most of the world’s resources are used and most of the world’s waste is created. How can cities make the most of the circular economy to eliminate the negatives and amplify the positives? In this presentation, you will learn about the three principles of circular economy and how they are already being applied in practice in cities around the world to generate positive social and environmental impacts.


Xavi Matilla

Xavi Matilla is an architect-urban planner graduated from ETSAV-UPC, born in Terrassa (Barcelona) in 1975. He has developed his professional career in different offices of recognized prestige in the field of urban planning, having won several awards and recognitions. He is an associate professor at the Department of Urbanism and Spatial Planning (DUOT) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC_BarcelonaTECH and at the Master Metropoli in Metropolitan and Urban Studies, The Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies (IERMB). He is currently the Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council.

The transformation of public space, Barcelona Superblock: new stage

The Superblock programme is taking a step ahead and becoming the street transformation model for the entire city, with the aim of reclaiming for citizens part of the space currently occupied by private vehicles.The goal is to create a healthy, greener, fairer and safer public space that promotes social relations and the local economy. Following small-scale initiatives carried out in areas such as Poblenou, Horta and Sant Antoni, Superblocks are now taking a leap in scale and pace. Barcelona City Council has conducted a detailed analysis of the city: citizen flows and mobility, neighbourhood facilities, green spaces, building and social fabric and so on. It is through this comprehensive approach that a road hierarchy has been created enabling some streets to be freed of road traffic and the creation of a network of green hubs and squares where pedestrians have priority.


Iwona Matuszczak-Szulc


Iwona Matuszczak-Szulc – Head of City Development and Foreign Relations Department of the Poznan City Hall. She is responsible for contacts with foreign partners, updating and monitoring Development Strategy for the City of Poznan. She supervises issues related with rating of the City of Poznan and with cooperation with international rating agencies Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service as well work of “Think-Tanks” under the Mayor of Poznan, preparation of innovative conceptions, structures, models and solutions for problematic situations, preparation and organization of international conferences and projects. She coordinates strategic management of the City and participation of the City of Poznan in Urban Agenda for the EU. Coordinator of European project “Get into the swing of the City” dedicated to the creative generation Y. She is also an University lecturer. She is interested in use of innovative methods in solving complex problems and research projects as well long-distance running. She is an initiator and main organizer of City Development Forum.


Cezary Mazurek


Cezary Mazurek – Plenipotentiary of the Director of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences for the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre. For over 20 years involved in the construction of the IT scientific infrastructure in Poland and the development of services for the information society. He has managed implementation of big projects: the Multimedia City Guide of Poznan, the dLibra system of digital libraries, the NABÓR recruitment system, and the scientific television PLATON TV. President of the Wielkopolska ICT Cluster. Author of over 100 publications.



Ariel Modrzyk


Ariel Modrzyk, sociologist, PhD at Department of Sociology of Adam Mickiewicz University. An author of papers published in polish journals such as “Studia Socjologiczne”, “Kultura i Społeczeństwo”, “Ruch Prawniczy, Ekonomiczny i Socjologiczny” and others. His scientific interests are focused on sociology of daily life, sociology of economy, sociology of body, posthumanist sociology. An author of two monographs Pomiędzy normatywizmem a realizmem. Od teorii uznania Axela Honnetha do radykalnie refleksyjnej krytyki społecznej” (Ha!art 2013) (Between Normativism and Realism. From Axel Honneth’s theory of Recognition to Radical Reflexive Social Critique) and „Społeczeństwo Marnotrawców? Funkcje i status normy niemarnowania żywności” (Nomos 2019) (Wasteful society? Functions and Status of the Norm of not Wasting Food).


Adam Olszewski


In 2011 I founded Coworking ZOO, which we transformed into PSNC Future Labs living laboratories in 2020. While running the Future Labs, I focus on developing a local innovation ecosystem in the areas of smart city, education, health and social inclusion. I am inspired by people as well as business and social activities, measured by indicators other than just profit. In science-business cooperation, I strive to do meaningful things with interesting partners who are not afraid to break the status quo. I write and run EU projects, mainly in the field of practical data use, high power computing, virtual and augmented reality as well as CFD, MES and predictive simulations. I acquired over PLN 50 million for technological and social activities, e.g. Shop4cf, I4MS-growth, WINS, SymbIoTe, MIDIH, StartUpIT, EDIH HPC4Poland, Spin-Tech … I publish from time to time. I am in the management boards of the Wielkopolski Klaster Teleinformatyczny /Greater Poland ICT Cluster/ and the European Network of Living Labs. I am a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań University of Technology and the Science-Management-Commercialization programme at Stanford University.


Kate Raworth


Kate Raworth (sounds like ‘Ray-worth’) is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for 21st century realities. She is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab. Her internationally best-selling book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist has been translated into over 20 languages and has been widely influential with diverse audiences, from the UN General Assembly to Pope Francis to Extinction Rebellion. Kate is a Senior Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also Professor of Practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Over the past 25 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam. She holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University. She is a member of the Club of Rome and currently serves on the World Health Organisation Council on the Economics of Health for All. Kate has written extensively for media including The Guardian, The New Statesman, Newsweek.com, and Wired.com, and has contributed to many radio programmes including for BBC Radio 4, The World Service, ABC and NPR, as well as television including CNN World News, Al-Jazeera, BBC, ITV and CBC. The Guardian has named her as “one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation”.


Ivana Rohr & Robin Höning


Ivana Rohr and Robin Höning are from endboss – an interdisciplinary studio for spatial  questions and answers at all scales, based in Hanover Germany. While Ivana studied creative writing and also holds a degree in fine arts, Robin is an architect with master’s degree in architecture and city development. Together with an interdisciplinary team at endboss they try to bring artistic and urban practices together for the cause of finding answers to questions that nobody asked. Trying to avoid routines and repetitive methodolical shemes, they are constantly working on their maneuverability in uncertain terrains. Because they are convinced that unpredictability and the unprogrammed are – or rather should be – two decisive factors in our planning and concepts of cohabitation.


Carolyn Steel


Carolyn Steel MA (Cantab) RIBA. Carolyn is a leading thinker on food and cities. A British architect, author and academic, she wrote the award-winning Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives (2008) and Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World (2020). Her concept of sitopia, or food-place (from the Greek sitos, food + topos, place) has gained broad recognition across a wide range of fields in design, ecology, academia and the arts. A director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects in London, Carolyn studied at Cambridge University and has since taught at Cambridge, London Metropolitan, Wageningen and Slow Food Universities and at the London School of Economics. In 2020-21, she will be a Research Fellow at Aeres University in the Netherlands. Carolyn is in international demand as a speaker and her 2009 TED talk has received more than one million views. In August 2020, she was featured in a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.


Living in a modern city like London or Poznan, it’s easy to believe that we’ve solved the problem of how to eat. We take it for granted that, if we walk into a restaurant or supermarket, food will be there, having arrived as if by magic from somewhere else. Yet, as the Covid pandemic has reminded us, nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, the hidden costs of the way we now eat – from climate change, mass exctinction, soil erosion, deforestation, water depletion, pollution, diet-related disease and zoonotic pandemics – are destroying us and our planet. So what can we do?

I believe that by valuing food once more and bringing it to the heart of our thinking, we can rebalance our relationship with nature to build more equitable and resilient societies. My term sitopia, or food-place (from the Greek sitos, food + topos, place) describes this approach. The primary focus of sitopia is to rethink the urban-rural relationship, the basic dynamic of human civilisation. Those of us who live in cities call ourselves ‘urban’, but if our food, energy and other materials come from elsewhere, to what extent do we actually dwell in the city? I call this the ‘urban paradox’ – the fact that cities could not exist without countryside, yet few of us living in cities today see or think about the landscapes that sustain us.

Today, we urgently need to rethink the way we live. By thinking and acting through food, we can learn how to live in balance with nature, build more resilient, fairer societies, revitalise our cities and readjust the urban-rural relationship. Most importantly, we can use food to reimagine our idea of a good life. Food is the great connector: by thinking, not just about food, but through it, we can gain vital insights into the structures of our lives, and change them for the better.


Zala Strojin Božič


Zala Strojin Božič has been employed in the City of Ljubljana since 2002. With a scientific master’s degree in the field of environmental protection, she primarily covered the field of soil pollution. After 2010 she also worked on eradication of invasive alien species and the environmental management system EMAS. She has been working as a circular economy manager for the City of Ljubljana since 2018 and is primarily focusing on how to spend less and more efficiently city’s natural resources, promoting reuse and co-sharing, and adopting long-term sustainable and circular solutions with the involvement of citizens.

Ljubljana’s circular journey

In Ljubljana we are convinced that the shift from linear to circular economy has a significant impact not only on production but also on the whole social order and our mentality. We inform, educate and encourage all our public employees to behave sustainably, in a circular manner and take green decisions. At the same time, we are building interdisciplinary value chains, having in mind economic, social and environmental benefits. We are introducing responsible management of all resources (from financial to human) and strengthening innovation and competitiveness in all areas of the city’s management. A systemic, holistic, strategic approach is the one Ljubljana has been following for more than 14 years now and, with this approach, the City is repeatedly confirming that by adopting long-term sustainable and circular solutions with the involvement of citizens, we and our environment come out as winners.


Michał Sutowski


Political scientist, graduate of the College of Inter-area Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw, translator, journalist. Member of Krytyka Polityczna team and the Institute for Advanced Study. Co-author of extended interviews with Agata Bielik-Robson, Ludwika Wujec and Agnieszka Graff. He writes about political economy, the approaching apocalypse of the EU and more. He does interviews. Long ones.

Will Poland want to fit into a doughnut?

How to raise the standard of living, reduce inequalities while at the same time helping yourself and future generations? Who will be the driving force and who will rather want to put the brakes on the necessary overhaul of Poland?

A society “on the make”, incessantly trying to catch up and aspiring to greater and more widespread prosperity, is reluctant to restrict consumption. People that are distrustful of the state and each other treat the common good with reserve. We will seek answers to the practical dilemmas of doughnut economics at the city and local government level.


Sélène Tonon


Developing of creatives off-site mediations.

Due to the covid 19 pandemics and the successive lockdowns in France, the cultural industries need to invent new ways to keep the link with the public. So did the Rennes Museum of Fine Arts. Mainly, it was an opportunity to rethink the mediation. The Museum developed digital mediation, use of social networks. Moreover, it was an opportunity for the Museum to develop creatives off-site mediations.


Aleksandra Zaława-Borowiak


Ricard Zapatero


Ricard Zapatero is member of the Management Board of Fira Barcelona, and also Director for International Business. He is the actual President of Emeca, the European Major Exhibitions Centers association. He has been in the Exhibition industry for more tan 20 years, and being involved in the organization of more than 500 exhibitions. He organizes events and exhibitions not only in Europe, but also in many countries of America and Asia. He has also been designing and managing exhibition centers in 12 different countries, collaborating directly with city governments and state administrations to develope best interactivity among exhibition venues and cities needs.


Jarosław Zawadzki