Barcelona 27 Feb - 1 Mar 2017

Paving the Way for Smart Cities


Date & Time

Monday 27 February

10:00 – 11:15


Auditorium B


In the future, cities will be much smarter than they are today. But success depends on a common approach amongst government, city councils and the mobile industry. Early engagement with mobile operators in the planning process means cities can realise the benefits that arise from the operators’ local presence and fully standardised networks, delivering real, long-term benefits to businesses and citizens. 

How can the mobile industry help cities develop sustainable and innovative smart city services? And what makes mobile operators strategic partners for smart cities? This session will explore key prerequisites required from industry players to build a successful smart cities strategy.

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H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr

Director General, Smart Dubai Office

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, engaging with leadership in the public and private sector to make Dubai a global benchmark smart city.

Prior to that, Dr. Aisha worked as Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The Executive Office’s role is to implement the vision of His Highness, to make Dubai #1 globally, as well as to be the source of the best futuristic initiatives. Part of her role was leading the Smart Dubai task force team from the time of the announcement of the Smart Dubai initiative in March 2014, to the formation of the Smart Dubai Office.

Glenn Lurie

President and CEO

AT&T Mobility


Mohammad Chowdhury

Partner and Telecom Sector Leader, Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand


Mohammad Chowdhury has over 20 years’ of experience in the telecommunications industry focusing on business strategy, regulation, public policy, M&A, technology, digital and innovation. He leads the Telecoms, Media and Technology team for PwC Australia, NZ and South East Asia and serves on the board of innovative start-up companies. Prior to PwC, he held senior positions in Vodafone and IBM Corporation. Mohammad has wide experience in the development of loT, digital and mHealth business across developed and emerging markets. He serves as the Telecommunications Adviser to the Government of Myanmar. He has degrees in economics from Oxford and Cambridge, and has worked in 83 countries.


Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Bin Shafie

Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)


Dato’ Sri Dr Halim, aged 68, a Malaysian, was appointed Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on 15 January 2015 and re-appointed as Chairman for a two year term beginning 12 January 2017. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics (Hons), University of Malaya (1972), Masters in Economic Development, University of Pittsburgh (1980) and Ph.D in Information Transfer, Syracuse University (1988). He also completed professional courses in System Analysis and Design at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) (1976), Management Education Programme, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India (1977) and Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School (2000).

He has served in many Government agencies including the Ministry of Education, Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department and as Director of INTAN. He was Deputy Secretary General 1, Communications and Multimedia Sector in 1999, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications in 2000, and Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) from April 2006 to May 2009.

Over the last 17 years, Dato’ Sri Dr Halim has served on many Boards, including Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Pos Malaysia Berhad, Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Berhad. He is currently the Chairman of Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear), a subsidiary of Bank Negara Malaysia. Dato’ Sri Dr Halim also holds office as an Adjunct Professor of Universiti Utara Malaysia and Advisory Board Chairman of the National Library. He was also appointed a member of the Board of Advisors University-Industry University Teknologi Mara (MPUI-UiTM) in January 2014.

H.E. Mr. Jaeyou Choi

Vice-Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning

Republic of Korea

Vice Minister Choi Jaeyou graduated from Yonsei University with a major in business management. He received his Master’s degree in telecommunication, information studies and media from Michigan State University. Entering into public service in 1988, Vice Minister Choi served in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, Ministry of Information and Communication, and Korean Communications Commission for 29 years to establish and carry out ICT development policies in Korea. He took numerous important positions in various fields including IT, broadcasting, radio, convergence, postal service and more.

After the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) was launched in 2013, Vice Minister Choi served as the Assistant Minister of ICT and Broadcasting Policy Office. In February 2015, he was appointed as the Vice Minister of MSIP, in charge of managing the development and regulation of the ICT and broadcasting sector. Currently, Vice Minister Choi is actively promoting the “K-ICT Strategy”, which is a next-generation ICT development strategy to drive Korea’s economic growth.

Glenn Lurie

President and CEO

AT&T Mobility

Carlos Menendez

President, Enterprise Partnerships


Carlos J. Menendez is president, Enterprise Partnerships, for Mastercard. In this role, Mr. Menendez is responsible for expanding the company’s operations globally with select partnerships in the Smart Cities, Merchant, Travel and B2B space; plus Global Relationship lead for HSBC, Western Union and the Travel GDS sector. He also has responsibility for driving enterprise-wide partnership strategy and innovation, helping Mastercard to use its technology and data in new ways for a host of diverse retail, business and government partners.

Prior to joining Mastercard in 2010, Mr. Menendez held a number of positions at Citigroup, where he worked for more than 14 years. Most recently, he was chief operating officer for Western Europe, responsible for a full range of consumer banking products. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Menendez worked in Brand Management with Procter & Gamble and with a law office in Washington D.C.

Mr. Menendez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School.