1 October, Digital Format
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Cities and technology in the 21st century are moving faster than the old systems of governance and analysis can follow. New ways of communicating, moving and making business are constantly arising. The future of urban life is disruptive. The challenge ahead of companies and local government is to make sense of these changes and use them to provide better services and better quality of life for a rising number of citizens. The “smart city” is a collective of the innovative technologies that can make urban life better. “How” is a question with multiple answers that can only be found through dialogue, insight and collaboration between city builders, businesses and most important of all - the people who live in the cities.

The annual SMART CITIES AND MOBILITY FORUM is already becoming the leading platform in SEE for new urban technology and the transformation of mobility and living. Now in its 3rd year, the event is a meetup of the policy, business and citizen sectors, where you can get up to date with and explore new trends, business models and policies in urban development and mobility technology.

Key topics on the 2020 agenda:
  - Urban planning for future cities: best practices and lessons learned
  - Intelligent mobility: electric and autonomous cars, intermodality, mobility as a service 
  - Disruptive technology impact on cities: 5G, IoT, new mobility, smart utilities
  - Climate change, air quality as rising urban challenges 
  - The leading role of smart cities in the clean energy and circular economy agendas 
  - Challenging traditional models in the utilities, waste and energy management   
  - Data management and cybersecurity for smart cities
  - Smart home technology  

Registration Fee
50 BGN, VAT excl.

Deadline for Registration
September 28th, 2020


  • Fabio Pianesi

    Fabio Pianesi Head of External Collaboration, EIT Digital

    Fabio Pianesi received his degree in Psychology from the University of Rome (magna cum laude), in 1980, and the specialisation in Computer Science from the same university in 1986. After working as clinical neuropsychologist, in 1988 he joined FBK-IRST, where he served as head of the TCC (Cognitive and Communication Technologies) division (2003-2008), head of the joint FBK-University of Trento "Computational Cognition Laboratory" (2008-2011) and manager of the Ambient Assisted Living activities of FBK (2008-2011). He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of CELCT, a spin-off company devoted to the evaluation of language and communication technology (shareholders: FBK and DFKI). Currenty he is vice-Director for Research at Trento RISE and Head of External Collaboration at EIT Digital. During the years, his research interests have covered topics such as Natural Language Processing, Formal and Computational Linguistics, HIC and Multimodal Interaction. Recently, they focus on ICT for Independent Living; Human Behaviour Analysis and Life Logging; Social Computing. Fabio Pianesi teaches Cognitive Ergonomics at the University of Trento.
  • Taavi Rõivas

    Taavi Rõivas Prime Minister of Estonia (2014 - 2016)

    Taavi Rõivas was educated at the University of Tartu, where he obtained a degree in Foreign Trade and Marketing. He was the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia from 2012 to 2014. From 2014-2016 he was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia. Now he is a member of the Riigikogu and Vice Chairman of the Reform party parliamentary faction
  • Vladimir Danailov

    Vladimir Danailov Deputy Mayor, Digital Transformation, Innovations and Economic Development, Sofia Municipality

  • Elitsa Panayotova

    Elitsa Panayotova Coordinator, Sofia Green

  • Lucy Hayward-Speigh

    Lucy Hayward-Speigh Transport Strategy and Planning Manager, Transport for London

    Lucy Hayward-Speight is a Transport Strategy and Planning Manager for the City Planning department at Transport for London. This department focuses on London’s long term transport planning, and produced the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Lucy’s team progresses air quality plans and schemes for London, such as the Ultra Low Emission Zone, as well as the electrification of London’s transport. Lucy led the London Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce activity in 2018/19, and authored a resulting Delivery Plan. She had progressed a number of workstreams to encourage the uptake of zero emissions capable taxis and supporting the implementation of zero emission zones in London. Before joining TfL, Lucy worked on the environmental appraisal of HS2 at Temple Group, and prior to this she worked at transport planning consultancy Steer Davies Gleave on a variety of strategies and transport schemes. Lucy as a masters degree in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster, and sits on the Public Policy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
  • Richard Elliott

    Richard Elliott Head of Local Planning and Infrastructure, Manchester City Council

    Richard is a chartered town planner and experienced policy professional with over thirty five years experience of working in senior roles in planning, transportation and policy in London and Manchester in local government and the private sector. He was closely involved in developing and implementing a new masterplan for Manchester City Centre following the IRA bomb explosion in 1996. He was responsible for work to develop a transport strategy to support the delivery of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and played a significant role in planning the Metrolink light rail system in the city. From 2007 until 2010 Richard was employed as Associate Director with WSP Development and Transportation, a multi-disciplinary engineering and transportation consultancy. He led a number of high profile transportation studies and projects across the UK including advice on the transportation elements of the masterplanning of central Salford and a network management study for Westminster City Council in London. Richard returned to local government as Director of a housing regeneration project and was subsequently appointed as Policy and Strategy Manager in 2011, Head of Policy, Partnerships and Research early in 2016 and Head of Local Planning and Infrastructure in 2019. In these roles Richard has played a leading role in developing a new city strategy for Manchester that identifies the important role of smart city related applications and enhanced digital connectivity in the future development of the city. He has also played an important role in overseeing the development of City Verve, the UK’s national demonstrator for the Internet of Things, a project that has sought to address some of the key challenges facing the city through the application of IOT technology.
  • Manuel Dueñas

    Manuel Dueñas Head of Public Sector for Central and South Eastern Europe, European Investment Bank

    As Head of Public Sector for Central and South Eastern Europe , Manuel Dueñas currently manages EIB’s public sector lending activity in the region, including public administrations, public sector entities, public owned corporates and promotional financial institutions. Previously in EIB, Manuel was Deputy Head of the Climate Change and Environment Division in charge of the development of new financial products and equity investments in the area of energy efficiency. Prior to joining EIB, he worked for other financial institutions in Spain and Luxembourg. His professional carrier has been mainly associated to structured infrastructure finance activities in several sectors across Europe and, in particular, Eastern Europe. He holds a B.S. in Economics from University Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and a M.B.A. from University of Nebraska (USA).
  • Sarka Tomanova

    Sarka Tomanova Prague Innovation Institute

    Sarka Tomanova is the expert in the field of innovation, project management and sustainable development in the public sector. She is working almost 5 years for the City of Prague on different positions, lastly as a Head of Project Management Unit responsible for implementing projects via innovative public procurement (so called innovation partnership), building new policy approaches in the field of transport or energy efficiency using Prague innovation strategy and european funding opportunities as a starting point. Further on she considers international cooperation being one of the best tool how to drive Europe forward and stay competitive with the rest of the world.
  • Marcel van der Hoek

    Marcel van der Hoek Country Managing Director, ABB Bulgaria

    Marcel van der Hoek is the Country Managing Director of ABB Bulgaria, proven in building and leading high performance international teams. He has held various roles during his 26 years in the company and has lead different parts of the company business to success. His interests are directed in the fields of safe, sustainable and digital electrification, robotics and automation and he takes pride in being part of several coaching and mentoring programs.
  • Julian Popov

    Julian Popov Fellow, European Climate Foundation

  • Dan Rosenberg

    Dan Rosenberg Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, Copenhagen Capacity

    Dan is heading the digital campaign efforts at Copenhagen Capacity in order to create awareness about the career opportunities in the Greater Copenhagen area and to brand the region as an attractive future career destination.
  • Mark Boris Andrijanič

    Mark Boris Andrijanič Head of Public Policy in CEE, UBER

    Mark Boris Andrijanič is responsible for establishing partnerships with governments and cities in the area of urban mobility. Prior to joining Uber, Mark Boris was a Visiting Fellow at the Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels, where he worked closely with the European Parliament and European Commission on key EU policy issues. Before coming to Brussels, Mark Boris advised the Government of Sierra Leone on natural resource governance reform. In his native Slovenia, he co-founded and led some of the leading NGOs aimed at promoting active citizenship and entrepreneurship. He became a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission and Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council in 2017. He received his Master’s in public policy from the University of Oxford and has a degree in law from the University of Ljubljana.
  • Dr. Alexander Simidchiev

    Dr. Alexander Simidchiev Pulmonologist, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of "Air for Health" Association

  • Teodor Rachev

    Teodor Rachev Co-Founder & CEO, HOBO

    Teodor is the co-founder and CEO of Hobo Bulgaria. Since September 2019 Hobo is the only Bulgarian micro-mobility company providing scooter-sharing services. He has 10+ years managing experience in Sofia`s downtown area. Teodor was selected for the Forbes Under 30 for 2019.
  • Petko Anchev

    Petko Anchev Manager Bulgarian branch, Lime

    Petko Anchev is managing Bulgarian branch of the electric scooter sharing company Lime. Before that he held positions in the administrations of Sofia Municipality, the President of Bulgaria and in the Ministry of Economy. He also gained experience in the private and non-governmental sectors while working in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal. Petko has a BSc degree in Climate Change and recently graduated from the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza".
  • Yordan Georgiev

    Yordan Georgiev Co-Founder, BRUM

    Yordan Georgiev is co-founder of the electric scooter sharing company BRUM. He studied Journalism in London and before BRUM was working in the commercial department of one of the biggest European dry bulk shipping companies in Switzerland.
  • Joro Penchev

    Joro Penchev Coordinator, Technology, Economy and Management, Vision Sofia 2050


The Smart Cities and Mobility Forum was originally scheduled for March 26th, 2020. To ensure all participant's safety amid the COVID-19 crisis, the event is rescheduled for October 1st, 2020. 

In the light of the unprecedented changes in society, the economy and urban living, we are currently rethinking the event's agenda to best reflect the emerging stats, trends and measures. An updated agenda will be available here in the summer of 2020.  




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