2019 International Visiting Expert: Kip Harkness

Kip's Itinerary

Cities Leadership traversed New South Wales with International Visiting Expert Kip Harkness in November 2019. 


Delivering tailored commissioned workshops for member and non-member councils and organisations, Kip worked with attendees on producing innovative solutions to local issues. 

Take a snapshot below at how Kip spent his time in Australia: 


- Kip joined our Executive Director Katherine O'Regan to speak at SWITCH 2019 on Smart City Strategies and Libraries. 

- Central Coast Council roundtable discussion: Principles for a Smarter Region

- City of Lake Macquarie GLAM Workshop: (R)evolution of Libraries in a Digital Age

- City of Newcastle workshop on 'Innovation for Social Good'

- City of Canterbury Bankstown workshop on the Rosetta Stone Project. 

- Boardroom Lunch on 'The Role of Technology in an Inclusive Economy'  at Lendlease.

Listen to  Kip talking innovation in the built and digital form with Bill Ruh of Lendlease on Ep. 10 of the Cities Podcast here

About our Expert 


Kip Harkness is a change agent who has spent his career cultivating talent and building high-performing teams, from farmers on the edge of the Sahara to technology leaders in the Silicon Valley. As Deputy City Manager for the City of San Jose, Kip directs the City’s innovation program and implementation of San Jose’s Smart City Vision. Here, he developed a unique strategy for engaging and working with both the local community and elected officials throughout their smart city journey.


Kip previously led PayPal’s global Technology Leadership Program, and has served 15 years in a range of roles at the City of San Jose and its Redevelopment Agency. For 10 years, Kip created a led the award-winning Strong Neighbourhoods Initiative that restructured how departments collaborated with residents and improved service delivery to meet pressing neighbourhood priorities.

Join us in 2020

As a member of the Cities Leadership Institute you have access to our International Experts through these workshops and forums. 

To receive more information about membership, click here. 

Interested in commissioning a masterclass for your organisation? Please contact: 

Leigh Osterhus, Programme Manager

E: losterhus@citiesleadership.com 


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