SPEAKERS Smart City Webinars


Joel Fredericks, Community Engagement Expert

University of Sydney

Joel Fredericks is an academic researcher, community engagement practitioner and urban planner. He is based in the Design Lab, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney where he is currently completing a PhD in collaborative city making. Joel’s research looks at the use of digital and physical media channels for the design and implementation of community engagement. His research has been published in books and journals and he has spoken at academic and industry conferences.


Prior to this, he worked as a consultant on a range of community and infrastructure projects in the road, rail, water and energy sectors. In this role, he facilitated national, state and local community engagement programs across a diverse range of stakeholders.

Diane Miller, Principal

Civic Collaboration

Diane Miller specializes in the design, facilitation and implementation of projects that help diverse groups of people work together to achieve exceptional results. As principal of Civic Collaboration, Diane focuses on process, relationships and outcomes. She is a skilled public engagement professional, communicator, and facilitator who understands how to bring together the necessary components of a civic change initiative and help individuals and groups build the capacity for effective action in ways that can be sustained and replicated. 


Civic Collaboration helps clients bring together the processes, resources and skills to design and implement effective public engagement efforts and foster collaborative action. Civic Collaboration is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in Austin and a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) in Texas.

Lilian Coral, Director - National Strategy, KnightFoundation

Lilian Coral joined Knight Foundation in September 2017. 

Coral is Knight's director of national strategy, where she manages the national portfolio and focuses on the development of the foundation’s Smart Cities strategy. She came to Knight from the City of Los Angeles, where she served as chief data officer for Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, she led the mayor's directive on Open Data beyond the lens of transparency and towards his vision of a data-driven Los Angeles through the management of the City’s Open Data program, the expansion of the use of data science and analytics, and the development of user-centered digital services.


Coral led the development of the GeoHub, a first-of-its kind data management solution for integrating geospatial information across the City of Los Angeles’ 41 departments, and oversaw the publishing of 1,100 city datasets and APIs, the management of five portals of operational and financial data, and the roll-out of 15+ digital services, applications and public facing dashboards.

Prior to joining Mayor Garcetti, Coral spent 15 years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader, having had the opportunity to work with labor unions, NGOs, foundations and human service agencies at all levels of government to transform the way government uses data and technology to serve its citizens.

Johanna Pitman, Program Director, City Connect

Blue Chilli


Johanna Pitman directs BlueChilli’s latest accelerator program, CityConnect: an open innovation program to co-create solutions addressing the biggest challenges facing the world’s urban communities. Prior to BlueChilli, Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all

Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador, Amsterdam Smart City

Since 2008 Frans-Anton Vermast MBA (1969) has been Senior Strategy Advisor for Low Carbon and Connected Urban Planning at Amsterdam Smart City. He is an expert in searching for the opportunities of novel appliances and services that make cities a more habitable place for its citizens to live, work and play pleasantly. Furthermore, he specialises in developing Smart Cities as open and user centric innovative platforms as well as holistic and cross silo approaches through collaborative bottom up approaches and citizens engagement. Apart from best and next practises Mr Vermast is not afraid to share some failures and lessons learned to prevent other cities making the same mistakes. His objective for working in projects like Smart Work, Smart Grids, Smart Living, Smart City and Smart Mobility is to create a more sustainable and liveable environment and boost social and economic benefits that will result in more happy citizens.

Dr Neil Temperley

Executive Product Manager Future Cities, Data 61 

Neil led Data61’s Transport and Logistics Living Lab activity since its formation in early 2011 before joining Data61’s new product management team in 2016.  Neil has an interest in digital product platforms for future cities and transport & logistics.  Neil believes future user-focused vision should drive our choices of today and believes in the power of living lab collaboration to drive both effective innovation and industry cultural transformation.  Neil sits on the board of the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network and continues to play a mentoring role in Data61’s Living Lab.

The Transport and Logistics Living Lab — the first of its kind in Australia — was founded by Data61 (then NICTA), Fraunhofer and SAP Research as a demonstration space for innovative technologies, and as a community of industry, research and government organizations that works collaboratively to bring innovation into logistics.  This community has now grown to more than 50 participants.

Joe Langley, Technical Director, Infrastructure Advisory,


Joe is a Technical Director in AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory team and has over 30 years of experience in urban planning, property development, strategic planning and integrated transport - land use projects. He has served as a project manager and technical specialist on a wide variety of urban development, transport infrastructure, infrastructure funding projects.

Joe is a leading practitioner and proponent of innovation in infrastructure and urban planning in Australia. He has provided advice and led investigations into the introduction of alternative infrastructure and urban renewal funding methods for the Commonwealth, state and local governments, and industry associations.

David Rosen, Principal and Founder


David Paul Rosen, Ph.D., Founder and Principal of DRA, is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of redevelopment, affordable housing finance, policy, land use, analysis, negotiation, lending and investment strategic planning. DRA Principals have advised on more than $9 billion in low income housing finance and project development. David is expert in deal structuring, renewable energy and energy efficiency, value capture analysis and asset management. He was invited on numerous occasions to provide briefings to the Obama White House and senior Administration officials in half a dozen agencies, presenting policy recommendations for sustainable community development, capital formation and financial regulation on more than $7 trillion in federal investment in real estate, housing and economic development.


He is an internationally published author in the field and frequent international speaker on economic development, redevelopment, housing and energy policy and practice. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, European Mortgage Federation, the Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute, the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and UN HABITAT, among many other international institutions and more than 300 governmental jurisdictions. David earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his doctorate in public policy from the Union Institute.


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