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The smart cities conversation has been happening for some years. Smart mobility has gained traction in many parts of the world, but traffic routing is the tip of the iceberg. The increasing use of sensors and IOT can be applied to any type of infrastructure.

Given that 99 percent of city infrastructure isn’t smart, technologically speaking, there’s scope to do so much more. Whether it’s intelligent grid control or building automation, or smart storage solutions. Today, the need for smarter, more adaptable cities has been accelerated by Covid-19. It’s one route to help us get to the next normal, to get back to work, to life.

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Sophie in 't Veld


Dutch political party D66

Sophie in 't Veld is an MEP for the Dutch political party D66. She is a member of the Renew Europe Group in European Parliament and sits on the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. As an MEP in 't Veld co-wrote the GDPR that gave European citizens arguably the best personal data protection in the world. Today, she is pushing for better enforcement of the GDPR so that data protection on paper is matched by robust protection in practise. Since being elected to European Parliament for the first time in 2004, in 't Veld has championed fundamental rights. Ranging from women's rights, to LGBTI-equality, and privacy matters. She believes the EU is a community of values that need to be upheld for Europe's continued success.

Sonia Baldeira

Senior Analyst, Infrastructure & Building

Bloomberg Intelligence

Sonia joined Bloomberg in 2014 as a Senior Analyst in Infrastructure and Building. Previously she was Head of Investor Relations at a Euronext listed industrial group, and spent ten years in Investment Banking in Iberia. Sonia has a degree in Economics, a Master in Finance from Catolica University in Lisbon, and a Masters degree in International Strategy and Diplomacy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Stephanie Bodoni

EU Legal Correspondent


Stephanie Bodoni has been a journalist for 20 years. Before joining Bloomberg in 2006, she was Europe editor at one of Euromoney's main legal magazines. She built on this experience at Bloomberg and moved back to the heart of the EU to focus on her coverage of legal and regulatory news in Brussels and at the EU courts in Luxembourg. As sole correspondent of an international news organization based in Luxembourg, she's covered central bankers, politicians and followed EU finance meetings for years during some of the Eurozone's most tense times. She has a BA in English literature from Queen Mary University in London and and an MA in Print Journalism from the London College of Communication.

Gus Hosein

Executive Director

Privacy International

Gus is the executive director of Privacy International, a London-based global non-profit that that campaigns against data exploitation by governments and corporations.

For over twenty years he’s worked on national security and anti-terrorism policy, and led global advocacy against border registration, biometric collection, tracking of migration, travel profiling, and mass surveillance of communications and financial data. Gus has held visiting fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Columbia University, and University College London. He was a Visiting Scholar at the American Civil Liberties Union and was an advisor to their Technology and Liberty Project. He holds a B.Math (Hons) from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently on the Ethics Advisory Board of the UK Government's Covid-response contact-tracing app.

Stuart Jackson

Senior Director EMEA

BlackBerry EMEA

Stuart has spent over 16 years in the cyber security industry consulting with the largest global institutions on security and best practice. In BlackBerry this focus has been on mobility and global infrastructure to enable Bring Your Own Policies to remote workers, whilst maintain high standards of data protection in transit.

Nate Lanxon

EMEA Technology Editor


Lanxon is a journalist and editor on Bloomberg's global technology team and primarily focuses on the impact of the industry and its businesses on the consumer. He regularly appears on Bloomberg TV and radio, recently dissecting topics such as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data scandal and Elon Musk's SpaceX. He also contributes features to Businessweek and

Lanxon joined Bloomberg in 2015 after spending five years as an editor and writer at Wired magazine, initially to launch and manage the European edition of He has been a part of the newsroom's European technology team since its creation in 2016 and worked on stories relating to the tax affairs of the world's largest technology companies, the WannaCry ransomware attacks, and the impact cryptocurrency ownership of a deceased person can have on their heirs' inheritance.

Lanxon has been covering the technology for more than 12 years and has written for publications such as Wired,, Ars Technica and GQ. He has been a regular technology commentator on British television for outlets such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News, and was a one-time guest judge on a technology-focused episode of the BBC's The Apprentice.

Cedrik Neike


Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Cedrik Neike was appointed to the Managing Board of Siemens AG in April 2017. In addition, Neike became CEO of the Operating Company Smart Infrastructure as of April 1, 2019 and assumed responsibility for Siemens India Ltd. In his former position he was responsible for the Energy Management Division and the Region Asia/Australia. Neike holds an MBA at the INSEAD Business School as well as a Bachelor (Honors) in Engineering and Business Finance. He started his career at Siemens as a Product Line Manager for Wireless Internet. In 2001 he joined Cisco Systems for several global management positions returning to Siemens in 2017.

Eric Peyrucain

VP Connectivity


As a connectivity leader, Eric is responsible for driving Airbus' aircraft connectivity efforts. Today, he specialises in developing innovation-driven connected digital solutions for Airbus aircraft. In his 25 years at Airbus, Eric has held a variety of project management positions in the areas of design, development and navigation systems certification. Specifically, he has managed projects across the full Airbus aircraft portfolio, from A300 to A350, as well as Airbus military aircraft, A400M and MRTT. In addition, Eric was instrumental in designing, sourcing and developing the navigation suite for the A350 XWB. During his tenure within Airbus strategy, Eric worked closely on long-term concepts relating to the fields of energy supply and connectivity, all of which have directly impacted the orientation of Airbus R&T activities.

Prof. Dr. Marianne Reeb

Futurologist and Manager of Society and Mobility Pioneering

Mercedes-Benz AG

Marianne Reeb is a Futurist, working for Daimler for over 20 years now. Her PhD on Future Lifestyles gave her entrance to the Research Group Society and Technology in the late 90ies. Today she and her diverse team are focusing on the future of urban mobility and smart regions, but always with a perspective on citizens and humans living there. With the same understanding they are thinking about Artificial Intelligence, Robots and future interaction of humans with intelligent machines. Marianne is convinced that people will welcome autonomous machines but still want to stay in control. Her main goal is to inspire people inside and outside of Daimler to build desirable futures. Besides her job at Daimler she spends her time as a Professor for Future Studies at the University of applied Sciences at Potsdam, department Architecture and urban Design. She lives and works at Stuttgart and Berlin.
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