2 more speakers confirmed for SMART Cities Cardiff

smart-cardiff-bannerWe are pleased to confirm that Professor Calvin Jones from Cardiff University and Rhodri Thomas from Cynnal Cymru will be joining the line up at SMART Cities Cardiff on the 2nd Feb.

Calvin Jones is Professor of Economics and Director of Public Value Delivery at Cardiff Business School. He has over 25 years experience of analysing the Welsh Economy and has published extensively on sustainable regional development, and on the economics of energy, and on the economic impact of tourism and sports events. He is a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Working Group on Sustainable Tourism, and a failed novelist and rock star.

Rhodri joined Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales in September 2008.

He has a BSc. (Hons.) in Environmental Biology, an MSc. in Environmental Management and a PGCE in Adult Education & Training. Previously, he has worked for Forum for the Future where he was a Senior Sustainability Advisor with public sector clients, for Environment Agency Wales where he supported the executive on public relations and managed the Pride In Our Communities anti-flytipping project in the south west, and The University of Glamorgan where he was a lecturer and researcher in life sciences anevelopment. For thirteen years he worked freelance in the performing arts as an actor, writer and producer. He worked extensively on radio, theatre, film and TV.

For Cynnal Cymru he has developed the Emergence initiative – our work with the arts sector, and Strong Roots – our support for community and town councils. He is currently co-ordinating and developing our professional development  and consultancy service, specialising in developing the sustainability skills of managers and the integrated reporting approach of organisations. He also manages external partnerships, develops new projects, writes case studies and conducts research.

Our current speaker line up is:cardiff-info

  • Pat Laughlin – UK Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Dr Crispin Cooper – Sustainable Places Research Institute
  • Koshi Noguchi – Toshiba
  • Alan Hendry – Jacobs
  • Shelia Davies – Cardiff Capital Region City Deal
  • Brian Mcguigan – Silver Springs Network
  • Professor Calvin Jones – Cardiff University
  • Rhodri Thomas – Cynnal Cymru

The concept of the Smart City is well known and is used to describe many initiatives and projects. Population growth and resource constraints mean that cities are being driven to provide services in a smarter and more integrated manner that deliver low carbon adaptive solutions.

Following our successful events across the UK during 2016 this event will explore what Smart means now in Cardiff and the emerging themes for
policymakers of Smart People need Smart Places: infrastructure and technologies integration; exploiting the economic potential of Smart; financing change and the value of new public-private partnerships/collaborations.


UK BCSD members can attend for FREE
Cynnal Cymru members receive 10% off
Contact us for discount promo codes.

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Victoria Kinally is a researcher for the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development and Midlands Environmental Business Company.

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