ICN Summit 2014


Herbert Dreiseitl, Director of the Liveable Cities Labs, Rambøll

Herbert Dreiseitl is an urban designer, landscape architect, water artist, interdisciplinary planner and professor in praxis.

A hallmark of his work is the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics, encouraging people to take care and ownership for places.

He has realized groundbreaking contemporary designs in the fields of urban design, urban hydrology, water art, stormwater management, planning and landscape architecture.

He lectures worldwide and has authored many publications including three editions of Recent Waterscapes, Planning, Building and Designing with Water.

Dimitri Zenghelis, Senior visiting fellow, The Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE)

Dimitri Zenghelis is an associate fellow at Chatham House and is also a senior economic advisor to Cisco's long term innovation group. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was a senior economist working with Lord Stern on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown.

Before working on climate change, Dimitri was head of economic forecasting and european monetary union analysis at HM Treasury, providing regular briefings to the Chancellor and Prime Minister.

He has also worked at Oxford Economic Forecasting, the Institute of International Finance, Washington DC and Tokai Bank Europe, London.

Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO, Copenhagenize Design Company

Mikael Colville-Andersen is a leading, global voice in urban planning and urban design.

As CEO for Copenhagenize Design Company, he focuses on re-establishing the bicycle as transport on the urban landscape in cities around the world. He regards the bicycle as the most important tool in our urban toolbox for rebuilding our liveable cities.

Colville-Andersen speaks around the world about how using design and basic design principles, as well as human observation, is the key to modernising our cities and replacing a century of destructive traffic engineering. If we are to create truly Life-Sized Cities, we need to design them for people. All too often we look to technological solutions simply because we have the technology. Technology should serve rationality, not dictate it.

Few people have done more to promote urban cycling. What started with the now-famous ”Photo That Launched a Million Bicycles” on Copenhagen Cycle Chic (copenhagencyclechic.com) that kickstarted the global bicycle boom, led to the renowned bicycle urbanism blog Copenhagenize.com. Colville-Andersen has coined a number of expressions to describe this modern bicycle boom, including; Cycle Chic, Copenhagenize, Bicycle Urbanism and Citizen Cyclist.

Copenhagenize Design Co. advise cities and governments about how to gear up for Bicycle Culture 2.0 and take the bicycle seriously as transport once again.


Greg Clark
, Global Advisor on City Development and Investment

Greg Clark is an advisor, advocate, and mentor on city and regional development and reform.

He works with public and private leadership in global cities, global firms, global organisations, and at global events. Greg Clark is trained as an Economist, Social and Political Scientist, City & Regional Planner at Cambridge University, UK, Columbia University, NYC, and London School of Economics.

He is a Harkness Fellow and author of ten books and numerous reports and papers on cities and business development issues. Greg Clark is currently moderator of the World Mayors Forum, The Moscow Urban Forum, The EU Mayors Think Tank,

The Asia Pacific Cities Summit, and The World Bank City Leadership Initiative. He was previously Chairman of British BIDs (2010 to 2014), a Commissioner on the West End Commission (2012-2013) and Member of the Promote London Council (2009/2011). From 2008 to 2014 he was chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Sao Paulo Strategic Plan and International Advisor on the Metropolitan Strategic Plans of Barcelona, Gauteng/Johannesburg,

Turin, Western Cape/Metro Cape Town, and Auckland. He has led 28 Reviews of City and Region development for the OECD.


Anders Eldrup, Chairman, Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster

Anders Eldrup is currently engaged in developing new businesses focusing on clean economy.

From 2001 to 2010 Anders Eldrup was CEO of the leading Danish energy company DONG Energy, positioned in the entire value chain; E&P, Generation, Distribution and Energy Markets.

Anders Eldrup is an expert in clean and renewable energy. He has repeatedly urged politicians participating in international climate negotiations to adopt ambitious and long-term CO2 emissions reduction goals, in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Eldrup emphasizes that ambitious CO2 emissions reduction goals will speed up the global development of renewable energy even more. At the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference Eldrup was chosen to speak at the COP15 as the representative of the international business community. His key message was that an ambitious, predictable and transparent climate agreement would constitute a framework that could facilitate the business community’s necessary investments in low carbon energy technologies.

Anders Eldrup holds a MSc in Political Science from the University of Aarhus and has graduated INSEAD’s Executive Management Program

Dr, Savvas Verdis, Siemens/LSE

Dr Savvas Verdis is an urban infrastructure economist at Siemens and a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. He consults city and national governments on urban development strategies and the evaluation of infrastructure projects. His most recent consultation includes an infrastructure feasibility study in the Amsterdam metropolitan area on behalf of the Dutch Government. He recently led the research focus of the 2013 Urban Age conference in Rio de Janeiro on mega projects. He received a PhD from Cambridge University in 2007.

Meet Savvas Verdis in the Liveable track

Rasmus Blom, Director of Grundfos Connect

Rasmus Blom is Director of Grundfos Connect, a new business area in Grundfos with the overall responsibility of defining the digital products and services strategy and developing a business platform for innovating and launching digital products, information services and connected solutions. Utilizing applications on smart mobile devices, ubiquitous connectivity, M2M communication and the evolution of Internet of Things (IoT) focusing on Water and Energy.

He is a Steering Committee member of the “Internet of Things World Forum” and in the Steering group of the “IOT-Forum”. He was speaker at IOT week in Helsinki in JUN 2013 and on the 2nd annual EU-US dialogue workshop, on ”Business model innovation in a Global Manufacturing Industry Sector”, Princeton University, 08 JUN 2012. Keynote speaker at EU Future Internet Enterprise Systems (FInES) Workshop Co-located with the Future Internet Assembly on ”Into the Wise Space - opportunities and challenges from a European industry perspective”, Aalborg University, 09 MAY 2012.

Rasmus holds a MSc from University of Copenhagen.

Meet Rasmus Blom in the Water Management track

Ben Lynch, Manager of technical services, Public Sector, Carbon Trust

Ben Lynch is the Manager of technical services to the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector customers and leads on all technical aspects of our decentralised energy project portfolio. 

He has developed a number of bespoke services that aim to address the market failure to implement carbon savings in the UK public sector. This work has included the management of collaborative implementation programmes through regional bodies across the UK and the project management of a number of complex carbon reduction projects through the core cities programme. 

Ben has considerable experience in the commissioning, delivery and management of decentralised energy projects including energy masterplanning, district heating, techno-economic modelling of new schemes and post-project evaluation and optimisation.   

Meet Ben Lynch in the Designing Energy Infrastructure track.

Mikkel Thomassen, phd and co-founding partner of Smith Innovation

With a theoretical background in economics and organisation, the main interest of Mikkel Thomassen is to foster long-term innovation between firms and professions.  The construction and utility industry has been in the core of his research and consultancy for the last 20 years.

In particular, Mikkel’s focus has been on how it is made possible to create “buttom-up” innovation and allow for new perspectives in highly institutionalised industries.

He has an extensive overview of innovation agendas in the built environment seen from a political as well as a commercial point of view. He believes that a cross-disciplinary approach is the key to success whether enabling firms to develop new services or providing policy recommendations for governmental institutions.

In recent years Mikkel Thomassen has been Head of Secretary for several initiatives aiming at developing new products and services within water management and climate adaptation."

Meet Mikkel Thomassen at the Water Management track.

Andreas Leo, Corporate Communications Manager, moovel GmbH

Andreas Leo is a Corporate Communications Manager of Daimler’s subsidiary moovel GmbH (former Daimler Mobility Services GmbH).

With the car2go brand, DMS is the world’s leading provider of flexible carsharing programs with more than 10,500 cars in 26 cities in 7 countries and more than 700,000 customers. With the moovel brand, the company offers an intuitive smartphone app that enables customers to compare various mobility options on the basis of several parameters, and then choose the best options for traveling from Point A to Point B.

Before being with car2go in 2008, Andreas started his career as urban planner for the ministry of the environment in Brandenburg/Germany, in an architecture office in Berlin and as a freelance consultant. He worked also for a PR company in Cologne. Andreas Leo is working with urban mobility concepts since his studies of Geography and Sociology in Berlin.

Meet Andreas Leo at the Optimizing Urban Mobility track.

Daniel Kofler, CEO BikeCityGuide Apps GmbH

Daniel Kofler studied Physics and Environmental Systems Sciences. He worked as a teamleader, also responsible for PR, at Johanniter Unfall Hilfe e.V. in Germany for 5 years and as a bike messenger in Graz for 3 years.

He became chairman of the sport and event club “Styrian Sprint Shop” and coordinated the Austrian bike messenger championship 2010. His bike passion resulted in the foundation of BikeCityGuide Apps GmbH with Andreas Stückl and Dietmar Hofer in 2011.

The startup company is developing apps and providing wider concepts for promoting cycling in urban areas. BikeCityGuide is already in more than 40 cities.

Meet Daniel Kofler in the Optimizing Urban Mobility track.

Lene Lange, Director of Research, Aalborg University

Lene Lange is Director of Research at Aalborg University. Concurrently, she is Professor in Biotechnology at Aalborg University as well as Campus Director for Aalborg University Copenhagen.

Ms. Lange has reached research director level positions in both industry and academia and have hereby acquired extensive experience from all parts of the knowledge-value-chain: research, technology, development, innovation and commercialization.

Her professional career includes experience and career positions in both private and public research institutes. After a post doc position she was employed as scientist in DANIDA Research Institute (1978-86). The major part of her career, 1987-2007, took place in the private biotech industry (Novo, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes A/S) finishing in a top research career position (Director of Research, in Molecular Biotechnology) within Novozymes R&D.

Meet Lene Lange at the Waste as a Resource track.

Louis Becker, Principal and Partner at Henning Larsen Architects


Louis Becker has been part of the management team since 1998 and is responsible for the company's activities on the global market. He has been one of the driving forces behind a number of large Danish and international projects - from significant building icons to complex masterplans. In addition, he has been project manager for numerous projects in Denmark, Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, the US, China, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2008, Louis was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design at Aalborg University. In 2011, he was awarded the Eckersberg Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as a special recognition of his extraordinary contribution in putting Danish architecture on the world map.

Anders Dyrelund, Market Manager Energy, Rambøll

Anders Dyrelund has been working with planning of urban energy solutions in Denmark and in more than 20 other countries.
Anders has participated in the planning of cost effective and intelligent energy infrastructure in order to meet the need for energy services. He is a District Heating and Energy Planning Specialist. Anders has also been working for Danish Energy Agency.

Ramboll Energy is engaged in planning and design of many urban energy solutions, taking into account the life cycle costs for the society as well as environmental and social benefits.

Meet Anders Dyrelund in the Designing Energy Infrastructure track.

Peter B. Lange, Executive IT-Architect within Smarter Cities, IBM 

Peter B. Lange is Executive IT-Architect within Smarter Cities.

He has a long international career within Smarter Cities, Big Data and e-Government. He is a member of IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge program that contributes the skills and expertise of IBM's top talent to address critical challenges facing cities around the world.

Meet Peter B. Lange in the Big Data track.

Vinay Venkatraman, Founder and CEO of Leapcraft

Vinay Venkatraman a design driven innovation consultancy based in Denmark. Prior to this Vinay co-founded CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design) in 2006.  Vinay helps shape the strategy and content for numerous initiatives through consulting, teaching and research lead initiatives.  He is trained as a product & interaction designer in India and Italy. His cross disciplinary approach to design has in the past have spanned design of consumer products, software and film visual effects.
He currently spends his time between creating new education curriculums, shaping policy initiatives for the Danish government and consulting large global companies on innovation around new product experiences and design strategy. He has helped shape product strategy for companies like Nokia, Intel, Novo Nordisk, Maersk line, Lufthansa Technik, Philips lighting etc.  His passion lies in incubating new technology ideas,  finding new models of sustainable socio-economic development using appropriate technologies.
As part of his academic interests, he has taught courses at the Copenhagen Business School, IUAV University in Venice and the IT university in Copenhagen. His current interests include tangible user interfaces, service design and finding new models of sustainable economic development using emerging technologies. As part of this Vinay has initiated a global research track for emerging economies called Frugal Digital (http://frugaldigital.org) to help empower small business using innovation based on simple and inexpensive technologies.
in 2013 Vinay has also initiated the Big Data Visualization academy in collaboration with Danish Design Center to create new skills and build awareness of how big data can be utilized with design thinking and innovation strategy.  
Vinay’s work has been exhibited during the Salone del Mobile (International Furniture Fair) in Milan, written about in leading design magazines like Wallpaper, Wired, Wall street journal, Domus etc and various popular blogs.  Vinay routinely travels and lectures world wide in platforms like TED on innovation, user centered methods and design for social change. Recently he was the recipient of an award from the Danish Design Council and has served on numerous jury panels for design awards etc.

Meet Vinay Venkatraman in the Optimizing Urban Mobility track.

Chris Zevenbergen, Strategic advisor of the Executive Board of the Dura Vermeer Group NV

Chris Zevenbergen is Strategic Advisor of the Executive Board of the Dura Vermeer Group NV and Member of the Board of the Public Private Innovation Platform Clean Tech Delta (CTD), The Netherlands. Chris Zevenbergen is professor at the Water Engineering Department of UNESCO-IHE and at TuDelft, The Netherlands.

He chairs the Flood Resilience Chair Group of UNESCO-IHE. He worked as a researcher on various environmental issues related to the building industry, such as environmental impact assessments, product development, emission modeling, testing procedures, building codes and guidelines in the 1980s followed by 20 years international research and consultancy in environmental engineering and water management of urban systems.

In the past 15 years he has accumulated extensive national and international experience with integrated approaches to manage floods in urban environments.

Søren Smidt-Jensen
, Head of CITIES programme, Danish Architecture Centre (DAC)

Søren Smidt-Jensen leads the CITIES programme at the Danish Architecture Centre. Currently he leads the Strategic Urban Governance Leadership Programme for executives from Danish municipalities as well as the DK2050 scenario project which involves 10 cities, 3 regions and 4 ministries. He is an advisor to the International Federation for Housing & Planning (IFHP) and to the Nordic City Network (NCN).

In 2014 Søren was selected as a  World Cities Summit Young Leader by the Ministry of National Development in Singapore. Before joining DAC in 2011, he worked for the University of Copenhagen and Realdania. Søren holds a PhD in strategic urban development from the University of Copenhagen.

Meet Søren Smidt-Jensen in the Liveable City track.

Kim Ernst, Director of Copenhagen Cleantech Park

Kim Ernst is former Vice President, DONG Energy Renewables, with more than 35 years of experience in the power sector industry, designing all kind of thermal power plants in Denmark, from 10- to 640 MW capacity, based on oil, coal, gas and straw. Head of Danish Power Consult, with a.o. World Bank clients in: "Fare East, Africa, Central-/Eastern Europe and the Baltic Countries.

Heavily involved in creating and developing the DONG Energy Wind, Off-Shore Wind project portfolio platform, at precent being world market leader in the industry.