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13 Dec, 2016

Future of Smart Cities debate

Helsinki - Helsinki, Finland

On Dec 13, Nokia hosted an online future of smart cities debate with leading experts Léan Doody from Arup, Julian David from TechUK, Jeremy Green from Machina Research, and Thorsten Robrecht from Nokia.

During the online panel debate we will explore what makes a city ‘smart’, looking at three key pillars:

  • Business – Trade agreements, governance and innovation
  • Wellbeing – Engagement, privacy issues and public safety
  • Technology – Digital infrastructure solutions and borderless data



Julian David, CEO, techUK

Julian David is the CEO of techUK. He was appointed as the director general of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013.

Julian leads techUKs 60 strong team in representing more than 900 member companies, including multi-nationals and more than 500 SMEs to ensure that the digital tech industry is at the heart of a modern society and economy in Britain.

Julian is also the Vice President of the National Trade Associations at Digital Europe the association for digital technology companies in Europe and represents techUK at WITSA the World IT and Services Association. He is a trustee of the Tech Partnership which works to promote careers and skill development in the ICT Industry.

Julian has spent over 30 years in the technology industry mostly working for IBM in various roles including Vice President for Small and Medium Business in UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Africa and then for five years as Vice President for Public Sector in UK, Ireland and South Africa.

After leaving IBM Julian worked as a consultant with companies large and small in the technology industry and then focused on helping SMEs establish successful operations in the UK primarily in the areas of local government and health.

Outside work Julian is a governor at a girl's school in London and a member of the Arts Panel at WCIT.


Léan Doody

Léan Doody, Associate Director, Arup

Léan Doody leads Arup's consulting work on smart cities. Her clients include city and national governments, industrial and urban developments. Recent project work includes strategy and policy work for the British and Danish governments, London, Sydney, Canberra, as well as master planning projects in Dubai and Qatar. She was a member of the advisory board for the British Standards Institute key smart cities standards. She represents Arup at the UK Government Ministerial Smart Cities Taskforce, the Smart London Board, and the Smart Birmingham Commission.

Her publications include Information Marketplaces: The New Economics of Cities, Designing with Data for the RIBA, Smart Citizens for FutureEverything and Smart City Market Opportunities for the UK Department for Business.

Her primary degree is in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin. In 2002, she completed a Masters' degree in Urban Policy and Design at the London School of Economics.


Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green, Principal Analyst, Machina Research

Jeremy has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years, most recently at the analyst company Ovum, from 1999-2014. Prior to this he worked as Head of Market Planning at the mobile satellite services company ICO, heading a team responsible for market research, forecasting, and competitor analysis. Here he ran several huge multi-country market research projects which interfaced with complex trade-off and price elasticity models. Jeremy also represented ICO within the GSM Association, where he was instrumental in establishing the Satellite Interest Group (SATIG). Before joining ICO he worked at KPMG and BIS.

He has an independent blog which covers, among other things, the use of ICT to help make transport more sustainable at He regularly appears in the press, radio and TV as an expert industry commentator and has been a judge for the GSMA’s annual mobile awards.

In 2009 he was seconded to the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission to work on a project on sustainable transport, including input to the Commission’s high profile report Smarter Moves: How Information Communications Technology can promote Sustainable Mobility. He has authored reports on the future of the telecoms industry and on operators’ strategies for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Jeremy’s client includes ZTE, Vodafone, Telstra, Cisco, Ericsson, Amdocs and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Jeremy has a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Manchester. He has worked in the telecommunications industry, in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, since 1987, specialising in wireless since 1990.


Thorsten Robrecht

Thorsten Robrecht, Head of Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions, Mobile Networks, Nokia

With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Thorsten has established himself as a passionate leader, focused on generating growth by leveraging new technologies and market disruptions. In his current role, he’s responsible for Nokia’s Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions business – a pivotal component of the company’s Mobile Networks Business Group.

Previously, while leading the company’s Partner Business Unit and Mobile Broadband Portfolio & Product Management, he played a key role in several new business incubations, optimizing and growing Nokia’s global product portfolio, including through major mergers, divestments and acquisitions.

A key highlight of this period was Nokia’s entry into the nascent LTE market – in which the company has achieved a leading position. Thorsten was a co-founder of the LTE industry alliance: LSTI. Before joining Nokia, Thorsten worked in various leadership positions across a variety of technology-centric organizations.

Since 2015 Thorsten has been a member of the TD-Tech Board of Directors.


We at Nokia are passionate about smart cities and our smart city concept allows the best use of urban data to expand the human possibility for economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability and general liveability, meeting the needs of present and future generations.