At CIMCON Lighting, we’re focused on shaping the future of smart cities by helping them become smarter, safer and more sustainable by providing solutions that maximize their street light infrastructure to both provide “smart lighting” and to create a “street pole economy” that will help monetize assets located on or near the street light pole. Our twenty-five plus years of innovation and experience in industrial automation and outdoor wireless applications have been the driver in our creation of our industry leading smart lighting controls and the first of its kind “NearSky” smart city platform.
Our ingenuity and drive have helped over 150 cities ranging from small municipalities to large metropolitan areas in 24 countries move forward on their smart city journey. Our easy-to-use smart lighting controls and NearSky platform are fixture, network and device agnostic and can satisfy the unique needs of any city. The NearSky smart city platform provides superior data collection and analysis that lets a city gather, visualize and act on data at the street level to increase the efficiency of city operations, improve the quality of life for city residents and visitors, and stimulate economic activity.
Our team includes a wide range of professionals with many years’ experience working with cities and utilities in designing and implementing smart city solutions. We understand the challenges that city leaders face and are here to assist from project design through implementation and providing managed services to give our customers the peace of mind that they need to know that they are investing wisely in their smart city.
Anil Agrawal is the CEO of CIMCON Lighting, Inc. and has more than twenty-five years of experience in corporate management, sales and marketing, product development and entrepreneurial leadership. In 1988, he founded CIMCON Software and successfully led the company through years of continuous growth and positioned it as a multi-faceted company with global customer base and offices in USA, UK and India.
Anil has pioneered the concept of "Just In Time Lighting" using an industrial strength Internet Of Lights (IoT) platform that solves the problem of high energy wastage caused by inefficient and unnecessary use of lights. He holds several US Patents on wireless controls of street lights and has several publications on advanced control systems.
Anil received his Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
Bob Flaherty leads CIMCON’s Managed Services and Customer Success teams and brings over 20 years of experience in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Managed Services and IT Service Management. Previously, Bob led the definition and development of innovative SaaS portfolio and go-to-market business models for companies including Schneider Electric, CA Technologies and InteQ. At InteQ, a pioneer in IT managed services and SaaS, he was responsible for Service Strategy, Product Management and Sales of InteQ’s Managed Services portfolio managing IT infrastructure in over 90 countries. He has also developed several strategic partnerships that helped shape the MSP marketplace.
Sudhanshu leads CIMCON’s Global Engineering and Operations team and brings 23+ years of rich experience and leadership in Product Engineering, R & D, Product Strategy & Roadmaps, Planning, Operations, Execution, Consulting, Innovation, End to End Global product delivery from Design to Volume manufacturing, Client Management, New Technology Practices and Creation of New Centre of Excellence, Building high performance teams etc.
He has been associated with CIMCON since last 15 years and has been instrumental in the every firsts for the organization. He has been involved in the CIMCON’s Lighting and Smart City suit of products from early concept stage to the volume deliveries across the globe. Prior to joining CIMCON, Sudhanshu worked for Windowmaker Software which is into development of Enterprise software suit for the complete automation of the manufacturing industries.
Sudhanshu holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surat, India.
Clarence leads CIMCON’s smart city practice as well as strategic academic and industry collaborations. Clarence comes from a deep background of innovation leadership. Prior to joining CIMCON, Clarence led teams at Pfizer, Theta Ventures, and McKinsey & Co. Most recently, Clarence was founder / CEO of Adeo Health Science (acquired by Stallergenes-Greer in May 2019). Clarence has been named TiE Entrepreneur of the year, Top 100 Most Influential People in Food, Winner of Boston’s HubWeek, and Gold Winner at MassChallenge.
Clarence teaches his case, “Adeo Health Science: Turning a Product into Brand” at Harvard Business School as well as BU. He regularly mentors at Harvard’s iLab, and is an advisory board member to more than 5 companies in Boston. He has an end to end commitment to market leadership and experience leading companies through all different phases of growth.
Clarence received his combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Brandeis University and his M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Kin is the Vice President of Finance at CIMCON and has over 20 years of P&L and management experience across diverse industries. Prior to CIMCON, Kin was VP of Finance at Sensata Technologies, where he was the finance partner for the Sensing Solutions business that had a global manufacturing and trading footprint. At Sensata, he also managed the finance integration of a major acquisition, streamlining financial reporting and consolidating manufacturing operations.
Prior to Sensata, Kin spent 12 years in Asia, where he first worked for National Starch & Chemicals to start up a greenfield facility in Shanghai, China and subsequently took on an Asia Pacific leadership role. He then worked for Tyco International as Asia Pacific Finance Director and supported Tyco’s manufacturing and trading operations throughout the region. His last role in Asia was the CFO of a Tyco joint venture in China in the fire installation and services space.
Kin holds his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
Jim leads CIMCON’s Utility Business Segment for North America. He is responsible for the development and ongoing management of our go to market strategy to unlock Smart Lighting & Smart City value for our Utility customers and related channel partners.
Jim comes to CIMCON as a proven business development leader with the unique combination of experience gained by mastering best practices and thriving in best run organizations (e.g. SAP & PTC) while also having the high energy and roll your sleeves up tenacity required to lead the growth in an early-mid stage business (e.g. FirstFuel, Tendril & Adexa). Prior to joining CIMCON, Jim lead business development efforts and the go to market strategy at FirstFuel which was recently acquired by Uplight.
With over 20 years of experience leading winning business development teams and delivering top quartile performance, Jim has a passion for unlocking meaningful business value while building trusted advisor relationships across the Energy & Utility Segment. Equally, Jim has a passion to help Public and Investor Owned organizations do more with less resulting in optimal financial outcomes while also driving a positive impact on our society & environment.
Outside of work, Jim enjoys time with family, playing golf and other outdoor activities. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Michigan State University.
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Since arriving to Silicon Valley in 1983 Gordon has advised executives leading some of California’s outstanding companies, including Apple, Bechtel, HP, and Lockheed. As the founder of Meeting of the Minds, he’s worked to bring together leaders committed to urban sustainability and technology innovation in ways that produce knowledge sharing as a key basis for lasting alliances. Meeting of the Minds has become the leading non-profit focused on cities partnered with the private sector and NGOs – all in pursuit of an urban future that is smarter, more equitable, and sustainable.
One method for achieving this has been to build a network of partnerships with leading corporates (AT&T; Black & Veatch; Deloitte, Cubic; Toyota; Ford Motor; VolvoREF; Microsoft; PNC Bank; Dassault Systèmes; Wells Fargo; Itron); foundations (Barr; Lincoln Inst.), and many others (UC Davis; National League of Cities; Smithsonian, Case Western; etc.). Since it was established in 2000 as a World Bank spin-off, Meeting of the Minds has become a unique international organization.
Meeting of the Minds provides a global leadership network (26,000 from more than 50 countries) with rich and original content via monthly webinars, MeetUps, conferences, reports, print magazines, and daily guest-blogs from city-focused innovators. In his role as a consultant, Gordon advises senior executives focused on making investments in energy, transport, and urban technologies to build towards positive urban futures.
Gordon serves on four corporate boards (including startups) and on four non-profit boards. Additionally, he serves on one Federal board established by the US Congress to advise the Secretary of Energy. Gordon served in the Cisco Systems HQ executive office as Director of Urban Innovation. After retiring in late 2016 he served as Cisco’s consultant focused on the Internet of Things.
Bob Bennett is the founder of B2 Civic Solutions, a smart city consulting group that bridges gaps between local governments and private sector companies and ensures that citizen demands are at the center of such collaborations. Prior to founding B2 Civic Solutions, Bob was the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. In that role, he led Kansas City’s Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects designed to create a 21st Century Cityscape for 21st Century Citizens. He developed plans to extend Smart City infrastructure from a 2.2-mile connected corridor to the remainder of the city. Kansas City’s initiatives earned the city an Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017, and Bob was named one of GovTech’s 25 Dreamers, Doers and Drivers in 2018. Before joining the City of Kansas City, Bob had a 25-year career in the US Army.
Nicola is a Mastercard senior executive focused at the intersection between digital infrastructure, economic development, and sustainability. A corporate entrepreneur at heart, Nicola brings together foresight, innovation, strategy, and execution to help leading public sector organizations across the world achieve their policy objectives. Nicola is in charge of the government industry’s vertical strategy and go to markets initiatives at Mastercard, with a specific focus on government infrastructures, sustainable tourism, economic development, public finance management, and citizen welfare.
Prior to that, Nicola worked at Vice President and Executive Partner at IBM’s Global Business Services unit. In his role, Nicola collaborated with leading government agencies to develop digital platform programs. Strongly focused on urban innovation, he co-developed innovative strategies and solutions in artificial intelligence, internet of things, and big data spaces to solve some of the key challenges public sector organizations face. He also led the internet of things business in Europe, across all industries.
Prior to joining IBM, Nicola worked for Cisco Systems for almost 20 years where he led e-commerce programs in the 90’s, he incubated the global digital consulting unit, he set up Cisco’s first steps in the smart cities market and helped created a $1.2B business in this space. Nicola worked as a member of Cisco China’s board for a few years as well as led the company’s data & analytics services group at global level. In his final role at Cisco he partnered with the Chairman & CEO to develop multi-year digital partnership programs with the French, UK, German, and Italian prime ministers.
Nicola is a Board member of the Internet of Things Global Solutions Forum in Barcelona, an Executive Member of the Board at the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urbanization program, a co-founder with the City of
Barcelona of The City Protocol Society and of Metropolis’ “Partnership for Urban Innovation” commission
Scotty Hutto currently serves as Vice President, Utility Smart Lighting for Solais Lighting Group where he is responsible for expanding the use of smart lighting and smart city technologies at utilities. Prior to joining Solais, Scotty was Strategy Manager for Georgia Power’s Products Services Group where he set the strategic direction and guided implementation of new business lines for Georgia Power's Lighting Services, Smart Services, Energy Services, and Utility Services businesses. Georgia Power owns, operates, and maintains over 900,000 street and area lights, including over 400,000 LED fixtures and 300,000 networked lighting controls. Additionally, Mr. Hutto led the startup of Georgia Power’s SiteView “Surveillance as a Service” program and Smart Cities efforts and has been heavily involved in telecommunications colocation efforts. Mr. Hutto has over 35 years in lighting and energy-related experience, including extensive experience in street and area lighting, networked lighting controls, outdoor surveillance, smart cities, colocation, and energy services contracts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Mr. Hutto holds Professional Engineering licenses in 4 states and holds both Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor designations. He is a member of the Illumination Engineering Society, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), & American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Scotty currently serves as Chair of the Illumination Engineering Society’s Street & Area Lighting Committee.
Dr. Makarand “Chips” Chipalkatti was till recently Senior Director, Solid State Lighting (SSL), and Emerging Market Initiatives for OSRAM in North America. Since March 2010 his primary focus was on executing innovation, and as a LED lighting evangelist for OSRAM. His early work included research on advanced materials and organic light sources (OLEDs). Chips transitioned from technology development to commercial launch of the technology in 2000, when he led the start-up of OSRAM’s LED lighting business in the Americas. Since 2005, Dr. Chips led the Strategic Innovation Management function for OSRAM Americas. Dr. Chips is recognized as one of the pioneers in LED lighting and as an industry leader and advisor with various trade, non-governmental and governmental agencies on lighting and energy policy. Recently, Dr. Chips established an executive consulting practice focusing on industry transformation, innovation, and entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the commercialization of innovation in the new lighting ecosystem. He serves globally as an industry consultant for product, service, and market strategy targeting technology-intensive verticals mainly focusing on energy and environmental efficiency. His clients range from early seed stage companies seeking scale, to large global companies launching new businesses. He continues to play a role as a mentor for early-stage companies and students of entrepreneurship and innovation. Chips received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Eng. from Univ. of Massachusetts and a B.Tech Chem. Eng. from IIT Bombay.