May 6, 2020 - In the era of coronavirus, there is only one thing we can be certain about: uncertainty. At CIMCON, our job is to help cities become smarter and more future proof, and that means helping them through even the most unpredictable of events. So Anil (CIMCON's founder and CEO) and I sat down with some of our advisors to discuss the impacts cities will face in the wake of coronavirus as well as a few things they can do now to recover as quickly as possible.
You can listen to our conversation anywhere you get your podcasts including Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic or right here in this blog post ⬇️
During this special edition of our City Innovators Series, we talk about how Corona Virus is changing the way cities do business. We (virtually) brought together an expert panel to discuss how municipal economies are effected by the outbreak, how data and connectivity are vital to resiliency and we talk about what cities should be doing now in order to recover from the crisis as quickly as possible.
Gordon Feller - Founder, Meeting of the Minds
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 private sector and NGOs – all in pursuit of an urban future which is smarter, more equitable, and sustainable.
Nicola Villa - Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth and Global Leadership, Mastercard
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.
Anil Agrawal - CEO, CIMCON Lighting
Anil 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.
If you like what you heard during this conversation you will love the conversations we've had with Nic, Gordon and Anil in the past:- Hear more from Gordon on Private-Public Partnerships for smart cities