Michael Flowers, Analytics Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, City of New York
Emer Coleman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Disruption, Ltd.
Anthony Townsend, Author, Smart Cities
Emer Coleman is the Founder of Disruption Ltd. Emer has a wealth of experience spanning technology, open data, social media, communications and engagement and organizational change.
Emer has worked extensively with local, regional and central government variously as Director of Strategy, Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Digital Projects (City Hall London). She is the architect of the London Datastore.
Before becoming the founder of Disruption Ltd she was Deputy Director of Digital Engagement, Government Digital Service (Cabinet Office) described by Tim O’Reilly as “one of the best teams working in digital government in the world”. She is also part of Placr a start up that is powering change and innovation in transport.
Emer has a wide network of associates and contacts in the technology, open data, social media and social brand sphere from where she can assemble bespoke teams to work for interested clients.
Michael P. Flowers is Director of the Mayor's Financial Crime Task Force of the City of New York. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Mr. Flowers was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the 110th and 111th Congress, where he led bipartisan investigations into off-shore tax haven abuses; failures in the mortgage-backed securitization market by U.S. investment and commercial banks and government agencies; and deceptive financial transactions by the North Korean government. From March 2005 to December 2006, Mr. Flowers was Deputy Director of DOJ’s Regime Crimes Liaison's Office in Baghdad, Iraq, supporting the investigations and trials of Saddam Hussein and other high-ranking members of his regime. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Flowers was with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C., representing clients in investigations and regulatory actions brought by various regulatory agencies. After a clerkship in federal District Court in Philadelphia, Mr. Flowers began his career in criminal justice at the New York County District Attorney's Office in 1999. Mr. Flowers is a magna cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta, and has been in post since June 2011. Under his leadership Nesta has moved out of the public sector to become a charity (in 2012), launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research, and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with other funders in the UK and internationally.
Dr. Anthony Townsend serves as research director in the Technology Horizons Program for the Silicon Valley-based Institute for the Future, and independent research organization. His research focuses on the impact of new technology on cities, infrastructure and public institutions and the role of technology in economic development. Recent forecasts he has developed have addressed smart cities and Internet of Things, big data and inclusive urban development, a national innovation strategy framework for a major emerging economy, cloud computing and the restructuring of a major state court administrative agency, and the evolving role of science and technology parks in economic development.
Anthony is Senior Research Fellow at New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management where he is investigating the impacts of mobile information services and communications on travel behavior and long-term shifts in mobility demands in megacities. Anthony's return to NYU resumes his earlier collaboration with the Taub Urban Research Center, where from 2000-2005 he directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation on urban technology and the Department of Homeland Security on crisis communications.
Anthony is actively involved in policymaking and economic development organizations around the world. In 2004 he was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the Seoul Development Institute in South Korea, studying the social impacts of broadband on the Seoul metropolitan region. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement that promotes the use of public-access Wi-Fi in the development of local communities. He testified at a United States Senate hearing on "Research Parks and Job Creation" on December 9, 2009, and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Science Parks (www.iasp.ws). He has served on mayoral municipal broadband advisory boards in both New York City and San Francisco, and advises technology and economic development agencies in several global cities. He was recently named one of Planetizen's Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology and Top 100 Thinkers tracking the Internet of things by Postscapes. His first book, SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in fall 2013.
Anthony holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's in urban planning from New York University, and a B.A. in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University.