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Smart Cities: Connecting Latin America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 12, 2016


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Americas Society/Council of the Americas will host an expert panel to discuss the intersection between urbanization and technology that is helping cities in Latin America to be smart and prepare a future-ready economy with improved public services, air quality, and transportation systems.

Cities are centers of economic activity and hubs of innovation. Currently, half of the world’s population lives in cities, and in Latin America the figure is 80 percent. Technological innovations help cities address many of their most pressing challenges, including urban expansion, economic growth, job creation, urban mobility, and environmental impact. Open data and the Internet are changing the way we live in an ever-more crowded and interconnected world. As a result, cities are using public and private partnerships to build an ecosystem of public services and utilities to improve efficiency and better engage their citizens.


  • Michael Chui, MGI Partner, McKinsey & Company, @mchui
  • Josh Moskowitz, Director, Global Public Affairs, Citi, @JoshMoskowitz
  • Clifford J. Thomas, Managing Director, Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco
  • Beth Noveck, Co-founder and Director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance (moderator) @bethnoveck

Registration: This event is complimentary for all registrants.
Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Maria del Carmen Landa | | 1-212-277-8387
Sponsorship Opportunities: Claudia Angulo | | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin || 1-212-277-8342
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: E-mail Juan Serrano-Badrena at, before 3:00 p.m., on Monday, April 11.

Michael Chui

Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute

Michael Chui is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute. He is based in San Francisco, California, where he directs research on the impact long-term disruptive technology trends such as automation, big data and open data, social technologies, and the Internet of Things have on business, the economy, and society. He has served clients in the high tech, media and telecom industries on strategy, innovation and product development, IT, sales and marketing, M&A, and organization.

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Josh Moskowitz

Director, Gobal Public Affairs, Citi

Josh Moskowitz serves as director of global public affairs at Citi and helps lead the company's Citi for Cities initiative. Through Citi for Cities, the firm partners with governments, businesses and communities to identify and implement innovative solutions that help cities thrive during a period of unprecedented urban growth and transformation.

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Beth Noveck

Co-founder and Director, The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance

Beth Simone Noveck is co-founder and director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. The GovLab strives to improve people's lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately.

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Cliff Thomas

Managing Director, Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco

Cliff Thomas is a managing director leading business development, route-to-market efforts, and sales in the Americas for the Cisco Smart+ Connected Communities (S+CC) initiative, focusing on intelligent urbanization. His global team is responsible for developing business strategies that create new routes to market through joint ventures, new revenue-share models, public-private partnerships, and business acceleration for Cisco clients, governments, and an ecosystem of partners.

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