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ICF Institute International Advisory Board

International diplomats, government officials, educational leaders and business executives comprise the first International Advisory Board for the Walsh University ICF Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community. The Board met formally for the first time on June 6 in New York City, during the annual Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) 2012 Summit.

The Institute Advisory Board Members are:

Suvi Lindén
Former Finland Minister of Communications

Suvi Lindén was Finland's Minister of Communications in 2007-2011. She was previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002. Lindén is a member of the National Coalition Party and was a Member of Parliament 1995-2011.

In Parliament she has been Chair of the Education and Culture Committee, and Vice Chair of the parliamentary group of the National Coalition Party. She has also been Member of the Speaker's Council, Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee for the Future, Transport and Communications Committee, Environment Committee, and the Finnish Delegation to the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region.

Lindén has held positions of trust in a number of organisations. These include positions as Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development, Member of the United Nations Advisory Board of the Digital Health Initiative, Chair of the Ubiquitous Information Society Advisory Board, Member of the Board of the Finnish Cultural Heritage Foundation, Chair of the Vocational Education and Training Board, Chair of the Finnish Cultural Institute for Benelux, and Member of the Oulu City Council, to mention only her more recent duties.

The Intelligent Community Forum named Suvi Linden its "Visionary of the Year for 2011" for her commitment to ensuring affordable broadband access to every citizen in Finland.

Lindén holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oulu.


Dan Mathieson
Mayor of Stratford, Ontario

Dan Mathieson is in his third term as Mayor of his hometown, Stratford, Ontario. He chairs the Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA) and sits on numerous Boards and Committees in healthcare, municipal affairs, law enforcement, athletics, universities and colleges and not-for-profits including Walsh University for the Study of the Intelligent Community, the University of Waterloo/Stratford Campus, the Stratford Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community and i-Canada.

Stratford was a railway town that became famous for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, auto parts and culinary tourism. Beginning with online innovations in education, healthcare and public services, the city has recently emerged as a technology centre specializing in digital media and a 'living lab' for global technology companies such as Toshiba, RIM and Cisco. The City owns its smart grid electrical system, and a citywide Wi-Fi network built over a 70km loop of optical fiber. Stratford also boasts the new University of Waterloo | Stratford Campus and research relationships with Western University and Clemson University in the USA. Stratford was designated one of the world's Top Seven Intelligent Community for 2011 and 2012 by the New York-based broadband think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario.


Kristina Verner
Director, Intelligent Communities at Waterfront Toronto

Kristina Verner has been instrumental in securing over 8 million dollars in grant funding to support the increase of information and communications technology within Windsor and Essex County. She was also nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her commitment to working to benefit students with special needs.

Kristina spearheaded Windsor-Essex County's 2010 and 2011 recognition efforts to the Intelligent Community Forum, resulting in the community being recognized twice as one of the Top 21 Smartest Communities in the World. She represents Windsor-Essex as a member of the global Association of Intelligent Communities. In 2011, the ICF named Windsor-Essex as one of the Top 7 Communities. Verner serves on the Board of Advisors for i-Canada, a national organization encouraging the development of Intelligent Communities. As a result of her expertise in the area of intelligent community development, community capacity building and collaboration frameworks, Verner has been invited by to provide thought leadership to support and inform governments in developing countries with regard to the development of successful ecosystems to support the creation of transparent, connected, vibrant communities and economies.

Kristina holds three degrees from the University of Windsor - a Bachelor of Arts (History), a Bachelor of Education, and a Master's of Business Administration.


Christian Long
Vice President, Cannon Design and Educational Strategist

A passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, Christian Long joined Cannon Design as a Vice President in 2011. As Vice President, Long helps to lead the firm's educational efforts while promoting "The Third Teacher" (a book and platform that presents Cannon Design's research and findings into the importance of design in education) and pursuing further research on the topic.

Prior to joining Cannon Design, Long was the founder of "Be Playful Design," a collaborative global consulting team focused on the intersection between school design, emerging technology and learning theory. He is recognized as a gifted educator, school planner, speaker and consultant. He also helped found Prototype Design Camp, programs that encourage students to develop real solutions to real problems that impact them and the world around them. Long and his work have been recognized at national and international conferences, and he often speaks on the topic of design in education. He spent more than 10 years teaching high school English, most recently at The Oakridge School in Texas, using a range of classroom experiences as a backdrop for his research and leadership.

Long graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Education from Indiana University and later received his Master's Degree in School Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.


Dr. Mel Horwitch
Dean and University Professor at Central European University Business School, Budapest, Hungary

Dr. Horwitch is an acknowledged expert on entrepreneurship and innovation management. Prior to Central European University, he served as a Professor of Technology Management at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

He served on the faculties of HBS, MIT's Sloan School, Theseus Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France, and NYU-Poly and on the visiting faculties of London Business School and University of Paris-Dauphine. He was founding Dean of Management at Theseus Institute and was twice Chair of the Department of Technology Management at NYU-Poly, where he also is Director of the Institute for Technology & Enterprise. Dr. Horwitch was also founding Director and Fellow of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at NYU-Poly. He previously was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.

Dr. Horwitch has written and co-edited two books and over fifty articles, cases and teaching notes. He established new MBA programs at Theseus Institute and at NYU-Poly. An overarching theme running through his work is the importance of innovation for business success and societal progress generally. At the MIT Sloan School in the 1980s, he developed a new course on "Technology Strategy." More recently, he has turned his attention to innovation and entrepreneurship in the sustainability arena. At NYU-Poly he created and taught a new course on "Cleantech & Renewable Energy Innovation," and he designed and ran the recently established CleantechExecs Executive Program.

Dr. Horwitch received an AB from Princeton University and an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School.


Dr. Norman Jacknis
Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group

Dr. Jacknis is a globally recognized expert in government innovation and transformation. Before joining Cisco in February 2008, Dr. Jacknis served more than 10 years as CIO and commissioner of Westchester County, NY, government, where he was responsible for all of the government's technology, Internet and broadband activities, as well as technology-based economic development. In addition to the County, he provided these services to municipalities and other non-profit community organizations.

Under his leadership, Westchester County won numerous awards, including the Center for Digital Government's top ten digital counties in the country, American City & County's Crown Communities Award for technology and, most recently, one of the global Top Seven Intelligent Communities. Government Technology Magazine selected him as one of the nation's "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology ... broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public" – a list which included not just technology leaders, but elected officials as well.

At Cisco, he has worked extensively and in-depth with the National Association of Counties and the US Conference of Mayors. For the Mayors, he is developing a strategy for the economic viability of American cities in 2030. In addition to his work on economic development, he has also worked with governments on the creation of collaborative environments for citizens to deliver public services. His recent written work includes a blog for state/local elected executives, a chapter for the book, CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices and an article in Engineering News Record.

Jacknis received his Doctorate, Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Princeton University.


Cheol-Soo Park, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of u-City Design and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea

Suwon was recently recognized as the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2010. Dr. Park served as the official representative of the City of Suwon to ICF and the Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (ICFF).

Dr. Park was appointed Associate Professor, Department of u-City Design and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea in 2011. He previously served as a Research Affiliate, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011 and as an Assistant Professor at Sungkyunkwan University from 2005-2010. From 1996-2005, Dr. Park served as a research scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture, a research scientist for the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology in Seoul, Korea, and was an Engineer for POSCO, Korea.

Dr. Cheol-Soo Park has received many generous grants from the Korean government as well as industry sectors. The size of the grants is over 1.5 million US dollars for the last five years in areas of smart building systems, u-City design and engineering, environment controls, building simulation, etc.

In addition, he has received a total of eleven awards from 2005-2012 for his research papers from domestic and academic conferences. Dr. Park has contributed to over 50 peer-reviewed international publications including 11 journal papers and 41 conference papers. In addition, Cheol-Soo Park has published 25 domestic journal papers and 71 domestic conference papers. He has also published 17 patents in areas of smart building control, building energy management, augmented reality and agent simulation.

Dr. Park earned his Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Architecture from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, and his Ph.D. in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003.


Shirley Fenton
Business Development Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology & Research Associate, Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo; Vice President and Director, National Institutes of Health Informatics

Shirley Fenton has over 25 years of experience in information technology focused on innovative Internet applications, community information portals, and web-based tools and technology deployment across various sectors. She is active in building research and technology transfer relationships with industry, organizations, and government. Her research interests are Innovative Intelligent Communities, Communities of Practice, Community Information Utilities, Informatics, Health Informatics, eHealth and BioHealth.

She was a key member of the team when Waterloo was named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in 2006 and then the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007. She is VP and Director of the National Institutes of Health Informatics (NIHI), a Canada-wide virtual institute bringing together experts in Health Informatics. She is also the Business Development Director of the Center for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and a Research Associate of the Computer Systems Group at the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Intelligent Waterloo Steering Committee, the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) Program Advisory Committee at the Digital Arts Technology Training Institute, the Walsh University Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community Advisory Committee and i-Canada. In 2011, she received the Zonta International Women of Achievement Award for being a "Trailblazer". Shirley is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where she obtained her BES and MA degrees.


Raj Pande
Senior Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP

Raj has more than 20 years extensive experience advising clients in corporate matters and the energy and infrastructure sectors in the U.S. and international markets, including mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, energy, project finance and development, renewable, and oil, gas and LNG transactions.

In the energy, project finance and development sector, Raj represents project sponsors and developers, lenders, financial institutions, multilateral development agencies and export credit agencies, investment funds, contractors, suppliers and other participants on a broad range of large scale and complex project and energy transactions. His project development and finance experience includes: conventional, renewable and nuclear power generation plants; oil and petrochemical refineries; telecommunications, road, water and other infrastructure facilities and structures; and green field manufacturing and industrial facilities.

Raj has broad-based experience advising buyers, sellers, investors, and acquisition finance lenders on a wide range of mergers and acquisitions, investment and joint venture transactions, both domestic and cross-border, including complex mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, strategic investments, disinvestments and recapitalizations across several industry sectors.

He is widely recognized for his expertise in the area of oil, gas and LNG. Raj advises sponsors and developers, lenders, oil and gas majors, pipeline companies, and ship owners on transactions and financings involving LNG facilities and ships, oil and petrochemical refineries, and gas facilities and pipelines, including in some of the largest global transactions to have taken place.

Raj is chair of the firm's Japan practice and co-chair of the Asia Steering Committee. He is a frequent speaker and author on energy and project development and finance. Prior to practicing law, Raj was a professional consultant engineer, designing refineries, power plants and nuclear control systems.

Raj has been consistently recognized for more than 15 years as a "Leading Lawyer" for Project Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions by Chamber's Global Experts; Chambers U.S.A.; Chambers Asia; International Financial Law Review (IFLR); Global Counsel 3000; The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers; Legal Media's Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers; The Asia Pacific Legal 500; Project Finance Expert Guide; and Asia Law (Euromoney).

Also serving the Institute Advisory Board Members as non-voting members are:

  • Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum
  • Richard Jusseaume, President, Walsh University
  • Alex Fausnight, Student Representative to the Board
  • Jackie DeGarmo, Institute Project Director