It is our pleasure to announce Francesco Oddone as a speaker at Summit 2016. Mr Oddone will speak on transforming cities into smart cities and economic development. Mr Oddone will talk from his vast experience including from his tenure as Deputy Mayor of Genoa (2012 to 2014). Genoa began its smart city program in 2010 with the aims of improving environmental sustainability, quality of life, city services and mobility. Today the Genoa Smart City Association (GSCA) is held up as an example of how to bring citizens, local government, academia, and business together to build a better city through new technology. Currently Mr Oddone is a sought after consultant on the economics and politics of European ‘smart cities’. He is also the Chairman of the Eurocities’ Economic Development Forum.
Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor, Mr Oddone was an economic advisor and CEO, with extensive experience in helping to transform old industrial sites in Genoa.
From 2011 to 2012, Mr Oddone was President of information technology in-house agency of the Liguria Region, Datasiel SpA. From 2007 to 2012, he was CEO and board member of SPIm Genova SpA, which develops real estate projects for the city of Genoa. From 2002 to 2010, he was CEO of SCM Genoa, the builder and owner of the new Genoa agrifood wholesale market. In 2005 and 2006 he worked as a debt advisor to NGO Eurodad, after working from 2001 to 2004 as an Economic Advisor at the Italian Treasury, in charge of Paris Club negotiations. From 1997 to 2000, he was an adviser for Sviluppo Genoa, a private-public partnership that redevelops old industrial sites in Genoa. From 1999 to 2001, he was a board member of Stazioni Marittime, Genoa’s Port facilities for ferries and cruises.
Mr Oddone has a degree in Political Economy from Bocconi University (Milan), a degree in Political Sciences from Genoa University, and a Master of Arts-Economics (PhD, ABD) from New York University.