21-22 November 2017

Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Palacio de Cibeles, Salón de actos 4ª planta
C/ Alcalá 50

20 November 2017

Palacio de la Exposición
Salón Noble. C/ Galicia, 1
46010 Valencia

Madrid, 21st of November

Asian cities are leading the global Smart City revolution which involves start-ups ecosystems, smart mobility, energy efficiency, the fourth Industrial Revolution and Big Data, among others. These initiatives are crucial in future-proofing economies.

Asia Innova 2017, Casa Asia’s main programme related to innovation and technological cooperation, will bring together in this two days seminar a select group of experts from Asia’s most dynamic technological cities in order to exchange knowledge and learn from each other’s best practices. Tech Startups, R&D centres, universities and public servants will discuss business and future collaboration opportunities.




Welcoming remarks

  • Fernando García Casas, State Secretary for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Government of Spain
  • Luís Cueto, General Coordinator of the Mayor, Madrid Town Council, Madrid

Inaugural address by:

  • Eduardo López Moreno, Director of Research and Capacity Development, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi

Introduced by:

  • David Navarro, Director General, Casa Asia


Keynote speech

Asia Innova 2017: Connecting Smart Cities between Asia and Europe

  • Alfonso Vegara, Honorary President, Metropoli Foundation/Honorary Consul General of Singapore


Plenary Session

Common challenges and hurdles in Asian and European cities in the 21st Century

Asian cities have the world’s largest numbers of urban population and are still rapidly expanding. This vast urban population in Asia influences areas such as energy, mobility, health, and environment. In dealing with urban planning issues, European and Asian cities can work together and offer each other their specialist knowledge and best practices. This session will approach solutions for cooperation that different Asian and European cities have adopted in order to avoid difficulties caused by urban and digital transformations.

  • Sang Bum Kim,  Deputy Secretary General,  Citynet, Korea
  • Sunil Dubey, Senior Advisor, Metropolis, Australia
  • Shinji Yamamura, Executive Officer, Nikken Sekkei Research Institute, Japan
  • Inés Leal, Director, Smart City Congress, Spain

Moderator:  Roberto Sánchez, General Director of Innovation and Promotion of the City, Madrid, Spain


Speech given by:

  • Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros ,  High Commissioner for the “Marca España”


Coffee break


Round table

Smart City Ecosystems: Experiences to learn from cities in Asia and Europe

This session will present a wide variety of benefits of Smart City initiatives as a result of the most relevant experiences of Asian and Spanish cities. Participants will approach sustainable initiatives and those of Smart Cities in their own cities by highlighting their strengths, indicating their weaknesses and stressing partnership opportunities with Asian and European counterparts in order to benefit from this Smart City revolution.

  • Jong-Sung Hwang, Lead Researcher, National Information Agency, Seoul, Korea
  • Kunal Kumar, City Comissioner , Pune, India
  • Yuan Feng, Deputy Director, Software Application Technology Institute, Guangzhou, China
  • José Javier Rodriguez, Deputy Director General of Innovation and Smart City, Madrid, Spain
  • Joan Batlle, Director of Digital Transformation, Barcelona, Spain

Moderator: Agnès Charlotte Bickart, Senior Manager, Institutional Relations, Metropolis, France


Closing of the first session

Madrid, 22nd of November


Round table

“Smart Startups”: Innovation and technological solutions

A fast-moving and apparently limitless development of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is currently taking place and bringing about major changes at all levels. This technological expansion provides opportunities for creating solution for the key challenges Smart Cities face nowadays. In this scenario, Start-ups are empowered by a growing ecosystem of consumer technologies, open data, supportive city policies for citizens and organizations. At this session, experts from the private sector will present their best practices and successful case studies related to Smart Cities and will explain what a city should do to be a smart user of digital technology, an enabler of innovation and a source of ideas and solutions.

  • Kandarp Mehta, Senior Lecturer, IESE, Madrid, Spain  
  • Josep Mª Coll, Director, EU-Asia Global Business Research Center, EADA, Barcelona, Spain
  • Kristi Ann Shalla, Entrepreneur and Asian market specialist
  • Jaime de Mora, Business Development Manager for Europe, Carto, Madrid, Spain
  • Liwen Qin, CEO, Trendsea, China

Moderator: Rubén Cánovas Mas, Manager for Smart Cities and IoT market, Everis, España


Coffee break


Connect to Asia – Practical Sessions

Smart Cities in Asia: Main funding instruments, cooperation programmes, business opportunities, trade fairs, among others

At these sessions, speakers will explain in a practical way what existing opportunities are and what mechanisms exist in order to take part in projects related to smart cities in Asia.

11:00 – 11:30h Brief presentation on Japan

Takahiro Yamada, Embassy of Japan

11:30 – 12:00h Brief presentation on India

Saravanan Balasubramanian, Embassy of India

12:00 – 12:30h Presentation offered by CDTI

CDTI Representative

12:30 -13:00h Presentation on European programmes

Pablo Gándara, Manager, USA, World Citites Project


Closing remarks

Organized by

Collaborating Institutions

Knowledge Partners


Smart Cities in Asia: Opportunities for Valencian Companies and Institutions

Asia Innova is Casa Asia’s main programme for sharing progress in the scientific, technological and innovation fields in Asia. For the first time this year it holds a part of its programme in Valencia, as a result of the agreement between Valencia City Council and Casa Asia for the promotion of relations between Valencia and Asian countries in different spheres.

Asian countries are very advanced in the application of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in cities, making them more efficient and economically sustainable and competitive. Thus, at the same time, the main Asian cities are eager to find new solutions and look for international collaboration in fields such as urban transport, ITC application, energetic efficiency or management of public services. In this regard, there are many opportunities for Valencia companies, especially Star-ups.

Within this context, Valencia City Council and Casa Asia are organising a conference on innovation in the field of Smart Cities in Asia, paying special attention to Start-ups.

The conference will consist of two panel sessions including well-known Asian experts working in the field of smart cities and start ups from China, India and Korea along with the main actors from both sectors in Valencia.

At the session representatives of companies (especially Start Ups) will take part, as well as R&D centres, universities and institutions from Valencia with interests in the Asian continent.


  • Representatives of Valencia City Council
  • David Navarro, Director General, Casa Asia


First Roundtable. Smart Cities in Asia: Collaboration Possibilities with Valencia.

  • Sunil Dubey, Senior Adviser, Metropolis World Association (Australia)
  • Jong Sung Hwang, Senior Researcher, National Information Society Agency (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Yuan Feng, Assistant Director, Software Application Technology Institute (Guangzhou, China)

Moderator: David Navarro, Director General, Casa Asia


Second roundtable. Start ups’ Ecosystem in Asia and Opportunities for Valencian Companies.

  • Kandarp Mehta, Senior Lecturer, IESE (India)
  • Liwen Qin, Executive Director, Trends Eurasia (China)
  • Judith Padrós, Associate P&P-People&Projects Ltd. (España)

Moderator: Antonio Liu Yang, Lawyer, Chinadesk



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