Next Event — City 2.0


Our full programme of speakers and performers will be published here in lead up to the event.

Mischa Dohler

Chair Professor

Mischa Dohler is Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, member of the Board of Directors of Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. He has contributed to numerous wireless communications standards, and published more than 160 refereed scientific papers and books. He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, the House of Lords UK, the European Commission, and various start-ups. He is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, passionate pianist and fluent in 6 languages. His contributions have featured in the Wall Street Journal and BBC.

Katharine Harborne

Environmentalist + Councillor

Katharine Harborne has 22 years experience as an entrepreneur and management consultant delivering imaginative strategies and solutions in environmental conflict resolution, community engagement, corporate social responsibility, behavioural change, knowledge management and sustainable transport working for government; leading companies, and environment groups including Transport for London, Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and even the Prince of Wales's St James's Palace and Highgrove Households.

Katharine is a Councillor in the London Borough of Richmond, and Champions Cycling and is a Chartered Environmentalist.

Katharine is a Trustee of South West London Environment Network (SWLEN). She is a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and founder of their Environmental Science Public Engagement Group.

Roger Hartley

AKA Bureau Of Silly ideas

Roger Hartley left the fun of further education and with an insatiable passion for theatre and popular arts working on both sides of the stage and camera for any kind of film, video or appliance he could get his hands on to create something new. Now he combines technical know how and imagination with an innate desire to engage people in public spaces using combined arts practice.

Since the early 90’s he has worked predominantly in the public realm, founding the Bureau Of Silly ideas in 2002 and starting work on 'The Burst Pipe Dream' a large, long term project using theatrical practice and elements of circus, embedding them into real construction projects changing everyday machinery and situations into exciting possibilities. He is most well known for Sid N’ Nancy the radio controlled wheelie bins. He is also very good at losing keys, but only in the process of thinking up some new, fun, silly project so it all pans out in the long run. He is a specialist in making people laugh, smile and question the fabric of their reality.

Michael Pawlyn


Michael Pawlyn established the architecture firm Exploration in 2007 to focus on environmentally sustainable projects that take their inspiration from nature.

Prior to setting up the company, Pawlyn worked with the firm Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions. In 1999 he was one of five winners in A Car-free London, an ideas competition for strategic solutions to the capital’s future transport needs and new possibilities for urban spaces. In September 2003 he joined an intensive course in nature-inspired design at Schumacher College, run by Amory Lovins and Janine Benyus. He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad.

Roma Agrawal


Roma is an Associate Structural Engineer at WSP; she has designed bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures with signature architects over her eight year career. She spent six years working on The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe, and designed the foundations and the ‘Spire’. Roma has a BA in Physics from Oxford and an MSc in Structural Engineering from Imperial College.
She was awarded 'Young Structural Engineer of the Year 2011' by the Institution of Structural Engineers and was a finalist for the 'Young Woman Engineer of the Year' run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Roma was the only woman featured on Channel 4's documentary on the Shard, 'The Tallest Tower'. Her career has been extensively featured in the media, including the BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist Magazine, and in online blogs.

Outside work, she promotes engineering, scientific and technical careers to young people and particularly to under-represented groups such as women. Over the last 3 years, she has spoken to over 2000 people at over 40 schools, universities and organisations across the country and abroad. She enjoys Indian classical, ballroom and latin dancing, yoga, reading and baking. You can follow her on twitter @RomaTheEngineer.

Leo Hollis

Author + Journalist

Leo Hollis was born in London in 1972. He went to school at Stonyhurst College and read History at UEA. He is the author of two books on the history of London: The Phoenix: The Men Who Made Modern London and The Stones of London: A History Through Twelve Buildings. He writes regularly for the New Statesman. His blog can be found at and tweets at @leohollis.

Suzanne Holt Ballard

Behavioral Scientist


Suzanne is a behavioral scientist, and an innovation psychologist, specializing in the design, creation and evaluation of policy, programs, courses, interventions, departments, platforms and labs. She is the Professor of Culture, Epistemology and Medicine at Ohio University in the US, and co-founder of the Future Cities Lab.

Suzanne has domain expertise in urbanism, sustainability, community, resilience and design. She specializes in the nexus between media, technology, and the built environment. Suzanne is recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) as one of America's leading social scientists in the field of design and cities.

Suzanne has an extensive background in scholarship, consultancy and policy development regarding issues that impact cities in Australia, Canada and the US. The goal of all her professional endeavors is to work toward future proofing the city on all levels: individual; social; cultural; economic; and environmental. Her current work includes, SmartHuman: Behavior, Technology and Future Cities, a dynamic ecosystem comprised of a book, an app and videos, due for completion in early 2014.

Michael Batty

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)

Michael Batty is, by training, an architect-planner and geographer. He is currently Bartlett Professor of Planning (Emeritus) at University College London where he is Chairman of the Management Board of CASA. His career began in the University of Manchester in 1966 where he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer in Town and Country Planning. He then spent 10 years at the University of Reading as Research Assistant, Lecturer and Reader in Geography, before moving to the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (now the University of Cardiff), in 1979, where he was Professor of Town Planning. During this time he acted as Head of Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design. In 1990, he moved to direct the NSF National Centre for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) where he was a Professor of Geography. He has held several visiting appointments in computing, engineering, planning, and geography at the Universities of Illinois, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Bristol, and Michigan, and is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University, and an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University.

Alexander Grunsteidl

Interaction Designer

Alexander Grünsteidl leads the Interaction Design team at Method in London, where he designs products and services by re-imagining business models and customer experiences.

Over the last 20 years, Alexander has worked with companies in retail, healthcare, telecoms, consumer electronics, white goods and the arts, to craft unique interactions informed by users, technology and brands.

Prior to joining Method, he founded Digital Wellbeing Labs to address retail interactions at the intersection of physical and digital spaces. Before that, he worked at Apple Research Labs, prototyping innovative interfaces for early mobile digital devices and led Interaction Design at IDEO London. He regularly teaches across design, interactions and architecture at schools like the RCA.

Alexander is currently exploring how emergent technologies will affect human relationships. He is particularly interested in the impact of new business and service models, and their role in shaping our future cities. Passionate about shared food experiences and how they bring together global cultures, he is also a musician mixing experimental electronics and playing classical violin.


Tom Wright

Executive Director

Regional Plan Association (NYC)

Tom Wright is the Executive Director of Regional Plan Association, a non-profit civic group that compiles long range plans for the NY-NJ-CT metropolitan region. He teaches graduate courses in urban planning at Columbia and Princeton universities, lectures widely on growth management and regional planning, and supervised production of the Draft Vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006), The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (2001), and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York–New Jersey–Connecticut Metropolitan Area (1996). He received a B.A. in History and a Certificate in American Studies from Princeton University and an M.S.U.P. from Columbia University.

Jonathan Keeling

Co-Founder Pavegen

Jonathan is the Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at PavegenTM - a clean technology company with a patented paving tile that converts the kinetic energy from human footfall into renewable electricity.

Completing an MSc in Sustainable Development, Jonathan’s academic background focused on sustainable land management research. He was a contributing author within a larger multi-million dollar, 10-year sustainability project across Western Africa for the United Nations.

The overall project highlighted the constraints and opportunities for adopting an integrated ecosystems approach for the management of land resources with the aim of providing local, national and global benefits alike. Preceding PavegenTM, Jonathan worked within the commercial strategy division of Centrica plc.

Jonathan’s passion for sustainability and the environment encouraged his corporate/startup switch and he joined PavegenTM in 2011.

Since then, he has been instrumental in developing the prototype by engineering Co-Founder Laurence Kemball-Cook into a high-growth business, employing >30 staff across three international markets.


Vanessa Harden

Installation Designer

Winner of an iF Concept Award 2010, Vanessa Harden is an installation designer who is primarily interested in creating unique experiences that are based around the interaction between people, spaces and objects. Her work sits comfortably between the realms of art and design, addressing social and environmental issues while communicating through the design and fabrication of interactive installations and public art. With a background working in a variety of materials, Vanessa is a skilled maker who works using traditional methods of fabrication as well as researching new technologies for digital manufacturing.

Based in London, she graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto with a BDes in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. She has since been affiliated with various educational institutions, such as the MIT Media Lab, and Hexagram Labs at Concordia University. In 2009, Vanessa obtained her Masters degree in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London.


Matthew Calder

Hang + Halo Player

Matthew Calder has been playing the Hang and Halo Handpans since 2002. A relatively new invention, the instruments are made up of two steel hemisperes, one side of which is tuned
in a similar fashion to a steel pan. However the sound is very different to traditional Steelpans - more harmonic, and with a considerable helmholtz resonance. Each note sounds in
sympathy with the other notes on the playing surface, creating a truly unique and captivating sound.