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Executive Event

Building Everyday Resilience in NYC Infrastructure

How a geographic approach accelerates action

February 8, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. (ET) | Virtual

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Exclusive executive event

Join Crain’s New York Business Content Studio and Esri for this exclusive virtual event focused on achieving resilient infrastructure in the face of our changing climate. Hear from leaders at organizations using location technology to understand climate impacts, support crucial decisions and investments, and plan infrastructure with an emphasis on sustainability. You will leave with an actionable approach—backed by today’s best data and technology—for reducing climate risks, making critical systems equitable, and promoting a proactive climate strategy in New York. 

Event Moderator: Betsy Gardner

Betsy Gardner is the editor of Data-Smart City Solutions, a research resource at Harvard University’s Bloomberg Center for Cities dedicated to understanding where government and data intersect—from open data and predictive analytics to civic engagement technology. Gardner is also the producer of the Data-Smart Cities Pod podcast. She has several publications through the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Lincoln Institute and has written for Government Technology and Governing magazines. Gardner holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University.

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Opening Keynote: Kizzy Charles-Guzmán

Kizzy Charles-Guzmán is the executive director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice. Her team focuses on climate leadership and programs for sustainability, resiliency, and environmental justice. She has spent over 15 years of her New York City service career delivering work at the intersection of environmental policy, public health, and racial equity. She led the development of Cool Neighborhoods NYC and other initiatives ensuring residents can withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change. She has served as a deputy director at the NYC Mayor’s Offices of Sustainability and Climate Resiliency, director of the Climate Change and Health Program at the NYC Department of Health, and policy advisor on Air Quality during the Bloomberg administration. She received the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award and a Champion of Change Award from the US White House in recognition of her work. 

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Part 1: Expert Presentations

Hear from two leading international organizations that are already using a geographic approach to build climate-resilient infrastructure. In Madrid, Spain, a data portal backed by location technology supports fully informed, sustainable decision-making by bringing all municipal data into one view. And for Rail Baltica, the largest infrastructure project in North Europe, digital maps provide a holistic view of the entire system so railway personnel can plan routes to be less environmentally impactful. In Part 1 of this event, you’ll be inspired to create similar strategies for your organization through these real-world success stories.

City of Madrid

Jesús Cerezo Arillo

Jesús Cerezo Arillo is head of Process Integration Service for the General Sub-directorate for Urban Innovation and Information at Madrid City Hall. In his more than 25 years in civil service, he has led digital transformation using location technologies like geographic information systems (GIS). He has designed multiple GIS solutions for urban planning and city management, including Madrid’s Geoportal and Urban Viewer, which integrate all of Madrid’s urban data and make it accessible for collaboration and public engagement.

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Rail Baltica


Part 2: Expert Panel Discussion

In Part 2 of this event, you’ll join a panel of industry thought leaders as they discuss today’s historic opportunity in infrastructure investment. They will share perspectives and expertise on how to manage funds effectively at large, complex organizations; why investments in technology today help you achieve efficiencies far into the future; and what successful implementation of location technology looks like across an organization. Gain first-hand insight you can use at your business or agency right away. 

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Part 3: Expert Presentations

In London, a top real estate consulting firm uses location technology to plan housing developments that serve residents equitably and preserve green spaces. In India, maps and spatial analytics inform an ambitious plan to create an infrastructure system that secures water resources for the future. During Part 3 of the event, you’ll get front-line insights from innovators at these global organizations and see what’s already possible with the technology that’s available, here and now, to address climate resilience.

Knight Frank, London, UK

Cameron McDonald

Cameron McDonald is an associate and geospatial projects lead for the analytics team at Knight Frank Research. He focuses on collaborating with stakeholders to provide geospatial analysis that informs decision-making. He has several years’ experience developing bespoke, effective solutions for a variety of stakeholders while championing the benefits of geospatial technology. He previously worked in land services consultancy at engineering services firm WSP, where he contributed to several nationally significant infrastructure projects.

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India National Water Development Agency

Dr. R. N. Sankhua

Dr. R. N. Sankhua is a leader and published researcher in water resources, with a focus on technology-driven planning using modeling, imagery, and GIS. In his current role, he is responsible for planning and reporting for key river link projects designed to efficiently use and conserve India’s water.

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Discover why a geographic approach—a framework for the acceleration of data into action—combined with geospatial technology is becoming an essential component for resilient infrastructure and operations.

Closing Keynote: Matthew Lewin

Matthew Lewin is director of Management Consulting at Esri Canada where he leads a national team providing strategic planning and executive advisory services. Matthew and his team help organizations understand and apply the geographic approach to address today's biggest challenges. He is an author and the host of Management Perspectives, an interview series where he speaks with organizational leaders about how geospatial technology enables vital transformation and better problem-solving.

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