Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Lacina Kone

Director General
Smart Africa


Mr. Lacina Kone, is the Director General/CEO of Smart Africa. Prior to that, Mr. Koné was  the advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (2017-2018), in charge of  Digital Transformation and Public Reforms, and was also the advisor to the President from  2011-2017. Mr. Kone is a professional of ICT industry with over 25 years experience in the  telecommunications, satellite and intelligent transport system. Prior to that, Mr. Koné held  during his career several high level technical and managerial positions with prestigious firms  such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Intelsat.  

Mr. Kone is a graduate of three continents. United Arab Emirates, he obtained a bachelor's  degree in electronic engineering, in the UK, it has validated its Polytechnique rank at the  University of Brunel, and the United States, his MBA from George Washington University.


Sessions of the speaker

20-OCT-2020

20-OCT-2020

13:30 - 14:30

As urbanization intensifies, cities are looking to solve complex and evolving challenges with technology when it comes to reducing traffic congestion, ensuring citizen safety, reduction of energy consumption and environmental footprint. IoT plays a vital role in helping cities by using data from connected infrastructure. However, the deployment of these infrastructures is slow, costly and complex. This session will highlight 

  • Why 82% of smart cities pilot fail and the obstacle the smart cities face during deployment 

  • Capitalizing IoT and how IoT plays a vital role in Smart cities? 

  • What’s next for smart cities?

Speakers:
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Lacina Kone
Director General
Smart Africa
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Eng. John Tanui
CEO
Konza Technopolis Development Authority
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Caspar Herzberg
President Middle East & Africa
Schneider Electric
Session Chair:
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Michael Lake
President and CEO
Leading Cities