04.30 PM to 05:45 PM (CEST)

Digital solutions for the common good

Digital solutions to steer and manage urban systems, infrastructure and services towards a more sustainable future become more popular than ever. But how can we utilize not only improved planning capacities and resource efficiency for greater impact but more importantly enable inclusivity, participation and transparency while ensuring data privacy and security?

Big data, new partnerships but also a human-centered approach will be needed to fully exploit the potentials of Digitalisation for the common good, so that no one and no place will be left behind.

A diverse panel will discuss on these aspects at this inter-ministerial site event and showcase good practices how digital solutions lead to sustainable urban futures and achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris agreement.

MAIN CONVENOR: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and (BMZ), Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB)


Welcome/ Keynote

Dr. Heike Litzinger | Head of Division of Urban Development, Mobility and Circular Economy, BMZ

Dr. Heike Litzinger is Head of the Division for urbanization, mobility and circular economy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Ms Litzinger has been working in the field of development cooperation since 2008. She had various positions in the BMZ, working among others in the field of coordination of EU development policy and trade policy. Heike Litzinger has studied law in Frankfurt/Main and Paris. She holds a PhD in history of law from the University of Frankfurt/Main. 


Dr. Alexander Kleibrink | Senior Policy Officer, BMZ

Dr. Alexander Kleibrink currently serves as Senior Policy Officer at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, where he co-leads the global program on urban development. Prior to this, he was Team Leader and Policy Analyst at the European Commission working on regional development, innovation processes & open governance. He was a researcher and completed his Dr. rer. pol. at FU Berlin and his M.P.A. and the London School of Economics.  


Renate Mitterhuber | Head of Division, BMWSB

Renate Mitterhuber became Head of the Division Smart Cities at the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building in December 2021. In her career to date, she has been responsible for, inter alia, the e-government and IT strategy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and for the Bundesportal, the federal administration portal in Germany. 

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Dr. Tadashi Matsumoto | Head of Sustainable Urban Development Unit, OECD

Dr. Tadashi Matsumoto leads OECD’s work on sustainable urban development and green growth. He is currently in charge of the Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia project, which aims to explore effective policy and governance strategies in rapidly urbanising Asian cities.  Tadashi holds a Master in Urban Planning from New York University and a Ph.D. from Tokyo University (Engineering). 

Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer | Director, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany / UNITAC

Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer is director of the City Science Lab at HafenCity University Hamburg, a cooperation with the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge/USA, and academic director of the technology and innovation lab UNITAC for the United Nations. Her research focuses on digital city, new forms of collaboration and public spaces. 

Kunal Kumar| Secretary and Mission Director, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs India

Kunal Kumar, IAS, currently holds the office of Joint Secretary & Mission Director of Smart Cities Mission India. Previously he was Municipal Commissioner at Pune Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra for around 4 years. He has been serving the State of Maharashtra since 1999 and has worked across several cities of Maharashtra.  

Dr. Reiner Koblo | Principal Sector Economist, KfW

Reiner Koblo has more than 30 years working experience as transport planner and economist. Since about 15 years he is working in the field of development cooperation with KfW, as Project Manager and Sector Economist. His regional focus is on South and South-East Asia, but he also supported projects in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Digitalisation is one of his specific expertise with the field of mobility.