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BRIDGE for Cities 4.0: Connecting cities through the new industrial revolution

3 to 4 September 2019

Vienna International Centre

Vienna, Austria

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Organized conjointly by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC), “BRIDGE for Cities - Belt and Road Initiative: Developing Green Economies for Cities” (“BRIDGE for Cities” event) is a large-scale annual event, which aims to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. The event promotes the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development via the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with which it shares many similarities, in all participating countries, to encourage municipal officials and development stakeholders to scale up their engagement in inclusive and sustainable urban-industrial development initiatives.

Based on the success of the previous events, BRIDGE for Cities 4.0 will explore the role of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in fostering urban innovation in cities along the Belt and Road and beyond. The “4.0” in the title symbolizes both the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the fourth edition of the event. It will aim at providing a wide and multidisciplinary perspective on how cities can tap into advanced technologies and new industrial solutions to enhance the quality of life for their citizens by reducing cities’ carbon footprint, improving public services as well as creating new jobs and attracting skilled labor.

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3 September

Boardroom D, 4th Floor, Building C

During the opening ceremony, distinguished dignitaries will share their vision, knowledge and expertise about the impact and benefits of the new Industrial Revolution on urban development, setting the ground for the following theme-specific sessions.

Boardroom D, 4th Floor, Building C

Organized by UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation and UNIDO Department of Policy Research and Statistics

The session will explore how high-tech parks and start-up hubs can have a beneficial impact and can empower the urban economy.

Rotunda, Ground Floor, Building C

Cities's leaders and UNIDO Director General will inaugurate the exhibition booths in a short Ceremony.

Cultural performances will be organized during lunch break, to showcase different facets of cities' cultural heritage.

Boardroom D, 4th Floor, Building C

Organized by UNIDO Department of Environment

The session will revolve around the role of digital technologies in supporting circular, environmental-friendly, industrial development.

Boardroom D, 4th Floor, Building C

Organized by UNIDO Department of Energy

This session aims to pave the way for development stakeholders to address urban mobility challenges through urban-industrial solutions enabled by smart technologies.

The first day of the event will be closed by an informal gathering at the VIC restaurant.

* By invitation only

4 September

The round-table will be an occasion for participating Mayors to discuss concrete challenges that their cities are facing daily as well as a platform for exchnge of knowledge, experience and for building new partnerships.

* By invitation only

Co-organized with AIG and the Wood Group, the roundtable aims at discussing how to embed the element of resiliency in Belt and Road-related projects, especially at urban level.

* By invitation only

The City Leaders and Ambassador Breakfast is an occasion for ambassadors, representatives from the permanent missions and from the participating cities to interact and share information about their projects and activities in an informal setting.

*By invitation only

Cultural performances will be organized during lunch break, to showcase different facets of cities' cultural heritage.

Boardroom D, 4th Floor, Building C

Case region: Metropolis GZM (Silesian region), Poland 

Boardroom D, 4th Floor, Building C

Case cities: Shenzhen, China - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Closing Ceremony will conclude the two-day event.

Opening Ceremony

LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

Mr. CAI E-Sheng serves as Chairman of the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation and has served as Executive Director of the China Society for Finance and Banking since 2014. Mr. CAI joined  the People’s Bank of China (PBC) in 1975 where he served as Assistant to the Governor from 1998 and Governor of the PBC Shanghai Branch from 2000. He ... Read More

Dr Abdulhamid Alkhalifa, a Saudi Arabian national, was elected Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of OFID - the OPEC Fund for International Development - at the institution’s June 2018 Ministerial Council meeting. Dr Alkhalifa officially assumed his post on November 1, 2018. Prior to his appointment at OFID, Dr Alkhalifa was Deputy Sec... Read More

Mahmoud Mohieldin is the World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships. Before joining the World Bank, Mohieldin held numerous senior positions in the government of Egypt, including minister of investment from 2004 until 2010. He also served on several boards of directors, incl... Read More

BONI Annalisa

Secretary general

Anna Lisa Boni has been secretary general of EUROCITIES since June 2014. Before joining EUROCITIES, she was director of the Brussels office of the French region Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. She has 25 years of professional experience in EU public affairs in the field of local and regional government. She has worked for the city of Bologna in Italy, ... Read More

Plenary Session - Re-Thinking Urban Innovation

VERMAST Frans-Anton

Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador
Amsterdam Smart City

Mr. Frans-Anton Vermast has been Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador for Amsterdam Smart City and Chief Technology Officer of Amsterdam since 2008. In addition to a strategic and broad general knowledge and experience in this field for almost 20 years, Mr. Vermast specializes in citizen engagement and governance and finance mod... Read More

Mr. I.B Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra has been mayor of Denpasar since 2008. Prior to his election, he served as Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Young Businessmen Badung Regency from 1991-1994, Vice- Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Young Businessmen Bali Province from 1997-2000 and Chairman from 2004-2007, and Vice Mayor of Denpasar f... Read More

Plenary Session - Cities in the Circular Economy: the role of digital technologies


Director at MIT SENSEable City Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. Carlo Ratti is an architect and engineer by training and teaches at MIT, where he directs the SENSEable City Lab. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He was featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list, Thames & Hudson’s selection of ‘60 Innovators’ shaping... Read More

Tomas is a Venezuelan Urbanist specialized in Digital Fabrication and its implications for the future of cities. He is the director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Fab Academy global coordinator and the European project manager of the Fab Foundation. He is a tutor at the Roy... Read More


Global Head - City IT Solutions

Mr. Klaus Heidinger is the head of City IT Solutions at the Global Center of Competence Cities of Siemens and has been in the position since 2012. He joined Siemens in 2005 as Senior Vice President for IT Solutions and has held various positions within the company since. In his current position, Mr. Heidinger’s role involves providing methodologies... Read More


Executive Vice President

Roger KAMGAING is Executive Vice President for Governments and Institutions, a role to which he was appointed in April 2014. With a solid academic background, professional experience in the sphere of audits and certification for Ernst & Young, and commodity training in Africa, Roger joined SGS in 1996 as Regional Sales Manager for East Africa.... Read More

TRI RISMAHARINI is the first female mayor of Surabaya. Before being elected as Mayor in 2010, she had served as government official in Surabaya City Government for more than 20 years. She is known for her success to transform Surabaya into green and clean city. She has started the process since she was the Head of Surabaya Public Cleanliness and Pa... Read More

Plenary Session - Digital Economy: Smart mobility for smart cities

KLOSI Blendi

Minister of Tourism and Environment of the Republic of Albania
Governmant of Albania

Mr. Blendi Klosi was born in Tirana , is married and a father of two. He graduated in the field of Electronic Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tirana (1988- 1993), where he was later engaged as a lecturer.  He serves as Minister of Tourism and Environment of the Republic of Albania since September 2... Read More


Mayor of Bizerte, Tunisia
Government of Tunisia

Kamel is an engineer by education and he obtained a PhD at the Engineering National School in Tunis in 1988, where he then taught for 6 years. Afterwards, he has been the head of the department of civil engineering in Qatar for 7 years. Following that experience, he worked 15 years in various positions for Qatar Petroleum, with the last position he... Read More


Secretary General

Ms. Karen Vancluysen was appointed as the Secretary General of Polis, a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport, in September 2014. She has 16 years of professional experience in the field of sustainable urban mobility and she has been involved in urban transport ne... Read More

Dirk is Managing Director of VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research, the largest research institute in Belgium in the field of sustainability and cleantech. He is author and co-author of more than 30 scientific papers published in national and international journals. Prior to joining VITO he worked as an assistant professor at ... Read More

Mayors Roundtable

Souad Abderrahim was elected Mayor of Tunis following the first democratic municipal elections in Tunisia. Not only she achieved a historical feat as the first woman mayor of Tunis, she is also one of the leaders of Tunisia’s decentralization efforts as the mayor of the biggest municipality in the country. In addition to her role as the Mayor of Tu... Read More


Deputy Secretary General

Mr. Emani Kumar has been the Executive Director of ICLEI South Asia since its founding in 2005 and was appointed as Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI in 2013. Mr. Kumar is ICLEI’s first Deputy Secretary General from an Asian developing country. With degrees in Environmental Management, Environmental Planning and Civil Engineering, he has more than ... Read More

Mr. Hanachi has extensive expertise in urban development and cultural heritage preservation. An architect by education, he holds a PhD in "Urban and historical cities renewal" at the University of Tehran.  Before being elected Mayor of Tehran in November 2018, he held a number of administrative positions in the Iranian government, incl... Read More

Roberto is an Italian entrepreneur and politician, currently serving as the Mayor of Trieste after being re-elected for the seat in 2016 for a third 5-year term as Mayor. Previously, he served as Mayor of Muggia (Trieste) from 1996 to 2001 and then he has been elected Mayor of Trieste in 2001-2011 for two five-years consecutive terms. Roberto be... Read More


Mayor of Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation
Government of the Russian Federation

Irina Miroshnik graduated from Petrozavodsk State University with a degree in Physics in 1994. From 2007 to 2013, Irina worked in Gymnasium No. 37 of the city of Petrozavodsk as an informatics teacher and as deputy director for scientific and methodological work. In parallel, Irina worked  in the management of education Petrozavod... Read More

TRI RISMAHARINI is the first female mayor of Surabaya. Before being elected as Mayor in 2010, she had served as government official in Surabaya City Government for more than 20 years. She is known for her success to transform Surabaya into green and clean city. She has started the process since she was the Head of Surabaya Public Cleanliness and Pa... Read More


Vice Mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Government of Ethiopia

Mr. Tesfaye Belijge Dara is head of the Coordination Bureau of Democratic Institutions Building at Addis Ababa City Administration and holds the status of Deputy Mayor. He is also the former Vice President of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State association. Mr. Tesfaye was head of office and is currently a member of... Read More

Mr. CHEN Zhiying is the Executive Vice Mayor of Guangzhou, a position he has held since January 2017. He has had a long and successful career in the public sector, holding positions such as Secretary-in-Chief of Guangdong Provincial Government, Deputy Secretary General of Guangdong Provincial Government and of Guangdong Provincial Committee, and Se... Read More


Deputy Governor of Preah Sihanouk Province, Cambodia
Kingdom of Cambodia

Mr. Vitanak serves as Deputy Governor of the Preah Siahanouk Province in Cambodia since 2016, after two years as Director of General Administration of the same Province.  Previously, Mr. Vitanak worked extensively in the private sector acquiring a comprehensive expertise on development sectors including investment, industry and handicr... Read More


Senior adviser of the Mayor of Budapest
Government of Hungary

Mr. Péter Szegvári is a lawyer and Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Budapest. He also lectures on constitutional law as a Titular Assistant Professor at Eötvös Loránd University and teaches regional and local governance and development policy at the Corvinus University of Budapest, King Sigismund College of Budapest and the Budapest School of Politic... Read More

Business Roundtable

WU Zhong

Vice-President and Director-General
Finance Center for South-South Cooperation

Mr. Wu Zhong has been the Vice-President and Director-General of Finance Center for South-South Cooperation Limited since June 2015. Dr. Wu previously served as the Mayor of Qianjiang, Chongqing Municipality from December 2010 to May 2015; the Director of International Poverty Reduction Center in China from July 2008 to November 2010; and... Read More


Head of Catastrophe Management Solutions
American International Group

At AIG, Marc is part of the Risk Analytics & Exposure Management Leadership Team and responsible for promoting existing modelling and risk engineering services and developing new catastrophe risk management solutions for AIG’s commercial clients and prospects.Marc joined AIG from insurance broker Willis Towers Watson where he was a Partner... Read More

YU Jie

China Research Fellow
Chatham House

Ms. Yu Jie is senior research fellow on China at Chatham House, focusing on the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as China’s economic diplomacy. She speaks and writes frequently at major media outlets such as BBC and Financial Times; and regularly briefs senior policy practitioners from the G7 member governments, t... Read More

HAID Stefan

Partner - Civil Economics, Energy & Infrastructure Competence Center
Roland Berger GmbH

Stefan joined Roland Berger in 2009. He studied Business/Economics and Political Science at the Universities of Passau, and ESSEC (Paris) as well as International Relations/Economics at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Stefan has more than fifteen years of experience in consulting at the interface ... Read More

WU Guangquan

President and Executive Chairman
Federation of Shenzhen Industries

Wu Guangquan servers as the president of presidium and director of the Global Industry Research Center (GIRC) in China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE), and also as the president and executive chairman of Federation of Shenzhen Industries (FSZI). He was born in May 1962 in Loudi, Hunan province. He is a senior accountant and Master of Busi... Read More

ZHANG Xioachen

President of FinTech4Good, UN ESCAP Sustainable Business Network Executive Council

Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods’s strategy which aims to introduce impactful fintech and blockchain solutions to frontier markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He is a partner at Wemerge Capital, a Chairman of the Global Digital Economy Leadership Council, and serves on the Crowdfunding Professional ... Read More

  1. Mr. Michael Girioni - Business Round Table

    Vice President - Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions

    Mike is the Global Strategic Account Manager for Wood's insurance clients. Mike leads teams of environmental consultants and technical experts across the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific Region. For the past 20 years, Mike has helped insurers and their clients manage environmental risks and control losses resulting from pollution.

    Policyholders want to resolve environmental liabilities in a timely and cost-effective manner within the policy limits, and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Insurers want to reduce environmental liabilities and satisfy their insured clients by proactively managing environmental claims. Mike and his team at Wood provide environmental solutions that connect and satisfy the goals of policyholders and insurers.

Austrian Eco-label for Green Meetings / Green Events

green certification

“BRIDGE for Cities - Belt and Road Initiative: Developing Green Economies for Cities” (“BRIDGE for Cities” event) strives to meet the criteria of the Austrian Eco-Label for Green Meetings and Green Events within Vienna International Centre. We take many visible and invisible measures to meet those criteria and encourage all participants of this event to support these efforts.


  • Registration process is 100% percent recycled/environmentally friendly materials.
  • Return badges for reuse.
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • If possible, opt for an environmentally friendly way of travelling to Vienna.
  • If you are unable to travel without a car, or if you have to travel by air, make up for the CO2 emissions by paying a compensation. (
  • The venue is centrally located  and easily accessible by public transportation and bicycles. As UNIDO is committed to reduce its environmental impact, we strongly encourage participants to use public transport , the underground line U1 in the direction of Leopoldau until you reach Kaisermühlen/Vienna International Centre or bus Val 3, 20A, 92A, 92B and then follow the signs to Gate 1 of the VIC, the main entrance. The VIC is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • There are some bicycle stands right in front of the main entrance of the Vienna International Centre.
  •  Please choose an accommodation at walking distance form the event venue or easily reachable by public transport. Please, make use of your hotel's environmental program.