Smart Cities with purpose: Let’s do this - Premios Verdes

Smart Cities with purpose: Let’s do this


We will present proposals and solutions that incorporate innovation, project development, programs and policies that encourage the transformation of cities.

City: Miami, Florida

Date: Wednesday, April 20 2022

Time: 16:20 - 17:45 MIA

Place: Fieldhouse at Watsco Center - University of Miami

Language: English & Spanish


Juanita Álvarez


Juanita Alvarez focuses on fostering collaboration between Green Building Councils at a global, regional and local scale, promoting an active engagement towards climate action. Notably, she promotes the policy and advocacy work with cities in Latin America to develop roadmaps towards net-zero carbon buildings and the achievement of the NDCs and the Paris Agreements.

Oliver Schaper

Design Resilience Leader at Gensler

Oliver is an interdisciplinary Design Director and the Global Cities & Urban Design Resilience Leader whose expertise is developing holistic, civic-minded, and sustainable places. Based in Gensler's New York office, Oliver oversees and spearheads planning and urban design projects, strategies, and communication tools for projects including master plans, environmental systems, commercial and institutional headquarters, mixed-use campuses, and residential developments. Oliver’s recent work includes the master plan and design for a 22-building waterfront development in Istanbul; an area-wide master plan for downtown Brooklyn; and a net-positive residential complex with electric car sharing in Ontario. Oliver has taught at various universities and has built a reputation as a leader in his field through his regular presence at industry events, speaking on various topics, participating on juries, and acting in expert advisory roles. Oliver is a fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

Alejandra Robledo

Manager of Creation of Social Capital of Constructora Bolívar

From Manizales (city in Columbia), Robledo is the mother of Llona( 13) and Mateo (11). She has a degree in Finance and International Relations from the Foreign University of Columbia and is a PhD candidate in Public Policy from the Autonomous University of Madrid. In 1998 and 1999, she worked as Office Advisor of the Government of Cundinamarca and Director of Concessions of the Department. In 2005 and 2006, she worked at Banco Santander in Madrid in the Vice Presidency of Social Responsibility of the Bank. In 2007, she was Staff Researcher at Columbia University in New York and since 2008 she has worked at Constructora Bolivar where she started as Director of Social Responsibility. As of 2011, she is manager of Social Capital Creation.

Ryan C.C. Chin

CoFounder and COO at TRAM

He is a leading expert in the area of Smart Cities and urban mobility systems. He was the Managing Director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab (2012-2015) where innovative research was conducted on urban housing, transport, energy, and big data analytics. He researched Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand Systems – a network of self‑driving, shared-use, electric vehicles (EVs). He developed EVs including the GreenWheel, RoboScooter, Persuasive Electric Vehicle, and the CityCar a foldable, electric, two-person vehicle. Time Magazine named the CityCar the “Automotive Invention of the Year” (2007). His research led to the MIT Press publication of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century by Mitchell, Borroni-Bird, and Burns (2010).


David L. Kelly

Academic Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Business at the University of Miami Herbert Business School

He was chair of the economics department from 2005-8 and has formerly held positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Kelly has published widely on optimal climate change policy, adaptation to climate change, the design of environmental regulation, the economic impact of hurricanes, and the effect of economic growth on the environment. Research authored/co-authored by Professor Kelly has appeared in leading journals including Science, Nature, the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the Journal of Economic Theory. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, and other federal agencies. Professor Kelly is an award-winning teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. level.