Alex Mateo, Senior Key Account Manager, Libelium

Alex Mateo is Libelium’s Senior Key Account Manager Smart Cities, focusing on market growth and sustainable development in Europe and North America.
He is in charge of Smart Cities partnerships, airports and Smart Cities market researches in the UK and the USA. He also leads the development of tender documents and proposals.

Mateo studied Environmental Sciences in Alcalá de Henares University in Madrid. After completing his postgraduate degree in Water Resources Engineering, he began his career as an environmental consultant, working with City Councils in sustainable development projects.

He has also moderated important debates involving municipalities, the public, businesses and NGOs and assessed sustainable development management. At Libelium he added technology to this expertise in public sector to carry out Smart Cities projects.

Declan Hadley, Digital Health Lead, Lancashire and Cumbria Change Programme

Declan has worked in the NHS for over twenty years. He started his NHS career as a Psychiatric Nurse, moving quickly into Information Management in the 1990s where he worked in a number of different roles across the North West.

Over the last ten years, Declan has been working as Health Informatics Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where he has overseen the development innovative mobile solutions, new clinical applications and technology to support an agile workforce.


Alison Mitchell, Executive Director, Sensor City

Alison Mitchell is executive director at Sensor City, a collaborative venture between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, and a flagship University Enterprise Zone which will drive sensor technology and development across the UK. 

Alison, who will lead the venture to establish it as a viable business and a key driver of economic growth for the Liverpool City Region, joined Sensor City from BT Business, where she was Chief Information Officer – a position in which she helped transform the telecom giant's products and services and technical delivery.

Her career spans 30 years in senior marketing, product development and business leadership roles across a range of small to large companies. Alison has two masters including an MBA from Cranfield University.

Priya Prakash, Founder, D4SC

Priya is founder of London-based award-winning Design for Social Change (D4SC). Her focus is improving public infrastructure planning and development in real time, by combining big data with active citizen engagement.

D4SC’s Changify and Citizen Canvas platforms have been piloted in UK and Europe with plans for rollout in SE Asia. She is on ‘Tech City Insider 100’, IBM’s ‘People for Smarter Cities’.

Before D4SC, Priya led the global design team as Head of Mobile Phone User Experience at Nokia. At the BBC, she was lead-designer and co-inventor of iPlayer with joint patents.

Vishal Chatrath, CEO and co-founder, PROWLER.io

Vishal Chatrath is CEO and co-founder of PROWLER.io, a decision making platform (DMP) that will simplify the future.

PROWLER.io's team of Cambridge-based, world-class researchers creates Machine Learning technologies to help you understand, guide and optimise the millions of micro-decisions that occur in complex, dynamic environments.

Its platform will transform fields like systems engineering, autonomous vehicles, game design and smart city planning.

Vishal was previously head of automotive at Nokia, founder of Chleon Automotive and Chief Business Officer of VocalIQ, which was acquired by Apple in 2015.

Helen Goulding, Executive Director,  Nesta

Helen is an Executive Director at Nesta and leads our Innovation Lab.

The Lab’s mission is to support and scale innovation for the public good; working with partners to run innovation funds and programmes, open innovation processes and challenge prizes. Our focus is broad, supporting innovation in education, local government, democratic engagement, the collaborative economy, the arts and civil society.

Helen joined Nesta in April 2009 and joined the executive team in May 2013. She is a board member of the Behavioural Insights Team.

Before joining Nesta, Helen worked in the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She spent five years consulting in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive television services.

She regularly speaks in the UK and abroad on the subject of public and social innovation, and has a long-standing interest in the rise of the Collaborative (or sharing) Economy.

Helen holds degrees in Philosophy and in Responsibility & Business Practice.

Richard Woodling, BSC ENG, MIET, APM, Ordnance Survey

Richard Woodling is a Client and Programme Manager currently leading projects within OS’s Smart City practice.  He is a Member of the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Registered Project Professional at the Association for Project Management (APM).

Originally an Electronic design engineer, for more than 25 years, Richard is a highly experienced, Project Manager versed in delivering complex projects across many industries where tight cost and change control is important, building efficiencies to ensure that programmes and projects deliver value for money on time.  Richard has a strong technical background and coupled with his project delivery skills, has enabled Richard to be the ideal choice for the recent 5G research project with Met Office and 5GIC to understand the effects of the geo-spatial environment on 5G mmwave signal propagation. 

He typically manages project teams of more than 20 people across multiple sites, including across multiple countries, and has been responsible for managing concurrent projects worth over £15m.  Richard has an excellent record of delivery through collaborative working and building trusted relationships with both customers and suppliers.