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Renato de Castro

Smart City Expert


He has 20+ years of professional experience in developing market entry strategies and managing investments attraction to smart cities development worldwide and he is mentoring and advising startups for "going-global" strategies.


  • 2016 - DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (2015-2018) , Maastricht School of Management

  • 2001 - MASTER , Hochschule Bremen

  • 1998 - BS , Universidade Federal da Paraíba

  • 1991 - HIGHSCHOOL , Escola tecnica primeiro de maio


SHOWCASING AND SCALING CITY INNOVATION WITH A FOCUS ON IOT AND URBAN TECHNOLOGY - Cities 4.0 Summit - 21 - 23 March 2017, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park | Australia The Cities 4.0 Summit brings together city leaders, business leaders, designers, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world to find ways to make cities better. It is where ingenious ideas are applied to real urban challenges in order to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment. Central to the conference proposition is a sophisticated, high level conference agenda that exposes attendees to new ideas, creates new connections and fuels inspiration. From smart city leaders and strategists, to IoT and urban tech innovators, design experts and researchers.

Smart Cities Wheel - SCW is a vibrant indian start-up that developed a pending patent 12 Key Performance Indicator based data visualization tool that will not only help deploy and build smart cities, but it will also sustain them for future generations. The main role of the chief advisor is to support the boar to hit the right direction in the business and play the role of negotiate and advisor at the time of critical decision making.

Commercial Real Estate Financing, Inc. is a comprehensive commercial real estate mortgage-banking organization offering a full gamut of financing solutions for clients on a national and international basis. it has just launched a b=new department fully oriented to the developments of Smart Cities in global scale. Using long-term relationships with worldwide funding sources, CREF provides tailored financing solutions for transactions including construction projects, EB-5 financing, permanent financing, tax credit financing, TIF financing, along with letters of credit and lines of credit. Loan amounts begin at $30 million and maximize at $750 million.

Asia-Pacific is a frontier of growth and development, having embraced disruptive trends in its journey to grow. This eco-system depicts an eclectic mix of cities. Today we are more connected than ever before. We use technology to enhance, share and control the world around us. Improved communication, participation and collaboration have increased with access to data and information for agencies, institutions and citizens. Smart Cities Asia will be structured around seven main themes: Smart Development: Building for a Greater Generation Smart ICT: City Beyond Technology Smart Mobility: Moving Fast Forward Smart Citizens: Integrating the People Smart Energy: Transformation Towards Efficient Energy Smart Water Management: Using ICT to Solve Problems Smart Waste Management: Adopting Sustainable Practices Today’s cities are laboratories for technology, connectivity, networks and initiatives, driven by citizens and entrepreneurs together with governments and institutions. Smart Cities Asia 2016 will bring together all these stakeholders under a single platform to envision and realize the concept of how future cities will look like.

Actual Smart City magazine is the global-leading publication about Smart City with more than 400.000 monthly visits, it is present in 120 countries and 1.500 cities all over the world. It is a great pleasure for me to start this new cooperation as columnist and video blogger. I have been following smart cities’ projects for almost one decade. Just in 2015, I visited personally 25 vibrant projects around the world. 2016 will not be different, I have already 15 speeches scheduled in world-class congresses, so it will be definitely a great opportunity to be following the new trends and sharing everything with you. Responsibility must not remain only within the government, on the contrary, Smart City is primarily a lifestyle, an attitude, and it must be born in the society. Follow me and please leave there also your comments and suggestions:

Leading Cities is designed to harness the power of a network of leaders around the world, united by common environments and challenges despite their vast differences in location, language, culture and tradition. The existing network of partner cities includes Barcelona, Spain; Boston, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Haifa, Israel; Hamburg, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Lyon, France; Vancouver, Canada; Zapopan, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Research associate and senior consultant in Smart City development at Eu-Asia Global Business Research Center. Connecting East & West through the higher purpose of fostering economic and human development with the generation (research), dissemination (training) and exchange (consulting) of business, scientific and philosophical knowledge.

The primary responsibility of a WeGO Advisor is to make a strong commitment to WeGO’s mission and to support the WeGO Secretariat in fulfilling such mission by providing technical, strategic and organizational advice. One of the main attributions is to provide technical and substantive advice on WeGO programs, projects and activities, including WeGO e-Government training programs and CeDS Online Platform. Provide strategic advice for WeGO’s short-, medium- and long-term road maps.