Adam Beck

Ex-EcoDistricts innovation head Adam Beck has been announced as founding executive director of the Smart Cities Council’s Australian and New Zealand operations.

The smart cities advocacy body has a goal to make cities “liveable, workable and sustainable”.

Mr Beck said the first job of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand would be to create a “readiness guide” for the region.

“The time has come to build on existing successes and unleash the full potential of the smart cities movement here in the region, to apply digital technology and intelligent design practices to build the best cities we can, for our communities to thrive and prosper,” Mr Beck said.

“We want to show cities that it is possible today to solve many of our global problems one city at a time and that great progress is being made around the globe.”

His appointment was welcomed by Smart Cities Council chair Jesse Berst, who said Mr Beck’s depth of experience in city building, collaboration and building mission-driven organisations was “exceptional”.

“His deep knowledge in market transformation practices and sustainable community development will be a significant benefit not only to the Australia New Zealand smart cities market place, but in other regions as well,” Mr Berst said.

Mr Berst said the Australian and NZ operation was the next step in the region’s contribution to solving climate change “and the need to innovate to resolve inequality and deliver economic development”.

“Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand has been positioned as a market accelerator and advisor. Through advocacy and action, capacity building and knowledge sharing, we hope to shape a common language for the market, and support projects, policies and plans that harness the benefits of digital technology and intelligent design,” he said.

The Seattle-based Smart Cities Council was launched in 2012 and launched its first international hub in India in 2015. More hubs are soon expected to be launched in Europe, the Middle East and China.