The Experts

Cristina Bueti, Counsellor, ITU Focal point on Climate Change
Cristina Bueti is the ITU Focal Point on Environment and Smart Sustainable Cities. She is also the Counsellor of ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)” at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She also serves as TSB/ITU focal point for Latin America. Cristina Bueti graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Law and International Cooperation and Development of the University of Florence, where she completed postgraduate studies in International Cooperation and Telecommunications Law in Europe. She also holds a specialization in Environmental Law with a special focus on Telecommunications. In 2003, Ms. Bueti built on her academic credentials by completing a specialized course in peace keeping and international cooperation with special focus on telecommunications at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, before joining the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2004. As part of the International Women’s Day 2016, she was named as one of the twenty Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment. She has authored over 40 reports on telecommunication issues. A native Italian speaker, Cristina is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Victoria Papp, Consultant, ITU
Victoria Papp is a consultant at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), supporting ITU-T Study Group 20 on ‘Internet of Things and Smart Cities and Communities’ and ITU-T Study Group 5 on ‘Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy’. Ms. Papp consults as a subject matter expert helping to create global standards, strategic initiatives and reports that support cities in addressing climate change issues through digital transformation to make a positive impact globally. She has a strong focus on analytical research in sustainability, digital transformation, environmental science, resilience, and wellbeing, where she has co-authored several publications on these topics. Victoria also supports the smart and sustainable development of the built environment through standardization in her position at the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada.  Victoria holds a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Science and Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Urban Sustainability from Ryerson University in Canada. Victoria is fluent in Hungarian, English and French.

The Class

Digital transformation offers a unique opportunity to advance global goals, and it is increasingly being embraced to drive urban governance, address socio-spatial disparities, and promote integrated sustainable development. Digital transformation can help cities and communities better serve their inhabitants, enable and empower them in their day-to-day lives, and build inclusive and resilient communities that enhance the human urban experience for all.

This lesson will explore how digital technologies have enabled cities to reimagine how they manage urban complexities and infrastructure, from enhancing cities’ responsiveness to optimizing energy efficiency to improving access to public services. It will provide participants with an introduction to how digital transformation can make cities smarter and more sustainable and provide the opportunity to address environmental issues and reduce global emissions.

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Thursday, 10 November 2022 from 4PM CET – Register here

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