Public Talk with Dr Hila Oren | Tel Aviv: Smart City Leadership

Join us for a public talk with Dr Hila Oren - a global leader in creating and rebranding a city's narrative, a champion of entrepreneurialism and philanthropy, and a city-maker - who will present on Tel Aviv’s success as a leader in smart city initiatives.

Dr Oren will talk about the importance of mayoral leadership, and how a city’s most valued assets—its citizens—have provided a city environment that is home to every group and minority, and a place where creative and entrepreneurial economies grow.

This event is co-hosted by UNSW Built Environment People & Place Research Cluster and the Smart Social Spaces Research Team.

Red Centre Gallery, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus (H13 on the map)
Event date: 
05 Feb 2020 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Speaker biography

Since 2016 Dr Hila Oren has been the CEO of The Tel Aviv Foundation, Israel. By aligning public-private funds, Hila identifies and supports the vision of Tel Aviv’s Mayor and the Municipality through place-making projects to improve the lives of citizens.

Hila previously founded and served as CEO of Tel Aviv Global, an initiative started by the Mayor’s Office of Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality. During her term, the Startup City vision was formed, showcasing a municipal strategic plan for investors, entrepreneurs, tourists and students, connecting a city platform with a private initiative. As a result, in 2014 Tel Aviv-Yafo was awarded the title ‘Best Smart City in the World’. Hila has longstanding relationships with municipalities world-wide. In 2017 she was Christchurch’s first Thinker in Residence as part of that city’s rebranding strategy.

Dr Hila Oren has a PhD from the Department of Geography at Haifa University, a BA and MBA from Tel Aviv University, and completed an Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.