Edward EmmanuelSmart Docklands Project Management and Governance Lead at Smart Dublin
Edward looks after project management and governance in Smart Docklands, a unique world-class smart city testbed in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands area. Smart Docklands is the first of its kind in Ireland and globally, where the municipality and academia have funded a Project Management Office (PMO) to play intermediary amongst government, the tech and startup community, business owners, universities, research centers, and citizens of Dublin. This innovative ‘quad helix model’ has secured strategic global partnerships with Google, IBM, AT&T, Accenture, Dense Air, Microsoft, Vodafone, Autodesk, Mastercard, Intel, and Softbank. Smart Docklands successfully facilitates and enables the testing and trialling of smart city solutions by identifying real local challenges and working with diverse stakeholders to come up with lasting solutions. This includes pioneering the world’s first ‘Neutral Host Model’ for 5G connectivity. Edward helps to drive key projects, ensuring progress, deliverables, and milestones are achieved. He also helps to shape the processes and structures around project engagement, otherwise known as project governance, for the wider Smart Dublin initiative. His background is in Information Technology and Information Management, taking a keen interest in innovative companies and their ability to commercialise novel products and services.