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Dr. Renato De Castro

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Name: Dr. Renato De Castro

Title: Sr. Smart City Expert & Investment Attraction

Other Titles: International Keynote & TedX Speaker, World Traveller, Writer, Columnist, Video Blogger for Digital Transformation, ICT & IoT Expert,  Academician, Board Member, Urbanization Strategist, Business Development, Mentor

Vision: His vision is to foster Smart Economy and Investments between Smart Cities worldwide by developing unique internationalization, investment attraction and urbanization strategies.

Short Biography:

Renato de Castro is a world traveller. He is vice-president International Affairs at The Brazilian Human Smart Cities Network and Smart City Ambassador of TM Forum. He is senior vice president for smart city investments at Commercial Real Estate Financing, Inc., an American equity infusion & grant funding bank based in Pennsylvania, US. He is also member of the advisory board of Smart Cities Asia 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, global advisory board of Leading Cities NGO, Boston, US and member of the advisory board of Architect Corner, from Hyderabad, India.

Renato is International advisor for The World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, with headquarters in Seoul, and founder, executive board member and senior consultant at Baumann Consultancy Network for Smart Cities projects and internationalization strategies. 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.

He is currently Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Maastricht School of Management , Netherlands, with his doctoral research field in Smart Cities. He is also writer and video blogger at Actual Smart City Magazine, the global-leading publication about Smart City with more than 400.000 monthly visits, present in 120 countries and 1.500 cities all over the world. De Castro has lectured as an MBA professor for 17 years, responsible for the subjects/courses on international marketing and globalization strategies at several Universities.

He is a world-renowned speaker/lecturer on international strategies and investments attraction for smart cities in more than 30 global events in 25 countries, including 2 TEDx Talks.