Using data for accelerated climate action and resilience

14. September 16:00 - 17:30

Cities in Europe are working intensively in their territories to reduce GHG emissions while adapting to the effects of climate change. Cities are developing new and innovative projects bringing together new data sources, technologies and partners that help them understand the urban environment, climate change impacts and how they can respond faster in this changing world.  In this session we will hear from practitioners, how data could enhance integrated climate action and facilitate better decision-making processes on a local level, including the use of tools such as the Google Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE). The session will also help participants to reflect on the future of data-driven approaches and new technologies on a city level that put citizens in the centre of decision making processes.


Emmy Papazoglou

Director of Division of Strategic Planning, Resilience, Innovation and Documentation - Municipality of Athens

EmmY Papazoglous, Director of Division of Strategic Planning, Resilience, Innovation and Documentation - Municipality of Athens

Grammatiki (Emmy) Papazoglou is the Director of Division of Strategic Planning, Resilience, Innovation and Documentation of the Municipality of Athens. She works as charge for the green transition of the City of Athens and as charge of the European Programs. She has been carried out further training in France, while from 2005 to 2009 she worked for the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE). The main fields of her research work are cultural management, local government, City Resilience. She is doctoral candidate of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She has authored books and articles in scientific journals. She has worked in positions of responsibility, in particular as Director of Education and Lifelong Learning of the Municipality of Athens. She participates in EU programs since 1998 like the Program of twinned towns “Europe for Citizens, the Program “Creative Europe “(2014-2020) etc. She also participates in international conferences of the Ministry of Interior in cooperation with local associations of municipalities and regions.

Camille Magnan

Project Manager, Air Pays de la Loire

Camille Magnan, Project Manager, Air Pays de la Loire

After graduating from a French engineering school and obtaining a master's degree in innovations, I started working in the digital sector before joining Air Pays de la Loire 2 years ago to set up and implement innovation projects for the citizens of the Nantes area ("Pays de la Loire" territory) on the subject of air quality. We are considering how best to educate citizens about air quality to help them change their habits. The goal is to reduce pollution and improve the air that people breathe.

Bettina Tratz-Ryan

Research Vice President, Gartner Inc.

Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Research Vice President, Gartner Inc.

Bettina Tratz-Ryan is a Vice President Research and responsible for intelligent urban ecosystem research that includes smart city and industry stakeholders. Ms. Tratz-Ryan analyzes the strategic citizen impact and business value of data and information analytics, data exchanges and the development of digital society and their industrial environment. Her expertise integrates technology models with services and business measures creating urban subsystems. such as smart districts or buildings. She developed the Gartner Annual Digital Citizen Equity Index describing digital empowerment and digital trust of citizens.  She is building environmental sustainability roadmaps compliant to DIN EN ISO 14001 (1221-2009). With Gartner for 25 years, she has more than 30 years of experience in digitalization for utilities, transportation or local governments. She received four Gartner Thought Leadership awards for her smart city research, smart machines as well as for digital sustainability. She was named by StateTech Magazine as one of 30 must-read state and local government IT influencers in 2019 and one of the Top 50 Female IT Influencers in Germany in 2021.

Estefania Lahera

Software Engineer, Google

Estefania Lahera, Software Engineer, Google

Estefania Lahera is a software engineer for Google's Environmental Insights Explorer. Google's Environmental Insights Explorer provides transportation and buildings carbon emissions estimates at the city scale, as well as estimated rooftop solar energy potential. While on EIE, Estefania has primarily worked on the buildings emissions estimates, including EIE's latest refresh - you can find details in this blog post.

Luis Tejero

Officer Department of Climate Change, Madrid City Council

Luis Tejero, Officer Department of Climate Change, Madrid City Council

Agricultural engineer and Master in City Science. He has been working for Municipality of Madrid since 2005. His activity has been developed at different departments, Parks & Gardens, Environmental Education and since last years at Energy and Climate Change Dept. Currently he is working on Climate Change policies, focusing on coordination of Adaptation to Climate Change city programs

Akshay Sriprasad

Product Manager, Google

Akshay Sriprasad, Product Manager, Google


Akshay Sriprasad is a Product Manager for Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) at Google, focused on helping cities mitigate their climate impact through applied geospatial data/insights. He’s dedicated his career to the development and commercialization of transformative ClimateTech, having supported business development/go-to-market efforts at X, The Moonshot Factory, led energy systems AI research projects as an NSF IGERT Fellow while at UT Austin and consulted for the Austin Technology Incubator and Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Mexico). Akshay loves connecting with mission-driven, cross-disciplinary change-makers who want to leave a positive mark through their work (like he does!) and tries to spend his free-time immersed in a variety of mental/physical flow states.

Akshay holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (where he graduated with Dean’s Honors with Distinction), an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Chemical Engineering (Honors) from The University of Arizona, where he received a full-ride merit scholarship.


Alis-Daniela Torres

Senior Officer Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

Alis-Daniela Torres, Senior Officer Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

Alis-Daniela Torres' work is focused on helping cities advance on sustainable energy and climate action planning processes, smart city services development and business models creation for urban sustainability projects. Daniela’s work draws on more than 15 years of diverse experience in energy and environmental management, climate change studies, public policy and sustainable innovation practices. Daniela is an Environmental Engineer and holds Master’s Degrees in Sustainable Energy Development and City Sciences.  Daniela supports ICLEI as a technical expert in the Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team since 2018.