• Do’s and Don'ts: How To Build Resilient Smart Communities For The Future

    Med: Nicolaie Moldovan, Senior Urban Development Specialist på European Parliament

    In this session, I will cover the top tips and key recommendations in sustainable and inclusive development for recovering and emerging communities, with a vision for the future.
    This will include looking at how Smart City initiatives not only help in transforming the quality of life of your citizens, creating jobs and safer communities, but also play a key role in securing public and private funding for crucial infrastructure that provide cities with long-lasting resilience.

    Along the way, I will also cover the reasons why a fool-proof and effectively managed city project needs sustainability and social cohesion as part of its key pillars, and why the impact must be felt first and foremost by your citizens before it can truly benefit everybody else.

    • Learning objectives:
      • Top tips in sustainable and inclusive development for local communities, including smart city development and resilience solutions
      • Top tips in securing public and private financial support at local, regional, national and international levels and effectively managing your project
      • Start local, go global: how your success and experience at local government level, including pioneering ideas, can turn into a crucial reference point for world leaders


    Om: Nicolaie Moldovan

    Nicolaie Moldovan is a Senior Urban Development Specialist, experienced in developing opportunities for local communities. Over the course of his 18-year career, he has specialized in sustainable and inclusive development with public and private international financial support, project management, European affairs, local governments and public policies and Smart City initiatives.

    As City Manager for the Alba Iulia municipality in Alba County, Romania, between 2012-2019, Nicolaie played a key role in securing initiatives to turn Alba Iulia into a pioneering Smart City, becoming a testing hotbed for groundbreaking technologies before they expanded across the rest of the country as well as throughout Europe. Through this process, he secured public and private funding projects worth over €300m that helped transform the city into one of the most prosperous in Romania, significantly improving the quality of life for its citizens.

    Nicolaie was also an instrumental part of the project which saw the transfer of ownership of Alba Iulia’s historical citadel from the army to the city, effectively ending its use as an army base to become the city’s central cultural and social hub, as well as its main tourist attraction after extensive renovation through European Union funds.

    Since 2019, Nicolaie splits his time between Alba Iulia and Brussels, where he is Policy Advisor for Cohesion Policy, Regional Development & Budget at the European Parliament.