Smart Inspiration Day 2022 - The annual event of the Smart City Institute is back in person, after two years organised remotely! This fifth edition will be an opportunity to discuss, through conferences, a panel and a networking session, the crucial role of management in the sustainable and intelligent transition of territories. 

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An inspiring event followed by 2 hours of networking
Thursday 24th November 2022
From 14:00 to 18:30 - HEC Liège

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How is management a particularly suitable and relevant entry point for initiating the cross-disciplinary reflection necessary for any sustainable and intelligent transition process? And what are the levers of action and tools at your disposal?

Because of the multiple issues to which it tends to provide a response, each sustainable and smart transition approach undertaken by a territory requires, quite logically, the involvement of different disciplines throughout the process. Although this dynamic is above all multidisciplinary, one of them is a real crossroads between the various disciplines involved in the development of Smart Cities: management (which involves, for example, the notions of strategy, governance, financing, business models, etc.). 

Through the various interventions of our experts and feedback from several cities, including Agadir (Morocco), Wavre or Hannut (Belgium), we propose to discuss together the useful, even essential role of management as well as models, methods and tools from a management school in the framework of a sustainable and smart transition of territories.

We will also have the pleasure of welcoming, during the plenary session, Mr Benoit Hucq, Director General of the Agence du Numérique, as well as Mr Wilfried Niessen, Dean of HEC Liège.


Formalising your Smart City strategy: what impact?    Conference with Jessica Clément, post-doctoral researcher at the Smart City Institute

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s a territory engaged in a process of sustainable and smart transition, how can the formalisation of a Smart City strategy represent an asset? Does formalising a strategy make a difference and what are the concrete positive impacts identified? During her presentation, Jessica Clément, postdoctoral researcher at the Smart City Institute, will review the results of several research studies conducted at the Institute in order to highlight the significant impacts observed throughout the Smart City dynamic when territories have formalised their strategy.


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By Jessica Clement, Post-doctoral researcher at the Smart City Institute. 

Dr. Jessica Clement is a post-doctoral researcher at the Smart City Institute of the HEC Liège School of Management, where she studies public policies and strategies for smart cities and sustainable urban transitions, as well as the development of collaborative ecosystems in smart cities.

She holds a PhD in Economics (with a focus on institutional political economy) from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and previously held a postdoctoral position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), where she collaborated with the International Resource Panel (IRP) to contribute to reports on natural resource management and extractive industries governance. She also helped organise the World Resources Forum (WRF) 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Before obtaining her PhD, Jessica completed the Master 1 in Economics (PSME) and the Master 2 in Applied Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from McGill University (Canada).

Smart Territory approach: a lever for the transition of the city of Agadir    Conference with Zakaria Oulad, Municipal Councillor in charge of the "Agadir Smart City" project

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After being razed to the ground by an earthquake in 1960, Agadir managed to rise quickly from its ashes thanks to a surge of international solidarity. It became one of the most modern cities in Africa and a favourite destination for Europeans in search of sun and tranquillity. The city lowered its guard and experienced twenty years of continuous regression from the year 2000 onwards, before the coup de grace delivered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today, Agadir is rising a second time from its ashes. But if the will is the same, the challenges are different and the recipes for success must therefore also be adapted. It is a Smart Territory approach that is applied this time to make Agadir a metropolis of the future. The ultimate objective is to achieve a sustainable and intelligent transition for and by the citizens in compliance with the objectives of sustainable development and by using technologies - especially new ones - as a means of facilitating this approach. The first results are very promising.


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By Zakaria Oulad, Municipal Councillor in charge of the Agadir Smart City project

Zakaria Oulad is a local councillor in charge of the Agadir Smart City project in Agadir-MAROC. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and senior consultant with a solid international experience in Strategy, Governance, Digitalisation and Business Development. He has worked for Accenture and Deloitte in Belgium and Australia before becoming an entrepreneur and then a politician. Zakaria holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from HELB and a Master's degree in Management from ULB. He is married and has four children.


Why and how to professionalise your Smart City transition?    Panel discussion with Amandine Caprasse (City of Wavre), Amélie Debroux (City of Hannut) and Isabelle Rawart (Agence du Numérique)

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During this discussion, our panelists will share their feedback on the sustainable and smart management of territories in Wallonia. This panel will be an opportunity to review the key issues and best practices in the context of a managerial approach to the Smart City transition. With the participation of :


Amandine Caprasse - SID22

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Amandine Caprasse, Director of Strategy and Attractiveness at the City of Wavre

Trained as a bioengineer and management engineer, the first 10 years of Amandine Caprasse's professional career focused primarily on project management in different sectors (associative, private, public) and different geographical areas (Western Europe and West Africa).
She entered the "Smart City" theme as a consultant for the City of Wavre to set up a digital portal in 2018. She was then hired by the City of Wavre at the end of 2019 as a TSP referent and was responsible for setting up a portfolio management and project management process. Finally, at the end of 2021, an overhaul of the organisation chart enabled her to take over the reins of the "Strategy and Attractiveness" division. Composed of 8 departments (support and business), the division deals with various Smart City themes: sustainable development, organisational strategy, portfolio and project management, the user experience and citizen participation.


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Amélie Debroux, General Director of the City of Hannut

Amélie Debroux has a degree in human resources management and a complementary diploma in public administration (2005). She was successively Secretary of the CPAS of Hélécine (2008), Secretary of the CPAS of Hannut (2010), and in 2013 became Director General of the City of Hannut (16,800 inhabitants).
Passionate about local government, she is keen to make her municipality shine through innovative projects. As a 2018 alumni of the SCI Smart Cities management course, she is aware of the importance of being agile in order to find solutions that will provide a better service to citizens by integrating all stakeholders.

Récemment, la ville de Hannut a remporté plusieurs prix avec son projet d'application Ride & Buy : En octobre, elle a remporté le prix « Smart Commune 2022 » dans le cadre du concours Digital Wallonia Awards - Territoire intelligent et connecté mais aussi le prix "App Champ of the Year 2022" remis par Feweb. Elle s’est vu également décerner en avril dernier le Prix Ardent 2022 des communes pour son application.

Recently, the city of Hannut has won several awards with its Ride & Buy application project: In October, it won the "Smart Commune 2022" award in the Digital Wallonia Awards - Smart and Connected Territory competition and also the "App Champ of the Year 2022" award from Feweb. In April, it was also awarded the Ardent 2022 Prize for municipalities for its application.


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Isabelle Rawart, Smart Territory Advisor at the Agence du Numérique

Within the Foresight and Territorial Intelligence Unit of the AdN (Digital Agency), Isabelle covers various themes such as smart mobility, smart energy, smart commerce, e-tourism, e-health but also territorial open data, hoping to see the completion of data deposits that will allow to feed future digital twins in Wallonia. It is also working to develop and coordinate a real collaborative governance in Wallonia in this area, particularly with referents such as the Smart City Institute, so that supply and demand can be brought together. With more than 25 years of experience, it supports the various local and supralocal authorities in the various stages of their digital transformation, while enabling the emergence of an ecosystem of local service providers and interoperable smart city solutions. At the origin of the dedicated calls for projects, it works to replicate the subsidised projects throughout the territory, to obtain territorial platforms and to increase the application micro-services offered to our citizens.
The role of a business school in the Smart City transition    Panel discussion with Thomas Froehlicher, General Director & Dean of Rennes School of Business and Wilfried Niessen, General Director & Dean of HEC Liege

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To conclude the plenary session, the SCI will have the pleasure to welcome the Directors and Deans of two business schools - HEC Liège, and Rennes School of Business. Through their own experience, this discussion in the form of crossed views will be an opportunity to address the strategic role of management as well as models, methods and tools from a management school in the framework of a sustainable and intelligent transition of territories. With the participation of :


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Thomas Froehlicher, General Director & Dean of Rennes School of Business

Thomas Froehlicher has been General Director of Rennes School of Business since 1 January 2018. He is a regular speaker on international accreditation panels for business schools (AACSB and EQUIS). He is also Vice-President of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, in charge of the International Commission.  
He previously worked as General Director and Dean of Kedge Business School, HEC Liège, and ICN Business School, and as General Delegate of ARTEM Nancy. He has been an ordinary professor of strategic management at the University of Lorraine since 2001 (currently on leave).


Wilfried Niessen - SID 22


Wilfried Niessen, General Director & Dean of HEC Liege

 Wilfried Niessen has been active in lecturing and business management for 30 years. He set up four companies in the fields of information technology for management (ERP), advising and accountancy-taxation. He is a chartered accountant and tax specialist. For many years, he has combined solid practical experience and lecturing through various publications (Comprenez votre comptable, Versta uw boekhouder, Tableau de Bord et business plan, etc.) and high-level training in public companies and institutions. His areas of expertise are accountancy, business simulations, finance for non-financial managers, IT for management and the setting up of businesses. He is a consultant and trainer for businesses. The last 10 years, his professional focus has been the Business School. He has taught at ESCA, Shenzhen University, Fachhochschule Würzburg. He is member of the Advisory Board of Hohenheim University. Since 2011, he is member of the Board of Director of HEC Liège, first as Academic Director for Strategic Development, then Interim Dean, Director of EXED, First Vice-Dean and now Dean and Director General since 2017.


Finally, following the conferences and the panel discussion, we invite you to take part in a convivial networking moment, from 16:30 to 18:30, as a drink. After 2 editions organised remotely, this 2022 edition is the ideal opportunity to renew contact, but also to continue exchanges with the Walloon Smart City/Smart Region ecosystem and to federate a real network. Thematic discussion tables will also be proposed during the event.

How to register

Registration is free of charge (but mandatory) and can be done online, via our registration form, until Tuesday 22 November 2022. Limited number of participants.

Contacts and questions: if you have any questions about the content of this event and/or your registration, please contact us: 


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With the support of Wallonia in the framework of its Smart Region programme, part of its Digital Wallonia strategy.
updated on 12/1/22

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