EU Smart Cities Architect
Vladimir Bataev is an independent expert in smart and circular urban solutions — applications of novel technology in urban environments. He focuses on tight integration of transport, energy and urban infrastructure with the help of ICT. He facilitates strong collaborations between municipalities, urban designers, architects and technologists, with particular emphasis on startups and SMEs. In 2015, he founded and headed the Smart Urban Solutions Unit at the smart transport and logistics solution provider EsperantoXL (NL). This unit focused on applied research, consulting and project implementation of smart urban solutions at the intersection of information technology, data analysis, urban design, architecture and policy frameworks. In 2016, Vladimir was nominated for the Global Smart City Leader and Promoter Award by the Smart Cities UK programem. In 2017, together with Boyd Cohen (the author of the definitive Smart City Wheel model), he developed and taught a people-/innovation-centric smart city induction course to the municipality officials at the Public Administration Academy of Kazakhstan. Since 2018, he is an international advisor in the Advice for Small Businesses initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.