As part of the World Urban Forum taking place in Katowice, Poland from 26-30 June, the ICC will host an event bringing together several participating cities and regions in the Challenge to share their experience and lessons learned from collaborative governance initiatives with focus on accelerating the twin green and digital transition. The 1.5hour session will consist of short inspiring pitches from Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Milan and Porto, followed by a roundtable discussion.

The key objective of the session is to present concrete experiences and approaches to collaborative governance from various cities and their ecosystems. The discussion will focus on key challenges and barriers in setting up and sustaining collaborative approaches, the role of various public and private parties, and the digital and social innovations central to these collaborations. More specifically, the session will: Share and connect knowledge about different aspects and approaches for collective collaboration on key societal challenges and transitions Reflect on the key barriers, challenges and opportunities for scaling / transferring these collaborative approaches Consider the role of technological and social innovations necessary for successful collaborative approaches



Welcome and introduction:

  • Dana Eleftheriadou, Head of Cities and Proximity Team, DG GROW


  • Sena Segbedzi, Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Coordinator, OECD  

City speakers:

  • Leonie van den Beuken, Programme Director, Amsterdam Smart City
  • Ana Carneiro, Porto Digital
  • Agnese Bianchi, Head of the Smart City Unit, Municipality of Milano
  • Katarzyna Kobierska, Director of City Development Bureau, Municipality of Gliwice
  • Isabella Longo, Project Director, BIT Habitat - Urban Innovation Centre, Barcelona City Council