September 2017 Conference

Smart Utilities: A Bridge to Smart Cities of the Future

Hosted by:

SUEZ & The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Conference Description:

The conference will discuss how Smart Cities use information and communication technology to improve their management, operation and sustainability. They combine information from their infrastructures such as water, energy and transportation with public services to make intelligent decisions about current events as well as to plan for their future. Smart Cities rely on real-time data collection networks, communicate information through wired and wireless pathways and use sophisticated data analytics to accomplish this goal. The conference will draw from examples where innovative water utilities that collect continuous information on water quality, system reliability and provide important consumption metrics to their customers can serve as working examples and even be the backbone for a Smart City’s comprehensive network.


The Wharton IGEL Blog features recent posts on the circular economy.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!




Eric Orts
Guardsmark Professor, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Management, Director, Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)


Eric Orts is a professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics with a secondary appointment in Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Wharton since 1991 with prior legal experience for two years at Paul Weiss in New York City.

Patrick Cairo
Emeritus Founding Corporate Advisory Board Member, Wharton IGEL Former Executive Vice President, SUEZ


Patrick Cairo has over forty-five years of experience in the water industry, including twenty-five years with Suez where he was the founder and CEO of SUEZ Environmental Services, its municipal and industrial services business in North America.

Rich Henning
Senior Vice President, SUEZ


Richard W. Henning delivers a unique combination of corporate and government experience with extensive expertise in marketing, public relations, corporate communications and community relations. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Communications, Community Relations and Proposal Development for SUEZ in North America.

Charles Brennan
Chief Information Officer, City of Philadelphia


Charles Brennan is the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Information Officer. Charles worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for 33 years, spending the last 20 years in the Information Technology (IT) Department. During his time in IT he took on increasing responsibilities including the management of the Department’s programming staff, 911 systems, GIS systems, Drug and DNA laboratories and communications network

Howard Neukrug
Faculty, Earth & Environmental Science


Mr. Neukrug is the former Commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water, where he was responsible for utility operations, environmental compliance, engineering, legal and policy decisions, and more for Philadelphia’s drinking water, wastewater, & stormwater system. He is currently a Professor of Practice in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Allegretti
Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Rubicon Global


Michael Allegretti is the Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Rubicon Global where he is now writing the playbook for how we improve urban mobility in an increasingly app-based transportation world.

Debra McCarty
Commissioner Philadelphia Water Department


Debra McCarty is Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department.  She began her career with Philadelphia Water in 1982 as a sanitary engineer at the Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant. In 2004, she became deputy water commissioner of the Operations Division, managing 3 drinking water treatment plants, 3 wastewater treatment plants, 3,200 miles of water mains, and more throughout Philadelphia.

Emily Schapira
Vice Chair & Executive Director, Philadelphia Energy Commission


Emily Schapira is PEA’s Executive Director and current Vice Chair of the board. Emily joined PEA as an employee in June 2016 to execute the Philadelphia Energy Campaign.  Prior to joining PEA full time, Emily was Director of Global Accounts for the Lighting category for WESCO Distribution, and worked on sustainability for Verizon and Intel.

David Stanton
President, Utility Operations and Federal Services, Suez


David Stanton serves as president of SUEZ in North America’s Utility Operations and Federal Services and is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of regulated water and wastewater businesses across the nation. David has over 25 years of experience in the water industry, in the United States and abroad.

Ellen Hwang
Program Manager for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia


As the Program Manager for Innovation Management for the City of Philadelphia, Ellen Hwang develops and implements strategic programs and initiatives that seek to increase organization’s capacity, efficiency, and cross-departmental collaboration.

Mitch Gainer
MBA/MPA Joint Degree, The Wharton School, Harvard Kennedy School


Mitch Gainer is currently pursuing a dual MBA/MPA joint degree.  He has also worked as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he was responsible for engaging external stakeholders to build support for the President’s Trade Agenda.

Mary Johnston
MBA Candidate, The Wharton School


Mary Johnston is a Wharton student with experience at the intersection of business and technology. She has experience in strategy consulting, enterprise technology implementations, agile product development, design thinking, and product management.

Claire Tramm
MBA Candidate, The Wharton School 


Claire Tramm is currently pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School.  She has experience as a venture capital investment associate at GE Ventures and as a private equity investment associate at Palladin Consumer Retail Partners.

David Mazzocco
Associate Director of Sustainability, The Wharton School


David Mazzocco brings unique experience and management strengths to planning and implementing carbon reduction initiatives for positive, sustainable change as Associate Director of Sustainability for the Wharton School. He has technical and management expertise in sustainable, energy efficient building design and operation, and is a LEED accredited professional.

Dan Garofalo
Environmental Sustainability Director, University of Pennsylvania


Daniel Garofalo is the University of Pennsylvania’s first Environmental Sustainability Director, charged with leading Penn’s commitment to reducing the University’s carbon footprint and improving its environmental performance. An architect with more than 20 years of design and project management experience, Dan is active in numerous volunteer and civic organizations. 

Steve Davis
Digital Business Transformation Leader, GE


As development leader at GE Power, Water & Process Technologies, Steve Davis provides strategic direction and program management for the business’ digital initiative, and the innovation and growth for its Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. His main role is to expand Water & Process Technologies’ leadership in the digital industrial space.

Brad A. Molotsky
Partner, Duane Morris


Brad A. Molotsky practices in the area of real estate law. Mr. Molotsky’s primary practice is focused in the areas of commercial leasing, acquisitions and divestitures, property management, financing and real estate joint ventures (including mixed-use development). He also has deep experience in board governance and managing public company issues such as enterprise risk, internal audit, compensation, proxy statement preparation and review, as well as energy efficiency and sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Vasileios Nasis
President & CEO, Netronix Inc. 


As President and CEO of Netronix, Vasileios Nasis drives intuitive solutions to tackle difficult technological problems and democratize technology.  In 2010 Netronix entered the market and after only several years of research and development Netronix introduced to the world their internet of things (IoT) platform, a remote monitoring solution that adds value to Environment, Energy, Fleet and further sectors and industries.

Avi Patwardhan
Managing Director Smart Cities, Jacobs


With 30 years of experience for 50+ clients in North America and overseas—both in the public (local, state and federal) and private sectors, Dr. Patwardhan’s passion is spotlighting how emerging technologies are impacting cities, utilities and organizations as they plan, build, and manage infrastructure assets.

Peter Murray
Executive Director, Dense Networks


Petter Murray is the Executive Director of the Social Think Tank, Dense Networks.  At CCP, he taught Intro to IT and Intro to Business to inner city youth and probably learned more there than anywhere else he’s been. He has taught E Commerce and Technology for Competitive Advantage at Temple University and helped develop the Entrepreneurial program at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Alex Korrham
Founder and GM, MachineQ, Comcast


Alex Korrham is an Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) executive focused on building new platforms and businesses for connected things that will enable a new approach to managing our businesses, our communities, and our lives.