Persons are listed in chronological order of involvement in Global 4C.
Dr. Armonia Borrego
Environmental Economist: Dr. Armonia Borrego is an economist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is Professor of Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development in the Faculty of Economics. Armonia holds a Ph.D in Applied Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her main research interests lie in the analysis of policy instruments for natural resource management and in environmental economics, particularly in valuation of non-market goods. Armonia has authored several peer-reviewed articles such as Ecological Economics and Land Use Policy and book chapters. Currently, Armonia is doing work on various aspects of REDD+ implementation in Mexico. Armonia provides economic and policy advice to the Global 4C project.
Private Equity Advisor: Theresa Carbonneau is an ICT executive and entrepreneur based in Vancouver, Canada. After working in various roles for BT Plc in the UK and BC Tel (TELUS) in Canada, Theresa founded and was President and CEO of two technology companies: fSONA Communications Corporation, a network equipment manufacturing company, which developed an innovative optical technology into multiple commercial products for short-haul, gigabit-speed wireless links; and Syntagma Network Services, a software-as-services (SAS) company offering IP services to small and medium enterprises in Canada. In 2006, Theresa led an international consortium to achieve a national license for a wireless network in Iraq. She is an advisor to US and EU private equity funds and mentor/coach to a number of technology start-ups in North America and Europe. Her main interests are the on-going evolution of the global IT platform and the emergence of the app economy. How digital services and digital currencies are transforming manufacturing and the supply chain. How automation is transforming work, jobs and the global economy. Theresa provides private equity and ICT market advice to the Global 4C project.
Editor/Writer/Curator/Project Strategist: Davina Jackson publishes and promotes advanced ideas for creative urban development – including strategy direction of the world’s first three major ’smart light’ (digital and eco-ethical) festivals in Sydney and Singapore. Educated in Auckland, based in Sydney and working internationally, her recent books include D_City: Digital Earth/Virtual Nations/Data Cities (the world’s first comprehensive survey of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems project – which would be accelerated by the Global 4C digital finance system), SuperLux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture for Cities (the first major pictorial survey of the early 21st century urban lighting movement) and exhibitions, websites and essays about ‘astrospatial architecture’, ’Rebooting Spaceship Earth’, ’smart light’, ‘data cities’ and ‘virtual nations’. A visiting research fellow with the computing department at Goldsmiths College of Art, University of London, she also is publishing her PhD history thesis on trans-Pacific modern architect Douglas Snelling. Davina provides communications advice to the Global 4C project.
Mr. Richard Simpson
Spatial Information and ICT Consultant: Mr. Richard Simpson’s career spans bio-tech, spatial technology, artificial intelligence, energy, architecture, education and politics. He was an early pioneer in New Zealand’s 3D computer graphics industry, and for over a quarter century has successfully led development of cutting edge spatial technologies. His portfolio of projects includes development and implementation of major spatial infrastructure platforms for some of the world’s most progressive telcos, energy companies, pipeline projects, gas and water utilities. His work includes some of the largest and most complex urban spatial data infrastructure projects ever undertaken in cities including Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
He led the development of the original prototype for Singapore’s automated building regulatory compliance system (an e-submission system now known as CoreNET), advised the NZ Government on strategic BIM initiatives and GeoBuild. He was on the original design team at the inception of the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere (Sky Tower, Auckland) and served as an expert witness on critical issues relating to the urban context and design performance. He has chaired several private sector consortiums for major urban reform projects in SE Asia and New Zealand.
Richard founded a series of successful start-ups in 3D visualisation, energy storage, modular building, bio-tech and spatial technology; and has authored books on smart cities and building performance; and published many scientific, technical and policy papers on topics including smart cities, open data and BIM. He served as head of innovation for the internationally respected Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland and led commercialisation of research into mathematical models of the human body for transforming drug discovery and testing (Physiome project).
Richard served as an elected Auckland City Councillor and Chair of Transport during the transformational 2004-07 term and successfully championed public transport agendas and the unification of Auckland into a single city council. He serves on the Executive Council of the International Society of Digital Earth, and on the advisor board for NASA’s Omega project. He has served as the CEO of Spatial Industries Business Association in Queensland.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor and Honorary Senior Fellow at the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University in Brisbane; and also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre of Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDLA) at the Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne in Australia. Richard provides technical advice on the ‘Digital Earth Vision’ for the Global 4C project.