The Future Cities Institute was established as an incorporated society on the 3rd day of July 2009 under the New Zealand Incorporated Societies Act 1908 and is governed by a formal constitution that sets out the rules of society covering management of the society, membership rights and fees, voting powers, meetings and governance structures such as the board of directors.
The Future Cities Institute approach and operational model is based on the extensive body of knowledge and case studies in Collaborative Network Organisations , virtual enterprises and collaborative innovation where the members of the Institute are supported to quickly react to new opportunities and facilitated to define consortia projects that combine organisational competencies/capabilities collaboratively to deliver outcomes. Benefits for our members and partners in this form of cooperation include:
- Members can easily access and use competencies not available internally, and as a consequence can participate in larger, more complex and thus higher value opportunities, than individual organisation.
- The institute members can more effectively share risks and bottlenecks via consortia projects which establish trustful relationships and a strong incentive for joint problem solving and client satisfaction. See The Future Cities Institute Code of Ethics.
- Institute members can have access to very different markets or customers bringing in new opportunities where the combined mass of the organisations in membership allows stronger delivery capability, market presence and positioning.
Governance: Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors controls the affairs and business of the Institute, and carries out the Objects of the Institute as defined in The Future Cities Institute constitution, as well as exercising all powers and authorities contained in and defined by this Constitution or as conferred by New Zealand law.
The Board of Directors is comprised of; 3 founding members as elected by the membership to permanent board seats, 4 members comprising representatives of membership organizations.
Management: Collaboration and Facilitation
The day-to-day management and operations of The Future Cities Institute is overseen Institute’s President and Vice Presidents who are appointed by the board-of-directors. These roles are either under contract or non-remunerated as determined by the board-of-directors and are draw from The Future Cities Institute membership.
The role of the president is to advocate on behalf of the Institute, supports communications to target audiences and broker collaborative project opportunities across the Institute membership. The Presidents primary responsibility is to market the Institute and seek opportunities that require the competencies of member companies (as a whole or as sub groups via the consortia projects) and acts as a facilitator between clients, members and collaborative project outcomes.
While the president has an institute wide perspective, the Institutes Vice-Presidents are focused on areas of specialisation and are responsible for thought leadership in these areas combined with the development of global communities of practices vis partnerships with private, public, government and other not-for-profit organisations.
Malcolm Fraser: President
With on-the-ground experience in over 33 countries, Malcolm specializes in working with senior government, industry and academic stakeholders to design Digital Economy Strategies for Cities, foster Collaborative Innovation and develop Innovation Ecosystems for National and Regional Economies.
Andrew Hodges: Vice President – Citizen and Business Engagement
Andrew is a thought leader with specific interests in ICT Strategic Planning, Innovation & Policy, Economic Development, Program Management and Infrastructure Design predominantly in the Public Sector.
Andrew has through his career worked for many ICT corporates such as Digital, Compaq, and Microsoft where his last role prior to leaving Microsoft was Regional Director for Emerging Markets in the Public Sector team. Whilst he held many roles spanning his 35+ years in the industry, a consistent theme has been that he has driven engagements in Public Sector, working with country based teams establishing the strategy in their government engagements including eGovernment, innovation, and Citizen Services, in both the mature and emerging markets across Asia, and in all levels of Government including National, Local or Regional Government, and cities. He has developed an ability to view these areas through the “lens” of economic development and capacity building which, resonates well with Governments, particularly in emerging markets. He has also been a key lobbyist for the ICT Industry through associations including the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Lorenzo Madrid: Vice President – City Infrastructure
Lorenzo Madrid has over 30 years of working experience in the ICT industry.
For many years Lorenzo was a consultant for the Brazilian Government on the technical architectures introducing innovative e-government Systems such as the Trade and Tax Revenue systems supporting over 55 millions of users and billions of transactions per month. Later he was nominated CIO for Education Secretary – State of Sao Paulo, providing Internet services to 6.000 schools and IT training to 300.000 teachers and 6 Million students. He was a council member for the Government IT Board responsible for IT policies in the Government. On the private sector, Lorenzo worked 10 years in Microsoft, as its Technology Officer, advising several Governments around the world how to best use technologies to promote social economic development.
He has been keynote speaker in several international events, such as COMDEX, The Economist World Forum, World Wide Forum in Technology for Tax Systems, West Indies Government Conference, Philippines Information Officers Forum and many others, addressing the importance of technology to unleash economic growth. He also lectured at The Dubai School of Government, in the CeDG Government Renaissance Events, at the National University of Singapore and in Harvard at the John Kennedy School of Business. Lorenzo Madrid holds a BSc in engineering with MSc work in Calculus from the Polytechnic School in Brazil. He is also a Fellow at CTG – Center for Technology in Government – State University of New York – Albany. With his large experience in e-government systems and governance issues, Lorenzo currently works as a consultant, advising governments in the use of modern technologies for Smart Cities and Citizen Services. He has published three books and several articles about the impact of ICT in society.