Prof. h.c. Dr. Chirine Etezadzadeh (economist) is the president of the SmartCity.institute (Stuttgart and Berlin), founder of SmartCityNews.global – the global smart city knowledge base –, and CEO of the German Federal Smart City Association (BVSC e.V.). Prior to focusing on smart city research, she worked for global leaders in the automotive industry and as a business consultant in the energy sector. Since the summer semester of 2014, Prof. Etezadzadeh has been holding university lectures on product development for smart cities at the Technische Hochschule Köln. In 2017 she was appointed an honorary professor at the Beijing Information Science & Technology University (BISTU). In November 2017 Prof. Etezadzadeh together with Messe Frankfurt organized the first Smart City Convention, "Blisscity," which has been recognized as very successful.
The SmartCity.institute is a German institute located in Stuttgart and Berlin that conducts research on the development of smart cities, or cities of the future. Besides the institute’s research activities in the fields of energy, mobility, and city development, it deals with the cross-cutting issues of digitization, sustainability, and resilience. In addition, the institute provides consulting services for cities and industrial enterprises regarding their path to the future. The Core services of the institute are provided in the fields of vision and business development as well as in designing customer-focused products, and services for an urban context. Furthermore, the SmartCity.institute builds networks to promote the intersectoral exchange of knowledge and cross–industrial collaboration in order to support the creation of real smart city solutions.