Charbel Aoun

Charbel Aoun

As Senior Vice-President for Smart Cities, Charbel Aoun is in charge of defining, implementing and managing the group’s strategy, business development, business models and partnerships across the world. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Charbel was Managing Director in Cisco, and ran the Smart & Connected Communities (S+CC) practice in the EMEA region. As one of the architects of the S+CC vision, Charbel was a key driving force behind many activities in Europe and new economies. Prior to 2007, Charbel spent 5 years with Accenture UK in various senior roles such as eDemocracy practice lead, International Director of Technology and Operation. Charbel holds an MBA in global operations and a BSc in Computer Science from Notre Dame University. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Solving your Smart City Puzzle

In my travels I’m constantly asked two questions: What is a smart city and how do we go about that journey? Even answering these two questions can be difficult as… Read more »

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Global Demographics Will Force a Shift to Smart Cities & IoT

It seems more and more clear to me that evolving global demographics could alone virtually guarantee that smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the way forward. Let’s… Read more »

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Smart Cities: It’s what you say, not the way you say it.

I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it again: There are no dumb cities. From the time that humankind started to make settlements together and the first cities… Read more »

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Why the Internet of Things will be at the heart of smart city transformation

The smart cities movement is absolutely trying to change our world for the better. Great visionary goals are being set at both at city and national level—like India announcing its… Read more »

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Without a focus on action, Smart City leadership and vision count for nothing

“Leadership is about addressing the eight most frustrating words in the English language ‘We could never do that in our town’.” – Brent Toderian Deciding to become a smart city… Read more »

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Inconvenient truths or misaligned objectives? Can we afford for smart cities to fail?

For all my positivity about smart cities and benefits they can bring (for example, Urban Efficiency), I think it’s just as important to talk about some of the criticisms they… Read more »

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Innovation must be collaborative for Smart City success

As I’ve moved around the world discussing a range of projects with a wide cross section of city leaders, one thing seems very clear to me – for Smart Cities to move… Read more »

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Appathon Winners Illustrate Potential for Smart Cities

As part of our commitment to Smart Cities, we were delighted to partner with Microsoft, the City of Barcelona and the Smart City Expo World Congress to sponsor an “Appathon”  that… Read more »

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R&D and Innovation are key to lower carbon solutions

On January 19th I was delighted to be invited to join a panel session at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi to discuss how R&D and innovation could… Read more »

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