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Dipl.-Ing. M.Sc. Katja SCHECHTNER Advisor to the Secretary General ITF, OECD, Paris; Research Fellow, MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge


 Katja Schechtner is an urban scientist who holds a dual appointment between OECD and MIT to develop new technologies and shape innovative policies to keep cities on the move. Previously she worked at the Asian Development Bank implementing transport technology projects across Asia; formulated smart public space strategies for the Inter-American Development Bank in Costa Rica and Argentina; advised the EU Commission on Smart City programs and headed the applied research lab for Dynamic Transportation Systems at the Austrian Institute of Technology. Katja has published widely, both in scientific journals and the popular press in the US, Asia and Europe, including two books "Accountability Technologies - Tools for Asking Hard Questions" and "Inscribing a Square - Urban Data as Public Space", (Birkhaeuser, 2012 and 2014 with Dietmar Offenhuber). She is an advisor to start-ups in the urban, mobility and crypto industries. Her work has been exhibited globally at venues such as the Venice Biennale (2012 and 2016), MAK and ars electronica. She also holds a Visiting Professorship at Technical University Vienna and curates urban tech exhibitions across the globe. Most recently her project to design and implement contemporary e-trikes in Nepal and Laos was awarded in the Fast Company World Changing Ideas 2018 series and she will exhibit her work on Manila’s urban slum lighting at the Seoul Biennale in fall 2019.