Director at Intelligent City Forum
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Florian Lennert is Director of the Intelligent City Forum. Intelligent City is a joint venture of the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) in Berlin and LSE Enterprise, the venture and innovation division of the London School of Economics (LSE).
Intelligent City focuses on sustainable urban innovation and pursues research and development in the area of smart mobility, urban renewable energy systems, intelligent infrastructure and future city design. Intelligent City also coordinates an innovation campus in Berlin which provides a living lab for the future city and the hub for a global network of leading applied research and innovation institution such as InnoZ, LSE, MIT Media Lab, the German Social Science Centre (WZB) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
InnoZ is a leading German innovation platform, jointly established by Deutsche Bahn, WZB, DLR, Siemens and T-Systems in Berlin, Germany focused on developing future application and solutions integrating sustainable energy and mobility systems. Other core partners include Schneider Electric and Bombardier Transportation, as well as global institutions such as the UN and ICLEI.
Florian is a co-founder of the LSE Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment with Professor Lord Nick Stern and was a Fellow at the Institute from 2007-2010.
From 1999-2007 he was Director of Corporate Relations at LSE and responsible for strategic research development, global university-business collaboration, corporate partnerships and international knowledge transfer. In this capacity, he launched a number of interdisciplinary research centres and institutes at the LSE, including LSE Cities Centre and Urban Age Programme, the Deutsche Bank Risk Programme and the BP Global Dimensions Programme-. He also led the LSE Asia Forum and the establishment of LSE offices in New York and New Delhi and served as Director of Corporate Relations for the LSE Foundation in the US.
Previously, Florian co-founded and coordinated the LSE Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) A native of Berlin, Florian has in the past worked with the German Institute of Urban Research (DIfU), where he managed municipal renewal projects in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and the German federal privatisation agency (Treuhandanstalt).
Florian regularly advises research institutions, municipalities, businesses and technology- transfer ventures on R&D and sustainable innovation strategies. He has counselled leading research universities such as Sciences-Po Paris, LMU Munich and the Hertie School of Governance Berlin on knowledge transfer, innovation design and business development.
He holds a B.Sc. Economics and an MPA from the London School of Economics and Political Science.