Dr. Julia Glidden
21c consultancyDr Julia Glidden completed her D.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University, and has extensive experience working with public administrations across Europe to deliver smarter government services. An internationally recognised expert on ICT trends in government, Dr. Glidden was among the first to champion the importance of Social Media at the EU/Ministerial level. She used a recent keynote address at Poznan Ministerial pre-Conference to promote the use of Living Labs to engage citizens in the co-design and co-production of more effective public services and is actively involved the European Commission’s Smart City initiative. In 2010 Dr. Glidden worked with the Flemish eGovernment Authority to draft The Citadel Statement – a pan-European agenda for advancing local eGovernment that represented the views of over 120 participants from 18 countries across Europe, including 64 organisations representing over 200 cities on five continents. Building on this initiative, Dr. Glidden helped to found Citadel on the Move, a flagship European Commission Smart City project which combines Open Data and Mobile Application tools to create interoperable citizen-generated services.
Julia is a founding member of the Guest Expert Group for the Pudong Smart City Research Institute in Shanghai and a former Board Member of the AIDC Centre of Excellence – the UK’s first dedicated showcase for emerging IOT technologies. She is currently working with the European IOT Council to establish a global Internet of People consultancy that will harness the talents experts from around the world to help organisations navigate the transition to a world of over 50 billion connected and communicating objects.
Dr. Glidden is regularly asked to speak on ICT trends at forums around the world. She is a guest lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht, an Advisory Council Member of the Foundation Euractive Politech and a Board Member of EU-Gulf eLearning Council. In addition, Julia is a member of the Scientific Committees for the Global Forum, CeDem Conference, LINQ Conference, Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government-Asia 2012 and the annual Bled eConference. Julia has been retained by the European Commission as an official EU project evaluator, and is regularly invited to participate in and Chair juries for eGovernment competitions, including the Bahrain eGovernment Excellence Awards, the Issy Molineaux World eGov Forum competition in France, and the Nordic-Baltic Region Innovation in eGovernment Competition in Stockholm. Dr. Glidden has authored numerous articles on eGovernment, including a Council of Europe sponsored volume on eParticipation.