Dan Byles - Chairman, SmarterUK
Dan Byles is a former soldier and MP. Whilst in Parliament he was a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and the founding Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities.
In addition to being Chairman of SmarterUK, Dan is also Vice President of Corporate Development at Living PlanIT where he has responsibility for building and leading the company's strategic corporate development relationships.
Teodora Kaneva - Programme Manager
Teodora’s rich background varies from working in business development for a renewable energy lobbying association in Brussels to the fast moving technology innovation startup scene in the UK. She has designed the market strategy for a German renewable energy engineering scale up for the UK, listed on Nasdaq private market, and now one of the fastest growing scale ups in the world. Previous experience also includes managing a renewable energy startup in London, which has built a small-scale biomass CHP power plant. Teodora is passionate about cross-industry collaboration and working together with academia to inform the design of future educational models and skill building.
Most recently Teodora has ran the commercial activities and business development at Future Cities Catapult, focusing on innovation in cities, digital health and wellbeing, mobility, and infrastructure. Teodora is a passionate STEM Ambassador and a vocal advocate for women in tech.