Prof. h.c. Dr. Chirine Etezadzadeh (economist) is the president of the SmartCity.institute and CEO of the German Federal Smart City Association. Prior to focusing on smart city research, she worked for global leaders in the automotive industry and as a business consultant in the energy sector. From 2014 to 2016 she has been holding university lectures on product development for smart cities at the TH Köln. In 2017 she was appointed an honorary professor at the Beijing Information Science & Technology University (BISTU). Her book “Smart City – Future City?” was published in October 2015 by the Springer Publishing House. In 2017 Prof. Etezadzadeh organized the first Smart City Convention, "Blisscity". Further publications will follow in 2019.