Innovation and Smart Cities Strategist,
By background, Allan is an industrial/innovation economist who worked in Whitehall as a Government economist and policymaker for over 40 years, mostly in the Dept for Business. He was responsible for developing the UK’s technology strategy in the early 2000s and for advising the (then) Technology Strategy Board on implementation. From 2007 he focussed on policies to support Service Innovation, Chairing an EU Expert Panel on Service Innovation that reported to VP Tajani in 2012. In 2013 he was responsible for the UK’s smart city strategy, which was underpinned by the PAS 180 series. He retired from the Civil Service in 2014 to develop the Greenwich Smart City Strategy and, in 2015, he was conferred the title of Honorary Professor by the University of Birmingham. Most recently, he has been advising RB Greenwich on its digital connectivity strategy and Smart Cities UK on smart city issues. He has also collaborated with Cindy Parokkil of BSI on two White Papers, relating to the role of standards in the two great paradigm shifts of our time – digitalization and the move to net zero – including the concept of a Digital Toolkit for developing countries.