Shyam Kannan

Vice President, Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Mr. Kannan is Vice President in the Office of Planning at WMATA.  He brings extensive planning and transit-oriented development experience in the public and private sectors to Metro.  At Metro, he directs the Authority’s strategic planning efforts, called Momentum, as well as supervises long-range planning, sustainability, and smart growth.  He has a particular interest in the economic benefits of transit as well as coordinating closely with the business community in the region.

Active in the region’s planning community; Mr. Kannan is a committee member of the Urban Land Institute, the Region Forward Coalition of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and is an adjunct Faculty Member of Georgetown University.

Mr. Kannan has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University, and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Wednesday, October 2
9:00 am - 10:30 am • Morning Plenary – Keynote Address: Introduction to Smarter Cities 2025 and Hyperconnected Cities; Fireside Chat: Building Smart Regions – Collaborating Across Boundaries (and how to make it work for your city and state)

Plenary Session 

Sponsor Keynote, Pennoni: "Introduction to Smart Cities 2025 and Hyperconnected Cities"

Featuring Joseph Viscuso, Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Growth, Pennoni, and Steve Wray, Vice President and Director, Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Fireside Chat: Building Smart Regions —Collaborating Across Boundaries (and how to make it work for your city and state)

The District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) are separate jurisdictions but operate collaboratively to pursue common goals such as improved mobility, meeting air quality standards, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, among others. In this Fireside Chat, hear from DMV-area officials about their efforts to achieve smart city objectives from a regional perspective.