Vladimir Bataev
Principal Consultant, Zaz Ventures European Innovation Funding Experts

Speaker Profile

Vladimir Bataev is an independent expert in smart & circular urban solutions — applications of novel technology in urban environments. He focuses on tight integration of transport, energy & urban infrastructure with the help on ICT. He facilitates strong collaborations between municipalities, urban designers, architects & technologists, with particular emphasis on startups & SMEs.


In 2017 together with Boyd Cohen (the author of the definitive Smart City Wheel model) he developed & taught a people-/innovation-centric smart city induction course to the municipality officials at the Public Administration Academy of Kazakhstan.


In 2016 he was nominated for the Global Smart City Leader & Promoter Award by the Smart Cities UK program. 


Since 2016 he is a principal consultant at Zaz Ventures (CH/UK), the top EU innovation funding consultancy which has raised €100m+ of funding for various innovative companies & consortia. He has led 24 SMEs to funding under the ultracompetitive Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, including such prominent innovative European startups & SMEs as SeaBubbles (FR), Carbiotix (SE), PureFiber (IE), Pharem Biotech (SE), Daedalean (CH), Biophos (CH), Insikt Intelligence (ES), Skypull (CH), Furhat Robotics (SE), Airinum (SE), Connecterra (NL), Intrinsic-ID (NL), Hydromea (CH) & multiple others. He advised SMEs in smart cities, IoT, ICT, AI, security, transport, logistics, energy, 3D printing, biotechnology, healthcare & other industries.


Since 2016 he is an active SME Instrument Business Innovation Coach for European Agency for SMEs (EASME). In particular, he has coached the IoT security solution provider Intrinsic-ID (NL) selected by the European Commission as the most innovative European SME in 2016. He is a business innovation expert & mentor for the Smart Cities Month (BY) and the startup accelerator Generation S (RU), and an external evaluator of the Eurostars-Eureka innovation funding program. He adjudicated numerous startup competitions in Belarus, Malaysia, Netherlands & Russia.


In 2015 he founded & headed the Smart Urban Solutions Unit at the smart transport & logistics solution provider EsperantoXL (NL). This unit focused on applied research, consulting & project implementation of smart urban solutions at the intersection of information technology, data analysis, urban design, architecture & policy frameworks. 


He has prior extensive experience in business analysis & IT product management for one of the largest European business software vendors Exact (NL), where he was responsible for large vertical solutions in professional service delivery & service management. Before that he worked for the European Patent Office (NL) where he was one of the leading developers of the key global search engine of patent data Esp@cenet.


He has collaborated with municipalities, architecture, urban design & construction companies and innovation accelerators in Belarus, Finland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom & other countries on various projects, including:

• Preparation of a large-scale lighthouse smart cities & communities project with Amsterdam, Helsinki & Turin;

• Development of an integrated smart grid with energy demand & supply management systems at building & district levels;

• Repurposing of existing vacant buildings to remove parked cars from residential streets (the project selected to represent Netherlands at the Amsterdam Smart City Experience Lab in 2016);

• Designing new approaches to delivery of goods in a city with severe constraints on movement of transport (The resulting custom city logistics project won a Dutch government innovation grant in 2015);

• Integration of components of a vehicle-to-grid system & exposing them to end users as a service;

• Using city-wide platforms to integrate software & urban hardware to enable a new generation of citizen services.


Projects that he worked on were featured at conferences in Bratislava, Rome, & Guadalajara. 


He is an advisory board member of the Smart Cities Asia (MY) & Different Smart City (RO) conference programmes & a member of the Vehicle-to-Grid expert group (NL). 


He is a Technical Committee Chair for International Conference on Smart Grid and Smart Cities (Singapore), a Program Committee Member for International Symposium on Emerging Frontiers of Urban Computing and Smart Cities (Italy) and an Scientific Committee Member for the Smart City Symposium (Czechia). He is an external reviewer for the smart city concept of Astana (Kazakhstan).


He was interviewed by StartupLife (BY), dev.by (BY), BFM89,9 radio (MY) & Kazakh state television on various smart city & technology issues. He has written a series of articles for the  Belavia OnAir magazine (BY) on smart Amsterdam, Prague, Kiev, Hamburg, Stockholm, Vienna, Belgrade, Baku, Brussels, Milan, Turin & other cities.


He has moderated and spoken extensively at numerous smart city conferences globally, such as:

• in Amsterdam on disaster scenarios in smart cities;

• In Belgrade on smart mobility revolution;

• in Kuala Lumpur on Dutch outlook on smart cities, security & privacy issues in smart cities, intelligent transport solutions & innovative energy products;

• in Luxembourg on citizen engagement;

• in Turin on IoT as the enabling technology for smart urban solutions;

• in Astana on the EU perspective on smart cities;

• in Minsk on technology clashes with the society, on current state of affairs in smart cities and on smart sustainable mobility solutions.

• in Barcelona on financing smart city solutions;

• in Bucharest dangers of IoT for smart cities;

• in Tbilisi on the European strategy behind smart cities.


His public appearances were covered by Focus Malaysia, Makery & other media outlets.


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