Gordon Feller

Director, Urban Innovations, Public Sector Practice Internet Business Solutions Group

Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

Gordon Feller is a director of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Public Sector Practice, Urban Innovations team. Feller works with city leaders worldwide, in both public and private sectors. In this capacity he supports Cisco’s numerous China initiatives, while simultaneously leading Cisco’s new City Leader Program for Chinese mayors and city-based party secretaries.

Prior to joining Cisco IBSG, Feller was CEO of the Urban Age Institute (UAI), which fosters leadership and innovation among cities in the areas of strategic urban planning, policy, and management; and sustainable environmental planning and poverty reduction. For nearly 30 years, he has advised leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs / foundations, and national governments on urban development issues. His clients include The World Bank, United Nations, German and Canadian governments,The Rockefeller Foundation, IBM Corporation, Reuters, and United Cities and Local Governments.

Feller also advises leaders on how information and communications technology can help solve complex urban environmental problems such as reducing carbon emissions, while developing practical and forward-looking solutions that intersect economics, technology, and sustainability. His work is the basis of a documentary film and other multimedia projects. Feller has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, scholarly journals, and magazines, including CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME, and Financial Times. He was formerly executive editor of Urban Age Magazine and Planet Earth magazine.

Feller has been a keynote speaker at various leadership events, including UAI’s annual “Meeting of the Minds,” a gathering of government and private sector leaders.

He has a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in international affairs, both from Columbia University.


May 9, 2013


Cloud for Local Government Global Blog Series, A Better Economy in the Cloud

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My colleague Norm Jacknis (former CIO of Westchester County, New York) passed along a list of CIO concerns for 2013 that was prepared by Alan Shark of Public Technology Institute, a nonprofit that provides technology guidance to local government. The list for cities and counties included: 1. Big Data (Smart City) 2. Consolidation 3. GIS as centerpiece for […]

April 23, 2013


Cloud for Local Government Global Blog Series, Cloud and the Smart City: A Brighter Tomorrow

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In my last blog, I discussed the benefits of Smart City cloud management capabilities. An intelligent IP-enabled network unites multiple services onto one infrastructure, allowing for tight operations management and lower expenses. Operating this network remotely, through the cloud, further enhances the capability for sustainable, effective city management. As Smart City visions emerge in various […]

April 4, 2013


Cloud for Local Government Global Blog Series, Cloud and the Smart City: It’s All Connected

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Cities around the world are facing some big and complicated problems, with few easy answers at the ready. Rising energy costs, environmental concerns, and new government initiatives have inspired a focus on sustainable IT operations. But how can cities be expected to solve these crises, while also improving citizen services and ensuring future economic success? […]

January 25, 2013


Urban Sustainability – Not Just A Dream

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As world leaders ponder how to meet the growing demand for energy and resources, while reducing global carbon emissions, cities are challenged even further. The exponential growth of cities has resulted in enormous urban challenges:  scarcity of resources; skyrocketing passenger, cargo, and digital traffic; and outdated and overloaded infrastructures. The continued expansion of the Internet […]

November 26, 2012


Inside One Asian City’s Strategy

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Busan is at the forefront of something big. As South Korea’s second-largest metropolitan city, Busan boasts a population of about 3.6 million, and is home to a slew of major companies, government agencies, universities, annual festivals, and conferences. Busan is the country’s largest container-handling port, and the fifth- largest in the world. Like other metropolitan […]

November 9, 2012


Real-World M2M—and a Real-World Mobile Data Challenge

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In the months since I attended the Smart Cities event organized by Qualcomm and CommNexus in San Diego, the buzz about “Smart Cities” and the use of machine-to-machine...