Rafi Rich, CEO of S.U.iT.S (Smarter Urban iT & Strategies), Israel’s leading smart city initiative providing cutting-edge practices for Smart Cities. Working with cities, startups and solution providers, it creates lean tailor-made sustainable solutions for urban challenges for global secondary cities and the dynamic cities of the emerging world, focusing on smart local infrastructure, dynamic regulations, urban innovation and data-led management.
Rich is a licensed architect and urban planner, with additional degrees in Public Policy, serves as Senior Lecturer for Urban Planning and Smart Cities at the Technion Institute of Technology, the Chief Mentor of Haifa city’s CityTechLab, and Urban Innovation Advisor of Lake Victoria Local Authorities, East Africa.
Between 2009 – 2012, he served as Senior Director for building at the Israeli Ministry of Interior, responsible for leading a nation-wide building reform, establishing private sector building control bodies, (trained by the RICS), and policies for green building, sustainability and urban innovation.
Prior to 2009, Rich managed the ‘urban giraffe’, a leading planning firm and was the chair of the sustainability committee at the Israeli Architectural Association, and founding member of the Israeli Green Building Council (ILGBC).
In 2015, Rich was awarded an eminent Fellow of RICS.
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