Meet Cityzenith

A company of experts.

Michael Jansen

Chairman & CEO

James Fee

Chief Technology Officer

Stephen Northcott

Lead Software Architect

Michael Weinberger

Lead Data Scientist

Michael Jansen
Chairman & CEO

An impassioned architect, urbanist, and entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led high-growth companies in the US and Asia for more than two decades. He studied architecture at Yale and Cambridge, earned a Fulbright Scholarship, and worked as an architect in India and China for several years leading the Asia practices of two major US-based international architecture firms. In 2004, he founded a major BIM services company in India backed by Sequoia Capital which grew to over 500 employees in just 4 years. In 2010, Michael assumed the helm at Cityzenith as CEO and embarked on his personal mission to transform life in cities around the globe.

Michael has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and in several major business, government, and AEC publications worldwide. He has also received several awards for his work, including Building Design and Construction’s “40 Under 40” award. In 2014, Michael was honored as a World Cities Summit Young Leader in Singapore for his life-long contribution to improving sustainability and the quality of life in cities.

A husband and father of three, Michael speaks four languages and plays the guitar.

James Fee
Chief Technology Officer

James Fee is the company’s Chief Technology Officer and has over 20 years of experience in CAD/BIM, GIS and database sectors; along with over 15 years working for AECOM and other AEC firms developing cloud-based services for clients around the world.

At Cityzenith, James is responsible for the Spatial Technology Strategy. He is leading the development of the groundbreaking 5D Smart World product as well as researching and evaluating how new technologies and products can be applied to business problems faced by Cityzenith customers

James has given keynotes at technology conferences around the world on emerging spatial technology. He has 10+ years of experience with cloud-based application development and implementation of spatial applications in a distributed environment. More importantly, James is widely seen as an industry leader in the rapidly growing field of geospatial and location technologies.

Stephen Northcott
Lead Software Architect

Stephen Northcott was born in Slough, England, and currently lives in Reykjavik. He has worked in the software industry for over thirty years, completing projects spanning the games, movie and heavy industries. Most notably he was at cutting edge of early 3D games as well as VR in both the 90s and more recent times. His more recent work includes Dust 514 & EVE Online; both Massively Multiplayer Online games from Icelandic publisher CCP Games. Also QuizUp, a mobile trivia game which is also a social network, from Icelandic startup Plain Vanilla.

At Cityzenith, Stephen is Lead Software Architect and helps our tech team deliver for our customers around the world.

Stephen holds a skydiving world record and will race just about anything with an engine.

Michael Weinberger
Lead Data Scientist

Michael is the Lead Data Scientist for CityZenith. In this role he is responsible for the Mapalyze analytics features which will allow for data driven solutions to customer questions. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and earned his Ph. D. in Physics from Cornell University. After earning his Ph.D. he was a postdoc working on some of the world’s largest particle accelerators and detectors. Thereafter he has worked in data analytics in various fields: from quantitative trading in automated high frequency markets, to traffic and mapping, to business logistics problems and consulting for the Navy. For over 20 years he has used data to solve challenging and novel problems, and continues to do so with his work at CityZenith.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, running, reading, gaming and the latest comics.

Rasmus Kristensen

Lead Backend Developer

Oliver Clements

Design Director

Jon Olick

Visualization Engine Development Manager

Deep Bali

Chief People Officer

Rasmus Kristensen
Lead Backend Developer

Rasmus Kristensen was born and raised in Denmark but currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has worked in the games industry on a number of large scale network games. First at CCP Games with the MMOs; EVE Online and Dust 514, then later at Plainvanilla Games on the mobile trivia game & social network; Quizup.

Oliver Clements
Design Director

Oliver has been working in design for the past 12 years and is primarily responsible for the user experience and user interface of upcoming 5D Smart City releases. With a heavy background in media production, 3D motion graphics and user interface design – with past clients including Hyundai, Naxos, EMI, nVidia and VMWare – Oliver also works on Cityzenith's print, video and web media projects.

Based in London, UK, Oliver also has a keen interest in audio engineering and music production.

Jon Olick
Visualization Engine Development Manager

Jon is the Visualization Engine Development Technical Consultant at Cityzenith. Previously of Oculus VR, Jon has led multiple companies in officer and other roles to success and profitability. As a founding member of the Gear VR team, Jon has extensive experience developing software for Virtual Reality as well as general systems engineering on everything from mobile phones to the highest of high end computers. Jon has developed GPU accelerated raytracing engines for real-time applications as well as lead/developed game engines for many high profile companies such as id Software and Naughty Dog.

Deep Bali
Chief People Officer

Deep is the Chief People Officer at Cityzenith He has worked, lived and studied in Australia, UK, US, UAE, Singapore, Sri lanka and India. Deep is an alumni of Columbia University – Columbia business school, NY, and MacArthur University in Sydney, Australia.

Deep comes with a rich corporate and business experience of over 25 years.

In his avatar as an executive and global leadership coach, Deep has strengthened the capability of C-suite executives in organizations like – Citi Corp, Vodafone, IBM, Publicis Sapient, Nokia Siemens, Global logic, Jones Lang Lasalle, PWC, Tata consultancy, HCL, L&T and others.

As a venture curator Deep has enabled the top leadership of several small and medium sized businesses to lay a ‘Tetrahedron’ like foundation for the quest towards the ‘Vision’ of their organizations.

Lisa Gotic

Chief of Staff

Joe Dignan

Chairman, Strategic Advisory Board

Bailey Ciombor

Graphic Designer

Lisa Gotic
Chief of Staff

Lisa is a native Bosnian who grew up in Holland where she attended college prior to moving to New York City. She joined Cityzenith in March 2016 after having spent most of her career life in the healthcare industry. Lisa brings extensive knowledge of executive support, business development and project management. In her time off she likes to cook, do yoga and travel in the Midwest. Lisa is based in our headquarters in Chicago.

Joe Dignan
Urban Data Scientist & Research Analyst

Joe is a recognized subject matter expert in the Smart City arena. A professional hybrid; at home in both the public and private sector, he has a background in the Public Sector, ICT, SME linkage, economic development, education and digital enablement in the UK, Europe, and has lived in both the Far and Middle East.

Bailey Ciombor
Graphic Designer

Bailey is Cityzenith's Chicago-based Graphic Designer. She has a background primarily in Graphic, Visual, and User Interface Design. She received her B.A. Degree at Depaul University, dual majoring in Graphic Design and Art, Media, and Design. Bailey's other interests include ballet, yoga, and traveling on her spare time.

Board of Directors

Michael Jansen

Gordon Feller

Jeff Carpoff

Michael Jansen
Chairman & CEO

An impassioned architect, urbanist, and entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led high-growth companies in the US and Asia for more than two decades. He studied architecture at Yale and Cambridge, earned a Fulbright Scholarship, and worked as an architect in India and China for several years leading the Asia practices of two major US-based international architecture firms. In 2004, he founded a major BIM services company in India backed by Sequoia Capital which grew to over 500 employees in just 4 years. In 2010, Michael assumed the helm at Cityzenith as CEO and embarked on his personal mission to transform life in cities around the globe.

Michael has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and in several major business, government, and AEC publications worldwide. He has also received several awards for his work, including Building Design and Construction’s “40 Under 40” award. In 2014, Michael was honored as a World Cities Summit Young Leader in Singapore for his life-long contribution to improving sustainability and the quality of life in cities.

A husband and father of three, Michael speaks four languages and plays the guitar.

Strategic Advisory Council

The Cityzenith Strategic Advisory Council is a network of experts with diverse backgrounds that span the fields of politics and government, smart cities, smart buildings, real estate, utilities, telecom, technology, and sustainability.

Mr. Joe Dignan

Chairman, Strategic Advisory Board

Mr. John Tolva

Former CTO, City of Chicago; President, PE Practice.

The global Smart City market has moved from slideware to implementation on the back of the IoT. Cityzenith is the lens that allows cities the ability to turn data into information giving insight resulting in impact and has created a Strategic Advisory Council of some of the foremost thinkers in this arena.

Joe Dignan

Mr. John Kizior

Global Director, Project Technologies, AECOM

With AECOM since 1998, John Kizior has over twenty-three years of experience in the IT and CAD related fields and has spent the majority of his career on development and implementation of technology products, support systems and associated training. As Corporate Director for Delivery Solutions, John is responsible for the coordination of technologies used to deliver projects to clients worldwide. In this role, John is responsible for the strategic and tactical planning, evaluation, implementation and maintenance of AECOM technology products that are used in the delivery of projects globally, including, but not limited to Building Information Modeling, Geospatial services, and Computer-Aided Design..

Mr. Gordon Feller

Former Director of Innovation, Cisco; Founder, Meeting of the Minds.

Mr. Charbel Aoun

Chief Sales & Strategy Officer, Enevo; frmr. President & CEO, Cities Business, Schneider Electric.

Cityzenith has been breaking new ground, and the results are already apparent for those smart enough to utilize the company's technology. The data explosion happening inside cities tends to push key urban organizations away from common platforms and shared tools. Cityzenith's tools and solutions are so compelling that they make breakthroughs possible.

Gordon Feller

Ms. Sandra Baer

President, Personal Cities.

Mr. Prakash Sundaresan

Former Director R&D, Microsoft CityNext.

The data visualization platform that Cityzenith has created is revolutionizing our ability to make faster, better, more informed decisions. With 5D technology, cities have a new power to transform.

Sandra Baer

Mr. Bradley Rotter

Chairman, Watership Blue.

Mr. Charlie Catlett

Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data (urbanCCD), Computation Institute at Argonne National Laboratory.

Mr. Jerry Hultin

Chairman, Global Futures Group; President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute NYU; frmr. Secretary of the Navy, Clinton admin.

Mayor Martin Chavez

Partner, Ibarra Strategy Consultants, frmr. Mayor of Albuquerque.

Mr. David Philp

Global BIM Director, AECOM.

Mr. Graham Colclough

Founder, UrbanDNA – frmr. VP Cities, Capgemini.

Mr. Seth Schultz

Director of Research, Measurement & Planning, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Mr. Mischa Dohler

Co-Founder, Worldsensing.

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