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Porto Alegre, Brazil

For over 23 years, the City of Porto Alegre has been a global leader in its deployment of participatory budgeting, whereby citizens are able to designate the addition of services and works to the city's budget. Mayor Fortunati asked IBM to help drive and maintain momentum in Porto Alegre's ongoing journey to becoming a cognitive democracy, focusing on enhancing participative budgeting to both extend its reach into the broader population and better inform the decision-making process around investment in local projects.

For this project, IBM invited Citi to add its financial expertise to the Smarter Cities Challenge project; the team of six IBM and two Citi executives worked closely together to deliver a set of recommendations to the City of Porto Alegre.

City Leader
José Fortunati Mayor of Porto Alegre Brazil

Suzanne Wylie Chief Executive, Belfast City Council

Councillor Nichola Mallon Lord Mayor of Belfast

Team Members
Alain Azagury Director, Software Group Technical Strategy, IBM Israel
Patrick Brett Managing Director, Citi for Cities, Citi
Mark Collyer Senior Project Executive, Global Technology Services, IBM UK
Lisa Johnson Director, Enterprise Process Transformation, IBM US
Julie Logsdon Director, Services Pricing Europe, IBM France
Paul Lyons Director, Global Technology Services, IBM Ireland
Derek Rego Managing Director, Global Electronic Banking, Citi
Kent Winchell Distinguished Engineer, Deep Computing CTO, IBM US
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Smarter Cities Challenge Porto Alegre team
The Smarter Cities Challenge Porto Alegre team.