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Building 92, 3rd Floor

63 Flushing Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Growing up Smart in NYC is a workshop taking place at Smart Cities NYC´17

Once you register for Smart Cities NYC´17 conference and expo, you´ll receive a code in your confirmation email with which you can register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for the Smart Cities NYC '17.

By 2050, 70% of the world’s children will be living in cities. Many urban children grow up with poverty, poor health, inadequate nutrition and “toxic stress” – all of which disrupt early brain development. The speakers will describe how cities, parents and communities can partner to address these problems, and how cities must coordinate services across sectors to improve the lives of their very youngest citizens. We will explore the science of early childhood development, NYC’s efforts to reach the most vulnerable children, and a new global network of cities created by the New York Academy of Sciences.


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Gilles Bergeron (NY Academy of Sciences)

Gilles Bergeron, PhD, Senior Vice President at the NY Academy of Sciences, and Executive Director of The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science -- Dr. Gilles Bergeron has worked in international nutrition for more than 25 years. He combines his extensive experience in nutrition in the life cycle, food security, agriculture/nutrition linkages and monitoring and evaluation with a passion to translate scientific advances into field practice, and to travel the distance “from discovery to delivery” so that nutrition interventions are impactful and cost effective. Before joining the Sackler Institute, Gilles acted as founding member and Deputy Director of the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) project, where he spent 18 years overseeing work in policies and programs; nutrition and infectious diseases; maternal and child nutrition; and emergency nutrition response. Prior to joining FANTA, he spent 6 years as Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and 3 years with the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala. He has operated in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and his work has been published in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, Advances in Nutrition, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, and Food and Nutrition Bulletin. He received his PhD in development sociology from Cornell University in 1994.


Sherry Cleary (NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, CUNY)

Sherry Cleary is the Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the City University of New York. She leads the work of a dynamic, intelligent, and passionate team dedicated to building systems to insure a highly effective early childhood workforce and programs known for their excellence. Sherry also co-chairs the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. Ms. Cleary has worked as a classroom teacher, a program administrator, and as both a faculty member and higher education administrator for 40 years. Sherry has served on several Boards of Directors and College Advisory Boards and has presided over national, regional, and state organizations.


Abigail M. (Jewkes) Velikov (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

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Abigail, PhD, is the Senior Director of the Early Childhood Health and Development Unit in the Division of Family and Child Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she is leading work focused on a holistic set of supports beginning at birth to ensure all young children thrive in nurturing environments. Previously she was faculty in early childhood and child development for over 10 years, and her research has been published in scholarly books and journals. She is an author of The Ounce Scale, a former journal editor and has served on the executive boards of national early childhood professional organizations. Dr. Velikov earned her PhD from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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