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Prof. Dr. Abdul Samad (Sami) Kazi, is a Research Team Leader for Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings at VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.,  Adjunct Professor of Project Management at the Hanken School of Economics, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology. He has previously served as Vice President for Research Strategy & Foresight at VTT where he introduced the iBET (innovative business from emerging technologies) programme and contributed to organisational and strategy renewal. Sami has industrial experience and maintains close links with the industry throughout his research. He has been involved in more than 50 international research and development projects (each project having a budget ranging from 500,000 to 25,000,000 Euros) on strategic roadmapping and implementation action planning, smart cities, construction IT, virtual organisations, ICT for energy efficiency, nature-based solutions, and knowledge management.

Sami has authored/co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including more than ten books in the areas of smart cities, knowledge management, systemic innovation, service innovation, ICT for construction projects and processes, energy efficient buildings, and open building manufacturing,

Sami is keen at identifying the business opportunities that may emerge from technology development. Group facilitation for strategic roadmapping and implementation action planning are a strong passion.

Sami has vast experience as a mentor and coach (both within VTT and external to VTT) on matters of team management, positivity, academic excellence, project management, etc. An inspiring speaker, Sami likes to bring joy to all those around him in a collegial, and constructive manner.

Sami is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 7th edition onwards, in the Marquis Who’s Who in World, 10th edition onwards, and in the Marquis Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders (1st edition). Sami is a recipient of the prestigious FIATECH 2012 STAR Award. He is fellow of the Entovation E100 Global Knowledge Leadership network.

Research interests

strategic roadmapping and implementation action planning, smart cities, programme management, systemic innovation, business models, construction IT, energy efficiency, intelligent buildings, project management, innovation management, facilitation, ICT, knowledge management, business ecosystems, sustainability, inter-organisational collaboration dynamics, collaborative work, organisational learning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, manufacturing and construction, Doctorate, Doctor of Engineering - Construction Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Award Date: 21 Dec 2004

Business and administration, Other, Business Management and Innovation , IMD Switzerland

… → 2012

Business and administration, Other, Value-based Management, JTO School of Management

… → 2010

Engineering, manufacturing and construction, Master, Master of Engineering - Structural Engineering and Construction

… → 1996

Engineering, manufacturing and construction, Bachelor, B.Sc Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University

… → 1993

External positions

Distinguish Adjunct Professor, Asian Institute of Technology

12 Jan 2015 → …

Adjunct Professor, Hanken School of Economics

Jun 2008 → …

Skills and expertise

  • Smart Cities
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • ICT for Construction
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Innovation Management
  • Open Building Manufacturing
  • Roadmapping
  • Systemic Solutions
  • Project Management


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