Linda Chandler is a global smart cities advisor, working on a portfolio of engagements through her company, Hyperlocal Cities. One aspect of her work with the energy agenda is through the Management Group of the Future Power Systems Architecture (FPSA) programme jointly sponsored by the Energy Systems Catapult and the IET. Linda is the FPSA smart cities and data lead.
She has recently left Microsoft after 10 years and relocated back to the UK from Singapore, where she was the Smart Cities Lead for Microsoft Services in APAC, focused on numerous innovation, incubation and scale activities across Singapore, Australia, Vietnam and Malaysia. Prior to that, she was a Managing Architect for Cities in the UK, leading a team of consultants, where she kick-started Microsoft’s involvement in smart cities and shaped their global agenda.
Linda’s passion for cities has been threaded throughout her 25 year career. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was CIO for the London Development Agency, previously a functional body of the Mayor of London. Linda has experienced many facets of the technology industry, having worked for systems integrators, large independent software vendors and a number of start-ups.
Previously Linda was a Trustee of the London Transport Museum with a special focus on Future Cities and represented Microsoft on the board of the UK National Equality Standard incubated by Ernst & Young. Linda remains a strong supporter of the Women in Technology agenda. She maintains her links in Asia, still serving as a non-executive member of the RICS Asia Pacific World Regional Board.
Linda holds a First Class Honours Degree and Masters in Computing from the London School of Economics and also an MBA from the Open University. She is married with a 14 year old daughter.