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KÉZY

Béla

KÉZY

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I graduated at the University of economics, Budapest, at the Faculty of International Relations in 1992. Between 1994 and 1998 I worked at the SZSZB County Development Agency. From 1998 to date I have been a partner, MD and senior consultant at MEGAKOM Development Consultants – regional an urban development consultancy. Since 2007 the Hungarian regional OP-s allocated funds to supporting integrated urban development and MEGAKOM became a market leader in planning and delivering such projects. I myself have been involved in more than 10 such projects – working various towns across Hungary. The projects addressed urban challenges in an integrated manner. They included both projects aimed at the rehabilitation of urban centres and also the rehabilitation of declining urban neighbourhoods. In 2011 I started to work with the URBACT Programme: I supported the work of the ULSG, the preparation of LAP and the contributions to transnational networks of a small Hungarian town, Nagykálló, participating in the OP-Act and in the RomaNet networks. In 2013 I delivered the URBACT National Training for Hungarian cities, and at the URBACT Summer University I co-designed and delivered a 3-day seminar in sustainable integrated urban development to a group of 30 urban practitioners from across Europe. In 2014-15 I participated in the URBACT capitalisation project on youth employment in cities, and worked as a thematic expert in the RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows convincing evidence of his understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
During my career as a regional and urban development consultant I have regularly been involved in international projects. Working with Nagykálló in the OpAct and RomaNet networks I helped their preparation for and participation in the transnational meetings. I participated in the design of the training programme delivered at the URBACT Summer University in 2013; in the RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network I facilitated various workshops during the the transnational exchanges. Since 2013 I have been working as a lead expert in preparing the Romania-Hungary cross-border cooperation programme: during the planning process I have designed and delivered various interactive workshops. During 2014-15 I participated in the “URBACT More Jobs for Urban Youth Capitalisation Workstream”. I facilitated interactive workshops at hearings involving thinkers and doers. Also as part of the projects I co-facilitated two workshops on youth employment at the URBACT City Festival, Riga.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows convincing evidence of his understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
At the University I passed a high level state examination (oral and written) – the highest qualification at that time. During my work I have constantly been working in international teams, writing various types of professional documents (studies, strategies, papers, operational programmes), making presentations and facilitating interactive co-creation events for groups of various size in English. In addition, I also regularly write articles and blog posts in English, published in: • the URBACT blog • URBACT network newsletters • the “Change Magazine”, issued by Innotiimi-ICG; Some of my most recent assignments delivered in English include: • Preparation of the 2014-2020 Romania-Hungary INTERREG V-A Operational Programme; • Preparation of an article published in the publication “Job Generation for a Jobless Generation” (URBACT, 2015); • Delivery of two interactive workshops at the URBACT City Festival in Riga, 2015; • Delivery of a 3-day workshop at the URBACT Summery University in Dublin, 2015.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides evidence of his capacity to communicate fluently in English.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Good communication has the power of triggering change processes. As a facilitator and as an expert I regularly have the task of presenting complex concepts – both in my native language and also in English. I strongly believe that the majority of presentations at conferences, meetings, workshops need considerable improvement to not wasting the time of participants. Therefore, I constantly improve my presentation skills. In my presentations: • I always do my best to convey a small number of important key messages; • Structure digestible amount of information in a logical order • Use highly visual support materials with limited amount of text Recent example: Presentation at the Conference of Medium-sized Cities in Nyíregyháza, 2014. Topic: Urban development 2.0 – new trends in urban development. Support used: visual presentation material in MS PowerPoint. Recently I have also started to experiment with digital storytelling tools like Adobe Slate.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant show convincing evidence of his ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers and gives a valid example for this.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Preparation of Hungary – Romania CBC programme for the 2014-2020 period During the preparation of the OP large amount of information was used, and the participants needed a tool to quickly review the most recent version of the OP priorities. Therefore, a summary table was designed capturing all important elements of the programme (objectives, results, indicators, interventions, etc.) in an easy to understand, logical format. This table then was used to as a basis for discussions and evolution of the programme content. RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network As part of the network activities it supported the partners in implementing their interventions aimed at inclusion. In order to facilitate standard presentation of the planned interventions a template (based on the intervention logic)was designed and used. Integrated approach of Cohesion Policy, integrated development – study In 2011 the National Development Agency, Hungary contracted our company to prepare a study – based on research and case studies – on integrated approach and provide policy recommendations that can be used by the Hungarian Government during the negotiations related to the new programming period. I was the lead expert. A detailed study was prepared, that included 9 case studies, highlighting different applications of integrated approach. The study is in Hungarian, but a document was prepared in PowerPoint to summarize the key findings in English.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a good ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants and gives three valid examples to support this.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Romanet Pilot Delivery Network: 3 case studies As part of the RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network case studies were prepared to show good experiences and distill the key lessons that may be applied by other partner cities (or by non-partner cities, for that matter). I prepared 3 case studies: • 1 presenting a community building programme in a segregated area; • 1 presenting a self-employment programme for roma families • 1 presenting a roma integration programme carried out in a kindergarten. As part of the URBACT More Jobs for Urban Youth Capitalisation Workstream A “special edition” type publication was prepared. In that publication I wrote an item on organizing Youth Employment Forum. It is an article using storytelling to highlight the key learnings for other cities.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate shows proof of his ability to capture the knowledge and experiences exchanged at transnational level and provides more than one valid example.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Preparation of study on “The Production and Implementation of Local Action Plans produced within URBACT Networks“ (ongoing project). As part of the project 10 case studies have been prepared – I prepared the case study on Kőbánya (10th district, Budapest – Hungary). The case study is built on desk research and a series of interviews, and it consists of an analytical template and a journalistic account describing the case, as well as the most important conclusions, lessons. Integrated approach of Cohesion Policy, integrated development – study In 2011 the National Development Agency, Hungary contracted our company to prepare a study – based on research and case studies – on integrated approach and provide policy recommendations that can be used by the Hungarian Government during the negotiations related to the new programming period. I was the lead expert. A detailed study was prepared, that included 9 case studies of good practices, highlighting different applications of integrated approach.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a good ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages, giving two valid examples.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Béla Kézy is an urban development specialist, working with urban areas in Hungary and also in other European countries for over 15 years. He has been involved in various transnational projects, facilitating the exchange of practices, know-how and key learnings. Béla has been working with various URBACT partnerships, facilitating a multitude of workshops, using participative methods to identify good practices. He was the national trainer in Hungary for URBACT, and at the 2013 URBACT Summer University he worked as a Lab Manager and trainer working with a group of 30 people from across Europe to share knowledge, good practices using the URBACT method. He has ample experience in working with diverse transnational groups using participatory methods; he also has strong presentation skills and experience in extracting learning points, lessons from local practices, cases.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets all the criteria for C1, C2 and C3, showing convincing proof of his expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities. No inconsistencies between CV and application have been identified, nor between summary and replies.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In 1994 I started to work at the first Development Agency in Hungary set up with the support of the PHARE programme. At the agency one of our key tasks was to prepare the county development strategy – the first of its kind in Hungary. Since then I have been continuously involved in preparing strategies for regions, counties, microregions and urban areas. Since 2003 I worked with over 10 cities of different size to prepare their integrated urban development strategies. In addition to preparing strategies I work with cities to design action plans based on strategies, prepare applications for funding for integrated urban development actions, and also to support implementation of interventions. Recently I have also been involved in preparing integrated urban development strategy for an Article 7 city. In the process of preparing integrated strategies for urban areas I have been involved in all phases, including analysis, strategy design, with a strong focus on using participatory approach to involve the stakeholders.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows deep knowledge about the selected theme and related policy challenges. He has solid experience in the field stretching to much more than two years.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
At the URBACT Summer University (USU) – Dublin the main aim was to prepare the participants for designing integrated plans – strategies, action plans – in a participative manner. As a lab manager and training I was involved not only in training delivery, but also in training design. I co-designed the training concept and material for the session on Action Planning. This included the script of the session, brief case study, short written materials and a detailed presentation material. During the preparation of study on “The Production and Implementation of Local Action Plans produced within URBACT Networks“ the example of 10 local action plans from different countries of Europe have been looked at. The task has been to investigate the planning and implementation process in details and then distill the experiences, key lessons and proposals and present them in a brief document (journalistic account) in order to help other cities. As part of the project 10 case studies have been prepared – I have prepared the case study on Kőbánya (10th district, Budapest – Hungary).
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant gives two valid examples showcasing his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Our company, MEGAKOM Development Consultants has run a blog focusing on various aspects of regional and urban development – aimed at city practitioners, mayors, staffers of funding bodies, etc. I regularly author posts on new trends in urban development, good practices in urban development and strategic planning. The Corvinus University in Budapest produced a collection of studies in 2014 on urban development and tourism for post-graduate students. I was the co-author of a study on new trends in urban development, urban design (Urban Development 2.0) The ICG-Innotiimi Group (a European Consultancy Group focusing on change management) regularly issues “Change Magazine”, aimed at public and private sector change agents. Both in the 2013 and in the 2014 issue I authored an article – both focusing on trends and methods in participative planning in urban development.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities. He provides a sufficient number of examples.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Since 2000 MEGAKOM Development Consultants organize every year a regional and urban development conference in Tokaj. The participants of the conference are urban and regional development practitioners, policy makers, representatives of funding bodies. The purpose is to provide a platform for informal sharing of experience between practitioners and policy makers. At the conference policy makers present the key elements of the regional and urban development policy, expected changes, while we ask the practitioners to present project examples. Then we put policy makers and practitioners in the same room in a workshop setting to informally discuss necessary policy changes. The conference normally results in a set of policy proposals, developed jointly based on the project results presented and discussed. I am responsible for designing the conference concept, select content and focus areas, facilitating the plenary sessions and also one of the workshops, planning and coordinating communication, and also for disseminating conference results.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows convincing proof of his ability to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits and gives a valid example showcasing this.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Béla has been involved in regional and urban development since 1994. He is a specialist in urban strategic planning - since 2003 he has worked with over 10 cities of different size to prepare their integrated urban development strategies. In addition to preparing strategies he also works with cities to design action plans based on strategies, prepare applications for funding for integrated urban development actions, and also to support implementation of interventions. Recently he has also been involved in preparing integrated urban development strategy for an Article 7 city. In the process of preparing integrated strategies for urban areas he has been involved in all phases, including analysis, strategy design, with a strong focus on using participatory approach to involve the stakeholders.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets 4 out of 4 of the criteria for the thematic field of "Urban Strategic Planning" and shows convincing proof of his expertise. No inconsistencies between CV and application have been identified, nor between summary and replies.
Theme / Policy: 
Active Inclusion of Target Groups
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Since 2009 I have been involved in various social urban rehabilitation projects in Hungary, including project design and delivery. • RomaNet URBACT project addressed the challenges related to roma minorities in European cities. I worked with Nagykálló (Hu) to analyze the problem and prepare an integrated plan (focusing on housing, employment, education and health) to address roma inclusion challenges. • Social urban rehabilitation of the Huszártelep district in the city of Nyíregyháza focused on the complex rehabilitation of a segregated district only inhabited by roma people. Tasks delivered included analysis, project identification and development, consultation. • Social urban rehabilitation – Nagykálló The project has focused on the complex rehabilitation of a rundown area, with high proportion of roma population, struck by extreme poverty and segregation. Activities included analysis, identification of investment and soft projects to facilitate inclusion. • Complex programme to support the catching up of the most underdeveloped micro-regions in North-Great Plain, Hungary. The programme focused on helping the 8 less developed micro-regions (low level of income, fragile economy, extreme poverty and dramatic outmigration) to prepare and implement complex development programme. Participative methods were used in all micro-regions to co-create their development programmes. Activities included research, strategy development, project identification and development.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows deep knowledge about the selected theme, especially regarding policy challenges related to the integration of roma people. The candidate has more than 2 years' experience in the field.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As part of RomaNet project I was involved in the preparation of various thematic inputs: • A short report summarizing the “journey” of Nagykálló – key learnings of the process; • A set of brief thematic guides focusing on key aspects of roma inclusion in cities (housing, employment, education, health, etc.) • A presentation I delivered at the dissemination conference held in Brussels, summarizing the key learnings from the project and the key messages to the policy makers. I worked a thematic expert in the Romanet Pilot Delivery Network. I was involved in the design and delivery of various transnational learning events. I also did peer review of a partner city’s interventions, summarising and presenting the key findings and proposals.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows proof of his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Romanet Pilot Delivery Network: 3 case studies As part of the RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network case studies were prepared to show roma inclusion good practices and distill the key lessons that may be applied by other partner cities (or by non-partner cities, for that matter). I prepared 3 case studies: • 1 presenting a community building programme in a segregated area; • 1 presenting a self-employment programme for roma families • 1 presenting a roma integration programme carried out in a kindergarten. In addition, as part of my work in RomaNet and RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network I prepared blog posts / articles to be published on URBACT’s web-site or in the project newsletter. During the preparation of study on “The Production and Implementation of Local Action Plans produced within URBACT Networks“ the example of 10 local action plans from different countries of Europe have been looked at. The task has been to investigate the planning and implementation process in details and then distill the experiences, key lessons and proposals and present them in a brief document (journalistic account) in order to help other cities. As part of the project 10 case studies have been prepared – I have prepared the case study on Kőbánya (10th district, Budapest – Hungary); the plan was aimed at the social urban rehabilitation of a segregated, rundown neighborhood, involving also measures to enable inclusion.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities. He provides a sufficient number of examples.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In 2005 I worked as an expert in the EQUAL institution building project, Hungary. The main purpose of this project was to prepare the institutions involved in managing the EQUAL Community Initiative in Hungary for efficient and effective programme implementation. The EUQAL Community Initiative focused on interventions promoting active inclusion. As part of the project I was responsible for preparing the mainstreaming strategy for the programme. The mainstreaming strategy proposed actions and tools to identify key learnings from EQUAL projects and using these key learnings to inform and shape related national policies. In the RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network I participated in identifying the dissemination steps and main channels – including social media. I was also part of designing the dissemination process at the final conference of the project.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows convincing proof of his ability to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits and gives valid examples showcasing this.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Bela’s other speciality is active inclusion of target groups. He has worked as a senior expert with many cities to design and implement integrated social urban rehabilitation projects in declining urban neighborhoods, involving the social inclusion of various types of disadvantaged groups – mainly roma. He also worked as a thematic expert in the RomaNet URBACT project and its continuation, the RomaNet Pilot Delivery Network.
Assessment: 
The applicant covers 4 out of 4 criteria for the thematic field of "Active Inclusion of Target Groups" and shows convincing proof of his expertise. No inconsistencies between CV and application have been identified, nor between summary and replies.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
In RomaNet I was working with the ULSG in Nagykálló (small town in North-Eastern Hungary) to prepare the Local Action Plan. During the work we used participatory stakeholder analysis, OPERA method and also Group Expo. To better involve and engage roma kids we also organized a drawing competition for school-children. In Csepel (district in Budapest) I was involved in the design and delivery of “future workshops”, aimed at the preparation of the development plan for the area of the former “Csepel Works”, large brownfield area with many unused rundown buildings. At these workshops we worked with owners of the area, workers of the enterprises operating in the area, representatives of the municipality, government officials and also experts. We used a combination of participatory methods – including OPERA, Group Expo and also World Café to mediate the various interests present. Although not in an urban setting, as a lead facilitator during the already presented strategy workshop as part of the preparation of Hungary – Romania CBC programme for the 2014-2020 period, I designed and also lead the event in a way that enabled the interests of all counties, the different sectors and also of the two countries come to surface, honestly discussed and used by the group as inputs to formulating a common proposal agreed by all parties. It also involved bringing conflicts or differing opinions to the table to address them. We used parallel OPERA sessions to identify a joint strategy.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant presents proof of his knowledge of participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies. He provides a sufficient number of examples.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Since 2003 I worked with over 10 cities of different size to prepare their integrated urban development strategies. In addition to preparing strategies I work with cities to design action plans based on strategies, prepare applications for funding for integrated urban development actions, and also to support implementation of interventions. All these integrated urban development strategies present the proposed monitoring system – including the indicators used (definition, baseline and target values, method and measurement) and also the mechanisms to operate the monitoring system. Mezőtúr a small Hungarian town – I was the lead expert of preparing its integrated urban development strategy in 2013. The system of indicators consists of mostly quantitative indicators – many of them measured using data from the Hungarian Statistical Office; another group of indicators are measured using the records of the municipality; finally there are some indicators that are based on survey. The monitoring system envisages: a) quarterly overview of indicators by the urban development company of the municipality; b) annual reporting to the city council on progress, including indicator values; c) Overview and updating the strategy every 5 years, based on also the indicator values.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows proof of his knowledge of and experience in adopting approaches for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies. He presents more than one example in confirmation of this.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I use a combination of various sources / methods: • Collection and reading books on sustainable urban development – identification and recording useful examples, practices and policy options from the books; • Regularly reading various blogs on urban development (for instance URBACT blog, Sustainable Cities Collective); • Attending urban development conferences and seminars both in Hungary and on European level; • Collection of good practices using physical and online brochures, good practice collections, from our city clients and also from the various partnerships I am involved in; • On company level we operate a system of monitoring funding schemes for urban development projects;
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate has a good awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level. He provides valid examples to confirm this.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
When involved in the preparation of integrated urban developments strategies, local action plans or developing urban development projects, we always identify existing and relevant good practices, tools, policy examples from elsewhere, investigate their adaptability and fit to the local challenge and tweak them to address the issue at hand. Currently I am involved in the preparation of the Article 7 Integrated Urban Development Programme (to be co-financed from the Regional and Settlement Development OP in Hungary) in the city of Nyíregyháza. I was one of the key experts working with city officials to identify and adapt content during the planning process. While preparing the programme we used various participatory tools to discuss content with various city stakeholders.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows evidence of his ability to understand specific local situations and to adapt tools and content to different local realities. He provides two valid examples in support of this.
Summary Expertise: 
Béla Kézy has been working with cities in Hungary and also in other European countries to support the design and delivery of integrated urban development strategies. He is a proponent of using participatory processes, and he has ample experience in designing and carrying out various types of interactive events – from small group works to events with over 100 participants. He knows an extensive pool of participatory methods, always using a combination of tools and methods adapted to the content, objective and participants. Béla keeps himself up-to-date regarding the available funding schemes and also the latest trends in sustainable urban development, knowing a multitude of good practices, policy options, tools successfully applied by European cities. Though he considers examples from other cities useful and important, he believes that any example, practice or tool needs to be carefully investigated (checking its fit to the local circumstances), and adapted rather than just simply applied.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets all 4 of the criteria under section D and shows strong expertise in the support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies. No inconsistencies between CV and application have been identified, nor between summary and replies.

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Residence location:
Hungary
Languages:
Hungarian - Mother tongue
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Email:
kezy@megakom.hu
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