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Aivalioti

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Aivalioti

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have 10 years’ experience focusing on urban development within various roles and positions through my academic and professional career. Genuinely enthusiastic and motivated working on the most urgent and complex problems of urban environments. I have conducted academic research, coordinated working groups within EU state-of-the-art collaborative projects (FP7, H2020, Interreg) for smart cities, climate change adaptation, liveability, nature-based solutions, resilience and circular economy. Currently, I am a consultant for cities’ innovation focusing on liveability, looking on nature-based solutions to improve on physical, mental and environmental health. Though my 2-years’ master I have specialised on sustainable urban development and I researched the many facets of cities receiving a solid knowledge on complexities and the need of integrated approaches.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates educational and professional background related to sustainable urban development (e.g. She holds two master degrees in "Environment and Development" and "Cities & Sustainability." She is a consultant/researcher and has coordinated/facilitated/organised a number of working groups/workshops/conferences on topics like smart cities, climate change adaptation and circular economy, among others).
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Transnational cooperation is of considerable added value, especially to generate learnings, accelerate innovation and share good practices contributing to European cohesion. I've been involved in several EU transnational projects under FP7 and H2020 as work package and task leader. Also, I supported INTERREG planning authority in cross-border programmes promoting equal development, cohesion and equal growth across neighbouring countries. I have organised and facilitated workshops for developing new transnational initiatives for sustainable urban development and knowledge exchange programmes within H2020, INTERREG North West Europe, INTERREG North Sea Region and INTERREG 2 Seas involving public authorities, industry and knowledge organisations. I have developed skills for producing communication material for different audiences including general public, press releases, scientific research and articles for lay people. In 2018, I was a Pioneer in the programme “Pioneer into practice” within the Climate KIC programme. Thought this programme we have established a pan-European network of experts and ambassadors for climate change action, learning and supporting network that we often use for knowledge exchange and collaboration.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates experience in exchange and learning activities at transnational level (e.g. as a task leader under FP7 and H2020 and workshop/conference organizer/facilitator within H2020 and INTERREG).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I am an effective communicator in English, both written and spoken. Since 2010, my standard language of communication for work, education and personal life has been in English. I am in daily contact with people from all around the world, understanding different levels of English and accents. Both master’s degrees I acquired were delivered in English. I have facilitated and presented at international conferences, workshops, project meetings, official project reviews. I have also authored articles, reports and news items targeting both scientific audience and lay people. I have lived and worked in Scotland and the U.S.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is fluent in English language.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My work related to environmental issues comprises of: Climate change adaptation, renewable energy systems, air quality, Liveable cities, sustainable mobility, circular economy and urban metabolism (10 years in total). I have acquired two master’s degrees specialised in Environment and environmental issues (total of 3 years). Specifically, I worked extensively on topics related to climate change adaptation looking into cities and specific sectors and their adaptation capacity to heatwaves. My work mainly analysed case studies worldwide to understand how climate stressors can help shape policies and deliver actions to increase resilience in cities and organisations according to severity of impacts, culture and capacity. I have worked on the analysis of biking mobility in Mexico City. Together with a team of 4 we have conducted a survey of over n=250 results and performed an extensive analysis of successful cities that managed to change the culture and have improved biking mobility. We developed recommendations for the city on how to improve their infrastructures, prioritise sustainable practice and encourage citizens to use healthier and cleaner commuting methods. The results were presented to various stakeholders in the City of Mexico including representatives of the city and biking associations.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates educational and professional background related to the topic of Environmental Issues. (e.g. She holds two master degrees in "Environment and Development" and "Cities & Sustainability." She is a consultant/researcher and has coordinated/facilitated/organised a number of working groups/workshops/conferences. In addition, she was involved in case study analyses on topics like climate change adaptation, biking mobility, renewable energy systems, heatwaves and circular economy).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
My work on climate change adaptation of the electricity sector was published as a white paper from by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2563037). This white paper was used as a tool to put pressure in governments and the sector to change their approach and create a long-term thinking embracing the uncertainty and severity of climate change impacts. This document is still very relevant, especially to very urbanised and climate-vulnerable cities such as New York. As an outcome of the circularity projects I was involved during 2018, I synthesised all my insights in an article published by GreenBiZ “Three ways cities can help accelerate the circular economy transition” (https://www.greenbiz.com/article/3-ways-cities-can-help-accelerate-circular-economy-transition).
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates ability to produce thematic inputs to feed learning process at transnational level (e.g. she was involved in the development of a white paper on electricity and an article on circular economy transition).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
For the project CITI-SENSE (FP7) I was the lead author of the deliverable Final Project Report for Lay People that was published and disseminated to various channels under the title “Development of Sensor-based Citizens’ Observatory Community for improving the quality of life in Cities” https://social.citi-sense.eu/Portals/1/Deliverables/CITI-SENSE_Final_Projec_Report_For_Lay_People.pdf?ver=2016-12-23-092530-990. The report summarized all key outputs and recommendations of a project of 29 partners, 9 pilot cities that collected through various means over 9 million observations during the last year of the project only. The report was an outcome of extensive interviews with all the partners and analysis of all deliverables and reports of the project. I was the lead author and coordinator for the proposal Liveable Cities (H2020). This is a highly multidisciplinary project of that involves a consortium of 27 partners from research, public authorities and industry and budget of 10M. I steered, guided and supported numerous working groups, two international meetings and multiple one-to-one interviews. I received the input of environmental scientists, behaviour scientists, public authorities, governance and policy experts, IoT experts, NGOs and health experts and compiled into one very precise and thorough text. Together with my team we developed a highly innovative and competitive proposal that aims to improve health and well-being through the use and revitalisation of public
D3 Assessment: 
0: The applicant gave one valid example of report incorporating good practices/policy messages for practitioners/policy-makers (e.g. under CITI-SENSE project).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I have been the work package leader of four FP7 and H2020 projects (CITI-SENSE, iURBAN, SymbIoTe, RADIO) in topics of smart cities’ (air quality, energy, IoT). Within this role I authored many deliverables and defined the strategy of the projects in terms of dissemination, communication, business development and exploitation. Those reports were useful guidance for all consortium partners throughout the project implementation. I had to manage, coordinate and report for all activities achieved, make sure the projects deliver adequately according to the agreed work programme and strategy. At times were the strategy was no longer effective or relevant, I had to redevelop it and find new ways to re-engage with the partners and distribute responsibilities to each partner according to their capacity and role. Within this role I was responsible for the digital communication and strategy as well, I used social media and channels such twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn to communicate, disseminate and create an audience organically of relevant stakeholders and experts.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates ability to maximize project results for the benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness (e.g. under projects CITI-SENSE, iURBAN, SymbIoTe and RADIO).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My work related to environmental issues comprises of: Climate change adaptation, renewable energy systems, air quality, Liveable cities, sustainable mobility, circular economy and urban metabolism. I have acquired two master’s degrees specialised in Environment and environmental issues I worked extensively on topics related to climate change adaptation looking into cities and specific sectors and their adaptation capacity to heatwaves. I have coordinated EU collaborative proposals (H2020, Interreg) in topics of nature-based solutions and their role to improve health and well-being, air quality, circularity and innovative procurement. I have worked on the analysis of biking mobility in Mexico City providing recommendations on how to improve biking infrastructure and the biking culture in the city. I have been the work package leader of four FP7 and H2020 projects (CITI-SENSE, iURBAN, SymbIoTe, RADIO) in topics of smart cities’ (air quality, energy, IoT). Within this role I authored many deliverables and defined the strategy of the projects in terms of dissemination, communication, business development and exploitation.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D for the Thematic area of Environmental Issues. She met 3 out of 4 criteria.

Informations

Residence location:
Spain
Languages:
Greek - Mother tongue
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Email:
s.aivalioti@baxcompany.com

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