Validated Lead Expert
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development:
Giorgio Ambrosino’s professional and education background has provided him with an expert overall understanding and knowledge of sustainable urban development. He has a Master in Information Technology and Computer Science. He has been lecturer on ITS, Public Transport and urban mobility and he has scientific collaboration with a large number of research organisations and international universities. For over 30 years, he has supported Public Authorities and Transport Operators in the design of services and implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Public Transport, Urban Mobility, Traffic Management and City Logistics services. His expertise covers large projects for Public Transport (Fleet Management Systems, User Information Systems, E-Ticketing, Intermediate and Flexible Services), Urban Mobility Planning (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, Bus Rapid Transit Corridors, Transport Infrastructures and Network, Traffic Network Modeling and Assessment), Traffic Management (Urban Traffic Control schemes, Access Control Systems, Bus Priority, Integrated Parking Systems, Variable Message signs etc.), City Logistics Services (Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan, logistics services and operators networking, B2B and B2C services, regulation framework, etc). GA works also on the "Smart City" measures providing assistance to Local Public Authorities for the definition of operational/organisational impacts required to manage technologies.
1=validated. Demonstrated very specific and wide experience with integrated and sustainable urban development (especially in the field of sustainable urban mobility).
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level:
Giorgio Ambrosino has worked on European and transnational projects for over 30 years. In addition to numerous R&D projects, he has participated in and coordinated numerous projects focused on transnational exchange and learning. Taking into account the most recent period, in 2000-2006 he was involved as Project Manager and/or Technical Coordinator in a number of INTERREG IIIB MEDOCC projects. In the subsequent periods he extended this experience to the European Territorial Cooperation programmes INTERREG IVC, MED, SEE, ENPI, as well as FP7 and LIFE and, most recently, to Horizon 2020. Within these projects he has been technical coordinator of activities looking to transfer experiences, knowledge and good practices from one area to another and to develop concrete actions plans and monitoring systems. Some recent examples include, but are not limited to: • INTERREG IVC Project EPTA (European Model for a Public Transport Authority – 2012 - 2014); • INTERREG IV C Project, FLIPPER (Flexible Transport Services and ICT platform for Eco-Mobility in urban and rural European areas – 2008-2011); • INTERREG IIIC East Project TRANSURBAN (concerning the Urban Regeneration and impacts analysis of Tram way and BRT network based an integrated ITS package – 2007-2008); • INTERREG IIIB MEDOCC Project MADAMA (concerning the development of Risk management systems for dangerous goods transport in the Mediterranean area – 2006-2008).
1=validated. Provided more than one significant transnational activity that demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English:
Proficiency in English is demonstrated by Giorgio Ambrosino’s professional experience. Throughout his career he has been involved in various initiatives and in different environments where the working language was English. These include: • The numerous European project in which he has been involved. These demonstrate his proficiency in written English (drafting project application forms and project reports) and in spoken English (managing international consortium, moderating meetings with international partners, dealing with funding agencies, etc); • Academic lecturing. He has been a lecturer in English on ITS , Public Transport and urban mobility in university courses / events at international level, including: ECOMO in Tokyo, Abeerdeen University (Scotland), Newcastle University (UK), Thessaloniki University (GR), ENEA, Logistics Institute in Poznan (PL), Technical University of Crete (GR); • His participation as Technical and Scientific Committee member and as Chairman in different European and international conferences and workshops.
1=validated. Sufficient proficiency 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:
Among the numerous examples of situation where Giorgio Ambrosino has been in charge of communicating complex concepts to non-English speakers, the example listed below is one of the most relevant among recent experiences. It also reflects Giorgio Ambrosino’s capacity to present knowledge in creative ways. - In the framework of the IEE ENCLOSE project (ENergy efficiency in City LOgistics Services for small and mid-sized European Historic Towns 2012-2014) GA participated as project coordinator in 12 local Awareness Raising Events (AREs) organized at partners sites for presenting the project and its potential benefits to local stakeholders (at various levels), as the actors responsible for the final adoption of the solutions.
1=validated. Provided a relevant example that demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants:
Giorgio Ambrosino has produced different kind of material in support to the exchange of experiences and knowledge at transnational level. This also in order to coach and support partners for the preparation of transnational activities. The following (non exhaustive) examples are of particular interest: - INTERREG IVC EPTA (European Model for a Public Transport Authority – 2012 – 2014): GA was one of the main contributors to the definition of the good practices register produced by collating contributions suggested by partners after a specific training on good practices and examples; - INTERREG IVC FLIPPER (Flexible Transport Services and ICT Platform for Eco-Mobility in European Urban and Rural Areas 2009-2011): GA on behalf of responsible partner coordinated the activities dealing with pilot applications and exchange of experiences.
1=validated. Provided two examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away:
Among the numerous examples of documents produced to summarise and present the knowledge and experiences gathered in European projects, the following recent examples are of particular interest: - IEE ENCLOSE project (ENergy efficiency in City LOgistics Services for small and mid-sized European Historic Towns 2012-2014): GA was the main author of project deliverable “SULP Guidelines”, which was the result of the findings issuing from case studies of expert project partners as well as from the critical issues/points raised by follower partners; - SEE ATTAC project (Attractive Urban Public Transport for Accessible Cities): GA supported the responsible partner in drafting the “Transnational Case Study Report on Flexible Transport services” based on both partners experiences and on other important European case studies.
1=validated. Provided two examples that demonstrate the ability to capture learning for participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages:
Giorgio Ambrosino gathers a strong expertise in coordinating the production of relevant inputs to the transnational activities and of capitalisation outputs capturing learning and results from exchange and learning activities at transnational level. This is summarised in several Ambrosino’s reports incorporating good practices and policy messages. The following recent examples are of particular interest: - IEE ENCLOSE project (ENergy efficiency in City LOgistics Services for small and mid-sized European Historic Towns 2012-2014): a specific section of the document “SULP Guidelines” mentioned above was dedicated to the guidelines for adoption, specifically addressed to policy and decision makers; - INTERREG IVC EPTA (European Model for a Public Transport Authority – 2012 – 2014): on behalf of responsible partner GA produced the documents “Case studies Collection” cointaining specific hints supporting local policy-makers in the evaluation of solutions and options more suitable to their local situation.
1=validated. Provided two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
Overall, GA has a long a complete experience in all the different aspects of the design and delivery of transitional exchange and learning activities. From the definition of learning and training strategies, tools and methods to the delivery of presentations, and training sessions. Furthermore, GA is also an experienced moderator and a captivating speaker, who is able to adapt his approach and focus to the target audience and to engage different participants and learners independently from their status and level of knowledge of the issue discussed.
The applicant met all criteria that proves his knowledge and relevant experience. The summary is consitent with the replies and the CV, but it could be more developed.
Theme / Policy:
Sustainable Urban Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.:
Giorgio Ambrosino is an expert on sustainable urban mobility, thanks to over 30 years of professional experience. Specific sub-themes of expertise include the following policy challenges: • Urban Mobility Planning; • Traffic Management; • City Logistics Services. Since 1994 GA has been Technical Director of MemEx, an independent consultancy providing technical and strategic assistance on Public Transport, Mobility management, ITSystems implementation and operation, Infomobility and Sustainable Transport solutions/services. Some examples of his most up to date practices are listed below: - September 2012 to present: technical coordinator of the LIFE+ Perht Project that demonstrates innovative sustainable mobility services for improved environmental quality; - May 2012 to December 2014: technical coordinator of the overall European ENCLOSE project approved under the IEE programme for the development of Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans in small and medium sized towns; - June 2012 to present: Member of the Urban Logistics Committee of the TRB (Transport Research Board - Washington). Concerning research, he is co-editor of several books related to sustainable urban mobility and, in the most recent period 2011-14, he was author/co-author of over 15 technical articles, coeditor of 2 books and author of a specific chapter for 2 book/manual on the issues of urban mobility, Technology and public transport
1=validated. The applicant demonstrated a very wide experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme: Sustainable Urban Mobility and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved:
Giorgio Ambrosino has used his extensive experience to feed into the learning process in the transnational projects in which he has been involved. Among the numerous examples the following 2 recent ones are considered particularly relevant: - “Functions of a PTA Model”, INTERREG IVC EPTA project deliverable; - “Flexible Transport Services and ICT platform for eco-mobility in urban and rural European areas” INTERREG IVC FLIPPER project, Position Paper #2.
1=validated. Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in which he has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice:
Giorgio Ambrosino has been involved in the production of project outputs in the form of publications, policy papers, actions plans and recommendations for different audiences. In general, his role in these reports concerns both methodological input and technical content. 2 recent and relevant reports that were produced and edited by GA are: - “ITS for RAMUD Towns. Infomobility solutions, sustainable mobility governance and PT services”, ENPI CBC MED RAMUD project deliverable; - “A Framework for the definition and implementation of Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans in historic small-/mid-size towns” IEE ENCLOSE project deliverable. Both documents are based on project and partners experience and have an approach (and specific sections) focused on city stakeholders and policy makers, aiming to produce working tools/handbook that translate technical concepts into real practice, thus being ready at use for practitioners.
1=validated. Provided two example that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes:
In recent programming periods the focus on capitalization on project results has become increasingly important. It is vital to build on what has been done become, to promote synergy between initiatives and to ensure that results are widely disseminated to key stakeholders. In his role as project manager, Giorgio Ambrosino has incorporated capitalization into project methodology and supervised such activities. Particularly relevant examples are: - IEE ENCLOSE project: GA defined project dissemination and capitalization strategy at both partners local level and at EU level. among the key success factors of the strategy there are project website translation in 13 languages in order to increase accessibility and understanding; targeted networking activities with local stakeholders and other EU projects; involvement of non-project cities in dissemination activities (i.e. international workshops, local events, etc.).
1= validated. Provided some examples that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc.
Summary Thematic expertise:
Sustainable urban mobility is the core field of experience of Mr. Ambrosino, who could develop and enhance his skills in this field both thanks to EU/transnational projects and to his collaboration with national/local authorities and transport operators. The experience of Mr. Ambrosino is not limited to the general concept of “sustainable urban mobility”, since he has a strong and extensive knowledge also of the different components of this concept and supporting conditions (for instance, ICT and Intelligent Transport Systems supporting the overall urban mobility system). Furthermore, GA has a long experience in communicating with, training and involving different local stakeholders (from policy-makers to transport and freight operators).
The summary is consistent with the CV and the replies. The applicant met all criteria.
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 :
The projects and experiences described previously show Giorgio Ambrosino’s extensive work with local authorities and other stakeholders in public policy design and integration. Concerning the design and delivery of participatory methods and tools, the following examples can be cited: - INTERREG IIIC TRANSURBAN: GA defined and managed methods and tools for planning a new and enhanced PT network with respect to the current and near future mobility demand. This task was implemented in the context of the urban area of Livorno (IT) considering also the interactions/conflicts with the port area. This was achieved by the strong involvement of the stakeholders, politicians and technicians of the Municipality, Province, Port Authority and Tuscany Region
1=validated. Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided an example of relevant activity that demonstrates knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices (including proactive outreach to different stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests, community dialogue, etc.)
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies:
Giorgio Ambrosino has been involved in the design and application of monitoring tools, particularly for sustainable urban mobility. Some relevant examples include projects undertaken with local transport operators, such as: - INTERREG IIIC SUNRISE: GA was the coordinator of the development of suitable solutions for PT with respect to low-demand time windows and areas. These solutions were demonstrated in different urban areas and GA was responsible, on behalf of Florence (IT) Transport Operator (ATAF), of the monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of the solutions in terms of the overall accessibility and benefits to the specific target groups.
1=validated. Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided one relevant activity that demonstrates knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level:
The daily experience “on field” allows Giorgio Ambrosino to constantly be up to date with latest trends and strategies. Moreover he constantly monitors dedicated websites and other media and participates in international events both as invited speaker and as audience.
1=validated. Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities:
As technical coordinator and project manager of European projects Giorgio Ambrosino has followed numerous phases of activity that start from an analysis of the local situation, before moving on to analyse how good practices at European level can be applied in each case (necessary adaptation, necessary stakeholder engagement, etc). This work builds on his extensive knowledge of local situations in Tuscany, Italy but also in many different European and world cities, developed through the extensive services provides to public authorities and transport operators. Specific examples of recent projects include: - INTERREG IVC FLIPPER (Flexible Transport Services and ICT Platform for Eco-Mobility in European Urban and Rural Areas 2009-2011): after a partner change in the second half of project lifetime, GA adapted project tools and strategies in order to enable the incoming partner (Local Authority) to plan and implement his activities at local level in an efficient way, despite the close timing.
1=validated. Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided one relevant activity that demonstrates ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects.
As demonstrated in the sections above, GA has an extensive experience supporting local authorities and stakeholders in the definition and uptake of local policies and strategies. His consolidated experience was achieved both in the framework of EU/transnational projects and in supporting and coordinating local/regional/national actors. The successful approach adopted by Mr Ambrosino is based on understanding and filling the gap that may exist between the political perspective and the technical issues (i.e. supporting technologies).
The applicant met the criteria. The summary is coherent with the replies and the CV.