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Malvani

Matteo

Malvani

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
With a background in architecture I was involved on issues related to sustainable integrated urban development for the past 25 years at different stages and within diverse projects, activities and programmes. In parallel to my profession as an architect/urban planner and consultant, I conducted multidisciplinary research work with relevant international institutions focusing on methodological frameworks for urban development prospects in long-term global, economic, energy and environment perspectives. I have developed and implemented EC-funded transnational projects involving municipal authorities and regional administrations from EU MS, academic institutions, urban practitioners and private actors. Projects focused on integrated sustainable policies and urban rehabilitation/regeneration. Besides organizing, facilitating and managing meetings and workshops, I have been providing advisory services to municipal employees responsible for urban planning to support identification and possible application of best practices. Surveys and applied research activities included inventory and documentation of historical urban environments aimed at establishing management policies for urban conservation areas and the assessment of quality of urban upgrading programmes being implemented. Within interregional territorial cooperation and European urban networks, I developed joint activities in the field of urban societal dynamics (amongst other, with the URBACT II, EUKN and UDN).
B1. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of his understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development. In particular, he has more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of integrated sustainable policies and urban regeneration.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have experience in preparing, designing and developing multidisciplinary project proposals, tenders, applications in regional programmes and transnational projects with specific focus on exchange of experiences and sharing of expertise as well as in institution building activities. I implemented project evaluations for EU transnational projects with strong components of capacity building and exchange of experience and knowledge among European local and national authorities. I provided extensive support to exchange activities with municipal employees from several EU MS on sustainable urban development in EC-funded projects. For almost 5 years I directed the Secretariat of INTERACT, a programme specifically based on exchange/learning activities and processes with the primary purpose of supporting transnational, cross-border and interregional cooperation actors in programme & finance management and in exchanging information and good practices. I was involved in complex bilateral EU-funded programmes/projects with strong transnational character, promoting exchange of international experience and knowledge acquired in EU MS with a multidisciplinary and integrated approach. Assessment and transposition of best practices gathered in EU MS and of European acquis in new member States and/or in third countries. I assisted and monitored grant project beneficiaries, providing technical assistance, support and advice on exchange and learning activities implemented by projects’ partners.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant refers to his experience as a consultant and Head of the INTERACT Programme Secretariat in order to demonstrate his experience and understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I have been fluent in English since I was a foreign exchange student in the USA and English became thereafter my main working language. As a guest scholar, I conducted complex applied academic research work related to urban systems in national and international institutions, making detailed analyses and drafting reports as well as scientific articles and making presentations to specialized academic audiences in English. I have worked for 20+ years within the frame of international cooperation projects and programmes whose working language is/was English and/or French. I actively participated to international conferences and seminars as a panelist, speaker, rapporteur and moderator using English as working and communication language. I animated and facilitated workshops, focus groups, working groups, took minutes, made reports and detailed presentations on complex thematic issues in English in several European and non-European countries, with mixed participants from several different countries, to wide multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral audiences composed of decision makers, practitioners and scholars. Besides English (C1 proficiency), I have relevant linguistic skill in other European Languages (Italian and French mother tongue, German C1/C2 proficiency and Spanish C1 proficiency).
B3. Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to convincing evidence of his 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: 
In my work I have been repeatedly challenged by the need of providing information and communicating also complex concepts also to non-English speaking audiences and experts. In some cases, the project/programme language was other than English (i.e. French) but in that case I was even confronted (although rarely) with non-French speakers! I have witnessed workshops being managed with simultaneous or consecutive translations but the result was in major cases not a satisfactory one (especially if the interpreters were not adequately prepared). Unlike conferences or seminars, workshops are meant to be interactive and the language issue may often represent a barrier. When I was directly faced with this difficulty I tried to convey information more through images, although I mostly used conventional presentations styles and supports. In a specific case in Romania, I was assisted by a very smart interpreter that was duly briefed in advance, knew well the subject matter and with whom I had built up some working experience. The result was very satisfactory, both for the speakers/trainers/faciliattors as well as for the participants. Explaining concepts using as much as possible simple wording and reiterating concepts also proved to be useful. Technical terms and jargon was translated in advance and this provided to be beneficial as well.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides one relevant example that demonstrates his ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (e.g. a specific case in Romania).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
I was in charge of organizing a workshop in Spain on cultural heritage within the Barcelona Process (Euro-Mediterranean dialogue). I prepared a background paper and preliminary reports as supporting documents to obtain approval from the contracting authority. I coached participants in advance and briefed speakers/chairs, asking to provide preliminary written contributions before the actual workshop. Contributions were circulated together with concluding remarks and hints for priority discussion points prior to the meeting. At the workshop, background documents related to activities and policies from relevant donor institutions bound together in a coherent form were distributed to participants as reference for discussion. I was in charge of supporting the INTERACT Managing Authority in preparing all background documents needed for the organization and implementation of meetings of the Monitoring Committee, in view of enabling the decision-making process. This included annual workplans, multiannual workprogrammes, activity reports, powerpoint presentation, memos, etc. I organised a transnational exchange of experience on urban renewal policies and practice in Italian cities and in Vienna. I supported the preparation of thematic background information to accompany a wandering exhibition on urban renewal in Vienna as well as catalogue. I also prepared background papers for the participants to brief them, providing advance information on topics to be discussed on the spot.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides examples demonstrating his ability to draw out and support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants by using a variety of techniques and tools (e.g. organizing a workshop in Spain on cultural heritage and a transnational exchange of experience on urban renewal policies in Italy and Austria).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Following a workshop in Barcelona (see C.3.2), I drafted the recommendations executive summary and supervised the production of a concise publication with abstracts from the issues, knowledge and experiences exchanged at the working group, which was then issued in booklet form. This booklet was widely distributed to participants and other relevant stockholders. Subsequently, a university institute in Italy took the initiative of translating the whole booklet into Italian and distributed it to a wider range of interested stakeholders. Within the frame of a wandering exhibition on urban renewal and an international conference organized by the city of Vienna, I contributed with a communication and a paper on best practice case studies in Italy. The publication was widely distributed in several EU MS and provided useful elements on knowledge and experiences that were exchanged in tat context. In Turin, a monographic issue of a magazine dedicated to urban planning and rehabilitation in Vienna was also published and distributed locally by the Chamber of Architects. I provided for this publication a written contribution capturing and describing the urban change dynamic and the urban marketing policy of the city of Vienna, highlighting peculiarities earned within the exchanging experience and knowledge with Italian cities. This contributed to the success of the event and of the wished exchange and learning process.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides examples demonstrating his ability to capture learning for participants to take away by summarizing key points and useful feedback to distribute among stakeholders (e.g. drafting of publications and articles after participating in workshops and conferences).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
At INTERACT I was in charge of producing reports that provided detailed information on activities implemented by the programme. These included good practices developed within the programme but also policies orientations within European Territorial Cooperation at large. As RTA for a Twinning Project in Romania, I drafted reports highlighting the results of activities aimed at developing policies in the specific sector, based on the exchange of best practices brought up by experts seconded from relevant institutions in several EU MS. At Euromed Heritage, among the several reports that I drafted, I produced a report on the implementation of activities leading to the drafting of a policy strategy for the protection and enhancement of the Euro-Mediterranean cultural heritage. The strategy was based on a previous needs analysis that was conducted in the beneficiary countries and that highlighted good practices implemented at local level, collecting recommendations on current priorities and for future action to be taken.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two examples demonstrating his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages. Both of the reports summarize best practices with material gathered from learning and policy making activities.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I was involved for 25 years in the design and management of EU transnational projects. I developed project proposals, tenders, applications and implemented project monitoring and evaluations with specific focus on exchange of experiences, sharing of knowledge and capacity building. I provided technical assistance to beneficiaries in capacity building and training, promoting extensive exchange of international experience and knowledge and supervising the delivery of on-the-job training sessions. I delivered exchange activities with EU MS municipal employees and practitioners on issues related to sustainable urban development and I organised and implementated learning activities for representatives of national and local authorities. I assisted transnational grant projects in exchange and peer learning activities, facilitated networking and dialogue among projects, assuring quality, sustainability, capitalisation of outputs & results and sharing of experience on issues of common interest. At INTERACT, the “hub” for exchanging good practices in ETC, I supervised quality assurance and knowledge management activities, including the implementation of several online surveys and the development of an e-learning platform for the programme itself. The coordination of the network of decentralised programme implementation offices occurred at a distance using the support of information and communication technologies, comprising shared working platforms and team collaboration software.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for C, scoring 3 out of 3 for C1, 4 out of 4 for C2 and 4 out of 4 for C3. Mr. Malvani is very experienced in the field of integrated and sustainable urban development and particularly in the design and delivery of transnational learning activities. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have been involved at different stages in issues related to urban renewal, upgrading and conservation since my university studies and within the frame of professional activity as architect/town planner and international consultant, as well as within the frame of applied and more theoretical research work. My current activity as freelance senior international consultant comprises the conception and development of technical assistance project proposals for urban regeneration masterplans with a significant aspect of integrated urban renewal and redevelopment of the downtown areas of e.g. the cities of Split (Croatia) and Cairo (Egypt). I provided consultancy to municipal authorities focused on physical urban conservation and rehabilitation within the frame of sustainable urban development. This comprised the implementation of an intensive exchange and sharing of experience with practitioners from several EU MS, scientific work, publications, international cooperation projects. My role included hands-on survey fieldwork and scientific/historic and morphological research in several aspects of the urban structure and building typology in 18th and 19th century districts of Vienna and the coordination with other experts/practitioners involved by the municipality within a project for the inventory of the existing built environment and the protected zones scheme. I conducted academic research work focusing on transformation dynamics within the frame of a European urban systems comparative analysis in which urban renewal trends and dynamics in selected European cities were closely and carefully investigated (desk research, meetings and interviews with practitioners, scientific workshops and seminars, etc.).
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows significant experience in integrated urban renewal (e.g. educational background in architecture, academic research and many years of professional experience in field of urban renewal).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I provided thematic input (written and through presentations) at the 2014 ICOMOS General Assembly on a pilot project in the conservation district of the Algiers Casbah, aimed at promoting integrated sustainable urban development and regeneration with planned physical interventions on the built urban structure to improve the quality of life in a particularly deprived urban area. The audience comprised practitioners from all EU MS and also policy makers. I conducted extensive cooperation action with local urban practitioners and authorities in charge. I facilitated and supported the work of the cross-sector committee for the Casbah that comprised the participation of representatives from relevant ministries, the municipality, the wilaya (prefecture), the university, of specific specialized institutions and organisations, etc. Within an applied research focused on physical urban renewal and upgrading practice in selected Italian cities and regions, I drafted a detailed a report aimed at providing relevant good practices elements for the development of an overall integrated urban conservation policy commissioned by a public-private institution within the frame of a concept of “intelligent urban renewal” in times of rapid development of advanced information technologies in Europe. Activities included: monitoring and evaluation of quality of urban regeneration projects, urban upgrading programmes, policies and methods; cost-benefit analyses recommendations for future potential urban investments and project financing in the public & private sectors; several meetings and interviews with personnel of municipal and regional authorities in charge of urban planning, of academic institution, associations and with urban practitioners; drafting of a detailed report.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two examples of thematic inputs which he used to feed in the learning process in projects (e.g. ICOMOS General Assembly and an applied research on urban renewal).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I drafted a detailed monitoring report on the Rehabimed transnational grant project, dealing with urban renewal related issues in the Mediterranean countries and aimed at strengthening urban rehabilitation and maintenance as factors of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental). The report, highlighting the good practice developed by the project, was shared not only with the contracting authority but also with practitioners within the network since it contained relevant examples of good practice and policy messages to be used for policy making and learning purposes. I produced a publication on urban renewal policy and practice in Italian historical city centres, in Austrian magazine edited by the City of Vienna. Role: research and identification of primary and secondary data, assessment work, drafting of contribution, participating to international conference on the specific subject matter with a presentation and public debate. This contribution provided relevant examples of good practice and was used for exchange and learning purposes, aimed at identifying best practice on urban rehabilitation policies to be applied in Vienna. Article in publication on trends and perspectives regarding the evolution of spatial structures of European cities. This work was conducted within a wider research together with relevant academic institutions and was used to share good practice and for learning purposes to practitioners. Research of primary and secondary data, assessment work, drafting, editing.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two valid examples demonstrating his 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 (e.g. drafting of a report within the Rehabimed transnational project and of a publication in an Austrian magazine). In addition, other relevant examples of publications can be found in his CV.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
At Euromed Heritage I facilitated networking, exchange and dialogue among project partners and stakeholders involved in issues of urban rehabilitation, assuring quality, sustainability, and visibility, capitalisation of outputs & results and impact of the projects. I developed joint activities within interregional territorial cooperation and urban networks, e.g. with the URBACT II programme, the European Urban Knowledge network and the Urban Development network. Focus on the sharing of experiences and of good practices in integrated urban sustainable policies and promoting innovative instruments for territorial cooperation. I supported and implemented intensive exchange and networking activities with URBACT II, ESPON 2013 and INTERREG IV in relation to joint actions in line with the Europe 2020 strategy objectives and targets, with strong focus on urban renewal issues. Dissemination included the implementation of collaborative workshops and publications. Besides, the result of this activity comprised information on 70 projects from strand A and B programmes dealing with urban issues and providing valuable contribution to the “100Eurban solution” exhibition organized by EC DG Regio at the CoR. I coordinated/supervised capitalization work implemented within the INTERACT programme. Capitalisation in ETC can be understood as an integrated process gathering valuable programme/project results to share knowledge and raise awareness among stakeholders about the achievements and to support the (re-)use and/or transfer of these results, promoting improved performance and delivery. In this respect, INTERACT has carried out several thematic analyses that included issues related to the urban policy agenda.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several relevant examples that demonstrate his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising (e.g. dissemination activities within Euromed Heritage, URBACT II, ESPON 2013, INTERACT programme).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have been involved in issues related to urban renewal, upgrading and conservation since my university studies and within the frame of professional activity as architect/town planner and international consultant, as well as within the frame of applied and more theoretical research work. My current activity as freelance senior international consultant comprises the conception and development of technical assistance project proposals for urban regeneration masterplans with significant aspects of integrated urban renewal and redevelopment of downtown areas. I provided consultancy to municipal authorities focused on physical urban conservation and rehabilitation, comprising the implementation of intensive exchange and sharing of experience with practitioners from several EU MS. My role included hands-on survey fieldwork and scientific/historic and morphological research and the coordination with other experts. I provided thematic input on a pilot project aimed at promoting integrated sustainable urban development and regeneration with planned physical interventions on the built urban structure to improve the quality of life in a particularly deprived urban area. I implemented monitoring and technical assistance to a project dealing with urban renewal in the Mediterranean countries, aimed at strengthening urban rehabilitation and maintenance as factors of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental). I developed joint activities within interregional territorial cooperation and urban networks focusing on the sharing of experiences and of good practices in integrated urban sustainable policies and promoting innovative instruments for territorial cooperation.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets 4 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for this theme. Mr. Malvani has excellent educational and professional background in the field of integrated urban renewal. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have implemented applied research work on urban issues related to participative approach in the planning process (eg Rotterdam, Berlin) within the frame of my study curriculum in Architecture and Urban planning at the University of Florence. Thereafter, I conducted research work focused on city marketing and competing cities. Specific attention was dedicated to the analysis of sample cities under the perspective of improving urban attractiveness and reducing social exclusion. At INTERACT, I have been quite exposed to local governance issues within the frame of exchange and capacity building exercises carried with practitioners.
D1 Assessment: 
0: Demonstrated less than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice and research. In fact, the candidate has an educational background in architecture and most of his professional experience is related to the themes of urban planning and integrated urban renewal and not to local governance. Neither the application, nor the CV provides evidence of the possession of sufficient knowledge in the theme of "Local governance".
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I contributed to the conceptual definition of the administration concept strategy of the Vienna urban protected zones (Schutzzonen) within the frame of the development of the computer-aided inventory and planning system of the protected urban zones. This thematic input that was enriched by benchmarking with experience sharing with relevant EU MS, fed in the learning process in view of applying policies in Vienna. I was involved in meetings organized within the Vienna’s urban participative planning process with local people in specific urban districts of the city of Vienna. I promoted discussions and presentations on how to improve the quality of life within an urban development process strived by the municipality that may have a negative impact on the urban cultural landscape (eg Bürgerbeteiligungsprozess in Grinzing). I provided a thematic written and oral contribution to a colloquium on Community Based Conservation organized by the Integrated Territorial and Urban Conservation project at ICCROM. The contribution (and the debate that originated from it) focused on policies implemented by the city of Vienna within the frame of an inner urban development strategy and on community-based projects strived by the administration to provide impulse on urban renewal in a participatory way.
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not provide relevant examples of thematic inputs which he used to feed in the learning process in project. In his answer the applicant provides mostly a description of thematic inputs in relation to the theme of urban planning and urban renewal rather than to the theme of local governance.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I have conducted research work on urban systems and global change addressing the issue of accessibility of services and of urban facilities in cities. Impact of new technologies on urban development and governance were relevant aspects that were investigated. Specific attention was dedicated to the governance challenges within the frame of a proposed re-organisation of city structures and city functions requiring new town planning rules. The results of the research work indicated that the process of urban change should be guided in ways to minimize the effects of congestion which determines the condition of non-governability common to most urban systems. I produced a working paper on the results of the research assignment that was disseminated to practitioners and policy makers. Besides, I presented these outcomes to audiences comprising urban practitioners and policy-makers. As a consultant for the Vienna municipal authority I was charged with the coordination of exchange and learning issues related to integrated management of urban heritage. This comprised knowledge sharing activities in the field of deprived neigbourhoods and of urban regeneration policies, eg exchange activities with the Italian cities of Genova, Naples, Turin that were at that time characterized by a significant urban decay process. Vienna, that had been involved in URBAN projects and had subsequently implemented important urban regeneration action in deprived neighbourhoods, was interested in learning from good practices developed at local level in Italian cities. At the conclusion of the assignment, that included also field work, I produced a concise report summarising the lessons learnt and highlighting to what extent the good practices and policies implemented in Italy could be taken as a concrete source on inspiration for action to be taken in Vienna.
D3 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than two examples 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, in relation to the theme.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
At INTERACT, I was directly involved in the development of advisory services on how to implement new territorial development tools, eg on how to involve European territorial/Interreg programmes in ITI or in developing CLLD at cross-border level. This comprised participating to the delivery of workshops with practitioners and representatives from local authorities as well as editing a publication that was widely distributed among ETC programmes’ stakeholders and used for learning and capitalization purposes. At Euromed Heritage I was in charge of the monitoring and technical assistance of transnational grant projects dealing with governance-related issues. For example, the Delta project that developed Territorial Cultural Systems aimed at establishing linkages between national level agencies responsible for local development and culture on the one side and local organizations on the other. The project developed action plans and pilot activities with a territorial approach to linking heritage conservation with economic development and it adopted a cross-sectoral, integrated approach to regional development needed in the longer term for the sustainability of heritage assets. My main role consisted in advising the grant beneficiaries on how to maximize the use of project results and outputs as well as to capitalize on the good practices for the benefit of other potential stakeholders.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides one relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising (e.g. Euromed Heritage).
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 1 out of 4 criteria and does not cover the minimum required to be validated for the thematic field of "Local governance". The main expertise of Mr. Malvani is in the field of urban planning and urban renewal and not in local governance. None of the reference persons recommended him as an expert for this thematic field. I have implemented applied research work on urban issues related to participative approach in the planning process within the frame of my study curriculum in Architecture and Urban planning. Thereafter, I conducted research work focused on city marketing. Specific attention was dedicated to the analysis of sample cities under the perspective of improving urban attractiveness and reducing social exclusion. Competing cities. At INTERACT, I have been quite exposed to governance issues within the frame of exchange and capacity building exercises carried with practitioners. I was involved in meetings organized within the Vienna’s urban participative planning process with local people in specific urban districts of the city of Vienna. I promoted discussions and presentations on how to improve the quality of life within an urban development process strived by the municipality that may have a negative impact on the urban cultural landscape (eg Bürgerbeteiligungs-prozess in Grinzing). I provided thematic inputs as consultant for the Vienna municipal authority within exchange and learning issues related to integrated management of urban heritage. This comprised knowledge sharing activities in the field of deprived neigbourhoods and of urban regeneration policies, eg exchange activities with Italian cities that were at that time characterized by a significant urban decay process. I contributed to the conceptual definition of the strategy of the Vienna urban Schutzzonen within the frame of the development of the computer-aided inventory and planning system of the protected urban areas. This thematic input that was enriched by benchmarking with experience sharing with relevant EU MS, fed in the learning process in view of applying policies in Vienna. I have conducted academic research work on urban systems and global change addressing the issue of accessibility of services and of urban facilities in cities. The results of the research work indicated that the process of urban change should be guided in ways to minimize the effects of congestion which determines the condition of non-governability common to most urban systems.
Theme / Policy: 
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In my professional activity I have developed and monitored projects in the field of culture, cultural heritage, cultural goods, intercultural dialogue, cultural policy reform, international cultural relations, etc. For several years, following a call for expression of interest and a subsequent selection process at the EACEA (European Executive Agency for Culture and Education), I have been included in a reserve list as culture programme coordinator. Also, I have been appointed as project evaluator within the 2007-13 Culture Programme. My background as an architect gives me a particular sensitivity for issues related to arts and creativity.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice and research (e.g. relevant professional experience and publications in the field of culture).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As UNESCO consultant, I produced written documents highlighting good practices gained within the implementation of operational programmes (e.g. international safeguarding campaigns, World Heritage). On the one side, I produced a paper on field training activities that was used internally for learning purposed and I also was responsible for the production of UNESCO’s contribution to a special number of a monographic issue of a magazine dedicated to multilateral activities in the specific sector. This output was distributed through the network of the Italian international development cooperation and provided relevant support for an exchange and learning process. For the city of Vienna, I was in charge of developing a transnational project on sustainable urban conservation management. This activity comprised the drafting of specific sections of the project proposal as well as background papers needed for the organization and implementation of a kick-off workshop with representatives from all involved institutions and administrations. These documents provided a valuable contribution to the exchange and learning process aimed at further developing joint activities. Within the frame of a fact-finding mission in Croatia, I drafted a report on how to implement a future World Bank project in the historic centre of the city of Split. The report was sent to the World Bank and shared with the future project beneficiaries, representing a significant thematic input to the overall venture. Thematic contribution to publication in the field of art history: drawing of the analytical index of names and places for the new edition of the Dictionary of Florentine Painters from the 13th to the 17th Centuries, by Sir Dominic Colnaghi.
D2 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved. In his answer the candidate provides mostly a description of thematic inputs in relation to the theme of urban planning rather than to the theme of Arts and culture. Neither the application, nor the CV provides evidence of the possession of such an ability.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
At Euromed Heritage, I co-drafted the Strategy for the development of Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Heritage. This policy document was developed on the basis of good practices and needs expressed by local practitioners and policy-makers. The final draft was agreed with the directors in charge from the ministries of culture from the Mediterranean countries involved in the MEDA programme and it became a widely used policy document that influenced the development and implementation of subsequent action in the region. As a final output to a project on illicit trafficking of cultural goods in Romania, I produced a report incorporating learning from international exchange that took place within the project’s capacity building activities. The output of the project was presented to practitioners and policy makers as well as to an external audience.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides two relevant examples that demonstrate his 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 (e.g. co-drafting of the Strategy for the development of Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Heritage within the Euromed Heritage project and participation in the final output of a project on illicit trafficking of cultural goods in Romania).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
At Euromed Heritage, I have been in charge of collecting good practice developed by grants projects in the field of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for capitalization and dissemination purposes. As such, I provided written contributions and briefings that were used for the production of publications and audiovisuals to raise awareness on the importance of implementing cooperation in the culture sector.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides one relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising (e.g. Euromed Heritage).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My background as an architect has given me a particular sensitivity/interest for issues related to arts and creativity. In my profession I have developed/monitored projects in the field of culture, cultural heritage, cultural goods, intercultural dialogue, cultural policy reform, international cultural relations, etc. I am in the Culture Programme Coordinator reserve list at EACEA. As UNESCO consultant, I planned and managed operational programmes in the Culture Sector. I provided support to international safeguarding campaigns and World Heritage. As technical adviser for a project on illicit trafficking of cultural goods in Romania, I worked in close contact with institutions in charge of culture supporting the development of more effective cooperation. I promoted sharing of knowledge in specific EU legislation in the cultural sector by strengthening the capacity of beneficiary institution for the transposition and enforcement of the Community acquis. I co-drafted the Strategy for the development of Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Heritage: this policy document, based on good practices and needs from local practitioners and policy-makers, was agreed with the directors in charge from the ministries of culture from 10 partner countries and it became a widely used policy for the development of subsequent action in the region. I carried out a fact-finding mission in Croatia aimed at implementing a future World Bank project on the urban regeneration of the historic centre of the city of Split. For the city of Vienna, I developed a transnational project on integrated sustainable urban conservation management with European partner cities from 4 EU MS. I provided a thematic contribution to a publication in the field of art history: drawing of the analytical index of names and places for the new edition of the Dictionary of Florentine Painters from the 13th to the 17th Centuries, by Sir Dominic Colnaghi.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets 3 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for this theme. Mr. Malvani has relevant professional experience in diverse cultural fields. Both reference persons recommend him for his expertise in cultural heritage. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I was involved in research activities since university studies, where my master’s thesis in architecture focused on safeguarding, conservation and urban upgrading policies in international cooperation. I conducted, thereafter, academic research work on sustainable urban development with relevant national and international institutions: • research work on evolution trends of the spatial structures of European cities focused on how to improve accessibility of information and services while reducing traffic volumes in selected sample cities. Part of the research focused on transformation dynamics related to Vienna and Munich, within the frame of a European urban systems comparative analysis coordinated by the Italian National Council of Research (CNR). multidisciplinary research on the development of a methodological framework on urban development prospects in long-term global, economic, energy and environment perspectives. It addressed the issue of accessibility of services and of urban facilities in cities in a context of ICT-related innovation. Impact of new technologies on urban development and governance was one of the important aspects that were investigated. Specific attention was dedicated to governance challenges within the frame of a proposed re-organisation of city structures and city functions requiring new town planning rules. • I have implemented hands-on survey fieldwork and scientific/historic and morphological research on urban structure and building typology in historical districts of Vienna and coordinated within the project for the inventory and protected zones scheme. I conducted applied research focused on physical urban renewal and upgrading practice in selected cities and regions in central Italy. This work was aimed at providing learning elements for the development of an overall innovative integrated urban conservation and renewal policy. Activities included: monitoring and evaluation of quality of urban regeneration projects, urban upgrading programmes, policies and methods; cost-benefit analyses recommendations for future potential urban investments and project financing in the public & private sectors; several meetings and interviews with personnel of municipal and regional authorities in charge of urban planning, of academic institution, associations and with urban practitioners; drafting of a detailed report.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges (e.g. research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Urban and Regional Research) However, it is important to note that this research experience is not recent (1995-1999) and that most of the candidate's research work is strictly related to the themes of sustainable urban development and physical urban renewal
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In the function of responsible scholar for the urban transformation observatory in Vienna within a wider European network, I presented thematic input on the results of conducted research work to relevant academic institutions and thus contributed effectively to the output of the overall research programme at transnational level. I provided thematic input to a Joint capitalisation activity on urban projects with the 4 ETC/Interreg Pan-European Programmes by presenting urban trends and challenges in several European countries through the identification of transnational and cross-border cooperation projects focused on urban issues. This occurred through background papers and presentations at joint meetings and workshops.
D2 Assessment: 
0: The examples provided are not very specific and are not indicative of the candidate's ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in relation to the theme. The CV is not sufficiently informative either.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I conceived and drafted a working paper on the result of research assignment on the development of a methodological framework related to future urban development prospects in long-term global, economic, energy and environment perspectives. The results of the research work, that was presented to specialised academic audiences and to institutional decision makers, indicated that the process of urban change should be guided in ways to minimize the effects of congestion which determines the condition of non-governability common to most urban systems. I actively supported the strategic and technical development of the knowledge management tool KEEP (“Knowledge and Expertise in European Programmes”). This knowledge management tool represents the only source of aggregated information regarding projects and beneficiaries on European Union programmes dedicated to cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation within the EU and between the EU MS and neighbouring countries. I presented KEEP on several occasions to audiences composed of practitioners and policy makers, highlighting e.g. how this tool can be used effectively to identify projects and partners dealing with urban issues, according to specific themes.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides only one relevant example that demonstrates his ability to produce concise report that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (e.g. author of a research paper on the evolution trends of the spatial structures of European cities). However, the overall academic and professional experience of the candidate would suggest that he has such an ability.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The KEEP knowledge management tool developed by INTERACT represents a powerful instrument for capitalisation. I personally was involved in the presentation of KEEP at conferences and seminars and supervised the development of the web-based portal that was also used for dissemination and capitalization purposes. The result of the joint project activity with the Pan-European Programmes (URBACT II, ESPON 2013, INTERREG IVC) on urban projects that I supervised for INTERACT comprised the identification of approx. 70 projects from strand A and B programmes dealing with urban issues. These results were shared with the other programmes and with the EC and provided, amongst other, a valuable contribution to the “100 EUrban solution” exhibition at the Committee of the Regions. Within the frame of the above-mentioned joint capitalization framework, the result of a survey made with the support of KEEP in 2012 enabled the identification of comprehensive and detailed information on projects and partners involved in 74 projects from strand A and B. In particular, this survey indicated 10 projects under the workstream 1 “addressing the challenge of demographic change”, 13 projects under the workstream 2 “what cities can do to build more and better jobs”, 6 projects under the workstream 3 “how can cities stimulate social innovation to address the challenge of social polarization?”, 3 projects under the workstream 4 “cities against spatial exclusion”, 17 projects under the workstream 5 “low carbon cities through sustainable mobility” and 25 projects under the workstream 6 “energy efficiency and housing”.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides one relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising (e.g. dissemination of the KEEP knowledge management tool).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I was involved in research activities since university studies, and I thereafter conducted academic research work on sustainable urban development with relevant national and international institutions. These focused e.g. on evolution trends of the spatial structures of European cities on how to improve accessibility of information and services while reducing traffic volumes in selected sample cities or on the development of a methodological framework on urban development prospects in long-term global, economic, energy and environment perspectives. I conducted applied research focused on physical urban renewal and upgrading practice in selected cities and regions in central Italy. This work was aimed at providing learning elements for the development of an overall innovative integrated urban conservation and renewal policy. I actively supported the strategic and technical development of the knowledge management tool KEEP (“Knowledge and Expertise in European Programmes”). This knowledge management tool represents the only source of aggregated information regarding projects and beneficiaries on European Union programmes dedicated to cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation within the EU and between the EU MS and neighbouring countries. I supervised for INTERACT a joint project activity with the Pan-European Programmes (URBACT, ESPON, INTERREG IVC) on urban projects that comprised the identification of approx. 70 projects from strand A and B programmes dealing with urban issues. These results were shared with the other programmes and with the EC and provided, amongst other, a valuable contribution to the “100 EUrban solution” exhibition at the Committee of the Regions.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets 3 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for this theme. However, it is important to note that most of the candidate's research work is strictly related to the themes of sustainable urban development and physical urban renewal. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.

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 : 
I have carried out applied research work on urban issues related to participative approach in the planning process (eg Rotterdam, Berlin) within my studies in Architecture and Urban planning at the University of Florence. I was involved in meetings within the urban participative planning process with local people in specific urban districts of the city of Vienna (eg Bürgerbeteiligungs-prozess in Grinzing). I promoted discussions and made interactive presentations on how to improve quality of life within an urban development process strived by the municipality that may have negative impact on the urban cultural landscape. This included awareness raising and outreach towards diverse stakeholders, facilitating mediation, dialogue, etc. I personally organized, supported and facilitated meetings with practitioners and policy makers involved in the field of cultural heritage with bottom-up approach and participatory method in several projects. Focus on developing a cross-sectoral cooperation process aimed at stimulating an integrated approach to policy-making for conservation and development related issues. I initiated participatory meetings with decision makers to provide support in developing integrated approaches to policy making in specific thematic sectors (e.g. interactive working sessions with practitioners and representatives from the civil society involved in urban regeneration issues).
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two relevant activities that demonstrate his knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices (e.g. used participative approach within his applied research work on urban issues and used participatory meetings with practitioners and policy makers involved in the field of cultural heritage).
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
1) I was engaged in conceiving and implementing an integrated sustainable urban project in the Algiers Casbah. This included convening representatives from institutions and administrations involved at different levels and with diverse backgrounds. I was in charge of supervising the monitoring of the process that was conducted through bilateral meetings, assessment of written documents and providing feedback. For the city of Vienna, I have been carrying out a comprehensive survey of the existing built environment. This action was aimed at establishing integrated and sustainable management policies in urban conservation districts.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one partially relevant activity that demonstrates his knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies (e.g integrated sustainable urban project in the Algiers Casbah). However, his overall experience as architect and consultant would suggest that he has such a knowledge.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I have been following the international debate on sustainable urban development policies and trends for more than 20 years. Several years ago I was involved in research activities in innovative fields related to urban change dynamics and was exchanging information with institutions EU-wide and beyond. Besides participating to specific conferences and meetings (e.g. the EC Urban Forum), I constantly keep up to date through the Internet, visiting websites of the EC and of programmes and projects engaged in this field. Amongst other, I am actively involved in meeting of the Urban Development Network and I have participated to conferences, seminars and workshops organized by URBACT II and the European Urban Knowledge Network. I am currently engaged in the preparation of projects within the Urban Innovative Actions programme as well as of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe with an Austrian institution specialised in Urban sustainibiliy.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several examples that demonstrate his awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level (e.g. visiting websites of the EC and of programmes in this field, attending EC Urban Forum and Urban Development Network).
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
The implementation of the integrated sustainable urban project in the Algiers Casbah in which I was personally involved required a high degree of understanding of the very specific local situation. My role in adapting tools and content focused primarily on presenting complex concepts and administrative procedures in an understandable way and stimulating a direct dialogue with the involved stakeholders. While organizing and delivering a transnational workshop in the Ukraine I had to adapt the methodology of work and the content to best suit the local sensitivity and cultural background.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one relevant activity that demonstrates his ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities (e.g.integrated sustainable urban project in the Algiers Casbah).
Summary Expertise: 
I carried out applied research work on urban issues related to participative approach in planning process since my studies in Architecture. I was involved in the urban participative planning process with local people in specific urban districts of the city of Vienna. I promoted discussions & made interactive presentations on how to improve quality of life within an urban development process strived by the municipality that may have negative impact on the urban cultural landscape. I personally organized, supported and facilitated meetings with practitioners involved at all levels in cultural heritage with bottom-up approach and participatory method in several projects. Focus was on developing a cross-sectoral cooperation process aimed at stimulating integrated approach to policy-making for conservation and development. I initiated participatory meetings with decision makers to provide support in developing integrated approaches to policy making in specific thematic sectors. I have been following the international debate on sustainable urban development policies and trends for 20+ years, since I was involved in research activities in innovative fields related to urban change dynamics. Besides participating to conferences and meetings, I constantly keep up to date with the EC, programmes, projects and networks engaged in this field. I am preparing projects focusing on integrated urban sustainable development within with an Austrian institution specialised in urban sustainibiliy.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of the 4 criteria regarding expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies and should be therefore validated for E. The main expertise of Mr. Malvani is in the field of urban planning and urban renewal and the development of related policies/strategies. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.

Informations

Residence location:
Austria
Languages:
French - Mother tongue, Italian - Mother tongue
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Email:
matteo.p.malvani@gmail.com

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