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Sebastiaan

Van Herk

Sebastiaan

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have 17 years experience in sustainable urban development: climate adaptation, urban planning, liveability, smart cities, circularity, open innovation. I have developed and coordinated 24 transnational EU projects (ia Interreg, H2020), working with more than 50 cities, and other governments, business and knowledge institutions. I have been in-house consultant or researcher for 14 cities in 5 EU countries, deepening my understanding of the workings, needs and opportunities of cities in integrated and sustainable urban development. All my projects focus on actual impact on the ground. There, all sustainability aspects come together, and require overcoming governance and financial barriers. I have mobilised >€100M in innovation funding for pilots, that have guided uptake and mobilised a multiple in public and private investments in urban and infrastructure projects, incl. nature based solutions, city greening, water and transport and mobility concepts. I hold a PhD in governance in climate adaptation and urban planning from TU Delft and UNESCO-IHE, and MSc on public-private partnerships in infrastructure. I have published over 50 scientific and professional publications and I contribute to various educational and capacity building programmes. I have been appointed advocate for UN-ISDR and an expert for UN Environment. I have developed city-to-city learning programs for the UN and EU on topics of climate change adaptation and resilience, smart cities and open innovation.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development. He is a researcher, consultant and learning programmme developer on a number of relevant themes, including smart cities, innovation,urban planning, and climate adaptation. He holds a PhD in governance in climate adaptation and urban planning.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
In the international projects my role as coordinator is mostly to facilitate effective exchange and learning, where I focus on actual future implementation. Using these experiences, I have successfully developed, published and implemented multiple transnational exchange and learning approaches: 1. city-to-city learning (C2CL) (https://www.un-ihe.org/city-2-city-learning), 2. learning & action alliance (Van Herk et al, 2012), and 3. city accelerator programmes. In the BEGIN project (10 mid-sized cities from 7 EU countries) I have facilitated transnational C2CL to develop and review urban investment schemes and policies for blue green infrastructure, using social innovation approaches. The peer-learning approaches have been so successful that UN-ISDR asked me as their City Resilience advocate to adopt and combine these with their multiple tools. My Learning & Action Alliance approach is published and used broadly to support sustainable urban development pilots and policies through collaborations between several government agencies, research, business and civil society. After successful deployment between 7 EU cities (MARE), I have implemented it for the Asian Development Bank (MARE-Asia) in Indonesia and Vietnam to develop investment proposals for mainstreaming climate adaptation in urban development and infrastructure. Since 2008, I have delivered capacity building programmes for international teams at IHE-Delft and was ranked highest on trainers’ evaluation (4.5/5).
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level. He has developed a specific learning approach - C2CL. Also, under the BEGIN project, he facilitated the development of urban investment policies/ schemes on blue green infrastructure for 10 mid-sized cities from 7 EU countries.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I am an effective communicator in English both written and spoken. Excellent writing skills are proven from the over 50 scientific and professional publications, 24 successful project proposals as lead author approved by EU and international funding programmes and multiple popular publications and blogs (see my Google scholar or Academia profile). Both my M.Sc and PhD degrees were delivered in English. I facilitate and present at international conferences (approximately 4-6 per year since 2006), round tables, focus groups and project meetings. I have 17 years of working experience in English, coordinating international collaborative projects, managing an international company with 35 people international staff from >10 countries and offices in ES, NL, UK.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is fluent in English, and has written and co-authored a number of reports and journal papers (e.g. Adaptation Tipping Points and Opportunities for the Management of Urban Flood Risk).

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

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
I am fluent communicator in Dutch (native), Spanish and Catalan (my languages of residence for 18 years) and German. For 3 years in the Netherlands, I ran parts of the national innovation and policy programme ‘Delta Programme’ in Dutch. Developing, training and implementing the multi layer safety concept and the concept of climate adaptation mainstreaming in urban areas. I gave presentations, facilitated f2f workshops, and tv interviews (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDFbQjnMqsU). For the Catalan government, I trained Catalan industrial, automotive and aerospace companies in Spanish and Catalan to internationalise and innovate, and to collaborate with international clients, suppliers and networks. I interviewed these companies, profiled them and accompanied them on business development and training. For the GCECA I made several presentations, videos and negotiations in Spanish to engage all Spanish and South American partners with the Center (Eg for the Argentinien ambassador and delegation). For the project “Socios en agua”, i worked together with stakeholders from Colombia and the Netherlands and I did the technical knowledge transfer between the two countries working in both Spanish and Dutch (video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWFwJ1pNjdo)
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (i.e. under Delta Programme and project Socios en agua).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
I create open online project communities to share all project outcomes, create theme-focused conversations for exchanging content, methodologies, tips and allow not only partners but also visitors to benefit from the knowledge generated. Eg in SCORE, we set the principles and guidance for joint international open source development and we manage the community and the content for all (https://score.community/). In MARE, I set up a checklist for Cities and Learning & Action Alliance managers (2 papers: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1753-318X.2011.01108.x, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901111000645). I used them to document, facilitate and exchange experiences transnationally between cities in UK, NO, BE, NL, DE, SE. This material also proved useful to monitor the progress of establishing and running an LAA, and the comparison of progress and challenges for different cities in different countries. In BEGIN I developed a City to City Learning programme based on an analysis and matching exercise. I co-developed the 10 essentials for Blue Green Infrastructures (inspired by UN-ISDR where I am advocate: https://www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/home/toolkitblkitem/?id=1) and I scored the needs and strengths of 10 cities from 7 countries. As well as the training capacities of 5 universities to facilitate on these 10 essentials. These were all mapped in spider diagrams, and used to design and plan for capacity building workshops.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided valid examples of outputs in support of exchange of experiences/ knowledge at transnational level. He developed an open online project community under SCORE, a checklist under MARE and a City to City Learning Programme under BEGIN projects.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
In 2018 I delivered the report for the international Thematic Group on Eco-based adaptation for the Global Centre of Excellence (www.gca.org) with 30 members from business, government, NGO and universities from 20 countries and 6 continents. After 6 months of transnational collaboration, I chaired and reported on our workshop during the Adaptation Futures Conference 2018 in Cape Town. I delivered the report the same evening. My personal best practice: take notes during the meeting, capture and process the learnings asap for people to take away within a day of the event. It is a nice 6-pager with pictures, and summary of key learnings, knowledge and experiences, together with an Annex of background work, and more detailed notes. On 24-24 March 2015 I chaired and reported on the international conference ‘Environmental challenges & Climate change opportunities’ in Antwerp, Belgium. The aim of this event was to exchange best practices & lessons learned that were generated within the framework of international cooperation. My report was smartly organised to capture the main learnings in: a summary, sound bites (for communication use), project ideas (for follow up opportunities) and learnings & knowledge. It included a large range of environmental and climate topics: Funding opportunities for environmental challenges, Cities of the future, Protecting today’s environment, Climate change & society, Creating business opportunities and a Project development/matchmaking workshop.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates ability to capture knowledge/ experiences exchanged at transnational level. He produced reports both under Adaptation Futures Conference 2018 in Cape Town and Environmental Challenges & Climate Change Opportunities in Antwerp, Belgium.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I authored a book and brochure in English and Dutch about Room for the River, a €2Bn river widening programme in the Netherlands: ‘tailor made collaboration, a clever combination of process and content’, (access here: https://www.un-ihe.org/sites/default/files/13270-rvdr-brochure-governance-engels_def-pdf-a.pdf ). The book was based on 2 years of my research and >10 scientific publications and synthesises and incorporates good practices and the main policy messages The popular book, was enriched with interviews with senior executives, politicians and professionals. The book was presented and discussed at a dedicated event as a policy and practice brief for the top-50 executives of the Dutch ministry together with 4 international delegations from USA, Indonesia, Germany and Vietnam, including 3 Mayors and 2 Directors General. I authored the popular book ‘Tendering after research on public-private partnerships in climate adaptive development’ (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260902677_Samen_bouwen_aan_de_toekomst_publiek-private_kennisontwikkeling_voor_klimaatbestendig_bouwen_en_inrichten). I extracted the main best practices and policy recommendations from my research. And incorporated short interviews on these with key stakeholders for the booklet. The main messages include a quickscan of barriers and solutions to engage the market after public-private knowledge development. And possible innovations in climate adaptive planning and building.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided two relevant examples of reports incorporating good practices/ policy messages. He authored two books, namely "Room for the River" and "Tendering after research on public-private partnerships in climate adaptive development’.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I aim is to create value from effective collaborations with a strategic focus on delivery and impact, combined with the daily unburdening of partners so they can focus on content and joint interests. My practical approaches include to discuss and monitor all partner diverse interests, mapping needs and strengths to organise match-making, twinning and learning programmes. I aim to keep partners motivated as they can work on topics and projects that drive them and their politicians and executives. I focus on collaboration between the ‘willing’ tapping into their joint interests and help the ‘difficult’ to accommodate their interests in the project. I am multilingual with working and living experience in multiple countries which also helps connecting to partner interests. I am an experienced facilitator preparing interactive meetings complemented by webinars, telcos, etc. I have done this successfully with Thematic Groups with >40 partners from 20 countries for the GCA (www.gca.org). I create and manage open online project communities to share project outcomes, create theme-focused conversations for exchanging content, methodologies, tips to allow partners and visitors to benefit from the knowledge generated (eg https://score.community/). I document meeting learnings concisely and quickly (in a day) focusing on follow up actions. Project results are ‘de-projectised’ for broader uptake and published online/offline often enriched with interviews of key stakeholders.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for C, as he meets the criteria for C1 (3 out of 3), C2 (4 out of 4), and C3 (4 out of 4).

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I see urban strategic planning as key vehicle to deliver upon policy objectives from various domains (environmental, mobility, energy, etc), and it allows for the active engagement of multiple stakeholders and citizens. Urban strategic planning has been at the centre of my international projects, research and consultancy work from 2004 to 2019. My PhD (2008-2014) focused on the governance of the urban planning process to deliver climate adaptation and integrated flood risk management. I am a member of the UN working group on urban planning. I currently coordinate 4 running EU projects where urban planning is pivotal. 1. delivering blue-green infrastructure and uses social innovation to engage companies and citizens to develop business cases and public private partnerships for investments and maintenance. 2. liveability of cities incorporating health and well-being into urban design, as well as implementing social and health programmes that make use of urban green spaces. 3. Aims to improve public service delivery in the physical domain environment, energy and mobility by developing data-driven solutions. On my CV, Google Scholar and Academia and ResearchGate accounts one can find >30 publications directly or indirectly related to Urban Strategic planning.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates knowledge and experience on the selected topic of Urban Strategic Planning. He holds a PhD with focus on urban planning. He has been involved in relevant research and expert/ consultancy work and is also a member of the UN working group on urban planning.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
A key element for sustainable urban planning is to develop business cases. I wrote a position paper ‘Building a narrative for blue-green infrastructure, overcoming financial and governance barriers’. The paper feeds in to the learning process of our international city-to-city learning programme (10 cities). The position paper was subsequently published on line by devdiscourse (https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/science-environment/315030-building-a-narrative-for-blue-green-infrastructure-overcoming-financial-and-governance-barriers). It explains how to implement blue green infrastructure schemes, using valuation tools to make business cases, and how to build narratives to engage stakeholders and citizens. Similarly I wrote an ‘insight’ paper on how smart city technologies can be used to improve urban resilience (https://baxcompany.com/insights/are-smart-city-technologies-the-answer-to-improve-urban-resilience/). I have used this in our transnational programme where cities learn together to develop open source smart city solutions. Particularly for the environmental and water group.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided relevant examples of producing thematic inputs (i.e. position paper "Building a narrative for blue-green infrastructure, overcoming financial and governance barriers" and a briefing on how smart city technologies could be used to improve urban resilience).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
On multi-layered safety, a new policy concept that was tested in our transnational innovation project MARE, I authored a report (Van Herk et al, 2011), co-authored a professional publication (Kelder et al, 2010) and several scientific papers (Van Herk et al, 2014a; 2014b). These publications that incorporated the learnings from our pilots, learning activities and exchanges. They listed policy recommendations for policy makers, and practical guidance for urban planners, water and climate managers and other city practitioners. I co-authored guidance for joint open source software development for and between cities that focuses on improving public service delivery (eg waste collection, water management, etc). The guidance is summarized in 2 pages, and based on more than 1 year of facilitation of this transnational co-development. I focused more on the interface between city-challenge definition to software development, 2 colleagues focused more on the technical part of OS software development. The guidelines can be found on our open community https://score.community/ A blogpost from me on the context of this work can be found here: https://baxcompany.com/insights/open-source-solutions-for-21st-century-city-challenges/.
D3 Assessment: 
?: Although the applicant provided examples of reports (e.g. development of policy concept on multi-layered safety, scientific papers, as well as a guidance), the extent to which these incorporate good practices and policy messages for an audience of city practitioners and policy-makers is unclear.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
My professional slogan, as well as of our company is: ‘value from science and technology’. Ie I focus my work on maximizing the use of my (innovation) project results to create value. This can be for policy development, business development or awareness raising, etc. An example is the capitalization of my 2 year collaborative research project about Room for the River, a €2Bn river widening programme in the Netherlands. The main lessons: double policy objective (water safety and spatial quality) and participatory planning (local/regional governments could propose solutions) became the basis for the subsequent national Delta Programme (€1Bn/year budget and law). I actively tried to contribute to that. I co-authored a popular book and brochure in English and Dutch with good practices and the main policy messages: ‘tailor made collaboration, a clever combination of process and content’, (access here: https://www.un-ihe.org/sites/default/files/13270-rvdr-brochure-governance-engels_def-pdf-a.pdf ). I presented the lessons with a colleague at a dedicated event as a policy and practice brief for the top-50 executives of the Dutch ministry. I also participated in a ‘road-show’ to new executives of the Delta Programme. Also I gave multiple interviews to various media outlets and we coordinated an media strategy with the communication team of the RftR programme. This included video messages and other website content using the digital channels of the programme.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided an example of a capitalized project output. He was involved in the development of a book, a brochure, event presentation, and media strategy under the Room for the River project.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I see urban strategic planning as key vehicle to deliver upon policy objectives from various domains (environmental, mobility, energy, etc), and it allows for the active engagement of multiple stakeholders & citizens. Urban strategic planning has been at the centre of my international projects, research and consultancy work. My PhD focused on the governance of the urban planning process to deliver climate adaptation and integrated flood risk management. I am a member of the UN working group on urban planning. I currently coordinate 4 running EU projects where urban planning is pivotal. 1. delivering blue-green infrastructure and uses social innovation to engage companies and citizens to develop business cases and public private partnerships for investments and maintenance. 2. liveability of cities incorporating health and well-being into urban design, as well as implementing social and health programmes that make use of urban green spaces. 3. Aims to improve public service delivery in the physical domain environment, energy and mobility by developing data-driven solutions. For these and other projects I have delivered concise policy briefs and facilitated policy learning groups for politicians and senior decision makers in cities. And practice briefs for urban planning professionals as well as thematic experts in cities eg water, climate, transport, smart city, asset management. These mainly focus on long term urban planning, investment planning and implementation programmes.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D under the thematic area of Urban Strategic Planning. He meets 3 out of 4 criteria.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Understanding local governance is critical to deliver impact in cities. During my professional career I have consulted and/or trained >50 municipal governments in NL, BE, ES, UK, DE, FR, SE, NO. I have developed the Learning & Action Alliance approach to stimulate collaboration between local government departments and agencies. Often their strategic aims, financial budgets and operational plans are not (yet) aligned or coordinated, particularly for new and integrated topics (climate mitigation and adaptation, smart cities, sustainable mobility). My PhD focused on how to effectively organise governance between domains, disciplines and organisations. I have organised city-to-city learning and twinning programmes for >20 cities for the EU and UN that are sensitive to local governance contexts whilst breaking silos. I have particularly focused on mobilising (financial) resources for integrated pilot projects supported by multi-agency groups. My recent work on ‘social innovation’ includes various interactive approaches to engage citizens, NGO, as well as various governance agencies to develop joint business cases: public-private-people partnerships. Currently we are developing practice briefs for cities on how to deploy effective social innovation approaches.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates professional background related to the thematic area of Local Governance. He has consulted and trained a number of EU municipalities and developed an approach in favour of local collaboration.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
On local governance, I have published relevant thematic inputs on how to organize governance using Learning & Action Alliance and City to City learning. Eg. Van Herk et al (2011) Learning and Action Alliances for the integration of flood risk management into urban planning, in Environonmental Science & Policy, Dudley et al (2013). Learning and Action Alliances for innovation and active learning in a European context. Haupt et al (2017) The Significance of City-to-City Learning in Transnational Resilience Networks. And Van Herk (2016) Resilient City Networks. In terms of local governance, I have focused mostly on politics, policy making and implementation of sustainability projects in the physical domain. I wrote a position paper ‘Building a narrative for blue-green infrastructure, overcoming financial and governance barriers’. The paper feeds in to the learning process of our international city-to-city learning programme (10 cities). The position paper was subsequently published on line by devdiscourse (https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/science-environment/315030-building-a-narrative-for-blue-green-infrastructure-overcoming-financial-and-governance-barriers). It explains how to implement blue green infrastructure schemes, using valuation tools to make business cases, and how to build narratives to engage stakeholders and citizens.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided examples of relevant thematic inputs (i.e. Learning and Action Alliances for innovation and active learning in a European context. Haupt et al (2017), and The Significance of City-to-City Learning in Transnational Resilience Networks. And Van Herk (2016) Resilient City Networks).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
For multiple EU projects I have delivered concise policy briefs and practice briefs for city practitioners and policy makers, as well as thematic experts in cities eg water, climate, transport, smart city, asset management. On multi-layered safety, a new policy concept that was tested in our transnational innovation project MARE, I authored a report (Van Herk et al, 2011), co-authored a professional publication (Kelder et al, 2010) and several scientific papers (Van Herk et al, 2014a; 2014b). These publications that incorporated the learnings from our pilots, learning activities and exchanges. They listed policy recommendations for policy makers, and practical guidance for urban planners, water and climate managers and other city practitioners. I co-authored guidance for joint open source software development for and between cities that focuses on improving public service delivery (eg waste collection, water management, etc). The guidance is summarized in 2 pages, and based on more than 1 year of facilitation of this transnational co-development. I focused more on the interface between city-challenge definition to software development, 2 colleagues focused more on the technical part of OS software development. The guidelines can be found on our open community https://score.community/ A blogpost from me on the context of this work can be found here: https://baxcompany.com/insights/open-source-solutions-for-21st-century-city-challenges/.
D3 Assessment: 
?: Although the applicant provided examples of reports (e.g. he was involved in the development of policy concept on multi-layered safety, scientific papers, and guidance), the extent to which these incorporate good practices and policy messages for an audience of city practitioners and policy-makers is unclear.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
My professional slogan, as well as of our company is: ‘value from science and technology’. Ie I focus my work on maximizing the use of my (innovation) project results to create value. This can be for policy development, business development or awareness raising, etc. One example is the use of the MARE project result, a ‘storyboard’ or ‘disaster journey’ that describes what happens before, during and after a flood event. This storyboard approach helped expanding the discussion of scenarios from urban planners and policy makers, to citizens, emergency responders and many others. We discovered ‘ripple effects’, once a flood event leads to power failure, also communications fail and emergency responders can’t be coordinated well. And we discovered self-relience strategies for citizens and discussed possible roles with community organizations (incl sports clubs and churches). . The storyboard was used in a series of workshops with citizens, and I co-developed an exposition in the Museum of Dordrecht for 6 months, reaching new audiences. We established a working group with the ‘safety region’ As well as a long term investment strategy programme (MIRT) with multiple government agency to explore infrastructure investment in multi layered safety, combining flood defence, urban planning and emergency response. Once established and running I phased out.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided relevant examples of capitalized project outputs (e.g. a storyboard, exposition, a long-term investment strategy programme).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Understanding local governance is critical to deliver impact in cities. During my professional career I have consulted and/or trained >50 municipal governments in NL, BE, ES, UK, DE, FR, SE, NO. I have developed the Learning & Action Alliance approach to stimulate collaboration between local government departments and agencies. Often their strategic aims, financial budgets and operational plans are not (yet) aligned or coordinated, particularly for new and integrated topics (climate mitigation and adaptation, smart cities, sustainable mobility). My PhD focused on how to effectively organise governance between domains, disciplines and organisations. I have organised city-to-city learning and twinning programmes for >20 cities for the EU and UN that are sensitive to local governance contexts whilst breaking silos. I have particularly focused on mobilising (financial) resources for integrated pilot projects supported by multi-agency groups. My recent work on ‘social innovation’ includes various interactive approaches to engage citizens, NGO, as well as various governance agencies to develop joint business cases: public-private-people partnerships. Currently we are developing practice briefs for cities on how to deploy effective social innovation approaches.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D under the thematic area of Local Governance. He meets 3 out of 4 criteria.
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 am partner and director of an Innovation consultancy firm with >40 staff with offices in Barcelona, Rotterdam and Cambridge. Research, innovation and knowledge economy is at the heart of our work, to ‘create value from science and technology’. I have helped cities to implement many pubic service innovations, as well as stimulating their local and regional knowledge economies and facilitating local research collaborations with universities and companies. As an example of an EU-wide city innovation projects, I coordinate SCIFI (Smart Cities Innovation Framework Implementation) in FR, UK, NL, BE, where we run ‘accelerators’. Our cities define public challenges and organize open calls to challenge and support innovative companies to develop solutions for which cities are launching customers and universities provide technical support. A similar EU project of mine is Be-GOOD (idem + DE, LUX): Building an Ecosystem to Generate Opportunities in Open Data for public service delivery. I help cities with Open Data strategies and portals. And companies get development budgets and business development support to use that data. In SCORE (idem + NO, SE, DK) I facilitate cities to jointly develop open source software solutions with in-house programmers, working closely with policy makers on their challenges. Also I have co-organised capacity building programmes for cities’ innovation ecosystems in ES, DE, NL, UK, IE, for SMEs in industry, health, logistics, agro-food and ICT.
D1 Assessment: 
0: The candidate demonstrates some professional experience in the selected theme of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy. Although he was involved in a number of related projects (i.e. coordination of SCIFI, Be-GOOD,SCORE) and was involved in the organisation of capacity building programmes on innovation ecosystems of cities, he lacks in-depth knowledge of the thematic area.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I co-authored an ‘insight’ paper on how local governments can support research, innovation and knowledge development in blockchain technology, supporting local SMEs in those fields. I focused particularly on the opportunities in 3 sectors: logistics, health and agro-food. The thematic input was later picked up and published by ‘Industryofthings’ (https://www.industryofthingsvoice.com/three-sectors-where-blockchain-can-be-of-value-for-smes/) Also I co-authored guidance on how to organize challenge-driven work by cities to guide the development of data-driven solutions. The briefings are being processed in a series of blogposts, the first being: https://baxcompany.com/insights/why-cities-should-look-to-data-driven-solutions-to-improve-public-services/
D2 Assessment: 
?: The applicant provided partially relevant examples. The extent to which the mentioned inputs were produced to feed in learning process at transnational level is unclear.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I authored the popular book ‘Tendering after research on public-private partnerships in climate adaptive development’ (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260902677_Samen_bouwen_aan_de_toekomst_publiek-private_kennisontwikkeling_voor_klimaatbestendig_bouwen_en_inrichten). I extracted the main best practices and policy recommendations from my research. And incorporated short interviews on these with key stakeholders for the booklet. The main messages include a quickscan of barriers and solutions to engage the market after public-private knowledge development. And possible innovations in climate adaptive planning and building. I co-authored guidance for joint open source software development for and between cities that focuses on improving public service delivery (eg waste collection, water management, etc). This guidance is also useful for SME companies and universities collaborating with local governments. The guidance is summarized in 2 pages, and based on more than 1 year of facilitation of this transnational co-development. I focused more on the interface between city-challenge definition to software development, 2 colleagues focused more on the technical part of OS software development. The guidelines can be found on our open community https://score.community/ A blogpost from me on the context of this work can be found here: https://baxcompany.com/insights/open-source-solutions-for-21st-century-city-challenges/.
D3 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provided one partially relevant example (i.e. the book Tendering after Research on Public-Private Partnerships in Climate Adaptive Development).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
My professional slogan, as well as of our company is: ‘value from science and technology’. Ie I focus my work on maximizing the use of my (innovation) project results to create value. I use the Room for the River example also for Research, innovation and knowledge, as it has influenced the collaboration, procurement and innovation of engineering and construction firms, as well as much future research. Room for the River is a €2Bn river widening programme in the Netherlands. The main lessons became the basis for the subsequent national Delta Programme (€1Bn/year budget and law). I actively tried to contribute to that. I co-authored a popular book and brochure in English and Dutch with good practices and the main policy messages: ‘tailor made collaboration, a clever combination of process and content’, (access here: https://www.un-ihe.org/sites/default/files/13270-rvdr-brochure-governance-engels_def-pdf-a.pdf ). I presented the lessons with a colleague at a dedicated event as a policy and practice brief for the top-50 executives of the Dutch ministry. I also participated in a ‘road-show’ to new executives of the Delta Programme. Also I gave multiple interviews to various media outlets and we coordinated an media strategy with the communication team of the RftR programme. This included video messages and other website content using the digital channels of the programme.
D4 Assessment: 
0: The applicant did not provide topic relevant project output produced for capitalization purposes.
Assessment: 
The candidate is not validated for D under the selected thematic area of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy. He meets 1 out of 4 criteria. I am partner and director of an Innovation consultancy firm with >40 staff with offices in Barcelona, Rotterdam and Cambridge. Research, innovation and knowledge economy is at the heart of our work, to ‘create value from science and technology’. I have helped cities to implement many pubic service innovations, as well as stimulating their local and regional knowledge economies and facilitating local research collaborations with universities and companies. As an example of an EU-wide city innovation projects, I coordinate SCIFI (Smart Cities Innovation Framework Implementation) in FR, UK, NL, BE, where we run ‘accelerators’. Our cities define public challenges and organize open calls to challenge and support innovative companies to develop solutions for which cities are launching customers and universities provide technical support. A similar EU project of mine is Be-GOOD (idem + DE, LUX): Building an Ecosystem to Generate Opportunities in Open Data for public service delivery. I help cities with Open Data strategies and portals. And companies get development budgets and business development support to use that data. In SCORE (idem + NO, SE, DK) I facilitate cities to jointly develop open source software solutions with in-house programmers, working closely with policy makers on their challenges. Also I have co-organised capacity building programmes for cities’ innovation ecosystems in ES, DE, NL, UK, IE, for SMEs in industry, health, logistics, agro-food and ICT.
Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My environmentally related work experience comprises: water management, air quality, climate, circularity, and transversal issues such as procurement, asset management and data/smart. In our firm, I am the director of 2 departments: Environment and Smart City and data with approximately 15 people staff. I have been selected as expert for UN Environment in sustainable and circular procurement and appointed as Resilient City advocate for UN-ISDR. The environmental EU projects I currently coordinate include: 1. air quality sensing, with related technology and policy development together with national environmental agencies and cities. 2. Nature based solutions and blue-green infrastructure with benefits for flood management, air quality, biodiversity, etc. 3. Circular procurement for building, infrastructure, furniture and ICT with cities joining in communities of practice, business modeling and policy making. 4. Flood risk management and climate adaptation, 5. Two smart city projects with environment as used cases, including waste collection, water management and air quality. Within these, I have co-developed guidance documents for professionals in NBS and circular procurement, and for business casing in general.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates professional experience in the selected topic of Environmental Issues. He heads the Department of Environment and Smart City and is involved in the coordination of a number of on-topic projects.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I have tried to synthesise my main circular economy insights for cities as thematic input for my circularity projects (https://baxcompany.com/insights/three-key-ingredients-for-accelerating-circular-economy-in-cities/). Together with my co-authors we focus on 3 contexts: 1. public procurement to stimulate the development of circular business models, 2. incentive structures to reduce plastic waste generated and increase recycling rates, 3. methodologies to accelerate business creation, business incubation and acceleration focusing on organic waste. For the policy learning group of FAIR ‘Flood infrastructure Asset management & Investment in Renovation, adaptation & maintenance’ we provided lessons on future proofing flood risk management. I contributed to the special issue U.S. Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities published in the peer-reviewed international journal Public Works Management & Policy on future-proofing flood risk management.(https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/pwm/current)
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provided a partially relevant example of Environmental issues input produced to feed in the learning process at transnational level (i.e. FAIR).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
In March 2015 I chaired and reported on the international conference ‘Environmental challenges & Climate change opportunities’ in Antwerp, Belgium. The aim of this event was to exchange best practices & lessons learned that were generated within the framework of international cooperation. My report was smartly organised to capture the main learnings in: a summary, sound bites (for communication use), project ideas (for follow up opportunities) and learnings & knowledge. It included a large range of environmental and climate topics: Funding opportunities for environmental challenges, Cities of the future, Protecting today’s environment, Climate change & society, Creating business opportunities and a Project development/matchmaking workshop. I authored a book and brochure in English and Dutch about Room for the River, a €2Bn river widening programme in the Netherlands: ‘tailor made collaboration, a clever combination of process and content’, (access here: https://www.un-ihe.org/sites/default/files/13270-rvdr-brochure-governance-engels_def-pdf-a.pdf ). The book was based on 2 years of my research and >10 scientific publications and synthesises and incorporates good practices and the main policy messages The popular book, was enriched with interviews with senior executives, politicians and professionals.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided relevant examples (i.e. a report produced for the international conference ‘Environmental challenges & Climate change opportunities’ in Antwerp, Belgium; ; a contribution to the study “Opportunities for climate adaptation in the Netherlands").
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
My professional slogan, as well as of our company is: ‘value from science and technology’. Ie I focus my work on maximizing the use of my project results to create value. This can be for policy development, business development or awareness raising, etc. Capitalization example: my 2 year collaborative research project about Room for the River, a €2Bn river widening programme. Environmental issues play a critical role herein, as ‘spatial quality’ was one of the 2 main objectives. This allowed for increased investment in biodiversity and ecological structures in the riverine landscapes. The main lessons: double policy objective (water safety and spatial quality) and participatory planning (local/regional governments could propose solutions) became the basis for the subsequent national Delta Programme (€1Bn/year budget and law). I actively tried to contribute to that. I co-authored a popular book and brochure in English and Dutch with good practices and the main policy messages: ‘tailor made collaboration, a clever combination of process and content’. I presented the lessons at a dedicated event as a policy and practice brief for the top-50 executives of the Dutch ministry. I also participated in a ‘road-show’ to new executives of the Delta Programme. Also I gave multiple interviews to various media outlets and we coordinated an media strategy with the communication team of RftR. This included video messages and other website content using the digital channels of the programme.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant was involved in the development of a book under the Room for the River project, and lessons learnt were presented in a series of events.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My environmentally related work experience comprises: water management, air quality, climate, circularity, and transversal issues such as procurement, asset management and data/smart. In our firm, I am the director of 2 departments: Environment and Smart City and data with approximately 15 people staff. I have been selected as expert for UN Environment in sustainable and circular procurement and appointed as Resilient City advocate for UN-ISDR. The environmental EU projects I currently coordinate include: 1. air quality sensing, with related technology and policy development together with national environmental agencies and cities. 2. Nature based solutions and blue-green infrastructure with benefits for flood management, air quality, biodiversity, etc. 3. Circular procurement for building, infrastructure, furniture and ICT with cities joining in communities of practice, business modeling and policy making. 4. Flood risk management and climate adaptation, 5. Two smart city projects with environment as used cases, including waste collection, water management and air quality. Within these, I have co-developed guidance documents for professionals in NBS and circular procurement, and for business casing in general.
Assessment: 
The candidate is validated for D under the thematic area of Environmental Issues. He meets 3 out of 4 criteria.
Theme / Policy: 
Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I am partner and director of an Innovation consultancy firm with >40 staff with offices in Barcelona, Rotterdam and Cambridge. Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs is an important part of our work, to ‘create value from science and technology’. I have helped start-ups and SMEs grow their business and become more competitive, as well as help cities and regions with incubutation and stimulation programmes. Eg through Interreg projects in the innovation priority. Recent projects I have developed and coordinate include 1. blockchain: on how local governments can support SMEs in using blockchain technology. I focused particularly on the opportunities in 3 sectors: logistics, health and agro-food. 2. Datafication, supporting SMEs in the manufacturing industry to exploit datafication, increasing their ‘data maturity level’ through awareness raising, capacity development (training programmes), and dedicated consultancy support programmes to develop business cases and data strategies. Also I run 3 smart city projects that focus on improved public service delivery by cities, but these also have an important element in collaboration with local SMEs and service providers. We pilot accelerator programmes, develop cities’ innovation ecosystems, organize public challenges and call for proposals (innovative procurement) and focus on stimulating local ICT firms and professionals.
D1 Assessment: 
0: The candidate demonstrates some professional experience in the selected theme of Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs. Although he is a Director at an Innovation consultancy company and is involved in the coordination of a number of on-topic projects, he lacks in-depth understanding of the theme.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I co-authored an ‘insight’ paper on how local governments can support research, innovation and knowledge development in blockchain technology, supporting local SMEs in those fields. I focused particularly on the opportunities in 3 sectors: logistics, health and agro-food. The thematic input was later picked up and published by ‘Industryofthings’ (https://www.industryofthingsvoice.com/three-sectors-where-blockchain-can-be-of-value-for-smes/) Also I co-authored guidance on how to organize challenge-driven work by cities to guide the development of data-driven solutions. The briefings are being processed in a series of blogposts, the first being: https://baxcompany.com/insights/why-cities-should-look-to-data-driven-solutions-to-improve-public-services/
D2 Assessment: 
?: The applicant provided partially relevant examples. The extent to which the mentioned inputs were produced to feed in the learning process at transnational level under the selected topic is unclear.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I authored the popular book ‘Tendering after research on public-private partnerships in climate adaptive development’ (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260902677_Samen_bouwen_aan_de_toekomst_publiek-private_kennisontwikkeling_voor_klimaatbestendig_bouwen_en_inrichten). I extracted the main best practices and policy recommendations from my research. And incorporated short interviews on these with key stakeholders for the booklet. The main messages include a quickscan of barriers and solutions to engage the market after public-private knowledge development. And possible innovations in climate adaptive planning and building. I co-authored guidance for joint open source software development for and between cities that focuses on improving public service delivery (eg waste collection, water management, etc). This guidance is also useful for SME companies and universities collaborating with local governments. The guidance is summarized in 2 pages, and based on more than 1 year of facilitation of this transnational co-development. I focused more on the interface between city-challenge definition to software development, 2 colleagues focused more on the technical part of OS software development. The guidelines can be found on our open community https://score.community/ A blogpost from me on the context of this work can be found here: https://baxcompany.com/insights/open-source-solutions-for-21st-century-city-challenges/
D3 Assessment: 
0: The applicant gave partially relevant examples of written policy messages, without indicating their connection with the selected thematic area of Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
My professional slogan, as well as of our company is: ‘value from science and technology’. Ie I focus my work on maximizing the use of my (innovation) project results to create value. I was part of a team that developed the datafication strategy for the Province of Noord Brabant (NL). Our end-report was presented internally and enriched with infographics, etc. Subsequently we were hired in-house to implement the strategy and really make an impact on the ground. We then involved Brainport (Eindhoven). In parallel we tried to replicate to other locations and develop innovation hubs. We are now hired by Eurometropole Lille, Turnhout, Kortrijk (FR/BE). With these regions and also Baden Wurtenberg (DE) Western Ireland and Bretagne (FR) and , I have now successfully created a new Interreg project to support SMEs in datafication. I developed the message and text for project posters that were developed by our communication team.
D4 Assessment: 
0:The applicant gave an example of project output, without providing details on his role and indicating its relevance to the selected thematic area of Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs.
Assessment: 
The candidate is not validated for D under the selected area of Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs. He meets 0 out of 4 criteria. I am partner and director of an Innovation consultancy firm with >40 staff with offices in Barcelona, Rotterdam and Cambridge. Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs is an important part of our work, to ‘create value from science and technology’. I have helped start-ups and SMEs grow their business and become more competitive, as well as help cities and regions with incubutation and stimulation programmes. Eg through Interreg projects in the innovation priority. Recent projects I have developed and coordinate include 1. blockchain: on how local governments can support SMEs in using blockchain technology. I focused particularly on the opportunities in 3 sectors: logistics, health and agro-food. 2. Datafication, supporting SMEs in the manufacturing industry to exploit datafication, increasing their ‘data maturity level’ through awareness raising, capacity development (training programmes), and dedicated consultancy support programmes to develop business cases and data strategies. Also I run 3 smart city projects that focus on improved public service delivery by cities, but these also have an important element in collaboration with local SMEs and service providers. We pilot accelerator programmes, develop cities’ innovation ecosystems, organize public challenges and call for proposals (innovative procurement) and focus on stimulating local ICT firms and professionals.

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 : 
For the city of Dordrecht (NL) I contributed to the local water and climate plan/policy through the participatory approach ‘local-regional learning and action alliance’. Using funding from the MARE and CAMINO projects (for which I was external coordinator) we created the Learning and Action Alliance to facilitate participatory planning between local and regional government agencies. We split in 2 policy processes, ‘water in the city’ for urban water management and pluvial flooding, and ‘city in water’ for flood safey from coastal and fluvial flooding. The outcomes were adopted in local policy. And were used as an example for national policy in the Dutch Delta Programme, where Dordrecht became a pilot. There were some difficulties in establishing roles and responsibilities between the city, regional water authorities and regional and national government. These were explored and addressed in the ‘untreatening’ platform of the LAA.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates knowledge on participatory methods for production of local policies. Under a city of Dordrecht (NL) project, he was involved in the development of climate policy using a ‘local-regional learning’ approach.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
BEGIN 2016-2019: I worked on design, delivery, monitoring, evaluation of blue green infrastructure as integrated sustainable urban strategy for 10 cities: from inter-departmental investment planning to delivery and monitoring of scalable BGI pilot projects. Monitoring tool: I designed and applied the BGI progress matrix. I defined and validated the criteria to monitor: city development in ia: participatory planning, business casing, performance monitoring of BGI. During 3 years I organized a 5-step monitoring process and data was systematically gathered (6-monthly self assessment) and reported under my supervision and guidance. I presented and compared the results between cities in spider diagrams (10 essentials as spokes; performance charted along the spokes). I measured KPIs on activities, outputs and impact for feedback on program effectiveness and efficient use of resources. UNISDR 2013-2019: I helped 5 cities to enhance their city resilience through integrated design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. To monitor progress on resilience strategies, I used the 10 essentials toolkit for city resilience (www.unisdr.org). For 6 years, I trained the cities on the toolkit, and I organized self-assessments of progress on the esssentials. I reviewed the assessments, discussed them with other UN Advocates, and used it for training. The monitoring tool and my support in delivery was on ia: understanding of risk scenarios, resilient urban design, disaster response
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates experience in the design and application of monitoring tools for sustainable urban policies. Under project BEGIN, he designed and applied both the progress matrix and monitoring criteria; for UNISDR, he monitored the strategic resilience progress with the help of the TEN essentials for making cities resilient toolkit.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I have awareness of EU funding schemes through my 24 EU projects in various programmes: H2020, Interreg, LIFE+, Eureka, COST, and national funding schemes in NL, ES, BE, UK, using our 3 offices in various countries. Policy-wise these projects are linked to EU and national policy, and typically comprise policy learning groups that advise policy makers. Eg in my EU MARE the pilot project, became a national pilot for the Dutch delta programme policy development, and subsequently an example for the EU floods directive. An example of national funding is that I won the the tender from Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Dutch Government for the Global Centre on Adaptation.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates awareness of the funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU/ national level. He is involved in a number of projects under different programmes: H2020, Interreg, LIFE+, COST as well as national funding schemes in 4 EU MS.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
For UNISDR 2013-2019: I have facilitated the cities Dordrecht and Delft (NL) and Barcelona (ES) to use the 10 essentials toolkit (www.unisdr.org) for resilience during 4 years. The tool had been applied to many member cities, and I had to adapt the tool and approach to each local situation, whilst maintaining consistency. The added value of using the tool consistently, were: 1. the local dialogue it facilitated, discussing the specific local context, needs and opportunities (for new policies), 2. The ability to assess, compare and learn across participant cities. With the 10 essentials, I helped implement and monitor their city resilience strategies: risk scenarios, urban design, disaster response. In sessions I started explaining the tool, applied to the city: what does every essential mean for Dordrecht, Delft, Barcelona. I gave examples from other cities and I studied the local context and brainstormed examples upfront for them. I facilitated a session between the planning and water departments in NL, and with utilities in ES. I monitored progress in 6 monthly self-assessment sessions. I needed to adapt to local situations as in Delft the main risk is pluvial flood risk, where disaster response needs to be much different from Dordrecht with riverine flood risk. In Delft there is no risk of loss of life, but rather of damages and disruption of services. In Barcelona we looked at drought. This led to other discussions between government agencies and citizens.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates experience in the process of adaptation of tools and content to a local context (e.g. for UNISDR he adapted the TEN essentials for making cities resilient toolkit to two Dutch cities and Barcelona).
Summary Expertise: 
Recently I have supported cities in the design and delivery of integrated policies in 2 ways. 1. By advocating more challenge-based work (eg green city, circular city, etc) where traditionally silo-ed policy domains have to be integrated. 2. By working on mainstreaming, ie coordinating investment planning from various departments, agencies and domains. I have designed and delivered participatory policies using (i) Social innovation to engage citizens, private sector and NGOs, particularly with a service-design approach (starting from what services they want?), (ii) a Learning and Action Alliance to facilitate participatory planning between local and regional government agencies. For UNISDR I have helped cities to use their ’10 essentials’ for resilience with local stakeholders. In Dordrecht (NL) I have built upon their water ambassador network that continuously mobilises and nurtures active citizens. I have awareness of EU funding schemes through my 24 EU projects in various programmes: H2020, Interreg, LIFE+, Eureka, COST, and national funding schemes in NL, ES, BE, UK, using our 3 offices in various countries. Policy-wise these projects are linked to EU and national policy, and typically comprise policy learning groups that advise policy makers. Eg in my EU MARE the pilot project, became a national pilot for the Dutch delta programme policy development, and subsequently an example for the EU floods directive.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for E. He met 4 out of 4 criteria.

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Email:
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