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Suska

Petr

Suska

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
During my studies at the London School of Economics, the Planning for Sustainability course specifically focused on bringing students from various backgrounds and experiences together to discuss the prospects of sustainable urban planning and integrated development. We had critically examined the issues involved in planning for sustainable development at the urban level together with a review of policies and practice. We focused on the numerous problems facing developed and less-developed countries with regards to physical, economic and social measures to promote sustainability alongside understandings of how this may be measured in an urban context. We worked on an urban development project in Elephant & Castle, whereby my team helped to mediate various interests of involved key stakeholders such as the community and the local developer. In my professional carrier as a head of strategic development department at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, sustainable urban planning has been one of the key focus areas of the New Prague Strategic plan 2030 that was being drafter under my supervision. I worked with the Local Agenda 21, UNHABITAT, OECD and others to improve and measure Prague´s sustainability record. Currently, I am a senior project manager at the Fraunhofer IAO, where sustainable urban development is perceived as a central element to smart growth of cities. Through the Morgenstadt Initiative, we place sustainable urban development at the very center.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of his understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development (i.e. his MSc degree in Regional and Urban Planning from LSE, combined with his professional experience at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, where he supervised the Prague Strategic plan 2030).
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have worked with a variety of international organizations, cities, companies and institutions, while acquiring a great deal of knowledge and exchanging some of my own experiences at the same time. I regularly take part in international workshops, briefings, conferences and other events to make sure that I am up-do-date with the latest developments in the area of sustainable urban planning. As a member of the Fraunhofer network, I had worked with various cities, commercial partners and community leaders around the world, but especially, within the EU (Lisbon, London, Prague, Eindhoven and others). Currently, I am advising a consortium of three European cities to place a H2020 bid. I also work with commercial partners such as utility companies, automakers and others to help them draft new business strategies and develop user-centric, demand-driven products and services through various co-creation processes. Additionally, I believe that remaining connected to other city experts enables me to stay connected to the ongoing exchange and learning processes at the transnational level.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of his understanding of exchange processes at transnational level (i.e. his participation in exchange projects in the Fraunhofer network such as his assistance to a consortium of three European cities for a H2020 bid).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I lived in Vancouver, BC, Canada where I attended an English high school, obtaining an IB diploma. I then studied at the Queen´s University in Kingston, ON, Canada, where I received a BA with honors. I pursued my Master’s degree at the London School of Economics. Having spent a significant portion of my life in English-speaking countries and studying at English-speaking schools and universities puts my English language skills on a native-speaker level.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to convincing evidence of his proficiency in English (i.e. living in Canada and studying at English-speaking schools and universities). Also, no major grammar or spelling mistakes are visible in his application.

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

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Communicating complex concepts to non-English speakers can be a major obstacle in aligning support around complicated international project. The Morgenstadt City Lab in Prague was challenging because often key stakeholders did not have the necessary English language skills to grasp complex concepts that they were presented with. I often resorted to having a translator in the team, however, there were situations, when I had to rely on mainly visual methods, diagrams and charts to express the main ideas that I wanted to get across. I always tried to make it as interactive as possible and often managed to get quite concrete answers and reactions. The important thing to keep in mind is to appreciate individual´s patterns of thinking and expression, which are always unique and rooted in hers or his personal experience. The sooner I understood the context of that person´s work and life, I could get much closer to explaining an issue as complex as the need for participation in public space redevelopment in Prague´s Old Town.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides a relevant example of his ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (i.e. use of visual methods, diagrams and charts during The Morgenstadt City Lab in Prague).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Verbalisation of knowledge is a set of processes by which a I turn stored experience into words. I apply schematizing, framing, and categorizing of knowledge as instruments. In practice, the Amsterdam project entailed a series of formal and informal get-togethers (all well documented), whereby I initially focused on the particular needs and requirements of the participants. The topics ranged from focusing on bettering decision-making processes within a particular public institution to individual´s needs to grasp new macro-trends impacting their city. I worked with flipcharts, divided participants into teams and encouraged them to place their ideas on post-it notes and then we thematically categorized them together, captured with a camera and send to everyone for approval and integrated into the final strategic roadmap. Encouraging less confident participants was done through individually assisting them and providing speaking space for them to verbalize their opinions. In Lisbon, I focused more on schematizing the verbalized knowledge, as the focus of the project there was the drafting of an urban smart city think tank, which was to recommend to the city hall new projects based on data collected. This required to fully align all the key stakeholders behind this new smart city think tank and understand the role of all the institutions involved and the type of data that would be required. A comprehensive guideline to the city hall was at the end provided.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The expert provides two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange and peer review (e.g. use of flipcharts, team work, post-its and strategic roadmap within the Amsterdam project and elaboration of a comprehensive guideline within the Lisbon project).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
It is crucial during any kind of interaction with participants in a project, workshop, seminar, meeting or a video conference, to produce a tangible outcome (schema, diagram, table, summary, mind map, ). This not only generates a sense of ownership among participants, but it also documents all the important knowledge that was exchanged, while proving the event worth-wile. When working with a diverse group of participants, it is absolutely necessary to document and capture key messages for them to take away. In Amsterdam, I worked a lot with mind-mapping software such as Mindject as well as Insight Maker to directly place ideas and knowledge into a diagram during meetings with smaller number of participants. Overhead projector was needed for this exercise, but it worked very well, as the collective and peer-reviewed work and commenting produced a mutually-agreed upon document, which was immediately circulated and immediate feedback could easily be worked into the final proposal. At the end of the meetings each participant would recap their tasks, which confirmed to the rest of the participants the mutual understanding of the project and goals. In Prague, where I performed one of the Morgenstadt City Labs, I used a more analogue approach and during workshops simultaneously documented knowledge on flipcharts and post-its. I documented all the visualized knowledge with a camera and a summary of each thematic meeting which was circulated and disseminated among the participants.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to capture learning for participants to take away (e.g. mindmapping and common working document within the Amsterdam project and documentation of knowledge on flip charts, post-its and video recordings within the Prague project).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I have been directly involved in drafting a number of concise reports, government recommendations and measure-roadmaps. While working at the Institute of Planning and Development in Prague, I was responsible for drafting a Financial Analysis, which was a report on the state of the city´s finance and its´ investment potential into strategic projects. I also drafted various supporting analyses and reports while coordinating the drafting of the Strategic Plan of Prague. I produced a report on the usage of illiquid assets owned by the city and recommended optimization with regards to the highest potential impact. While working at Fraunhofer IAO, I was involved in three Morgenstadt City Labs, in Tbilisi, Prague and Lisbon where in each, we produced a set of comprehensive measures and urban interventions within one concise report. These Morgenstadt City Lab reports focused on providing 25 measures and interventions as well as a project roadmap outlining the next steps and necessary partners that ought to be involved. In Prague the Morgenstadt City Lab report initiated the process of establishing a data analytics center as well as a multi-modal mobility hub. In the case of Tbilisi, the Morgenstadt City Lab report initiated the preparation process of building an efficient water treatment plant, while improving urban mobility through introducing a series of bike-lanes and a set of measures and inspirational good practices from cities such as Freiburg to improve Tbilisi´s air quality.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The expert provides several relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Active participation and leadership during the Morgenstadt City Labs, worked with various cities such as Tbilisi, Amsterdam, Prague, Graz, Berlin, Lisbon and engaged stakeholders and partners to deliver high-quality report, which are actively used. http://www.morgenstadt.de/en/city-labs/morgenstadt-model.html http://www.morgenstadt.de/de/loesungen/city-labs/morgenstadt-city-challenge/siegerstaedte.html
Assessment: 
The candidate meets the criteria for Expertise in the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities, scoring for C1 (score 3 out of 3), C2 (score 3 out of 4) and C3 (score 4 out of 4).

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Local governance – Smart governance under the Prague Strategic Plan, has been one of the main topics that I focused on in the process of drafting the Strategic Plan of Prague. I had undertaken studies in political science where I focused on public institutions and their impact on urban development. I hold a degree from the LSE in Regional and Urban Planning where local governance is a major topic and last, I am in the process of finalizing my PhD, where local government dynamics and its interaction with the private sector and the residents is one of the key areas of my research. I worked in a leadership position as a public administration officer in a Prague municipal organization from 2013-2016, which gave me deep insight into local governance. Moreover, while at Fraunhofer IAO since April 2016, I have been working closely with local councils and municipal governments (across Europe) to deliver strategic documents supporting smart and sustainable urban development.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates that he has at least 2 years' educational and professional experience in local governance. He has a MSc degree in Regional and Urban Planning from the LSE and is currently enrolled in a PhD programme with a focus on local government dynamics and its interaction with the private sector. In addition, he has professional experience in a Prague municipal organization and in a company which works closely with local councils and municipal governments across Europe.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I have been involved in the drafting of the Prague Strategic Plan - a version is accessible through the Prague Institute of Planning and development (http://www.iprpraha.cz/clanek/83/co-je-strategicky-plan). The drafting process was heavily based on participation and stakeholder involvement. The Strategic plan contains a series of policy recommendations and good practices grouped into thematic areas of social and cultural, economic and environmental development of the city. The Strategic plan for the city of Prague has had a significant multiplication impact, whereby it has been widely used by other cities´ governments in the Czech Republic (Pilsen, Ostrava, Pardubice, and others) as an inspirational document. The drafting process of the Strategic Plan has generated significant public awareness and the topic of strategic planning has been discussed in depth in the mainstream national media. The Strategic plan has been praised for providing a good insight into improving urban local governance and overcoming departmental silos, while increasing the competitiveness of the city and capitalizing on strategic investments into tourism, culture, economic growth, support of SMEs, etc. I had presented the Strategic Plan at a series of public talks and debates, community meetings, where I faced questions from the press as well as policymakers and the general public. The Strategic plan of Prague as a whole is an urban governance guide to improve the livability of the city, while working with the unique aspects of Prague. In the drafting part of the Strategic plan, community dialogue, public workshops and seminars were held to engage as many people as possible. Also, I have actively participated in the Fraunhofer-led Morgenstadt city labs. I provided insight into local urban governance, which stems from my experience in Prague strategic planning. In Prague Morgenstadt City Lab, I suggested the creation of a Smart City Think Tank, which would enable the overcoming of the systemic fragmentation, where no platform for interaction between the public, city government, private sector and research, exist. In sum, the Smart City Think Tank is an independent body, which in a quadrouple helix, incorporates the 4 segments in one platform where they all can together discuss the future development of Prague. This platform has been praised for being highly innovative and generated much interest. The city of Prague is in the process of initiating its establishment. The Smart City Think Tank of Prague will provide urban governance insights and thematic policy and strategy recommendations. The printed version of the entire Morgenstadt report can be accessed here http://www.iprpraha.cz/uploads/assets/5039-morgenstadt-city-lab-prague.pdf
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which he has been involved (e.g. drafting of the Prague Strategic Plan and participation in the Prague Morgenstadt City Lab, the development of a Smart City Think Tank and the elaboration of a thematic report).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Throughout my career as an urban expert, I always focused on using a variety of communication techniques, participatory stakeholder anlyses and other tools to produce high-quality documents.In the case of Prague, the Prague Strategic Plan is a complex document that is a result of many meetings with the representatives of the private sector, workshops with the public, discussions with policymakers and engagement with the universities (http://www.iprpraha.cz/uploads/assets/dokumenty/ssp/SP/FINAL/STR_vykres_1_500_760.pdf). The preparatory phase of the strategic plan engaged over 1000 people and their feedback has been immensely valuable for the drafting of concrete policy recommendations. The Strategic plan consists of thematically sorted recommendations, which stem from good practices and all the relevant feedback that has been generated over a period of almost three years. The document has also been peer-reviewed by foreign experts, which has never been done before in Prague. Under my supervision, all the work with the participants has been well documented and incorporated into the final document. Keeping lists of all participants as well as maintaining contact with key interested actors has been central to the document´s success. When implemented, the recommended policies, through a previous participatory process will have much more public ownership than before. While working with Fraunhofer IAO, I have been involved in a series of Morgenstadt City Labs. In particular, the Tbilisi Morgenstadt City Lab has been heavily focused on the improvement of urban governance. I had interviewed all the key policy makers and politicians to find overlap and define areas, where policy agreement persisted. As such, the report suggested a set of policies and measures that were highly politically feasible, as they focused on governance and policy recommendations where mutual agreement existed. This was really crucial to the project as a whole, as Tbilisi is politically highly fragmented and requires careful and sensible interventions. I presented the final report in Tbilisi at a high-level local development conference, which was attended by the city mayor and country prime minister, who have been actively and successfully working with the document since last year – implementing recommendations such as bike-lanes, re-organizing the city hall to better meet the needs of the public, etc.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several 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 (for participants as well as for an external audience) (e.g. drafting of part of the Prague Strategic Plan and the final report within the Tbilisi Morgenstadt City Lab project).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
During our Morgenstadt city labs, we worked together with the local city teams in Tbilisi, Lisbon and Prague to define and understand the needs of the local stakeholders and define a dissemination strategy accordingly. From large public events to small workshops and meetings, we covered a variety of dissemination techniques to deliver information and learn from the participants at the same time. For example in Tbilisi, the Morgenstadt City Lab has been used also by the local Innovation and Technology Agency to drive their strategy. We helped the agency to draft a series of talks and programs to remain attractive to companies, innovative local SMEs and other entrepreneurs, while strengthening their work with the universities thereby. In the case of Prague, the Morgenstadt City Lab has become an integral part of the City´s Smart City strategy. The report as well as I have been heavily involved to help the city to draft a solid and well-accepted Smart City Strategy. Moreover, the Morgenstadt City Lab, has had an enormous multiplier effect and has also been used (with my consultancy) by individual Prague districts to drive their local strategic development with regards to Smart Cities, Innovation and Technologies. Subsequently, I had met and presented to various stakeholders to explain how to Morgenstadt City Lab report can be used alternatively as a roadmap to a more sustainable urban development, while capitalizing on the investment placed into smart strategic planning.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides a valid example of using project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness (i.e. organization of large public events and small workshops used for dissemination following consultations with local stakeholders).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Coordination of the Strategic Plan for Prague, support international and trans-border projects such as the Morgenstadt City Labs in Lisbon, Prague and Tbilisi.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets the criteria for this theme, scoring 4 out of 4 and should be validated.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I studied Urban and Regional Planning at the LSE with a heavy focus on urban and regional economics. Within the Prague Strategic Plan, I was responsible for delivering the Prague Economic Strategy, which focused on generating further revenue and improving the quality of life by supporting local economic development via innovation vouchers for local SMEs, accelerating collaboration with the 14 local universities, attracting foreign capital and maximising its social economic impact, drafting a new city branding strategy with marketing experts.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates that he has at least 2 years' educational and professional experience in Local economic development. He has a MSc degree with a focus on urban and regional economics. In addition, he was responsible for delivering the Prague Economic Strategy focused on local economic development.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Within the Prague Strategic Plan, I drafted the Propsperity and Economic Development Chapter. In the process of drafting this key thematic chapter of the Strategic Plan, I engaged with over a 100 representatives of the private sector and organized 3 different workshops to understand what their needs are an what they perceive are the largest obstacles to their businesses in Prague. I also organized separate meetings with the representatives of community organisations, NGOs, the local councils, key political leaders and councilors and the local 14 universities. It has been a large endeavor, but at the end a last workshop for all has been organized and all the knowledge, information and ideas that I collected over a period of couple of months has been presented and in a day-long workshop discussed and various recommendations were optimized to meet the needs and requirements of the diverse group that participated. Economic prosperity has been at the center of the debate and the diverse valuable expert and non-expert feedback was key to success. Having assumed a bottom-up approach enabled me to get a user-centric information that I was able to use in the Economic Development chapter within the Prague Strategic plan. While at Fraunhofer IAO, I focus on providing economic and financial insight into the City Lab analyses. For example in Tbilisi, increasing competitiveness of the city has been an important aspect of the city´s future prospects. I have interviewed key stakeholders and drafted a series of measures to improve the city´s competitiveness, while increasing the quality of life for the people thereby. Also, while consulting the Greater London Authority, I have been able to apply my experience and knowledge to engage with the GLA´s economists and work on new economic and financial models for the city to explore in the upcoming future, while focusing how data can be used as a tradeable commodity.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several examples that demonstrate his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which he has been involved (e.g. participation in the draft of the Prosperity and Economic Development Chapter and moderation of a workshop within the Prague Strategic Plan, providing economic and financial insight into the City Lab analyses within the Fraunhofer IAO project and elaboration of economic and financial models within the Greater London Authority project).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
While working for the Institute of Planning and Development in Prague, I co-produced the fiscal analysis of the city of Prague, which was a concise report that incorporated input from key city budgetary and strategic experts in order to provide a set of forward-looking policy recommendations and examples of good practices. The main target of this report were city officials, practitioners and administration. I worked with their provided input (interviews, phonecalls, formal discussions) as well as with OECD data and local statistics to produce a reflective report with a series of recommendations for optimization of the city spending and strategic project budget allocation, thus making the link directly to (at the time) draft version of the Prague Strategic Plan. Also, I provided valuable local economic development input to a couple of Morgenstadt city labs. Particularly in Lisbon the city wanted me reflect on the need to shift away from an over-dependence on tourism. Me and my team have proposed a number of alternative policy measures and steps that aimed at generating new economic opportunities for Lisbon, while working with the local potential and universities who were determined to play a key role in the transformation. Some measures involved the city playing a more central role in supporting innovation in the city and engaging with all interested partners who became involved already through the analysis and interpretation phase of our Morgenstadt City Lab project there.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several 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 (for participants as well as for an external audience) (e.g. fiscal analysis report for the city of Prague and drafting of policy recommendations for the city of Lisbon).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The Prague Strategic Plan will feed into an implementation action plan. Information Dissemination has been a central topic for the new Strategic plan with presentations to the public at large auditoriums to local workshops and interviews. Moreover, the Prague Strategic Plan has been not only a model for good local governance, but also one that grasps local economic development and presents the unique opportunities that dwell in Prague such as vibrant culture and SMEs and universities. As such, I consulted with other cities around the Czech Republic (Pilsen, Ostrava) to explain how important local economic development planning is. The effect has been great and Pilsen, which is currently drafting its own Strategic Plan is including some new economic performance indicators, which come directly from the Economic Development strategy within the Prague Strategic plan, which I drafted. Throughout the dissemination of the importance of Local Economic Development within the Prague Strategic Plan, the general public in Prague appreciated more the need to plan for the better future of the city. In another document that I drafted for the city – mapping and analyzing the illiquid assets within the city, I made a series of recommendations to the policymakers to cut down on maintenance costs and making some buildings available to the creative sector and thus bring more local and authentic culture and design to the city center. Within Morgenstadt City Lab in Tbilisi, I analysed the economic performance of the city in order to draft usable and feasible set of potentially implementable policies. I focused on proactive outreach to different stakeholders, who then became one of the amabassadors of the new economic development policies of Tbilisi, as a consequence. I often explained the main policy funding schemes such as various international development funds, EBRD funding mechanisms, US Aid and others to our local partners, who were responsible for implementation. I would also provide interviews in local TV and newspapers to raise awareness, or hold presentations at local universities and libraries.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. (e.g. many capitalization measures for the dissemination of the Prague Strategic Plan such as presentations, workshops and interviews and presentation of various international development funds within the Morgenstadt City Lab in Tbilisi).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Studied at the LSE with a focus on Urban and regional Economic development. Responsible for the Economic Development Plan within the Strategic Plan for Prague. Responsible for urban economic development and finance insights within the Morgenstadt City Labs, while at Fraunhofer IAO.
Assessment: 
The candidate meets the criteria for this theme, scoring 4 out of 4 and should be validated.

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

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
The key project is described in the section below in E2 together with the methodology and tools, as well as above. However, throughout a wide variety of projects, I worked with numerous participation tools depending on the unique setting of each event and its expected outcome. I often focus on engaging every participant equally and encourage less confident participants to take part. Moreover, I work with participation manuals from organisations such as the GIZ and others to effectively apply proven methods for participation and knowledge capturing. More personal methods had to be used in a project in Tbilisi (informal discussions), while formal workshops and seminars were used in Lisbon.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: Although the applicant does not provide an exhaustive answer under E1, his CV and application form show that he has at least 2 years relevant experience and that he was involved more than once in activites on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies (e.g. Morgenstadt City Labs in Lisbon and Tbilisi and Prague Strategic Plan).
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
I have been an active member of the Morgenstadt Framework since September 2013. The Morgenststadt Framework: An in-depth analysis of cities assesses the current status of more than 80 action fields that are important for a sustainable urban development. I have applied the framework first in Prague by analyzing the local urban system in September 2013 (while still working for the city of Prague). In addition over 110 relational indicators had to be assessed in order to check the pressures that impact on the selected City (social, economic and environmental pressures), the current state of a range of sectors in the city (mobility system, energy system, socio-economic parameters, security system, water-infrastructure etc.) and the current impact that the city has on society, economy and environment. The assessment is compatible with the ISO 37120 International Standard on city indicators. The in-depth analysis further consisted of ca. 50 interviews with local stakeholders from the municipality and institutions that are closely related to the city. These interviews focus on identifying current strengths, challenges and development opportunities of the city. It builds upon an analysis of systemic impact factors which helps researchers understand external pressures, underlying forces, dynamics, socio-cultural and historic implications that are present within a city and impact (often unnoticed) on decisions, structures, strategies and measures taken on the city level and on the project level. The integration of members of the city administration and further local stakeholders into the entire assessment and project development process has been designed as a capacity development process for the city administration, making sure that knowledge and expertise about the methodology, the technologies and the process is being formed in order to enable a strong sense of local ownership and a strong uptake of projects after the roadmap has been delivered to the city. Core of the analysis is a 2-3 weeks on-site assessment in the selected cities where a large amount of interviews is conducted and solutions and existing projects are evaluated in-situ. Based on this analysis a range of innovative socio-technical interventions are developed and integrated in a strategic roadmap that helps Morgenstadt Cities develop in an economically strong and socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient way. All proposed measures are checked against each other with an innovative project development methodology based on systems design – in order to maximize impact and streamline causal chains and interdependencies. For project development, my Fraunhofer team draws upon the collective experience of research, cities and industry partners organized in the Morgenstadt Innovation network. Suggested projects relate to a range of projects that the Fraunhofer Society and its partners have already developed and executed in different cities: Low or near zero energy districts Sustainable urban mobility & transport solutions (e.g. multimodal mobility hubs, integration of electric mobility into the city system, improving public transportation, urban ropeways ... etc.), Electronic Ticketing systems Green Industry Parks and clean urban production High-efficient IT-based management systems for city development /Governance Sensor-based improvement of utilities (water / waste / energy) and thus efficiency gains for the city Installation & integration of renewable energies and smart grid / smart building technologies 3D city models and evidence based urban planning Improvement of city resilience (flood protection, climate change adaptation, public safety) Management and improvement of Green Infrastructure Support with Governance Structures and Organization / Management for sustainable development and cross-cutting issues. Etc. Definition and development of the projects will be based upon a range of workshops with local stakeholders in the City. The results are handed over to the city as a report (strategic roadmap towards a sustainable development). Much more important, however: the members of the innovation network stand ready to help push the proposed projects and measures towards realization. Thus, the strategic roadmap will serve as incubator for a range of forward looking projects on various scales and across various sectors that – in sum – will catalyse the sustainable development of the city. I have been involved throughout the analysis, interpreting and strategy drafting as well as implementation. Since applying this integrated approach to design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategy for Prague in 2013, I have worked with cities such as Lisbon, Tbilisi, Amsterdam, London, Graz or Berlin, to perform the same type of assessment and follow-up policy recommendations and measures. The methodology itself undergoes evaluation and re-assessment, where I am an economic expert on the revision board and provide feedback on usability of KPIs and optimizing the entire assessment process to generate as usable policy report as possible. Some of the project monitoring tools used includes continuous checking throughout the project lifetime, whether the city is committed to the project and has allocated resources and personnel to the project. Moreover, I always keep a regular check-up calendar, which I share with the local partner who helps to coordinate our projects. For example in the case of Tbilisi, a once-a-week check-up through a telco on progress with clear agendas, responsibilities was kept to streamline and manage the entire assessment of the city well. Shared cloud-based systems are used to monitor that all documents and tasks are being fulfilled and that there are no concerns. In the aftercare phase, I work with a couple of KPIs to monitor the cities progress and fulfillment of the proposed project and policy roadmaps also using scorecards and other tools to compare city to city performance.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one relevant activity that demonstrates his knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies (e.g. active member of the Morgenstadt Framework for the design and delivering of urban strategies/policies in different cities such as Lisbon, Tbilisi, Amsterdam, London, Graz and Berlin).
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Continuous screening of H2020 and EU regional funding intitiatives on potential policy support and funding for sustainable (smart) urban development. Close relationship with DG Move, DG Energy and DG Connect. Close relationship with EIB for harnessing EFSI funds for sustainable urban development.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides evidence that he is aware of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level (i.e. contiuous screening of H2020 and EU regional funding intitiatives).
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
I have supported the city of Prague since September 2013 with regards to sustainable strategic planning. I have played a pivotal role in drafting the Prague Strategic Plan, while supporting the Fraunhofer IAO to perform a key Morgenstadt City Lab. Within Fraunhofer, I was responsible for monitoring the team performance during a city lab in Lisbon. Moreover, having transferred to Fraunhofer from the City of Prague, I provided key insights from the city perspective and helped the final report to become more politically and institutionally feasible. Having worked in the private sector, for the city and now in a research institution gives me a well-rounded perspective on sectoral expectations and valuable perspectives that each of the sector can provide to a sustainable urban development. I have been able to integrate the holistic approach to analyzing cities and drafting policy documents over the past couple of years and having experienced working for the city has taught me important lessons, which I have been able to put to use while at Fraunhofer. Probably the most innovative project that I have been involved in were the Morgenstadt city labs. I have in total been involved in 3 of them over the past 2,2 years. The detailed description of the projects is described below. However, my role was two-fold: provide expertise and insight with regards to Local governance and urban economic development, while applying my experience through the transnational project management, first in the back-office during coordinated desktop research and then in the on-site assessment within the cities (Prague, Tbilisi, Lisbon – each was a separate project). Each of the projects was a little bit different as emphasis had to be placed on the unique characteristic of each of the three cities, while employing recommendations for participatory policies across all participants. However, my role as a coordinator and expert all in one person has remained the same. A key level of analysis within the Morgenstadt framework is represented by individual drivers, framework conditions and local structures and systems that have a strong impact on sustainable development. These »impact factors« represent the individual DNA of a city and they cannot be brought into a standard model that would be applicable to any city. Throughout the assessment of leading cities 170 impact factors were identified. They give valuable hints for researchers on where to look to, when analyzing a given city. However, they cannot substitute an individual analysis of local impact factors by a team of qualified researchers. For the purposes of the City Labs, cities are understood as complex adaptive systems (CAS): open and evolutionary systems which consist of a multitude of interacting sub-systems. According to the general definition, CAS consist of many adaptive agents, the interaction of which result in complex, non-linear and dynamic developments.1 Parallelism of events (incl. positive and negative feedback loops), conditionality and modularity as well as adaptation and evolution are elementary features of complex adaptive systems.2 The development of a city, which occurs in parallel on many levels (technological, political, economic, societal), is thus understood more as an emergent system phenomenon than as a planned and controlled process. „As coevolving human-environment systems, cities are spatially heterogeneous, complex adaptive systems. As such, the dynamic trajectory of cities can never be fully predicted or controlled, but can and should be influenced or guided in more desirable directions through planning and design activities that are based on urban ecological knowledge and sustainability principles.“3 The consequences of this definition of cities as CAS is visible in the approach and the research process. The City Lab approach shares Holland’s opinion that an understanding of the system is not possible with conventional research methods which traditionally rest on the division of complex questions into individual pieces which are then analysed separately and in detail. CAS lose the majority of their characteristics when individual aspects are analysed in isolation.4 A system as a whole cannot be recognized and understood via detailed information about individual sub-systems, but rather must be identified through the detection of patterns and the correct description of relationships between the various elements of the system. „Thus, two elements are essential for recognizing patterns: reduction of data to only the key components and the linkage of these components.“ A central aspect of the Morgenstadt City Lab therefore comprises the identification of technology- and action-fields, as well as key drivers, which are relevant for sustainable urban development and to then locate these with respect to their relationship to the system as a whole.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several relevant activities that demonstrates his ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects (e.g. understanding of specific local situations within the Prague Strategic Plan and Morgenstadt city labs).
Summary Expertise: 
Throughout the Morgenstadt City Initiative, I have been able to tackle complicated issues and topics within a variety of urban settings, while engaging a wide range of stakeholders.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria for E, scoring 4 out of 4. Therefore, he should be validated for this category.

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Germany
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Czech - Mother tongue
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Email:
petr.suska@iao.fraunhofer.de

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