• Marieke Muilwijk

    At Wageningen University I obtained the degree of Master of Science in Urban Strategic Planning in 2001. I am a curiosity-driven researcher. Why is the landscape put together the way it is, why are some regions downright fantastic and others one prefers to stay away from. The complex web of soil, water, atmosphere and especially man, is like a living organism. Pushing against it in the right places gets it moving. My knowledge of all those processes allows me to move it in the right direction. By knowing “how to read a landscape” I can help to write the next chapter for it. We need to be more careful if we want a healthy urban environment, as landscape too has a maximum loading capacity.
    I am ready to help network partners build upon their baseline in pursuit of an integrated action plan, within the APN’s, Transfer Networks and Innovation Transfer Networks. And for ad-hoc missions to focus on the cross-cutting theme Green Transition.  

     

    Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions
    info@mla.nu

    Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

     

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities

     

    2. Thematic expertise:
    [Climate adaptation, Culture, Participative Governance, Strategic urban planning]

     

    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
    > Sustaining stakeholder engagement and translating strategies into actions

  • Nicholas Karachalis

    Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions
    nkarachalis@aegean.gr

    Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

     

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities

     

    2. Thematic expertise:
    [Culture, Local Economy]

     

    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
    > Sustaining stakeholder engagement and translating strategies into actions

  • Pieter Morlion

    Pieter Morlion is a dynamic and out-of-the-box-thinking independent professional whose career is characterized by a deep commitment to innovation and mobility and especially: working with enthusiast and skilled experts in different fields.  Pieter has cultivated a diverse and impactful career that spans across various facets of mobility, IT, project management and proposal writing.

    With a degree in Languages & Literature and IT, Pieter's academic background is as multifaceted as his professional endeavors. His career trajectory has seen him take on roles from an international project manager at Volvo IT to the founder and manager of the traffic control center for the City of Ghent, where he was responsible for overseeing traffic flows and the integration of innovative mobility solutions and data.

    Since October 2021, Pieter has been serving as an independent expert and advisor to the Belgian minister of Mobility, focusing on bicycle data and innovation. His consultancy, MORE LION, reflects his entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in mobility and innovation, offering advisory services to ao. cities like Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp, Hasselt, Liège, Vilvoorde and Mechelen. He has also worked for the European Investment Bank and a

    Pieter's projects are a testament to his ability to think outside the box, evidenced by his role as an inventor and patent holder of the Traffic Management as a Service concept. His work has not only garnered attention in the realm of smart city development but has also been recognized by the European Investment Bank and other prestigious institutions.

    As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Pieter has a wealth of experience leading international projects, including the €4.3 million Traffic Management as a Service programme. His leadership extends to the classroom as a lecturer in project management, sharing his knowledge and experience to cultivate new talent in the field.

    Fluent in Dutch, French, English, and Spanish, Pieter's communication skills are as impressive as his technical and strategic acumen. His presentations at international conferences and his contributions to the press highlight his ability to articulate complex ideas and engage with a broad audience.

    website: www.more-lion.com

    Pieter Morlion
    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions
    pieter@more-lion.com

    Expert can perform Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

     

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities

     

    2. Thematic expertise:
    > Mobility

  • Anja van Hout

    In my work, I am inventive and creative, I think outside of the box and dare to go against the mainstream. I am sincere, reliable and motivated to support good causes selflessly. I would rather focus on others and work on common goals, than putting myself first. This will help me to be a good Lead Expert for any type of URBACT-project. I would like to coach and assist (public) organisations in developing strategies for development of diversity, equity and inclusion. It is a skill I have learned also because I myself belong to a minority, and therefor am familiar with this topic.

    Through my experience with the European Regions of Gastronomy network I have been able to share my knowledge on the agricultural sector and the transition taking place in that field. Any food-related project will be in good hands with me.

    Last but not least, with 30 years of experience in public administration (about half of that period I was involved in EU project as well) I als know my way around organisational development, mainly focussing on the cultural aspects of any organisation.

    For me open mindedness is key, getting to know new points of views and angles, with a good sense of humour. A day without a smile simply is not an option for me!

    Besides fulfilling my professional duties I spend most of my time with my teenage children and walking with our dog Pip. Further, I like a good evening out (dancing, just go out for a drink, a movie or theatre, all fine by me). I am a big football fan (#PSV EINDHOVEN) and although it says nothing of my qualities an expert for URBACT-project I would like to finish saying that I am an absolute chocolate lover (#guilty pleasure).

    Anja van Hout
    Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

    Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
       
    2. Thematic expertise:
      > Equality, Inclusion, Diversity
      > Food
      > Participative Governance
       
    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
      > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
      > Sustaining stakeholder engagement and translating strategies into actions
  • Sissy Windisch

    Passionate about actionable solutions, I actively contribute to finance and citizen engagement in my current role as a Board Member of the EU Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities

    Funding and Finance

    My expertise is based on close collaboration with cities over the years, not only as an expert, but also during my time in energy trading and crowdfunding. 

    Engaging stakeholders

    Having co-founded and grown a clean energy crowdfunding platform, I have worked closely with utilities, municipalities, ESCOs and schools over the years to help set up and finance energy transition projects.

    Examples of my expert work

    Examples of my output as an expert on sustainable cities include amongst others:

    - Co-authoring the Joint Research Centre's Handbook on Territorial and Local Development Strategies Chapter on Finance and Funding

    - Organisation of a workshop on financing during the ESPON seminar on the 'Territorial Perspective of Green Industrialisation'

    - Authoring an expert study for the Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy on the challenges faced by Smaller Cities in Accessing Private Finance for clean energy projects

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions

    Expert can perform Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
    2. Thematic expertise:
      > Energy transition
    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
      > Securing funding and resourcing
      > Sustaining engagement of stakeholders and translating strategies into actions
  • Lidia Gryszkiewicz

    Lidia Gryszkiewicz, PhD, is an innovation and impact specialist who has been helping to co-create innovative, sustainable, participatory, culturally rich, user-friendly and attractive cities and regions. She initiated and developed strategies and methodologies for muti-stakeholder urban innovation labs, as well as co-developed strategies for one-off citizen engagement campaigns. She has worked on international projects as well as local initiatives to co-develop urban sites together with their (future or existing) inhabitants, visitors and users. Her expertise ranges from participatory governance and collaborative innovation, through social innovation and impact measurement, to knowledge economy and entrepreneurship support. Lidia has worked predominantly in the fields of urban design, social cohesion, economic development, spatial planning, cultural policies and sustainable development.

    Currently a Managing Director at The Impact Lab (Luxembourg), Lidia has 16+ years of strategy consulting and applied research experience spanning Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg), Limitless (Luxembourg), Arthur D. Little (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels), PricewaterhouseCoopers (Amsterdam), KPMG (Warsaw).

    Lidia holds a PhD in innovation management from Louvain Academy (Belgium), a Master in International Business from Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and a Master in Management and Strategy from University of Lodz (Poland). She has completed the Creating Shared Value programme at Harvard Business School (USA) and the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme at the University of Oxford (UK). Lidia is also an author on topics such as innovation in urban settings, social impact measurement, or service innovation in knowledge economy, and she has served as an invited lecturer at Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London, University of Luxembourg and the School of Public Administration at Krakow University of Economics.

    Lidia has supported various European organisations (European Commission, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), Research Executive Agency, Enterprise Europe Network) and national governments (Slovak Government's Operational Programme Research and Innovation; Ministry of Education, Research, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovakia; Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies / Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany; Luxembourg’ Ministries of Economy, Culture, Sustainable Development and Climate) in the development and/or evaluation of (inter)national policies, programs and networks. As member of the “Innovation in SMEs” Advisory Group for Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme For Research and Innovation in Europe, Lidia was one of the first international advisors helping develop the flagship SME support programme in Europe, SME Instrument. As national delegate, she helped co-create the international innovation standards (ISO and CEN). She has worked and lived in Poland, US, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Asia and is able to bring an international perspective to any project.

    How can I support you and your URBACT network?

    1. PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE, COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION & CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT
    For the last 15 years I have been helping city mayors, ministers, secretaries of state and CEOs of non-profits and large urban developers alike to create participatory governance for economies, cities and organisations. I have (co-)designed and used collaborative changemaking, co-creation, citizen participation and human-centred design methodologies to help develop strategies for national-level programmes as the cofounder of The Impact Lab. I collaborated with local authorities as well as with urbanists, heritage consultants, architects, landscape specialises, engineers, designers and developers to help collaboratively revitalise cities in social, cultural, environmental, and economic respects. Illustrative experience:

     

    2. SOCIAL INNOVATION
    My expertise focuses on design, implementation, and evaluation of social innovation approaches, from very local initiatives to international programmes. Illustrative experience:

     

    3. IMPACT MEASUREMENT / MONITORING AND EVALUATION
    Being trained at the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme, my approach is laser-focused on how to design any activity in a way that will deliver real and measurable improvements. I have designed strategic impact frameworks, theories of change, evaluation systems and SDG impact frameworks and reviewed countless impact claims agains EU impact criteria. Illustrative experience:

    • - co-developed strategic impact framework and monitoring and evaluation programme the European Capital of Culture 2022 (cross-border programme, approx. USD 75 million budget, 19 municipalities, impact portfolio of 150+ international projects)
    • - served ad independent expert for impact monitoring, evaluation and validation of hundreds of proposals, projects and programmes by the European Commission, European Education and Culture Executive Agency, Research Executive Agency, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), national governments and more
    • - trained and coached multiple officials as well as technical teams in impact monitoring and evaluation, research methods, and data collection
    • - co-authored an impact assessment readiness framework featured by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

     

    4. KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY
    My approach combines expertise as academic and applied researcher, consultant, entrepreneur, independent expert advisor and mentor in the topics of knowledge economy. Illustrative experience:

    • - worked as independent expert for several Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of EIT
    • - subcontracted as expert for the EIT-HEI DISCO project on the development of innovation and entrepreneurship skills
    • - developed knowledge economy solutions as R&D engineer with Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
    • - managed strategic projects at PricewaterhouseCoopers' Online and Knowledge Management department
    • - advised clients on R&D, education & training, innovation, tech industry, human capital at Arthur D. Little (Benelux)
    • - co-founded the Limitless consultancy focused on innovation skills and competences development.
    • - researched service innovation capabilities development in knowledge-intensive organisations
    • - served as startup mentor at the Founder Institute.

     

    5. CULTURAL STRATEGIES FOR CITIES
    I have co-led projects focused on the cultural programming and development of strategic concepts for heritage sites, cultural revitalisation of urban neighbourhoods, and strategies for cultural participation on municipality, regional and cross-border levels. My approach to culture is largely rooted in enabling citizen/multi-stakeholder participation in culture, social impact measurement of culture, and applying solid strategic management to culture. I have advised Ministries of Culture and Tourism, and worked with local culture and tourism clients. Illustrative expertise:

     

    Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

    Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
    2. Thematic expertise:
      > Social innovation
      > Participatory governance
      > Knowledge economy
      > Culture
    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
      > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
      > Monitoring and evaluation for effective implementation
  • Valentina Schippers-Opejko

    Innovative, Circular, Social Responsible, Green and Sustainable Public Procurement.

    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions

    Expert can perform Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
    2. Thematic expertise:
      > Circular Economy
      > Finances and Resources
    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
      > Securing funding and resourcing
      > Sustaining engagement of stakeholders and translating strategies into actions
  • Ronald Lievens

    Dr. Ronald Lievens, PhD, is an experienced professional in the field of urban innovation, focusing primarily on fostering inclusive societies and enabling a skills-based economy (which was the focal point of his PhD research). His work has also revolved around the transition from education to the labour market, with regards to curriculum design and microcredentialing. He works as a Principal Consultant for a leading Dutch consulting firm, where he actively contributes to the ongoing transition of the Dutch labour market towards a skills-based economy. His role involves understanding and adapting to the evolving demands of the job sector, enhancing workforce resilience.

    For the past three years, Dr. Lievens has participated in the UIA project Passport for Work in Eindhoven which sought to streamline connections between job seekers and employers in an inclusive way. As part of this initiative, he has guided the development of a pioneering job matching platform that efficiently connects job seekers and employers, thereby maximizing potential and catalyzing growth. Ronald has also worked with the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative, offering his expertise in the "Jobs and Skills" and "Future Skills for a Green Economy" domains. He aids in implementing innovative urban projects and has contributed to research on skills forecasting for the green sector, an area increasingly critical for sustainable development and Environmental, Social, and corporate Governance (ESG).

    Ronald has designed and delivered various international exchange and learning activities, showcasing his capability to manage and lead. His experience extends to working with the OECD, further broadening his understanding of transnational issues, particularly those related to equality, diversity, and inclusion. For instance, he has acted as a national expert on the topic of refugee migration and integration on several occasions.

    Emphasizing an integrated and participatory approach, Ronald ensures strategies are both inclusive and impactful. He applies his academic expertise in monitoring and evaluation to assess the effectiveness of strategies, while also accounting for social and societal impact.

    With a solid academic and professional background in urban innovation and a focus on jobs and skills, equality, diversity, and inclusion, Ronald offers valuable expertise and practical experience to any organization or project seeking to advance in these areas.

    Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

    Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
       
    2. Thematic expertise:
      > Jobs and Skills
      > Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
       
    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
      > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
      > Monitoring and evaluation for effective implementation
  • Pascaline Gaborit

    Dr. Pascaline Gaborit has more than 20 years of experience, in cities' Strategies, Policies, European cooperation, Capacity Building and Exchanges. She has expertise on Sustainable Urban Sustainable Design, Resilience, Civic Engagement, Climate Adaptation, Gender Equality and Culture. Pascaline Gaborit holds a PhD in political science. She is actually member of the small Think Tank Pilot4dev. www.pilot4dev.com  The objectives of the organization are to support dialogue, to design  projects for research and action, and to promote capacity building. She has experienced in URBACT methodologies: to coordinate cities' networks, and to work with local support groups

    She published books and articles on resilience, climate adaptation, culture, energy, and gender equality. She was the coordinator the pilot cities network for more than 12 years and worked as an adviser for other think tanks.

    She organizes, and moderates events, publishes reports and analysis, manages projects, and gives lectures at university. She is currently teaching and supervising students for the professional Master ‘Resilient Cities’ at the Free University of Brussels. She is part of the scientific or assessment committees in several programs and in European projects. She is also a dive instructor and teacher on marine ecosystems.

    Pascaline currently works as expert for the project “CRIC: Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities”. The project focuses on Early Warnings, Climate adaptation, and Disasters’ resilience strategies and participation of civil society. She is involved in other projects in different countries and regions: www.pilot4dialogue.com, www.cayoli.fr/lifeadapt, BRUD Building Resilient Urban Design

    Her main books include:  ‘Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Challenges and Potential Solutions - Peter Lang Verlag. Anticipatory governance, Planning and Dialogue' 2022, ‘The strength of Culture for Development’ (2015), and ‘European and Asian Sustainable Towns’ (2016). She had published earlier a collective book on ‘Gender Stereotypes’ (2008) and another on ‘Trust in post conflict societies’ (2009) by publisher L’Harmattan.

    Other publications include:

    And the contribution to the following international reports:

    • Hidden Cities Report, World Health Organization-UN Habitat, 2010

    • Second Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) 2018, Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2). Contribution to chapter 2: Civic Engagement

    Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

    Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

    1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
       
    2. Thematic expertise:
      > Climate Adaptation
      > Participatory Governance
      > Energy Transition
      > Culture
       
    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
      > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
      > Sustaining engagement of stakeholders and translating strategies into actions