• Io Chatzivaryti

    I consider myself above all a geographer with experience in integrated urban development. Holder of an MSc in Cities, Space and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from the University of Aegean, Greece, with a professional experience of over 20 years in EU projects submission, management and implementation as a free-lance consultant, 19 years of which as an advisor to the Mayor of Kavala ( Greece).  

    My expertise lies in successfully introducing civic participation and co-designing complex strategic documents. An expert with a particular interest in trying our new, pilot and innovative urban solutions driven by excessive and inclusive civic participation. A professional with strong interpersonal skills, advanced personal motivation, and a proven ability to build and work collaboratively. Thus, my prior experience working at a city level, collaborating, proposing, and experimenting with urban innovations, and concertizing goal setting aiming at sustainable urban development gave me an understanding and appreciation of the importance of a job well done.

    My current responsibilities as Kavala's Mayor's advisor in EU-funded projects (cross border, interregional projects) allowed me to successfully address questions on urban challenges, civic participation, public ethics, management of conflicts and mainstreaming of bottom-up processes in decision-making as an urban practitioner. My current duties include organizing stakeholder workshops, co-designing urban agendas, and coordinating transnational exchange of experience events. Furthermore, working with the UNESCO Chair Con-E-Ect allowed me to gain valuable skills in developing multidisciplinary projects, including their results in integrated urban agendas. 

    Based on these activities, I have worked as a ULG coordinator in several URBACT networks (LUMASEC, TOGETHER, Making Spend Matter, and URGE), coordinating and animating stakeholder-engaging workshops, organizing and participating at knowledge exchange partner events as well as  supporting and drafting integrated urban plans.

    You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Richard Buckminster Fuller

     

     

     

     

    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions
    iochatzivaryti@gmail.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:
    [Strategic urban planning, Participative governance, Mobility]

     

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

     

  • Derville Brennan

    I have over twenty-six years’ experience working in the European funding sphere and I am a skilled communicator and facilitator. Working as a freelance consultant since 2022, has afforded me the opportunity to work with the Managing Authority for the EU Just Transition Fund in Ireland. Initially I assisted them on the design of their programme and subsequently provided ongoing support in the development of the systems for the JTF programme. I am currently collaborating to support a public consultation on the future of EU Cohesion Policy post 2027 for the Department of Public Expenditure NDP Delivery and Reform.

    My EU funding experience extends from community tourism projects promoter, to National Contact Point for the Ireland Wales (IW) Interreg programme 2000-2006. Later I acted as Certifying Authority for the IW programme through to eventually, in my capacity as Assistant Director of Assembly, responsible for the delivery of the programme in Ireland as head of Programme Partner.

    My Managing Authority experience began with the Southern Regional Assembly in 2002. I assumed responsibility for the financial management and monitoring of an EU  co-funded regional programme. With a background in communications and marketing, I was happy to take on the role of Communications Officer for the ERDF programme for two successive programme periods. Working within a small agile organisation exposed me to many opportunities for learning. I managing the external consultants for a number of programme evaluations. I was also privileged to represent the Member State on DG Regio’s Evaluation Network for seven years.

    On completing a Masters degree in Government and Political Science in 2013, I assumed the role of policy and research officer. In this role I was a key member of the Assembly’s planning team drafting the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Region in Ireland.  My work across the two pillars of the Assembly’s remit, afforded me on-going opportunities to use my skills in facilitation and participative practices. This role also served to deepen my experience of conducting public consultations both survey based and in-person forms. In 2018 I was promoted to Assistant Director with responsibility for the EU Programmes and Corporate Affairs Division of the Assembly.

    Over my time with the Assembly, I supported three URBACT projects (OPEN City, CTUR & USE Act)  in our region, as Managing Authority liaison. I have extensive experience with European Territorial Cooperation Programmes. Managing the Interreg Europe Project officer’s unit, I mentored and supported the processes for several successful project partnerships.

    Through my Interreg Europe experience within the Assembly’s team and through network engagement I honed my skills in the design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities. As a team we created numerous regional action plans, identified best practises and ultimately disseminating the learning in our region and through our partnerships.

    To share a couple of examples, the learning from the Interreg Europe MATCH-UP project allowed us to focus our policy improvement on the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy – in particular the 10 Minute Town Concept. The framework and methodology were developed through an assessment  of 3 Key Towns in the Southern Region.  The pilot tested the use of this implementation tool. The framework and methodology were made available to assist all local authorities with fully integrating the “10 Minute Town Concept” into  Local Development Plans. The aim is to increase the use of sustainable transport and reduce carbon emissions in the Southern Region

    Through the Interreg Europe funded COHES3ION project we collaborated with Bable Consultancy on the report ‘A Regional Approach to Smart Specialisation’. This report laid the foundation for the region’s approach to Smart Specialisation and recommended priority areas for the region to focus its efforts. This was a useful source document for our input to the consultation for Ireland’s renewed National Smart Specialisation Strategy for Innovation 2022 – 2027.

    In 2018, I established the European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) Network of project partners within the Southern region. This peer-to-peer learning network continues to thrive with 200 members, who benefit and learn from each other’s projects and share experiences. The aim of the network is to provide support for the delivery of sustainable regional development to the benefit of the region.

    In February 2022 I was appointed to the board of directors of  Pobal.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Derville Brennan
    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions
    dervillebrennan@yahoo.co.uk

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

     

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

  • Raphael Pouyé

    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions
    raphael.pouye@sciencespo.fr

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

     

     Thematic expertise:
    > Participative governance

     

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

  • Louis Meuleman

    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:
    [Participative governance]

     

    3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
     

  • Daniella Huszár

    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:
    >Culture

    >Social Innovation

     

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

     

  • Sylwia Widzisz-Pronobis

    I have been designing public space and public facilities for over 15 years, and I conduct workshops, trainings and community consultations on spatial solutions, revitalisation activities and public participation in design. I have experience in the implementation of social projects within a number of non-governmental organisations. I derive great satisfaction from working in a multidisciplinary group.

    I use the Design Thinking method in my work by testing various tools and techniques to facilitate the involvement of city dwellers in the design of spatial solutions. I explore methods to involve city dwellers and space users in architectural and urban design.

    I work with city councils as an expert on revitalisation, participation and socially engaged spatial planning. I am looking for design solutions that focus on people and their needs while respecting the existing and natural environment (nature-based design). I am currently working at the Silesian University of Technology and am involved in research projects in the field of Healthy and Climate Resilient City. I am a mentor in international and youth projects, where I can share my knowledge with young people who want to change their environment.

    I am willing to be involved in activities where residents can, with a little expert support, undertake changes to their environment themselves. I see my role in motivational, specialist and educational activities that support the creation of local community resources in the context of resilience building.

    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions
    sylwid@gmail.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:
    > Urban Design

     

     

     

  • Roberto CARELLA

    Roberto Carella currently provides specialised support at Health Department of Apulia Region focusing on "One Health" as a catalyst for sustainable development according to SDGs. His focus is on critical issues such as health, environment, circular economy, innovation, transport and urban mobility, as well as nature conservation and climate change. 

    He is also a project management consultant at MT-Europe where he emphasizes the potential of tourism as a tool for economic diversification, the protection of natural and cultural heritage, and the engagement of local communities in the transition journey especially in the fields of smart cities, smart territories, smart islands, focusing on clean energy and waste-to-energy.

    He holds his degree in Economics at University of Bari and an eBusiness PhD at eBMS ISUFI University of Salento, with a focus on Knowledge Management. Furthermore he is a public policy expert and university lecturer in management and sustainability, having collaborated with the University of Bari, (Taranto Campus),University of Malta, European Commission, Ashoka, Regional governments and think tanks.He is involved in creating tailored support programs for entrepreneurs, nurturing start-ups in clean-tech sectors, and collaborating with business incubators. Moreover his consultative role in various institutional bodies has garnered him a reputation for efficacious stakeholder engagement and strategic vision in facilitating a Just Transition to a greener, more equitable economy.

    He also supports the preparation of territorial plans, particularly related to capacity-building, empowering local governments, organizations, and communities to actively participate in the Just Transition Process.

    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions
    robertocarella@gmail.com

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

     

    Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Integrated and participatory design of strategies

  • Pablo Muñoz Unceta

    Pablo Muñoz Unceta is an architect specialized in urbanism, with professional experience in Latin America and Europe. He has lived and worked in Lima, Rotterdam, and Barcelona. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from UPM University (Spain) and a MSc graduate Cum Laude in the European Post-Master of Urbanism at TU Delft (The Netherlands). He leads the Barcelona branch of Paisaje Transversal, a company supporting local governments in Sustainable Urban Development that has been URBACT Spanish national point between 2017 and 2023. He also develops research on urban studies as Strategic Advisor on Productive Cities for Fab Lab Barcelona, where he has collaborated in EU research projects such as Reflow or CENTRINNO.

    Pablo works at the intersection of strategic planning, spatial analysis, collaborative governance, and urban policy, on topics such as housing, climate change adaptation, and circular economy. He has developed his professional practice in private companies and public institutions, such as the Municipality of Lima, CESAL, the World Bank, TU Delft, ecosistema urbano, delta metropool, Paisaje Transversal or the Barcelona Metropolitan Housing Observatory. During the last 7 years he has been involved in research projects and published different articles with the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, TU Delft University, and Wageningen University & Research. He currently lectures at the Master of City and Technology in the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and has also lectured and given presentations in several universities and institutions, such as the PUCP University in Lima (Peru), or the IBA Research Lab in Vienna (Austria).

    Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions
    pablo@paisajetransversal.org

    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, Housing, 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