(A-Z alphabetical order)
City of Turin
Erica has been cooperating with the City of Torino as European Project Manager since 2009 (International Affairs and EU Projects Department; Innovation and EU Funds Department). Her main field of work embraces urban policies at large including urban regeneration and local development, sustainable mobility, social inclusion. In the last years, Erica has been working also for Urban Lab (https://urbanlabtorino.it/), a city agency whose main purpose is to promote communication, research activities and citizens engagement on the urban transformation process in Torino. She has been actively involved in the development of the European city agencies network, with the aim to encourage a more direct link between the Urban Agenda for the EU and local communities.
Sylvia Amann is an experienced study writer and researcher in the field of culture, creative industries and urban development. Recent publications include a report on Resilient Access to Finance Systems for the Cultural and Creative Sectors in the framework of the EU project Creative FLIP, the OMC report on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Cultural and Creative Sector as a co-chair of the expert group of Member States, analysis of cooperation potential in the field of culture and heritage, strategy for the association Cultural Space Greater Region (Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany) and the Analysis on how to improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources in the Central Europe Interreg Programme area. As expert, Sylvia joined the TASO team at the ROCK project
Design for all Foundation
Francesc Aragall develops his professional activity in Design for All/Universal Design since 1990. He is President of the Design for All Foundation and general manager of ProAsolutions, SL, based in Barcelona and Porto. As a consultant, he has integrated Universal Design and Active Mobility in more than 300 urban city plans in different countries and contributed to several projects and legislation development for CEN and CENELEC, AENOR, AFNOR, Singapore, Catalonia, the Emirate of Dubai and Turkey, among others.
For over twenty years dealing with Culture management and Creative Industries Actually, Patrizia is Cultural Heritage Director at ATI Giunti (management of the National Museums in Florence- Italy) and President at Confcultura (founded in 2001 Confcultura is the lead organization representing enterprises dealing with cultural heritage, tourism and innovation in Italy). She is also Founder and President at Industry and Culture Foundation, promoting Cultural Social Responsability (CSR), President at Fondazione Museo Marino Marini in Florence. The contemporary art museum in Florence and Adjunct Professor on Economics and Management of Arts, Culture and Communication at Luiss University - Rome She was President (2013/2016) at Fondazione Torino Musei - Turin Chair at IPOCH2 Technological European Platform for Cultural Heritage and co-chair at Joint Commission Italy-USA Cooperation on Science and Technology on Cultural Heritage. Patrizia is Board member of prestigious non-profit institutions and organizations: Leonardo (ex Finmeccanica) Foundation - scientific committee member Friends of Uffizi - board member Florence Palazzo Blu - board member Pisa Rondine Cittadella della Pace - board member - Arezzo Istituto Marangoni for fashion and art - steering committee member- Florence Rotary Club Firenze - Member and Paul Harris Fellow
City of Vinius
Dr. Dalia Bardauskienė – Advisor to the Mayor of Vilnius City, Architect Doctor of humanities and arts. She has more than 40 years of professional track record in integrated urban planning, regeneration and management as well as public participation programs. Participation in elaborating Vilnius Master plan 2005, 2015, 2020. Hands-on experience in dealing with public sector - previously: Chief architect of rural region, the Ministry of Construction and urbanism; Advisor to the Prime Minister’ of the Republic of Lithuania, Head of Vilnius master planning division, Director of Lithuanian real estate development association, Associate Professor at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University;Expertise in internationally funded programmes (Canadian urban institute, World Bank, PHARE, JESSICA (Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas, ICCROM training program, Erasmus. Vilnius team leader for H2020 program Rock, (2017- 2020).Membership in the local and international professional NGO’. Published more than 45 articles; co-author of monograph “Sustainable Real Estate Development” (2016).
Municipality of Bologna
Mauro Bigi is an expert in accountability and CSR; he has been working as a environmental and social innovation consultant for 15 years on development of sustainability policies and strategies, in particular related to climate change, environmental management, local resilience and urban regeneration through public-private partnerships and participatory processes.
University of Bologna
She is a Climate KIC and University of Bologna PhD in Technology for Architecture and actually she is performing the third post-doc position at the Department of Architecture at the University of Bologna. She graduates cum laude both in her PhD and in the Master Thesis in Architecture. Her main fields of interest are the study of innovative strategies for urban regeneration in existing built environment, with a specific attention to technological implementation, Smart City, climate change, resilience, mitigation and adaptation strategies, urban microclimate. She is Casa Clima Junior expert and Climate KIC Certified Professional in Low Carbon Transition. She is contract professor of service design for smart cities on the UNIBO Design Master Degree.
Municipality of Cluj-Napoca
I am the Chief Service of the Citizen Information Centre of the institution, in charge with the local administration’s interaction with the citizens. From this positionI have been involved in most of the municipality’s processes of becoming more friendly and participative for the citizens, enhancing transparency and also better understanding and updating the needs of public services. I have a bachelor degree in Journalism, a Master in Communication in the Public Sector and I aminterested in public policies processes as ways to achieve the increase of life quality for communities.
Paolo Canonico is Ph.D. in Economy and Management of Innovation at the University of Ferrara. He works for ART-ER, the Emilia-Romagna consortium that foster the region’s sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, attractiveness and internationalization. He is one of the responsible for drafting the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Emilia-Romagna 2021-27, information and data analysis expert on research and innovation themes and coordinator of the regional network of Technolpoles.
City of Cluj-Napoca
I am the Director of Local Developement Division at Cluj-Napoca City Hall, in charge with european funding projects and the management of Civic Imagination and Innovation Center (CIIC). I have a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences, Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Master Degree in Compared European Political Studies and a Phd Degree in International Relations and European Studies.
City of Cluj-Napoca
I have a Bachelor Degree in European Studies and International Relations, Faculty of European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca and a Master Degree in EU Affairs and Programme Management . My tasks are related to innovative international projects and I assista with activities related to planning, preparing application forms, reports, monitoring contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements for different projects. I am operations manager of Cluj Future of Work project financed by Urban Innovative Actions programme and project manager of AGORA project financed by Interreg Danube.
ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development
Stefano Cozzolino is a Senior Researcher at ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (Department of Spatial Planning and Urban Design) and lecturer at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) where he teaches "Complex Cities, Self-Organization and Planning" and "Unfolding City Complexity". His main research interest focuses on the interplay between planning/design and the evolution of spontaneous social-spatial configurations in the urban realm. In 2017, he gained the PhD at the Polytechnic University of Milan (faculty of Architecture and Urban Studies).
Catherine Cullen was Deputy Mayor for Culture for the City of Lille, France, from 2001 to 2014. For over ten years she was a board member of the Culture Committee of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), its President for three years (2012-2015), and she is presently its special advisor on culture in sustainable cities. In 2016, she joined the UNESCO Panel of Experts for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and in 2018 became its coordinator. She is currently a member of the Multi-Actor Advisory Board of the European H2020 ROCK programme. She is also an independent international consultant in culture and sustainable development, a subject she teaches at the Political Science Institute of Lille.
City of Lisbon
Senior Architect graduated in Architecture (F.A.U.T.L.); Since 2006, is Head of the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage Division, (CML), responsible for: Coordinating the systematic survey of the state of conservation and needs of buildings under the remit of the Municipal Department of Culture, with the aim of planning short, medium and long-term interventions; organizing all acts necessary for protection, conservation and restoration of public art works and statuary in urban space; supply technical opinions, requested by other departments on processes relating to listed buildings and buildings in the process of being listed; providing technical support to interventions in the premises of cultural associations and other institutions. Cooperation in the preparation and accompaniment of the Master Plan for Lisbon, in the field of Heritage and Cultural Strategies. Representative of the Culture Department in the Presidency of the Culture and Heritage Group of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities; Coordinator of the Lisbon Rock Project. Head of the Integrated Heritage Department (2004/2005), IPPAR/ Ministry of Culture; Member of the National Executive Board of the Association of Architects (2001-2006)
Miruna Draghia is an urban planner specialised in territorial planning and development. Worked on several integrated urban development strategies for cities and metropolitan areas, as well in sectoral/ thematic strategies and plans (temporary use of vacant spaces, fringe areas development, regeneration of cultural heritage, etc). Miruna is currently holding the position of General Manager of EU projects at URBASOFIA (Bucharest-based town and territorial planning company), where she is coordinating, designing and implementing projects on various programs, such as: Horizon2020, Interreg Danube, URBACT, UIA, etc.
Town and regional planner, senior researcher and policymaker. He collaborated, as consultant, with ministries, cities and towns all over Europe, holding important positions in international organizations dedicated to urban planning (PLANUM, ISOCARP). International expert in urban regeneration policies, integrated planning for small-medium sized cities and topics related to smart cities and strategic planning. A collaborator with EU universities and research centers, he works with international institutions (European Commission: URBACT and UIA Secretariats, UN-Habitat, UNECE) for important urban and territorial planning research/planning tasks. Dr. Elisei also routinely holds keynote speeches in international conferences and publishes a number of scientific articles on topics related to urban planning. Founder and Director of URBASOFIA (www.urbasofia.eu).
Giulia Facelli is Policy Officer on 'Innovating Cities' at the European Commission. Building Engineer and Architect by education, she specialized in structural analysis of historic constructions focusing on conservation, rehabilitation and reuse of abandoned heritage buildings and districts. Before joining the European Commission in 2017, she worked both in the public (UNESCO, International Committee of the Red Cross) and in the private field (Engineering consultant) as well in a number of research case studies. Since she joined DG Research and Innovation, she focused on R&I policies to promote sustainable urban development through historic buildings and districts rehabilitation and reuse. Currently, she is involved into the preparation of the future Horizon Europe Mission on 'Climate-Neutral & Smart-Cities'.
Institute of Social Sciences (University of Lisbon)
I hold a master degree in psychology and a PhD in Sociology. My main area of research is participatory democracy and community engagement in urban regeneration. Linked to that, I have conducted original investigation on the monitoring and evaluation of participatory processes, scaling up of democratic innovations and citizen engagement for the achievement of sustainable goals. In tandem with my research career, I have worked as a consultant to international, national, and local agencies, and I am currently involved in several international networks, think tanks, and action research projects.
Cavazza Institute Bologna
Museologist architect Art Director of Museo Tolomeo (Istituto dei Ciechi Francesco Cavazza) His main projects: Museo del 900, Museum at the Baths of Caracalla, Villa di Livia Museum, Museo Tolomeo. He builds devices to show and tell valuable stories using museographic projects and installations, and learning environments. Assemble and unmount contents to develop social innovation. His projects involve the public within the dynamics of cognitive and sensorial interaction. Develops educational border models with psychologists and pedagogists. Associated researcher of CNR-IRPPS. Member of staff of the Disability Manager of the City of Bologna.
Emanuela Gasca is Restoration Architect, Second Master Level Degree on Cultural Heritage Management and a PhD on Economic Valuations and Real Estate Appraisal at Politecnico di Torino. From 2007 to 2015 she had been researcher at Politecnico di Torino and at Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation. From 2016 she has been working for Fondazione Fitzcarraldo as a senior researcher on museums policies and tourism management and from 2019 she is Coordinator of Transnational Projects. She recently worked as Expert Evaluator for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission for the evaluation of Horizon2020 projects on cultural tourism. She is Regional Delegate of SISTUR – Italian Society for Tourism Sciences. She gives lectures in Economy of Tourism to graduate students.
Senior Co-ordinator for Governance and Social Innovation. Employed with ICLEI since 2005. Having 20 years of experience working in and for local governments, Cristina is recognised for her work as expert in local sustainability processes, culture and cultural heritage, integrated management and governance as well as author of numerous publications in the field of local sustainability, knowledge brokerage and transition. Cristina is appraiser for the URBACT Programme and the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative, member of the European Commission's Expert Group on Culture and Cultural Heritage and expert for the European Committee of the Regions. She can also draw on a wealth of academic experience gained from her previous role as contract professor at the University of Parma.
Founder of Noema Culture and Place Mapping
A creative polymath and urban sociologist by formation, Lia Ghilardi is internationally recognized as a leader in the delivery of sustainable, culture-based regeneration plans and visitor’s strategies in contexts ranging from large cities, to smaller rural areas. She works mostly with civic leaders, city networks, civic societies, housing developers and cultural organizations to provide creative and integrated solutions to the challenges of making places more cohesive, equitable and liveable for everyone. In the UK, she has served for three years as a member of the Mayor of London’s Advisory Group on Culture and Development. She is a member of the Academy of Urbanism, a network of influential thinkers, professionals and decision makers passionate about a better living for people in towns and cities. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a research organization, which encourages the development of a principled, prosperous society and the release of human potential and creativity.
Agency for the Territorial Cohesion
Within the National Governmental Agency for the Territorial Cohesion, Sandra Gizdulich (PhD) is the Urban Expert responsible for the Urban Agenda for the European Union (drafting the common position and monitoring its implementation), for the coordination of the European Partnership on Culture & Cultural Heritage (comprehending 30 members among States, Regions, Cities and EU Institutions and other EU entities such as EC, CoR, EIB, JRC, Eurocities, ICLEI, JPI, URBACT) and for the active monitoring on the ground of national and European integrated urban programmes. She was also active in the creation and the animation of a national technical secretariat comprehending different national central bodies responsible for various urban programmes and policies to create cross-cutting fertilisation among several thematic urban silos. In her previous position she was an European officer at the EIB responsible for the evaluation of integrated programmes at local level and -before that- at the European Commission (DG REGIO), where she was in charge of the whole Italian 10 URBAN Programmes (negotiation, management, monitoring, evaluation). She is an Urban Planner (PhD) specialised in integrated sustainable development programmes and policies at the University of Florence (IT).
Julie is a senior policy advisor at EUROCITIES and specialises in local cultural policies. She manages all EUROCITIES activities on culture, including capacity-building activities on culture for cities such as Cultural Heritage in Action, the new EU funded peer-learning scheme on cultural heritage for cities and regions (www.culturalheritageinaction.eu). Julie is a member of the European Commission expert group on cultural heritage and represents EUROCITIES in the Urban Agenda Partnership on culture and cultural heritage.
After a Master's degree in European Affairs and International Relations, Cécile joined EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities in 2015 within the culture team where she works as a project coordinator on cultural and heritage issues. Cécile is currently coordinating Eurocities’ activities in the framework of the ROCK project (Horizon 2020 funding programme), where Eurocities provides support to the 10 ROCK cities in the implementation of their pilot initiatives in identified historic districts. Cécile is also involved in activities related to the Culture Forum and working groups within EUROCITIES.
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
PhD DrSc A. Kaklauskas is a professor at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, in Lithuania; Member of the Research Council of Lithuania; Member of the Science Europe working group on Data Sharing and Supporting Infrastructures; Head of the Department of Construction Management and Property; laureate of the Lithuanian Science Prize; member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, editor in chief of Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, editor of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, an international journal and associate editor of journal “Ecological Indicators”. He contributed to nine Framework and five Horizon 2020 programmes projects and participated in over 30 other projects in the EU, US, Africa and Asia. The Belarusian State Technological University (Minsk, Belarus) awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 2014. His publications include nine books and 152 papers in Web of Science Journals. Fifteen PhD students successfully defended their theses under his supervision. The Web of Science H-Index of Prof. A. Kaklauskas is 30. Web of Science Journals have cited him 2862 times and average citations per article - 18.46. His areas of interest include affective computing, neuromarketing, intelligent tutoring systems; affective intelligent tutoring systems; Massive open online courses (MOOCS); affective Internet of Things; smart built environment; intelligent event prediction, opinion mining, intelligent decision support systems, life cycle analyses of built environments, energy, climate change, resilience management, healthy houses, sustainable built environments, big data and text analytics, intelligent library, internet of things, etc
City of Liverlpool
Mark joined Liverpool Council in August 2002. Following a successful record of delivering many transformational regeneration projects, In July 2018, Mark became the CEO of the Council owned Housing Company, ‘Foundations’ driving forward the delivery of new homes via a combination of transforming existing communities and creating sites for high quality housing. Mark is also the Chair of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site Steering Group.
University of Liverpool
Richard Koeck is Professor and Chair in Architecture and the Visual Arts in the Liverpool School of Architecture and is Director of the Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA). He has been Associate Head of the School of the Arts, where he led Research and Impact for five departments. He holds a professional degree in Architecture from Germany and two postgraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge in Architecture and the Moving Image (M.Phil. and Ph.D.). He led several Innovate UK and AHRC-funded research projects and won numerous research grants that were dedicated to the study of cities, film and digital media. His work is methodologically underpinned by the use of techniques and theories that bridge analogue and digital culture, including film productions, 3D animations, augmented reality and locative media applications, digital mapping (GIS/GPS) and the constructing of digital databases.
ROCK Project Coordinator, City of Bologna
Head of the International Projects Unit of the International Relations and Projects Office of Bologna Municipality, she manages EU projects since 1996, mainly addressing urban resilience, environmental sustainability and regeneration topics. Since 2017, she is coordinating the H2020 ROCK project, on the role of Cultural Heritage in fostering circular, participatory and sustainable urban development processes. In 2020, she got her PhD in Architecture at the University of Bologna, focussing on the definition of an integrated, people-centered, transdisciplinary and evidence-based approach in the elaboration an of the Action Plan on Cultural Heritage capable of providing input to the Urban Agenda process underway, demonstrating how EU-funded research projects support the implementation of EU policies locally while, at the same time, contributing to orienteering future choices at the wider European framework.
Impact Hub, Athens
Sophie is the co-founder of Impact Hub Athens, part of the world’s first global network for the promotion, support, interconnection and empowerment of social entrepreneurs and innovators. A community of people who take sustainable and responsible initiatives to contribute to addressing social challenges. Since 2010 and for three full years was a member of the hosting team in Impact Hub Madrid, where she learned in-practice the processes of community building, design thinking and participatory leadership. At the same time, she was an active member of the Creative Society advisory team to support and empower businesses through creative problem-solving processes. There, Sophie was also responsible for the project “Are you ready for us?”, A global survey of conditions that accelerate the entrepreneurship of young people. She often collaborates with the IE Business School in Madrid, where she delivers courses on social entrepreneurship at the MBA & IMBA. She is a graduate of the Department of Administrative Science & Technology, and a member of AIESEC. Helping found El Sistema Greece is one of her most recent accomplishments.
Lucy joined Julie’s Bicycle in 2013 to work with key cultural actors in the UK and internationally, delivering research, training, consultancy and advocating for the strategic integration of environmental and climate action within the cultural economy. Lucy leads on delivery of Julie’s Bicycle’s partnership with Arts Council England to inspire and support environmental action across the arts and culture sector. She also works across Julie’s Bicycle’s Policy and Cities programme, focusing on the role of culture in driving urban transformation, convening cultural and environmental stakeholders in cities.
Department of Architecture, University of Bologna
History of Architecture at Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, where he has been Director of the Department of Architecture and Coordinator of the PhD Program in Architecture. He is now a member of Alma Mater Board of Governors. His works focus on the relationship between Personality and Anonymous in design cultures and processes on a period that goes from the XIX Century to Postwar Architecture. He is chief editor of the academic journal Histories of Postwar Architecture and co-editor in chief – with Carola Hein - of European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes (CPCL). He has coordinated University of Bologna ROCK Team and participates to others H2020 funded projects (e.g. RURITAGE Rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies - H2020 SC5-21; SPEME Questioning Traumatic Heritage: Spaces of Memory in Europe, Argentina, Colombia, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017). www.unibo.it/sitoweb/giovanni.leoni
Deputy Mayor of the City of Bologna
A strong academic background in international relations, city planning and economics, Matteo Lepore worked as a consultant before becoming District Councillor in 1999 and Vice President of Savena city district during the mandate 2004-2009; between 2008 and 2011 Head of the Local Development, Innovation and International Affairs Division at Legacoop Bologna, a major organisation of cooperatives, and until March 2011 member of the Board of Directors of Bologna’s Local Development Agency. Following local elections in May 2011, he was appointed Deputy Mayor in charge of Economic Development and City Promotion, Tourism, International Relations, Digital Agenda and was confirmed in that position for a second mandate in June 2016, being now in charge of Tourism and City Promotion, Culture and Project for new cultural centralities in the Suburbs, Civic Imagination (Urban Center, PON Metro programme), Municipal Estate, Sports, Relations with the University.
City of Bologna, Deputy Mayor
Deputy Mayor for Economic Activities, Accessibility, European and international relations, international Cooperation, NGOs, Employment, Policies for the third sector, “Together for Employment" Project, Immigration policies. PHD in European Law, he is also contract professor at the University of Bologna International Relations Master programme, and member of the European Politics strategic group of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers. He is author of several publications European integration issues, with particular reference to fundamental rights, energy policy and environmental protection. In 2019, he has launched the participatory process "Bologna beyond barriers" which has accompanied the Bologna candidacy to the European Access City Award.
University of Bologna
Danila Longo, architect, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Technology for Architecture at University of Bologna, Department of Architecture. Member of the Scientific Committee of GBC-IT (Green Building Council – IT) and member of EERA – JPI on smart cities. Referent for the University of Bologna in the European platform ECTP - E2B (European Construction Technology Platform - Energy Efficient Building). Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Advanced Studies (ISA) of the UNIBO. Member of the University Thematic Group (GTA) on Energy topic, with the aim of supporting the governance and the Research Area and Third Mission in mobilizing and enhancing the research potential of the UNIBO. Her fields of expertise are technologies for energy efficiency improvement and for quality and sustainability of urban spaces and in new and existing buildings as well as mitigative initiatives related to adaptation of built environment to climate change. She is expert in co-design and co-costruction processes. She is involved in several international research projects. She is author of books and international articles. (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/danila.longo)
Torino Urban Lab
Chiara Lucchini works until 2005 in Barcelona where she cooperates with many urban design firms and works in the architectural publishing field. On 2006 she receives a study grant in the Architecture and Design Department of Politecnico di Torino, where she is currently working as adjunct professor in the fields of landscape and urban design. She obtained her Advanced course in “Sustainable Urban Development” at the Venice IUAV University on 2011, and her Ph.D. in Public Policies at the Venice IUAV School of Doctorates on april 2013, with a work on the urban crisis and deindustrialization processes in the city of Detroit. On 2007 she joins Urban Center Metropolitano Torino staff, where since 2014 she works as Regional Development manager, working in the EU programming scientific coordination, international networking and partnerships, and researching on urban policy-making processes in Torino and its metropolitan area.
City of Lyon
Céline received a Master’s degree in Political Science from IEP of Toulouse with a specialisation in European Public Affairs from IEP of Strasbourg. She started her career as Special Advisor for European Affairs to the Préfet of French Northern Region, and as such participated in the programming and follow up of the main EU funded projects within the territory as well as in the follow up of the Regional structural policy. As the Manager of the ELANET network, a Brussels-based network from the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) working in the field of Information Society for Local Authorities, she then was in charge of the management of several large EU FP funded projects as well as the definition of the strategy of the network, including policy making. As a Manager within Algoé, (French consultancy), she was in charge of the management of several large EU FP funded projects in the field of Energy and Transport. She was also in charge, for European Commission, of the implementation of the Directive on ITS. She joined the Department for Cultural Affairs, CH services, in September 2017 as coordinator of the different Lyon actors involved in the ROCK project.
City of Skopje
Toni Masevski is business professional advisor in developing organizations. Currently advises the Mayor of the City of Skopje for Strategy and Development and runs several key development projects, with a key focus on the Digital City Project. He is a founder and CEO of the advisory services providing company Tri Marks Control. As a BSc and Executive MBA, his professional background of 20+ years comes from top managerial positions in corporate banking sector, energy trading industry and production, as well as great international experience in policy making and civil activism. Actively involved in fostering the innovation ecosystem and start-up community. Toni’s mission is to create functional link between the needs of the citizens and business community, on one hand and the local governance, on the other hand.
University of Bologna
Martina Massari, architect. Research fellow for the European Project H2020 "ROCK. Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural Heritage in Creative and Knowledge Cities". She obtained a PhD cum laude at the University of Bologna with a thesis on the “intermediate places” between social innovation practices and urban planning in Bologna. She spent one year as a research assistant at the Chair for Regional Building and Urban Planning at the Institute of Urban Design and Planning of the Leibniz University of Hannover. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture and academic tutor of “Urban Policies” and “Laboratory of Advanced Design for Sustainability” of the Course in Advanced Service Design at the University of Bologna.
Director of Urban Lighting Department at the City of Lyon
Thierry Marsick is an engineer from the National Institute of Applied Sciences – INSA Lyon. He has worked for the City of Paris, Grenoble and today Lyon. Since 2012, he is responsible for urban lighting department of the City of Lyon, which comprises 74 000 streetlights and more than 350 illuminations. He manages the units in charge of lighting design, maintenance and logistic. This team is also very involved in the Lyon Light Festival and creates every year an art project for this event.
City of Vilnius
Main activities related to the position : management and supervision of planing and design processes in fields of landscape, cultural heritage, strategic planning, sustainable mobility, implementation of the main strategic directives, related with the sustainable urban development; planning and organizing the policy of the public spaces establishment in Vilnius; Advising the city administration on the City Master Plan issues; Coordination of centralized EU, cross-border cooperation projects, establishing and maintaining contacts with national and international public, private and non-government institutions and organizations, social partners; Consulting the national and local authorities in elaboration and implementation of city development policies. Rūta has rich experience in city landscape issues , therefore a number of the currently running projects ,related with implementation of the new public spaces are directly related with her responsibility.
Urban Development Agency of the Great Lyon
Richard Nordier has been working at Urbalyon as a project manager for ten years. He has a twenty years professional experience in socioeconomics studies and a multi-skills background, mostly in social sciences and urban issues (PhD). His main work references are territory observation and uses of public spaces. In 2015, he participated to the collective book “Sur le fil… Sauvegarder le Vieux Lyon au XXIème siècle “ , by writing an article based on a survey dedicated to new ways of living in the historical center of Lyon.
City of Bologna, Vice Mayor
Valentina Orioli, PhD and associate professor of Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna, is Deputy Mayor for Urban planning, Environment, the Historical City and the UNESCO candidacy of “Portici” at the Municipality of Bologna. Her teaching and research activities mainly focus on urban planning for sustainable development, in a perspective of comparison with the disciplinary tradition but also with urban history. She is vice president of Urban@it, a National centre for urban policies studies led by University of Bologna, which associates many Universities with the aim of contributing to the implementation of a new urban policy planning cycle and the construction of an Italian urban agenda.
Miguel Rivas has been in touch with almost every topic within the spectrum of spatial economic development, with a special focus on the growing role of cities as key actors for change. He brings an extensive experience gained from a variety of positions in the public sector, and since 2007 as international consultant at Grupo TASO (www.grupotaso.com). Miguel´s current research interests cover, inter alia, innovation spaces, smart specialisation, place branding and attractiveness and cultural heritage-led urban development and regeneration. He is regularly appointed as lead expert for the URBACT programme, having supported in this framework to more than 40 cities over the past years, including Dublin, Oslo, Liverpool, Bilbao, Genoa, Vilnius or Frankfurt.
University of Bologna
Rossella Roversi, architect, PhD in Urban and Architectural Design, is currently Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna. She also collaborates with the Interdepartmental Centre for Territory Building Conservation and Environment (CITERA) of the Sapienza University of Rome. Her research mainly deals with issues related to urban regeneration, building requalification, Cultural Heritage valorisation and sustainability of the built environment.
Vilnius Old Town Renewal Agency
Gediminas Rutkauskas has got MA in Architecture & Interior Design in Vilnius State Academy of Art in 1989. He worked as a Head of International Affairs Unit, Department for Cultural Heritage Preservation at the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania and was a Representative of Lithuania at the Council of Europe, Committee for Cultural Heritage (CC/PAT) during 1994 – 1996. Since 1999 till now G. Rutkauskas works as a Director of Vilnius Old Town Renewal Agency (NGO). He was a Vice Minister of Culture at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania during 2011 – 2012. He is a Member of the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and participant of several international technical missions. During 2015 – 2019 he was a Member of the National Commission for Cultural Heritage.
City of Athens
I'm an EU Projects Officer at the Development Agency of the City of Athens for 4 years. I have experience on projects from different Programmes (H2020, Interreg, AMIF, EaSI, URBACT, Erasmus+, etc.) undertaking roles such as project and financial management, design and submission of proposals, implementation of activities and completion of deliverables, among others. I also have a strong knowledge of National Programmes, especially on the ones that are targeting public actors.
City of Bologna
Francesco Volta is Ph.D. Student in the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna. He works for the Department of Culture and Promotion of the City of in the Municipality of Bologna, as Responsible of the Public Art Office, focusing also on the coordination of the civic cultural system and events' production.
City of Eindhoven
I completed my study urban planning in Tilburg, with a specialization re-use of cultural heritage. After my study I worked at regional authorities, the Ministry of Planning and a social housing corporation. Since 1997 I have been working on several projects at the municipality of Eindhoven, the first years as urban planner, later as project manager. I have made plans for the development of the northeast side of the city; for the surroundings of the Dommel, the river in the city and for a mixed city center neighborhood, named De Bergen. As project manager I was responsible for the first plans for the redevelopment of the Strijp S area, a 22 ha. large former Philips factory site. After that I made a urban mobility plan to reduce the throught car traffic and stimulate the slow traffic. The last years I have been working on the redevelopment of the NRE-area, a former gas plant near the city center. My most recent project is an ambitus plan, energy neutral with green roofs, in a combination of new houses and re-use of cultural heritage. Next to that I work on a living lab for a new housing concept and two European projects in Eindhoven: ROCK and UNALAB.
Stephania Xydia is a consultant and trainer in Cultural Management, Strategic Communication and Social Innovation with a passion for participatory design, public engagement and systemic transformation. Born in Athens and raised in Luxembourg, she is a Cambridge University graduate with an MA in Cultural Policy & Management from City University London. Since 2013 she is co-founder of Place Identity Clusters, a non-profit organisation developing civic engagement projects for urban regeneration and political innovation in Greece. From 2015-2018 she was appointed Audience Development Manager for the National Library of Greece in the context of its Transition Programme to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. Building on this experience, she continued working as a freelance consultant with organisations and communities that seek relevance, reach and resilience. Her work has been awarded in competitions such as the European Investment Bank Social Innovation Tournament (2011), the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge (2014) and the Greek Design Awards (2018). She now works as Social & Governance Innovation Officer at the ICLEI European Secretariat in Freiburg, Germany, focusing on Sustainability Culture & Cultural Transitions.