Karen was appointed as Secretary General of Polis in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 8 years. Prior to joining POLIS in 2004, she was Network Manager at ACCESS-EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture and project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, she has been involved in urban mobility networking, innovation and policy activities as well as a wide range of European urban transport research projects. You can contact her in English, Dutch and French.
Ivo is involved in Polis’ policy coordination and activities of EU project development. He leads Polis’ thematic pillar on the Social and Economic Aspects of Transport. Ivo coordinates the Polis working groups on parking and on financing and has coordinated Polis’ policy paper on smart cities. He is currently working on the European Projects Future Radar, CIVITAS SATELLITE, SETRIS, EBSF_2 and SUNRISE. Ivo has extensive experience in city networks and policy in the field of mobility. You can contact him in English, Dutch and French.
Gabriela joined Polis in 2006. She has a broad experience in finance and administration of European projects and coordinates these activities within Polis. Gabriela also works on urban freight topics and currently participates in the SMARTFREIGHT, SUGAR and FREILOT projects. She holds a Masters degree in Human Ecology and has previously worked in environment and land use projects in Mexico and Belgium. You can contact her in English, Spanish, French and Dutch.
Suzanne is Senior Manager at Polis with responsibility for activities related to ITS and network management. She has worked at Polis since 2001. Her main task involves facilitating knowledge transfer and debate among Polis members on topical issues and emerging themes related to ITS and network management, including multi-modal network management, open data, open systems/interoperability, C-ITS, automation and MaaS. Suzanne has edited policy papers on several of these themes, with the aim of bringing forward the views of Polis member cities and regions to the European institutions and other stakeholders. In addition, Suzanne coodinates Polis’ involvement in European projects and represents Polis on various platforms including the Amsterdam Group. You can contact her in English and French.
Florinda works at Polis since 2012. She leads Polis’ thematic pillar on Environment and Health in Transport, and coordinates the two working groups on active travel and health, and bikeshare. She is giving technical assistance to local authorites in several EU co-funded projects on transport and urban development, smart mobility and cities, energy and climate change. Florinda is also the Coordinator of the SUMP 2019 Conference. Before joining Polis, she has worked in cycling advocacy at the EU level in Brussels (2009-2012), and as an Urban Planner in the public sector in Italy (2003-2005).
Florinda earned a PhD in sustainable transport planning in 2009, a specialising Master certificate in Retail and Town Planning (2003), and a MSc in Urban, Environmental and Regional Planning from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2001.
You can contact her in English, Italian, French, Hungarian, or Spanish.
Giacomo joined Polis in May 2015. He is the coordinator of the Polis Urban Freight Working Group. He works on several EU projects, including SolutionsPlus, VitalNodes, BuyZET, ASSURED, Clean Mobile Energy, MORE. He is the moderator of the CIVITAS Urban Freight and Logistics Thematic Group. He has previously worked as policy advisor for Éupolis (the research institute of Lombardy Region in Milan), and collaborated with ISFORT, the Italian research and training institute for transport. He also gained experience at the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE). Giacomo holds a PhD in urban transport governance from the University of Roma Tre, and a Master degree in European economy and business law from the Tor Vergata University in Rome. You can contact him in English, Italian and French.
Thomas has joined Polis in February 2015. He works on several EU projects such as SWITCH on active mobility, and CH4LLENGE on sustainable urban mobility planning. Thomas holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg. Prior to joining Polis, Thomas has worked as a European project officer in the association Siel Bleu (Strasbourg) and at the European Cyclists’ Federation. You can contact him in English or French.
Pedro started working at POLIS in 2019. He coordinates the Working Group for Governance & Integration, focused on policy-making for cutting-edge innovation, public participation, public-private dialogue, implementation of necessary but politically sensitive measures, and equity. He also coordinates the Working Group for Road Safety & Security, focused on making city streets safe, and transport systems secure.
Pedro has extensive experience in the fields of Universal Design, Public Space, Pedestrian Accessibility, Street Safety and Public Participation. He worked for more than 20 years at the local level, as a strategist, designer, trainer, consultant and political advisor. In the City of Lisbon, he developed and implemented the Pedestrian Accessibility Plan, and kick-started the Vision Zero planning process.
You can contact him in English, French, Spanish, Italian (piano, piano) and Portuguese.
Maria José joined Polis in May 2019 as a project manager. She is currently working on several EU projects such as MOMENTUM (modelling of emerging transport solutions), REVEAL (vehicle access regulation for improved liveability) and SPROUT (sustainable policy response to urban mobility transition). Prior to joining Polis, she worked as a researcher for UPM and University of New York, and as an urban planner for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and several offices across Latin America and Spain.
Maria holds a PhD in sustainable urban planning, a postgraduate diploma in human settlements, and a MSc in urban planning and architecture by the Polytechnical University of Madrid (UPM).
You can contact her in English, German and Spanish.
Pasquale joined Polis in 2016. Following his communications internship, Pasquale is now working as Project Officer on several EU projects including INCLUSION (accessibility and inclusive mobility), SUNRISE (mobility challenges at the neighbourhood level), Park4Sump (integration of innovative parking management into SUMP policies). Pasquale also supports Polis corporate communication and the bimonthly newsletter for its members. He holds a 4-Universities European joint master’s degree in cultural projects and planning, a postgraduate diploma in Urban Renewal from the UPC Barcelona and a M.Phil from the University of Milan. You can contact him in English, Italian, French, Spanish or Dutch.
Balázs joined POLIS in January 2019 as a Project Officer. He is involved in several EU projects such as SUMPs-Up, LEVITATE, ELTIS 2017 and European Mobility Week campaign. He is managing the SUMPs-Up SLP5 learning program and contributing to the organization of SUMP Conference. Balázs has a broad background in sustainable mobility and urban planning, in general. He completed a Master of Engineering Sustainable Cities degree in Copenhagen. While in Brussels, he previously worked for EUROCITIES as part of the Mobility team and completed a traineeship at the European Commission (DG MOVE). You can contact him in English, Hungarian and French.
Piero joined POLIS in February 2019 as a Project Officer. He is involved in several EU-funded projects such as VitalNodes, SUMI, GECKO, MORE, and CIVITAS SATELLITE. Piero holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from KU Leuven. Prior to joining Polis, he worked for the European Commission (DG MOVE), the European Cyclists’ Federation, and the Representation of Gibraltar to the EU. You can contact him in English, Italian, or French.
At Polis since 2018, Francesco oversees Polis corporate communication activities. He is also involved in the management of several EU-funded projects, including MORE, MOMENTUM and FUTURERADAR. In addition, Francesco regularly contributes news items and case studies to Eltis, the European Commission’s online portal on sustainable urban mobility.
Francesco holds degrees from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the Sapienza University of Rome.
You can contact him in English, French, Spanish, or Italian.
Maria-Cecilia joined Polis in June 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international political economy from the Brussels School of International Studies. She is been involved in the development of European research projects in the transport sector since 2017. She is currently working on two EU projects, CIVITAS SATELLITE, a support action of the CIVITAS initiative and SUNRISE (Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods – Research and Implementation Support in Europe). You can contact her in Spanish, French and English.
Alessia joined Polis in April 2019. She is involved in the management of Polis corporate communication and collaborates on several EU-funded projects, as well as working as an External Communication Advisor for an international consultancy. Alessia holds a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy and has worked in the field of communication in Italy, Finland, UK and USA. You can contact her in English, Italian, and German.
Julie works at Polis since 2006. She is now HR and Finance Manager. She manages and coordinates daily office activities. She prepares and submits EU projects reports. She is the contact person for the Polis conference (logistics and sponsors). You can contact her in English and French.
Alexia joined Polis in May 2017. She is Office & Events Manager and is involved in the organisation of Polis events, among which the Polis Conference. Alexia is also the contact person if you are interested in renting Polis’ meeting rooms. You can contact her in English and in French.