Transitioning sustainable and digital cities & communities in Europe: policies, projects and perspectives
Thursday 21 September
15.45 – 17.15
Senior Project Manager at ENoLL
Giacomo LozziSenior Project Manager at ENoLL
Giacomo is a Senior Project Manager and coordinates of the Smart Cities projects and MobilityWorking Group at ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs). With a solid background in urban policy and innovation, he specializes in assisting public authorities in testing and implementing innovative strategies and initiatives that contribute to sustainable urban development.
Martina DesoleDirector ENoLL
Martina Desole is the Director of ENoLL, the European Network of Living Labs, based in Brussels, promoting globally the Living Lab concept and methodology and the Network of our certified Members. She has a degree in International Law and a Postgraduate in European Policies. Martina is an expert in European policies and programs for research and innovation, has been officially appointed by the Ministry of Research, Education and University as the National Contact Point of the European Commission in Italy, for Industrial Technologies (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology) since 2002. She has been working in the field of science diplomacy and promotion of research and innovation, helping researchers and entrepreneurs to find a way to be funded by Europe for their ideas, and Europe to implement International Cooperation policies in science and innovation with other countries.
PhD in innovation management in Living Labs from Ghent University (UGent) and the Free University of Brussels (VUB)
Dimitri SchuurmanPhD in innovation management in Living Labs from Ghent University (UGent) and the Free University of Brussels (VUB)
As an innovation expert, Dimitri Schuurman, is responsible for innovation methodology and monitoring in the digital transformation department at imec. He holds a PhD in innovation management in Living Labs from Ghent University (UGent) and the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in Belgium. Together with his imec colleagues, Dimitri developed a specific Innovation Management methodology with supporting innovation canvasses (under the label ‘Innovatrix’), specifically designed for multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary innovation projects. He also leads a special interest group on Living Labs in the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and is active in the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) as a Living Labs specialist. His main interests and research topics are in the areas of open innovation, user innovation and innovation management.
Head of digital transformation at Eurocities.
Federica BordelotHead of digital transformation at Eurocities.
Federica Bordelot is head of digital transformation at Eurocities. She leads policy and advocacy work on digital transformation, and she coordinates and supervise the team’s projects and knowledge sharing activities in the same area. On behalf of Eurocities she coordinates the work on wider strategic initiatives on digital transformation e.g. Living-in.EU, the Urban Agenda for the EU and Cities for Digital Rights coalition. She contributes to ensuring a strong external representation of Eurocities representing the network in international conferences and meetings. She joined Eurocities in March 2015, before she worked for five years as communication manager for a network of European regions on EU space policies. She has a master’s degree in international relations with specialisation in EU policies and institutions obtained by the universities of Rome and Liège.
Chair of the Board of Directors and acting Executive Director of the international cities’ and communities network Open & Agile Smart Cities
Karl-Filip CoenegrachtsChair of the Board of Directors and acting Executive Director of the international cities’ and communities network Open & Agile Smart Cities
Karl-Filip Coenegrachts is Master of Laws, specialized in European and International Law. Karl-Filip is Chair of the Board of Directors and acting Executive Director of the international cities’ and communities network Open & Agile Smart Cities. He is also Head of the Data, Governance and Communities Unit at the imec research group SMIT of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (imec-SMIT, VUB). The main focus of the work of his unit is on governance and business aspects of urban digital transformation and urban innovation, including data spaces, local digital twins and personal data management. Currently, he is also Senior Policy Advisor Smart Cities, Data Spaces and Local Digital Twins of FARI, the AI for the Common Good Institute in Brussels. Before joining imec-SMIT, VUB, he served in government for 24 years, working on digital policies and digital transformation programmes at the Belgian FPS Justice and at the local level as Chief Strategy Officer of the City of Ghent. He co-founded Digipolis, the public intermunicipal IT-company of the cities of Antwerp of Ghent and was expert of the Board of Directors for 15 years. He was member and Chair of the Executive Committee of the European cities’ network Eurocities. He is the Belgian ambassador of the International Creative Bureaucracy Movement and serves as advisor for the annual Berlin Creative Bureaucracy Festival.
CEO of the European Partnership Driving Urban Transitions
Margit NollCEO of the European Partnership Driving Urban Transitions
Margit Noll is CEO of the European Partnership Driving Urban Transitions, an intergovernmental research and innovation programme on sustainable urban development, financed by 28 European countries and the European Commission. The DUT partnership is the new programme of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe which Margit is coordinating since 2014. In 2016 she joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, the Austrian funding agency for applied research and innovation. She was responsible for Corporate Strategy at the Austrian Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2016 and has more than 20 years of experience in research management and strategy development in organisations and networks. Margit has a PhD in physics and a MBA in general management.