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Alexander D’Hooghe

Senior Partner at Organization for Permanent Modernity,
Visiting Professor, MIT, University of Antwerp

Alexander D’ Hooghe is a senior founding partner at the design company ORG. He is also tenured professor in architecture and urbanism at MIT (Cambridge, MA). He directed the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, focused on large-scale contemporary design problems. He has published papers in journals in Belgium, Germany, Israel, Spain, The Netherlands, and the US, as well as the manifesto ‘The Liberal Monument - Urban Design and the Late Modern Project’. Additional topics have included problems of flexibility, of transparency, and co-creation in design. D’ Hooghe obtained his Ph.D. at the Berlage Institute in 2007 with TU Delft, after achieving a Master in Urban Design at the Harvard GSD in 2001, and a Master in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven in 1996.

Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017. Prior to this, Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009. In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary. Andy lives in Leigh, Greater Manchester, with his wife and three children. He is a keen supporter of Everton FC.

Karen Vancluysen

Secretary General, Polis

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.


Vice-President of La Rochelle Urban Community, in charge of Transport and Mobility

Brigitte Desveaux is the second Vice-President of La Rochelle Urban Community in charge of Transport and Mobility.  Brigitte DESVEAUX is also City Councillor of La Rochelle and President of the local transport operator. Since 1997, she is a member of the political party Europe-Ecologie - Les Verts, of which she was a regional leader and member of the National Council. She holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Toulouse and has held managing positions in environment, general services, economic development and planning at different municipalities. She currently is a member of the Polis Management Committee.

Andrea Lee

Senior Campaigner, ClientEarth

Andrea is Senior Clean Air Campaigner for environmental law at ClientEarth, which is challenging governments across the EU in court for failing to meet legal levels of air pollution. Andrea has worked in sustainability and sustainable transport projects for more than 15 years.  At ClientEarth, her focus is on the UK where she campaigns for a national network of Clean Air Zones to urgently reduce emissions from road transport. She also coordinates the Healthy Air Campaign, a national coalition of health, transport and environmental NGOs advocating for more ambitious action at all government levels to tackle air pollution.

Matthew Baldwin

Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG MOVE

Matthew Baldwin is Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s DG MOVE, with responsibility for the transport modes land (road and rail), waterborne (including ports policy) and aviation.  He has held this post since July 2016. Previously, Matthew was Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Hill from 2014 to 2016. He also served in the Cabinets of President Barroso and Commissioner Lamy.

Jon Lamonte

Chief Executive, Transport for Greater Manchester

Jon Lamonte joined Transport for Greater Manchester as CEO in 2013.  His portfolio covers rail, bus, tram, highways and cycling and other forms of active transport.  TfGM is the executive delivery arm of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He is the Chair of the UK’s Urban Transport Group. Jon Lamonte was the CEO of Tube Lines from 2011 to 2012, including the critical period of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tube Lines, as part of Transport for London, was responsible for the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of the Underground infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. This included track, trains, signals and stations. Jon joined from the Royal Air Force where he fulfilled a number of senior operational roles and led major project delivery.

Timothy Papandreou

Founder Emerging Transport Advisors & Co-Founder City Innovate

Timothy is the founder of Emerging Transport Advisors providing strategic guidance to companies, investors and governments on the active, shared, electric, connected and automated transport transition. He co-founded City Innovate, a smart city platform matching governments and start-ups to accelerate innovation.  As the former strategic partnerships manager at Google X and Waymo, he collaborated with teams to prepare the commercialisation of the company and launch the world's first fully self-driving ride hail service, while being fully immersed in automation technology. As Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco’s transportation agency, Timothy leads teams to deliver the US Smart City Challenge; the Strategic Work Plan which met a 50% sustainable mode share goal as well as major multimodal and mixed-use redevelopment partnership projects. Timothy also launched the Mayor’s Vision Zero traffic safety program.

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