Role in URBAN-EU-CHINA
Lead of Task 2.2; Co-Lead of Task 3.2; Contributor to Tasks 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3 and 4.1 and 4.2
Short description of the organisation
EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Founded in 1986, the network brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities that govern 130 million citizens in 35 European countries. EUROCITIES represents the interests of its members and engages in dialogue with the European institutions across a wide range of policy areas affecting cities. Through a wide range of forums, working groups, projects and events, EUROCITIES provides a platform for promoting the instrumental role of local governments in multilevel governance and shaping the focus of EU legislation in a way which allows city governments to tackle strategic challenges at local level. EUROCITIES works across a wide range of urban policy areas: these include climate change, energy and environment, mobility, social affairs, economic development and cohesion policy, culture and the knowledge society. EUROCITIES also has extensive experience in coordinating and participating to EU-funded projects designed to facilitate exchange between cities, policy-makers and researchers.
Key Staff in URBAN-EU-CHINA
Nathalie GURI: Nathalie Guri is the EUROCITIES Projects Manager and leads the organization’s project team (a team of 10 people). She works on a wide range of policies, including social inclusion, social entrepreneurship, climate change, new technologies (including e-inclusion). Nathalie Guri is responsible for project implementation, project development and membership services related to projects. She has 10 years of experience in implementing and coordinating EC-funded projects, with a specific focus on social inclusion and social entrepreneurship. Nathalie has led several projects co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) in the UK and in the Czech Republic. Nathalie holds a Master in European Projects Management (Paris). Nathalie is fluent in French (mother tongue), English, Czech and Albanian.
Matilde CHINELLATO: Matilde Chinellato is policy and project support officer at EUROCITIES working on environment and transport policies, including energy efficiency, energy performance of buildings, climate change, traffic congestion. Matilde is responsible for the EC-Link project about assisting Chinese cities in adopting energy and resource-efficient ecological solutions by sharing experiences on sustainable urbanisation with European cities.
Nikolaos KONTINAKIS: Project Coordinator for the knowledge society forum projects – he works as a project coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES. He coordinates the Green Digital Charter initiative and EUROCITIES work for the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities under the CITYkeys project. For the last 15 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of ICT as well as energy policy and the sustainable development of local authorities. Nikolaos.Kontinakis@eurocities.eu