Prof. Cathy Macharis
Cathy Macharis is a full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in the Faculty of Economics. She has a passion for the transition to a more sustainable world. She is coordinating the research group Mobilise, where 35 engaged researchers and staff study and support the acceleration of the transition towards a sustainable and inclusive mobility system. She has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals and 11 books. Last year she wrote the book "With a factor 8 to a sustainable mobility system" in which she explains how we can reach the climate objectives for the transport sector. Cathy Macharis teaches several courses on the intersection of sustainability, mobility and decision making and developed the MAMCA methodology to give a voice to all stakeholders in sustainability issues in order to achieve better decision making.
Mikko Laak is an executive education and professional development professional with an international background and a wide perspective on the field of the built environment and sustainable development. He has worked in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and construction as designer, teacher and researcher. Further he has worked in promoting and intermediating architecture, leading international projects and productions with a focus on architecture and constructing. At Aalto University Executive Education he works as Senior Program Manager mainly for urban planning, transport and mobility, corporate responsibility and sustainability as well as leadership programs and development projects.
Prof. Imre Keserü
Imre Keserü is an assistant professor of urban mobility and deputy director at the Mobilise Mobility and Logistics Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). His research focuses on developing tools and methods to support participatory planning, evaluation of urban mobility interventions, transport foresight and inclusive and equitable transport. He has been leading several projects on urban mobility including the EU-funded Inclusive Digital Mobility Solutions (INDIMO) and the Transdisciplinary and Deliberative Equity Appraisal of Transition Policies in Energy and Mobility (TANDEM) projects.
Nicolas is a Ph.D. researcher in Sustainable Logistics at the Mobilise Research Centre (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), supervised by Prof. Dr. Cathy Macharis and Prof. Dr. Koen Mommens. With a strong interest in sustainable urban freight measures, his research focuses on the impact of transport-related external costs. His PhD dissertation focuses on construction logistics-related air pollution and its impact on human health. During his bachelor’s in communications, Nicolas interned at telco Proximus (Brussels), data visualization start-up Cumul.io (Leuven) and route optimization start-up Badger Maps (San Francisco, CA). He then acquired the degree of M.Sc. in Management at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Prof. Kobe Boussauw
Kobe Boussauw is an associate professor of spatial planning and mobility, part of the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research deals with the mutual relationship between mobility and the built environment, viewed through the lenses of urban planning and transport planning. Kobe's concern is mainly with the relationship between proximity as a spatial quality, urban liveability, and sustainability. His academic career was preceded by positions as a consultant, as a civil servant for the Flemish government, and as an adviser for UN-Habitat in Kosovo.
Dr. Fariya Sharmeen
Fariya Sharmeen has a background in Urban Planning with specializations in travel behaviour modelling, social network analysis and urban regeneration. She in an Associate Professor (Mobility and Urban Planning) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She obtained her PhD in Transportation Planning from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2015. Her current research has been about the transition to novel sustainable transport solutions in the era of emerging technologies (e.g. Mobility as a Service, Demand Responsive Transport), specifically, individuals' behavioural traits, business models and policy responses towards smart public transit systems and cycling innovations.
Angelo Meuleman has worked for Mpact as a project director for shared mobility since 2007. In 2022 he became director of the organisation. He was involved in carpooling and car-sharing innovation projects and supported governments to create Shared Mobility Action Plans. Angelo is cofounder of the Flemish Mobihub Association and the unconventional symposium Shared Mobility Rocks.
Prof. Evy Rombaut
Evy Rombaut is senior researcher and assistant professor within the MOBI research group at the department of Business, Technology and Operations. Evy has a background in mathematics and quantitative modelling. Her current research focusses on socio-economic aspects of autonomous vehicles, and more specifically on user acceptance, simulation modelling and impact assessment.
Fanny Mertz recently joined Brussels Mobility as Good Move Point of Contact. During her career she worked for the Walloon Air and Climate Agency and the European Commission (DG CLIMA) where she gained an extensive experience in climate, air quality and transport policies
Prof. Koen Mommens
Prof. dr. Koen Mommens leads the team working on Sustainable Logistics with the Mobilise research group. In his PhD, Koen researched the impact of different cargo-types (e.g. containers, pallets, etc.) on the modal shift to rail and inland waterways. He therefore developed the LAMBTOP (GIS model) and TRABAM (agent-based model). This last model integrates both logistic service provider behavior and internal and external cost on individual vehicle level. Koen was involved in over 50 projects, for governments, European projects and large enterprises including for Colruyt and AB Inbev.
Xavier TACKOEN was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1979. He obtained a Master Degree in Business Administration from ICHEC in Brussels in 2002 and a Master Degree in Transport Management from CIEM in Brussels in 2003. He has a career of about 10 years in the academic sector working for research and training departments at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Since 2009, he works for Espaces-Mobilités, a consultancy specialised in transport strategies, new mobility services and public space design. His fields of expertise are MaaS, shared, connected and autonomous mobility with an extensive knowledge of public transport.
Bram started his urban quest improving cities when he became one of the instigators & spoke person of Brussels' highly successful grassroots movement, Picnic the Streets in 2012. Thereby successfully reclaiming emblematic spaces in Brussels and transforming them from urban highways and parking lots into carfree squares and parks.
In 2014 he co-founded Urban Foxes, an NGO striving for healthy, inclusive and co-created cities. The Foxes' expertise lie in the fields of participatory urbanism, placemaking, civic design, the co-creation of participatory tools and urban pedagogy. In 2021 he started working part time at the VUB, in charge of the experimental youth project: Academy for Urban Action (AUA), a collaboration between Urban Foxes and the VUB/Brussels Academy. The AUA is a new and experimental form of youth work, with a focus on the SDG's, urban themes and action research with Brussels as an urban laboratory.