Cities as Game Changers by Polis Network

Circularium: Main Stage

15:45 – 17:00

Join us for a session dedicated to the cities that have “built this city” when it comes to planning shared mobility. We’ll explore the rock and roll spirit behind their innovative strategies, turning their urban landscapes into the starships of sustainable transportation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the pioneers and shape the future of mobility in your city!


Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of POLIS in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as network manager at ACCESS-Eurocities and as project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, Karen has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities, and EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics. She has been a speaker and moderator at many high-level events in Europe and beyond, on a wide range of urban mobility themes approached from the perspective of cities and the governance of innovation. POLIS is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. For over 30 years already, members have been working together to develop and deploy sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow.

Martin Lefrancq is the New Mobility Policy Advisor at Brussels Mobility – Brussels-Capital Region’s transport agency – and is involved in all things shared-, micro-, e-mobility as well as Mobility as a Service policies. Martin’s career has been guided by his curiosity for new trends and technologies, his fascination for cities in general and his love for Brussels in particular. He’s currently working on a comprehensive regulatory framework and data governance for the Brussels’ MaaS ecosystem at large to facilitate innovative mobility solutions as well as a more efficient transport system. Thanks to the comprehensive set of policies of the Good Move SUMP, growth of shared mobility in Brussels has been staggering. It is now time aim even higher and face some new challenges…

Auke Adema works as the program manager for Hubs and MaaS for the city of Amsterdam since the last 3 years. His focus is on how to keep the city accessible now that we want the city to be more livable an durable and the public space is scarce. The city sees shared mobility is a key instrument for a livable city, but now that we allow higher numbers of shared mobility in the city, how do we facilitate these numbers in a good way and utilize its potential fully.

Lars Ove Kvalbein is Special advisor for Sustainable Mobility for the City of Bergen. He does planning and strategic development for active, shared and electric transport with a special focus on digital, dynamic regulation to manage whatever connected, automated vehicles the future might throw upon us.

Thomas Meissner holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Berlin University of Technology. His current professional position is Head of Division Energy | Mobility at Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, that includes the innovation cluster Transport, Mobility, Logistics Berlin-Brandenburg and the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO.In the past, he was responsible for the management of national and international RTD projects e.g. on new vehicle concepts, innovative power-train concepts, transport telematics, railway technology as well as strategies for sustainable urban mobility.