The Urban Innovative Action’s (UIA) Permanent Secretariat has its headquarters in Lille, France. Our international team carries out the day-to-day management of the Initiative and brings support to applicants and project partners across Europe. Click on the pictures to see who we are, how we work and how to contact us.
You can also call us on our general line +33 (0)3 61 76 59 34
Tim Caulfield
Tim Caulfield - Director

Tim joined UIA in September 2015. He holds a master’s degree in Regional development in Europe and has lived in Germany, the UK and is now based in France. Tim’s career has involved working at local, regional and European levels, developing and implementing strategic programmes and projects.

 

Agnès Damiens - Assistant
Agnès Damiens - Assistant

Agnès provides administrative support to the UIA Initiative. 

Before joining the Initiative, Agnès worked for almost 6 years in Grenoble and 8 years in Paris as Training Coordinator for several private structures like STMicroelectronics or Alstom.

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Laurent Dachy
Laurent Dachy - IT Officer

Laurent provides Information & Technology (IT) support to the Initiative.
Before joining the UIA, Laurent worked for 15 years for an IT company as Systems and Networks Engineer. His main missions consisted in managing IT infrastructure for private companies and public services.

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Finance Unit
Jean-Christophe Charlier
Jean-Christophe Charlier - Finance Coordinator

Jean-Christophe joined the UIA team in October 2015 and coordinates the finance unit whose activities range from project assessment, project monitoring, audit and control.

Prior to UIA, Jean-Christophe worked for more than 10 years for EU funded programmes focusing on European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg North West Europe and Alpine Space).

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Katarzyna Schönborn
Katarzyna Schönborn - Audit and Control Officer

Katarzyna joined the UIA team in March 2016 and is responsible for audit and control activities. She is especially in charge of issues related to risk management and fraud.

Before joining the UIA team, Katarzyna worked for a Transnational Cooperation Programme (PL-SK and PL-CZ) and for the European Commission (EFS Audit).

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Nélida Hancco
Nélida Hancco-Herrera - Finance Officer

Nélida is responsible for support to project applicants and partners as well as for project monitoring, especially on issues related to budget and eligibility of costs from a financial and control perspective.

Before joining the Initiative, Nélida worked for the Interreg North West Europe Programme as Finance Officer.

She holds two masters’ degrees, one in Management of European Affairs and the second one in Executive International Management.

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Camille Degryse
Camille Degryse - Finance Officer

Camille is responsible for support to project applicants and partners as well as for project monitoring, in particular regarding the eligibility of costs, state-aid and legal issues.

Before joining the Secretariat, Camille graduated in European law, and worked for the Region Nord-Pas de Calais as Project Director Assistant, providing legal and technical assistance for setting up the legal and practical foundations of the UIA Initiative before the establishment of the Permanent Secretariat.

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Isabella Schneble - Finance Officer
Isabella Schneble - Finance Officer
Isabella is responsible for support to project applicants and partners as well as for project monitoring, in particular regarding financial schemes and revenues.
 
Before joining the Initiative, Isabella undertook a master degree in European Public Administration and worked for the Baden-Wuerttemberg federal state in Germany in different areas of public administration including research funding and European affairs.
 
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Sofia Morgavi - Audit and Control officer
Sofia Morgavi - Finance Officer

Sofía supports the Permanent Secretariat on financial matters.

Before joining the UIA team, Sofía worked as an auditor, specializing in public European and international funds and project administration. She has also worked on policy design and implementation for urban authorities and holds a master’s degree in Urban Policy.

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Project Unit
Agnieszka Siluszek - Project Coordinator
Agnieszka Siluszek - Project Coordinator

 

 

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Tommaso Galli - Project officer
Tommaso Galli - Project officer

Tommaso works within the Projects Unit supporting the selection process, project implementation, the capitalisation of knowledge and results of funded projects.

Prior to joining UIA, Tommaso worked in the areas of programme and project management as well as policy research at the Autonomous Province of Trento - Unit for Innovation and Social Inclusion and at EURADA - European Association of Development Agencies.
Tommaso holds a master’s degree in Political Science.

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Kathleen McCarron - Project officer
Kathleen McCarron - Project officer

Kathleen works within the project unit supporting the selection process, project implementation and the capitalisation of knowledge and results. Prior to joining UIA, she worked for the Interreg 2 Seas Programme as a project officer. Over 5 years, she built a solid experience in the EU project management. She holds an engineering degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Polytechnic School of the University of Tours. 

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Nasko Vangelov - Project Officer
Nasko Vangelov - Project Officer
Nasko joined in March 2018. He supports the team on all project-related issues, from selection of the projects to their implementation and subsequent knowledge dissemination.
 
His prior experience includes working for the private sector in Brussels, focusing on EU funding and public procurement. He is interested in sustainable development and innovation.
 
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Roberta Lixia - Chargée de projets
Roberta Lixia - Project Officer

Roberta works within the project unit supporting the selection process, project implementation and the capitalisation of knowledge and results.

Before joining UIA, Roberta worked for 10 years in the implementation and monitoring of EU-funded projects in the fields of energy efficiency, waste management, territorial and international cooperation. Roberta holds a master’s degree in Spatial Planning from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna.

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Knowledge & Communication Unit
Amélie Cousin - Knowledge & Communication Coordinator
Amélie Cousin - Knowledge & Comm Coordinator

Amélie coordinates the implementation of the UIA knowledge management strategy. She also leads the UIA Communication Strategy and related activities. 

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Amélie worked for the European Committee of the Regions as events team leader and for the European Metropole of Lille as European affairs officer.  She holds a master’s degree in Political Sciences. 

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Ophélie Tainguy - Knowledge & Comm Officer
Ophélie Tainguy - Knowledge & Comm Officer

Ophélie supports the implementation of the knowledge management strategy.  She also implements the UIA Communication Strategy and related activities.

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Ophélie undertook a master degree in Urban and Territorial Strategies and specialised on the urban dimension of EU Policies.

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Luis Hancco - Communication intern

Luis joined the UIA initiative as an intern to support the UIA Knowledge and Communication team. He assists the implementation of the Communication Strategy and work plan and  helps with the website daily maintenance and developments. He also contributes to  online communication activities.

Before joining the initiative, Luis studied Economics and Management.  He continues his educational path into the digital strategy of organizations.

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