Meet our experienced and multilingual team

From organising member-driven Policy Labs to facilitating agenda-setting research, we’re a hive of activity. Get in touch to find out more about our individual projects, as well as EUKN membership, our member-driven events and publications and our support for our members’ EU Council Presidencies.

The EUKN Secretariat offers several internship opportunities per year. Spontaneous applications are also welcome! Send us a brief email explaining your motivation to work with us and with your CV attached to hrm@eukn.eu.

 

 

 

Martin Grisel

Director

Martin Grisel

Director

Interest in local politics and wider societal challenges led Martin to switch careers and focus on urban development policy, founding the EUKN in 2005. He speaks native Dutch, fluent English, French and German, and advanced Spanish. 

Convinced that cities are one of mankind’s most fascinating creations, Martin is driven to create more sustainable urban futures through co-designing strategy with policy-makers and researchers. He enjoys working as a trusted strategic advisor to policy-makers from local to global level, and is proud to work with a team of highly dedicated colleagues. 

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Martin provides strategic, financial and operational leadership, and oversees external relations and acquisition for the EUKN. A familiar face from moderating events organised by the EUKN and third parties, Martin also leads a strand of the EUKN’s work within the CONEXUS project.  

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Lea Scheurer

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Lea Scheurer

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Lea holds a BA in Social Sciences from Düsseldorf University, an MA in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz, and an MSc in European Governance from Utrecht University. She joined the EUKN in 2016, and speaks German, English and Dutch. 

An avid writer, Lea is in her element crafting research-rich, engaging texts on the ever-evolving sphere of urban policy. She holds the European element of the EUKN’s work close to her heart: exchanging across borders and cultures, and finding commonalities in the urban community. From theory to street-level, she is fascinated by urbanity’s multifaceted impact on society. 

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Lea prepares EUKN Policy Labs and supports EU Council Presidencies. 

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Livia del Conte

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Livia del Conte

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Livia holds an MA in Architecture from TU Delft and a BA from the University of Roma Tre. She joined the EUKN in 2019, and has since contributed her solution-orientated and visual approach to EUKN activities.  

Livia is driven to create impact through innovative policy-making, with a signature urban strategist twist on her architectural training. She likes to challenge colleagues and policy-makers alike to think outside the box, applying design research methods and tools. Livia speaks native Italian, fluent English and French, and basic Spanish and Dutch. 

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Livia develops EUKN Policy Labs, supports EU Council Presidencies, and contributes creative design elements to research and communications.

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Federica Risi

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Federica Risi

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Federica holds an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from LUISS Guido Carli. At the EUKN since 2019, she speaks native Italian, fluent English and Spanish, and intermediate Portuguese.

A natural connector and active practitioner, Federica sees her urban development expertise as a key entry point to unpacking and healing cities’ relationship with the natural world. Consistently evolving her approach, she’s found synergy with the EUKN’s culture of policy co-creation to craft sustainable urban transformations.

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Federica leads the EUKN’s work within the CONEXUS project, restoring urban ecosystems with nature-based solutions. As the team’s go-to for green transition topics, she strengthens the EUKN’s ties with fellow actors in the field, alongside developing EUKN Policy Labs.

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Anne Vranken

Policy Research Intern

Anne Vranken

Policy Research Intern

After completing a BA in Hotel Management, Anne chose to pursue her passion for sustainable development at the University of Maastricht with an MSc in Sustainability Science, Policy and Society. Her graduate thesis analysed sustainable mobility practices and policy in Brussels and this academic trajectory leaves her equipped with a deep understanding of the complex challenges and opportunities that urban policymakers are facing.

A native Dutch speaker, Anne also speaks fluent French and English, which she has used professionally and academically, as well as basic Spanish, thanks to her time working in Mexico.

In her quest for opportunities to make a positive impact on society, Anne joins the EUKN team as an intern. She will contribute to positive change in urban policymaking in working on research, content and communications.

Imogen Abandowitz

Communications

Imogen Abandowitz

Communications

Imogen is a communications and media professional with the EUKN. She is responsible for reviewing internal and external stakeholder communications to deliver the organisations key messages on Urban matters to both the EUKN key members and the wider public. She brings applied studies in geopolitics, international relations, and media communications. Before joining EUKN, Imogen worked in advocacy communications with Save the Children International, where she worked programmatically with over 14 country offices across the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and East-Southern Africa to support the scale of a youth participatory campaign accelerator within the organisation. Imogen has also worked for Amsterdam-based foundation ZDHC on global sustainability initiatives and the United Nations Global Compact in SDG progress.