Ania is a public sector enthusiast and sustainability advocate, both in official meetings and in the streets. Since 2008 Ania works for ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, currently as Coordinator for Governance & Social Innovation. She is also URBACT Programme Expert for environmental issues and member of European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Cities as Actors of Open Innovation. Ania’s ambition is to enable conversations across sectoral and thematic divides, supporting the emergence of new institutions, mindsets and practices needed for long-term prosperity. Her current interests include urban commons and cooperative forms of ownership, gender equal cities, nature-based solutions, as well as urban futures and postgrowth.
Jean-Paul Judson is half-French, half-British. He graduated in sociology and politics and holds a Masters in European Affairs. He has over 12 years’ experience of EU public affairs, covering a range of topics from local & regional policy to research & innovation, circular economy and agriculture. Since January 2019, he founded NOWMORE, offering event moderation and consultancy services on stakeholder engagement, governance and strategy. In his spare time, he is also the Secretary General of HEBE Sports, a non-for-profit organisation developing sports activities in Brussels where men and women are on the same team.
Eddy Adams is an experienced facilitator and an expert in urban innovation and governance. He is a Programme Expert with URBACT, Urban Innovative Actions, the OECD and the EU Urban Development Network.
He works closely with Eurocities, including through his work leading the URBACT City Labs, a process linked to the forthcoming renewal of the Leipzig Charter under Germany’s 2020 EU Presidency.
A native of Glasgow, he has worked closely with many EU cities including Rotterdam, Berlin and Madrid. Eddy is also an Adviser to the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and a Fellow of the RSA.