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.

+33 3 61 76 59 34

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.

+33 3 61 76 59 37

Amélie Cousin - Knowledge & Communication Lead Officer
Amélie Cousin - Knowledge & Comm Lead Officer

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. 

+33 3 61 260 739 

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.

+33 3 61 76 59 30

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).

+33 3 61 76 59 35

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).

+33 3 61 26 07 30

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.

+33 3 61 26 07 31

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.

+33 3 61 76 59 32

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.
 
+33 3 61 26 07 34
Sofia Morgavi - Audit and Control officer
Sofia Morgavi - Audit and Control officer

Sofía supports the Permanent Secretariat on audit and control activities.

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.

 

Project Unit
Raffaele Barbato
Raffaele Barbato - Project Coordinator

Raffaele coordinates the team in charge of organising the selection process of UIA projects, supporting selected projects during the implementation phase and coordinating the capitalisation process of the knowledge generated by urban authorities and key stakeholders involved.

Before joining the Permanent Secretariat, Raffaele worked with more than 500 urban authorities for 8 years at URBACT. Raffaele is also a lecturer at different universities in France and abroad, on topics related to the Urban Dimension of EU Policies, participative and integrated urban planning.

+33 3 61 76 59 36

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.

Iraklis Stamos
Iraklis Stamos – Project Officer

Iraklis works within the projects unit supporting the selection process, project implementation and the capitalisation of knowledge and results generated by the projects funded. 

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Iraklis worked for the International Road Transport Union (IRU) as a manager for research & innovation. He also worked for the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) as a researcher, where he coordinated projects on mobility and transport. He holds a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering. 


+33 3 61 26 07 33

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.
 
+33 3 61 260 735