The team of the Dutch Cycling Embassy consist of:
As the Director of the Dutch Cycling Embassy Mirjam is responsible for the development, operational and financial activities and indicating strategic areas of focus of the Public Private Partnership. Under delegation of the board, she manages the daily office and the team and coordinates, together with the project manager, the Embassy’s various projects that result from incoming requests from all over the world. With a background in civil engineering she’s able to support public and private organizations with indicating where to start with implementing cycling within other countries and cultures. Together with all various participants the right (personal) approach will be chosen and implemented. Her mission is to facilitate international clients to grow towards a (more) successful cycling culture, with safe and well-designed infrastructure within a healthy and sustainable environment.
José has been involved in event management for half her life, working for both Governmental and Private organizations. She has a passion for sports and health and as a typical Dutch, she cycles at least 20 kilometers each day to get herself from A to B. Even though José did not work in sustainable mobility or the cycling industry before, she strongly believes that cycling is the answer to many issues that cities (and countries) around the world experience nowadays. Being the Program Coordinator of the Dutch Cycling Embassy she manages mainly the larger cycling events, conferences and projects of the Embassy. She is internationally oriented, very hospitable and is a real people person.
As Project Coordinator Edward is mainly working on incoming requests and several projects. With a background in International Management and Recruitment he is able to support the DCE Team and all related participants to establish even more (international) collaborations within the future. The passion for cycling and bicycles is caused by working for almost a decade in a bicycle shop during high school and college. Edward truly believes that cycling is an important part of the solution for creating smart cities where pollution and congestion are being fought. Therefore he loves contributing to this solution by connecting people worldwide and promoting Dutch knowledge and expertise on cycling internationally.
Alexander is a trainee and will focus his efforts on developing a Bicycle Mobility Best Practices Guide, finalizing the research efforts of the Cycling Cities Assessment, and preparing various materials for the upcoming international Velo-City conference. As an avid bike commuter and bike polo player in the United States, Alexander was inspired by how quickly the bicycle was radically improving the quality of life of many American cities. With his background in transportation planning/engineering and project management, he is excited to collaborate with the DCE and help other places around the world realize quality bicycle transportation systems.