The team of the Dutch Cycling Embassy consists 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 coordinator, 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.
Sivasai Prasad Yeesakonu
Shiva is currently interning with the Dutch Cycling Embassy as a part of his Master’s, in the field of Transportation Systems. Coming from one of the most excitingly developing country in the World, India, and as someone who has considerable exposure with some of the most urbanizing cities, he strongly believes cities are places for the people and cycling is the key to bring back the charm they have lost in the last few decades to cars. A bit of awareness and a bit of frustration seeing the cities struggle with traffic issues, he is driven towards working in the field of Sustainable Mobility. He is the part of the technical team of the Dutch Cycling Embassy. Inspired by the Dutch way of living, he would love to contribute in making cities livable, enjoyable and of course Cyclable!
Heba is a new member in the cycling community. She grew her interest in cycling gradually moving from an extremely motorized city in Egypt (Alexandria) to a small town with some cycling presence (El Gouna) and finally to Berlin where cycling is an integrated part of the urban mobility. Between El Gouna and Berlin, Heba studied her Master program of Urban Development in TU Berlin. She is currently working on her thesis project about the possibilities of cycling planning in Alexandria. With the DCE she hopes to bring the cycling dialogue to MENA and African cities.