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.
With a background in International Management and experience in a number of countries, Edward keeps a close eye on (cycling-related) developments worldwide. He helps people and organisations from around the world with their cycling related questions, assists Dutch organisations with their international ambitions and manages both national and international projects. Edward strongly believes that cycling is essential for creating cities where people happily live, and that the Dutch can help achieving this.
During his study in International Management, Nout combined his passion for bikes and international trade by exporting vintage road bikes within Europe. Internationally oriented, Nout has an eye for cross-cultural trends and strives for global cooperation to encourage and improve our most healthy, most sustainable and simply most fun way of transportation: by bike!
Larissa is a multidisciplinary professional with expertise in policy, urban development and project management. Her projects span a variety of topics, including reactivation of historic city centers, neighborhood self-organization, spatial factors for internationally competitive cities, and festival initiatives for city development. She has a bachelor’s in law from the Federal University of Bahia, in Brazil, and a master’s in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Larissa has worked for several renowned organizations around the world, including the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, and the Latin American Network for Persons with Disabilities in Quito. At the DCE, Larissa helps with the coordination of several projects while advancing her knowledge of cycling mobility. She considers cycling the best solution for more compact, sustainable and equitable cities around the world.
Having initially trained and worked for several years as a software engineer, Julien discovered the joys of cycling everywhere when he moved to Cambridge, UK. As his interest in sustainability and city making grew, he decided to change careers and studied urban planning in Montreal, Canada and Birmingham, UK where he obtained his MSc in Urban and Regional Planning. He is particularly interested in the connections between cycling and land use planning, urban design and transport planning. He strongly believes that cycling is an essential part of making livable cities and that everyone can take inspiration from the Dutch way of cycling.
Intern: Roman Herzog BSc
Roman has a background in Geography with a focus on urban planning. During his study in Greifswald, Germany, where the bicycle is the most popular way of transport, he discovered the advantages of cycling in everyday life. So as part of his MSc in Sustainability Geography, he decided to focus on sustainable mobility and learn more about the Dutch way of implementing the bicycle into the urban environment. He considers cycling the best way for creating enjoyable and sustainable cities.