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 leisure- and event management for over 10 years, 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. José 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, hospitable and is a real people person. Feel free to contact her if you have any questions regarding cycling in the Netherlands whatsoever.
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.
Having experienced the positive impact cycling can have on individuals as well as communities in Mozambique, with DCE Simone now combines her interests in international cooperation and cycling by connecting Dutch organisations with the rest of the world. Being a passionate cyclist and having obtained a BA in International Relations and a MSc in International Development Studies, this is a combination that suits her well. Simone is responsible for handling the incoming requests and the coordination of projects resulting from these requests, such as incoming delegations and coordinating cycling-related activities abroad.
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.