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Our Team

Danube University Krems (DUK)

Gabriela Viale Pereira

Project Coordinator, Researcher

Doctor in Business Administration, her research is focused on digital government, smart governance and smart cities, IT Governance in the public sector and sustainable digital environments.

Lucy Temple

Project Assistant, Researcher

Pursuing a MsC un Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (KU Leuven, WWU Munster, Taltech). 

Lőrinc Thurnay

Deputy Project Coordinator, Researcher

MSc in e-Governance Technologies and Services, software development background. Focus on Open Data, Digital Transformation.

Thomas Lampoltshammer

Deputy Project Coordinator, Researcher

Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of Center for E-Governance. Focus on data governance, organizational theory, and ICT in public administration. 

Tallinn Technological University (TUT)

Robert Krimmer

Project Manager, Researcher 

 Full Professor of e-Governance at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance in the School of Business and Governance, Taltech. Head of the DigitalGov Lab.

Luiza Schuch de Azambu

Project Manager, Researcher 

 MsC in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance; Fellow Researcher and current pursuing PhD in Technology Governance at Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech)  

Ralf-Martin Soe

Project Manager, Researcher 

PhD in Technology Governance (from Taltech), MsC in Financial Management (Maastricht University/ United Nations University), MBA (University of Tartu). Founding director of Smart City Center of Excellence (Finest Twins) and Senior Research Fellow at Taltech.  

Technological University of Delft (TUDelft)

Marijn Janssen

MOOCS Leader, Researcher

Prof.dr. Marijn Janssen is a full Professor in ICT & Governance and head of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research group of the Technology, Policy and Management Faculty of Delft University of Technology. His research is focused on ICT-architecting and design science in situations in which multiple public and private organizations need to collaborate, in which ICT plays an enabling role, there are various ways to proceed, and socio-technical solutions are constrained by organizational realities and political wishes. 

Rachel Benchaya Gans

MOOCS Leader, Researcher

Rachel is a Researcher at the Technology, Policy and Management Faculty of Delft University of Technology. She is a qualified legal professional with experience in the academic area and corporate legal field. She holds a Master degree in Law and in summer 2020 she will commence her PhD project at TU Delft.  

Ricardo Matheus

MOOCS Leader, Researcher

Ricardo Matheus is a PhD Candidate at TUDelft. Former data scientist at Rio de Janeiro City Hall (2013-2015). Helped to improve some Big Data processes of the IBM Operation Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( Worked with Big and Open Linked Data (BOLD) being part of OpenGovIntelligence Consortium funded by the Horizon 2020  Worked on “Opening the Cities: Open Government Data in Local Governments of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay”.    

Gdansk University of Technology (GUT)

Tomasz Janowski

Researcher and GUT lead

Head of the Department of Applied Informatics in Management at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; Invited Professor at Danube University Krems, Austria; Co-Editor-in-Chief of Government Information Quarterly, Elsevier. Research at the intersection of digital government, sustainable development and development informatics. PhD in Computer Science, Habilitation in Management Science.

Aniela Mikulska

Administrative staff at GUT

Administrative staff at the Gdansk University of Technology, Poland; earlier – university lecturer; Ph.D. of Economics

Nina Rizun


Assistant professor of the Department of Applied Informatics in Management at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland. Research interests focus on the semantic analysis of the text in the natural language, the structuring and classification of web content, and decision-making logic modelling. PhD in Technical Science

Anna Baj-Rogowska


Assistant professor at the Department of Applied Informatics in Management at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland. 

Magdalena Ciesielska


Assistant professor at the Department of Applied Informatics in Management, Gdańsk University of Technology. Research at the digital government, IT service management and intersection of IT, Business and Legal aspects.

Jaromir Durkiewicz


PhD student in Department of Applied Informatics in Management, Gdańsk University of Technology. Areas of scientific interest: digital government, digital benchmarking, political science, multivariate statistics.

Universidad nacional del Sur (UNS)

Elsa Estévez

Project Coordinator, Researcher

Chair holder of the UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Societies and Digital Governance at UNS, Independent Researcher at CONICET, Full Professor at UNLP, Argentina. 

Expirience on IT strategic planning,citi software project management. 

Pablo Fillottrani


Full Professor at UNS, Principal Researcher at CICPBA. Research interest: semantic web, ontologies, database integration, digital government applications. 

Gabriela Díaz


Practical Applications Teacher, Computer Architecture at UNS. Bachelor of Computer Science.

Sonia Rueda


Full Professor at UNS. Research interest: Innovation in Education, Skill-Based  Curriculum Design, Pedagogical use of ICTs. Bachelor of Computer Science. 

Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP)

Armando De Giusti


Regular Full Professor of the Faculty of Informatics of the UNLP; Visiting Professor at the National University of Tierra del Fuego; Principal Researcher of Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET); Researcher categorized as “I” in the incentive program of the Ministry of Education; Postgraduate Professor in the Doctorate in Computer Science (accredited by CONEAU); Visiting Professor of Postgraduate courses in several universities in the country and abroad.

Patricia Pesado


Regular Full Professor of the Faculty of Informatics of the UNLP; Researcher categorized as “I” in the incentive program of the Ministry of Education. Current Dean of Faculty of Informatics and Coordinator of the Network of National Universities with degrees in Informatics (RedUNCI), elected in 2016.

Pablo Thomas


Regular Full Time Associate Professor at the Faculty of Informatics of the UNLP; current Secretary for Management Modernization of the Faculty of Informatics, UNLP.

Ariel Pasini


Regular Full Time Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Informatics of the UNLP; MSc in Advanced Computer Systems; current Director of Digital Management and Quality of the Faculty of Informatics, UNLP.

Research interest: Software engineering, digital governance, quality in software systems, process and product certification standards.

Rocío Muñóz

Assistant Researcher

Assistant professor of the Faculty of Informatics, UNLP. UNLP fellow and MSc student in Software Engineering, Faculty of Informatics UNLP. Her research interests are Software Engineering, E-Government and Software Quality.

Faculdade Meridional - IMED

Lauro André Ribeiro

Project Leader at IMED and Researcher

PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems has experience in Sustainability, Socioenvironmental Management, Renewable Energies and Energy Policies.

Thaísa Leal da Silva


PhD in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering, her research focuses on sustainability, with emphasis on the following themes: smart cities, energy efficiency, urban mobility, and inclusive architecture.

Letiane Benincá


PhD candidate by UFRGS (Brazil) and UPC (Spain), dedicated to the study of environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and performance of buildings.

Maurício Kunz


Msc. in Architecture and Urbanism. His research is focused in urban planning, mobility and sustainability; active transportation and cycling infrastructure.

Pontifical Catholic University of the Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)

Edimara Mezzomo Luciano

Project Leader at PUCRS and Researcher
Full Professor in Strategy, Organizations and Society in the Management Graduate Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Holds a PhD. from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2004) and was a visiting researcher at London School of Economics and Political Science (2016). Heads the Governance and Digital Society Research Group. Has been an IT Governance and Architecture Minitrack Co-Chair at AMCIS and a Program Co-Chair of the main MIS Brazilian Conference since 2013.​ 

Maira Petrini


Visiting professor at HEC Montreal – Canada (2017), doctorate in Business Administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas – SP (2006) and Master of Business Administration at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1999). Adjunct Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Administration at PUC RS, she has 24 years of experience in Information Systems and Technology, having worked in companies such as Procergs, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein and IBM and conducted ad hoc consultancy in systems of Bussines Intelligence.

Fabiano Passuelo Hessel


Full Professor of Computer Science at PUCRS (Brazil) – School of Technology, Research Productivity Scholarship from CNPq. He was Advisor in the Office of the PUCRS Vice-President for Innovation, Research and Development. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Joseph-Fourier University, France (2000). He is the head of Embedded System Group (GSE) and the Coordinator of the Smart City Research and Innovation Center at PUCRS.

Guilherme Costa Wiedenhöft


Associate Professor in Management Information Systems in the Management Graduate Program at the Institute of Economics, Administration and Accounting Sciences at Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) and Visiting Post-doc at the Business School, PUCRS, Brazil. He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in the field of Management Information Systems. His research focuses on different kinds of Governance (IT, Collaborative and Digital), Organizational Culture, Organizational Citizenship Behavior and Corruption Dissuasion.

Sabrina Callegaro


University Graduate in Business Administration at PUCRS, graduate studies in Controllership at UFRGS and Risk Management at UNISINOS, Master in Business Administration at PUCRS. PhD student at PUCRS Business School, focus on Strategy, Organizations & Society areas. More than 15 years of experience as Risk Management in financial companies.

Ana Clarissa Matte Zanardo dos Santos


Full Professor in Strategy, Organizations and Society in the Management Graduate Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Doctor in Business Administration from the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (2012). Master in Business Administration from the same university (2005). Researching themes like competences, technological and social innovation, entrepreneurship and university-companies relationship.

Rosiane Alves Palacios


PhD student at the Graduate Program in Administration at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in the area of Strategy, Organizations and Society. Master’s Degree in Administration from PUCRS (2021). Specialist in Public Management from the Federal University of Pampa (UNIPAMPA) (2017).  Graduate in Administration from UNIPAMPA (2017). Graduate in Public Management from UNIPAMPA (2014). Interested in the areas of public administration, governance, development, smart cities and border regions.

Universidad Externado de Colombia (UEC)

Marco Peres Useche

Project Leader at UEC and Researcher

Law Professional from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Specialized in Economic Law from the same University. Researcher in legal aspects of electronic commerce at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law UNIDROIT (Rome, Italy). Delegate as representative of the Colombian government to the Commission and the Electronic Commerce Working Group of the United Nations Commission for International Commercial Law UNCITRAL.

Camila Hernández Echeverry


Social Communicator and Journalist of Universidad Externado de Colombia with an emphasis on organizational management. Experience and knowledge in internal and external communications, digital marketing, content manager, communication campaign management, public relations and event management

Diana Marcela Gaitán

Administrative staff

Technician in Executive Secretariat and Administrative Assistant, with knowledge in basic aspects in marketing and sales, business consolidation processes and legal framework; experience in service and customer service, cash management, document and file management, administration and monitoring of databases, support and logistics in the organization of events.

Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito (ECI)

Victoria Eugenia Ospina

Leader of Quality Assurance Team and Researcher

Dr. in Knowledge Management and Organisations focused on Information Management, IT Project Management and Smart Cities.

Claudia Patricia Santiago

Researcher and QA Team member

Magister in Information Management and system engineer, focused on IT architecture and cybersecurity applied to Smart Cities.

Luis Daniel Benavides

Researcher and QA Team member

Phd in computer science Magister in computing Software constructuion especialization Electronic Engineer.

Andrea Ceballos Zuluaga

Researcher and QA Team member

Industrial engineering; she is pursuing a Master’s degree in information management at the Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito. Experience in production, consulting and academic activities.

Lorena Farfan

Researcher and QA Team member

Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN)

Aurora Sánchez Ortíz

Project Leader at UCN and Researcher

PhD in Information Science, University of North Texas. Her research work is in the areas of e-government, Electronic Participation, Smart Cities, and Digital Transformation

José Guerra


Doctor Architecture Energy, Environment and sustainability, his research work is in the areas of energy-sustainable communities and management of energy in buildings.

Jorge Alfaro


Doctor in Information Systems. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. His research interest is digital Transformation and engineering education.

Mauricio Sarrias


PhD, Regional Science,  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA  2016. His research area is regional science and Health Economics.

Technical University Federico Santa María (UTFSM)

Mauricio Solar

Project Leader at UTFSM and Researcher

Electronic Engineer, M.Sc, PhD & Postdoc. Certification in Technological Innovation & Commercialization of S&T, Diplom in Education in Sc, Tech & Eng. Full time professor at UTFSM.

Mauricio Araya


Computer Scientist and M.Sc. At UTFSM. PhD in Computer Science at INRIA. Full time professor at UTFSM. Areas: telematics, machine learning and HPC systems.