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Policy & projects

Marlène Siméon
English, French, Spanish
+32 2 842 67 76

From 2010 to 2013, Marlène was Policy Officer for the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur Region (PACA) in charge of Decentralised Cooperation, Research & Innovation and Structural funds. In 2013, she joined CEMR first as Policy Officer and later as Policy Adviser in Charge of Regional and Urban Policy. In this position, she followed the negotiations on the Urban Agenda for the EU and the link with the Global Urban Agenda and followed the Habitat 3 Quito negotiation for PLATFORMA and CEMR. Marlène holds a Doctorate in Economics; she did her thesis on Urban Development in Latin America and a Master on Development Economy.

Durmish Guri
Projects Director
English, French, Greek, Albanian
+32 2 500 05 48

Durmish is coordinating, implementing and monitoring CEMR projects. He holds a master degree in International Trade from the European Institute of Paris VIII. He has over 14 years of working experience in the field of projects preparation, management, coordination and training dedicated to the local authorities.

Tiago Stichelmans
Policy Officer
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
+32 2 842 67 74

Before joining PLATFORMA, Tiago was a policy and networking analyst at the European Network on Debt and Development. He previously worked for the European NGO Confederation for relief and development (CONCORD).

Lisa Bardot
Projects' assistant
English, French, Spanish
+32 2 791 67 72
Boris Tonhauser
Senior Project Officer
English, French, Slovak, German, Czech
+32 2 500 05 39

Boris is in charge of project coordination, with 15+ years of experience in the fields of local governance, international cooperation and statutory affairs. His background includes political science, international relations, law and sciences studied in Bratislava, London and Strasbourg.

Olivier Baumard
Project Officer
English, French, Polish, Russian
+32 2 842 67 77

After graduating a Master in “Central & Eastern European politics & societies”, Olivier worked 5 years in European affairs in Brussels, among which 3 for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR – Statutory affairs). He is now in charge of PLATFORMA internal governance and follows up projects, including Eastern Partnership activities.

Laia Vinyes Marcé
Project Support Officer
English, French, Spanish
+32 2 842 67 75

Laia joined PLATFORMA in January 2016. She graduated with a Master degree in Development Cooperation Affairs at the Universite? Libre de Bruxelles after 6 months of fieldwork in Tunisia, working on transitional democracy and women’s political participation.

Adrien Licha
Exchange Support Officer
English, French, Spanish, Turkish
+32 2 791 67 73

Adrien is in charge of supporting exchanges between partner organisations, creating learning opportunities and coordinating the network’s joint learning agendas. He joined PLATFORMA in August 2017 after 5 years of experience in Istanbul working for UCLG-MEWA to promote local governance and decentralised cooperation.


Hervé Devavry
Press & communication Officer
English, French, Polish
+ 32 2 842 67 70

With an experience of eight years in EU bubble press rooms for various media (Le Parisien,, Les Echos de Pologne, DeHavillandEU), Hervé joined PLATFORMA to put decentralized cooperation in the spotlight. He studied political sciences in Lille & Cracow and journalism in Paris.


Thierry Geimer
Finance officer
English, French, Swahili
+32 2 265 09 31

Thierry is in charge of the accounting aspect of PLATFORMA’s projects. After several years in the HORECA sector, he decided to face new stimulating challenges. He is half Belgian and Congolese and lived in Congo for 12 years before moving to Belgium.

Céline Bloch
Administrative Assistant
English, French, Spanish, Dutch
+32 2 265 09 30

Céline has solid international experience. Before joining PLATFORMA, she worked in Canada and Argentina. She also lived in Australia and the United-Kingdom.
As a graduate in Tourism Management from the Haute Ecole Galilée (Brussels), she has a professional background in Tourism, Event and Admin.