The OASC office

Dr. Davor Meersman, CEO

Davor is CEO of OASC since 2017. He is also member of the UN SDG 11 Global Council, member of the advisory board of ETSI‘s Specialist Task Force on Citizen-Centric Standards and is co-chairing the Big Data Value Association’s (BDVA) Task Force on Smart Cities. Furthermore, he is ambassador of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, and a senior consultant on smart city technology, strategies, and funding. As senior researcher at the world’s leading nano and digital technologies research institute IMEC, Davor was one of the founders of City of Things, the largest smart city IoT living lab in Europe. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from Curtin University, Australia..

Lea Hemetsberger, Communications & Project Manager

Lea joined OASC in 2017. As Communications & Project Manager she is responsible for network coordination, event and workshop organisation, and communication activities for OASC and related projects. Having worked as a communicator for carmaker Audi, Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment, and the Brussels office of the German Friedrich-Ebert-foundation, Lea brings experience in managing internal communications, executing effective media campaigns as well as increasing the impact of online communication activities especially through social media. She has a background in journalism (BA) and new media and ICT with focus on open data-based business models (MSc).

Dorien van Zaelen, Office Consultant

  • Mail: dorien[at]oascities.org

Erika Michelle Franco Contreras, Research and Innovation Assistant

Erika joined OASC in March 2019 as Research & Innovation Assistant. She is currently studying her Master in Business & Technology at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Erika has a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and has previously worked for Huawei Telecommunications. At OASC, she is supporting the development of a federated solutions repository to support cities & communities in the framework of the SDG 11 Global Council.

Qiao Zhou, Event & Communications Assistant

Qiao joined OASC in April 2019 as a trainee. She is a Master student at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, studying Communication Studies (New Media and Society in Europe). She is working on her Master thesis about smart cities, especially comparing smart cities in Europe and in China.