The OASC office

Dr. Davor Meersman, CEO

Davor is CEO of OASC since 2017. He is also Co-Chair of the BDVA Task Force on Smart Cities (SG8) and member of the United Nations SDG 11 Global Council. As senior researcher at Flemish research institute imec, Davor was one of the founders of the City of Things infrastructure, a strategic partnership between imec, the City of Antwerp, and Mobile Vikings that serves as a service innovation and experimentation support infrastructure for start-ups, SMEs, and cities.

Lea Hemetsberger, Communications & Project Manager

Lea joined OASC in 2017, but has worked for the organisation already in 2016 while writing her Master’s thesis on open data-based business models of mobile mobility apps. With a background in journalism, she has previously worked as a communicator for car maker AUDI, Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s EU office.

Dorien van Zaelen, Office Consultant

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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.

Elena Kutsarova, Event & Communications Assistant

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.