Karen Vancluysen

Secretary General, POLIS

Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of POLIS in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for eight years. Prior to that, she worked as network manager at ACCESS-Eurocities and as project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, Karen has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities, and EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics. She has been a speaker and moderator at many high-level events in Europe and beyond on a wide range of urban mobility themes from the perspective of cities and the governance of innovation.

POLIS is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. For over 30 years already, members have been working together to develop sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow. The network also engages in debates around topical issues such as active travel, shared mobility services, MaaS, automated transport, electromobility and innovative governance approaches. Over the past months, POLIS has provided a range of dedicated services to its member cities and regions on how to deal with urban mobility during and in the aftermath of COVID-19.