Energy Cities' team is growing!

By Sara Giovannini on 7 March 2018

Since the beginning of 2018 we welcomed two new colleagues to integrate our communication team: Martin Freire who is working from the Besançon office and Sara Giovannini who is part of our team in Brussels.

Martin is from Argentina and will work on Energy Cities’ strategic communication. He has a background in Communication Studies and Peace, Conflict and Development Studies. Before joining Energy Cities he worked for ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (Bonn) and the World Future Council (Hamburg).

Sara is from Italy. She will work on the communication for the Covenant of Mayors and Energy Cities’ projects. She holds a master degree in international relations and she has experience in communication and social media management. Before joining Energy Cities, she worked for 3 years in communication and events organisation at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

We asked them a couple of questions to get to know them better.

What is your favourite city?

Martin: my favourite city is Buenos Aires, where I come from. It’s messy, it’s loud and it’s rude, but it is full of life and energy. I hope I can one day say Buenos Aires is a model for energy transition in Latin America. Istanbul is my second favourite city by a small margin.

Sara: My favourite city is Barcelona. I never lived there but every time I went, I loved the atmosphere and had a great time. I like it because it has a beautiful architecture, it’s multicultural, the weather is nice and you can easily move around. Also, it has the sea and for me cities with river/sea access are the most beautiful ones.

What is your personal energy transition action?

Martin: it is not directly linked to energy transition, but it has an impact on resource usage: I eliminated my meat and dairy consumption at home. I’m also planning in investing all my savings into renewable energy projects in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sara: this year I joined a project of the city of Brussels for the bulk purchase of energy (achat groupé). It’s a very nice project where citizens can join their forces to contract with different providers in order to have access to the greenest and cheapest energy, with the best possible service. We are in the beginning of this process but I hope this can be my personal energy transition action for the year.

You will have the opportunity to meet them during our next Annual Conference in Rennes!

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Vilvoorde Belgium | Wien Austria | Krizevci Croatia | Sustainable City Network (GR) Greece | CEDEF-Central European Development Forum (RS) Serbia
Events to come
Rénovation énergétique des bâtiments et ensembles d’immeubles - Voyage d’étude, région de Lille
From 25 to 26 June

GMF’s Brussels Forum
From 27 to 29 June

LIFE PlanUp webinar: Involving stakeholders and the public in national energy and climate planning - good practices from across Europe
Thursday 27 June 10:00-11:30

Webinar - Innovative financing through peer learning: Province of Girona’s experience in PROSPECT
Wednesday 3 July 10:30-11:30

17th European Week of Regions and Cities
From 7 to 10 October

Polis annual conference.
From 27 to 28 November

All coming events >>
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