SMMR is a GIZ project, implemented by a consortium formed by Clean Air Asia, Rupprecht Consult and Wuppertal Institute and led by GFA Consulting Group.

PhD in urban planning, University of Perpignan, France, 2007, Master of Study in Civil Engineering, Queensland University, Australia, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Camaguey University, Cuba, 1983

Carolin CAPONE – Project Director
Carolin heads GIZ’s sustainable transport projects in ASEAN. Before joining the ASEAN team, Carolin coordinated TRANSfer activities in Colombia, supporting the national government in their efforts to promote cycling and electric mobility. Prior to joining GIZ in 2014, she worked in smart mobility research at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart and Toyota Motor Corporation in Tokyo and advised German Ministries on renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. She is especially passionate about these two fields growing closer together with advancing electrification of the transport sector.

Joachim BERGERHOFF – Team Leader
Joachim earned his Master in Political Sciences with a dissertation on Local Government and the Mobility challenge (ULB, Brussels, 1993), and been helping to tackle the challenge in a variety of positions, ranging from bicycle advocacy (Pro Vélo Brussels), public transport operations (tpg Geneva, STIB-MIVB Brussels), through regional Government (Région wallonne), international work in EU projects and with UITP, to advisory roles with UN-Habitat (Kosovo), and, most recently, with RTA Dubai (UAE) and Asyad (Oman).

PHAM Hai – National Expert Vietnam 
Hai Pham is a national expert for Vietnam. He has an academic and professional background in transport planning and management. He holds a Master of economic from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics. Hai has over 15 years of professional experience in transport planning and project management. He has extensive experience in developing public transport feasibility studies, technical evaluations, and investment strategies.

Conrad RICHARDSON – International Technical Advisor 
Conrad is an International Development and Sustainable Mobility specialist. He has an academic and professional background in urban and transport Planning, Engineering and Design across Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East. Conrad has worked on a variety of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) projects in Africa and Asia. He has also developed and deployed a variety of ITS and Smart Mobility solutions across the Middle East and Europe. Conrad holds a Master of Science in Transport and City Planning from University of College London (UCL).  

Sovanarith SIENG – Junior Technical Advisor 
Sovanarith holds a master of Urban planning and International cooperation from the University of Grenoble Alpes (UGA). He has an academic and professional background in municipal and national cooperation agreements, working on sustainable urban planning projects across France, North-Africa and Southeast Asia. He joined as an intern and is now a permanent member of the team.


Pichai UAMTURAPOJN PhD – National Expert Thailand
Dr. Pichai is a national expert for Thailand. He works with local stakeholders to strengthen the sustainable mobility design in the cross-border Nong Khai – Vientiane Metropolitan Region. Pichai is also a co-founder of the Social Innovation Hub in the Mekong Region. He previously worked as a Programme Director for the Thailand Environment Institute and Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development. After his PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Planning from the University of the Ryukyus, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Tokyo, and as a Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii.

KOK Sothea PhD – National Expert Cambodia
PhD in Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, 2019; Master of Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, 2007

KHANN Sodaline – Office Manager
Prior to joining SMMR, Sodaline worked at KCEC Cambodia Co. in Phnom Penh (2017-2018). In her role she provided support and facilitated corporate administrative affairs, office management, logistics, and inventory. She also worked for ADD International Cambodia in accordance with ADD International Cambodia’s policies, procedures and guidelines in order to maintain the accountability of the ADD International Cambodia office (2015-2017). Administrative professional with a bachelor’s degree focused in Bachelor of Business Administration from IIC, University of Technology (2006-2010).

Svenja SIEMONSEN – Backstopper
Svenja manages several urban mobility and urban development projects in South/South East Asia on behalf of the German and EU governments. She holds degrees in Geography and Project Management from universities in Germany and South Africa. Svenja has been working with governments in Asia, Africa and Europe on building capacities on topics such as metropolitan governance, urban mobility and Smart Cities. Prior to GFA, she advised the German ministry (BMZ) on international urban development during the New Urban Agenda negotiations as part of GIZ.

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