Dr. Jürgen Perschon
Founder of EURIST
As part of his geography studies, Jürgen Perschon, founder of EURIST (and its predecessor organisation ITDP Europe) travelled to East Africa and studied the connection between people’s living conditions, development opportunities and mobility. During his research trips through Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, he almost exclusively used his own bicycle or borrowed a domestic one, mostly from Indian or Chinese production. In 2003, Jürgen founded the European section of ITDP (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy / New York) in Berlin. ITDP carried out bicycle development projects in many countries.
Dr. Jürgen Perschon
Jürgen has professional working experience in the transport sector of developed and developing countries since 1995, predominantly on transport planning, road safety, low-cost public and non-motorized transport as well as gender-related transport in rural and urban Africa and in the European context. The current work focuses on the relation between transport and CO2 emission reduction/climate change, transport and the Millennium Development Goals, Poverty alleviation, Environmental Protection and Road Safety. In Africa he has carried out long and short-term field studies (household based socio-economic re-search, project impact monitoring studies) in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Senegal and Ghana, Botswana and South Africa. Moreover he has given lectures and trainings to transport ministries, municipalities, transport NGOs but also at universities in Germany and China
Since 1995 Jürgen Perschon has consulted for GTZ, the German Agency for Technical Co-operation. Since 2003 he has been working with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP USA), based in New York and was Executive Director of the European Section of the Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP Europe).
Rumbi did her studies in Environmental and Resources Management which included different aspects such as renewable energy, sustainable development and emissions reduction. Before moving to Hamburg for her Masters, Rumbi worked with Global2030 in Berlin, an organisation which provides information and suggests action on the most urgent global challenges of the 21st century. During her Masters, she worked on a bicycle project in her home country Zimbabwe on improving the access to education for school children through the use of bicycles. Her project focused on reviewing schools that received bicycles through donation programmes compared to schools that did not, to see if this improved access through bicycles had a significant impact on aspects such as school grades. Rumbi joined the EURIST Team at the beginning of 2017 as a bike project coordinator.
Project Coordinator and Finacial Director
Maximilian is a geographer and joined EURIST in 2013. The aim of Mr. Heinrich’s work is to understand urban planning as a transdisciplinary field of research and work and to provide decision makers with new ideas and perspectives for urban design with a focus on sustainable mobility. Of particular importance to him is the triad of social, ecological and economic concerns in order to make urban development fair and sustainable. In addition to his work as office manager, the areas of data collection and evaluation from the transport sector, as well as their analysis and presentation via GIS are part of his work.
As a member of the Bicycle / E-Bike team, Maximilian is committed to two-wheel mobility in sub-Saharan Africa in order to provide rural areas in particular with a cost-effective and environmentally friendly means of transport.
Maximilian works alongside EURIST as a freelance mobility expert, focusing on advising local authorities and companies on how to make mobility more sustainable.
Matthias Nüßgen is a geographer and urban planner with degrees from the Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart. He has worked for various consulting firms and planning offices on different perspectives of sustainable transport, especially in the areas of public transport and non-motorised transport, and focuses on the functional integration of urban development and transport planning in order to achieve ecologically, socially and economically sustainable urban development by creating synergies between the two areas.
Matthias Nüßgen has been working with Eurist since 2011. Since 2016 he has led the organisation together with Managing Director Dr. Jürgen Perschon.
He held training courses and lectures on sustainable mobility at various national and international universities. In 2012 and 2013 he was a lecturer in urban planning at the TU Darmstadt.
At Eurist he tries to strengthen the perspective of urban development in implementation procedures of urban transport systems in order to adapt them to an economically, ecologically and socially resilient urban development paradigm based on proximity, accessibility and access to opportunities.
Since 2013 he has been working with EURIST on participation procedures, case studies and feasibility studies for the initiation and implementation of urban cableway projects in various African cities such as Dar es Salaam, Accra, Addis Ababa, Lusaka, Kigali, Gaborone and Harare, in addition to projects in Europe and especially in Germany.
Vice Executive Director
Alexander gained his knowledge on sustainable mobility from his PhD program at the Institute of Sustainable Urbanism at TU Braunschweig, the MBA in Sustainable Mobility Management at TU Berlin, an M. Sc. in Transport Economics from the TU Dresden and through various consulting projects. In his consulting projects he focuses on active mobility, gender in transport, cargobike development, youth mobility, paratransit, traffic transformation and spatial justice analyses. Beside his focus on sustainable mobility he has conducted various projects in urban and traffic planning, logistics, institutional framework development and transport politics. Alexander has gained an in-depth knowledge of the conditions of transport markets in developing and emerging countries with focus on sustainable transport solutions and transport politics. He has worked in projects onsite in Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Laos, Liberia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Vietnam as a researcher, consultant, GIS analyst and traffic planner for universities, international cooperation institutions and the private sector. He has advised international cooperation institutions, ministries at state-level, given lectures at universities, led case studies and contributed to various specialist publications.
Transport Policy Advisor
Christof is a geographer and is finishing a PhD on the eco-social governance of international transport chains at the Hamburg University of Technology. At the same time, he has been a Project Coordinator at the European Section of the Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP Europe) since 2007. He is currently overseeing a research study that aims to identify and assess the CO2 reduction possibilities in freight transport in Europe.
Christof received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree from the Free University of Berlin in Transport Science, Political Economy and Environmental Management. He wrote his master’s thesis on the mobility problems resulting from the South African apartheid and how they could be overcome through bicycle use. Christof is founding member of EURIST.
He has special expertise in advocacy for good governance and promotion of Non-motorized Transport solutions, poverty eradication issues, and unfairness in trade and food insecurities at household level. His extensive involvement in programs includes proposal writing as a fundraising strategy, carrying out participatory research, baseline surveys, program designing and implementation based on the logical framework analysis. He has been involved in monitoring and evaluation plans for different programs. He has vast experience in working with and managing people/ communities of different cultures and ethnic settings. This experience involves hands on in community mobilization; participatory planning processes using different participatory approaches. As a development worker, he is involved in developing strategic directions for varying organizations as an approach to achieving quality and sustainable outputs.
Patrick is currently the Director – of EURIST Africa Ltd. / Kampala.
internships in Egypt, Tunisia and Belgium to develop his intercultural skills and gain hands-on experience in international cooperation and business.
His interest in European affairs then brought him to Europe’s capital, Brussels (Belgium), where he graduated with a Master in European Economy in 2010. Between then and 2018, Jens worked as transport policy advisor to Michael Cramer, Member of the European Parliament and chairman of the Transport Committee from 2014 to 2017. He specialized in infrastructure policies, railway regulation and urban mobility. Since March 2018, he works as freelance expert on sustainable mobility and has joined the EURIST team to bring in his experience and language skills. Currently he also is a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.