Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele is a smart cities project coordinator at EUROCITIES and leading on the replication and communication of the Sharing Cities programme.
She is a digital and innovation policy and project expert with a track record of success in working with cities, national governments, and international organisations (European Commission, OECD). She has contributed to several EU-led digital transformation projects on the ground, and researched governance practices across the private sector at national, regional and city level. Her main tasks included the development of impactful policies, benchmarks and indicators; and engaging various stakeholders (cities, regions, national governments, the private sector, SMEs, NGOs) through interviews, at forums, and at workshops. She also analysed and identified key success factors for mobile government and e-procurement take-up, and compared municipalities across borders. In her current role, she is leading on communication, scale-up, and replication activities among cities of different maturity level committed to becoming ‘smarter’ and prepared for a digital transition.