LUCI Annual General Meeting
Rabat – Speakers

Opening of the LUCI Annual General Meeting

Mohamed Sadiki, President of the City Council of Rabat

Mohamed Sadiki has been Mayor of Rabat Municipality since 2015. Prior to that, he was Director of the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics. Mayor Sadiki holds a Master’s degree in public administration from the Higher Institute of Commerce and Management ESSEC (Paris, France), and a degree in civil engineering of buildings, roads and bridges from the Mohammedia School of Engineers EMI (Rabat, Morocco). He also lectures in the master’s department of ESSEC Paris and at the International University of Rabat.

Mary-Ann Schreurs, President of LUCI, Councillor of Eindhoven

Mary-Ann Schreurs believes in design as being just the right tool for defying big challenges of the city in a way that works for people. Her goal is to improve citizen’s lives by using the methodology of designthinking in co-creation with the citizens themselves and all other stakeholders in the city. She was the first to introduce design in local politic and hooked it up with digitalisation. Digitalisation being potentially the right technological twin for design to create the desired holistic made-to-measure solutions. That will only be the case as long as the rules of the game are governed by the public good. But what the public good exactly is, that is the question to be answered by the cities in the doing. Therefore, she is advocating new governance models that use adaptative regulation.

Souad Zaidi, Vice-Mayor of the City of Rabat and Member of Parliament

Souad Zaidi is Vice-Mayor of Rabat in charge of International Cooperation and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Defense. She is President of the “Groupe d’Amitié Maroc Cap vert” within the Moroccan Parliament and member of the Committee: “Equity, Equality and Equal Opportunities” regarding gender and women’s rights in political, economic and the social sector. She is also representative of the Mayor of Rabat to UCLG.

Conference Session: “Rabat City of Light, Cultural Capital of Morocco”

Mohamed Ftouhin, City Council Member & Professor, University Mohamed V

Mohamed Ftouhi is Professor of Higher Education at Mohamed V University of Rabat (Geography and Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development), serves on the municipal council and is president of the Environment and Urbanism Commission. Mohamed is coordinator of the team “Research Group in Education and Communication related to Population, Environment and Development (GRECPED), Faculty of Education Sciences. He has also contributed to many projects around environmental education and development and is president of the Association “Moroccan Club for Environment and Development.”

Saïd Mouline, General Director, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE)

Saïd Mouline is an engineer specialised in environmental protection, graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Former Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Mines, he joined the Centre for Renewable Energy Development (CDER) in 1992 as Scientific and Technical Director. In 2009, he was appointed, by HM King Mohammed VI, as General Director of CDER, which became in 2010, the National Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and since 2016, the AMEE. He was President of the Mediterranean Association of National Energy Management Agencies (MEDENER) in 2010, President of the Committee on Energy, Climate and Green Economy at CGEM, as well as Head of Public / Private Partnership in the COP 22 organisation committee.

Abdelaziz Adidi, Director, National Institute of Urban Planning and Urbanism (INAU)


Abdelaziz Adidi holds a PhD in Geography of Development along with numerous other degrees in spatial and urban planning. He is Director of the National Institute of Planning and Development (INAU) since 2008 where he is responsible for sustainable development of territories. Abdelaziz is Institutional Coordinator of the Moroccan-German Research Project “Agriculture as a factor of integration in the megacity of Casablanca” and has also participated in many national and international scientific events. He has authored numerous articles published on territorial development and urban planning.

Hassan Radoine, Director, National School of Architecture, Rabat

Dr. Hassan Radoine is the Director of the National School of Architecture in Rabat since 2013. From 2007-2013, he was Director of the Department of Architecture at Sharjah University in the United Arab Emirates. A graduate of the National School of Architecture of Rabat (DENA) in 1994, Hassan received his PhD in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2006, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Architecture at the Prince Charles Institute of Architecture, London in 1997. He has worked as an expert and international consultant for UNESCO, UN-Habitat, ICCROM, MCC, the World Bank and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and has published several articles in scientific journals and books.

Panel Discussion: “Lighting Heritage Cities – Enlivening spaces for shared heritage”

Mark Burton-Page, LUCI General Director

Mark Burton-Page is General Director of LUCI, the international network of cities on urban lighting based in Lyon, France. He is passionate about how light can change cities, and how cities and their partners in light can benefit from mutual, international exchange of knowledge and know-how. In LUCI, this is mainly made possible through learning and sharing events, projects and publications. Mark is also editor in chief of Cities & Lighting, the LUCI network magazine. Mark studied political science and public policy; he holds a Master’s degree in Management of Local Authorities from Paris University.


Véronique Koulouris, Advisor in Architecture and Lighting Design, National Capital Commission of Quebec

After an architectural training, Véronique Koulouris became interested in the role light plays in architectural design and urban space and obtained her master’s degree from Laval University. Her career led her to become one of the first professionals to work on lighting design projects in Quebec City. She has been in charge of the lighting plan projects of the Quebec National Capital Commission for more than 11 years. As a consultant in architecture and lighting design, she contributes to lighting project planning, design, and implementation. She also works as the principal writer on the Sustainable Light Charter. In 2015, she was invited to sit on an international jury as part of the city.people.light. competition held in Eindhoven, Holland.

Nevena Kovacevic,Lighting Designer, Zenisk Studio Associate


Nevena Kovacevic strives to enhance urban experiences at night for neighbourhoods and cities. With many lighting masterplans delivered worldwide, Nevena focuses on designing strategies and lighting schemes that inspire, empower and provide meaningful experiences for residents and visitors. Over the past decade, Nevena has worked with many villages, towns and cities in the north (Scandinavia) to achieve their goals and build a vision for their future.

She takes lighting masterplans beyond mere illumination, working directly with cities and users through immersive workshops and blending multiple disciplines. She was the lead designer behind Trondheim Waterfronts Lighting Masterplan with its large-scale lighting mockup, and Rjukan UNESCO World Heritage Site – Lighting Masterplan.

Thierry Marsick, Head of Urban Lighting Department, City of Lyon


Nevena Kovacevic strives to enhance urban experiences at night for neighbourhoods and cities. With many lighting masterplans delivered worldwide, Nevena focuses on designing strategies and lighting schemes that inspire, empower and provide meaningful experiences for residents and visitors. Over the past decade, Nevena has worked with many villages, towns and cities in the north (Scandinavia) to achieve their goals and build a vision for their future.

She takes lighting masterplans beyond mere illumination, working directly with cities and users through immersive workshops and blending multiple disciplines. She was the lead designer behind Trondheim Waterfronts Lighting Masterplan with its large-scale lighting mockup, and Rjukan UNESCO World Heritage Site – Lighting Masterplan.

Carole Purnelle, Portugal Heritage Association & Artistic Director of OCUBO


Carole Purnelle began her career in Project Management in the areas of Design and IT. In 2004, she founded the studio OCUBO, specializing in cultural projects of interactive multimedia and video mapping. A recognized artist in Portugal and abroad, she has a common theme in her work: “Humanity”, which is reflected in her works, because she considers art a means of global expression. She founded and produced the LUMINA Festival of Light in Cascais (Portugal) which has seven editions and created the Spectrum project within Creative Europe, which leads national and international creative projects.

Open Conference Sessions

Track 1

Youssef Khoumrany, Head of Business Development – Northern Africa, ENGIE North Africa

Youssef Khoumrany is an engineer in Electrical and Energetic Engineering with a degree from the Ecole “Ingénieur 2000” in Paris. Since 2016, he has served as Development Director for ENGIE North Africa in charge of ENGIE Group energy services activities for the region (Morocco-Algeria-Tunisia-Libya-Egypt). He began his career in 2004 in France in the ENGIE group (formerly GDF SUEZ) specialized in energy services and energy efficiency. From 2004 to 2007, he held various functional and operational positions: as operational manager for service contracts in the industrial sector in western France (Michelin, Philips, etc.), then in the Paris region.

Patrick Duguet, Head of Public Lighting, City of Paris

Patrick Duguet graduated as an engineer from the Ecole des Pont ParisTech. He has been in charge of public and flood lighting in Paris since 2013. He manages the energy performance contract (EPC) and is also administrator and regional president of the French Lighting Association (AFE).

Track 2

Marion Vilain, Deputy Head, Public Lighting Department, City of Strasbourg


The Public Lighting Department of the City of Strasbourg manages more than 30 000 luminous points for its public lighting, facade and Christmas illuminations. Marion Vilain is in charge of the design office and the energy effciency programme. The Public Lighting Department of Strasbourg is certified ISO 50 001 on energy management since summer 2018.

Pia Rantanen, Urban design manager, Urban Environment Division, City of Helsinki

Pia Rantanen has an Architecture degree from Tampere University of Technology and a Master of Arts degree from Aalto University. She has also studied lighting design and industrial design at Aalto University. While working at the City of Helsinki for the past nine years, she has specialised in urban design and cityscape, bridges, public art and light art, outdoor lighting and service design.

Helene Qvist, Smart City Coordinator, Albertslund Kommune

Helene Qvist is working as Smart City Consultant in the City of Albertslund, right outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. With a wide arrange of projects in the city, Helene’s job is to keep track of autonomous busses, smart lighting projects, sensor driven waste management etc. The projects usually span from innovative public-private partnerships to getting the operating staff engaged. Helene is also the municipality’s link to the DOLL Living Lab, where the city tests smart urban services together with private companies and the citizens.

Koen Putteman, Head of Assets & Grid Architecture Public Lighting, Fluvius

Koen Putteman has a Master’s Degree in Engineer Electromechanics with over ten years’ experience in the Public Lighting sector. Within Fluvius, he focuses on the architecture, engineering and life cycle of public lighting. This includes the preparation of a long-term vision, researching and implementing new technologies, and design and maintenance rules. He also acts as Chairman of the Working Group Transport Lighting of the Belgian Institute for Illumination (IBE-BIV). He is also a Belgian representative for European standardisation of street lighting and is active as member of the Committee on public lighting at Synergrid.

Nezha Larhrissi, Head of Public & Government Affairs Africa, Signify (ex Philips Lighting)

Nezha Larhrissi has more than 19 years of experience in the field of technology and sustainable development among the corporate and government sectors. She is Head of Public and Government Affairs Africa for Signify (former Philips Lighting) responsible for building trustworthy relationships with Governments and establishing the company’s thought Leadership in Connected Lighting and IoT (Internet of Things). From 2013 to 2017, she served as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment in Morocco. Before this, Nezha spent 14 years at Nokia Solutions & Networks. Nezha holds a master’s degree in engineering from Institut National des Postes et Télécommunications, Rabat and is currently enrolled in a PhD on economic and social impact of Smart Micor-Grids

Ingemar Johansson, Head of Public Lighting, City of Gothenburg

Ingemar Johansson is an engineer from Carlsberg School in Kalmar and marketing economist from the IHM Business School in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been working as the head of street lighting, traffic signals and AC/DC power station for trams for the City of Gothenburg for the last 14 years. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of design and maintenance of public spaces, from preliminary stages through to commissioning projects.

Andreas Milsta, Senior lighting designer, partner and manager, White Arkitekterc

Andreas takes a keen interest in ‘experiences’, and his work as a lighting designer sees him creating exciting and memorable environments with a distinctively high level of technical expertise, centered around people. Andreas has a broad range of lighting technology skills, a strong design ability and extensive experience of workshop work, market events and design and dialogue methods pertaining to urban development matters. With over fifteen years of experience in the lighting industry, Andreas works on interior and exterior lighting projects at all stages of the construction process and has extensive experience of organizing lighting festivals.

Zoltán Pap, Managing Director, Budapest Municipality, BDK-Budapest Flood and Public Lighting Co.


Zoltán Pap is graduated in 1983 with a Master of Economics in Budapest. Having spent several years in public administration, tourism, banking and industry he joined as managing director BDK Budapest Flood and Public Lighting Co Ltd in 2011. BDK is a joint venture company of the Municipality of Budapest and the Electricity Company of Budapest owned by RWE and EnBV. BDK is responsible for the operation and reconstruction of the public lighting, decorative lighting and christmas lighting of Budapest. Under his leadership, the company has significantly contributed to the increase of energy saving reconstructions in the city, among others through the implementation of a 7000 LED exchange project. With his contribution, the city approved a Lighting Masterplan in 2015. He is representing Budapest in LUCI since 2011.

Irina Tsvetkova, Chief Specialist, Main Architectural and Planning Department of the Moscow Committee Architecture and Urban Planning SBI (State Budgetary Institution)


Irina Tsvetkova is an architect, a member of the Union of Designers of Russia, a laureate of the 2006 Moscow award in the field of literature and art, and a member of the Arts Council of the Architectural Council of the Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning. Irina is a leading expert in the field of architectural lighting and has more than 20 works created in groups of authors. She took an active part in the development of the concept of architectural lighting of the “Moscow-City” complex of buildings, as well as other unique objects in the sections “Architectural lighting” in integrated landscape design projects.

Sami Ewaida, Head of City Beautification Section, Ramallah Municipality

Born in Nablus, Palestine in 1976, Sami Ewaida graduated with a degree in architecture from An-Najah National Univercity in 1999 and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm-Sweden in 2005. Sami is currently Head of City Beautification Section at Ramallah Municipality, where he has managed several significant beautification projects in Ramallah City; this means full responsibility for designing and directing the implementation of projects such as gardens, parks, streets and squares. He is also responsible for all the festive and architectural lighting projects in the city.

Conference Session: The Lights of Rabat

Abderrahmane Mejdoubi, Head of Public Lighting Department, Rabat Commune

Abderrahmane Mejdoubi holds a degree in civil engineering with a specialization in public lighting. In addition to heading the public lighting department of Rabat, Abderrahmane is coordinator of the Moroccan Network of Energy Management in Public Lighting (REMME) which brings together about twenty Moroccan municipalities. Previously, Abderrahmane was Head of Communication and Informatics Division at the Rabat Hassan District (2003-2004), Head of Public Lighting Department in the Rabat Hassan Commune (2001-2003) and in charge of construction projects in Rabat Hassan Commune (late 1990s).

Abderrahmane Mejdoubi

Vincent Thiesson, Lighting Designer & Founder, Agence ON

Vincent Thiesson is a lighting designer, trained as an architect at the National School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville. He founded Agence ON in 2003 and has worked on multiple projects across France and Morocco with a team of urban planners, architects, engineers and lighting designers. Since 2008, he has given lectures and conferences at, among others, the School of Landscape Architecture in Blois, the Higher School of Landscape, Engineering and Architecture of Geneva and the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon. Vincent is an active member of the French Association of Lighting Designers (ACE), and an associated member of LUCI.

Mohamed Es-semmar, Director of Historical Heritage and Archaeology, Agency for the development of the Bou Regreg Valley

Mohamed Es-semmar is director of Historical Heritage and Archeology at the Agency for the development of the Bouregreg Valley. He holds a doctorate in Islamic history and archaeology from the University Mohamed V and a doctorate in Islamic archaeology from Sorbonne University, France. Prior to his current role, Mr. Es-semmar worked for the cultural and conservation department of Dar el Mrini as well as the Ministry of Culture of Rabat. He completed various archaeological digs including the discovery of the Ribat Tachfine aux Oudayas archaeological site and has presented as a speaker at various national and international conference on heritage, history, and archaeology.


Panel Discussion: “Inclusive light – building societal bonds and bridges through Light”

Cathy Johnston, Group Manager, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

Cathy Johnston is currently a Senior Manager at Glasgow City Council who leads the Development Plan group delivering on key strategic objectives for the city including shaping Glasgow’s City Development Plan, Open Space Strategy and inputting in to the Clydeplan for Glasgow and Clyde Valley region. She is responsible for managing a range of multidisciplinary teams championing high quality city design, sustainable transport and nature-based solutions in urban regeneration and development. She is a landscape architect and urban planner and was elected as a Fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2015.

Mikkel Bille, Associate Professor, Roskilde University

Mikkel Bille holds a PhD in Anthropology from University College London. His research focuses on the cross-cultural meanings and practices with lighting, particularly in domestic areas, based on fieldwork in Jordan and Denmark. Mikkel is currently project leader of the Living with Nordic Lighting project, which explores lighting design practices and user experience of atmospheres in urban settings in Scandinavia. Notable publications include “An Anthropology of Luminosity” in Journal of Material Culture, special issue on “Staging Atmospheres” in Emotion, Space and Society, and a forthcoming monograph, “Living with Light” on lighting practices in Denmark.

Isabelle Corten

Isabelle Corten, Lighting Designer and founder of Social Light Movement

Light and the city are central to the preoccupations of Isabelle Corten. Isabelle does not limit herself simply to designing the lighting or illumination for a site; she adds that extra something that is the hallmark of a resolutely political approach. As architect and town planner, specialising in public spaces and lighting, she has worked on the redevelopment of public spaces in Belgium and abroad. She created her own practice, Radiance35 in 2001, a lighting agency of +/-10 people. Isabelle Corten is the President of Lighting Designer without borders (cLSF), co-founder of SLM (Social Light Movement) and member of LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International.

Young-Su Kim, Director of Urban Light Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government

Young-Su Kim is Director for Lighting Division of Seoul Metropolitan Government. His main job is to prevent light pollution in Seoul and to create a beautiful city landscape through lighting. Lately, he has been working to establish the new lighting masterplan with division members for the coming decade of the city. Young-Su also has 30 years of experience in the construction of city infrastructures such as the spread of electric vehicles, planning green energy policies, and city metro construction.

Christina Vildinge, Strategic Designer, White Arkitekter and Lecturer, University of Gothenburg

Christina Vildinge is a designer with a background in business management and design methodologies in strategic processes for sustainable development. She also teaches at the School of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University. Christina has deep knowledge of the aesthetic experience and learning as a creator of value and innovation in the encounter between the physical material and social life. She was engaged as researcher in the EU mapping of design as driver of innovation and growth and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on the role of design as change agent for sustainable city development at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

“Pathways to Smart Urban Lighting Study”: Outcomes & Outlooks

Don Slater, Associate Professor, Configuring Light & London School of Economics and Political Science

Don Slater is a professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and co-founder of the Configuring Light/Staging the Social research group. Configuring Light promotes collaborations between social research and lighting design, particularly in public realm lighting, developing new methodologies, research projects and training programmes to improve the social knowledge base for urban lighting and planning.

Elettra Bordonaro, Lighting Designer, Light Follows Behvaiour

Elettra Bordonaro is founder and creative director at Light Follows Behaviour, a lighting design studio aiming to design with people and for people. Elettra has a background as an architect and earned a PhD in 2006 at the University of Architecture in Turin. She has focused her attention on light and worked as lighting designer consultant on masterplan, exterior and public realm lighting. She has taught at the University of Rome, Milan and Turin and is currently visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence, USA. Elettra is co-founder of the Social Light Movement (SLM) and is a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics with the Configuring Light Research group.