Maja Bakran

Deputy Director-General, DG MOVE

The Role of Infrastructure under the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy

Ms. Maja Bakran has held various positions in the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs between 1996 and 2016. Based in Brussels from 1999 until 2011, she was responsible for horizontal coordination of the Croatian accession negotiations. In 2011, she moved back to Zagreb and was responsible for setting up and management of the system of national coordination of European Affairs. In 2015 she became Assistant Minister for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
On 1 December 2016, Ms. Bakran became Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, responsible for coordinating the activities related to investment, innovative and sustainable transport, in support of the Commission President’s priorities.

Paolo Ciccarelli

Head of Unit C5, DG DEVCO

The Role of Infrastructure under the EU-Africa Strategy

Paolo Ciccarelli is an Architect who has specialised in development cooperation in the private and public sectors. He has more than 35 years of experience in managing a broad range of infrastructure projects in Europe and Africa. His experience of living and working in Somalia, and in EU Delegations in Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia enable him to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. Mr. Ciccarelli spent more than 25 years with The European Commission where he gained experience in policy and strategy negotiation in international forums as well as project appraisal and implementation in many sectors, particularly in the urban development, water and transport sectors.
Mr Ciccarelli is now working in DG DEVCO as Head of Unit "Cities, Local Authorities, Digitalisation, Infrastructure" managing a team of about 25 people.