Mario Aymerich is Director in Environment and Regional Development, Projects Directorate in the EIB. Graduate studies in Civil Engineering and post-graduate/doctorate studies in Transport & Urban Planning at Polytechnic Universities of Catalunya (UPC) and Madrid (UPM). Transport Engineer at Metropolitan Council of Barcelona (81-84). Public Servant at the Municipality of Barcelona (84-88), in charge of the Urban Traffic Control System. Part-time professor at UPC (Traffic Management, 83-89) and UPM (Transport Planning & Economics, 90-95). Engineering Executive (88-98) in a private multi-national Intelligent Transport Systems leading company (SICE S.A.), with strong participation in European Commission’s research projects; and Manager of SICE's UK-branch (95-98).

Author of more than 50 articles, some 100 presentations and co-author of 5 technical books. As a PJ engineer (joined the EIB in January 1999) he was involved in the project cycle of some 200 operations related of large-scale infrastructure projects, notably in the transport and urban development sectors. He was successively appointed Head of Urban Transport and Other Urban infrastructure Division and Director of the ERD Department. An area of his particular interests has always been the analysis of technical risks related to complex projects (in particular PPPs).

In his current position he is acquiring interesting familiarity with very diverse fields (e.g. water, waste, natural resources, social housing, forestry and agribusiness) with the common denominator of all having extraordinary potentials in relation to climate change resilience.

 pic VassalloJosé Manuel Vassallo is Associate Professor at the Transportation Department at the Civil Engineering School (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), and a member of the academic staff of the Transportation Research Centre (TRANSyT) at the UPM where he leads the transport management and financing research area.

Presently, José Manuel Vassallo lectures “Transport Economics and Planning” and “Infrastructure Management and Financing” in Madrid. During recent years he has specialised on transportation management and financing, infrastructure regulation, socioeconomic evaluation of projects, and public-private partnerships. In his academic career, he has published 6 books and more than 25 papers in prestigious journals.


José Manuel Vassallo has also received several awards for his research and publications. He has also worked for several institutions such as the World Bank, the Government of Chile, the Andean Corporation of Development, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transportation.


The Research Team consist of:

ana alisesAna Alises is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) where she got a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering in the Transportation area awarded with honordistinction for achieving the maximum grade allowed in several courses.

After her BSc. degree in Civil Engineering from UPM, she began to work as a research engineer in the Port Research Laboratory of UPM where she worked in small scale physical models for maritime works management and performance, technical reports and post-processing tools programs. During this period her research activity was focused on risk and reliability assessment for maritime infrastructure management.

Recently she was appointed research at the Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT) to work with Professor Jose Manuel Vassallo. Now, her research activity is focused on freight transport modelling.

EIB Co-Tutor

Mario Aymerich, Environment and Regional Development, Projects Directorate EIB.

Main Academic Tutor (UPM)

Prof. Jose Manuel Vassallo, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Young researcher (UPM)

Ana Alises, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.