Since the advent of the Amsterdam Fibre from Home Initiative, Frans-Anton Vermast MBA (1969) has been involved as a European public and government affairs advisor (including regulatory issues). His immense knowledge and expertise on Open Access Communication Infrastructure and its services is highly sought-after by local governments globally.
Mr Vermast is also the Senior Strategy Advisor for Low Carbon and Connected Urban Planning at Amsterdam Smart City since 2008. He is an expert in searching for the opportunities of novel appliances and services that make cities a more habitable place for it’s citizens where it is pleasant to live, work and play.
Furthermore, he specialises in developing Smart Cities as open and user centric platforms as well as holistic and cross silo approaches through collaborative bottom up approaches and citizens engagement. Apart from best and next practises Mr Vermast is not afraid to share worst practises and lessons learned to prevent other cities making the same mistakes.
His objective for working in projects like Smart Work, Smart Grids, Smart Living, Smart City and Electrical Vehicles is to create a more sustainable and liveable environment and boost social and economic benefits that will result in more happy citizens.
From this role Mr Vermast is active in several roles within City Protocol: member of Board of Directors, thematic Area Director Society and Director Public Affairs.
Mr Vermast has extensive Dutch, European and global experience in facilitating the participation of local governments, municipalities and communities in these initiatives.
He is a visiting speaker at Leiden University & Radboud University Nijmegen and guest lecturer at the Universities of Applied Sciences of the Hague and HAN. He also has a great global training experience both professional and as volunteer for the Liberals.