Joachim earned his Master degree in political sciences with a thesis on Local Government facing the Challenge of Mobility in 1992. Since that time, he has been active on all fronts of sustainable mobility as secretary of the bicycle advocacy GRACQ and founding member of ProVélo (Brussels). He continued his career in a regional consultancy working for the EU THERMIE programme, dealing with energy efficiency and land use planning. He then joined the general secretariat of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), where he focused on public transport organization, statistics, marketing and product innovation, until he was nominated Deputy Head of Staff of the Minister of Transport of the Walloon Region (Belgium), from 1999 to 2002. In that position, he was involved in the supervision of the regional public transport company, the national railways policy, in the elaboration of numerous municipal mobility plans, the support to mobility NGOs and the launch of the first Car Sharing scheme in Belgium. He then gained hands-on experience in as manager of the Geneva trans-border region public transport fare consortium.
From 2007 to 2011, Joachim was the transport & mobility expert of the UN-HABITAT Municipal Spatial Planning Support Program in Kosovo, where he advised several municipalities and the central institutions on transport planning issues, the organization of public transport and the promotion of “active mobility”, i.e. walking and cycling.
He now is Senior Strategic Analyst with STIB-MIVB, the public transport operator of Brussels, where he lives with his wife and three children. Joachim also takes special interest in West African urban transport and mobility issues, which he has studied during several visits over recent years.