Adrien Licha joined ALDA in February 2022 as coordinator of the Secretariat Office.
Fully convinced that sustainable development has to be reached at the local level, he has been a local government advocate since 2012, both in his professional and private life.
In previous positions he had the chance to work along many local governments from the Middle East and Western Asia, as well as with European national associations involved in decentralized cooperation. Being based in Istanbul for 5 years, he has gained extensive knowledge of local governance in Turkey and contributed to the recognition of the importance of local governments hosting Syrian refugees. During his stay in Turkey, he managed to learn Turkish and he is currently learning Arabic.
His research areas include local governance, participatory processes and city diplomacy, with a particular focus on Turkey and the Middle East.
Originally from France, he is member of the twinning committee between his home town, in the South of France and the city of Troyan, in Bulgaria. After moving to Belgium, he became Vice-President of the Consultative Council on European Affairs of the commune of Ixelles, which aims at raising awareness on European policies at the local level and promoting social inclusion. More generally, being a part of the international municipal movement has allowed him to observe the diversity of local democracy all around the world.