A Specialist Transport Services Consultancy

Global Events Mobility & Management Solutions (GEMMS) is a Transport Consultancy specializing in "hands-on" solutions for Mega Event and Urban Transport Planning and Operations.

GEMMS was created by the clear market need for professional advisory services in Transport and related areas of Operations. It combines the depth of knowledge in all specific areas of Transport with the long, hands-on experience in a large number of different Mega Events environments.

GEMMS comprehensive spectrum of services enables the development of optimal approaches and solutions, tailor-made to the specific client case.


Our core expertise

GEMMS is in a unique position to offer comprehensive, integrated, innovative and also pragmatic solutions by capitalizing on its core areas of know-how:

  • Bidding
  • Mega Events Organization & Delivery
  • Operational Readiness & Testing
  • Skills’ Development
  • Transfer of know


About us

GEMMS’ solid background and capability is complemented by a proven track record in delivering winning transport solutions in challenging Mega Events situations.

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Our Values

Through the years of experience we have defined our four core values which underpin all our endeavors.

  • Professional Integrity
    Pursuing excellence by setting challenging targets without compromises
  • Innovation
    Thinking out of the box and creating new concepts
  • Practicality
    Leading throughout with relentless pro-activeness and sense of urgency
  • Speed of Execution
    Leading throughout with relentless pro-activeness and sense of urgency

Our Approach

Our approach ensures that any Bid or Organizing Committee acquires core expertise proven in the field as well as extensive management capability that can complement, support and lead through the challenges of operations planning and service delivery. GEMMS can be engaged during any phase of the Mega Event cycle, including:

  • Conceptualization and Feasibility
  • Bidding
  • Strategy
  • Organization
  • Event Management/Operational Planning
  • Venuisation and Operational Readiness
  • Crisis Management
  • Games Monitoring and Benchmarking
  • Transfer of Know-how

Transport Scope

Transport in Mega Events is a multi-dimensional, wide-scale program.
GEMMS offers a full scope of content that leaves no gap for any management team.
An indicative set of drop-down lists is illustrated below, where every parameter mentioned is based on proven, hands-on experience, both during pre-Games Phase as well as Games-time.

Master Planning and Monitoring

  • Transport Infrastructure Requirements and Risk Assessment
  • Public Transport Analysis
  • Transport Facilities (Hubs - Terminals - Depots)
  • Planning Integration
  • Command and Control

Transport Organization across the entire cycle

  • Client Transport Systems
    Athletes - Media - VIP - Technical Officials - Sponsors - Workforce
  • Car Fleet Operations
  • Bus Operations
  • Venue Transport Operations
  • Vehicle Access and Parking Permits Scheme
  • Transport Overlay
  • Accessibility Planning

Traffic Management

  • Event Route Network  Planning
  • Event Traffic Dedicated Lanes
  • Network Management
  • Event and City Signage
  • Parking Planning

Transport Modeling

  • Demand-supply Analysis
  • Strategic
  • Global
  • Local
  • Bus Scheduling and Rostering

Transport Communication

  • Strategic Communication
  • Demand Management
  • City Operations
  • Event-specific

Ceremonies Transport Arrangements (Baku 2015)

Olympic Lanes Operetations (Athens 2004)

Games Driver Training Programme I (Baku 2015)

Games Driver Training Programme II (Baku 2015)

Mega Events Experience

GEMMS’ team has undertaken numerous assignments of varying scope, in Mega Events Bids and Organizing Committees around the world. A summary of the assignments is illustrated below.

Mega Events Bidding

  • Applicant File
    Tokyo 2020 - Annecy 2018
  • Applicant / Candidate Cities Benchmarking
    Tokyo 2020
  • Candidacy File
    Tokyo 2020 - Annecy 2018 - Rio 2016 - Paris 2012
  • Olympic Transport Plan
    Tokyo 2020 - Annecy 2018 - Rio 2016 - Paris 2012
  • Shadow Evaluation Commission
    Tokyo 2020 - Annecy 2018 - Rio 2016 - Paris 2012
  • IOC Technical Evaluation Commission Presentation
    Tokyo 2020 - Annecy 2018 - Rio 2016 - Paris 2012

Mega Events Organization

  • Baku 2015 European Games
    • Transport Management outsourcing 
    • Conceptualization
    • Planning and Organizing 
    • Execution and Delivery
    • Testing 
    • Transfer of know-how and coaching
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
    • Progress Monitoring commissioned by IOC
  • London 2012 Olympic Games
    • Transfer of Know-how Workshops
    • Organizational Structure Design and follow up
    • Progress Monitoring commissioned by IOC
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
    • Transfer of Know how Workshops -
    • Transport and Venues Operations
    • Progress Monitoring commissioned by IOC
    • Model Venue Planning
    • Operational Planning
    • Venue Teams Training
  • Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games
    • Operational Readiness Assessment
  • Athens 2004 Olympic Games
    • Conceptualization
    • Planning / Organizing
    • Executing / Delivering
    • Decommissioning
    • Knowledge Transfer and debriefing
  • Salt-Lake City 2002 
    Winter Olympic Games
    • Monitoring and Benchmarking
    • Secondment
  • Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
    • Monitoring and Benchmarking
    • Secondment

The Team

GEMMS’ core team of professionals has acquired an extensive, in-depth experience by delivering successfully in challenging transport assignments.


Panos Protopsaltis

Program Leadership

Work History

Panos has more than twenty-five years of experience in Mega Events, Transportation/Logistics, Management Consulting and Investment Banking in top management positions and international business environments.

Olympic Experience

  • Transport Director - Baku 2015 Operation Committee for the 1st European Games
  • Olympic Games secondment, monitoring, analysis, and benchmarking for Sydney 2000    and Salt Lake City 2002
  • General Director, Transport (1999-2004), Athens 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
  • Senior Transport Expert for the IOC
  • Senior advisor to the IOC for the Transport Technical Manual
  • Key assignments of Olympic Transport for Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, London 2012    and Sochi 2014 Organising Committees
  • Olympic Bids for Paris 2012, Rio 2016, Annecy 2018 and Tokyo 2020.

Education and Awards

Panos holds a PhD in Engineering (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and is an MBA graduate from London Business School. He speaks English, French, Italian and Greek.

He has received several international distinctions such as the Olympic Order by the IOC and the sir Colin Buchanan Award.


Dean L. Dowdy

Senior Associate

Work History

Dean carries a wealth of Transportation experience, mainly on Mega events as well as Express Postal Services and Logistics. He was Planning Manager, in Athens 2004 and Head of Operations, Sport Complexes in Doha 2006 Asian Games. After the Olympics and the Asian Games, he worked for DPD/Geopost Express Postal Services & Logistics as Operations Director and then as Head of Venue Transport Operations, Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee for the 1st European Games.

Areas of expertise

Venues Operational Planning & Management. Venue Transport Management for Mega Events. Management Consulting. Logistics & Fleet Management.


Roula Kokkota

Senior Associate

Work History

Roula, a Transport Engineer by training, has a solid track record in management positions in Consulting and Consumer Goods. She was a Transport Strategic Planning Manager, later a Venue Manager in Athens 2004 and Head of Traffic and Transit Operations in Baku 2015 Operation Committee for the 1st European Games.

Areas of expertise

Transport Strategic Planning; Model Venue Operations Planning; Venues Operational Planning; Venue Teams Training; Venue Management.


John Stavropoulos

Senior Associate

Work History

John has a long track record in senior management in the Transport industry in various multinationals. He was a Paralympics Transport Manager, Manager of Venue Transport Operations in Athens 2004 and Head of Client Transport Systems in Baku 2015 Operation Committee for the 1st European Games.

Areas of expertise

Transport Operational Planning; Advisor to the IOC for the Transport Technical Manual; Vehicle Access and Parking Permits Expert; Transport Management for mega events.

GEMMS’ core team is supported by a number of specialist professionals with substantial experience in Transport Planning and implementation.

Contact Info



Global Events Mobility
& Management Solutions

6 Themistokli Dervi,

PAPYROS BUILDING, 1st floor, office A5

1066 Nicosia, Cyprus

Tel: +357 22 398759

Email: info@gemmsconsulting.com

Website: www.gemmsconsulting.com

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