Our team

SynappCity is an independent consultancy founded by Christoph-Rat Fischer, an experienced project manager. Our growing team is including the Polish political journalist Zbigniew Stefanik, specialist of disability issues. Benoît Trabucco joined us in 2017 and brought us his passion for smart cities and electric mobility. He was elected as best trainee of his year by his school!

This dynamic international team brings together a deep knowledge of the German, French and Polish culture – including the different working cultures – to consulting. We are native speakers in German, French and Polish.

A distinctive feature of our project is the visual impairment of Zbigniew, who has been blind from an early age. This gives us a unique understanding of what it means to integrate people with physical impairment and thus we developped a dedicated service offer. A detailed overview of Christoph’s, Zbigniew’s and Benoît’s profiles is available below.

Christoph Rat-Fischer

Independant Consultant, Founder

Political scientist, project manager

  • Master of Arts in EU-Work and French-German cooperation (IEP Strasbourg)
  • Diploma of Political Sciences (IEP Strasbourg)


During his entire career, Christoph was involved in the development of local infrastructure strategies, such as the design of green neighborhoods, port or campus projects or connecting the City of Freiburg i. Br. to the French high-speed railway TGV Rhin-Rhone.

Starting as a project manager in the public sector and later in the private sphere in the fields of industrial research and development, he experienced and analyzed both the potentials and challenges of complex partnerships, thereby acting as a liaison between conflicts of interest. Christoph is currently appointed as a qualified scientific evaluator for the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche).

After studying political science at the Institut d’Études Politiques from the University of Strasbourg (also known as Sciences-Po Strasbourg), he also spent one year at the Technical University of Dresden, focusing on the fundamentals of urban geography as well as Slavic studies. He also completed a master’s degree in European Affairs and French-German Cooperation, graduating at the top of his class at the same institute.

Christoph started his career doing internships at the mayor’s office in Freiburg i. Br. and at the district administration office (LRA) in Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald. He then worked as an EU Officer for the administration of Mulhouse (France) and its urban area before taking a position as R&D project manager at the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) in Karlsruhe (Germany) for six years.

List of publications

You will find an overview here.

Working languages

  • English
  • French (mother tongue)
  • German (mother tongue)


christoph.rat-fischer (at) synappcity.com

Tel.: +49 176 63 66 50 91

Zbigniew Stefanik

Associated Expert, Political Journalist

Political scientist, Visual impairment specialist

  • Diploma of the College of Europe (Natolin)
  • Master of Arts in EU-Work and French-Polish cooperation (IEP Strasbourg)
  • Diploma of Political Sciences (IEP Strasbourg)


With many publications and blog posts (for which he won severals awards), Zbigniew independently analyses Polish politics with a particular focus on the Polish-Russian neighborhood policy. He is also a media correspondent (radio, TV, web) for the French government and the EU.

Having worked as an assistant for several members of the Polish parliament and as an expert for the public finance committee, he is well-connected in Warsaw and familiar with the decision-making processes there. Building bridges between the “old” and “new” Europe is his daily challenge.

Working languages

  • French (mother tongue)
  • Polish (mother tongue)


zbigniew.stefanik (at) synappcity.com

Tel.: +33 663 62 28 81


Our trainee of the year 2017!

Sharing knowledge is at the heart of our activities. We were very happy to welcome Benoît in the team in our first full year of activity. His motivation and his enthusiasm were rewarded by his College: we are proud of his designation as “Best internship of his year” in 2017! Bravo Benoît!

Sustainable development strategies and e-mobility

  • MBA Management (Sup de Co La Rochelle)
  • Diploma of Marketing & Communication (ISEG Strasbourg)
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