Lieve Declercq is CEO at technical service provider SPIE Nederland B.V., which plays a key role in making the Netherlands more sustainable as a specialist in the installation sector. She also took this sustainable direction at drinking water company Vitens, where she was chairman of the board for five years.
Lieve studied Technical Business Administration in Leuven and obtained her Master’s degree. She worked for ExxonMobil for ten years and then for the Van Gansewinkel Groep (Maltha Glasrecycling) for 12.5 years.
In her spare time, she volunteers for Women on Wings, a social enterprise that creates employment opportunities for poor women in rural India.
Machteld de Kroon is the Managing Director of TNO’s Buildings, Infrastructure and Maritime unit. This unit focuses on innovations for the transition to a safe and sustainable living environment. Machteld has over 30 years of work experience in the area of technological innovation. She is strongly driven by realizing innovative applications of cutting edge technologies, and fascinated by the challenge to line up technology push and market pull in an R&D environment.Machteld de Kroon is the Managing Director of TNO’s Buildings, Infrastructure and Maritime unit. This unit focuses on innovations for the transition to a safe and sustainable living environment. Machteld has over 30 years of work experience in the area of technological innovation. She is strongly driven by realizing innovative applications of cutting edge technologies, and fascinated by the challenge to line up technology push and market pull in an R&D environment.
Robert Dijksterhuis is the Envoy for Sustainable Building at the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, a position created after the launch of the European Green Deal. He negotiates with European member states, the European Commission and public and private stakeholders on the new policies to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, on the road towards climate neutrality by 2050. Previously he was manager of the spatial policy department. He started his career in 1991 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held a number of positions centering on sustainable development.
Mr. Pau Garcia is a mechanical engineer, graduate from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and holder of an MSc in Building Services Engineering from Loughborough University.
He has worked as a building services engineer in the private sector both in Spain and in the UK.
For the last 11 years he has been working in different positions within the European Commission. First as a project officer in charge of projects supporting innovation and policy on energy efficiency in buildings, and then as a Desk Officer in DG-REGIO managing programmes from the European Regional Funds. Since January 2018 he has been working as a policy officer within DG-ENERGY unit B3 “Energy Efficiency: Buildings and Products”, mostly dealing with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
Assoc. Prof. Pawel Wargocki (54) graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology in 1990. He received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark in 1998, where he has been teaching and performing research ever since. He has >25 years of experience in research on human requirements in indoor environments. He is best known for his seminal work, demonstrating that poor indoor environmental quality affects office work and learning performance. Other work influenced the requirements for ventilation and air cleaning. Recent research includes studies on emissions from humans, sleep quality, and performance of green buildings and gas-phase air cleaning and air quality in aircraft. He has collaborated with leading research institutions, universities, and industrial partners worldwide, including the National University of Singapore, Jiaotong University in Shanghai, Syracuse Center of Excellence, United Technologies, Velux, and Google. He stayed as a guest professor at Pufendorf Institute at Lund University, Waseda University, and the National University of Singapore. He was President and long-standing board member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), Vice President of Indoor Air 2008, and Chair of ASHRAE committees. He was a President of the Academy of Indoor Air Sciences. He has received several awards for his work, including the Rockwool Award for Young Researchers, ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Award, Environmental Health Award, Distinguished Service Award, ISIAQ’s Yaglou Award, and Best Paper Awards in Indoor Air. He published extensively.