Speakers - EIP Water Conference 2016

The list below is in alphabetical order.

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Jos Brils is working at Deltares as a senior adviser in the areas: (1) sustainable Natural Resources Management, with a specific focus on sediment; (2) science-policy interfacing (SPI), including international networking and (3) ecosystem services (ES). He initiated and successfully coordinated two, EC funded, (integrated) soil/sediment/water system management related projects: the FP5 Thematic Network project SedNet – that continued as self-supporting European Sediment Network – and the FP6 Coordination Action project RISKBASE on risk-informed management of European river basins. Core in both projects was to connect the related science, policy and management communities. Within SedNet this remains an on-going challenge. He initiated the Dutch Community of Practice on ES. Jos was member of the scientific committee of the WFD Common Implementation Strategy SPI ES event and participates since ca. 10 years in the EC WFD related SPI discussions. He is special guest in the informal European contaminated soil policy makers network Common Forum and adviser of the Journal of Soils and Sediments (JSS). Jos has been participant of several scientific advisory committees/boards of international conferences and of studies related to (risk-informed) natural resources management. Jos has given numerous (invited) keynote lectures on sustainable (risk-informed) natural resource management at national and international workshops, conferences (a.o. EC DG Environment Green Week 2012) and symposia and chaired sessions at several of these events.

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Member of the Executive Board, Wetsus

Professor dr.ir. Cees J.N. Buisman holds a MsC and PhD degree from Wageningen University. Currently, since 2003, he is Professor at the sub department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University in the field of biological reuse and recovery technology. The current focal point is on bio-electrochemistry and biological induced solid production, both for recovery of energy, chemicals and minerals.  Before joining the university, he has held the position of Director Technology and business development of Paques bv from 1990 till 2003. He was responsible for the introduction of several environmental technologies. He combines his position of Professor with his position as Executive Board Member at Wetsus, "European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology". The objective of Wetsus is to create a business driven international multidisciplinary research program. Mr. Buisman is member of 'The Netherlands Academy of Technology & Innovation', several Advisory Boards and Supervisory Boards. For more information: www.wetsus.eu & www.ete.wur.nl

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Resolute Marine
CEBERIO, Olivier

Olivier Ceberio is Chief of Operations at Resolute Marine. Resolute Marine is developing the world’s first wave-driven desalination system (trade named “Wave2OTM”) that operates solely on mechanical power and thus requires no connections to an electrical grid. Resolute Marine have received numerous awards related to the Wave2O™ technologies. This includes the Irish Maritime Excellence Award, the WssTP SME award and the IMERC “Innovator of the Year”. Previously, Olivier Ceberio worked for McKinsey & Company and the World Bank on projects that focused on leadership development and rural healthcare and education. Olivier Ceberio was also a "rocket scientist" at Starsem S.A. where he directed the satellite launch team on Soyuz, the rocket that launched Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin, and managed the development, production and inaugural launch of a revolutionary new rocket system. Olivier is a dual MBA/MPA graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Kennedy School of Government and obtained his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Aéronautique et Espace and his engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Mécanique et Microtechniques.

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Isle Utilities
CLARK, Piers

Piers Clark is Isle Utilities’ Chairman.  Isle is a technical, specialist water consultancy with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, the USA, Australia, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Piers was previously the Managing Director for the private equity fund Global Water Development Partners (GWDP), a Blackstone portfolio company. From 2010-14 he was the Commercial Director at Thames Water, the largest of the UK water companies (serving 15 million people). Piers was responsible for all of Thames Water’s non-regulated business activities. Piers also served as Interim Asset Management Director for Thames Water. Prior to joining Thames Water, Piers was Managing Director of Mouchel’s Regulated Industries leading a team of 3,000 staff providing engineering consultancy and operational maintenance services in the water, energy, environment and rail sectors.  He is a Board director for the IFC-backed Haiti-based water kiosk business Dlo Haiti, and is an Advisor to the Canadian water private equity fund XPV. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering.

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Mayor of Leeuwarden

Ferd Crone studied economics at the University of Amsterdam. In the past, he was chairman of the student union and member of various governing bodies of the Economic Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. Crone was employed by the trade union and started in 1993 as head of global environmental policy department at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. In 1994 he was elected at the parliamentary elections . He was finance spokesman and spokesman for environmental policies, energy and market policies. He left parliament to become mayor of Leeuwarden in 2007. He was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

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Vice Mayor of Leeuwarden

In 1979 Hendrik Sipke Deinum started working as a consultant at Centraal Orgaan Leeuwarden (COL), an institute for community support and urban regeneration. This followed on from his professional education in Leeuwarden and Eindhoven, which focussed on 2 issues: social work and urban regeneration . Between 1981 and 2005 he mainly worked in social housing agencies, starting as an account manager dealing with tenants issues and finally as managing director and member of the board of  Corporatieholding Friesland. Henk Deinum was manager and international agent  for the well-known Frisian poet Tsjêbbe Hettinga (†2013) from 2005-2012. From 2009, Henk Deinum has been an elected alderman, and member of the Municipal Executive Board of Leeuwarden for the labour party (PvdA, re-elected 2014). His focus is on Economic Development and Innovation, Spatial Planning and region cooperation. Amongst his initiatives are the Water Campus, the Diary Campus and Inner City issues (incl. former prison Blokhuispoort, as the hub for European Capital of Culture 2018). Henk Deinum is a member of the Board of the Water Alliance and the Frisian Dutch Dairy Network. Ambition: “I want to make Leeuwarden/Fryslân smarter, stronger and more beautiful. Being the Capital of Water Technology is an important part of that ambition.”

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Executive VP Water Europe, Suez Water Europe
D’ARRAS, Diane

Diane d’ARRAS started her career in 1977 in a French Public Water Authority (Seine Normandie). She joined Lyonnaise des Eaux, a subsidiary of SUEZ, in 1981. She has held a variety of positions in the Group, such as Operations Chief Engineer, Manager of the Water Production and Wastewater Collection, Operations Manager, Research and Development Senior Vice President for water and waste treatment. In 2003, she was appointed Technology and Research Senior Vice President of Suez Environnement. She developed a structured international network of research centres through a new organisation of shared research (project ownership assigned to business lines and project management assigned to research centres). She implemented a broader Innovation strategy for Suez Environnement through new tools and an investment found. She also developed the concrete and day-today technical support to Suez Environnement operations through technical assistance and concrete know-how sharing & transfer, in order to boost the technical efficiency of the Suez Environnement worldwide. During that period, she participated in organizing structured research coordination and cooperation in Europe, through the foundation and development of non profit organisations such as the WssTP-Water Supply and Sanitation Platform (which she was the first president), and the European industrial research cluster ACQUEAU. Diane d’ARRAS was appointed Water Western Europe Senior Executive V.P. in January 2011. She is in charge of strategy and partnerships in Europe in the water field. Experience of Company Boards : she has been member or president of several boards in her career in French companies of different sizes (from 50 millions € up to 1 billion), or in non profit research oriented international associations (Belgium or UK ). She is presently elected first Vice President and was elected future President of the International Water Association. She is also presently Board member of ACEA.

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ELELMAN, Richard

Born in London in 1961, Richard Elelman is a B.A. (Hons) Government and Public Policy, from Northumbria University at Newcastle upon Tyne (1983), a Masters in European Studies, from Northumbria University at Newcastle upon Tyne (1984). In 1987 his thesis ‘The Transition from Military Dictatorship to Democracy in Turkey, 1983-1984 – A comparative model’ was published. A former teacher, journalist, director, producer and politician, Richard has experience working and living in France, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East and India. He is currently Head of Public Administration Projects, at the Fundació CTM, in Barcelona (2011- ) and the founder and Director General of the Network for Water in European Regions and Cities, NETWERC H2O.  He is the Co-Coordinator with Prof. Kees van Leeuwen of the EIP Water Action Group: CITY BLUEPRINTS and is the Coordinator of the HORIZON 2020 project: BlueSCities. Deputy Mayor of Figueres in Spain (2007-11), he is a political analyst of proven experience who has, in recent years, specialised in Environmental and Scientific Policy analysis and the links between Public Administrations, the world of Research and Development and Citizen Engagement. He has worked in collaboration with the European Commission and the O.E.C.D. as well as public authorities in many different countries and is a regular speaker at numerous international conferences in the United States, Europe and the Middle East on local authorities, water and energy and science diplomacy. Responsible for creating the first public electric bus line in Spain, a former member of the executive of Energy-Cities, he has received a number of awards including the CILMA Award for the Best Environmental Policy of 2009, the Medal of Excellence of the City of Saint Petersburg (Florida) for the creation of the Figueres International Environmental Conference and La Agencia Local de Energia de Figueres (ALEF) and the Network@22 John Shields Award in 2011 for his founding of the CODIM project.

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EIP Water Action Group "SPADIS - Smart Prices and Drought Insurance Schemes in Mediterranean Countries"
GÓMEZ, Carlos M.

Carlos M. Gómez, is a Tenured Professor of Economics at the Universidad de Alcalá  in Madrid (Spain). BA in Political Science (in Colombia) and in Economics (in Spain), MSc in Agricultural Development from the University of London and PhD in Economics at the UAH. Since 2013 he is leading SPADIS, and Action Group within the EIP Water. He works as a policy advisor for freshwater policy within a Framework Contract with the European Commission and has supported UN Water in the preparation of the background documents and the synthesis reports of the Annual Conferences as well as contributions to the World Water Development Report. Carlos M. Gómez has done extensive research on environmental economics with emphasis on water economics, and has published a series of books and a collection of  papers in peer-reviewed international journals on the economics of water scarcity and the policy options to building water security. Since 2000 he has been involved in a sequence of competitive Research Development and Innovation projects -such as EPI Water from the EU Seventh Framework Program and AQUACROSS from the Horizon 2020 R&D program-,  and has contributed to the economic analysis units created to support the joint implementation of the WFD in the European Union. He was a Research Associate and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 1994 and 2000 and  the Santander Fellow at LMH at the University of Oxford in Michaelmas and Trinity terms in 2013 and 2014. More information on http://www3.uah.es/econ


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Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Dr. Sander Happaerts is a policy analyst at the Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth (Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission). He focuses on promoting environmental and climate policy issues in a regional development context.

Before joining the Commission, Sander worked as a research manager on environmental policy, sustainable development and sustainable materials management at the Research Institute for Work and Society (KU Leuven, Belgium). He was also part-time professor on EU and global environmental politics. Sander obtained a PhD in Social Sciences in 2011, with his research on regional policies for sustainable development. His dissertation was awarded in the 2012 Thesis Competition of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union.

In 2010, Sander held a visiting fellowship at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM, Canada), where he joined the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Research Chair. In 2006, he worked as an intern for the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the United Nations in New York.

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SKion GmbH
HÜBNER, Reinhard

Dr. Reinhard Hübner is investment manager at SKion GmbH, the investment company of German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten (BMW, Altana, SGL Carbon, Nordex, Avista Oil and in the water sector Eliquo Water Group, EnviroChemie,  Evodos, Microvi, Miranda, Paques and Pyreg). At SKion, he is responsible for technology  investments of which water sector investments are a major part. On behalf of SKion, Reinhard is also holding CEO or board member of several of SKion’s water portfolio companies.

Prior to joining SKion in 2010, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc for eight years. At McKinsey, he served clients in both operations/supply chain management and the water industry and was a member of McKinsey’s water industry leadership team. His work in the water sector included numerous projects for major water utilities in Europe, the US and Australia.

Reinhard Hübner graduated from the Technical University of Berlin where he studied business administration and wrote his doctoral dissertation on manufacturing network design in specialty chemicals. Today, he still teaches operations management and advanced planning at the Technical University of Munich.

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Water Quality Priority Area Team of the Danube Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Ms. Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper is the team member of Priority Area Water Quality of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) http://www.danubewaterquality.eu/. Ms Kocsis-Kupper further acts as an external monitoring consultant and regional coordinator of the European Commission’s external monitoring team for LIFE projects in the Central- Eastern European countries since 2004. Ms. Kocsis-Kupper is a member of the Compliance Committee of the UNECE Protocol on Water and Health since 2011. She has experience with international water issues and worked for many organizations: previously Ms Kocsis-Kupper was the legal advisor of the government in the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office and she was coordinating the government’s legal activities concerning the Tisza-Szamos cyanide pollution. She was the alternate Hungarian delegate to the European Commission's Task Force.  She also worked in the Ministry of Environment as legal expert, was a member of the delegation of the Hungarian Government at the Accession Screening Negotiations and she also worked in the international law firm McKenna –Verőci – Ormai. Ms. Kocsis-Kupper gave lectures on environmental law and international environmental law in Eötvös Loránd University Law Faculty for postgraduate students for more than ten years. Academic background: 1991-1996 Doctor of Law (J.D) Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; master’s degree in European environmental management (MA) Vrije  Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam, EPCEM, 1997; Postgraduate Degree in environmental law with merit (LLM) Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest 1999; Legal Bar exam, 1999. Her main area of expertise is European and international environmental law and management, focusing on water quality issues.

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Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP)
KROL, Durk

Durk Krol is Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP). He joined WssTP in 2008, first as a Board Member and Treasurer. He has worked in the water sector at the European level for the last 12 years, initially as a Senior Legal Policy Officer for the water department of provincial government of Friesland (NL). As Deputy Secretary General of the European federation of national water associations of water suppliers and waste water services (EUREAU), he was actively promoting the common interests of the European water service sector to the EU institutions and stakeholders which enabled its members to adequately deal with opportunities arising from EU policy and its national implementation. He has also closely been involved in the creation of the EP Water Group in the European Parliament. Durk is a graduate of law, with an additional master degrees in Latin American studies, and an MBA.

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Action Group "RESEWAM-O - Remote Sensing for Water Management Optimization"

Ernesto Lopez-Baeza is an Associate Professor of Applied Physics and Director of the Climatology from Satellites Group at the University of Valencia, Spain. His research and teaching has mostly been involved in the application of Earth Observation techniques to Meteorology & Climatology in the framework of the Earth Observation Missions: SMOS, EarthCARE, Sentinel-3, and PARIS In-Orbit-Demonstrator (now GEROS GNSS-R), from ESA; GERB and EPS-MetOp from EUMETSAT; CERES and SMAP from NASA. These missions try to improve estimations of crucial climate parameters (soil moisture, solar and thermal radiation, clouds, aerosols, carbon fluxes, …) to reduce their incertitude in climate model parameterisations. The Group develops satellite validation methodologies by producing independent ground reference values at their Valencia & Alacant Anchor Stations validation sites http://www.uv.es/elopez/?27. As an innovative application of the experience and expertise acquired from the above involvements, Ernesto is leading RESEWAM-O - Remote Sensing for Water Management Optimization Action Group (AG132), aiming to develop agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change activities using Earth Observation Remote Sensing techniques and Water Management solutions in order to enhance socio-economical and environmental values in water sensitive areas. Through a multidisciplinary scientific, industrial and administration composition, RESEWAM-O will study negative climate impacts in water-deficit lands to reactivate them through water-reuse solutions and generate incomes. 

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RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation SPRU, University of Sussex

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. She has held academic positions at the University of Denver, London Business School, Open University, and Bocconi University.  Her recent book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem, 2013) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. It focuses on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state in economic growth—and how to enable rewards from innovation to be just as ‘social’ as the risks taken. Professor Mazzucato is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation'.  

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation; a permanent member of the European Commission’s expert group on Innovation for Growth (RISE) and is a member of SITRA’s (the Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel. 

Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth—at the company, industry and national level. Her current projects on Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (DOLFINS) are funded by the EU Horizon 2020 initiative. Between 2009-2012 she directed a large 3 year European Commission FP7 funded project on Finance and Innovation (FINNOV). Her recent project on Financing Innovation was funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and her project on Finance and Mission Oriented Investments was funded by the Ford Foundation's Reforming Global Financial Governance initiative.  She is currently working on various research projects commissioned by organizations including NASA, and the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology. 

Her research outputs, media engagement, and talks (including her TED Global talk), can be found on her website.

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Berlin Center for Competence in Water (KWB, Germany)

Dr. Ulf Miehe works at the Berlin Center for Competence in Water (KWB, Germany), a non-profit research center on urban water management. After graduating in environmental engineering at the TU Berlin and his PhD on trace organic removal in WWTPs he started working at KWB in 2009. As project manager he was responsible for various R&D projects on advanced wastewater treatment. The main focuses of his work were trace organic removal, disinfection, ozonation and water reuse. Since 2015 he is responsible for the department of “Water and Wastewater Treatment” within KWB, which broadened his topics to nutrient recovery, sludge management and energy positive wastewater plants. Within the WssTP he chaired in 2013-2014 the working group on “Urban Bathing Water” and since 2014 he is part a working group on oxidations processes within the German Society of Water Chemistry.

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Greater London Authority

Alex Nickson is the Policy and Programmes Manager for Resilience and Quality of Life at the Greater London Authority, where he leads on improving London’s water security and increasing the city’s resilience to extreme weather and climate change. Alex is responsible for leading on the development and implementation of the Mayor’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Water Strategy.

He is a founder member of the London Climate Change Partnership. He has also advised the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Royal Geographical Society on climate adaptation in urban areas. 

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Province of Fryslân
POEPJES, Sietske

Sietske Poepjes has been a member of the Provincial Executive of the Province of Fryslân since 2011. As a resident of Makkum, on the seaside of Fryslân, Sietske Poepjes has a natural bond with water, tourism and fisheries. Sietske Poepjes has an extensive portfolio. The Deputy of the province is responsible for language, art and culture, infrastructure and water. Her biggest task for the coming years is ‘Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018’. Leeuwarden-Fryslân is the proud European Capital of Culture in 2018. Sietske Poepjes has committed herself to the improvement and enhancement of the Frisian infrastructure. The deputy also successfully put effort in broadband Internet in parts of province that aren’t broadband connected yet. Besides her obvious love for the Frisian Fatherland, Sietske has a warm interest for Anglo-Saxon history. In her spare time she loves to cook.As a member of the Provincial Executive her portfolio includes the following topics: Infrastructure and Mobility; Language, media, art and culture (Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 and Omrop Fryslân); Water (water technology). Apart from serving as Deputy in the Provincial Executive, Sietske is also Regional Deputy in Zuidoost-Friesland.

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Action Group "EWW - Energy and Water Works - Energizing Sustainable Deltas"

Peter Scheijgrond is a well recognized expert in the ocean energy sector having worked in this field for over 20 years and bringing cohesion and cooperation in the European ‘energy from water’ sector. Through his company MET-support (Marine Energy Technologies support), he supports a wide range of clients such as the European Commission, technology start-ups, offshore companies and test facilities with funding, project development and strategic support. Currently he acts as the secretary to the European Innovation Partnership Action Group on Energy from Water Works together with Rachida Ftachi from AnteaGroup. He is one of the founding board members of the Dutch Energy from Water Association (EWA). He holds engineering degrees from the University of Glasgow, the Glasgow School of Art, Strathclyde University and University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Previously with Ecofys, over a period of 12 years he developed and demonstrated various novel tidal and wave technologies.

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Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus is the Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Environment in the current cabinet of Rutte-Asscher (September 2012 onwards). During the cabinet of Rutte-Verhagen (October 2010-April 2012), Schultz was also minister of Infrastructure and Environment. From April 2007 until her appointment as Minister Schultz van Haegen is director care purchasing at Achmea Zorg (Dutch health insurance company). July 22, 2002 Melanie Schultz van Haegen is appointed as Minister of Transport in the first Balkenende government. In Balkenende II and III Schultz also holds this office. May 2003 she becomes responsible for the national rail track, aviation and water management. From 1999 to May 2002 Schultz van Haegen was active as Alderman for Economic Affairs of the City of Leiden. Prior to becoming Alderman Schultz is inspector at the Inspectorate of Finance of the Ministry of Finance. Before that time she works as a consultant at B & A group (Policy Research & Consultancy) in The Hague.

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Romanian National Institute for Marine Geology and Geoecology - GeoEcoMar

Dr. Adrian Stanica (Scientific Director of GeoEcoMar since 2008), main expertise in coastal dynamics and natural resources management, PhD in geology, University of Bucharest, 2003, degree in geology, Univ. of Bucharest, Master in Economy of Energy and Environment, Scuola Superiore “Enrico Mattei”, Milan, Italy: 1993 – 1994; 2002 – 2003: Marie Curie PhD Fellow at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Venice, Italy; NATO-CNR senior fellowship – Istituto di Scienze Marine – Venice, Italy, 2004, 2005. Researcher with GeoEcoMar since 1994. Coordinator of the DANUBIUS-RI (International Centre for Advanced Studies on River-Sea Systems) ESFRI Project, general coordinator of FP7 DANCERS (DANube macroregion: Capacity building and Excellence in River Systems (basin, delta and sea)), Partner coordinator in FP6, FP7 and projects under other international programmes, 2006-7 – regional coordinator for Causal Analysis for the Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (UNDP); East-European coordinator for NEAR 3 and 4 Swiss NSF funded projects (education towards sustainabl use of water resources), partner in the Romanian team in JPI Water Challenges and FP7 WatEur (2013 – 2015), national representative and monitor for marine and earth sciences pan-european research infrastructures in ESFRI Environmental Working Group (2009 - 2015), member of the SedNet Steering Group (since 2014).

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European Commission, Director DG Research and Innovationfor Climate Action and Resource Efficiency, DG Research and Innovation,

Since July 2013 Kurt Vandenberghe is Director for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency at the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation.

From 2008 to June 2013 he was Head of the cabinet of European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and between 2004 and 2008 Deputy Head of Cabinet of European Research Commissioner Potočnik. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Member of the Cabinet of European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. 

He started his career as a Manager at Ernst & Young Association Management and joined the European Commission in 1996 in DG Transport. Graduated in French and Italian literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), in Public and International Affairs at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) in Belgium and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.) in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C., US. He is married and has three children.

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Dr. Uta Wehn is Senior Lecturer/ Researcher in Capacity Development and Innovation at UNESCO-IHE. She draws on almost 20 years of combined industrial and research experience, 15 years of which she has been managing and conducting applied research for clients including the United Nations, the European Commission, the Dutch government, USAID and the private sector. A central theme in her research are the social dimensions of innovation, incl. (spatial) data sharing, knowledge sharing, the role of ICTs and knowledge for innovation and development, and the preconditions and (prospective) business models for benefitting from innovation.  At present, her research focuses on the dynamics of the innovation, learning, and competence building systems for the water sector.

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European Commission, Director Quality of Life, Water & Air
WENNING, Marianne

Marianne Wenning is currently Director for 'Quality of Life, Water & Air' in DG Environment of the European Commission. In this capacity she is overseeing the implementation and enforcement of an extensive body of environmental legislation with regard to air quality, industrial emissions, water & marine issues and industrial accidents and works towards the further integration of environmental and sustainability aspects into other Community policies. Ms.Wenning has been working for the European Commission since 1992. She was a Head of Unit in Europe Aid (Asia) and in DG Environment (industrial emissions & air quality) before she become Director for 'Legal Affairs & Cohesion' in DG Environment from 2011 to 2013. Her experience in developing and implementing environmental policies, cutting across also areas such as transport, agriculture, regional, industrial, research and development policies includes the economic aspects of environmental policy, programme-management in Asia as well as negotiations at European and international/UNECE level in particular with regard to the Kyoto, the Montreal and the Gothenburg Protocols.

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Geert Woerlee is founder and CEO of the FeyeCon group and holds a master's degree in physics and a PhD in applied sciences. He developed the FeyeCon group from a personal activity into an expanding company with a growing staff of 150 dedicated employees. During his academic years, he developed influential CO₂ technology which is now part of the propriety platform technology for FeyeCon and its multiple spin off companies. Geert Woerlee is the schoolbook example of an entrepreneur. He has an impressive track record, collaborating with multinationals and individuals alike. He is not only founder and CEO of FeyeCon, but is also executive board member of its Joint Ventures DyeCoo, Clean Algae, Tispa Medical and Echo Pharmaceuticals. These spin offs are all examples of FeyeCon’s processes and products brought to the market.