David Briggs, CEO of the VELUX Group (DK)
2018: CEO VELUX Group
2015-2017: VELUX Management Group (Sales, Product Development and Product Management)
2008-2009: European Commercial Director, VELUX Group
2000-2015: CEO Altaterra (former RoofLITE) with European operations
1999-2000: Holmes Products (MD European Operations)
1994-1999: GM, VELUX Great Britain and Ireland
1991-1994: Marketing Manager VELUX France
1990-1991: Sales responsible, Rank Xerox UK Limited
John Sommer, Director of Strategy & Business Development at MT Højgaard (DK)
John Sommer is Director of Strategy & Business Development at MT Højgaard – one of the leading construction companies in the Nordics known for being on the forefront in regards to application of new technologies and processes. During the last 100 years, MT Højgaard has built a number of remarkable buildings and civil structures in Denmark and internationally.
John Sommer has been with MT Højgaard since 2003 and before that he worked at Skanska. In these companies, John has held managerial positions within production, sales, innovation and sustainability as well as strategy and business development. In addition, John has worked at the Board of MT Højgaard, Danish Green Building Council, and Danish Data Center industry. He represents MT Højgaard in a number of business networks that focus on influencing the structures of the industry. Finally, he is the co-author of the book ‘Building a Circular Future’ published in 2016.
Fionn Stevenson, Professor and a Chair-holder in Sustainable Design at the University of Sheffield, School of Architecture (UK)
Professor Fionn Stevenson holds a Chair in Sustainable Design at the University of Sheffield, School of Architecture. Her international research and consultancy work focuses on developing innovative methods of building performance evaluation in relation to occupancy feedback and social learning in order to improve building design. She is particularly interested in the control interfaces between buildings and people from a holistic perspective which includes resource use in its widest dimension. Her focus is on housing. She advises various government bodies and NGOs, with over 110 publications to date and has directly obtained over £1.5 million in research funding. Recent publications include: Stevenson, F., and Baborska- Narozny, M.,(2018) Housing performance evaluation: challenges for international knowledge exchange, Building Research and Information, 46 (5) 501-512, Baborska-Narozny, M., Stevenson, F. and Grudzińska, M. (2016) Overheating in retrofit apartments – design implications of occupant practices, learning and interventions. Building Research and Information 45 (1-2) 40-55
Kolja Nielsen, CEO of CEBRA architecture (DK)
Kolja Nielsen is a founding partner and the CEO of CEBRA, which he started together with Mikkel Frost and Carsten Primdahl in 2001.
Kolja Nielsen is a very versatile architect as he combines two skill sets, which in architectural circles are rarely found in one person. On the one hand, he is gifted with artistic aptitude and creative talent, while on the other hand having a sound business sense and political savvy. In his position as company CEO, he thus switches effortlessly between pencil sketches, management of CEBRA’s major projects, strategic and international business development, complex contractual affairs and speaking the voice of the Danish architecture profession, e.g. as former chairman of the board of the Danish Association of Architectural Firms.
Kolja Nielsen has been the partner in charge of the well-esteemed science centre, The Experimentarium in Copenhagen as well as assistant partner on the prize-winning housing project The Iceberg at the harbour front in Aarhus, Denmark.
Andreas Hermelink, Associate Director at Ecofys (DE)
Dr. Andreas Hermelink studied Business Economics (Dipl.-Kfm.) and Civil Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), and holds a PhD on Sustainability Evaluation of Buildings (Dr.-Ing.). The certified consultant for rational use of energy in buildings has 16 years of professional experience in the fields of energy related user behaviour, environmental life-cycle assessment, cost-benefit-analysis and application of passive house philosophy in new and existing buildings and neighbourhoods. In 2006, he was awarded the European Solar Prize 2006, the Energy Globe Hungary 2007 and the 3rd prize in the International Energy Globe for the EU FP5 project SOLANOVA.
Before joining Ecofys in 2008, Andreas worked as project manager at the University of Kassel (Germany) and research manager at the Florida Solar Energy Center (USA). Being an associate director at Ecofys, Andreas leads the Ecofys service area on "Low-carbon cities" and manages the Ecofys office Berlin. Dr. Hermelink frequently supports conferences as a keynote speaker, session moderator or member of the scientific committee.
Ingrid Reumert, VP of Stakeholder Communication & Sustainability in the VELUX Group (DK)
Oliver G. F. Jones, Architectural Programme Leader at Northumbria University (UK)
Dr. Oliver G.F Jones is the Architecture Programme Leader at Northumbria University, UK. His research and consultancy expertise lie in developing wellbeing measurement metrics and wellbeing design strategies. He is a vocal and active ambassador for research and innovation across the UK construction sector and regularly advises companies on how to develop successful research and innovation strategies. This year Dr Jones was made a member of Historic England's Expert Advisory Group; and still remains active when possible working alongside practices to design buildings that foreground occupant wellbeing. He is currently leading a multinational collective of design and construction companies on a project to reimagine residential design and working to develop a North Sea Triangle of companies within the sector who would like to work collaboratively on a knowledge exchange basis together.
Johannes Schwörer, CEO of Schwörer Haus (DE)
Johannes Schwörer is the Managing Director of the Schwörer Group. With over 39.000 houses constructed, SchwörerHaus is among Germany’s biggest prefabricated house manufacturers. Its many innovations in the field of energy-saving HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) and house design have made the company a pioneer. Experience in this field, coupled with long-term company retention, have resulted in continuous further development in every field.
Ditte Maria Kollerup, CEO of KFS Huse (DK)
Ditte Maria Kollerup is passioned about how houses can fits the individual human and help create peoples future. Since 2003 she has worked in the construction industry, and todays she runs and own a building company started by her father, Kurt Flemming Sørensen in 1983. The company build approximatily one house every week in jutland, Denmark. The homes are unique house, arcitect designet from the companys own arkitects. Ditte also write about humans, leadership and life philosophy at dittemaria.com.
Régis Olange, Client Director at BVA (FR)
Agnès Mathieu, Economist at ISIS Consult (BE)
Agnès Mathieu holds a Master in Economics from the University of Namur (Belgium), where she now teaches. She is also an expert in management, lean organization and restructuring. In the last 15 years, Agnès has led numerous consultancy missions for the Walloon and Brussels governments, as well as for other public bodies and organizations. Her focus is public housing and its financing, e.g. with the development of the multiannual public housing plans in both Wallonia and Brussels.
Frank Vierkötter, CEO of Interhomes (DE)
Mette Mogensen, Head of Project Development at Domea (DK)
Mette Mogensen, Project Development Director, is an architect with more than 25 years of experience planning, designing and developing buildings. Since 2017 she has been developing affordable houses in Domea.dk. Domea.dk administrate more than 60.000 affordable houses in Denmark. Domea.dk is a non-profit, and customer-owned organisation. The customers are socialhousing associations across Denmark. And when they build new houses or renovate existing they use Domea.dk as a trusted advisor. Mette Mogensen always strive to develop communities where buildings and built environments enhance the quality of life. She always uses new trends and the deep expertise from previous projects when she in close collaboration with the other stakeholders develops new sustainable areas and buildings. Sustainable in this context refers to both the city, society, environment and the residents.
Laurent Gabele, General Manager at Foyer Anderlechtois (BE)
Soline Collin-Martin, Expert in Healthy Buildings at Medieco Conseil & Formation (FR)
Guilllaume Dayde, Partner at Espace Gaïa (FR)
Vinay Venkatraman, CEO of Leapcraft (DK)
Vinay is the CEO and founder of Leapcraft - a big data driven innovation consultancy. Prior to this he co-founded of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. He has also built a data visualisation academy in collaboration with the Danish Design Center.
He works at the intersection of design and technology practices, consults to companies worldwide and lectures at various international venues. His current interests are in exploring the design & application of simple technologies to solve some of the world's wicked problems. Vinay is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but he frequently works and travels globally.