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Meet the Team

Oliver Rapf
Executive Director
Office: Brussels

Anne-Sophie Nollet
HR & Office Manager - PA
Office: Brussels

Mariangiola Fabbri
Head of Research
Office: Brussels

Sibyl Steuwer
Head of BPIE Berlin Office
Office: Berlin

Caroline Milne
Head of Communications
Office: Brussels

Elodie Da Rocha
Head of Finance
Office: Brussels

Jelena Simjanovic
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Hélène Sibileau
Senior Policy Advisor
Office: Brussels

Roberta D’Angiolella
Senior Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Serban Danciu
Romania Initiative Manager
Office: Bucharest

Szymon Firląg
Senior Adviser
Office: Warsaw

Dan Staniaszek
Senior Expert
Office: UK

Margaux Barrett
Senior Communications Associate
Office: Brussels

Zsolt Toth
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Vivian Dorizas
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Judit Kockat
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Jonathan Volt
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Jessica (Jesse) Glicker
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Ivan Jankovic
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Senta Schmatzberger
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Sheikh Zuhaib
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Victoria Taranu
Senior Researcher
Office: Brussels

Maria Stambler
Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Teresa Henriques Lobo
Finance and Administrative Officer
Office: Brussels

Jo Junkel
Communications Assistant
Office: Berlin

Rutger Broer
Research Assistant
Office: Berlin

Xerome Fernández Álvarez
Research Assistant
Office: Brussels

Janne Rieke Boll
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Panta rhei - Everything flows.
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Oliver Rapf
Executive Director
Office: Brussels

Oliver Rapf

Executive Director

Panta rhei - Everything flows.

As Executive Director of BPIE, Oliver has spearheaded strategic planning, administration, program development, fundraising and outreach since joining BPIE during its infancy in 2011. Through his leadership, Oliver has grown BPIE into a financially independent non-profit organization and trusted thought leader on energy performance of buildings in Europe and globally.

Before joining BPIE, Oliver worked for the global conservation organization WWF in various roles, including as Head of the Climate Business Engagement unit of WWF International, managing strategy and partnership development with the private sector. Leading an international team, he advised multinational companies on climate change and energy issues.

Oliver’s experience in buildings efficiency goes back to the late 90s when he was a project leader for several deep renovation projects on behalf of WWF in cooperation with housing companies across Germany. Oliver participated in UNFCCC negotiation processes, and was the leader of the German NGO coalition at international conferences. Oliver has been active as a jury member of environmental and sustainability awards and serves on various advisory boards. In his early career, he worked on regional sustainability strategies and spatial planning.

Office: Brussels
I don’t seek answers, I strive to understand the questions. Confusius
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Anne-Sophie Nollet
HR & Office Manager - PA
Office: Brussels

Anne-Sophie Nollet

HR & Office Manager - PA

I don’t seek answers, I strive to understand the questions. Confusius

Anne-Sophie is HR and Office Manager at BPIE, and Personal Assistant to the Executive Director. In this role, Anne-Sophie ensures development and management of BPIE’s internal programs and operations, supports with fundraising, and laisse with the Board and General Assembly.

Anne-Sophie has extensive experience in office and human resources management. Before joining BPIE, she worked as Assistant at the European Parliament for the European People’s Party from 2010 and 2014, where she was in charge of planning internal meetings and conferences. Prior, she worked as Office Manager at BirdLife, and Training Assistant at Interel, a communications consultancy, supporting employee professional development from 2007 to 2009. From 2004 to 2007, Anne-Sophie worked as a free-lance teacher in French as a foreign language at the Alliance française in Brussels and Bruxelles formation.

Anne-Sophie studied foreign languages in France, spent a year in England in the area of London and a year in Berlin in Germany with the Erasmus programme. She holds a Master 1 degree in teaching French as a Foreign Language from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris.

When she’s not working, Anne-Sophie enjoys nature, music, home design, dancing tango and practicing yoga.

Office: Brussels
Estote Parati (Be prepared)
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Mariangiola Fabbri
Head of Research
Office: Brussels

Mariangiola Fabbri

Head of Research

Estote Parati (Be prepared)

As Head of Research at BPIE, Mariangiola leads the design and implementation of BPIE’s research and policy strategy, and oversees the day-to-day work of the BPIE research team. With over fifteen years of experience working in energy efficiency and climate change policy analysis, Mariangiola has managed numerous flagship projects at BPIE, including iBroad, De-Risking Energy Efficiency Investments (DG ENER), EmBuild, and the adoption of the Clean Energy Package for All Europeans.

Prior to joining BPIE, Mariangiola worked as an energy consultant at Dunsky Energy Consulting in Montreal, where she carried out primary and secondary research on energy efficiency financing, market transformation, programme evaluation, market analysis and characterisation and best practices reviews of residential and commercial programmes.

Prior to working at Dunsky, Mariangiola was Senior Policy Officer at WWF EPO in Brussels. In this role, Mariangiola led the organisation’s energy efficiency work, contributing to the adoption and implementation of a wide range of policies, including the recast of the EPBD, the Climate and Energy Package, and the Eco-design and Energy Services Directives. She then became Senior Partnership Manager for the Climate Business Engagement unit, managing international partnerships with the private sector.

She holds a Masters in Environmental Law and a Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies, and served several years on the board of CAN-Europe and Topten International Group.

Office: Brussels
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Sibyl Steuwer
Head of BPIE Berlin Office
Office: Berlin

Sibyl Steuwer

Head of BPIE Berlin Office

As head of the BPIE Berlin Office, Sibyl is responsible for BPIE’s research activities on climate protection in the building sector in Germany. In addition, she is in charge of outreach to German stakeholders: the team in Berlin is providing information on current European research and policy developments and engages in national debates on climate protection in the building sector.

Sibyl has been working on sustainable energy transitions and the politics of energy efficiency for more than a decade. Her professional expertise includes the governance of the German energy transition, policy instrument choice in climate and energy policy, and the management of multi-stakeholder projects in different areas of sustainable development. Prior to joining BPIE she had worked for the Environmental Policy Research Center at Freie University Berlin, the German Advisory Council on the Environment, and the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Sibyl holds a PhD in political science. In her dissertation project at Freie University Berlin, she compared the implementation of energy saving obligations in different European Member States. She also holds a M.A. and a B.Sc. in Environmental Management.

In her spare time, Sibyl enjoys bike tours, exploring biodiversity, and playing the Orgue.

Office: Berlin
It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world. Mary Oliver
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Caroline Milne
Head of Communications
Office: Brussels

Caroline Milne

Head of Communications

It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world. Mary Oliver

As Head of Communications at BPIE, Caroline develops and deploys BPIE’s long-term communications strategy, and manages communications campaigns across a wide range of projects.

Prior to joining BPIE, Caroline was Director of Communications and Marketing at Joule Assets, where she led communications and stakeholder engagement for European projects targeting energy efficiency project developers and investors, including SEAF H2020 and LAUNCH H2020. In this role, she also led deployment of the commercial launch of the eQuad platform, which facilitates investment in energy efficiency projects for SMEs in Europe, and organized outreach towards municipal leaders and residents in New York State in effort to create bulk energy buying programmes (“Community Choice Aggregation”). Before entering the energy efficiency space, Caroline spent several years working as a freelance English teacher for business professionals, copywriter and academic editor.

Caroline holds a BA in Political Science and French from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a MSc of Political Science from the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she specialized in institutional evolution in the context of EU electricity market.

When Caroline isn’t working, she can be found at her piano, going for a long run, brewing kombucha or practicing handstands in the kitchen.

 

Office: Brussels
Elodie is BPIE's Head of Finance.
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Elodie Da Rocha
Head of Finance
Office: Brussels

Elodie Da Rocha

Head of Finance

Elodie is BPIE's Head of Finance.

She holds a Master degree in Business Administration and gained twelve years of professional expertise by working for SME’s and multinational corporations in France, Belgium and Germany.

During this time, she managed finance and process related projects all around the world.

Today her biggest motivation is to support the company making the right financial decisions as she believes in the company’s purpose.

In her free time, Elodie enjoys roaming the playgrounds of Brussels with her two little sons.

Office: Brussels
Before you go looking for happiness, check - you might already be happy. Happiness is small, ordinary, inconspicuous. Many don’t see it. Duško Radović, a Serbian novelist
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Jelena Simjanovic
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Jelena Simjanovic

Senior Project Manager

Before you go looking for happiness, check - you might already be happy. Happiness is small, ordinary, inconspicuous. Many don’t see it. Duško Radović, a Serbian novelist

Jelena is as a Senior Project Manager who brought to BPIE more than 15 years of global work experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, electricity & carbon markets, and clean technology fields. Prior to joining BPIE Jelena was with RWE Renewables, where she was working on renewable market development in the US and Asia. Besides working on corporate business development, Jelena’s experiences include advocacy (Transport & Environment), project management (Global CCS Institute); market analytics & strategy development (Refinitiv), as well as policy, technical and market analytics for numerous clients in Europe, United States and Asia such as the California Attorney General’s Office, the World Bank, the Hoover Institution, and many others. In her country of birth, Serbia, Jelena worked with the Alliance to Save Energy, where she implemented the first national energy-efficiency curriculum in schools and worked with local municipalities on energy efficiency improvements in public buildings.

Jelena earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Science (MS) in Energy & Resources degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. There, at the Haas School of Business and the School of Engineering she also specialized at Engineering and Business for Sustainability, and for Management of Technology. At Chuo University in Tokyo, Jelena studied Japanese medieval history, while her bachelor’s in Japanese Language and Culture she earned at University of Belgrade. She is a published author fluent in four languages.

In her free time, Jelena likes to develop fusion recipes inspired by tastes of 8 countries she lived in, and is a fitness instructor. Her goal is to motivate people aged 40+ who may have forgotten to take time for themselves to do so, help them get back in shape and stay healthy for years to come.

Office: Brussels
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
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Hélène Sibileau
Senior Policy Advisor
Office: Brussels

Hélène Sibileau

Senior Policy Advisor

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Hélène SIBILEAU joined BPIE in February 2021 as Senior Policy Advisor. Before that, she was Senior EU Affairs Manager for almost six years at EuroACE – Energy Efficient Buildings, a Brussels-based business association representing manufacturers of energy efficient products in buildings. At EuroACE, she advocated for more ambitious EU policies in the field of energy performance of buildings, and lobbied the negotiations of key files of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package. Hélène’s missions ranged from monitoring, policy analysis, drafting amendments and implementing advocacy strategies towards the EU institutions. Previous experiences include a Blue Book Traineeship in the European Commission in the ‘Energy Efficiency’ Unit of DG ENER and various roles as consultant. A graduate of both Sciences Po Strasbourg and the College of Europe, where she wrote her Master Thesis on the Energy Efficiency Directive, she also teaches for many years now at Sciences Po Strasbourg, notably courses on ‘Lobbying in Practice’ or ‘The Energy Transition’. Hélène is French, and also speaks English and German. Besides energy efficiency in buildings, Hélène’s passions include horse riding, playing badminton, reading books, and continuing to learn more about European history.

Office: Brussels
When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars. Oscar Wilde
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Roberta D’Angiolella
Senior Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Roberta D’Angiolella

Senior Communications Manager

When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars. Oscar Wilde

Roberta is Senior Communications Manager at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), where she leads the communication and dissemination of many EU-funded projects. In this role, she develops and implements outreach campaigns and strategies, project branding and digital positioning. She is also in charge of organising small and big scale policy conferences, developing different marketing materials and writing articles in specialised magazines.

Prior to joining BPIE, Roberta joined the energy efficiency ranks at EuroACE, a European Buildings association, where she supported the political communication campaign Renovate Europe, mainly by managing its website and social media accounts and organizing high-level events (REDays).

Roberta holds a BA in Political Science from LUISS University in Rome, and a Msc in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of Southern Denmark.

Beyond her passion for sustainability and energy efficiency-related matters, Roberta enjoys travelling, water sports and books.

Office: Brussels
It is not enough to be good. You must be good for something. Tudor Arghezi
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Serban Danciu
Romania Initiative Manager
Office: Bucharest

Serban Danciu

Romania Initiative Manager

It is not enough to be good. You must be good for something. Tudor Arghezi

The team at BPIE is mourning the loss of Serban Danciu on OCtober 12th, 2021. Serban was with the organisation for more than a decade, leading the activities of the think tank in Romania. He was a passionate networker and convener, making sure that BPIE’s work was seen and recognised in Romania and beyond. He was instrumental in growing the energy efficiency market in Romania, in creating BPIE’s reputation, and was a tireless advocate for policies and programmes which would lead to better buildings with a lower climate impact. Numerous times he was the host of lively and constructive debates between stakeholders and policymakers with a view to build consensus for the benefit of all.

Serban was a man of great integrity and kindness. At our regular BPIE team meetings he  shared new political insights from on the ground, and listened and engaged with all members of the team, treating each person with importance and always providing a wealth of knowledge. He was extremely generous with his time; many of us have fond memories of receiving Serban’s royal treatment during events in Romania, where he would take special care that we came away with a better understanding of the local culture and history. It’s hard to believe he’s gone, but we are sure that his life and work will continue to make an impact beyond what we are able to measure. We are all deeply grateful to have had the chance to know him and work with him.

We will miss “our man in Bucharest”.

Office: Bucharest
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Szymon Firląg
Senior Adviser
Office: Warsaw

Szymon Firląg

Senior Adviser

As Senior Adviser, Szymon Firlag has represented BPIE in Poland since 2015. In this role, he has worked closely with Polish partner organisations to develop an ambitious roadmap to guide the transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings and dramatically reduce both energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In this role he has led the technical analysis and economic assessment of the costs and benefits of renovating the Polish building stock.

Before joining BPIE’s team, Szymon worked on developing efficiency related projects for Polish companies and foundations, including: the National Energy Conservation Agency, the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency and the Energy Conservation Foundation. He was involved in the process of design, construction, and certification of the first passive buildings in Poland.

Szymon graduated from WUT with the PhD title. His thesis was on the topic of energy demand and thermal comfort in passive buildings. He conducted his research at the Passivhaus Institut, Darmstadt where he had the chance to work as the Nowicki Foundation and as a DBU fellow. Thanks to a scholarship from the Center of Advanced Studies WUT he conducted research on dynamic windows control at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He authored numerous papers and books and took part in campaigns prompting low energy buildings in Poland.

Szymon is interested in various aspects of energy efficiency in buildings, including both nZEB and deep renovation. Currently, he is a lecturer at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in the team of sustainable development.

Beyond energy efficiency buildings, Szymon is passionate about hiking, snorkeling and rock music

Office: Warsaw
Governments, organisations and individuals must treat environmental sustainability as imperative in their day-to-day actions, and not as an afterthought, if we are to maintain and improve on the quality of life must of us take for granted at present.
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Dan Staniaszek
Senior Expert
Office: UK

Dan Staniaszek

Senior Expert

Governments, organisations and individuals must treat environmental sustainability as imperative in their day-to-day actions, and not as an afterthought, if we are to maintain and improve on the quality of life must of us take for granted at present.

Since joining BPIE in 2011, Dan has had a broad range of responsibilities, including developing BPIE’s modelling capabilities, knowledge management and financing competence.  He is particularly proud of his work on building renovation strategies: producing the official European Commission guidance for Member States, supporting various countries in developing their own strategies, and also evaluating national strategies since 2014 up to the latest 2020 iterations.

Before joining BPIE, Dan developed a broad experience base across the sustainable energy space, with 25 years in the public, private, non-profit, regulatory and consultancy sectors, half of which was in various senior positions. In advisory roles for governments, companies, NGOs, regulators and others, Dan has influenced the design & deployment of climate change policies and EU Directives, including as strategy lead for the UK Energy White Paper. Among the significant UK policies, he helped devise the Renewables Obligation and the Energy Saving Obligation scheme, both of which are now multi-billion pound programmes.

Dan tries to practice what he preaches by living a low impact lifestyle, conserving energy and water, growing some of his own food, and living in harmony with nature.

Office: UK
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone de Beauvoir
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Margaux Barrett
Senior Communications Associate
Office: Brussels

Margaux Barrett

Senior Communications Associate

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone de Beauvoir

Margaux is Senior Communications Associate, where she works on a range of outreach campaigns and activities related to EU-funded and BPIE initiatives.

Prior to joining BPIE, Margaux worked as a research and communication assistant at the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN), a multilevel governmental network providing expertise on urban issues, based in The Hague. There, she was in charge of organising events, conducting background research and writing articles for the network. Additionally, she was involved in the communication activities of the Urban Agenda for the EU, a multilevel partnership programme supported by the European Commission.

Her previous experience has also taken her to Vietnam, where she spent some months conducting research on the new urban areas in Hanoi and their integration in the built environment.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in European Studies for Urban and Territorial Development from Lille University. She also had the opportunity to broaden her curriculum by spending a year in Sweden to study sustainable development.

In her spare time, Margaux likes travelling, reading and playing the flute.

Office: Brussels
Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same.
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Zsolt Toth
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Zsolt Toth

Senior Project Manager

Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same.

Zsolt is Senior Project Manager at BPIE where he is responsible for leading BPIE’s work across a number of research projects, focusing on green finance and European policy.

Before joining BPIE, Zsolt acted as Senior Adviser at the EMF-ECBC (European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council) focusing on green mortgages and reinforcing the link between building performance, market value and lending risk. Prior to this role, he worked for almost 10 years as EU Affairs Manager at RICS Europe (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) responsible for driving public affairs activity and delivering EU policy in the built environment. Working with a great diversity of projects, policy areas and stakeholders across Europe has given him a privileged insight into the real estate lifecycle and many of the current issues in green building as well as its relation with economic development and society.

Zsolt holds a PhD in Political Theory and has contributed to a series of academic and industry publications on energy efficiency, construction and sustainability, as member of international think thanks and European sustainability-built environment stakeholder partnerships.

In his spare time, Zsolt loves listening to jazz and classical music; he is a passionate record collector and dedicated to exploring the history and science of audio engineering and listening experience.

Office: Brussels
Our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. John Muir
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Vivian Dorizas
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Vivian Dorizas

Project Manager

Our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. John Muir

As Project Manager at BPIE, Vivian manages research projects on energy efficiency from conceptualisation to completion. She undertakes research in relation to building policies, supports fundraising activities and manages stakeholder relationships.

Vivian has been working on buildings energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality for more than 8 years. Before joining BPIE, Vivian worked as Project Manager for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in Low Energy Ventilation Systems at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) of the University College London (UCL) in partnership with Ventive Ltd in London, UK. She has a strong background in designing and executing monitoring campaigns on Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and ventilation and has also worked as environmental consultant, providing services on the environmental design of buildings.

 Vivian is a WELL Accredited Professional and has completed the lead auditor course on ISO 9001:2015. She has acted as a guest lecturer of the MSc in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability in Buildings and the MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering of the Bartlett, UCL.

Vivian is a registered certified evaluator of programs related to energy efficiency in buildings at the Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) and at the General Secretariat for Research and Technology in Greece. She is also the former secretary of the Natural Ventilation Group of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE-NVG).

Vivian holds a PhD in Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) from the Physics Department of the NKUA, a M.Sc. in Environmental Design and Engineering from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies of the University College of London (UCL) and a first degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) Greece.

In her spare time, Vivian sings in a choir, takes acting classes and loves dancing.

Office: Brussels
... we face the question, if and how the economic system can reintegrate its impacts on the environment into its communication. In principle, this is possible through the instability of prices – but only through that. ... Niklas Luhmann
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Judit Kockat
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Judit Kockat

Project Manager

... we face the question, if and how the economic system can reintegrate its impacts on the environment into its communication. In principle, this is possible through the instability of prices – but only through that. ... Niklas Luhmann

As Project Manager at BPIE, Judit designs and implements research related to modelling energy efficiency and CO2 scenarios in the buildings sector as part of integrated energy system analyses. She interprets the modelling results to draw conclusions for the design, implementation and transfer of policy instruments and bundles.

Judit has been modelling building stocks and policy impacts for 10 years with a focus on data analysis, building modelling and related policies. Judit  holds a PhD in civil engineering, degrees in economy & engineering and business administration. After researching energy demand in buildings at the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research she joined BPIE in November 2016.

As Project Manager at BPIE, Judit designs and implements research related to modelling energy efficiency and CO2 scenarios in the buildings sector and as part of integrated energy system analyses. Profound knowledge of German and EU energy policies connected to efficiency and renewable energy and buildings enables helps her to assess the ambition and evaluate their impact. In the latest EU-project, she modelled all energy uses in buildings for Europe by Member state, see http://tool.european-calculator.eu.

In various techno-economic analysis with international partners, Judit assessed costs and benefits and the macroeconomic effects of policies and analyzed policy instruments and their design, such as white certificates and subsidy schemes. Within the Odyssee-MURE database project, she maintained the German policies section adding their evaluation. In close collaboration with the international research team in the EU Project “ENTRANZE”, she contributed to the modelling of the building stock and renovation cost in the projections for EU countries. One of her particular roles was to design the data analysis tools that handle the data for all European countries’ building stocks.

When she’s not managing projects or modelling energy scenarios, Judit enjoys biking and theorizing.

Office: Brussels
Don’t criticize what you can’t understand. Bob Dylan
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Jonathan Volt
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Jonathan Volt

Project Manager

Don’t criticize what you can’t understand. Bob Dylan

Jonathan is Project Manager at BPIE where he focuses on projects related to the decarbonisation of European buildings. He joined BPIE in 2016 and have been involved in projects on Long-Term Renovation Strategies, NZEB, indoor environmental quality, one-stop-shops, urban regeneration, energy poverty and policy innovation. The last 2 years, he has worked extensively on Building Renovation Passports and Digital Building Logbooks.  

Jonathan developed his analytical abilities at Lund University, where he earned a MSc in Political Science and two BSc in Political Science and Economics.

In his spare time, Jonathan is the Editor for Climate and Environmental Policy at – the European policy network – Politheor. The ambition of the network is to give a voice to young researchers and by doing so improve the debate on European policies and policy-making. There, Jonathan drafts op-eds and supports interns in navigating the mysterious paths of op-ed writing.

Office: Berlin
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Dalai Lama
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Jessica (Jesse) Glicker
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Jessica (Jesse) Glicker

Project Manager

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Dalai Lama

Jesse has a Masters of Science in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from the Energy Institute, University College London. For her dissertation, she focused on green bond financing for energy efficiency in the buildings sector in emerging economies.

Prior to joining BPIE, Jesse worked at the International Energy Agency as an analyst on the energy efficiency team, where she focused on clean energy investment and finance. While at the IEA, Jesse was the representative to the Energy Efficiency Financial institutions Group (EEFIG), where she will continue to remain active. Additionally, Jesse worked for several years in architecture in New York City, at a sustainable architecture firm, where she became a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In 2017, Jesse co-founded the Paris Women in Energy and Climate Network, and remains active in coordinating and finding ways to bring together the climate community.

Jesse holds a Bachelors in an International Relations and Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs, and a Msc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Outside of work, Jesse plays tennis and is on a mission to test all the chocolates and fries in Belgium (as well as practice her French)

Office: Brussels
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Ivan Jankovic
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Ivan Jankovic

Senior Project Manager

Ivan holds M.Sc. in mechanical engineering with major in thermal engineering (University of Belgrade) and MBA degree with major in finance (Athens University), while his work experience covers both engineering and finance topics. Ivan worked as energy efficiency consultant and HVAC design engineer for IFI and privately funded projects in Europe and Middle East, concentrating on energy efficiency performance and renovation of public buildings. In addition, Ivan worked in the banking industry as a credit risk analyst for different loans and investments, as well as financial analyst for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Western Balkans and Serbia.

Office: Brussels
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Senta Schmatzberger
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Senta Schmatzberger

Project Manager

As Project Manager at BPIE, Senta works on buildings policies and their environmental, social and financial impacts. She is specifically interested in the topics of multiple benefits, energy poverty and renewable resources in buildings and their circularity.

Before joining BPIE, Senta worked with the energy efficiency team of Deutsche Umwelthilfe, where she was responsible for European energy and climate policy as well as project development. She advocated for stronger ambition in the Clean Energy Package and analyzed the German NECP regarding its energy efficiency measures. She also worked with the stakeholder network #effizienzwende, which calls for more ambitious energy efficiency policies in Germany.

She has over 10 years of experience in energy efficiency policy and project management, having worked for a diverse range of organizations and topics ranging from renewable energy at the German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) to climate change within the observer organization’s liaison unit of the UNFCCC secretariat.

 Senta loves developing innovative ideas for projects with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, which has been a major interest of hers since her Erasmus semester at the University of Warsaw.

She holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Salzburg and a postgraduate certificate in environmental science from the University of London.

When she is not at work Senta can be found learning Amharic, spending time in nature or reading a good book.

Office: Berlin
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Sheikh Zuhaib
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Sheikh Zuhaib

Project Manager

Zuhaib is Project Manager at BPIE. He has worked on a broad-spectrum of topics and has a strong background in architectural and environmental designm nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, deep-retrofitting, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), building energy modelling and simulation, conducting stakeholder analyses, field-studies, monitoring campaigns and statistical data analysis. He began his professional career as an Architect and has over 8 years of experience in design and research projects for the built environment.

Prior to joining BPIE, Zuhaib worked as scientific researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in the nZEB-Retrofit project managing and leading one of the work-packages involving interdisciplinary collaborators and multiple stakeholders. He was a guest researcher at the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building, E3D (Germany) where he collaborated on developing solutions for building and district level retrofits. Earlier, he has also worked as an Assistant Professor for design, construction, computational modelling and sustainability for the undergraduate students of architecture at the Manipal University (India).

As an accredited professional in green buildings and certified in ‘Professional Energy Skills in nZEB’, Zuhaib holds a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in developing deep-retrofit decision-making support for achieving nZEBs with enhanced comfort. He completed his master’s in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology- Roorkee, where he also received a DAAD fellowship to conduct his research on building energy performance at the Department of Building Technology, RWTH Aachen (Germany). He is also an active member of international bodies such as ASHRAE and ISIAQ.

When Zuhaib isn’t working, he likes to play table tennis and basketball, enjoys travelling and cycling.

Office: Berlin
The only constant in life is change. Heraclitus
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Victoria Taranu
Senior Researcher
Office: Brussels

Victoria Taranu

Senior Researcher

The only constant in life is change. Heraclitus

In the previous six years, Victoria has been researching policies to promote energy efficiency in the residential sector. In 2019 she received a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University. Her research focused on evidence-based, behaviourally-informed policies to encourage energy renovation. Using insights from behavioural economics, she analysed the efficacy of the Flemish energy label for dwellings and investigated private homeowners’ decision-making regarding energy renovation. During the postdoc, Victoria worked on the RETAX Project, which aimed at reforming the property tax in Belgium to contribute to energy efficiency and sustainable land use. She has experience collaborating with public agencies and stakeholders in elaborating evidence-based policies; and is advocating for tighter collaboration between policymakers and researchers.

Victoria holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Turin.

Besides her passion for the environment, Victoria enjoys volunteering for the community, politics, photography and piano.

Office: Brussels
Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it! Yury Gagarin
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Maria Stambler
Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Maria Stambler

Communications Manager

Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it! Yury Gagarin

Prior to joining BPIE, Maria was a journalist and social media professional in Russia and Europe for more than seven years; she wrote articles related to sustainability, climate change, travel and lifestyle. She also worked as part of a small team at Hungary’s Semmelweis University that carried out all the communications activities for several EU-wide healthcare joint actions. In her free time, she volunteered as Russia country manager at a small NGO called Climate Scorecard and was part of the communications team at the promising youth-led initiative Visegrad For Sustainable Development Goals. Before entering journalism and communications, Maria spent two years working as a freelance English teacher and copywriter for travel guides in her hometown of Moscow, Russia.

Maria holds a BA in Marketing and Advertising with Events Management from the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), a MSc in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics, and a MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University in Budapest, where she specialized in social media’s role in helping environmental NGO’s lead to a green awakening in society.

In her free time, Maria is an avid traveller, spoils her beloved French bulldog, enjoys going for bike rides and swims, watches world cinema, goes to concerts and music festivals (pre-Covid), hits the mountains for some snowboarding in the winters and tries to get better at surfing.

Office: Brussels
Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream. Jack Kerouac
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Teresa Henriques Lobo
Finance and Administrative Officer
Office: Brussels

Teresa Henriques Lobo

Finance and Administrative Officer

Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream. Jack Kerouac

As Finance and Administrative Officer, Teresa is involved in the preparation and support of funding proposals while supporting the Finance and Human Resources teams, ensuring smooth day-to-day running of BPIE’s internal programs and administration. 

Teresa finished her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto in 2018. Since then, she had the opportunity to work as an intern in the treasury team of a multinational company.

She joined The Climate Reality Project in June 2018 and day by day she is trying to improve herself as an environmentally-conscious human being. In her free time, Teresa enjoys a good chat while absorbing the sun or a good marathon of tv shows.

Office: Brussels
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. – Franz Kafka
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Jo Junkel
Communications Assistant
Office: Berlin

Jo Junkel

Communications Assistant

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. – Franz Kafka

Prior to joining BPIE, Jo worked as a Project Coordinator for GOEUROPE!, the European Youth Competence Centre and the Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) of Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, where she supported the communication, mainly by managing its website and social media accounts as well as organizing and carrying out events.

Jo holds a BA in Intercultural Business Communication and Romance Studies – French from the University of Jena, Germany.

When Jo isn’t working, she can be found trying out new recipes, on a bike tour or learning a new language.

Office: Berlin
Make hay while the sun shines.
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Rutger Broer
Research Assistant
Office: Berlin

Rutger Broer

Research Assistant

Make hay while the sun shines.

Rutger is Research Assistant at BPIE, and has recently finished his MSc Industrial Ecology at the TU Delft and Leiden University. Combining insights of social and natural sciences, he strives to become a bridge builder in the energy transition. Next to his standard study program, he completed the Climate KIC Master Label Program. His thesis researched concerned citizen participation in the transition to sustainably heating the built environment in the Netherlands.

Rutger got acquainted with comparative policy analysis while performing a research project for the Netherlands Institute of Multiparty Democracy in The Hague. Besides an exchange program in political science to the Université de Poitiers in France, Rutger worked half a year as junior officer in the field of public and economic diplomacy at the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town. Additionally, he has half a year experience as communication manager in the start-up scene in Amsterdam and performed communication work for various Dutch Industry Associations. Just before joining BPIE, he finished a research project in heating installations in the context of energy and environmental performance of buildings for the Dutch Heating Industry Association. Next to his work, Rutger has organized multiple events and conferences related to the energy transition. His latest work experience and graduation have further strengthened his commitment to an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable built environment in Europe.

As facilitator and trainer, he has shared his enthusiasm about public speaking and rhetoric with a broad and international audience. He is always open for a conversation in Dutch, English, French or German. As a true Dutchman, he loves riding his bike whenever he can.

After work, Rutger likes to dance or do sports before cooking tasty and nutritious meals.

Office: Berlin
Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy. Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
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Xerome Fernández Álvarez
Research Assistant
Office: Brussels

Xerome Fernández Álvarez

Research Assistant

Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy. Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

As a Research Assistant, Xerome is supporting the research team by conducting data gathering and analysis as well as collaborating on the development of methodologies for approaching the different tasks that BPIE has to carry out in the projects he is assigned in.

Xerome has been always interested in energy efficiency in buildings since starting university, as he studied a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering at the University of Vigo (2013-2017), carrying out a Post-Occupation evaluation of Lugo’s market, in NW Spain. He then continued his education with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, from which he graduated in September 2019. For his final thesis, he conducted a feasibility study on the conversion of an educational building into a nZEB.

Beyond energy performance of buildings, Xerome is passionate about languages and taking part in multicultural events, as a member of a folk group in his hometown, at the border with Portugal.

 

Office: Brussels
The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change. Greta Thunberg
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Janne Rieke Boll
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Janne Rieke Boll

Project Manager

The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change. Greta Thunberg

Janne is a Project Manager in the BPIE Berlin office where she manages research projects on the decarbonisation of the buildings sector. Her work focuses on researching the multiple impacts of building policies, analysing the regulatory framework of energy efficiency in the EU and Germany, and managing diverse stakeholder relations.  

Before joining BPIE, Janne was stationed at GIZ in the field of international climate policy organising capacity development and policy dialogue activities and supporting key initiatives for climate transparency. At the Kiel Institute for the World Economy she supported several research projects and analysed the possibility to extend the EU ETS to the German heating sector for her Master’s thesis.  

Janne holds a MSc in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of Southern Denmark and Aalborg University and a German/Danish bachelor’s degree in economics and Business Administration. Besides German, she speaks English and is working on her Danish and French. 

Beyond building energy performance, Janne is passionate about climate justice and can be found on her bike, with her SUP board on the water or exploring new (breakfast) cafés. 

 

Office: Berlin
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