We are a multi-national dynamic team working from Brussels, Berlin, London, Bucharest and Warsaw to support Europe’s climate change objectives. We analyse which policies really reduce CO2 emissions, what innovative ideas can accelerate the transformation of the building sector and how governments, stakeholders and civil society can work together to make buildings fit for a sustainable future. Click on each of us to find out more!
Since 2011, Oliver Rapf is Executive Director of BPIE, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a Brussels based think-tank with a focus on energy and the built environment. 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. Earlier, Oliver participated in UNFCCC negotiation process, 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.
Roberta is Communications Manager at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), where she is in charge of developing digital communication plans and implementing the related communications commitments. She manages several social media accounts, has experience in the organisation of small and big scale policy conferences and is directly involved in many EU-funded projects: iBRoad, EmBuild, ExcEED. She also developed several marketing materials (ideas, design, drafting, editing) and wrote articles in various specialised magazines (European Energy Innovation Magazine, REHVA, etc.).
Born in the sunny south of Italy, Roberta moved to Brussels to join the energy efficiency field by working for a European buildings association, EuroACE, where she supported the political communication campaign Renovate Europe, by managing its website and social media accounts, and organising its annual high-level events (REDays).
Before arriving in the European capital, Roberta first graduated from the LUISS University in Rome, with a diploma in Political Science, where she got an overview of political processes on the international scene. Then, seeking to get a full immersion in the field of environment and sustainability, she enrolled in a Master programme in Denmark on Environmental and Resource Management.
Apart from sustainability and energy efficiency-related matters, Roberta is passionate about travelling, water sports and books.
Serban Danciu is heading up BPIE’s Country Initiative in Romania. He is an engineer who graduated from the Power Engineering Faculty at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest. Serban has a deep understanding of the Romanian market as he held management positions in private companies listed on the stock market.
As a member of several industry associations, Serban actively participated to the elaboration of legislative projects for the industrial sector. Due to his responsibilities in the Romanian industry, Serban is very familiar with decision making processes and stakeholder dynamics on national and local level.
Vivian has been working on the energy efficiency of buildings and indoor environmental quality for more than 8 years. She currently works as Project Manager for BPIE, managing research projects on energy efficiency from conceptualisation to completion. She undertakes research in relation to building policies, supports fundraising activities and manages stakeholder relationships.
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 also been 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.
Mariangiola, Head of Research at BPIE, has fifteen years of experience in energy efficiency and climate change policy analysis and a deep understanding of EU policy making.
She joined BPIE as Senior Project Manager and managed several projects including the Benchmarking study for mobilising investments in energy efficiency (DG ENER), iBRoad (individual Building Renovation Roadmap), De-Risking Energy Efficiency Investments (DG ENER), EmBuild (support public authorities in SE Europe countries in developing a long-term strategy for renovation of the building stock) and the adoption of the Clean Energy Package for All Europeans and the Post 2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.
She previously 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.
Her international experience is combined with a solid knowledge of the EU energy efficiency policies, built as 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 master degrees in Environmental Law and European Political and Administrative Studies and served several years on the board of CAN-Europe and Topten International Group.
Before joining BPIE’s team, Szymon Firląg was working on building efficiency-related projects for Polish companies and foundations, such as: the National Energy Conservation Agency, the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency and the Energy Conservation Foundation. He was involved in the process of designing, constructing and certification of the first passive buildings in Poland. Currently, he is a lecturer at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in the team of sustainable development.
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.
He is now representing BPIE in Poland.
Judit has been modeling building stocks and policy impacts for 6 years. Her specialties are data analysis, building modeling combined with a profound knowledge of German policies connected to energy efficiency and renewable energy with a focus on buildings.
She worked on a broad spread of research connected to energy and buildings at the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research. In projects with various national and international partners, she became familiar with the building-related policies in Germany, the EU and its countries. In a related project she assessed the effects of white certificates for buildings and compared other countries’ experiences. Within the Odyssee-MURE project, she maintained the descriptions of German policies and collected evaluation data for the database. Working with multiple international partners within the EU Project “ENTRANZE” she facilitated the aggregation of building stock data and projections for EU countries. Her role there was to design the data analysis tools that handles the data for all European countries’ building stocks.
Anne-Sophie is HR and Office Manager at BPIE, Personal Assistant to the Executive Director.
She started working at BPIE in 2015-2016 for seven months as Office Manager, replacing Chantal Despret during her maternity leave.
She is now taking over the HR § Office department of BPIE and supports the Executive Director regarding fundraising, Board meetings and General Assembly etc.
Before her experience at BPIE, Anne-Sophie was Assistant at the European Parliament from 2010 and 2014. She was especially in charge of the planning of internal meetings and conferences organised by the MEP’s of the EPP Group.
Before a 6-months replacement at BirdLife as Office Manager, she worked at Interel for the professional development of the employees as a Training Assistant from 2007 to 2009.
Prior to this, Anne-Sophie started working as a free-lance teacher in French as a foreign language mainly at the Alliance française of Brussels and at Bruxelles formation from 2004 to 2007.
She 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 obtained a Master 1 degree in teaching French as a foreign language from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris.
Anne-Sophie is keen to learn constantly. She is interested in personal development and recently followed trainings, particularly in Communication skills and Self-Leadership.
Since joining BPIE in 2011, Dan has had a broad range of responsibilities, including developing BPIE’s modelling capabilities, developing its knowledge management and financing competence, and most recently, in the field of renovation strategies and policies. 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 for a government agency, an economic development agency and a private management consultancy.
In advisory roles for central, regional and local government, at the European Commission, Blue Chip 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‘s experience includes devising and directing certification schemes, knowledge management, and evaluation/appraisal of over £500M investment in sustainable energy. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Energy Institute in the UK.
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.
As an active Member of „Think Tank 30 Germany“, the Club of Rome’s think tank for young professionals, Sibyl enjoys debating all kinds of sustainability related issues.
Jonathan is a Political Scientist with a special interest in climate and environmental policies. He developed his analytical abilities at Lund University, where he earned a MSc in Political Science and two BSc in Political Science and Economics. At BPIE, Jonathan is Project Manager.
Before joining BPIE, Jonathan worked at the Earth System Governance Project, where he conducted research on the new Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Jonathan has also gathered experience from the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, where he was stationed for six months in the Mitigation, Data & Analysis Programme. During his time in Bonn he supported the Secretariat in setting up the first Multilateral Assessment process and in preparing for the intergovernmental negotiations held in Bonn and Lima in the second half of 2014.
On 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 is writing Op-Eds and navigating interns in the mysterious paths of Op-Ed writing.
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.
Denitza is Finance Manager at BPIE, graduated from the University of World – and National Economy in Sofia with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting. Denitza holds a Magister degree in Economics from Aachen University in Germany. Denitza has a solid working experience in the field of Finance and Accounting. She joined BPIE after several years as Head of Finance at the German International School in Brussels. Earlier in her career, Denitza was working as a Financial Controller at Gofemin & Bild der Frau in Germany.
Margaux joined the team in May 2019 as a Communications and Project Assistant.
Previous to that, 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. In addition, she was involved in the communication activities of the Urban Agenda for the EU, a multilevel partnership programme supported by the European Commission.
As part of an internship, she spent some months in Vietnam to conduct 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 with other musicians.
Arianna has more than 10 years’ experience on energy efficiency policy at the EU and national levels. She is Senior Project Manager for BPIE where she is focusing on projects related to the decarbonisation of European buildings.
Before that, she was Senior Policy Officer for Energy Conservation at the WWF European Policy Office. At WWF, she led the work on energy efficiency: her responsibilities included coordinating the WWF network in Europe, and advocating positions and policies for energy efficiency and energy conservation to the EU institutions. In this role, she was involved in the adoption and implementation of the Clean Energy Package for all Europeans, particularly on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Energy Efficiency Directive and Governance Regulation. Arianna has also severed for several years in the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Energy Savings and in the board of ECOS.
Before joining WWF, she had previous experience in the European Parliament and in an international law firm. She was trained as a political scientist in Italy and France. She holds a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe.
Arianna is Italian, she speaks English, French and Spanish and she is currently learning Dutch.
Zuhaib is Project Manager at BPIE Berlin office. He began his professional career as an Architect and has over 8 years of experience in the built-environment design and research projects. Previously, he worked as a scientific researcher on ‘nZEB-Retrofit’ project at the NUI Galway (Ireland), and was responsible for managing and leading one of the work-packages of this project involving interdisciplinary collaborators and multiple stakeholders. During this tenure, he earned his Ph.D. in developing deep-retrofit decision-making support for achieving nZEBs with enhanced comfort. He was also a guest researcher during his Ph.D. at the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building -E3D (Germany) and collaborated for developing solutions for building and district level retrofits.
Zuhaib pursued his M.Arch from the Indian Institute of Technology- Roorkee (India) and during this period, he received a DAAD fellowship to conduct his research on building energy performance at the Department of Building Technology, RWTH Aachen (Germany). 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 accredited professional in green buildings and certified in ‘Professional Energy Skills in nZEB’, he has acquired the necessary skills to work on environmental and sustainable design projects from his early career. He is also an active member of international bodies such as ASHRAE and ISIAQ.
Zuhaib has worked on a broad-spectrum of topics and has a strong background in 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.
Janne is Research and Communication Associate in the BPIE Berlin office. She holds a MSc. degree in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of Southern Denmark and Aalborg University and a German/Danish cross-border Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Before joining BPIE, Janne gained experience in policy research at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy where she supported several research projects and analysed the German heating and building sector for her Master thesis. She worked for a project funded by the German Federal Environmental Ministry in the field of International Climate Policy. She organized Capacity Development and Policy Dialogue activities and supported the communication team of the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement.
Since 2018, Janne is part of the environmental campaigning network “Zukunftspiloten” and supports the international climate justice movement. She speaks German, English, Danish and some French.
Jessica 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 is native English speaking and speaks some French and Italian.
Senta has been working on the European and German energy transition for the last ten years and has attained substantial knowledge in energy efficiency policies. She has an M.A. in political science from the University of Salzburg and a postgraduate certificate in environmental science from the University of London.
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. Furthermore, she worked with the stakeholder network #effizienzwende, which calls for more ambitious energy efficiency policies in Germany.
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 is an experienced EU project manager who has 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.
Teresa joined BPIE as Administrative Trainee. She will assist the Finance and Human Resources team.
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.
Zsolt is Senior Project Manager at BPIE. Before joining BPIE, he was 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. Member of international think thanks and European sustainability built environment stakeholder partnerships.
Caroline has a Master’s of Political Science from the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she mapped institutional changes in the EU against the development of the internal electricity market. Prior to joining BPIE, Caroline worked as Director of Communications and Marketing at Joule Assets. In this role, Caroline developed and deployed widespread communications campaigns for European projects targeting energy efficiency project developers and investors, including SEAF H2020 and LAUNCH H2020, and deployed the commercial launch of the eQuad online platform, which facilitates investment in energy efficiency projects for SMEs in Europe. She also led Joule’s marketing efforts towards municipal leaders and residents in New York State in effort to create bulk energy buying programmes (“Community Choice Aggregation”). Additionally, Caroline has spent several years working as a freelance English teacher/trainer for business professionals, copywriter and academic editor. When Caroline isn’t working, she can be found practicing piano (usually Chopin), going for a long run, brewing kombucha or experimenting in the kitchen. A native English speaker, Caroline is also fluent in French.
Xerome studied a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering at the University of Vigo (2013-2017) and continued his education with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, from which he graduated in September 2019. His final thesis had energy efficiency in buildings as a main topic, as he has always been interested in this field.
He is also passionate about languages and taking part in multicultural events, as a member of a folk group in his hometown.