BPIE has a team with diverse skills and nationalities in place. To find out more about each team member, please click on them.
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.
Frances has worked in the energy efficiency, climate change and the wider environmental policy field for over 9 years.
Prior to joining BPIE, she was Policy Director at Stefan Scheuer Consulting, working on energy efficiency policies for a range of clients including the European Climate Foundation and the Coalition for Energy Savings, for which she carried out advocacy activities and research on the implementation of energy efficiency policies across Europe.
Since graduating with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia in the UK, she has also worked for the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the UK electricity and gas regulator, the UK Energy Saving Trust (EST). At the EST, she was responsible for managing EST’s research projects (including field trials of heat pumps and solar water heating) and was involved in the development and implementation of EU and UK energy policies.
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.
Chantal is a Belgian citizen. Alongside a Bachelor’s degree in speech therapy and an additional degree in Company Management, she holds a Special Diploma in Human Resources (Master level equivalent). She started working at BPIE in 2010 as Office Manager and supported its administrative and HR backbone creation and implementation from its very first stages. She is now managing the Operations & HR department of BPIE and supports the Executive Director on strategic aspects (fundraising, Board meetings and General Assembly support, contracting process, etc.)
During her career as operational manager, Chantal experienced multiple organizational environments, from SME to large international organisations. One of her key accomplishment has been the set-up of the back-offices of the Belgian subsidiary of CEA (Centre d’Etudes d’Assurances), an international consultant and broker specialized in construction liabilities. She worked for the headquarters situated in Paris and the subsidiary in Brussels. In her last position as project coordinator, she worked for the Controls Department of Trane, part of Ingersoll-Rand Group.
Mariangiola has eleven years of experience in energy efficiency and climate change policy analysis and a deep understanding of EU policy making.
Before joining BPIE as Senior Project Manager, she 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 during her 6 years 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 until her move to Montreal in 2011.
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.
Marine is French and moved to Belgium in 2011 to work in a multicultural environment and experience the European feeling.
She graduated from the EM Lyon Management School (France), where she focused on sustainability in communications before spending some months in Norway to learn more about renewable energies and ethics in business.
She has always put an emphasis on sustainability in her working experiences, focusing on events management for a French Local Energy Agency and a Music and Street Art Festival in Lyon. She then strengthened her Marketing and Communications expertise working for an Environmental Consulting agency in Brussels before joining BPIE. At BPIE, where she manages the communications team, she is, among other things, editing publications and newsletters, liaising with media and partners, managing Social Media accounts as well as BPIE and other projects’ websites.
When Marine is not working, she volunteers in environmental or social associations and designs jewelry in recycled contents.
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.
Roberta is Communications Intern at BPIE, where she supports the development of the communication strategy and plan, by helping, for example, with digital communication and media relations.
Born in the sunny south of Italy, Roberta moved to Brussels to join the energy efficiency field by working for a European buildings association where she had the opportunity to support a political communication campaign.
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 water sports and reading.
Maarten is Head of Research at the Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) with close to 15 years’ experience in energy performance and sustainability of buildings. He is leading several of BPIE’s projects on building performance policies, innovation in the construction sector and smart buildings and is partner of Horizon 2020 projects such as iBROAD, CommONEnergy and Exceed.
As strategic policy officer at the Flemish Energy Agency, he coordinated the Flemish NZEB action plan and the Belgian quality scheme for installers’ renewable energy systems and joined both Concerted Actions EPBD and RED.
Maarten holds a Master Degree in Industrial Design (Antwerp, Belgium) and an Energy & Climate Postgraduate (Antwerp, Belgium), both consolidating his out-of-the-box and transversal approach.
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.
Eleni is a Research Associate at BPIE, responsible for drafting research documents in the areas of fuel poverty, indoor air quality, energy efficiency and nearly Zero Energy Buildings. Moreover, she participates in EU-funded projects, such as ZEBRA2020 and EPISCOPE, by contributing to deliverables, coordinating BPIE’s tasks, collecting data and representing BPIE in project meetings.
Before joining BPIE, she worked as a trainee at the European Investment Bank where she was involved in the evaluation of energy efficiency and renewable energy investment projects (ELENA facility). She has also experience as engineer in a leading construction company in Greece, where she was coordinating and supervising electromechanical works and evaluating the energy performance of the company’s buildings.
Eleni has studied Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialisation in the energy sector at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a Master in Energy Management and Environmental Protection Systems from the National Technical University of Athens & the University of Piraeus.
Ralf is a German lawyer (“Volljurist”) with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from France’s ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration). He has longstanding experience in EU-affairs and policies, including 11 years in Brussels, where he held several senior posts in non-profit associations.
After 3 years as head of the joint EU-liaison office of the German Federal Chambers of Architects and Engineers (“Bundesarchitektenkammer”, “Bundesingenieurkammer”), he became Secretary General of ECOS asbl, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation, the European umbrella representing environmental NGOs in technical processes at EU level (and beyond), such as standardisation or the ecodesign-directive. In this role for 71/2 years, he organised and supervised the environmental NGO-community’s input into subjects ranging from design specifications for electrical appliances through to the implementation of the EPBD by European (CEN-) standards.
Ralf has been representing BPIE in Berlin as an independent consultant since March 2014.
Cosmina has been with the Buildings Performance Institute from March 2013. Her main responsibilities relate to supporting the implementation of BPIE’s communication strategy and plan by producing articles, organising high-level events, actively looking for partnership opportunities as well as managing and supporting communication activities for several EU-funded projects.
Prior to joining BPIE, she managed digital communication activities at a translation agency that works on European Affairs topics. She also interned in the cabinet of an MEP at the European Parliament.
Cosmina holds a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Bucharest. Seeking to experience a truly multicultural environment, she chose Brussels and the Université Libre de Bruxelles to continue her studies and receive her M.A. in political science.
Outside the field of sustainability, Cosmina is highly interested in topics related to the protection of human rights.
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.
Luisa is Italian and has been living abroad since 2004. She holds a Master degree in Economics and Finance with orientation in Business Management.
Among some experiences in the private sector, particularly in multinational companies based in Ireland, and an internship at the European Commission, she worked for three years and a half in Brussels as Financial and Administrative Officer for the European Union Special Representative for Moldova, under a programme exclusively funded by the European Commission. She was responsible for the financial management of the EU budget, including budget control, financial reporting and audits; she was also supervising the Operations staff based in Brussels and in three offices based in Moldova and Ukraine.
In November 2012, she started working at BPIE for a maternity leave replacement as Operations and HR Manager – PA to the Executive Director. After 8 months in the above position, Luisa accepted a new challenge within the growing organisation and is now Finance Manager.
As Research Trainee, Maximilian monitors political debates related to the energy performance of buildings in Germany and he assists in research projects on innovation in energy efficiency and on efficiency benefits in the heat sector.
Before joining BPIE in 2017, Maximilian graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a French-German dual degree in Political Science and in Environmental Policy with a specialisation in International Energy. In his Master’s thesis he studied change and stability in the energy efficiency policy in the German housing stock between 2005 and 2015.
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 assisting the research team.
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.