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.
Roberta is Communications Manager at BPIE, where she supports the development of communication strategies and plans, and manages certain aspects of digital communication and media relations. She developed several marketing materials (design, drafting, editing), wrote articles in various specialised magazines (European Energy Innovation Magazine, REHVA, etc.) and supported in the organisation of high-level policy conferences. She also leads communications activities on behalf of BPIE for ExcEED and EmBuild H2020 projects.
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 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.
Maarten is Head of Research at the Buildings 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.
In the last two years, Vivian worked as a 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. During this project, she designed and executed monitoring campaigns on the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Ventilation and evaluated the impacts of Passive Ventilation with Heat Recovery systems on the built environment and its occupants. During this period, she also contributed to the development of the curriculum of the new MSc in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability in Buildings of the Bartlett, UCL.
Vivian has further worked as an environmental consultant, providing services on the Environmental Design of buildings. She has been 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 secretary of the Natural Ventilation Group of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE-NVG) and a visiting lecturer at the UCL.
Vivian holds a PhD in Indoor Environmental Quality and Ventilation, an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from the UCL and a Degree in Physics from the University of Athens.
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.
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 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.
Eleftherios is currently finalising his PhD studies, focusing on the energy performance of radiant cooling systems for office buildings. His studies consisted of both experimental and simulation work focusing on the performance of HVAC equipment. He also has concrete experience in data processing and conducting experiments examining thermal comfort. In the context of his PhD studies he joined UC Berkeley, California, as a Visiting Scholar for six months.
Prior to joining the BPIE, Eleftherios has worked as a Trainee Energy Consultant at Trinomics. Furthermore, he has worked as a Work Package Leader for the Solar Decathlon team of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), being in charge of designing and building the HVAC equipment for the project house participating in the 2014 competition.
Eleftherios holds a MSc from DTU in Sustainable Energy – Energy Savings in Buildings, and an Undergraduate Degree in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece.
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.