International Scientific Committee

Professor Han Brezet, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
HanBrezet_EDITEDProfessor Han Brezet is Head of the Design for Sustainability Research Group and tenure professor in sustainable product design at the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. Professor Brezet is a pioneer in the area of life-cycle oriented applied eco-design and his expertise covers design, innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainability, especially in relation to sustainable product-service systems, life-cycle approaches in eco-design, renewable energy using product innovation, sustainable product innovation for emerging markets and design-led sustainable entrepreneurship. He is a part-time professor at the Sustainable Innovation & Policy program of the Aalborg University in Denmark. Currently he is coordinating the collaborative Sustainability Research Program of Delft University of Technology and the University Campus Fryslan, The Netherlands, as well as various European Union projects aimed at cross overs between the creative industry and sustainability challenges. He is expert member of the Nordic Socio-Economic Council and jury member of several prestigious Innovation and Sustainability Award schemes in The Netherlands.


Professor Tim Dixon, University of Reading, United Kingdom
TimDixon_EDITEDProfessor Tim Dixon holds a professorial chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment in the School of Construction Management and Engineering at University of Reading. He has more than 30 years’ experience of research, education and professional practice in the built environment. His research interests cover (i) the property industry and its interface with the sustainability agenda; and (ii) futures work, focusing on socio-technical impacts at a range of scales. He is currently leading work in the Urban Foresight Laboratory work package of EPSRC Retrofit 2050 and is also working with local and regional partners to develop a Reading 2050 Vision. He is also a member of the editorial boards of four leading international real estate journals; a member of the RICS Sustainability Taskforce Group; a member of the EPSRC Peer Review Council; Fellow of CORE (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence); and is contributing to the UK BIS Future Cities Foresight Programme.



François Jégou, Director of Strategic Design Scenarios

François Jégou EDITED2François Jégou created and leads the Brussels-based sustainable innovation lab Strategic Design Scenarios with 20 years of experience in strategic design, participative scenario building and new product-services system definition. François is active in various fields and research projects from investigating social innovation for sustainable living in China, India, Brazil and Africa with UNEP to European research projects focussing sustainable lifestyles 2050, exploring the future of innovation or building a deliberative platform on nanotech.

François is lead expert of an URBACT network of 10 European cities building their sustainable food governance, design manager of the LUPI the business user lab for the Cité du Design in St Étienne, France and partner of DESIS, the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability network. He teaches strategic design at La Cambre design school, Brussels and is visiting professor at Politecnico, Milan and ENSCI, Les Ateliers Paris. His last publication: ‘Sustainable Street 2030’ is an eBook asking what might everyday life be like in a sustainable society? How would we eat food, move, work, and take care of each other?


Associate Professor Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University, USA

NatalieJeremijenkoNatalie Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic at NYU, is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department and affiliated with Computer Science and the Environmental Studies programs.  Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, the Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University. Her work primarily explores the interface between society, the environment and technology. She currently has a Model Urban Development on the roof of Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea, NY, powered by human food waste. Natalie was awarded as one of the worlds Most Innovative People for the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2013 and named as one of Fast Company’s most influential women in technology 2011. In 2005 ID magazine included her as one of the worlds top 40 designers.



Professor Baizhan Li, Chongqing University, People’s Republic of China
BaizhanLi_EDITEDProfessor Baizhan Li is the Dean of The Faculty of Urban Construction and Environmental Engineering and a professor in built environment in Chongqing University, China. He is also the Director of National Center for International Research of Low-carbon & Green Buildings. He is the founding director of the Key Laboratory of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region’s Eco-Environment since June 2004. Professor Li has over 25 years experience in teaching, design and consultancy in built environment, specialized in building energy, indoor climate, low carbon and renewable energy. He is currently a Member of National Committee on National Climate Change Challenge under Ministry of Science & Technology, Member of National Science Committee under Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction and Member of National Consultant Committee of Sustainable Resource & Environment under Ministry of Construction in China. Prof. Li is a Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRCIS), Fellow of The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE), and Fellow of International Society of the Built Environment in UK.


Peter Madden, Future Cities Catapult, United Kingdom
Peter Madden is Chief Executive of the Future Cities Catapult, UK. Previously, he worked as Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, Ministerial Adviser to the British Government, Director of Green Alliance and Head of Policy at Christian Aid. Peter has previously been a member of the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development and the Board of the European Environment Bureau. He is currently Board Counsellor to the Crown Estate, an Advisory Board member of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability and a member of the UK Government Smart Cities Forum.




Professor Ezio Manzini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Ezio-Manzini_EDITED2Professor Manzini has taught and carried out research in the field of design for sustainability and social innovation at the Politecnico di Milano where he directed several national and international research projects and where he coordinated the Doctorate in Design in the Design Department. He has also been director and vice-president of Domus Academy (in the 90s) and Chair Professor of Design under the Distinguished Scholars Scheme at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (in 2000) and as Distinguished Visiting Professor, at Parsons, the New School for Design, in New York (in 2012). He started and currently coordinates, Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) network; an international network of schools of design and other design-related organisations specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability. Currently, he collaborates with the Politecnico di Milano and he is Honorary Guest Professor at the Tongji University, in Shanghai, at the Jiangnan University, in Wuxi and at the University of the Arts London (London).



Professor Lena Neij
LenaNeij_EDITEDProfessor Lena Neij is Director at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. Her research is focused on the analysis of governacce and policies for more sustainable development. The core issue has been development and assessment of methods for analyzing the dynamics of energy systems in view of technical change, i.e. development, introduction, and diffusion of new technology, and policy measures for effecting and accelerating technical change. The research, which has been system based and interdisciplinary, has covered energy for sustainable development in general, with a focus on renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency in buildings. Lena Neij has coordinated several initiatives related to sustainable urban development and is today active in the many projects related to sustainable urban development and innovation.



Ursula Tischner
TischnerPreferredEDITEDUrsula Tischner studied architecture, art and industrial design and specialized in eco- and sustainable design of products and services. Between 1992-1996 she worked as a researcher at the German Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, where she was involved in research and developing concepts such as eco-efficiency, eco-design, and eco-innovation. In 1996 she founded econcept, Agency for Sustainable Design, in Cologne. With econcept she carries out research and consulting projects with small and large companies and other organizations on sustainable- and eco-design and -innovation. Between 2009-2013 she was the Professor of Design for Sustainability at Savannah College of Art and Design and Program Coordinator of Design for Sustainability Program. Currently she is CEO of econcept and project manager of the European Sustainability Maker project.



Professor Phillip Vergragt
SONY DSCPhilip J Vergragt PhD is a Professor Emeritus of Technology Assessment at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, a Fellow at Tellus Institute, Boston and a Research Professor at Marsh Institute, Clark University, Worcester, MA. He has co-authored more than 80 scientific publications and three books. His main research interests are sustainable technological and social innovations in transportation, energy, and housing; grassroots innovations; socio-technical transitions; sustainable consumption and production; and technology assessment of emerging technologies. In the last five years, he has been the co-founder of SCORAI, the North American (and European) Sustainable Consumption and Action Initiative; of NARSPAC, the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption; of WoHEC, the Worcester Housing, Energy, and Community group; and of GRF-SPaC, the Global Research Forum on SPaC, which held its inaugural meeting in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.



Professor Gail Whiteman, Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University Management School
GailWhiteman_EDITEDProfessor Gail Whiteman holds the Sustainability and Climate Change chair and is a professor of business society management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands. 

Professor Whiteman’s research aims to help organisations deal more effectively with sustainability challenges. She is also part-time Professor in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 

She is co-founder and Director of ERIM’s Centre for Corporate Eco-Transformation, where she collaborates with multinational companies, to examine issues such as the strategic role of companies in their transition towards low carbon, sustainable cities; the impact of natural resource extraction on local sustainability; and the drivers of sustainable innovation. She is an associate member of the Resilience Alliance, a world-class, multidisciplinary research organisation comprised of scientists and practitioners that explore the dynamics and resilience of social-ecological systems. Professor Whiteman pioneers a fresh approach to management research, with greater attention paid to tipping points in key planetary boundary processes.