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René Kemna, MSc.

Co-founder/director

Background: Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology.

International experience in design and engineering of whitegoods, lighting and (office) furniture industry (Italy, Germany, Netherlands). Teaching experience at the Delft University of Technology and Design Academy in Eindhoven. Responsible for consultancy on energy efficiency policy and Ecodesign of electric domestic appliances and lighting. Involved in EU and IEA projects regarding energy policy support for refrigerators, washing machines, CH Pumps, water heaters and ovens. In 2001-2002 he had a mandate to represent the Netherlands as a permanent technical expert in the EU's Energy Labeling Regulatory Committee (ELRC).
Fluent in English, German, Italian, Dutch; active and passive knowledge of French.
CV-overview of René Kemna [PDF]

telephone: +32 2 345 9275
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Rob van Holsteijn, MSc.

Co-founder/director

Background: Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology.

Over 30 years experience as a consultant in the European central heating boiler, water heater, ventilation and radiator business. Technical consultant for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Energy policy consultant for Ventilation, Gas Appliances and Micro-cogeneration (fuel cells for stationary and mobile applications). Co-initiator, lead researcher and manager for the MONICAIR ventilation study.
Fluent in English, Dutch; active and passive knowledge of French and German.

telephone: +31 15 2755 760
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Martijn van Elburg, MSc.

Senior consultant

Background: Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology.

Previous work experience includes topics such as ecodesign, sustainable building, pollution prevention, product oriented environmental management (POEM) and eco-labeling (European Commission - DG ENV).
At VHK responsible as a senior consultant for research on sustainable buildings, eco-efficient consumer durables and product-service systems. Networks in Ecodesign (secretary of O2 Netherlands, network for sustainable design).
Fluent in English and Dutch; passive knowledge of French and German.

telephone: +31 15 2755 772
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Leo Wierda, PhD., MSc.

Senior research engineer

Background: Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology.
Ph.D. on "Cost-estimation tools for designers" at Industrial Design Engineering of the same university.

Previous work experience in Italy on design and analysis of structures for the aerospace sector; thermal analysis; concentrated photovoltaics (HCPV); modelling of complex structural, thermal, optical and electrical systems.
Fluent in Dutch, English, Italian. Knowledge of French and German.

telephone: +31 15 2755 755
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Roy van den Boorn, MSc., BSc.

Research engineer

Background: Applied Physics at the Hogeschool Zuyd in Heerlen and Technical innovations sciences with specialisation in Sustainable energy at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Involved in design engineering and international research projects. International experience in research projects in Finland and Estonia.
Fluent in English and Dutch; passive knowledge of French and German.

telephone: +32 2 345 9275
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Elizabeth Maier, MA., BSc.

Circular economy adviser

Background: M.A. in Economics (Rural Development) and B.Sc. (with Hons) in Chemistry and European Economics from Sussex University (including one year at the Sorbonne and the Science Faculty, Paris).

Researcher in food statistics, sustainable development and the agricultural impact on the environment at the OECD in Paris, and Circular economy adviser at VHK. Worked on Brominated Flame Retardants and Recycled Content of Plastics.
Fluent in English (mother tongue), French and Greek. Passive knowledge of German.

telephone: +32 2 345 7378
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William Li, MSc.

Industrial design engineer

Background: Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology.

Activities include research with a focus on ICT, ventilation and electronics. Other work involves product development, engineering, concept design, 3D CAD, CFD, 3D animation, user interaction design and website development.
Fluent in English and Dutch, passive knowledge of German.

telephone: +31 15 2755 771
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Pepijn Wesselman, MSc., BSc.

Research engineer

Background: Maritime Officer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Innovation Sciences with a specialisation in energy and sustainable development at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Has international working experience in the energy sector and oil & gas industry as a technical advisor for heavy duty gas turbines. Involved at VHK in Ecodesign impact accounting and the monitoring of standards.

Fluent in Dutch, English and Spanish, passive knowledge of German and French.

telephone: +31 15 2755 764
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Daniela Kemna, BSc.

Legal advisor

Background: International Law at Erasmus University College, Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology.

Graduated cum laude in International Law at Erasmus University College on analysing the Dyson case and its adherence to EU-law rules and principles. Involved at VHK in providing legal support for office administration, as well as offering legal advice on EU law matters related to Ecodesign and Energy labelling.

Fluent in Dutch, Italian, English and French, passive knowledge of German.

telephone: +31 15 2755 767
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Nicole Koot

Office manager

Responsible for overall office management, projects & contracts administration, human resources and public relations.
Fluent in Dutch and English; active and passive knowledge of French and Spanish, passive knowledge of German.

telephone: +31 15 2755 775
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