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Mark Pecqueur

Mark Pecqueur is professor and research developer automotive for Thomas More University of Applied Sciences. With more than 25 years of research experience and 2 start-ups, Mark Pecqueur is an experience expert in both research into renewable fuels and drive systems and bringing the results to the market.

In addition to his academic career, Mark Pecqueur is active as an expert and keynote speaker ( & with the aim of supporting companies in their steps in the mobility of tomorrow.


Jan Van Dierdonck

Jan Van Dierdonck  is the manager of the centre of expertise “Sustainable Resources” at University Colleges Leuven-Limburg. He aims at setting up collaborations with SMEs, government organizations, universities or universities of applied sciences, etc. to initiate innovative research projects on a national and international scale. These projects are centered around three focus areas, i.e., (i) valorization of waste streams into new products, (ii) sustainable energy systems and (iii) the link between environment and human health. Following the latest innovations and trends within these fields and translating them into tangible research output beneficial for the involved stakeholders and students is a key element for the centre of expertise “Sustainable Resources”.

Ilse Vermeulen

Ilse Vermeulen has been involved as a project leader in different projects within the expertise center “Sustainable Resources”. She is also a core expert within this expertise center for the research line “Environment & Health”. As a Doctor in Medical Sciences and Bio-engineer in Cell and Gene Biotechnology, Ilse has already gained a lot of expertise in the combination of technology and health, of which the subject “Air Matters” is an excellent example. During her PhD, she mainly worked on prediction models and epidemiological studies in the clinical biology of type I diabetes, which has led to a great deal of experience in data processing as well as in processing and writing results in the form of articles in peer-reviewed journals (3 first authorships and 8 co-authorships). Her previous job as a scientific assistant in a clinical lab - Toxicology department - has led to a broad knowledge of analytical techniques and problem-solving thinking. In addition, as project leader within the PWO projects ECO-TRAILER and ASTMApping, within the Citizen Science projects HasselAIR and ElementAIR, as well as project manager of the bachelor's thesis of the 3rd PBa Chemie, she gained extensive experience in (low-cost) air quality sensors.

Peter Van Hout

Peter Van Hout, Master of Science in Electronics, lectures at UC Leuven-Limburg on AC-DC machines, power electronics and energy technology. He is also researcher sustainable resources – projects, international – DC-technology, renewable energy, Li-ion batteries.

Sarah Eyckmans

After several roles within the Danone organisation linked to operations, continuous improvement, safety and planning , both on factory and global level, Sarah Eyckmans is now responsible for PMO (project and portfolio management) fully driving the Rotselaar Actimel factory towards the “one planet one health” mission.

Sustainability in the broad sense is fully integrated in the local strategy by using innovation in combination with Danone’s human capital and stakeholders to further support the development of the  business, the people and our environment. The results of all the initiatives are recognized both internally in Danone as externally by several authorities.


Sonia Bonus

Sonia Bonus graduated in Business administration from HEC Saint Louis, Brussels and has been  Sustainability Manager for Danone entities based in Belgium and in the Netherlands since March 2016.

In this role Sonia is responsible for co-building, implementing and animating the Danone “One Planet One Health” framework in all of Danone’s activities and more specifically for leveraging the B Corp movement for growth.

For that it is key to embark everyone to be ambassador of Danone’s OPOH (One Planet One Health) journey to become changemakers and to constantly improve to make a positive impact on the planet and on the people; and to contribute to empower people internally on our health and planet commitments and work with them to transform the Danone company to create a positive impact for the society. 

“It gives me energy to see people act as changemakers  to turn challenges into new solutions and become as passionate as I am by sustainability” is what Sonia says.

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Martijn Kiers

Martijn Kiers is Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher at University of Applied Science FH JOANNEUM GmbH in Austria. His areas of knowledge are: Project management and negotiation skills; Highway expansion Projects inclusive environmental impact assessment highway A1; Utilization projects e.g. hard shoulder running A27 and A28, Ramp meters; Spatial planning; Transport planning; Traffic Telematics; Dynamic Traffic Management; Shared Space; Indoor Navigation; Benchmarking; slow mobility; surveys and evaluations; municipal transport plans; customized public transport, etc.

Sandro José Rigo

Sandro José Rigo is a Professor in the Applied Computing Graduate Program at Unisinos University and an innovation consultant (FINEP/Brazil). He is conducting research projects regarding Artificial Intelligence and sensors application in Smart Campus case studies.


Carlos Carone

Carlos Carone graduated in CHEMISTRY from University PUCRS , acquired a master's degree in Engineering and Materials Technology from the University PUCRS  and a doctorate in Materials Science from University UFRGS, a Sandwich doctorate in the USA - University of California Santa Barbara and several Post-doctorates.

Carlos Carone has experience in Chemistry, focusing on Inorganic Chemistry, acting on the following subjects: resins, olefins, catalysts, polymerization and copolymerization. He also acts as a guest professor in the post-graduate program in Engineering and Materials Technology). He is Adjunct professor at FEEVALE University Brazil, Permanent professor and Substitute Coordinator of the Master and Professional Doctorate Program in Materials Technology and Industry Processes at FEEVALE University.

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Armando Leopoldo Keller

Armando Leopoldo Keller  is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program and PhD Student in the Applied Computing Graduate Program at Unisinos University.

Thomas Vanhove

Thomas Vanhove is lecturer mechanics and energy systems at UCLL. He is also researcher in the research centre ‘Sustainable Resources’. Thomas Vanhove has participated in the project ‘ Control of residential loads and energy storage supports the integration of renewable energy sources’  and a second one ‘Power quality with green energy sources linked to the net and microgrids’. He has also been part of some European projects such as ‘DCT-REES: Direct Current Technology – Renewable Energy education and Skill development”.

Jan Elsen

Jan Elsen is lecturer electricity, power electronics and drive technology in the study programmes Energy Technology, Electromechanics and Electronics-ICT at UCLL.

Together with Thomas Vanhove Jan Elsen was the driving force of the mobile energy unit and the Moving Lab. As a researcher in the research center ‘Sustainable Resources’ he is involved in various projects such as  ‘Overcoming an electrical black-out in a residential microgrid’ and ‘Power quality with green energy sources’. He also participated in the European projects ‘DCT-REES: Direct Current Technology – Renewable Energy education and Skill development’.

Hirut Grossberger

Hirut Grossberger, Ph.D. is senior researcher and international coordinator at St. Pölten UAS in the Carl Ritter von Ghega Institute for Integrated Mobility Research, Austria.  The institute conducts application-oriented research and development on the topics of railway technology and mobility. Her current work as a researcher and lecturer focuses on railway infrastructure and lifecycle of technical systems.