Charles J. Kibert Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction
Director, Powell Center for Construction and Environment, University of Florida
Charles J. Kibert is co-founder and President of the Cross Creek Initiative, a non-profit industry/university joint venture seeking to implement sustainability principles into construction. He is a board member of the Green Building Initiative, Inc., a non-profit with an alternative building assessment approach known as Green Globes.
He teaches courses on sustainability and green building in the University of Florida and supervises doctoral candidates specializing in sustainable construction. He also develops and teaches courses on green building to building industry professionals in the US and internationally. He is the author of Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Construction and co-author of Working toward Sustainability: Ethical Decision Making in a Technological World.
Charles holds a B.S. (General Engineering) from the U.S. Military Academy, a M.S. (Nuclear Engineering) from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of South Florida. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida, a Green Globes Assessor (GGA) and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Ross B. Shuster
President, International, United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security
Ross has over 25 years of business and industry experience and joined United Technologies in 2007. Prior to his current role Ross held a number of progressively more senior leadership roles within Asia for United Technologies including providing leadership and management for its Carrier, Chubb and Otis businesses.
Ross is also on the board of directors of Beijer Ref, a technology-oriented publically traded company based in Sweden, operating in refrigeration and air conditioning.
In 2012, Ross was presented with the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government, the highest award bestowed by the City on foreigners who have contributed significantly to Shanghai’s economic, social and community development.
Ross holds a Master in Business Administration degree with a focus on International Business from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
dr Marcin Popkiewicz
Author, scientist and journalist
Marcin is a megatrend analyst and journalist focusing on interconnections between economy, energy, resources and environment. Author of best-selling books “World at the Crossroads” and “Energy Revolution. But why?” Editor of naukaoklimacie.pl (Climate Science) and ziemianarozdrozu.pl (Earth at the Crossroads) webpages. President of Polish Chapter of ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil), member of INSPRO (Institute for Civil Affairs) Program Council. Laureate of numerous awards, including: „Renewable Energy Promoter”, „Journalists for Climate 2015” and „Economicus 2016” in category „The best book propagating economic knowledge”. Marcin is a Physics Department of Warsaw University graduate.
European Regional Director, WorldGBC
James oversees the network of 24 national Green Building Councils across Europe; coordinating their work on projects, education, policy and relationships with regional partner organisations.
A large part of his role is advising on and coordinating global and European political engagements in the green building arena, recently including UNEP’s 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production, UNFCCC Technical Experts Meetings and the European Commission’s Resource Efficient Buildings project. He co-leads WorldGBC’s flagship EU Horizon 2020 project ‘BUILD UPON’, and is also coordinating the energy efficiency committee within the Horizon 2020 ‘EeMAP’ project.
He has a Masters from the University of Cambridge, and a background in corporate and finance law. Previously an associate with the Environment and Climate Change practice of global law firm Linklaters LLP. He also previously worked for the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Josefina Lindblom Ph.D.
DG Environment, European Commission
Josefina is working at the European Commission for DG Environment, in the unit of Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption. She is responsible for the work on “sustainable buildings” and the implementation of the communication on this topic adopted in summer 2014. She has previously worked in DG Research with specific support to SMEs and in DG Joint Research Centre, where she took part in research studies related to improved environmental performance of industry and how to design policy in this respect. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering Design from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg.
Sustainable Design lecturer, Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau Institute of Architecture and Zhejiang SCI-TECH University
CEO, Peter Ruge Architekten GmbH
Peter has over 20 years experience realizing buildings and urban developments across Europe and Asia. He is a certified passive house designer. He has lectured at various locations. Currently he teaches Sustainable Design at Hochschule Anhalt / Dessau Institute of Architecture (Bauhaus) and he is a visiting professor at the Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in Hangzhou.
For Peter Ruge Architekten a wide range of prospects has opened up concerning sustainable optimization of existing portfolios, residential developments and city planning. In addition to various awards, three projects of Peter Ruge have been awarded with a national certification for sustainable architecture.
Founder and President of Polish Green Building Council, principal of visio | architects and consultants
MArch, MS, USGBC & LEED Faculty, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, DGNB Auditor, BREEAM Assessor, HQE Referent. He earned the Master of Architecture degree and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree on Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. He was a lecturer at Harvard University in graduate program of Environmental Management. Currently he is a lecturer at the Cracow Polytechnic in the faculty of Sustainable Architecture and Construction.
More significant projects include: Boston University Law School (for Beacon Architectural Associates); Oasis of the sea (the biggest cruise ship in the world; for Wilson Butler Architects); works on the first officially certified LEED project in Poland, Borg Warner Turbo Systems; recently LEED certification for Mars Chocolate, Baltic Park Molo, UTC Goodrich, Superior.
Sustainable Development Manager, Skanska Property Poland
Skanska’s team, managed by Adam, is responsible for establishing project goals in the area of sustainable development as well as certification of office buildings developed by the Skanska Group along with its residential developments in Poland. His responsibilities include supporting the Project Team in areas related to Health & Well-Being based on arranging healthy and comfortable office space and placemaking. Adam’s team co-operates with tenants in activities aimed at increasing awareness in the areas of effective use of office space and new technologies.
Adam is an active member of organizations responsible for promoting sustainable building in Poland such as PLGBC where he sits as Board Member, the Construction Marketing Group, and the Urban Land Institute.
Associate, Sustainability Team Leader at Arup Poland
Holds MEng degree in Mechanical Building Services Engineering received from Wrocław University of Technology. Completed the Sustainability Leadership Master’s Module at the University of Cambridge. Member of the Polish Institution of Construction Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. BREEAM Accredited Professional, BREEAM International Assessor, BREEAM In-Use Auditor. European Engineer.
Jaroslaw has 25-years’ design and site management experience in the building services industry gained in Poland and the UK. At Arup Poland Jaroslaw has introduced dynamic thermal modelling of buildings which helps design more energy efficient and optimised buildings. Currently, Jaroslaw is a design verifier and leads the team of LEED / BREEAM / low energy buildings consultants and energy modelling engineers.
Principal, Sustainability Trainers & Experts
Ewa is a M.S. in Civil Engineering, BREEAM International Assessor, LEED Green Associate and HQE Referent. She is a secretary in Ecology Committee of Polish Association of Civil Engineers and Technicians (PZITB) and a Board Member of Polish Green Building Council. Ewa has a holistic view on life and building industry. Sustainability in building, business and personal development is her passion.
She is a graduate of Construction Department at Silesian University of Technology (building physics) and Marketing Department at Cracow University of Economics. Ewa has over 20 years of experience in sustainable building. Currently she participates in works of 5 committees of Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN) – including KT 307 for green building – and leads international projects in this field. She’s also active in the topics of buildings’ multi-criteria evaluation and sustainable building products.