Advisory Board

Our Advisory board

W4RES Advisory Board members (AB members)

These individuals are experts in different areas of great interest for the project development:

  • energy policy and energy strategy
  • energy science and institutions and
  • gender and management
  • gender and change-management and
  • market structure and challenges in the RES industry


The role of the W4RES Advisory Board members is also vital to act as an intermediary between W4RES and their networks/ stakeholder communities across the RHC landscape.

Bipasha Baruah

Bipasha Baruah is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues at Western University. Her current research aims to understand how to ensure that a global low-carbon economy will be more gender equitable and socially just than its fossil-fuel based predecessor. Dr. Baruah serves frequently as an expert reviewer, consultant and advisor to international development and environmental protection organizations. The Royal Society of Canada named Dr. Baruah to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2015. “The College” is Canada’s only national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.

Giulia Cancian

Giulia Cancian holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and an Advanced Master of Science in European Economic Integration. She is Policy Director at Bioenergy Europe, where she works to develop a sustainable bioenergy market based on fair business conditions. Founded in 1990, Bioenergy Europe is a non-profit, Brussels-based international organization bringing together more than 40 associations and 110 companies, as well as academia and research institutes from across Europe.

Maria I. Cardillo

Maria Irene CARDILLO founded MIC Architecture, in 1992 in Rome and in 1997 in Paris collaborated with Arch. Ing. Santiago Calatrava. Since 1998 holder of the construction company AE.C.I S.r.l. (Architettura Edilizia Civile Industriale). Since 2018 CEO of GREEN BLOCK S.r.l. innovative Construction System. She integrates skills between companies operating in the construction sector and pursuing the objective of sustainability with the application of innovative energy efficient products for construction. Arch. Cardillo Maria Irene inventor of GREEN BLOCK’ patent construction system, "Best Patent" M.I.S.E. award in 2015, funded in 2016 by SMEs Horizon 2020 and in 2019 Sealed of excellence. MIC Architecture

Ursula Eicker

Prof. Ursula Eicker is the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) for Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities at Concordia University Montréal. A German physicist, Eicker has held leadership positions at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences and its Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies. In her team more than 50 graduate students work on pathways to zero carbon cities within the built environment, renewable energy, sustainable transport and circular economy. In November 2020, Prof. Eicker founded Concordia’s Next Generation Cities Institute, which groups 14 university research centers. The Institute addresses the challenges of the urban transformation with a transdisciplinary approach. Concordia University Montréal

Dörte Fouquet

Dr. Dörte Fouquet is a recognized international expert in the areas of energy, environmental and competition law. She has a particular focus on renewable energy, energy system transformation and expertise in the fields of chemicals, waste and waste management. During the famous debate on the first German FiT Scheme between 1997 and 2001 she was legal advisor to the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU). Further, Dr. Fouquet has been representing Director of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) for more than 15 years now and is thus constantly working with renewable energy associations on national, international and European level.

Leen Govaerts

Leen Govaerts works as Unit Manager in VITO Energyville. Leen holds a degree in business engineering and an Executive MBA. At present, she is leading the research unit Smart Energy and Built Environment of VITO Energyville – a European Research and Technology organization – dealing with sustainable energy and urban sustainability. Key research areas are long term energy strategies and policy, energy district design and sustainable building concepts. She is a mentor in the GWNET Mentoring Programme, designed to accelerate the careers of women in junior/middle management positions in energy, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment. VITO Energyville

Kirsten Gram-Hansen

Kirsten Gram-Hansen is a Danish professor at Department of the Build Environment of Aalborg University in Copenhagen. Her research is centered on housing, everyday life and consumption from a climate and energy perspective. Her research documents that the social organization of everyday lives means at least as much to the energy consumption of homes as the technical energy efficiency of buildings. She also researches how new technologies such as smart control of light and heat affect everyday life and energy consumption. She has contributed as evaluator for UK, Swedish and Norwegian Research Councils and as EU-expert in evaluating PF7 and ERC projects. Furthermore, she is Member of European Research Council (ERC) identification committee.

Zeynep Gulru Goker

Zeynep Gulru Goker is a Researcher at Sabanci University Gender and Women's Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender). Her research focuses on gender and politics, deliberative and participatory democracy, the politics of gender equality and care. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the co-PI of EU Horizon 2020 GEARING-Roles (2019-2023) at Sabanci University and one of the coordinators of #GenderStruggles: Building Community Resilience via Creativity and Digital Media funded by the Swedish Institute Creative Force.

Ihsane Haouach

Ihsane is a 35 years old Social Entrepreneur. After graduating from Solvay Business School, she enrolled quickly in the energy sector, where she developed herself tremendously. Starting in finance, she managed various missions, from commercial to process & project management, going through innovation and people management functions, internationally and locally. In parallel to her intense professional career, she launched several non profit organisations aiming for improved education and equality. She was nominated in 2020 as board member of Brugel, the regulation authority for the electricity, gas and water markets in Brussels. As consultant and trainer, she intervenes with her company Alyna, in private companies to develop their societal impact and promote inclusive diversity in their internal organization.

Eleni Heracleous

Dr Eleni Heracleous is an Associate Professor in Energy Systems at the International Hellenic University and a Collaborating Researcher at the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute/CERTH. Her research interests lie in the area of renewable energy sources and specifically, in the development of catalytic processes for biomass conversion to high-added value green chemicals and fuels. She has also experience in the environmental evaluation of such processes and other bioenergy systems via Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). In addition, she is active in the field of CO2 capture and utilization. Dr Heracleous is the author of 58 publications in high impact peer-review journals (>3200 citations, h-index 31) and over 150 presentations in national and international conferences.

Moez Jomâa

Moez Jomâa is a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Institute. SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research institute with internationally leading expertise in technology, science and social sciences. He is part of the project "Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility" that seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and the social, economic and environmental benefits of solar-fuelled electric boat transport in Tunisia and the wider region.

Aldona Kluczek

Aldona Kluczek is Associate Professor Warsaw Univeristy of Technology. Her research interests are Sustainable development, Energy technology assessment and Improvement of sustainability-oriented manufactuing processes with the use of optimalization methods, Energy efficiency in manufacturing, Quality management systems & quality engineering. Her recent research grands include SUSTAIN 4.0 - SUSTAinable INdustry 4.0 (since June 2020) and Building Sustainable Industry 4.0: Efficiency, Effectiveness, Evaluation, Development Frameworks (since November 2020).

Tsvetomira Kulevska

High level of expertise in the analysis of energy consumption and implemented energy efficiency policy measures, evaluation of improvements of energy efficiency and achieved energy savings. Provides methodological assistance in the implementation of obligations under the Energy Efficiency Act and RES Act of the public and the local authorities, industrial systems and the energy suppliers. Interacts with the obligated parties under the Energy Efficiency Act and provides assistance in the implementation of activities and measures to improve energy efficiency at National and local level. Experience of long standing in drafting national reports, standpoints and positions on the implementation of EU directives in the field of energy efficiency and promotion the use of renewable energy. Active participation in the process of transposition of EU legislation in the National legislation, as well as in the drafting of the integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. Organizes and participates in the preparation of the annual reports on the implementation of National Energy Efficiency Action Plan and National Energy Efficiency Target according to Directive 2012/27/EC. Contact point for Concerted Action for the Energy Efficiency Directive project. Advisory Board member for the EU-MERCI project and BUILD UPON project under Horizon 2020 Programme. Responsible person for the SEDA’s membership in the European Energy Network (EnR). SEDA

Zuzana Okániková

I am working in the NGO PRONATUR as a project manager and expert for the sustainable development and sustainable tourism. As regards academic background I am an economist. In the past, I worked at the State Nature Conservation of the Slovak Republic. As a representative of the NGO sector I am interested in the ways and tools how we can support renewable energy sector in Slovakia among public and how we as NGO PRONATUR could contribute to promotion of changing the situation towards sustainable use of recourses and responsible (not only consumer) behaviour in the economy circle. Especially I am interested in the social phenomena how women can contribute to changes of society opinions and behaviour not only as experts but in this case as the most important influencers – mothers. NGO PRONATUR

Marisol Oropeza

Marisol Oropeza is a business and marketing strategist. She works in the renewable energy sector since 2006 and her main field of competence is the solar heating and cooling industry. In 2016, she established her own consultancy: working for highly recognised companies and organisations in Europe and Mexico, as well as in several international projects. She is co-founder of the Solar Heating Initiative that launched the collector label SOLERGY. She created and runs the Heat Changers community, is collaborator in the Solar Payback project and is the project manager of Intersolar Mexico. Also, she is secretary for international affairs of the National Solar Energy Association of Mexico.

Dimitris Psychoyios

Dimitris Psychoyios is an Associate Professor in Finance & Investment at the University of Piraeus and since 2020 he is the First Vice President of the Regulatory Authority for Energy in Greece. He started his academic career at the Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester as a lecturer in Finance. His expertise lies in the area of energy finance, financial economics, corporate finance and investments. Dimitrios has taught in MBA programs of European and American universities, and his professional experience includes over 15 years of consulting, research, and training services for organizations in the private and public sector in Europe and Greece. University of Piraeus

Sabine Putz

Sabine Putz is Senior Engineer at SOLID Solar Energy Systems GmbH. Sabine Putz was 12 years CTO and Head of R&D at SOLID from 2009 to 2021 and had the lead of several national, European and international research projects around large scale solar heating and cooling for industry as well as for solar district heating. Sabine Putz is the Operating Agent of IEA SHC TASK 55 “Towards the Integration of Large SHC Systems into District Heating and Cooling (DHC) Networks”, where she has established a platform for research and industry experts dealing with the integration of solar thermal systems (including other renewable technologies like heat pumps and large seasonal heat storages).

Marta San Román

Marta San Román holds a Master of Science in Physics and an Executive MBA. She is a senior Director with 30 years of international experience in marketing strategy and business development in various enterprises and sectors, and has experience in the field of cooling, heating and solar thermal. At present she works as Deputy Director General in AFEC (Association of Indoor Climate Equipment Manufacturers). She participates actively since over 15 years as member of technical committees, steering committees, communications task-groups, horizontal working groups, etc. in national and international industry groups and associations, fostering positive relationships between organizations and media. AFEC