Below you can find the biographies of the speakers at Community Square.
Lisa van Beveren
Area Sales Manager, MarFlex and Board Member, YoungShip
She is working in the maritime and offshore sector since 2013. Started as a Markting Trainee at Dockwise (currently part of Boskalis) executing a research about the oil and gas industry in Brazil.
After finalizing, she started working as a Marketing Employee at MarFlex and continued as an Area Sales Manager in 2015. From 2018, her main focus is the maritime industry in the U.S. and the global offshore industry. She is General Secretary in the board of YoungShip Rotterdam – the young professional organization of the maritime industry.
Student Sustainable Energy Technology, Technische Universiteit Delft and member, Community of Energy Top Talents
I am Senja Boom, member of the Community of Energy Top Talents (CETT). Like all students in this network I want to make a real contribution to the energy transition. My first attempt at impact was in STORM Eindhoven, we built the world's first electric touring motorcycle and travelled around the world in 80 days. A great experience and achievement. My current challenge is to top this. That's why I study Sustainable Energy Technology at TU Delft and want to specialize in power-to-fuel technology. I believe development of these technologies will allow a big step towards the future society.
Senior application manager AIS infrastructure, Rijkswaterstaat
I've been working in ICT for over 30 years. At Rijkswaterstaat I work at timely and safe traffic of ships, especially on the North Sea. My role in this is that of an innovator, project developer and quarter master. Improving existing systems or developing new ones so that customers are better served. Rijkwaterstaat wants to be the databroker of the North Sea: collecting data, enriching and distributing this to the user. This means for me personally to work together with stakeholders such as the Coast Guard, Port authorities and research institutions. The Rijkwaterstaat Offshore Expertise Center facilitates my projects and research.
Senior Research Engineer, Damen Shipyards
Kees Custers works as Senior Research Engineer at Damen Shipyards. He studied Aerospace Engineering and Science Communication at Delft University of Technology. During his thesis project he was already interested in finding out how companies can cooperate in innovation. At Damen shipyards he was responsible for the WAAMpeller, the world's first class approved 3D printed propeller, which Damen developed together with a number of partners. Next to 3D printing Kees works on other projects related to innovation in ship structures and materials. He does this from the head office of Damen Shipyards in Gorinchem, as well as the Damen office at RDM Rotterdam.
Sustainability Advisor, Heerema Marine Contractors
I am a passionate campaigner with an intrinsic curiosity and sensational appetite for knowledge, motivated to create and innovate.
I have always been motivated to go a little bit beyond the possible. I graduated with honours in Offshore Engineering at the TU Delft in 2013. It was during my time in Singapore, working for Damen Shipyards, that I first came in contact with "lean thinking" and how to build enduring, sustainable businesses. During my student life I was actively engaged in several student organizational boards.
Currently I am shaping the sustainability agenda of Heerema Marine Contractors. I am also a member of the executive team of Our Oceans Challenge, dedicated to a sustainable offshore industry, which has won the DuPont Sustainability Award and Offshore Energy's Public Outreach Award.
I firmly believe in a decentralized, sustainable future with a well-developed circular economy. I see clear signs and trends that will completely revolutionize modern-day societies, including renewables and energy storage, machine learning and A.I., block chain technology and more. I must say I am looking forward to the future!
Board member study association Dispuut Offshore Technology
My name is Bart Gijsberts, board member of the study association 'Dispuut Offshore Technologie' (DOT). After finishing my bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology, I wanted to learn more about the energy transition towards renewable energy sources. This transition is very visible on land (solar panels, windmills) but the offshore sector was still focusing mainly on oil and gas. The past few years, the transition towards renewables accelerated with a booming offshore wind industry and many developments in ocean energy technologies. I wanted to contribute to these developments and therefore I decided to start the MSc Offshore & Dredging Engineering at Delft University of Technology. As a board member of DOT, I also organise field trips, in-house days, case studies, company days, study tours and lunch lectures to prepare our master students for their future job prospects in this fascinating industry.
Jan-Willem van der Graaf
Former CEO Seaway Heavy Lifting, member IRO
Jan Willem van der Graaf graduated from Delft University as Naval Architect in 1984.
After graduation he worked for Smit International. From 1990-1996 he was General Manager for Rockwater in Singapore. In 1997 he joined shipyard van der Giessen - de Noord as Operations Director. In 2003 he started at Subsea 7 as Vice President for the Africa Region, and became Senior Vice President Renewables in 2012. From 2013 to February 2018, he was the CEO of Seaway Heavy Lifting: a leading offshore contractor in the Oil & Gas and Renewables industry offering Transport & Installation and EPCI solutions. Hij is ook lid van de IRO.
Jelmer de Lange
Managing Director, Jules Dock Innovation
I am Jelmer de Lange and have been working with Jules Dock Innovation since 2012. This is a creative and versatile organization in which ideas are expanded into prototypes or concepts. During my study Business Studies in Amsterdam I was able to dive deeper into strategy and innovation at energy companies. By now I am happy to be working on innovation projects for mostly the offshore wind sector. Besides that, together with the maritime & offshore sector in the Rotterdam region, I also lead innovation sessions for students (www.speedsolvingmaritime.nl). Through these sessions, over 2,000 young students have been able to come into contact with innovation in shipbuilding and the offshore wind industry.
Manager Business Development & Marketing, Bayards and Board Member, Young IRO
After her studies, Amanda unexpectedly ended up working for her family's business Bayards Aluminium Constructies 10 years ago. Together with the international sales team she is responsible for positioning Bayards in the (inter)national market and expanding those markets. Over the last 55 years, Bayards has become the worldwide market leader for designing, engineering, manufacturing and installing complex aluminiumstructures for the maritime and offshore industry, luxury yacht building, defence, healthcare, architecture and infrastructure. At the moment, the Bayards family includes 225 employees worldwide. The headquarters are located in the Netherlands and the international market is catered to from 12 offices all over the world.
Willem den Ouden
Managing Director, Centre of Expertise Water & Energy, Board Member Stichting CAREER
Willem den Ouden has been affiliated with the HZ University of Applied Sciences as Managing Director at the Center of Expertise Water & Energy, the Delta Platform and as Dean of the Delta Academy since 2014. Previously he worked as Director of the Expertise Center for Sustainable Innovation (EDI) and as Strategic Policy Advisor for the Executive Board at Avans University of Applied Sciences. He held the position of Programme Manager Food & Technology at BOM and as Program Director TeFoN at Brainport Development until 2010. Earlier he held positions as Director and/or Board Member at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Helicon Opleidingen, Stichting Kennisloket Integrale Gebiedsontwikkeling and the Kenniscentrum Duurzame Stad & Streekontwikkeling.
Manager Global Business Development, Atlas Professionals
After studying Human Resource Management, Joost Pellis started working in the Human Capital sector in 2005. Since then he has gained extensive knowledge of HR solutions within different industries. At Atlas Professionals he focuses mainly on the Renewables sector and is concerned with the associated challenges of anticipated personnel issues. As a result, he is speaking and connecting parties in the entire supply chain of Renewables (from Development to O&M), sharing his knowledge with students, professionals, clients and (semi) government agencies.
Secretaris Generaal, NOGEPA
Jo Peters joined NOGEPA as Secretary General in April of 2012. Jo joined NOGEPA after an almost 28 year career with Shell, during which he held senior management position in the Netherlands, France, Brazil and the USA. His last position was as Site Manager of Shell Amsterdam, where he was responsible for the building and positioning of the new Shell Technology Research Centre. As Secretary General Jo focuses on creating cooperation between the oil and gas industry and the renewable sector to thereby positively contribute to the energy transition.
Jelle van de Ridder
Young Maritime Representative, Student Maritieme Techniek, Rotterdam Mainport University
Jelle van de Ridder (21 years) is a Maritime Technology student at the Rotterdam Mainport University / Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He has a great passion for sustainability and wants to become an engineer at a maritime startup. And especially a startup that can and will mean a lot for a sustainable world or the maritime climate. He is already well on his way, since he has gained experience at C-Job Naval Architects as Junior Engineer and as a trainee at Damen ShipRepair & Conversions. "I have discovered how special it is that our relatively small maritime sector is extremely well known internationally." His personal goal during the ambassadorship is to build bridges between different sub-sectors of the maritime world.
Manager Research and Development, Huisman Equipment BV
Eric Romeijn (Heemskerk, 1962) graduated Civil Engineering at the TU Delft (1988). Since his graduation he worked at Huisman Equipment, initially as structural engineer, later as department head structural engineering (1990). In 2001 he became section head mechanical design and technical manager. Since 2008 he was responsible for research and development.
He was involved in the design and construction of lots of projects, like ships, ship board cranes, land cranes, bridge construction equipment, pipe lay equipment, drilling equipment, amusement rides, test equipment, tidal power plants and pile hammering machines. In these projects he was involved in the basic design as well as the smallest details. His target is to supply a safe and reliable end product via a smooth running project. He is always looking how new techniques and materials can contribute to the success of Huisman's products.
Vice President Innovation, Allseas
André Steenhuis once started his study at LTS, with the intention to take over his father's factory. Fascinated by technology he continued to study at MTS, HTS and the University of Enschede, with the study Technical Mechanics. He started at Allseas in 1997 as R&D engineer, to continue leading the department in 2002. Starting at 3 people, 16 years later he leads 240 people in his Innovations department. As vice president Innovations he is part of the management team at Allseas.
Country Manager, Ørsted Nederland
Jasper Vis is country manager for Ørsted in the Netherlands. He has been working for DONG Energy/ Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) since 2012. Mr. Vis is a member of the general board of the Dutch wind energy association NWEA. Previously, he worked a.o. at TAQA Energy, consultancy Ecofys, the Dutch NGO 'Nature & Environment' and the Dutch Ministry of Environment.