Christian de Barrin, CEO, HOTREC

French native, with an economic background, Christian has built up expertise and experience in strategic communication, stakeholder relations and public affairs in Brussels for 13 years. He held several senior communication and association management positions in major trade associations for complex industry sectors, including metals, consumer goods, air transport and media. In parallel to that, Christian worked for an EU Think-Tank and delivered trainings at the European Training Institute. He was also Board Member at the European Association of Communication Directors and a columnist at French radio France-Info.

Simon Camal, Project Engineer, LA MAISON PASSIVE,

Simon holds a degree of energy and environment engineering from Mines Nancy (Université de Lorraine, FR) and a European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC, Loughborough University, UK). He is certifying buildings to the passive house standard and teaching NZEB design (new build and retrofit) since 2011. His building simulation and design expertise comes from detailed analysis of 200 projects.
He is currently working on step-by-step deep retrofits within the IEE project EuroPHit. As project leader for France, he supervises pilot retrofit projects (social housing, office, family homes, student housing), assists national stakeholders in developing innovative products and adequate financing schemes. He is also in charge of the European dissemination for EuroPHit.

Nigel Claridge, Senior Adviser EU funding/project manager, Sustainable Innovation
Nigel holds a degree in Ergonomics (BSc Hons) from Loughborough University (UK) and has 20 years of experience as an IT industry consultant. He was co-founder and senior partner at the UX consultancy company Nomos Management until 2001 and then joined IconMediaLab. In 2003, he founded Scandinavian Usability Associates, specializing in EU funded projects and consultancy assignments. He is joint owner and business director of the international on-line WAMMI service that measures and analyses website user experience. Since 1994, he has worked on over twelve projects funded by the European Commission including MAPI, RESPECT, INUSE, PASSION, Usabilitynet, Tenuta, Coldtrace, Coldroad and EurEauWeb I & II. He is currently working in the field of energy efficiency and on the IEE funded project neZEH. He is an evaluator and reviewer of EU projects and proposals, senior user experience adviser at Advince AB, an associate senior usability consultant at Usability Partners AB and senior EU adviser to Sustainable Innovations AB.

Réka Csepeli, Head of Sustainable Department, Paris Region Tourist Board
Ms Réka CSEPELI is currently Head of Sustainable Department at the Paris Region Tourist Board (Comité Régional du Tourisme Paris Ile-de-France). She is Bachelor in Economy of Tourism by Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM Paris) and PhD in Political History by Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS Paris). Since 2010, she is Head of Department of Sustainable Development of Tourism for the Paris Region, number one tourist destination in the world (32,4 million arrivals and 67,4 million overnight hotel stays in 2013). Since 2008, she teaches Environmental and CSR issues in Tourism in several universities (as a permanent trainer for the Master 2 and Bachelor degrees in Sorbonne Paris 3, CNAM, Welcome City Lab), Ms CSEPELI has also participated in several international conferences as a speaker on Tourism and Sustainability related issues and has written various articles in academic journals.

Anita Derjanecz, Policy and Project Officer, Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations (REHVA)

Anita is Policy and Project Officer at the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations. She is in charge of EU public affairs, and of the implementation of European projects in the field of buildings energy efficiency and indoor air quality. She is secretary of the REHVA Technical Research Committee and assists to the work of the REHVA Task Forces elaborating REHVA technical guidebooks. Before joining REHVA she has built a career in the regional development sector. She worked as Head of Brussels Office of the South-Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency in Brussels and as Head of the Regional Innovation Unit of the ST Regional Development Agency. Anita has a 15-year working experience in regional development, strategic planning, innovation management, Structural Funds programming and management as well as in the coordination and management of European projects. She holds a Master Degree in European Studies, a Master of Arts degree in Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology and a Master of Arts in Literature and Linguistics.

Helena Egan, Director of Industry Relations, TripAdvisor

Helena joined TripAdvisor in 2008 as the first dedicated destination marketing specialist in Europe, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. In her five and a half years at the company, her key focus was to build relationships within the destination marketing organisation sector, and educating the industry on the benefits of leveraging user-generated content. Helena was appointed Director of Industry Relation in September 2014 and in this newly created role she leads industry relations’ efforts for TripAdvisor, acting as a liaison for hospitality trade associations and government organisations, building awareness about the benefits, resources, policies, products and services of TripAdvisor. Helena also acts as an ambassador to the global hospitality sector, opening communication channels with leading trade and tourism associations. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Helena lead regional sales and strategic partnership efforts at NORTHSTAR Travel Media in London, frequently presenting at key industry events across 14 countries. Previously, she has held positions at Hot Recruit, Euro London, VisitBritain and Tumlare, and brings over 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. For the past 15 years she has lived in London, and prior to that, in six countries across Europe and in the U.S. She holds a MA from the University of Helsinki.

Marcio Favilla, Executive Director, UNWTO

M. Favilla is currently Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid, Spain. He has been in this position since January 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was Brazil’s first Vice Minister of Tourism, from 2003 to 2007, where he played a key role in the structuring of the first exclusive Ministry of Tourism in Brazil, then, before joining UNWTO, was Vice Minister of Institutional Relations of the Presidency of Brazil.

Arab Hoballah, Chief, UNEP – Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch

Arab Hoballah is the Chief of Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch in UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme; previously he was the Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch/UNEP since October 2005. Prior to that, he spent 14 years working in the UNEP Regional Seas programme as the Deputy Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), as responsible for the Secretariat of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development and as Deputy Director of the Blue Plan, one of MAP's Regional Activity Centres. Prior to 1991, he worked for several institutions, including several years with World Bank projects in developing countries. He has created and managed various global initiatives, including on buildings and cities.

Dr. Peter Hug, Managing Director
eu.bac – European Building Automation and Controls Manufacturers, eu.ESCO – European Energy Service Companies, EUnited Cleaning – European Cleaning Systems Manufacturers Association

Peter Hug is a European expert in building efficiency, sustainability, finance, cleaning technologies and maintenance. He has an academic background in Finance and Economics and is working for industry associations linked to the building and construction sector since more than 20 years. He is based in Frankfurt, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium, and promotes building automation and controls as a key technology for smart buildings. He is an expert regarding widely used building sustainability certificates as well as financing models for energy efficiency investments. Furthermore he is in charge of various projects for the cleaning systems industry especially in Germany and the whole of Europe. His activities also lead him to markets like India where he works with the local cleaning contractors and FM companies on skilling projects as well as to China and other markets where he promotes German and European technology and expertise both in energy efficiency and sustainability as well as cleaning and maintenance.

Fiona Humphries AIEMA,Relationships Manager, Travelife for Hotels and Accommodations

Fiona has worked for Travelife Ltd for 3 years, commercialising the internationally recognised sustainability certification scheme for hotels and accommodations. She has over 13 years of experience as a sustainability professional, working with organisations including the British Standards Institution, the London Development Agency and Action Sustainability, developing & delivering approaches that help businesses to improve their sustainability performance. Fiona is also an Associate of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment

Jelena Janjusevic, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Government of Montenegro

Jelena Janjusevic is a University Professor of Economics. Jelena is also the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development. Under her leadership, the CSD is developing into a leading capacity development institution in sustainable management in Montenegro, focusing on tailoring programs that respond to the markets’ needs. The Center is performing scientific research activities enabling it to give its full contribution to the official development policies, particularly those that contribute to development and strengthening of the national economy and implementation which contributes to overall improvement of citizens' standard of living and development of the knowledge-based society. Her work and research is focused on the assessment of large scale projects for sustainability, low-carbon finances and infrastructure in tourism, and energy efficiency in buildings and households. Her work has included consideration of mixed topics like econometrics, statistics, surveys, legislation analysis, planning and education. Jelena closely works with many subjects on national and international level including numerous International Institutions – World Bank, IFC, EBRD, USAID, UNDP, CHF, EC, GEF, etc. She has experience of research in the sustainable development of infrastructure, including the challenging of the appropriateness of technical standards, waste management, climate change and low carbon tourism development emphasizing the importance for businesses to recognize and capitalize on the economic opportunities from becoming more sustainable and less carbon.

Rodrigo Morell, Managing Director, CREARA

Rodrigo Morell holds a Bachelor degree of Economics and Business Administration (ICADE, Madrid).Currently, he is a partner and Director at Creara, energy experts. Since 2006, Creara has become a leading company in the field of Energy Efficiency, offering high value added consultancy and engineering services to clients all along the value chain. He has a vast knowledge of the sustainability challenges and financial aspects of the energy efficiency. He has been part of the panel of experts that supported the government on the development of Energy Efficiency standards, becoming a member of the Managing Group of the Spanish Energy Efficiency Technical Platform (PTE-EE) and President of the ESCO Association (A3E).

Philippe Moseley, Project Advisor , EASME

Philippe Moseley is a Project Advisor at the EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) in Brussels, working in the Horizon 2020 Energy Unit. EASME is tasked with managing several programmes on behalf of the European Commission, notably Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) and parts of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Before joining EASME in early 2014 Philippe had built up a 15-year career as a professional architect and urban designer, designing and delivering energy efficient building projects across Europe. Philippe is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and of the Urban Design Group. He holds Master degrees from the Royal College of Art, London (MA Architecture), and from the Catholic University of Leuven (MSc Human Settlements).

Jean-Pierre Ndoutoum, Director, Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD).

Jean-Pierre Ndoutoum, Director, Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD). Jean-Pierre holds a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Applied Chemical Kinetics in the University of Paris VI (France) and an MBA in Management (USA, San Francisco) with an additional training in public finance and business management from the Institute of Economy and Finance of Libreville (Gabon). Jean-Pierre NDOUTOUM worked for six years (1990-1996) for the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Petroleum of Gabon as research Officer and then as Director of economic and financial forecasting studies. In 1996 he joined the Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD) in Quebec (Canada) as a Program Specialist for energy policies (energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy). He also has extensive experience in working with international organizations (World Bank Group, the African Development Bank, ASECNA, UEMOA and the UN System) and a practical experience of countries’ members of the OIF.

Francesco Nesi, Director of ZEPHIR – Passivhaus Italia, EUROPHIT project partner

Francesco Nesi, building physicist, is director of ZEPHIR – Passivhaus Italia (Zero Energy and Passive Institute for Research), which was officially recognized from the Passivhaus Institut as Italian iPHA (international PH Association) Affiliate. ZEPHIR aims to disseminate the scientific concept of Passivhaus and Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in Italy and in the Mediterranean countries, offering energy consulting services, certification, and training in this area. Francesco is an accredited International Passivhaus Certifier and Trainer, offering the international Certified Passive House Designer and Certified Passive House Tradesperson courses in Italy. Recently, Francesco was elected as member of the jury board for the International Passivhaus Window Award. He was also a scientific collaborator at the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck within the European project 3EnCult during which dynamic hygrothermal simulations on renovation of historic buildings were performed.

Anya Niewierra, General Director, Tourist Board of South Limburgs

Anya Niewierra (1964 in Kerkrade, NL) has 32 years experience in tourism and is General Director of the Tourist Board of South Limburgs since 1993. This tourist board (110 employees) is a commercial company (foundation) with only 20% governmental participation on a turnover of € 6.500.000. The organization is responsible for the marketing, product development, route management, market research, reservations, event organization and of course information supply over web, app and 35 information offices. Furthermore Anya held and holds various supervisory board roles with organizations related to tourism, culture or landscape development. Between 2010 and 2012 she was par example chairwomen of EDEN and the first president of the EDEN Association. Next to her work at the tourist board Anya Niewierra also owns a small **** boutique hotel in South Limburg and a holiday cottage rental company in France ( In her free time she paints and writes books. Her first thriller was released in 2014 and was nominated for all thriller prices in the Netherlands. More on 

Stéphane Pouffary, Founder and Honorary President,


Stéphane POUFFARY is the Founder and Honorary President of the NGO ENERGIES 2050. He has been working in the international cooperation field since more than 25 years. Among his other positions, he has worked for more than ten years, until July 2010, at the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) as Head of the International Expertise in Energy Management Unit. He gives courses in about fifteen French and international universities, engineering schools and professional training institutions and is active in numerous international networks.

Ulf Sonntag, NIT (Institute for Tourism Research, Kiel, Germany),


Ulf Sonntag is head of market research and associate director at NIT ( The general focus of Ulf’s work is understanding the dynamics of tourism on regional, national and international level based on statistical analyses and market research, as well as the application and discussion of findings in policy, planning and marketing. Ulf is project manager of the German Reiseanalyse ( and in this position provider and advisor for European destinations and tour operators concerning tourism demand data. Sustainable tourism development has been a core of NIT’s research and development projects for a long time. From a very recent study funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry, Ulf knows that there is a significant and rising demand for a sustainable holiday experience.

Stavroula Tournaki, Technical University of Crete- Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Lab

Stavroula TOURNAKI is head of the European Projects dpt. at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete since 2007); has participated/managed 14+ EU funded projects in the Sustainable Energy field. From 1996 to 2007, she has worked as Business Development and Marketing Director in a number of multinational companies activating in the fields of communications, ICT, vocational training and certification.

Michel Tschann, President of the Syndicate of hoteliers of Nice Côte d’Azur

Born in Nice, within a family of hotel owners. Studied in Stanislas, Nice. 1 year in Los Gatos High School (California), then a Licence of Law and Doctorate with a specialty at the University of Nice. Military service as cabin assistant in the Army of the Air (France). Speaks English, Italian, and German, and some notions of Russian and Japanese. Marketing Director and Director of the hotels Splendid (4*) and Gounod (3*) and the Splendid Spa in Nice. The Splendid has obtained the European Ecolabel. President of the Syndicate of hoteliers of Nice Côte d’Azur.
Elected member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nice Côte d’Azur, and of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dr Theocharis Tsoutsos,

neZEH Project Coordinator, Professor, Director Graduate Programme, Technical University of Crete- Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Lab

Dr.Theocharis Tsoutsos is Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory and Director of the Graduate Programme “Environmental Engineering” at the School of Environmental Engineering-Technical University of Crete. He is working in the Sustainable Energy field for 30+ years. He has been the Head of the Development Department, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving - CRES (1992-2005).

Theocharis is assigned as evaluator of the European Commission and the national authorities of Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Kazakstan, Russia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Wales, etc; he has worked in several RDD projects on RES, Energy Efficiency and Planning, 35+ as coordinator, 50+ as participating expert and 80+ as scientific collaborator (IEE2, IEE, ALTENER, SAVE, FP7, FP6, FP5, COST, MED, LEONARDO, Interreg, Erasmus).

Theocharis is the author of 100+ scientific publications in international scientific and technical journals, 20+ book chapters, 200+ publications in conferences, and counts 1,500+ citations. He is a reviewer in the all major International Scientific Journals relevant to Sustainable Energy, Energy Efficiency and RES topics.