Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director FCH JU

Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points. Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his expertise in Japan, where for two years he worked on the development of Toyota and PSA’s small vehicle. In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education. Bart’s term as the Executive Director of the FCH - JU was extended for four years until 15 May 2023.

Marcel Galjee, Vice-president Energy & New Business to Nobian, a Nouryon company

Marcel Galjee, presides as Vice President & Managing Director Energy & New Business within Nobian, the new name of Nouryon Industrial Chemicals. Nobian is an European leader in the production of essential base chemicals for industries and employs 1,600 people.

Within Nobian the Energy & New Business team is responsible for managing the business’ energy and utilities portfolio, while at the same time building a new business in green hydrogen and circular carbon. The team is actively pursuing and driving opportunities in electrochemistry, circular and hydrogen economy, resulting in a strong international project business development portfolio.

Prior to his present role, Marcel worked as an international consultant at PwC within the large energy spectrum and in various energy related functions at Vattenfall Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

Nico van Dooren, Director New Business, Port of Rotterdam Authority

As director New Business of the Port of Rotterdam, Nico van Dooren (1970) is commercial responsible for business development & portfolio management within the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Business development with a strong focus on energy transition. Nico holds responsibility for the program on energy transition for the Port of Rotterdam, a program consisting of business development projects such as the development of Carbon Capture & Storage, Hydrogen, Biobased chemistry and renewable energy, etc. The motto of this program is: Renew the existing and embrace the new in order to achieve a CO2 net neutral port in 2050.

Nico also acts as managing director for RSP (Rotterdam Shore Power), RAMLAB (start-up of the port of Rotterdam focussing on 3D metal printing) and for a joint venture of the Port of Rotterdam called ZES, focussing on zero emission shipping. Nico van Dooren has a background in Strategic planning and Consultancy. Previous Nico has been responsible for the development of the long term strategy for the Port of Rotterdam and for spatial development of the land reclamation project Maasvlakte 2 of the Port of Rotterdam. Prior to his assignments at the Port of Rotterdam, he worked at Royal Haskoning as Director of an advisory group on environmental technology

Paulien Herder, voorzitter Chemical Engineering TNW

Paulien Herder studeerde in 1994 af aan de TU Delft in de Scheikundige Technologie. In 1999 promoveerde zij bij de faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management (TBM) op haar proefschrift ‘Process Design in a Changing Environment’. Na haar promotie bleef zij verbonden aan TBM, waar zij verder onderzoek deed naar het ontwerpen van grootschalige complexe systemen. Ook was ze zeer nauw betrokken bij het internationale onderzoeksconsortium Next Generation Infrastructures. Van 2004 tot 2007 was zij tevens directeur onderwijs. In 2009 werd zij benoemd tot hoogleraar Engineering Systems Design in Energy & Industry. Tussen 2013 en 2019 was zij directeur van het Delft Energy Initiative en van 2014 tot en met 2018 was zij voorzitter van de afdeling Engineering Systems and Services.

In 2019 maakte zij de overstap naar de afdeling Process & Energy aan de faculteit Werktuigbouwkunde, Maritieme Techniek en Technische Materiaalwetenschappen (3mE). Daar werd zij programmaleider voor e-Refinery, het interfacultaire programma waarbinnen technologie en systemen worden ontwikkeld voor de productie van grondstoffen en brandstoffen uit duurzame energie. Sinds 2020 is zij voorzitter van de afdeling Chemical Engineering bij TNW.

Herder vertegenwoordigt de Nederlandse kennisinstellingen in het topteam van de topsector Energie en vervult diverse bestuurlijke en toezichthoudende rollen in het energie-domein. Ze is lid van de Raad van Toezicht van de Hotelschool The Hague en zat sinds 2019 in het bestuur van het NWO-domein Toegepaste en Technische Wetenschappen. Paulien Herder is ook voorzitter EBZ Taskforce Energietransitie.

Herald Ruijters, Director European Commission

On 1 February 2017, Mr Ruijters was appointed Director of Directorate B - Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport in DG Mobility and Transport, while at the same time continuing as Head of Unit responsible for the Trans European Network (TEN-T) until 1 April. He assumed the role of Head of Unit in 2009 and was directly involved in developing the TEN-T Guidelines.

He previously worked in the same DG from 2005 to 2009, in order to promote the implementation of TEN-T projects in cooperation with the European Coordinators, and for the development of road safety policy, from 1997 to 2005. Before coming to the Commission he held various positions in The Netherlands related to transport.

Mr Ruijters holds degrees from Nijmegen and Amsterdam Universities in both French literature and European Studies, and was post-graduated at the Centre Européen Universitaire in Nancy, in European Law, and in Business Studies at the University in Leuven.

Jeannette Baljeu, Regional Minister Zuid-Holland

Jeannette Baljeu is currently Regional Minister of the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland (2017 – present). Zuid-Holland is The Netherlands’ most important province in terms of economic activity. Baljeu’s portfolio includes Finance, European & International Affairs, Transition of the industrial sector and water management. Before this position, Mrs Baljeu was President of SBRCURnet, a knowledge insitute for the construction and building sector. Before that, mrs Baljeu was vice-mayor of the city of Rotterdam for seven years. Here, she was responsible for public transport and traffic, the Port of Rotterdam, regional economy and the organisation of the civil service offices. In 2019 and 2020 mrs. Baljeu was a rapporteur for the European Committee of the Regions and created a report on ‘A Place Based Approach for EU Industrial Policy’. In 2021 she has been granted the support to write a response the the European Commission’s policy once again. 

Bart Groothuis, member of the European Parliament

Bart Groothuis is a member of the European Parliament on behalf of the Dutch People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), which is part of the liberal political group Renew Europe. He is a member of the Industry, Research and Energy committee and a substitute member for the committee Security and Defence. In parliament he focuses on the energy transition, in particular in his role as shadow-rapporteur on the hydrogen strategy, and on cybersecurity, disinformation & foreign interference. Before Bart became member of the European Parliament in February 2020, he was head cybersecurity for the Dutch Ministry of Defence.