Alpo Tani, urban planner at City of Helsinki
Alpo Tanis expertise includes climate change, mitigation view point in strategic planning and eco-efficiency evaluation of city planning.
Recently Alpo has been working with new City Plan of Helsinki and he has provided climate impact assessment of the plan as well as played an active role in public participation process.
Alpo Tani will participate in the Panel debate: Governmental institutions and municipalities as a driving force in sustainable urban development. What economic and political incentives exist and can be created?
Anders Bay, director and partner in KANT arkitekter
Anders Bay Holm is an architect maa and one of two owners of KANT arkitekter A/S. He will be speaking on the subject of ‘Optimizing conditions for learning and welfare in schools and institutions’. Dyvekeskolen in Copenhagen was appointed ‘School project of the year’ 2014 as a result of KANT arkitekter’s comprehensive upgrade of this particular learning environment on six well-defined focus points including indoor climate.
Anders became a DGNB consultant in 2012 and will be a DGNB auditor in the spring of 2015 on the basis of an initial certification of a new daycare centre in Copenhagen.
Bente Lykke Sørensen, head of the City of Aarhus’ Centre for City Development and Mobility
Bente Lykke Sørensen is Head of the City of Aarhus’ Centre for City Development and Mobility. Her back-ground is a position as a legal adviser to the construction industry.
The Centre for City Development and Mobility is the pivot of city development projects within the City of Aarhus. The Centre has approx. 100 employees, responsible for the handling of area development, land sales, local planning, social housing, mobility and public transport, as well as a Liveable City Lab.
The Centre for City Development and Mobility is a part of the City of Aarhus’ Department of Planning and Environment.
David Goehring, arkitekt Chora Connection
David’s expertise is in sustainable urbanism and Circular Economy architecture. In the cross- sectoral center for resiliency Chora Connection, he is responsible for matters concerning the physical environment and disruptive metholodogies towards resource management. 2004-2011 he was practicing architecture in The Netherlands as director for William McDonough Architects and Innovation Manager for RAU archtiects. Prior to this he was in private practice in the Minnesota, US with Goehring Architects, LLC.
Harry Edelman, professor at Tampery University of Technology
Harry Edelman (Dr. Arch.) is the Professor of Sustainable Design and Development at the Tampere University of Technology. His current multi-disciplinary research interests include using computer vision for data driven design, sustainability in procedural modeling, and new tools for displaying and communicating architectural space. Harry has practiced architecture in Finland, Germany, and Italy. He has founded Edelman Group – a consultancy designing integrated urban solutions.
Harry Edelman will participate in the Panel debate: How to avoid social segregation in city districts?
Henning Winther, manager at Brabrand Boligforening
Henning Winther is currently manager of the common housing aid in Gellerup, a suburb of Denmark’s second largest city Aarhus, and one of the most disadvantaged areas of Denmark. Around 20 people are working closely in the area with local volunteer associations, the municipality, police and other authorities in order to enhance the local community’s ability to manage as well as other, better off areas, through methods of empowerment. Henning hold a master’s degree in leadership, management and communication.
Henning Winther will participate in the Panel debate: How to avoid social segregation in city districts?
Hrafnkell Proppé, urban planner for the municipality of Reykjavik
Hrafnkell Proppé is an urban planner who has been leading a review of the current regional plan for Greater Reykjavik. This plan is called Höfuðborgarsvæðið 2040 (Greater Reykjavik 2040) and is a collaborated strategy focusing on continuity in cooperation between municipalities, the State and all other stakeholders relevant to successful urban development. The main emphasis is on controlling growth by transit-oriented development with strong urban centres and a new public-transport system.
Jesper Nygård, CEO of Realdania
Jesper Nygård is CEO of Realdania since 2013. From 1996 to 2013 he was CEO of KAB (large Danish non-profit social housing association). Jesper Nygård was Board member of Realdania from 2003 to 2013 (Chairman in 2009 to 2013), Chairman of Landsbyggefonden (The national building foundation) from 2000 to 2013 and Board member of BL (The national federation for non-profit social housing associations) from 1990 to 2013 (Chairman 1993 to 1996). Today Jesper Nygård is Board member of The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, DAC (Danish Architecture Centre) and Fonden for Socialt Ansvar (a foundation for CSR). Jesper Nygård has a Master of Science in Public administration from Roskilde University in 1989.
Jørgen Abildgaard, project director for the 2025 Carbon Neutral Plan for the City of Copenhagen.
Jørgen is an experienced project manager and strategic adviser who have worked on several projects in Denmark, Nordic Countries and internationally for companies, organizations and governmental administration.
Jørgen has worked with energy and climate change for 30 years. From 2002 to 2010 Jørgen was director in the Nordic consultancy companies ECON and Poyry Management Consulting. Before that, Jørgen spent 2 year as special adviser for the former Danish Minister for Environment and Energy, Mr. Svend Auken and before that as adviser in several positions in the Danish Ministry for Energy.
Kasper Guldager Jensen, partner and director of GXN
GXN, the innovation unit of the architecture firm 3XN, was established in 2007 to exploit the possibilities that arise applying the latest knowledge and technology into design and architecture. The mission of GXN is to develop a building culture that positively affects the world we live in – both architecturally and environmentally.
Kasper is passionately engaged in research and development of sustainability design, digital processes, and new materials. He sees a great potential in these areas and wants to take part in its exploitation. In the space of a few years he has become a spokesperson for the shape of future architecture, focusing on new business areas and integration of new materials and green technologies.
Kasper will give a speech on “Circular sustainability” from 09.50-10.25
Kirsten Ledgaard, chief consultant at Copenhagen City & Port Development
Kirsten Ledgaard has a graduate in civil engineering from the Danish technical University and is part of the leading group in CPH City & Port Development. She has been responsible for the planning, design and execution of the infrastructure including sustainability in urban planning in Copenhagen since 1998, nearly from the start of the new urban district Ørestad. Later she brought the experience from Ørestad into the new urban district Nordhavn – 3.5 mio square meters, when fully developed with 40.000 inhabitants, 40.000 employees. She had the responsibility for the DGNB urban district certification process, which ended up with a precertification Gold to Nordhavn and an auditor status for Kirsten.
Kirsten will participate in the panel debate “Best practices with early and continuing stakeholder involvement”
Lene Vestervang Olsen, executive project manager, City of Aarhus
Lene started as a qualified primary and secondary school teacher and later completed an MBA specializing in education. She has many years of experience as a head at vocational training schools, where she has worked with the synthesising of pedagogics, organisation and the physical settings. Since 2008 she has worked as an executive project Manager of the RULL project in the Municipality of Aarhus, which is a project aiming at creating spaces for play and learning (the acronym is based on the Danish concept Rum til Leg og Læring, i.e. Spaces for Play and Learning).
Martin Haas, founder haascookzemmerich and vice president of the DGNB
Freier Architekt BDA, Miller Chair University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia USA and co-founder of haascookzemmrich STUDIO 2050. Architect Martin Haas, born 1967 has been responsible for several award-winning buildings and worked on projects in Germany, Italy and France. Haas is a visiting professor and Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and serves as a design critic and lecturer at universities in Europe and North America. Martin Haas was a founding member of the DGNB “German Sustainable Building Council” and is now Vicepresident of the DGNB board.
Martin Haas will give a speach on ”Liveable city districts”
Ólöf Örvarsdóttir, director of planning and environment of Reykjavík
After finishing a master’s program at Arkitekthögskolen in Oslo in 1995, Ólöf Örvarsdóttir worked as project manager for the City of Reykjavik’s Department of Planning and Building. From 2007-2008 she was Assistant Planning Director for the City and in the fall of 2009 became Planning Director. In 2012 Ólöf became Director of the joint departments of planning, developments, transportation and environment of the City of Reykjavik. Ólöf has spoken publicly for the City of Reykjavik on numerous occasions, both in Iceland and abroad, in Icelandic, English and the Nordic languages. She has been appointed to a number of working groups for both city and state.
Oluf Örvarsdóttir will participate in the Panel debate: How to avoid social segregation in city districts?
Peter Munk, head of strategy, Frederikshavn Municipality
Peter is responsible for the strategic property and land development of municipal buildings. Most recently, Peter was responsible for the Public Private Partnership project of construction of the “Nordstjerneskolen”, awarded this year’s school construction in 2013 and prescreened for silver after DGNB. A major focus has been the users’ involvement in sustainability, not only during the design but also afterwards in the school’s daily use.
Peter will participate in the Panel debate: Optimizing conditions for learning and welfare in schools and institutions?
Ted Van der Linden, director of sustainability, DPR
Ted has been with DPR Construction for over 18 years working with clients on the evaluation of cost, schedule and strategy from the beginning as a Sr. Preconstruction Manager. Now as Director of sustainability, Ted is driving the market towards darker green projects with a renewed emphasis on process improvement, innovation in green technology and education. Now DPR completed over 7 Billion $ of green building projects and has over 450 LEED Accredited Professionals. On average, more than 75% of DPR’s annual volume of new projects is focusing on obtaining LEED Certifications.
Ted will give a speech on “The business case of green building”
Tomas Snog, chef architect at AI
Tomas is the chief architect at AI, a multidisciplinary design studio with architects and engineers. He has worked determinedly, designing and redesigning New Nordic Architecture and creating sustainable architecture – harvesting the natural resources and minimizing the environmental impact. In the first Nordic Built contest, AI’s proposal won second place in the Danish competition, changing the area from monotonous concrete to a variety of wood and sustainable materials.
Tomas Snog will participate in the Panel debate: Following up on the Nordic Built contest 1.0: Does good architecture, and sustainability contradict each other?
Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark
Torben Möger Pedersen (b. 1955) is CEO of PensionDanmark, a labour market pension fund established in 1993. PensionDanmark offers defined contribution pension, insurance and health care products to more than 662,000 individuals with a total asset of 170 bn DKK and growing rapidly. Assets under management at PensionDanmark were at USD 25 billion as of 2014.
Mr. Möger Pedersen holds a number of board and investment committee memberships, furthermore he was in February 2014 appointed as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of UN’s Green Climate Fund and is also a newly appointed member of the World Economic Forum network Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.
Torben Möger Pedersen holds a M.Sc. Economics from University of Copenhagen (1984) and has attended executive education at Insead Fontainebleau, Insead Singapore, Babson College and Wharton Business School.