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Michael Pawlyn

Founder and Chairman, Exploration Architecture

Michael Pawlyn has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry and established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. Exploration has collaborated with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Interface, The UK Green Building Council and other organisations demonstrating environmental leadership.

In 2008 Exploration was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Since then the company has developed a ground-breaking office project, an ultra-low energy data centre and a zero waste textiles factory. Michael Pawlyn jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the first version of which was built in 2012 and opened by the Emir of Qatar during the Doha Climate Change talks.

Prior to setting up Exploration Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions.
He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable innovation and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. His TED talk has since had over 1.5 million viewings. The first edition of his book Biomimicry in Architecture has been RIBA Publications’ best-selling title and the second edition will be published later this year. Exploration is currently working on a range of biomimicry-based architectural projects and consultancy.

Rudi Scheuermann

Rudi Scheuermann

Building Envelope Leader, Arup

Rudi Scheuermann has studied architecture in Karlsruhe/Germany and architecture and membrane engineering in Bath UK. He has worked for architects, developers, contractors and engineers in Germany, Netherlands, England and the United States before joining Arup Facade Engineering in London/UK in 2000 with the aim to establish Facade Engineering in Berlin/Germany. He has developed the German Building Envelope Team and became European and Global Leader of the Building Envelope Team.

Rudi’s focus is Facade Engineering and the overriding aim for multidisciplinary design with the aim to enhance sustainability for all kinds of buildings and in particular for tall buildings. His recent research project is about “Cities Alive: Green Building Envelope Design”.

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Research and Trends unit director, DGNB

Anna was born in Munich, Germany in 1974. She studied Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and wrote her thesis on “Life Cycle Assessment of Waste Water Treatment Plants” in collaboration with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). She worked for different consulting companies in the field of sustainability and building service engineering. From 2004 to 2007 she held a position as research assistant at the University of Stuttgart, Chair of Building Physics, Department Life Cycle Engineering. She coordinated several public funded projects and initiated sustainable building related networks.

Anna is initiator and founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), where she served as CEO from DGNB’s foundation in June 2007 to end 2008. She is auditor for the DGNB scheme. Until June 2015 she worked at PE INTERNATIONAL, renamed as thinkstep AG in 2015. As Principal Consultant she was responsible for the construction team of the company’s consulting services branch.

Since September 2015 Anna is working for DGNB, responsible for the organization’s unit “Research and Trends”.

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Natasha Franck

Senior Vice President, Delos

Natasha Franck is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Delos, a research, technology and real estate consulting group focused on the intersection of health and the built environment. At Delos, Natasha has been part of the development of the WELL Building Standard, and its implementation process throughout the pilot process stage.  Natasha worked in project management at Jonathan Rose Companies where she supported the development of a broad cross-section of educational and cultural projects in New York City. Before working at Jonathan Rose Companies, Natasha was an Art Consultant and Project Manager at a corporate art consulting firm in New York City.  Natasha holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University, and is a WELL Accredited Professional and LEED Green Associate.

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Jane Henley

Special Advisor, Global Market Development, USGBC

Ms Henley has been at the forefront of international Green Building movement for the past 10 years. During this time she ran the largest international organization driving the growth of the green building market – World Green Building Council. She has been a director of the United Nations Sustainable Building Climate Initiative board (UNEP-SBCI) and the Chairperson of the popular ‘Business Case for Green Building’ (2013).

With a background in management consulting Ms Henley focuses on creating business value to meet sustainability goals. Ms Henley has advised governments on Green Building policies, participated in a number of UNFCCC COPs, as well as more recent UN 10YFP program development. With an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management (USA) Ms Henley remains most passionate about business lead change and innovating business models for sustainable advantage.

Maciej Kiepal

Area Sales Manager, Armstrong Building Products

Maciej Kiepal, a graduate of the Faculty of Wood Technology at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). For more than 20 years in the construction industry, in the course of his professional career familiarized himself with specificity of the investments market from the perspective of a company specialized in the supply of construction materials to building sites (the Warsaw branch of Interior Zachód – currently SIG), from the perspective of a company involved in the supply and installation of finishing materials (INSIDE), from the perspective of a producer of building materials (MEGARON), as well as from the perspective of the finishing materials manufacturer, offering support for all groups involved in the investment process (Armstrong Building Products, since 2000).

For the last four years in Armstrong Building Products Maciej has been dealing with the building of the team of Commercial and Technical Advisers as the Area Sales Manager – Poland.


David Leonard

BREEAM New Construction Manager, BRE

As manager for BREEAM New Construction, David is responsible for leading a team of sustainability experts maintaining and operating BREEAM schemes globally, thereby influencing sustainability on thousands of new build projects. David has represented BREEAM at industry events and delivered training courses in countries around the world including Canada, Korea and Russia. He has been involved in the BREEAM certification of numerous major projects including Heathrow Terminal 2, Franshion Green Building Exhibition Centre in China, and Roland Garros Stadium Modernisation in France. David has been recognised in Building Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars of Sustainability’ and is currently participating in the UK Green Building Council’s Future Leaders programme.

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Patrick Nossent

Chairman, Cerway and Certivea

Patrick NOSSENT, 56, is the Chairman of CERWAY and CERTIVEA. These are certification agencies for sustainable buildings and territories:

  • CERWAY is the operator of the High Environmental Quality (HQE) certification everywhere in the world except in France. It is a joint subsidiary of CERTIVEA (CSTB Group) and CERQUAL (QUALITEL Group)
  • CERTIVEA, a member of CSTB Group, is the certification body for operators and non-residential buildings

Patrick NOSSENT is a founding member of France Green Building Council, a board member of Association QUALITEL and of Association HQE. He has been Chairman of EUROCER Building (European association of certification bodies in the construction sector) and of AFOCERT (French equivalent of EUROCER).

After a career as a physician, he has held various positions at CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) : Head of Human Resources, Head of Quality and Certification, Deputy Director at the Technical Department. Then he created CERTIVEA in May 2006.

CSTB is the national reference in terms of practical research, technical assistance, products and systems assessment, and knowledge development in the construction sector in France.

Rafał Schurma

Founder and President of Polish Green Building Council, principal of visio | architects and consultants

MArch, MS, USGBC & LEED Faculty, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, DGNB Auditor, BREEAM Assessor, HQE Referent.
He earned the Master of Architecture degree and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree on Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. He was a lecturer at Harvard University in graduate program of Environmental Management, course title: Sustainable Buildings: Design, Construction and Operations. Currently he is a lecturer at the Cracow Polytechnic in the faculty of Sustainable Architecture and Construction (Architektura i Budownictwo Zrównoważone).
More significant architectural and urban projects include:

  • Boston University Law School (for Beacon Architectural Associates). and Oasis of the sea: the biggest cruise ship in the world (for Wilson Butler Architects).
  • Works on the first officially registered and certified LEED project in Poland, Borg Warner Turbo Systems.
  • One of the 5 manufacture buildings in the world with the highest score in LEED (LEED Platinum) – Mars Chocolate, as well as a several large ongoing LEED and green projects (like Radisson Blu Resort – Baltic Park Molo project in Świnoujście, UTC Goodrich in Rzeszów, Superior in Kraków).
  • Independent projects of public, commercial and residential buildings in Poland and US.
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Adam Targowski

Sustainable Development Manager, Skanska Property Poland

Adam Targowski has been appointed Sustainable Development Manager at Skanska Property Poland. Skanska’s team, managed by Adam, is responsible for establishing project goals in the area of sustainable development as well as certification of office buildings developed by the Skanska Group along with its residential developments in Poland. His responsibilities include supporting the Project Team in areas related to Health & Well-Being based on arranging healthy and comfortable office space as well as developing public space in accordance with the idea of placemaking – public spaces that become people-friendly and open towards local communities. Adam’s team co-operates with tenants in activities aimed at increasing awareness in the areas of effective use of office space and new technologies.

Adam joined Skanska in 2013 as Project Leader. His experience comes from his co-operation with Go4Energy firm in providing advisory and training services in the areas of establishing sustainable development strategies, rational resource efficiency and project certification. Furthermore, he is also an active member of organizations responsible for promoting sustainable building in Poland such as Polish Green Building Council where he sits as Board Member, the Construction Marketing Group, and the Urban Land Institute.


Paweł Warda

National Director, Head of Project & Development Services, CEE, Jones Lang LaSalle

Pawel is a National Director within the Warsaw office’s Project & Development Services department and a manager of the Polish branch of P&DS and heading the department in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Since joining Jones Lang LaSalle at the beginning of 2005, Pawel has achieved an outstanding measure of success for such clients as
T-Mobile, Microsoft, IBM, Motorola, Deutsche Bank, Sabre, Lenovo, Mayland and Pfizer. He is currently delivering the 18m € refurbishment of the office building project for Client Adgar. Pawel has wide experience as a Project and Cost Manager in the commercial, industrial, leisure, and retail sectors on behalf of owners, funding institutions and occupiers.

He completed the Executive MBA programme organized by WUT Business School as the second ranked student.  Pawel studied Structural Engineering at the Civil Engineering faculty of the Warsaw University of Technology receiving Master’s degree in science. During his studies he has also participated in additional courses dealing with management issues organized by Lisbon’s and Tallin’s technical universities. Pawel is LEED Accredited Professional.

Jarosław Witek

Associate, Sustainability Team Leader at Arup Poland

Holds MEng degree in Mechanical Building Services Engineering received from Wrocław University of Technology. Completed the Sustainability Leadership Master’s Module at the University of Cambridge. Member of the Polish Institution of Construction Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. BREEAM Accredited Professional, BREEAM International Assessor, BREEAM In-Use Auditor. European Engineer.
Jaroslaw has 25-years’ design and site management experience in the building services industry gained in Poland and the UK. The projects he has been involved in include a wide variety of buildings such as shopping centres, office, industrial and residential buildings, as well as healthcare facilities in Poland, the UK, Luxembourg, Russia and Ukraine. At Arup Poland Jaroslaw has introduced dynamic thermal modelling of buildings which helps design more energy efficient and optimised buildings.
Currently, Jaroslaw is a design verifier and leads the team of LEED / BREEAM / low energy buildings consultants and energy modelling engineers.

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Marcin Wróblewski

Infrastructure Department, Warsaw City Hall

Marcin Wróblewski graduated from the Warsaw University, the Faculty of Law and Administration (with specialization in the EU law), as well as from the European and English Law Centre and the American Law Center. Mr. Wróblewski completed postgraduate studies in Energy Sector (at Management and Production Engineering Faculty of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences) and in Environmental Protection (at Biology Faculty of the Warsaw University), as well as other courses in the field of EU funds, administration and project management.

Marcin Wróblewski is a Project Manager of URBAN LEARNING (project on integrative energy planning) and SHAR-LLM (project on smart cities and communities) in Infrastructure Department of the Warsaw City Hall and a member of Secretariat of Mayor’s Climate Protection Team. He has vast experience in international (C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, EUROCITIES, ICLEI, Energy Cities) and national cooperation connected with energy efficiency, renewable energy and tackling climate change. It includes first e-mobility projects in Warsaw, creation and implementation of Warsaw Sustainable Energy Action Plan, FP7 OPEN HOUSE project on assessing sustainability of buildings, IEE CASCADE project on local energy leadership, EFRD Cities on Power project on renewable energy sources or C40 Carbon Disclosure Project.