Rene Tamboer
Programme manager

T +31 15 278 5479


Key players

The Business in Energy Systems programme was developed by an (inter) national network of experts under supervision of Prof. Ad van Wijk. The responsibility for the scientific content is shared with a team from Delft University of Technology:

Prof.dr. Ad van Wijk (programme director)
Ad van Wijk (1956) is one of the most influential sustainable energy entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe. In 1984 he co-founded the sustainable energy knowledge company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern. As chairman of the executive board he lead and developed Econcern into a company with 1200 people in more than 20 countries, sharing the mission ‘A sustainable energy supply for everyone’. Ad van Wijk was awarded many important prizes for excellent entrepreneurship. He was member of several Supervisory Boards, amongst others Solland Solar Energy (a solar cell manufacturer) and BioMCN. Today, he is an independent sustainable energy entrepreneur, advisor and Professor of Future Energy Systems at Delft University of Technology. He is member of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. 

Prof.dr. Kornelis Blok
Kornelis Blok holds a professorship in Sustainable Energy at Delft University of Technology. He was a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the institution that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has a background in physics and received a Ph.D. degree from Utrecht University for his thesis ‘On the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions’. In 1984, he co-founded Ecofys. Hans Hellendoorn
Hans Hellendoorn is part-time professor in industrial applications of computational intelligence at the Delft Centre for Systems and Control (DCSC). His research areas are multi-agent control of large-scale hybrid systems (such as urban or national traffic networks), road traffic control (such as traffic light control) and control and monitoring of harbour cranes.

Dr. Patrick van der Duin
Patrick van der Duin is assistant professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Associate Professor Futures Research & Trendwatching at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He focuses on technology, management of innovation, and futures studies. Among others, he has previously worked as futurist in the private sector. In particular, he studies how organizations deal with the question about what their activities might be in the future and what kind of methods they apply for developing those.

Dr. Freerk Bisschop
Freerk Bisschop has a vast experience in the energy industry. From strategy to implementation, on technology and markets, as advisor, manager and entrepreneur, with a strong focus on change towards sustainability. After 10 years’ experience in management & business development he co-founded Planet B Ventures, a development company working with young & innovative technologies, companies and projects across Europe to turn them into commercially smart and strategically sound ventures, with a solid financial basis.

Lecturers in the Business of Energy systems programme are experts in their respective fields. The theoretical foundation is provided by experts from Delft University of Technology and other universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Additional information on specific subjects is provided by advisors working for specialist agencies. The practical side of the subjects is highlighted by representatives from the public sector, industry and business world. This multi-sector collaboration is essential to ensure that the main focus of the programme is on applying the theory to the modern-day practice.

Advisory Board
An Advisory Board is in place to assist in keeping the content of the programme in line with the latest developments and market needs. The programme has been developed in cooperation with universities, knowledge institutes, industries and government organisations. The members of the programme’s Advisory Board represent these sectors. 

© 2017 TU Delft