Keynote: Marc Bras, Manager of BMW i

Marc Bras has been working with BMW in one capacity or another since 2002. Today he is the manager for BMWi – an all-encompassing, groundbreaking concept for sustainable mobility. BMWi represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is defined by sustainability. His background in marketing, finance and international business, and his drive to – literally – accelerate sustainability in the world of luxury sports cars, is helping create the future. Marc holds an MSc from Maastricht University (2003), executive qualifications from Insead, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business.

Opening: Professor Steef van de Velde, Dean Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Steef van de Velde is a Professor of Operations Management and Technology and Dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). His research interests lie in the areas of operations excellence, service operations, and (behavioural) supply chain management. He has published in the leading academic journals including, among others, Management ScienceCalifornia Management Review, Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, INFORMS Journal on Computing, IIE Transactions, and Journal of Scheduling. Professor van de Velde holds an MSc in Econometrics from the Erasmus School of Economics and a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has served as Dean for RSM since September 2011.

KPMG-RSM Sustainability Thesis Award Presentor: Jerwin Tholen, KPMG

Director at KPMG Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Jerwin Tholen has over 17 years of sustainability consulting experience. Currently focused on cost benefit analyses, CSR strategy, sustainable soft commodities and supply chain management, he has been part of KPMG since 2002, and became Associate Director of KPMG Sustainability in 2007. Mr. Tholen became the Director of KPMG Climate Change and Sustainability Services in October 2015. He holds a drs. in Policy, Management, the Environment and Spatial Planning from Radboud University.

Keynote: Thomas Rau, Founder Turntoo

Thomas Rau is entrepreneur, architect, innovator and visionary. His motto is ‘guided by the future’: his decisions and actions are not determined by what is deemed possible now, but by what is necessary for the future - and RAU Architects have been on the forefront of designing environmentally conscious buildings since 1992. Thomas promotes the use of renewable energy in the built environment and seeks to address the increasing worldwide resource scarcity through his company Turntoo, which focuses on closing material loops and accelerating the circular economy. Ranked in the Top 5 Dutch players in sustainability (Trouw), Dutch Architect of the Year 2013, and recipient of the ARC13 Oeuvre Award for his widespread contribution in both promoting and realising sustainable architecture in the last 20 years, Thomas sees opportunities where others see shortages.

Moderator: Dorothy Grandia, Assistant Director RSM Career Development Centre

Dorothy Grandia is Assistant Director of the Career Development Centre at RSM; and Faculty member of the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations, where she concentrates on the development and delivery of leadership communication programmes for open Executive Education as well as in-house initiatives at such organisations as the European Central Bank and ING. In 2015 Dorothy delivered a TedX talk on leadership and confidence, ‘Authenticity is a Dangerous Word’. Using her experience in the political arena, on the operatic stage, and in executive programmes she helps people develop their communication range and increase their influence. Her education includes Asian Studies and Development Economics at University of Texas at Austin.