Diederik Maarten Samsom is a Dutch environmentalist and retired politician who served the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid PvdA) from 2012 to 2016. He was the first leader in the 70-year history of the PvdA to have been voted out of his position by party members. Since November 2019 Samsom is head of cabinet for First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.
Elected to the House of Representatives between 30 January 2003 and 14 December 2016, he was elected PvdA parliamentary leader as well as party leader on 16 March 2012. He lost the Labour Party leadership election to Lodewijk Asscher in December 2016. Before his election to the House of Representatives he was CEO of a green energy company and a campaigner for Greenpeace Netherlands. Between 1983 and 1989, he attended the Stedelijk Gymnasium (Municipal Gymnasium) in Leeuwarden. There he became interested in physics, and later he went on to study applied physics at Delft University of Technology. Samsom specialised in nuclear physics and became a level three radiation protection expert. He graduated in May 1997, obtaining a Dutch engineer's degree (Dutch: ingenieur). He was also on the board of the national students' union LSVb and edited a yearly edition of the Poenboek, a students' guide relating to monetary issues.
Samsom had been involved in environmental issues long before entering politics. Samsom joined environmental organisation Greenpeace Netherlands in September 1995 as a volunteer. He led several campaigns and projects until he resigned in December 2001, after the PvdA offered him a career in politics. He also worked as the CEO of Echte Energie (Real Energy), a small green energy trading company, from August 2002 until January 2003.
Marwa Dabaieh is an architect and BioGeometry® practitioner. Her expertise is in zero emission and passive earthen buildings. Worked for the last 19 years in the field of sustainable architectural conservation, environmental design and energy efficient buildings. She received my bachelor degree in architecture in 2001 from Egypt then earned a master degree in environmental planning and design in 2006 and a PhD in conservation of vernacular architecture in 2011 from Lund University in Sweden. She mainly tend to apply transdisciplinary approaches in her research work following a human centred participatory design methods. She received the Swedish Elna Bengtssons foundation prize for scientific research in 2012 for my PhD project. Published over 60 manuscripts and four books beside lecturing in the fields of vernacular architecture, energy efficient buildings, sustainable conservation, environmental design and BioGeometry®. As a practitioner, she participated in several design projects in Egypt, MENA region and Europe. Served as full Professor of environmental and sustainable architecture and head of sustainable architecture research group at Aalborg University in Denmark from August 2018 until January 2020. Currently Associate professor /Reader (Docent) at Malmö University in Sweden. Her ongoing research projects a FORMAS funded project on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for people at the margins. Besides her work in eco-cycle refugee housing solutions. Her research focus is passive and carbon neutral low-tech vernacular methods and their adaptation for contemporary energy efficient and zero carbon building practice. She will be seating as Vice President for ICOMOS CIAV (scientific committee of vernacular architecture) in the round 2021-2023 in addition to being the Swedish expert voting member for ICOMOS ISCES+CC (Scientific committee for energy, sustainability and climate change) and expert member in ICOMOS ISCEAH (Scientific committee of earthen architecture heritage).
Aristide is a senior researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (HERUS) and the non-profit organisation Metabolism of Cities. From 2018 to 2020 he was Chair of Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he attempted to build bridges between the academia, public administrations and “circular” actors in order to accelerate Brussels’ transition towards a more circular economy and metabolism. During the last years, he has collaborated and worked with/for several universities, research centres, environmental administrations, NGOs, youth organisations and consultancy firms on a great variety of projects trying to reduce the environmental footprint of territories. Finally, Aristide is the co-founder of Metabolism of Cities, a global network of people working together on systemically reducing net environmental impacts of cities and territories in a socially just manner and context-specific way (www.metabolismofcities.org).