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Manon Janssen, CEO Ecorys and chair of the energy top sector team

"The transition to a sustainable energy system is one of the grand challenges faced by this generation and the next. This transition is key to slowing down climate change and mitigating its effects in order to maintain a liveable planet and live within the boundaries of available resources.

In the Netherlands we have been working on the energy transition for over a decade. The energy top sector drives innovation forward in a uniquely collaborative manner. Nearly 2,000 companies, knowledge institutes and regional governments are working together with national government to enable the new technologies required to create a truly sustainable energy system.

Achieving this requires relentless efforts, often involving scenarios and investments that span decades. Unlike the current coronavirus crisis, climate change and the energy transition are chronic crises. Especially now, we must not give up on our goals. Instead, we must use the current crisis to accelerate the change in how we source, transport and use energy.

This is only possible by working together. None of us can do this alone. Together, we can – and will – succeed."

Manon Janssen, CEO Ecorys and chair of the energy top sector team

Biography

Manon Janssen was born in 1961 in Leidschendam, the Netherlands and moved to Belgium in 1976 where she studied at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She obtained a Master’s in Applied Sciences and Engineering at the Solvay Business School.

She started her career at Procter & Gamble, working in three countries on brands like Always, Pampers, Dreft and Oil of Olay. After 16 years she moved to Electrolux as Chief Marketing Officer for the White Goods Division Europe. In 2005 she joined Philips Lighting as Chief Marketing Officer. In 2010 she became the CEO of Ecofys, a consultancy firm focused on the energy transition, and in 2015 she moved to Ecorys, one of Europe’s oldest research and consulting companies addressing all major societal challenges and working primarily for governments.

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She is an independent board director of Gimv, a sustainable private equity firm in Antwerp.
 

Manon has been working on the energy transition for more than a decade. She has been chair of the energy top sector since 2012, contributed to the 2013 Energy Agreement and led the Industry Plan for the 2018/19 Climate Agreement.

Manon is a true European, living in Brussels with her husband and their three children and working in Rotterdam and The Hague.
 
A life-long vegetarian, she is a strong believer in a circular economy and managing one’s personal carbon footprint.
 
Her spare time is dedicated to her horses, and she rides dressage with her Dutch horse Elrode. Her personal values are her internal compass: treat all life with the greatest of respect, always be truthful and live every minute to the fullest, so as to make the world a better place for yourself and those around you.

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