Federation for
Housing and

Speakers IFHP Summit 2016


Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the City of Rotterdam 

Ahmed Aboutaleb has been mayor of Rotterdam since 2009. He was previously State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment for the Labour Party (PvdA) (2007-2008) and alderman in Amsterdam (2004-2007). Mayor Aboutaleb is a great advocate of the values of freedom of religion, freedom of expression and the principle of non-discrimination. He sees his city as a breeding ground for social and economic renewal, where it is not your origin that counts, but your talent, education and ambition. Morning speaker. 


Amelia Hunter, Designer and Strategist at Studio Weave 

Amelia Hunter became a designer and strategist for Studio Weave after having worked for the IFHP and for Foster + Partners in Cyprus. She is trained in London at UCL and the Royal College of Art in Architecture and currently and currently works on the design of a 250 + unit social housing development in central London. Hunter is also working with the London Borough of Hackney in developing a long-term strategy for the implementation of a new colour painting & signage program. Workshop presenter.


Anette Galskjøt, IFHP CEO 

Anette joined the IFHP in January 2015 and was appointed CEO at the end of June 2015. She has a Danish law degree and an LLM from Kings College London and has a long career within investment banking, IT as well as the public sector working with project management and leadership. Parallel to this Anette has worked as non-executive director in a number of  limited companies and currently serves on the board of Skovsnogen Foundation and the strategic advisory board of the scientific innovation incubator OvaCure. Morning speaker.


Anne-Marie Chavanon, President of the Committee on Democracy, Social cohesion and global challenges of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, France

Chavanon is chairing a committee gathering some 210 international NGOs at the Council of Europe. She is involved in programs and juries of the Organisation such as the European landscape Award. She is currently executive manager of the IFHP French Chapter COFHUAT. Furthermore, she operates on such topics with all Council of Europe bodies, as well as EU and Council of Europe member states or partner countries. Workshop presenter.


Christian Dalsdorf, Project Manager at By og Havn

Christian Dalsdorf is a Project Manager at By og Havn, where he is responsible for the planning & transformation process of specific urban and port areas in Denamrk. He received his degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. Since 2004 he has been a lecturer at DIS (Denmark's International Study Program) and at other institutions such as the Danish School of Design, teaching sustainable and accessible architecture. He won multiple prices such as the Henning Larsen Honorary Award in 2005. Workshop presenter.


Desirée Uitzetter, Director Urban Development at BPD

Desirée Uitzetter has been the Director Urban Development at BPD since 2015. Previously, Uitzetter was partner of Stec Groep where she worked on knowledge development and innovations on urban development and housing. Before that she worked as an advisor and project director at Ecorys, KPMG/Mentrum and BNG Area Development. She studied Social Geography at the Utrecht University. Panellist. 


Flemming BorreskovIFHP President

Flemming Borreskov is Founder and President of Catalytic Society, President of the International Federation for Housing and Planning and former CEO of Realdania, a strategic philanthropic foundation. Furthermore he is Chairman of the Board of the Danish Architecture Centre; Chairman of the Mission Design Montreal – Urban Design Committee; Member of Sustainia Founding Fathers, as well as Member of the World City Summit International Advisory Group and Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Council, Singapore.


Han Joosten, Director Market Research BPD

Han Joosten has for more than 20 years worked for BPD. He studied social geography and regional planning at the Free University in Amsterdam. In 2002 he became Business Development Manager at Bouwfonds International in the Netherlands Since 2005 he has been Director of Market Research and is responsible for strategic market research in both the Netherlands and Europe. Between 2013 and 2015 Joosten founded and edified the new branch of BPD in Berlin and from 1 January 2016 he is also Head of Market Research BPD Immobilienentwicklung Germany. Morning speaker.


Hans-Hugo Smit, Concept developer BPD 

Hans-Hugo Smit is an urban geographer and city developer. He currently works as concept developer at BPD Development, one of Europe's leading urban development companies. As a researcher, concept developer and academic lecturer- with 17 years of experince in the field of housing and retail real estate- Hans-Hugo focuses on client-oriented urban development and contributes to the design, development and marketing of living environments that are based on thorough knowledge of customer and stakeholder needs.


Helma Born, Managing director Procap

Helma Born worked at Rijksgebouwendienst for several years, after which she started at Procap in 2004. There she became the expert on process management in regional development and real estate projects. In addition to the daily management of Procap, Born works as senior consultant in regional development and real estate projects. She is one of the initiators of Balanshuis (an initiative to sustain the housing stock in a smart and affordable way), as well as president of Bouwregienetwerk. Workshop moderator.


Jeanet van Antwerpen, CEO Schiphol Area Development Company

Jeanet Van Antwerpen is an economic geographer and has 25 years of experience in area development, commercial real estate and sustainability. Currently she is CEO at Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC NV), which develops business parks on the western logistics corridor in Amsterdam. Before joining SADC, Van Antwerpen was chairwoman of the Advisory Board BREEEAM Area development and worked at Inbo, as a consultant, partner and member of the board. Workshop presenter.


Jos van Dalen, Manager Department 'Building and Energy' of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands

Jos van Dalen is responsible for the national policy regarding housing stock and energy. He started as a chemical engineer at Unilever in 1987 and changed jobs in 1991 when he decided to work for the national government. He worked in the field of water management until 2011. In 2012, he became head of the unit energy policy of buildings and participated in the making of the Energy Agreement (Energieakkoord). Workshop presenter.


Katrina Sichel, Moderator of the day

Katrina Sichel is a London-born, Brussels-based professional moderator with more than 20 years’ experience in communications as a TV Producer, Events Presenter and Voiceover Artist. As a former Director of a TV PR company, she produced syndicated news reports for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV, Reuters etcetera. Sichel has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University and is fluent in English, Russian and French. Since 2007, she has worked on many Europe-wide multimedia campaigns for the EU institutions.  


Leon Bobbe, Chairman of De Key

Leon Bobbe is a sociologist and chairman of De Key. Previously served as director of the national tenant organization and an agency for strategy and communication. De Key is a large housing association in Amsterdam, specializing in residential starters. Leon is connected to the city.



Kristian Käll, Process manager social sustainability at Älvstranden Utveckling

Kristian Käll is working for an inclusive and social sustainable development of the RiverCity Gothenburg. He is based at Älvstranden Utveckling; a municipal development company that owns and develops vast former industrial areas in the midst of waterfront Gothenburg. Älvstranden works in partnership with developers, market actors, and civil society to realize the River City Vision. Kristian has been active in the field of urban development, social sustainably and human rights since 2003. Workshop presenter.


Maarten van Ham, Professor of Urban Renewal and Housing at Delft University of Technology & Professor of Geography, University of St Andrews

Maarten Van Ham studied economic geography at Utrecht University, where he obtained his PhD with honours in 2002. In 2011 Maarten won a prestigious EU ERC grant to investigate Socio-spatial inequality, deprived neighbourhoods, and neighbourhood effects. Maarten has expertise in the fields of urban poverty and inequality, segregation, residential mobility and migration. Morning speaker.


Marc Glaudemans, Professor Urban Strategies at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg

Marc Glaudemans is the head of the Architecture and Urbanism programs at Fontys University in Tilburg. In 2006 he founded Stadslab European Urban Design Laboratory, a think tank and international urban design laboratory for cities. Marc is board member of INTA (International Urban Development Association, Paris) and several other Dutch and international organizations. In 2014-2015 he was visiting professor at the Institute for Design and Urbanism at ITMO University in St Petersburg. Panellist. 


Michael K. Rasmussen, Senior VP Brand at the VELUX Group

Having promoted roof windows for more than 20 years, Michael K. Rasmussen knows his share about the importance of daylight and fresh air in sustainable buildings. Michael is a strong proponent of innovative and sustainable solutions and creating more sustainable living in buildings – meaning exploiting the sun as an inexhaustible energy source, high energy efficiency and a healthy indoor climate in private homes and commercial buildings. Workshop presenter.


Nicolaas Beets, Dutch Urban Envoy for the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands

Nicolaas Beets graduated with an MBA from the university of Delft in 1979 before becoming a career diplomat in the Dutch Foreign Service, starting as a junior diplomat and working as Head of the Taskforce EU Enlargement. After 2000 he was the Dutch Ambassador to Finland, Latvia, Kuwait, and Saudi-Arabia. From October 2015, he was appointed as Dutch Urban Envoy. One of his tasks has been to establish the Urban Agenda for the EU as was agreed in the ‘Pact of Amsterdam’. Morning speaker. 


Pelle Lind Bournonville, Special Advisor on international affairs at Realdania

Pelle Bournonville started his career as Director at one of Scandinavia’s largest contracting companies, NCC after which he was Senior Advisor on the built environment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and was posted to the consulate in New York City. Currently he manages Realdania’s portfolio of international projects and the C40 grant. Pelle is part of Realdania’s Cities for People program, where he also works with sustainable city development and climate adaptation. Panellist.


Rikke Lønne, Development Consultant at Danmarks Almene Boliger

Rikke Lønne is a project manager at BL – Danish Social Housing, where she manages a range of co-creation projects that supports the strategic focus of BL. She is responsible for the social responsibility of the social housing sector in Denmark, including exploring the potentials of the Danish housing organizations as social entrepreneurs. Rikke has a Master’s degree in of sociology and culture from the University of Copenhagen. 


Sander Geenen, Project manager at City of Rotterdam

Sander Geenen has been at the Department of City Development for almost 10 years.  During the last 4 years he was responsible for the area development of the Kop van Zuid and Katendrecht. Both former harbour areas have gone through an interesting transformation from harbour and industrial area to lively urban areas. The areas are nowadays really becoming part of the inner city and in this role Sander Geenen tries to speed up that process. 


Walter de Boer, BPD CEO

Walter de Boer was appointed CEO of BPD in 2008 after holding a range of executive positions within the organisation. Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD) is a leading European area developer and operates in the Netherlands, France and Germany developing residential areas together with investors. Walter is a member of the executive board of Rabo Real Estate Group. For a number of years, he worked as a consultant, and focused on commercial real estate at various organisations.