Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, has appointed Bertrand van Ee as its new CEO from 1 Oct 2014.
He succeeds Mary Ritter OBE, who has been in the role since 2010. Van Ee will be responsible for continuing to expand Climate-KIC’s work supporting climate innovators in Europe – growing Climate-KIC’s world-class network of partners, strengthening ties with academics, innovators, entrepreneurs and the public sector, across Europe.
Van Ee brings a wealth of commercial and technical expertise to Climate-KIC. Most recently he was chairman and CEO of Royal HaskoningDHV (DHV), an independent, international engineering consultancy in The Netherlands with 7,000 professionals active in 35 countries, having been CEO of DHV since 2007. He is also President of the Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and a member of Engineering Academies in Europe (Euro-Case) and globally (CAETS). Prior to his role at DHV, Van Ee had worked up through the ranks to be VP over a 21-year career at Fluor, a multinational engineering and construction firm headquartered in the US.