To ensure meaningful feedback and to align BECoop work with the needs of our users and stakeholders, we have formed a BECoop Advisory board. It is composed of eight members – eminent personalities from diverse backgrounds representing the broad stakeholder community related to community bioenergy.

They will act as a consultation and validation body for the project and we look forward to implementing their advice in BECoop deliveries and solutions.

Thomas Bauwens
Senior researcher and lecturer
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

Thomas Bauwens (PhD) is an economist, specialising in social and environmental sustainability issues, with a strong interest in multidisciplinarity. He is currently a senior researcher and lecturer at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of Utrecht, where he is conducting research on entrepreneurship in the circular economy and on collective action for sustainability transitions. He has also been a researcher at Oxford University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, researching circular economy, energy communities, and sustainability transitions.

Myriam Castanié
Strategy Manager

Myriam joined in 2018, where she focuses on developing the strategy and services of to help strengthen the community energy movement in the EU. Part of her work includes supporting island and rural communities in particular. Before joining, she worked in climate & energy communications for several years. Myriam is German-French and holds a Masters in International Relations from Dublin City University in Ireland.

Karel Derveaux
Energy investments and innovation officer

Karel Derveaux holds an MSc in Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion from the University of Leuven, Belgium. As international consultant in energy technology he has been building expertise in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sector since the early 90’s. Since 1999 he has been actively developing sustainable energy projects as executive board member of Ecopower, a well-established energy cooperative in the Flemish Region of Belgium. As Ecopower is a founding member of,  Karel is fostering participation of citizens in the sustainable energy transition all over Europe.

Daniel Garcia
Promotion and Innovation Specialist

Daniel has an MSc in Mechanical Engineer and is responsible of Promotion and innovation at AVEBIOM, the Spanish Biomass Association. He counts 17 years of experience in the field of biomass and bioenergy. After his initial dedication to research at University of Zaragoza and CIRCE Technology Centre (Spain), he has been very active in designing and managing European and National projects on innovation and sector promotion. He has developed connections with multiple actors (agricultural, rural and civil organisations), and participated and promoted multiple networking and promotional actions.

Jean-Marc Jossart
Secretary General
Bioenergy Europe

Jean-Marc is an agronomist (UCLouvain, Belgium, 1989) and started his career almost directly in the biomass sector, first as researcher and then in several associations. He is now the Secretary General of Bioenergy Europe, representing the interest of the bioenergy sector towards the EU institutions. Over the years he acquired a significant expertise in technical, economic and environmental aspects in most of the bioenergy value chains. Jean-Marc is also a farmer.

Dimitris Kitsikopoulos

Dimitris (BSc, MSc) is a community energy expert and co-founder of ELECTRA ENERGY cooperative.  ELECTRA ENERGY was founded in 2016 in Athens Greece, aiming to support the transition to a decentralized, efficient, and sustainable energy system with citizens and local communities at its core.

Maria Adele Prosperoni
Head of Environment and Energy Service

Lawyer Maria Adele Prosperoni, after having worked for several years with various law firms in criminal and civil matters, has been collaborating since 1998 with private and public entities in the fields of environmental, agri-food and energy law. She is an expert in all areas of environmental and energy law, with particular focus on applications in the agricultural sector. Since November 2019 she has been in charge of the Environment and Energy Service of the national Confederation CONFCOOPERATIVE, which is one of the main representative associations of Italian cooperatives.

Tina Papasideri
Project Manager
INASO – PASEGES - Institute for Agricultural and Co-operative Economy

Mrs. Konstantina Papasideri is a full time permanent staff, with studies in Informatics – Programming and Analysis and college degree in Terminology of Computer Science. Being a representative on committees of Greek ministry of agriculture and rural development. She has long experience in management of critical matters and communication. She has a long an extended experience in national and European projects.