Hello my name is Guido. I was born in Rotterdam, in a heyday of some Western-European economies, like the Dutch, and exactly three years before the German unity. Growing up behind the dikes of the Krimpenerwaardpolders and going to athenaeum in Rotterdam provided me an interesting perspective on the difference between village, town and city life. I have studied at Eindhoven University of Technology. After a propaedeutic diploma Building and Architecture, I switched studies to obtain a Master's degree in Applied Physics. Meanwhile with a deep interest and advanced knowledge in theoretical physics, science and mathematics.
In the meantime, I got interested in the field of clean and sustainable energy. Already somewhat longer, I stroke an optimistic attitude towards the human capabilities to continue to live on this planet peacefully. Therefore, I started to enjoy thoughts on how I could contribute to a cleaner energy system with my knowledge and skills on the matter.
Wandering through the topics a bachelor physicist encounters, my mind's eye fell on the possibility to do a specialisation in Nuclear Fusion at the Applied Physics faculty. I did a research project there, on a broader perspective of energy technologies: placing fusion in the economy of energy sources. This was the start of a journey, together with the Energy Futures department of Shell, that resulted in the publication Fusion: Expensive and Taking Forever?.
During my studies, I was involved in the conception and foundation of a student think-tank of energy enthusiasts: Team Energy. Right after this I joined a startup that developed an app that helps neigbours doing groceries for each other, which failed. In the years thereafter, I have been filling my own toolbox with software development, analytics and project management skills.
For some years, I headed the Executive Office of FuseNet, the European Fusion Education Network. This is an international community, with member organisations all over Europe. We aim to stimulate fusion education and make it accessible to everyone on our mission to realise fusion energy. Also, I have spent a while in the Programme Management Unit of EUROfusion, coordinating training and education and inititating policy on knowledge management.
Also, remained active in research, on the socio- and techno-economics of energy technologies. Especially fusion. We ask ourselves the question: how would fusion do in the commercial uptake? What are economic barriers to the penetration of fusion energy in future societies? And how do we maintain and pass on the knowledge and skills to the designers and artisans?
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