Frank Neumann is Director of the Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation and has worked since 2005 on the development of innovative renewable energies related to the water-energy nexus. In addition he has advised on cicular economy, smart city principles and energy transition processes in relation to on- and offshore wind and ocean energies. He is coordinator of the International Network on Energy from Salinity Gradient Energy (INES), where goverments, industry from the water sector, start-ups, and academia co-operate for the upscaling of salinity gradient energy innovations close to urban areas. Furthermore he was involved in strategic advice projects regarding land use and bio-diversity conflicts in relation to maritime development. Starting in 2015, he initiated projects on innovative drones for environmental monitoring and maritime surveillance and in 2016 he started a European co-operation project related to sustainable aviation and lighter-than-air platforms for environmental (HAPS a.o.) and cargo functions. IMIEU is since then also involved in search for venture capital and grants for upscaling of Clean Energy innovations. Prior to working at IMIEU Frank worked as a senior advisor for the Dutch Minstry of Public Works Water Management Department, and as a consultant to the OECD Environment Directorate. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Leiden University and a Doctorate in Environmental/Industrial Managment of Erasmus University Rotterdam and was fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and at the Environmental Management Department at the School of Engineering of MIT.
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