Serge de Gheldere is a design engineer with lots of personal energy, empathy, and intellectual curiosity. Serge is founder and CEO of Futureproofed.
Serge was one of the first presenters to be personally trained by Al Gore to educate the public about climate change. Over 300 presentations on, Serge has reached more than 20.000 people around the world - from France and the Netherlands to China, the United Arab Emirates and India.
Serge is also Executive Council Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum. This is the first joint initiative of an alliance formed between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Johnson Controls in July 2009. As a high-level, invitation-only annual gathering, the Forum sets out be the premier event in Europe that promotes an energy efficiency ethic to drive action in the region.
Serge de Gheldere was guest professor at Group T University College. He advised a team of the Vehicle Design Summit consortium that collaborates with Tsinghua University in Beijing, TU Delft, MIT and many teams worldwide to develop a new 6-passenger, production-ready car with dramatically improved life cycle impact. Serge recently became the first alumnus director on Group T’s board.
As a climate ambassador he performed at Pukkelpop in 2015 and 2016. It is said Rihanna was upset they scheduled a headliner like Serge together with her performance.
Serge de Gheldere trained as an electro-mechanical engineer in Groep T Engineering School, Leuven (B) with a focus on materials technology and product design, and as a master in polymer and composites engineering at the KU Leuven (B). He wrote his masters’ thesis on light, efficient thermoplastic composite structures in Professor Beukers’ lab of advanced structures and materials at the faculty of Aeronautical Engineering of TU Delft (NL).Serge then worked as a product development engineer for Baxter R&D Europe for 7 years. There he worked in a global team designing and developing the industry’s first system to eliminate blood-borne pathogens in platelets. He also spent 15 months on a project assignment in Chicago and received several awards including a Baxter outstanding technical achievement award and two patents.
Serge owes most of this to the continuous support of his wonderful wife Marie, with whom he has three fantastic kids. In real life, Serge loves to spend time with the family snowboarding, (wind/kite)surfing, travelling and mountainbiking.