Serge de Gheldere is the ceo and co-founder of Futureproofed. Futureproofed works with leading, visionary corporations — such as ING, Colruyt, DEME, Recticel, Nike, Smappee, Ecover, GE Lighting, Tesla — who recognise the benefits of moving to a low-carbon, sustainable economy. Futureproofed also works with local governments who start building smart, sustainable cities such as Leuven, Antwerpen, Bruges, St.Niklaas, Dendermonde, Vilvoorde, Mechelen.
In 2006, Serge was part of a select group of individuals personally trained by Al Gore to become a global warming “ambassador”. Since then Serge has given many hundreds of lectures on climate change, oil decline and the opportunity of a low-carbon future to a wide variety of audiences: from ministers and governments, to schools and boards, at organisations such as IBM, 3M, Belfius, HP, Picanol, Solvay MBA, Electrolux, Sony, at the CSR summit in Dubai, CWF11, and many others.
Serge has also taught guest lectures at Yale University, Stanford University and Tsinghua University in Beijing.
In addition, Serge leads the Klimaatzaak in Belgium, a non-profit that started legal action against the federal and regional governments of Belgium. The second European country to do so, after the Netherlands. The klimaatzaak consist of a team of diverse people from different backgrounds including a number of Flemish personalities such as Tom Lenaerts, Francesca Vanthielen, Stijn Meuris, Koen Van Mechelen en Nic Balthazar. The Klimaatzaak’s demand is that Belgium would reduce 40% by 2020, with a minimum of 25% with respect to 1990. On June 24th, 2015, courageous judges ordered the Dutch government to step up their game to protect their citizens from the dangerous impacts of climate change.
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
Personally, Serge tries to walk the talk in an hands-on way, finding out what’s ready for primetime and what’s not, such as having accrued more than 165.000 100% electric km’s since 2000, and turning a 1930 house into a low-energy house. Serge’s a enthusiastic dad of three, kiter, biker and snowboarder.
Serge regularly shares his personal and professional experiences and insights through various channels: in lectures, on twitter (@sergedg), on national radio & TV and in the written press.