Keynote Speakers

Sustainable Asset Management – A view from Asia

Yozo Fujino, Japan

Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo and Distinguished Professor of Yokohama National University

Yozo Fujino is a world-famous expert in bridge dynamics, wind effects of structures, passive/active control technology and monitoring of bridges, with a special focus on long-span bridges. He has been involved in many international bridge projects including Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan; Millennium Bridge, UK (vibration control), and the Padoma Bridge, Bangladesh. He has received many awards, some recent ones are the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize; R.H. Scanlan Medal; the ASCE G. Winter Medal , the IABSE Outstanding Paper Award and IABSE Honorary Membership.

Yozo Fujino has been very active in research and international academic activities. He is a former Vice President of IABSE and he is the former President of ANCRiSST and EASEC. He is now the programme director of Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management of The Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, Council of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office in Japan.

Innovative Tunneling in a Sustainable Built Environment

Thomas Jesel, Switzerland
Director Tunnelling Division, Amberg Engineering Ltd

Thomas Jesel joined Amberg Engineering directly after his master degree in early 1999. He started as a design engineer in the tunneling department and was mainly involved in the design of the Gotthard base tunnel (GBT). He spent one year in Faido (GBT) as site supervisor and took over the responsibility for the detailed design for rock support and inner lining after returning to the Amberg’s main office.

In the following years he worked as project manager GBT and was a member of the JV board. Simultaneously he started a consulting job for transfer from the GBT to the smaller Ceneri base tunnel. Applying his expertise he started working in international projects of Amberg Engineering, predominantly in Sweden.

From 2011 onwards he was involved in the Förbifarten project as a responsible designer for special design parts such as mixed face conditions, jet grouting areas and the inner lining. Recently he took over additional tasks in other Swedish projects such as Tunnelbana Stockholm and Boråsbana High Speed Rail.

Coastal Highway Route E39

Borre Stensvold, Norway


Børre grew up in the arctic archipelago of Lofoten in the northern part of Norway, where the urgent need for bridges to improve public accessibility inspired him to pursue an M.Sc. degree in civil engineering. After graduating from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in 1981, he worked in both a contractor and a consulting company before joining the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in 1984. Initially responsible for bridge management in the Oslo area, he was appointed Project Manager for a new national Bridge Management System in 1991. From 2003 he was Project Manager for an agency R&D programme for calculating the asset value and maintenance backlog of the Norwegian road network. In 2005 Børre was appointed Bridge Director in the Directorate of Public Roads. From September 2016 he will serve as temporary Project Manager for the E39 Coastal Highway Route.

Børre is a member of the Bridge Committee in the World Road Associaton (PIARC) and the Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals. In 2012, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of the Research Institute of Highway, Ministry of Transportation, China.

Trends Within Sustainable Bridge Operation and Maintenance

Jens Sandager Jensen, Denmark

COWI A/S, Senior Vice President for Bridges, Scandinavia

Jens Sandager Jensen is Senior Vice President for COWI's Division for Bridges, Scandinavia, which services the Scandinavian bridge market and the international O&M (Operation and Maintenance) market. He is a member of COWI's Transportation Board, a Chairman of the Infrastructure committee of the Danish organisation FRI (the Danish Association of Consulting Engineers), and active member in IABSE and IABMAS. He holds a BSc in Civil and Structural Engineering and a BSc in International Management and Economics.

Jens Sandager Jensen has been responsible for O&M activities on a large number of major Danish infrastructure projects such as East Tunnel and West Bridge of the Great Belt, land works for the Øresund Bridge and the Copenhagen Metro. He has also managed many Design-Build projects for contractors in the Scandinavian infrastructure market with high focus on time/costs for the contractors as well as focusing on the requirements of the public end clients. Finally, Mr. Jens Sandager Jensen has been in charge of the comprehensive EU projects "Sustainable Bridges; Assessment for future traffic demands and longer lives" and "MAINLINE – MAINtenance, renewal and Improvement of rail transport iNfrastructure to reduce Economic and environmental impacts.

Sustainable Concrete

Karen Scrivener, Switzerland
EPFL Lausanne Switzerland

Karen Scrivener graduated in Materials Science from University of Cambridge in 1979. She went on to do a PhD at Imperial College, remaining there until 1995. In 1995 she joined the Central Research Laboratories of Lafarge in France. In 2001 she was appointed as Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials, at EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). The work of this laboratory is focused on improving the sustainability of cementitious building materials. She is the founder and coordinator of Nanocem, a Network of industry and Academia for fundamental research on cementitious materials and Editor in Chief of Cement and Concrete Research. In 2014 she was made a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.  

A Sustainability City is a City for People

Helle Soeholt, Denmark
Co-Founder and CEO, Gehl Architects Denmark
Helle is Founding Partner and CEO of Gehl. She started the company with Professor Jan Gehl in 2000. Through her leadership, strategic and organisational talent, the office has developed a knowledge base and experience portfolio that is respected internationally in the field of urban design and urban development. Over the years of its existence, Gehl has been awarded multiple prizes and recognitions for their contribution to making cities more livable and sustainable around the world.