Leen Govaerts holds master degrees in Business Engineering and Executive MBA. She started her career as a researcher in the field of low carbon mobility at VITO - research institute on sustainable development. At present she is leading the research unit Smart Energy and Built Environment of VITO Energyville dealing with sustainable energy and urban sustainability. Key research areas are long term energy strategies and policy, energy district design and sustainable building concepts with living labs being a central concept in the research approach.
Leen Govaerts is member of Energyville executive committee, a research association on sustainable energy and cities between VITO, KULeuven, imec and university Hasselt. She is chairperson of BERA – Belgian Energy research Alliance – and member of the Executive Committee of EERA, the European Energy Research Alliance. She is involved in several international networks and has experience in coordinating several European research consortia. She is recognized expert on behalf of the Flemish Government to evaluate energy and sustainability aspects for renewal of urban districts.