Jan Westra holds a PhD and MSc in mechanical engineering of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is Strategic Business Developer at Priva headquarters in De Lier, Netherlands. He is involved in complex research and development projects related to horticulture and building management systems as well as in the combination of both. He's involved in research and business development in the international field of Urban Farming and is engaged in the implementation of several international projects in this field. (A.o. projects with Polydome). The business development initiatives of Jan Westra are now mainly focused on the opportunities in urban farming, energy management and building management systems in Europe, the US and Canada.
Another topic is the development of sustainable urban deltas, finding opportunities in energy and water cycle connections and cascades based on advanced controls.
Furthermore he represents Priva in forums and boards on energy savings and sustainability, both in horticulture and in building installations.