Sandro Iacovella was born in Genk, Belgium. He received the M. Eng. degree in Electronics-ICT from Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (KHLim), Diepenbeek, Belgium, in 2007, and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium, in 2010. In 2011 he received a Master’s degree in Management. In 2016 he obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven ESAT/ELECTA, where his work included demand side management, multi-agent systems and machine learning within the smart grid context. As CTO & Founder of FlexiCity, affiliated to KU Leuven and UC Berkeley, he is now targeting residential demand response of electric space & water heaters.