SprecherInnen 2019

Siegfried Aigner

  • Managing Partner, Aigner Energie Contracting, Austria
  • 18 years’ experience in biomass heat contracting, the realisation of heat plants and district heating systems, quality auditor and international consulting
  • Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

John W. Arsenault

  • Pellet Group Director, Quebec Wood Export Bureau, Canada; Director, Market Access, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Professional experience in the management of manufacturing businesses including wood pellet production
  • MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences, UniversitĂ© de Sherbrooke, Canada 

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Andreas Aumann

  • Vice President, Product Management BMW i, e-Mobility, BMW Group, Germany
  • Previously,  Manager Brand Strategic Product Planning, BMW Group, and Head of Business Development, BMW China
  • Doctorate in Physics, University of MĂŒnster, Germany

Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

Dina Azhgaliyeva

  • Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Previously, Research Fellow, University of Reading, UK
  • PhD in Economics, University of Essex, UK

Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

Gottfried Baumann-Leitner

  • Export Manager, Windhager, Austria
  • Over 9 years’ experience in international sales of biomass heating solutions
  • Degree in Engineering

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Hans Martin Behr

  • Scientific Advisor of the "Deutschen Pelletinstituts" (DEPI); Executive Manager of Holz-Energie-Zentrum Olsberg, Germany
  • Deputy Chairperson of the "Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband" (DEPV)
  • Degree in Forestry,  UniversitĂ€t Göttingen, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Shawn Bells

  • Vice President of Operations, Pacific BioEnergy, Canada
  • 25 years’ experience in the wood products sector in forestry as well as in lumber, plywood and pellet manufacturing 
  • BSc Forest Resource Management, Canada

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Jana BendĆŸalovĂĄl

  • Managing Director and Senior Expert, Environment & Building Energy Efficiency (ENBEE), Slovakia
  • Head of section Thermal Protection and Energy Performance of Buildings, Building Testing and Research Institute (TSÚS), Slovakia
  • PhD in energy performance of buildings, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava 

Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

Martin Bentele

  • Managing Director, Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband (DEPV), Germany
  • Managing Director, Deutsches Pelletinstitut (DEPI), Germany
  • Degree in Forestry, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Adriana Bernardi

  • Head of Padova Unit and Senior Researcher, National Research Council - Institute of Atmospheric Science and Climate (CNR-ISAC), Italy
  • Previously, Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Master’s degree in Physics, University of Padova, Italy

Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

Dirk Bessau

  • Head of Berlin Office and of business development, InnoEnergy, Germany
  • Previously, management positions in the energy industry
  • Doctorate degree in Political Science and Degree in Economics

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

Barbora Blaơkovičová

  • Legal and Intellectual Property Specialist, Fenix TNT, Czech Republic
  • Previously, Senior Lawyer, Deloitte Legal, Czech Republic
  • Master’s degree in Law, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
Speaker and chair of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

PaweƂ Bocian

  • Adjunct Professor, Thermal Processes Department, Institute of Power Engineering, Poland
  • Over 20 years’ experience in research of combustion processes
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Christoffer Boman

  • Associate Professor, UmeĂ„ University, Sweden
  • Research Leader and Principal Investigator, Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory (TEC-Lab), UmeĂ„ University, Sweden
  • PhD in Energy Technology and PhL "Licentiate" in Inorganic Chemistry, UmeĂ„ University, Sweden

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Nils Borg

    • Executive Director, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee)
    • Previously, Consultant and Expert in energy efficiency policy
    • Studies in languages, political science and economic history

      Chairperson of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

      Wim Boydens

      • CSTO and co-owner, boydens engineering, a building services and sustainable engineering firm
      • Visiting professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University of Ghent, Belgium
      • Degree in Civil Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Environmental issues course programme, University of Ghent, Belgium

      Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
      Speaker and chair of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

      Linus Brander

      • Material Researcher and Project Leader, RISE Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden
      • Previously, Field Geologist, Swedish Geological Survey, Sweden
      • PhD in Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

        Speaker and chair of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

         

        Christian Breitenbaumer

        • Managing Director and Plant Manager, Kirchdorfer Zementwerk, Austria
        • Previously, Production Manager, Kirchdorfer Zementwerk, Austria 
        • Degree in Engineering 

        Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

        Thomas Brunner

        • Partner and Head of Measurement and Analytics, BIOS Bioenergiesysteme, Austria
        • Area Manager for biomass incineration and energy use - medium sized plants and large plants, Austrian Bioenergy Centre, Austria 
        • Doctorate degree in Engineering

        Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

        Ivo Bucher

        • Owner and CEO, Pellet-mobil, Switzerland
        • Previously, Project Manager for Contracting Facilities, Energy 360°, Switzerland

        Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

        Stefan M. BĂŒttner  

        • Head of International Affairs & Strategy, Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP), University of Stuttgart, Germany
        • Chair of the UNECE Task Force on Industrial Energy Efficiency and initiator of the Energy Efficiency Barometer of Industry
        • Degree in International Economics, Eberhard Karls UniversitĂ€t TĂŒbingen, Germany

        Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

        Luisa F. Cabeza

        • Professor, University of Lleida, Spain
        • Representative for the IEA Energy Storage programme (ECES TCP) and in the H2020 Challenge 3 Committee for the EU
        • PhD in Industrial Engineering, Ramon Llull University, Spain

        Speaker and chair of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

        Martina Caminada

        • Managing Director, proPellets.ch, Switzerland
        • previously, Forestry department of the Canton of St. Gallen and Research Associate, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
        • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, ETH ZĂŒrich, Switzerland

        Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

        Anne Caminade

        • Project Manager in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Lemon Consult AG, Switzerland
        • More than 10 years’ experience in the field of sustainable and low energy design for the built environment in the UK and Switzerland
        • Master’s degrees in Thermal Power Engineering (I.N.S.A. Rouen, France) and in Energy Systems & Thermal Processes (School of Engineering, Cranfield University, UK)

        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

        HĂ©ctor Cano Esteban

        • Project Manager, R&D and Projects Department, Geoter, Spain 
        • Professor, Polytechnic University of Madrid and Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain 
        • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

        Luis Coelho 

        • Assistant Professor, SetĂșbal School of Technology (ESTSĂ©tubal), Polytechnic Institute of SetĂșbal, Portugal
        • Coordinator of the Centre for Energy and Environment Research of the Polytechnic Institute of SetĂșbal (CINEA-IPS), Portugal
        • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal 

        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

        Cristina Corchero 

        • Head of Energy Systems Analytics Group, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Spain  
        • Operating Agent Task 28 & 43, IEA Hybrid & Electric Vehicle TCP 
        • PhD in Statistics and Operations Research, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

        Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

        Blanca Corona

        • Assistant Professor, Sustainable Development Department, Utrecht University, NL
        • Previously, Postdoctoral Researcher, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, NL
        • PhD in Environmental Engineering and degree in Industrial Design Engineering

        Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

        Alessandra Cuneo

        • Project Manager, Rina Consulting, Italy
        • Previously, Assistant Researcher, University of Genoa, Italy
        • PhD in Turbomachinery and Advanced Energy Systems Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy

        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

        Suleyman Dag

        • Director Innovation Management, Uponor Corporation, Sweden
        • Founder of the start-ups sense2bits, energy@optimum and Intelligent Energy Networks
        • PhD in Industrial energy systems optimization, Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden

        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

        Pablo de AgustĂ­n

        • Researcher on Energy Efficiency on Buildings, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
        • 10 years’ experience on energy efficiency, renewable energy integration and emissions reductions in buildings 
        • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain 


        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

        Livio De Chicchis

        • Energy Management Analyst, FIRE (Italian Federation for energy efficiency)
        • Lecturer in training courses about incentives for energy efficiency
        • Master’s degree in Energy Engineering, University of Rome, Italy

        Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

        Gerhard Dell

        • Energy Commissioner to the Upper Austrian Government, Director of OÖ Energiesparverband 
        • Lecturer at the University of Linz 
        • Degree and post-graduate degree (PhD engineering, Dr. tech.) in Electrical Engineering and Energy Economics

        Speaker of the European Pellet Conference
        Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

        Anita Derjanecz

        • Managing Director, Federation of European HVAC Associations (REHVA)
        • Professional experience in the field of healthy buildings, indoor comfort & energy performance of buildings as well as European energy research projects, knowledge transfer and capacity building
        • Degree in European Affairs and Regional Innovation Development, UniversitĂ€t PĂ©cs, Hungary

        Chairperson of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

        Alessia De Vita

          • Project Manager and Modelling Coordinator, E3-Modelling, Greece
          • Over 9 years of experience in energy, transport, economy and environmental policy modelling and impact assessment studies
          • Degree in Engineering, Technische UniversitĂ€t Berlin, Germany

          Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

          Gert Dewandeleer 

          • Product Manager, Nathan Systems, Belgium/The Netherlands
          • 18 years’ experience in renewable energy systems

          Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings


          Xavier Duret

          • Vice President Research & Development, RĂ©Solve Énergie, Canada
          • Previously, leader of the cellulose conversion team, Biomass Technology Laboratory, UniversitĂ© de Sherbrooke, Canada
          • PhD in Wood and Fiber Science, UniversitĂ© de Lorraine, France

          Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

          Oleg Dzioubinski

          • Regional Adviser on Energy, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
          • Previously, Energy Efficiency Programme Manager, UNECE Sustainable Energy Division, Switzerland 
          • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, National University of Shipbuilding, Ukraine; MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky, USA

          Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

          Morten Edvardsen

          • Senior Policy Adviser, Norwegian EV Association, Norway
          • Previously, Political Adviser for the Norwegian Children and Youth Council and the National Union of Students in Norway, Norway
          • Master’s degree in History and Social Science, University of Oslo, Norway

          Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

           

           

          Christiane Egger

          • Deputy Manager of the OÖ Energiesparverband and Manager of the  Cleantech-Cluster Energy
          • Conference director of the World Sustainable Energy Days 
          • Degrees in Law (University of Graz) and Environmental Engineering (Technical University of Graz)

          Speaker of the European Pellet Conference
          Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference
          Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

          Werner Emhofer

          • Sales Manager Export, Fröling, Austria
          • 15 years’ experience in the sales of biomass heating systems 
          • Degree in Economics, Johannes Kepler UniversitĂ€t Linz, Austria 

          Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

          Aniol Esquerra Alsius

          • CEO, Association Ecoserveis, Spain
          • 8 years’ experience as consultant on energy related projects
          • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Universitat PolitĂšcnica de Catalunya, Spain; MA in Environmental Science and Renewable Energies, Centro de Estudios Superiores (IUSC), Spain 

          Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings


          Matteo Favero

          • ENplusÂź and ariaPulitaÂź certification specialist, Italian Agroforestry Energy Association (AIEL), Italy
          • Previously, responsible of trade and supply chain, ETIFOR, FSC Italian National Office, Italy
          • PhD in Forest Policy and Economics, University of Padova, Italy

          Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

          Dora Fazekas

          • Director, Cambridge Econometrics Budapest Office, Hungary
          • 15 years’ experience in the application of economic and econometric analysis to inform policy-makers in the fields of climate, energy and the circular economy 
          • PhD in Environmental Economics, Corvinus University of Budaspest, Hungary 

          Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

          Lukas Ferkl

          • Director, University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings (UCEEB), Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) and Researcher, Energoklastr, Czech Republic 
          • Founder and owner of the start-up Feramat Cybernetics
          • PhD in Control Engineering and Robotics, Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Czech Republic

          Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

          Martin Finsterbusch

          • Head of All-Solid-State Batteries Group, Institute of Energy and Climate research (IEK-1), Forschungszentrum JĂŒlich, Germany
          • Over 10 years’ experience in research and development in the field of ceramic based fuel cells and next generation batteries in the USA and Germany
          • Doctorate in Physics/Materials  Science, Technical University Ilmenau, Germany

          Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

          Federica Fuligni

          • Project Manager of Energy Efficient Buildings Projects, Exergy, United Kingdom 
          • Previously, researcher on urban scale sustainable technologies and methodologies in Santiago, Chile
          • Master’s degree in Architecture, UniversitĂ  di Bologna, Italy; ongoing Master studies in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy, Brunel University London, UK

          Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

          Gilles Gauthier

          • Bioenergy Expert, European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) and General Manager, European Pellet Council (EPC)
          • Previously, Coordinator of the Belgian Biomass Valorisation Association (ValBiom)
          • Degree in Industrial Engineering with specialisation in agriculture and environment

          Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

          Karlis Goldstein

          • Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission
          • Previously, AttachĂ© and Policy Coordinator for energy, transport, internal market and competitiveness affairs, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, Estonia
          • MA in Social Sciences, European studies and international relations, Sorbonne (France) and MA in Organisational Behaviour and Management, Tallinn University  (Estonia)

            Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

            Franz-Josef Gotzler

            • Head of Consulting, E-WALD, Germany
            • Previously, Entrepreneur, GOTZLER, Germany
            • Engineering degree in Physics, University of Applied Science Munich, Germany

              Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

              Johan Granath

              • Senior Vice President Bioenergy, Ekman & Co., Sweden
              • Member of the Board of Directors, Swedish Bioenergy Association (SVEBIO)
              • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Gothenburg School of Economics, Sweden 

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Neil Harrison

              • Director, re:heat, UK; Chairman, Wood Heat Association, UK
              • Previously, Senior Biomass Consultant, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
              • MSc Rural Resource Management, Newcastle University, UK

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


              Christophe Hoegaerts 

              • Senior Project Manager Heat Storage, Team Leader Energy Storage and Conversion, TNO, The Netherlands
              • Over 12 years’ experience in leading complex, multi-disciplinary international projects
              • MSc in Applied Physics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

              Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

              Jaap Hogeling 

              • Director, EPB Center, Netherlands 
              • Chair CENTC 371 Program Committee on EPBD, Member ISO/TC 163/WG 4: Joint Working Group (JWG) between ISO/TC 163 &  205:Energy performance of buildings using holistic approach 
              • MSc and ME, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

              Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

              Alwin Hoogendoorn

              • Portfolio Manager, Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy, Avans University of Applied Sciences and HZ University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
              • 20 years’ experience in the bioenergy R&D and the realisation of bioenergy and biofuel plants
              • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Julian JĂ€gers

              • Research Assistant and PhD Student, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
              • Master‘s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany / University of Sheffield, UK

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Anette Jahn

              • Head of Sector, Energy Efficiency Unit, European Commission, EASME
              • Previously, Head of Sector, Renewable Energy Unit and Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission
              • Master of Arts in International Politics, UniversitĂ© Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Degree in Economics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

              Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

              Nanda Kumar Janardhanan

              • Teaching Faculty, Energy Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India 
              • Previously, Regional Coordinator- Research and Operations, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
              • PhD in Energy Policy, University of Delhi, India; MA in Politics and International Relations, Pondicherry University, India 

              Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

              Sara JanhÀll

              • Senior Researcher and Project Manager, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
              • Previously, Senior Researcher in transport and air quality, Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Sweden
              • PhD in the field of urban aerosol sources and atmospheric processes and Post-doc in particle emissions from biomass burning, Gothenburg University, Sweden 

              Chairperson of the European Pellet Conference

              Rod Janssen

              • President and Chairman of the Board, Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP)
              • Founder of the web service "Energy in Demand", a blog on the energy transition in Europe.
              • Master's degree in International Relations, Bachelor’s degree in Political Science

              Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

              Robert Kaukewitsch

              • Policy Officer Renewable Energy, DG Energy, European Commission
              • Previously, Green Public Procurement Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission
              • Degree in Law, University of Montpellier, France

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Dou Kejun

              • Senior Bioenergy Advisor, China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC)
              • Professional experience in policy strategy and planning research in bioenergy and clean heating
              • Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering, University of Science & Technology Beijing, China

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Rebekka Köll

              • Scientific expert, Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE), Austria 
              • Professional experience in the field of thermal energy storage 
              • MSc in Energy and Transport Management, Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria

              Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

              Werner König

              • Research Associate, Reutlingen Center for Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency (REZ), Reutlingen University, Germany
              • PhD student in Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria
              • Master’s degree in Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria

              Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

              Tanmay Kotasthane   

              • Principal, Trimurti Womens College of Science, India 
              • Previously, Senior Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), India
              • PhD in Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, India 

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Lukas Kranzl

              • Senior Researcher, Energy Economics Group, Technische UniversitĂ€t Wien, Austria
              • Around 20 years’ experience working on future perspectives of sustainable energy systems 
              • PhD in Energy Economics and Degree in Industrial Engineering, Technische UniversitĂ€t Wien, Austria

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Mikael Larsson

              • Research Manager, Swerim AB, Sweden; Director, Centre for Process Integration in Steelmaking, (PRISMA), Sweden
              • Adjunct professor, LuleĂ„ University of Technology
              • PhD in Energy Engineering, LuleĂ„ University of technology, Sweden

              Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

              Volker Lenz

              • Head of Division, Thermal-chemical Conversion, DBFZ, Germany
              • Head of research on intelligent biomass heating technologies (Smart Biomass Heat), DBFZ, Germany; Chairman, VDI 3670 - downstream dust reduction systems for solid fuel small combustion plants
              • Doctorate in Engineering, Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Dipl.-Energiewirt (FH)

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Alexandre Llusera Paredes 

              • Sales Manager, Monitoring Control Systems (MCSystems), Spain
              • Previously, Sales Area Manager in Asian markets, bagging and pelletizing industry, Spain
              • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Marketing, International Trade and Negotiation, Toulouse Business School (TBS), France

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Robert Mack

              • Researcher in the field of biogenic solid fuels, Technology and Support Centre (TFZ), Germany
              • Previously, work experience at the Kompetenzzentrum Kraft-WĂ€rme-Kopplung, OTH – Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany
              • Degree in Environmental Engineering 

              Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

              Jakub MalanĂ­k

              • Research Engineer, Honeywell, Czech Republic
              • Partner of the EU H2020 Project MOEEBIUS
              • Degree in Computer and Information Science, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

              Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

              Gereon Meyer

              • Deputy Head of Department Future Mobility and Europe, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik, Germany
              • 12 years’ of experience in innovation and strategy consulting on automotive and transportation technologies
              • PhD in Physics, Freie UniversitĂ€t Berlin, Germany

                Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference


                Remigiusz Mielczarek

                • International Public Relations Manager, ASM, Poland
                • 20 years’ of experience in journalism, public relations and as spokesperson
                • MA in Journalism, University of Warsaw, and in Culture (Theatrology), University of Lodz, Poland

                Chairperson of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                Maria Michela Morese

                • Executive Secretary, Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and Natural Resources Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
                • Previously, Advisor on International Relations and Negotiator for Environmental Conventions, Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy 
                • PhD in Forest Ecology; MA in Environmental Governance; MA in Political Science, International Relations

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

                Tobias MĂŒcke

                • Managing Director, MĂŒcke Ambiente, Germany
                • Previously, Building Services Facility Manager, Mawell Resort, Germany
                • Skilled bricklayer and certified construction technician   

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

                Gordon Murray

                • Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)
                • Board Member of the European Pellet Council; Member of the Steering Committee, Biomass Power Group of the UK Renewable Energy Association; Member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)
                • Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada 

                Speaker and chairperson of the European Pellet Conference

                Thomas Nowak

                • General Secretary, European Heat Pump  Association (EHPA)
                • Member of the coordination committee of the Decarbheat initiative 
                • Degree in Economics and Business Administration, Paderborn University, Germany  

                Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

                Ingwald Obernberger

                • Managing Director, BIOS Bioenergysysteme, Austria
                • Head of the research group "Thermal biomass utilisation", Institute for Process and Particle Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria
                • Professor, Graz University of Technology, Austria

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

                Brendan O’Flynn

                • Head of Group - Wireless Sensor Networks, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
                • 25 years’ experience in smart system sensors development and Integration
                • PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

                Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                Christine Öhlinger

                • Head of Sector International Tasks at OÖ Energiesparverband
                • Project management of international projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy
                • Diploma in law, post graduate training on energy & environmental advice

                Chairperson of the European Pellet Conference
                Chairperson of the European Energy Efficiency Conference

                Sergio Olivero

                • Head of Research Area on Environmental Protection, LINKS Foundation, Italy 
                • Previously, Head of Energy & Security Research Area, SiTI, Italy 
                • Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

                Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                Stefan Ortner

                • CEO, ÖkoFEN, Austria
                • Responsible for R&D,  marketing, product management, operations, quality management, export and business development 
                • Degree in Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                Marco Palazzetti

                • CEO, Palazzetti Group, Italy
                • Over 15 years’ experience in various positions within the Palazzetti Group, a designer and manufacturer of fireplaces, stoves and barbecues  
                • Degree in Management Engineering, University of Udine, Italy

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

                Anna Paraboschi

                • Project Manager, Rina Consulting, Italy
                • Professional experience as consultant in hydraulic engineering 
                • PhD in Hydraulic Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

                Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                Susanne Paulrud

                • Senior Researcher and Project Manager, RISE Research Institutes, Sweden
                • Previously, Senior Researcher, Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Sweden
                • PhD in Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                Werner Pink

                • CEO, Pink GmbH, Austria
                • Previously, responsible for R&D, product management, operations, quality management, marketing, sales and business development
                • Degree in Engineering, Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria

                Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                Johann Prammer

                • Head of Strategic Environmental Management, Voestalpine AG, Austria
                • Previously, Managing Director, SCS-Technology Verfahrenstechnik, Austria 
                • Studies in Engineering

                Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

                Francisco Puente

                • Business Development Director, ESCAN Energy Consulting, Spain
                • Previously, Lecturer on Energy Resources and Technologies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
                • PhD in Energy and Fuels Engineering, Madrid, Spain

                Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference


                Peter Radgen

                • Professor of Energy Efficiency, University of Stuttgart, Germany
                • Chair of Energy Efficiency and Head of Graduate School Efficient Energy Use
                • Doctorate in Thermodynamics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and INSA Lyon (France) (Dipl.-Ing.) 

                Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

                Christian Rakos

                • CEO of proPellets Austria and Save Energy Austria
                • Member of the Board of the European Pellet Council and Austrian Biomass Association
                • Doctorate in Technical Physics, Technische UniversitĂ€t Wien, Austria

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                Pablo Rodero

                • Responsible of biofuels certification for AVEBIOM, Spain; Director of Bioenergy Europe (former AEBIOM)
                • Expert on bioenergy and solid biomass quality 
                • Degree in Forestry Engineering, Universidad PolitĂ©nica de Madrid, Spain

                Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                Ander Romero Amorrortu

                • Project Manager, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
                • Regional leader of the Building Efficiency Accelerator for Europe and Middle East
                • Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineer and in Thermal Engineering, University of the Basque Country, Spain

                Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
                Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings


                Magdalena Sajdak

                • Scientific Officer, Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris, France
                • Previously, Assistant Professor, Bioenergy Department, Wood Technology Institute, Poland
                • PhD in Agricultural Resources and Technologies, Universidad PolitĂ©cnica de Valencia, Spain; MSc in Environmental Protection, Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu, Poland

                  Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                  Helmut Schellinger

                  • CEO, Schellinger KG, Germany
                  • Previously, Co-founder and CEO, TiNOX, Germany
                  • Degree in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilian-UniversitĂ€t MĂŒnchen, Germany

                  Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                  Matthias Schimmel

                  • Senior Consultant Sustainability Solutions, Navigant, Germany
                  • Previously, Consultant, Tagueri AG, Germany
                  • MSc in Environmental Sustainability, University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Degree in Engineering and Management, Munich University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

                  Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference


                  Tanja Schneider

                  • Researcher, Chair of Energy Process Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander-UniversitĂ€t Erlangen-NĂŒrnberg, Germany
                  • MSc in Chemical Engineering

                  Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

                  Georg Ferdinand Schneider 

                  • Research Associate, Technische Hochschule NĂŒrnberg and Fraunhofer IBP, Germany
                  • PhD student in the fields of formal modelling of automation systems and control logic as well as modelling and simulation of technical systems, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
                  • Master’s degrees in Energy Engineering and Economics, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

                  Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                  Michael Scullin

                  • Technical Engineer, CDE Global, UK
                  • Previously, lean manufacturing and continuous improvement roles, OBConstruction and Schrader Electronics
                  • Graduate Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast

                    Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                    Adam Sherman

                    • Manager, Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), Vermont, USA
                    • Member of the Board, Biomass Thermal Energy Council (USA) and Board of Advisors, Alliance for Green Heat (USA)
                    • Bachelor of Arts, University of Vermont, USA

                    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

                    Tanay Sidki Uyar

                    • Professor and Head of Energy Section, Faculty of Engineering, Marmara University, Turkey
                    • President, Biyoder, Bioenergy Association of Turkey; Vice President, WBA, World Bioenergy Association
                    • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey; MSc in Nuclear Engineering, Boğaziçi University, Turkey 

                    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                    Richard Sikkema 

                    • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Forest Ecology and Management Department, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
                    • Previously, forest-related topics and bioenergy markets, Joint Research Centre, Italy
                    • PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

                    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                    Filipe Neves da Silva

                    • Energy Efficiency Project Manager, ISQ, Portugal
                    • Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

                    Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings


                    Laurent Socal

                    • Consultant
                    • Degree in Electrical Engineering, Politecnica di Milano, Italy

                    Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings


                    Peter Sommersacher

                    • Senior Researcher, BIOENERGY 2020+, Austria
                    • Research experience in the field of characterisation of solid biomass fuels for utilisation in medium and large scale thermal conversion plants
                    • PhD in Process Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria

                    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                    Magnus StĂ„hl 

                    • Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies for BSc in Environmental and Energy Engineering, Karlstad University, Sweden 
                    • Member of the Steering Committee, Swedish Pellets Researcher Network 
                    • PhD  in Environmental and Energy Systems, Karlstad University, Sweden 

                    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                    Henrik Ström

                    • Senior Researcher in Sustainable Multiphase Processes, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
                    • Research on mathematical modelling and numerical simulations of reactive multiphase flows, including biomass conversion
                    • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

                    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                    Roel Swierenga

                    • Chairman, Hansa Green Tour Foundation, The Netherlands
                    • Director of Hanze Development, Cleantech Acceleration Consultancy, The Netherlands
                    • Degrees in International Governance, Export Management, Strategic Business Development and Social Enterprises, The Netherlands

                      Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

                      Samuel Thomas

                      • Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project; Operating Agent, Demand Side Management Technology Collaboration Programme
                      • Previously, Senior Analyst, IEA Energy Efficiency Division; Head of Climate Change Economics, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change
                      • Master’s degree in Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

                      Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

                      Luca Tiozzo Netti

                      • Technical Support and Trainer on Power Solution and Building Automation, Schneider Electric, Italy
                      • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineer, UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Padova, Italy

                        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                        Jens TĂŒbke

                        • Director Applied Electrochemistry, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT), Germany; Spokesperson, Fraunhofer Alliance Battery
                        • Professor for Materials and Processes for Electrochemical Storage, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany; Principal investigator, Helmholtz Institute for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm, Germany
                        • Doctorate in Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Martin-Luther-University Halle Wittenberg, Germany

                        Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

                        Gabriela UrbanovĂĄ

                        • Innovation Analyst, FENIX TNT, Czech Republic
                        • Previously, Associate, Centre for International Relations, Poland
                        • Degrees in European Governance (Utrecht and Masaryk University, NL and CZ), in International Relations and in Human Rights (Malmö University, Sweden)

                        Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy ConferenceSpeaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                         

                         

                        Wolfgang Urbantschitsch

                        • Executive Director, E-Control Austria, Austria
                        • Vice President, Council of Energy Regulators (CEER); Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Energy Community
                        • Doctorate in Law, University of Graz, Austria; Master’s degree in European Community Law, College of Europe, Belgium

                        Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

                        Anke Uytterhoeven

                        • Doctoral Researcher, Thermal Systems Simulation Research Group, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium 
                        • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Thermotechnical Sciences), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

                        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings

                        Michele Vavallo

                        • Project Manager, Solintel, Spain
                        • 15 years’ professional experience in the fields of energy efficiency and sustainability in the industrial and building sector 
                        • MSc in Environmental Engineer, UniversitĂĄ degli studi della Basilicata (Italy); Master degree in energy audit and sustainable development, Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain)

                        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings


                        Harry Verhaar

                        • Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting, The Netherlands
                        • Chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy; President of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association
                        • MSc in Solid State Luminescence, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

                        Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

                        Thomas Zeng

                        • Team Leader Working Group "Innovative Solid Biofuels", Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ), Germany
                        • Previously, Project Engineer, HS Energieanlagen, Germany
                        • Degree in Process Engineering, Technische UniversitĂ€t Dresden, Germany

                        Speaker of the European Pellet Conference


                        Theodor Zillner

                        • Deputy Head, Division for energy and environmental technologies, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
                        • Programme manager of the impulse programme "Stadt der Zukunft" (city of the future)
                        • Degree in Mechanical and Process Engineering,  Technische UniversitĂ€t Wien, Austria

                        Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

                        Johann Zirngibl

                        • Director, International Development, CSTB, France   
                        • Convenor of ISO / CEN standardisation working groups
                        • Degree in Engineering

                        Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
                        Speaker of the Innovation Workshops Energy and Buildings


                        Roel Swierenga

                        • Chairman, Hansa Green Tour Foundation, The Netherlands
                        • Director of Hanze Development, Cleantech Acceleration Consultancy, The Netherlands
                        • Degrees in International Governance, Export Management, Strategic Business Development and Social Enterprises, The Netherlands

                          Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference