Speakers 2017

Laura Azócar Ulloa

  • Director of the Center of Waste Management and Bioenergy, University of La Frontera, Chile
  • Researcher on the energetic use of renewable resources focusing on solid, liquid and gaseous biofuels
  • Doctorate in Science of Naturals Resources and Post-doctorate in microalgae biorefinery

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Gabriella Azzolini

  • Energy Efficiency Researcher at ENEA, Italy
  • Expert on Italian fiscal incentives and energy audits
  • PhD in Environmental Planning; Degree in Architecture

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Nicolas Baker

  • Manager of the Sustainability and Climate Adaptation Programs, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program
  • Lead Programme Developer for the Federal Green Building Compliance System
  • MA in Global Environmental Policy, American University, USA; BS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business 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,  Universit√§t G√∂ttingen, Germany

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Martin Bentele

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Tormod Bergheim

  • Advisor Charging Infrastructure, Norsk Elbilforening, Norway
  • Previously, CEO of Bergheim Consulting and Ensto, Norway
  • Master of Management, Norwegian Business School, Norwayx

Speaker at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Peter Björklund

  • Senior process engineer at Valmet Biofuels Technology, Sweden
  • Responsible for development of steam explosion based pellet fuel solutions
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, √Öbo Akademi, Finland

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Pawel Bocian

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Nils Borg

  • Executive Director of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee), Sweden
  • Responsible for the organisation‚Äôs activities in the areas of ecodesign, product energy standards and labelling
  • Educational background in languages, political science and economic history

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

J√ľrgen Brandt

  • Development Manager for combustion and control technology, Frauscher Thermal Motors, Austria
  • Previously, Head of "Technical Future", Windhager Zentralheizung, Austria
  • Engineering degree in Technical Physics, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Anke Brems

  • Senior Consultant Sustainable Energy Use Europe, DNV GL, Belgium
  • Previously, researcher in Chemical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Master in Environmental Engineering, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Tyler Bryant

  • Project Manager, Energy Policy Analyst,  International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Previously, Energy Policy Analyst, Government of Canada; Research Manager, David Suzuki Foundation
  • Master degree in Public Policy

Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Claus Bugge Garn

  • Vice President, Rockwool International, Denmark
  • Vice President of the European Insulation Manufactures Association (EURIMA), Belgium, and Fire Safe Europe, Belgium
  • Degree in Chemical Engineering, Danish Technical University, Denmark

Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Matthias Busse

  • Executive Institute Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Applied Material Research (IFAM), Germany
  • Speaker, Fraunhofer System Research for Electromobility; Chairman, Forum Elektromobilit√§t,  Speaker and Coordinator, Model Region Elektromobility Bremen/Oldenburg
  • Habilitation in Materials Based Production Engineering, Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Musical Studies, Paderborn University

Speaker at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Eduardo Cembrano

  • Project Manager, CIRCE - Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, Spain
  • Previously, Quality and Innovation Engineer, Compa√Ī√≠a Log√≠stica de Hidrocarburos (CLH), Spain
  • Degree in Chemical Engineering (Chemistry), University of Zaragoza, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Tejaswinee Darure

  • PhD student in CRAN-CNRS, Universit√© de Lorraine Nancy, France
  • Working on the FP7 project Energy in Time ‚Äď Simulation-based control for Energy Efficiency building operation and maintenance
  • Master in Process Control, COEP Pune, India

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Martin de Groote

  • Head of Research, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE); more than 10 years experience in energy performance and sustainability of buildings
  • Previously, Strategic Policy Officer, Flemish Energy Agency (VEA), managing the NZEB action plan
  • Postgraduate degree in Energy & Climate; Master in Industrial Design

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Gerhard Dell

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference
Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Chiara Dipasquale

  • Senior Researcher, EURAC, Italy
  • Expert in dynamic simulations of buildings and sustainable heating and cooling systems; development of control strategies for heating and cooling systems; definition of retrofit solutions for existing buildings
  • PhD in Energy

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Klaus Dorninger

  • Managing Director Energie AG O√Ė Power Solutions, Austria
  • Member and Chair of various committees and associations in the fields of gas, heat and energy trade for the Region of Upper Austria and at a national level
  • Global Executive MBA, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Volker Dragon

  • Senior Manager Industry Affairs, Siemens Building Technologies, Switzerland; Chairman, eu.esco
  • Professional experience in management positions in the power, steel, engineering and building automation business
  • Master Degree in Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences Mainz; Degree in Communications, European Business School (EBS), Germany

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Hans-Peter Ebert

  • Head of the division for energy efficiency, "Bayerischen Zentrum f√ľr Angewandte Energieforschung" (ZAE Bayern), Germany
  • Chairman of the working group on thermal physics, "Deutschen Gesellschaft f√ľr thermische Analyse"
  • Doctorate degree in physics, University of W√ľrzburg

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Christiane Egger

  • Deputy Manager of the O√Ė 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 at the European Pellet Conference
Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Erik Einebrant

  • Researcher, Designer and Developer, RISE Interactive Institute, Sweden
  • Working on the H2020 project TRIBE - "Training Behaviours towards Energy efficiency: Play it!"
  • MSc in Computer Science,  Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Carlos Fern√°ndez

  • esearch Fellow,  University of Granada, Spain
  • Working on the FP7 project Energy in Time ‚Äď Simulation-based control for Energy Efficiency building operation and maintenance
  • Degree in Computer Science and Master in Data Science, University of Granada, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

J√ľrgen Fernengel

  • Product Manager,  Orcan Energy, Germany
  • MSc  Energie- und Prozesstechnik, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Manfred Fischedick

  • Vice-President and Member of the Management Board, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • Professor of Economics, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal, Germany
  • Doctorate in Energy Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany; Degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Dortmund, Germany

Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Juan Fraga

  • International Business Manager, Wynnertech, Spain
  • Founder and former Secretary General of EUFORES
  • Degree in Industrial Engineering, Master in Energy, Universidad Polit√©cnica de Madrid, Spain; Master in Economy and Strategic Management of Energy, Institute of Business Administration (IADE), Universidad Aut√≥noma de Madrid, Spain

Speaker at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Mark Froling

  • Owner, President and CEO, Froling Energy, USA
  • Professional experience in commercial construction and energy efficiency work with conventional and renewable energy
  • Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, USA

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Raquel García Luis

  • R&D Project Manager, Acciona Construction, Spain
  • Working on the H2020 project TRIBE - "Training Behaviours towards Energy efficiency: Play it!"
  • Degree in Telecommunication Engineering, Universidad Polit√©cnica de Madrid, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Gilles Gauthier

  • Bioenergy Expert, European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) and General Manager, European Pellet Council (EPC)
  • Previously, coordinator of the Belgian Biomass Association (ValBiom)
  • Degree in industrial engineering with a specialisation in agriculture and environment

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Belén Gómez-Uribarri

  • Engineer, Installations Department, Acciona R&D, Acciona Infraestructuras, Spain
  • Working on the FP7 project Energy in Time ‚Äď Simulation-based control for Energy Efficiency building operation and maintenance
  • Engineering Degree, University of Sevilla, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Elena Gonz√°lez S√°nchez

  • Managing Director, National Association of Energy Services Companies - ANESE, Spain
  • Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; Founder and former vice-president of the Spanish Energy Efficiency Technology Platform
  • BSc in Physical Sciences, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain; Programme of General Direction PDG, IESE Business School, Spain

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Gunnar Gr√ľn

  • Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) and  Head of the Department of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate, Fraunhofer IBP, Germany
  • Professor for System Integration for Efficient Buildings, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Building Services Engineering, Technische Hochschule N√ľrnberg, Germany
  • Doctorate in Civil Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Matthias Haase

  • Senior scientist, Department for Architecture, Materials and Structures, SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, Norway
  • 20 years international experience in industry and academia with a focus on sustainable solutions in the built environment
  • PhD in Architecture, University of Hong Kong; degrees in Resource Management and Mechanical Engineering

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Martin Hackl

  • Head, Solar Energy Division, Fronius International, Austria
  • Previously, CEO, Fronius Mexico
  • Speaker Advisory Board, Cleantech-Cluster, Austria

Speaker at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Ian Hamilton

  • Lecturer, Senior Researcher and Sustainable Design Engineer at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London, UK  
  • Operating Agent for the IEA EBC 'Annex 70 - Building Energy Epidemiology: Analysis of Real Building Energy Use at Scale'
  • PhD in Energy and Buildings, MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering,  University College London, UK

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Patrick Hart

  • Research Associate and PhD Student, University of Graz, Austria
  • Working on the H2020 project  TRIBE - "Training Behaviours towards Energy efficiency: Play it!"
  • MA degree in Sociology

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Ivana Hlinkov√°

  • Managing Director, "Energy Centre Cesk√© Budejovice" (ECCB), Czech Republic
  • Master Degree in German, English, Educational Sciences and Psychology,  University of South Bohemi in Cesk√© Budejovice, Czech Republic

Chairperson at the European Pellet Conference

Paul Hodson

  • Head of Unit Energy Efficiency, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Previously, Head of Transport Policy, Manchester City Council, and Transport Policy Manager, Reading Borough Council, UK
  • Degree in History, Cambridge University, UK; Master in Urban Planning, Oxford Polytechnic, UK

Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference
Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Anton Hofer

  • Product Manager, Hargassner, Austria
  • Over 30 years experience in the biomass sector
  • Degree in Engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Ernst Höftberger

  • Head of Unit, Technical Energy Systems, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
  • Professional experience in the fields of process simulation, micro-CHP, heating networks and efficiency improvement with heat pumps
  • Doctorate in Technical Chemistry, Technische Universit√§t Wien, Austria

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Jaap J.N.M. Hogeling

  • Manager of international projects and standards ISSO, the Dutch Building Services Knowledge Centre, The Netherlands
  • Chairperson of the CEN Program Committee on EPBD (Energy Performance Buildings Directive)
  • MSc and ME, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Erica Hope

  • EU Affairs Manager, Energy Strategy Centre, European Climate Foundation, The Netherlands
  • Previously, Senior Policy Officer Energy Efficiency, Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E)
  • MA in Human Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

María Izquierdo

  • Project Manager, Innovation and Promotion Unit, Fundaci√≥n CIRCE, Spain
  • Project Manager of international research projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Degree in Industrial Engineering and in Renewable Energies, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

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, Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Degree in Economics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Mervyn Jones

  • Managing Director, Wood Pellets Tasmania, Australia
  • Previously, Production & Marketing Manager, Scottsdale Hopgrowers
  • More than 16 years experience in the renewable energy industry including consulting, pellet production, furnace sales & service

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Paul Kenny

  • CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency, Ireland
  • Expert on community wind energy, biomass heat development, public sector energy management and building energy renovation
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Stefan Klepzig

  • Strategic Sales Director, Energy and Sustainability Division, Schneider Electric, Germany
  • Responsible for the development of strategic solutions.
  • More than 20 years experience in the fields of energy efficiency, building automation and contracting

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Ken’ichiro Kojima

  • Board member, Pellet Club Japan, Japan
  • Chief Director, Saku Forest Energy, Japan
  • Doctorate, United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Tottori University, Japan

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Vlasta Krmelj

  • Director of the Regional Energy Agency of Podravje (ENERGAP), Slovenia
  • Expert in the fields of sustainable energy use and renewable energy sources, energy management and financing energy projects
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering

Chairperson at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Martin Kristensen

  • Managing Director, Norsk Bioenergiforening, Norway
  • Previously, Energy Advisor at The Energy Farm - Centre for Bioenergy, Norway
  • MA in Renewable Energy, Norwegian University for Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Nanda Kumar Janardhanan

  • Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, India
  • Assistant Professor,  Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • PhD in Energy Policy, University of Delhi, India; MA in  Politics and International Relations, University of Pondicherry, India

Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Jarek Kurnitski

  • Professor, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia; Adjunct Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • Leader of the NZEB research group (ZEBE) at the Tallin University of Technology;  Vice-President of REHVA
  • Studies in energy performance and indoor climate of buildings, Building physics and structural engineering

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Mark Lebus

  • Founder and CEO of LC Energy, UK
  • Chairman and founder of the National Wood Fuel Conference UK, member of the UK Pellet Council, Director of Surrey Hills Enterprises and Chairman of Enterprise M3 LEP Rural Group
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Alan Seung-rok Lee

  • Assistant Manager, Planning & Evaluation Office, SY ENERGY Corporation, South Korea; Member of Policy Committee, Korea Forest Biomass Energy Association
  • Previously, Member of Parliament Aide, National Assembly of South Korea
  • Bachelor of Law, Soongsil University, South Korea

Speaker at the European Pellet 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 at the European Pellet Conference

Stefan Lösch

  • Management Board, AktivPlus, Germany
  • Project Manager, Department of Energy Systems Analysis, Fraunhofer IFAM, Germany
  • Doctorate in Production Engineering, University of Bremen; Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universit√§t Dresden, Germany

Speaker at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Catrin Maby

  • Founding Member of the Energy Advice Exchange, UK; Associate consultant with Rickaby Thompson Associates, UK
  • Previously, Chief Executive, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK; Vice President of FEDARENE
  • MSc in Energy Resources Management, University of South Bank, UK; Degree in Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Armando Menéndez Estrada

  • Researcher in the field of photonics, ITMA Foundation, Spain
  • More than ten years experience in the analytical characterisation of thin films with expertise on thin film solar cell development and building integration
  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Oviedo, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Alice Morcrette

  • Technical Manager, Picardie Public Office for Energy  Efficiency, France
  • 15 years experience as process engineer, training manager and product development manager, ISOVER, France
  • Executive Master Real Estate, Buildings, Energy, Ecole Des Ponts; PhD in chemistry, Universit√© Pierre et Marie Curie PARIS VI; Engineering degree, ENSCP, France

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Services and Business Conference

Karsten Moritz

  • Director of Research & Development, Taiyo Europe, Germany
  • Honorary Professor for Membrane Structures and Materials, Anhalt University of applied Sciences, Germany
  • Doctorate on ETFE-foils, Technical University of Munich, Germany;  Degrees in Architecture and Structural Engineering, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Gordon Murray

  • Executive Director of the 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 at the European Pellet Conference

Ingwald Obernberger

  • Managing Director of Bios Bioenergy Systems, Austria
  • Head of the research group "Energetic Use of Biomass" at the Institute for Process and Particle Engineering, Technical University Graz
  • Professor at the Technical University Graz 

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Christine √Ėhlinger

  • Head of Sector International Tasks at O√Ė 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

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Marcus √Ėhman

  • Professor in Energy Engineering and Head of Division, Division of Energy Science, Lule√• University of Technology, Sweden
  • Over 20 years of experience in R&D of thermo-chemical biomass conversion
  • PhD in High temperature chemistry

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Stefan Ortner

  • CEO, √ĖkoFEN, Austria
  • Responsible for product management, R&D, marketing, developing and managing export markets
  • Degree in Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Didzis Palejs

  • Chairman of the board, Latvian Biomass Association (LATbio)
  • President, European Biomass Association AEBIOM, Vice-president, European Pellet Council
  • Degree in Forestry Engineering, Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Calliope Panoutsou

  • Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK
  • Chair, Working Group on Biomass supply and logistics in the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy); Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI)
  • PhD in Strategic Planning for Local Biomass Systems, Aston Business School, UK; Degrees in Plant Physiology and Agricultural Engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Martha Poisot

  • Research Professor, Universidad del Papaloapan, Mexico
  • Expert in the fields of inorganic, solid-state and materials chemistry
  • Doctorate in Chemical Sciences (Dr.rer.nat.), Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel, Germany

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Francisco Puente

  • Projects Director, ESCAN, Energy Consulting, Spain
  • European Coordinator of Usmart.Consumer.eu
  • PhD in Energy and Fuels Engineering, Madrid, Spain

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Christian Rakos

  • Managing Director of proPellets Austria; Member of the Board of Directors of the European Pellet Council
  • Previously, responsible for the topic of renewable energy sources at the Energieverwertungsagentur
  • Doctorate in technical physics

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Juan Ramón de las Cuevas

  • Project Manager, Acciona, Spain
  • More than 10 years experience in energy efficiency and green energy supply for buildings, districts and cities
  • Master in Mechanical Engineering, University of Seville, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Hubert Röder

  • Professor in Business Economics of Renewable Resources, Straubing Center of Science, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany
  • Previously, senior consultant and project leader at P√∂yry Management Consulting, Munich
  • Degree in Forest Sciences (University of Munich), PhD

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Pablo Rodero

  • Responsible of biofuels certification for AVEBIOM, Spain, and Director of AEBIOM
  • Expert on bioenergy and solid biomass quality
  • BSc in Forestry Engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Paul Roßmann

  • Researcher and Project Manager on biogenic solid fuels, Technology and Support Centre (TFZ) in Straubing, Germany
  • Professional experience in the fields of seasonal heat storage, database programming and biogenic solid fuels
  • Degree in Physics

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Heikki Rostila

  • Business Unit Director, Caverion, Finland
  • Managing Director of  a PPP real estate company (Arandur Oy), Finland
  • MSc in Energy and Industrial Economics, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Manel Sanmartí

  • Head, Electrical Engineering Research Area, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)
  • Operating Agent, IEA Task 28, Home Grids and V2X Technologies
  • Master in Management of Technology Enterprise, IMD, Switzerland; Master in Project Management, Haute Ecole de Commerce Gen√®ve, Switzerland; Degree in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Polit√®cnica de Catalunya

Speaker at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Janna Schönfeld

  • Project Adviser, Energy Unit, European Commission, EASME
  • Experience as project officer and policy advisor for the European Commission, European Parliament and GIZ
  • MA in International Studies and BA in European Studies

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

Werner Sitzmann

  • Technical Manager and Authorised Officer, Amandus Kahl, Germany
  • Board Member, World Bioenergy Association, Stockholm, Sweden; Honorary Professor, Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology , Hamburg University of Technology; Founding Member, International Biomass Torrefaction Council, Brussels
  • Doctorate in Process Engineering (Dr.-Ing.)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Jamie Stephen

  • Managing Director, TorchLight Bioresources, Canada
  • Previously, Project Manager of IEA Bioenergy Task 39; Manager of the  Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • PhD in Wood Science & Bioenergy Economics and MSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada

Speaker at 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 at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Berna Topalońülu

  • Senior Energy Engineer, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Previously, urban development manager, Port Authority in Strasbourg, France
  • Certified architect, University of Strasbourg and Birmingham City University; Postgraduate degree in Urban Management and Real Estate studies, ESSEC Business School, France

Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

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 at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Riccardo Viaggi

  • Secretary General, European Builders Confederation (EBC)
  • Alternate member at the European Economic and Social Committee
  • MA in International and Diplomatic Sciences, University of Bologna, Spain

Speaker at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Giulio Volpi

  • Coordinator of the bioenergy policy, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy
  • Previously, Directorate General for Environment
  • Master in Environmental Management, Master in Political Science

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Gerhard Weiß

  • Senior Engineer, Bios Bioenergiesysteme, Austria
  • Professional experience in the design of biomass-fired heating and CHP plants, evaluation and implementation of energy generation systems and market studies for biomass combustion technologies
  • Degree in Process Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Zoé Wildiers

  • Senior Project Advisor,  Unit Horizon 2020 Energy, European Commission,  EASME
  • Previously, Project Advisor on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, European Commission, EASME
  • Master in Political Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium 

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Gerhard Wimmer

  • Key Account Manager E-Mobility, KEBA, Austria
  • Previously, Managing Director, e+s electric planning and construction management of cross-plant technical building equipment

Speaker at the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Oliver Zadow

  • Climate Protection Officer for urban rehabilitation and housing, City of Munich, Germany
  • Previously, research associate at the Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, Technical University of Munich, and at the Department of Building Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Degrees in Engineering and Architecture

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

David Zambrana

  • Head of the Urban Sustainability Group, CIRCE - Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, Spain
  • Professional experience in the fields of environmental assessment at urban and building levels, urban planning and environmental performance of main urban infrastructures
  • MSc in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings

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 Universit√§t Wien, Austria

Speaker at the European Research Conference: Buildings